Full-time: 3 years †
£9,250 per year* (2020/21)
£14,045 per year (2020/21)
120 (September 2020 entry)
- Business and Management at Derby ranked Top 10 in The Guardian University Guide 2020
- You’ll graduate with a powerful combination of qualifications which add prestige to your CV and set you on your way to Chartered Manager status with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI)
- Ours was the first course in the country to ensure every student is supported by an external CMI mentor – a senior business professional – at every stage
- Work placement opportunities, live consultancy projects, topical case studies and business simulations give you plenty of hands-on experience
- Global perspectives enrich your learning throughout: you could spend a semester studying overseas or broaden your horizons with international study exchanges and fieldtrips
- You can draw on our thriving network of contacts from regional, national and international businesses as well as our strong links with educational partners overseas
- This programme is a Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) recognised degree, meaning the marketing content of the course meets CIMs respected industry standards. Graduates will be able to demonstrate a high standard of skills and behaviours required by today’s professional marketer
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In this age of globalisation, our BA (Hons) Business Management (International Business) gives you the insights, skills and credibility to succeed. You’ll learn how to take strategic decisions in today’s multi-cultural business arena and explore how consumer behaviour is influenced by the social, political and cultural differences between countries.
This is a broad-based degree looking at all the key business functions in an international context. You will, for example, cover the laws relating to international business transactions and taxation, the complex nature of global supply chains and their environmental impact, and the challenges facing international marketers.
We give you plenty of choice in charting your route to a high-flying, high-achieving career. Flexibility is a cornerstone of the BA (Hons) Business Management (International Business) so there is ample scope to focus on the areas that most reflect your interests and career ambitions.
All students take the same core modules in the first year to give them a solid grounding in business disciplines. After that, you can choose to follow the specialist pathway in International Business or – if you find your interests have changed – you can easily transfer to one of our other pathways in Marketing, HRM or Finance. Alternatively, you can continue on the core Business Management route, developing a broader, rounded skillset while drawing on our extensive list of optional modules.
The BA (Hons) Business Management (International Business) is offered as a four-year degree to include a placement year. You can, however, study on a three-year full-time basis, with opportunities for internships in the summer breaks.
We have developed this course in close consultation with the premier professional body for managers, the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). It is one of the few degrees in the country where you can graduate with the CMI Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership alongside your degree.
The Diploma is the benchmark qualification for full CMI membership and takes you a step towards Chartered Manager status, signalling to prospective employers that you’re suited for senior leadership roles and rapid promotion. You won’t need to take extra exams or coursework to achieve the Diploma: our combined module and CMI assessments offer a smooth route to both qualifications.
Throughout the degree, you will become an affiliate member of the CMI, at no extra cost, with access to networking events, online resources and additional benefits to support your career development and enhance your employability.
This programme is a Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) recognised degree, meaning the marketing content of the course meets CIMs respected industry standards. You will benefit from a range of qualifications that are recognised as being best-in-class by the business sector, improving your career prospects. You’ll be able to demonstrate a high standard of skills and behaviours required by today’s professional marketer.
Thanks to the CMI accreditation, we can introduce you to a privileged network of contacts. Ours was the first degree in the country to offer every student the chance to receive support and guidance from an external CMI mentor at each stage of the course.
Your mentor will be a senior business person, either a Chartered Manager or Fellow of the CMI, with a wealth of experience and insights to share with you. From day one, they will advise and coach you, showing how management theory and international business perspectives can be applied directly to the workplace.
Ours is a global student community. This degree not only attracts students from all over the world to Derby but is also delivered for our educational partners across Europe and Asia. It means there is a lot of potential for inter-country debates, seminars and guest lectures delivered online, international case studies and joint projects. We also engage with the Government Department for International Development and the British Council to strengthen the global focus of your studies.
In your second year, you’ll have the option to spend an exchange week in Barcelona studying at the EU Business School. You could also take advantage of other optional visits overseas: a trip to Copenhagen saw our students investigating issues such as art fraud. In addition, you could choose to spend a whole semester living and studying overseas through our University-wide Go Places, Go Further study abroad scheme.
You’ll take the theories off the page and put them into practice in real-world scenarios. You can test your ideas through business simulations, topical case studies and employer-led projects. A live consultancy project, where you help an employer to improve their business performance, will build your research, project management, problem-solving and decision-making skills.
We encourage and support you to take an optional placement year or summer internship. Our students have gained invaluable experience with major names like Rolls-Royce, DHL, Wincanton, Enterprise and GE. You could also benefit from fieldtrips to see business in close-up: one recent example was to the Sony UK Technology Centre, the company’s manufacturing and customer service base in Wales.
You’ll be taught by an experienced and highly qualified team with an impressive track record for research and a national reputation for excellence. They have received recognition in the CMI Higher Education Awards, including runners-up places for the Outstanding Innovation and Delivery Award and the International Award in 2018. The team has extensive contacts in the wider professional community – including leading international business names – and you can draw on those connections for inspiration and insight.
To complete the BA (Hons) Business Management (International Business), you’ll study modules such as:
- Business Economics
- Understanding People in Organisations
- Marketing Fundamentals
- Finance and Business Performance
- Understanding the Global Business Environment
- Developing an Enterprising Mindset
You can choose to take an optional internship between stages one and two.
You will study modules such as:
- Quantitative Skills for Business
- Applied Operations Management
- Principles of Responsible Management
- Managing Performance through People
- Decision Making and International Tax
- Sustainable Supply Chains
You can choose to take an optional placement year or an optional internship between stages two and three.
You will study modules such as:
- Global Business and Strategy
- Developing Leadership and Management
- The Business Consultancy Project (double module)
- Marketing Across Cultures
- Sustainable Development and International Business Law
Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.
Our ‘scaffolded’ approach to learning provides a smooth transition so that you can ease your way into both university-level study and business management practice. It means that you’ll have full support in the early stages of the degree but will gradually move towards greater independence as your knowledge deepens and you start to immerse yourself in the wider business community. By stage three, you will be able to take more charge of your own learning, with module tutors advising and directing your studies.
Thanks to your contact with personal tutors, engagement with CMI mentors and participation in University events, you’ll become more attuned to professional behaviour and build your skills in critical thinking, creativity and self-reliance.
One of our priorities is to foster a new generation of responsible business leaders with a strong moral compass. Throughout the course, you will therefore look at the role of business in wider society, exploring issues ranging from environmental sustainability to child labour, ethical governance to responsible innovation.
You’ll learn through different methods including:
- formal lectures, sometimes involving guest speakers
- tutor-led and student-led seminars
- one-to-one and small group tutorials
- work experience projects
- work-related learning
- self-directed study
- optional placement and internship opportunities
- video discussions with overseas partner institutions
How you are assessed
Assessment is mainly via coursework which can take forms such as:
- traditional essays and reports
- group project work
- research and consultancy projects
- design of digital materials
- in-class tests
- computer-based assessments
Who you'll meet
You will be taught by an experienced and highly qualified team with outstanding contacts in the wider business community.
They include our Programme Leader, Christine Harrop-Griffiths, who plays a leading role in the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Regional Board and has made a major contribution to increasing CMI membership in the East Midlands.
Christine’s professional and research interests centre on ensuring that students benefit from a learning experience which is as practical and realistic as possible. She spearheaded the project which resulted in the BA (Hons) Business Management becoming one of the first to achieve dual accreditation with the CMI. She also worked internationally with the University’s collaborative partners to extend this dual accreditation overseas.
In addition, Christine has drawn on her extensive connections to help ensure that every student on this course is matched with a professional business mentor in every year of their studies.
September 2020 typical entry requirements
|Requirement||What we're looking for|
|UCAS points||120 (up to 16 from AS-levels)|
|Specific requirements at A-level|
No specific subject requirements
|Specific requirements at GCSE||GCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification|
|IELTS||6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)|
|Interview / Audition||N/A|
Alternative entry qualifications:
- BTEC - DDM
- Access to HE Diploma - 60 credits: 45 at level 3 with a minimum of Dist: 15 Merit: 24 Pass: 6
We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.
Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.
£9,250 per year*
£14,045 per year
* The fees stated above are for the 2019/20 academic year; fees for 2020/21 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. We will update this information as soon as it is available.
Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.
This course prepares you to excel in business, anywhere in the world. Your qualification will help you stand apart as a forward-thinking professional who can work competently and ethically in global and cross-cultural environments.
Our former students have secured graduate-level jobs with a wide range of companies, including major international names such as HSBC, Enterprise, Gleneagles and Pattonair.
Our Careers and Employment Service will provide you with support from day one of your course to ensure you leave Derby as a ‘work-ready’ graduate – industry aware, motivated and enterprising. Throughout your studies, you’ll also benefit from our Personal Development Planning (PDP) scheme which enables you to reflect on your learning and develop your career ambitions.
The support continues once you’ve completed your course too: you are entitled to further help and guidance from the Careers and Employment Service for up to three years after leaving the University.
You can choose to continue your studies at Derby with one of our high-quality masters programmes, including the MBA Global and MBA Global Finance, MSc International Business, MSc International Business and Finance, MSc International Business and HRM, and MSc International Business and Marketing. You may be entitled to an alumni discount on your fees if you decide to extend your time with us by progressing from undergraduate to postgraduate study.
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† Additional information about your studies
4 with optional placement year
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Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.