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University of Portsmouth

International Business

UCAS Code: N123

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


112-120 Tariff points from 3 A levels.

112 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma.

Cambridge Pre-U score of 54.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English and Mathematics/5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English and Mathematics

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

29

29 points from the IB Diploma, with either 754 or 655 at Higher Level.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H3,H4

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM

112-120 Tariff points.

UCAS Tariff

112-120

112-120 points from 3 A levels or equivalent.

98%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Other options

4 years | Sandwich | 2019

Subject

International business

**Overview**
Global markets, a worldwide supply chain, an international talent pool – the business world crosses national boundaries and provides many opportunities to travel, and experience and understand different cultures.

On this professionally accredited BA (Hons) International Business degree course, you’ll learn to meet the challenges facing global business managers and customers. You’ll experience living, working and studying at 1 or 2 of our international partner institutions in locations such as America, Canada, Europe, the Far East and Australia. You'll also learn about global markets and form an international network of contacts, which will enhance your CV.

This course is a springboard to pursue a global career overseas or with an internationally focused UK organisation. Roles you could take on include commercial officer, corporate financial specialist, account director, project manager, data analyst and more.

This degree shares a common first year with several other business courses. This gives you the flexibility to transfer to another course if you develop an interest in a different subject area.

**Accredited by**
This course has EFMD Programme Accreditation System accredited by EPAS, recognising its quality in relation to internationalisation and corporate engagement.

EPAS accreditation is provided by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), a global non-profit membership driven organisation dedicated to developing management skills. For this course to be awarded this accreditation it has to go through an in-depth review of its design, delivery, programme outcomes and quality assurance.

This means the skills and knowledge that you pick up on this course will be in demand by employers, and ensure you're ready to jump straight into work in the global business community.

**What you'll experience**
On this degree course, you’ll:

* Get experience of another culture by studying for a year at a partner university in the USA, Canada, Australia, Europe or the Far East

* Tailor your degree by choosing modules that match your interests and career ambitions

* Deal with topics that affect international business today, such as developing businesses across borders, dealing with business issues on an

international basis, and cross-cultural management

* Have the opportunity to do a paid year-long work placement abroad in year 3

**Careers and opportunities**
When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry. You'll be particularly suited to work in multinational organisations.

**What can you do with an International Business degree?**
Previous students have gone on to work in:

* business consultancy

* international project management

* international sales

* financial risk analysis

* regional management

**What jobs can you do with an International Business degree?**

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

* commercial officer GKN Westland

* corporate financial specialist for Accenture Ltd

* account director for UMD Media in Finland

* pilot for Astraits Ltd

* stock loss project manager for Excel Ltd

Other graduates have continued their studies at postgraduate level or set up successful businesses with help and support from the University.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Modules

The first year of this course provides you with a broad understanding of how business operates. Your second year will be spent at one of our partner universities where you will bid for in a ‘tender response’ style. Once nominated, you will select and agree a suitable portfolio of units at the partner university to undertake and pass. If you opt to do a work placement after your second year, you’ll return to your final year with great first-hand experience of an international business environment. You will consolidate your studies through a final batch of international business subjects as well as a unit on Strategic International Management. You will also complete an independent study project on a topic of particular interest to you.

Assessment methods

You will encounter a combination of assessment methods to suit differing learning styles including examinations, an analysis of topical case studies, written reports and essays, presentations and practical artefacts such as small websites or systems.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£13,900
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Business and Law

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

80%
med
International business

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Business studies

Teaching and learning

76%
Staff make the subject interesting
88%
Staff are good at explaining things
80%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
79%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

87%
Library resources
89%
IT resources
87%
Course specific equipment and facilities
76%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

66%
UK students
34%
International students
63%
Male students
37%
Female students
69%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Business studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£23,000
med
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
90%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

36%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
15%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
9%
Public services and other associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

The number of business studies graduates fell significantly last year after a long period of increase. But there were still more than 14,000 degrees awarded and this is the third most popular subject for new graduates. Because so many graduates get business studies degrees, you can find them everywhere in the economy, and very few jobs are completely out of reach for a good business studies graduate. Around 40% go into jobs in finance, sales, recruitment, management (particularly retail) or marketing. There is also a small (but well paid) group who take their technical skills into computing and IT. Thousands of graduates from this subject go into professional jobs every year, and average starting salaries are above the average for all subjects and particularly healthy in London where they top £25k. Graduates with good degree grades in business studies are much more likely to get good jobs, so don’t be complacent, and keep a close eye on your grades.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

International business

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£22k

£22k

£28k

£28k

£30k

£30k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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