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International Business BSc(Hons) with business experience

Attendance UCAS code Year of entry
3 years full time N120 2017

Why choose this course?

More than a traditional degree

This course is ideal if you aspire to be a leader and decision-maker in a global business environment.  It combines a path towards professional qualifications, a business readiness programme, and a placement option of up to nine months. You can choose a work placement in an organisation, study overseas, start up a new business or take a research work placement. All options are included within the three years of the course.

Kingston Business School has joined an elite group of global institutions to be awarded the prestigious international accreditation by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). A hallmark of excellence in business education, the accreditation has been earned by just 5 per cent of the world's business schools.

You will study in the international environment of Kingston Business School, with its state-of-the-art facilities and teaching rooms. Academic staff and your fellow students come from all over the world and your course content will be tailored to the fast-changing world of international business.

Professional memberships

You will receive membership of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) throughout your studies. Through our dual accreditation you will also receive its professional qualification on graduation. As Kingston University is an approved centre for the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), you will get a reduced personal membership rate after graduation.

Business Readiness Programme

Kingston Business School's business degrees offer content specifically designed to give you an advantage in the workplace. Today's employers are seeking graduates who are work-ready as well as academically qualified. Our Business Readiness Programme aims to enable you to undertake a placement option with confidence – and prepare you for the real world of work. The four-term programme includes key skills such as:

  • building and maintaining a career-enhancing professional network;
  • self-management – developing a personal plan for success;
  • time management and delivering to deadlines;
  • the professional and business etiquette that gains respect in the workplace; and
  • working as a team – and organising an effective team.

You also explore topics such as understanding personality traits, developing your individual strengths to their full potential, resilience and interpreting and learning from appraisals. You will develop IT, communication and personal branding skills and learn to produce brilliant presentations along the way.

You have a choice of options in areas you might like to discover in more depth, through a variety of specialist sessions, such as a leadership workshop, an entrepreneurship expert panel or "a day in the life ..." and "careers in..." sessions.

During the four terms, you also prepare for your placement which includes:

  • the application process including researching and targeting your placement;
  • writing your CV and cover letters and getting ready for interviews;
  • using your placement to benefit your future career;
  • developing the skills your placement organisation expects; and
  • managing relationships at work and evaluating your progress.

What you will study

Business degree programme schedule

Focusing on current business practice, this course develops skills sought by employers. Its practical element, especially the work placement option, means you apply your learning to the real world of work.

There are three levels of academic study – Levels 4, 5 and 6 which normally equate to the three years that are spent at university.

Level 4 is taught in Year 1 and  introduces the foundations of international business, economics for business and organisations and entrepreneurship. You will be introduced to international marketing and to the management of information. Through our Business Readiness Programme, you will develop your professional and personal skills. 

Level 5 starts during the third teaching block of Year 1, after the successful completion of Level 4. At this point, you will study Financial and Management Accounting and Culture and International Business. Your Level 5 studies will then continue at the start of Year 2 where you will develop problem-solving and decision-making skills in Human Resource Management (HRM) in an International Context and explore International Business Operations before starting your placement.

During Year 2 you will choose your placement option, this may be a work placement in an organisation (we will provide support and where possible you will be paid) or a period of study abroad at one of our partner institutions, located all over the world. Alternatively, you may start up a new business (with support from us) or take a research work placement – suitable if you are considering an academic career.

After your placement option, you will return for your third year, studying Level 6. Level 6 consolidates the aspects of international business studied so far. It develops your critical understanding and ability to contribute to strategic thinking in a global business environment. 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 the international context.

This course makes the best use of your time. In Year 1, the summer term will last until mid-July, not June. In Year 2 the work/research placement, study overseas or business start-up is between January and July (or later if wished). 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.


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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.


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.

Study abroad as part if your degreeMost of our undergraduate courses support studying or working abroad through the University's Study Abroad or Erasmus programme.

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