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International Business Management BSc Honours

  • UCAS code: N121
  • Full time
  • 3 years

This International Business Management degree will prepare you for the ever-changing world of international business, with a global outlook and a 'no borders' approach to leadership. You also have the opportunity to study abroad or work abroad for a year at one of our 50+ partner institutions across the world.

You are currently viewing course information for entry year: 2024


Next start date:

  • September 2024

Fees (per year)

  • Home: £9250
  • International: £21000

Entry requirements and offers

  • A-Level: AAB
  • IB: 34 points

UCAS Institution name and code:

  • NEWC / N21

Course overview

Equip yourself with the business and language skills needed to operate in a globally connected and culturally complex business environment.

Studying in the heart of a region of innovators, you'll be able to choose from several different language pathways depending on your language level.

You'll develop core business skills, including:

  • human resource management
  • finance
  • strategy

Studying a language

Learning a language is an integral requirement of this programme. You'll graduate a proficient linguist, equipped with the key skills needed for your career in management.

You can choose to study one of:

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

If you hold a GCSE (or equivalent) in any language, you can choose to study any one of the languages offered on the degree.

You'll start by studying your chosen language at Entry Level alongside your core business modules.

Work/study abroad

If you choose to study on this three-year programme and then decide that you would like to work or study abroad, you may be able to transfer to the International Business Management with Placement programme.

If you would like to continue studying a language that you studied at A-level (or equivalent), we recommend that you apply for our International Business Management with Placement programme.

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View our Academic experience page, which gives information about your Newcastle University study experience for the academic year 2023-24.

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Quality and ranking

Professional accreditation and recognition

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body.

Modules and learning

Modules

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. Course content may change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.

Optional module availability
Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.

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.


In Stage 1, you'll develop a good understanding of core areas of business, including:

  • the key concepts of accounting and finance
  • an overview of the international business environment
  • the concepts and principles of business management and organisation

You'll study French, German or Spanish at Entry Level.

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
Introduction to Accounting and Finance (for Business School Students) 20
Global Business Environment 20
Management and Organisation 20
Academic and Professional Skills for International Business Management 20

If you do not have an A Level (or equivalent) in a modern language you will also study the following modules based on your language choice:

French

FRE1065 Level A (HE Entry Level) French I
FRE1066 Level A (HE Entry Level) French II

Spanish

SPA1065 Level A (HE Entry Level) Spanish I
SPA1066 Level A (HE Entry Level) Spanish II

German

GER1065 Level A (HE Entry Level) German I
GER1066 Level A (HE Entry Level) German II

Chinese

CHN1065 Level A (HE Entry Level) Chinese I
CHN1066 Level A (HE Entry Level) Chinese II

 

If you do have an A Level (or equivalent) in a modern language you will also study the following modules based on your language choice:

French

FRE1071 Level B (HE Intermediate) French

Plus one of the following modules:

SML1018 Introduction to Literature OR
SML1019 Introduction to Linguistics OR
SML1022 Introduction to Cultural Studies 

German

GER1071 Level B (HE Intermediate) German

Plus one of the following modules:

SML1018 Introduction to Literature OR
SML1019 Introduction to Linguistics OR
SML1022 Introduction to Cultural Studies OR
GER1016 Introduction to German history, culture and society

Spanish

SPA1071 Level B (HE Intermediate) Spanish

Plus one of the following modules:

SML1018 Introduction to Literature OR
SML1019 Introduction to Linguistics OR
SML1022 Introduction to Cultural Studies OR
SPA1019 Introduction to History, Culture and Society of the Iberian Peninsula

Chinese

CHN2010 Level B (HE Intermediate) Chinese

In Stage 2, you'll broaden your knowledge with modules covering topics such as:

  • developments and issues in global financial markets
  • the nature and importance of the management of people and organisations
  • language and cross-cultural communication

You will continue to learn the language you studied at Stage 1.

Modules

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

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

Language and Cross Cultural Communication

If you studied level A foreign language at Stage 1 you take one of the following modules following on from the language studied at Stage 1:

French

Level B (HE Intermediate) French

German

Level B (HE Intermediate) German

Spanish

Level B (HE Intermediate) Spanish

Chinese

Level B (HE Intermediate) Chinese

If you studied level B foreign language at Stage 1 you take one of the following modules:

French

Level C (HE Advanced) French

German

Level C (HE Advanced) German

Spanish

Level C (HE Advanced) Spanish

Chinese

Level C (HE Advanced) Chinese

In Stage 3, you'll continue to develop the language you studied at Stage 1 and 2.

You'll study topics such as:

  • perspectives on globalisation, multinational corporations, varieties of capitalism and international business
  • global business strategy formulation and implementation

You'll also complete either:

  • a International Business Management Dissertation; or
  • a Management Research Briefing for Sustainable Organisational Futures

Modules

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

You also take one of the following compulsory modules

Management Research Briefing for Sustainable Organisational Futures

International Business Management Dissertation

If you're taking German, French or Spanish pathways, you take one of the following modules:

International Entrepreneurship

International Human Resource Management

Tackling Social Issues via Social Ventures

Supply Chain Management

If you studied level B foreign language at Stage 2, you take one of the following modules:

French

Level C (HE Advanced) French

German

Level C (HE Advanced) German

Spanish

Level C (HE Advanced) Spanish

Chinese

Level C (HE Advanced) Chinese

 

If you studied level C Chinese at Stage 2 you take the following compulsory module:

Chinese

Level D (HE Further Advanced) Chinese

 

If you studied level C foreign language at Stage 2 on a German, Spanish or French pathway, you take one of the following optional modules:

Level D (HE Further Advanced) French: Language for Professional and Academic Purposes

Level D (HE Further Advanced) Spanish: Language for Professional and Academic Purposes

Level D (HE Further Advanced) German: Language for Professional and Academic Purposes

OR

Level D (HE Further Advanced) French: Translation and Interpreting

Level D (HE Further Advanced) Spanish: Translation and Interpreting

Level D (HE Further Advanced) German: Translation and Interpreting

 

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

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

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • language classes
  • simulations

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through a combination of:

  • Assessments

  • Assignments – written or fieldwork

  • Case studies

  • Dissertation or research project

  • Essays

  • Examinations – practical or online

  • Group work

  • 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 multi-national company.

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

Business skills

The programme offers a plethora of opportunities to develop real business, communication and language skills, such as :

  • simulations
  • practitioner presentations
  • workshops

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.

Opportunities

If you start this course and later decide that you would like to work or study abroad, you may be able to transfer to the International Business Management with Placement programme. This will allow you to complete a work placement or 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 for an organisation outside the UK. You will be responsible for securing the work placement but you'll receive University support from our dedicated team to help you along the way.

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:

  • Clipper (Spain)
  • Midi-Location (France),
  • Brüning (Germany)

Placements are subject to availability and must be sourced by the student.

Find out more about work placements

Study abroad

Experience life in another country by choosing to study 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.

You may choose to spend a year abroad as part of your degree in one of our partner institutions.

Find out more about study abroad

Facilities and environment

Facilities

Newcastle University Business School is one of the largest Schools in the University. We have over 3,500 students representing over 80 nationalities. This valuable network extends beyond our current students to include:

  • regional, national and international leaders
  • over 34,000 alumni in our network, spanning over 150 countries
  • leading professionals and practitioners from industry

The Business School is the gateway to Newcastle Helix - an innovation hub and community that brings together industry leaders, businesses and top researchers.

Our facilities include:

  • flexible conference room with panoramic views across the city
  • Wi-Fi enabled connectivity throughout the building, including three computer clusters housing over 120 PCs
  • four large lecture theatres and over 25 seminar and teaching spaces, providing comfortable teaching and group study space
  • dedicated Student Hub and Quiet Space, providing a balanced mix of study space for group work or quiet, individual study
  • contemporary café
  • employability hub to support your career aspirations
  • Bloomberg Room to give you a real feel for the trading room floor
  • Experimental and Behavioural Economics Lab, a state-of-the-art research facility for conducting studies in experimental economics and economic psychology

This is in addition to our Frederick Douglass Centre at Newcastle Helix, which offers further study and learning spaces including a 750 seat auditorium – the largest in the University.

Find out more about Newcastle University Business School

Support

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

Newcastle University Business School has excellent links with national and international organisations. This allows you to benefit from:

  • work placements
  • guest speakers
  • networking opportunities

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

We work with a range of professional bodies. You'll learn from leading names in the industry and gain vital experience. You'll be able to network with potential employers.

You'll develop a range of personal, employability and enterprise skills. As a Newcastle University Business School graduate, you'll be highly employable to a diverse range of companies.

Join a network of successful graduates

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

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

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:

  • the annual Future Focus: Careers Conference, tailored to different industry areas
  • 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+ initiative.

Visit our Careers Service website

Recognition of professional qualifications outside of the UK

From 1 January 2021 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements and offers below apply to 2024 entry.

A-Level
International Baccalaureate

Other UK and the Republic of Ireland qualifications

Contextual Offers

Through one of our contextual routes, you could receive an offer of up to three grades lower than the typical requirements.

What is a contextual offer? Find out more and if you’re eligible for this or our PARTNERS Programme supported entry route.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

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. 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.

Credit transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) can allow you to convert existing relevant university-level knowledge, skills and experience into credits towards a qualification. Find out more about the RPL policy which may apply to this course.

Tuition fees and scholarships

Tuition fees for 2024 entry (per year)

Qualification: BSc Honours

Home students

full time 3 years

Tuition fees (per year)

9250

International students

full time 3 years

Tuition fees (per year)

21000

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.

Scholarships

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  • 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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