“I wanted to come to Middlesex because the student body is so diverse. For an international student it feels like a second home.” Hassan Zahid, BA International Business student
Fast-track your knowledge of international business and trade and expand your career opportunities with a degree from our Business School, taught by academics who bring industry experience from a range of business sectors.
Our one-year course offers an innovative blend of theory alongside workshops, simulations, role-plays, and real-life case studies, ensuring you develop the professional skills to succeed in a fast-paced corporate environment. Our academics bring professional experience from a diverse range of industries to inform your studies.
Trade is central to business operations and our degree is designed to extend your understanding of key business and trade practices in an international context. Analysing the risks and opportunities of the global business environment, you will develop the knowledge and skills to build a successful global career across a wide range of sectors. The course is designed to build on your previous International Business HND, foundation degree, or international business qualification.
Through compulsory and optional modules you will develop the knowledge and skills to build an international business career that crosses cultural and geographical boundaries. Three key modules will support you to build expert knowledge of organisations and their functions, structure and management. And national and international business processes, including planning, improvement and control strategy. You also choose an option module tailored to your interests from: International Finance, Globalisation and Trade, Global Operations Management and International Marketing.
You will develop a suite of advanced business skills to support career success, including: analytical thinking, problem solving, team work and leadership.
This module introduces the main concepts, analytical tools and theoretical frameworks in the field of global business strategy and cross-cultural management. This module develops the ability to analyse and manage the complexities of the environment of organisations that operate in a global context. Furthermore, the module develops a critical appreciation of the theory and practice of organisation design to achieve effectiveness. The module provides opportunities to improve the analytical, critical and problem solving abilities of the students. The international context will be an integral theme throughout the module and particular reference will be made to the difficulties and ethical considerations encountered when managing organisations within differing political, economic, cultural and social contexts.
The aim of this module is to develop an understanding of those managerial concepts and techniques required in the design, management and control of work systems. The term work systems is used in a broad sense and includes both manufacturing and service systems. The module will look at the configuration and coordination of international business operations. Through configuration the location choices will be examined. The theories and decision making methodologies will be explained in detail. In coordination, the advantage of international operations will be discussed in detail including technology/knowledge transfer and general operations management issues.
The aims of the module are to provide an appreciation of the economic theory relevant to both globalisation, world trade, international business, and multinational firms; to introduce the student to all major strands of the debate about new trade theories and multinationals; to acquire the necessary theoretical knowledge to evaluate and analyse policy issues relating to international business, trade and globalisation.
This module aims to provide level 6 students with knowledge of theories of exchange rate and balance of payments, and skills of managing international financial assets and exchange rate risks in a global environment. Students have the opportunity to study the operations of the world capital markets, grasp the principles essential to understanding of global financial issues and policies, and apply tools to effectively evaluate international risk in order to succeed in international financial environment.
This module provides students with a thorough understanding of the nature of the international market place and the complex and challenging forces that shape the current international business environment and highlights future trends. Students will learn how to critically assess the implications of such forces and trends for marketing strategy and decision making when organisations operate across borders. They will also develop international marketing decision-making skills and know-how that will assist them in pursuing a career in international marketing or business.
The aim of this module is to provide an understanding of the issues relating to international trade in an increasingly interdependent world. The specific aims are to develop a theoretical understanding of the causes of world trade as well as some practical appreciation of the business of trade. We shall consider the gains and benefits of free trade and the trade liberalisation process as well as an understanding of the world trading system, multilateral trade negotiations and the mechanism of international trade dispute settlement.
This module aims to develop and enhance students knowledge and understanding of quantitative methods and accounting techniques used in international business and trade. The module uses mathematical and statistical techniques to develop an understanding of the models underlying finance, statistical and probability methods used in analysing financial data and a broad introduction to financial accounting for business students who do not need to develop specialist knowledge.
As well as reading textbooks and academic journals, you will attend lectures, workshops and seminars. You will take part in class discussions, role-play and problem-solving exercises, simulations, case study analyses and online, individual and group exercises.
You will be assessed through exams and tests, as well as essays and other written assignments, presentations and case study analyses. Some assessed work will be group work. You will receive regular feedback on your work.
Our entry requirements are displayed as grades. Please use the UCAS calculator to find out the equivalent tariff points.
UK/EU and International students are eligible to apply for this course.
If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another university, you may be able to enter a Middlesex University course in year two or three. For further information please visit our Transfer students page.
If you have relevant work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University qualification. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in all four components). Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted English tests and qualifications. If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
Entry onto this course does not require an interview, entrance test, portfolio or audition.
Our graduates are attractive to employers because they understand global business operations, and bring analytical and problem-solving skills. You will be well prepared to work in an international firm, in the UK or abroad.
Our graduates now work for a wide range of organisations including: Hydrogen Group, NHS, International Trade & Development, YMCA, ITSS, Rhodia, O2, Ikea, CPW and Total Security.
And work in a range of roles including: Junior Account Executive, Consultant, Junior Conference Manager, Trainee Journalist, Assistant Business Manager, Junior Duty Support Officer, Learning Mentor, Managerial Assistant.
Our Employability Service can help you to develop your employability skills and gain valuable work experience. We provide workshops, events and one-to-one support with job hunting, CVs, covering letters, interviews and networking. We also support you in securing part-time work, placements, internships, and volunteering opportunities, and offer an enterprise support service for those looking to start their own business.
BA International Business student
"I wanted to come to Middlesex as it was one of the big universities in London, and the student body is so diverse that for an international student like me, it feels like a second home."
"I had a business studies background before joining Middlesex, and I wanted to do a degree in International Business because I wanted to develop and apply my business knowledge in international markets. This degree addresses issues such as setting organisational mission and goals, how to allocate a company's resources, meeting business obligations and fostering social responsibility. I'm confident that the content of this course is helping me to prepare for future managerial positions in international profit and non profit organisations."