University of Hertfordshire International Business

By | 14th June 2017

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University of Hertfordshire International Business

University of Hertfordshire International Business

BA (Hons)(SW/YAB) International Business with Sandwich Placement/ Study Abroad

About the course

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Our BA (Hons) International Business is a dynamic degree designed to help you become one of tomorrow’s business leaders. Supported by Hertfordshire Business School’s experienced academic team, you’ll gain the management skills, language abilities and cultural awareness you  need to thrive in the international business environment.

It’s a four-year course filled with exciting travel opportunities. As well as studying here with us in the UK, you’ll have the chance to live and work abroad for either one or two years – travelling to one, two or even three other countries. This powerful international experience, combined with your new language skills, will make you a stand-out candidate with a real competitive edge.

Spending your Third Year abroad is compulsory and you’ll be able to do so in Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia or Australia. You can spend the whole year in one country or split your time between two. Equally, while you’re abroad, you can study at one of our accredited partner universities for the full year or spend half studying and the other half on a work placement. You can also choose to study abroad in your Second Year, taking the equivalent course at one of our partner universities.

Although this is a four-year degree, you won’t have to pay tuition fees in your compulsory third year abroad. If you study abroad in your Second Year too, you’ll only pay 15% of your fees for that year. If you travel to Europe, you’ll be eligible for an Erasmus grant, and if you travel outside Europe you may be eligible for one of our Global Scholarships or a Santander Universities Scholarship.

Because they give you such a career advantage, studying a language is compulsory in the First Year. After that, language study is optional, but if you decide to study the same language throughout your degree, it will be included in your degree title. You can choose French, German, Spanish, Mandarin or Japanese.

We’re pleased to say that our BA (Hons) International Business has been EPAS accredited by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD). EPAS is a highly respected international scheme which awards accreditation to courses that meet its high standards and have a strong international perspective.

When you study abroad during your Third Year, you’ll be able to choose from over 90 partner universities worldwide. Wherever you choose, it’s a great opportunity to meet people from other countries, form friendships, travel and explore other cultures. You’ll be able to study in English and the University’s Study Abroad office will help you find the right place and support you while you’re away.

Why choose this course?

  • Study for your degree at the UK’s leading business-facing university.
  • Opt for a course with 100% student satisfaction in the 2016 National Student Survey (NSS).
  • Learn powerful business theories, practices and skills from a highly regarded academic team.
  • Travel to one, two or even three different countries, building confidence cultural awareness and valuable language skills.
  • Study abroad for one or two years, with the option of a semester’s overseas work placement too.

Entry requirements…

120 UCAS points from qualifications which include a minimum of two 4 unit qualifications (e.g. A Levels), one 8 unit qualification (e.g. Pearson BTEC Diploma) or one 12 unit qualification (e.g. Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma).

GCSE Maths and English at Grade C (Grade 4 if completed from 2017 onwards).

‘All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 6 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band.

If you do not have the required IELTS or equivalent for direct entry on to your degree programme, our Pre-sessional English and International Foundation courses can help you to achieve this level.

For country specific qualifications, please visit our Your Country page.’

For more details on the University of Hertfordshire’s entry requirements, please visit our Undergraduate Entry Requirements page.

As you take a language as part of your degree, please refer to the Business School languagespage to check your eligibility.

N.B. We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (if applicable) together with your applications as a whole, including work experience and personal statement.

Key staff

Dr Ali Malik
Programme Leader

Ms Michelle McPhail
Deputy Programme Leader

Professional Accreditations

Our BA International Business has been EPAS accredited by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD). EPAS is a highly respected international scheme which awards accreditation to courses that meet its high standards and have a strong international perspective.

MSc International Business

About the course

Course and module structure

At the University of Hertfordshire, we’ve created an innovative Master’s in international business, designed to help you build a strong understanding of the way organisations operate globally and help you develop the skills for a hugely rewarding career.

You can now combine this internationally focussed Master’s with a year long placement in industry. An attainment of 60% is required from students if they wish to undertake a placement during the course.

Based just 20 minutes from one of the world’s most dynamic global cities, the Hertfordshire campus is a vibrant, supportive study environment, where you’ll learn from leading industry experts and acclaimed academics, developing a detailed understanding of global practices and trends.

You’ll explore international business from a number of perspectives, including economics, finance, strategy, supply chain, management, marketing across cultures and research methods. There’s also the opportunity to choose optional modules to tailor your Master’s studies, as well as to conduct a piece of individual postgraduate research, creating a dissertation or business plan.

Throughout your time at Hertfordshire, you’ll also develop specialist skills that enable you to work effectively across national borders. These include communication, numeracy, graphics, multicultural team-working, reflective learning and the ability to critically analyse complex business challenges to reach considered creative solutions. You’ll also build a strong awareness of cultural, socio-economic and political differences.

This is a life-changing Master’s, dramatically developing your skills, understanding and confidence. You’ll graduate as a more mature professional, better able to cope with stress and change, more sensitive to cultural differences, more capable of operating in a fast-moving global environment, and more able to see opportunities where others only see threats.

You’ll have a unique combination of skills sought after by employers all over the world, as well as a strong network of international contacts – some will become your close friends and a few may even become your future business partners.

Partnerships and opportunities

While the majority of our postgraduate students begin this Master’s with a degree or experience in business or management, this isn’t essential. We welcome students without a business background who want to move their career in this direction. We also offer a choice of starting dates and course lengths, so you can shape your studies to suit you.

You’ll be joined here in Hertfordshire by postgraduate students from our partner institutions in Vancouver and Los Angeles, who spend part of their courses studying with us. This is a great opportunity to draw on experiences and perspectives from other parts of the world and creates a vibrant student community, as well as a network of contacts overseas.

The research element of this postgraduate course gives you the opportunity to explore any aspect of global business that particularly interests you. You’ll write a dissertation, business report or business plan and many students find this helps them to focus their ambitions and begin to carve out a specific career path.

Why choose this course?

  • Develop the valuable skills and in-depth knowledge you need for a successful international business career.
  • Learn from leading academics and industry experts in the University of Hertfordshire’s fantastic learning environment.
  • Study alongside postgraduate students from around the world, developing a truly international perspective on today’s corporate challenges.
  • Tailor your Master’s to suit you, with a range of optional modules, start dates and course lengths.
  • Build a global network of contacts, creating friendships, collaborations and potential career opportunities.

Entry requirements…

An honours degree (at least 2:2 or equivalent) in any discipline, a degree equivalent professional qualification or appropriate work experience.

All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency. The following qualifications and grades will be considered:
– GCSE English language grade A-C
– IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 5.5 in any band)
Other English language tests are accepted. Please contact the International Office for details.

If you do not have the required level of English for entry, our academic English courses can help you to achieve this level.

Key staff

Dr Keith Salmon

Find out more about Dr Keith Salmon

Dr Peter Fraser
Senior Lecturer and module leader for Managing a Small Business

Ms Siegrid Beck
Research Coordinator