International Business

International Business BA (Hons)

Go global and prepare yourself for a career in international business through this specialist degree which combines the theoretical tools and analytical skills required by successful international businesses with a global perspective. International business runs as a core throughout the three years and is complemented by a personal development theme. You’ll study international business modules with a choice of optional modules to suit your personal interests and career ambitions: human resources, marketing, sales, finance, accounting, tourism, politics or trade.

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The BA (Hons) International Business degree at UCLan differs from similar degrees at other institutions in a number of ways. It is a course with the option of spending part of your time studying overseas. You can participate in study exchanges throughout Europe, the USA, Mexico and Australia.

International Business runs as a core throughout the course and is complemented by a personal development theme. The degree is designed particularly for those who will seek posts with international companies as graduate trainees or as assistants in functional specialisms e.g. marketing, sales, purchasing, HRM. In order to train students for the business world, much of the learning is through the use of seminar case studies and presentations.

In this course you will develop an understanding of the issues and key factors in the international business environment and provides some basic business skills and concepts necessary for further study. It also, through the personal development programme, develops self-awareness and personal transferable skills. Later you will develop and extends your understanding of international business and marketing theories and their relevance to the operations of international firms. It also encourages you to examine differing cultural values and their influence upon the operations of the international company. The final year has a central core which focuses upon strategic decision making and management issues and the role these play in the survival and competitiveness of the international firm. The dissertation gives control for progress and direction of study to the student.

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The programme offers optional modules to complement the core modules. From time to time, the course team may expand or amend the options available, but the wide range allows students to develop their particular strengths and interests in Years 2 and 3. Those students who choose to study a foreign language can select from French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese, Urdu, and Arabic. These can be studied at beginners' level, post-GCSE or post-A Level.

The Business School's state-of-the-art Greenbank and Brook buildings are in the middle of the campus offering a comprehensive range of study, learning and social facilities including a cybercafé and easy access PC workstation rooms.



Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: three years, or four years with 48-weeks industrial placement or international study in Year 3. Part-time: five years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Fees 2018/19

    Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)
    Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

    Sandwich (Optional):

    £900 per year (UK / EU)


  • View 2017/18 Fees

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 112 UCAS Points.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit 
BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction*
Pass Access Course: 112 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate Pass Diploma with 112 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent 

Not got the grades?

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study for this degree

Foundation Entry Route

Course Overview

Year 1

Core Modules

  • Introduction to International Business and Economics
  • Introduction to Financial and Management Accounting for Managers
  • Personal Development Programme 1: Academic and Professional Skills
  • Management and Organisations


  • Foreign Languages
  • The Shaping of the Asia-Pacific Region 
  • Legal Obligations in Business
  • Managing Business Information
  • Business Decision Modelling
  • Tourism Places: Markets, Destination and Evidence
  • Global Politics

Year 2

Core Modules

  • International Business and Socio-cultural Development
  • Marketing Principles for Business
  • Managing Personnel and Human Resources
  • Transition to Work or Planning Your Career
  • 2 options


  • Foreign Languages
  • International Tourism Management
  • Economics and Business in the EU
  • Finance for Managers
  • Companies and the Law
  • Introduction to Financial Services Markets
  • International Financial Management Techniques
  • Education and Training in the Economy
  • Cross Cultural Issues in the Pacific Rim
  • Business Decision Modelling 2
  • Global Governance

Those students who participate in an overseas exchange in Year 2 will follow an equivalent programme at their choice of institution.

Year 3

Core Modules

  • International Strategic Management
  • Contemporary Issues in Business


  • Foreign Language
  • E-marketing
  • International Tourism
  • Corporate Finance
  • International Human Resource Management
  • Risk and Capital Markets
  • International Marketing Management
  • Development and Change in the Asia Pacific Region
  • Start a Business
  • European Business Cultures & Environment
  • Education and Training (2)
  • Crisis Management
  • Business Forecasting
  • Aspects of Trade, Aid and Development
  • Airline Operations
  • Dissertation

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Industry Links

We have a strong business network between local and national businesses which you will benefit from, for example, there is an opportunity to attend guest speaker events, which are organised in conjunction with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and Chartered Institute of Marketing (CiM). The companies we work with offer internships, placements, live projects and mentors to provide you with excellent practical experience. The School also offers a number of electives and options that provide students with an opportunity to gain an additional professional body qualification.

Learning Environment and Assessment

You will benefit from a variety of teaching and learning methods including: lectures, seminars, practical workshops, group activities, personal research and case studies. Personal study and independent research also form an integral part of the course. Some modules are part web-based with links to organisations such as professional bodies. You will also have the option to develop your skills in a variety of areas such as IT, web searching, social media, advanced excel and specialist Microsoft packages.

Assessment includes essays; reports; oral presentations; group assessments; investigating companies and tackling briefs from industry. In your final year you will have the opportunity to undertake an independent dissertation or company project. Exams account for no more than 50 per cent of the final mark (with exception of the accounting modules).


A feature of this course is an opportunity to study abroad: why not consider taking your second year modules at our Cyprus campus? You can participate in study exchanges throughout Europe, the USA, Mexico and Australia and there are generous travel bursaries to support these. You’ll also have the chance to study a foreign language as one of your options, although this is not compulsory.

On graduation you can pursue a career as an international business specialist within multi-national corporations, consultancy firms, joint ventures, financial institutions, law firms, government departments and manufacturing. In order to prepare you for the business world, much of the learning is through the use of seminar case studies and presentations.

Important Information

Contact Us

This course is based in the Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise
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Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2017 Entry | 2018 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course Information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.