Why this course?
Our International Business (IB) degree will give you the opportunity to understand the international business environment.
It offers you a life-changing experience where you’ll study abroad for at least one semester at an international partner institution.
It will prepare you for the world of international business while allowing you to specialise in a chosen area.
This experience will really boost your career prospects; not only will you have an understanding of international business from another country’s perspective but it will give you the chance to become fluent in the language.
You’ll choose a specialism from the following:
- Business Analysis & Technology
- Business Enterprise
- Hospitality & Tourism Management
- Human Resource Management
What you’ll study
Years 1 & 2
There’s a focus on International Business and you can also choose classes from a selection of areas of the Business School. At the end of your first year, you’ll choose two of your Business subjects to take into second and third year.
You’ll study classes in business and international business, in English, at a partner university or business school elsewhere in Europe, South East Asia, Australasia or North America. This will be for at least one semester. Throughout the first three years, you’ll undertake the Management Development Programme, which is designed to develop your business skills and competencies.
The third year is experiential allowing you to take a real life business project.
You’ll study Issues & Trends in International Business as well as a business specialism. You’ll also write a dissertation, investigating a topic of expertise you’ve developed over your degree which will have an International Business focus. This allows to take a focused piece of research, while demonstrating your well-developed analytical and research skills to potential employers.
This course includes a compulsory exchange period in Year 3 when you'll spend time abroad studying at one of our partner business schools. We currently send students on exchange to various universities all over the world.
During your final year of study, you'll attend the Contemporary Issues and Trends in International Business class where you'll have the opportunity to attend a series of guest lectures delivered by high calibre practitioners from both national and international organisations.
Along with this module, you'll also study four other classes from other departments within the Business School.
Managing in a Global Context
This class introduces you to the complexities of the international business environment by initially looking at the critical role of the manager and leadership in organisations today. The second half of the class gives an introductory set of lectures on the various complexities of the global business environment.
In addition to this class, you'll also study two classes from your principal subject areas.
International Business Analysis
This class furthers the foundation learning covered in Year 1. It gives you a grounding in the historical context of international business, global institutions, theories underpinning international trade and investment, and the main decision criteria, considerations and options facing the firm or organization that is, or is wishing to, operate internationally.
Along with this class, you'll study two classes from your principal subject area. If you're spending the second semester of Year 3 abroad, you'll take an equivalent class in your exchange institution.
Managing Across Cultures & Frontiers
This class builds on the theories and concepts introduced in Managing in a Global Context in Year 1 and International Business Analysis in Year 2. It does so by focusing more on the complex cross-cultural and human resource issues associated with the implementation of international business practice and strategies.
Along with this class, you'll also study one class from your principal subject area and one International Business elective.
Contemporary Issues & Trends in International Business
International Business electives
The class aims to introduce students to a range of contemporary issues impacting on business organisations and managers operating in an international context. It encourages students to think critically about recent trends and issues and provides them with a range of conceptual models and analytical tools appropriate to the changing landscape of international business.
- Management, Enterprise & the Rise of the Global Economy
- International Entrepreneurship
- International Business Management
- Electronic Commerce
- Project Management
- Human Resources in the Global Economy
The majority of classes involve a final unseen exam which is normally at the end of the semester. This is normally supplemented by individual and/or group coursework.
In some cases, you can get exemption from the final exam if you achieve a specific mark for your coursework (and satisfying attendance requirements).
Learning & teaching
Teaching is over two semesters in blocks of 12 weeks. Classes are taught through lectures, tutorials, and seminars alongside team-based projects, online materials, and interactive sessions using personal response systems.
External contributors from partnership corporate organisations are involved in teaching and/or assessment of student presentations.
The innovative and highly acclaimed Management Development Programme (MDP) is at the core of our undergraduate degrees in the Business School and comprises a series of classes which you take throughout Years 1 to 3.
You develop knowledge and skills in key areas of management, and team-working, communication and decision-making skills, all of which are highly sought-after by employers.
Major employers and alumni from all sectors are involved in the MDP, participating in group sessions, observing student presentations, and providing feedback. Organisations involved include Barclays, Deloitte, Procter & Gamble and Ernst & Young. In first year the best teams are selected to present to senior staff in one of the sponsoring organisations, and there are prizes for the best projects.
The programme builds your confidence and entrepreneurial capabilities, and promotes awareness of globalisation and ethical issues in personal and business decision-making. In Year 3, you develop your own pathway from internships, involvement with business projects, engagement in interdisciplinary activities and business clinics.
Required subjects are indicated following minimum accepted grades.
AAAB or AABBB
AAABBB (English B, Maths National 5B/Intermediate 2B; Higher Maths B for combinations with Finance)
Minimum entry requirements: BBB (GCSE English Language B or Literature B, or an essay-based A Level B may be considered in lieu of English; GCSE Maths B; Maths A Level B for combinations with Finance)
Typical entry requirements: ABB (GCSE English Language B or Literature B; GCSE Maths B/A Level B for combinations with Finance)
36 (no subject below 5 and including English SL5, Maths SL5/Maths Studies 5; Maths/Maths Studies SL6 for combinations with Finance)
Successful completion at first attempt with A passes in all graded Units. Contact Business School Admissions for advice on entry to year 2.
Deferred entry not accepted.
Admission to Honours
All students will be admitted as potential Honours students. Students may exit with a Bachelor of Arts degree at the end of year three of the Honours programme if they have accumulated at least 360 credits and satisfied the appropriate specialisation requirements. For admission to the final year of the Honours course, a student must have qualified for the award of the Bachelor of Arts degree and achieved an approved standard of performance.
English language requirement
A pass in an English language qualification is normally required from applicants outside the UK whose first language is not English. The following provides information on the main qualifications considered for entry to the Business School undergraduate degree courses.
IELTS: Minimum overall band score of 6.5 (no individual test score below 5.5)
We want to increase opportunities for people from every background. Strathclyde selects our students based on merit, potential and the ability to benefit from the education we offer. We look for more than just your grades. We consider the circumstances of your education and will make lower offers to certain applicants as a result.
Find out if you can benefit from this type of offer.
Find out entry requirements for your country.
Degree preparation course for international students
We offer international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for an undergraduate degree at Strathclyde the option of completing an Undergraduate Foundation year programme at the International Study Centre.
You can also complete the online application form, or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.
Fees & funding
How much will my course cost?
All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.
Rest of UK
The 2018-19 fee rate will be updated when it has been confirmed by the UK and Scottish Governments. Assuming no change in Rest of UK fees policy over the period, the total amount payable by undergraduate students will be capped. For students commencing study in 2017/18, this is capped at £27,750 (with the exception of the MPharm and Integrated Masters courses); MPharm students pay £9,250 for each of the four years. Students studying on Integrated Masters degree programmes pay an additional £9,250 for the Masters year with the exception of those undertaking a full-year industrial placement where a separate placement fee will apply.
International Study Centre
Please find information about the student fees for university pathway programmes on the International Study Centre (ISC) website
Course materials & costs
Essential textbooks for the course cost approximately £200 per year. There will also be a minimum of two copies per textbook available in the main library.
Students are responsible for the costs of printing and binding of the undergraduate final project. Costs are approximately £50.
Graduation fee and gown hire are also to be met by students.
Please note: All fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.
How can I fund my studies?
Students from Scotland and the EU
If you're a Scottish or EU student, you may be able to apply to the Student Award Agency Scotland (SAAS) to have your tuition fees paid by the Scottish government. Scottish students may also be eligible for a bursary and loan to help cover living costs while at University.
For more information on funding your studies have a look at our University Funding page.
Students from England, Wales & Northern Ireland
We have a generous package of bursaries on offer for students from England, Northern Ireland and Wales
You don’t need to make a separate application for these. When your place is confirmed at Strathclyde, we’ll assess your eligibility.
Have a look at our scholarship search for any more funding opportunities.
International Students (Non UK, EEA)
We have a number of scholarships available to international students. Take a look at our scholarship search to find out more.
We have a wide range of scholarships available. Have a look at our scholarship search to find a scholarship.
Your international business knowledge combined with the experience of study abroad will set you apart.
International Business graduates go on to have careers in European sales, international banking, international publishing, business analysis, export agencies, tourism and management consultancy.
Major firms such as Accenture, BMW and Commerzbank recruit our International Business graduates.