Today’s business is increasingly global in scope. This programme combines in-depth learning with the chance to experience business in action within another culture. Ideal for students considering a career in international management but who don’t wish to study a language to degree level, you will develop the skills and knowledge you need to begin your career in business, wherever in the world it takes you.
The BSc International Business course will appeal to students who are considering a future career in international management. Today’s business is increasingly international in scope and there are obvious advantages in combining knowledge of modern business with the experience of another culture
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The programme is global in its outlook with specialist modules in business communications, from crisis communications to social networking for business. A series of workshops develop a range of communications skills for business, supporting theoretical study, with the overall programme producing graduates who’re skilled communicators.
If you are looking for an international career in business management and recognize the importance communication will have in your future role, then this programme is for you.
This year lays the foundation for the study of business and management and public relations. You study the same programme as students on the BSc Business Management with Communications, including key message delivery and crisis communications, including key message delivery and crisis communications.
In your second year you will have some choice within the themed structure of the programme. The modules offered will change from time to time, as they are developed to reflect the ever-changing world of business. During the second year you also prepare for your study abroad. If at the end of your second year you decide you do not want to take up the year abroad you can choose to transfer to the three year programme.
After two years at Birmingham Business School, you will spend your third year abroad at one of our partner institutions, all of which are highly regarded. This year enables you to improve your understanding of the cultural context of business management and communications in another country.
As the number of places at each institution varies from year to year, you’ll need to be flexible about where you go. The exact subjects you study will depend on where you go but are compatible with the Business Management and the Business Communications degrees.
Please note that your year abroad is conditional upon a good performance in the first and second year exams, please see International Business with Language BSc for more information.
You can also arrange an exchange through the Universitas 21 programme (a list of partners is available on their site) or other partners in the wider University. For students who take a Universitas 21 place, there is the possibility of a University bursary. European exchanges are part of the EU’s Erasmus programme and you will be eligible for a small EU grant.
Your year abroad is taught in English, although many students benefit from the opportunity to learn their host country’s language. It may also be possible to undertake a work-based placement, boosting your practical experience.
In the final year there is the opportunity to undertake a placement with a local media institution.
This four-year BSc programme is structured to reflect the changing world of business, ensuring maximum relevance to your future career and providing you with a firm foundation of critical and analytical skills and practical knowledge that potential employers will find extremely attractive.
- Birmingham Business School is consistently found in international ranking tables and accredited by leading bodies, AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB. The triple-crown accreditation confirms our position within an elite group.
- Our strong links with industry mean that rigorous undergraduate academic study is combined with a real practical focus, leading to excellent job opportunities for our students.
Working with industry
Our strong links with industry mean that rigorous undergraduate academic study is combined with a real practical focus –and they also lead to excellent job opportunities for our students.
An international approach
We offer undergraduate modules on the international aspects of business – from international accounting through to understandingthe impacts of globalisation – and we currently have students from over35 countries on our undergraduate programmes. We also welcome students who want to come to Birmingham on the
Please note the modules listed below are for the 2019/20 academic year.
You can view all modules for the 2018/19 academic year here.
- Managing Financial Resources (20 credits)
- Introduction to Marketing and Communications (IMAC) (20 credits)
- Economics for Business (A) or Economics for Business (B)* (20 credits)
- Organisations, Management and Entrepreneurship (20 credits)
- Personal, Professional and Academic Development (20 credits)
- Widening Horizons Module (20 credits)
*Depending on prior learning
- Research Methods (20 credits)
- Responsible Business: Theory and Practice (20 credits)
Pathway compulsory modules
- Creative Campaign Production (20 credits)
- Public Relations and Reputation Management (20 credits)
- Marketing Communications (20 credits)
Students must choose 20 further credits from optional modules below:
Accounting and Finance theme
- Accounting, Management & Accountability (20 credits)
- Managerial Finance (20 credits)
- Event Management and Destination Marketing (20 credits)
- Consumer Behaviour (20 credits)
- Services and Retail Strategy (20 credits)
Business Economics theme
- Business, the Economy and Government (20 credits)
- Intermediate Business Economics and the Macroeconomy (20 credits)
- Models of Business (20 credits
Organisations & Entrepreneurship theme
- Managing in Business to Business Markets (20 credits)
- Managing Operations and Projects (20 credits)
- Human Resource Management (20 credits)
- Organisational Behaviour (20 credits)
Strategy and International Business theme
- Change Management (20 credits)
- Contemporary Capitalism (20 credits)
- International Study Year (120 credits) or International Work Year (120 credits)
Students must complete either a Dissertation (40 credits), an Extended Essay (20 credits). Students who choose to study abroad in Year 3 must take Advanced Communications Practice (Placement) as a pathway compulsory module.
Pathway compulsory modules
- Strategic Global Communication (20 credits)
- Branding in the Digital Age (20 credits)
- Advanced Communications Practice (Placement) (20 credits)
Students must choose the appropriate number of optional modules to achieve 120 credits in the Final Year. The Professional Development module is available as an option to students who have taken the International Study Year.
Accounting and Finance theme
- Accounting, Decision-Making & Governance (20 credits)
- Advanced Corporate Finance (20 credits)
- Contemporary Issues in Marketing (20 credits)
- Responsible Marketing and Consumption (20 credits)
Business Economics theme
- Economics of Labour Markets (20 credits)
- Advanced Business Economics (20 credits)
- Britain and the EU (20 credits)
- Globalisation, Innovation and Competitiveness (20 credits)
Organisations & Entrepreneurship theme
- Organisation Studies: Past, Present and Future (20 credits)
- Small Business and Entrepreneurship (20 credits)
- Fundamentals of Leadership (20 credits)
- Crisis Management (20 credits)
Strategy and International Business theme
- International Human Resource Management (20 credits)
- International Employment Relations (20 credits)
- Business Strategies in Emerging Economies (20 credits)
- Professional Development Module (20 credits)
Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2019. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.
Undergraduate Home/EU student fees 2019-20
Overseas students entering in 2019-20
Overseas students entering in 2019-20
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- Number of A levels required:
- Typical offer:
- Required subjects and grades:
- GCSE Mathematics and English at grade B
- General Studies:
- not accepted as one of three A2s, but a good performance may be taken into account if you fail to meet the conditions of the offer and have General Studies as a fourth A2
BTEC Extended Diploma in Business is accepted with grades DDD, other BTEC subjects are considered on a case by case basis.
BTEC Diploma in Business accepted in combination with an acceptable A level.
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Business accepted in combination with two acceptable A levels.
The year abroad is conditional upon an acceptable level of performance in your first-year examinations. If you do not achieve this, you will be transferred to the BSc Business Management with Communications.
International Baccalaureate Diploma: 6,6,5 at Higher Level with a minimum of 32 points overall.
Standard English language requirements apply
Learn more about international entry requirements
Depending on your chosen course of study, you may also be interested in one of our foundation pathways, which offer specially structured programmes for international students whose qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to UK universities. Further details can be found on Birmingham International Academy web pages.
Apply through the UCAS website using code NP19.
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As a Birmingham student you are part of an academic elite and will learn from world-leading experts. At Birmingham we advocate an enquiry based learning approach, from the outset you will be encouraged to become an independent and self-motivated learner, qualities that are highly sought after by employers. We want you to be challenged and will encourage you to think for yourself.
How will I be taught?
During your time at the Business School you will experience teaching through a mixture of lectures and tutorials. Small-group tutorials/personal tutorials run alongside our lectures, addressing any individual problems you may have and allowing you to consolidate lecture material, as well as test your understanding through problem-solving exercises.
Self study is an essential part of the programme and requires self motivation and enthusiasm for your subject and allows you to pursue your own lines of enquiry and become an independent thinker.
Undergraduate students can expect around 15 contact hours per week, depending on year of study and optional module choices made. The remainder of the working week consists of self-guided study based on degree programme content and requirements of specific modules.
Your learning will take place in a range of different settings, from scheduled teaching in lectures and small group tutorials, to self-study and peer group learning (for example preparing and delivering presentations with your classmates).
You’ll find academic and professional staff involved in the delivery of your BSc International Business with Communications degree here at Birmingham located in University House. Set in landscaped gardens this multi-million pound home to Birmingham Business School is equipped with the latest facilities and technology to ensure your studies are inspired by their surroundings, with lectures and teaching taking place in a variety of versatile lecture theatres and breakout rooms.
To begin with you may find this way of working challenging, but rest assured that we’ll enable you to make this transition. You will have access to a comprehensive support system that will assist and encourage you, including personal tutors and welfare tutors who can help with both academic and welfare issues. During your first year it is important that you have a smooth transition into University. You will be able to talk to your tutors about this and discuss if there are particular areas where you need support.
Our Academic Skills Centre also offers you support with your learning. The centre is a place where you can develop your mathematical, academic writing and general academic skills. It is the centre’s aim to help you to become a more effective and independent learner through the use of a range of high-quality and appropriate learning support services. These range from drop-in sessions with support with mathematics and statistics based problems provided by experienced mathematicians, to workshops on a range of topics including note talking, reading, writing and presentation skills.
Virtual and enquiry based learning
Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) is an excellent tool for supporting our academic courses, allowing you to share thoughts on assignments with other students via the discussion group facilities, and even submit your work electronically.
Enquiry Based Learning (EBL) is a group activity which requires you to work in a team, with a variety of assessment methods; in either a group or individually, by written reports and sometimes as a presentation. Based on techniques used in research-led organisations like the University of Birmingham, EBL gives you a research-orientated approach to a problem and helps you to gain essential skills that are highly valued by employers.
Studying at degree-level is likely to be very different from your previous experience of learning and teaching. You will be expected to think, discuss and engage critically with the subject and find things out for yourself. We will enable you to make this transition to a new style of learning, and the way that you are assessed during your studies will help you develop the essential skills you need to make a success of your time at Birmingham.
You’ll be assessed in a variety of ways, and these may be different with each module that you take. You will be assessed through coursework which may take the form of essays, group and individual presentations and formal exams.
During your first year it is important that you have a smooth transition into University. You will be able to talk to your tutors about this and discuss if there are particular areas where you need support. This is in addition to the personal tutor who is based in your school or department and can help with any academic issues you encounter.
At the beginning of each module, you’ll be given information on how and when you’ll be assessed for that particular programme of study. You’ll receive feedback on each assessment within four weeks, so that you can learn from and build on what you have done. You’ll be given feedback on any exams that you take; if you should fail an exam we will ensure that particularly detailed feedback is made available to enable you to learn for the future.
Our business degrees are highly regarded by employers and our graduates are very successful in the job market. Employers tell us that they value PR and communications skills highly, and organisations such as the BBC have recruited our graduates. In addition, internal communications specialists are increasingly sought after by human resource departments.
Our students find employment in areas as diverse as retail management, financial services, accountancy, motor manufacturing, management consultancy and pharmaceuticals; some become self employed and gone on to set up their own businesses after graduation.
Work experience provides an ideal opportunity to gain invaluable skills and knowledge that will help further your career plans. With generous support from Alumni, undergraduate students (excluding those in their final year) can apply for funding to cover their incurred costs whilst they are working:
- Global Challenge Bursary (apply for one of our sourced opportunities) - up to £9000 available
- Gateway Bursary - up to £2000 available
- International Bursary - up to £800 available
- UK professional Bursary - up to £800 available
- Research Experience Bursary - up to £500 available
This funding can help you pay for accommodation costs, travel expenses and living costs.
Your Birmingham degree
Your Birmingham degree is evidence of your ability to succeed in a demanding academic environment. Employers target Birmingham students for their drive, diversity, communication and problem-solving skills, their team-working abilities and cultural awareness, and our graduate employment statistics have continued to climb at a rate well above national trends. If you make the most of the wide range of services you will be able to develop your career from the moment you arrive.
Preparation for your career should be one of the first things you think about as you start university. Whether you have a clear idea of where your future aspirations lie or want to consider the broad range of opportunities available once you have a Birmingham degree, our Careers Network can help you achieve your goal.
Our unique careers guidance service is tailored to your academic subject area, offering a specialised team (in each of the five academic colleges) who can give you expert advice. Our team source exclusive work experience opportunities to help you stand out amongst the competition, with mentoring, global internships and placements available to you. Once you have a career in your sights, one-to-one support with CV’s and job applications will help give you the edge. In addition, our employer-endorsed award-winning Personal Skills Award (PSA) recognises your extra-curricular activities, and provides an accredited employability programme designed to improve your career prospects.
We also offer voluntary work which complements your studies by helping you gain practical experiences in occupational settings while contributing back to society. This can bring new skills that will be useful throughout your future and can make a positive impact on your learning whilst at university. Volunteering enables you to develop skills such as communication, interpersonal skills, teamwork, self-confidence and self-discipline all of which can be transferred into your studies.
Visit the University of Birmingham Careers pages for further information on how we are 'Investing in your future'.
Depending on the options you choose, you may be able to gain partial exemption from the examinations of professional bodies such as CIM, CIMA and ACCA. This will depend on the options chosen in your second and final years.