Course details

Study options

Full-time: 4 years, Part-time: 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

N123

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.

Preparing you for the challenges in business

Our BA (Hons) International Business gives you a thorough grounding in how to meet the challenges of today’s increasingly complex and global business environment. It brings together vital disciplines including business management, strategy, economic analysis, human resources, marketing, and trade legislation – all from an international perspective.

We keep you right up to date with what’s happening in the world economy. You will analyse the different economic, financial, political, legal and cultural factors affecting international businesses, consider how international regulations and policies influence corporate strategies, explore ways of attracting customers in international markets, and look at how to expand a local business into a global one.

Alongside your knowledge of international business, you will gain the broader skills that employers worldwide expect in their graduate recruits. These range from problem-solving, decision-making and strategic thinking to research, analysis, report writing and presentation skills.

Global thinking

Our focus is on developing your international outlook. As part of your degree, you could spend an optional year or semester studying abroad with one of our educational partners.

There are opportunities for study trips overseas too. Our students have visited Copenhagen to explore issues surrounding art fraud and business ethics; observed a conference and attended specialist talks at the UN Office in Vienna; and travelled to Dublin to gain insights into the work of IDA Ireland, the agency responsible for inward investment. Our programme of visits is constantly expanding and there may be options to head further afield to countries such as China.

Hands-on learning

Real world learning lies at the heart of this degree. There is the chance for you to undertake a year-long work placement or a summer internship – in the UK or overseas – to apply business theories to practice in the workplace.

You will meet industry leaders, business experts, and finance professionals through specialist workshops, masterclasses and networking events. Our students have attended taster days and career events with companies such as PwC and PKF Cooper-Parry as well as the Institute of Directors.

The emphasis is on developing your practical skills. You may find yourself creating strategy documents, producing international business reports, delivering presentations and videos, or analysing information from Datastream and Bloomberg on international markets.

Expert teaching

We provide a friendly and supportive learning community, with small classes where you will receive plenty of one-to-one advice. You will benefit from a personal tutor throughout your degree.

Our enthusiastic team of lecturers are experienced in all aspects of international business and their research will enrich your learning. They are supported by industry experts, including our Visiting Professor of Banking and Financial Economics, Professor Trevor Williams, formerly Chief Economist at Lloyds Commercial Banking.

Facilities and resources

In our Bloomberg Financial Markets Lab you can harness the software used in financial markets worldwide to gain vital insights into the fast-paced environment of the trading floor.

We have invested in these exceptional learning facilities in partnership with Bloomberg, the global business and financial information leader. The lab puts a wealth of data at your fingertips, including company and director profiles plus analysis of current affairs from Bloomberg Intelligence. You will receive training from Bloomberg specialists, have access to their helpdesk and can even work towards the Bloomberg Market Concepts Certificate to complement your degree qualification.

An extra qualification: the Futures Award

Our Futures Award has been developed for students to showcase their versatility and professionalism to potential employers. It is an additional qualification which recognises any extra-curricular activities you undertake to improve your employability and career development. These activities could include attending our workshops on CV design and improvement; developing techniques for interviews, assessment centres or psychometric tests; taking part in business networking events; or leading a small project within a student society or voluntary role.

What you will study

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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: 5EC505

Current Debates in Applied Economic Theory

In this module, we respond to the increased interest in understanding the recent dramatic economic events. Recent surveys and conferences on the state of the economics discipline and the employability of economics graduates have highlighted the gaps identified by employers in knowledge of economic history and applied economics skills (Bank of England, 2012; Government Economic Service, 2012).

In this module you will apply economic theories and principles to real-life situations, delve into current economic debates and apply economic analysis to a range of contemporary issues. Further, we will adopt an explicitly historical perspective in the discussion of the current topical economic debates. This will contribute to your knowledge of economic theory and analysis and to your greater understanding of how political debates and economic thinking evolve. This module will enable you to be able to argue and critically evaluate responses by government to various current issues.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5EC506

Industrial Economics

Organisation of markets, firms and industries play a key role in determining their performance. Consequently, it results convenient analysing it from both a theoretical and applied perspective. This module aims to provide the student with an insight into pricing strategies, market concentration, market performance, strategies of firms including multinational enterprises (MNEs), and Public Policies. These elements will be appraised in a globalised context. This module provides quantitative analytical skills to students.
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: 5AG521

Managing Financial Resources

This module will equip you with the skills needed to evaluate the financial data used to produce company financial statements. You will learn the importance of choosing the correct form of finance for a given business.

You will gain an appreciation of the value of corporate governance and the responsibility of good managers to wider stakeholders in the business. Without good management control and coordination of financial resources, businesses frequently fail to meet their potential.

You will study common pitfalls in performance management and how to avoid them. This module will equip you with key skills, such as the ability to understand, analyse and interpret financial, management and non-financial information in the context of modern business. Such skills are vital to any business manager, irrespective of discipline.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5GN501

Enterprise Management

The module aims to bring together elements of business management which are usually taught separately, for example: enterprise and entrepreneurship, human resource management, finance, marketing, innovation and logistics and international business.

The module is designed to help you fully understand the relevance of these elements, giving you transferable skills you can apply in an organisational context. Strong emphasis will be placed upon you to demonstrate skills and reflect upon your progress on how knowledge can be applied in a business environment. The skills you will develop will be transferable from an academic context to business environmental context.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5HR506

People Resourcing and Talent Planning

This module explores approaches to talent planning and resourcing adopted by organisations in response to different labour market conditions and strategic business needs.

You will analyse the range of human resources (HR) tools and techniques used to manage the attraction, retention and departure of employees within the UK legal framework. By the end of the module, you will be able to describe HR planning, recruitment and retention methods and demonstrate skills required to undertake many of these in the workplace.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5IR503

International Political Economy

This module provides an introduction to the study of International Political Economy (IPE). It therefore explores the area of study between the fields of international relations, economics and politics.

It analyses topics such as the relation between states and international institutions or multinational companies, but also the politics and policies relating to international trade and investment. It focuses on the relation between “politics” and “money” at international level by exploring topics such as global governance and the international financial crisis or the effects of the imposition of structural adjustment programmes (SAPs) by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). By the end of the term, students will have a firm understanding of IPE as a discipline, including what it can tell us about a wide variety of policy outcomes.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5LO504

Asset Management

There are many types of assets within a business, including physical, financial and human or intangible. However, what is common between them all is the need to maximise value through the asset, both financially and from the stakeholders’ perspective.

As a manager of any business it is important to understand the impact of the physical assets with regard to the bottom line, this module will give you insight into how to measure the financial return on specific physical assets of the business (for example – vehicles) and the financial impact of factors such as depreciation.

In order to maximise asset value, optimisation is fundamental, this module will enable you to investigate and evaluate some of the methods and approaches for efficient asset management, for example – asset maintenance and integration of technology through Enterprise Resource Management systems. To complement the specific subject areas, you also learn new skills to enhance your development with regards to working in a business, including the development of risk assessments.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5MK513

Public Relations and Media Management

Relationship management and its implementation via public relations activities is an increasingly important aspect of corporate communications. Along with marketing communications it remains an area which stimulates wide differences of opinion as to where it lies in relation to the marketing function of organisations. The module is designed to allow you to recognise which is the most appropriate approach given particular business contexts and the issues affecting it.

Public Relations is about managing a corporate image and reputation. Deciding which public a company needs to engage with and which media to utilise in delivering the corporate ‘message’ are key issues that the module will equip you to make. With that understanding, you will then be in a position to suggest creative ideas for an optimised PR plan that is likely to optimise a company’s corporate reputation and increase its brand equity.

Management of media/press relations plays a central role in the delivery of PR activities and requires sensitive and imaginative management if these channels are to be fully utilised to the organisations benefit. This area will be explored extensively during the module allowing you to fully appreciate the interrelationship between PR and the Media. While doing this, you will develop an understanding that reputation management needs to be an continuous ongoing core activity within a company. You will also see the importance of PR in the management of exceptional (crisis) situations, corporate social responsibility and the needs for all PR activity to fall within acceptable legal and ethical parameters.

The module has been formulated with the requirements of the appropriate PR professional body in mind and skills embedded that resonate with those expected by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations. Your learning will be enhanced through the use of guest lectures by media professionals.

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20 Credits
optional
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: 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
core
Coursework

Code: 6LA523

Sustainable Development and International Business Law

This module draws together two pertinent strands operative in international relations between states. These are the process of sustainable development and the regulation of international business transactions.

The module will explore and analyse the theory and practice of sustainable development as well as analyse international business transaction as it relates to the sale of goods and the provision of services. In this capacity, the module will link these two strands and will engage students with live and contemporary development problems facing governments and then allow the students to implement functional and realistic business solutions to these problems.

The module places the student at the heart of sustainable international business and fosters problem-solving, creativity, enterprise, critical analysis and innovation for the purpose of direct impact. To bolster this, the module will engage and interact with the Government Department for International Development and, the British Council through guest speakers and projects offered by these institutions. The assessment is by coursework and will require students to analyse a series of case studies and implement a sustainable business transaction.

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20 Credits
core
Practical
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: 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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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

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
optional
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
optional
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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Coursework

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

You will learn through a combination of:

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.

Showcasing your skills

You could raise your professional profile by taking part in prestigious competitions and challenges. Derby students have, for instance, scooped major awards at the University Trading Challenge, which entails a simulated trading market to test students’ abilities to think strategically, analyse evidence and present their ideas to a panel of traders and bankers in the City of London. There are opportunities to enter other competitions such as the IBM University Business Challenge too.

How you are assessed

Our assessment strategy is designed to ensure you can identify issues, decide how to collect and analyse evidence, come to reasoned conclusions based on that evidence, and present your findings via various methods of communication.

Who you'll meet

At Derby you will discover a friendly and supportive learning community, with small classes where you will receive plenty of one-to-one advice.

You will be taught by an enthusiastic team who are experienced in all aspects of business and whose research will enrich your learning. They are supported by industry experts, including our Visiting Professor of Banking and Financial Economics, Professor Trevor Williams who is Chief Economist at Lloyds Bank PLC.

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.

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.

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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

High-calibre international business graduates can command excellent starting salaries and look forward to rapid career progression. In comparison with more traditional degrees, our BA (Hons) International Business offers a broader and deeper business education which will give you a career advantage. Further qualifications such as the Bloomberg Market Certificate and the Futures Award add extra substance to your CV too.

On completing the course, you will be well prepared for graduate management and consultancy training opportunities. It could be your stepping stone to senior roles in many rewarding fields including international trade, transport and logistics corporations, financial and investment institutions, government agencies and global business consultancies.

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 – and help you gain relevant business work experience through part-time internship opportunities and year long placements. Throughout your studies, you will 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 have 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.

Further study

You could take your studies to the next level with one of our exciting masters programmes such as the MSc International BusinessMSc International Business and FinanceMSc International Business and MarketingMSc International Business and HRMMBA Global and MBA Global Finance. 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

5 years with optional placement year

Up to 8 years

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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.

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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