BA (Hons)

International Business

  • UCAS code(s): N125 / N120
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Sandwich / Full-time
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September 2018
  • Course duration: 4 / 3 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information

International business is defined as ‘multi commercial transactions (i.e. sales, investment, logistics and transportation) taking place between two or more regions or countries beyond their political boundaries’. Why is this important? In the fast-paced business world companies are looking to gain a more competitive global presence. Therefore, the demand for graduates with high international management knowledge and a broad understanding of business is critical.

At Nottingham Business School we have recognised that demand early with our BA (Hons) International Business course, which develops outstanding graduates well equipped to influence and make significant contributions to international business and management

The course will equip you with the understanding of accounting, finance, culture, marketing, logistics and operations within an international business and how these impact the real world. We’re one of the only UK universities to offer language training on this type of course, giving our students a real advantage when it comes to competing for the best jobs.

Our BA (Hons) International Business course has been accredited by EPAS for a five year period. This accreditation means that the course has been recognised for its international quality and content.

In addition, on this course you will be able to get involved in a variety of practical work and have the opportunity to get involved in international competitions including the IBM Challenge and the PolyU Innovation and Entrepreneurship Global Student Challenge.

This course can be studied over three years full-time or four years with a placement, due to the international status of this course a placement year is seen as an integral part of it. However, if you choose to study on the three year full-time route you will have the opportunity to gain some international experience through an industry internship or travel overseas to study abroad in one of our partner universities with our unique opportunities scheme.

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What you'll study

We are currently reviewing the content of our courses to ensure that they remain relevant and current to our students’ future ambitions and society. Please continue to check this course webpage for the latest developments.

The course begins in September. Take a look at the academic calendar for term dates. The academic calendar will apply throughout your course, aside your placement year (if you have chosen to undertake one).

  • Year One

    Accounting and Finance for International Managers

    Through this module you will develop the skills and competencies needed to make effective use of accounting information, especially for control and decision making purposes.

    You will explore how business organisations are financed and the constraints and limitations that financing imposes on them. You will also learn about the calculation of accounting profit and its importance to an organisation. You will develop skills that will allow you to identify relevant cash inflows and outflows of a proposed business project, and learn about utilising the techniques of break-even analysis in project decision making. The importance and use of budgeting for forward-planning, communication, coordination and control within an organisation will be covered, as well as the importance of cash and liquidity within an organisation and the construction of cash and working capital budgets. You will learn how to use cash and working capital management models and techniques and how to construct financial statements.

    Other areas covered in this vast module include financial appraisal of long term capital investment proposals and valuation of company shares.

    Foreign Language

    Language training and cultural studies are at the heart of the course. We are one of the few UK universities to offer language training on this type of course, giving you a real advantage when it comes to competing for the best jobs. The course offers language tuition at a range of ability levels and in a variety of languages, including advanced level courses for those with A-level pass grades in French, German and Spanish. Dutch, Japanese, Mandarin, French, German, Spanish and Italian are available at beginner’s level. English classes are available at a series of levels for those whose first language is not English.

    Culture, Communication and Learning

    This module will prepare you for study on this course, and ground you in a structured programme of learning. It will encourage your interest in international business, develop your awareness of cultural difference and cross-cultural communication.

    Foundations of Managing and Organising

    Both work and management are carried out by people, the human resources of the organisation. The focus of this module is on the management of work in organisations, and will provide you with a holistic understanding from the viewpoint of both the worker and management. You will examine some of the key applications, policies and practices involved in the management of human resources, and will analyse their underlying theoretical basis and the effects on the organisation and society in general.

    Marketing and Operations Management

    The aim of this module is to provide you with an understanding of the basic principles of marketing and operations. You will be introduced to core marketing and operations functions, and develop your understanding of the key concepts, frameworks and models within the area of marketing and operations.

    You will develop the knowledge and skills needed to identify differing marketing orientations, in particular how organisations identify, understand and satisfy their customers. It will also provide you with the skills required to develop marketing objectives and to translate these into operational processes that satisfy the needs of the customer. Alongside all this, you will learn about the dynamic relationship between operations, organisational performance and competitive position, and will develop effective team building and communication skills.

    Quantitative Methods for International Business

    This module will introduce you to a variety of quantitative techniques that are relevant to international business. The module will enhance your knowledge and proficiency with quantitative techniques, and will also develop your confidence and attitude towards numerical aspects of your future studies and career.

  • Year Two

    First half of Year Two – Core Modules

    Economics for International Business

    This module will introduce you to a range of key economic concepts, ideas and skills, which will help you to understand how the international economy works. In addition to understanding core economic concepts, you will also learn to appreciate the potential of economic analysis to clarify contemporary issues for decision makers in international business and management.

    During the module you will be introduced to methods such as opportunity cost and resource allocation; demand, supply and price determination; and market structure and the behaviour of firms. You will l also explore international trade theory concepts, including the gains from trade; absolute and comparative advantage, ‘new’ trade theories and the theory and practice of trade protection.

    The International Business Environment

    This module will provide you with an overview on how international business is conducted, focusing on what makes international business different from domestic business. You will explore the major theories that explain international business transactions and the institutions influencing those activities. You will also learn about measuring and facilitating international transactions and the dynamic interface between countries and companies that are attempting to conduct foreign business activities. You will explore the subject in reference to the strategy, behaviour and management of multinational corporations and the actions and policies of international regulatory bodies and agencies.

    Intercultural Effectiveness and Language I

    During this module you will explore the cultural differences between social groups and develop the knowledge and skills needed to manage those differences. The module is designed to help you prepare for study and/or work abroad, and will involve you partaking in both student-led workshops and cross-cultural investigations.

    The module aims to develop your understanding of verbal and non-verbal communication across cultural boundaries, as well as your ability to work and lead in multicultural teams. You will explore the cultural differences that exist within and between different countries and apply cultural theories and concepts to personal experience of work and learning in an unfamiliar cultural environments.

    Second half of Year Two

    You can either select one of our Unique Opportunities Initiatives or continue with your taught modules listed below.

    Core modules

    Exploring Strategy and Innovation

    This module provides an understanding of business development and strategy with particular reference to processes of strategic management, innovation and business development in the global context.

    It will develop your understanding of competitive advantage and introduce you to key concepts in strategy, organisational change and development, all drawn from different cultural contexts. You will examine the nature of innovation, and the process involved in bringing it about. This module also seeks to demonstrate how innovation can provide competitive advantage for business firms operating in local, national and international environments.

    Over the course of the module you will: ·

    • study profitability and the nature and purpose of corporate and competitive strategy in a global context
    • explore corporate direction, goals, mission and vision
    • analyse the business environment, methods and techniques of analysis and its relevance to competitor and customer development
    • explore the nature of technological change and its links to innovation
    • classify innovation and innovative activity
    • analyse the process of innovation and different perspectives on the process.

    Intercultural Effectiveness and Language II

    This module will act as a starting point for you in learning to understand cultural differences. You will identify and explore different concepts of self and the significance of culturally determined beliefs, values and attitudes in communicating effectively across cultures. The module will also enable you to apply cultural theories and concepts to personal experience of work and learning in unfamiliar cultural environments.

    Plus one optional module from:

    Managing Global Supply Chain

    Covering various areas of marketing and operations, this module will provide you with a practical understanding of the structure and organisation of supply chains, including sustainability and ethical issues. You will be introduced to aspects of operations, logistics and procurement, and further develop your understanding on the importance of the flow of goods and information in providing value through global delivery systems.

    Marketing Management

    This module explores the role of marketing management and its interaction with other business functions. You will study marketing management concepts that are used during the development of sound marketing strategies, and will develop effective group and personal skills that are valued highly by organisational employers. You will learn about the application of marketing tools to different contexts, as well as segmentation, targeting and positioning. Other subjects covered include integrated marketing communications, social and ethical implications of marketing, and marketing in context (including services, business, and international).

  • Year Three

    Placement year

    A vital component of our degree courses is the placement year. This time spent working in business provides our students with crucial work experience, which is highly prized and much sought after by employers upon graduation. We have links with a wide range of sectors, firms and organisations that offer student placements. If you have decided to undertake a placement year then this will last for a minimum of 48 weeks during your third year.

    Our Employability Team is here to inspire and enhance every stage of your career planning and as a graduate of NTU, you will be able to access their services for three years after your course has finished.

    Services they provide include:

    • finding placements, internships and part-time work
    • pursuing self-employment
    • taking gap years and time out
    • getting into volunteering
    • providing advice on further study.


    Taught modules

    If you have decided to continue with your studies please view the 'Final ear' tab for your list of modules.

  • Final year

    Research Project

    For this module you will undertake a purposeful, individual, in depth study of a relevant topic, developing your independent learning, critical thinking and knowledge of research techniques relevant to your subject area.

    The project will develop your ability to manage a major piece of work, for which you will be completely responsible, and will be completed over a period of several months. You will learn to utilise and improve your time management and communication skills, as well as test your initiative and resourcefulness.

    To support your development during this module you will study essential skills such as critical thinking, conducting a literature review, understanding the appropriate research framework, practical research methods and skills, report and academic writing skills.

    Leadership and Employability

    This module will help prepare you for future employment, by further developing your career-related and transferrable skills. During the module you will critically reflect on your time at University, and develop your knowledge and understanding of leadership, as well as your consultancy and project management skills. You will also develop an understanding of how effective strategic leadership can influence organisational behaviour, strategic management and financial decision-making.

    Your lectures and seminars will be delivered by specialist tutors and guests, focusing on themes such as international accounting and finance, professional practice, public service finance, strategic leadership, entrepreneurship, sustainability and ethical issues, and career management skills, including effective job search strategies, realising your full potential via ‘personal branding’ and management of your online presence, and requirements and qualifications for the various accounting and finance professional bodies. In addition to attending traditional lectures and seminars, you will also select career related and transferable skills workshops and events that match your needs, and guest lectures from business and industry.

    International Tourism – Sustainable Development and Impact

    This module aims to provide you with an insight into the global patterns of tourism development and the impacts (economic, environmental and social) that can result, particularly within heritage tourism.

    You will explore the fundamental principles of international tourism management and review the demand for, and supply of, international tourism.

    You will also study the economic, social and environmental impacts of tourism at both the destination and global level, and develop the ability to look critically at contemporary issues within international tourism.

    International Strategic Management

    During this module you will use a strategic management viewpoint to examine international business with an integrative framework. You will study the main trends that facilitate the globalisation of markets, and explore how small, medium and large organisations build their international strategies. You will also study new insights into contemporary international management challenges.

    You will cover a range of topics including: ·

    • the conceptualisation and theorisation of international strategy
    • multinational companies in the context of globalisation and regionalisation
    • integrated global, multi-domestic, international and trans-national strategies
    • developing international strategic capabilities and achieving international excellence
    • corporate social responsibility and multinational strategy
    • traditional and new modes of entry to international markets.

    Global Business in Changing World

    This module is designed to develop your understanding of the key developments and issues that affect global business. You will explore current issues and developments, and unique insights into the most pressing business and managerial topics. This will include focusing on different regions and contexts, with reference to the opportunities that are emerging within global business.

    You will also cover aspects of sustainability and social responsibility, and explore changes at a political, economic, legal, socio-cultural and technological level, with reference to the strategy, behaviour and management of organisations and to the actions and policies of regulatory bodies and governmental agencies.

    Plus one optional module from:

    Global Supply Chain Strategy

    Working at a strategic level, this module will clarify how marketing, design, distribution, logistics and project management may be integrated, and help you to develop a broader and deeper understanding of how supply chain performance can be strategically improved.

    You will cover a number of areas during the module including:

    • looking at supply chains from a strategic and global perspective
    • key concepts in supply chain improvement
    • interpreting lean and agile supply
    • supply chain dynamics – forecasting, information flow and bullwhip
    • design for the supply chain – postponement, mass customisation, product life cycle, sustainability
    • managing CSR in the supply chain – sustainability, environment and transport
    • managing risk in a supply chain.

    International Marketing and Communications

    This module explores activity and developments from across the area of international and global marketing, including developments in world trade; ethical, environmental and sustainability issues; buyer behaviour and segmentation; developing an international strategy; and issues surrounding international marketing communications.

    The module will also provide you with an advanced level of knowledge on the concepts of marketing at the various levels of export, international and global marketing, and a detailed understanding of the sources of international marketing information and the factors governing marketing research decisions at an international level. You will focus on how international marketing communication strategies are developed across a wide range of industries, sectors and organisations, while improving your research, analytical, communication, time management and team working skills.


    This module will give you the opportunity to develop your language skills further by continuing with a language you are already studying, or learning a new language. Advanced level courses are available for those with A-level pass grades in French, German and Spanish. Dutch, Japanese, Mandarin, French, German, Spanish and Italian are available at beginner's level or for those with limited knowledge.

Nottingham Business School joins world top 5% with global AACSB accreditation

How you’re taught

On average you will receive minimum 12 – 15 hours of teaching per week from a combination of lectures and seminars. You'll then be expected to increase your understanding of the subject area through independent study for each module.

We use a mixture of teaching methods including traditional lectures and seminars, IT workshops, guest lectures, problem-based learning and group discussions. In addition to this you will also be involved in a variety of practical work such as individual and group presentations, student-led seminars, role play, industry-sponsored competitions and project work.

These are included to help you develop a range of practical skills such as time management, effective presentation, communication, customer focus, analytical, entrepreneurial and team working. All students will attend lectures and seminars at NTU’s City Campus, in the impressive Newton Building, home to Nottingham Business School.

You will also have a number of one-on-one tutor sessions during each year, which will allow you to:

  • discuss your personal and professional development
  • discuss and gain feedback about your work
  • ask questions about the projects you're working on
  • raise any difficulties you are experiencing relating to your work, personal circumstances or your University experience.

You'll also use our virtual learning environment, NOW, which is a flexible web-based system that gives you 24-hour access to module learning materials and reading lists. It allows you to discuss work with tutors and submit coursework electronically from anywhere in the world.

Assessment methods

Full time version of the course (3 years)

  • Year 1 coursework (60%), written (35%) and practical (5%).
  • Year 2 coursework (73%) and written (27%).
  • Year 3 coursework (73%), written (22%) and practical (5%).

Sandwich version of the course (4 Years)

  • Year 1 coursework (60%), written (35%) and practical (5%).
  • Year 2 coursework (56%), written (37%) and practical (7%).
  • Year 3 placement (100%).
  • Year 4 coursework (73%), written (22%) and practical (5%).

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

Full time version of the course (3 years)

  • Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (26%) and independent study (74%).
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (27%) and independent study (73%).
  • Year 3 lectures/seminars/workshops (22%) and independent study (78%).

Sandwich version of the course (4 Years)

  • Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (26%) and independent study (74%).
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (31%) and independent study (69%).
  • Year 3 placement (100%).
  • Year 4 lectures/seminars/workshops (22%) and independent study (78%).

92% of students studying BA (Hons) International Business, were satisfied with the course (National Student Survey 2017)

Careers and employability

Graduates from this course have gone onto working in both public and private sector, undertaking positions such as:

  • account executive
  • business development executive
  • commercial graduate trainee
  • loyalty consultant
  • international graduate trainee.

In the last few years, graduates from this course have gone onto securing roles with well know employers such as:

  • Experian
  • Comply Serve Limited
  • First Radio Sales
  • Travis Perkins PLC
  • David Chipperfield Architects.


This course has been accredited with EPAS a quality management assessment which means it joins a group of just 75 institutions worldwide. The process aims to evaluate the quality of any business and/or management programme that has an international perspective and, where of an appropriately high quality, to accredit it.

100% of students were happy with the learning opportunities available on the course (National Student Survey 2017)

Entry requirements

You will need one of the following:

  • A-levels – BBB, excluding General Studies; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM; or
  • 120 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications, excluding General Studies; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C / 4.

We will consider equivalent qualifications and combinations, please see our website or UCAS course search for details.

The UCAS Tariff

We’ve created this calculator to help you work out how many UCAS points your qualifications relate to.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Pre-Masters and foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation or pre-Masters course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you are already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation and pre-Masters courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English Language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our International Team for advice.

University preparation courses

If you do not meet the entry requirements you may be interested in our pre-Masters / Foundation courses at Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC) which leads onto this postgraduate / undergraduate degree if successfully completed. NTIC students are based on the City Campus and have access to all the University facilities.

Find out more about the university preparation courses at NTIC.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It’s your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You’ve got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you’re applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

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You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

You can apply directly to the University for an Undergraduate Course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year. If you are applying to more than one UK University you must apply through UCAS.

Apply as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

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Keeping up-to-date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Good luck with your application!

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

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Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Getting in touch

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Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

International fees and scholarships

For international and EU fees for all courses together with advice on how to pay, please visit our international fees information.

We offer prestigious scholarships to our international students holding offers to study here. For details and an application form please visit our international scholarships information.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

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