BA (Hons) International Business Management and Languages

Undergraduate, Full-Time

Experience a year abroad, develop your language and business skills and gain the specialised knowledge 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’re planning on 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, with the added opportunity to develop your language and intercultural communication skills.

You’ll study your chosen language (from French, German or Spanish) to degree level, with a focus on communication and practical language skills such as negotiation and report-writing.

In addition 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 world of international business.

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Your language study, and study of the international business environment and its particular needs, will be reinforced by a compulsory year abroad, when you’ll have the chance to immerse yourself in the culture of the country of your choice and hone your language skills.

You may also have the opportunity to develop employability skills specific to companies with international economic activities, and to obtain a double degree at one of our partner universities in Germany, France or Spain.

You'll accelerate your rate of learning and have the opportunity to become familiar with the way business is conducted in that country - a valuable asset for anyone involved in international trade.

Alongside your language learning, you’ll acquire all the knowledge and skills to equip you for a broad range of careers in business at home and abroad. The research skills training included in the programme mean that you can also progress to further study.

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.

In our language classes small group sessions and experienced teaching staff make for an intensive but enjoyable learning experience. In addition, our exchange programmes with overseas institutions and subsidies for living expenses add a valuable practical edge to the course.

What you study

An indication of the modules you could study is shown below.

Year 1

  • Language
  • Research and Study Skills    
  • Accounting for Business
  • Principles of Economics
  • Marketing 1

Year 2

  • Language
  • Management Science and Statistics
  • Introduction to Human Resource Management
  • World Economy
  • Business Management and Challenges    

Year 3

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

Year 4

  • Language
  • Dissertation
  • Business Strategy and Sustainable Development
  • One option   

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.

Being able to communicate fluently in another language opens doors to increased opportunities and you will enjoy greater employability, here in the UK and abroad, in the areas of:

  • marketing
  • human resource management
  • tourism
  • exporting
  • international development

Minimum year 1

SQA Higher

Typical Entry Requirement

BBBC to include grade B in the language to be studied.

National 5 grade C in Maths and English.

Adjusted Offer Entry Requirement

BCCC to include grade B in the language to be studied.

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

CCC to include the language to be studied.

GCSE grade C/4 in Maths and English.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Pre-2017 Grading System:

B1, B3, B3, B3 at Higher Level to include the language to be studied and grade C2 in Ordinary Level Maths and English.

New Grading System:

H2, H3, H3, H3 at Higher Level to include the language to be studied 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. 

A Level grade C in the language to be studied.

GCSE grade C/4 in Maths and English.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Award of Diploma with 27 points overall with three HL subjects at grades 6, 5, 4 to include grade 5 in the language to be studied.

Grade 4 in SL Maths and English.

European Baccalaureate

Pass at 70% or above with grade 7 in three subjects to include the language to be studied.

Grade 6 in Maths and English.

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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