Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
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Loughborough University

School of Business and Economics

Undergraduate study

International Business student profile

International Business student profile

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International Business - 2016 entry


BSc (Hons) DPS/DintS* 4 years full time sandwich
UCAS code - N110

*Diploma in Professional/International Studies

  • About the course
  • Course structure
  • Career opportunities
  • Entry criteria
  • Next steps

Being international is not so much a choice for companies today as a necessity. This course was developed in response to a growing need for the managers of tomorrow to have a broader understanding of International Business issues. It has been designed to provide a stimulating education experience that promotes the global outlook required to face the challenges of a globalised business environment.

This course provides you with an insight into the fields of business and management set in an international context and prepares you for careers in management with international or European-oriented organisations, as well as careers requiring fluency in a second language.

About the course

The first two years will introduce you to the major management functions as well as the financial, economic and organisational environment within which managers and organisations must operate. As well as developing knowledge of international business and how management styles vary around the globe, you will build communication, numeracy and computing skills, and your ability to work in groups. There is also the opportunity to enhance your language skills in French, German or Spanish.

You could spend the third year on a business placement in the UK or abroad. Alternatively, you could choose to spend all or part of your third year studying in a university overseas.

The final year allows you to specialise in the management function of your choice and select further business options for detailed study. Our final year students regularly comment on how the placement year aids their understanding of the material we teach in the final year and their employability

4-year degree including professional placement or study abroad

Our International Business course is a four year degree, including a placement year as an integral part of the degree. Our final year students regularly comment on how the placement year aids their understanding of the material we teach in the final year and their employability. 

Whilst most students choose to undertake a professional placement, students can also choose to spend the year studying abroad at one of our partner universities around the world; either for a full year instead of going on placement or for six months plus a six month placement.

Partner universities

We have a range of partnership arrangements with business schools in Europe and around the world, including opportunities in Australia, Austria, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Uruguay, USA and Taiwan.

Recent placements for IB Students

3M (eBusiness Co-ordinator)
Accenture (Analyst, Consulting Group)
American Express (Junior Finance Analyst)
Amgen (Finance Planning Analyst)
Arcadia Group (Retail Human Resources Assistant)
BMW (Media Events Assistant)
BSkyB (Marketing Grad Scheme)
Coca Cola HBC, Athens (Brand Management Intern)
E.ON UK (Business Service Team)
Enterprise Rent-A-Car (International Sales Executive)
ExxonMobil (Commercial Placement,
Lubricants and Specialties)

General Motors (Marketing Programmes
Goldman Sachs, Switzerland (Operations Analyst)
GSK (Supply Chain Analyst)
IBM (Events Project Office Manager)
Johnson & Johnson (Marketing Placement Student)
Renault UK Ltd (Pricing Assistant/Co-ordinator)
Vodafone (Finance Assistant)
Waitrose (Buying)
Walt Disney Company (Finance Intern for Disney Channels and Emerging Markets)

The core subjects and options may vary from year to year. For the latest information please email us.

Year 1

  •  Principles of Marketing
  •  Organisational Behaviour
  •  Microeconomics for Business
  •  Financial Framework
  •  The Marketing Mix
  •  Quantitative Methods for Business
  •  Business Modelling
  •  Skills for Study, Placement and Employment
  •  Organisations in the International Context

Plus two modules from a list of options including: Introduction to Law, Introduction to Management, Sociology of Work, Introduction to Banking and Retailing Environment, and French, German or Spanish.

Year 2

  •  International Business
  •  International Management
  •  International Employment Relations
  •  Macroeconomics for Business
  •  International Economics
  •  Human Resource Management
  •  Business Information Management
  •  Accounting for Management Decisions
  •  Data Analysis for Marketing Decisions
  •  Brand Management

Plus two modules from a list of options including: Sales Management, Operations Management, Consumer Behaviour, Financial Management, Organisational Studies, and French, German or Spanish.

There is also the opportunity to spend semester two of year two studying abroad instead of some of the above modules.

Year on placement or studying abroad (or 6 months of each)

Your third year can be spent on a professional placement in the UK or overseas, studying abroad at one of our partner universities, or a combination of both.

Year 4

  •  International Corporate Governance and Firms
  •  International Negotiations
  •  International Marketing
  •  International Human Resource Management
  •  Strategic Management

Plus six modules from a wide range of options including: Project Management, Corporate and Wholesale Banking, Marketing Communications, Small Business Issues, Business Planning for New Ventures, Business Ethics, Business Forecasting, Enterprise Resource Planning, Marketing Strategy and Planning, Technology in Business and Society, Strategic Information Management, The Changing Work Organisation, Advanced Interpersonal Skills, Services Marketing, and French, German or Spanish.

Teaching and learning

Our extensive and regular interaction with major companies around the world ensures all our teaching is commercially relevant. Find out more about how you will be taught and assessed at Loughborough to give the very best learning experience.

Career opportunities for IB Graduates

Our great all-round student experience develops well-rounded graduates. Indeed, our graduates are so highly regarded by a wide range of employers that in the 2015 Graduate Market Review (High Fliers) Loughborough was listed as the 15th most targeted university by recruiters.*

91% of our 2014 Business graduates were in work or further study 6 months after graduating, and earning on average £26,800 as a starting salary (DLHE 2014/15). 

We have very close links with major employers. Consequently our students have enjoyed great success in finding employment, and many organisations specifically target our graduates for recruitment.

Example graduate destinations: Peugeot (Commercial Graduate Trainee); EDF Energy (Supply Chain Specialist); Deutsche Bank, Singapore (Project Manager); Sainsbury’s (Buyer).

*Source: High Fliers Research, ‘The Graduate Market in 2015’, January 2015

Entry criteria – 2016 entry

Information about the entry requirements for this course are below. 
A-level AAB/ABB (General Studies, Critical Thinking and Communication and Culture are not normally accepted). In some circumstances we may ask applicants to achieve specific grades in certain subjects.
SQA AH AB Advanced Highers plus AAB Highers
IB 34 points minimum
Other BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDD profile in relevant subjects
Additional Strong GCSE profile including minimum grade B in Maths and English (or equivalent)

All applications must be made through UCAS. To find out what to do next, please read our how to apply section.

 = Scottish Qualifications Authority Advanced Highers 
IB = International Baccalaureate Diploma 
BTEC = Business and Technology Education Council (UK)

Next steps

If you are interested in studying our Accounting and Financial Management BSc please follow the links for further useful information:

Contact details

To enquire about any of undergraduate courses please contact:

Charlotte Connor
Undergraduate Admissions and Recruitment Officer
Tel: +44 (0)1509 223393 
Email: sbe.ug@lboro.ac.uk 


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