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International Business with a Year Abroad and Integrated Foundation Year

Entry Year: 2021

Key information

Degree
BSc (Hons)
Duration
5 years
Start
September 2021
UCAS code
N121
Institution code
Q50
Entry Requirements
Full entry requirements
UK fees
£9,250
International fees
£19,250
Funding information
Paying your fees
International Business with a Year Abroad and Integrated Foundation Year
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Overview

Develop an in-depth understanding of the international business landscape and the challenges of competing in international markets.

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.

The programme will equip you with the skills you need to anyalyse complex business issues, make judgements and operate flexibly and effectively in business organisations. In the third year of your degree, you will spend a year abroad at one of our international partner universities, where you'll benefit from the exposure to different cultural settings and gain international experience.

During your studies, you'll examine the key strategic issues and challenges that organisations face today in their effort to compete in a globalised world. You’ll understand the complexity of business, taking into account the institutional and social context within which business is executed. You’ll also be capable of opposite judgments on business concerns and learn to apply the concepts of business to particular cases and make reasoned and substantiated judgments.

The programme will include aspects of international competitive strategies, globalisation, regional studies, quantitative methods, economics, open innovation and sharing economies, information and communication technologies, data analytics, global platforms, global supply chains, cross-cultural management, global sustainability and global marketing.

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Structure

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

  • Accounting for Business, Compulsory
  • Economics for Business and Society
  • Fundamentals of International Business
  • Fundamentals of Management Studies and Skills
  • Fundamentals of Quantitative Research Methods and Data Analytics
  • Introduction to Marketing and Communications
  • Introduction to Statistics

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 2

Compulsory

  • Corporate Finance and Strategy
  • Doing Business in Emerging Markets
  • Machine Learning and Digital Technology
  • Microeconomics for Managers

Choose four from

  • Ethics and Business
  • European Business Context
  • International Marketing
  • Operations Management
  • Organisational Learning in the Workplace
  • Quantitative Research Methods and Data Analytics
  • Responsible Leadership

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 3

The modules in your third year will be delivered abroad at one of our international partner universities.

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 4

Compulsory

  • Business Simulation
  • Financial Institutions Management
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • International Business Research Project

Choose four from

  • Business Computing
  • Company Vaulation
  • Global Supply Chain Analytics
  • Macroeconomic Modelling and Policy
  • Social Network Analysis
  • The Political Economy of Global Environmental Change

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year abroad

We have strong partnerships with Universities across the globe  – from Italy to Singapore and Canada to Australia. With the support of Queen Mary and your host university, you will live and study in a different culture, giving you the chance to travel widely and enhance your career prospects. This experience is especially key for those looking to enter the international business landscape, as it allows you to gain international experience and exposes you to different cultural settings.

Teaching

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

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

Academic requirements

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

This programme is designed for students who have completed a good high school education that consists of at least 12 years study. For full country specific entry requirements and qualification equivalencies visit: qmul.ac.uk/international/countries

If you have taken both GCSE and A level exams (or equivalent qualifications) in the UK you will not be considered for admission to this programme. In such cases we recommend that you apply for the relevant three year programme with entry in year 1.

Applicants who have studied A levels in the UK will be considered on a case by case basis.

Current University Foundation Programme or International Foundation Programme applicants will not be considered for the Integrated Foundation level course.

Please contact the Admissions team if you are unsure about eligibility.

English language requirements

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.

Funding

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.

Careers

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.

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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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