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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Final Year, MSc International Business
“I was fortunate enough to spend a year in Hong Kong, one of the most relevant business and finance centres in the world. A year studying at a top Asian university and the change to gain work experience in a local start-up has taught me a great deal about how much culture can impact business practice, introduced me to many impressive and influential characters, and has opened my eyes to the ever-increasing market opportunities beyond those in Europe.”
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This International Business undergraduate degree programme will appeal to you if you are considering a future career in international management, but do not want to study a language to degree level. Our four-year programmes equip you with the expertise needed to understand business on both a national and a global scale. They are structured to reflect the changing world of commerce, providing you with a firm foundation for the world of work.
Students on our International Business course enjoy above average contact hours with academic staff.
In the years you spend studying BSc International Business at Birmingham Business School, you will follow the core modules offered on the three-year BSc Business Management degree. You will also be prepared for your year overseas.
Your second year allows you build your degree depending on your interests and career aspirations. 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.
You will spend your third year abroad at one of our partner institutions all of which are highly regarded. 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.
Your final year of study continues to allow you to build your degree depending on your interests and career aspirations. We’re constantly updating the range of modules on offer to reflect the ever-changing world of business. This ensures that your degree remains sufficiently generalist to give you a wide choice of career options on graduation.
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.
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.
Students must take one of the following modules, depending on prior qualifications:
Choose one of the following:
A Widening Horizons Module worth 20 credits must be taken.
Students must choose a further 100 credits from the options below. Equal numbers of credits must be taken in each semester.
- Managing in B2B Markets: Contracts, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, 10 credits
- Public Relations, 10 credits
- Crisis Management, 10 credits
- International Entrepreneurship, 10 credits
- Business, Economy and Government, 10 credits
- Consumer Behaviour, 10 credits
- Critical Analysis in Management, 20 credits
- Event Management, 10 credits
- Fundamentals of Leadership, 10 credits
- Human Resource Management, 10 credits
- Intermediate Business Economics and the Macroeconomy, 20 credits
- International Marketing, 10 credits
- Law for Accountancy and Business, 20 credits
- Managerial Finance, 10 credits
- Models of Business, 10 credits
- Operations Management, 10 credits
- Project Management, 10 credits
- Service and Relationship Marketing, 10 credits
- Strategy and Finance, 10 credits
- Organisational Behaviour, 10 credits
Students will choose to either study or work abroad.
Students must choose a further 100 credits from the options below. Equal numbers of credits must be taken in each semester (50 credits in each semester):
- The Russian Economy: From Plan to Market A, 10 credits
- The Russian Economy: From Plan to Market B, 10 credits
- Advanced Business Economics, 20 credits
- Advanced Managerial Finance, 10 credits
- Brand Marketing, 10 credits
- Business to Business Marketing, 10 credits
- Change Management, 10 credits
- Contemporary Capitalism, 10 credits
- Economics of Labour Markets, 20 credits
- Employee Relations, 10 credits
- Employment & Business Development and Policy in the EU (A), 10 credits
- Employment & Business Development and Policy in the EU (B), 10 credits
- Global Business Ethics, 10 credits
- International Business Management, 10 credits
- International Corporate Governance, 10 credits
- International Human Resource Management, 10 credits
- Knowledge and Creative Economies, 10 credits
- Knowledge, Innovation and Global Business, 10 credits
- Marketing Communications, 10 credits
- Organisation Studies: Past, Present and Future, 20 credits
- Professional Development, 20 credits
- Small Business and Entrepreneurship, 20 credits
- Social Marketing and Societal Issues, 10 credits
- Strategic Management, 20 credits
- Strategic Stakeholder Communications, 10 credits
- eMarketing, 10 credits
- Retailing, 10 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 2018. 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 2018-19
Overseas students entering in 2018-19
Overseas students entering in 2018-19
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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.
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.
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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 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 have long been recognised by major employers across all sectors of the economy. Our students find employment in areas as diverse as retail management, financial services, accountancy, motor manufacturing, management consultancy and pharmaceuticals; some become self employed.
“The University of Birmingham produces enthusiastic, motivated individuals who are ready to enter the world with us.” Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP
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.
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