BSc International Business and Modern Languages

Helene Michelet International Business and Modern Languages Aston University

What I will remember most fondly about my time at Aston University are the lecturers, whose passion and encouragement made a heavy workload a lot easier to handle.”

Helene Michelet

Entry requirements

A Level Entry: ABB-BBB

BTEC Extended Diploma: DDD

The unique structure of this degree sets it apart as a market leader for students who want to study business and languages together. You will learn how to manage international relationships and develop leadership qualities for cross-cultural working.

Integrated placement year abroad
92% Overall Satisfaction in International Business and French (National Student Survey, 2017)
Employed Aston business graduates earn £9,300 (35%) more than the UK average five years after graduating
Business & Management studies ranked Top 30 (Complete University Guide, 2018)

Course information 

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

UCAS Codes:

  • NR11 (International Business and French)*

  • NR12 (International Business and German)*

  • NR14 (International Business and Spanish)*

  • NR24 (International Business, German and Spanish)**

  • NR33 (International Business, French and German)**

  • NR44 (International Business, French and Spanish)**

  • NR15 (International Business and Mandarin Chinese)

*Courses available at with language at Beginners level (ab-initio) or post A-Level
** Courses only available at post A-Level

Students studying IBML with a single language (post A-Level, not Ab-Initio) have the option to learn Chinese or Arabic or Portuguese as a subsidiary language (i.e. 2 hours a week; no previous knowledge required).

Typical offers: 

A Levels: ABB - BBB
IB: 32 points overall in the IB diploma with 6,5,5 - 5,5,5 at HL. Minimum scores of 5 in English and Maths at Standard level. Score of 5 at Higher level required in the relevant language(s)
BTEC, Access & other: BTEC Extended Diploma DDD. Access to HE students are eligible to apply for this course. Please note relevant language(s) competency must be separately qualified at minimum of A-level grade B standard

Further requirements:
A level grade B (or equivalent) required in the relevant language(s)
5 GCSEs grades A*- C to include
GCSE Maths – grade C/4
GCSE English – grade C/4

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 for International students (£2,500 during placement year) (2017). 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.

Unlike other Joint Degrees, the BSc IBML Degree adopts a holistic approach to Business and Languages. Our modules are constantly updated to ensure they remain relevant in our fast-changing world. You will develop essential cognitive skills (such as problem solving skills, interpersonal skills, and creativity), enhancing in this way your employability skills.

This is an integrated degree, where the language classes (taught in the target language) will help you develop knowledge and vocabulary pertaining to business, marketing, or economics as well as current and relevant socio-cultural issues. Therefore, you will not only be able to acquire the language skills needed to communicate effectively in the target language speaking countries, but you will also develop the intercultural awareness needed to work and communicate effectively in the global market. 

The business modules (taught in English) will able you to gain a wide perspective on international business and management, including social responsibility and ethical practice in professional contexts.

The integrated nature of the degree means that it has been designed as a whole, and the structure of it is the same, whichever languages you are taking.

On the degree, you’ll learn how to identify your customers, how businesses can be organised, how to understand financial information and how businesses take account of the world’s governments. All of these subjects are given an international dimension.

Year 1

Courses taught in English:

  • Introductory Accounting for Business
  • Introduction to Organisation Behaviour
  • Introduction to Marketing Management
  • International Business Environment (English) 

Courses taught in French, German, Spanish or Chinese:

  • International Business Environment (France, Germany, Latin America/Spain, China)
  • French/German/Spanish/Chinese Language Skills
  • Introduction to French/German/Spanish/Chinese Speaking Countries
  • History of France, Germany (Introduction to the German Speaking Countries; Postwar Germany) and Spain/Latin America, China
  • Arabic Language (beginners) or
  • Chinese Language (beginners) or
  • Portuguese Language (beginners)

Year 2

Courses taught in English:

  • Strategic Finance
  • Management Accounting
  • Marketing
  • Data Analysis & Modelling for Management

  • Operations Management 

  • International Business Environment 

Courses taught in French, German, Spanish or Chinese:

  • International Business Environment (France, Germany, Latin America/Spain, China)
  • French/German/Spanish/Chinese Language Skills
  • Politics and Society
  •  Culture and Conflict 
  • Arabic Language (intermediate) or
  • Chinese Language (intermediate) or
  • Portuguese Language (intermediate)

Year 3

You will spend this year in an integrated professional placement and/or an international study opportunity at one of our partner institutions within a French/German/Spanish speaking country. It is also possible to divide your year abroad between work and study if you would prefer.

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

Final Year

Courses taught in English:

Core modules:

  • International Finance
  • Strategic Decision Making
  • International Business Economics
  • International Business Environment (France, Germany, Latin America/Spain, China)

Optional modules:

  • International Marketing
  • International Operations       
  • Global Working
Courses taught in French, German, Spanish or Chinese:
  • International Business Environment (France, Germany, Latin America/Spain, China)
  • A selection of modules on French/German/Spanish/Chinese culture
  • Dissertation or
  • Arabic language (advanced) or
  • Chinese language (advanced) or
  • Portuguese language (advanced)
  • French/German/Spanish/Chinese Language Skills

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.


Assessment is provided by a mix of coursework and examination.

Course directors

Personal development

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 skills such as team working and negotiating abilities.

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.

IBML graduates can claim exemptions from the examinations of a number of professional bodies. Exemptions 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)

Graduate may be able to claim a Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) 'standard award', which give credits towards CII professional qualifications in financial services and insurance. Graduate must apply directly to the CII.

Our integrated placement course allows you to undertake a professional paid placement abroad and/or a study placement.

Work abroad
We only approve placements which give you an appropriate level of experience and will develop your business knowledge as well as your language skills.

Study abroad
The Business Schools with which we have exchange agreements are highly regarded within their own countries and you will follow a year of their own course alongside local students.
You may also select to divide your year between a Business School and a six-month placement.

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

As a graduate you will be ready for the challenge of a business career, either in the UK or abroad. Your business expertise, cultural awareness and linguistic proficiency will be of particular value to companies operating in international markets and to multinational companies.

Recent graduates are now working in roles such as:

  • Business Planner- Orange (Denmark)
  • Credit Analyst- Crédit Mutuel Nord Europe (France)
  • Financial Analyst- Ford Motor Company (Germany)
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Adviser- Nestlé (Switzerland).
  • Analyst - Accenture
  • Financial Consultant - Thales
  • Graduate Programme, Markets Division - Deutsche Bank
  • Operations Manager- Graduate Scheme - DHL
  • Grad Scheme- IBM
  • Auditor - KPMG Luxembourg
  • Tax Analyst - Deloitte 

We'd love to hear from you.

Celine Benoit IBML Aston University
Céline Benoit, Course Director

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