Our International Business programme will provide you with the skills and experience to work in an international business. It is designed specifically to develop you as a ‘business ready’ graduate: a confident, independent thinker with a detailed knowledge of international business and cross-cultural management, and equipped with the skills to adapt rapidly to change.
You will gain in-depth knowledge of organisations and their environments, including their relationships to society. Specialising in international business, at Roehampton you will focus on the ways businesses operate differently in home and overseas markets. This course will help you to develop an understanding of managing people, operations, logistics, marketing and finance. You will also learn how businesses can operate ethically and effectively in a culturally diverse environment.
In preparation for your future career, you will develop a range of skills that employers value: the ability to identify and solve business problems and to effectively communicate your ideas. Key attributes such as commercial acumen, self-reflection and emotional intelligence will be acquired, together with skills in research, numeracy and project management.
Our academics have a wealth of experience in organisations and will support you to connect your learning to the realities of business and management. You will be supported throughout in your personal development by Personal Tutors, who work with you to map your career development and provide guidance. Joining the Roehampton Business School you will gain access to an extensive range of employability events, including workshops and employer exhibitions. Alongside this, we provide a wide range of other opportunities to develop and learn, including a career mentoring scheme and student-led Business Society.
You will graduate confident about your personal values, with knowledge and experience to solve business problems ethically and with an ongoing passion for continuous personal and professional development.
Throughout your degree, the focus is on supporting you to develop, track and recognise your own increasing ability to add value to organisations. This is achieved through our Business Readiness module where, working with your Personal Tutor, you will gather evidence of your knowledge, skills and attributes.
In your first year, you will learn to recognise your personal strengths and weaknesses through a process of self-assessment and reflection, and understand your role in a team. You will practice these skills in a variety of team based scenarios. You will also establish an overview of business organisations in a global context and be introduced to key areas of business such as finance and marketing.
In your second year you will spend a semester studying abroad. This will develop your cross-cultural skills and confidence, and you will return home more globally minded. This will give you the opportunity to develop connections with people from a diverse range of cultures. While at Roehampton, you will study modules on Global and International Business Strategy, and International Business & Emerging Markets, enabling you to develop an extensive knowledge of international business.
In your third year, modules will include International Human Resource Management and Global Marketing, developing your international management skills. You will demonstrate your individual specialism, through a dissertation focusing on an aspect of international business that interests you.
Here are some of the varied modules we currently offer:
Business Organisations and Environments in a Global Context
Introduction to Finance and Accounting for Managers
Understanding Self and Others
Introduction to Management
Analysing Information and Data for Problem Solving
Principles of Marketing and Communications in a Digital World
You will also benefit from our Business Readiness modules, which focus on your future employability by developing your academic, leadership and management skills.
Managing People and Careers
Global and International Business Strategy
International Business and Emerging Markets
In your second semester, you will study abroad at one of our patrner universities.
You will also continue to benefit from our Business Readiness modules, which focus on your employability by developing your academic, leadership and management skills.
You will continue to benefit from our Business Readiness modules, which focus on your future employability by developing your academic, leadership and management skills.
Compulsory and Required modules
Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.
The Roehampton Business School offers all students the option to apply for a one-year paid work placement.*
A placement year is the perfect opportunity to implement the ‘business readiness’ skills you will learn in year one and two, whilst gaining valuable work experience.
If you successfully secure a work placement, you will develop your CV during the year, and will be provided with access to the University’s support services and regular academic guidance from the Business School.
The opportunity to make connections in your chosen industry will greatly improve your career prospects and equip you with the experience you need to secure a graduate-level job with a higher graduate salary.
The Business School will offer support in applying for placements, however a placement cannot be guaranteed.
* Please note: The Business work placement is subject to validation.
What is business readiness?
Whether you want to work for a multi-national, SME or public sector organisation, our courses equip you with the knowledge, skills and attributes necessary to succeed in business management. Each of our undergraduate business degrees is underpinned by the idea of ‘business readiness’. While with us, you will engage with a three-year compulsory Business Readiness module. It will ensure that when you graduate, you will be able to demonstrate to employers the value that you can add to their organisation.
Why do I need to be business ready?
It is critical that you are able to stand out in the graduate job market. You will be able to evidence the knowledge, skills (including critical analysis, problem solving and expressing ideas verbally and in writing), and values, (your work ethos and resilience). These things combined make you ‘Business Ready’
Employers desire evidence of professional experience in the role that you are applying for. You will have a wealth of experiences gained through your course and through volunteering, part-time work experience, student projects, and other activities. The Business Readiness module, guides you in crafting experiences into a personal narrative that evidences the knowledge, skills and attributes that you could contribute to an organisation.
How do I become business ready?
Business ready is designed into all Roehampton Business School programmes, where every module has opportunities for you to practice and simulate business readiness and employability skills. Each module has three key components:
The compulsory Business Readiness modules incorporate discussion and reflection. You will compile a list of the skills you are gaining and chart your development in a way that articulates how you can enrich the organisations that will employ you.
You will be encouraged to take advantage of opportunities beyond the classroom, run by the Business School and the broader University. These include:
"I am currently working as the assistant for the Chief of Strategic Communications in the United Nation's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in New York. I am dealing with administrative tasks very much related to my degree modules like accounting, HR and management and I keep on expanding my work portfolio.
If I hadn't had experience working in cross-cultural teams at Roehampton, adjusting to working in the UN would definitely have taken longer."
Aleksander Steinvoll, International Business
*This currently applies to students in their first year only.
** Please note: The Business work placement is subject to validation.
GCSE Requirements - Maths at grade C
BTEC(QCF) Extended Diploma possible grades - Relevant accepted DDM
Access - 30 Distinctions D30M15P0
3 years (full-time)
This course requires a semester abroad at one of our partner universities included as part of your degree.