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International Business BSc(Hons) with business experience

Attendance UCAS code Year of entry
3 years full time N120 2019
4 years full time including foundation year N121 2019

Why choose this course?

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

Working across multiple countries is an everyday reality for most businesses. In an ever increasing global environment, studying business from an international perspective is a must for today's business graduates.

You'll graduate from this International Business BSc(Hons) degree equipped with the skills and knowledge to operate within an international organisation and make business decisions on a global scale.

This course is accredited by EPAS. This international accreditation guarantees that the content and delivery of this course are in line with the highest international standards.

With business experience

This degree comes 'with business experience', which includes the following:

  • The Business Readiness Programme develops your business skills and qualities so that you hit the ground running on the first day of your work internship or graduate job.
  • Business Practice gives you the opportunity to gain valuable, real-life and hands-on experience. In the second year, from May, you will gain a minimum of three months hands-on experience from a choice of:
    • Work internship
    A work internship where you will work within a business in a role linked to your degree or area of interest. This work experience is invaluable on your CV in helping to secure a job after you graduate.
    • Research placement
    A research placement in which you will support an academic in their area of research. This is ideal if you are considering an academic career or would like to continue on to a masters course.
    • Real-life, project based modules
    A university based module, which brings a 'real-life' project into the classroom.  Through a 'consultancy in practice' or 'entrepreneurship' module you will work alongside your peers, with the support of your lecturers, to develop your own business or find solutions for a 'live' business project.

This course, 'with business experience', aims to increase your employability and future career success. You'll graduate from this degree with both the knowledge from a three year degree as well as three months direct business or research experience; helping you to stand out from the crowd in the future.

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 functions. Other modules students currently 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 carry out your Business Practice in Year 2 from May, for a minimum of three months.

Optional year - you have the option to take an additional year to study abroad or to undertake a year-long work placement (or even a mix of both).

Your final year 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.

  Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July Aug Sept
Year 1 Core modules  
Business readiness programme  
Year 2 Core modules Business practice*  
Business readiness programme  
Optional year Optional study abroad year  
Final year Core modules  
Business readiness programme with a careers and employability focus  

* Business practice must be at least three months but with an option to continue up to September.

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.

Year 1 (Level 4)

  • This module introduces you to the external context in which organisations operate and in which they will eventually work. As potential managers of the future, defined as someone involved in assisting and directing members of an organisation to achieve their organisational objectives, you need to be equipped to understand the component parts of the external context within which organisations function. The variety and complexity of the external environment and interactions with organisations has a significant impact upon the way organisations are structured, the way their managers behave and the performance of the organisation in achieving its objectives. Consequently this module will equip you with the skills and knowledge of economics for business that is essential in the current business environment.

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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 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 is about managing business information. This not only requires various mathematical techniques such as statistical measures, but also is highly dependent on information technology (IT) for the gathering, summarising and communicating of this information. Mathematics and information technology are mutually dependent business topics. One would not use mathematics in business without the support of IT, and application software such as spreadsheets and databases are only used effectively with an appreciation of their underlying mathematical dependence. The module will be delivered using a problem-centric approach emphasising the application of mathematical techniques with the aid of information technology, and the employability skills associated with these.

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  • This module consists of management and personal skills training, designed to prepare students for their placement and to improve their employability after graduation. Students will experience a wide range of opportunities to enhance their skills, ensure they make the most of their potential, gain the best possible placement, and give them an edge in the job market after graduation.

    During their training, they will build an on-line profile indicating their progress with their skills development.  Where appropriate, the skills work will be integrated with core curriculum activity. Students will work with faculty staff, including their personal tutor and the Business Experience Office, to identify their skills requirements. In addition to the standard skills required by employers, there will be skills development linked to specific subject areas, run during the fourth teaching term just before the placements begin.

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Year 2 (Level 5)

  • This module initially 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 businesses. The latter covers internationalisation theories and concepts, and how firms could use them to formulate appropriate internationalisation strategies. The module then explores issues of culture and examines their relevance to international management. In addition, it will develop your skills of research, analysis, observation and communication 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 the management of 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 quest for the well-being of individuals and the need for work practices which are sustainable will be emphasized.

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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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  • This module consists of management and personal skills training, designed to prepare students for their placement and to improve their employability after graduation. Students will experience a wide range of opportunities to enhance their skills, ensure they make the most of their potential, gain the best possible placement, and give them an edge in the job market after graduation.

    During their training, they will build an on-line profile indicating their progress with their skills development.  Where appropriate, the skills work will be integrated with core curriculum activity. Students will work with faculty staff, including their personal tutor and the Business Experience Office, to identify their skills requirements. In addition to the standard skills required by employers, there will be skills development linked to specific subject areas, run during the fourth teaching term just before the placements begin.

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Year 3 (Level 6)

  • This module provides you with the opportunity to discover how to plan the expansion of a small entrepreneurial business into international markets. You will find out what it takes to plan towards expanding a small entrepreneurial business into international markets, 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. Students 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. The module examines the role of stakeholders and culture in an organisation, and the options an organisation has for its growth and development.

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  • This module explores business situations, activities and decisions where issues of right and wrong are addressed. Its main emphasis is on the topics of 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. The module considers the key theoretical and practical aspects of managing CSR and sustainable development (SD). You will develop their understanding of the crucial issues of CSR and sustainability which help determine and frame the goals of business activities from an ethical perspective. Tutorial exercises, lectures, guest speakers, case studies and videos will be used to support the learning process.

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  • This module consists of a series of events designed to support students through the final stage of employability. It will help students reflect on their placement experiences and to provide careers information to support their employability after graduation. This module will support the activities provided by the Careers and Employability Service.

    During the year, they will build an on-line profile indicating their progress with their preparation to employment. Students will work with faculty staff, including their personal tutor and the Business Experience Team and the Careers and Employability team.

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Foundation year

If you would like to study this business degree at Kingston University but are not yet ready to join the first year of a BSc(Hons) course, you may want to consider studying this course with a foundation year.

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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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