International Business Management BSc (Hons) or MBus (Hons) – 2018 entry

The programme helps you stand out from other students with business-related degrees as it equips you to analyse the business world from an international perspective.

What you'll study

In our globalised economy, organisations large and small fight to compete in international markets. Our International Business Management programme studies organisations, their management and the global environment in which they operate, giving you a comprehensive business management education with an international perspective, ideal for individuals with a global outlook and international aspirations.

Programme overview

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. 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.

Programme structure

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specification documents which include further details such as the learning outcomes. Please be aware that these specifications are applicable to the current academic year.

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

All programmes operate on a 15 credit modular structure over two semesters. All taught modules are semester based and are worth 15 credits, which is indicative of 150 hours of learning, comprised of student contact, private study and assessment. Project and dissertation modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits.

The BSc is studied full-time over three or four academic years. Three years without a Professional Training Year and four years with a Professional Training Year. In order to achieve the principal award of BSc (Hons) a student must complete 360 credits, 120 credits at FHEQ levels 4, 5 and 6 respectively. In order to achieve the principal award with a professional training year students must also complete 120 credits at level P. Students are also eligible to exit the programme with the following subsidiary awards: 

  • BSc (Ord) – 300 credits with a minimum of 60 credits at FHEQ level 6
  • Diploma of Higher Education (Dip HE) – 240 credits with a minimum of 120 credits at FHEQ level 5
  • Certificate of Higher Education (Cert HE) – 120 credits at FHEQ level 4

In order for students to progress they must achieve a minimum average of 40 per cent and have completed all 120 credits at FHEQ levels 4 and 5 and level P.

*The MBus is studied full-time over four or five academic years. Four years without a Professional Training Year and five years with a Professional Training Year. In order to achieve the principal award of MBus (Hons) a student must complete 480 credits, 120 credits at FHEQ levels 4, 5, 6 and 6 respectively. Students are also eligible to exit the programme with the following subsidiary awards: 

  • BSc (Hons)– 360 credits with a minimum of 120 credits at FHEQ level 6
  • BSc (Ord) – 300 credits with a minimum of 60 credits at FHEQ level 6
  • Diploma of Higher Education (Dip HE) – 240 credits with a minimum of 120 credits at FHEQ level 5
  • Certificate of Higher Education (Cert HE) – 120 credits at FHEQ level 4

Students failing to meet the criterion at the end of Level 5 will be transferred out to the BSc programme. 

  • Those failing to meet it at the end of Level 6 will be recommended for the award of BSc.
  • Students who enrol on the BSc programme may be admitted to the MBus programme at the end of FHEQ levels 5 or 6 if they meet the level average criterion.

The first three years of MBus International Business Management comprise the structure of the existing BSc International Business Management programme. This means that the MBus International Business Management shares the common first year with MBus Business Management and its pathways. As is currently the case with the BSc International Business Management programme, this will allow MBus students to make an informed decision about either confirming the programme specialism chosen on entry or switching to MBus Business Management, including the possibility of choosing one of its pathways. The exit award at the end of FHEQ Level 4 is CertHE.

In order for students to progress they must achieve a minimum average of 50 per cent and have completed all 120 credits at FHEQ levels 4, 5 and 6 and level P. Remaining on the MBus is contingent on a level average of 60 per cent at FHEQ levels 5, and cumulative level average for FHEQ Levels 5 and 6 at Level 6.

Year 1 (FHEQ Level 4)

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 5)

Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6)

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 that you might 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.

Indicative modules:

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.

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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.


Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports.

Contact hours

Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's Module Catalogue. See the programme structure section for more information.

Academic support

You are allocated a personal tutor to guide you through the programme and advise on your option choices and future career, helping you to get the most out of your time at Surrey.

Global opportunities

We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad. In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV. To check where you can go, visit our Global Exchanges pages.

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:

  • University of Sydney
  • Seoul National University
  • Nanyang Technological University
  • University of Victoria, Wellington
  • University of Hong Kong
  • University of Mannheim
  • Linkoping University

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.

Careers and Professional Training

We are very proud of our track record for graduate employability. One of the main reasons for our graduate employability success is our Professional Training placement programme which is one of the largest in the World, with over 2,300 partner organisations in the UK and overseas. To find out more visit our Careers and Professional Training pages.

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 (EY)
  • HP
  • L’Oréal
  • LK Bennett
  • Microsoft
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Sony
  • Xerox

Graduate prospects

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

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

2018 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?

For BSc programme: DDD

For MBus programme: D*DD


For BSc programme: AAB

For MBus programme: AAA

Access to HE Diploma

For BSc programme: 45 Level 3 credits overall including 39 at Distinction and 6 at Merit

For MBus programme: 45 Level 3 credits at Distinction

European Baccalaureate

For BSc programme: 75 per cent overall

For MBus programme: 76 per cent overall

International Baccalaureate

For BSc programme: 34 overall including 6,6,5 at Higher Level

For MBus programme: 34 overall including 6,6,6 at Higher Level

Science Practical Certificate

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass

Scottish Highers

For BSc programme: AAABB

For MBus programme: AAAAB

Welsh Baccalaureate

For BSc programme: Pass overall with AAB from the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels

For MBus programme: Pass overall with an A in the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and A-level AA

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

English Language and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent). Applicants must have achieved these grades at the time of making their application.

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 overall with 6.0 in each element

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

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

See 2017 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 (Hons) 4 years N125 View KIS data set
MBus (Hons) 5 years N129 View KIS data set

Tuition fees

View a complete listing of all ongoing fees for our undergraduate programmes.

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.

Bursaries and scholarships

We're committed to making sure that we offer support for students who might need it.

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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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Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

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