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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*
(*variable offers are available)
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.

This course offers a double degree option. Achieve two degrees for the price of one, and study abroad at one of our partner institutions.

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Integrated placement year abroad
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92% Overall Satisfaction in International Business and French (National Student Survey, 2017)
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Employed Aston business graduates earn £9,300 (35%) more than the UK average five years after graduating
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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 Modern Languages French)*

  • NR12 (International Business and Modern Languages German)*

  • NR14 (International Business and Modern Languages Spanish)*

  • NR24 (International Business and Modern Languages German and Spanish)**

  • NR33 (International Business and Modern Languages French and German)**

  • NR44 (International Business and Modern Languages French and Spanish)**

  • NR15 (International Business and Modern Languages Mandarin Chinese)***

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

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) if applying for post A-Level language (not needed for beginners)
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.

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.

Integrating Business and Languages, the BSc International Business and Modern Languages degree is unique. The programme is a blend of target language and English led modules focusing on business in a global world.

As you learn about business and economics in the target language(s) of your choice, 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 that are taught in English will enable you to gain a wide perspective on international business and management, including social responsibility and ethical practice in professional contexts.

Our modules are constantly updated to ensure they remain relevant in our fast-changing world. You will develop essential social and cognitive skills (such as adaptability, problem solving skills, interpersonal skills, and creativity), enhancing your employability.

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. 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. 

Students have the possibility of studying French from Beginners level (ab-initio) or post A-Level. UCAS code: NR11. Students need to select 120 credits every year (usually 60 credits a semester), which represent approximately 12 hours a week of lectures and seminars.

Year 1

Modules taught in English:

  • Introduction to Accounting for Business
  • Introduction to Organisational Behaviour
  • Introduction to Marketing Management 
  • International Business Environment 

Modules taught in French:

  • French Language Skills I
  • International Business Environment (France) 
  • Introduction to the French-speaking countries

Year 2

Modules taught in English:

  • Principles in Business Analytics
  • Operations Management
  • International Business and Emerging Market Economies
  • Strategic Finance or Business Tax or Business, Government and Society or Fundamental Strategy 

Modules taught in French:

  • International Business Environment (France)
  • French Language Skills ll 
  • Politics and Society (French Speaking Countries) 
  • Culture and Conflict (French Speaking Countries) 

Year 3

You will spend your third year in an integrated professional placement and/or an international study opportunity at one of our partner institutions within a French-speaking country. It is also possible to divide your year abroad between work and study if you prefer. Please see the placement year section below, or find out more about the Aston placement year.

Final Year 

Modules taught in English:

  • Strategic Decision Making
  • Advanced Topics in International Business 
  • International Marketing or International Finance or International Operations or Global Working or Business Ethics or Business Analytics and Data Mining

Modules taught in French:

  • French Language Skills III
  • International Business Environment (France) 
  • Research Dissertation or La France D'Outre-Mer or Vichy France or Contemporary French or French Technology 

*Ab-Initio students do not take these modules as they have more language skills classes
* A-Level students may choose to replace these modules by Brazilian Portuguese, Mandarin Chinese or Arabic (available from Beginners onwards, 2 hours a week)
** A-Level students may choose to replace these modules by Brazilian Portuguese, Mandarin Chinese or Arabic 

Our modules are taught by a team of international scholars. View the Language staff and Business staff lists. 



Students have the possibility of studying German from Beginners level (ab-initio) or post A-Level. UCAS code: NR12. Students need to select 120 credits every year (usually 60 credits a semester), which represent approximately 12 hours a week of lectures and seminars.

Year 1

Modules taught in English:

  • Introduction to Accounting for Business
  • Introduction to Organisational Behaviour
  • Introduction to Marketing Management 
  • International Business Environment

Modules taught in German:

  • German Language Skills I
  • International Business Environment (Germany) 
  • Introduction to the German Speaking Countries


Year 2

Modules taught in English:

  • Principles of Business Analytics
  • Operations Management
  • International Business Environment and Emerging Market Economies 
  • Strategic Finance or Business Tax or Business, Government and Society or Fundamental Strategy 

Modules taught in German:

  • German Language Skills II
  • International Business Environment (Germany) 
  • Politics and Society (German Speaking Countries) 
  • Culture and Conflict (German Speaking Countries) 


Year 3

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

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

Final Year 

Modules taught in English: 

  • Strategic Decision Making
  • Advanced Topics in International Business 
  • International Marketing or International Finance or International Operations or Global Working or Business Ethics or Business Analytics and Data Mining

Modules taught in German: 

  • German Language Skills III
  • International Business Environment (Germany) 
  • Research Dissertation or Global Germany or Cultural Identities in the German Speaking Countries 

*Ab-Initio students do not take these modules as they have more language skills classes
* A-Level students may choose to replace these modules by Brazilian Portuguese, Mandarin Chinese or Arabic (available from Beginners onwards, 2 hours a week)
** A-Level students may choose to replace these modules by Brazilian Portuguese, Mandarin Chinese or Arabic

Our modules are taught by a team of international scholars. View the Language staff and Business staff lists.

Students have the possibility of studying Spanish from Beginners level (ab-initio) or post A-Level. UCAS code: NR14. Students need to select 120 credits every year (usually 60 credits a semester), which represent approximately 12 hours a week of lectures and seminars.

Year 1

Modules taught in English:

  • Introduction to Accounting for Business
  • Introduction to Organisational Behaviour
  • Introduction to Marketing Management 
  • International Business Environment

Modules taught in Spanish: 

  • Spanish Language Skills I (Spain) 
  • International Business Environment I
  • Introduction to the Spain and Latin America

Year 2

Modules Taught in English: 

  • Principles of Business Analytics
  • Operations Management
  • International Business Environment and Emerging Market Economies 
  • Strategic Finance or Business Tax or Business, Government and Society or Fundamental Strategy 

Modules taught in Spanish:

  • Spanish Language Skills II
  • International Business Environment II (Latin America) 
  • Politics and Society (Spain and Latin America) 
  • Culture and Conflict (Spain and Latin America) 

Year 3

You will spend your third year in an integrated professional placement and/or an international study opportunity at one of our partner institutions within a Spanish-speaking country. It is also possible to divide your year abroad between work and study if you prefer. See the placement year section below, or find out more about the Aston placement year.

Final Year 

Modules taught in English:

  • Strategic Decision Making
  • Advanced Topics in International Business 
  • International Finance or International Marketing or International Operations or Global Working or Business Ethics or Business Analytics and Data Mining

Modules taught in Spanish

  • Spanish Language Skills III
  • International Business Environment (Spain) 
  • Dissertation or Cultural Studies in the Spanish Speaking Countries or Political Landscapes in Spain and Latin America or Hispanic Cultural Geographies 

*Ab-Initio students do not take these modules as they have more language skills classes
* A-Level students may choose to replace these modules by Brazilian Portuguese, Mandarin Chinese or Arabic (available from Beginners onwards, 2 hours a week)
** A-Level students may choose to replace these modules by Brazilian Portuguese, Mandarin Chinese or Arabic

Our modules are taught by a team of international scholars. View the Language staff and Business staff lists.

Students have the possibility of studying Mandarin Chinese from Beginners level (ab-initio), and this includes characters learning. UCAS Code: NR15. Students need to select 120 credits every year (usually 60 credits a semester), which represent approximately 12 hours a week of lectures and seminars.

Year 1

Modules taught in English: 

  • Introduction to Accounting for Business
  • Introduction to Organisational Behaviour
  • Introduction to Marketing Management 
  • International Business Environment

Modules taught in Chinese: 

  • Chinese Language Skills I
  • International Business Environment (China) 

Year 2

Modules taught in English: 

  • Principles of Business Analytics
  • Operations Management
  • International Business and Emerging Market Economies
  • Strategic Finance or Business Tax or Business, Government and Society or Fundamental Strategy

Modules taught in Chinese: 

  • International Business Environment ll (China) 
  • Chinese Language Skills ll 

Year 3

You will spend your third year in an integrated professional placement and/or an international study opportunity at one of our partner institutions within a Chinese-speaking country. It may be possible to divide your year abroad between work and study. See the placement year section below, or find out more about the Aston placement year.

Final Year 

Modules taught in English: 

  • Strategic Decision Making
  • Advanced Topics in International Business 
  • International Finance or International Marketing or International Operations or Global Working or Business Ethics or Business Analytics and Data Mining. 

Modules taught in Chinese: 

  • International Business Environment (China) 
  • Chinese Language Skills lll 

Our modules are taught by a team of international scholars. View the Language staff and Business staff lists.

Students have the possibility of studying two languages at post A-Level. UCAS codes: NR24 or NR33 or NR44 (detailed in entry requirements above). Students need to select 120 credits every year (usually 60 credits a semester), which represent approximately 12 hours a week of lectures and seminars.

Year 1
Modules taught in English:

  • Introduction to Accounting for Business
  • Introduction to Organisational Behaviour
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • International Business Environment

Modules taught in the Target Language:

  • Language Skills I in your first chosen language (i.e. French/German or Spanish)
  • Language Skills I in your second chosen language (i.e. French/German or Spanish)
  • International Business Environment I in your first chosen language (i.e. French/German or Spanish)
  • International Business Environment I in your second chosen language (i.e. French/German or Spanish)

Year 2
Modules taught in English:

  • Principles of Business Analytics
  • Operations Management
  • International Business Environment 2
  • Strategic Finance or Business Tax or Business, Government and Society or Introduction to Strategy or ICT Policy/Strategy 

Modules taught in the Target Language:

  • Language Skills II in your first chosen language (i.e. French/German or Spanish)
  • Language Skills II in your second chosen language (i.e. French/German or Spanish)
  • International Business Environment II in your first chosen language (i.e. French/German or Spanish)
  • International Business Environment II in your second chosen language (i.e. French/German or Spanish)

Year 3

You will spend your third year (2 semesters) in two different countries (one semester each, to support you in your acquisition of two languages). You will be able to do a professional placement and/or an international study opportunity at one of our partner institutions. It is also possible to divide your year abroad between work and study if you prefer. See the placement year section below, or find out more about the Aston placement year.

Year 4
Modules taught in English

  • Strategic Decision Making
  • International Finance
  • International Business Environment 3
  • International Marketing or International Operations or Global Ethics or Business Ethics or Managing ICT in a Global Context or Business Analytics and Data Mining

 Modules taught in the Target Language

  • Language Skills III in your first chosen language (i.e. French/German or Spanish)
  • Language Skills III in your second chosen language (i.e. French/German or Spanish)
  • International Business Environment III in your first chosen language (i.e. French/German or Spanish)
  • International Business Environment III in your second chosen language (i.e. French/German or Spanish)

Our modules are taught by a team of international scholars. View the Language staff and Business staff lists.

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Learning & teaching

  • Students select 120 credits every year (usually 60 credits a semester), which represent approximately 12 hours a week of lectures, seminars and tutorials
  • Half of the BSc IBML degree is taught in the target language(s), which means that our students are at a real advantage when it comes to gaining maximum benefit and experience from the year abroad
  • Language classes are kept small throughout the length of the degree, in order to give every student the opportunity to become proficient in their chosen language(s)
  • Face-to-face teaching is supported by an electronic platform (Virtual Learning Environment), which is used to host a wide range of electronic supporting materials
  • Our compulsory placement year abroad gives you invaluable genuine practical work experience that cannot be replicated in the lecture theatre.
Assessment

Assessment is a combination of written and oral exams, coursework, essays, and presentations.
Our assignments are designed to help you develop versatile skills and enhance your employability. You will develop essential social and cognitive skills, such as adaptability, problem solving skills, interpersonal skills, and creativity.

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)

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.


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.  

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. 
Our partners include: BNP Paris-Bas, Air France, Deloitte, Siemens, PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC), IBM, Deutsche Bank, Volkswagen, Bosch, Morgan Stanley, AEG, Goldman Sachs, Black & Decker, BMW, Thales, Amadeus.

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. View our partner universities.

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 

Come and experience IBML at Aston University

  • If you would like more information about the course and to visit campus, join us at one of our Open Days.
  • We hold Applicant Visit Days throughout the year. For more information, contact us.
  • If you would like to meet the language staff and find out more about languages in higher education, come and visit us during the Language Day or one of our Taster Sessions.
  • If you would like to experience IBML over two days, come and visit us for a residential where you will be taught, in the target language, how to create an advertisement and present it to your peers. This will take place on March 16 - 17th, 2018. For more information please contact Céline Benoit, IBML course director.

Contact us

Course Directors

Dr Leonidas Anastasakis
Email: l.anastasakis@aston.ac.uk

Céline Benoit
Email: c.benoit@aston.ac.uk
Telephone: 0121 204 3322


Interested?
We'd love to hear from you.

Celine Benoit IBML Aston University
Céline Benoit, Course Director

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