International Business BSc (Hons)

Why choose this course?

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. To be successful in business, you need to be capable of operating effectively in a globalised world and to understand the complexities that underpin the factors of internationalisation: connectedness, boundaries, regulations and cultures. 

Do you aspire to be a leader and decision-maker in an international business? If so, this course is ideal for you.

It will give you an understanding of business management practices all over the world and prepare you to work in global organisations.

This course offers business experience, which can increase your employability and career success. The Business Readiness Programme will help you hit the ground running when you start your work placement and graduate job. You'll be able to get hands-on experience through a work internship, a consultancy project or an entrepreneurship experience.

We'll also offer you the chance to take additional qualifications, helping you stand out from the crowd and boost your career prospects.

Please note the change in course title: This course previously ran as ‘International Business with Business Experience BSc (Hons)' until 2021. For 2022 entry onwards, it is named ‘International Business BSc (Hons)'.

Attendance UCAS code Year of entry
3 years full time N120 2022
4 years full time including foundation year N121 2022
4 years full time including sandwich year N122 2022
Location Kingston Hill

2021 entry

If you are planning to join this course in the academic year 2021/22 (i.e. between September 2021 and August 2022), please view the information about changes to courses for 2021/22 due to Covid-19.

 

Continuing students

Students who are continuing their studies with Kingston University in 2021/22 should refer to their Course Handbook for information about specific changes that have been, or may be, made to their course or modules being delivered in 2021/22. Course Handbooks are located within the Canvas course page.

Reasons to choose Kingston University

  • In just three years, you'll graduate with both a degree and the business experience that employers are looking for.
  • This course is accredited by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) Programme Accreditation System Electronic Protocols Application Software (EPAS).
  • At Kingston, you'll build a business network of peers and future colleagues from the UK and around the globe.

At Kingston Business School we lead

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:
    • 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. 
    • 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

Take a look at some of the content and modules that you may have the opportunity to study on this course:

Year 1

Year 2

Optional year

Final year

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.

You will begin the business readiness programme in preparation for your Business Practice in Year 2.

Core modules

Data Analytics for International Business

30 credits

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.

Economics for Business

30 credits

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.

International Marketing

30 credits

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.

Organisations and Entrepreneurship

30 credits

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.

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. In addition you will complete stage 2 of the business readiness programme. You will carry out your Business Practice in Year 2 from May, for a minimum of three months.

Core modules

Financial and Management Accounting

30 credits

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.

Culture and International Business

30 credits

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.

Human Resource Management in an International Context

30 credits

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.

International Business Operations

30 credits

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.

Business Practice Options (choose 1)

Work Placement

60 credits

The module consists of a period of placement in commercial, industrial, public sector or third sector organisations. In this module, students will have the opportunity to use the conceptual and theoretical knowledge acquired through their study of the core curriculum. During their period of placement they will develop a portfolio demonstrating the work done and provide a summary of their experience in the form of a short report.

The module seeks to ensure that students reflect on and develop the skills they acquired during the Business Preparation module, in attaining their placements, and in the subsequent placement itself, with a view to using these skills in their final year.  Developing an understanding of the theory of business practice and applying this in work situations is particularly emphasised. Students will be in regular contact with the Business & Professional Experience Team during their time on placement, either face to face or via Skype or telephone depending on location.

Consultancy in Practice

30 credits

This module involves a real-life client project highlighting the important role of the consultant in an organisation. Models from management literature are applied within practical settings in order to relate theory to practice. Students are provided with an opportunity to develop their management skills by undertaking a live project for an external client. This activity emphasises the importance of blending business, people and technology issues when analysing problem situations in a business context. The module is assessed by the group consultancy project report for the client, this includes a self-reflection of the experience and presentations, with client and expert feedback.

The Entrepreneurship Experience

30 credits

This module is one of the options available to students during their work placement. Each of these options allows students to develop their skills and knowledge, and learn about the business environment and the world of work, linked to their main interests, in this case, the entrepreneurial environment. This module allows students to work in a start-up environment, either on their own idea or with a firm in an existing incubator or accelerator.

  • 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.

Core modules

Strategic Management

30 credits

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.

International Business Practice

30 credits

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.

Global Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability

30 credits

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.

Optional modules

Money, Banking and Financial Markets

15 credits

This module is for those students who want to develop their knowledge of finance into the areas of banking and financial markets. The module is concerned with the principles of management and strategic management and their applications to the financial services sector, including the banking, insurance, and securities sectors and financial markets and systems, all of which are essential to the functioning of modern economies. Although the module is about financial systems in general, there will be frequent reference to contemporary issues and problems, and to their historical antecedents. The approach will incorporate a blend of published economic and financial data, and as far as possible, international comparisons.

Financial Investments

15 credits

This module is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of the field of investment. The main topics covered include: the UK stock market, stock valuation, investment strategies for equities, financial derivatives, portfolio diversification, optimal portfolio construction and financial risk management. Students will use the dedicated Bloomberg dealing room and software packages to access real-time financial data. Teaching consists of traditional lectures, and also lab sessions where hands-on practical exercises are provided. The module is assessed via the Bloomberg Market Concept (BMC) certificate and two coursework where students are required to construct and manage financial solutions for a specific period.

Organisational Learning and Development

30 credits

This capstone module addresses the need for learning and development (L&D) to be a strategic business function in order to enhance both individual performance and organisational success. Drawing upon knowledge acquired from a range of other modules (eg. Introduction to HRM, Organisational Behaviour; Strategic HRM and Strategic Management) students will learn how to provide development opportunities that have been carefully analysed, designed, delivered and evaluated, supported by an understanding of learning theory. The module will also enable students to contribute to the development of coaching and mentoring activities within organisations. 

Employee Relations

30 credits

The focus of this module is the relationship between employers and employees. We examine the nature of this relationship and the significance of its key features for the relative power and position of the two main parties. We consider how the employment relationship is regulated and controlled and the resulting outcomes for employers and employees alike. In this regard, the role of trade unions, new employment relations actors such as Citizens Advice, and internal company human resource management systems are scrutinised and discussed. The impact of government legislation on employee relations outcomes and processes is also examined, as are other contextual influences such as the business environment, labour market and technological trends.

In addition to analysing general developments in employee relations, the module examines specific themes and aspects such as the management of discipline and dismissal and health and safety, and the employment experience of particular groups of workers (for example women and migrant workers).

Financial Management

30 credits

Working knowledge of finance by managers is a prerequisite for commercial viability of any enterprise. The offering of this module responds to the demand from potential employers for practically oriented education in financial management, underscored by the current stresses in financial and credit markets. 

This module introduces business students to the key terminology and techniques of financial management that are regularly used in today's business environment. It lays the foundation for a proper understanding of more complex financial issues and is designed to equip you with knowledge of business finance required for making informed business decisions in a management-related career. The module explains the firm's goal of value maximisation, how the firm can make investment and financing decisions that add value, and also considers competing sources of finance available to firms and the main features of capital markets, with particular emphasis on the private sector of the UK economy. Graduates with financial management skills continue to have a competitive advantage in the job market, an edge that may become even more significant in an economic downturn.

Innovation

30 credits

Innovation acts as a key driver for economic growth providing social and economic benefits for local, national and international communities. Without innovation, our social and economic systems do not function! This module encourages you to understand how innovation actually happens by carrying out a practical innovation audit within a large established organisation. You will identify critical issues and skills needed to achieve entrepreneurially driven innovation. Since employers are seeking creative students who are able to initiate and participate in innovation activity, this module will enhance your employability in the wider world of work.

Service Operations Management

30 credits

This module explores the concepts, tools and techniques associated with service operations and focuses upon service evaluation, enhancement and improvement. The module is suitable for careers in retailing, financial services and consultancy.

International Entrepreneurship in SMEs

30 credits

This module provides students with the opportunity to discover how to plan the expansion of a small entrepreneurial business into international markets. Students 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.

Psychology for Business and Management

30 credits

Psychology is a diverse scientific discipline comprising several major branches of research which study the mind and behaviour from different angles. Among these major branches of research, some produce knowledge which are highly relevant for business and management. The application of psychology to business and management issues occurs in several subareas of applied psychology, such as business psychology and, more recently, behavioural science.

Marketing Communications

30 credits

This module concentrates on the core features of the marketing communications function within the wider context of marketing planning, with a specific focus on the advertising, sales promotion, public relations and interactive marketing communications elements of the mix.

The module incorporates theoretical and conceptual considerations with the operational aspects of marketing communications planning to ensure that students develop the skills that are essential for a career in marketing communications, whether on the agency or client side. A combination of lectures, workshops, case study analysis and student presentations support the learning experience.

International Business Operations

30 credits

International Business Operations is designed to develop students' ability to assess the business environment faced by an international company and evaluate opportunities and risks in international marketplaces. This module will help students develop decision-making skills in operational issues for international companies. Classes will be delivered as a combination of lectures and tutorials.

This module will include the following topics: global market environment, international market entry modes, international trade, risk management, culture and international human resource management, global operations, international marketing, international finance, business ethics and corporate social responsibility.

Data Driven Decision Making

30 credits

This module is for students who are interested in management decision making and is designed to equip students with an advanced set of analytical and technical tools, including inferential data analysis, optimisation, prediction and simulation, to effectively manage and support business decision-making. Students will also gain a critical understanding of issues regarding the collection of data and the correct application of statistical techniques in a business context. The module builds upon the skills gained during Business Information Analysis and develops students' abilities for problem analysis, model building, application, and evaluation. Students will develop and extend their technical skills to reflect those required in the workplace. This will enable students to make decisions on a more informed basis. Teaching will be via a mixture of lectures and tutorials based around lab sessions and make use of online software, materials and assessment.

Building Digital Systems

30 credits

This module introduces the principles of Information Architecture (IA), equipping students with the knowledge, skills and technologies required to design a typical information architecture solution. Students will gain experience in designing and implementing a prototype solution; understand the difference between mobile and web applications; learn about the importance of modelling data using tight, loose and social classification systems; and the way that navigation and search have changed the ways that information is used. The sessions will be interactive and include a mix of teacher-led learning, problem-solving, and student-led learning.

The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. The regulations governing this course are available on our website. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered.

Foundation year - Business

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.

Kingston Business School Accreditations

Kingston Business School holds the prestigious international accreditation by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) in recognition of the excellence of its business education. This accreditation has been earned by just 5% of the world's business schools and recognises the high quality and standard of our business degree offering.

Kingston Business School Accreditations

Accreditations

EFMD Programme Accreditation System

EFMD Programme Accreditation System

EFMD Programme Accreditation System

This programme is accredited by the EFMD Programme Accreditation System (EPAS).

 

Life on this course

Guest Alumni from Barclays & GSK

Kingston Business School graduates gave their advice and imparted words of wisdom to our first year students.

Entry requirements

Typical offer 2022

  • 112-128 UCAS tariff points (to include at least two A-levels or equivalent qualifications); Degree with foundation year 48
  • BTEC Lvl3 National: Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM).
  • Candidates are normally required to hold five GCSE subjects grades A*-C including Mathematics and English Language (or comparable numeric score under the newly reformed GCSE grading).

Additional requirements

  • Entry on to this course does not require an interview, entrance test, audition or portfolio

International

  • We welcome applications from International Applicants. Please view our standard entry requirements from your country
  • All non-UK applicants must meet our English Language requirements. For this course it is Academic IELTS of 6.0 overall, with no element below 5.5

Teaching and assessment

Guided independent study

When not attending timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This typically will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking preparing coursework assignments and presentations. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, the library and CANVAS, the online virtual learning platform.

Academic support

Our academic support team here at Kingston University provides help in a range of areas.

Dedicated personal tutor

When you arrive, we'll introduce you to your personal tutor. This is the member of academic staff who will provide academic guidance, be a support throughout your time at Kingston and who will show you how to make the best use of all the help and resources that we offer at Kingston University. 

Your workload

Year 1

Year 2

Final year

Year 1
  • Scheduled teaching: 308 hours
  • Guided independent study: 892 hours
Year 2
  • Scheduled teaching: 252 hours
  • Guided independent study: 948 hours
Final year
  • Scheduled teaching: 258 hours
  • Guided independent study: 942 hours

 

  • Year 1 - 26% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
  • Year 2 -  21% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
  • Final year -  22% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Contact hours may vary depending on your modules

How you will be assessed

Assessment typically comprises exams (eg test or exam), practical (eg presentations, performance) and coursework (eg essays, reports, self-assessment, portfolios, dissertation). The approximate percentage for how you will be assessed on this course is as follows, though depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose:

 

Year 1

Year 2

Final year

Year 1
  • Coursework: 58%
  • Practical: 29%
  • Exam: 13%
Year 2
  • Coursework: 43%
  • Practical: 8%
  • Exam: 49%
Final year
  • Coursework: 98%
  • Practical: 0%
  • Exam: 2%

Feedback summary

We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 20 working days.

Your timetable

Your individualised timetable is normally available to students within 48 hours of enrolment. Whilst we make every effort to ensure timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week between 9am and 6pm. For undergraduate students Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities, but there may be occasions when this is not possible. Timetables for part-time students will depend on the modules selected.

Class sizes

To give you an indication of class sizes, this course normally attracts around students and lecture sizes are normally 30-50. However this can vary by module and academic year.

Who teaches this course?

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on this course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Student academic mentors also provide support during certain tutorials / seminars, under the supervision of the module leader.

The following group of staff members are currently involved in the delivery of different elements of this course. This pool is subject to change at any time within the academic year.

Course fees and funding

2022/23 fees for this course

The tuition fee you pay depends on whether you are assessed as a 'Home' (UK), 'Islands' or 'International' student. In 2022/23 the fees for this course are:

 Fee category Amount
Home (UK students)

Foundation year: £9,250
£9,250*

International

Foundation year: £13,900
Year 1 (2022/23): £13,900 
Year 2 (2023/24): £14,300
Year 3 (2024/25): £14,700

For courses with a sandwich year, the fee for the placement year can be viewed on the undergraduate fees table. The placement fee published is for the relevant academic year stated in the table. This fee is subject to annual increases but will not increase by more than the fee caps as prescribed by the Office for Students or such other replacing body.

* For full time programmes of a duration of more than one academic year, the published fee is an annual fee, payable each year, for the duration of the programme. Your annual tuition fees cover your first attempt at all of the modules necessary to complete that academic year. A re-study of any modules will incur additional charges calculated by the number of credits. Home tuition fees may be subject to annual increases but will not increase by more than the fee caps as prescribed by the Office for Students or such other replacing body. Full time taught International fees are subject to an annual increase and are published in advance for the full duration of the programme.

Eligible UK students can apply to the Government for a tuition loan, which is paid direct to the University. This has a low interest-rate which is charged from the time the first part of the loan is paid to the University until you have repaid it.

2021/22 fees for this course

The tuition fee you pay depends on whether you are assessed as a 'Home' (UK), 'Islands' or 'International' student. In 2021/22 the fees for this course are:

 Fee category Amount
Home (UK students)

Foundation year: £9,250
£9,250*

International

Foundation year: £13,500
Year 1 (2021/22): £13,500 
Year 2 (2022/23): £13,900
Year 3 (2023/24): £14,300

For courses with a sandwich year, the fee for the placement year can be viewed on the undergraduate fees table. The placement fee published is for the relevant academic year stated in the table. This fee is subject to annual increases but will not increase by more than the fee caps as prescribed by the Office for Students or such other replacing body.

* For full time programmes of a duration of more than one academic year, the published fee is an annual fee, payable each year, for the duration of the programme. Your annual tuition fees cover your first attempt at all of the modules necessary to complete that academic year. A re-study of any modules will incur additional charges calculated by the number of credits. Home tuition fees may be subject to annual increases but will not increase by more than the fee caps as prescribed by the Office for Students or such other replacing body. Full time taught International fees are subject to an annual increase and are published in advance for the full duration of the programme.

Eligible UK students can apply to the Government for a tuition loan, which is paid direct to the University. This has a low interest-rate which is charged from the time the first part of the loan is paid to the University until you have repaid it.

Note for EU students: UK withdrawal from the European Union

The Government has recently announced that new students from the European Union and Swiss Nationals starting their course after August 2021 will no longer be eligible for a student loan in England for Undergraduate or Postgraduate studies for 2021/22 academic year. This decision only applies to new EU students starting in 2021/22. If you are an existing/continuing EU student, you will continue to be funded until you graduate or withdraw from your course.

Need to know more?

Our undergraduate fees and funding section provides information and advice on money matters.

Additional costs

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs that are not covered by tuition fees which students will need to consider when planning their studies. Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, access to shared IT equipment and other support services. Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

Where a course has additional expenses, we make every effort to highlight them. These may include optional field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering), security checks such as DBS, uniforms, specialist clothing or professional memberships.

Textbooks

Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. You may prefer to buy your own copy of key textbooks – this can cost between £50 and £250 per year.

Computer equipment

There are open-access networked computers available across the University, plus laptops available to loan. You may find it useful to have your own PC, laptop or tablet which you can use around campus and in halls of residences. Free WiFi is available on each of the campuses. You may wish to purchase your own computer, which can cost from £100 to £3,000 depending on your course requirements.

Photocopying and printing

In the majority of cases written coursework can be submitted online. There may be instances when you will be required to submit work in a printed format. Printing, binding and photocopying costs are not included in your tuition fees, this may cost up to £100 per year.

Travel

Travel costs are not included in your tuition fees but we do have a free intersite bus service which links the campuses, Surbiton train station, Kingston upon Thames train station, Norbiton train station and halls of residence.

Placement

There is an internship option in the second year. Travel for this will vary according to the location of the internship and whether travel costs are covered by the internship provider, but for a London-based internship, the cost of a London Travelcard for zones 1-6 for three months could cost up to £600.

If the placement year option is chosen, during this year travel costs will vary according to the location of the placement, and could be from £0 to £2,000.

Materials

You will be advised to purchase a specific calculator at a cost of approximately £10 to £20.

Field trips

There may be the opportunity for optional day trips to companies in London. The cost would be approximately £30 per year.

Work placements

Our course offers a work placement to help you develop your skills and gain invaluable experience, this option will also help you to:

  • Improve your career choices: Business experience and placements help you to make better-informed career choices and help you stand out from the competition when you look for a job
  • Help with your studies: Statistics indicate that on average students who do placements get better results in their final year
  • Develop your professional skills: Preparing you for your career
  • Increase your employability: Each year many of our students receive graduate job offers from their placement employer.

After you graduate

This degree can lead to a wide range of careers, particularly in an international environment. Graduates work as account executives, marketing coordinators, operations managers and technology officers.

Types of jobs:

  • Account executive
  • Government officer
  • Marketing co-ordinator
  • Operations manager
  • Technology officer

Employers:

  • Blue Pen
  • Experian Cheetah Mail
  • JP Morgan
  • Logic
  • S3 Group
  • Swedish Embassy

Changes to courses for 2021/22 due to Covid-19

Course information (changes for 2021/22 entry)

Composition of the course

The experience of delivering courses in 2020/21 under the various Covid-19 restrictions has enabled us to better prepare and plan the delivery of our courses in 2021/22. We are confident the course can be delivered as planned and, therefore, we do not anticipate having to make any further changes to the course, i.e. number of modules or credits in a year, in response to issues arising from the pandemic. However, if this becomes necessary, the changes will be highlighted to students via email before enrolment.

Unless government advice instructs otherwise, Study Abroad programmes will take place in 2021/22. The safety of all our students is paramount, therefore, as per normal practice, all Study Abroad activities must also be approved by the University's insurers to ensure that students are adequately protected during their period abroad. We will provide updates as the pandemic situation stabilises and/or further government advice is released.

Changes can be made to courses as part of normal enhancement processes in order to keep our courses up to date with current developments in that subject area and in response to feedback from students and other key stakeholders. Any such changes made to the composition of the course will be highlighted to students by email before enrolment.

Modules

The experience of delivering courses in 2020/21 under the various Covid-19 restrictions has enabled us to better prepare and plan the delivery of our courses in 2021/22. We are confident the course can be delivered as planned and, therefore, we do not anticipate having to make any further changes to module titles and summaries or to the availability of modules in response to issues arising from the pandemic.

Changes can be made to modules as part of normal enhancement processes in order to keep our courses up to date with current developments in that subject area and to provide a high quality student experience. Any such changes made to module titles, module summaries and/or availability of modules will be highlighted to students by email before enrolment.

Length of course

We expect to deliver the course within the planned timescales to enable successful students to progress through and graduate from the course without delay.

In exceptional circumstances the sequence of learning and teaching activities may be changed in 2021/22, e.g. moving those modules which can be delivered more effectively to the first teaching block and moving back those – such as practical modules and placements – which may be more difficult to deliver due to some ongoing restrictions.

In some cases, it may be necessary to delay placement modules which may then impact the length of the course. In these circumstances the University will guide students through the appropriate options available to ensure students are able to make informed choices.

Entry requirements (changes for 2021/22 entry)

We have not changed entry requirements as a direct result of the pandemic.

Entry requirements for international students

We have not changed entry requirements for international students as a direct result of the pandemic.

Teaching (changes for 2021/22 entry)

Changes to the way the course will be delivered

As we transition from the pandemic restrictions, we expect to steadily increase the proportion of on-campus teaching. We will continue to provide a proportion of online learning, as experience has shown that this enriches and supports the student learning experience.

If the pandemic affects teaching and learning activities in 2021/22 more than we currently anticipate, the proportion of online learning will increase. However, unless a lockdown is enforced, we will ensure that all courses provide a reasonable percentage of their teaching and learning activities on campus.

Should your circumstances prevent your attendance at on-campus sessions, you should still be able to engage with your course remotely in a way that allows you to progress. Where this is not possible, for example on courses with high practical content, your course team will be able to advise you on the options available to you.

Changes to teaching in the event of a further lockdown or adjustments in government advice

The University will continue to closely monitor government announcements and advice in relation to the pandemic and, where required, will take any necessary action in order to comply with such advice.

In the event that a further lockdown is enforced in 2021/22 the University will aim to deliver the course fully online once more. The majority of our courses are prepared to be delivered fully online if the situation requires it. Where the quality of the student experience may be compromised, or the course is unable to be delivered fully online, the University may need to suspend the delivery of that course until a time that it can be delivered. Students will be supported in these situations to ensure they are able to make the right choices for their particular circumstances.

Changes to the overall breakdown of scheduled teaching hours, placements and guided independent study hours for Year 1

Changes to the overall breakdown of scheduled learning and teaching hours, placements and guided independent study hours were not and will not be made as a direct result of the pandemic.

‘Scheduled learning and teaching' includes teaching delivered online, either live or recorded/on demand.

Timetable

Your individualised timetable for teaching block 1 (i.e. up to December 2021) should be available by the end of August. Timetables for teaching block 2 (i.e. from January 2022) will not be available until the autumn. We make every effort to ensure timetables are as student-friendly as possible.

In 2020/21 it was agreed that scheduled learning and teaching could take place on any day of the week between 9am and 9pm, to maximise the time available for teaching in order to accommodate smaller group sizes and social distancing. This meant we sometimes had to use Wednesday afternoons and enrichment week for additional teaching slots. If we need to accommodate smaller group sizes and social distancing in 2021/22 we expect to adopt a similar approach. Timetables for part-time students will depend on the modules selected.

Assessment (changes for 2021/22 entry)

The experience of delivering courses in 2020/21 under the various Covid-19 restrictions has enabled us to better prepare and plan the delivery of our courses in 2021/22. We are confident the course can be delivered as planned and, therefore, do not anticipate having to make any further changes to the course, i.e. to the overall methods of assessments, in response to issues arising from the pandemic. However, if this becomes necessary, the changes will be highlighted to students via email before enrolment.

Changes are made to modules, including how they are assessed, as part of normal enhancement processes to keep our modules up to date with current developments in that subject area and in response to feedback received from students and other key stakeholders. Any changes to the overall methods of assessment for Year 1 of the course will be highlighted to students by email before enrolment.

If social distancing or lockdown restrictions are in place in 2021/22, online alternative options to formal on-campus examinations, including practical examinations, will be made available to students where possible.

Staff (changes for 2021/22 entry)

No changes are expected to the general level of experience or status of staff involved in delivering the course.

Staff are engaged in Continuous Professional Development activities to develop their teaching expertise, as part of the normal enhancement processes, to ensure that course teams have the required breadth of expertise.

Fees, funding and additional costs (changes for 2021/22 entry)

Tuition fees

There will be no changes to published tuition fees for 2021/22.

Additional costs (e.g. field trips, materials, equipment, etc.)

As we transition from the pandemic restrictions, we expect to be able to increase student access to on-campus facilities. Students will therefore have access to University computers and library facilities.

If, due to an increase in social distancing requirements or the enforcing of a lockdown, it becomes necessary to significantly increase the proportion of teaching delivered online, students will need a personal laptop or computer and access to the internet to participate in online teaching and learning activities. Students who are able to travel will have access to computers on campus, however, it should be noted that access to on-campus facilities might be restricted if social distancing requirements are enforced.

The University is committed to supporting students who are unable to access suitable technology to ensure equity of access in a blended delivery mode.

Funding

There will be no changes to any existing University funding arrangements for 2021/22. Currently there are no indications from the UK government that there will be any changes to government funding arrangements.

Fees and funding for international students

There will be no changes to published tuition fees or funding arrangements specifically relating to international students for 2021/22.

Work placements and field trips (changes for 2021/22 entry)

We are anticipating that placements (including work and clinical placements) and field trips included as part of the course will go ahead in 2021/22. However, to ensure students gain maximum value from placement activities, it may be necessary to reschedule them to later in the year, when any impacts from the pandemic restrictions are minimised.

Any proposed changes to placements or field trips would go through the University's agreed processes where the impact of the change will be carefully considered.

In the interests of the health and wellbeing of our students, all placement arrangements must be approved by the University's insurers and the appropriate risk assessments made before students are sent on a placement.

Courses which require placements or field trips to be completed in order to pass relevant modules will have contingency plans in place in the event that a placement or field trip cannot be completed due to another lockdown or more stringent social distancing measures.

Award, qualification and accreditation (changes for 2021/22 entry)

Qualification

No changes will be made to the qualification awarded, e.g. BSc (Hons), MSc, etc., as a direct result of the pandemic.

Changes can be made to courses, including the qualification awarded (although very rare), as part of normal enhancement processes in order to keep our courses up to date with current developments in that subject area. Any changes made to the qualification awarded for the course will be highlighted to students by email before enrolment.

Accreditation

The experience of delivering courses in 2020/21 under the various Covid-19 restrictions has enabled us to better prepare and plan the delivery of our courses in 2021/22. We are confident the course can be delivered as planned and in accordance with any professional body requirements. We do not anticipate making any further changes to courses in response to any issues arising from the pandemic and which would put at risk any professional body accreditation status.

Additional (changes for 2021/22 entry)

International students should maintain awareness of the UK government's and their home country's government advice on possible travel restrictions. The University will closely monitor advice and guidance published by the UK government and assess its impact on our international students. Appropriate advice and guidance will be provided as and when required.

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What our students say

Studying an International Business course, it was really important to me to go to a university that offers the opportunity to study and work abroad. Kingston has so many global partners all over the world so there is something to suit every student's requirements. I know that by studying abroad I will be increasing my employability as well as beginning to build an international professional network. Plus, I'll also get to travel, immerse myself in a different culture and learn a new language, and make new friends.

Alberto Mendes, International Business Management BSc(Hons)