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International Business

BA Honours

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International Business

BA Honours



    Year of entry: Sept 2020  Sept 2019 
  • Course Type:  Full time (3 years)
    Foundation (4 years)
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Course Overview

Do you dream of a business career that takes you around the world? Do you want to understand what it takes to enter businesses into international markets?

We live in an international world. Technology has closed the gap between borders and oceans, putting international markets within every organisation’s reach. International Business will enable you to develop the essential knowledge and skills to effectively operate in the international business and management environment.

Why study with us?

Learn from the experts. Our lecturers have held senior positions in major multi-national companies.

Build your professional networks. We have a regular programme of guest lectures from international business experts, including past and present executives from international businesses like Coca-Cola, Unilever and Google.

Immerse yourself in international business. You’ll learn about every aspect of business through an international lens, plus you’ll have the opportunity to study at one of our international partner universities.

Start your own business at our Enterprise Centre, where you can receive support from business mentors.


Are you a Year 12 students looking to start a degree in September 2020? Subject Focus Days are designed as taster days of what it's like to study each subject at Leeds Trinity.

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of our Business students are satisfied with the teaching on their course.

(National Student Survey 2018)


Leeds Trinity University is 2nd in Yorkshire for overall student satisfaction, behind only the University of Leeds.

(Mainstream Universities in National Student Survey 2018)


Our Business courses are ranked 5th out of all UK universities for overall student satisfaction.

(Guardian University Guide 2019)

No. 1

Our Business courses are ranked 1st in the UK for the percentage of graduates in employment or further study six months after graduation.​

(Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2017) ​​

Course Information

About this course >

Over three years full-time (or six years part-time), you’ll get a grounding in the fundamental principles of business, marketing and accounting, exploring them from a global perspective.

Many of your modules will focus on specific countries and regions, analysing business practice and culture across varied parts of the world. You’ll learn in and out of the classroom, with field trips and opportunities to meet expert speakers from different sectors of the economy.

Putting theory into practice, you’ll complete two professional work placements – one in the UK and one in an international setting. You’ll also have the opportunity to study abroad and complete work-based international business research projects. You’ll graduate with the confidence, skills and commitment to make a successful impact in an international business environment.

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Further Study

Following the course, you will be qualified to study at postgraduate level in areas such as MA International Business, MBA and MBA in Finance, which we provide here at Leeds Trinity.

Modules >

Year 1

In your first year of the programme you will study a range of modules covering a broad range on business disciplines, including:

Operations Management – The nature and role of operations, product and process design, planning and control of capacity and TQM.

Marketing Fundamentals – Market analysis, service and retail marketing in practice and the use of market research, e-commerce and social media.

Management and Financial Accounting – Financial accounting and budgeting, variance analysis and models of costing and cost control, IFRS and financial reporting.

Business Economics – Models of resource allocation and the market economy, theories of consumer demand and business supply in an international context, globalisation and the economics of transnational trade.

Ethics and Society – business ethics and cultural applications, fair trade and models of cooperation, corporate social responsibility and sustainability.

Management- Organization structures, human resources systems and employees management , management competencies, and management theory and practical applications.

Year 2

From the second year, your modules become more specialised, with some core modules which might include: Financial Management where you will look at aspects such as the UK and global banking system, asset and company valuation techniques, corporate dividend policy and optimal capital structures, traditional and modern views. Other modules include People Management where you will gain theoretical management and leadership modules and apply these in practice. You will develop qualitative and quantitative methodological approaches and techniques through your Business Research module and you will also undertake your second professional work placement in your second semester.

Year 3

In your third year, you will have a range of core and optional modules. These may include Business and Management Strategy where you will look into the analysis of the inter-related nature of the environment in which business organisations exist and the implications for the way they work. International Management focuses on general management set in an international context. You will look at the various approaches to management, motivation and leadership. International Marketing which looks at market and consumer diversity, cultural approaches to communication and brand building, as well as, Digital Marketing becoming imperative in today’s environment, you will gain a comprehensive guide to all aspects of analysing and deploying e-marketing within an organisation from creation through to the implementation of the e-marketing strategy. You will complete your year with your Research Project which will be based on an International Business or Business theme.​

Learning and Teaching >

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping students achieve their academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum and professional work placements included in all our undergraduate programmes.

The key themes of our strategy are student confidence, professionalism and social responsibility.  To help students achieve their potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and directed activities.  This approach ensures that students fully engage in shaping their own learning, developing their critical thinking and reflective skills so that they can identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape their own development.  Our full Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy can be accessed here.  
The learning and teaching on this course is delivered through a range of student-centred approaches which involves problem-based learning, plenty of group work and case study applications. The international work environment demands strong team working ability and collaboration and the everyday learning experience on this course steadily builds up students' confidence and skills. We make extensive use of Moodle, Leeds Trinity's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), to support class sessions, and of e-resources to enable 24/7 access to learning materials both on and off campus.

Many of the modules will focus on specific countries and regions as part of their exploration of international business subjects. Students will be expected to show an interest in exploring business practice and culture across varied parts of the world and draw widely on this in their assignments. Each year there are range of nationalities present in the student group as well as the lecturing staff and this is a rich source of information and cultural awareness that becomes integral to the course.

All students undertake two Professional Development and Placement modules, which feature work placements in the summer term of both first and second year. Students are fully prepared for these placements through professional development and coaching and their assignment them to reflect on their experience and how they have furthered their career goals. Such placements are the backbone of our degree programme and allow students to develop their own network of contacts as well as providing crucial job opportunities.

There are opportunities to study abroad with our partner universities in places such as Spain, France, Turkey, USA, Germany and Australia. This experience is especially encouraged in the second year of your degree when the course is designed to cover all core material in the first semester leaving you free to study your university credits elsewhere in the world. There is Erasmus funding available to assist you with your costs while abroad and often the study programme is delivered through English.

In the final year, students conduct a research project or professional learning through work project in which they explore in greater depth a topic of personal academic interest. Furthermore, across all modules in the final year greater student choice is built into the programme allowing you to develop your own area or region of expertise.


A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for the programme, to enable students to demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that they have developed.  There is some scope for students to be involved in negotiating and evaluating some assessment.

In addition to each of your module assessments you will take a programme level assessment in each of the first and second year of your programme. This is designed to assess your understanding of everything you have been taught and to help you to understand how different elements of your degree fit together to make a coherent programme. 
You will be given weekly directed activities to complete in each module. These will contribute marks towards the final module assessment and reward engagement with the content of the module. They will also help you to check your understanding of what has been taught. Some of these activities may include further reading or preparation tasks for seminars. Some of the tasks will be completed online and may include quizzes which provide you with instant feedback on your understanding of the module content. In some modules lecturers may place some of the taught content on videos which you may be required to watch prior to attending a class. This will free up time for you to work on meaningful projects in class. 

On this programme there are some assessments which are marked on a pass/fail basis rather than graded. Please note that these assessments are excluded from the calculations made to produce the figures published in the Key Information Set (KIS) for this programme/subject.

Entry Requirements >

For our Clearing 2019 Entry Requirements, give us a call on 0330 058 4266.

Other requirements: For the old GCSE system we require grade C or above and for the new GCSE grading system we will accept grade 4 or higher in both English Language and Maths.​

We welcome students with a wide range of qualifications such as A Levels, BTECs and accredited Access courses.  We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

​If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another higher education institution, you may be able to enter the course at Level 5 or 6. For more information, read our student guide to the Recognition of Prior Certified Learning.

We accept a variety of international equivalent qualifications and Leeds Trinity interviews international candidates. Typically, this is a call at a mutually convenient time. 

If you are unsure about the acceptance of a particular qualification you can check with our Admissions Team on 0113 283 7123 or email admissions@leedst​​​​.

Student Finance >

UK & EU Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2019/20. Part-time tuition fees would be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying. Depending on government policy, tuition fees may rise with inflation in future yearsFind out more here.

Living costs will also need to be taken in to consideration. Find out more about accommodation and costs here.

Leeds Trinity offers a range of bursaries and scholarships to help support students while you study. Get more information about bursaries and scholarships here.

International Students:

Tuition fees cost £12,000 per year for this course starting in 2019-20. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student VisaFind out more

Additional Costs

​We advise students to budget for the following in addition to annual tuition fees:

  • Recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from our Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own. We recommend £390* as an average annual budget for learning resources if you decide this is for you. *This figure is based on the Department of Work and Pensions course costs allowance 2015.

  • Field trips may occur during this course and either fully or partly subsidised by the University.  

  • You'll need to include placement/s travel and associated costs too, however the University will contribute a standard amount towards your total expenditure. 

  • The University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online.

Placement Opportunities

​We are one of only a few UK universities to build professional work placements into every degree. You'll complete two professional work placements, which will give you the chance to graduate with up to three months' professional work experience without having to take a sandwich year out.

You'll complete a five-week professional work placement in your first year and a six-week placement in your second year. Recent students have completed placements at the Arcadia Group, ASDA Walmart, Smart Aid, Thomas Cook and British African Business Links, as well as at start-ups such as Custom Controllers – a business set up by Leeds Trinity graduate, Ben Lawton.

Graduate Opportunities

​You'll be well-prepared for a professional career in international business and management. You'll be able to develop the skills and knowledge to join companies operating in the UK and internationally in roles within the marketing, business/customer development, human resources, supply chain and finance functions of all sectors.

Campus Life

What is Unistats?

What is Unistats?
Unistats is the official site that allows you to search for and compare data and information on university and college programmes from across the UK. The site draws together comparable information on those areas that students have identified as important in making decisions about what and where to study.

International Business Unistats
You may have noticed that there are no Unistats available for this programme. This is because this programme is new, the results you’ll see are actually a combination of results from similar programmes.
If you need any further information on the Unistats data, please just contact us at or on 0113 283 7150.