BA (Hons)

International Business (with German)

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In the UK for Business, management and marketing
in The Guardian University Guide 2019
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September 2019
  • Course duration: Three years


Demand is high for international management know-how and for graduates with a broad-based international business education. This is due to the growing economic independence between nations and the efforts of many companies to build a global presence. At Nottingham Business School we offer International Business (with German) as a specialist dual award course to tackle these issues.

Accredited by both Nottingham Business School and EBS Universitat für Wirtschaft und Recht (just outside Frankfurt), with this intense dual award degree, you’ll have in-depth understanding of the European and global business environment. This course will give you the opportunity to learn the German language and immerse yourself in the country’s culture.

Our BA (Hons) International Business (with German) 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.

As the course is dual award you will graduate with a BA (Hons) International Business (with German) from NTU, and a Bachelor in General Management – International Business Studies from our partner institution EBS Universität für Wirtschaft.

The course can be studied over three years full-time where you will spend 18 months at Nottingham Business School and 18 months at EBS Universität für Wirtschaft (including a three month placement in Germany or with a German-speaking company).

Nottingham Business School have both EQUIS and AACSB accreditation.

Accredited by:

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What you'll study

The course begins in September 2019. 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).

During your first year you will be studying full-time at Nottingham Business School.

  • 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.


    As you will have already studied German to at least an AS-level standard, NTU is able to offer advanced level courses in German to develop you language skills.

    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 be introduced to the key applications, policies and practices that are involved in the management of human resources, and will analyse their underlying theoretical basis and the effects on the organisation and society in general.

    Fundamentals of Marketing

    Students will learn to recognise and apply the concepts and techniques used in the interpretation of markets and market trends, undertake the development of marketing materials and obtain an appreciation of marketing planning and decision making undertaken in a business organisation. They will also develop an awareness of the practical and theoretical issues relating to design plus an awareness of design principles and processes in the external marketing environment. Students will develop an appreciation of design and will be able to evaluate the role of design.

    Quantitative Methods for International Business

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

    Personal and Academic Development

    Helps you recognise the personal skills, behaviours and attributes you currently have, and supports you in formulating a continuous personal and professional development plan to develop the skills and knowledge you need to achieve your future ambitions and realise your full potential.

    Quantitative Methods for Economists

    As part of your preparations to study at the EBS Universitat für Wirtschaft und Recht you will be required to study an additional module on quantitative methods for economists.

  • Year Two

    First half-year study at Nottingham Business School

    Corporate Financial Analysis

    Introduces you to a range of key economic concepts, ideas and skills which allow you to understand how the international economy works.

    The International Business Environment

    Gives an overview on the methods of conducting international business, examining international business transactions.

    Managing Cultures Across Borders

    This module focuses on cross-cultural issues at global, national and organisational levels and how these impact, in both theoretical and practical terms, upon the management of business functions across national borders. A solid theoretical and empirical basis is utilised to examine managing across borders as a foundation to understanding practice within management functions. The module examines contemporary issues within cross-cultural management and uses emerging empirical contexts to inform and develop knowledge. The module uses interactive student exercises to inform their learning  (role-plays, seminars, case studies) to allow the cultural experience and knowledge of the multinational student group to inform the module's objectives


    As you will have already studied German to at least an AS-level standard, NTU is able to offer advanced level courses in German to develop you language skills further ahead of your two years in Germany.

    Second half-year study at EBS Universitat für Wirtschaft und Recht

    Modules are set by the university.

    Three month internship in Germany or with a German-speaking company during the summer break.

  • Year Three

  • Final year

    Full-time study at EBS Universitat für Wirtschaft und Recht

    Modules are set by the university

Course specification

View the full course specification
Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

Nottingham Business School is in the 1% of business schools worldwide to have both EQUIS and AACSB accreditation.

How you’re taught

This course is taught at both Nottingham Business School and EBS Universität für Wirstschaft und Recht. Whilst you’re at NBS, a wide range of teaching methods are employed, including lectures, staff and student-led seminars, IT workshops, case studies, role plays, group discussions, project work, group and individual presentations, and problem-based learning. In Germany you will be taught in both English and German.

All lessons during the first term are taught in English. Progressively over the 18 months your German language skills will be developed.

Whilst at NTU you will be typically assessed through a combination of coursework, projects and examinations. Your work in Germany will also be assessed through a mixture of coursework and exams. These marks will be converted back to contribute towards your overall degree award.

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

Year 1 coursework (60%), written (35%) and practical (5%).

Year 2 coursework (83%) and written (17%).

Year 3 coursework (62%) and written (28%).

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:

Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (25%) and independent study (75%).

Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (52%) and independent study (48%).

Year 3 lectures/seminars/workshops (22%) and independent study (78%).

We’re ranked 28th / 121 for Business in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019

Careers and employability

100% of our undergraduates were in employment, or further study, just six months after graduating from NTU. (DLHE 2016/17)

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

  • trainee merchandiser
  • procurement coordinator
  • international graduate trainee
  • graduate trainee management
  • graduate scheme.

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

  • Next
  • Tesco PLC
  • Damco
  • Enterprise Rent-a-Car
  • Comply Serve Limited.

Students on this course tend to earn the average salary of £21,500 six months after graduation. (DLHE 2015/16)


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.

Entry requirements

You will need one of the following:

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

All applicants must have studies A-level  German.

We will consider equivalent qualifications and combinations, please see UCAS Course Search for details.

The UCAS Tariff

We have 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.

  • For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.
  • If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

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.

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.

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.

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.

  • For a step-by-step guide on making an application to the University please visit our how to apply page.
  • For advice on applying for a visa please visit our visa information page.
  • For advice on how to write a good personal statement please visit our personal statement page.

Apply now (UCAS)

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.

Further information on how to apply

Need help with your application?
For admissions related enquiries please contact us:
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4200

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

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

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.

Still need help?

Nottingham Business School
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