• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 4 years
  • Award: MA / BSc (Hons)
  • Study Abroad: Yes
  • Study Mode: Full Time

You will gain the skills and confidence to pursue a career in an international business world. You’ll study a range of topics from economics to marketing.

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

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 might live 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.

International Business is dual accredited by CMI. This means that you will automatically receive a second professional qualification upon successful completion of your degree.

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.  We offer both MA and BSc options, and either may be undertaken in combination with one of subjects set out below.  In particular, you may combine your study of business with a modern language throughout the four years of your degree.

We welcome students from the UK and elsewhere to our stimulating, supportive, friendly and well-organised campus. Our commitment was recognised by our rating of ‘Excellent’ by the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council. Our staff hold qualifications from major universities around the world, publish research in leading international journals and regularly present work at international conferences.

You may enjoy joining our Business Society which arranges an event calendar, annual ball and career presentations from institutions such as the Government Economic Service, Scottish Executive, Bank of England etc.

MA or BSc - what's the difference?

MA (Hons) and BSc (Hons) differ in the subjects you will study in addition to economics in your first two years. You can choose to take either an MA (Hons) if your interests and background lie mainly in the arts and social sciences or a BSc (Hons) if you want to focus more on management studies or accountancy.

I like that the university feels like a small city, everything is around. In my 1st year I could literally live on campus if I wanted to, because there is a shop, a gym, gardens, lecture rooms and nightclubs, everything 3-5 minutes walking away from my flat. In addition, the amount of societies and sport clubs that are available is unbelievable, which gives me a lot of options to use my time wisely, and the support I get from the university whether it’s academically or for general enquiries is amazing. 


Martinho Cambinda
International Business with French BSc

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The following are the minimum, up-to-date entry requirements.

Courses starting 2018 and 2019
Qualification Level 1 Entry Advanced Entry to Level 2
SQA Higher/Advanced Higher BBBB (minimum) - AABB (typical) at Higher
Please check essential subjects required for other Joint Honours subjects.
AB at Advanced Higher plus BB at Higher in different subjects. For BSc degrees the Advanced Highers should be in economics or mathematics plus accountancy or business studies. For MA degrees please check any requirements for other Joint Honours subjects.
GCE A-Level BCC (minimum) - BBB (typical) at A-Level
Please check essential subjects required for other Joint Honours subjects.
BBB including economics or mathematics and accountancy or business studies for BSc degrees. For MA degrees please check any requirements for other Joint Honours subjects.
BTEC A relevant BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma with DDM A relevant BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma with DDD
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma 30 points including 5, 5, 5 at Higher Level
Please check essential subjects required for other Joint Honours subjects.
A combination of IB Certificate plus other qualifications, such as A-Levels, Advanced Placement Tests or the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP), will also be considered.
34 points including grades 6, 6, 5 at Higher Level. For BSc degrees this includes economics or mathematics plus accountancy or business studies at Higher Level. For MA degrees please check any requirements for other Joint Honours subjects.
Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC) H2H2H3H3 at Higher Level
Please check essential subjects required for other Joint Honours subjects.
Level 2 entry is not possible with this qualification
Graduate Entry
SQA Higher National (HNC/HND) A relevant HNC with B in the Graded Unit A relevant HND with BB in the Graded Units
Scottish Baccalaureate Pass with CC at Advanced Higher Distinction with AB 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) Level 2 entry is not possible with this qualification
Advanced Diploma Grade B with ASL-A Level at B Grade A with ASL-A Level at A
Welsh Baccalaureate Pass with A Levels at BB Pass with A Levels at AA
European Baccalaureate 70% overall 75% overall
Other Qualifications

 EU and International qualifications

English Language Requirement

For non EU students

IELTS Overall 6.0
Listening 5.5
Reading 5.5
Writing 6.0
Speaking 5.5

 Equivalent grades from other test providers


English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.

 Discover our English Language Programmes

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Read more about the Teaching Excellence Framework

Our approach introduces you to modern analytical and problem solving skills important to business professionals.  You will learn from experts in their fields who will teach you about business techniques and current thinking in business-related subjects.

How you will be taught

In Levels 1 and 2 teaching is initially through a combination of lectures and tutorials.  These continue in Levels 3 and 4, supplemented by workshops and computer laboratory sessions.  Increasingly you will be required to undertake directed independent study to broaden and deepen your understanding of the issues covered in your courses.

How you will be assessed

Essays, problem-based exercises, case studies, presentations and group projects all play a role in assessment and together with exam results, provide the basis for your final grade.

Course content

The main difference between the MA and BSc International Business degrees comes in the first two years. In the first and second years of the BSc International Business degree you will study four compulsory modules in business, economics and accounting in each year.  In addition you will be able to study two modules of another subject. The MA International Business, by contrast, only has two compulsory modules in each of the first two years with the other four modules in each year open for you to study other subjects from the broad selection on offer.

In the third and fourth year you will specialise in your particular degree pathway and all of your modules will be within your chosen field of study.

Level 1 The two key modules provide a basic grounding in economics, introducing basic theory and providing you with an insight into current economic ideas and issues. For the MA course a further four modules are selected from a range of options.  For the BSc course, two modules must be studied in Accounting and Management with the remaining two taken from a range of options.

Level 2 At this level, the ideas developed in first year are expanded and more advanced ideas are introduced. In microeconomics you will explore consumer choice and the theory of the firm, while in macroeconomics you will look at the aggregate economy, focusing on models of unemployment, interest rates and money markets. 

Again, for the MA course, there will be the opportunity to select four further modules from a range of options including a module on the economics of inequality. For the BSc course, two modules must be studied in Management and the remaining two will be taken from a range of options.

Level 3 At level 3, for both the MA and BSc courses, you will study four modules, of which two are compulsory. One of these modules continues the study of microeconomics undertaken at level 2, while the other introduces management science and the statistics needed for business. The remaining two modules can be chosen from a range of business-related subjects, including Marketing, Human Resources and Financial Institutions.

Level 4 At Level 4, the MA and BSc courses continue on their common paths. There are again two compulsory modules, one of which looks at the economics of globalisation, investigating topics such as international investment and trade. The other module examines business strategy and how businesses make long-term management decisions. The remaining two modules can be chosen from a range of business-related subjects such as Government and Business, Marketing Research and International Finance.


Level 1 - Semester 1

MA and BSc core module:

  • Global Economic Perspectives (BU11004): What caused the great recession of 2007 and what can be done to prevent another one? How can we persuade people to invest in a pension plan or to donate organs? Should we always believe what is written in the newspapers? How can we strike the best deal in negotiations? In this module we show how current economic thinking can provide answers to contemporary economic questions. No previous knowledge of economic analysis is assumed.

The BSc programme also requires:

  • International Business Environment (BU11002): An introduction to the relationship between firms and their immediate environment, as well as discussing aspects of managerial theory and material relating to personal financial planning.

Semester 2

MA and BSc Programmes core module:

  • Foundations of Economic Analysis (BU12004): This module develops the tools for analysing modern economies. It demonstrates how these tools can be used to analyse the behaviour of firms and households in the market place. The module also looks at issues such as unemployment, interest rates, exchange rates and inflation, placing them within a general model of the economy. The scope for government intervention is discussed and the implications of the analysis are applied to recent economic developments.

The BSc programme also requires:

  • Business Accounting Finance for Non-Accountants This module introduces the basics of Management and Financial Accounting for students who do not intend to follow a career in Accounting. It includes introductions to financial reporting and costing.

plus 4 other MA modules for the MA programme and 2 other modules for the BSc programme.


Level 2 - Semester 1

MA and BSc Programmes core module:

  • Microeconomics (BU21004) This module focuses initially on the basic theories of consumer and firm behaviour that underpin the analysis of market demand and supply. It also looks more closely at how different market structures affect the way in which markets work in practice. It highlights the conditions under which markets will and won’t produce desirable outcomes, and the role of government in improving the operation of markets.

Recommended module:

  • Economics of an Unequal World (BU21006) This module is designed for students who wish to study the nature and extent of inequality, both locally and globally. In particular, the module will examine the impact of globalisation on poverty and inequality and will use basic statistical analysis of data to highlight theoretical ideas about the causes and measurement of these issues. There will also be a focus on economic theories of justice and the impact of inequality in the UK.

 The BSc programme also requires:

  • Management Concepts in Context (BU21003) explores the development and application of management and organisational theories over time with the aim of enhancing students' appreciation of business management and organisational knowledge and skills needed for practice.

Level 2 - Semester 2

MA and BSc core module:

  • Macroeconomics & Applied Policy (BU22005) This module provides an overview of the functioning of the macro-economy in a global context and an understanding of the key policy issues facing the UK in particular. It goes on to consider how and why money markets are important. The module examines the nature and limitations of some of the key economic performance indicators.

The BSc programme also requires:

  • Intermediate Financial Management (BU22003) builds on Level 1 material by introducing students to techniques used in practice to appraise financial and capital investments as well as discussing working capital management and long-term fund raising.

 plus 3 or 4 other MA modules for the MA programme and 1 or 2 other modules for the BSc programme.


Level 3

  • Microeconomic Analysis (BU30016)
  • Quantitative Methods for Business (BU30019)

plus 60 credites of optional modules - choice typically includes:

  • Financial Institutions (BU30014)
  • Human Resources (BU30015)
  • Marketing (BU30013)
  • Macroeconomics Analysis (BU30017)
  • Behavioural Economics (BU30022)


Level 4

  • Business Strategy (BU40019)
  • Economics of Globalisation (BU40016)

 plus 60 credits of optional modules - choice typically includes:

  • International Finance (BU40017)
  • Risk and Information (BU40018)
  • Macroeconomic Theory (BU41021)
  • Microeconomic Theory (BU42021)
  • Macroeconomic Policy in Practice (BU42020)
  • Microeconomic Policy (BU41020)
  • Financial Economic Analysis (BU40022)
  • Marketing Research Project (BU40025)
  • Principles of Marketing Research (BU41023)
  • Dissertation (BU40025)

You may also choose a foreign language as part of your degree or even select options from other cognate disciplines.

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 fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.

 Find out more about fee status

Fees for students starting 2019-20

Fee categoryFees for students starting 2019-20
Scottish and EU students £1,820 per year of study
Rest of UK students £9,250 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.
Overseas students (non-EU) £16,450 per year of study

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 Loans Company.

Tuition fees for Overseas (non-EU) students are guaranteed not to increase by more than 3% per year, for the length of your course.

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year.

Examples of additional costs:

One off costOngoing costIncidental cost
Graduation feeStudio feeField trips

*these are examples only and are not exhaustive.

Additional costs:

  • may be mandatory or optional expenses
  • may be one off, ongoing or incidental charges and certain costs may be payable annually for each year of your programme of study
  • vary depending on your programme of study
  • are payable by you and are non-refundable and non-transferable

Unfortunately, failure to pay additional costs may result in limitations on your student experience.

For additional costs specific to your course please speak to our Enquiry Team.

Unistats data set (formerly the Key Information Set (KIS) Unistats data set - formerly the Key Information Set (KIS)

  Degree UCAS Code Unistats Data
Apply NowInternational Business MA / BSc (Hons)N120
Apply NowInternational Business MA (Hons)N122
Apply NowInternational Business BSc (Hons)N120
Apply NowInternational Business and International Relations MA (Hons)NL12
Apply NowInternational Business with French MA (Hons)N1RD
Apply NowInternational Business with French BSc (Hons)N1R1
Apply NowInternational Business with German MA (Hons)N1RG
Apply NowInternational Business with German BSc (Hons)N1R2
Apply NowInternational Business with Marketing MA (Hons)N1N5
Apply NowInternational Business with Marketing BSc (Hons)N1NM
Apply NowInternational Business with Spanish MA (Hons)N1RL
Apply NowInternational Business with Spanish BSc (Hons)N1R4