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International Business, BA Hons

Our international business degree provides the skills and experience you need for a successful career in a global business environment.

Our international business degree aims to provide all the skills and knowledge you'll need for a successful business career. Modules cover international business management and strategy, internationalisation, trade and markets, and emerging economies, so you get a good grasp of international business issues, organisations and their environments.

You'll have the opportunity to spend your second year on the Erasmus+ student exchange programme or to undertake an optional placement year in an international organisation.

Popular areas for international business careers include banking and finance, IT and logistics. Our graduates have found roles with companies such as PwC, JP Morgan, HP and Ericsson.

UCAS points

120 (view full requirements)

Course/institution codes

N120 G BA/IB

Concerned about grades?

We offer an extended degree in this subject that you can access with lower entry requirements.



  • 3 years full-time
  • 6 years part-time
  • 4 years sandwich

UK/international fees

What you should know about this course

  • Ideal if you're an aspiring entrepreneur or business manager wishing to work in international markets.
  • By learning in a diverse community of international staff and students, you'll experience how cultural differences affect business.
  • Gain core business skills with optional pathway in economics, tourism, global marketing or business growth.
  • We're ranked top 8 in London for satisfaction with feedback in Business Management (Guardian University Guide 2019).

Until you come through the degree programme, you can't necessarily appreciate how much it opens your mind to being adaptable and being determined and self-motivated and that really helped me get the job that I now have.

- Matthew Millican, BA Hons International Business

What you will study

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

  • International Business Environment (30 credits)
  • Fundamentals of International Business Strategy (15 credits)
  • Financial Aspects of International Business (15 credits)
  • Personal and Professional Development 1 (IBE) (15 credits)
  • Global Integrative Project (15 credits)
Economics Pathway
  • Introduction to Economics for Business (30 credits)
Business Growth Pathway
  • Introduction to Business Processes (30 credits)
Global Marketing Pathway
  • Principles and Practice of Marketing (30 credits)
Tourism Pathway
  • Tourism, Entrepreneurship and Technology (30 credits)

Year 2

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

  • Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility (15 credits)
  • Doing Business in Emerging Economies (15 credits)
  • Quantitative Methods in International Business (15 credits)
  • Managing Global Business Networks (15 credits)
  • Professional Practice in IBE (15 credits)
  • Global Integrative Project 2 (15 credits)

Students are required to choose a pathway from this list of options.

Economics Pathway
  • Intermediate Economics for Business (30 credits)
Business Growth Pathway
  • Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship (15 credits)
  • Innovation in Competitive Environments (15 credits)
Global Marketing Pathway
  • Entrepreneurial Marketing (15 credits)
  • Global Marketing Management (15 credits)
Tourism Pathway
  • Marketing for Tourism and Hospitality (30 credits)

Optional Placement Year

You can spend one year working in a company or other organisation, which can be located anywhere in the world. See the 'Work Placement' section below.

Year 3

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

  • International Business Management (30 credits) 
  • Big Data and Business Analytics (15 credits) 
  • Internationalisation, Economy and Government (15 credits)
  • Project/Business Creation Project (30 credits)

Students are required to choose a pathway from this list of options.

Economics Pathway
  • Political Economy of International Development and Finance (30 credits)
Business Growth Pathway
  • Small Business Development (30 credits)
Global Marketing Pathway
  • Contemporary Issues in Marketing (30 credits)
Tourism Pathway
  • Tourism Innovation and Product Design (30 credits)

About the course team

We are an experienced team of academics and industry professionals. Trained postgraduate researchers also contribute to seminar teaching with their latest research-led insight. Our teaching is informed by research and consultancy work.

International Business & Economics

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Come and see why Greenwich is the ideal university for you.

Can’t make it? Don’t worry!

We host events regularly, so there will be more opportunities to visit very soon.

Entry requirements

If you are

120 UCAS points from at least two A-levels. No more than 12 points should come from AS-levels.

Plus, GCSE English language or literature and mathematics at grade C / 4 or above.

We also accept:

  • BTEC/National Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Advanced Vocational Certificate of Education 
  • Access courses
  • Level 2 alternatives like Functional Skills and Key Skills for English and mathematics.

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses, such as the International Baccalaureate.

For detailed information on the academic and English language requirements, please find your country in our directory.

Alternatively, please contact us:

Available to overseas students?


Can I use prior learning?

Find out more on our Recognition of Prior Learning pages.

Concerned about grades?

We offer an extended degree in this subject with lower entry requirements. Our extended degrees include a foundation year to prepare you for degree-level study.

How you will learn


In a typical week learning takes place through a combination of:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • 1-to-1 tutorials

Further details to be confirmed.

Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups. You will also be able to meet your personal tutor. Contact hours may fall between 9am and 9pm, depending on your elective courses and tutorials.

Class sizes

Average intake per year is 70-80. Lectures sizes are normally 30-240, and seminars/tutorials are 15-30. This varies by module, if shared between degrees.

Independent learning

Outside of timetabled sessions, you'll need to dedicate self-study time (around 20-30 hours per week) to prepare for coursework, presentations and exams.

You can use Stockwell Street library and online resources to support further reading and research.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of contact hours (lectures, seminars, etc), independent learning, assessments, and field trips. Each credit equates to around 10 hours of study. Contact hours may vary depending on your modules.

In addition, during the week you can also:


On this course, students are assessed by:

  • Examinations
  • Coursework

Further details to be confirmed.

Each course has formal assessments which count towards your grade. Some courses may also include ‘practice’ assessments, which help you monitor progress and do not count towards your final grade.

Feedback summary

We aim to provide feedback on assignments and to release examination results within 15 working days.

Dates and timetables

Academic year:

  • 24 September 2018 to 28 June 2019.

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Full-time (per year) Part-time (per 30 credits)
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Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. University accommodation is available from just over £100 per person per week (bills included), depending on your location and preferences. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost.

Accommodation pages

Funding your study

There is a range of financial support options available to support your studies, including the Aspire@Greenwich award for study resources that many full-time students will receive.

Discover more about grants, student loans, bursaries and scholarships. We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Other costs

If there are any field trips, students may need to pay their travel costs.

Careers and placements

Will I have a work placement?

Work placements are optional, and you are responsible for arranging your placement with support from the university.

Previous students have secured a placement year at Intercontinental Hotel, FTI Consulting, Sandals Resorts International, IBM and Bank of England.

How long is my placement?

Work placements are 9-12 months of full-time paid work. You take this between the second and third years of study.

What are the financial arrangements?

UK placement annual salaries range between £13,000-£18,000 pro rata. Some charity / voluntary work organisations offer travel costs and lunch expenses in lieu of a full salary.

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

Our previous graduates have gone into careers in banking and finance, IT, logistics and many other sectors, working for companies such as PwC, JP Morgan, HP, Microsoft and Ericsson. 

You also have the option to continue onto postgraduate education or launch your own business as an entrepreneur.

Are internships available?

Internships are optional, and last for a minimum of six weeks. Gain a Certificate in Professional Practice and valuable employment experience before graduating.

Do you provide employability services?

Our Business School Employability Team is committed to supporting your journey towards a rewarding graduate destination. We provide a professional service to empower you to achieve your potential. Services include:

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

Access study skills support through your tutor, our subject librarians, and our online academic skills centre.

Where appropriate, we provide support in academic English and mathematics. If you need support to use particular IT packages for a specific module, we provide training for this.

Support from the department

Our Greenwich Employability Passport Scheme will make your CV stand out to employers. It recognises your efforts in part-time work, volunteering, sports and societies during your studies.

Our i3Centre provides business start-up support, mentoring, workshops and competitions. Develop your business ideas by entering our Enterprise Challenge, which rewards innovation.

Accommodation information

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Unistats data is not available for the part time mode of this programme. This is usually due it to being a new programme for which there is not yet any data.