BSc International Business and Management (IBAM)

This degree enables you to study international business and management purely in English – with the third year spent studying and/or working in an overseas English speaking environment.

Why choose this course?

  • A purely business focused programme with the flexibility to tailor to your interests from a wide choice of subject streams
  • For UK students the work or study placement overseas is usually in an English speaking environment; overseas students can choose to undertake a UK work placement
  • Optional Arabic, French, German, Mandarin, Portuguese or Spanish can be studied as part of your degree, prior foreign language competency is not required
  • Top 20 for Business overall: Sunday Times University Guide 2015.

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:
5 GCSE grades A*- C including:
GCSE Maths – grade C
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

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.
After a broad-based common first year you then choose two subject areas in which you wish to concentrate your studies. This common first year allows you the flexibility to change your degree course if you wish.

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:

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:

Students must also select one of the following modules:

Students must select the International Management stream and/or the International Communications for Business stream.

International Management modules:
International Communication for Business modules:

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:
International Management modules:
International Communication for Business modules:

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.

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

Professional accreditation

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

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

Lecturer / Director of International Relations / Course Director - BSc in International Business and Management

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.

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:

  • House of Fraser – Employee Relations Administrator
  • Abbey National – Graduate HR Scheme
  • National Autistic Society – Employment Co-ordinator
  • AgustaWestland Helicopters – Graduate Trainee
  • WH Smiths Europe Travel Retail – Training and Communications Manager
  • Ernst and Young – Graduate Recruitment Administrator.


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

Undergraduate Admissions
Aston Business School Undergraduate Office

+44 (0) 121 204 3030

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