BSc International Business and Economics 

Alisha Patel International Business and Economics Aston University

The industrial placement year drew me to choose Aston as my place of study. It gave me lifelong experience that can be taken into any workplace.”

Alisha Patel
Assurance Associate, Ernst & Young

Entry requirements

A Level Entry: AAB/ABB*
(*variable offers are available)
BTEC Extended Diploma: DDD

In the drive for globalisation, companies are seeking out graduates who thrive in international settings. This course combines rigorous economics with real-world relevance and focus on international business.

This course offers a double degree option. Achieve two degrees for the price of one, and study abroad at one of our partner institutions.
Integrated placement year
100% Overall Satisfaction (National Student Survey, 2018)
On average, employed Aston business graduates see their wages increase by £11,700 (49%) over a five year period after graduating
Ranked top 30 in the UK for Economics (Complete University Guide, 2019)

Course information 

4 year with integrated placement year / 3 year course without integrated placement year option only available for non-EU students


Typical offers:
A Levels: AAB - ABB 
IB: 32 points overall in the IB diploma with 6,6,5 - 6,5,5 at HL. Minimum scores of 5 in English and Maths at Standard level.
BTEC, Access & other: BTEC Extended Diploma DDD. Access to HE students are eligible to apply for this course.

Further requirements: 
5 GCSE grades A*- C to include:
GCSE Maths – grade B/5
GCSE English – grade C/4
Please note that General Studies does not contribute towards the UCAS points requirement but is welcomed as an additional qualification.

UCAS applicants who select this course as their Firm choice may be eligible for our lowered offer scheme. This means that the grades that you will need in order to be accepted on to the course will be reduced.
Whilst the grades listed here are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants with predicted grades that fall below these entry requirements if the application is of a high standard (however, initial offers will not be lower than stated above).

Tuition fees: £9,250 (£1,250 during placement year) for UK/EU students. £14,950 for International students (£2,500 during placement year) (2018). More on fees.

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

With the increasing globalisation of business and revolution in communications, no company can afford to ignore the international dimension.

The international business component of this course aims to develop the knowledge and skills required for assessing and developing international strategies and operations of businesses. The economics component develops the skills required to make an assessment of the economic environment of companies and their strategies within the context of national and international environments. 

The combination of international business and applied economics on this programme provides a strong introduction to the world of business and a solid foundation for a career in international commerce, or as an applied/business economist.

You will study a range of topics, designed to give you a solid foundation for your business degree.

Year 1

The core and compulsory modules are: 

  • Introductory Accounting for Business
  • Introduction to Organisational Behaviour
  • Introduction to Marketing Management
  • Law for Business
  • Principles of Operations Management
  • Introduction to Business Analytics
  • Introduction to Microeconomics
  • Introduction to Macroeconomics

Year 2

You will develop your understanding of economics, the international business environment and the international operations of business. The core and compulsory modules are:
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Markets, Games and Strategy 
  • Virtual Business Simulation
  • Quantitative Methods 
  • International Business and Emerging Market Economies 
  • International Business Economics

Students must choose one module from the following options: 

  • Strategic Finance
  • Introduction to Econometrics 
  • Business, Government and Society 

Year 3

You will spend this year in professional placement or you may choose to take up an international study opportunity at one of our partner institutions. This year is compulsory for all UK and EU students.

See placement year section or find out more about the Aston placement year.

Final Year

This year focuses on the implications of managing the major functions of finance and marketing within the international context, the application of economic theories in understanding international business, analysing policy and carrying out economic research.

All students must take the following core modules:
  • Strategic Management

  • Advanced Topics in International Business 

  • International Trade 

You will then choose from the following optional modules:
  • Further Topics in Macroeconomics 
  • Further Topics in Microeconomics 

And then from the remaining options: 

  • Macroeconometrics (time series) 
  • Microeconomtrics 
  • Environmental Economics 
  • Competition Policy
  • Regional and Urban Economics 
  • Economics of Entrepreneurship 
  • Innovation
  • Fraud, Bribery and Corruption 
  • Derivatives
  • Financial Economics 
  • International Finance 
  • International Marketing 
  • International Operations

Learning & teaching

You will experience a range of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, group-working, case studies and both individual and group presentations. Traditional teaching is supported by a virtual learning environment that is used to host a range of electronic supporting materials.

For example all business students undertake the Business Game module and compete in teams in a computer simulation exercise that culminates in a presentation to a panel of internal employers.

Aston University has subscriptions to both the Financial Times and The Economist, which you can benefit from whilst studying here.


Assessment is provided by a mix of coursework and examination.

Students who are made an offer will receive a detailed programme specification which forms part of our terms and conditions. 

Our business degrees are designed to also give you a range of transferable and practical skills to succeed within your chosen career. We make extensive use of group working and presentations to prepare you for the reality of working life. Such work develops your team working and negotiating skills.

Our placement year gives you the genuine practical work experience that is invaluable in developing an appreciation of issues such as office politics which cannot be replicated in the lecture room.

Graduates can claim exemptions from the examinations of a number of professional bodies. 

At present exemptions are available from:

  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • Association of International Accountants (AIA)
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
  • Chartered Insurance Institute (CII)

Accreditation is a stamp of quality and prestige for a business school and its programmes. Aston is proud to be among 1% of business schools worldwide with triple accreditation. 

Our four year course with an integrated placement during the third year gives you the chance to put theory into practice, gain relevant work experience, and develop professional and transferable skills.  

We have a dedicated Employer Team within our Careers and Placements department who have links with local, national and international organisations and advertise vacancies to students through an online platform exclusively for Aston students and graduates.  

The opportunity to undertake a study placement with one of our international partner institutions is also available if you would prefer.

Find out more about the Aston placement year, and view the careers and placements page.

Our graduates are targeted by major global companies year after year. Many of our graduates are now working in organisations such as:

  • International Trainee, Procurement - Lidl UK
  • Chief Operating Officer - British Embassy Berlin, Department for International Trade (DIT)
  • Data Analyst - Mitie
  • Tax Consultant - Savills
  • Foreign Exchange and MoneyMarket Dealer - HSBC
  • Trade Fund Analyst And Finance Buisness Partner - GSK
  • Sales Executive For Datacentre And Infrastructure - Softcat
  • Graduate - Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Consultant - PriceWaterhouseCoopers
  • Policy Advisor - Civil Service Fast Stream

I'd love to hear from you.

Dr Geetha Ravishankar
Course Director: Dr Geetha Ravishankar

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