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BAInternational Business

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

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 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.

Course content

Year 1

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.

Year 2

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.

Year 3

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.

Year 4

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

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 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.  

Entry requirements

Minimum grades

Required subjects are indicated following minimum accepted grades.

Highers

1st sitting

AAAB or AABBB

2nd sitting

AAABBB (English B, Maths National 5B/Intermediate 2B; Higher Maths B for combinations with Finance)

A Levels

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)

International Baccalaureate

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

HNC/HND

Successful completion at first attempt with A passes in all graded Units. Contact Business School Admissions for advice on entry to year 2.

Additional information

Deferred entry

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)

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.

International students

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. To find out more about these courses and opportunities on offer visit isc.strath.ac.uk or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future.

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.

Scotland/EU

  • 2017/18 - £1,820

Rest of UK

  • 2017/18 - £9,250

Bachelor degrees at Strathclyde will cost £9,250 a year, but the total amount payable will be capped at £27,750 for students on a four-year Bachelors programme. Students studying on integrated Masters degree programmes – for example MSci, MEng and MPharm – will pay £9,250 for the Masters year.

International

  • 2017/18 - £13,500

Additional fees 

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.

Other costs

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

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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How to apply – 10 things you need to know

  1. All undergraduate applications are made through UCAS
    Go to the UCAS website to apply – you can apply for up to five courses.
  2. It costs £12 to apply for a course
    The cost is £23 for two to five courses.
  3. The deadline is 15 January each year
    This is the application deadline for most courses. However, please check the details for your particular course. View a full list of UCAS key dates.
  4. You might be asked to attend an interview
    Most of our courses make offers based on the UCAS application. However some might ask you to attend an interview or for a portfolio of work. If this is the case, this will be stated in the prospectus entry requirements.
  5. It’s possible to apply directly to Year 2
    Depending on your qualifications, you might be able to apply directly to Year 2 - or even Year 3 - of a course. Speak to the named contact for your course if you want to discuss this.
  6. There’s three types of decision
    • unconditional – you’ve already met our entry requirements
    • conditional – we’ll offer you a place if you meet certain conditions, usually based on your exams
    • unsuccessful – we’ve decided not to offer you a place
  7. You need to contact UCAS to accept your offer
    Once you’ve decided which course you’d like to accept, you must let UCAS know. You don’t need to decide until you’ve received all offers. UCAS will give you a deadline you must respond by.

    You’ll choose one as your firm choice. If the offer is unconditional or if you meet the conditions, this is the course you’ll study.

    You’ll also have an insurance choice. This is a back-up option if you don’t meet the conditions of your first choice.
  8. You don’t need to send us your exam results (Scotland, England & Wales)
    If you’re studying in Scotland, England or Wales, we receive a copy of your Higher/Advanced Higher/A Level results directly from the awarding body. However, if you are studying a different qualification, then please contact us to arrange to send your results directly.
  9. We welcome applications from international students

    Find out further information about our entry and English language requirements.

    International students who don’t meet the entry requirements, can apply for our pre-undergraduate programmes.

    There’s also an online application form.

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