Undergraduate BSc (Hons)

International Business

Salford Business School

Attendance

Full-time

Course

Three year

Four year

Next enrolment

September 2020

Introduction

In a nutshell

This International Business course 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.  You will study at our Salford campus close to Manchester city centre but as part of your degree you will have opportunities for international projects, study and exchanges.

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.  Tobias Reynolds did it; watch the video below to hear about his experiences.

“The dual degree with TAMK University is a great way of getting two degrees for less than the price of one and having two great styles of teaching, at home and abroad.”

Our academic and professional services teams are here to support you throughout your degree and prepare you for your future career. In 2020, 90% of students asked agreed that they have been able to contact staff when needed; 92% agreed that the library resources have supported their learning; and 100% agreed that they have had the right opportunities to work with other students as part of the course (University of Salford analysis of unpublished NSS 2020 data). 

Industry relevance is at the core of BSc International Business.   We strongly encourage you to take the professional experience year, which takes place on completion of your second year.  This gives you the chance to gain real-world experience and put the cross-cultural management skills you have developed into practice

International Business student Anna secured a placement at IBM during her studies. Read about her experience in the Made in Salford blog.

Find out more, register for one of our Open Days

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You will:
  • Gain expertise in global business
  • Develop cross-cultural management skills
  • Learn the skills that employers look for such as project planning, team working and self-presentation
  • Study on a course where 90% of students agreed that they have been able to contact staff when needed (University of Salford analysis of unpublished NSS 2020 data)
Placement

options available

International

students accepted

Course accreditations
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This is for you if...

1.

You have a global outlook

2.

You are interested in opportunities to study abroad

3.

You want to develop your practical as well as academic skills

Course details

All about the course

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.

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.

This degree is also offered with a Foundation Year, visit www.salford.ac.uk/ug-courses/business-foundation-year for details.

Find out more, book now for our online Open Day on 20 June

Year one

Principles of International Business

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.

Digital and Business Skills

The Digital and Business Skills module introduces a range of digital tools for academia and the workplace. Important business skills such as management, collaboration and teamwork are fundamental to the module. Regular engagement with online platforms provides tasks to improve digital competency. Also, cocreation work presents self-reflection and confidence building opportunities.  Gaining the inspiring digital enterprise award (iDEA), completing LinkedIn learning assessments for Microsoft software applications, and completing collaborative video creation tasks will increase your digital and business skills as you progress towards the completion of this module. Digital Business is here to stay, so it is vital to improve these 21st century skills.

Principles of Marketing

This module provides an introduction to key foundational aspects of the theory and practice of marketing, which are essential to the long term prosperity of organisations and applicable to all specialisations within business. It will enable students to apply marketing principles to real life marketing situations.

Principles of Accounting

This module gives you a theoretical and practical introduction to the basics of accounting, including how to prepare financial statements.

Principles of Human Resource Management

You will learn about the important contribution of Human Resource Management policy and practice to employee and organisational success in the UK and internationally.

Optional modules, choose one of:

Data Analysis for Business

In Data Analysis for Business, you will develop an understanding of the concepts required for the use and interpretation of the quantitative methods used to analyse business data. You will develop essential Excel skills to support data analysis and are encouraged to gain Microsoft certification which will impress potential employers.

This module prepares you for entry to more advanced studies dealing with quantitative analysis in business and economics.

University Wide Language Programme

Choose to study a world language in a friendly, supportive environment. Delivered over two semesters, with additional resources available via Blackboard, you will receive around 50 hours of supported learning to help you progress and consolidate your listening, reading, speaking and writing core skills. Available languages include Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.

Year two

International Marketing

This module enhances your understanding of the complexity behind international marketing, with reference to relevant theoretical frameworks, contemporary issues and consumer markets. You will expand your knowledge of strategic marketing practice across social contexts, and enhance your analytical skills by engaging in international marketing planning processes.

Professional Development

In semester one, you will form teams with other students to come together and answer a live client brief with regular review points. In semester two, you will enhance your portfolio by creating more team-based and individual work.

Legal Aspects for Business

This module introduces you to the operation of global legal systems and the areas of law that underpin the practice of effective business management. You will develop a working knowledge of law relating to contracts and their effective negotiation in different business environments.

International Business Strategies

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.

Optional module, choose one in semester one and one in semester two:

Service Sector Marketing

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.

International Logistics and Distribution Management

In this module you will develop a systematic understanding of logistics aspects and distribution within a global marketplace. You will learn about the various activities that make up logistics and distribution management and explore the methods adopted by companies to generate competitive advantage.

University Wide Language Programme

Choose to study a world language in a friendly, supportive environment. Delivered over two semesters, with additional resources available via Blackboard, you will receive around 50 hours of supported learning to help you progress and consolidate your listening, reading, speaking and writing core skills. Available languages include Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.

International Project

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

Business Research and Analysis Methods

In this module, you will develop the knowledge and skills required to evaluate published research and consultancy in relation to its methodology and findings. Through the use of a variety of methodologies and methods, you’ll develop an appreciation of the importance of business models.

Optional placement year

Professional Experience 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 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.

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

Year three

Business Ethics and Sustainability

This module equips you with an appreciation and in-depth understanding of the implications of Business Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability within national and international organisations. This module will also develop your knowledge with respect to the importance of the balance between shareholders, stakeholders and the purpose and values of the organisation. It will explore the roles of social and technological innovation in global ethical organisations in order to prepare you for future employability.

Contemporary Issues in International Business

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.

Business Entrepreneurial Simulation Project

In this module, you will work as part of a team in an online business simulation. Acting as the management team in a competitive business environment, you will solve business problems and learn about the relationships between different areas of business. This modules gives you a chance to test your entrepreneurship, business planning and your ability to manage change in an uncertain environment.

Strategic Management

You will acquire an organisation-wide perspective by exploring strategy techniques and processes operating in the global environment. This module prepares you for a career in business and management.

Global Purchasing and Supply Chain Management

This module gives you a systematic understanding of purchasing and supply chain management within a global marketplace. It is designed to help you understand the various activities that make up purchasing and supply chain and appreciate the use of the different methods adopted by companies to generate a competitive advantage.

The Entrepreneurial Challenge

Employers tell us that they are looking for employees with an entrepreneurial mindset.  Or perhaps you're thinking of setting up your own business.

On the Entrepreneurial Challenge, you have the opportunity to undertake an enterprise project for an internal or external sponsor on a topic of common interest.  Alternatively, you can use this opportunity to undertake in-depth research for your own project, for example, a business plan if you are wanting to start up a company after you graduate. The nature of the project will be negotiated by yourself, the module leader and the sponsoring company. 

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.

What Will I be Doing?

TEACHING 

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.

You are strongly encouraged to think about studying abroad as part of your course; there's lots of support for you if you do. Take a look at https://www.salford.ac.uk/study-abroad-and-exchange

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
  • Portfolio work

The weighting between exams and coursework varies between modules and years, but exams still play a major role.

SALFORD BUSINESS SCHOOL

Salford Business School aims to be the most business-informed, industry-relevant business school in the UK. Industry shapes everything we do, from informing our students’ learning to providing work placements, driving our research and influencing our academic staff.

We want you to gain the best academic and personal experience possible. As a student here, you’ll have access to a range of experiences and opportunities, including internships and work placements in the UK or internationally so you graduate with much more than a degree.

Facilities

Salford Business School is located at the heart of the University’s Peel Park campus and just minutes from Manchester city centre. Teaching facilities include Lady Hale and Chapman buildings, which offer stylish modern spaces with lecture theatres equipped with the very latest technology and large screen displays. A dedicated Employability team will help you with work placements and access to work skills.

Throughout campus, there is a choice of individual study areas, communal learning and breakout spaces, plus a selection of food outlets.

Dual degree

Students on the International Business and Tourism Management programmes have the opportunity to apply for a dual award. Through our partnership with TAMK University in Finland, you can 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.

Getting Here

If you’re planning on commuting, both our MediaCityUK and Peel Park campuses are perfectly placed. Whether by bus, rail, bike or car, we’re easily accessed from all over Greater Manchester, Lancashire and beyond. 

Get more information about your options for commuting, or hear about the experience from current students
 

Student Support

We want you to enjoy your time studying here, but we understand that there may be times you need a little extra support to help you. The Business School student progression team is here to help you progress through your courses as smoothly as possible.

University-wide, askUS is at the core of our student support service, offering information and advice on matters such as finance, wellbeing and counselling, accommodation and more. If you have any worries, concerns, or need advice on a particular topic, visit askUS on campus.

Find out more about Student Support Services  at Salford.

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What about after uni?

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.

A taste of what you could become

An international customer service manager

An international sales manager

An importer/Exporter

And more...

Career Links

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.

If you take up the opportunity to study abroad, you will develop an international network for life.

Requirements

What You Need To Know

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.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

Applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0, with no element below 5.5, is proof of this.

 

Please note: The entry criteria below are related to entry onto this course in the 2020/2021 academic year. If you’re interested in a future intake year, please check the course entry on UCAS.

 

Standard entry requirements

GCSE

Maths and English at grade C/grade 4 or above

You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.

UCAS tariff points

BSc: 112 points

With professional experience year: 120 points

A level

BSc: BBC with a minimum of two A2 passes.

With professional experience year: BBB with a minimum of two A2 passes

BTEC National Diploma

DMM

Access to HE

104 Points – Pass with a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2 

International Baccalaureate

Indicatively 30 points for International Baccalaureate Diploma (31 points with experience year)

European Baccalaureate

Pass Diploma with 60% or above

Scottish Highers

3 year programme: 112  points with a minimum of two Advanced Highers.

4 year programme: 120 points with a minimum of two Advanced Highers.

Irish Leaving Certificate

3 year programme: 112  points with a minimum of two Higher Level Subjects.

4 year programme: 120 points with a minimum of two Higher Level Subjects.

Alternative entry requirements

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.

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home 2020/21 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2020/21 £14,100per year
Full-time home 2021/22 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2021/22 £14400per year
Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Scholarships for international students 2020/21 

If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our international scholarships worth up to £5,000. Our international scholarships include the Salford International Excellence ScholarshipFor more information go to International Scholarships.
 

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Enrolment dates

September 2020

UCAS information

Course ID N120

Institution S03

If you want to start this course in 2020, apply online through Clearing or call our team on 0300 555 5030.

Interested in starting university in September 2021? Book your place on our next Open Day – we’re holding events in October and November.