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N120 - International Business Management with Placement

International Business Management with Placement

BSc Honours

  • UCAS code: N120
  • Full time
  • 3-4 years
  • Next start date: September 2020

This International Business Management degree with placement year will prepare you for the ever-changing world of international business, with the chance to gain practical experience during a placement year.

Fees (per year)

  • UK/EU: £9250
  • International: £18000

Entry requirements

  • A Level: AAB
  • IB: 35 points

UCAS Institution name and code:

  • NEWC / N21
Work placement opportunity Study abroad opportunity

Course overview

This four-year degree focuses on developing both your business and language skills, so you graduate ready for a fast-paced career in a global and complex business environment.

You'll gain core business skills, in human resource management, finance and strategy. Language proficiency is integral to this degree and you can choose from Chinese, French, German or Spanish.

During the third year of your degree, you'll be studying or working abroad, giving you the opportunity to improve your language skills, while also experiencing another culture. 

You'll leave University as a proficient linguist, equipped with the skills, knowledge and experience needed for a management career in international, multinational, or global organisations.

Quality and ranking

We have a long tradition of excellence in teaching, recognised in many external surveys and assessments, but also by our own students.

Our commitment to teaching quality and an excellent student experience is reflected through our results in national and international student satisfaction surveys.

Modules and learning


The information below is intended to provide an example of what you will study.

Most degrees are divided into stages. Each stage lasts for one academic year, and you'll complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each stage. 

Our teaching is informed by research, and course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, student feedback, or insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module.

Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.

You'll broaden your knowledge with modules such as international finance and financial markets, global perspectives in managing people and organisations, and language and cross-cultural communication.


Compulsory Modules Credits
International Finance and Financial Markets 20
Operations Management 20
Global Perspectives in Managing People and Organisations 20
Global Strategic Marketing 20

If you have not already selected 120 credits, you also take the following:

Language and Cross Cultural Communication

You will also study the following modules based on your language choice:


Level C (HE Advanced) Chinese


Level C (HE Advanced) French


Level C (HE Advanced) German


Level C (HE Advanced) Spanish

You spend this year abroad in a country where your chosen language is spoken, studying at a partner university, undertaking a work placement, or possibly a combination of the two.


Compulsory Modules Credits
Intercalating Year Personal Learning Record 100
Intercalating Year Reflective Learning Account 20

In your Stage 4, you'll study topics such as contemporary issues in international business management, and advanced global strategy. You'll also complete a dissertation and choose between international entrepreneurship and international business diplomacy.


Compulsory Modules Credits
International Business Management Dissertation 40
Contemporary Issues in International Business Management 20
Advanced Global Strategy 20

Contemporary Issues in International Business Management

You will also study the following modules based on your language choice:


Level D (HE Further Advanced) Chinese


Level D (HE Further Advanced) French: Advanced Writing Skills
Level D (HE Further Advanced) French: Professional and Academic Purposes OR
Level D (HE Further Advanced) French: Translating and Interpreting

Plus choose one from the following:

International Entrepreneurship
International Business Diplomacy


Level D (HE Further Advanced) German: Advanced Writing Skills
Level D (HE Further Advanced) German: Professional and Academic Purposes OR
Level D (HE Further Advanced) German: Translating and Interpreting

Plus choose one from the following:

International Entrepreneurship
International Business Diplomacy


Level D (HE Further Advanced) Spanish: Advanced Writing Skills
Level D (HE Further Advanced) Spanish: Professional and Academic Purposes OR
Level D (HE Further Advanced) Spanish: Translating and Interpreting

Plus choose one from the following:
International Entrepreneurship
International Business Diplomacy

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

Throughout the programme, you'll benefit from a variety of teaching methods, including:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • language classes

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through a combination of:

  • Assessments

  • Assignments – written or fieldwork

  • Dissertation or research project

  • Essays

  • Examinations – practical or online

  • Presentations

  • Projects

Skills and experience

Practical skills

Through our innovative business simulation, you'll experience all aspects of running a business, implementing the strategic decision making of a multinational company.

The International Entrepreneurship module will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to develop and grow a small business internationally.

Business skills

In your final year, you can opt to complete a professional management consultancy project with a real client.

Research skills

Throughout your degree, you'll develop the research needed to explore and analyse the latest thinking on a range of core business topics.

In your final year, you'll call upon your research skills to complete a significant project focused on business practice.


Study abroad year

Experience life in another country by studying abroad as part of your degree. You’ll be encouraged to embrace fun and challenging experiences, make connections with new communities and graduate as a globally aware professional, ready for your future.

A study abroad year is compulsory for students taking languages post A-Level, to support your language learning.

You spend your year abroad in a country where your chosen language is spoken, studying at a partner university, undertaking a work placement, or possibly a combination of the two.

Find out more about study abroad

Work placement

Get career ready with a work placement and leave as a confident professional in your field. You can choose to spend 9 to 12 months working in any organisation in the world, and receive University support from our dedicated team to secure your dream placement. Work placements take place in Stage 3.

You'll gain first-hand experience of working in the sector, putting your learning into practice and developing your professional expertise.

Recent students have secured placements at companies including Banus Yachts, Spain, Swiss Crypto Advisors, Switzerland, and Aurelius Equities, Germany.

If you choose to take a work placement, it will extend your degree by a year. Placements are subject to availability.

Find out more about work placements

Facilities and environment


This degree is run by our triple-accredited (AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA) Newcastle University Business School, based in our state-of-the-art building within the Newcastle Helix development – Newcastle's emerging business district.

You’ll benefit from a world-class business education and leave as a socially responsible graduate, ready to challenge conventional business thinking.

Find out more about Newcastle University Business School and our facilities


Each degree offers you a stimulating curriculum and a supportive teaching and learning environment.

You will have an academic member of staff as a personal tutor throughout your degree. They can help with academic and personal issues.

Peer mentors will help you in your first year. They are fellow students who can help you settle in and answer any questions you have.

Your future

Benefit from excellent links with potential employers

We have excellent links with national and international organisations, allowing you to benefit from work placements, guest speakers, and networking opportunities.

Through these links, you'll have the chance to gain commercial experience through an optional paid work placement or a summer internship.

You'll also have plenty of opportunities to develop personal, employability, and enterprise skills that will make you highly employable amongst a diverse range of companies when you graduate. 

Join a network of successful graduates

According to the most recent data, 92% of our graduates were in work or study within six months*, in a diverse variety of roles, including graduate global risk consultant, brand manager, human resources graduate trainee, and regional junior finance analyst.

Recent graduates have secured roles at globally recognised companies, including:

  • Barclays Bank
  • EY
  • British Airways
  • Amazon
  • KPMG
  • Capita PLC
  • Accenture
  • Whitbread Plc

*Destinations of (undergraduate, UK and EU) Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17

Employability at Newcastle

96% of Newcastle University graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating, with 85.5% in graduate-level employment or further study.

Take a look at the most recent data available for our graduates. See what they have gone on to achieve and be inspired to follow in their footsteps.

Statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation (Destinations of (undergraduate and postgraduate UK domiciled) Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17).

Make a difference

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Careers support

You'll have access to a wealth of resources and support to enhance your employability, including:

  • a careers conference called Future Focus tailored to the stage of your degree
  • interwoven employability provision
  • access to a dedicated placement officer within the Business School who can help you find a work placement in your area of interest
  • specialist careers and business start-up support from the University's award-winning Careers Service and the Business School's careers consultants
  • career management sessions with a careers consultant
  • work experience opportunities while studying with us
  • Business School summer internship scheme

We're also one of 140 business schools worldwide to be accredited by the EQUIS scheme for our managerial and entrepreneurial skills development.

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ inititiative.

Visit our Careers Service website

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2020 entry.

A Level


International Baccalaureate

35 points

Other UK qualifications (and PARTNERS)

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements


The PARTNERS Programme is Newcastle University’s supported entry route for students from schools and colleges in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. 

Visit the PARTNERS website

Entrance courses (INTO)

International Pathway Courses are specialist programmes designed for international students who want to study in the UK. We provide a range of study options for international students in partnership with INTO. 

Find out more about International Pathway Courses

Admissions policy

This policy applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate admissions at Newcastle University, including Newcastle University London. It is intended to provide information about our admissions policies and procedures to applicants and potential applicants, to their advisors and family members, and to staff of the University.

Tuition fees and scholarships

Tuition fees for 2020 entry (per year)

UK Students


International Students


The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for UK students is set by the UK government.

As a general principle, you should expect the tuition fee to increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation.

Read more about fees and funding

You will be charged tuition fees for each year of your degree programme (unless you are on a shorter exchange programme).

The tuition fee amount you will pay may increase slightly year on year as a result of inflation.

Read more about fees and funding

Year abroad and additional costs

For programmes where you can spend a year on a work placement or studying abroad, you will receive a significant fee reduction for that year. 

Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.

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How to apply

Apply through UCAS

To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle University, you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). All UK schools and colleges, and a small number of EU and international establishments, are registered with UCAS. You will need:

  • the UCAS name and institution codes for Newcastle University (NEWC/N21)
  • the UCAS code for the course you want to apply for
  • the UCAS 'buzzword' for your school or college

If you are applying independently, or are applying from a school or college which is not registered to manage applications, you will still use the Apply system. You will not need a buzzword.

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