International Business
BSc (Hons)

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Salford Business School

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Industrial Placement
Work placement opportunity
International Students can apply

3 good reasons to study International Business at Salford

1.

Opportunities for paid placements with world-leading international organisations such as Fujitsu, IBM and Virgin

2.

This course will provide you with a strong business education in preparation for a wide range of managerial careers

3.

Study a language and take up study and placements abroad

Course Summary

This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to succeed in today’s global economy. You will gain a strong business education in preparation for a wide range of managerial careers.

You will learn how to develop your personal effectiveness, and how to operate as an internationally aware, focused individual, capable of operating in the international business environment, which will increase your employability.

You will develop the ability to work on your own and with others, in systematically and creatively applying knowledge of theory and practice to resolving international business problems.

This course is also available with a Professional Experience Year, giving you the opportunity to apply the skills, knowledge and understanding you have gained in the first two years of the course. There are different entry requirements and course codes for the Professional Experience Year option.

Course Details

Course Structure

Year 1

All International Business students study the same modules in the first year, after which you are given the flexibility to review and change your options depending on which subjects interest you the most. This approach gives you a vital foundation in key business disciplines to support the subjects you go on to study in your second and final years. It also means that all students achieve the same level of International Business knowledge at the end of their first year.

This module gives you a theoretical and practical introduction to the basics of accounting, including how to prepare financial statements.
You will receive an introduction to the theory and practice of marketing - an essential service to the long-term prosperity of organisations and businesses - and apply these principles to real life situations.
You will learn about the important contribution of Human Resource Management policy and practice to employee and organisational success in the UK and internationally.
This module introduces you to the key concepts of modern economics, including how markets function as the foundation of contemporary economies.
You will learn how to present, evaluate and interpret data as a basis for making business decisions. This will include an introduction to using mathematics, statistics and analysis to develop lines of argument and propose solutions to important business problems.

OPTIONAL MODULES

Choose one from:

This module will introduce you to the functional nature of organising and organisations in a global context.

OR

You will develop your knowledge and competence in a foreign language, while also learning more about the countries where it is spoken for professional purposes.

Year 2

In your second year, you will start to take specialist modules and build your knowledge in these areas. You also have the option to change your specialism and original choice of degree, or switch to any of the following degrees:

  • BSc (Hons) Business and Financial Management
  • BSc (Hons) Business and Management
  • BSc (Hons) Business and Economics
  • BSc (Hons) International Events Management
  • BSc (Hons) Business Management with Sport
  • BSc (Hons) Business and Tourism Management
  • BSc (Hons) Marketing
  • BSc (Hons) Human Resource Management

CORE MODULES

You will develop a critical appreciation of the role and importance of communications in international business environments and how this has an effect on the type of communications strategies chosen. You will be encouraged to explore the ways in which communications can be affected by differing cultural environments, and identify and critically evaluate a variety of communication mechanisms.
This module will develop your abilities to initiate, implement, review and appraise management objectives and decisions in the context of a dynamic and competitive market environment. You will gain an understanding of the complex interactions which characterise decision-making in organisations, and the importance of thinking beyond a single functional perspective.
You will acquire a systematic understanding of the management of resources and operations in a global marketplace. This module helps you develop an advanced appreciation of the functions and processes in an organization, and how they impact on the responsiveness to external environments.
This module introduces you to the operation of legal systems in a global business context and the areas of law which underpin effective business management. You will develop a working knowledge of the law relating to contracts in different business contexts and their effective negotiation.
This module will enable you to plan and carry out appropriate professional development activities to increase your employability and performance. These include self-presentation, professional networking, project planning and implementation, team working, influencing and multimedia communication. You will gain all the necessary experience required to take advantage of global employment opportunities.

OPTIONAL MODULES

Choose one from:

This module will help you develop knowledge and critical understanding of the principles of effective project management in a global business context. You will become skilled in project management techniques, methods and tools, and their applications and limitations.

OR

You will continue to strengthen your knowledge of a foreign language and its use for professional purposes in the countries where it is spoken.

Optional Year

On completion of Year 2 you may choose to undertake either a paid placement or study abroad for a year.

All of our BSc and BA students can apply for a one year professional placement, which takes place between your second and last years of study.

This is an excellent opportunity to take advantage of and over the last five years 90% of Salford Business undergraduates taking a one year placement secured a 2:1 or 1st class Honours degree.

We will help you find out about vacancies and make the right connections with high profile employers through regular events and presentations.

Here is just a small selection of the companies our students have enjoyed placements with so far: NatWest, Barclays and The Cooperative Bank; BP, Esso and Shell; IBM, Hewlett Packard and Compaq; Ford, Vauxhall, Jaguar and Nissan; Marks & Spencer, Selfridges and Sainsbury’s; Eli Lilly, Glaxo and ICI; Fujitsu, Marriott and Virgin.

You can choose to undertake a study exchange abroad for one semester or one year during your second year. We provide you with extensive support through workshops, personal guidance, tests and interview practise to help this opportunity become a reality.

Graduates with international experience are increasingly sought by employers because they gain highly valuable skillsets living and studying in a different country.

Salford Business School study abroad opportunities are available across Europe and the rest of the world – don’t miss out on this exciting chance to learn while exploring new places and making friends from all over the world!

Year 3

CORE MODULES

This module will enhance your knowledge of the nature of international business, the international business environment and important inter-relationships. You will learn about and evaluate relevant concepts and theories of international trade, investment and the internationalisation of business.
This module gives you an insight into the contribution of International Human Resource Management (IHRM) to employee and organisational performance and success in an increasingly globalised workforce.
You will develop an understanding of the interrelationship between in a broad range of transnational companies, the globalised environment within which these organisations operate, and the effective management of human resources and employment relations. You will examine real-life case studies and receive expert advice about the international management of human resources drawn from research-informed evidence. You will also have the opportunity to engage with a range of external HRM managers and other employment relations professionals.
You will gain an organizational perspective by exploring strategy, techniques and processes in the global environment. This module prepares you for a career in business and management and develops next generation managers. You will be able to apply your knowledge and understanding of strategy to a variety of real-world organisations and use established techniques at the forefront of strategic research and practice.
You will develop a detailed understanding of the implications of Business Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability in national and international organisations. You will also learn about the importance of the balance between shareholders, stakeholders and the purpose and values of organisations. You will further explore the role of social and technological innovations in global ethical organisations to prepare for future employment opportunities.
This module will help develop your understanding of primary and secondary sources of research methodologies, and how these are used to solve business problems. In particular, you will develop the knowledge and skills required to evaluate published business research and consultancy in relation to its methodology and findings, and prepare viable proposals for future research and consultancy.

OPTIONAL MODULES

Choose one from:

This module develops your understanding of the complexity of international marketing with reference to relevant theoretical frameworks, contemporary issues and consumer markets. You will learn about strategic marketing practice across different social contexts and expand your analytical skills of the international marketing planning process.
You will continue to strengthen your knowledge of a foreign language and its use for professional purposes in the countries where it is spoken.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
GCSE Minimum of five at grade C or higher, to include English language and maths
UCAS tariff points 104-120 points
GCE A level BSc: BCC with a minimum of two A2 passes
With Professional Experience: BBC with a minimum of two A2 passes
BTEC National Diploma DMM/DMM - DDM with placement
International Baccalaureate 26 points

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

English Language Requirements

For admission to programmes of study at the University an applicant whose native tongue is not English must possess a current qualification deemed acceptable by the University as evidence of proficiency in the English Language. For entry to level 4,5,6 such a qualification must equate to a minimum average score of 6 or above (and for each component 5.5 or above) from the Cambridge/British Council English Language Testing Service (IELTS) or alternative examinations as recognised by the University.

Applicant profile

This course offers excellent scope for any student wanting to learn how international business plays a vital role in business. Knowledge, expertise and the ability to discuss and contribute to solutions around these issues are highly sought after skills by employers across a wide variety of sectors. This course will appeal to a range of applicants and there is no need to have studied these subjects before to be successful.

Each application will be considered carefully and judged on its own merits.

Equivalent qualifications will also be considered please contact admissions for further information

Teaching

Teaching is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials using a wide range of learning activities. You will experience small group tutorials during your First and Second year module studies. This ensures you will be highly skilled in time for your placements, year abroad experience and final year studies.

Assessment

Over the duration of your course a range of assessment techniques will be used. Types of assessment include; essays, assignments, exams, multiple choice tests, online tests, group reports, and portfolio work. The weighting between exams and coursework varies between modules and years, but exams still play a major role.

Employability

Our comprehensive range of business and management undergraduate degree course are highly respected by leading employers and have been designed to maximise your opportunities for embarking on a career with organisations seeking high calibre business graduates.

You will gain valuable new skills which prepare you for work, graduate entry into management training programmes, or further study. Our recent graduates have gained employment with leading companies including:

  • Ernst & Young
  • Dixons Group plc
  • British Airways
  • Cooperative Insurance Services
  • BMW
  • American Express
  • BBC
  • Citibank
  • Ladbrokes
  • Numberica
  • Office of the Legal Services Ombudsman
  • KPMG
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Premier Travel Inn
  • BUPA
  • Thomson Holidays
  • BT
  • DTS Logistics
  • Greater Manchester Police
  • The NHS

Career Prospects

Alumni Profile

Links with Industry

Our course team maintains excellent relations with national and international businesses, commentators and employers.

Our teaching is industry-led, inspired by contemporary practice and developed in partnership with business leaders. Our academics are experts in their field and work closely with industry to ensure that our courses reflect the needs of business and provide you with that extra edge when it comes to securing a job.

We teach the skills that employers need and as a result, our graduates enjoy excellent international career prospects.

The curriculum across our undergraduate courses balances academic teaching and professional experience, allowing you to apply theory in practice in a way that has been proven to produce highly employable, articulate business professionals who have forged the contacts that will help develop their future careers.

Placement Opportunities

Taking a placement between your second and final year helps to further develop your management skills and enhances your CV and employment prospects. A placement also provides a real context for the subjects studied on the course and helps in the preparation for your final year.

Students at Salford have been placed in a large number and wide variety of organisations, from global corporations to small enterprises, from financial services to manufacturing. You will receive considerable assistance from the industrial placements tutor and team in obtaining a placement.

Current and recent students have enjoyed placements with: NatWest, Barclays and The Cooperative Bank; BP, Esso and Shell; IBM, Hewlett Packard and Compaq; Ford, Vauxhall, Jaguar and Nissan; Marks & Spencer, Selfridges and Sainsbury's; Eli Lilly, Glaxo and ICI.

Other placements have included the NHS, the education sector, environmental, arts and cultural organisations.

Further Study

  • MSc/PgDip International Business
  • MSc/PgDip International Business with Law
  • MSc/PgDip International Events Management
  • MSc/PgDip Marketing
  • MSc/PgDip Project Management

Fees and Funding

Facilities

Salford Business School is located at the heart of the University’s Peel campus in the newly refurbished Lady Hale Building, and the Chapman Building, offering state-of-the-art facilities for the Business School’s learning community and just minutes from Manchester city centre. Chapman is a stylish modern space with six lecture theatres equipped with the very latest technology and large screen displays, a series of communal learning and breakout spaces, plus a Fairtrade café with panoramic views across the campus. Lady Hale is the home to all dedicated business school student support including the school office, an employability hub, a base for the Business School society, and several open study spaces.