International Business and Economics BSc (Hons)

Course overview

  • Course level
  • Course type
  • Duration
    4 year with integrated placement year / 3 year course without integrated placement year option only available for international students
  • Course options
    Placement year (UK/abroad)
  • UCAS code(s)
  • School

Entry requirements

  • A-levels (2020 entry)
    BBB-BCC (depending on EPQ, Core Maths or Contextual offer)*
  • BTEC extended diploma
    DDD to DDM (contextual offer)*
  • International baccalaureate diploma
    31 Points overall and above with 5,5,5 at Higher Level (Minimum score of 5 in SL Maths.)
  • Further requirements
    GCSE: 5 GCSE grades A*/9 – C/4 to include: Maths Grade B/5 and above and English Language OR English Literature Grade C/4
More information
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Key Dates

Gain experience for your CV with the integrated placement year

100% Overall Satisfaction (National Student Survey, 2018)

Five years after graduating, employed Aston business graduates earn an average of £35,900 (Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO), 2018)

Economics at Aston is ranked Top 20 in the UK (Guardian University Guide, 2020)

Course summary

In the drive for globalisation, companies are seeking out graduates who thrive in international settings. This course combines rigorous economics with real-world relevance and focus on international business. Our graduates go on to work at companies such as the Royal Bank of Scotland and Grant Thornton. 

This course offers a double degree option. Achieve two degrees for the price of one, and study abroad at one of our partner institutions.

Entry requirements and fees

4 year with integrated placement year / 3 year course without integrated placement year option only available for non-EU students


Typical offers:
A Levels:
BBB – standard offer
BBC (with EPQ or Core maths minimum grade B)
BCC (Contextual offer)*

IB: 31 points overall in the IB diploma with 5,5,5 at HL. Minimum score of 5 in Maths at Standard level.

BTEC, Access & other:
BTEC Extended Diploma DDD– standard offer.
BTEC Extended Diploma DDM – (Contextual offer)*
We accept the QAA-recognised Access Diploma which must consist of 45 credits at Level 3. You must obtain a minimum of 30 distinction and the rest must be at merit or distinction. Please note that we do not accept the English and Maths components within the Access qualification and you must meet the GCSE entry requirement.

Further requirements: 
5 GCSE grades A*/9 – C/4 to include:
GCSE Maths – grade B/5
GCSE English Language OR English Literature – grade C/4
Please note that General Studies does not contribute towards the UCAS points requirement but is welcomed as an additional qualification.

View our Admissions Policy.

Whilst the grades listed here are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants with predicted grades that fall below these entry requirements if the application is of a high standard (however, initial offers will not be lower than stated above).
Entry onto our Foundation Year maybe offered as an alternative to the degree course if lower entry grades are achieved.

*For details on our Aston Ready contextual offer scheme, please see here.

Tuition fees: £9,250 (£1,250 during placement year) for UK/EU students. £15,600* for International students (£2,500 during placement year) (2020/21). More on fees.

Tuition fees are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. When undertaking a placement year a placement year fee applies.

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

International students

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements. For more information about qualifications view our Aston in your country webpage.

Course outline

With the increasing globalisation of business and revolution in communications, no company can afford to ignore the international dimension.The international business component of this course aims to develop the knowledge and skills required for assessing and developing international strategies and operations of businesses. The economics component develops the skills required to make an assessment of the economic environment of companies and their strategies within the context of national and international environments. 

The combination of international business and applied economics on this programme provides a strong introduction to the world of business and a solid foundation for a career in international commerce, or as an applied/business economist.

This course offers a double degree option. Achieve two degrees for the price of one, and study abroad at one of our partner institutions.

Subject guide and modules

You will study a range of topics, designed to give you a solid foundation for your business degree.

Year 1

The core and compulsory modules are: 

  • Introductory Accounting for Business
  • Introduction to Organisational Behaviour
  • Mathematics for Economics 
  • Statistics for Economics
  • Introduction to Marketing Management
  • Applied topics in Economics
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Principles of Microeconomics

Year 2

You will develop your understanding of economics, the international business environment and the international operations of business. The core and compulsory modules are:

  • Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Corporate Financial Management
  • Introduction to Econometrics 1
  • International Business and Emerging Market Economies
  • International Business Economics

Students must choose one module from the following options: 

  • Introduction to Econometrics 2
  • Business, Government and Society 
  • Markets, Games and Strategy
  • Sport Economics and Finance
  • Virtual Business Simulation 

Year 3

You will spend this year in professional placement or you may choose to take up an international study opportunity at one of our partner institutions. This year is compulsory for all UK and EU students.

See placement year section or find out more about the Aston placement year.

This course offers a double degree option. Achieve two degrees for the price of one, and study abroad at one of our partner institutions.

Final Year

This year focuses on the implications of managing the major functions of finance and marketing within the international context, the application of economic theories in understanding international business, analysing policy and carrying out economic research. All students must take the following core modules:


  • Strategic Management
  • Advanced Topics in International Business 
  • International Trade 


You will then choose from the following optional modules:

  • Further Topics in Macroeconomics 
  • Further Topics in Microeconomics 

And then from the remaining options: 

  • Macroeconometrics (time series) 
  • Microeconomtrics 
  • Environmental Economics 
  • Competition Policy
  • Regional and Urban Economics 
  • Economics of Entrepreneurship 
  • Innovation
  • Fraud, Bribery and Corruption 
  • Derivatives
  • Financial Economics 
  • International Finance 
  • International Marketing 
  • International Operations
  • Language modules at intermediate or advanced level (French, German, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Brazilian, Portuguese or Arabic).
Learning, teaching and assessment

Learning and teaching

You will experience a range of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, group-working, case studies and both individual and group presentations. Traditional teaching is supported by a virtual learning environment that is used to host a range of electronic supporting materials.

For example all business students undertake the Business Game module and compete in teams in a computer simulation exercise that culminates in a presentation to a panel of internal employers.

Aston University has subscriptions to both the Financial Times and The Economist, which you can benefit from whilst studying here.


Assessment is provided by a mix of coursework and examination.

Students who are made an offer will receive a detailed programme specification which forms part of our terms and conditions. 

Course Director

Dr Geetha Ravishankar

Telephone: +44(0)121 204 3809

Personal development 

Our business degrees are designed to also give you a range of transferable and practical skills to succeed within your chosen career. We make extensive use of group working and presentations to prepare you for the reality of working life. Such work develops your team working and negotiating skills.

Our placement year gives you the genuine practical work experience that is invaluable in developing an appreciation of issues such as office politics which cannot be replicated in the lecture room.

Professional accreditations and exemptions

Graduates may be able to claim exemptions from the examinations of a number of professional bodies. For further details, please check the accrediting body's webpage.

At present exemptions are available from:

  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • Association of International Accountants (AIA)
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
  • Chartered Insurance Institute (CII)

Accreditation is a stamp of quality and prestige for a business school and its programmes. Aston is proud to be among 1% of business schools worldwide with triple accreditation. 

Placement year

Our four year course with an integrated placement during the third year gives you the chance to put theory into practice, gain relevant work experience, and develop professional and transferable skills.  

We have a dedicated Employer Team within our Careers and Placements department who have links with local, national and international organisations and advertise vacancies to students through an online platform exclusively for Aston students and graduates.  

The opportunity to undertake a study placement with one of our international partner institutions is also available if you would prefer.

This course offers a double degree option. Achieve two degrees for the price of one, and study abroad at one of our partner institutions.

Find out more about the Aston placement year, and view the careers and placements page.


Study or work in another country

The University has secured Erasmus+ mobility funding for students going on placement during the academic year 2019/20.  For students planning their placement in the academic year 2020/21, Erasmus+ mobility funding will be dependent on the Exit date and whether a Withdrawal deal is agreed. The University’s Brexit information page is regularly being updated and will have the latest information.  

Career prospects

Our graduates are targeted by major global companies year after year. Many of our graduates are now working in roles such as International Procurement Trainee, Chief Operating Officer, Data Analyst, Tax Consultant, Foreign Exchange and MoneyMarket Dealer, Trade Fund Analyst, Policy Advisor, Audit Associate and Deal Assurance Manager at organisations such as Lidl UK, HSBC, GSK, Royal Bank of Scotland, PwC (PriceWaterhouseCoopers), General Electric, Mazars and EY.

"I was impressed with the focus on employability within the courses offered. I also liked that the campus felt like a community but was conveniently situated in the city centre of the 2nd largest city in the UK. Participating in clubs gave me the opportunity to make great friends and also to encourage quieter students to socialise and get involved."

Hannah Wilson
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