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Why this course?
International Business with a Modern Language will give you great exposure to the international business environment along with study of a language.
It's a five-year Masters-level degree for students who want to gain a firm business foundation while developing the ability to do business in a foreign language.
It will develop your knowledge and understanding of international business while preparing you for a business career with management potential.
A year abroad means you'll become fluent in the language and give you confidence to do business overseas in other cultures.
You can choose one from French, Italian or Spanish.
You can choose to specialise in the following business subjects:
Business Analysis & Technology
Hospitality & Tourism Management
Human Resource Management
What you’ll study
Years 1, 2 & 3
These years focus around core classes in International Business and the Management Development Programme. You’ll also choose a language to study.
You’ll spend this year in a business school in the country of your chosen language. All classes are taken in the foreign language.
You’ll take the core business class Contemporary Issues and Trends in International Business, your business specialism and your language. There’s also an in-depth research project.
You'll spend year 4 either studying or working in the country of the language you choose.
This course runs for five years and is now an Integrated Masters degree. All classes will be assessed at postgraduate level.
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.
Alongside this class, you'll also study two other classes from other departments in the Business School and two language classes of your choice.
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 one class from your principal subject area and two language classes.
This class furthers the foundation learning covered in the first year. 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.
You'll also study one class from your principal subject area and two language classes in addition to this class.
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.
You'll study business classes taught in your language of specialisation and language classes taught in your language of specialisation. You may also undertake a credit bearing work placement with permission from the University.
In addition to this class, you'll also study one class from your principal subject area and two language classes. You'll also undertake your dissertation this year which should have a strong international business context.
This class aims to introduce you to a range of contemporary issues impacting on business organizations and managers operating in an international context. It encourages you to think critically about recent trends and issues and will provide you with a range of conceptual models and analytical tools appropriate to the changing landscape of international business.
You’ll be assessed through case studies, presentations, written and oral exams, projects and the Masters research dissertation.
Learning & teaching
The course is taught by Strathclyde Business School and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Within the Business School, our international partners also contribute as guest lectures and in business games.
Language teaching is especially designed for students on this course and focuses on language for business.
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 2; Higher Maths B for combinations with Finance; Higher A/B in one language from French, Spanish, Italian)
Minimum entry requirements: BBB (A Level B in one language from French, Spanish, Italian; GCSE English Language B or Literature, 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 (A Level B in one language from French, Spanish, Italian; GCSE English Language B or Literature B; GCSE Maths B)
36 (no subject below 5 and including English SL5, Maths/Maths Studies SL5; Maths/Maths Studies SL6 for combinations with Finance; Modern Language SL5)
HNC/HND Relevant HNC/HND, A in Graded Units; language qualification in language to be studied; Year 2 entry not offered.
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.
All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.
Rest of UK
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.
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.
Course materials & costs
The majority of course materials are available to students via Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Students can print course materials at their own expense.
The cost of course texts does not normally exceed £30 per academic year. Key language texts are used over 2 or 3 years of study. Multiple copies are also available in the University Library.
Studying abroad is an integral part of the degree course in Modern Languages - and usually takes place in Year 4. Students who choose to study in France, Spain or Italy are eligible for an Erasmus and grant to help minimise the extra costs of living abroad. This however, is not a full maintenance grant.
Typically, students will receive around £3,000 for a full academic year of study abroad. Students are required to meet travel, accommodation and extra living costs. These costs will vary dependent on the country of study. An estimated extra spend of £1,000 should be budgeted.
A range of scholarships are available for students of French, Spanish and Italian - and awarded on a competitive basis.
Students who work as English language assistants will receive a monthly stipend. In the case of France, this amounts approximately to 964.88 Euros per month gross (800 Euros net after social security deductions). Similar stipends are paid in Spain and Italy.
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.
All undergraduate applications are made through UCAS
Go to the UCAS website to apply – you can apply for up to five courses.
It costs £12 to apply for a course
The cost is £23 for two to five courses.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
We welcome applications from international students