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
97% Overall Satisfaction (National Student Survey, 2018)
Five years after graduating, employed Aston business graduates earn an average of £35,600
Business & Management studies ranked Top 30 (Complete University Guide, 2019)

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 core modules are:
  • Introductory Accounting for Business
  • Introduction to Organisational Behaviour
  • International Perspectives in Organisations 
  • Law for Business  
  • Introduction to Marketing Management 
  • Principles of Operations Management
  • Foundations of Business Analytics
  • An 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:

  • International Business and Emerging Market Economies 
  • Introduction to Intercultural Communication 
  • Business, Government & Society
  • Virtual Business Simulation 

Students must also select one of the following finance modules:

  • Strategic Finance
  • Corporate Financial Management

Communications for Business modules: 

  • Language at Work 
  • Critical Reflection on Language Learning 

Plus a language module:

  • French, German, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Arabic, Portuguese all at Beginners, Intermediate or Advanced Level

Students can then select their remaining credits from a range of different business areas.

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:

  • Advanced Topics in International Business 

Students must select one of the following International Business modules:

  • International Finance
  • International Marketing
  • International Operations

You must select one of the following Integrating modules: 

  • Effective Management Consultancy 1
  • Effective Management Consultancy 2 
  • Implementing Business Decisions 
  • Knowledge at Work 

You must also select one of the following Strategy modules: 

  • Strategic Management
  • Strategic HRM 
  • Marketing Strategy 
  • Operations Strategy 

You can then select your remaining credits from the following Communication for Business modules or specialist areas:  

  • Language: French, German, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Arabic, Portuguese all at Beginners, Intermediate or Advanced Level
  • Leadership and Management Communication 
  • Advanced Leadership and Management Communication 
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Business Analytics
  • Business Psychology
  • Business Economics
  • Information Systems
  • Law
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management
  • Sociology of Work and 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 internal 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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