BSc International Business and Economics 2016/17

Top five in the Russell Group for Business Studies

(The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017)

Key facts

UCAS code:
Start date:
September 2016
3 years
Mode of study:
Entry requirements:
A-level: AAA + GCSE Maths A, English Language B. Full entry requirements
UK/EU fees:
International fees:
Optional Year in Industry:
Optional Study Abroad:
Course overview

This course draws on economic theory and applied economics to develop an in-depth understanding of international business in the global economy.

This programme draws on the specialist knowledge and research expertise of the Centre for International Business at the University of Leeds (CIBUL), one of the world's leading research centres. 

Our teaching and research in International Business is ranked 3rd in the world and 1st in the UK by the 2015 Financial Times Masters in Management rankings. 

This degree is also accredited by Institute of Export (IOE) and offers up to five exemptions from the eight modules on the IOE Diploma in International Trade, helping you to progress more quickly as an international trade professional.

This course is available for 2016 start. We are not taking applications for 2017 entry.

Course content

Our degrees have a modular structure. This provides the core elements you need (in compulsory modules), but with the flexibility to tailor your course to your personal interests and career aspirations (through optional and discovery modules). You can see typical modules in each of the years below. 

To help you succeed we use a variety of learning and teaching methods.

Assessment methods may include coursework, oral presentations, group reports, examinations and dissertations.

Year 1
Year 2
Final year

For detailed module descriptions, credit and assessment information please check the University Programme Catalogue. This shows what students are currently studying on this programme and provides indicative course content for 2016 entry. We constantly review the content of our degrees, therefore some modules may change.

We constantly review the content of our degrees, therefore some modules may change.

Optional year

You can apply in your second year to spend your third year either in industry or studying abroad.

Find out more about our Year in Industry and Study Year Abroad options.

Career opportunities

What kind of job can you get?

Whether your career aspirations lie with government departments, consultancy firms, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) or large multinational enterprises (MNEs), this course will give you a vital understanding of the challenges, opportunities and processes of international business. 

As our international business degrees were only launched in 2010 we do not have any graduate destinations available for you yet. However, these programmes are designed to prepare you for specialist roles in, for example, export management, international marketing, international economic policy and analysis, international trade, and international business finance.

Plus, the economics element of this course will enable you to go on to careers in management, banking and finance,and government bodies and agencies, such as the Civil Service in the UK.

How will we help you get there?

We have a wide range of careers support and opportunities available for you to make the most of. Discover more about our careers services.

Entry requirements, applying, fees and funding

Entry requirements

A-level: AAA + GCSE Maths A, English Language B. Full entry requirements


UK/EU students

All applications from UK/EU students should be made through UCAS before 15 January of the year in which you wish to study (please note applications for deferred entry to the following year are also permitted).

International (non-EU) candidates

International candidates are also required to submit their applications through UCAS. The deadline for applying is 30 June.

More about applying

Read how to apply for more about the application process.

Read entry requirements for more about qualifications and English language requirements.

Fees and scholarships

Read fees and funding for information about fees and about Business School and University scholarship opportunities.

The Peter J. Buckley Achievement Scholarships

How many scholarships are available?

All UK/EU candidates commencing study on an International Business Programme (BSc International Business; BSc International Business & Economics; BSc International Business & Finance; BSc International Business & Marketing) in September 2016 who obtain a total of 480 UCAS points or higher will qualify for a scholarship.

Value of the scholarships?

The scholarships are a one-off award of £2,000 and will be offered either as a fees deduction or maintenance paid directly into your bank account in monthly instalments.

Who qualifies?

UK/EU candidates will automatically qualify for a scholarship if they obtain a total of 480 UCAS points or higher from the following academic qualifications: 

  • GCE Advanced A-levels, including Critical Thinking and General Studies
  • GCE Advanced Subsidiary AS-levels in a subject not offered at A-level
  • Scottish Advanced Higher 
  • Scottish Higher in a subject not offered at Advanced Higher level
  • Welsh Baccalaureate
  • Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher Level)
  • International Baccalaureate (with a minimum of 35 points overall)
  • Cambridge Pre-U Certificate
  • Level 3 BTEC Qualifications
  • Level 3 OCR Qualifications (Cambridge Technical)
  • Extended Project
  • AAT Level 3 Diploma
  • IFS Diploma in Financial Studies
  • Free-Standing Maths
How do I apply?

There is no separate application process. All eligible candidates who meet the criteria below will automatically qualify for a scholarship:

  • You applied for a place on an International Business Programme by 15 January 2016 and are holding a study offer.
  • You must obtain 480 UCAS points or higher in the qualifications detailed above.
  • You must be paying fees at the UK rate of £9,000.
  • You must be commencing your studies on an International Business Programme in September 2016 and be fully registered at the University of Leeds as an undergraduate student under the relevant University degree regulations and the General Regulations of the University.
When will I be told if I was successful?

If you achieve the 480 UCAS points, your scholarship will be confirmed by the Admissions Office by Friday 2 September 2016.

The programme was very attractive due to its flexibility, as students are able to choose to spend their third year abroad in one of the numerous Leeds University Business School partner schools.

Paul Neagoe, Romania
BSc International Business and Economics
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