BA Hons International Business

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Key facts

  • UCAS Code: N120
  • Start date: Sep 2020
  • Accreditation: triple-accredited Business School - AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA
  • Study abroad: exchange links with universities worldwide

  • Applicant visit days: these take place in March each year

Study with us

  • gain the skills to succeed in a complex and ever-changing global business environment
  • study abroad at one of our partner institutions in Europe, South East Asia, Australasia or North America
  • boost your career prospects, with an understanding of international business from another country's perspective
  • develop skills which are highly valued by graduate recruiters through our innovative Management Development Programme
  • we're ranked in the UK Top 10 for Business & Management Studies (Complete University Guide 2020)
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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.

Specialising

You’ll choose a specialism from the following:

  • Business Analysis & Technology
  • Business Enterprise
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Hospitality & Tourism Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Management
  • Marketing

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Triple-accredited business school

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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.

Year 3

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.

Year 4

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 you to take a focused piece of research while demonstrating your well-developed analytical and research skills to potential employers.

Study abroad

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. 

Guest lectures

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.

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Course content

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

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.  

International Business electives
  • Management, Enterprise & the Rise of the Global Economy
  • International Entrepreneurship
  • International Business Management
  • Electronic Commerce
  • Project Management
  • Human Resources in the Global Economy

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. 

Assessment

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 an exemption from the final exam if you achieve a specific mark for your coursework (and satisfying attendance requirements).

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Entry requirements

Required subjects are shown in brackets.

Highers

Standard entry requirements:

  • 1st sitting: AAAB/AABBB
  • 2nd sitting: AAABBB

(English Higher B; Maths National 5 B, or equivalent; Maths Higher B for combinations with Finance)

Minimum entry requirements*:

  • 1st sitting: AABB/ABBBB
  • 2nd sitting: AABBBB

(English B, Maths National 5 B; Higher Maths B for Finance combinations)

*Find out if you can benefit from this type of offer.

A Levels

ABB-BBB

(GCSE English language 6/B or Literature 6/B, or an essay-based A Level B may be considered in lieu of English; GCSE Maths 6/B; Maths A Level B for combinations with Finance)

International Baccalaureate

36

(no subject below 5 and including English SL5, Maths/Maths Studies SL5; Maths/Maths Studies SL6 for combinations with Finance)

HNC/HND

Relevant HNC/HND, A in Graded Units; for advice on entry to Year 2 contact Business School Admissions:

+44 (0)141 548 4114
sbs-adviser@strath.ac.uk

International students

Find out entry requirements for your country by visiting our country pages

Widening access

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.

Degree preparation course for international students

We offer international students (non-EU/UK) who do not meet the academic entry requirements for an undergraduate degree at Strathclyde the option of completing an Undergraduate Foundation year programme at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre.

Upon successful completion, you will be able to progress to this degree course at the University of Strathclyde.

International students

We've a thriving international community with students coming here to study from over 100 countries across the world. Find out all you need to know about studying in Glasgow at Strathclyde and hear from students about their experiences.

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Fees & funding

2020/21

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.

Scotland/EU

TBC

Fees for students domiciled in Scotland and the EU are subject to confirmation in early 2020 by the Scottish Funding Council.

(2019/20: £1,820)

Rest of UK

TBC

Assuming no change in RUK fees policy over the period, the total amount payable by undergraduate students will be capped. For students commencing study in 2020/21, this is capped at £27,750 (with the exception of the MPharm and integrated Masters programmes), 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.

(2019/20: £9,250)

International

£15,300

University preparation programme fees

International students can find out more about the costs and payments of studying a university preparation programme at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre.

Additional costs

Course materials & costs

Essential textbooks are approximately £200 per year.  However, there will be a minimum of 2 copies of textbooks in the main library.

Other costs

Students are responsible for costs of printing and binding of final project (approx £50).  Graduation fee and gown hire are also met by students.

Study abroad

Typically the cost of one semester abroad could be c£6-8000, depending on the destination and currency exchange rates. Tuition fees are not paid to the exchange institution but continue to be paid to Strathclyde University in the usual way, however, students are responsible for their own travel and living expenses ie flights, insurance, visa application, accommodation, food, textbooks etc.

Students are eligible to apply for a student loan as usual but must let the award agency (eg SAAS) know that they will be on a compulsory exchange. Students with an exchange place in Europe are eligible for Erasmus funding (subject to the outcome of Brexit negotiations) and full details of this process will be provided by the University.  Students with an exchange place outside Europe are eligible to apply to the Neil Hood Memorial Fund for a scholarship. Full details of the application process are provided to all eligible students. Other scholarship opportunities may be available through the Alumni & Development department.

Available scholarships

Take a look at our scholarships search for funding opportunities.

Please note: All fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

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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.

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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.

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International Students (Non-UK Scholarships, EEA)

We have a number of scholarships available to international students. Take a look at our scholarship search to find out more.

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Our campus is based in the very heart of Glasgow, Scotland's largest city. National Geographic named Glasgow as one of its 'Best of the World' destinations, while Rough Guide readers have voted Glasgow the world’s friendliest city! And Time Out named Glasgow in the top ten best cities in the world - we couldn't agree more!

We're in the city centre, next to the Merchant City, both of which are great locations for sightseeing, shopping and socialising alongside your studies.

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Careers

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.

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International Business

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Contact us

Business School Admissions

Telephone: +44 (0)141 548 4114

Email: sbs-adviser@strath.ac.uk

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