Our International Business degree will provide you with the skills and experience to work in a global business economy. It is designed specifically to develop you as a ‘business ready’ graduate: a confident, independent thinker with a detailed knowledge of business and management and equipped with the skills to adapt rapidly.
You will gain in-depth knowledge of organisations and their environments, including their relationships to society. Specialising in international business, you will focus on the ways businesses operate differently in home and overseas markets. You will develop an understanding of managing people, business operations and logistics, marketing and communications, finance and accounting, corporate strategy and business ethics. You will also learn how businesses can operate effectively in a culturally diverse environment.
In readiness 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. You will develop key attributes such as commercial acumen, self-reflection and emotional intelligence and gain skills in research, numeracy and project and people management.
Our academics have a wealth of experience in organisations and business 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 will work with you map your career development and provide learning guidance. You will also have access to our extensive range of employability events, including workshops, expert business speakers – e.g. members of our Advisory Board – 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 three year degree there is a focus 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, attributes and skills. This will demonstrate to prospective employers how you can play a key role in whichever organisations you work for.
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 problem-based activities and 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, marketing and data analysis.
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. It will also provide you with the opportunity to develop connections with a people from a diverse range of cultures. During the second half of the year you will study modules on Global and International Business Strategy, and International Business and Emerging Markets, enabling you to develop an extensive knowledge of international business.
In your third year, your modules will include International Human Resource Management and Global Marketing, developing your international management skills. You will be able to demonstrate your abilities in a dissertation focusing on a particular area of international business that interests you.
Here are some of the varied modules we currently offer:
Extended Academic Induction
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
Business Readiness (Year 3)
Business Ethics and Responsible Management
Business and Management Dissertation (Part 1)
Applied Corporate Strategy
Business and Management Dissertation (Part 2) [in International Business]
Here our alumni share their experiences of Roehampton, tips for success and what they are doing now.
Name: Aleksander Steinvoll
Degree: International Business
Year of graduation: 2016
Current Job: Assistant for the Chief of Strategic Communications in the United Nation's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
Why did you choose to study at Roehampton?
Living in London had been a dream of mine since first visiting the city as a child, and it was very important for me to choose a university that had good exchange programs in place. Roehampton had an exchange program with a highly recognised University in Beijing, so from there my choice was easy. The beautiful campus definitely helped ease my decision.
What did enjoy most about your time at Roehampton?
How vibrant and international Roehampton as a University is. I lived with people from every single continent (except for Antarctica) and worked in teams with people from backgrounds I otherwise wouldn't have the opportunity to work with. I believe this has been just as important as any of the specific modules I did when it came to preparing me for an increasingly competitive job market.
In my first job after graduation for example, I worked with people from many nationalities, so it was very important to be patient and culturally adaptable. Having experience working with people from different backgrounds has made the transition to working life easier.
What was the best aspect of your degree at Roehampton?
I truly enjoyed the freedom to choose modules from a variety of options. I chose modules that actually interested me, and from the start I could see how I could shape my degree allowing me to keep my options open.
What activities/projects/field trips you were involved in while at Roehampton?
Roehampton has so many societies, activities and events happening that you are bound to find something that appeals to you.
In my first year I did a leadership course with Common Purpose through the University. This was fantastic, as students from all departments came together and had workshops with leaders from both private and public sector organisations in London. I also volunteered at Queen Mary's Hospital across the road - visiting patients staying long-term, and as a "chicken keeper/farmer" for Growhampton taking care of 12 lovely chickens (this turned me into a vegetarian!). I also participated in making a movie with film students, took part in the college cup and charity events.
All of these activities were fun and an easy way to meet new people, as well as adding to my CV.
What are you doing now, and what kind of skills/knowledge did you gain through your degree which are helping you in your current role?
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. There are 193 member nations of the United Nations, and there is great focus on maintaining diversity across the organisation. Knowing how to best function as a team with members of very different backgrounds has probably been the number one skill that has helped me in my role here at the UN.
Do you have any tips for current students, studying a similar degree to you, that will help them find a job once they graduate?
2017 entry: 128 points
GCSE Requirements - Maths at grade C
BTEC(QCF) Extended Diploma possible grades - Relevant accepted DDM
Access - 30 Distinctions D30M15P0
3 years (full-time)