International Business Management BSc (Hons) or MBus – 2016 entry

What you'll study

This programme provides an overview of the most important topics in international business, including emerging markets, globalisation, the role of trust, and comparing markets and business environments in different countries. As well as building an understanding of multinational companies and their strategies, you will explore how ‘local’ companies compete against such global players.

Programme overview

In our globalised economy, organisations large and small fight to compete in international markets. This programme studies organisations, their management and the global environment in which they operate, giving you a comprehensive business management education with an international perspective.

Our International Business Management programmes are ideal for those with a global outlook and international aspirations, offering modules that develop both your core business management knowledge and a more specialist, specific understanding of the international aspects of the subject.

You will also enjoy a comprehensive business management education on the programmes, building a fundamental skills base and an understanding of how businesses operate. As well as professional management practice – from accounting and economics to marketing, operations and organisational behaviour – you will be brought face-to-face with the challenges of managing people, finances, operations and customers.

Our MBus programme offers highly academic students a direct route to a Masters qualification by extending your BSc for a further year.

Graduates of the programme will be able to meld theory and its application in the real world and are therefore likely to be highly attractive to employers as future strategic leaders and senior managers.

Programme structure

Year 1 (FHEQ Level 4)

The programme starts with a common first year with students taking a range of modules consistent with Business Management . This will allow you to make an informed decision regarding electives later on.

Compulsory modules:

  • Business Skills
  • Operations Management
  • Economics for Business
  • Financial Accounting
  • Marketing Principles
  • Organisational Behaviour and Analysis
  • Business Ethics
  • Business Decision Making

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 5)

You will study a number of compulsory modules and one elective module from a range of options.

Compulsory modules:

  • Human Resource Management
  • Business Finance
  • International Business
  • Management Accounting
  • Comparative Country Studies
  • Contemporary Issues in International Business Management

Elective modules:

  • Sociology of Work
  • Marketing Communications
  • Management Information Systems
  • Introduction to Management Science
  • Business/Organisational Psychology
  • Employee Relations
  • Consumer Behaviour
  • International Fashion Marketing
  • Corporate Finance
  • Business Law
  • Entrepreneurship in the Digital Domain

Professional Training and placements

At Surrey Business School, we encourage our students to be entrepreneurial and innovative, providing opportunities to engage with real-world business problems both in our programmes and in our renowned Professional Training placements.

Our close links with national and international businesses of all sizes and across all sectors are reflected in the companies for which our students have worked on their placements, including 3M, Ernst & Young, HP, L’Oréal, LK Bennett, Microsoft, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Sony and Xerox.

Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6)

You will study a number of compulsory modules and two elective modules from a range of options.

Compulsory modules:

  • International Business Strategy
  • Managing People Across Cultures
  • Globalization of Emerging Markets
  • International Trade

Elective modules:

  • Employment Law
  • Entrepreneurship and Business Planning
  • Ethics, Responsibility and Citizenship
  • Financial Management
  • Firms and Markets
  • Leadership
  • Research in Marketing
  • The Role of Trust in International Business Relations
  • Advanced HRM
  • Banking and Money
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation: A business model approach
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Contemporary issues and debates
  • Managerial Decision Making
  • Marketing Analytics
  • Marketing in the Digital Environment
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Project Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Topics in Finance

Year 4 (FHEQ Level 7)

The graduate employment market increasingly demands the highest qualifications and the ability to hit the ground running when taking up a new position. At Surrey, we have responded to this demand by creating our new MBus qualification.

Working under the personal supervision of top Surrey Business School staff, the MBus offers you a stimulating intellectual challenge, alongside exposure to real business issues. Thanks to Surrey Business School’s location in the vibrant economy of the South East and its commitment to business engagement, there are abundant opportunities to be involved in a variety of diverse real-life projects in the local area and beyond.

During the MBus year you will, in addition to taking advanced classes, undertake a substantial piece of applied research, demonstrating your ability to put theory into practice and providing you with a showcase project to impress future employers.

A further advantage of the MBus is that you graduate in June, giving you a head-start in the postgraduate job market where graduation is normally in October. It also makes you more experienced and better qualified than Bachelors students graduating in June.

You can apply directly for the full MBus programme or transfer into it during your BSc studies - providing you achieve high grades in your key modules. Either way, the MBus is covered by the student loan scheme – potentially saving you thousands of pounds you may have to spend upfront on a separate Masters degree.

As with our Bachelors degrees, the MBus also offers you the chance to study abroad in your second year and undertake a Professional Training placement in your third year.

Compulsory modules:

  • Research Methods
  • Applied Research Methods

Professional recognition

Surrey Business School is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the Association of MBAs (AMBA). The School is also a member of the Academy of Marketing.


Each 15-credit module is designed to involve 150 hours of student work. This time will be spent in lectures, computer labs and tutorials, and includes your own study time, both individual or in small groups. You will also write essays, assignments and projects, individually and in groups, that draw on your understanding of a particular area.

Our staff members are innovative in delivering engaging learning sessions that bring together theory and practice for your intellectual and professional development.

Graduate prospects

Recent graduates from Surrey Business School have entered employment with organisations such as:

  • Accenture
  • Aldi
  • Fujitsu
  • JP Morgan
  • Marks & Spencer
  • Samsung
  • L’Oreal
  • Sony
  • LK Bennett

Career opportunities

The ability to select the modules most relevant to your chosen career means you will graduate well equipped to take advantage of all of the career opportunities open to you. Surrey Business School has an excellent track record of graduate employment.

Global opportunities

We encourage you to add an international experience to your degree by studying overseas for one semester during your second year (typically the autumn semester).

Surrey Business School currently has 23 exchange agreements spanning four continents. Our international partners include the University of Sydney in Australia, Seoul National University in South Korea and University of Hong Kong. Partnerships with European institutions include the University of Manheim in Germany, Linkoping University in Sweden and Grenoble Ecole de Management in France.

Our partners complement our commitment to excellence in teaching and research and enable students to enhance their international outlook. If you choose to study at one of the European partners, you will be eligible for an Erasmus grant.

Taking part in the exchange programme is an invaluable experience that will expand your knowledge of the global business world, broaden your horizons, enhance your CV and enrich your life on a personal and professional level.

In your third year you might then want to think about spending your Professional Training placement abroad. Students have worked in many places, both in Europe and beyond; if working in Europe you will again be eligible for an Erasmus grant. This is an excellent opportunity not only to acquire valuable work experience but also improve or learn another language.

2016 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?


For BSc programme: Grades required - AAA-AAB

For MBus programme: Grades required - AAA

We do not include General Studies or Critical Thinking in our offers.

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

For BSc programme: Grades required - D*DD-DDD

For MBus programme: Grades required - D*DD

European Baccalaureate

For BSc programme: 76%-75% mark required

For MBus programme: 76% mark required

International Baccalaureate

For BSc programme: 36-35 points required

For MBus programme: 36 points required

Other international qualifications

If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year.

Select your country:

Required subjects

GCSE English Language at grade C or above and GCSE Mathematics at grade C or above (or international equivalent – see relevant country page).

Selection process

Offers are normally made in terms of grades. Suitable candidates will be invited to an Applicant Day. During the visit to the University the candidate can find out more about the programme and meet staff and students.

English language requirements

6.5 IELTS minimum overall

6.0 IELTS minimum in each sub-skill

If you are an international student and you are concerned that your English is not to the required standard, you may benefit from our International Foundation Year.

Please note that the University of Surrey offers English language programmes and is also an IELTS Test Centre.

See 2015 entry information

Course Options

Qualification Course Length Professional Training UCAS code KIS code
BSc (Hons) 3 years N120 View KIS data set
BSc (Hons) 4 years N121 View KIS data set
MBus 4 years N125 View KIS data set
MBus 5 years N129 View KIS data set

Tuition fees, bursaries & scholarships

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Fees for UK/EU students

Tuition fees are currently set at £9,000 per year for UK/EU undergraduates starting in 2015. Fees for 2016 entry will be available in the autumn.

Fees for overseas students

Fees for students classed as overseas for fees purposes are as follows: £14,900 for 2015 entry. Fees for 2016 entry will be available in the autumn.

The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.

Professional Training placement fees

Programmes marked with a tick in the table above include a Professional Training placement.

A reduced fee is charged for Professional Training placements.

Fees will not have to be paid up front for those eligible students who decide to take up the Government's loan for higher education fees. The Professional Training placement is a key factor in the high employability rates achieved by students with Surrey degrees.

View a complete list of all fees for our undergraduate programmes.

International students

Experienced staff in our International Student Office are available to help from the moment you consider studying at the University. We offer professional advice on immigration, visa issues, entry qualifications, pre-departure information, employment regulations and international student welfare.

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Why Surrey?

  • Business and management programmes at Surrey are ranked seventh in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2016
  • Surrey is ranked 15th in the UK for business and management programmes by The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015 and the Complete University Guide 2016
  • The National Student Survey 2014 ranked business and management programmes at Surrey in the top ten nationally for student satisfaction
  • An academic staff and a student body from a range of nationalities and backgrounds provide a truly international perspective
  • Our MBus programme offers you a direct pathway to a Masters qualification

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