International Business BA(Hons)

2019-20

2018-19

2018-19

Hoping to work in a global business? This course aims to give you a solid foundation in international business and management know-how.

It’s not too late to apply for September 2018. Find out more

Start date

17 September 2018

Duration

3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year
You can also study on a part-time modular basis by daytime attendance
This course is also available as a one year top-up for those with appropriate qualifications.

Entry requirements

A Level - BBB

BTEC - DDM

See full entry requirements

UCAS Code

N124

Places available (subject to change)

30

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 472956

About the course

Business is becoming truly global. The internet and instant communications mean that even small businesses can now reach an international market. To succeed in this interconnected world, you need to understand the global factors driving business today. This course explores international business and the cultural differences and diversities that it has to offer.

The course is designed to equip you with a broad overview of how the commercial world operates. We aim to provide you with a detailed understanding of how businesses develop successful strategies through relevant analytical and evaluation techniques. You’ll receive a solid introduction to international business, entrepreneurship, strategic management and environmental management to help give you a firm understanding that can be applied in any sector or industry.

You'll also look at everything from marketing and finance through to operations and information systems. We’ll also study how companies operate, looking at both small businesses and large companies.

Factors like transformational technology and globalisation mean businesses have to constantly change and adapt so they’re looking for people with the right mix of talents who can solve problems and have ideas. Often these ideas can lead on to the development of new products and services that can contribute to the future prosperity of a company.

That’s why we’ll give you the chance to pick up some very desirable skills including analysis and evaluation techniques, how to think creatively and logical decision making. They’re all skills that can be used in any size of business and in any sector.

During your studies we’ll give you the opportunity to undertake a placement with a business, either in the UK or abroad. Previous students have gone on to placements in companies such as Banks Sadler, JN Bentley, PPG, Top Cashback, Hewlett Packard and many others.

Placements


The course offers an optional one-year (48 weeks) work placement after the second year, in the UK or abroad.

Huddersfield Business School’s Placement Unit won the National Undergradute Employability (NUE) award in 2017 for ‘Best University Placement Service’ for their hard work and innovative ideas.

Our Placement Office works with national and international employers to ensure excellent work experience opportunities are available to you on placement courses as well as giving advice in areas such as interview skills and preparing CVs and covering letters.

Previous placement providers have included companies such as Banks Sadler, Placement Year International, Dept of Health & Social Care, JN Bentley, PPG, Top Cashback, Hewlett Packard, Joseph International, Cummins, IBM, and EPY.

Entry requirements

BBBat A Level

120 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications

DDM in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

  • Pass Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 level 3 credits at merit
  • 120 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications.

Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.

Course Detail

Core modules:

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Professional Aspects of Business

This module introduces you to key areas in both legal and financial aspects of business. You’ll look at how financial information is prepared, presented and interpreted by internal and external users and consider aspects of employment and contract law relevant to non-specialists. As well as delivering theory and technical information, practical application is presented through worked examples, group working and discussions.

Markets and Marketing

This module explores the behaviour of markets and the responses of organisations through their marketing activities. It will help you to develop an understanding of marketing theory and practice and help you to develop the skills to produce a well-researched marketing plan.

Organisational Behaviour

This module presents and critically explores human behaviour in the workplace from the perspective of the individual, the team and the organisation. Emphasis is placed on developing critical awareness through discussions of theoretical content but also the practical application of ideas to the workplace. The overall objective of the module is to think about different levels of behaviour and to think about the challenges managers face in increasingly competitive and dynamic environments. With vast ranging topics, the module covers individual level topics including personality, individual differences and motivation to more team level concepts including the influence of the social organisation and organisational level topics including leadership, organisational culture and change management. This is all presented with reference to real life examples and topical areas of interest.

Human Resource Management

This module will introduce you to the fundamentals of human resource management, and it will consider different approaches to the study and practice of human resource management. Using relevant theories, research and case studies, we'll explore the history and development of HRM as a way of managing people in the workplace, look at the role HRM plays within organisations, and the relationship between HRM and other areas e.g. line managers and productivity. We'll also explore the role of HRM in shaping and managing individuals and groups at work from recruitment through to the termination of the employment relationship.

Responsible Business Enterprise

This module will introduce you to ethical and social responsibility issues encountered by contemporary business enterprises. You'll be given the opportunity to develop skills in identifying and addressing business challenges related to social responsibility, and then work in groups to develop viable business solutions which address economic, social and environmental concerns of a business enterprise. This module is part of Huddersfield Business School’s commitment to the United Nations Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME).

Option modules:

Choose one from a list which may include:

The Legal Environment of Business and Employment

A study of key aspects of Law for Business organisations, employers and employees, within an introductory and practical context.

Creativity and Innovation for Business

This module is designed to stimulate creativity while exploring a wide range of variables that may affect creativity and innovation in organisations. This module is aimed to introduce you to the body of knowledge on creativity and innovation, helping you to develop basic skills for evaluating and applying it appropriately. The main approach is in utilising topical discussions, experiential exercises, and cases.

Introduction to Financial Services

This module provides a comprehensive introduction to the global financial markets, together with an overview of current developments. You’ll learn how the financial services sector channels investments and financial instruments around the world and have the opportunity to understand how individuals, corporations and countries raise and move funds around international markets and financial exchanges.

Or a Modern Language module option.

You will be taught through a series of lectures, seminars, tutorials, assignments, exams, individual projects and a management training programme. Assessment will include exams, short-answer questions, essays, in-class tests, verbal presentations, group projects, clinical case studies, reflective portfolios and a dissertation.

20.33% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials etc.

If you are concerned about adapting to study at university level, then our Learning Development Group, (LDG) based in the Huddersfield Business School building offers a dedicated service helping our students to improve their academic skills in areas such as presentations skills, time-management, academic reading, referencing or academic writing, research for essay preparation and how to prepare effectively for examinations.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. The University is number one in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HEFCE, 2016).
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff* have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

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