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Course details

Study options

Full-time: 4 years , Part-time: Up to 8 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year* (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

72 (September 2020 entry)

UCAS code

N120

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

BA (Hons)

Start date

September

Location

Derby Campus

Course description

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.

Professionally accredited 

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.

What you will study

Foundation YearFoundation YearYear 1Year 1Year 2Year 2Year 3Year 3

Code: 3IM501

Contemporary Issues in Business

This module provides an overview of business and management and how recent developments have helped shape current perspectives.. Students will gain an understanding of the broad range of subject disciplines attributed to the world of business and begin to develop an appreciation of the theoretical knowledge and skills required to undertake future study and develop a career path in this area
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 3IM502

Study Skills for Business

This module aims to develop the study skills essential for study at university and within Derby Business School as well as to facilitate the transition into Higher Education. The module will help student understand university systems and processes, the study skills they require to succeed and the role they have in their own learning.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 3IM503

Business Communication and Decision Making

Any future business professional needs to understand the importance of good communication skills and decision making skills from a personal and an organisational perspective. The aim of the module is to provide students with an understanding of business communication and how, through the process of effective decisions making, this impacts on the success of an organisation.

Business communication is the sharing of information between people both inside and outside the organisation. However, effective communication is not always easy or straightforward, methods and processes of communication will be reviewed.

Good communication also provides knowledge and this provides the basis for successful business decisions. Good decision making is vital for any organisation and a range of decision making processes and situations will be explored.

These two elements will be brought together to provide a holistic perspective of personal and business perspectives of communication and decision making and how one informs the other.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 3IM504

Data Analysis for Business

For any business student a working knowledge of both quantitative and qualitative data handling skills through the use of Excel and other appropriate software is a necessary requirement. This skill is used extensively within Business based programmes and is transferable to the workplace and any future career.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 2MO500

English

This is a level 2 module. The module is oriented towards providing students with sufficient English skills to enable them to engage confidently with level 4 modules.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 2MO501

Mathematics

The course is equivalent to GCSE Maths and covers statistics and probability, number work, geometry, and algebra and graphs.
20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 3LA501

Law

This module equips you with an understanding of the English legal system. Looking at sources of law and considering the impact of European Community Law, and the European Convention on Human Rights, you will then examine the relationship between law, morality and justice. Finally moving on to explore the fundamental differences between civil and criminal law and process and liability.
20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 3PO501

Political Studies

This module will introduce you to a range of key issues and approaches taken in the study of Politics at undergraduate level. Understanding Politics as the study of competing interests within society, the module addresses questions such as the differences between - and the different forms taken by - democratic, totalitarian and theocratic political systems; the relationships between foreign and domestic policy; and the influence of economics on political debate and decision-making. As well as introducing you to key debates and approaches, the module will also encourage you to develop the critical thinking, writing and analytical skills you will need to study Politics at degree-level.
20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 3PS500

Fundamentals of Human Behaviour

This module will introduce students to psychology as an integrated and multi-faceted discipline. Students will explore both classic and contemporary aspects of psychology from a position of little or no knowledge. They will gain an understanding of the breadth of psychology and the ways in which the topic areas included can be approached from a number of different theoretical perspectives using a variety of methodological approaches.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 3SL501

Sociology

This module provides you with an introduction to the study of sociology. It is intended to encourage an understanding of core sociological theories, and to foster an awareness of sociological issues and phenomena. It is designed to develop your appreciation of how we evaluate the social world.
20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 4AG500

Finance and Business Performance

This module will assume no prior accounting knowledge. You will learn how to prepare accounts for small businesses and then apply that knowledge to larger organisations.

Numbers by themselves can be misleading and you will progress to examining accounting statements to assess just how well a business is performing. Managers cannot improve the performance of a business unless they make correct interpretations of situations and learn how to diagnose problems.

Business costs will be identified and analysed to aid decision making relating to the control and viability of projects. Sources of finance will be identified and discussed. This basic financial knowledge is essential to anyone wishing to pursue a career in business, whether on a self-employed basis or in a larger corporation.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4AG506

Academic Skills for Accounting Finance and Business Economics

This module will equip you with the key written communication skills necessary for both your future academic and future professional career. It will enable you to develop your skills of writing both clearly, coherently and succinctly, in such a way that you effectively address the information needs of the user of the document.

It will develop your appreciation of the importance of basing your analysis and evaluation on information that comes from sources that are academically rigorous, contemporary and relevant; this will involve use of relevant referencing systems. You will also learn how to identify the appropriate research strategy and methodology for research in the accounting and finance disciplines.

The module will enable you to understand the relevant principles of research ethics, again, particularly for the accounting and finance disciplines.

Together all this will then provide you with the relevant foundation to support the rest of your academic studies as well as develop the relevant professional skills that accountants are expected to possess including reporting writing.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4EC501

Introductory Microeconomics

This module explores how markets work and how firms develop pricing strategies from an economic perspective. All students of business and management need to consider the external market context in which business and management decisions are made.

This module develops your understanding of economic information found in news reports and economic and marketing reports and develops your ability and confidence to create your own independent analysis. Take a look at the BBC website and see how much of the business news is about markets and economics. This type of information and analysis affects business decisions and business strategy. Economics is also a model-based discipline which will help you to develop more rigorous analytical skills required in levels 5 and 6. It also provides the disciplinary context on which many other subjects draw at these levels, including strategic management, management operations, enterprise, marketing and finance.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4EC504

Introduction to Macroeconomic Concepts and Data

The aim of this module is to give you a better understanding of how the economy of a country works a whole. The module will present you the main issues of the business macroeconomic environment – recessions and expansions, economic growth, inflation and unemployment.

It will introduce you to the basic models of macroeconomic analysis which will enable you to start analysing the impact of the government’s monetary and fiscal policies on the aggregate economy in today’s globalised world. You will understand how interest rates are set and how taxation levels are determined. You will improve your awareness of the daily finance and economics goings-on and you will develop your understanding of the content and implications of economic analysis. You will develop problem-solving and analytical skills that will improve your every-day decision-making.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4EC505

Introductory Mathematics for Economics

The aim of this module is to combine basic economic theory and mathematical techniques. You will be provided with an introduction to the basic tools of mathematics which is needed to help you understand economic theory. The quantitative methods introduced will be integrated to a number of applications to economics. The topics taught in this module will help you develop your quantitative skills and your abilities to analyse data. Such quantitative and analytical skills are an integral part of decision making in business.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4EC506

Market Failure Analysis

This module introduces you to the economic theory of market failure and its central role in modern economic analysis of consumer choice, business activity, market activity, efficiency and industry development.

You will explore how the theory is used in economic analysis to assess rational consumer choice, producer strategy decisions, general business activity in markets and industries. You will also use the theory to examine and assess the impact of government policy on consumer choice, business decisions and markets.

You will apply the theory to different issues and use real time data on firms and markets from the Bloomberg database in your analysis. This will develop key theory and analysis skills for further applied analysis in level 4 and 6 modules.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5EC509

Applied Intermediate Macroeconomics

This module aims to enable you to use macroeconomic theory and data to make sense of the economic world around us and develop your own informed opinion on the issues of the day. In this module you will focus your efforts on applying economic theory to real-world data, policies and current events.

The module will take an integrated and applied approach to macroeconomic topics from economic growth, inflation and unemployment, to financial markets, interest rates and investment, and to policy making in an open economy. You will develop competence in using data analysis skills using real macroeconomic data and effective statistics and graphical tools.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5EC510

Data Analysis

This module aims to ensure you have a good understanding of how to use Excel and SPSS as software for economic analysis for business. You will develop the basic skills in primary data generation, sampling, data extraction, manipulation and presentation, essential for any business economist. You will also develop your skills in using parametric and non-parametric tests widely used in economic business data analysis for cross-section and time series analysis.

The emphasis is on practical analysis with real data and on developing the ability to interpret results for end users. To be a good analyst you need to have good practical skills but also be able to understand why, how and when different techniques are appropriate, and be able to interpret and communicate results to others.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5EC512

Financial Markets and Instruments

This module gives you a thorough introduction to the nature of international financial markets and the array of financial instruments available to investors as well as firms. You will gain an understanding of asset pricing, arbitration and speculation in financial markets, and the impact of macroeconomic policies and international factors on financial markets.

You will also assess the factors which motivate investors and firms to choose different instruments when raising capital or making capital gains and understand the various types of risks associated with financial instruments, such as credit risk, counter party risks, market risk, systemic risk.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5EC513

Corporate Finance

Organisations face a number of financial problems over the lifetime of their business. This module will help you develop your knowledge in this area.

More specifically, this module gives you a thorough introduction to the two most important aspects of corporate finance in the global context. The first is investment appraisal methods, spanning basic models to CAPM and factor models. The second is company financing decisions based on different capital structure theories such as MM theory, trade-off theories, pecking order theory, and life cycle theory. 

This module will also give you a basic introduction to the methods corporations use to finance their projects and manage transaction and economic risks, using real data from sources such as Bloomberg.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5AG517

Project Strategy

This module will develop your knowledge and understanding of the relevant concepts and models as well as appropriate project planning software. It will enable you to develop an effective project plan, monitor the progress of the project, while simultaneously identifying and managing the associated project risks.

This module will enable you to further develop the ideas introduced within the Operations Management module such as the principles of system changeover methods to ensure the project, and the associated information, is effectively implemented and managed. The module will equip you to discuss and apply project management methodologies and key project management tools, as well as developing knowledge of the project lifecycle and comprehension of how to keep project stakeholders informed and ‘on-board’.

The CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) Global Business Challenge Case Study will be comprehensively used within this module and students will be encouraged to enter this international competition – where students can join together in small groups or teams. A CIMA representative is invited to introduce the group to the global competition.

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20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 5GN507

Creativity and Innovation

Being creative can be thought of as coming up with new and original ideas, whereas innovation can be defined as the development and application of these new ideas to develop new opportunities, create original products and services and to solve problems. Both of these activities are necessary for the innovation funnel to be successful.

In this hands-on module, you will discover how to generate new and creative ideas, and how to develop innovative products and services out of those ideas. Crucially, this may mean looking to other areas and subjects for inspiration and progress.

To do all this, you will have the opportunity to work with other students on a real business problem, finding out your strengths and abilities, but also areas for development. You will work with an actual employer and their organisation, based in the local area, by applying your ideas, combined with the theories we will study, to promote creative solutions to issues they are facing right now.

You are then going to present your ideas, backed up by academic references, in the form of a video presentation. The context for this innovation may be within the small firm or corporate organisation and your scope may include product, service, process, technology and marketing innovations of any kind. Being innovative, creative and confident of your own ideas is a key employability skill in today’s challenging business environment.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5HR507

Employee Development

Employee development is regarded as important to individual, organisational and national growth and success. As organisations change and develop to meet the demands placed upon them by customers, competitors and the changing market place employees need to develop new knowledge, skills and attributes to keep pace.

You will explore the learning and development context within which organisations form their development strategies and plans and critically evaluate a range of development methods to make effective choices in the design, delivery and evaluation of employee development programmes.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5LO503

Sustainable Supply Chains

A supply chain is the network of all the individuals, organisations, resources, activities and technology involved in the creation and sale of a product, from the delivery of source materials from the supplier to the manufacturer, through to its eventual delivery to the end user. In fact, with environmental pressure, this has been increased to include the return of packaging in some cases. As supply chains have become increasingly complex and global in recent years, there has been an increasing focus on sustainability.

Globalisation has meant that that few products are manufactured in national markets: they are outsourced and manufactured in developing nations, particularly in South East Asia and then shipped around the world.

In complex supply chains, such as consumer electronics and automobile production, components and sub-assemblies are manufactured globally before being shipped to the factory for final production.

In addition, fresh food such as fruit, vegetables and fish are available year round. Improvements in chilling and refrigeration technology combined with the reducing costs of airfreight make it possible to eat whatever we want whenever we want.

As a result of these activities, logistics and supply chain management have dramatically increased their impact on the natural environment.

This module will focus on the interlinking components of supply chains and examine the role that each has and how the environmental impact of these can be reduced. It will address issues such as existing and planned technology along with how effective management contributes.

You will critically examine sustainability in supply chains across a broad representation of industry as well as the differing and often conflicting perspectives from both academics and business practitioners. There will be a strong emphasis on practical applications.

You will focus on key current themes and perspectives on globalization; performance management and financial control; hierarchies and networks; and knowledge management is included to provide students with a more ‘rounded’ and ‘integrative’ framework.

The module will be up to date with both the latest (critical and evaluative) thinking in supply chain sustainability and the current practices and approaches that facilitate overall organisational development and direction.

Finally, the module encourages you to develop a wider global/national perspective: increase your awareness of the impact that logistics and supply chain management has on the environment and the competitive position of the Organisation and develop your critical/analytical, problem-solving and strategic decision-making skills.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5MK510

Digital and Social Media

This module will give you the tools, techniques and theory behind how digital marketing works within a business environment.

During this module you will learn about best practice and key elements of managing digital marketing in an ‘always on’ 24/7 environment. You will learn how to audit and evaluate competitors’ digital footprints as well as understand how to gain consumer insights using digital techniques.

Your assessment is coursework-based, designed to provide practical life and employment skills, developing an outline digital marketing plan. This assessment will contribute towards key skills sought by employers, including: evaluation, understanding of digital tools, presentation and business report writing.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6AG502

Financial Statement Analysis

The analysis of financial statements can tell us a great deal about the health of a company and its ability to deal with future challenges, which is a key skill in any business environment, whether or not profit is the primary motivation. This module concentrates on using the financial, economic and non-quantitative information available to assess the relative strengths of entities and their ability to react to the impact of outside forces on their performance.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 6EC501

Investing and Financial Market Behaviour

This module brings together major themes from economics, finance and psychology in order to develop your awareness of financial markets issues and to expand your understanding of investment decision making, investor behaviour, regulation and financial markets in crisis.

All along, you will develop critical practical skills like using Excel, analytical reasoning, interpreting data, following financial media and interacting with external financial market experts and potential employers. You will learn about the main investment classes, you will build your own portfolio of investments and analyse its effectiveness and performance. We will introduce you to behavioural aspects of investor activity. You will examine the underlying issues in financial markets that lead to crisis and failure using economic theory both traditional and behavioural. You will be analysing issues like asset bubbles, bank failures and the problems of regulating financial activity in domestic and global markets.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 6EC514

International Economic Environment

In this module you will explore the major global economic shifts and understand the theories of the globalisation of business. You will study the key underpinnings, trends and challenges of international trade and investment. You will gain an insight into the workings of the international financial system and understand the problems faced by the multinational companies when dealing with foreign exchange and interest rates. You will analyse the trends in international cooperation and integration and will understand the importance of governments and international institutions in facilitating/controlling/regulating international business behaviour.

Throughout this module, you will develop critical practical skills valued by employers and professional accreditation bodies. These include selecting and interpreting data, problem-solving and decision-making which are vital for successful careers in a variety of international and domestic organisations.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 6EC516

International Business Strategy

This module will allow you to examine the different, and often conflicting, perspectives and theories in the field of strategy evident in the current debate among academics and practitioners. Strategic management provides a critical aspect of the international business as it ensures the long-term sustainability of the business in ever-changing, and often hostile, international and global business environment.

As part of this module, you will learn how to develop a strategy for an international business as well as how to implement such a strategy. When putting strategy into action you will consider a range of complex issues like culture, leadership, corporate governance and others.

Throughout this module, you will develop critical practical skills valued by employers and professional accreditation bodies. These include problem solving and decision-making, positioning analysis, and developing and evaluating strategic options. Such skills are vital for successful careers in a variety of international and domestic organisations.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 6AG504

International Business Performance Appraisal

This module expands on the knowledge and understanding you will have gained on previous business accounting modules. You will learn how to provide managers with useful information by achieving a good understanding of management accounting concepts and techniques. The information requires clear presentation and the ability to communicate in an appropriate manner, whether it is written or verbally presented. You will investigate the areas of control, performance appraisal and evaluation in organisations. You will discuss the specific requirements of different industries, both for-profit and not-for-profit, and the needs of global businesses.

During this module you will practice presenting your thoughts to an audience and developing and improving your presentation style. Presentations will be filmed so you can watch yourself and reflect on how you can improve. Also you will experience informal lectures and seminars to build up your understanding as to how and why organisations perform in the way they do.

Understanding how a business performs and being able to communicate this to all levels in business is a key employability skill. This module will give you the confidence that you can critically evaluate a business scenario and make a verbal presentation to a small audience.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6EC502

Financial Risk Management

This module introduces the methods that organisations can use to manage the risks of trading in global markets. All types of organisations need to manage the risk of adverse movements in exchange rates and interest rates. A good international strategy must include financial risk management. The extent to which an organisation can reduce risk depends upon its strategy and the availability of suitable products from the banking and financial markets. Students will learn about risk and risk management products and strategies. The distinctive nature of this module is the development of practical skills in building a strategy to manage risk.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6EC506

Critical Analysis in International Business Context

This module is aimed at direct entrants to top-up degrees who have no previous academic experience of the UK education system. The module aims to help you improve your critical thinking and academic writing and allow you to achieve effective analyses and persuasive arguments.

You will read broadly on international business and economics issues and write assignments where you will exercise your analysis, interpretation and persuasion. At the same time, you will practice a range of personal and business skills necessary for success both at university and in the business world. You will evidence those skills and reflect upon the progress achieved during various stages of the module. The academic expertise you will develop and the skills you will improve in this module will help you achieve highly in your studies and will contribute to your personal and professional development.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6EC509

International Banking

This module aims to provide a thorough understanding of the economics of international banking. You will specifically examine the special role played by the banking system in the world economy. We will overview the structure of financial intermediation and international banking activities.

You will analyse banks as providers of services to international businesses (managing funds, hedging and insuring risk, facilitating trade and investment etc.) and, at the same time, examine their activities as international businesses themselves (investing, brokering, underwriting etc.). In doing so, you will analyse central banks and government involvement in financial markets through monetary policy and regulation. 

All along, you will develop critical practical skills required by professional accreditation bodies such as selecting and interpreting data, analytical reasoning, problem-solving and decision-making skills which are vital for successful careers in a variety of international and domestic organisations.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6EC511

Econometrics

This module aims to develop the skills you will need to interpret quantitative analysis in academic journals in economics, business and finance. It also enables you to undertake empirical research using computational techniques to analyse and interpret numerical findings. The module will review descriptive statistics and simple regression and introduce econometric techniques for analysing cross-sectional, panel and time-series data. This module will introduce you to appropriate software for econometric analysis using real data.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6EC512

Corporate Governance

The corporate governance module looks at the framework of rules underpinning the relationships between corporations, their stakeholders, the government and the society at large. The subject’s multidisciplinary nature is quite evident – you will cover concepts in law, politics and ethics as well as in economics, finance and management.

You will understand its evolutionary character – new regulations and governance enhancements are mostly introduced in the wake of scandals and crises. The 2008 global financial crisis is simply one of the latest events bringing turmoil to corporate governance. Using an international comparison perspective, we will look at the differences in the practices employed by corporations to organise and coordinate themselves and in the mechanisms by which governments and societies try to influence the behaviour of corporations. 

You will develop skills in comparative analysis and evaluation and develop a critical understanding of the importance of governance to the global economy and, hopefully, increase your interest in improving it.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6GN502

International Entrepreneurship

This module seeks to develop your understanding of the emerging area of international entrepreneurship and how you can apply that knowledge in a real life situation.

In recent years, international business and entrepreneurship have been coalescing into a single cognate area that is now becoming regarded as cohesive in its own right. Trading blocs such as the EU have placed emphasis on entrepreneurship as an engine of economic growth and the trend towards greater international involvement of SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) is accelerated by technological advances.

At the same time, globalisation has prompted the re-emergence of local cultures which influence the growth of entrepreneurship in diverse ways. We can therefore see a tension between the global and local elements. Creating an in-depth appreciation of these elements will enable you to apply theory to inform, evaluate and enhance potential international entrepreneurial ventures. Ultimately, all organisations need to be aware of the development of international business and that they can no longer rely simply on national trade.

The purpose of this module is therefore for you to explore entrepreneurial activity across boundaries paying attention to cultural and political differences, choice of markets, supply chain relations and appropriate marketing implementation. You will apply your learning to a local SME to produce an international market entry strategy and critically evaluate the process you have undertaken.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6GN507

The Lean Business Venture

Developing a business opportunity, whether in a new venture or any existing business if often about spotting what you think is an opportunity and then developing a product or service to address that opportunity. However, businesses often develop new products and services in isolation from customers as they do not want their ideas copied by competitors. However, if there is no conversation with and feedback from the potential end customer during this phase, there is a high risk of wasted time and money as that the product will be require further development at best and at worst, could be a total failure.

An alternative approach is that of the lean business venture. In this approach, a minimum viable product or service is developed and tested with potential customers. The results of this are fed back into the further development of fulfilling the business opportunity. However, the immediate customer feedback means less waste and is, as such, a lean process.

This lean process is what we will be asking you to demonstrate within this module. The aim is for you to take a minimum product or service which addresses a business opportunity, present it to possible customers, learn from their actions and reactions and then develop and improve the product or service. You will then need to reflect on the pros and cons of achieving that goal.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6HR507

Comparative International HRM

As companies need to become more established in the international environment, the challenge to create, establish, maintain and develop effective policy and practice in managing a more culturally diverse workforce is seen as a pivotal component of business success. The module explores, examines and compares different approaches to HR and how these opportunities available to organisations can facilitate entry or help confirm their position in the global market.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6HR508

Managing the Evolving Employment Relationship

This module explores a range of contemporary employment issues that cover individual and collective aspects in organisations. Theory, application and skills development are all components of the module.

Trade unions remain strong in the public sector. This is partly through the existence of institutions of collective consultation, reinforced by continued reliance in many cases on industry-level bargaining and the public policy emphasis on ‘partnership’.

The collective aspect of the employment relationship is too often regarded as being synonymous with disruption, conflict and contradiction, but this is not necessarily the case and a range of viewpoints will be examined. Additionally, trade unions and collective employment relationship mechanisms are also evident in other countries and the reasons for this will also be explored as part of recognising the global aspects of managing the employment relationship.

Despite instances of industrial action and workplace conflict the emphasis on employee relations continues to embrace concepts of the psychological contract, employee voice and employee involvement, commitment and engagement.

CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) suggest that evidence shows that the informal workplace climate appears to have a stronger influence than collective consultation machinery on employee satisfaction and commitment levels.

Employers should also pay attention to the mechanisms that contribute to good employee relations, such as effective approaches for employee voice including two-way communications, project teams and joint consultation, together with electronic media, attitude surveys and 'partnership'.

The employment relationship is a vital component of the workplace jigsaw and how this is understood and managed is vital to the organisation and the well-being of the individual and society at large.

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Code: 6IR501

International Economic Relations

The module will examine the economic and jurisprudential justification for engaging in multilateral trading and how this current framework of international economic relation aligns with realising the economic, social political and cultural sovereignty of the members of the international community.

The module will further explore the economic tenets of contemporary international economic relationships in order to critically evaluate their impact on rights to development. In these contexts, the module will be examining the status of International economic relations, in particular the tension between global institutions and United Nations and other actors.

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20 Credits
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Coursework

Code: 6LO501

International Purchasing and Supply Chain Management

This module provides a comprehensive analysis of the principles and practices of the international supply chain and the strategic impact this can have on the organisation.

With the ever-increasing pressure of competition among companies, the move towards consolidation of global production and the improvements in communication and transportation systems the supply market is now a global phenomenon. To that end the sourcing and outsourcing of materials or the engagement of service providers is taking on an international perspective. This alters dramatically the role of purchasing, to a more strategic and global posture. This module explores the forces that guide the development of the supply chain: the supply chain concept, the trends within global business and a strategic shift being taken by an increasing number of enterprises towards core competencies.

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20 Credits
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Coursework

Code: 6MK509

Marketing Across Cultures

As a student of Marketing and a future Marketing professional, you must have a thorough understanding of the added complexities involved in global marketing and how these impact on the formulation of marketing plans and strategies. Organisations in all sectors and industries face increasing international competition; this could be from multi-nationals or competitors establishing themselves in their domestic environment, the need for foreign suppliers or indeed when they seek to establish operations abroad. This module seeks to build on the knowledge and concepts you will have encountered at earlier stages of the programme. It aims to familiarise you with a range of issues and concepts encountered by international marketers and to provide the theoretical framework that will enable you to analyse and implement these in a real-life business situation.

Your assessment is coursework-based, designed to enable you to demonstrate your ability to approach a business challenge as a marketer and business manager. The assessment methods used on this module will also help you develop key skills desired by employers, for example, critical analysis, business report writing and presentation skills.

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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

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.

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

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points72 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-levelN/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.

IELTS6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

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.

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year*

£1,155 per module*

International

£14,045 per year

N/A

* 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.

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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.

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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.

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Careers

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 BusinessMSc International Business and FinanceMSc International Business and MarketingMBA 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. 

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† Additional information about your studies

5 with optional placement year

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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, 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.

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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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