International Trade and Investment (Top-up) BA(Hons)

2020-21 (also available for 2019-20)

Start date

21 September 2020

Duration

1 year full-time

Places available (subject to change)

50

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 472956

About the course

Why International Trade and Investment (Top-up)?

Business is becoming truly global. This one-year top-up course is designed to help you understand how companies engage in international trade. It could help build your knowledge of the dynamic global business environment, and how change can lead to opportunities and threats for businesses.

You’ll already have a good understanding of how business works and now you’re looking to gain a more global perspective. This one-year top-up course is designed to help.

How will you learn?

You will learn through practical application and delivered lectures, workshops, seminars and group work sessions.

  • On the course we’ll look at the importance of banking and finance in sustainable business operations.
  • You’ll have an opportunity to study investment analysis and portfolio management, the fundamental issue of competitiveness and a strategic perspective on globalisation.
  • You'll also explore the benefits of location and the internationalisation of business through the impact of multinationals and global supply chains.
  • You’ll also be given the chance to study strategic management and this should help make you aware of the key approaches that assist managers in delivering both short and long term aims, goals and objectives for the organisation.

International Trade and Investment could give you the knowledge and the understanding to take the next step in your international business career.

What subjects will you cover?

You’ll explore subjects such as International Business, Strategic Framework, Developments in International Banking and Financial Services and Strategic Management.

For a business to be successful all the different functions need to operate effectively in conjunction with each other. By studying strategy you will develop the skills and knowledge to be a business leader of the future. Through your specialist study of international business you will also learn how business operates in global markets operate.  In addition to your core modules you will be able to select options to gain a deeper insight into specialist subjects that interest you. 
 
Due to the wide range of subjects studied on the course you will have lots of different career opportunities upon graduation. Former International Business students have become sales executives, account managers, project managers, banking executives, human resource professionals to name to just a few. You may also want to use your knowledge to work across different countries. Our degrees will help you shape your own future.

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Ruth Brooks, Course Leader

Course detail

Core modules:

International Business

This module considers the fundamental issue of competitiveness and helps you to consider a strategic perspective on globalisation. You'll explore the benefits of location (such as costs, consumer preferences and technology) and the internationalisation of business through the impact of multinationals and global supply chains. In term two you'll focus on international business functions such as marketing and human resources.

Strategic Management

This module highlights the role of strategic management in organisations and helps make you aware of the key strategic management approaches that assist managers in delivering both short and long term aims, goals and objectives for the organisation. It is underpinned by theory that then provides a tool kit for strategic analysis and demonstrates how this can aid management teams make business decisions in today’s complex and turbulent environments.

Monetary and Financial Framework

This module helps you to develop an advanced understanding of central banking, financial markets and regulatory practice. Theory, policy and practice are explored to keep apace with fast moving and ever changing business environments.

Business Responsibility & Sustainability

This module explores how social, economic and environmental responsibilities are incorporated into the business organisations. It adopts a complementary approach and builds upon existing management and strategy modules, focusing specifically on corporate responsibility and sustainability dimensions in global business organisations. This module consists of two distinct but related elements, the first will examine the concept of corporate responsibility, its applicability in the context of a business organisation and the challenges of managing it in a globalised world. The second will address sustainability and sustainable development and its implications for business operations. This module is part of the University of Huddersfield’s commitment to the United Nations Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME).

Investment and Portfolio Management

You will have an opportunity to study investment analysis and portfolio management, using an innovative experiential learning environment – “The Portfolio Game”. This provides you with the opportunity for personal development whilst developing a critical appreciation of the features of managing a successful investment portfolio.

Developments in International Banking and Financial Services

The module examines the importance and development of international banking and financial services in a modern industrial economy. It considers how monetary and financial sectors evolve following financial crises and the roles played by financial institutions to regulate the provision of financial services. It further explores some of the economic theories that underpin modern financial systems and assesses the extent to which they reflect contemporary economic policy making measures.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are normally one of the following:

  • Higher National Diploma in Business.
  • Overseas equivalents such as D.U.T. passed at 55% average.
  • Successful completion of two years of Higher Education with 120 ECTS credits (or equivalent) in a business related subject.
  • Successful completion of a foundation degree in a business related subject.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages.

What our students have to say


The University of Huddersfield offers a diverse and vibrant student environment, located on one central town centre campus site. The Business School provides you with a modern, professional environment in which to learn and develop, located right next to the Huddersfield Narrow Canal it's in a leafy and picturesque location at the heart of the campus.

Watch our profile video to hear Loren describe why she chose the University of Huddersfield.

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. We’ve been the English university with the highest proportion of professionally-qualified teaching staff for the past four years*.
  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.

*HESA - First awarded in 2016, maintained in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

**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.

Your Career


Previous graduates from this subject area have gone on to roles such Senior Officer, Information Analyst, Area Manager, Graduate Trainee, Stockist Marketing Co-ordinator and Executive Assistant in organisations including Bupa Arabia, SK Networks, The Health Informatics Service, Magna International, Aldi, Advanced 365, PPG Industries and UBS AG.**

* Whilst this is a top-up course and therefore there are no graduate statistics for this specific course, 93% of graduates from courses in this subject area go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers Survey 2016/17).

**Source: LinkedIn

93% Graduates employed from this subject*

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.

Within Huddersfield Business School, there are numerous student support services that you can access to ensure that you make the most of your time with us.In terms of academic support, we have highly qualified Academic Skills Tutors who are able to provide support to those of you who require help in improving your academic skills in areas such as academic writing, presentation techniques, referencing etc.We also offer additional support to our International students by giving free language support sessions to our Final Year/Top-Up and Postgraduate students and co-ordinate the ‘Bud In Hud ‘ programme which provides opportunities for both International and Home students to meet and socialise in an informal setting.

We also have a team of Student Guidance and Support Officers within the School who can provide support and advice to you with any non-academic issues such as health issues, financial problems or personal issues, you may be facing which are having an effect on your ability to study to the best of your abilities.Drop in sessions are always available so you can pop in and have a confidential chat about how we can help and what support is available to you.

Our support services are here to ensure that you are able to achieve your academic, professional and personal potential during your time with Huddersfield Business School.

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.

Changes to a course you have applied for

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

We will always try to deliver your course and other services as described. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below:

Changes to option modules

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

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

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, along with the Student Protection Plan, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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