International Business BSc
Placement Offered This course has a Placement Year option.
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Brunel Business School has won the Times Higher Education Awards Business School of the Year 2013
About the Course
This degree will equip you with the broad business and management background and the analytical, technical and interpersonal skills required to understand, analyse and address issues faced by today's companies.
International Business provides the fundamentals of national and international market economies and the multivalent forces that shape the operating environments of organisations, both nationally and internationally.
The course offers:
- Emphasis on globalisation issues generated by multi-national enterprises (MNEs).
- Instruction in economics and strategic management processes from an international context.
- Teaching that focusses on real life data analysis skills.
- Management study that offers a wide choice of job opportunities after graduation.
The emphasis of this degree is on globalisation issues generated by multinational enterprises (MNEs) that account for over fifty percent of global output. A deeper understanding of the commercial power of MNEs will help students to position themselves strategically in a competitive job market.
- You will broaden your knowledge of business concepts as you work on real business issues and live case studies to develop managerial skills and enhance career opportunities.
- You will also learn valuable technical skills along the way: numerical methods and statistical software packages such as SPSS and EXCEL without the need for 'A' level maths or the overseas equivalent.
- You will learn about the world of business and management and will develop the skills to get a good job when you graduate.
- You will enhance your ability to communicate your ideas and to take responsibility for your learning.
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The BSc consists of both compulsory and optional modules, a typical selection can be found below. Modules can vary from year to year, but these offer a good idea of what we teach.
Brunel Business School has won the Times Higher Education Awards Business School of the Year 2013
- Management study offers a wide choice of job opportunities after graduation.
- The module Management Enquiry helps you adapt to university study through active learning sessions on topics such as working in groups, report writing and time management.
- Employability focused initiatives through the Business School’s unique Business Life Employability Programme (see Employability).
- You will be provided with Student Pastoral Care that goes beyond the assignment of a personal tutor to offer continuous help and assistance on non-academic and social issues.
- You will benefit from high quality teaching from lecturers with 'hands-on' experience in consultancy and training.
- Our tutors are active researchers producing text books, articles and journal papers within their specialisms, and they bring, where appropriate, these up-to-the minute findings to course content.
- The Work Placement offers the opportunity to gain a year's paid professional work experience working for a company or organisation. Many placement employers are prominent national and international names and several students have been offered a full-time graduate position with their placement employers.
Brunel Business School's Business and Management degree programmes are accredited by a number of professional bodies. Accreditation attests to the relevance and rigour of our curriculum. Equally importantly, it also means our graduates are exempt from having to take a number of the examinations needed to qualify as an accountant or a chartered marketer.
The following professional bodies accredit our Business and Management degree programmes:
- Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
- Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
- Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales
- Chartered Institute of Marketing
Many of our lecturers are:
- Internationally or nationally recognised for their innovative work and research.
- Work as consultants for major companies worldwide.
- Have practical and personal experience in business or have run their own companies.
These provide a broad overview of key concepts and ideas. They provide a framework from which to carry out more in-depth study.
Small seminar groups allow students to make individual contributions. You will undertake in-depth analysis of issues as you exchange and explore ideas with other students.
Workshops in the Business School labs give students the opportunity to obtain valuable hands-on experience of industry software, computing equipment, business design and multi-media packages.
One-to-one Sessions with Tutors
In your first year you will be assigned a tutor who will be available to help with academic or personal issues. In your second year this support will be continued through the Business School’s Pastoral Care programme – BBS Student Support – a team of specially chosen personal tutors who are available throughout the working week.
If you choose a four-year sandwich course, you will also be allocated an industrial tutor who will provide support during your work placement. In your final year you will receive one‑to‑one supervision for your major project.
Availability of Tutors
Academic staff must be available for a number of hours each week for students who need to get advice. Their availability will be displayed on their office doors so that students can make an appointment or drop by to see them if they have any concerns about their studies.
Web-learning and Support
eLearning and knowledge management are now standard ways in which companies communicate with their employees. Students will be expected to participate in email discussion groups and engage with online material using the university’s web‑based learning facility, Blackboard.
There will be email discussion groups, research talks on key management issues and presentations by outside speakers. Throughout the course, you will also be expected to undertake group work and individual projects and presentations.
Each subject is assessed either by a combination of continuous appraisal and examination or by coursework or examination alone. As a rough guide, the split is approximately 50:50 exam to coursework but the exact ratio varies depending on the modules you select.
Your results from Level 1 do not count towards your final degree classification, but you have to pass the first year to continue with the degree. Level 2 is worth a third of your final mark and Level 3 - the rest. In your final year you will undertake an assessed project of around 8,000 words worth a third of your Level 3 marks.
International Business will prepare you for a wide range of jobs and opportunities within or associated with multi-national organisations such as banks, NGOs, charities and international brands.
On average 81.4% of our graduates of this degree were working or combining work with further study six months after graduating. This figure was substantially higher for students who opted for the Placement option as part of their course (four-year thick-sandwich).
International Business graduates, particularly those with additional language skills, are recruited into all areas of business but particularly multinationals or those companies working with international clients.
In 2010/11 International Business graduates were employed in the following positions:
- Project Solutions Manager/Pensions Consultant
- Events Assistant
- International Admissions Officer
- HR Administrator
- Recruitment Consultant
- Employment Coach
- International Merchandising Assistant
- International Product Manager
- HR Analyst
- International Coordinator
- Logistics Coordinator
- Environmental Product Manager
Business Life is a unique employability programme offered to all Business School students alongside their academic study. It was conceived, developed and delivered in association with leading employers from business, industry and the public sector to offer you a range of practical and professional courses, workshops and events, to help you to professionally develop through a journey of phases. The programme begins the moment you join us and lasts throughout your degree. By the time you graduate you will have an impressive portfolio of work experience, certificates, industry contacts and skills.
As part of the Business Life Employability Programme you will be invited to participate in events and training that will help you obtain job-ready skills, recognised certificates and to build up and valuable examples of your work that will give you a real employability advantage.
- High quality personal, technology, and business skill training courses and workshops.
- Career development and planning services, including mentoring, industry taster sessions and a guest speaker series.
- Sector leading work experience programme covering placements, volunteering, internships and vacation work.
- Help with marketing your capabilities, through networking events, CV development, employer exhibitions and student showcases.
- Lifelong continuous professional development, including short courses and Masters programmes at preferential rates.
Professional Development Centre (PDC)
Brunel’s award-winning Professional Development Centre (PDC) is your one-stop-shop when it comes to employment and career planning and is based at the heart of the university on the first floor of the Bannerman Centre.
Business School students are supported by dedicated Placement Officers and Careers Consultants that work with you from the day you start until two years after you graduate.
Within the PDC is the Job Shop, which is visited by most students on arrival at the University. The Job Shop will assist you to find temporary or part-time work whilst studying for your degree which enables you to develop the transferable skills sought after by employers.
The Work Placement Year
One of Brunel’s most distinctive features is a commitment to include periods of work experience within ‘sandwich’ degrees – degree study that includes a year’s paid work placement as part of the course. Four-year sandwich degrees will help you to develop the practical knowledge and skills required to succeed in the competitive graduate job market.
Placements are on offer at different sized organisations across the public and private sector, providing the opportunity to choose the type of experience most suited to you. In addition to providing a valuable opportunity to put what you have learnt in your degree into practice and to earn some much appreciated money, students find their work placement experience significantly enhances their employability when they come to graduate. In fact many students are offered employment with their work placement company upon graduation.
How the placement scheme works
Students undertaking a work placement spend at least 44 weeks in an organisation working for a particular department, performing a role relevant to their studies. Work placements are carried out at the end of a student’s second year at Brunel.
Whilst a student is out on a placement, an academic member of Brunel Business School keeps in touch and all placement students and their employers are invited to attend a tutorial day at Brunel.
Most work placements are organised with companies based in the UK, but where a student has contacts overseas, it is possible to organise a placement outside the UK, subject to certain conditions being met.
- A sandwich placement is totally different from the kind of work experience you may have had whilst at school.
- A work placement is a proper job with a proper organisation – quite often the organisation is a household name.
- Work placement students earn proper salaries: currently students are generally being paid between £13,000 and £17,000 per annum, depending on the market sector and location – some have been known to earn considerably more than this.
Employers of placement students from Brunel include:
- Lloyds TSB
- British Airways
- Warner Bros
- Morgan Stanley
- Air France
- Walt Disney
- United Biscuits
Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey
International Business graduates have a range of employment options open to them although the majority are interested in a career with an international flavour. Students are provided with a thorough understanding of key business and management disciplines in an international context. As a result International Business graduates, particularly those with additional language skills, are recruited into all areas of business but particularly multinationals or those companies working with international clients.
In 2013/14, six months after graduating:
At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.
UK/EU students: £9,000 full-time; £1,000 placement year
International students: £15,400 full-time
See our fees and funding page for full details of scholarships available to Brunel applicants
Fees quoted are per annum and are subject to an annual increase.
Entry Requirements 2016/7
- GCE A-level AAB – BBB.
- BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDD in Business .
- BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD in Business with an A-level at grade B.
- BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in Business with A-levels grade BB.
- International Baccalaureate Diploma 30 points.
- Access to Higher Education Diploma Complete and pass Access to Business or related subject course with 45 credits at Level 3 Distinction. Applicants must also have 4 years Management or Managerial work experience.
GCSE Mathematics grade C and GCSE English grade C are also required.
Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants within our grade range as well as our full GCSE requirements and accepted equivalencies in place of GCSEs.
Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.
For non-EU qualification equivalencies, please check the relevant country entry criteria.
International and EU Entry Requirements
If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions
This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.
English Language Requirements
- IELTS: 6.5 (min 5.5 in all areas)
- Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
- BrunELT: 65% (min 55% in all areas)
Brunel University London strongly recommends that if you will require a Tier 4 visa, you sit your IELTS test at a test centre that has been approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as being a provider of a Secure English Language Test (SELT). Not all test centres have this status. The University can accept IELTS (with the required scores) taken at any official test centre or other English Language qualifications we accept as meeting our main award entry requirements.
However, if you wish to undertake a Pre-sessional English course to further improve your English prior to the start of your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider. This is because you will only be able to apply for a Tier 4 student visa to undertake a Pre-sessional English course if you hold a SELT from a UKVI approved test centre. Find out more information about it.
Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accepts a range of other language courses. We also have Pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English.
Our International Pathways and Language Centre offers a number of foundation and pre-masters courses to provide you with the academic skills required for your chosen course.