International Business and Economics BSc

In a globalised environment, economics can unlock answers to some of the biggest questions faced by business and wider society. Combine a theoretical and applied understanding of economics with an international business focus to equip you for a career in any sector.

Location: Aston University, Birmingham

Course type

Full-time

Course format

Integrated international placement

Duration

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

UCAS code(s)

LNC1

Start date

Overview
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International Business and Economics BSc testimonial

"I was impressed with the focus on employability within the courses offered. I also liked that the campus felt like a community but was conveniently situated in the city centre of the 2nd largest city in the UK. Participating in clubs gave me the opportunity to make great friends and also to encourage quieter students to socialise and get involved."

Hannah Wilson

Junior Analyst at Tails.com

 

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International Business and Economics BSc testimonial

"I was impressed with the focus on employability within the courses offered. I also liked that the campus felt like a community but was conveniently situated in the city centre of the 2nd largest city in the UK. Participating in clubs gave me the opportunity to make great friends and also to encourage quieter students to socialise and get involved."

Hannah Wilson

Junior Analyst at Tails.com

 

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Course outline and modules

From predicting the impact of Brexit to the implications of globalisation on local demand, the International Business and Economics degree will unlock answers to some of the biggest questions faced by business today with a global perspective.

What you’ll learn

You will understand how businesses work from an international perspective, gain analytical skills to evaluate the international market, and make informed decisions relevant to any business setting.

You will be asked to communicate economic theories from an international business perspective to audiences who do not specialise in this area, giving you the opportunity to develop your verbal and written communication skills.

Your interest and knowledge of international markets will be put into practice in your placement year, which you will do overseas. This helps you to put your learning into practice and also explore the areas of economics and business that you are most interested in. It also provides you with invaluable experience that will stand out on your CV and support your future career prospects.

Two undergraduate degrees

This course offers a double degree option, meaning you could study overseas at one of our partner institutions during your placement year and graduate with two undergraduate degrees for the price of one. Find out more.

International students

Aston University is a diverse, close community and welcomes international students on many of our undergraduate programmes. Students from over 120 different countries choose to study with us every year. Based in the centre of Birmingham, Aston is not only a great place to study, it’s also a great place to live.

Our placements give you experience, confidence and opportunities, leaving you better prepared for your future career. One of the great things about Aston is our focus on employability, and our close links with businesses, industries and professions make this possible.

Foundation programme

Before you start your undergraduate degree, you may choose to study our foundation programme in business.  This foundation course will help you develop specialist knowledge and fully prepare you for your chosen undergraduate course. During your foundation year, you’ll have excellent support from academics, and group projects will give you the chance to meet new people, make new friends and build a network of peers who will share your university journey.

We also have a Learning Development Centre that can provide additional support and offer pre-sessional English language programmes.

Post-study work visa

Aston University welcomes the creation of a new immigration route which will enable international students to remain in the UK for two years to find work after they have completed their studies. The new post-study work visa will apply to international students starting undergraduate and postgraduate courses from 2020 at universities with a track record of compliance with immigration policy.

Find out more about post-study work visas

 

Modules

You will study a range of topics, designed to give you a solid foundation for your business degree.

Year 1

The core and compulsory modules are: 

  • Introductory Accounting for Business
  • Introduction to Organisational Behaviour
  • Mathematics for Economics 
  • Statistics for Economics
  • Introduction to Marketing Management
  • Applied topics in Economics
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Principles of Microeconomics
Year 2

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

  • Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Corporate Financial Management
  • Introduction to Econometrics 1
  • International Business and Emerging Market Economies
  • International Business Economics

Students must choose one module from the following options: 

  • Introduction to Econometrics 2
  • Business, Government and Society 
  • Markets, Games and Strategy
  • Sport Economics and Finance
  • Virtual Business Simulation 
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.

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

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 must take the following core modules:

  • Strategic Management
  • Advanced Topics in International Business 
  • International Trade 

You will then choose from the following optional modules:

  • Further Topics in Macroeconomics 
  • Further Topics in Microeconomics 

And then from the remaining options: 

  • Macroeconometrics (time series) 
  • Microeconomtrics 
  • Environmental Economics 
  • Competition Policy
  • Regional and Urban Economics 
  • Economics of Entrepreneurship 
  • Innovation
  • Fraud, Bribery and Corruption 
  • Derivatives
  • Financial Economics 
  • International Finance 
  • International Marketing 
  • International Operations
  • Language modules at intermediate or advanced level (French, German, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Brazilian, Portuguese or Arabic).

 

Professional accreditations and exemptions

Graduates may be able to claim exemptions from the examinations of a number of professional bodies. For further details, please check the accrediting body's webpage.

At present exemptions are available from:

  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • Association of International Accountants (AIA)
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
  • Chartered Insurance Institute (CII).

 

Accreditation is a stamp of quality and prestige for a business school and its programmes. Aston is proud to be among 1 per cent of business schools worldwide with triple accreditation.

Entry requirements

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

UCAS Code: LNC1

Typical offers:

A Levels

BBB – standard offer

BBC (with EPQ or Core Maths minimum grade B)

BCC (contextual offer)*

*For details on our Aston Ready contextual offer scheme, please see here. 

IB

31 points overall in the IB diploma with 5,5,5 at HL. Minimum score of 5 in Maths at Standard level.

BTEC, Access & other

BTEC Extended Diploma DDD– standard offer.

BTEC Extended Diploma DDM – (contextual offer)*

We accept the QAA-recognised Access Diploma which must consist of 45 credits at Level 3. You must obtain a minimum of 30 distinction and the rest must be at merit or distinction. Please note that we do not accept the English and Maths components within the Access qualification and you must meet the GCSE entry requirement.

*For details on our Aston Ready contextual offer scheme, please see here. 

Further requirements

5 GCSE grades A*/9 – C/4 to include:

GCSE Maths – grade B/5

GCSE English Language OR English Literature – grade C/4

Please note that General Studies does not contribute towards the UCAS points requirement but is welcomed as an additional qualification.

 

View our Admissions Policy. 

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).

Entry onto our Foundation Year may be offered as an alternative to the degree course if lower entry grades are achieved.

*For details on our Aston Ready contextual offer scheme, please see here.

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.

International students

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements. For more information about qualifications view our Aston in your country webpage.

Learning, teaching and assessment

Our close links to industry and our focus on delivering practical business experience provides a blend of learning and teaching experience to equip you for your future career.

Learning and teaching

You will experience a range of teaching methods on our International Business and Economics BSc at Aston including lectures, tutorials, group-work, case studies and, individual and group presentations.

Traditional teaching is supported by a virtual learning environment that is used to host a range of electronic supporting materials. Additionally, students have the option to undertake a virtual business simulation module and compete in teams in a computer simulation exercise.

We pride ourselves on our teaching, which is recognised as Gold standard by the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) – the highest possible accolade, and the benchmark by which the UK government evaluates the quality of university teaching.

Our economics teaching team include experienced practitioners and well-respected authors on the subject. The largest employer of economists in the UK is the Government Economic Service (GES). Currently, our Economics teaching staff include two GES assessors, which gives you a unique opportunity to learn from people making hiring decisions for one of the most prestigious professional bodies. Our economics teaching team includes the authors of one of the best-selling economics textbooks and five winners of national teaching awards.

Assessment

You will have a wide range of assessments from the first to third year, including traditional style exams and coursework, combined with more modern techniques such as poster reports, online assessments and group video projects, the highest quality of which are sent to the Royal Economic Society.

Personal development

Our business degrees are designed to 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. This experience will develop your team working and negotiating skills.

Placement year

The integrated placement year takes place overseas and will give you invaluable practical work experience.  This year will provide an opportunity to apply your learning to real-world situations as well as an appreciation of working overseas, both of which cannot be replicated in the lecture room.

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.  

This course offers an opportunity to study a second degree at one of our international partner institutions once you have completed your year at Aston. Find out more here.

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

Fees and scholarships

UK/EU students (2020/21)

Annual tuition fees: £9,250

During placement year: £1,250

International students (2020/21)

Annual tuition fees: £15,600

During placement year: £2,500

Tuition fees are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. When undertaking a placement year a placement year fee applies.

More information on fees

Scholarships

At Aston University we are committed to supporting the most talented and hardworking students to achieve their potential by providing a range of scholarships to help lower tuition and living costs. Find out more about our scholarships here.

Career prospects

This course will provide you with theoretical knowledge such as such as analysis and problem solving, as well as practical skills gained from your placement year and other assignments. You will have the ability to apply these skills within an international business context, which will be beneficial to a broad range of career paths.

Recent graduates

Aston economics graduates are some of the most employable in the UK (5th in the UK for Career Prospects, The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019).

The largest employer of economists in the UK is the Government Economic Service (GES). Our economics teaching staff include two GES assessors, which gives you a unique opportunity to learn from people making hiring decisions for one of the most prestigious professional bodies.

Our graduates are targeted by major global companies year after year. Many of our graduates are now working in roles such as:

  • International Procurement Trainee
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Data Analyst
  • Tax Consultant
  • Foreign Exchange Money Market Dealer
  • Trade Fund Analyst
  • Policy Advisor
  • Audit Associate
  • Deal Assurance Manager.

 

Our graduates have gone on to work at organisations such as Lidl UK, HSBC, GSK, the Royal Bank of Scotland, PwC, General Electric, Mazars and EY.

Frequently asked questions

Why study international business and economics at Aston?

You will learn about the theories, models and methods in economics, brought to life and contextualised from an international perspective. This means you will develop your understanding and experience, such as your placement year, establishing relevant, transferable skills to help you launch your career.

Is a placement useful for international business and economics?

Aston has some of the most employable economics graduates in the UK. Your placement year helps to demonstrate to employers that you are able to transfer your knowledge to a real-world environment. There are opportunities to study abroad as well as undertake a double degree for the same price through studying at one of our international partner universities.

The international placement year also helps you to understand the type of career you may want to pursue once you graduate.

What kind of jobs does a degree in international business and economics lead to?

Studying international business and economics, gaining both theoretical and practical experience with an international perspective, means you can progress a career in a broad range of settings in business and finance. Some of our alumni have gone into roles such as data analyst, international economist, international banker and many have progressed into big business graduate schemes. 

Economics can help answer some of the biggest questions in today’s modern society that affect everyone and, with added relevance of what this means on an international scale, you will have experience and knowledge sought after by global businesses.

Why Aston Business School?

Aston Business School is part of the top 1 per cent of business schools globally to have triple accreditation from AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS. We are also recognised for the quality of our teaching. The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) rates us Gold and we are ranked first in the UK for Value Added by Guardian University Guide 2020, comparing our students’ entry grades with their final degree result. All of this demonstrates our commitment to your learning experience and the skills you develop and demonstrate as part of your course.

What is the double degree at Aston Business School?

You can deepen your learning and stand out from other graduates whilst gaining a fantastic learning experience overseas. The double degree is similar to an exchange programme. During your placement year, you’ll follow a curriculum that sets you on track for our partner institution’s degree award. This means, if successful, you will graduate with two undergraduate degrees. Find out more here.

Why should international students choose Aston University?

Aston University is a diverse, close community and welcomes international students on many of our undergraduate programmes. Students from over 120 different countries chose to study with us every year.  Based in the centre of Birmingham, Aston is not only a great place to study, it’s also a great place to live.

Choosing to start your Aston journey with our foundation programme in business will help you develop specialist knowledge to ensure that you are fully prepared to study your chosen undergraduate course.

Aston’s professional work placements can improve your chance of securing a graduate job. Placements give you experience, confidence and opportunities and as an Aston student, you’ll be better prepared for your future career.

 

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