International Business BSc (Hons)

About the course

Economies are increasingly global. With this degree - designed to give you the knowledge and skills to manage a business effectively in the global context - show potential employers that you understand how business operates on an international scale.

Alongside traditional business skills and disciplines such as strategy, human resource management, finance, operations and marketing, you will acquire global skills via units such as international economics, global marketing, and Intercultural awareness in business.

In your final year you are supported in finding a placement which delivers invaluable international experience, as well as credit towards your degree, as you apply your learning to project work in a live setting.

Choose International Business BA (Hons) degree at Bedfordshire and:

  • Learn through lectures, seminars and workshops, plus projects, research exercises, presentations, and case study analyses with a focus on using your knowledge and understanding in practice
  • Study business management, business research, marketing, finance, accounting, operations management and human resource management
  • Develop your communication and collaborative skills as well as a recognisable high level of professionalism, enabling you to fit in and be effective from day one
  • Gain an understanding of the roles and relationships of businesses in the international arena, and the specific operational and strategic issues, challenges and opportunities that they face at an international level
  • Explore opportunities for further postgraduate and professional study
  • Benefit from a degree which gives you understanding of global business operations, analytical and problem-solving skills, and personal effectiveness and credibility when working across cultures in international teams – attributes which are highly attractive to potential employers
  • Apply Via - UCAS
  • Course Level - Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code - PP34
  • Campus Location - University Square Campus, Luton
  • Start Dates - Oct
  • Duration - 3 Years
  • Attendance - Full-time
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Why choose this course?

This innovative and interdisciplinary course will help you to gain the skills and knowledge required in key business disciplines coupled with a broader global business perspective. The course provides you with a deeper appreciation of the roles and relationships of businesses in an international context, together with the specific operational and strategic issues, challenges and opportunities that businesses face when they start operating at an international level.


You will also gain a working understanding of foundational concepts in the key functional and operational areas, including business management, business research, marketing, finance, accounting, operations management, human resource management, interpersonal and collaborative communication skills, covering important aspects of working in an international and multi-cultural environment.


The course offers a rich learning experience which:


  • Is highly vocational with a focus on knowledge and understanding of business organisations from a global perspective;
  • Focuses on both large and small organisational contexts;
  • Instils a high level of professionalism from the outset;
  • Has a strong theoretical base in each unit;
  • Develops interpersonal and collaborative communication skills
  • Includes a supervised final year dissertation involving an individually conducted research element;
  • Provides further opportunity for professional development in a work placement relevant to international business
  • Has small class interactive teaching environments;
  • Focuses on hard and soft management skills for the 21st century.

What will I learn?


  • Financial Accounting For Business (AAF002-1) Compulsory
  • Foundations Of Business Communication (BBS003-1) Compulsory
  • Foundations Of Business Management (BBS013-1) Compulsory
  • Intercultural Competence In Business (MAR013-1) Compulsory
  • Law For Business Managers (LAW011-1) Compulsory
  • Principles Of Marketing (MAR001-1) Compulsory
  • Economics Of International Business Management (AAF024-2) Compulsory
  • Human Resource Management (SHR018-2) Compulsory
  • Intercultural Management In Business (MAR015-2) Compulsory
  • International Business (MAR003-2) Compulsory
  • Marketing Planning (MAR002-2) Compulsory
  • Sustainable Business Management (BSS017-2) Optional
  • Dissertation (Business Management) (BSS001-3) Compulsory
  • Global Marketing (MAR004-3) Compulsory
  • Global Marketing (Bedford) (MAR033-3) Compulsory
  • Research Methods In Business Practice (BSS057-3) Compulsory
  • Specialist Project (Business Management) (BSS045-3) Compulsory
  • Strategy And Change Management (BSS013-3) Compulsory
  • Digital Business Management (BSS041-3) Optional
  • Management And Administration Of Operations (BSS042-3) Optional

How will I be assessed?

The course uses a range of assessment types and methods, as appropriate, to ensure the validity and fairness of assessment. Formative assessment is used to provide feedback to you and support your progress while diagnostic assessment is used to assess students current knowledge or skills. Summative assessment for most units includes a combination of coursework, presentations, tests, or examination.


Most units include elements of individual and group work activies to reflect the type of work undertaken in business and management. Assessment focuses on tasks that develop vocational skills, underpinned by subject knowledge, requiring higher levels of cognition in the later years of the course.


Assessment takes a variety of forms, including essays and reports, portfolios, presentations, research proposals and exams. Peer and self-assessment are used in some units, as appropriate, but particularly where group work has been completed.


All coursework has an assignment specification, with grading criteria, which is issued to you, normally at the beginning of the year, but at least 3 weeks prior to the deadline. All marked work is returned to you following the university guidelines, with written feedback, including advising you how to improve your work next time.


All coursework submitted is subject to university procedures for the detection of plagiarism.


Annual monitoring of the outcomes of assessment for each unit is completed, providing the opportunity for reflection on the assessment methods and weightings.

  • English GCSE Grade C or above (or equivalent)
  • Maths GCSE Grade C or above (or equivalent)

Consideration will be given to mature students without conventional qualifications, and business experience may be taken into account.

Entry Requirements

We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

UCAS introduced a new tariff for courses from September 2017. This means the points you will be asked for are different to previous years but the grades you receive have not changed.

  • At least 80 points with 64 points from 2 A level passes at C or above
  • At least 80 points with 64 from Merit Merit in two BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas or one BTEC Diploma
  • At least 80 points with Merit Merit Pass in the BTEC Extended Diploma
  • A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.

For more clarification about your qualifications in the new tariff see the UCAS tariff calculator

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500

As a general guide, to apply for a place on an undergraduate course (BA/BSc) at the University you need to have completed your high school education and have the required English qualification.

We have students from all the European Union member countries so we are quick to make decisions on most qualifications. See your country page for more details

Check Your Country page to confirm that your local qualifications are suitable or contact your International Admissions Team

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

The Careers Advisors meet you in the Level 4 Induction, to focus on your future career and introduce you to the Careers Service. You also have formal sessions in the Level 5 and Level 6 Inductions.


The Careers Advisors, Career Service, and Work Placement Office meet you at the end of Level 4 to discuss options available to students and the support structures available to them.

The course offers an optional year-long work placement between Levels 5 and Levels 6, which tutors encourage you to consider. You are introduced to the Work Placement in Level 4 and offered support throughout Level 5 to find a placement. Sessions and help are offered, for example on CV writing, job searching and interview skills.The course is designed to be vocational, developing skills required by employers, and tutors focus on this aspect.


You are introduced formally to the theory of career planning and management, based on SOAR (Self Awareness, Opportunities Awareness, Aspirations, and Results) in the Level 4 Foundations of Business Management unit. This work will be continued and integrated within Level 5 units at appropriate points. You are encouraged to use the various Career Management on-line tools available for self-assessment and identification of career opportunities.


In Level 6 you are encouraged to take greater responsibility for your career management, with the support of the Careers Service, which offer one-to-one career coaching.

Professional placements

We value real-world experience to prepare you for life beyond university, which is why we’ve forged connections with thousands of companies locally, nationally and internationally. Through our placements, you can gain that all-important practical experience whilst you complete your course.

From volunteering, internships and placements, through to a fee free year in industry, we offer a whole host of opportunities to enhance your employability. Discover more


Go Global

Whether you want to learn a new language, build networks, simply have the travel bug, or want to develop new skills and life experiences, our Go Global programme offers the opportunity to broaden your horizons, enhance your CV, and gain a truly international experience, all at the same time as studying towards your undergraduate degree. The Go Global programme is open to students from the UK and EU.

Travel to exciting destinations, including:

  • China
  • Vietnam
  • India
  • New York
  • Malaysia and Singapore

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Go Europe

Our International students meanwhile, can make the most of trips to a series of exciting European destinations. From France and Belgium, to Holland and Germany, there are plenty of places to visit, network and broaden your knowledge of the global market place, by seeing and experiencing it for yourself, first-hand.

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.


Our flagship £34m Campus Centre is funky and functional. It brings together all our student services, social and learning spaces, and a 240-seat lecture theatre under one roof.

The Campus Centre building is connected to the rest of the University and the first floor acts as a one-stop shop for all students services.

Designed for work as well as play, the Campus Centre incorporates relaxed learning zones with Wi-Fi access.

It also features the Students' Union support services and executive offices alongside places to eat

Accommodation at Luton

Our contemporary en-suite accommodation features 852 fully-furnished flats, just part of our accommodation offering of more than 1,500 study rooms.

This exciting new facility includes:

  • state-of-the-art IT and AV equipment
  • informal and quiet learning spaces
  • two Harvard-style lecture theatres
  • a student lounge and cafe

Luton campus is home to the following departments:

  • Business
  • Media, Art and Design
  • Science
  • Computing
  • Law
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences

Whatever degree you choose the facilities will be first class:

  • New facilities in the Computing and Media departments
  • Business facilities including pioneering Business Pods and a Law Moot Court
  • Dedicated laboratories for psychology, sport and exercise science, biomedical science and forensics
  • Multi-camera HDTV and radio studios
  • Art and design studios

Town centre location

The Luton campus is right in the centre of town next to a large shopping mall and within easy walking distance of the student halls, train and bus stations.

Directions to Luton campus

Luton is the largest town in Bedfordshire and is approximately 50km north of London.

It has excellent transport links to the rest of the UK and Europe, and central London is only a 30-minute train journey away.

Luton is has excellent transport links to other cities such as Manchester, Leeds and Milton Keynes. London Luton Airport is located just 2.5km from the Luton campus.