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International Business BA Honours

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September 2018
3 years full-time
6 years part-time
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£12,500 (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

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.


  • Year 1

    • Applications and Research in Management (30 credits) – Compulsory

      This module provides an interesting and enjoyable introduction to basic economic, financial and statistical ideas in the business environment. You will gain an understanding of key macroeconomic and microeconomic principles, and important insights into how economics factors and affect business decisions and outcomes. You will learn the fundamentals of accounting and finance necessary to make more effective business decisions and to assess the cost and financial implications/outcomes of those decisions. You will also learn basic quantitative methods for the analysis, interpretation and presentation of data.

    • Financial Aspects of Business (30 credits) – Compulsory

      This module aims to develop your financial understanding and knowledge within business organisations to enable you to make effective decisions and assess the cost, economic and financial implications and outcomes of these decisions. It aims to provide an understanding of the fundamental roles of accounting and finance for those who do not need to develop specialist knowledge as well as to provide an understanding of key microeconomic and macroeconomic principles that inform business thought and practice.

    • Marketing Theory and Practice (30 credits) – Compulsory

      This module is designed to provide an overview of key marketing concepts and techniques, as they apply in a variety of organisations and in both conventional and online environments. You will develop knowledge and understanding of the core role of marketing in determining the growth potential of an enterprise, including the value of the marketing mix in ensuring successful marketing implementation and the significance of external and internal operating environments for marketing practice.

    • Foundations in International Management and Organisation (30 credits) – Compulsory

      This module aims to give you an understanding of the nature of international business organisations and factors influencing how people work and manage in them. It puts organisations into their context and introduces you to theories of organisation, management, individual and group behaviour, within an international context.

  • Year 2

    • 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

    • 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. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

  1. Overview
  2. Teaching and learning
  3. Assessment and feedback
  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  2. International

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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