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Course details

Study options

Full-time: 1 year, Part-time: 2 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2019/20)

International fee

£13,250 per year (2019/20)

UCAS code


Course level



BA (Hons)

Start dates

January, September


Derby Campus

Course description


Whether you are from the UK, EU or from overseas, if you have a business HND or equivalent or are about to complete your second year of university business studies, this final year degree top-up programme will give you the choice and flexibility to graduate with an International Business and Finance degree.

The top-up is a particularly good financial deal for international students, who can obtain a globally recognised UK degree, at the cost of only one year of study in the UK.

The programme is aimed at students from a generalist background who want a specialist focus. It delves deeply into the workings of international business, where flexibility and willingness to adapt are crucial in today’s increasingly internationalised and dynamic business environment.

Building on previously acquired business knowledge and skills, it focuses on international financial markets and the far-reaching impact of their activity. You’ll develop your understanding of international business strategy, problem solving and decision-making processes - vital for an influential and successful career in international business.

You’ll learn how businesses use financial assets in their international activities and how international business is affected by changes in financial markets.

Keeping right up to date with what’s happening in the world economy, you will use actual case studies and benefit from the insight of expert speakers from the international financial sector.

We’ll also help you develop the skills employers look for in their graduate employees, from report writing and analysis, through to presentation skills.

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What you will study

You'll study modules such as:

* Please note that if you have no academic experience of the UK education system, then you are required to take the module Critical Analysis in an International Business Context as one of your options.

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How you will learn

A wide range of coursework assessment methods are used on the course. Many are designed to improve your transferable skills. You may be creating strategy documents, international business analysis reports, creating presentations or videos, or analysing information from Bloomberg on international markets and organisations. You may be working alone or as part of a team and you may be marked on elements of reflective practice. You may be writing essays, creating a portfolio of relevant work or undertaking computer based assessments.

Feedback will be provided at every opportunity in order to enable you to monitor your own progress and development.

Entry requirements

Typical entry requirements

Entry requirements

You need to have an HND or Foundation degree in a relevant subject.

Relevant subjectsN/A

When you apply, please send us a transcript of the modules you have already studied so that we can make sure that the HND or Foundation degree is compatible with the top-up programme.

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.

Fees and funding

2019/20 Fees


£9,250 per year

£1,155 per module


£13,250 per year


Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

Full-time students applying to start in January should apply directly to the University.

Part-time students should apply directly to the University.

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Guidance for EU students post-Brexit

International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

Students applying to start in January should apply directly to the University.

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Guidance for international applicants applying for an undergraduate degree


Your aim may be to work for a financial sector organisation such as an investment bank or hedge fund, or the financial department of an international organisation.

Or you may simply want to better understand the business and finance decisions you make for a small-scale exporting company in terms of exchange-rate management and hedging.

On completion of the BA top-up degree, you will be ideally placed to join management training programmes in the world’s largest international companies and financial organisations.

The course also provides another point of entry to the MSc programmes available at the University of Derby including MSc International Business and FinanceMSc International Business and MarketingMSc International Business and HRM and MSc International Business. You can enjoy up to 25% alumni discount when progressing onto a Masters programme.

You will be employable in international trade and investment corporations and in financial institutions providing risk management, consultancy, export finance, investment management and foreign exchange services. You will also be suitable for a career in firms involved with business process outsourcing, international trade government agencies, international business consultancy any many others.

Dr Eugene Michaels
Programme leader

An applied economist passionate about teaching, enthusiastic about research and keen on professional engagement. His role within the College of Business, Law and Social Sciences spans the full range of academic activities from teaching at all levels, to leading programmes, to keynote speaking and business consultancy and to applied research.

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, state-of-the-art facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

Included in your fees

Optional costs not included in your fees

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.

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