International Business (Year 3 entry)

International Business (Year 3 entry) 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. Direct entry into Year 3 of this programme is ideal if you already have a Foundation Degree, HND, DipHE or equivalent in a related subject area, enabling you to complete an Honours degree in one year. You’ll build on your previous study of business and management whilst developing the key intellectual and vocational skills that will enable you to succeed in a global business environment. 

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Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: one year

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Management Studies at UCLan is 1st in the North West and in the UK top 10 for overall student satisfaction. We are also 3rd in the North West for assessment and feedback - National Student Survey 2019.
  • The ability to customise your learning through option modules means you can tailor your experience with the programme to meet individual goals and objectives
  • Taught by experienced professionals from a wide variety of industries

Course Overview

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • International Strategic Management
  • International Business Competences
  • Plus four modules from the following options
  • A foreign language (including English for International Business)
  • Corporate Finance
  • Risk and Capital Markets
  • Development and Change in the Asia Pacific Region
  • Start a Business
  • Economic Aspects of Trade, Aid and Development
  • Human Resource Management in Multinational Organisations

  • International Financial Economics
  • Education and Training in the Economy
  • European Business Cultures and Environment
  • International Business Dissertation
  • Business Forecasting
  • Market Modelling
  • International Marketing
  • Electronic Marketing
  • The European Union
  • Managing Quality in Service Organisations
  • Crisis Management
  • Airline Operations
  • International Tourism: Themes and Issues

More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

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Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)

Fees for international students

Entry Requirements

Pass FD in Business related subject area with 40%. HND Pass overall in Business related subject area.

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Further Information

Direct entry onto Year 3 of this programme provides an opportunity for graduates of an appropriate Foundation Degree, HND, DipHE or equivalent to complete an Honours degree in one year. It also provides an opportunity for students from overseas institutions who have completed two years full-time higher education, specialising in business and management studies, to gain a British undergraduate honours degree in one year. 

The aim of the programme is to build on your previous study of business and management whilst developing the key intellectual and vocational skills that will enable you to succeed in a global business environment. Global strategy is discussed and the skills for personal and professional knowledge and planning are developed. In addition, there is a wide range of optional modules which enable you to focus on those aspects of international business that interest you most. With its international focus, the course is particularly suited to students from overseas. By the end of the programme you will be an independent learner with the skills, knowledge and experience to make informed decisions about your future career. The course will also provide a sound foundation for those students who may seek to pursue a postgraduate business course upon graduation.

The one year programme includes two compulsory modules covering international business strategy and competencies. Students also select four optional modules from a wide range of options in the areas of marketing, human resource management, economics, accounting and finance, foreign languages, and tourism management. There is also the option to complete a dissertation.

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BA International Business is an interesting and worthwhile degree subject. You study a wide range of different business topics, with many modules giving an international perspective. The fact that the degree also gives the opportunity to study abroad for part of the degree is a great way to meet new people, widen experiences and learn more through seeing first-hand how different cultures affect business.

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The course is very interesting and allows you to travel to different countries around the world, with it still counting as your second year. It covers all aspects of business and I hope to go into a career such as management, economics or HR.


Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

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).

During your first year you will, on average, attend between 12 and 14 hours of formal study per week. In the second and final year attendance will vary depending on which options are chosen but typically between 10-12 hours per week. During the optional placement you follow the normal work pattern of your chosen company.

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.


This degree is ideal if you wish to 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.


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Important Information

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

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: | 2020 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 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

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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.