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International Business BSc(Hons) with business experience

Attendance UCAS code Year of entry
3 years full time N120 2018
4 years full time including foundation year N121 2018

Why choose this course?

If you want to be a leader and decision-maker in an international business, this course is ideal.

This course will prepare you for a career in organisations that operate globally. Alongside your degree you'll also have the opportunity to:

  • Choose between undertaking a work or research placement, studying overseas or starting your own business, all with support and guidance from us.
  • Undertaking a group consultancy project for a real international company. Current and past students have worked with companies such as FT Technologies, iProTech and Morgan Innovation and Technology.
  • Take a Business Readiness programme. This includes practical workshops on writing your CV and cover letters, building a professional network and getting ready for interviews.
  • Learn an additional language for free – a perfect addition to your CV if you're looking to build an international career.

You will do all this within three years like a traditional degree. However you'll graduate having developed more practical experience and skills that your future employers are really looking for.

What you will study

Year 1 introduces the foundations of international business. You'll cover the environmental influences faced by organisations, including key issues such as supply and demand, industrial structure, economies of scale, and investment in human capital. You'll also study international marketing and think about the relationship between marketing and other business function.

Other module students current take include human resource management in an international context, organisations and entrepreneurship, and business statistics and information technology.

In Year 2 you'll develop your problem-solving and decision-making skills in the context of international business functions. You will also explore the cultural context of business operations.

You will choose between a work placement (we will provide support and where possible you will be paid) or a period of study abroad at one of our partner institutions. Alternatively, you may start a new business (with support from us) or take a research work placement – suitable if you are considering an academic career.

Year 3 develops your critical understanding and your ability to contribute to strategic thinking in a global business. Working alongside students from around the world, you will undertake a group consultancy project for an international company. You will also explore corporate social responsibility in an international context.

You will make the best use of your time at University on this course. In year one you study from September to July, and then have time for yourself. In year two, formal studies end in December. From January to July (or later if you like) you will be on the work/research placement, study overseas or business start-up. You will graduate at the same time as those choosing traditional degrees, but with greater learning and experience.

Module listing

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Years 1 and 2

  • This module outlines the environmental influences faced by organisations, including key issues such as supply and demand, industrial structure, economies of scale and investment in human capital. You will examine the basic features of a market-based economy and develop an understanding about economic and industrial policy, including the creation of small businesses, entrepreneurship and innovation. You will learn about the different types of legal businesses that can be set up, their implications and their advantages and disadvantages. You will also develop an appreciation of how globalisation, corporate social responsibility and achieving a sustainable environment affect how organisations operate.

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  • This module gives you an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the marketing function in modern business and non-profit organisations. It develops your appreciation of the relationship between marketing and other business functions and your understanding of how marketing approaches may have to be modified when targeting international markets. It also enables you to appraise and develop marketing plans for a range of organisations operating in an international context.

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  • This module will enable you to appreciate, understand and use mathematics and IT to solve business problems. It will help you appreciate how an understanding of different interrelated mathematical topics is essential in business. It will also help you understand how the use of common business software packages is essential in solving business problems.

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  • This module introduces you to the range of organisations that exist in modern business, from small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to large scale multinationals. The variety of ways in which organisations are structured and managed is assessed using organisational behaviour theories. The behaviour and management of people at work is assessed by examining concepts relating to individuals and groups. A key focus of the module is the role of entrepreneurship in organisational development, both as a means of creating new organisations and as a mindset within all organisations in order to drive growth and success. The module also provides you with the means to develop the personal, professional and academic skills required to  secure and succeed in a placement.

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  • This module examines international business environments and internationalisation strategies. The former includes the study of regional economic integration and institutions such as the World Trade Organisation and their implications for business. The latter covers internationalisation theories and concepts and how business could use them to formulate appropriate strategies. You will then explore issues of culture and examine its relevance to international management. This module also develops your research, analysis, observation and communication skills in multicultural contexts. You will work in groups to apply theories and concepts learnt in the module to a real company.

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  • This module considers the issues involved in managing people in an international context. You will explore how national and regional differences in political, economic and social contexts impact on the employment relationship. You will also evaluate contemporary policies and practices to identify the human resource opportunities and challenges which face international enterprises in the 21st century. Emerging trends in global leadership and teams, the war for talent, the wellbeing of individuals and the need for sustainable work practices are emphasised.

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  • This module will develop your ability to evaluate different business environments and to analyse the opportunities and risks when an international company operates in an overseas market. It will help you develop decision-making skills for operational issues in international companies. This module includes the following topics – the global market environment, international market entry modes, international trade, risk management, culture and international human resource management (IHRM). It also includes global operations, international marketing, international finance, business ethics and corporate social responsibility.

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  • This module introduces you to financial and management accounting in small and large businesses. It emphasises the understanding and interpretation of financial statements. It also aims to evaluate harmonisation of financial reporting across various countries and give you an appreciation of the need for drafting financial statements using International Financial Reporting Standards. It provides you with the analytical skills to study how the financial statements of public listed companies can be analysed. This module also considers the fundamental concepts of management accounting and builds on them to provide you with an explanation of the diagnostic skills necessary to make many short, medium and long-term operating decisions within an organisation. Numerical aspects are balanced by the need to understand the usefulness of the information to users.

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Year 3

  • This module provides you with the opportunity to discover how to plan the expansion of a small entrepreneurial business into international markets. You will also gain experience of choosing modes of entry for small business internationalisation, assess international markets and produce financial projections for the business plan.

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  • This module carries a strong focus on the practical and applied elements of international business. Building on your previous knowledge of international business theories and concepts, this module develops your skills in applying theories into the real international business world through experiential learning. The module also develops your critical thinking and ability to engage in the latest debates and issues facing international business organisations and to offer recommendations to solve real-life international business problems based on proper research data and analysis. You will be required to work both in international teams and individually to complete the two pieces of coursework on this module. Successful completion of this module will enhance your ability to work in an international context and equip you with in-depth understanding and insights of international business in practice.

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  • This module considers how organisations can grow and compete successfully. You will develop an understanding of the environment and industry in which organisations operate and an appreciation of how organisations use internal resources and competences for competitive advantage. This module examines the role of stakeholders and culture in an organisation, and the options an organisation has for its growth and development. The module includes an individual capstone project giving you the opportunity to consolidate your learning and experience from across the programme.

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  • This module explores business situations, activities and decisions where issues of right and wrong are addressed. Its main emphasis is corporate social responsibility (CSR), sustainability and business ethics, which are currently very prominent in the contemporary business environment, and are important to business theory and practice. This module considers the key theoretical and practical aspects of managing CSR and sustainable development. You will develop your understanding of the crucial issues of CSR and sustainability which help determine and frame the goals of business activities from an ethical perspective.

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Business Readiness module

  • This module consists of up to 44 weeks of employability and personal skills training, designed to prepare you for your placement and to improve your employability after graduation. You will experience a wide range of opportunities to enhance your skills, ensure you make the most of your potential, gain the best possible placement, and give you an edge in the job market after graduation.

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Foundation year

If you are thinking of returning to education after a break you could apply for our foundation year course. This course will provide you with the academic and transferable skills you need to study an undergraduate degree in business subjects. At Kingston these include Business Management, International Business, Marketing & Advertising, Digital Business and Accounting & Finance.

Throughout the year-long course, you can study a range of these subjects, allowing you to get a better idea of which ones you prefer. It'll guide you in the direction of a business degree that you're particularly interested in. The foundation year will develop your independent study skills and help you to better understand your academic ability, a potential career path and how to develop the skills that employers look for in graduates.

You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University on a not-for-credit basis as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

Most of our undergraduate courses support studying or working abroad through the University's Study Abroad or Erasmus programme.

Find out more about where you can study abroad:

If you are considering studying abroad, read what our students say about their experiences.

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