BA (Hons) International Business Management

Undergraduate, Full-Time

Experience a year overseas and gain the business skills and specialised knowledge you need to pursue a career in international business.

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  • Duration:

    4 years

  • Award:

    BA (Hons)

  • Location:

    Craiglockhart campus

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Course introduction

If you are planning a career in international business, you’ll need a combination of general business skills and specialised knowledge of the global market place – and that’s exactly what this course offers.

You’ll gain a strong foundation in a wide range of business and management disciplines, together with skills and experience that will enable you to meet the challenges of a career in the fast changing international business environment.

This is a full-time course studied over four years.

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You’ll become competent in the analysis of the impact of cultural differences on a wide variety of business decisions and consumer behaviour. Your study of the international business environment and its particular needs will be reinforced by a compulsory year abroad of study or a combination of study abroad and work-based learning abroad.

You’ll have the chance to immerse yourself in the culture of the country of your choice and develop employability skills specific to companies with international economic activities. You’ll also have the possibility to obtain a double degree at one of our partner universities in Germany, France or Spain.

You'll learn a number of business-related skills, including professional presentation, team working, leadership, communication and problem solving. You'll study the theories and techniques of accounting, economics, marketing and business strategy, and learn to apply them in a global context.

International Business Management allows you to specialise in global business practices without the requirement to study a foreign language. If you would like your degree profile to reflect your ability to communicate in a foreign language, you may choose to apply for the BA/BA (Hons) International Business Management and Language (French/German/Spanish).

This is a full-time course studied over four years. You’ll learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials and through independent study.

What you study

An indication of the modules you could study is shown below. These will be supplemented by choices from a number of course-specific option modules.

Year 1

  • Behavioural Studies
  • Research and Study Skills
  • Accounting for Business
  • Principles of Economics
  • Marketing
  • Intercultural Organisation Management 

Year 2

  • Management Science and Statistics
  • Introduction to Human Resource Management
  • Creativity, Innovation and Enterprise
  • Exploring Culture 
  • Business and Management Challenges
  • World Economy

Year 3

  • Compulsory year abroad of study or a combination of study abroad and work-based learning abroad

Year 4

  • Dissertation
  • Communication in International Management 
  • Business Strategy and Sustainable Development
  • Two options

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

Studying business in an international context presents a world of opportunities upon graduation with a number of sectors offering potential employment. Possible areas include:

  • graduate training schemes
  • financial services
  • the civil service
  • marketing
  • human resource management

Minimum year 1

SQA Higher

Typical Entry Requirement


National 5 grade C in Maths and English.

Adjusted Offer Entry Requirement


National 5 grade C in Maths and English.

You may be given an adjusted offer of entry if you meet specific widening participation criteria as outlined in our contextual admissions policy. Click here for further information about our entry requirements and admissions policies. 

A Level


GCSE grade C/4 in Maths and English.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Pre-2017 Grading System:

B1, B1, B3, B3 at Higher Level and grade C2 in Ordinary Level Maths and English.

New Grading System:

H2, H2, H3, H3 at Higher Level and grade O4 in Ordinary Level Maths and English.

BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3

Minimum grades MMM (Merit, Merit, Merit) in a related subject. 

GCSE grade C/4 in Maths and English.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Award of Diploma with 28 points overall with three HL subjects at grades 6, 5, 4.

Grade 4 in SL Maths and English.

European Baccalaureate

Pass at 70% or above with grade 7 in three subjects.  

Grade 6 in Maths and English.

Minimum year 2


Pass in a related subject with grade B in the graded unit.

SQA Advanced Higher


A Level


There is no direct entry onto year 3 of this programme.

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English. Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

International students

If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:

BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)

BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We're committed to being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.

Tuition fees
Students from 2017/18 2018/19
Scotland/EU £1,820 £1,820
England Wales and Northern Ireland £9,000 £9,250
Overseas £11,950 £12,350

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