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International Business

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The deadline for international students is 30 June 2023.

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  • University name: University of Liverpool
  • Course: International Business N120
  • Location: Main site
  • Start date: 25 September 2023

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Course overview

Our International Business programme is designed to help you navigate through the complexity of the international business environment and will enable you understand the benefits and challenges of globalisation for local communities.

The University of Liverpool Management School Business, Management and Marketing subject area is ranked 25th from 119 providers, a rise of 10 places from last year. (Times Good University Guide 2023).

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Introduction

Our International Business programme has an internationally focused curriculum aimed at helping you to analyse, understand and act on the global challenges and opportunities faced by both advanced economies of Europe, Asia and North America as well as emerging markets of Asia, Latin America and Africa.

During your time at Liverpool, you will have the opportunity to visit a continental European city to experience and analyse first-hand another country’s economy in your first year in addition to having the opportunity to study a modern language such as Catalan, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Spanish (various levels available) alongside your studies.

What you'll learn

  • Fundamentals of marketing
  • Introduction to accounting and finance
  • Management theory
  • Corporate social responsibility (CSR)
  • International development in the global economy
  • Identify key issues in international business
  • Global strategic management
  • Explore the business environment in emerging markets

Accreditation

The University of Liverpool Management School holds accreditation from AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS. This makes it one of an elite group of institutions worldwide to hold the gold standard triple accreditation.

Accredited by the Institute of Export (IOE) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), our International Business programme is delivered with excellent teaching and quality content by expert academic staff who regularly publish high quality research used by global practitioners and policymakers.

Accreditations in detail

Accreditations

The University of Liverpool Management School holds accreditation from AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS. This makes it one of an elite group of institutions worldwide to hold the gold standard triple accreditation.

Accredited by the Institute of Export (IOE) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), our International Business programme is delivered with excellent teaching and quality content by expert academic staff who regularly publish high quality research used by global practitioners and policymakers.

Course content

Discover what you'll learn, what you'll study, and how you'll be taught and assessed.

Year one

In your first year, you will be introduced to the fundamentals of management studies and the basic concepts and skills necessary for a broad understanding of the international business environment. You will also begin to explore the concepts relevant to International Business and the differences between the business systems of the world’s leading economies plus develop your employability skills and attributes.

Additionally in your second semester you will visit a continental European city to experience and analyse first-hand another country’s economy.

Compulsory modules

FUNDAMENTALS OF MARKETING (MKIB153)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 1

The module is an introduction to the fundamental principles of marketing. The module aims to bring contemporary marketing perspectives to life for students new to the concept of marketing. The content of the module is underpinned by marketing theory, which with an emphasis on application.

GLOBAL CAPITALIST SYSTEMS (MKIB160)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 2

This module introduces students to the growth of international business and the unevenness of capitalism. The course examines different regional and national variations of capitalism. The national economies of Germany, Japan, the UK, US, and Scandinavian countries are discussed in detail, in addition to emerging economies such as BRICs. There is a particular focus on trade, global financial institutions and other economic units. The course is assessed through an individual reading report a group presentation and a group report (in which students have to pinpoint their own contribution to the project [800 words per student], and reflect on the process of learning during the fieldwork or working in groups if trip does not take place).

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT (MKIB152)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 2

This course examines the international business environment through a combination of theoretical instruction and empirical (real-world) case studies. Students will be introduced to the key theories used to explain how and why internationalization occurs. Half the course is also devoted to the examination and discussion of real business cases. Students will gain a solid understanding of the international business environment and be able to apply theory to practice. This module aims to provide students with a foundation in the theory and practice of international business and the global business environment. The module equips students with the knowledge and understanding of the extant international business theories, research and practice, which are needed to appreciate the internationalization strategies of firms and the global business environment within which firms operate.

INTRODUCTION TO ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE (NON-SPECIALIST) (ACFI107)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 2

Whether pursuing a career in marketing or in supply chain management, modern business professionals have to be well versed in the language of accounting and finance. This module aims to equip a non-specialist audience with a solid understanding of the key principles of financial reporting and management accounting. Students will first learn how firms measure and report their financial position and performance, and then engage in analysis and visualisation of real data using financial ratios. The module will also introduce students to a number of fundamental managerial decision-making techniques, such as cost-volume-profit analysis, simple costing models, budgeting, and capital investment appraisal methods.

ORGANISATIONS AND MANAGEMENT (ULMS151)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 1

The module provides students with a grounding in practical and theoretical perspectives on historical and contemporary forms of management. It explores how organisations address their major challenges by drawing from tried and tested methods, as well as more innovative practices. Students are encouraged to question common sense assumptions about management, and to identify creative and sustainable practices in organisations.

PROFESSIONAL AND ACADEMIC SKILLS FOR INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS STUDENTS (MKIB116)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 1

​This module aims to introduce students to the academic and professional skills they will require in university and beyond. Students will examine the tools and techniques needed to use both qualitative and quantitative data and gain an understanding of how these are relevant in the modern business environment. The module will also provide an opportunity to develop key professional skills needed in the corporate environment. 

Optional modules

BUSINESS STATISTICS (ECON154)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 2

The purpose of the module is to provide an introduction to business statistics for the non-specialist. The course aims to provide a broad understanding of the nature of variability and why it is an issue for managers. It will also provide students with the ability to derive and understand a variety of graphs and statistics which can be produced in Excel and which provide a means for managers to make intelligent use of statistics in the process of management and decision-making.

ECONOMIC PRINCIPLES FOR BUSINESS AND MARKETS (ECON127)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 1

The aim of this module is to introduce the core principles of economics (both micro and macro), to develop models and economic perspectives relevant to business students and demonstrate how modern economics can illuminate the problems that businesses (both national and international) face on a day-to-day basis.

INTRODUCTION TO THE GRADUATE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (ULMS170)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 2

This module aims to introduce students to the graduate recruitment process by providing them with the skills required to secure a work placement or summer internship. It also provides the opportunity to acquire, develop and apply these skills.   

Programme details and modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.

Our curriculum

The Liverpool Curriculum framework sets out our distinctive approach to education. Our teaching staff support our students to develop academic knowledge, skills, and understanding alongside our graduate attributes:

  • Digital fluency
  • Confidence
  • Global citizenship

Our curriculum is characterised by the three Liverpool Hallmarks:

  • Research-connected teaching
  • Active learning
  • Authentic assessment

All this is underpinned by our core value of inclusivity and commitment to providing a curriculum that is accessible to all students.

Course options

Studying with us means you can tailor your degree to suit you. Here's what is available on this course.

Global Opportunities

University of Liverpool students can choose from an exciting range of study placements at partner universities worldwide.

What's available on this course?

Year in China

Immerse yourself in Chinese culture on an optional additional year at Xi'an Jiaotong Liverpool University in stunning Suzhou.

  • Learn Chinese
  • Study in a bustling world heritage city
  • Improve employment prospects
  • Study Chinese culture
  • 30 minutes from Shanghai
  • Learn new skills

Read more about Year at XJTLU, China

Year in industry

Year in industry placements give you an in-depth workplace experience where you can develop your skills and apply your learning.

  • Develop key employability skills that graduate employers are looking for
  • Experience and understand workplace culture and disciple
  • Understand the relationship between academic theory and real world application
  • Begin your professional network
  • Gain industry insight and insight into potential career options.

If you'd like to undertake a year in industry, you can transfer to International Business with a Year in Industry BA (Hons) during your studies, subject to meeting the academic requirements of your course.

View International Business with a Year in Industry BA (Hons)

To spend a year in industry, you'll need to secure a placement with an organisation. If you're unable to find a placement, you'll continue with the standard version of the course without a year in industry.

Language study

Every student at The University of Liverpool can study a language as part of, or alongside their degree. You can choose:

  • A dedicated languages degree
  • A language as a joint or major/ minor degree
  • Language modules (selected degrees)
  • Language classes alongside your studies

Read more about studying a language

Study as part of XJTLU 2+2

Students studying International Business with a Language BA at XJTLU can study this course at the University of Liverpool. Read more about International Business BA (Hons) as part of the 2+2 programme.

The natural next step for ambitious XJTLU students who want to build a brilliant career.

  • Spend two years at the University of Liverpool campus
  • Improve your prospects of progressing to postgraduate study at a top 100 university
  • Receive two degrees: one from XJTLU, one from the University of Liverpool
  • Get support with visas, accommodation and your career.

Read more about the 2+2 programme.

Your experience

Day-to-day teaching will take place in the University of Liverpool Management School; a world leading centre for management and leadership education and research and is one of an elite group of institutions worldwide to hold the gold standard ‘triple-crown’ accreditation. At the Management School, students have access to careers education, opportunities to work as well as excellent library and IT facilities, just one minute’s walk away.

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What students say...

The pedagogy and practice of the Management School provided me with all the tools I needed to develop strong skills in many areas I use daily at the House of Commons from research to communication.

Jonathon Foster, BA (Hons) Business Management with Law 2018

Careers and employability

Throughout your time at the Management School studying International Business you will have a number of optional modules to choose from enabling you to pursue areas of study of particular interest to you and further your future career plans thus equipping you with knowledge and skills highly sought after by employers.

4 in 5 business and management students find their main activity after graduation meaningful.

Graduate Outcomes, 2018-19.

We’re committed to enhancing employability and supporting you all the way to your future career. Our innovative Careers and Employability Service will be on hand throughout your time with us to help you prepare for life after graduation.

The average earnings for International Business graduates from the University of Liverpool Management School is £25,000 and many former students find successful careers in many professions such as Campaign Manager, Digital Marketing Analyst, Business Development Manager, Project Analyst and International Recruitment Consultant for companies such as Aldi, Amazon, Bank of China, Mars, Matalan and Santander to name a few.

Students are also encouraged to undertake a Year in Industry which is undertaken as part of the four-year sandwich degree programme. You will be supported in finding and applying for a placement in an organisation which could range from a local small and medium-sized enterprise to a global blue-chip company – the choice in yours!

Additionally, students completing undergraduate degrees at the University of Liverpool Management School often go on to undertake postgraduate programmes such as MSc Marketing, MSc Project Management and MSc Economics.

Preparing you for future success

At Liverpool, our goal is to support you to build your intellectual, social, and cultural capital so that you graduate as a socially-conscious global citizen who is prepared for future success. We achieve this by:

  • Embedding employability within your , through the modules you take and the opportunities to gain real-world experience offered by many of our courses.
  • Providing you with opportunities to gain experience and develop connections with people and organisations, including student and graduate employers as well as our global alumni.
  • Providing you with the latest tools and skills to thrive in a competitive world, including access to Handshake, a platform which allows you to create your personalised job shortlist and apply with ease.
  • Supporting you through our peer-to-peer led Careers Studio, where our career coaches provide you with tailored advice and support.

Fees and funding

Your tuition fee covers almost everything, but you may have additional study costs to consider, such as books, specialist equipment or field trips. In your first year you will visit a European city, you will need to cover the cost of this trip.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching and assessment, operating facilities such as libraries, IT equipment, and access to academic and personal support. Learn more about tuition fees, funding and student finance.

Additional costs

All students have the opportunity to spend a semester studying overseas during their second year, subject to your year one performance. If you elect to study abroad you will need to cover associated travel and living costs. University travel bursaries and subsistence grants are available.

Find out more about the additional study costs that may apply to this course.

Additional study costs

All students have the opportunity to spend a semester studying overseas during their second year, subject to your year one performance. If you elect to study abroad you will need to cover associated travel and living costs. University travel bursaries and subsistence grants are available.

Find out more about additional study costs.

Scholarships and bursaries

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help cover tuition fees and help with living expenses while at university.

Scholarships and bursaries you can apply for from the United Kingdom

Entry requirements

The qualifications and exam results you'll need to apply for this course.

My qualifications are from: United Kingdom.

Your qualification Requirements

About our typical entry requirements

A levels

AAB

Narrowly missed the entry requirements on results day?

You may automatically qualify for reduced entry requirements through our contextual offers scheme.

GCSE GCSE Mathematics at grade 6/B and GCSE English at grade 4/C required. Applicants with equivalent qualifications and applicants who do not meet the GCSE English requirements will be considered on an individual basis according to their circumstances.
Subject requirements

Some Level 3 qualifications are only acceptable alongside 2 A levels, please contact us for details.

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

D*D*D

BTEC qualifications must be in a Business related subject.

International Baccalaureate

35 points with no score less than 4 – International Baccalaureate Mathematical Studies is not accepted for any Management School programme in lieu of GCSE Mathematics, or Higher Level Mathematics where this is a requirement

Irish Leaving Certificate H1,H1,H2,H2,H2,H3
Scottish Higher/Advanced Higher

Scottish Advanced Highers at AAB

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Acceptable at grade A or B alongside 2 A levels at AB or AA
Access 45 credits at Distinction in graded level 3 units in a Business/Humanities/Social Science subject
International qualifications

Many countries have a different education system to that of the UK, meaning your qualifications may not meet our entry requirements. Completing your Foundation Certificate, such as that offered by the University of Liverpool International College, means you're guaranteed a place on your chosen course.

Contextual offers: reduced grade requirements

Based on your personal circumstances, you may automatically qualify for up to a two-grade reduction in the entry requirements needed for this course. When you apply, we consider a range of factors – such as where you live – to assess if you’re eligible for a grade reduction. You don’t have to make an application for a grade reduction – we’ll do all the work.

Find out more about how we make reduced grade offers.

Preferred subjects

If you narrowly miss the entry requirements, we may take your subjects into account when we have your results. Students with two or more of these subjects may be given preference if places are available.

  • Accounting
  • English Literature
  • Maths
  • Anthropology
  • English Language and Literature
  • Music
  • Archaeology
  • Environmental Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Ancient History
  • Further Maths
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Geography
  • Psychology
  • Business Studies/ Applied
  • Geology
  • Religious Studies
  • Classics
  • Government & Politics
  • Science in Society
  • Chemistry
  • History
  • Sociology
  • Computing
  • History of Art
  • Statistics
  • Economics
  • Languages*
  • World Development
  • English Language
  • Law

*Languages include modern foreign/community languages taken as individual subjects (e.g.French, Spanish, Urdu, Gujarati) and classical languages (e.g. Biblical Hebrew, Latin, Classical Greek).

About our entry requirements

Our entry requirements may change from time to time both according to national application trends and the availability of places at Liverpool for particular courses. We review our requirements before the start of the new UCAS cycle each year and publish any changes on our website so that applicants are aware of our typical entry requirements before they submit their application.

Recent changes to government policy which determine the number of students individual institutions may admit under the student number control also have a bearing on our entry requirements and acceptance levels, as this policy may result in us having fewer places than in previous years.

We believe in treating applicants as individuals, and in making offers that are appropriate to their personal circumstances and background. For this reason, we consider a range of factors in addition to predicted grades, widening participation factors amongst other evidence provided. Therefore the offer any individual applicant receives may differ slightly from the typical offer quoted in the prospectus and on the website.

Alternative entry requirements

  • If your qualification isn't listed here, or you're taking a combination of qualifications, contact us for advice
  • Aged 20+ and without formal qualifications? The one-year Go Higher diploma qualifies you to apply for University of Liverpool arts, humanities and social sciences programmes
  • Applications from mature students are welcome.

Changes to International Business BA (Hons)

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7 June 2022: New course pages

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