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The award
BA (Hons)

How long you will study
3 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9250 per year

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
GBP 13450 per year

All study options

About International Business at Nottingham Trent University

International business is defined as 'multi commercial transactions (i.e. sales, investment, logistics and transportation) taking place between two or more regions or countries beyond their political boundaries'. Why is this important? In the fast-paced business world companies are looking to gain a more competitive global presence. Therefore, the demand for graduates with high international management knowledge and a broad understanding of business is critical.

At Nottingham Business School we have recognised that demand early with our BA (Hons) International Business course, which develops outstanding graduates well equipped to influence and make significant contributions to international business and management

The course will equip you with the understanding of accounting, finance, culture, marketing, logistics and operations within an international business and how these impact the real world. We're one of the only UK universities to offer language training on this type of course, giving our students a real advantage when it comes to competing for the best jobs.

Our BA (Hons) International Business course has been accredited by EPAS for a five year period. This accreditation means that the course has been recognised for its international quality and content.

In addition, on this course you will be able to get involved in a variety of practical work and have the opportunity to get involved in international competitions including the IBM Challenge and the PolyU Innovation and Entrepreneurship Global Student Challenge.

This course can be studied over three years full-time or four years with a placement, due to the international status of this course a placement year is seen as an integral part of it. However, if you choose to study on the three year full-time route you will have the opportunity to gain some international experience through an industry internship or travel overseas to study abroad in one of our partner universities with our unique opportunities scheme.

Nottingham Business School is in the 1% of business schools worldwide to have both EQUIS and AACSB accreditation.

How you're taught

On average you will receive minimum 12 – 15 hours of teaching per week from a combination of lectures and seminars. You'll then be expected to increase your understanding of the subject area through independent study for each module.

We use a mixture of teaching methods including traditional lectures and seminars, IT workshops, guest lectures, problem-based learning and group discussions. In addition to this you will also be involved in a variety of practical work such as individual and group presentations, student-led seminars, role play, industry-sponsored competitions and project work.

These are included to help you develop a range of practical skills such as time management, effective presentation, communication, customer focus, analytical, entrepreneurial and team working. All students will attend lectures and seminars at NTU's City Campus, in the impressive Newton Building, home to Nottingham Business School.

You will also have a number of one-on-one tutor sessions during each year, which will allow you to:

  • discuss your personal and professional development
  • discuss and gain feedback about your work
  • ask questions about the projects you're working on
  • raise any difficulties you are experiencing relating to your work, personal circumstances or your University experience.

You'll also use our virtual learning environment, NOW, which is a flexible web-based system that gives you 24-hour access to module learning materials and reading lists. It allows you to discuss work with tutors and submit coursework electronically from anywhere in the world.

Assessment methods

Full time version of the course (3 years)

  • Year 1 coursework (60%), written (35%) and practical (5%).
  • Year 2 coursework (73%) and written (27%).
  • Year 3 coursework (73%), written (22%) and practical (5%).

Sandwich version of the course (4 Years)

  • Year 1 coursework (60%), written (35%) and practical (5%).
  • Year 2 coursework (56%), written (37%) and practical (7%).
  • Year 3 placement (100%).
  • Year 4 coursework (73%), written (22%) and practical (5%).

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

Full time version of the course (3 years)

  • Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (26%) and independent study (74%).
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (27%) and independent study (73%).
  • Year 3 lectures/seminars/workshops (22%) and independent study (78%).

Sandwich version of the course (4 Years)

  • Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (26%) and independent study (74%).
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (31%) and independent study (69%).
  • Year 3 placement (100%).
  • Year 4 lectures/seminars/workshops (22%) and independent study (78%).

Careers and employability

Graduates from this course have gone onto working in both public and private sector, undertaking positions such as:

  • account executive
  • business development executive
  • commercial graduate trainee
  • loyalty consultant
  • international graduate trainee.

In the last few years, graduates from this course have gone onto securing roles with well know employers such as:

  • Experian
  • Comply Serve Limited
  • First Radio Sales
  • Travis Perkins PLC
  • David Chipperfield Architects.


This course has been accredited with EPAS a quality management assessment which means it joins a group of just 75 institutions worldwide. The process aims to evaluate the quality of any business and/or management programme that has an international perspective and, where of an appropriately high quality, to accredit it.


We are continually investing in our facilities, and transforming our learning and teaching environment to create an inspiring and innovative atmosphere.

Our School is based in the impressive Newton building on NTU's City Campus. The building was recently involved in a £90 million regeneration project on the site. The Grade II* listed building was transformed into an ultra-modern complex while keeping its historic beauty.

Fantastic facilities

  • You can take advantage of the Link Lounge, a space dedicated to Business School students, located on floor seven of the Newton building.
  • Explore your career prospects with the help of the University's Employability Team.
  • You will benefit from spacious teaching rooms and lecture theatres and a variety of social spaces.
  • Our Student Services Centre will also be on-hand should you need support.
  • A new City Campus Students' Union building giving you an exceptional array of social, leisure and wellbeing facilities. Our SU has been named Higher Education Students' Union of the Year 2015 by the National Union of Students (NUS).

IT resources

Our IT resource rooms and PC clusters are distributed across the City Campus, with PCs providing access to:

  • Microsoft Office
  • email
  • web browsing
  • networked file storage
  • high-speed online printing services.

The University's main resource room in the library is available 24 hours a day.

Book and library resources

In our library you will have access to an extensive and diverse range of books and periodicals that focus on specialist areas within business, Marketing, Finance, Economics and HRM. The library's OneSearch system provides access to all our:

  • electronic resources
  • journals
  • books.

We have a liaison librarian who is available to give you detailed help in finding and using print and electronic resources. They can also help you with things such as Harvard referencing and research skills.

City location

The location of the City Campus also means that you have easy access to:

  • sports facilities
  • shops
  • student accommodation
  • music venues
  • cafés.

Study options for this course

Notes about fees for this course

The tuition fee for UK home students joining NTU in 2018/19 on a full-time undergraduate/foundation degree programme, will be £9,250.

The fee for those who have a year-long placement as part of a sandwich course, or spend a year studying or working abroad will be published here once confirmed.

The University reviews its tuition fees each year. The fees for Home (UK / EU) undergraduate students for 2018-19 are £9250. As a guide and to enable you to plan your finances the current expectation is that the University’s current fee of £9250 per annum may increase for subsequent years of study in line with inflation and as specified by the Government.

Entry requirements

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you're not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Pre-masters and foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation or pre-Masters course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you are already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation and pre-Masters courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English Language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our international team for advice.

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