BA (Honours) International Business

Year of Entry 2024/25
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BA (Honours)

International Business

Explore international business concepts to become a dynamic business and management professional, able to operate in diverse global settings.

Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
International/EU: £16,655 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
How long will I study? 3 / 4 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 112-120 UCAS points
What is the UCAS code? N124
When do I start? September 2024
Placement year available? Yes

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92% of our graduates are in work or further study fifteen months after graduating, with 71% in highly skilled employment or further study (2020/21 Graduate Outcomes Survey).

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Course summary

  • Explore cross-cultural management, global supply chains and market entry strategies.
  • Take the opportunity to study abroad for a semester or year-long placement.
  • Gain experience with placements, internships, consultancy and global entrepreneurship.
  • Build an agile skill set fo working in international business environments.

Employers today are increasingly looking for graduates with an international perspective. Based in our Sheffield Business School, on this course you’ll join a global community where business leaders, researchers and 7,000 business students come together to solve problems and make the world better. You’ll gain valuable connections and the experience you need to develop a dynamic career.


Sheffield Business School accreditation

Sheffield Business School is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), placing us in the top 5% of business schools globally.

How you learn

Watch lecturer Paul Allan talk about this course.

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive. 

You’ll be taught by teachers who are active in their field. Industry specialists have helped to shape the design of your course – helping you graduate with the skills employers are looking for. Our teaching strategies are grounded in contemporary academic research, with a strong emphasis on addressing the practical challenges faced by global, cross-cultural organisations.

The course can feed into specialist training on export management from the International Trade Centre.

You learn through: 

  • Lectures 
  • Seminars
  • Problem-solving exercises
  • Simulations and learning games
  • Dedicated tutor support
  • Guest lectures
  • Live consultancy projects
  • Group and individual presentations

Key Themes

In international business, organisations navigate different national contexts in a range of increasingly significant ways. You’ll explore international trade, cross-border investment, international entrepreneurship, global sourcing, offshoring and international marketing. These aspects are often associated with multinationals, but also involve smaller firms and entrepreneurial ventures.

You’ll study the changing nature of the international business environment and how this impacts business processes, transactions and leadership. We’ll prepare you for the diversity and complexity which accompany a globally integrated and internationally focused business environment.

You'll also acquire essential skills in project management, business analysis and leadership – learning how to present information and critically evaluate issues as you collaborate and problem-solve in teams. 

Course Support

Several modules offer opportunities to tailor your learning experience, including the flexibility to choose assessment tasks that align with your preferences and goals.

Throughout your learning journey, you’ll experience a range of dedicated support, such as:

  • Access to our unique student support triangle to help with your personal, academic and career development.
  • Access to our Skills Centre with one-to-ones, webinars and online resources.
  • Free office and studio space, expert workshops, freelance opportunities and a vast business network ready for you to tap into.
  • Career support for up to five years after graduating.

Course leaders and tutors

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Roman Kalivoda
Senior Lecturer

I am senior lecturer in International Business, module leader for Managing Global Alliances, and course leader for Global Supply Chain Management

Applied learning

We think the best way to learn something is to do it in the real world. This guides everything we do at Sheffield Business School. 

Work Placements 

You’ll have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement in between your second and third years. This gives you valuable work experience to prepare you for your future career – and allows you to graduate with an Applied Professional Diploma to add to your CV.

Our students have recently gained work placements with national and international organisations, including Nissan, IBM, Microsoft and L’Oreal.

Live Projects 

Through our partnerships with leading businesses and industry experts, we offer you valuable opportunities to gain hands-on work experience, build your network and acquire the essential skills demanded in the workplace. 

Alongside your course, you can also take part in specialist training on export management from the International Trade Centre.

Field Trips

We offer trips to a variety of organisations, including local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and multinationals with operations in the UK. These are great chances to see the types of environments you may be working within in the future.

Networking Opportunities

You can connect with employers through Careers Days and guest lectures – gaining valuable insights into the challenges that real-world businesses are facing. You may also be able to network with previous graduates who share their experiences while empathising with the stage you’re at in your career.

We’ll also encourage you to take part in competitions, with prizes available for strong projects and inspirational students.


Future careers

Graduates of international business courses can perform a wide variety of roles, such as: 

  • Business and market development 
  • Market and business research 
  • Marketing communications and advertising
  • Purchasing, logistics and supply chain management
  • Export coordination 
  • Consultancy management
  • Brand development 
  • Product and project management 

Previous international business graduates have gone on to work for:

  • Allianz 
  • Bloomberg 
  • Centrica 
  • Cisco 
  • Cooperative Bank
  • Experian
  • Fujitsu 
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • GE Money
  • IBM UK
  • Janssen Pharmaceuticals
  • National Grid
  • Norwich Union
  • Pirelli
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Royal Bank of Scotland
  • SAP
  • SSE
  • Telefónica UK (O2) 
  • Tesco 

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

City Campus

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Location

Howard Street
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S1 1WB

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Equipment and facilities

You’ll study in world-class learning facilities, such as specialist labs, design studios, practice facilities, simulation environments, our award-winning enterprise centre and a 24/7 library.

You’ll have access to specialist equipment and resources, such as:

  • Video-making hardware and software via the library and AppsAnywhere. 
  • Business gamification simulation equipment.
  • Access to networks to develop a business idea or start your own business.

As part of our campus masterplan, we’re developing a brand new, net-zero-ready building right at the heart of the city centre. 

You’ll benefit from dedicated business facilities such as a business lounge, trading floor and languages hub, plus plenty of room to study in social learning spaces, seminar rooms and PC labs – all set in 400 square metres of stunning green space, where you can socialise, eat, relax and study.

Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 112-120

This must include at least 64 points from 2 A Levels or equivalent BTEC qualifications. For example:

  • BBC-BBB at A Level
  • DDM in BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Merit overall from a T level qualification
  • A combination of qualifications, which may include AS levels, EPQ and general studies

GCSE

  • English language or literature at grade C or 4
  • Maths at grade D or 3

GCSE equivalents

  • Level 2 Literacy or Functional Skills Level 2 English
  • Level 2 Numeracy or Functional Skills Level 2 Maths

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• Access - an Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above, from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

• entry with prior credit - we consider applications for direct entry to the final year from those holding Higher National Diplomas or equivalent qualifications

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

We welcome applications from people of any age. We may be flexible in our normal offer if you can show a commitment to succeed and have the relevant skills and experience. This must show that you will benefit from and finish the course successfully.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Contemporary International Business Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Economic Environment For International Business Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Foundations Of Business Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Practical
Module: Understanding People And Cultures Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Global Entrepreneurship Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Managing Across Borders Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Managing Business And Financial Performance Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Business In Emerging Markets Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Foreign Language (French,Spanish,Italian,Chinese) Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Managing And Developing People In Diverse Contexts Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: The Digital Customer Experience Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 3

Optional modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Year Credits: -

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Advanced International Business Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Consultancy Project In International Business Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: International Business Strategy And Practice Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Contemporary Leadership In Context Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Dynamic Issues In International Business Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Marketing In A Global Context Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2024/25 is £9,250 per year. These fees are regulated by the UK government and are therefore subject to changes in government policy. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £16,655 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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Financial support for home/EU students

How tuition fees work, student loans and other financial support available.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Business, management and enterprise courses (PDF, 188.2KB)

Legal information

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.

 

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