Undergraduate study


International Business

Business and Economics

Award Course length Course code Typical offer Start date End date
BSc (Hons) DPS/DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich N110 AAB 1 October 2018 22 June 2022

Top 10

for all subject areas

The Times Good University Guide 2018

Among 1%

of Business Schools in the world

to hold AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA accreditation


of employed 2016 graduates

in professional or managerial roles six months after graduating


Average starting salary

DLHE 2016

International Business course overview

Being international is seldom a choice but a necessity for companies today. This modern day business studies course concentrates on the links between the major business functions and their role in the international business context, including international comparisons. By covering the key management disciplines from a global perspective you will be equipped for a successful career in a range of business and management roles.

There is the opportunity to integrate an International Semester into your second year study, as well as opportunities to enhance your language skills in French, German or Spanish.

In the first year, we will introduce you to the major management functions as well as the financial, economic and organisational environments that managers and organisations must operate within.

In the second year, you will be introduced to the international business context and examine how managerial issues vary around the globe. You will also have the option to undertake an ‘International Semester’, which is a 6 month study abroad scheme. 

In the final year, you will have the opportunity to build on your experiences on placement or studying abroad. You will be able to tailor your degree and choose more advanced optional modules that suit your career ambitions, which might include finance, marketing, operations, or new business development.

Rachel: Why I Chose International Business

Find out why BSc International Business student Rachel MacNiven chose her course, including the opportunity to use and develop her Spanish language skills and go on professional placement, all of which has led to securing a graduate job.

Reece: International Business at Loughborough University

Find out how BSc International Business finalist Reece Edwards developed his employability at Loughborough and how his placement year helped him hone his studies in his final year.

Teaching and learning methods

We are committed to helping you stand out in the increasingly competitive graduate job market and will help you develop essential management skills valued by today’s businesses. Many of our graduates go on to enjoy rewarding careers with major international companies.

Our high quality courses develop skills valued by employers including independent learning and research, analytical skills, group work, presentation skills, project work, computer skills and numeracy. Our wide variety of optional modules enables students to focus on areas related to their career aspirations.

Lectures are supported by online resources, tutorials, workshops, seminars and discussion groups. Some tutorials are streamed according to prior qualifications in mathematics and economics.

Enterprise ethos

Enterprise is a key part of the Loughborough experience and can really boost your job prospects. All our business degrees include a module to develop our students’ enterprise and employability skills. There are also specific modules in entrepreneurship for those with aspirations to start their own businesses.

Student Enterprise thrives on campus with a range of extra-curricular activities including business planning competitions, events, and support services for students with real business ideas.


In the first two years we will introduce you to the major management functions as well as the financial, economic and organisational environments within which managers and organisations must operate.

We will help you develop your communication and interpersonal skills and provide the opportunity to work together in groups, developing practical skills valued by today’s businesses. In addition we will encourage you to develop quantitative and computing skills that are essential for management.

In Year 2 you will be introduced to the international business context and look at how managerial issues vary around the globe. You will also have the option to undertake an ‘international semester’, which is a 6 month study abroad scheme. Your understanding of business and management in an international context, including cultural differences, will be further developed in a variety of modules in the final year.

In the final year, as well as core subjects taking the international dimension to more depth, you can specialise in the management function of your choice and select other business topics for detailed study.

Year 1

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

Plus two modules from a list of options (including other introductory management subjects and languages)

Year 2

  • International Business
  • International Management
  • Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility
  • 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, Company Law, Operations Management, Retail Buying, Financial Management and languages). Alternatively you can choose to undertake an International Semester, spending Semester 2 studying at one of our partner universities.

Year 3 (placement year)

Salaried professional placement in the UK or abroad

Alternatively you can choose to study abroad at an overseas partner university, or a mixture of professional placement and study abroad.

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 subject areas including:

  • Financial Management and Corporate Policy
  • Marketing Strategy and Planning
  • Small Business Issues
  • Project Management
  • Enterprise Resource Planning

Please note: optional modules are subject to availability and timetable permitting.

For indicative information on modular weight, content and assessment type please see module specifications.


Depending on the nature of the material, some modules are assessed by a mixture of coursework and examination (for example 25% coursework and 75% examination), whilst other modules are assessed by 100% coursework or 100% examination.

Coursework is based on a variety of tasks including individual essays, projects, contribution in tutorials, group work, class tests, problem-sheets and computer-based exercises.

For an indicative overview of the aims, learning outcomes and structure of this course please see the programme specification.

The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. Please see Terms and Conditions of Study for more information

N110 International Business - BSc (Hons) DPS/DIntS

AAB (excluding General Studies, Critical Thinking, Communication and Culture, and Citizenship Studies). In some circumstances we may ask applicants to achieve specific grades in certain subjects.
35 (6,6,5 HL) with 5 in Mathematics and English at SL
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate: Distinction plus two A Levels (one of which should preferably be an academic subject) at grades AB. National Diploma: DD plus one A Level at grade B (academic subject preferred). National Extended Diploma: DDD Preferred subjects: Business
Majority A/B (7/6) grades at GCSE including minimum grade B/6 in Mathematics and English Language (or equivalent)


Applicants are usually selected solely on the basis of their UCAS application.  If applicants are made an offer of a place, they will be invited to visit the department giving them the opportunity to meet staff and students, see facilities and get an insight into what it is like to be a student at Loughborough.

Preferred subjects

While no specific A Level (or equivalent) subjects are required, we strongly prefer combinations drawn from traditional (academic) subjects to demonstrate a range of numerical, analytical and discursive abilities. These A Levels include: Maths/Further Maths, Economics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, History, Geography, English Language/Literature, Languages (non-native) Government and Politics, Law, and Statistics.

If studying a BTEC qualification then Business is preferred, although other BTEC subjects may be considered when offered in combination with one or more academic A Levels outlined above.

Graduate destinations

The School has close links with a large number of major employers. Consequently our students have enjoyed great success in finding employment, and are quickly given high levels of responsibility. Many organisations specifically target our graduates for their graduate recruitment schemes. Our graduates go into a wide range of sectors in roles ranging from general management trainees to specialist roles in marketing in supply chain management.

Student and Graduate Profiles

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Developing your Employability

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This is a four year degree and includes a year on placement or studying abroad as an integral part of the course. You can opt for either a year on placement or study abroad, or six months on each.

Our final year students regularly comment on how this experience aids their understanding of the material we teach in the final year and their employability prospects. On successful completion, you will be awarded either a Diploma in Professional Studies or a Diploma in International Studies in addition to your degree.

Professional Placements

A salaried Professional Placement helps you test drive a career and stand out to employers. Typically your placement is in a management-trainee situation with one of a broad range of major UK companies.

Our dedicated Placements Office help you secure a placement and work with over 400 leading employers of all sizes around the world who regularly target our students for salaried placement positions. Typically around 1/3rd of placement students are offered a graduate job by their placement employer.

Find out more about Business and Economics Placements

Explore in depth how a placement will increase your employability, the help you will get from our dedicated placements office and watch our placements video.
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Lucas: My Placement at Styliff

Lucas Poelman talks about his 12-month internship with Styliff. We also spoke to Styliff to see exactly what they thought about the time he spent with them.

Studying Abroad

Studying Abroad boosts your employability and helps you develop intercultural skills highly prized by employers.

It presents an opportunity to immerse yourself in a new culture, improve your language skills (though you will be taught in English) and enhance your self-confidence. Our dedicated International Relations Office offers extensive support throughout the process. We have a wide range of partners in Europe, North and South America, East Asia and Australasia. 

Find out more about Studying Abroad

Explore our extensive range of study partners around the world, the help you will get from our dedicated international relations office and watch our videos on how studying abroad can enhance your employability and transform your outlook. 
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Department / School Key Information Sets

BSc (Hons) DPS/DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: N110