International business degrees are in high demand in our global world. With our course, you’ll develop a range of transferable skills which are essential in business settings. These include communication, information technology, critical thinking, and teamwork.
You’ll gain these skills alongside a deep theoretical foundation that’ll cover marketing, human resource management, global strategy, intercultural ethics, and many more. Our expert tutors, with years of international business experience, will prepare you for an exciting career in the global marketplace.
During your studies, you’ll have an opportunity to do a year of study abroad, linked with partner universities in Europe and the USA. This’ll deepen your understanding of what international business is and help you to apply your skills and knowledge in an international setting.
We also offer support through our innovative Enterprise Development Hub where you can get advice on how to start your own business and develop invaluable entrepreneurial skills.
Our modules are specifically designed to give all the tools you’ll need to succeed in an international business career. Many of our modules are work placement based to help integrate your knowledge with work from the very start, without having to extend your studies by a year.
During these modules, you’ll create and develop a personal development portfolio which will include your CV and covering letter, applications, and records of how you secured your work experience. You’ll get a chance to review your skills critically, identifying areas of success and improvement.
A degree in international business can lead to an exciting career path. Many of our graduates find themselves working in a range of industries with an international profile. Past graduates have gone on to work as product developers, market researchers, sales roles, investment banking analysts, and finance assistant.
Past career destinations for our graduates have included the NHS, Oracle, Grosstherm, and Orchard Recruitment.
We ensure that every student has adequate support throughout their time with us. That’s why you’ll get matched with a Personal Tutor as well as a Student Learning Assistant and a Graduate Academic Assistant. They’ll have experience in your subject area and will be able to help whenever you need.
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We’ve made sure that the skills and knowledge that you’ll gain on your course will not change during the coronavirus outbreak. If you’re applying to start this course or progressing into year one, two or three this autumn, your module information is below.
This module aims to examine the laws regulating the conduct of business and business organisations. The first part of the module provides the essential basic knowledge and understanding of English law (English Legal System, Contract, Tort and Employment) whilst the second part covers Company law and Corporate governance.
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.
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.
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.
This module aims to provide grounding in the core competencies related to management and leadership in organisations, enabling students to apply theory to practice in management and leadership development. Alongside this, it will provide opportunities to develop personal skills through workshops in leadership and team building. This module is aligned to CIPD intermediate unit narratives.
This module focuses specifically on the development of the competences needed to develop sustainable business. The module aims to provide the knowledge and skills of sustainable business to enable students to make a strong contribution to society, economy and the environment. Students will be enabled through a competency-based approach that links real-world orientation, with personal development and coaching, to the development and management of sustainable business.
This module aims to enhance students’ critical thinking skills by engaging in an in-depth exploration of ethics and social responsibility in business. It aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to identify, analyse, and develop effective responses to ethical issues and challenges in business. Students will develop an ability to assess issues from different points of view, including from individual, organisational and societal perspectives; and to apply and critically evaluate mechanisms and tools typically used to address ethical and social responsibility issues.
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.
The aim of this module is to develop an understanding of the financial decisions required of businesses. Two broad decisions will be explored, one is Investment decision and another is financing decision. Students will be equipped with theories and practical tools to help make the most suitable investment and financing decisions for different types of businesses.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
More information about this course
See the course specification for more information about typical course content outside of the coronavirus outbreak:
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.
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.
We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.
Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.
Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.
At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.
Start: October 2021, January 2021
Duration: 1-2 years full-time
Code: Level 5/Year 2 entry: N120, Level 6/Year 3 entry: N10J
Start: October 2020, January 2021
Duration: 3 years full-time, 4 years full-time with placement, 6 years part-time