Foundation Year - helping you to achieve more
Including a foundation year as part of your four-year study programme will give you a head start in your academic and professional life. The foundation year offers the chance to strengthen your skills, knowledge and confidence – with extensive support from our expert staff – before you advance to stage one of your honours degree. It could also be beneficial if you are planning a career change and want to get to grips with aspects of subjects which are new to you.
Our degrees with a foundation year are continuous, meaning that you won’t need to apply again once you have successfully completed the first year.
Look forward to career success anywhere in the world
Graduates who combine international business and finance expertise with strong analytical abilities are in great demand the world over. Highly specialised and with an emphasis on fostering your employability, our BA (Hons) International Business and Finance is designed to help you make the most of the opportunities ahead.
The degree builds on a strong economics core to give you a thorough understanding of the complexity of international business practice. It offers an academically challenging curriculum which focuses on the international financial market dimension of business but also reflects the full range of contexts within which organisations operate globally. You will gain a thorough knowledge of the major economic, financial, legal and cultural factors shaping international business today.
We develop your capabilities in applied economic analysis and equip you with all the transferable skills expected by leading employers, from problem-solving and decision-making to research and consultancy.
The BA (Hons) International Business and Finance also offers choice and flexibility, with a variety of optional modules on finance, accounting, marketing, human resource management, enterprise and logistics themes. This enables you to build a degree which reflects your career aspirations and ensures you can adapt to rapidly changing patterns of employment opportunities.
Hands-on experience in our Bloomberg Financial Markets Lab
We have partnered with Bloomberg, the global business and financial information leader, to give you access to real-time data which will inform and enrich your studies.
In our impressive new , you can harness the same information and technology used by financial professionals all over the world. You will be working with latest data on companies and financial markets, director profiles and analysis of current affairs from Bloomberg Intelligence. The lab is also the ideal setting to deepen your understanding of trading floor activities.
You will benefit from training by Bloomberg specialists and access to their helpdesk. You can also work towards the Bloomberg Market Concepts Certificate to add to your portfolio of skills.
Draw on our employer partnerships
Our collaborations with regional, national and international employers help keep your studies up to date and relevant. You will benefit from inspirational guest lectures, real-world case studies and practical consultancy projects.
We also offer you wide-ranging opportunities to go on a work placement or internship – at home or abroad – between stages two and three of your course. This will involve a minimum of a three-month summer internship or a maximum of a year-long placement. You can draw on our links with professional organisations like PwC, DHL, CPA Australia and the Institute of Directors to compete for international placement opportunities.
Full support and guidance is available to help you find the right opportunity to match your career ambitions and interests. During your time in the workplace, you will receive visits from a tutor who will monitor your progress.
Broaden your global outlook
We also encourage you to spend time studying abroad to see international business and finance from different perspectives. You could choose to study with one of our international partner institutions for a semester or a year, usually in stage two of your studies. Alternatively, you can enjoy a taste of international study by joining one of the short visits abroad we organise each year.
Focus on your future
Designed to enhance your employability, our Futures Award scheme will help you strengthen your CV by showcasing your versatility, professionalism and leadership potential.
You can choose to work towards this additional award alongside your degree. It reflects any extra-curricular career development activities you undertake, from networking experience to consultancy work.
Futures Award activities could encompass attending workshops on CV design and improvement; developing techniques for interviews; preparing for assessment centres or psychometric tests; taking part in networking events; or leading a small project within a student society or voluntary role.
Dedicated to your employability
We are committed to helping you achieve in your academic studies, developing your transferable skills and preparing you for career success.
Our specially designed personal tutor system is a distinctive feature of the course. You will meet your personal tutor during induction week and have at least three scheduled meetings with them each year. They will help you plan your personal and career development as well as supporting you as you work towards the Futures Award.
You will also be inspired and motivated by our experienced teaching team who have strong backgrounds in international business and finance. They are renowned for their research expertise, publishing extensively on some of the most pressing concerns affecting global businesses today.
A vibrant learning experience
Derby Business School attracts students from around the world, so you can share ideas on international business from different global perspectives in our diverse learning community.
You could also join one of the University’s many societies, such as the Economics, Trading and Investment Society, the Business and Entrepreneurial Society and the Derby University Network of Entrepreneurs (DUNE).
Some students even choose to raise their professional profile in prestigious competitions. In December 2016, our team scooped two major awards in the University Trading Challenge, pitting their wits against fellow undergraduates and postgraduate students from leading institutions countrywide.
Not only will you graduate with a degree upon completion of this course, you can also choose to work towards a Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Level 5 Award in Management and Leadership, adding further substance to your CV and making you stand out from the crowd in the graduate job market. There is also the opportunity to select modules that will grant exemptions towards the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) qualifications, meaning you can achieve membership of this professional body quicker, accelerating your career progression.
To complete the BA (Hons) International Business and Finance with Foundation Year, you will take modules such as:
- Business Communication and Decision Making
- Contemporary Issues in Business
- Data Analysis for Business
- Study skills for Business
And you will choose two options from:
- Political Studies
- Fundamentals of Human Behaviour
If you don’t have either English or Maths GCSE, you will need to substitute one or two of the above for a module in English and/or Maths.
- Markets, Prices and Strategy
- Introductory Mathematics for Economics
- Academic Skills for Accounting, Finance and Business Economics
- Introduction to Macroeconomic Concepts and Data
- Market Failure Analysis
- Finance and Business Performance
- Data Analysis
- Applied Intermediate Macroeconomics
- Financial Markets and Instruments
- Corporate Finance
You will also choose two options from the following list:
- Sustainable Supply Chains
- Creativity and Innovation
- Digital and Social Media
- Project Strategy
- Employee Development
Between stages two and three, you can choose to go on a year-long work placement, undertake a summer internship or take a study abroad option.
- International Economic Environment
- International Business Strategy
- Financial Statement Analysis
- Investment and Financial Market Behaviour
You will also choose two options from the following list:
Options Semester 1:
- Critical Analysis in International Business (International Business)
- Comparative International HRM (HRM)
- Econometrics (Economics)
- Financial Risk Management (Finance)
- The Lean Business Venture (Enterprise)
- Marketing Across Cultures (Marketing)
- International Purchasing and Supply Chain Management (Logistics)
Options Semester 2:
- Corporate Governance (Finance)
- International Banking (Finance)
- International Business Performance Appraisal (Accounting)
- International Economic Relations (International Relations)
- International Entrepreneurship (Enterprise)
- Managing the Evolving Employment Relationship (HRM)
Real world learning is at the heart of this programme. The focus is on solving genuine business and organisational problems.
We use a compelling combination of interactive lectures, expert speakers, problem-solving seminars, group work, group discussion, workshops, case study analysis, computer lab work and practical analysis. Throughout your studies, you will also engage with businesses and external experts.
You may find yourself creating strategy documents, producing international business reports, delivering presentations and videos, or analysing information from Bloomberg on international markets and organisations.
At the start of the course you will benefit from substantial direction from our teaching team. As your studies progress, you are expected to work more independently, taking greater responsibility for your own learning – but always with the support and advice of your tutors.
September 2020 typical entry requirements
|Requirement||What we're looking for|
|UCAS points||72 (up to 16 from AS-levels)|
|Specific requirements at A-level||N/A|
|Specific requirements at GCSE|
GCSE Maths and English are preferred, however if you don't have these qualifications you will be able to undertake Maths and English at L2 as part of your course of study.
|IELTS||6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)|
|Interview / Audition||N/A|
Alternative entry qualifications:
- BTEC - MPP
- Pass Access to HE Diploma 60 credits: 45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2.
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.
With the BA (Hons) International Business and Finance on your CV, you can look forward to wide-ranging career opportunities on a global scale. You could consider specialist roles in areas such as international business finance, international trade, international economic policy and analysis, export management, business process outsourcing or international business consultancy – the options are limitless.
You will have all the skills in applied business and economic analysis you need to apply for prestigious graduate management and consultancy training positions. If you add the Bloomberg Certificate and the Futures Award to your portfolio, you will be able to make an even greater impression with your job applications.
Some of our graduates decide to take their studies to the next level. You can consider progressing to any of the exciting masters programmes offered by our College of Business, Law and Social Sciences – such as the MSc International Business, MSc International Business and Finance, MSc International Business and Marketing, MBA Global Finance, MBA Global, MSc International Business and HRM or MSc International Business and Marketing – and get up to 25% alumni discount on your fees.
Ongoing careers support
We’re committed to improving your employability at every stage of your studies. Our Careers and Employment Service will provide you with help, guidance and support from day one of your course – and for up to three years after you’ve completed your studies.
If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.Contact us
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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.
Included in your fees
- Bloomberg data usage within modules with access to Bloomberg terminals for specified assessments
- Statistical analysis software SPSS for use in modules
- Some taster events - transport costs covered
- Opportunities to enter IBM University Business Challenge, CIMA Global Business Challenge and University Trading Challenge
- Part funded trip to Copenhagen for 2nd and 3rd year students. Optional with limited places available.
Optional costs not included in your fees
- Opportunity to apply for CMI student membership and Institute of Directors student membership
- Some taster events- transport costs
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.