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International Business with a Year Abroad

Entry Year: 2024

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BSc (Hons)
4 years
September 2024
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Typical A-Level offer
Grades AAA at A-Level. Excludes General Studies, Critical Thinking and Use of Mathematics.
Full entry requirements (including contextual admissions)
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International Business with a Year Abroad


Think you’d make a great global leader in business? This is where your story starts as you study in London and abroad.

The international business landscape is changing faster than ever before. You can become the expert firms, governments, and international institutions desperately need to analyse markets and economies and assess trends and developments.  

Joining us, youll learn to apply the theory to real case studies and make reasoned judgments based on economic analysis. At the same time, well help you use leading software and techniques for business and economic analysis. 

But to really understand what these challenges look like on a global level, we think you should take your learning outside of London. Thats why youll spend your third year abroad at one of ourinternational partner universities 

Lead the way in business   

Our expert teaching team have extensive experience and specialise in a range of areas from economics to analytics. Because of their connections, youll get the chance to hear from leaders from organisations such as HSBC, PwC, UBS and many others.  

By the time you graduate, youll have the skills you need to analyse complex business issues, as well as experience of a different cultural setting. It’s up to you to decide what’s next. Will you be a consultant with global clients? A manager motivating international teams? Or a data scientist converting streams of big data into business intelligence?

Programme highlights: 

Global Expertise in Business and Economics: Elevate your potential by learning from the best in the field. Our academic program features a distinguished faculty, each with a wealth of experience in their respective domains of business, economics, statistics, finance, and data analytics. 

Advanced Tools and Data Analytics: Our program demystifies the complexities of data, offering you hands-on experience with the industry’s leading software and analytical methods. Learn to decode trends, influence strategic decisions, and lead innovation using analytical tools that shape the future of business.   

Entrepreneurial Mindset and Industry Focus: Embrace innovation and creativity through modules designed to challenge conventional thinking and encourage out-of-the-box solutions. Complementing this, our program offers a wealth of networking events, serving as platforms to exchange ideas, forge collaborations, and expand your professional network. 


You will complete your International Business degree in four years. You will spend Year 3 studying abroad*, before returning to Queen Mary to complete Year 4. *Whilst Queen Mary encourages all students on this programme to study abroad at one of our elite partner institutions, this is not compulsory. Students can choose to forgo this opportunity in favour of completing their studies in three years.

Year 1

  • Accounting for Business
  • Capital Markets and Securities
  • 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 Statistics

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 2


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

Choose four from:

  • Business Law
  • European Business Context
  • International Marketing
  • Operations Management
  • Organisational Learning in the Workplace
  • Quantitative Analytics
  • Responsible Leadership
  • Working with Business Data

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. Students on this programme can also forgo a year abroad in favour of completing their studies in three years. 

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 4


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

Choose four from:

  • Company Valuation
  • Digital Business
  • Global Supply Chain Analytics
  • Macroeconomics 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 country, giving you the chance to travel widely and enhance your career prospects. This experience will be of great value to those looking to enter the international business landscape, as it will allow you to gain international experience and cross-cultural understanding.

Our inaugural group of students embarked on journeys to renowned universities like Cornell, George Washinton University, Bocconi, Stockholm Business School, University of Sydney, University of Toronto, University of California, Nanyang University and others, enriching their academic lives with diverse, world-class educational experiences. This isn't just an academic year – it is a once-in-a-lifetime experience to expand your horizons and study in some of the world's most dynamic university environments.


Studying abroad at the University of Toronto has been a transformative experience. The International Business curriculum provided me with a comprehensive understanding of global markets and cultures. Living in a foreign country allowed me to develop further academic skills and spurred personal growth, enhancing my adaptability and cross-cultural communication skills. I am confident that this unique opportunity, in addition to the strong academic curriculum of the QMUL International Business degree will equip me to a successful global career.

Ana Beatriz Ganeff Tavares, BSc International Business, Exchange Year at the University of Toronto.


Teaching and learning

Teaching and research are based on three pillars: governance; social justice and sustainability; as well as 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 advisor 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/or 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 to help with 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

A-LevelGrades AAA at A-Level. Excludes General Studies, Critical Thinking and Use of Mathematics.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 36 points overall, including 6,6,6 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include a minimum of 5 in Standard Level Mathematics.
BTECSee our detailed subject and grade requirements
Access HEWe consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall, with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. Applications are considered on a case by case basis. Due to the high volume of applications, we do not make offers of study purely on the basis of meeting grade requirements.
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English at grade C or 4 and Maths at grade A or 7.

Alternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification.

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Contextualised admissions

Our standard contextual offer: Grades AAB at A-Level. Excludes General Studies, Critical Thinking.

Our enhanced contextual offer (for care experienced students, refugee/asylum seekers or students who have completed Realising Opportunities or Access to Queen Mary): Grades ABB at A-Level. Excludes General Studies, Critical Thinking.

More information on how this information is used for a contextual offer can be found on our contextualised admissions page.

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.

If your qualifications are not accepted for direct entry onto this degree, consider applying for a foundation programme.

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.


Loans and grants

UK students accepted onto this course are eligible to apply for tuition fee and maintenance loans from Student Finance England or other government bodies.

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.


Graduate destinations

Graduates from our business degrees gain crucial skills that are highly valuable to employers, such as: analytical and critical thinking, creative approaches to problem solving, numeracy, 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:

  • HSBC
  • 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, industry networking events and visits to companies such as Bloomberg and Salesforce.

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.

The School is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), which ensures that the highest standards of excellence in teaching, research, curriculum, and learner success are met.

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021), the School of Business and Management dramatically moved up the Times Higher Education rankings. Among 108 UK business schools, the School now ranks:

  • 22nd for overall research quality (up from 39th in REF2014)
  • 28th for research outputs (up from 34th)
  • 12th for research impact (up from 24th)
  • 21st for research environment (up from 59th)

Queen Mary is also part of the Russell Group - a body of leading UK universities dedicated to research and teaching excellence.


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