BA (Hons) International Business

This programme, with its distinctive international perspective, will help you become a graduate ready for success.

Initially you will study a broad business and management foundation covering finance, economics, HRM and marketing, from a UK and international perspective. As you progress in your studies there will be a greater emphasis on the international, cultural, sustainable and ethical context of business.

You can choose to further develop your international perspective through the study of a foreign language and an international study exchange.

Joint Degree Options

All first year students will begin on the BA (Hons) International Business programme and then if you wish to specialise and gain a Joint degree on graduation, you can choose your area of specialism at the end of your first year.

BA (Hons) International Business can be studied on its own or in combination with a specialist subject that will help you match your degree to your career aspirations. A specialism in HRM can be taken as a single option or studied in more depth in Years 2, 3 and 4 to provide you with a named joint degree award on graduation.

Language pathway option

Students can commence Year 1 on the BA (Hons) International Business with Languages pathway programme and choose two language specialisms throughout their degree. Please note that students on single Honours International Business can also choose to study one language module a year. If you want the opportunity to study two languages from Year One, you should apply for IB with Languages pathway.

Year 1

Introduction to International Business modules including Workplace Culture and Behaviour, The Business of Social Science, International Economic Issues and Challenges, Fundamentals in Financial Management, Foundations of Marketing, Law in Business or a Language module

Year 2

Society, Employability and Business, Essentials of Managing Human Resource, Contemporary Cultural Challenges in International Business, Financial Management for Decision Makers, International Institutions and Environments or a language module and an option module

Year 3

The Enterprise Value Challenge, Business Research Methods and Skills, International Business Strategy, Ethical Trade and International Market Entry Operations Management and an option, exchange opportunity available through application, direct entry students are offered the opportunity for exchange in Trimester B

Year 4

Honours Dissertation and modules in Contemporary Issues in World Economy, Sustainability, Corporate Responsibility and Ethics in International Business and two other specialist modules (dependent on specialism selected)

Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

  • 2019/20


Mode of study


Start date




BA (Hons)
Full Time
4 Years
16 Sep 2019
GCU Glasgow
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
BA (Hons) Full Time 4 Years 16 Sep 2019 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Year 1

SQA Higher
ABBBB including English PLUS Nat 5 Maths at C
A Level
BCC PLUS GCSE Maths and English at C/4
ILC Higher
H1, H2, H3, H3, H3, including English or above at H2 PLUS Maths at O1
IB Diploma
25 points must include Maths
Level 3 Extended Diploma at DMM PLUS GCSE Maths and English at C/4
Access to Humanities at BBB

Applicants to the Language pathway also require French, Italian, German or Spanish (Higher, AS level at B min, ILC Higher, part of IB Diploma).

Year 3

Direct entry is available to the following pathways

BA International Business
HND Business with AB/ABB in the Graded Units.
BA International Business and Human Resource Management (Apply with UCAS code: 2T4T)
HND Business with AB/ABB in the Graded Units. Priority will be given to applicants with at least two optional units in HRM, particularly those in HRM: Core Activities Unit. Other applicants will be considered on a case by case basis.
International Business and Tourism Management (Apply with UCAS code: 4R5T)
HND Travel and Tourism or HND Hospitality Management with AB/ABB in Graded Units. Other related HND qualifications may be considered

English Language

Academic IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 5.5.

Please note: if you are from a majority English speaking country, you may not be required to provide further proof of your English Language proficiency.

Additional Information

Other academic and vocational qualifications

Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.

International Pathways

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for the Academic English course.

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Tuition fees 2019/20

Home: £1820** 
RUK: £9250*
EU: £1820** 
International: £11,845 

*Total tuition fees for RUK students completing a three or four year degree are capped at £27,750.

**Specific fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.

Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only. Fees and refund policy.

As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.

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We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2.5 million per year.

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For new international students, particular care is taken around our induction events which begin on 13 September 2019 to welcome you to the UK and GCU prior to the start of teaching. There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus tours, city tours and social events where you can meet other international students. Where possible, we encourage you to arrange travel to allow you to arrive in time to enjoy these.

Find out more about international life at GCU.

This programme has been awarded EPAS accreditation by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD). EFMD is an organisation that promotes excellence in management development internationally and accredits programmes throughout the world that meet the high-quality standards it sets for programme delivery.

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This course has five stars awarded by QS Stars Business Schools

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In response to increasing demands from employers for cultural awareness, we encourage our students to develop a level of linguistic competence in a foreign language. You’ll have the option to study modern languages including French, Spanish, German and Italian from beginners to professional level depending on your previous knowledge.

Our approach to learning, teaching and assessment is tailored to the needs of international businesses. We adopt a wide range of learning and teaching methods to ensure that not only will you gain the necessary knowledge and understanding of the international business world, but also develop your intellectual and personal skills.

Assessment strategies involve traditional approaches such as exams and essays but also include more contemporary forms of assessment which are work related to prepare you for the workplace's style of reporting (e.g. presentations/reports) or use digital technologies and mobile devices.

The learning and teaching methods we use ensure that the programme is both vocationally relevant and academically challenging. Our approach is student-centred, practical and relevant to the needs of the student and employers. We've moved the focus to a more independent learning approach, where you will be encouraged to generate and critically evaluate theory and practice.

As well as the traditional lecture, seminar and workshop formats, we adopt a multi-platform approach to learning that includes a wide range of supporting material, including podcasts, webinars (internet-based seminars), discussion boards and independent (including web-based) study. In tutorials, we encourage students to participate and contribute to the learning environment through discussion and group work.

Throughout our programme, you will also engage in 'real world' scenarios through live industry projects, case studies and investigations and be encouraged to maximise industry links and work experience to put into practice the theoretical concepts and frameworks you're learning.

The range of modules from theoretical to practical and business-orientated is designed to equip you with a critical awareness of the role of business in society. You will develop the wide range of knowledge and skills necessary to excel as a leader in industry or to launch your career as a (social) entrepreneur.