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International Business BSc (Hons)

UCAS code: GOW3

Explore international business, economics and marketing. Understand how companies operate on a global platform. Study with us and gain eligibility for Affiliate Member status of the Chartered Management Institute.


Course length: 3 years full-time
5 years part-time
Start dates: September 2024
September 2025
Location: Edge Hill University
Example offers: BCC-BBC (A Level) or DMM (BTEC) View full entry criteria
Subject(s): Business Management
Faculty: Arts and Sciences
Department: Business School
A group of students walking past the Business School with the Hub in the background.

How do we structure businesses to reach a global audience? How do we operate in new markets? And what is the best way to negotiate collaborations and international partnerships? Study at Edge Hill to develop the expertise needed to work in business anywhere in the world.

On our international business degree you’ll get an advanced understanding of the fundamentals of modern business. Develop skills in accounting, economics and how to manage the human resource. Spend time acquiring skills in marketing, and exploring the strategies used in global commercial and industrial environments.

Embrace the international community and develop your language skills by choosing to study a modern language as part of your course. The opportunity to start your own business, or take a work placement will allow you to hone your new skills, and increase your opportunities after graduation.

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Van Lang University logo This course is also delivered by Van Lang University, Vietnam.

Course features

  • International students can apply

  • Learn a language option available

  • Professional accreditation

  • Sandwich year option available

  • Studying abroad option available

  • Work placement opportunity

Alumni Paul Harkin shows off his business, That Prize Guy.

Similar courses were available at other institutions, but I felt that Fastrack at Edge Hill was the only place to fully prepare you for the course, giving me the confidence that I was starting on a level playing field with other students coming straight from education.

Paul Harkin

BSc (Hons) International Business

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What you'll study

You’ll start with business economics, looking at organisational behaviour and how businesses operate in international environments. We’ll introduce you to accounting and statistics. Exploring operational management, you’ll look at how businesses are run efficiently and profitably. Then you’ll study marketing and choose a module that you’re interested in. This could be topics like business start-ups, digital marketing, or statistics for economics. Or take the opportunity to develop your language skills ready for the global business world.

Compulsory modules:

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Business Economics
Introduction to Accounting and Statistics
Marketing for Business
Operations Management
People and Organisations

One of:

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Business Start-Up
Introduction to Digital Marketing
New Venture Creation
Statistics for Economics
Language 1

In Year 2 we’ll explore how businesses operate internationally. You’ll understand exactly what affects today’s global economy and look at the different ways companies expand into new markets. You’ll also study international economics and learn how to manage the human resource effectively. You’ll choose two optional modules. These could be in topics like branding, leadership, or project management. If you studied a language in Year 1, you can continue to develop your skills in Year 2.

Compulsory modules:

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International Business
International Economics
Managing the Human Resource
Research Methods for Business

Two of:

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Branding: Integrated Digital Campaigns
Business and Company Law
Consumer Behaviour
Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Finance and Performance Management
Graduate Enterprise
Intermediate Economic Analysis
Leadership Culture and Change
Loyalty Generation and CRM
Managing People
Project Management
Quality Management
Retail Marketing Planning
Services and Experiential Marketing
Social Media Monitoring and Analytics
Language 2

We’ll spend time focusing on global marketing management. You’ll develop an advanced understanding of strategic management, and look at what affects strong business decisions. You’ll complete a dissertation, or work on an extended business project with a sponsoring organisation. You can also choose optional modules such as strategic financial management, advertising, or global logistics. And, if you’ve taken the option throughout your degree, solidify your language skills ready to operate on the international stage.

Compulsory modules:

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Global Marketing Management
Strategic Management

One of:

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Strategic Management

Two of:

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Advertising in Marketing Communications
Business Analytics
Business Strategy and Digital Goods
Contemporary Issues in Economics
Development Economics
Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Enterprise Management
Global Logistics and International Trade
Global Marketing Management
Marketing and Society
Marketing Simulation
Organisational Misbehaviour
Strategic Financial Management
Strategic Human Resource Management
Sustainability and Business
Language 3

Where your course includes optional modules, these are to provide an element of choice within the course curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements. Some restrictions on optional module choice or combinations of optional modules may apply.

How you'll study

As well as preparing for and attending lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops, you will spend time reading and completing coursework, including written assignments, portfolios, presentations, and poster and video production.

You will have the opportunity to develop your employability profile through a work placement or participation in a graduate enterprise project. In addition, you will undertake live client projects with organisations or work on agreed projects with real outcomes and impact.

Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.

How you'll be assessed

Throughout our international business degree, there are a combination of assessments used to test intellectual development, vocational capability and critical thinking. Coursework often involves both individual and group-based working, simulating some of the situations that will be emulated in the workplace. Case studies and problem-solving exercises are used and examinations may include both seen and unseen questions.

Who will be teaching you

Edge Hill Business School is home to a thriving research community, hosts a growing international partnership portfolio, and is a member of AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), the world’s largest management education network.

All of our staff are passionate about student learning and development. This international business degree has been designed by specialists in accountancy, business development, economics, human resource management, marketing, and the digital economy. The programme team includes several researchers who publish regularly while also working with local and national businesses and international research groups on cutting-edge projects. Many staff also have experience working internationally and provide expertise in international business and globalisation.

Entry criteria

Entry requirements

Typical offer 104-112 UCAS Tariff points. No specific subjects are required.

Example offers

Qualification Requirement
A Level BCC-BBC.
BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications) Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM).
T Level Overall grade of Merit.
International Baccalaureate (IB) We are happy to accept IB qualifications which achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points.
Access to Higher Education Diploma 45 credits at Level 3, for example 9 credits at Distinction and 36 credits at Merit or 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

If you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven't been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

English language requirements

International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

If your current level of English is half a band, one band, or one-and-a-half bands lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

How to apply

Apply full-time

Apply online through UCAS

Read our guide to applying through UCAS to find out more about the application process.


Apply as an international student

Please see our international student pages for further information about how to apply as a prospective international student.

Part-time applications require a direct application to Edge Hill. Please select the year of entry that you wish to apply for.

Apply for September 2024 part-time.

Apply for September 2025 part-time.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at

Did you know?

If you join a full time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University, we will guarantee you the offer of a room in our halls of residence for the first year of your course.

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Edge Hill Business School.A stunning £8million building provides impressive teaching and learning facilities for students in Edge Hill Business School.

The contemporary three-storey building offers a 100-seat lecture theatre and modern seminar and meeting rooms. There are also social learning areas which encourage a more informal and interactive style of learning, in addition to an attractive roof garden and atrium.

Where you'll study

Business School


Tuition fees

UK Full-Time


a year

UK Part-Time

£77 per credit

for 360 credits



a year

The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

Financial support

Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this course can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the course may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

Please view the relevant Money Matters guide for comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals can ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). If you are an EU student who does not have settled or pre-settled status, or are an international student from a non-EU country, please see our international student finance pages.

Your future career

The options available to you when you graduate from our international business degree will be diverse. You might use your business expertise to pursue careers in banking, marketing, product development, and the management of small and medium businesses. Alternatively, you could use your knowledge to start your own business, with the skills to take it to an international platform.

Graduates of this course have entered careers in a number of different fields, including roles such as:

  • Project officer
  • Operations manager
  • Engineering project coordinator
  • Business analyst
  • Business adviser

Recent graduates have gone on to work for organisations like British Aerospace, Airbus, Bentley Motors, Matalan and HMRC. Wherever you find work, you’ll have the skills to innovate, strategise and lead.

Applying for a graduate role isn’t your only option though. You could stay at Edge Hill to take your studies further. Take a look at our postgraduate options in business and management.

You will gain affiliate membership of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), a globally recognised professional body, for the duration of your degree and one additional year after graduation. You will then have the option to renew your affiliate membership on an annual basis, however this would be at your own expense. The CMI is dedicated to promoting the highest standards in management and leadership excellence. Membership entitles you to full access to ManagementDirect, an extensive online portal that provides invaluable careers information, course-based resources and advice on best practice.

On successful completion of your international business degree, you will also be awarded a CMI Level 5 Certificate in Management and Leadership.

Course changes

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, however our courses are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of professional bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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