International Business Management BSc (Hons) or MBus – 2015 entry

What you'll study

The 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 programme, 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 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 programme is 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.

The MBus option

Our MBus (Master of Business) 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 business managers.

Discover more about the many benefits of the MBus.

Year 1 (FHEQ Level 4)

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)

Compulsory modules:

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

You will also study two elective modules from a range of options. These include:

  • 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 placement (optional)

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, Microsoft, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Xerox.

Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6)

Compulsory modules:

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

You will also study four elective modules from a range of options. These include:

  • 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)

This year is only for students on the MBus. Students do four compulsory modules, an applied research project and one optional module.

To maintain their place on the MBus programme students must achieve a minimum of 60% at each level of the programme. Students registering on the BSc programme will be allowed to transfer to the MBus programme if they achieve this level.

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.

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.

Graduate prospects

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

  • Accenture
  • Fujitsu
  • JP Morgan
  • Marks & Spencer
  • Samsung

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 seventeen exchange agreements spanning four continents. Our international partners include the University of Sydney in Australia, Seoul National University in South Korea and Hong Kong University. Partnerships with European institutions include the VU University in Amsterdam, 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 our 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 the USA, Hong Kong, Dubai and other parts of Europe. If working in Europe, you will again be eligible for an Erasmus grant.

2015 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?


Grades required:

AAA for MBus programmes

AAA–AAB for BSc programmes

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

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

D*DD for MBus programmes

D*DD-DDD for BSc programmes

European Baccalaureate

76% for MBus programmes

76% - 75% for BSc programmes

(including 6 in Mathematics)

International Baccalaureate

36 points for MBus programmes

36-35 points for BSc programmes

(including Mathematics grade 4 at SL/HL)

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 B or above (or equivalent).

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.

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

* Subject to approval

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 overseas students

Fees for students classed as overseas for fees purposes are as follows: £14,900

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. Details will be available in late summer 2014.

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.

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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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Why Surrey?

  • Surrey is ranked 15th in the UK for Business and Management programmes by the Good University Guide 2015
  • Ranked in the top 20 for Business and Management programmes in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2015
  • 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
  • Surrey Business School is a leader in student enterprise, offering a variety of extra-curricular opportunities
  • As a Surrey Business School student, you have the chance to study abroad as part of your undergraduate degree
  • Our international exchange programme allows you to study at one of our partner universities in Europe, the Americas, Australia or the Far East

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