International Business BSc (Hons)

  • For Entry: September
  • UCAS Code: N120
  • Duration: 4 years
  • College: Arts & Social Sciences
  • School: Business

A degree in International Business from the University of Dundee will prepare you to compete in the global marketplace, and can open the door to many rewarding high-level careers.

We offer various degree pathways, allowing you to combine your study of International Business with a particular area of interest such as e-commerce, marketing or international finance.

Why study International Business at Dundee?

We live in a world where economic activity is global in scale. National boundaries now matter very little to decisions about where goods are made and services provided: your PC might be made in Taiwan; when you contact a call centre the person answering your call might be living in India; and when you come to the University of Dundee you will meet staff and students from all over the world.

By studying international business you will understand how this has come about, and what it means for today's business world. You will be fully equipped to develop your own career in this new and challenging work environment.

We provide a fresh introduction to international business which is suitable both for those that have studied economics, business management or accountancy before and for those that are new to the subject.

What's so good about International Business at Dundee?

Flexible programme

Dundee offers a flexible Honours programme in international business enabling you to choose a combination of subjects that best suits your aptitudes and aspirations. You can choose to take either an MA if your interests and background lie mainly in the arts and social sciences or a BSc if you want to focus more on management studies or accountancy.

Exchange programmes

Established exchange programmes also give you the opportunity to complete part of your degree in Europe, Canada or the United States through the Erasmus and Transatlantic Student Exchange Schemes.

Degree Combinations

  • International Business and Environmental Sustainability MA
  • International Business and Finance MA
  • International Business and International Relations MA
  • International Business MA (Hons)
  • International Business BSc
  • International Business with E-Commerce BSc
  • International Business with Financial Management BSc
  • International Business with French MA
  • International Business with French BSc
  • International Business with German MA
  • International Business with German BSc
  • International Business with Marketing MA
  • International Business with Marketing BSc
  • International Business with Spanish MA
  • International Business with Spanish BSc

Related Courses

This course is based in the School of Business.

We use a range of learning methods at Dundee. In Levels 1 and 2, you will be taught with a combination of lectures and tutorials, supplemented by workshops and computer laboratory sessions. These continue in Levels 3 and 4 but you are also given the opportunity to prepare and deliver presentations, both individually and as a group. You will engage in case studies in which you research a company or topic in which you have an interest.

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Honours Degree

An honours degree normally takes four years, full time, you study levels 1-4, as described below.

Advanced Entry Honours Degree

It is possible to study for most of our honours degrees in three years if you have the required grades and subjects as listed in the Entry Requirements section. You study levels 2-4 below. There are definite advantages to considering this route as the time needed to study is reduced by one year which enables you to start working and earning earlier.

Typical Degree Programme

Level 1
  • Global Economic Perspectives
  • Foundations of Economic Analysis
  • plus 4 other modules
Level 2
  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics and Economic Statistics
  • plus 4 other modules
Level 3
  • Business Economic Analysis
  • Quantitative Methods for Business
  • plus 2 modules
Level 4
  • Economics of Globalisation
  • Business Strategy
  • plus 2 modules
Specified Options

For variants of the International Business programme some options are specified:

MA International Business with Marketing

Marketing must be taken as an option at Level 3 and Marketing Research at Level 4.

MA International Business and Finance

Macroeconomic Analysis and Financial Institutions must be taken as options at Level 3 and International Finance at Level 4.

MA International Business with French, German or Spanish

Two language modules must be taken at each of Levels 1 and 2, and the language must continue to be taken as an option at Levels 3 and 4.

Honours Degree

An honours degree normally takes four years, full time, you study levels 1-4, as described below.

Advanced Entry Honours Degree

It is possible to study for most of our honours degrees in three years if you have the required grades and subjects as listed in the Entry Requirements section. You study levels 2-4 below. There are definite advantages to considering this route as the time needed to study is reduced by one year which enables you to start working and earning earlier.

Typical Degree Programme

Level 1
  • Foundations of Economic Analysis
  • Global Economic Perspectives
  • International Business Environment
  • Business Accounting and Finance for Non-accountants
  • plus 2 other modules
Level 2
  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics and Economic Statistics
  • Intermediate Financial Management
  • Management and Concepts in Context
  • plus 2 other modules
Level 3
  • Business Economic Analysis
  • Quantitative Methods for Business
  • plus 2 modules
Level 4
  • Economics of Globalisation
  • Business Strategy
  • plus 2 modules
Specified Options

For variants of the International Business programme some options are specified:

BSc International Business with Marketing

Marketing must be taken as an option at Level 3 and Marketing Research at Level 4.

BSc International Business with Financial Management

Introductory Financial Accounting replaces Accounting and Finance for Non-specialists at Level 1. Intermediate Financial Accounting (Level 2), Advanced Financial Management and Advanced Financial Accounting plus one option (Level 3) and Financial Management Theory plus one option (Level 4) are specified modules.

BSc International Business with French, German or Spanish

Two language modules must be taken at each of Levels 1 and 2, and the language must continue to be taken as an option at Levels 3 and 4.

Coursework, in the form of essays, quizzes and group projects, plays an important role in assessment which, together with examinations, provides the basis for your final grade.

Our degrees have been designed to provide graduates with the skills they need to launch high-flying executive careers.

Studying for a degree such as international business is a recognised route to a graduate career in business, management, finance and marketing. To help students with their job search, we organise sessions on career prospects where potential employers are invited to talk to students about future opportunities.

The following are the minimum requirements, please note qualifications have to be obtained at the first sitting of examinations.

Please note that the entry requirements in our printed prospectus may be subject to change. The entry requirements listed below are up to date and should be referred to in case of any discrepancy.

Courses starting September 2015

Level 1 Entry

Qualification Minimum Grade Typical Grade
SQA Higher BBBB AABB
GCE A-Level BCC BBB
ILC Higher AABB
IB Diploma 30 points (including 5, 5, 5 at Higher Level)
Essential Subjects None, but see requirements for other Joint Honours subjects
EU & International Visit our Your Country webpages for entry requirements tailored to your home country
Other Qualifications
SQA A relevant HNC with grade B in the Graded Unit
Scottish Baccalaureate Pass with CC at Advanced Higher
SWAP Access Relevant subjects with ABB grades to include English Literature/Language at SCQF Level 6 and Communication 4 plus Literature 1 (Level 1 entry)
EDEXCEL A relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with DDM
Advanced Diploma Grade B with ASL-A Level at B
Welsh Baccalaureate Pass with A Levels at BB
European Baccalaureate 70% overall

Courses starting September 2015

Advanced Entry (to Level 2)

Qualification Grade
SQA Advanced Higher AB (Advanced Higher) + BB (Higher) in different subjects
GCE A-Level BBB
IB Diploma 34 points (including 6, 6, 5 at Higher Level)
Essential Subjects MA Honours - none, but see entry requirement for other joint Honours subject. BSc Honours - must include at AH, A-Level or IB Higher Level either Economics or Mathematics plus Accountancy or Business Studies.
EU & International
Other Qualifications
SQA A relevant HND with BB in the Graded Units
Scottish Baccalaureate Distinction with AB at Advanced Higher
SWAP Access
EDEXCEL A relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with DDD
Advanced Diploma Grade A with ASL-A Level at A
Welsh Baccalaureate Pass with A Levels at AA
European Baccalaureate 75% overall

There have been many changes to the arrangements for funding students entering higher education in recent years, yet a degree from the University of Dundee, with its high rate of employment success, remains a cost-effective option.

The fees you pay will, in most cases, depend on your current country of residence.

The fee shown is annual, and may be subject to an increase each year.

Fee categoryFees for students starting September 2015
Scottish students £1,820 per year of study (for Sept 2014 entry). Fees for September 2015 will be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2015.
Rest of UK students £9,000 per year, for a maximum of 3 years, even if you are studying a four year degree. See our scholarships for rest of UK applicants."
EU students £1,820 per year of study (for Sept 2014 entry). Fees for September 2015 will be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2015.
Overseas students (non-EU) £12,950 per year of study. See our scholarships for international applicants."

Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish Government.

Rest of the UK students can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loan Company.

International Business at Dundee leads to a degree in economics, accounting and finance which focuses on business within an international environment. We provide a fresh introduction to the subject which is suitable both for those that have studied economics, business or accountancy before and for those that have not previously done so. The International Business and Finance degree focuses much more on finance and economics, rather than accountancy.

We are interested in hearing about why you have chosen this degree, details of any relevant experience and how the course may be appropriate to your future plans. A degree in International Business or International Business and Finance develops analytical and problem-solving skills, so an ability to demonstrate numerical and computing skills will be an advantage. However we do not require Mathematics at Higher/A Level as all relevant concepts and techniques will be taught as an integral part of your course. Indeed, strong communication and team-working skills are equally important for the successful study of International Business at Dundee.

We use a range of learning methods at Dundee: you will be expected to respond to the information and advice provided by academic staff, especially in lectures; to prepare for and participate in tutorial discussion or to work in practical classes; to work individually or in groups on set assignments such as essays and projects; and to 'read round' the subject. Consequently, we are looking for evidence that you are capable of working systematically, of responding to the guidance of your teachers, and that you have both the ability and enthusiasm to successfully complete a degree programme.

What is important to us, in your application, is the evidence provided by the grades you have attained, or are predicted to attain, in your examinations, along with whatever you and your referee can point to indicating both your special interest in any of our subject areas, and your general liveliness of mind.

Your personal statement is an opportunity to say why you should be offered a place to study in Dundee. We are looking for applicants with an ability to express opinions clearly with reasoned support and evidence, who are open to critical guidance, and who have a commitment to high standards of achievement in all they do. These qualities can be demonstrated through academic attainment, paid or voluntary work, and extra-curricular activities of all kinds.

Referees should concisely indicate your analytical abilities, communication skills, capacity for academic work, and commitment to your studies. We will be interested to hear about examples of initiative, leadership, and any evidence of organisational skills. Indicators of a positive outlook and engagement with social and cultural activities will be welcome, as will an assessment of your potential to develop in the university environment.

We will consider applications to one or more MA courses at Dundee: each application will be considered on its merits. We are looking for applicants who either have achieved, or will achieve, the published requirements in terms of Highers, Advanced Highers, A-Levels or acceptable alternative qualifications.

Please apply via UCAS



DegreeUCAS CodeKIS Data
International Business BSc (Hons)N120
International Business and Environmental Sustainability MANF17
International Business and Finance MANN1H
International Business and International Relations MANL12
International Business MA (Hons)N122
International Business BScN120
International Business with E-Commerce BScN1G9
International Business with Financial Management BScN1N3
International Business with French MAN1RD
International Business with French BScN1R1
International Business with German MAN1RG
International Business with German BScN1R2
International Business with Marketing MAN1N5
International Business with Marketing BScN1NM
International Business with Spanish MAN1RL
International Business with Spanish BScN1R4