Course details

Study options

Full-time: 1 - 2 years, Part-time: 2 - 4 years

UK fee

£9,250 per year (2021/22)

International/EU fee

£14,045 per year (2021/22)

UCAS code

N201

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

BA (Hons)

Start dates

January, September

Location

Derby Campus

Course description

This programme will give you a deep understanding of today’s increasingly internationalised, complex and dynamic business environment. It integrates analysis from various disciplines including international business strategy, management and marketing, international economics and international trade legislation. 

This top-up programme will give you the choice and flexibility to graduate with an International Business degree. The top-up is ideal for international students, who can obtain a globally recognised UK degree, after one-two years of study in the UK.

Join at stage 2 or 3

The programme is aimed at students from a generalist background who want a specialist focus. The programme will give you a deep understanding of today’s increasingly internationalised, complex and dynamic business environment. It integrates analysis from various disciplines including international business strategy, management and marketing, international economics and international trade legislation.

If you join stage 2, you will study areas such as strategy, business management, economic analysis, human resources and trade legislation – all from an international perspective.

If you join stage 3, you will analyse the different economic environments and national cultures in which business operates, learning how to attract customers in international markets and how to expand a local business into a global one. You will look at international regulations and policies, and their impact on business strategies while developing your understanding of international strategy, problem solving and decision-making processes.

Keeping right up to date with what’s happening in the world economy, you 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

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.

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How you will learn

A wide range of coursework assessment methods are used on the course, many of which are designed to improve your transferable skills and overall employability. 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'll work alone and as part of a team and you'll be marked on elements of reflective practice. There is a mix of writing essays, creating a portfolio of relevant work and undertaking computer based assessments. Feedback will be provided at every opportunity in order to enable you to monitor your own progress and development.

Who you will meet

Dr Eugene Michaels is Programme Leader for the MSc International Business and the BA (Hons) top-ups that are part of the International Business suite of programmes in the Business School and leads a number of Economics modules at undergraduate and postgraduate level. He is accredited with the Higher Education Academy and focuses his efforts on getting his students to apply economic reasoning, think critically and see the relevance to their own personal lives. Eugene’s key research interests lie in the implications of behavioural economics on individuals’ financial wellbeing and government policy.

Melanie Powell is the Programme Leader for the MSc International Business and Finance degree. She is the joint author of a leading European Economics textbook, is widely published and is accredited at high level with the Higher Education Academy. She is passionate about inspirational and research backed education. Her research is focused on behavioural economics and financial market behaviour. Melanie wants every student that goes through her hands to be changed and have a new way of looking at the world that gives them confidence, decision making skills and a fascination for economic activity for life.

Dr Nicola Lynch is an applied economist who researches on public policy issues. Nicola leads a number of undergraduate and postgraduate modules and believes in providing our students with a unique and invaluable learning experience. She believes in providing a learning environment where students can develop academically and personally as they progress through their studies here in the Derby Business School.

Dr Weiwei Yang is a committed lecturer with experience of teaching a wide range of subjects in Finance and Economics. Her teaching philosophy is to inspire and motivate students, changing from passive learning to active learning. Weiwei’s research interest lies in the area of banking efficiency, market competition, corporate governance and corporate social responsibility.

Personal academic tutoring

Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.

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Who will teach you

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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Entry requirements

Stage 2

You will need to provide the transcript from your institution so our admissions tutor can assess if you have met the learning outcomes of Stage 1 of the programme in order to join this course at Stage 2.

You need at least five GCSEs (or equivalent) including Maths and English at grade 4/C or above.

Stage 3

You need to have an HND or Foundation degree in a relevant subject to join this course at Stage 3.

You need at least five GCSEs (or equivalent) including Maths and English at grade 4/C or above.

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.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)

2022 entry

These are the typical qualification requirements for the 2022-23 academic year which includes September 2022 and January 2023 entry.

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS pointsN/A
A-levelsN/A
BTECN/A
GCSEAt least five GCSEs (or equivalent) including Maths and English at grade 4/C or above
Access to HEN/A

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

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.

English language requirements

IELTS: 6.0 (with at least 5.5 in each skills area)

Fees and funding

2021/22 Fees (August 2021 - July 2022)

 Full-timePart-time
UK

£9,250 per year

£1,155 per 20 credit module

International/EU

£14,045 per year

N/A

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

Additional costs and optional extras

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Stage 2

Stage 3

UK students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS.

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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International/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS.

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

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Careers

This programme offers broader and deeper business education that will suit your needs if you wish to pursue a career associated with international business in both the private and public sectors.

On successful completion of the BA (Hons) International Business, you will be highly employable in international trade, transport and logistics corporations, financial institutions involved with trade and investment, firms engaged with business process outsourcing, international trade government agencies, international business consultancy any many others.

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 an alumni discount of up to 25% when progressing onto a Masters programme.

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† Additional information about your studies

1 year if you are joining at stage 3

2 years if you are joining at stage 2

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, excellent 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.

The information below is correct for entry in the academic year September 2020 - August 2021 only. Entry for future academic years may be subject to change.

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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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