BSc International Business and Management 

Aston University International Business and Management
I chose Aston because of its accreditations. The flexibility of my course allowed me to gain knowledge in a number of business areas.

Elina Petrova
Market Research Data Analyst, Aston University 

Entry requirements

A Level Entry: AAB/ABB

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.

Integrated placement year abroad
Explore how companies conduct business internationally
Select specific subject areas to suit your own business interests
Business & Management studies ranked Top 30 in the UK (2016 Sunday Times University Guide)

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: 35/34 points. Minimum scores of 6, 6, 5 at Higher level. 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.

Tuition fees: £9,250 (£1,250 during placement year) for UK/EU students. £14,630 (£2,500 during placement year) for International students (2017). More on fees.

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:
  • Principles of Financial Accounting 
  • Introduction to Management Accounting
  • Introduction to Organisational Behaviour
  • International Perspectives in Organisations
  • Law for Business
  • Introduction to Marketing Management
  • Foundations of Business Analytics
  • Principles of Operations Management
  • Information Technology for Business
  • Economic Environment for Business
  • Topics in Applied 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

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 double 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:
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Business Analytics
  • Business and Government
  • Business Psychology
  • Business Economics
  • Information Systems
  • Law
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management

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

* indicates a double module


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
  • Chartered Institute of Marketing
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
  • Association of International Accountants
The placement year for this programme is compulsory.  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.

Current English-speaking study/work links are established in Canada, USA, China, Denmark, Norway, Mexico, France, Spain, Germany, Austria, Poland, Sweden, Hong Kong, Brazil, Australia, Italy and Holland.

You many 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.

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 placement year at ABS.

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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