BA (Hons)

International Business

In the UK for Business, management and marketing
in The Guardian University Guide 2020
  • UCAS code(s): N125 / N120
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Sandwich / Full-time
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September 2020
  • 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 that are 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.

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.

Nottingham Business School have both EQUIS and AACSB accreditation.

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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 2020. 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.


    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

  • 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.

    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.


    During this module you can continue to develop your language skills. 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.

    Managing Culture 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

    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

    Employment and Enterprise

    Following on from the Personal Development module in Year One, you will build and further reflect on your personal and professional skills, attributes and behaviours. You will have the opportunity to participate in part-time work, volunteering, consultancy work, business competitions and challenges, and develop a range of skills to enhance your employability.

    Plus one optional module from:

    Managing the 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.

    Management Accounting for Decision Making

    The manager and entrepreneur of the future must have sound financial skills to enable them to take advantage of their environment. Critical to this process is understanding the environment in which you operate and the financial structure of your organisation. You need to understand the information that is required to successfully manage your organisation and how to interpret it. During this module you will examine a range of management accounting techniques that are used in business decision making, and explore how accounting and finance information could evolve to meet the needs of organisations operating in competitive markets.

    You will study the value and limitations of accounting information for managerial decision making, planning and control purposes within organisations, and develop your understanding of problem solving techniques that are frequently used by teams operating in an organisational context, and how these techniques could be used within the accounting and finance framework.

    Digital Marketing

    Develop the operational skills and knowledge necessary in planning and implementing digital marketing campaigns. In today’s digital marketing arena, you will be expected to understand the importance of digital campaign tools, planning, implementation and monitoring. You will follow the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) syllabus and assessment for Digital Marketing.

  • 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 Year' 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 – Sustainability 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 a 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.

    Digital Marketing Strategy

    Introduces the fundamental digital marketing planning concepts for an organisation together with the key factors involved with the implementation, measurement and evaluation of successful campaigns.


    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.

    Investment and Portfolio Management

    This module examines appropriate Investment and Portfolio Management theory. You will have the opportunity to put this theory into practice principally via the construction and running of a portfolio of equities.

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

Ranked 11th in the UK for Business, Management and Marketing (The Guardian League Table 2020)

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 (52%), written (35%) and practical (13%).
  • Year 2 coursework (78%), written (17%) and practical (5%)
  • Year 3 coursework (73%), written (22%) and practical (5%).

Sandwich version of the course (4 Years)

  • Year 1 coursework (52%), written (35%) and practical (13%).
  • Year 2 coursework (78%), written (17%) and practical (5%).
  • 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 (23%) and independent study (77%).
  • 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 (23%) and independent study (77%).
  • Year 3 placement (100%).
  • Year 4 lectures/seminars/workshops (22%) and independent study (78%).

100% of students studying BA (Hons) International Business were would recommend studying at Nottingham Trent University (National Student Survey 2019)

Careers and employability

100% of our undergraduates were in employment, or further study, within 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:

  • 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.


Our BA (Hons) International Business courses have a Dual Award status with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

Sandwich year students on this course earn an average salary of £24,900 six months after graduation (DLHE 2016/17)

Entry requirements

You will need one of the following:

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

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 contact us at Ask NTU 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 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.

Find out more about the university preparation courses at NTIC.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Apply through UCAS. 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 contact us at Ask NTU 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.

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.

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