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Year of Entry 2019/20
BA (Honours)

International Business

Develop insights into international businesses and gain an understanding of the practicalities of international management.

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What is the fee? Home/EU: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
International: £13,250 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? 120 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? N124
When do I start? September
Placement available? Yes

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Course summary

  • Develop specialist expertise by studying key international business topics.
  • Apply your knowledge and skills to real-life business projects.
  • Study a foreign language to improve your employability.
  • Have the opportunity to study abroad — with Erasmus funding available for European placements.

This course will provide you with the theoretical knowledge, practical understanding and skills required to pursue a variety of careers in international business or management in both large and small organisations.

Student View

Watch student Cara McKelvey talk about what it’s like to study on this course.

How you learn

Watch course leader Michael Crone talk about this course.

Our large and diverse teaching team combines practical industry experience and academic research expertise. This enables us to offer a course that blends real-world understanding and relevance with advanced subject knowledge and a truly international perspective.

There are opportunities to study abroad at one of our partner universities with the possibility of funding through the Erasmus programme.

Course leaders and tutors

Thi Song Hanh Pham
Thi Song Hanh Pham
Senior Lecturer

Dr Thi Song Hanh Pham is a Senior Lecturer in International Business and Global Supply Chain Management. Before joining SBS, she worked as a Lecturer and Researcher … Read more

Applied learning

Work placements

You will have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement between your second and third years. This gives you real-world experience to prepare you for your future career. Due to our strong relationships with regional, national and international employers, we can help you to secure a great placement opportunity and support you while you are there, and salaries of up to £22,000 are possible. If you study abroad or do your work placement in another European country there may be funding available through the Erasmus programme.

Previous students have gained work placements with organisations including • Carlsberg UK • Experian • GE Capital Solutions • IBM UK • Janssen Pharmaceuticals • Lloyds Banking Group • Metropolitan Police • Microsoft UK • Nestle UK • Nissan Motors • Unilever • Vauxhall Motors • Walt Disney Company.

If you do not take a work placement, you can still gain valuable work experience through an international consultancy project during your final year.

Networking opportunities

You have an academic and professional adviser to support your progress and help you develop your academic skills. You can also join the student-led International Business and Economics Society to meet others and discuss and debate current events in the economy and business world. The society arranges social events and hosts guest lectures by academic experts and industry practitioners.

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career as an

  • account manager
  • advertising executive
  • business analyst
  • business developer
  • buyer
  • distribution manager
  • events coordinator
  • logistics manager
  • management consultant
  • marketing communication executive
  • market research analyst
  • press executive
  • project manager
  • product manager
  • recruitment consultant
  • retail manager
  • sales director

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for

  • Allianz
  • Bloomberg
  • Centrica
  • Cisco
  • Cooperative Bank
  • Cummins
  • 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

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Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 112

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

  • BBC at A Level
  • DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • A combination of qualifications, which may include AS levels, EPQ and general studies


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

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.

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 you do not have any of the qualifications above but have relevant experience you are welcome to discuss potential opportunities with the admissions tutor.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

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. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

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


The modules for 2019/20 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2018/19

You can take an optional placement in year three.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Data Analysis For Business Decisions Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Economics For Business Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Foundations Of International Business Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: People And Organisations In Context Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Professional Skills For International Business Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Customers And Markets Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Foreign Language Credits: 10 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Cross Cultural Management Competencies Credits: 20
Module: Financial Fluency For Management Decision Making Credits: 20
Module: International Entrepreneurship Credits: 20
Module: Managing International Business Credits: 20
Module: Multinational Enterprises And Foreign Direct Investment Credits: 20
Elective modules
Module Credits
Module: Business In Practice Credits: 20
Module: Business Law Credits: 20
Module: Foreign Language Credits: 10
Module: Planning Your Own Business Credits: 20
Module: Service And Retail Marketing Credits: 20

Year 3

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Year Credits: -

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Contemporary Issues In International Business Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Global Governance In International Business Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Global Supply Chain Management Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: International Business Consultancy Project Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: International Strategy Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Business In The European Economy Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Contemporary Issues In Marketing Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Foreign Language Credits: 10 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Global Financial Markets Credits: 20 Assessment: Exam

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2019/20 is £9,250 per year. 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 students starting full-time study in 2019/20 is £13,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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