BSc International Business and Economics (IBE)

With the increasing globalisation of business and the revolution in communications, no company can afford to ignore the international dimension.

Why choose this course?

  • Highly relevant for understanding and interpreting the world economy and globalisation of business
  • Aston business School degrees are highly ranked in the UK's university rankings
  • Business at Aston is currently ranked Top 20 in the UK in the latest Complete University Guide and Sunday Times University Guide. 
  • Business at Aston is currently ranked Top 20 in the UK for both Student Satisfaction and Employability in the 2015 Complete University Guide.
  • Economics at Aston is currently ranked top 20 in the UK in the 2015 Guardian University Guide.
  • Economics at Aston is currently ranked 12th in the UK regarding Student Satisfaction with Teaching in the 2015 Guardian University Guide.

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 National Diploma DDD. Access to HE students are eligible to apply for this course.

Further requirements: 
GCSE grades A*- C to include:
GCSE Maths – grade B
GCSE English – grade C
Please note that General Studies does not contribute towards the UCAS points requirement but is welcomed as an additional qualification.

Tuition fees:
£9,000 (£1,000 during placement year) for UK/EU students
£13,800 for international students

With the increasing globalisation of business and the revolution in communications, no company can afford to ignore the international dimension.

The international business component of the programme aims to develop the knowledge and skills required for assessing and developing international strategies and operations of businesses.  The economics component aims to develop skills required to make an assessment of the economic environment of companies and their strategies within the context of national and international environments.  The combination of international business and applied economics on this programme, provides a good introduction to the world of business and a solid foundation for a career in international commerce, or as an applied/business economist.
A broad-based common first year provides a solid grounding in a wide range of business and management subjects. This helps to underpin your future specialist studies. There is flexibility to change course within Aston Business School after Year 1.

Year 1

You will follow the Aston Business School common first year studying a wide range of economics and management related subjects. This approach gives you a solid foundation in all of the key areas of business and management. The modules are:

Year 2

You will develop your understanding of economics. The international business environment and the international operations of business. Compulsory modules are:

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.

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

Final Year

This year focuses on the implications of managing the major functions of finance and marketing within the international context, the application of economic theories in understanding international business, analysing policy and carrying out economic research.

All students take this core module:
You will then choose from the following economics-oriented modules:
In addition you will choose from the following international business oriented modules: Further modules:
*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.

Students who are made an offer will receive a detailed programme specification which forms part of our terms and conditions. 

Professional accreditation

Graduates can claim exemptions from the examinations of a number of professional bodies. 
At present exemptions are available from:

  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

  • Association of International Accountants

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 your team working and negotiating skills.

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.

Course Director

 Dr Matt Olczak 

Our integrated placement year course allows you to undertake a professional paid placement, where you gain valuable practical management experience within accounting, finance or management

We have links to over 1000 different organisations and advertise around 3000 posts each year to our students.

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.

Our graduates are targeted by major global companies year after year.  Recent graduates have chosen to work for international finance and banking firms such as Deloitte, JP Morgan Chase, HSBC,  and Merrill Lynch or global companies such as Bentley Cars, Nestle, Microsoft, Vodafone, Rolls-Royce, Reuters, United Biscuits, BT, BMW and PricewaterhouseCoopers.  Of our most recent IBE graduates 92% reported being employed within 6 months with none seeking work. 

Further details of ABS graduate destinations
Our teaching accommodation has very recently been completely refurbished and all lecture theatres and seminar rooms are fully equipped with the latest teaching aids. Extensive use is made of our Virtual Learning Environment to help support your studies.

Aston Business School has dedicated computer suites for the exclusive use of its undergraduates and many campus areas are WI-FI networked. The university library facilities are extensive, modern and accessible and specialist staff are available to help you find the information you need.

Further information

Emma Wainwright
Admissions and Recruitment Officer
Aston Business School Undergraduate Office
+44 (0) 121 204 3030

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