International Business with a Year in Industry BA (Hons)

Key information

  • A multicultural team of expert academic staff that challenge established approaches to international business and publish high quality research used by global practitioners and policymakers

  • Internationally focused curriculum to help you 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 and Latin America

  • Visit a continental European city to experience first-hand another country’s economy in your first year. To enhance your skills and experience, you may wish to take advantage of our Open Languages programme. Under this, for a small additional cost, you can study for a language in an extracurricular way on top of your degree.

  • Ranked 2nd in the Russell Group Universities for ‘teaching quality’* (Times Good University Guide 2021) *based on subject area

The University of Liverpool Management School is one of an elite group of institutions worldwide to be accredited by AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS.

Since 1911 the two Liverbirds (Bertie and Bella) have looked over Liverpool with Bella looking out to sea (our Prosperity) and Bertie over the city (our people). They are both our inspiration for the design of the BA International Business programme.

Like Bella, the curriculum is designed to help you look internationally and:

  • Navigate through the complexity of the international business environment
  • Identify and take advantage of opportunities (prosperity)
  • Identify the dangers and challenges of international business
  • Take calculated risks when operating at home and abroad
  • Instil a mind-set of international awareness.

Like Bertie, the curriculum also incorporates a local perspective to help you:

  • Understand the benefits and challenges of globalisation for local communities
  • Inspire local communities to experience the benefits of globalisation
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the main ethical problems facing international business organisations
  • Understand and critique critical issues in international business.

Looking towards your future, our graduates successfully go on to find careers in multinational organisations such as Amazon, Santander, Mars, PwC, Royal Dutch Shell, BP, Vodafone Group and Deutsche Bank.

You will not only focus on the advanced economies of Europe, Asia and North America but explore the emerging markets of Asia and Latin America. In Year Three of the Year in Industry programme you can choose to spend your placement in either a UK company or an organisation abroad in Europe, China or America, for example.


Links with Professional Bodies

With excellent teaching and quality content the programme is accredited by the Institute of Export (IOE) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). Exemptions from various examination papers are available upon successful completion of certain modules.

Department Key Facts

Number of first year students

700 Year One undergraduates across all programmes in 2018

Graduate prospects

96% of our students are employed or in further study six months after graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2016/17)

National Student Survey

91% overall satisfaction at programme level for Accounting and Finance BA (Hons) (NSS 2017, University of Liverpool analysis of unpublished data)

Department resources

£12 million extension providing additional resources including an experiential marketing facility, Bloomberg trading floor, social study spaces, flexible teaching rooms and lecture theatres.

Facts and figures

36 professional accreditations across the Management School recognising excellence in programme content and teaching

Why this subject?

Enhance your employability with our co-curricular programme

With our unique 'ULMS Extra' programme you will go beyond the core curriculum and have the opportunity to develop your employability and personal networks by participating in specially designed activities, business societies and business competitions.

Reach your full potential

Our committed Student Support team is available to provide learning and development opportunities such as study skills sessions, placement advice, study abroad opportunities and pastoral support to help get the most of your student life and prepare you for the global workplace.

Benefit from our range of industry links and research expertise

We have outstanding links with private and public sector organisations as well as leading academics conducting cutting-edge research which helps shape our innovative curriculum to ensure that you develop knowledge and skills grounded in the real world. 

Gain a global perspective

With a vibrant international learning community you’ll be exposed to business ideas and cultures from the UK and beyond, drawing on a long tradition of commercial acumen in one of the world's truly global cities, still at the heart of international trade and interaction. 

Take advantage of innovative teaching methodologies

Modules are taught using the latest active learning techniques including business simulations, real-world case studies, social media, interactive participation software, lecture capture and real-time financial and business data using our Bloomberg Trading Floor.  

Tailor your studies to suit your interests and career aspirations

Our programmes offer flexibility, choice and opportunities allowing you to pursue your career and life aspirations. See what our current students think about their studies and what some of our graduates are doing now.