This industry-accredited course is designed to give you knowledge and understanding to manage the international business and finance activities of any organisation.
Drawing on the specialist expertise of the Centre for International Business at the University of Leeds (CIBUL), one of the world's leading research centres, you’ll explore aspects of international business while studying accounting and finance. You’ll also come face to face with the latest debates and discoveries in the subject. A wide range of optional modules will also allow you to shape your degree to suit your own career plans and interests, with topics such as financial derivatives, marketing, economics, corporate governance and auditing.
Our teaching and research in International Business are ranked 3rd in the world by the 2015 Financial Times Masters in Management rankings, meaning you will study among leading academics to gain the knowledge and skills to thrive in your future career.
Our International Business degrees are accredited by the Institute of Export which allows you to acquire an exporting qualification after your studies and strengthens your job prospects in international trade.
- Course content
Our degrees have a modular structure. This means that compulsory modules provide you with the core knowledge and skills that you need, while optional and discovery modules allow you to shape your course to suit your personal interests and career aspirations.
Year 1 gives you a firm grounding in key areas of international business and finance through compulsory modules. You’ll learn about the key concepts and theories in both subjects, gain a foundation in economics and build the mathematical and statistical knowledge and skills that you’ll need. In addition, you’ll study the basics of financial accounting.
In the following year you’ll learn more about research methods in international business and go into more depth on the challenges and strategies related to managing across cultures and countries. At the same time, you’ll study corporate finance in depth and choose from optional modules on topics from specialist areas of economics to marketing and business history.
You’ll engage with the very latest research in international business in your final year, while developing your knowledge of international strategic management. Optional modules will allow you to study more complex topics such as financial derivatives, auditing and corporate governance among others. The course culminates with an independently-researched dissertation on an international business topic of your choice, which showcases your knowledge and skills.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
- Year 1
- Foundations of Finance20 credits
- Personal Tutorials for International Business10 credits
- Principles of International Business20 credits
- Global Entrepreneurship10 credits
- Introductory Financial Accounting10 credits
- Mathematical Economics10 credits
- Economic Theory and Applications 120 credits
- Statistics for Economics and Business 110 credits
- Mathematics for Economics and Business 1 (for those without A-level Mathematics)10 credits
- Year 2
- Corporate Finance20 credits
- Cross-Cultural Management20 credits
- Research Methods in International Business20 credits
- Managing International Business20 credits
- Global Business History20 credits
- From Study to Work10 credits
- Industrial Economics10 credits
- People in Organisations10 credits
- Intermediate Financial Accounting20 credits
- The International Economic Environment10 credits
- Business Economics10 credits
- Marketing20 credits
- Year 3
- International Business Dissertation40 credits
- Contemporary Research Topics in International Business10 credits
- International Strategic Management20 credits
- Behavioural Finance10 credits
- International Banking and Finance10 credits
- Financial Derivatives10 credits
- Auditing and Information Systems10 credits
- International Business Finance10 credits
- Advanced Accounting Theory20 credits
- Advanced Finance20 credits
- Corporate Governance10 credits
Broadening your academic horizons
At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.
Learning and teaching
You’ll be taught using a range of methods including lectures, tutorials, seminars and workshops. The rest of your time will be spent in independent learning, which allows you to develop your skills in research and analysis. Our Virtual Learning Environment will help to support your studies: it’s a central place where you can find all the information and resources for the School, your programme and modules.
You’ll also benefit from dedicated academic counselling from your Head of Year, a lecturer in your subject area who will meet you individually suring the year and act as a personal tutor.
We use a variety of assessment methods to help you develop a range of transferable skills that you’ll need in professional life, These are likely to include coursework, exams, oral presentations, group reports and dissertations.
- Entry requirements, fees and applying
Mathematics grade A and English Language grade B or equivalent, or an appropriate English language qualification.
Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications for this course.
- Access to HE Diploma
We consider the Access to Higher Education Diploma to be suitable for mature UK/EU applicants (21+) who have been out of full-time education and have had no previous access to higher education. Applicants must complete a Business-related diploma of 60 credits with 45 credits at level 3. At least 30 level 3 credits must be at Distinction and 15 at Merit. All applicants taking this qualification will be interviewed.
We will consider BTEC qualifications alongside academic A-levels. Read more about our BTEC entry requirements.
- Cambridge Pre-U
D3,D3,M1, excluding the Cambridge Pre-U certificate in Global Perspectives and Independent Research.
- International Baccalaureate
35 overall (17 higher), including 5 in Mathematics at studies, standard or higher level and English at standard or higher level. For those candidates who meet our Mathematics and English requirements through another qualification, 5 points will not be required within the IB Diploma. We are unable to accept Literature and Performance in place of English.
- Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)
AAAAAA. Mathematics and English Language will be accepted at ordinary level on a grade for grade basis.
- Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers
AAAAAA OR AAABB (A at advanced level) OR AABBB (AA at advanced level) OR AAA at advanced level. Intermediate 2 / National 5 Mathematics and English are acceptable in lieu of GCSE requirements on a grade for grade basis.
Were committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.
Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.
Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.
We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.
How to apply
Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.
The deadline for international students to apply to Leeds University Business School courses is 30 June.
International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If youre unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.
Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.
Fees are published in the September before the year of entry. They will be updated here after this date.
If you take a study abroad or work placement year, youll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.
Read more about paying fees and charges.
Scholarships and financial support
If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.
We also offer the Peter J. Buckley Achievement Scholarship scheme specifically for International Business students who achieve 480 UCAS points or more from selected qualifications. Visit our Business School Scholarships page for details.
- Career opportunities
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 finance element of this course will enable you to go into accountancy firms, investment banks, high street banks, insurance companies, savings banks, management consultancies and public sector employment.
Find out more about Careers and Employability in Leeds University Business School
You will be supported throughout your studies by a dedicated employability team in the Business School who will help you develop and demonstrate the professional skills and experience that top employers are looking for through one-to-one support, workshops and lectures from employers such as L’Oréal and Unilever.
The team also works with a large network of experienced professionals from companies such as HSBC, M&S and KPMG, who take part in our innovative Nurturing Talent Mentor Scheme. With around 140 places available, this scheme offers Business School students the chance to receive free one-to-one advice and mentoring for a year during their studies.
In addition, Leeds University Business School students also have full access to the University Careers Centre and Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Studies. Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.
- Placement opportunities
Study abroadOn this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America.
Read more about Study Year Abroad
Year in industry
Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to spend a year on placement with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors, in the UK or overseas.
Read more about the Year in Industry
Year in enterprise
EU students with a viable business plan have the opportunity to apply for a year in enterprise as part of this course. During this year you will start your own business with support from the University including advice, office space and living costs allowance.
Read more about the Year in Enterprise
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