What you'll study
The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.
First year modules
Personal and Professional Skills for Contemporary Organisations
Learn about organisational behaviour and HRM concepts. Areas of focus include individual difference, personal development, people management and leadership.
Examine the environments - economic, political, social, legal, cultural - that businesses operate in and explore the impact of their work on these environments.
Accounting and Finance
Delve into topics such as financing decisions, cost behaviour, cost-volume-profit analysis, absorption costing, variance analysis and budgeting.
Operations, Supply Chain and Business Practices
Explore how businesses develop their operations management and supply chain practice. You'll learn the techniques to understand, analyse and evaluate the complexities in today's organisations.
Discover core marketing theories and concepts such as segmentation, targeting and positioning, consumer behaviour, and marketing mix. Apply your understanding of these different concepts in a real-life business project.
Study the changing world economy, developing insights into issues related to international trade, international finance, regional groupings and climate change.
Second year modules
Cross Cultural Management
Cultural differences often form barriers to understanding and communication in international business. Learn how individuals and organisations manage these differences.
Develop an understanding of the factors which contribute to successful entrepreneurship, how entrepreneurship differs around the world, and how governments encourage it.
Enhance your understanding of the EU, both in terms of internal policy and its commercial relations with the rest of the world, including the US and emerging nations.
Trimester Abroad (Business)
On this module, you’ll spend a trimester studying at ESSEC in France, taking modules which focus on management, strategy and communication in an international context.
Internet, e-Commerce and Emerging Technologies
Discover the emerging digital technologies that are affecting the dynamics of e-commerce. You'll learn how to develop a website or mobile app with any coding skills.
Engaging with Entrepreneurial Organisations
Work with a local small or medium-sized enterprise to solve a problem or produce a plan for the organisation. This hands-on module allows you to apply what you've learned to a real business problem or opportunity.
Management Systems and Standards for Sustainability
Take a deep dive into the field of sustainable operations and management systems, standards and certifications for business and product sustainability.
Integrated Marketing Communications and Branding
Develop your critical understanding of the role integrated marketing and communications plays in building and sustaining brand identity and equity.
Prepare and complete a small action research project to develop skills that will help you across your studies. It's hands-on learning about research methodology, ethical approval, data analysis and formulating research questions.
Learn a new foreign language or improve your existing language. Options include French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese and Russian.
Year abroad modules
You spend a year studying at one of our partner institutions in Europe, Asia, North America or Australia. This is an outstanding opportunity to broaden your horizons in a different culture and environment, learn new skills and develop valuable international contacts while continuing your studies.
Placement year modules
Your placement is your opportunity to get some real-world work experience under your belt.
Just like in the real world, you’ll be responsible for finding and applying for opportunities, with the added benefit of help and support from university services.
The Centre for Professional Success is a dedicated team within the faculty who provide tailored support to students who are seeking a placement or internship. You'll also benefit from the University's Careers and Employability service based in Student Central.
Final year modules
Focus on the core concepts and practical applications of cross-border business activities. You'll explore the controversies and complexities surrounding international business issues.
This module equips you with a cross-cultural perspective on marketing and therefore trains you to excel in an increasingly globalised and yet complex international marketing landscape.
Examine the strategic role of emerging markets in the global economy: the opportunities, benefits and risks for organisations operating in and expanding to those markets.
Dissertation or Research Project
You can choose to complete a dissertation worth 40 credits (across two modules) or a shorter research project at 20 credits (for one module) on a subject relevant to your degree.
SMART: Problem-Solving for Complex Systems
Learn to evaluate complex problems – taking into account multiple dimensions and stakeholder perspectives – to anticipate consequences and make appropriate decisions.
Assessing Entrepreneurial Opportunities
You'll work in a team to come up with the idea for a start-up, analysing the concept from a variety of perspectives and eventually deciding whether to pursue the idea.
Organisation in the Digital Economy
The internet and emerging digital technologies present business with all kinds of opportunities and challenges. Here you can explore the new management mindsets needed to address them.
Comparative International Human Resource Management
Consider complex workplace dynamics and cross-cultural and multinational factors. You’ll learn the strategies and practice of human resource management in international contexts.
Managing Your Money – Personal Financial Planning
Prepare for the financial challenges and opportunities of life after university. You'll cover topics including tax, student loans, credit, debt, pensions, insurance, savings and investments.
Business Project Management
Whatever its size, all organisations run projects - study the skills, concepts, tools and techniques to manage them effectively, and learn about the factors affecting project success and failure.
Consider business strategy and strategic decision making in diverse contexts. You'll learn to use strategic analysis to make choices that create stakeholder value and strategic advantage.
All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.