International Business Management BSc (Hons) – 2019 entry
Why choose this course
At Surrey Business School, we are renowned for our world-class research, dynamic learning environment and strong industry links.
Our BSc International Business Management course offers a large choice of elective modules and gives you the opportunity to explore our globalised economy and how organisations of all sizes start, run and thrive in international markets.
As a student of Surrey Business School, you will also get hands-on experience with real businesses and gain entrepreneurial and life skills that will allow you to accelerate your innovative thinking into practice, opening up a wide range of career opportunities.
What you will study
You will study organisations, their management and the global environment in which they operate, giving you a comprehensive business management education with an international perspective, ideal if you have a global outlook and international aspirations.
You’ll get 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 global players. You will also build 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.
|Qualification||Course length||Professional Training||UCAS||KIS code|
|BSc (Hons)||36 months||N120||View KIS data set|
|BSc (Hons)||48 months||N121||View KIS data set|
Professional Training placements
As part of this course you have the option to complete a Professional Training placement. These will give you the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, equipping you to be adaptable, resilient, globally minded, confident, entrepreneurial and digitally savvy in the workplace. These qualities are widely recognised by employers and a significant proportion of placement students at Surrey are offered graduate-level jobs or go onto postgraduate study.
Find out more about Professional Training placements and discover how these have transformed our students’ lives and career choices.
International Business Management 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:
- MCI Group (Brussels)
- Bank of England
- Discovery Networks International
- The Walt Disney Company.
Applying for placements
Professional Training placements are usually applied for and secured via an open and free-to-all process, within which students can select and apply for numerous opportunities. Placement providers use their own recruitment and selection procedures and the majority of students will secure their placement in this way. However, support is also provided to students wishing to source their own placement, subject to university requirements being met.
Students are generally not placed by the University, however they are given thorough support and guidance alongside access to a vacancy portal representing thousands of placement opportunities each year. Please be aware there may be travel costs incurred when attending interviews and assessment centres at the placement provider’s premises.
Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
Institute of Export and International Trade (IOEIT)
This programme is accredited by the Institute of Export and International Trade.
Careers and graduate prospects
We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.
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. Graduates over the last few years have secured roles such as:
- Operations Director, LV Caspian Ltd
- Public Relations Manager, Dusit Thani Bangkok
- Financial Planner, China Securities Co
- Change Manager, IBM
- Management Consultant, PwC
- Account Manager, Capgemini
- Marketing Executive, Microsoft.
Study and work abroad
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. Visit our global exchanges pages to check where you can go.
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), to enrich your international experiences and cross-cultural awareness.
We also offer the opportunity to learn a new language for free with our Global Graduate Award.
The University has exchange agreements with many universities worldwide, some of which are specific to the Surrey Business School. Our international partners for international business include:
- University of Sydney
- Ryerson University, Canada
- Nanyang Technological University
- University of Victoria, Wellington
- University of Hong Kong
- Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Netherlands
- Linkoping University
- University of Cincinnati
- University of Queensland.
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 may 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.
Terms and conditions
When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions as a guide as to what to expect.
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.
This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.
Academic year structure
The academic year is divided into two semesters of 15 weeks each. Each semester consists of a period of teaching, revision/directed learning and assessment.
The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. All taught modules are 15 credits. Project modules and dissertation modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits.
The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes.
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.
Optional modules for Year 2 - FHEQ Level 5
Students need to take 1 optional module in Semester 1 and 1 optional module in Semester 2.
Optional modules for Year 3 - FHEQ Level 6
Students need to take 3 optional modules in Semester 1 and 2 optional modules in Semester 2.
Timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).
The University of Surrey received a Gold Award in the recent Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), highlighting our excellent teaching.
On this course, each 15-credit module involes 150 hours of student work. This time will be spent in lectures, computer labs, seminars and tutorials, and includes your own study time, both individual and in small groups.
You will also write essays, assignments and projects, individually and in groups, that draw on your understanding of the different operational areas of multinational corporations in international business environments. You will learn how to make a creative proposal for a multinational corporation to expand its international business with strategies, and develop your critical analysis skills by studying up-to-date topics in the current international business environment.
Our staff members are innovative in delivering engaging learning sessions that bring together theory and practice for your intellectual and professional development.
There may be occasions when the delivery of your teaching is supported by postgraduate research students. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.
This course is taught by academic staff from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
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All taught students are assigned a personal tutor before beginning a programme of study. Personal tutors offer support and advice to students in the areas of:
Personal/professional development and employability.
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. Check individual module information to see full details at a module level.
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 modules section for more information.
Learning and disability support
We have two services, the Student Personal Learning and Study Hub (SPLASH) and Additional Learning Support (ALS) which can help develop your learning.
Student Personal Learning and Study Hub
SPLASH is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can help you develop your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.
Find out more about the study support available.
Additional Learning Support
ALS is the University’s disability and neurodiversity service which supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (for example: dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (for example: autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).
If you have a disability, we encourage you to disclose your condition and register with the service so you can be appropriately supported during your studies.
The ALS team can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance and screen students for dyslexia and dyspraxia. Regular study skills and mentoring support is also available.
See the Additional Learning Support website for more information.
What qualifications do you need?
English language requirements
IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each element.
View the other English language qualifications that we accept.
If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here. The University of Surrey is also an IELTS test centre.
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.
Recognition of prior learning
The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims.
Please see the Code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.
|Qualification||Course length||Professional Training||UK/EU fees||Overseas fees||Professional Training fees|
|BSc (Hons)||36 months||To be confirmed||To be confirmed||Not applicable|
|BSc (Hons)||48 months||To be confirmed||To be confirmed||To be confirmed|
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