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International Business BA Honours

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Code
N121
Start
September 2019
Duration
3 years full-time
6 years part-time
Attendance
Full-time
Part-time
Fees
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£13,000 (INT) *
Course leader
Nathalie van-Meurs

In today's economy the parameters of business are global and not confined to location. Our innovative degree prepares you with the knowledge and skills to succeed in a global marketplace.

Why study BA International Business at Middlesex University?

You will study within a truly international Business School with the support of expert tutors who bring extensive international experience drawn from across the business disciplines. Our degree is focused on global strategy, cultural communication and intercultural ethics and through studying a broad range of modules you will learn the fundamentals of marketing, human resource management, economics, operations management and accounting. You will also develop the professional communication skills required to succeed in a fast-paced international business environment.

Work placements are an invaluable opportunity to gain employability skills so we have introduced two options by which you can integrate this into your time at Middlesex. Those who wish to do a placement can take either a 36 week 3rd year sandwich placement as part of a 4 year degree or two 18 week summer placements allowing you to complete within 3 years.

Course highlights

  • We offer a one year study abroad option in your second year linked to one of our partner universities in Europe and the USA as well as the option to join the EU Erasmus programme for one year, which can include a contribution to your tuition fees
  • You will have access to cutting-edge business resources including the Chartered Management Institute's Management Direct Resource Hub
  • Our innovative Enterprise Development Hub can support you to start your own business, and develop essential entrepreneurial skills
  • You will be able to take part in a wide range of international business competitions such as the CIMA Barclay's challenge
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module

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What will you study on the BA International Business?

Your studies will be focused on a progressively international business syllabus. Through tailored modules you will gain specialist knowledge in international trade and ethics and explore the challenges associated with taking a business to the global market. In addition, you will cover the fundamentals of business finance which are essential to making effective decisions in a globalised environment.

What will you gain?

You will develop a suite of transferable skills which are essential for business professionals, including communication, critical thinking, team-working, numerical and information technology skills. You will also gain effective communication skills through in-class presentations, optional real-life consulting projects and writing reports that focus on the globalised environment.

Modules

  • Year 1

    • Financial Concepts of Business (30 credits) - Compulsory
      This module aims to develop the financial understanding and knowledge of students withinbusiness organisations so as to enable them to make effective decisions and to assess thecost, economic and financial implications of these decisions. It aims to provide anunderstanding of the fundamental roles of accounting and finance for business students whodo not need to develop specialist knowledge as well as to provide an understanding of keyeconomic principles that inform business thought and practice.
    • Quantitative Methods for Business (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to the use of computer software tocollect, analyse and present business data. Students will learn to solve business andmanagement problems using Excel or other appropriate software with an emphasis on theapplication of methods to solve problems, and the interpretation and communication ofresults. The main aim is to enable the student to become a discerning user of quantitativemethods and computers in business analysis, which can be built upon in further study.

    • Principles of International Business Management (15 credits) - Compulsory

      The aim of this module is to develop students understanding of the management of organisations in the international context. It will introduce management concepts such as the business and management functions, organisational structure, entrepreneurship, and business ethics. Students will develop the ability to analyse the strengths and weaknesses of various management theories and their application in the management of international organisations. The module also introduces the students to the principle notions of international business.

    • People Management (15) - Compulsory

      The aim of this module is to develop students understanding of how people in organisations interact. It will introduce various people management concepts and human resource processes and practices. Students will develop the ability to compare and contrast a variety of organisational psychology and sociological theories and their application in the management of people.

    • Marketing Theory and Practice(30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module is designed to provide students with an overview of key marketing concepts and techniques, as they apply in a variety of organisations and in bothconventional and online environments. Students will develop knowledge and understanding of the core role of marketing in determining the growth potential ofan enterprise, including the value of the marketing mix in ensuring successfulmarketing implementation and the significance of external and internal operatingenvironments for marketing practice.

  • Year 2

    • International Business Environment (15 credits) – Compulsory

      In this module you will acquire the knowledge and skills required to investigate the complexity of businesses operating across borders. You will learn to analyse business environments and handle information using techniques, models and frameworks that will also start to build higher level employability skills.

    • Operations and Information Management (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to enhance students’ knowledge of key operations and informationmanagement concepts and processes and to develop analytical skills. The focus will be ondeveloping practical skills to enable operations and information management conceptapplication in real world situations.

    • International Human Resource Management (15 credits) - Compulsory

      The aim of this module is to provide students with the foundations of and critical insights intoInternational Human Resource Management (IHRM) and to critically explore the relationshipbetween IHRM and organisational performance; within both domestic and internationalcontexts. In addition, the module examines how, in a globalised environment, organisationsmanage the turbulent international economic environment. Cultural and institutional factorsthat influence IHRM will be evaluated and discussed in the context of their impact uponpractice. This will develop student competence to effectively manage a diverse workforce byengaging in a critical reflection of both theory and practice from both ethical andorganisational standpoints.

    • Trade and International Business (30 credits) – Compulsory

      The aim of this module is to develop in-depth understanding of theories relating to trade andinternational business, their application to an increasingly interdependent world, the role ofmultinational enterprise in the world trade system, and practical issues, such as incoterms,documentation, payment process and instruments, and trade compliance. Taken togetherthese elements should equip students with comprehensive knowledge and a broader senseof running a business beyond the domestic market.

    • Global Organisations (15 credits) – Compulsory

      The aim of this module is to introduce students to the key global players, such as the UN, WTO, World Bank, IMF, EU, G8, the emerging and the developing markets, and the Multinational Corporations (MNCs). This module helps students untangle the relations among these key global players in an increasingly complex international investment scene, by examining the evolution of these global organisations, their roles in the global economy and the ways they operate

    • International Entrepreneurship (30 credits) – Optional

      The aim of this module is to provide students with an understanding of managing a small business’s international growth. This will allow the student to confidently discover and develop business opportunities within a global market. The module uses a combination of workshops and self-directed learning to develop student’s skills in writing a viable business proposal.

    • International Business Law (30 credits) – Optional

      The aims of the module are to examine the laws regulating the conduct of business, specifically, an international perspective of how business is regulated. The first part of the module provides the essential knowledge and understanding of English law (English Legal System, Contract, Tort and Employment, Company law and Corporate Governance). The second part covers international aspects of conducting business (Corporate Social Responsibility, International HRM, Comparative Corporate Governance and International Commercial Arbitration)

    • Accounting and Finance for Business (30) (30 credits) – Optional

      This module aims to further develop and enhance the financial understanding and knowledge of students within business organisations on the subject areas of financial accounting, management accounting and financial management. It aims to provide a more in-depth understanding of the roles of accounting and finance for business students who do not need to develop specialist knowledge and to train students to apply their accounting and finance knowledge and skills into a range of different business situations

  • Year 3

    • International Business Strategy (30 credits) – Compulsory

      This module presents a broad and integrated view of strategic management in organisations. The module introduces strategic external and internal analysis and goes on to discuss competitive strategy and how businesses differentiate themselves. The module also illustrates corporate and international strategies and the links between environment, strategy and organisational culture. The students will analyse specific strategic issues and challenges that affect globally operating businesses, including, for example, business analytics, challenges of sustainability and strategic CSR, but also the dynamic nature of business and the consideration of the future of organisations, including the management of risk.

    • International Management (15 credits) – Compulsory

      This module aims to further develop and enhance students’ cross-cultural understanding and knowledge on the subject areas of globalisation, decision making, negotiation & communication, leadership & cultural intelligence. Students will analyse the complex context of international management so they know how to apply their cross-cultural knowledge and skills into a range of different business situations, using quantitative evidence to support their views

    • Professional Communication (15 credits) – Compulsory

      This module enables students to develop an understanding of strategies commonly used inprofessional discourse. It integrates concepts and approaches from applied linguistics andsocial psychology into the management of professional communication in a range ofbusiness settings. By exploring and contextualising professional discourse strategies,students will develop systematic and explicit approaches to analysing, evaluating andconstructing strategic communication.

    • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (30 credits) – Optional

      The aim of this module is to promote greater awareness of the importance of diversity issuesnationally and internationally. It provides insight to the implications of diversity from asocietal, organisational, and employee standpoint, exploring diversity debates, concepts andpractices regarding equality, fairness and inclusion. Subjects taught highlight the significanceof diversity management to careers and business sustainability. A variety of topics areincluded such as cross-cultural management, gender disparity, unconscious bias, agedisability, effective multicultural team-working, and diversity legislation.

    • International and Cross-Cultural Marketing (30 credits) – Optional

      This module introduces students to current theory and practice in international marketingand develops their ability to apply cultural concepts to marketing challenges. Students willlearn about new cultures in both the developed and emerging world and how to adaptmarketing strategies accordingly for business success.

    • Research Project (30 credits) – Optional

      This module is designed to develop students’ skills and knowledge relevant to planning and conducting a small-scale research project. Students will learn how to do research, including define research aim and objectives, conduct literature review, collect primary data, analyse and interpret data, and organise and present research proposal and final dissertation document. The module requires students to consolidate learning from other modules to plan and complete a small business and management related research project.

    • Global Supply Chain Management (30 credits) – Optional

      This module introduces students to the theories and techniques relevant to the management of global demand and global supply within the parameters of corporate and business unit strategies. Students will develop critical insights in design, implementation and operation of global supply chains while employing these to develop their own case studies.

    • Innovation Management (30 credits) – Optional

      This module aims to further develop and enhance students’ cross-cultural understanding andknowledge on the subject areas of globalisation, decision making, negotiation &communication, leadership & cultural intelligence. Students will analyse the complex contextof international management so they know how to apply their cross-cultural knowledge andskills into a range of different business situations, using quantitative evidence to support theirviews.

    • Consulting to Organisations (30 credits) – Optional

      The module builds on learning from prior modules and provides you with a theoretical introduction to consulting and the idea of the learning organisation. The module then provides an opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge to organisation practice by working in small teams on a real-time consultancy project which takes place in a variety of public, private and voluntary sector organisations. It gives you the responsibility of approaching and pitching to potential clients, managing yourself, your time, your team relationships and your relationships with external clients, to achieve outcomes that make a real difference to the organisation. The module provides a bridge between academic study and full-time employment by focusing on the significance and relevance of the consultancy experience. It aims to enhance your prospects of employment following the completion of the degree.

    • Work Internship (30 credits) – Optional

      The primary aim of the internship module is to provide you with the opportunity to undertake a period of work experience for a minimum of 30 days. This will facilitate you in gaining an insight into the world of work and appropriate conduct at work, as well as the process of becoming and staying employable through assertiveness, continuing development and reflection on both your development and the link between theory and practice. You will also develop an understanding of the organisation, sector and the environment in which it operates.

    • Leadership (15 credits) – Optional

      This module aims to provide grounding in the core competencies related to managementand leadership in organisations, enabling students to apply theory to practice inmanagement and leadership development. Alongside this, it will provide opportunities todevelop personal skills through workshops in leadership and team building. This module isaligned to CIPD intermediate unit narratives.

    • Sustainable Business (15 credits) – Optional

      This module focuses specifically on the development of the competences needed to developsustainable business. The module aims to provide the knowledge and skills of sustainablebusiness to enable students to make a strong contribution to society, economy and theenvironment. Students will be enabled through a competency-based approach that linksreal-world orientation, with personal development and coaching, to the development andmanagement of sustainable business.

    • Business Ethics (15 credits) – Optional

      This module aims to enhance students’ critical thinking skills by engaging in an in-depthexploration of ethics and social responsibility in business. It aims to equip students with theknowledge and skills needed to identify, analyse, and develop effective responses to ethicalissues and challenges in business. Students will develop an ability to assess issues fromdifferent points of view, including from individual, organisational and societal perspectives;and to apply and critically evaluate mechanisms and tools typically used to address ethicaland social responsibility issues.

    • Emerging Markets (15 credits) – Optional

      This module aims to develop students’ understanding of the role of emerging markets in international business. It offers insights into the key characteristics of emerging markets and the different opportunities and challenges available in such contexts for multinational enterprises (MNEs). It also discusses the emergence of Emerging Market Multinationals(EMNEs) and the opportunities and challenges these have in the global economy.

    • Financial Decisions for Business (15 credits) – Optional

      The aim of this module is to develop an understanding of the financial decisions required ofbusinesses. Two broad decisions will be explored, one is Investment decision and anotheris financing decision. Students will be equipped with theories and practical tools to helpmake the most suitable investment and financing decisions for different types of businesses.

    • Business Analytics (15 credits) – Optional

      This module aims to develop students’ knowledge and skills in business analytics. It examines the roles of data analytics in today’s business world using real world examples of businesses that have applied business analytics tools to solve critical problems. The module aims to equip students with a wide variety of data mining, visual and analytical techniques which can be applied to data generated from different markets, businesses, and business functions

Modules

*module details subject to validation*

  • September 2018 entry - Year 2 entry only

    • Year 2 modules

      International Business Environment (30 credits) – Compulsory

      In this module you will acquire the knowledge and skills required to investigate the complexity of businesses operating across borders. You will learn to analyse business environments and handle information using techniques, models and frameworks that will also start to build higher level employability skills.

      International Operations and Innovation Management (30 credits) – Compulsory

      This module aims to broaden and expand your knowledge and understanding of the concepts, tools and techniques of international operations and innovation management. You will develop analytical insights into current international operations management practices, explore the priorities and techniques of operations and innovation management and employ these to the design, operation and control of business processes.

      Human Resource Management in a Global Context (30 credits) – Optional

      This module builds upon knowledge gained in Year 1 on the business environment and the general management functions operating within organisations. You will develop an understanding of the international context of dealing with people issues in organisations.

      Managerial Finance (30 credits) – Optional

      This module aims to further develop and enhance your financial understanding and knowledge within business organisations. It aims to provide a more in-depth understanding of the roles of accounting and finance for those who do not need to develop specialist knowledge and to train you to apply your accounting and finance skills into a range of different business situations.

      Trade and International Business (30 credits) – Optional

      The aim of this module is to provide an understanding of the theories relating to trade and international business and how they are being applied in an increasingly interdependent world. The module commences with an introduction to the world trade system, the process of trade liberalisation and multilateral trade negotiations, the pros and cons of free trade. The second part of the course introduces the perspective of international business, in particular a focus on the role of multinational enterprise in the world trade system. Taken together these elements should equip you with a broader sense of running a business beyond the domestic market.

      International Business Law (30 credits) – Optional

      The aims of the module are to examine the laws regulating the conduct of business and business organisations. Additionally, an international perspective of how business is managed will be introduced. The first part of the module provides the essential basic knowledge and understanding of English law (English legal system, Contract, tort and employment, company law and corporate governance). The second part covers international aspects of conducting business (international HRM, comparative corporate governance and corporate social responsibility and international commercial arbitration).

    • Year 3 modules

      International Business Strategy (30 credits) – Compulsory

      This module aims to introduce you to the main concepts, analytical tools and theoretical frameworks in the field of international business strategy. The module is interdisciplinary in nature, bringing together and integrating knowledge and skills that you have learned previously, and applying them to the issues that typically faced by organisations when they operate internationally. It intends to develop your awareness to and sensitivity of the differences between international and domestic business, and improve your analytical, critical and problem solving abilities. It also develops your employability skills through various learning, teaching, and assessment strategies.

      International Management and Ethics (30 credits) – Compulsory

      This module aims to develop your awareness of cultural and ethical issues in an international organisational setting and to equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to manage these issues effectively, and enhance your employability in a global work context. The module examines the influence of culture on individuals, organisations and managerial work. It also provides you with critical awareness of conceptual frameworks, mechanisms and tools designed to identify, analyse and respond to issues of business ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility.

      Global Supply Chain Management (30 credits) – Optional

      This module aims to present the international nature of business supply chains and how companies are working in a global marketplace. You will develop an understanding of how companies develop and manage their global supply chains through certain management techniques. You will use theories to evaluate the choices given by organisations and link them to management of these international networks.

      International Finance (30 credits) – Optional

      This module aims to provide you with the theories of exchange rate and balance of payments, and the skills in managing international financial assets and exchange rate risks in a global environment. You will 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.

      International Marketing (30 credits) – Optional

      This module provides you 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. You will learn how to critically assess the implications of such forces and trends for marketing strategy and decision making when organisations operate across borders. You will also develop international marketing decision-making skills and know-how that will assist you in pursuing a career in international marketing or business.

      Small Business Going Global (30 credits) – Optional

      The aim of this module is to provide you with a grounding in enabling and managing a small business’s international growth. This will allow you to confidently discover and develop business opportunities within a global market. The module uses a combination of workshops and self-directed learning to develop your skills.

      Strategic Management Accounting (30 credits) – Optional

      This module aims to build on your knowledge of management accounting by looking at the wider measures of performance and decision making and the techniques that can be applied to such situations. The module attempts to give a broad understanding and critical evaluation of performance measurement. This includes quality and innovation as well as financial measures. The techniques and theory covered lead to a wider understanding of strategic decision making as well as overall company performance.

      Managing the Multinational Corporation (30 credits) – Optional

      The aim of this module is to provide an in-depth understanding of the evolution of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and the Multinational Corporation (MNC) as a key global investment player. This is important in an ever-growing complex international investment scene and the module pays particular attention to the way the modern MNC organises its activities, including the role of headquarters and subsidiaries, and how this determines their relations with other firms in forms of strategic alliances, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions.

Modules

  • September 2018 entry - Year 3 entry only

    • Year 3 modules

      International Business Strategy (30 credits) – Compulsory

      This module aims to introduce you to the main concepts, analytical tools and theoretical frameworks in the field of international business strategy. The module is interdisciplinary in nature, bringing together and integrating knowledge and skills that you have learned previously, and applying them to the issues that typically faced by organisations when they operate internationally. It intends to develop your awareness to and sensitivity of the differences between international and domestic business, and improve your analytical, critical and problem solving abilities. It also develops your employability skills through various learning, teaching, and assessment strategies.

      International Management and Ethics (30 credits) – Compulsory

      This module aims to develop your awareness of cultural and ethical issues in an international organisational setting and to equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to manage these issues effectively, and enhance your employability in a global work context. The module examines the influence of culture on individuals, organisations and managerial work. It also provides you with critical awareness of conceptual frameworks, mechanisms and tools designed to identify, analyse and respond to issues of business ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility.

      Global Supply Chain Management (30 credits) – Optional

      This module aims to present the international nature of business supply chains and how companies are working in a global marketplace. You will develop an understanding of how companies develop and manage their global supply chains through certain management techniques. You will use theories to evaluate the choices given by organisations and link them to management of these international networks.

      International Finance (30 credits) – Optional

      This module aims to provide you with the theories of exchange rate and balance of payments, and the skills in managing international financial assets and exchange rate risks in a global environment. You will 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.

      International Marketing (30 credits) – Optional

      This module provides you 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. You will learn how to critically assess the implications of such forces and trends for marketing strategy and decision making when organisations operate across borders. You will also develop international marketing decision-making skills and know-how that will assist you in pursuing a career in international marketing or business.

      Small Business Going Global (30 credits) – Optional

      The aim of this module is to provide you with a grounding in enabling and managing a small business’s international growth. This will allow you to confidently discover and develop business opportunities within a global market. The module uses a combination of workshops and self-directed learning to develop your skills.

      Strategic Management Accounting (30 credits) – Optional

      This module aims to build on your knowledge of management accounting by looking at the wider measures of performance and decision making and the techniques that can be applied to such situations. The module attempts to give a broad understanding and critical evaluation of performance measurement. This includes quality and innovation as well as financial measures. The techniques and theory covered lead to a wider understanding of strategic decision making as well as overall company performance.

      Managing the Multinational Corporation (30 credits) – Optional

      The aim of this module is to provide an in-depth understanding of the evolution of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and the Multinational Corporation (MNC) as a key global investment player. This is important in an ever-growing complex international investment scene and the module pays particular attention to the way the modern MNC organises its activities, including the role of headquarters and subsidiaries, and how this determines their relations with other firms in forms of strategic alliances, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

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How can the BA International Business support your career?

Our International Business graduates find themselves working in a wide range of industries, predominantly in organisations that have an international profile. Previous graduates have gone on to find success in roles such as Investment Banking Analyst, Restaurant Owner, New Product Developer, Finance Assistant, Vehicle Purchaser, Market Researcher, Marketing Manager, Assistant Procurement Officer, and also in Sales. You could be working in organisations like:

  • Mitchells & Butlers
  • Liaison Financial Services
  • House of Lords
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Quadrange Research
  • Limehouse Thai
  • Capital Partners
  • Spring Lodge Hotel
  • Hassan Zahid

    International Business BA student

    This degree addresses key business considerations such as setting organisational missions, allocating resources and fostering a social responsibility culture. I found the group coursework invaluable. It helped me become an effective team member and taking part in the presentations really helped to boost my confidence.I have no doubt that this course is helping to prepare me for my future goal – to gain a managerial position in an international profit or not-for-profit organisation.

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Code: N120

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