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International Business

Entry requirements

A level


We also accept other combinations equivalent to 120-128 Tariff points from 3 A levels.

122-128 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma.

Cambridge Pre-U score of 56-60.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English and Mathematics/5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme


29 points from the IB Diploma. 664 at Higher Level - 30 points from the IB Diploma. 665 at Higher Level.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)


Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)


120-128 Tariff points.

T Level


UCAS Tariff


120-128 points from 3 A levels or equivalent.

About this course

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Course option


Full-time | 2022

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2022


International business


Gain international business skills by living and studying abroad for a year as part of your degree. You’ll have first choice from our wide range of university partners, from Europe to Australia, Canada, Japan, China, South Korea, Thailand and the USA. If you want, you can divide your year abroad and experience 2 new cultures and countries.

Don’t worry if you’re not sure which area of business and management you want to work in, as you’ll explore a broad range of business specialisms on this course. These include marketing, accounting, operations and leadership. Your module options include subjects such as international finance, tourism and cross-cultural awareness. During your year abroad you’ll be able to extend your understanding of global business by taking modules that explore business from a non-UK viewpoint.

No matter which sector you eventually work in, business is now global. This course will maximise your employability. You’ll graduate with both a broad understanding of modern business and the confidence and ability to work internationally.

**Course highlights**

- Have the choice to live and study abroad in not just 1 country, but 2, with all teaching in English wherever you study

- Benefit from excellent support through our International Exchange Workshops to help you make the right choice of destination for your year abroad

- Gain a second degree in international business from the University of Applied Sciences in Munster (see details below)

- Get practical experience as part of our Business Consultancy Project by offering advice to local small businesses

- Get support for setting up your own business from our Entrepreneurs in Residence

- Learn a foreign language as part of your studies

- Explore lots of different areas of international business and management to find the specialisms that interest you

- Have the option to specialise in a particular area of business if you find your passion

**Careers and opportunities**
This degree will open doors to a wide variety of careers in the business world. Being able to talk about your international experience and global business learning will give you an advantage when applying to multinational companies in particular.

Previous graduates of this course have got jobs as:

- business development manager

- customer accounts manager

- marketing and sales executive

- product manager

- content curator

- merchandiser

- events coordinator

- recruitment consultant

- start-up programme manager

Graduates of this course have gone on to work for companies such as:

- Virgin Media


- NATS (air traffic control)

- Asia Pacific Inspection

- BAE Systems

- Liquid Hub (drinks marketing)

- Morgan Stanley

- Kitchen Cut (software)

- Prospect Capital (finance)

- GSMA (worldwide mobile)

- Microsoft

(Data sourced from HESA Graduate Outcome Surveys)

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.


** Year 1 core modules** Business Accounting – 20 credits | Business Operations and Systems Management – 20 credits | Economics for Business – 20 credits | Managing People in Organisations – 20 credits |Marketing Principles And Practice – 20 credits | Quantitative Methods and Data Analysis – 20 credits | Business Innovation Development Project – 0 credits | International Exchange Workshops – 0 credits

** Year 2 core modules** You'll spend your second year studying abroad at one of our partner universities.

** Year 3 core modules** Global Business Sustainability and Responsibility – 20 credits | Strategic and International Management – 20 credits

** Year 3 optional modules** Business Consultancy Project – 20 credits | Business Forecasting and Data Analysis – 20 credits | Business Improvement and Creativity – 20 credits | Business Intelligence – 20 credits | Business Systems Masterclass – 20 credits | Contemporary Issues in Product and Service Development – 20 credits | Critical Leadership: Theory And Practice – 20 credits | Cross Cultural Awareness for Business – 20 credits | Financial Statement and Data Analysis – 20 credits | Management and Information Systems – 20 credits | Managing Equality and Diversity at Work – 20 credits | Operations Strategy And The Supply Chain – 20 credits | People Resourcing and Talent Management – 20 credits | Project Management For Enterprise – 20 credits | Sales Management – 20 credits | Trends in Technology – 20 credits | Financial Markets and Institutions (Level 6) – 20 credits | Social Marketing – 20 credits | Negotiation For Entrepreneurs – 20 credits | International Financial Management – 20 credits | The Tourism Experience – 20 credits | Destination Marketing – 20 credits | Public Sector Economics – 20 credits | Dissertation (Marketing) – 40 credits | Dissertation (Organisation Studies and Human Resource Management) – 40 credits | Dissertation (Accounting and Financial Management) – 40 credits Full module details to be confirmed | Dissertation (Economics and Finance) – 40 credits | Dissertation (Operations and Systems Management) – 40 credits | Dissertation (Strategy, Enterprise and Innovation) – 40 credits

Assessment methods

You’ll be assessed through:

- examinations
- analysis of topical case studies
- written reports and essays
- presentations
- practical projects, such as small websites or systems

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

- Year 1 students: 58% by written exams and 42% by coursework
- Year 2 students: 17% by written exams, 8% by practical exams and 75% by coursework
- Year 3 students: 17% by written exams and 83% by coursework

The Uni

Course location:

University of Portsmouth


Faculty of Business and Law

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What students say

We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

International business

How do students rate their degree experience?

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Business studies

Teaching and learning

Staff make the subject interesting
Staff are good at explaining things
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

Library resources
IT resources
Course specific equipment and facilities
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

UK students
International students
Male students
Female students
2:1 or above
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)


After graduation

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Business studies

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This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

Average annual salary
Employed or in further education
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
Business, finance and related associate professionals
Public services and other associate professionals

The number of business studies graduates fell significantly last year after a long period of increase. But there were still more than 14,000 degrees awarded and this is the third most popular subject for new graduates. Because so many graduates get business studies degrees, you can find them everywhere in the economy, and very few jobs are completely out of reach for a good business studies graduate. Around 40% go into jobs in finance, sales, recruitment, management (particularly retail) or marketing. There is also a small (but well paid) group who take their technical skills into computing and IT. Thousands of graduates from this subject go into professional jobs every year, and average starting salaries are above the average for all subjects and particularly healthy in London where they top £25k. Graduates with good degree grades in business studies are much more likely to get good jobs, so don’t be complacent, and keep a close eye on your grades.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

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The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.







Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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