BA (Hons) International Business


BSc (Hons)


4 Years





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If you are looking for a modern business course with an international focus, BA (Hons) International Business is a great option. This course is informed by the most cutting-edge business ideas and forward-thinking literature. Graduates of the International Business programme leave the course feeling prepared to enter the international workforce.

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About the course

This is a full-time programme that is delivered over the course of 2 years and 8 months. There are various start dates available (January, May, or September) to allow students some flexibility with their studies. 

Studying towards a BA (Hons) in International Business sets students up with the necessary skills to work in a range of professions. The course involves working closely with academic theory and practical case studies, allowing students to grasp how the theory can be applied in real business scenarios. 

Within this programme, students will cover modules such as business studies, finance, human resource management, marketing, and economics. This allows students to learn about many different business areas and enhances their employability. BA International Business takes a very hands-on approach to learning by incorporating workshops, guest lectures and field trips into the programme.

The programme runs over four levels, including teaching activities coupled with independent learning. The course explores how students can put what they have learned over the four years into practice within a business, and how they could implement change in an organisation through the knowledge they have gained.

Level 1

The first level introduces students to the basic concepts of business, and the key operational elements of running a company, such as finance, marketing, human resources, general business and economics.

  • Business in the 21st Century (20 Credits)
  • Fundamentals of Marketing (20 Credits)
  • Accounting for Business (20 Credits)
  • The Economic Environment (20 Credits)
  • Introducing People Management (20 Credits)
  • Business English (20 Credits)

Level 2

In level two, the basic concepts are taken to a more operational level and students start to understand the application of each within a business environment.

  • Operations Management (20 Credits)
  • Organisational Behaviour (20 Credits)
  • International Marketing (20 Credits)
  • Global Macroeconomic Policies (20 Credits)
  • Learning and Development (20 Credits)
  • Professional Development Experience 1 (20 Credits)

Level 3

In level three, students will look at the concepts from a more strategic perspective, aligning what has been learned in previous years to specific business scenarios.

  • Business Research Skills (20 Credits)
  • Strategic Management (20 Credits)
  • Consumer Behaviour (20 Credits)
  • Enterprise Creation (20 Credits)
  • Digital Project (20 Credits)
  • Managing Performance & Reward (20 Credits)

Level 4

The final level focuses on the dissertation, with students looking at their own personal development throughout duration of the programme.

  • Aspiring Futures (20 Credits)
  • Brands and Branding (20 Credits)
  • Organisational Transformation (20 Credits)
  • Critical Issues in International HRM (20 Credits)
  • Honours Dissertation (Business) (40 Credits)

Assessment is carried out through a combination of written exams, presentations, case studies, portfolio building and assignments over each academic level of the degree programme.

The overall assessment strategy ensures that a coherent balance of assessment is in place and that assessment supports employability and other complex learning intentions.

Students will frequently be given tasks to complete outside formal contact hours. These tasks are not necessarily assessable but will help you develop your understanding and knowledge from the feedback that you receive.

In addition to formal learning students will undertake significant levels of self-learning through the various mediums such as VLE, discussion boards, the Internet, databases, journals and reference books.

It is implicit in the course that by the end of their studies, students will have acquired a high level of competence in the learning technologies and the application of relevant software. The majority of modules require the use of computers for coursework submissions.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning: 36 hours
  • Independent study: 124 hours

Total 200 hours for each module.

Delivery methods

  • Lectures: 1.5 hours x 10 weeks
  • Tutorials: 2 hours x 10 weeks
  • Workshops: 1 hour

Why study BA (Hons) International Business?

  • This course generates excellent career prospects for students. The range of subjects that the course engages with, and the combination of practical and theory-based learning, enhances graduates’ employability.
  • International Business students will get the chance to learn from professionals with years of experience behind them, as well as from industry experts and guest lecturers. This ensures students can gain specialised subject knowledge. 
  • The modules have a large focus on problem-solving. Therefore, graduates will exit the course with strong critical thinking skills, ready for the world of work.

Entry Requirements

This course is suitable for both UK and international students. Applications are considered on an individual basis. Entry requirements vary according to regional differences. 

Below are the accepted entry requirements: 

  • Achieved A-levels at grades CCD, or equivalent.
  • For International Baccalaureate (IB), a minimum of 24 points. 
  • For Irish Learning Certificate, must have achieved H3, H3, H3, H4 (must include English).

Applicants who have completed the Business Foundation Programme are also eligible for entry.

English Language Requirements

For entry to this course, prospective students whose native language is not English must be able to demonstrate English Language capabilities. 

The most commonly accepted English Language qualification is the IELTS qualification (gained in the last 2 years). Applicants should have achieved a score of 6.0 and sub-test results should not be below 5.5. 

Other accepted English Language tests include:

  • Cambridge certificate of advanced English (CAE) and certificate of proficiency in English (CPE). Score: 176.
  • Trinity College Integrated Skills in English. Score: ISEII. 
  • Pearson Academic English. Score: 61.
  • TOEFL IBT. Score: 78.

You may also be permitted to take a supplementary English language programme before the start of the programme.

Tuition Costs for 2024/25

£9,250 per year UK students and £15,500 per year for International students.

UK Students

£ 9,250
per year
  • Duration: 2 years 8 months

International Students

£ 15,500
per year
  • Duration: 2 years 8 months

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