Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 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

120 (September 2020 entry)

UCAS code


Course level



BA (Hons)

Start date



Derby Campus

This course is open for January 2021 entry only

If you do not achieve the typical entry points required, you may want to consider studying this course with foundation year.

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Course description

The highlights

91%Overall satisfaction - BA (Hons) International Business**National Student Survey 2020

Preparing you for business challenges

Our BA (Hons) International Business gives you a thorough grounding in how to meet the challenges of today’s increasingly global and complex business environment. It brings together vital disciplines including strategy, business management, economic analysis, marketing, human resources 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 also meet business experts, industry leaders 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  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.

Benefit from a unique partnership with CIMA

Graduates from this programme will be allowed a quicker route to the CIMA Professional Qualification and the global professional designation of Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA). On successful completion of the degree you will also gain exemptions towards the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) qualifications, meaning you can achieve membership of this professional body quicker, accelerating your career progression.

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What you will study

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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How you will learn

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.

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 points120 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-level

No specific subject requirements

Specific requirements at GCSEAt least five GCSEs (or equivalent) including Maths and English at grade 4/C or above
IELTS6.0 (with at least 5.5 in each skills area)
Interview / AuditionN/A

 Alternative entry qualifications:

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees (August 2020 - July 2021)


£9,250 per year

£1,155 per 20 credit module


£14,045 per year


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

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

UK/EU students

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

Part-time students should apply directly to the University.

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Guidance for EU students post-Brexit


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

The last intake for this course will be January 2021. For September 2021 entry, please take a look at our new BSc (Hons) International Business Management programme. 

Teaching hours

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

Additional costs and optional extras

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

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

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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