International Business and Management 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
    Integrated International placement / study abroad
  • UCAS code(s)
  • School

Entry requirements

  • A-levels (2020 entry)
    BBB-BCC (depending on EPQ, Core Maths or Contextual offer)*
  • BTEC extended diploma
    from DDD to DDM (contextual offer)*
  • International baccalaureate diploma
    31 Points overall and above with 5,5,5 at Higher Level
  • Further requirements
    GCSE: 5 GCSE grades A*/9 – C/4 to include: Maths Grade C/4 and above and English Language OR English Literature Grade C/4
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Course summary

Get a solid understanding of strategic management in international business. Discover how differences in culture influence the way we do business and understand how to operate in challenging environments abroad. Our graduates go on to work at companies such as Ernst and Young and Müller.

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. 

BTEC, Access & other:
BTEC Extended Diploma DDD.
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 C/4
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* (£2,500 during placement year) for International students (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 langauge requirement. For more information about qualifications view our Aston in your country webpage.



Course outline

The study of international business is more important than ever. Technological, political and economic developments mean that daily business transactions can be conducted on a global scale, where international managers have added advantages in the employment market.

This degree offers a core strategic management focus within an international business context and has been developed in response to demand by alumni and our own advisory panel of international employers.

Subject guide and modules

You will study a range of topics, designed to give you a solid foundation for your business degree. For the second and final years you are asked to select two subject areas on which to concentrate your study. At least one of these must be International Management or International Communications for Business.

Year 1

Your first year will include studies in International Perspectives to provide a strong foundation for your second and final years.  Although this degree does not include any language modules in your first year, you have the option to include a language from scratch or at an advanced level within this year as an extra-curricular option free of charge. Languages can be included from scratch or at an advanced level in your second and final year.  If you wish languages to be a more significant part of your degree, you should apply for the BSc (Hons) International Business and French/German/Spanish/Mandarin Chinese- IBML programme. The core modules are:

  • Introductory Accounting for Business
  • Introduction to Organisational Behaviour
  • International Perspectives in Organisations 
  • Law for Business  
  • Introduction to Marketing Management 
  • Principles of Operations Management
  • Foundations of Business Analytics
  • An Introduction to Business Economics 

Year 2

From the second year onwards, this degree offers a great deal of flexibility for you to begin tailoring your degree. In the second and final year you will specialise in two areas of management, these are:

  • International Business and Emerging Market Economies 
  • Introduction to Intercultural Communication 
  • Business, Government & Society
  • Virtual Business Simulation 

Students must also select one of the following finance modules:

  • Strategic Finance
  • Corporate Financial Management

Communications for Business modules: 

  • Language at Work 
  • Critical Reflection on Language Learning 

Plus a language module:

  • French, German, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Arabic, all at Beginners, Intermediate or Advanced Level

Students can then select their remaining credits from a range of different business areas.

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. For International Business and Management students work placements must normally take place outside of the UK.

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

Final Year

During your final year you will continue to study your specialist area(s) in addition to the core module below:

  • Advanced Topics in International Business 

Students must select one of the following International Business modules:

  • International Finance
  • International Marketing
  • International Operations

You must select one of the following Integrating modules: 

  • Effective Management Consultancy 1
  • Effective Management Consultancy 2 
  • Implementing Business Decisions 
  • Knowledge at Work 

You must also select one of the following Strategy modules: 

  • Strategic Management
  • Strategic HRM 
  • Marketing Strategy 
  • Operations Strategy 

You can then select your remaining credits from the following Communication for Business modules or specialist areas:  

  • Language: French, German, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Arabic, all at Beginners, Intermediate or Advanced Level
  • Leadership and Management Communication 
  • Advanced Leadership and Management Communication 
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Business Analytics
  • Business Psychology
  • Business Economics
  • Information Systems
  • Law
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management
  • Sociology of Work and Business 
Learning, teaching and assessment


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.


Assessment is provided by a mix of coursework and examination.

Personal development 

This degree is designed to also give you a range of transferable and practical skills to help you 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 international experience that is invaluable in developing an appreciation of international business and cultural issues which cannot be fully replicated in the lecture room.

Course director

Matthew Hall

Phone: +44(0)121 204 3120


Professional accreditations and exemptions

Aston Business School graduates can claim exemptions from the examinations of a number of professional bodies. These are dependent upon the options you have followed.

Accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) for the purpose of exemptions from some professional examinations.

This programme may also lead to accreditation or exemptions from the following professional bodies:

  • ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants)
  • CII (Chartered Insurance Institute)
  • CIM (Chartered Institute of Marketing)
  • CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants)

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.  

You will be studying at one of our carefully selected French, German or Spanish - speaking partner institutions (if studying a modern language to an advanced level) or at one of English-speaking institutions around the world.You may alternatively apply to organisations to undertake a professional international work placement in an English, French, Spanish or German-speaking  environment depending on your language competency.  Students applying for professional international work placements are supported by the placements office.

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.  

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

International Business and Management graduates are in demand from a wide range of organisations that are in need of managers who understand the human side of the enterprise. Recent graduates have gained employment both at home and overseas in a variety of positions including Trainee and Communications Manager, Assistant Brand Manager, Assoicate Consultant, Central Operations Executive, Digital Marketing Analyst, Operations Analyst and Insurance Analyser at organisations such as Ernst and Young (EY), Accenture, HSBC UK, LLoyds Bank, Muller Dairy, Next Retail and Vodafone. 

"One year of my degree was spent studying abroad in Hong Kong, which was a great cultural experience that is now very valuable in the workplace."

Ben Curtis
Founder of the Aircraft Model Store and the Railway Model Store.
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"I chose to study at Aston as the placement year was compulsory. I believed that experience in the working environment was extremely relevant for a business degree and the requirement of the placement year showed Aston’s expertise in the area. My placement challenged me in different ways and provided me with the technical and interpersonal skills required for future careers. It enabled me to apply what I had learnt at university and see how they function in a professional environment."

Rebecca Zafar
Audit Trainee at KPMG

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