International Business BA (Hons)

Exciting opportunities exist for graduates who can operate with conīŦdence in today's globalised business environment. The four-year version of this course includes a year abroad in Europe, Asia, Australia or the USA, giving you a valuable insight into another country's university business learning experience and broader cultural environment. Depending on your language skills, you can spend your year abroad studying at one of our partner institutions where business topics are taught in English or in the national language. In some cases, you can opt to combine studying abroad with an overseas work placement.

The course will equip you with the knowledge, understanding and academic skills to pursue a career in international business, or continue to postgraduate study. You will also develop the specialist knowledge, skills and capabilities you require to respond proactively and creatively to contemporary business issues and the challenges of the global business environment.

The course focuses on active student learning, through seminars, workshops, problem-based and blended learning, designed to engage your interest and to promote your learning.

Assessment methods include essays, reports, presentations and case studies, as well as time-constrained in-class tests and exams. 

Course structure

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course. 

To help you make an informed decision, you can have a look at how marks have been calculated and study time has been distributed on this course in the past.

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Subjects of study include:

  • Communication for Global Business
  • Foundations of Accounting and Finance
  • Global Business Environment
  • Introduction to Management
  • Marketing for International Business

You will also have the opportunity to take an option module that broadens your skills or helps you to gain more in-depth knowledge of your specialist area; your option module may be a foreign language.

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

  • International Business Practice
  • International Business Research
  • International Financial Analysis
  • Organisational Behaviour

Plus one option from: Digital Business, International Business Law or other areas of business including languages.

Credit Level 5

Professional experience or Study Abroad year

Between Year 2 and Year 3 you may choose to study English-taught courses for a year at one of our overseas partner institutions. Currently, you can take a Year Abroad studying (or combining work and study) in Frankfurt, Copenhagen, Madrid, Paris, Valencia, and other European locations including Madrid, as well as Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney (Australia), Hong Kong, Japan, Canada and the USA. There are also many opportunities for those with appropriate language skills to study in the local language in France, Germany and Spain, among others.

Alternatively, between Year 2 and Year 3 you can undertake a one-year, full-time business placement as a Professional Experience Year within the UK. Past students have completed placements in a variety of prestigious organisations, including Barclays Bank, British Airways, Disney UK, IBM and the NHS, as well as in smaller businesses.

Subjects of study include:

  • International Economy

  • Global Strategic Management
  • International Business Dissertation
  • International Project Management

Plus one option from: Comparative International Management, International Financial Management, Global Marketing Management or other areas of business, including languages.

Credit Level 6

Westminster Plus Electives

As part of your course you may be able to take elective modules. Electives are an exciting opportunity to widen your experience at university and to gain skills and knowledge that will help make you more employable.

Find out about Westminster Plus Electives.

Programme Specification

For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the programme specification.

Download the Programme Specification

Course Leader

More about me

Dr Deborah Knowles

Assistant Head of School

Dr Deborah Knowles teaches Organisational Behaviour to undergraduate and postgraduate students and supervises student research projects at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral levels. 

Deborah carries out research in the fields of gender in management, entrepreneurship and innovative research methods.

This course develops the specialist knowledge, skills and capabilities you require to respond proactively and creatively to contemporary international business issues and the challenges of the global business environment.

Course Team

Dr Amir Allam - Senior Lecturer
Dr Ioannis Christodoulou - Senior Lecturer
Dr Souad Mohamed - Senior Lecturer
Ahmed Saeed - Lecturer
Dr Sylvia Snijders - Senior Lecturer

Careers

Past graduates of this degree have found successful employment in diverse sectors such as international business development, business consultancy, investment banking, human resource management and marketing.

Increasing numbers of students progress to further study on graduation: either taking professional qualifications or proceeding  to a specialist Masters degree.

If you are studying a Bachelor's degree at Westminster Business School, you can choose to take a year's break from your studies in your third year to do a placement.  

A placement year is a great way of gaining practical work experience within an industry relevant to your studies. It increases your confidence and skills, and boosts your employability. It gives you a chance to apply the theoretical techniques you have learnt during your undergraduate degree so far to a real business environment while you work as a member of an established organisation.

Our Career Development Centre has just been shortlisted for the Best University Careers Service in the National Undergraduate Employability Awards for 2017.

With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we are here to help you succeed.

In 2015-16, we helped over 1,500 students find work placements across a range of sectors, with 250 employers attending 14 on-campus skills and careers fairs.

As a Westminster student, you'll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

We can help you:

  • find work placements related to your course
  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • find international opportunities to enhance your employability
  • market yourself effectively to employers
  • write better CVs and application forms
  • develop your interview and enterprise skills
  • plan your career with our careers consultants
  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year

Find out more about the Career Development Centre.

BA (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time Study Mode
3 years Duration

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