BA (Hons) International Business

A set of Global Goals has been designed by the United Nations to describe the ways that society can end world-wide issues such as poverty and inequality. In 2016, 71% of businesses surveyed said they were already planning ways to engage with the UN’s Global Goals (PWC).

These businesses need graduates who have an international perspective, an understanding of global issues and a passion to improve business and society. The opportunities to experience and challenge the industry that you are most passionate about are available here at Glasgow Caledonian University. You will enjoy working alongside students from different business disciplines and learning from international leaders of enterprise and social enterprise. Research-based teaching and live casework cover core subjects like international finance, human resources, business economics, and international marketing. Through masterclass and guest lecture events, you will explore real examples of professional practice that have had a positive impact on international business and society.

This course can be studied on its own or in combination with Human Resource Management or Languages - helping you match your degree to your career aspirations.

Study Options

  • 2020/21

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BA (Hons)
Full Time
4 Years
29 Sep 2020
GCU Glasgow
N120
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
BA (Hons) Full Time 4 Years 29 Sep 2020 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

Study Options

  • 2021/22

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BA (Hons)
Full Time
4 Years
17 Sep 2021
GCU Glasgow
N120
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BA (Hons) Full Time 4 Years 17 Sep 2021 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
Scottish Higher: Standard entry requirement: ABBBB (incl English) Nat 5:C (Maths)
Minimum entry requirement*: BBBBC (incl English) Nat 5:C (Maths)
A level: BCC GCSE: C/4 (Maths and English)
ILC Higher: H1 H2 H3 H3 H3 (incl H2: English) H5/O2: (Maths)
IB Diploma: 25 points (incl Maths and English)
BTEC: DMM Ext Dip GCSE: C/4 (Maths and English)
SWAP: Humanities/Law, Business and Accounting - ABB

Year 3
College HND: HND Business - graded units AB

English language
IELTS score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5 (or equivalent)

Modern Apprenticeships

If you have completed a Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF level 6 in a relevant discipline this would be equivalent to two highers at B.

Relevant experience (RPL)

GCU’s flexible entry policies exist to allow relevant work experience and prior learning to be considered towards standard entry or advanced entry into a course. If you have three to five years of relevant work experience, you can apply for the degree that interests you and get in touch with our admissions team about your application and your eligibility for Recognition of Prior Learning.

Start of term 2020

We understand that you may be wondering how the COVID-19 pandemic will affect your University start in September. Please be assured that our priority remains your experience. We are working to make the adjustments needed to ensure the best possible start for you.

As things change we will keep you informed and have created a dedicated space where we answer some of the questions you may have around COVID-19 and starting University

You can discover the impact that business can have on the global economy and on society by studying our international business degree at Glasgow Caledonian University. Through practical and research-based teaching, this business degree will develop the skills and confidence you need to become a responsible leader and an effective global citizen.

Choose Glasgow Caledonian University and graduate with an accredited degree. EPAS accreditation is recognised worldwide as the quality standard for business and management graduates. As a GCU graduate, you belong to a global network connected by shared values and a sense of ethical responsibility. Our Business School graduates go on to enjoy careers at home and internationally.

We focus on developing the knowledge and skills that you need to join a world-class business or organisation. You will have the opportunity to take part in international exchanges or gain work experience. You will study alongside students from a range of business degree programmes, getting together to work on group projects. You will attend lectures and masterclasses led by business and social enterprise leaders. Learning from their life experiences, you can discover best practice and innovative solutions that can help shape your career.

The teaching you receive is informed by the latest research methods and designed around a core spine of professional practice. You can also choose an international exchange and select the modules and learning opportunities that match your individual aspirations. The leadership, entrepreneurial and responsible management skills you develop here will continue to serve you throughout your career.

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.

  • Human Resource Management option - 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 BA (Hons) International Business and Human Resource Management joint degree award on graduation.

  • Language option - You can choose to study one language module a year on this course however if you want the opportunity to study two languages from year one, you can apply for the International Business with Languages degree course.

Level 1

Enterprising Behaviours for the Business Professional; Essentials of Managing Human Resources; Principles of Marketing; Fundamentals of Financial Management; International Economic Issues and Challenges; Option module including a language

 

Level 2

Ethics and Responsible Leadership; International Work, Organisations and Society; Financial Management for Decision Makers; Social Media Marketing; International Institutions and Environments; Option module

 

Level 2 HRM Pathway

Ethics and Responsible Leadership; International Work, Organisations and Society; Financial Management for Decision Makers; Social Media Marketing; International Institutions and Environments; Learning and Development for Individuals, Organisations, and Society

 

Level 3

Entrepreneurship for Business, Society and the Professions; International Business Strategy; Economics of International Trade and Regulation; Business Research Methods: Theory and Practice; Operations Management; Option module including exchange opportunity which is available through application

 

Level 3 HRM Pathway

Entrepreneurship for Business, Society and the Professions; Contemporary Employment Relations; International Business Strategy; Business Research Methods: Theory and Practice; Talent Management in Changing Global Contexts; Managing People and Diversity at Work

 

Level 4

Honours Dissertation; Sustainability Corporate Responsibility and Ethics in International Business; Leading Organisations in a Changing Global Context; Contemporary Issues In World Economy; Option module

 

Level 4 HRM Pathway

Honours Dissertation; Sustainability Corporate Responsibility and Ethics in International Business; Leading Organisations in a Changing Global Context; Managing Sustainable Business Excellence; HRM Strategies for Organisational Performance and Reward

 

The module and assessment information described here has been approved in line with the University’s Quality Assurance and Enhancement Process. This allows us to ensure that the courses we offer are high quality and relevant for today’s students. Occasionally we have to make changes to programme information after it has been published. For full details of potential changes to programmes and how they can affect your application please read the Information for students relating to Programme Changes/Cancellation and Withdrawal from Portfolio.

You can discover the impact that business can have on the global economy and on society by studying our international business degree at Glasgow Caledonian University. Through practical and research-based teaching, this business degree will develop the skills and confidence you need to become a responsible leader and an effective global citizen.

This programme has been awarded EPAS accreditation by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD). EPAS represents excellence in management development internationally. EPAS accredited degrees such as this meet the high-quality standards set for programme delivery.

Glasgow School for Business and Society has been awarded four out of a possible five QS Stars. This high rating from the prestigious QS Stars Business Schools rating system assures the quality of the programme and is an international benchmark of excellence from which our graduates benefit.

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This course has been awarded five excellence stars by QS Stars. This high rating from the prestigious QS Stars rating system assures the quality of the programme and is an international benchmark of excellence from which you can benefit. 

At Glasgow Caledonian University, we bring bright, experienced leaders and entrepreneurs on to campus to share their experiences with you. Through live casework; analysing and challenging current practice; you will establish your own innovative business practices and management styles.

We know that international business can contribute to a more sustainable, equal future for all. You can discover more about the impact that business has internationally by visiting partner institutions via student exchange. We offer exchange opportunities in Europe, Canada, the USA, Australia or Latin America.

We also support European exchange and study abroad opportunities via the Erasmus Student Network.

UHatch is our campus-based business incubator. It is here that social entrepreneurship, responsible leadership, curiosity and divergent thinking is put into practice on a daily basis. Students and entrepreneurs are working together to address real societal issues and making their business ideas a reality.

As a student of the Glasgow School for Business and Society, you also have the unique opportunity to become a member of Enactus GCU. Enactus is an international non-profit organization which allows you to work with other like-minded students to co-design and co-deliver entrepreneurial projects that empower people to make real, sustainable progress for our community. You can benefit from the support of an Enactus UK network that offers mentoring and networking opportunities, as well as leadership and managerial training.

Increasingly, society is looking to business owners and managers to lead the way in creating a fairer, more sustainable world. Social responsibility, ethics and sustainability are at the top of our agenda. We are the first Scottish university to join the UN Global Compact. This is the worlds biggest voluntary corporate responsibility partnership. We are committed to the UNs Global Goals. This is a clear calling to all future leaders who want to build an inclusive and sustainable global economy.

We are the University for the Common Good, our Business degrees are focused on social responsibility in business. We are members of the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) network. As such, we prepare future leaders and managers to deal with some of the complex challenges facing business and society. Join us and discover social responsibility and leadership practices that leave a lasting impact.

You will receive a range of individual and group assessments. Exams are used in some modules; however, many assignments are coursework based. You will be asked for written reports, presentations, portfolios, blogs and wikis on subjects you are studying.

We provide experiential learning. This means that you get to take part in real-world projects, case studies and research-based assessments. You will find that this way of learning gives you an expertise that is easier to transfer into real life practice. Live case work can help improve your critical thinking in the business context. During your degree you will build a bank of experiences that will prepare you for a range of careers in international business.

Successful leaders and managers need to know how to work as part of a diverse, often virtual team. We believe that group work is an essential practice for every business student. We actively feature group projects, presentations and report writing in our degree modules.

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

Tuition fees 2020/21

Home: £1,820*
RUK: £9,250**
EU: £1,820*
International: £12,250

*Scottish and EU student tuition fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.
**Students from rest of UK will pay no more than £27,750 towards the total fees of a three or four-year degree.

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

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Scholarships

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 million per year.

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