International Business (with a professional placement year) BSc (Hons)

Key information

Duration:
4 years full time
UCAS code:
N121
Start date:
September 2025

Explore innovative approaches to international management and develop a global understanding of business and society. On this degree you study the core processes of management and discover how they shape international organisations. 

You’ll learn about the world’s key business regions including the European Union, North America, East and South East Asia and East and Central Europe. You investigate trends in international business and global strategy and examine marketing and human resource management from an international perspective. There are a wide range of options including international negotiations management and finance in global business. From modern languages to psychology and law, you take electives from other subjects to open your mind to other disciplines and tailor your degree to your interests.

You have the opportunity to apply for a year in industry where you can put your knowledge into practice. 

At the University of Sussex Business School, we have a wide range of well-established partnerships with global businesses. For your final-year project you investigate a specialist area of international business. You’ll engage with dedicated professionals, and will be challenged with new perspectives, ideas and approaches.

Accreditation

You’ll join the EQUIS and AMBA-accredited University of Sussex Business School. Learn more about all of our course accreditations here. Find out more

  • Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) for the purpose of exemption from some professional examinations through the Accredited degree accelerated route. Find out more

To help you gain experience and increase your employability, you can apply for an optional placement as part of your course. This can be a fantastic opportunity to gain real-life insight into industry as well as skills valued by employers. You’ll be responsible for applying for and securing your placement. Our dedicated careers team can help you:

  • find an employer
  • draft an application
  • prepare for interviews.

Don’t worry if you’re not successful, you’ll simply transfer to a non-placement version of your course.

We understand that deciding where and what to study is a very important decision. We’ll make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities described in this prospectus. However, if we need to make material changes, for example due to government or regulatory requirements, or unanticipated staff changes, we’ll let you know as soon as possible.

All my modules have a global reach and the faculty teaching them come from various different countries and have a very international experience.”Sandra Kolerzynska
International Business (with a professional placement year) BSc

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are currently under review – please check back in early March 2024.

Modules

This is a single-honours course, allowing you to focus in depth on your core subject.

Find out about our types of undergraduate degrees, their structure, modules and credits

Core modules

Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

Explore modules from other subjects as part of your course

At Sussex, you can choose to customise your course to build the sort of degree that will give you the knowledge, skills and experience that could take you in any direction you choose.

As part of this degree, you explore subjects that are different to your course through electives and pathways that complement your main subject. Exploring different disciplines in four electives across Years 1 and 2 helps enrich your learning experience.

Discover our electives and pathways

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

We’ll do our best to provide as much optional choice as we can, but timetabling constraints mean it may not be possible to take some module combinations. The structure of a small number of courses means that the order of modules or the streams you choose may determine whether modules are core or optional. This means that your core modules or options may differ from what’s shown here.

Check back in January 2025 for more details of the modules running in the academic year 2025/26.

Core modules

Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

Explore modules from other subjects as part of your course

At Sussex, you can choose to customise your course to build the sort of degree that will give you the knowledge, skills and experience that could take you in any direction you choose.

As part of this degree, you explore subjects that are different to your course through electives and pathways that complement your main subject. Exploring different disciplines in four electives across Years 1 and 2 helps enrich your learning experience.

Discover our electives and pathways

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

We’ll do our best to provide as much optional choice as we can, but timetabling constraints mean it may not be possible to take some module combinations. The structure of a small number of courses means that the order of modules or the streams you choose may determine whether modules are core or optional. This means that your core modules or options may differ from what’s shown here.

Check back in January 2025 for more details of the modules running in the academic year 2025/26.

You can apply to take a paid professional placement in the third year of your degree. Recent students have gone on placements at:

  • Upgrade Energy
  • Studio One Eighty Nine
  • Bosch.

For more details, visit Business and Management: Placements

Our careers team offers dedicated support to help you obtain a placement, including:

  • finding an employer
  • drafting an application
  • preparing for interviews
  • ongoing help throughout a placement.

Don’t worry if you’re not successful in securing a placement, you’ll simply transfer to a non-placement version of your course.

My placement has helped in terms of direction. I’ve learned a lot at Sussex that’s theory-based, and it’s good to know I can put that into practice in an actual company.”Victoria Swanson
International Business (with a professional placement year) BSc
Industrial Trainee, Pfizer

Please note that if you’re receiving – or applying for – USA federal Direct Loan funds, you can’t undertake your placement in the USA if the number of credits for the placement/internship exceeds 25% of the total credits for your course. Find out more about American Student Loans and Federal Student Aid

Core modules

Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

Options

Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests. This list gives you a flavour of our options, which are kept under review and may change, for example in response to student feedback or the latest research.

While it’s our aim for students to take their preferred combinations of options, this can’t be guaranteed and will be subject to timetabling. Options may be grouped and if so, students will be able to choose a set number of options from the selection available in any particular group.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

We’ll do our best to provide as much optional choice as we can, but timetabling constraints mean it may not be possible to take some module combinations. The structure of a small number of courses means that the order of modules or the streams you choose may determine whether modules are core or optional. This means that your core modules or options may differ from what’s shown here.

Check back in January 2025 for more details of the modules running in the academic year 2025/26.

TEF 2023 silver

Silver

The student experience and student outcomes are typically very high quality.
This rating was awarded in 2023, for four years.
(Teaching Excellence Framework 2023)

Find out more about our approach to teaching and supporting you to thrive

Our staff

On your course, you’ll develop the ability to think and work across boundaries, cultures and borders. You’ll gain the confidence to challenge the status quo about the internationalisation of companies.”Dr Steven Brieger
Course Director

Fees

Fees are not yet set for the academic year 2025/26 – please check back in September 2024. Note that your fees, once they’re set, may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

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Scholarships

Details of our scholarships are not yet set for entry in the academic year 2025/26.

Careers

Join the University of Sussex Business School and benefit from extensive career support and business connections, including mentoring by employers, networking, guest lectures and development of your workplace skills.

You’ll develop the skills and confidence to help shape global issues in business, management and society. You’ll be prepared to take on a range of general or specialist roles in management and finance, including human resources, marketing, retail management and financial management. Or you can use the skills to set up your own international business.

Outside the classroom you can join our StartUp Sussex programme where you benefit from workshops from consultants in the Sussex Innovation Centre, guidance on developing business ideas and the chance to win StartUp funding. You can also join the Sussex Business Society and join like-minded students who have an interest in business.

Graduate destinations

Recent graduates have started jobs with:

  • Amazon
  • Uniqlo

  • Healthspan.

(Department of Strategy and Marketing careers database)

Working while you study

Our Careers and Entrepreneurship team can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work

Extra-curricular activities such as University Radio Falmer helped me gain music work experience, and secure my role as a Spotify Student Brand Manager. Additionally, modules in entrepreneurship helped prepare me for a freelance career.”Becky Thomas
International Business (with a professional placement year) BSc
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