As the world becomes better connected, it is important that businesses and organisations keep up with globalisation. This demand means that organisations are having to develop their understanding of business and cultural differences in order to have successful global communication. As a student of international business, you will be equipping yourself with all of the relevant skills needed to take on the international business world.
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About International Business
The accreditation of your degree will depend on where you choose to study. It will also be influenced by your level of study, and the specific content of your course. At undergraduate level, you can expect to be awarded a Bachelor of Science (BSc), a Bachelor of Arts (BA), or a Bachelor of Business (BBus). At postgraduate level, you can expect to be awarded a Master of Science (MSc), a Master of Arts (MA), a Master of Business (MBus), a Master of Research (MRes), or a Master of Business Administration (MBA). Further study will award research degrees such as Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).
Depending on your institution, you course might be accredited by the Institute of Export and International Trade (IOE). Check with your institution for more information about this.
Generally, an undergraduate degree will take three to four years to complete, depending on where you choose to study. A postgraduate degree will normally take one to two years to complete. Certain degree courses will offer opportunities to undertake a placement year to gain work experience, or an international year of study, allowing you to apply your knowledge and skills to real world business and management situations.
Your institution may offer part-time study options, which usually means that your degree will take four to six years. You may also be able to take a foundation programme, which is useful if you do not meet the entry requirements for your degree.
Annual tuition fees for UK students are capped by the UK government. For the 2019/20 academic year, they are £9,250. This is subject to change each year, and will be updated on your institution website.
Postgraduate course annual tuition fees are set by the institution, which means that they can differ. Postgraduate programmes are generally less expensive than undergraduate programmes. You will find detailed fee information on the institution webpage.
The fees displayed below are an example of typical annual tuition fees for undergraduate and postgraduate international business degrees. Actual tuition fees can be found on the institution webpages.
Typical Annual Tuition Fees
- Undergraduate - £9,250
- Postgraduate - £16,000
An undergraduate degree will give you a good foundation of knowledge in the main areas of international business. You might study modules on economics for business, responsible business, public relations, consumer behaviour, human resource management, organisational behaviour, global communications, and crisis management. The majority of undergraduate degrees will be designed to suit those who have little experience of the subject area, as well as those who have previously studied or worked within the discipline. All of the modules will aim to encourage your professional development, preparing you for your future career. Your degree will be delivered through lectures and tutorials, as well as incorporating practical sessions. Assessment methods could include written work, group projects, presentations and a final major research project.
During a postgraduate degree, such as an MSc or MA, you will build on the skills you gained at undergraduate level. The modules you study will cover the more complex and specialist areas of international business. You will develop your understanding of both traditional and contemporary concepts of the subject area. Modules and specialisms might include international management, project management, international business operations, cross-cultural management, international business theory, and emerging markets. Assessment methods can include written work, presentations, and a final major research project.
The entry requirements for your international business degree will depend on where you choose to study. They will also be influenced by the level of study for which you are applying. An undergraduate degree might require you to have a background in business. If you do not have a strong background in this area, but can prove that you are passionate about international business, some universities might still consider your application. For a postgraduate degree, most universities will expect you to have an undergraduate degree in international business, business, or a closely related subject.
Typical Entry Requirements
- A Level Grades - AAB-ABB
- UCAS Points - 136-128 UCAS points
- Required/Desired Subjects - Business, Finance, Economics, Mathematics
- Degree Requirements - 2:1 or higher
- Required/Desired Subjects - International Business, Business, Finance, Economics, Mathematics
Graduates of international business will find that there are many career opportunities available to them. The wide range of skills gained throughout your degree will be useful and applicable in a variety of industries. If you choose to work in a role directly related to international business, jobs could include business development manager, financial trader, human resources manager, or marketing executive. If you choose to work in a role not directly related to international business, jobs could include digital marketer, compliance officer, management consultant or recruitment consultant.