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International Business

BA (Hons)

Programme details

  • Next start date: Sep 2020
  • Future start date: Jan 2021
  • Study: Full-time
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Fee: Sept 2020: £21,000
  • UCAS code: N1R1
  • Study abroad: Mandatory

Overview

A specialist degree which immerses you in the challenges of global business in today’s disruptive economy.  

Studying business across the world will build your intercultural intelligence and ability to operate across disciplines and borders. A global outlook, language learning and intercultural intelligence are central to the course.  

You’ll learn about strategic management, economic policy and new ventures at an international level, developing your creative thinking and ability to innovate.  

You will also learn a new language, choosing from Mandarin Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish. Languages are taught with a focus on professional communication skills.  

Working with staff and students from over 140 nationalities at Regent’s will ensure you develop the vital global outlook to work in organisations across the world.  

This degree will prepare you for a career as a leader in multinational businesses or international start-ups. 

Structure

This three-year degree combines a selection of core modules and electives, along with a choice of language options.

The curriculum is structured around an entrepreneurial challenge, supported by modules that introduce the transferable skills you will need for a career in business.

Length

This is a full-time, 3-year programme, including one term of study abroad.

Additional Information

The design of the programme enables you to develop a full knowledge and understanding of business and management, to acquire the relevant language and cultural skills, to choose subject areas of interest from a wide range of options, and to take advantage of studying and working in a ‘foreign’ country.

Language study

You will be able to choose one core target language from Mandarin Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish. Languages are taught with a marked focus on professional communication skills, which prepares you to succeed in your term abroad and beyond.

You can either study a language as a complete beginner or choose a language that you already speak and be accepted up to an intermediate level of competence in the language. You must not have an A-level equivalent award issued by the country of the target language (e.g. a student cannot take French if they have a French Baccalauréat). The level will be ascertained in a diagnostic test on enrolment.

*Please note that you cannot choose your native language as part of your degree.*

Study Abroad

You will study abroad in Term 2 of your second year, spending time in a foreign country to gain life-changing international experience. Your target language choice will determine which partner institution/s is/are available for you.

We have partnerships with over a hundred institutions around the world. This provides students with the opportunity to strengthen intercultural understanding, gain exposure to a more varied selection of academic modes, as well as significantly driving up their language skills. The University’s Study Abroad & Exchange (SAE) will support you before, during and after your term abroad.

Work Placements/Internships

You will have the option to undertake a non-credit bearing placement or enterprise project which will prepare you with the practical skills to work in the global business arena.

The work placements provide practical enrichment of your learning, allowing you to test your knowledge in a variety of real-world business and cultural settings. Such experience is highly valued by potential employers and will significantly enhance your career prospects and employability after graduation.

The University’s Careers & Business Relations team will support you throughout your placement.

Elective Modules 

The elective modules are related to business and management subject areas. You will undertake two elective modules in your 3rd year of study, and you can choose the optional module based on your subject areas of interest. Please see the 'Two Elective Modules' segment below for more information.

Please note that all modules are subject to availability and timetabling constraints.

Year 1

Module Title Overview
Analytical Tools for Business and Finance This module aims to enhance your employability by teaching key numerical techniques and IT tools applicable to business, finance and management. Through reflection and technological application, you will learn how to generate new ideas and identify opportunities to innovate business solutions.
Developing Tomorrow’s Global Leaders This module is designed to help you to understand and embody the roles, responsibilities and traits of a true leader. Your main task will be to work together with your peers to support a charity and achieve mutually agreed objectives. Activities could include resolving a unique business problem, raising awareness for the charity, and fundraising. This challenge enables you to take on leadership responsibilities within a real-life business context. You will also be expected to critically reflect on your performance to understand and improve your management and leadership techniques. Working with students from different cultures and nationalities will also give you the intercultural intelligence to work successfully across international boundaries and become a true global leader.
Economics for Business This module focuses on both the micro- and macroeconomic environment in which businesses operate. You will gain a solid understanding of key economic concepts and their implications. This knowledge will help you to identify potential challenges that arise from globalisation and make smart business decisions to overcome them.
Financial and Management Accounting This introductory module focuses on financial and management accounting, with particular reference to external and internal reporting. You will learn how to make informed business decisions and communicate overall performance using key financial statements. You will also gain an understanding of the key regulations applicable to financial accounting, as well as the nature and cost implications of business decision-making. This module will give you the techniques required to prepare financial statements and formulate your own simulated business plan.
Global Perspectives This is a University-wide common module, which facilitates interpersonal, intercultural and cross-disciplinary learning for all level 4 students enrolled on Regent’s validated degree programmes. The module introduces a range of ideas and ways of thinking based around the University’s values, reflected in its learning outcomes. It encourages students to interact with the broader University community, both socially and academically, asking them to cross the physical and intellectual borders of their degree programmes. Global Perspectives aims to increase self-awareness and prepares students for their subsequent studies by familiarising them with the resources available to meet their lifelong learning needs.
Integrated Business Skills This module will help you develop key transferrable skills that can be used in both academic and workplace environments. Collaborative work will teach you how to work effectively in teams and strengthen your leadership skills. Presentation training will also help become a more confident and impactful speaker. The module will directly relate to the activities and assessment of two other level 4 modules: ‘People-Centric Organisations’ and ‘Principles of Marketing in the Digital Era’.
International Business Environment What main forces shape and reshape the business environment? This introductory module to international business will allow you to gain an appreciation and a passion for different types of businesses, and the trends, stakeholders, and influencing factors which can affect business activity. If you aspire to be a future leader, this module will prepare you with the skills to operate in the current global business environment.
Language Module Speaking more than one language is essential for working across international markets. This module gives you the opportunity to learn a language and how to use it in professional contexts. You will have the choice of Chinese Mandarin, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian or Spanish. The language you choose will inform the location of your study abroad in Year 2.
People-Centric Organisations This module focuses on the key issues associated with people in organisations. You will learn how to handle the employer-employee relationship effectively and implement creative strategies to ensure a better working environment. You will cover a range of disciplines including management, organisational behaviour and human resource management. This training will help you identify organisational challenges and give you the management tools to overcome them.
Principles of Marketing in the Digital Era This module will introduce you to the core principles of marketing. Critical examination of business models will give you real life insight into contemporary marketing issues and challenges such as big data, social media, sustainability and globalisation. You will learn the latest marketing practices, paying close attention to the different ways in which technology is used to improve customer relations.

Year 2

Module Title Overview
International Political Challenges The political economy in which we live and work is a fundamental component of the international business environment. In this module, you will learn how broader social, political and historical forces affect global business and how to examine contemporary politics with a critical eye. The module is grounded in contemporary mega trends of current affairs, with the aim of empowering you to make strategic sense of the world around you.
Leading with Cultural Intelligence Cultural intelligence and intercultural competence have been identified as key skills for future global leaders. This module focuses on the development of self and others. You will engage in peer-mentoring activities, including mentoring an exchange student. Sharing experiences and helping support them as they navigate the challenges of living, studying and working in a foreign country will help you reflect on your own identity as a future global leader. The mentoring will take place online via Skype, Blackboard Collaborate or in person.
Managing Digital Disruption and Transformation This module explores emerging disruptive technologies and the risks posed by the increasing presence of artificial intelligence. You will learn how to enhance an organisation’s digital presence, as well as manage any critical issues that may arise from emerging technologies. You will also consider how these activities can equally empower or severely damage an organisation’s reputation. This exposure will also build your awareness of the regulatory requirements concerning the use of personal and commercial data, as well as cyber security and compliance frameworks.
Research Methods This module will teach you how to conduct independent research for both academic and professional purposes. You will learn the theoretical frameworks of the research process, together with practical insights. You will apply this knowledge to a number of different business situations and contexts, gaining an awareness of the complexities of international research studies. You will also examine current debates in business research, such as the extent to which big data will replace more traditional data collection methods.
Language Module You will continue to study your chosen target language, further developing your skills in preparation for your term abroad.
Study Abroad (Term 2)

Year 3

Module Title Overview
Applied International Business Project This capstone module brings together every you have learnt over the past three years. You will tackle a realistic international business situation, identify the ‘problem in practice’ and apply the skills you have learnt through your degree to resolve it. This ‘problem in practice’ may be a strategic issue related to financial, sales, marketing, human resource, intercultural challenges, corporate social responsibility, and/or sustainable practices facing the organisation. The goal is to use an academic lens and creative problem-solving skills to provide the organisation with possible solutions or recommendations. This experience will help your transition from academic to the professional working environment.
International Business and Economics Policy How do international enterprises gain competitive advantage on the world’s stage? In this module, you will learn the pattern of production and trade amongst economies, and the various ways in which multinational businesses respond to these circumstances. From the ways in which distinct economies interact with one another and allocate resources to government actions, this module will equip you with the knowledge to make intelligent decisions in the economic environments you may face in the future.
International Strategic Management Strategic management is critical to any organisation in determining where and how to operate in order to achieve a competitive advantage. This module will ask you to consider the different ways in which strategies are developed, and identify the internal and external influences that lead to the development of different strategies. In learning to critically apply theoretical models and frameworks to real organisations, you will also develop your critical thinking and decision-making skills.
Planning a New International Venture This module will allow you to experience the creation of a business plan. The technological age has enabled small and medium-sized enterprises and family businesses to compete effectively with larger organisations. Understanding the ways in which a new business can achieve success on the global stage in the modern day is a core principle of entrepreneurship. As such, this module will see you investigating and researching various aspects of a potential new venture and working alongside others to bring your concept to light.
Two Elective Modules See the Year 3 Elective Modules section below for more information.

Year 3 Elective Modules

Module Title Overview
Data Visualisation and Analytics for Business In the digital age, crucial insights can be discovered from sources that underpin organisations in all sectors. This module will give you an understanding of big data analysis and effective information visualisation for management decision-making. You will explore human visual perception and apply it practically through data visualisation techniques. Applied sessions will build your knowledge of descriptive and inferential analytics and give you the key skills to become a modern data explorer. You will use cutting-edge software tools such as Viya or JMP from SAS, as well as other industry-recognised tools. As well as the usual academic credit, you will have the opportunity to obtain a joint SAS-Regent’s certificate in recognition of the applied skills learnt during this module. This understanding of visual analytics and big data will enhance your employability and help you stand out from other graduates in your field.
Derivatives and Risk Management The investment process is characterised by risk, with the return on any investment being directly linked to risk. Understanding risk management enables you to be a competent and informed financial player. This module will equip you with insight into derivative products and how to apply them in real-world situations, as well as develop your analytical skills on the notions of value, risk, hedging, diversification, market risk, liquidity risk, and credit risk.
Independent Learning Project The independent learning project is designed to allow you the time and resource to pursue your own learning and research into a topic of your choice. The aim of the ILP is to enable you to critically explore, analyse, and evaluate a specific contemporary phenomenon of the fourth industrial revolution on an organisation within a business management, technological, political, economic, social and/or cultural context, and to develop your aptitude for independent research and analysis
International Brand Strategy What makes a brand appealing? In this module, you will learn to effectively build, manage, and strategically position brands, and recommend potential overall and specific branding direction for businesses. You will discover the rational and emotional drivers which cause a brand to be appealing, or not appealing, for relevant target audiences anywhere in the world. By the end of this module, you will have developed your core skills in specialised marketing as well as broadened your knowledge of marketing in an international context.
International Business Law This module examines the legal aspects of international business law. You will examine the principal characteristics, purpose and functions of public international law. The relationship and the interaction between public and private international law will also be considered. This knowledge will help you to develop a critical understanding of how international law operates both on an international and national level. You will also cover topics including international organisations, international marketing and data protection law, international labour and environmental law, the law on banking and finance, and EU and competition law. This module also examines the various mechanisms for the resolution of international business disputes such as jurisdiction, enforcement and alternative dispute resolution. Upon successful completion of this module, you will be able to critically evaluate how managers are affected by international business law and the legal responsibilities that affect the management of a corporate entity.
International Finance This module is distinct from other finance modules as the topics covered are solely focussed on international finance. You will learn how to assess the current global business environment and design appropriate international finance management strategies. This will develop your understanding of multinational financial management through interpretation and analysis of strategic financial information. You will examine recent multinational financial management issues and their impact upon international organisations. This knowledge will help you to understand and review the wider developmental, strategic and ethical issues concerned with multinational financial management.
International HRM This module is designed to address many of the key aspects involved in attracting, retaining, and developing people in a global context for achieving and retaining competitive advantage of the organisation. Drawing on a wide range of theories and insightful global real-life case studies, this module provides a real-world understanding of the key debates and practices around human resource management in an international business context. This module will also develop your ability to operate in a team, delivering both written and oral presentations.
Language Module In Year 3, you have the option to further develop your chosen language as an elective module. Please note that you can only study the same language you opted to study in Years 1 and 2.
Mergers & Acquisitions Mergers and acquisitions are transactions where the ownership of companies is restructured or consolidated with others, transforming their size, activity, and competitive position. In this module, you will study how the flow of capital changes when companies are taken over or sold off, and the larger continuous international reorganisation of industry. You will learn how theories of corporate finance, economics, accounting and financial management work in practice, and how strategy and organisational behaviour apply to real-world financial problems. You will also learn wider-ranging economic and political effects involving tax, regulation and government policy interventions.
Organisational Governance and Global Financial Ethics This module will see you functioning as a chairperson or director, or as a person involved with delegated directorial responsibilities. Fines for an organisation owing to non-compliance with the OECD may exceed 10% of an organisation’s global turnover and damages are unlimited as to amount, and a company’s financial liability is increasingly in the hands of the director. As such, this module will teach you to take responsibility in terms of strategic business practice as well as professional codes of conduct, ethics, and sustainability, and also develop your qualities as a leader.

How to apply

Applying to study at Regent's University London is quick and easy. We have put together some helpful information to guide you through the process. We accept direct applications and there is no application fee.

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That's fine, you can still apply even without your exam results. We can issue a conditional offer without your results. You just need be clear in your application which qualifications you are currently studying for.

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Step 1: Apply

You can apply in the following ways:

If you have not uploaded the relevant supporting documents during the online application process, you should ensure that we have the below supporting documents as soon as you have completed your application.These can be sent via email to the Regent’s Admissions Department

  • Copies of academic transcripts and certificates from all university studies (i.e. undergraduate degree)
  • One letter of academic recommendation
  • A copy of your CV/resumé showing your work experience, if applicable.
  • A 300-500 word personal statement outlining the reasons for applying to your chosen programme. This should demonstrate an understanding of a current issue relevant to the subject, how you feel you will benefit from the programme of study, what contributions you will make to the University and how this will help your future career aspirations.
  • A copy of your passport photograph (ID) page
  • If you are not a native English speaker, proof of your English proficiency

For some of our programmes, the selection process may include an interview. Interviews can take the form of a one-to-one interview or group interview. These are generally conducted on campus but may be conducted by telephone or as a Skype call. Arrangements of these are made between the Admissions Department and the applicant.

Step 2: Receive a response to your application

You can expect to receive a decision on your application within 10 working days of receipt of your completed application and supporting documents.

We will assess whether you meet our entry requirements and will notify you of the decision via email.

Step 3: Accepting your offer

If you wish to accept the offer, please pay the advance tuition fee deposit (non-refundable) to confirm your place. 

Please see here for information on how to pay.

Step 4: After you have accepted your place

Closer to the start of the term the Admissions Team will send information regarding the registration process. This will include information on completing your online enrolment prior to your arrival as well as a checklist of documents you will need to bring with you to fully register onto the programme.

Information for international students

If you are an overseas student requiring visa sponsorship to study in the UK, our team will be in touch with information on applying for your student visa and the documents you will need. More information can be found on our visas and immigration page.

Scholarships and funding

There are a wide variety of funding and scholarship opportunities to help you finance your studies.

For further information, please visit our scholarships and funding page.

 

Fees

Tuition fees

Annual tuition fee for September 2020 entrants: £21,000

Annual tuition fee for September 2021 entrants: £21,500

Non-refundable advance deposit

Home/EU students: £1,000 
Non-EU students: £4,000
Non-EU students in receipt of US Federal Loans: £1,000

What do fees include?

Fees cover the cost of all tuition and access to the University’s IT infrastructure and library learning resources.

What other costs should I budget for?

You will need to budget additional funds for accommodation and living expenses, travel, and any additional trips, visits, activities or courses (such as summer programmes) that you choose to participate in outside of the tuition offered as part of the programme.

The library hold a limited number of copies of core text books and where possible in e-format. You will be encouraged to purchase your own text books and will need to budget approximately £80-£100 per year, depending on your programme of study.

When are fees paid?

Fees are payable in the following instalments:

  • An initial non-refundable advance deposit paid when you accept your offer of a place
  • The advance deposit is allocated against the first term’s fees
  • Tuition fees (including fees for subsequent terms) are due two weeks in advance of classes commencing

Calculating fee increases

  • The University sets tuition fees on an annual basis in line with the University's financial year which runs from 1 August to 31 July
  • The fees quoted here are for one academic year of study commencing in September
  • Fees for subsequent years of study are subject to fee inflation
  • The University aims to keep annual fee increases in line with the University’s cost inflation. The expectation is that this will be no greater than UK consumer price inflation (CPI) plus 3%. There are occasionally variations to this dictated by the costs of running specific programmes or facilities required for our programmes
  • As a registered charity, all fee increases are subject to approval of the Trustee Board thus ensuring that affordability for our students remains a primary concern in any decisions regarding fee increases

Study Period Abroad (SPA)

Some programmes at Regent’s University London offer an optional or mandatory Study Period Abroad, for one or two semesters. Students receiving Federal Student Aid are required to attend a school deemed “eligible” by the US Department of Education, or a “deferment only” school with which Regent’s has a consortium agreement. No SPA can be undertaken in the United States. Students who have American citizenship or are Eligible non-citizens who do not currently have US financial aid, are also subject to these terms and conditions if they wish to have Federal funding during any future part of their programme. 
 
A student who wishes to attend an “ineligible” school, which includes any school in the USA, will forfeit all funding from that semester going forward and all current loans will become due with immediate effect. For any questions regarding these terms and conditions, please email the US Loans Advisor at [email protected]. For questions regarding what an “eligible” or “deferment only” school is, please  email the IPO office, [email protected] or [email protected] before applying for a programme with an SPA module.

Teaching and assessment

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, teaching and assessment will take place online for the Autumn 2020 Term. See Returning to Regent's and our FAQs for more information.

You will be taught by expert faculty members who are active in their fields, offering a high level of academic qualification, research and professional experience.

Teaching methods are varied and include lectures, seminars, tutorials, business simulations, group projects, field trips and technology workshops. Assessment methods include reports and essays, examinations, case-study analysis, group and individual presentations, timed classroom tasks, and performance in challenge-based activities.

A wide choice of extra-curricular activities will also support your learning, development and aspirations. These include prominent guest speakers, presentations, conferences, competitions and university societies.

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements 

A Regent’s education provides you with a high level of personal attention, and this begins from the moment you apply to study with us. We want to understand who you are and what your skills and interests may be – we are interested in your potential, as well as your prior achievements. We review each application comprehensively and on its individual merit, considering all of your skills, interests and attributes.

If you are holding A levels, we would typically make you an offer at grades BBC.

We will also assess your application for proficiency in Mathematics, asking for a GCSE in this subject at grade A*-C / 9-4 (or the international equivalent).

English Language requirements 

English is our language of instruction and we require proof of your English proficiency. 
You can demonstrate your English proficiency with:

  • IELTS: Overall score of 6.5 with no score below 5.5 in any of the four components
  • PTE Academic: Overall score of 58, with 51 or above in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT: Overall score 80. (We do not accept TOEFL from applicants requiring a Tier 4 visa, as this qualification is no longer accepted by the UK Visas and Immigration Department (UKVI)
  • A-level/GCSE/IGCSE English: Grade C / 4 or above (for IGCSE certificates, please provide the Supplementary Certifying Statement with the breakdown of component grades)
  • International Baccalaureate: Grade 4 or above in English at Higher or Standard Level

This list is not exhaustive. We will review the English qualifications you submit as part of your application and be in contact if we require anything further.

Regent's English Password Test (REPT)

For offer holders able to visit us in London, we can provide an on-campus English diagnostic test known as the Regent’s English Password Test (REPT). This test must be arranged in advance. To find out more information and to book a test, please visit the REPT page. The REPT test is currently free of charge.

Careers

The complex, fast-moving world of international business offers many challenges and opportunities. The diverse nature of the BA (Hons) International Business programme will prepare you for a career as a leader, manager, strategist or entrepreneur in many different sectors and in small, large, multinational or family-run businesses across the world.

All areas of the international business sector will be open to you, including Management, Finance, Banking, IT and Big Data Analytics, Corporate Governance, Consultancy, Strategy, Retail, Human Resources, Advertising and Marketing.

You can also seek the opportunities to specialise your knowledge and skills by taking a more specialised postgraduate degree. Examples of postgraduate degrees undertaken by our students are MSc in Finance, MSc in Banking, MSc in Investment and Wealth Management, MSc in Marketing, MA in Brand Management, MA in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, MA in Human Resource Management, MSc in Management with Technology Management, etc.

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BA (Hons) International Business

Please note: If you're electing to commence your studies in January 2021, this is a 2.5 year programme with a mandatory summer term.