International Business with a Year Abroad and Integrated Foundation Year (Subject to approval*)

Entry Year: 2019

Key information

BSc (Hons)
5 years
September 2019
UCAS code
Institution code
Entry Requirements
Full entry requirements
Fees for this course are not available yet. Please contact the Fees Office for more information.

*All new courses are required to undergo a two-stage internal review and approval process before being advertised to students. Courses that are marked "subject to approval" have successfully completed the first stage of this process. Applications are welcome but we will not make formal offers for this course until it has passed this second (and final) stage.

International Business with a Year Abroad and Integrated Foundation Year


See yourself with an international business career? Study business and management with a year abroad.

This programme combines a four-year degree in International Business with a bespoke foundation year, providing a smooth pathway for you as an international or EU student whose prior education or English language proficiency does not enable you to apply directly for a four-year degree.

This programme examines the key strategic issues and challenges that organisations face in their effort to compete in a globalised world. Integrated into the teaching of this programme is the school’s commitment to the Principles of Responsible Management Education and the three pillars of social justice, good governance and sustainability. The programme also includes a year of study in one of our international partner universities.

You will study business and gain market awareness of another country, experience another academic system, have opportunities to travel to exciting destinations, gain cultural insights and enhance your career prospects with future employers.

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You will complete your International Business with Integrated Foundation Year degree in five years, starting with a foundation year (Year 1). You will spend Year 4 studying abroad, and will return to Queen Mary for your final year, Year 5.

Year 1

  • English Language and Study Skills
  • Independent Study Project
  • Introduction to Business and Management
  • Macroeconomics
  • Management
  • Microeconomics
  • Pure Mathematics for Economics
  • Statistics for Economics

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 2

  • Accounting for Business
  • Business and Society
  • Economics for Business
  • Evidence-Based Decision Making for Managers
  • Fundamentals of Management Studies and Skills
  • Introduction to Marketing and Communications
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Quantitative Techniques

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 3


  • Human Resource Management
  • International Business Finance
  • Microeconomics for Managers
  • Persuasive Strategies in Marketing

Choose four from

  • Advertising
  • Business Law
  • Corporations and Social Responsibility
  • Creative Industries
  • Doing Business in Asia
  • Entrepreneurial Learning
  • Ethics and Business
  • European Business Context
  • International Business in Emerging Markets
  • Operations Management
  • Organisational Learning in the Workplace
  • Psychology of Leadership
  • Quantitative Research Methods and Data Analytics
  • Research Methodology
  • Responsible Leadership
  • Strategy

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 4

  • Year abroad

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 5


  • Financial Institutions and Management
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • International Business
  • Macroeconomic Modelling and Policy
  • Market Specific Research Project

Choose three from

  • Business and Computing
  • Business to Business and Relationship Marketing
  • Business and Social Approaches to Social Media
  • Company Valuation
  • Consumer Psychology
  • Corporate Law and Governance
  • Global Supply Chains
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Macroeconomics Modelling and Policy
  • Managing Diversity
  • Mentoring and Coaching
  • Social Networks

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year abroad

We have strong partnerships with universities across the world – from Stockholm and Madrid to Seoul and Auckland. With the support of Queen Mary and your host university, you will live and study in a different culture, have the chance to travel widely and enhance your career prospects.


Teaching and learning

Teaching and research are based on three pillars: governance; social justice and sustainability; and the UN Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME).

You'll receive approximately two hours of weekly contact time per module, comprising lectures led by academic staff and smaller seminar groups.

For every hour spent in class, you’ll complete a further two to three hours of independent study. You'll have access to well-designed resources for this self-directed study, and we will pair you with an academic adviser to support your progress at all stages of your degree.


Assessment typically includes a combination of coursework (presentations, assignments, essay report writing, in-class tests, research and project work) and examinations in May or June.

Resources and facilities

The School offers excellent on-campus resources to aid your studies, including:

  • a purpose-built media suite designed to support student entrepreneurship
  • a dedicated Internships Coordinator for work experience opportunities and applications
  • a free four-day leadership development course for third year students, providing practical leadership training outside the classroom
  • an alumni network that can connect you to fellow Queen Mary graduates worldwide.

Entry requirements


This programme is designed for students who have completed a good high school education that consists of 12 years study.

For full country specific entry requirements and qualification equivalencies visit:

You are unlikely to be considered if you have completed your education in a system that involves 13 years study, for example if you have taken GCSEs and A levels (or BTEC or IB equivalents) in the UK or the Middle Years Programme followed by the IB Diploma in any country. In such cases we recommend that you apply for the relevant three year programme with entry in year 1.

We may consider applications from students who have completed A levels or the IB Diploma in the UK or elsewhere where they have transferred from a different secondary school system. For example, a student who is taking A levels in the UK, having previously studied in their home country, may be considered for admission to this degree programme. Each application will be considered individually.


Minimum of IELTS 6.0, with a minimum of 5.5 in each component.

Non-UK students

We accept a wide range of European and international qualifications in addition to A-levels, the International Baccalaureate and BTEC qualifications. Please visit International Admissions for full details.

English language

Find out more about our English language entry requirements, including the types of test we accept and the scores needed for entry to the programme.

You may also be able to meet the English language requirement for your programme by joining a summer pre-sessional programme before starting your degree.

Further information

See our general undergraduate entry requirements.


Scholarships and bursaries

Queen Mary offers a generous package of scholarships and bursaries, which currently benefits around 50 per cent of our undergraduates.

Scholarships are available for home, EU and international students. Specific funding is also available for students from the local area. International students may be eligible for a fee reduction. We offer means-tested funding, as well as subject-specific funding for many degrees.

Find out what scholarships and bursaries are available to you.

Support from Queen Mary

We offer specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Take a look at our Student Advice Guides which cover ways to finance your degree, including:

  • additional sources of funding
  • planning your budget and cutting costs
  • part-time and vacation work
  • money for lone parents.


Graduates from our business degrees gain crucial skills that are highly valuable to employers – analytical and critical thinking, creative approaches to problem solving, numeracy and confidence in interpreting and applying business data, and the ability to allocate resources and undertake projects.

Some apply their degree knowledge directly, entering roles such as business analyst or marketing and sales manager, while others transfer skills gained during study into areas such as media, law or finance.

Recent graduates from the School of Business and Management have been hired by:

  • BDO
  • Deloitte
  • JP Morgan & Co
  • KPMG
  • Standard & Poor’s
  • Unilever

Career support

The School of Business and Management has a dedicated Employer Engagement and Internships Coordinator, and we run a tailored careers programme for students. In previous years this has included business-specific workshops, alumni panel events and office visits to Bloomberg.

Our careers team can also offer:

  • specialist advice on choosing a career path
  • support with finding work experience, internships and graduate jobs
  • feedback on CVs, cover letters and application forms
  • interview coaching.

Learn more about career support and development at Queen Mary.

About the School

The School of Business and Management takes a unique interdisciplinary approach that promises students an inspiring educational experience: we teach you to think beyond textbooks, management fads and memorised formulas for success.

Our faculty come from all over the world and bring a sound practical knowledge to their teaching: they have worked for the BBC, UK government ministries and the European Union.

The School’s Mile End location keeps us close to all the action in the City and Canary Wharf. We’re also home to a number of research centres, groups and clusters focused on public engagement and having a real-world impact.

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