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BA(Hons)

International Business

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2018/19
Course code:
N110
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
120
Department:
Bristol Business School
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
Four years sandwich
Delivery:
Sandwich
Study abroad:
Yes
Programme leader:
Catherine Cai
Key fact:
You'll spend your third year studying or working at one of our many partner institutions overseas; these include organisations in Berlin, Stockholm, Paris, Barcelona, Malaysia and Amsterdam.

Page last updated 10 November 2017

Introduction

Why study international business?

There's a growing demand for graduates who understand global markets and management and the challenges of conducting business across borders.

Why UWE Bristol?

BA(Hons) International Business will give you a solid grounding in the fundamentals of business management, with a focus on the international dimensions of business.

Overseas study or work is an important part of the course and will give you skills and experience highly valued by employers. 

Themes of global citizenship and cross-cultural communication run throughout, preparing you for work in diverse environments. You'll learn the ways people do business across the world, and the challenges and issues they face.

The practical nature of the course ensures you graduate with real-world skills and experience to succeed in your international career. You'll be part of an active community of students in a city recognised as an international business hub. Bristol is home to many placement and graduate employers, which gives us a wealth of case studies and guest speakers.

This degree is accredited by EPAS, a highly regarded international accreditation given to the world's best business courses. Making this an ideal degree if you're interested in working for organisations that operate around the world.

Where can it take me?

Career options are broad and exciting with opportunities to work worldwide.

This degree gives you a solid platform for a career in business management, but you'll graduate with a skillset relevant to any business career.

You might go on to work for multinational enterprises, governmental organisations or start your own born global company.

Our graduates have secured placement roles with employers such as Disney, Bank of Scotland, Airbus and Microsoft. Others are employed across both the private and public sectors, working in the UK and overseas.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:

Structure

Content

The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year one

You will study:

  • Introduction to Management
  • Understanding Business and Financial Information (Business, International and Management)
  • Understanding the Principles of Marketing (Business, International and Management)
  • Business Decision Making for Management
  • Contemporary Business Issues
  • Understanding Organisations and People (Business, International and Management)
  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
  • International Business Context.

Year two

You will study:

  • Global Managing People (including SYA preparation)
  • Theory and Practice of International Business
  • Research Methods for Business
  • Global Management Skills
  • Managing Business Processes
  • Accounting Information for Business
  • Introductory Research Project
  • Intercultural Communications.

Placement year

As part of this sandwich degree, it's compulsory to spend your third year on placement or studying abroad. Your second year modules will help you secure your place.

  • Learning, Enquiry and Development on Placement
  • Learning and Development on Study Year Abroad
  • Cross-Cultural Learning and Development.

See the Placements section for more information.

Final year

You will study:

  • Managing Organisational Change
  • Integrated Business Simulation
  • Strategic Management (Business, International and Management)
  • Multinationals in the Domestic and Global Context.

Plus one optional module from:

  • International HRM
  • Doing Business in Asia
  • Economics of Developing Countries
  • Global Marketing Management
  • International Financial Management
  • International Business in the Emerging Markets
  • Economic Issues in International Business.

And one major project* from:

  • Work-based Enquiry Project
  • Critical Business Enquiry Project
  • Applied Business Project
  • Enterprise Project.

* All projects must be in the field of International Business.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

Our approach to learning is student-focused, with the emphasis on helping you to find things out for yourself.

You'll be expected to balance academic rigour and a practical approach to your work, so you can appreciate the relevance and application of the concepts you learn.

You'll learn through a blend of activities - some tutor-led and face-to-face, some student-led and independent, some online and some in groups. Some involve students supporting each others' learning.

Lectures, workshops/seminars, tutorials and group work make up 12 hours of contact time each week and you'll spend at least as much time again studying independently.

This can involve preparing for workshops and seminars, reviewing lectures, online working, reading, conducting research, preparing assessed work and revising for exams.

You'll develop your communication and presentation skills and IT and numeracy skills, with a strong focus on data interpretation and analysis. Your improved problem solving, critical thinking, analysis, evaluation and innovation skills will help you stand out as a graduate.

You can gain work experience through short-term internships, paid work as a Student Ambassador or Peer Assisted Learning Leader, or through volunteering.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities, each year: 

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study% check
125%75%0%100%
224%76%0%100%
321%79%0%100%

Assessment

You'll be assessed through a mix of coursework and examinations to assess what you know and can do and help you develop the confidence and skills that employers value.

You'll complete essays and reports, business plans and applied research projects, portfolios and weekly notes, and assessed group and individual presentations and posters. You'll also reflect and comment on your own learning and personal development.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Percentage of time you'll spend on different assessment methods, each year: 

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment% check
122%48%30%100%
223%57%20%100%
336%53%11%100%

Features

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). The University will pay for your CMI membership, giving you:

  • Professional recognition
  • Better management skills through resource portal ManagementDirect
  • Access to mentoring scheme CMI Achieve
  • CMI library services
  • CMI networking events.

Learn more about CMI membership benefits.    

When you finish your degree, you'll get a CMI qualification.

This course is accredited by EPAS, an international programme accreditation system operated by the European Foundation for Management Development. It evaluates the quality of business and management programmes with an international perspective.  

Placements

Study abroad

A study or work year abroad is a compulsory part of this course.

If you choose to study abroad, you will spend part of your degree at one of our partner universities. We have contacts with institutions in Berlin, Stockholm, Paris, Barcelona, Madrid and Amsterdam, among others.

This is an important opportunity to develop your language skills and cross-cultural awareness. Employers value an international perspective, so it will increase your graduate prospects.

Work abroad

An alternative to a study year is a work placement.

Working in another country helps you contextualise learning, develop your communication skills and understand the challenges of managing across borders. Your real-world experience will make you particularly attractive to employers.

Bristol Business School has strong links with employers internationally. Our students have secured roles with Disney, Airbus and Microsoft.

Get support

Whichever you choose, you'll get plenty of help finding your placement from your department and our award-winning careers service.

As an International Business student, you'll get priority for opportunities overseas. You'll also receive extensive support and guidance while you're away.

Study facilities

In our new £55m Bristol Business School, you'll have access to cutting-edge learning spaces like the Bloomberg financial trading room. Training in this state-of-the-art financial platform will give you a commanding view of global finance.

Designed with student input, the Business School offers learning spaces for individual and group study plus conference rooms you can book. It's a space for students and businesses to come together, collaborate and form new partnerships.

In our specialist library, business librarians manage vast collections to support your research. Attend workshops to develop your information skills or use our Study Skills website

You'll have access to books, trade press, academic journals, and industry databases including FAME, MINTEL, Marketline Advantage and Passport both on and off campus.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.

Careers

Careers / Further study

This broad business degree is an ideal launch pad for an international career in any area of business, management and entrepreneurship. But your skillset and knowledge base will be relevant to many other careers.

You might go on to work for multinational enterprises, governmental organisations or start your own born global company.

Our graduates are employed across both the private and public sectors, working in the UK and overseas.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

See also:

Prospects - careers in business and management

Fees

Full time Course

FeesAmount (£)
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee13000
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1625

Full Time Course with Placement Year

FeesAmount (£)
International-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee13000
International-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year13000
International-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1625
International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1625
International-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year11375

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Over 3 years900
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Over 3 Years with Placement1200
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year300

Supplementary fee information

Additional costs

This refers to items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs.

Entry

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 120
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in English Language and Mathematics, or equivalent. We don't accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • English Language Requirement:

    If English isn't your first language, you will need to meet the UK Border Agency's and the University's minimum English language requirements such as the International English Language Test (IELTS) overall score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component.

  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. You can include points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) towards overall tariff. You must have at least two A-Levels.
  • Relevant subjects: Economics, Business, Philosophy, Politics, Sociology, Psychology, Geography and History
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 30 level 3 credits at merit.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

If you do not think you will be able to meet the entry requirements for entry into Year 1 of this course, you can consider applying for the Foundation Year of this or related degree courses.

If you have completed your qualifications and do not meet the normal entry requirements, but you can show us that you have relevant experience and capabilities that make you suited to this course, we will be pleased to consider your application. Please make sure your application form includes details of your experience and capabilities. If you would like to discuss this before formally applying, please talk to us at an open day or contact the course leader (details above).

Read more about entry requirements.

UWE Bristol's International College
If you don't meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

For further information

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