International Business Management BA (Hons)

This degree helps you to stand out from others with business degrees, as it teaches you to apply an international perspective.


Whilst studying, 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.

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.

We are a top 10 UK modern university for Business, Management and Marketing (Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022).

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Mode of Study:



4 years

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Course details

You'll study the theories and techniques of accounting, economics, marketing and business strategy, and learn to apply them in a global context, enabling you to develop employability skills specific to companies with international economic activities and immerse yourself in the culture of the country of your choice. 

You'll learn a number of business-related skills, including professional presentation, team working, leadership, communication and problem solving and your study of the international business environment will be reinforced by a compulsory year abroad of study, or a combination of study abroad and work-based learning abroad. You'll become competent in the analysis of the impact of cultural differences on a wide variety of business decisions and consumer behaviour.

You’ll also have the possibility to obtain a double degree at one of our partner universities in Germany, France or Spain.

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    How you’ll be taught

    You'll learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials and through independent study.
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    Study abroad

    Study abroad for a full academic year in Year 3 is compulsory for our International Business Management programme. It’s an exciting opportunity to live in another country and gain further insight into what it takes to do business across borders.

    Placement and Study Abroad opportunities are subject to UK and Scottish Government health and travel advice.

Popular modules

Year 1

  • Behavioural Studies
  • Academic Skills for Business Management 
  • Accounting for Business
  • Principles of Economics
  • Marketing
  • Intercultural Organisation Management

Year 2

  • Data Analysis
  • 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

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



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

Full information is available in our disclaimer.

Entry requirements

What are the entry requirements for International Business Management?

Our entry requirements indicate both Standard and 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.

Can you go straight into second year of university?

Advanced entry into Year 2 of this course is possible for students with suitable qualifications. See the individual year tabs for more information.

Can I make an appointment with an advisor to discuss further about the admission process?

If you want to get more information on the admission process, please get in touch with the undergraduate admissions team by submitting an enquiry form above.

Minimum Year 1

SQA Higher

  • Standard Entry Requirement: BBBB
  • Minimum Offer Entry Requirement: BCCC

You may be given an adjusted offer of entry if you meet our specified minimum entry requirements within our widening participation criteria, and outlined in our Contextual Admissions Policy. Click here for further information about our entry requirements and admissions policies.

A Level

  • BCC

Irish Leaving Certificate

  • H2, H2, H3, H3 at Higher Level

BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3

  • Minimum grades DMM (Distinction, Merit, Merit).

BTEC (QCF) National Diploma Level 3

  • Minimum grades D*D

BTEC (QCF) National Diploma Level 3 plus A Level

  • Minimum grades DM (Distinction, Merit).
  • A Level grade C

T Level

  • Merit

International Baccalaureate Diploma

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

Scottish HNC

  • Other HNC subjects may be considered for year 1 entry where a C in the graded unit is achieved.

Minimum Year 2


  • Pass HNC in Administration and IT, Business, Business & Finance, Human Resource Management, Management (not Retail), Marketing or Marketing Communication with grade C at SCQF Level 7 in the graded unit.

SQA Advanced Higher

  • BBC

A Level

  • BBB


  • Successfully complete CMI Diploma in Management and Leadership at Level 7



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.


We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery
  • All Graduate Apprenticeship courses.

See who can apply for more information on Graduate Apprenticeship courses.

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2023/24 2024/25
Scotland £1,820 £1,820
England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland £9,250 £9,250
Overseas and EU £15,160 £16,680
Students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland will be invoiced the tuition fees for 3 years of their 4 years of study. The University offers a range of attractive Tuition Fee bursaries to students resident in specific countries. More information on these can be found here.
Please note tuition fees are subject to an annual review and may increase from one year to the next. For more information on this and other Tuition Fee matters please see Frequently Asked Questions about Fees Click this link for Information of Bursaries and Scholarships
If additional compulsory costs other than the tuition fees are applicable, these will be detailed in the course details.
Please note that the tuition fees liable to be paid by EU nationals commencing their studies from 1 August 2021 will be the Overseas fee rate. The University offers a range of attractive Tuition Fee bursaries to students resident in specific countries. More information on these can be found here.


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What can you do with an International Business Management Degree?

By studying International Business Management at Edinburgh Napier University, you will become an expert in how consumer behaviour impacts businesses at a global level. You will be able to put your learnings into practice and gain skills in communication, teamworking and leadership. You will learn how to work cross-culturally as well as cross functionally within marketing, human resource management and economic functions and be able to understand a range of international business challenges and how these can be resolved. You will develop excellent written skills and be able to present to a range of stakeholders and audiences. On completion of your degree, you will likely go onto a role within strategic management, financial services, marketing, human resources, tourism or global exports and imports within the private, public or third sector.  If you are a keen problem solver who enjoys collaborating with others, then this might be the right course for you.

What does an international business development manager do?

Based on the organisation’s goals, a business development manager will identify new business opportunities, increase the organisation's growth through strategy implementation, helping them to expand their reach on a global scale and introducing the business into new markets. You will have excellent communication, negotiation, problem solving and leadership skills to be able to work collaboratively across many functions within the organisation whilst also managing external business relationships.

Daily tasks and responsibilities within this role may include:

  • Market Research
  • Lead generation
  • Writing business proposals and recommendations based on your research
  • Data analysis
  • Strategic planning
  • Reporting



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