Undergraduate

BA International Business

Gain the skills to succeed in the increasingly internationalised world of modern business.

Key information

Study mode

Full-time

Course length

3 years

Typical offer

112 points

A Level grades: BBC

UCAS code

N120

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Start date

Course overview

We've partnered with one of Europe’s leading business schools, ESSEC in France, to create a unique opportunity within this degree that helps to develop the next generation of international business leaders.

On this degree, we'll challenge you to step outside your comfort zone and help you develop the skills to consistently make good business decisions.

You’ll learn about the different aspects of global business, with modules on the world economy, cross cultural management, and emerging markets. Today’s managers must deal with different national business practices, cultural changes and language needs. They also need to appreciate how business functions like finance, marketing, human resource management or logistics work across national borders.

Make connections with professional industry networks, like-minded entrepreneurs, and corporate partners in our recently enhanced Business Lounge. And you'll have access to the Business School's industry-standard facilities like the Bloomberg and Executive Education suites. Or you could help SMEs with their challenges via our Business Clinic. Studying at Hull University Business School gives you a unique learning experience and places you as part of an exclusive club.

A major benefit of this course is the opportunity to spend a trimester on a work-based internship in the second year. Or you could spend a trimester at ESSEC, which is ranked in the world’s top 1% of business schools, learning from world-leading academics in some of Europe’s top industries. This will give you some of the valuable skills and experiences that employers actively look for.

This degree offers real world experience, with our Authentic Business Learning approach which means from day one, you’ll get to test your skills out through live business projects, placements, internships, and more. Plus, you’ll have even more opportunities than ever before to help you make connections in the world of business.

You’ll start with a common first year to equip you with a broad base of business knowledge, which also allows you to switch degrees in your second year if you decide to change direction.

All Hull University Business School degrees have international accreditation from AACSB, which is held by fewer than 5% of business programmes worldwide. We’ll prepare you for the challenge of staying up to date in the unpredictable, dynamic business world. And we’ll guide your development into a confident, competitive business professional who can take on diverse roles in any organisation or sector.

It’s our way of putting you – and your career – at the heart of what we do.

Six reasons to study International Business at Hull

  1. Study abroad for up to a year
  2. 94.9% graduate employability rating*
  3. Learn from world-leading academics in some of Europe’s top industries
  4. Prestigious AACSB accreditation
  5. Fantastic placement and project opportunities
  6. Optional semester studying at ESSEC, in France

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

  • Compulsory

    Accounting and Finance

    Delve into topics such as financing decisions, cost behaviour, cost-volume-profit analysis, absorption costing, variance analysis and budgeting.

    Developing Self & Others

    Assessing your human skills and developing good habits is central to your professional development. This module allows you to gain a better understanding of what is needed from the wider business perspective and apply theories of positive habit development in practice. 

    Business Ecosystems and Environmental Analysis

    Advance your analytical skills and understanding of macro- and micro- influencing shapers of business enviroments and ecosystems, and apply them to real-world business challenges. 

    Marketing

    Marketing is an exciting, dynamic, and creative environment to work in. It places brands in the consumers' mind and shapes their decisions. Marketing is a critical management function that is essential to business success. This module allows you to work with an organisation on a live marketing project based on a real-life challenge. 

    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.

    World Economy

    Study the changing world economy, developing insights into issues related to international trade, international finance, regional groupings and climate change.

Second year modules

  • Compulsory

    Understanding Entrepreneurship

    Working with a local entrepreneurial firm, you'll get first-hand experience of exploring concepts around entrepreneurship. You'll gain insight into the real-life challenges and how local entrepreneurs overcome/negotiate those issues brining into play their individuality, commitment, and desire to make real change. 

    The Evolution of Multinational Enterprises

    Examine the evolution of the modern multunational enterprise over time, and the development of its management structures and competitive strategies. Using a range of case studies, we apply evidence-based testing of different theories that attempt to explain the rise of this form of international business organisation. 

    Managing and Innovating in the 4IR

    Data and technology is disrupting every party of the economy and our lives. This modile links to the four components of industrial strategy identified by the UK government - artificial intelligence, ageing society, clean growth, and mobility. 

    Global Logistics and International Trade

    Explore the complexity of the internal and external connections of modern international supply chains, and gain the tools and techniques to manage it. You'll learn how businesses manage their global supply chains and how these align with their corporate strategy. 

    Cross Cultural Management

    Cultural differences often form barriers to understanding and communication in international business. Learn how individuals and organisations manage these differences. 

  • Optional

    Organisational Management

    Explore approaches to organisational management and integrate theory and practice. You'll consider the knowledge, interest, and abilities of different groups, some having a need (customers), others having an answer (product/service creators), or having the resources (investors and suppliers) that can be used to provide a solution to the customers' needs. 

    Procurement and Supply Management

    Learn how procurement ensures the effective supply of the materials that businesses need. Addressing negotiation, contracts, expediting, receiving goods and managing capacity, you'll learn core skills that are essential to a broad variety of organisations. 

    Marketing Data & Analysis

    Develop the sought after analytical skills and data literacy to operative in an increasingly data-rich environment. You'll learn how to selectively analyse marketing data for insights and to make effective decisions in relation to marketing resources and retaining customers. 

    Disruptive and Emerging Technologies

    On this module, you'll have the flexibility to select a technology-theme that you are excited about (e.g. cryptocurrencies, blockchain, artificial intelligence, augmented reality etc.), and explore their managemement and socio-economic implications. 

    Sustainable Business and Innovation

    Develop insights into the major trends, challenges and innovative concepts relating to business sustainability and corporate responsibility.

    Summer School

    Broaden your experience in an international setting and study in one of our partner institutions for up to three weeks over the summer. This module can count towards your degree.

    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.

    One-Trimester Internship

    Apply knowledge learned on your degree in a real working environment on one of our unique internship opportunities - enhance your chance of getting a job at the same time.

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

  • Compulsory

    Business Strategies

    Working on a simulated consulting project, you'll explore the complexity, uncertainty, and diversity of contemporary environments and their influences on strategy making. You'll also consider the notions of creativity, stakeholder expectations and sustainable competitive advantage. 

    International Marketing

    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.

    International Business

    Focus on the core concepts and practical applications of cross-border business activities. You'll explore the controversies and complexities surrounding international business issues.

    Emerging Markets

    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.

  • Optional

    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.

    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.

    Ethical Management for Positive Impact

    The increasing complexity of current and future societal challenges pose new ethical questions and a need for future professional to think 'outside the box' and find more sustainable solutions. You'll be challenged to think critically about such ethical challenges and explore approaches for the planning and design of responses that promote positive societal impact. 

    Problem-Solving for Complex Systems

    Learn to evaluate complex problems – taking into account multiple dimensions and stakeholder perspectives – to anticipate consequences and improve decision-making under uncertain context, where decisions are not straight-forward. 

    Digital & Social Media Marketing Strategy

    Digital and social media marketing are amongst the fastest growing disciplines in business. You'll cover topics like social media, influencer marketing, content marketing, and online advertising. You'll apply your theory working with an organisation on a real-life challenge. 

    Leadership and Change Management

    Consider perspectives on organisational change and analyse change management techniques, including how to manage resistance as well as ethical issues, culture and diversity.

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

How you'll study

Throughout your degree, you’re expected to study for 1,200 hours per year. That’s based on 200 hours per 20 credit module. And it includes scheduled hours, time spent on placement and independent study. How this time’s divided among each of these varies each year and depends on the course and modules you study.

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Entry requirements

Typical offer

  • A level grades BBC

  • BTEC grades DMM

  • Points required 112

Work out your estimated points

Don't meet our requirements?

We offer a Foundation Year to boost your skills and knowledge – it’s a great way to make your way into higher education.

Switch to the foundation year

Points can be from any qualification on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 80 points from

  • A levels
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Scottish Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
  • or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications

Alternative qualifications

  • IB Diploma: 28 points.
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass with minimum of 15 credit at distinction and 15 credits at merit.

Worried you don’t quite meet our entry requirements?

We consider experience and qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations above.

But it’s not just about the grades – we’ll look at your whole application. We want to know what makes you tick, and about your previous experience, so make sure that you complete your personal statement.

If you have any questions, our admissions team will be happy to help.

Don't meet our requirements?

We offer a Foundation Year to boost your skills and knowledge – it’s a great way to make your way into higher education.

Switch to the foundation year

If you require a student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by this University.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

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Fees and funding

UK

£9,250 per year*

EU/International

£15,400 per year

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation - but capped to the Retail Price Index (RPI).

UK students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course and a maintenance loan of up to £9,706 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of our website.

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examination).

There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary.

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the library, but you may want to buy your own copies)
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (including travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (including travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want to buy your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 

An affordable city for students

From bills, to meals, to pints – you’ll find that your money goes a lot further in Hull.

Your future prospects

  • Business development executive
  • e-Commerce manager
  • Management consultant
  • Product manager
  • Project manager
  • Training and development manager

A vast range of employment possibilities are open to our graduates. Some choose to start their own business while others secure key roles with major employers.

Organisations to have hired our graduates include AlphaGraphics, Deloitte, the Prince’s Trust, Npower, Smith & Nephew, ASDA, Santander Bank, Deutsche Bank and Humberside Police.

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* UK domicile full-time first degree leavers, Graduate Outcomes survey for the academic year 2018/19, published by HESA July 2021.