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UCAS Code: N120, N121 with placement year

Start Date(s): September


Three years Full-time
Four years with work placement


UK - £9,250 per year

International - £13,740 per year

In Brief:

  • Equips you with the expertise to excel in a global business landscape
  • This course will provide you with a strong business education in preparation for a wide range of managerial careers
  • Programme embeds international experience through an intensive project delivered in conjunction with a European partner university
  • Work/industrial placement opportunity
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

International Business is a programme that aims to prepare graduates for successful careers in today’s global marketplace. With technology enabling people from all over the globe to connect and collaborate like never before, professionals who understand how different cultural and economic influences impact business are highly sought after by organisations around the world.

At Salford Business School, we put industry relevance at the core of all of our programmes, and International Business is no exception. The professional experience year, which takes place on completion of your second year, gives you the chance to gain real-world experience and put the cross-cultural management skills you have developed into practice.

A further opportunity for International Business students comes through our partnership with TAMK University in Finland. Through the dual award option, you have the chance to apply to study part of your course at Tampere University of Applied Sciences and graduate with two degrees.

This degree is also offered with a Foundation Year, visit for details.

I spent my international exchange semester in Finland, Tampere (TAMK University). There was so much I hoped to get from the exchange. I hoped to increase my knowledge within my study field, to explore a different culture and experience living life away from home, family and friends. I also, wanted to learn how to be independent while abroad. It’s fair to say, I managed to achieve what I had hoped for and many other things.

Goodwill Ndlovu, BSc International Business

Awards and Accreditation

Course Details

The curriculum delivered on the International Business programme is designed around the current needs of employers to prepare you for work at international organisations. From the outset, you’ll build an understanding of key international business concepts. As the course progresses, you’ll specialise through modules that meet your interests.

There is the opportunity to gain international experience through the International Project module option in your second year of study.  

A further opportunity for International Business students comes through our partnership with TAMK University in Finland. Through the dual award option, you have the chance to apply to study part of your course at Tampere University of Applied Sciences and graduate with two degrees.  You study your first year at Salford, the second year at TAMK, return to Salford for your final year to qualify for the Salford degree; and return to TAMK for an additional semester to qualify for the TAMK degree .  Please note, places are limited for the dual award option.

With an advanced appreciation of different business cultures, working practices and strategies, you’ll graduate with cross-cultural management skills and the ability to engage critically with different social and economic environments.

Year 1    

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 gives you a theoretical and practical introduction to the basics of accounting, including how to prepare financial statements.    
In this module, you’ll develop the digital and business skills essential for a high level career. You’ll gain experience of specific digital tools as well as practicing professional skills such as self-management, presenting and communication.  As part of the module you will follow a series of online challenges and events to complete the iDEA award - the Duke of York Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award (find out more at    
This module provides an introduction to the fundamental aspects of theory and practice in International Business. You will apply your knowledge to real life situations, assess the key components for successful international business development and learn to appreciate the importance of cross-cultural relationship management.


Data Analysis for Business provides you with a sound grasp of the fundamental concepts required to use and interpret quantitative methods used in the analysis of business data. The concepts of mathematical and statistical modelling in business, finance and economics will be developed throughout the module, giving you the knowledge to move onto more advanced quantitative analysis.  
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    

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.      

This innovative module has been nominated for the Course and Curriculum Design award in the 2018 Guardian University Awards.  One participant commented “It was thanks to this module that I gained a much better understanding of what employers are looking for and where I stand in comparison to that from the marks and feedback received… This proves to me I do have the experience and competencies sought after by employers. Realising this has really boosted my confidence.”

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.  
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.      
Through the International Business Strategies module, you will evaluate the key issues that impact international business in relation to varying corporate strategies. You will also examine the main strategic and international methodologies employed in the global marketplace and explore the components for formulating and implementing successful strategies.


This module helps you to develop an understanding of the nature of services within the business environment and gain an insight into the marketing processes adopted by a range of public and private service sector organisations.
This module is designed to help you develop a systematic understanding of logistics aspects and distribution management within a global marketplace. On completion, you will understand the various activities that make up international logistics and distribution management and appreciate the use of different methods adopted by organisations to generate a competitive advantage.  
You will continue to strengthen your knowledge of a foreign language and its use for professional purposes in the countries where it is spoken.      
Through the International Project option, you have the opportunity to gain international experience through taking part in an intensive project delivered by a European partner university. This module gives you the chance to engage in a business challenge set by an international organisation and develop your capability to apply academic theory and analyse geographically and culturally unfamiliar markets

Optional Year    

All of our BSc 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 School 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 international companies our students have enjoyed placements with: UAB Global Business Centre in Vilnius, Lithuania, Texas Instruments in Munich, Germany, United Bulgarian Bank in Sofia, Bulgaria and Marriott Hotels in Brussels, Belgium.

Year 3

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.
You will gain an organisational 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.      
Through this module, you will develop a critical understanding of contemporary issues in business. You will learn to appreciate the ramifications of contemporary issues in business and assess their impact upon regional, national and international business development.
Strategic marketing is designed to develop your understanding of the strategic techniques in marketing, expand your analytical skills and enhance your knowledge of marketing positioning practices.       methodology and findings, and prepare viable proposals for future research and consultancy.      


As a 40 credit module, the Dissertation takes up two of your final year options. Choosing to undertake a dissertation allows you to identify and focus on a specialist area of research related to an aspect of your degree programme. Through this module, you execute a substantial piece of independent research and produce a scholarly and critical dissertation as a result. As well as being a great way to prepare you for postgraduate study, your dissertation can also be presented to potential employers as evidence of your analytical and research skills.
Proficiency in a foreign language is an extremely desirable skills for anyone who is looking to embark on a career in international business. The University-wide Language Programme helps you to develop essential language skills and cultural knowledge.
Brand Marketing aims to help you develop an understanding of the theories, principles and practice of branding. Through the module, you will explore the enduring importance of branding, receive an introduction to brand management and practice making brand related recommendations in the context of real life international brands.  
Service Sector Entrepreneurship provides you with a course of study in entrepreneurship, business risk analysis, legislation ethics and social responsibility in small business development. The programme is designed to allow you to critically evaluate environmental, operational and strategic factors involved in the setup of a service business.

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
You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.
Maths and English at grade C or grade 4
UCAS tariff points 104-112 points
With Professional Experience: 112-120 points
GCE A level BCC-BBC with a minimum of two A2 passes. With professional experience year: BBC-BBB with a minimum of two A2 passes
BTEC National Diploma DMM
International Baccalaureate Indicatively 30 points for International Baccalaureate Diploma (31 points with experience year)

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 for whom English is not a first language 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

Fees and Funding


Fees 2019-20

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9,250 per year
Full-time International £13,740 per year

Fees 2018-19

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9,250 per year
Part-time Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Full-time International £13,320 per year


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 provides you with that extra edge when it comes to securing a job.

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.


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


“The friends I made at the Metropolitan University Prague are friends for life. I was the only English guy there, and settling into a different culture really helps you to appreciate the language, the culture and most importantly the people. As someone who’d never travelled much before, by immersing myself head-first in a new culture, I felt like I was really living.”

Matthew Walton, BSc International Business. Studied for a semester at Metropolitan University Prague

You will gain valuable new skills which prepare you for work, graduate entry into management training programmes, or further study.

Our International Business graduates have gained employment with leading companies both domestically and overseas, including:

  • Ernst & Young
  • Dixons Group plc
  • British Airways
  • Cooperative Insurance Services
  • BMW
  • American Express
  • BBC
  • Citibank

Career Prospects

A career focus runs throughout the syllabus on the International Business programme. From the topics studied, through to the work placement and study exchange opportunities, preparing you for high-level employment is the ultimate aim of the course.

Both domestically and overseas, International Business graduates use the transferrable skills and knowledge gained on the programme to secure employment in a variety of roles in a range of industries.

Links with Industry

The University of Salford grew out of the institutes of the late 19th century that provided a talented, technically proficient and professional workforce to support the UK’s rapidly growing industries. In the 21st century, this still holds strong. Whilst industry has changed significantly, the need industry-focused education is equally relevant today.

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

You can enhance your career options with a year-long work placement giving you the opportunity to apply the skills, knowledge and understanding you have gained in the first two years of the course.   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.  

Our students have worked in a wide variety of organisations including:

  • UAB Global Business Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Texas Instruments, Munich, Germany
  • Universitat Jaume I, International Relations Office, Spain
  • United Bulgarian Bank, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Marriott Hotels, Brussels, Belgium
  • IPAG Business School, International Relations Office, Paris, France
  • International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation (IASP) World Headquarters, Malaga, Spain

You will arrange your work placement with support from the School’s dedicated Employability Hub and from your industrial placements tutor both before and during your placement.  The placement year gives you an additional 60 credits towards your final results.

During this year, you will not pay fees to the University and will earn a wage for the work that you do.

There are different entry requirements and course codes for the Professional Experience Year option.

Further Study

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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 student 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.

All University of Salford students also have access to the MediaCityUK campus including its study facilities.  MediaCityUK is home to major BBC and ITV departments and over 80 businesses across the creative and digital sectors.  It is recognised as one of the most innovative developments in Britain and is a vibrant place in which to live, work, socialise and study.

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