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BA (Hons) International Business

Course Overview

The BA (Hons) International Business programme aims to develop knowledge and skills needed by those students wishing to follow an international business career encompassing different cultures.

Your studies will be focused on a progressively international business syllabus. Through tailored modules you will gain specialist knowledge in international trade and ethics and explore the challenges associated with taking a business to the global market. In addition, you will cover the fundamentals of business finance which are essential to making effective decisions in a globalised environment.

The BA International Business also aims to provide students with a set of employability attributes that are crucial for Business graduates, including communication, critical thinking, team-working and numerical and IT skills. The programme uses various teaching and assessment strategies to enhance students’ communication skills, ranging from in-class presentations and optional real-life consulting projects to writing up reports that focus on the globalised environment.

You will develop a suite of transferable skills which are essential for business professionals, including: communication, critical thinking, team-working, numerical and information technology skills.

You will also gain effective communication skills through in-class presentations, optional real-life consulting projects and writing reports that focus on the globalised environment.

Key information

    Course name

    BA (Hons) International Business

    Total academic credits

    360 credits

    Qualification awarded

    BA with honours

    Awarding body

    Middlesex University

    Professional recognition


    Academic level

    Undergraduate (QCF_NQF Level 6)

    Study mode

    Full time


    3 year or 4 years with work placement

    Tuition fees

    £11,500 per year



    Work placement


    Course location


Academic entry requirements

• 280 UCAS tariff points, plus GCSE English and Maths with a minimum of Grade C
• BTEC National Diploma/International Baccalaureate/Advanced Progression Diplomas
• Access to HE Diploma
• International students should meet equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification
• If you are unable to meet the entry requirements for this course you may still be eligible for Foundation year course. This is an extra year of study to prepare you for the full degree
• If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another university, you may be able to enter a Middlesex University course in year two or three.

English entry requirements

Students for whom English is not the first language must satisfy the University requirement for IELTS currently at 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in any component.

Progression route

Further academic study at postgraduate level in International Management, Supply Chain Management, Finance, HRM, Business & Management, Product Management etc. or professional career.

Career opportunities

Graduates can enter in roles such as: Investment Banking Analyst, Restaurant Owner, New Product Developer, Finance Assistant, Vehicle Purchaser, Market Researcher, Marketing Manager, Assistant Procurement Officer, and also in Sales.


Year 1


  • Applications and Research in Management (30 credits)
  • Financial Aspects of Business (30 credits)
  • Marketing Theory and Practice (30 credits)



  • Foundations in International Management and Organisation (30 credits)


Year 2


  • International Business Environment (30 credits)
  • International Operations and Innovation Management (30 credits)



  • HRM in a Global Context (30 credits)
  • Managerial Finance (30 credits)
  • Trade and International Business (30 credits)
  • International Business Law (30 credits)


Placement year

The university encourages students to either undertake a paid work placement during their studies as a year-long assignment between year two and three, or to undertake an internship; either full-time over the summer following your second year of study, or part-time throughout the course of your final year.

The paid, year-long work placement exempts you from paying tuition fees for the full academic year; ensuring you gain the necessary practical skills to embark on your chosen career.

Work experience in the form of placements and internships greatly improve graduate employment prospects, and students who take part achieve excellent academic results through applying their learning in a professional setting.

The university’s specialist Employability Service and London location ensure that every year our students and graduates gain prestigious placement opportunities.


Year 3


  • International Business Strategy (30 credits)
  • International Management and Ethics (30 credits)
  • International Marketing (30 credits)



  • Global Supply Chain Management (30 credits)
  • International Finance (30 credits)
  • Small Business Going Global (30 credits)
  • Strategic Management Accounting (30 credits)


Assessment methods
You will be assessed through exams and tests, as well as essays and other written assignments, presentations and case study analyses. Some assessed work will be group work. You will receive regular feedback on your work.


Main learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

On completion of this programme the successful student will have knowledge and understanding of:

  • Stakeholders: their expectations and behaviour
  • The environment of international business and its impact on strategy
  • Innovation: design, production and distribution of products and services
  • Business resources: acquisition, application and control
  • Business processes: planning, improvement and control
  • International organisations: their functions, structure and management
  • Management issues in services and small businesses


Cognitive (thinking) skills

On completion of this programme the successful student will be able to:

  • Define, explain and evaluate a range of phenomena, concepts, models, theories, principles and practices
  • Apply concepts, models and theories to analyse situations
  • Identify, evaluate and construct arguments
  • Demonstrate self-awareness and sensitivity to others
  • Take and defend a decision or position on a given issue, considering commercial, ethical and other factors
  • Create and evaluate solutions to given problems


Practical skills

On completion of the programme the successful student will be able to:

  • Locate, categorise, prioritise and synthesise information necessary for (international) business purposes
  • Interpret business reports and evaluate performance in an intercultural environment
  • Select and apply business monitoring and control techniques appropriate for the local context
  • Set objectives for business change and plan implementation appropriate for the local context
  • Identify and demonstrate interpersonal skills appropriate to a given business situation in a global environment


Graduate skills

On completion of this programme the successful student will be able to undertake and demonstrate the following skills:

  • Clarify career objectives and develop plans to achieve them
  • Learn flexibly and effectively from diverse opportunities
  • Communicate persuasively using a range of media
  • Contribute positively to team performance
  • Use ICT to improve personal productivity
  • Collect, analyse and critically interpret numerical data