BSc International Business and Management 

Luke Billings International Business and Management Aston University
Aston has great placement options. Graduate outcomes are also high, and the university is in a great city centre location.”

Luke Billings
Founder & CEO, Future Lingo

Entry requirements

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

Get a solid understanding of strategic management in international business. Discover how differences in culture influences the way we do business and understand how to operate in challenging environments abroad. Our graduates go on to work at companies including Ernst and Young and House of Fraser.

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 abroad
94% Overall Satisfaction (National Student Survey, 2017)
Five years after graduating, employed Aston business graduates earn an average of £35,600
Business & Management studies ranked Top 30 (Complete University Guide, 2018)

Course information

Entry requirements 

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 including:
GCSE Maths – grade C/4
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 (£2,500 during placement year) for International students (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.

The study of international business is more important than ever. Technological, political and economic developments mean that daily business transactions can be conducted on a global scale, where international managers have added advantages in the employment market.

This degree offers a core strategic management focus within an international business context and has been developed in response to demand by alumni and our own advisory panel of international employers.

You will study a range of topics, designed to give you a solid foundation for your business degree. For the second and final years you are asked to select two subject areas on which to concentrate your study. At least one of these must be International Management or International Communications for Business.

Year 1

Your first year will include studies in International Perspectives to provide a strong foundation for your second and final years.  Although this degree does not include any language modules in your first year, you have the option to include a language from scratch or at an advanced level within this year as an extra-curricular option free of charge. Languages can be included from scratch or at an advanced level in your second and final year.  If you wish languages to be a more significant part of your degree, you should apply for the BSc (Hons) International Business and French/German/Spanish - IBML programme. 

The modules are:
  • Introductory Accounting for Business
  • Introduction to Organisational Behaviour
  • International Perspectives in Organisations
  • Law for Business  
  • Introduction to Marketing Management 
  • Principles of Operation Management
  • Foundations of Business Analytics
  • Principles of Financial Accounting 
  • Introduction to Business Economics

Year 2

From the second year onwards, this degree offers a great deal of flexibility for you to begin tailoring your degree.  In the second and final year you will specialise in two areas of management, these are:

  • Business Policy
  • Business Game
  • Business, Government & Society
  • International Business Environment
  • Intercultural Communication

Students must also select one of the following modules:

  • Strategic Finance
  • Financial Management
Students must select the International Management stream and/or the International Communications for Business stream.

International Management modules:
  • International Business Environment
  • International Business Economics
  • Emerging and Transitional Economies
  • Effective Teamwork
International Communication for Business modules:
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Language at Work

Plus a language module:

  • French, German, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Portuguese all at Beginners, Intermediate or Advanced Level
  • Japanese at Beginners and Intermediate Level.
If only one of these streams is chosen then students can select their remaining credits from the following specialist areas:
  • Making Managerial Decisions using Accounting Information
  • Financial Accounting

  • Company Reporting and Audit

  • Business Analytics & Data Mining

  • Business Analytics in Practice

  • Operational Research Techniques

  • Dashboards and Spreadsheets

  • Global Society

  • Environmental Policy

  • Government and Management

  • Welfare States and Welfare Change

  • Theories and Practice of HRM

  • Psychology and Work

  • Developing Creativity at Work

  • Strategy for Future Leaders

  • Principles of Macro Economics

  • Principles of Micro Economics

  • Introduction to Econometrics 1

  • Regional and Urban Economics

  • Systems Analysis

  • IT and Web Development

  • Databases

  • Principles of Intellectual Property Law

  • Principles of Corporate Law

  • Introduction to Market Research

  • Digital Marketing

  • Principles of Services Marketing

  • Consumer Behaviour

  • Advanced Consumer Behaviour

  • Marketing Communications

  • Total Quality Management

  • Doing e-Business

  • Enterprise Resource Planning

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. For International Business and Management students work placements must normally take place outside of the UK.

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

Final Year

During your final year you will continue to study your specialist area(s) in addition to the core module below:
  • Strategic Management

International Management modules:
  • Derivatives
  • International Finance
  • International Marketing
  • International Operations
International Communication for Business modules:
  • Leadership and Management Communication I 
  • Leadership and Management Communication II
  • A language – either the same as chosen in the second year or a new language.

If you are taking just one of the above, you can select your remaining credits from the following specialist areas:

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Business Analytics
  • Business and Government
  • Business Psychology
  • Business Economics
  • Information Systems
  • Law
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management
  • International Communications for Business


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 external employers


Assessment is provided by a mix of coursework and examination.

Personal development 

This degree is designed to also give you a range of transferable and practical skills to help you 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 international experience that is invaluable in developing an appreciation of international business and cultural issues which cannot be fully replicated in the lecture room.

Course director

Matthew Hall
I joined Aston Business School in 2002 as a Lecturer in Information and Knowledge Management, becoming Director of International Relations in 2009. I was excited to take over as Course Director for the BSc in International Business and Management in 2013, as it is the ideal opportunity to combine many aspects of my personal and professional interests. With a first degree in Chinese Studies and substantial experience of working abroad, I am passionate about the importance of understanding the international business context and working effectively across cultures. As Director of International Relations I shall be taking a close personal interest in your choice of study abroad or international work placement. Aston is a truly intercultural community, and a BSc in International Business and Management is a great foundation for your international career.

Aston Business School graduates can claim exemptions from the examinations of a number of professional bodies. These are dependent upon the options you have followed.

At present exemptions are available from:

  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
  • Association of International Accountants (AIA
  • Chartered Insurance Institute (CII)
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)

Graduates may gain entry onto the CIM Diploma in Professional Marketing qualification. Graduates must apply directly to the Chartered Institute of Marketing. 

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.  

You will be studying at one of our carefully selected French, German or Spanish - speaking partner institutions (if studying a modern language to an advanced level) or at one of English-speaking institutions around the world.

You may alternatively apply to organisations to undertake a professional international work placement in an English, French, Spanish or German-speaking  environment depending on your language competency.  Students applying for professional international work placements are supported by the placements office.

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.  

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

International Business and Management graduates are in demand from a wide range of organisations that are in need of managers who understand the human side of the enterprise. Recent graduates have gained employment both at home and overseas in a variety of organisations and positions including:

  • Employee Relations Administrator - House of Fraser
  • Graduate HR Scheme - Abbey National
  • Employment Co-ordinator - National Autistic Society
  • Graduate Trainee - AgustaWestland Helicopters 
  • Training and Communications Manager - WH Smiths Europe Travel Retail
  • Graduate Recruitment Administrator - Ernst and Young

I'd love to hear from you. 

Matthew Hall International Business and Management Aston University
Dr Matthew Hall, Course Director

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