BA International Business and Management

Course overview

This innovative programme draws upon the University’s unique pedigree when it comes to examining and understanding multinational enterprises, balancing the necessity of deep theoretical grounding with the added value of strong applied focus. The study of international business progresses through the programme, allowing you to obtain a critical grasp of core theory along with thorough knowledge of application and analysis.

About the programme

At Henley Business School we teach you the language of business. We are a truly global organisation with state-of-the-art facilities and a high-calibre learning community, enabling you to be successful in the business world.

This programme straddles the fields of business and strategic management, including in-depth analysis and evaluation of international business. You will enhance your skills in communication, information handling, and analysis of context and cases in development, and become prepared for a successful career in a broad range of international corporations and businesses.

You will be taught through a mix of lectures, workshops and interactive tutorials, giving you the opportunity to discuss, explore and apply the subject material in depth with your lecturers and fellow students. You will be introduced to the latest thinking and research findings and be able to challenge some of those involved. Tackling real-world challenges will give you the opportunity to test, extend and refine your knowledge and skills.

BA International Business & Management provides a path into a wide array of industries and management roles, including a broad range of careers in blue chip organisations worldwide. The programme can also lead to careers in large multinationals.

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Why Henley?

Henley is part of the University of Reading, ranked among the top 200 universities worldwide (QS World University Rankings 2018). We are understandably proud of our beautiful parkland campus, voted one of the best open spaces in the UK and awarded the prestigious Green Flag for seven consecutive years. Campus is at the heart of university life and provides a special sense of community. Campus offers:

  • A main library, home to more than 1 million items
  • 24 hour PC and wireless internet access and the latest e-learning tools
  • Award-winning catering facilities
  • A sports centre, home to state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor facilities
  • A thriving Students' Union (RUSU), housing cafés, bars, shops and amenities
  • An opportunity to join over 150 sports clubs and societies

Henley Business School

In 1947 the University of Reading purchased its main Whiteknights campus, the former country estate of the Marquis of Blandford. A peaceful 130 hectare country estate, with its conservation meadows, rare tree collection and large lake, is an exceptional place to study, live and work. It provides a natural habitat for many varieties of birds, animals, insects and plants.

Several listed buildings are features of the campus. One of the most attractive is Foxhill House, built in 1869 by architect Alfred Waterhouse, designer of the Natural History Museum.

Henley Business School's undergraduate, postgraduate taught masters, professional management and PhD programmes are delivered from our Whiteknights campus. Our building, opened in 2009, represents the largest single construction project in the University of Reading's history and provides a visually impressive hub at the heart of campus. Its designers, BDP, boast impressive credentials having previously master planned projects including a redevelopment of the Royal Albert Hall and the construction of the Channel Tunnel Terminal.

The School houses lecture theatres and seminar rooms equipped with the latest technology, easily accessible academic and support staff, a popular cafe and visitor area and a dedicated Academic Resource Centre (ARC). The ARC is exclusively for the use of students in the School and provides an ideal place for private and group study and easy access to specialist online and offline resources and services.

The adjacent ICMA Centre is home to our degree programmes in finance and provides three state-of-the-art dealing rooms featuring more than 100 terminals. We were the first business school in Europe to introduce dealing rooms and remain the only university with a facility on such a scale.

A home away from home

At Reading we pride ourselves on being a residential university where the majority of undergraduates as well as many postgraduates live in halls of residence, which provide over 4,000 rooms.

All halls are located on or within easy walking distance of campus and close to local bus routes and facilities. Each hall is a vibrant community offering you a safe and inclusive environment in which to study and relax. Halls vary in style and size so you can choose between a wide range of study, domestic and social facilities.

Around 95% of those who apply for accommodation receive a place. If you are a new undergraduate student, Reading is your firm choice, and you apply for accommodation by 1 August, the University will guarantee to offer you a single study bedroom in halls. If Reading is your insurance choice we will usually be able to offer you accommodation, although this is not guaranteed.

Our outstanding location

The term 'campus university' often conjures up an image of being based miles from anywhere, but the University's Whiteknights campus is located close to the centre of Reading, which is just an easy bus ride or short walk away.

Reading is easily accessible for both UK and international students and has excellent rail and road links with direct routes to Heathrow and Gatwick airports. You couldn't be better situated when looking to return home, to visit friends around the UK or to explore the capital and surrounding region.

Reading itself offers some of the best retail and entertainment experiences in the UK. The Oracle Centre, set by the river around a mile from campus, features shops, bars and restaurants and a large multiplex cinema, while the town's popular nightlife includes everything from global music to the theatre. Our local amenities include the concert hall, traditional and outdoor theatres and the Madejski Stadium, home to Reading Football Club and the London Irish rugby team. Reading also has a vibrant live music scene and hosts the world famous rock festival. With so much going on, you are guaranteed a great time.

Please see our Undergraduate Experience' photo collection (Flickr). You can also engage with our students via our Facebook page.

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Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact us by email at UG-BMAP@henley.ac.uk or by phone on +44 (0)118 378 5058.

Important Information

UCAS code:
N121

Duration:
4 years full-time including a 1 year paid work placement

Entry requirements:
GCSE: Mathematics and English grade B or above
A Level: AAA-AAB from three A Levels

International Baccalaureate:
Pass Diploma and achieve 34-35 points

Course modules

The module descriptions set out on this page are correct for modules being taught in the current academic year. Optional module listings are indicative and may be subject to change

Part 1 Credits

Year one of this course is made up of the following modules.

10 [5 ECTS credits]

10 [5 ECTS credits]

20 [10 ECTS credits]

20 [10 ECTS credits]

20 [10 ECTS credits]

Remaining credits will be made up of optional modules available in the Henley Business School and modules from elsewhere in the University. Not all optional modules will be available in any one year; all optional modules are subject to availability and resourcing.

Part 2 Credits

Year two of this course is made up of the following modules.

20 [10 ECTS credits]

20 [10 ECTS credits]

20 [10 ECTS credits]

20 [10 ECTS credits]

20 [10 ECTS credits]

20 [10 ECTS credits]
Placement Experience Credits

Paid work placement (one year, full-time)

  • MM284- Work placement experience (including minimum 9 month, full-time work placement or you can alternatively study abroad.
  • Students who have completed two years of study and for whom a work placement is unsuitable, can progress directly into the third (final) year of study, converting this into a three-year degree programme.
  • For students who do take a year-long placement or study abroad, Part 3 as described below may be subject to variation.
Part 3 Credits

Year three of this course is made up of the following modules:

20 [10 ECTS credits]

20 [10 ECTS credits]

20 [10 ECTS credits]

20 [10 ECTS credits]

Remaining credits will be made up of optional modules available in the Henley Business School and modules from elsewhere in the University. Not all optional modules will be available in any one year; all optional modules are subject to availability and resourcing.

Fees & funding

Fees 2018-19

UK/EU

Our full-time undergraduate Home/EU course fees are currently £9,250 per year for students starting their course in the 2018/19 academic year. Tuition fees for 2019/20 entry have not yet been confirmed by the UK government, but at this time we do not expect an increase in fees to occur. Please check back here for updates.

Currently, students from the UK and the rest of the EU pay the same fees. Arrangements for students applying for entry from 2019 onwards may be subject to change on the advice of the UK government.

International

Fees for students from outside the EU are slightly higher and set by the University on an annual basis. Please see the University's student finance pages for further information.

Work placement year or university study abroad

Students completing a 4 year degree programme with a 1 year work placement will be charged 15% of the full fee during their placement year. For students taking BA Accounting and Business, which contains placements in years 2, 3 and 4, the fee level will be set at 80% of the full fee in these years.

Living costs

Please note that tuition fees do not include accommodation and other living costs. Students are advised to budget for between £160 and £240 per week depending on their accommodation charges.

International students, who often need to allow for additional accommodation and living costs during three vacations are advised to budget for at least £12,000 per year excluding tuition fees.

Financial support 2018-19

University sources of funding

We believe that fees must not be a disincentive for talented young people applying to university and have a strong record in providing financial support to students from all over the world and a wide range of backgrounds through scholarships, bursaries and other awards.

Please see further information on student finance or contact helpdesk@reading.ac.uk.

External sources of funding

This information applies to students who normally live in England. Please see further information provided by the UK government on student finance. If you normally live in another UK region or outside the UK, different rules will usually apply. Please see alternative information for students from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, the EU and overseas.

Tuition Fee (Student) Loan

Students who have not studied a higher education programme before can apply for a tuition fee loan to cover the full cost of their tuition fees. This loan is paid directly to the University. Graduates only start to pay back this loan once they are working and their salary is above the minimum threshold. EU students from outside the UK who meet certain conditions are also eligible to apply.

Maintenance (Student) Loan

Students can apply for an annual maintenance loan. Loans will be assessed on household income. The amount of maintenance loan available is reduced if a student is receiving a maintenance grant. Repayments will be made in the same way as for a tuition fee loan.

Entry requirements

Academic

Our undergraduate degree programmes are designed for students with or without prior knowledge and experience of their chosen subject. Generally we don't ask for any specific A Levels but subjects like
business studies, economics, geography, IT and mathematics may be relevant depending on what you choose to study.

A Level

Entry requirements vary depending on your chosen degree programme but generally you are expected to achieve grades AAB from 3 A Levels (Excluding General Studies and Key Skills).

A minimum of GCSE Mathematics and English, grade B or above, is also required.

Applicants for BA International Management and Business Administration with French are also required to obtain AS Level French, grade B or above.

Applicants for BSc Accounting and Finance are also required to obtain AS level Mathematics grade B or above.

International Baccalaureate

Applicants completing the International Baccalaureate must pass the Diploma and achieve 35 points.

Other UK and international qualifications

We welcome students with equivalent UK and international qualifications. Please see further information on academic qualifications.  

Applicants for BA Accounting and Business

Please note that applicants will be required to achieve GCSE Mathematics Grade A or above. Also in addition to meeting the School's standard entry requirements shortlisted students applying for BA Accounting and Business will be asked to submit a supplementary application form and successful applicants will be invited to attend an assessment centre run in conjunction with PwC.

English language

Studying in a second language can be challenging. If your English language ability is below the minimum requirement, we may ask you to provide evidence of proficiency or to attend an English language course before you begin your studies so that you can participate fully in your degree programme.

Please see further information on English language requirements.

QualificationShort nameScore required
International English Language Test ScoreIELTS7.5
Test of English as a Foreign Language (internet-based)TOEFL88
Cambridge Certificate of proficiency in EnglishCPEC
Test of English for Educational PurposesTEEP6.5

The University's International Study and Language Centre (ISLC) provides English for academic study in a variety of ways to support your progress and development. This includes pre-sessional and in-sessional support, as well as an International Foundation Programme for students who do not hold the normal entry requirements.

Careers & accreditations

Henley Business School has its own Careers Service that’s built around a very simple promise – engage, enable, empower.

Engage – whilst you are at University you will have lots of competing priorities, studying yes, but also having fun, getting involved societies, charities and clubs, maybe earning your way through part-time work.  With this in mind we design all our services in an engaging way, helping you to make the most of your time.

Enable – being ready for work after you degree has many elements – understanding yourself, understanding the opportunities that are out there, and developing the skills you’ll need to secure your place and succeed when you start.  We provide support and resources that will help you with every step, whatever career path you choose.

Empower – the most important part of your career path is you, so all that we do is about helping you achieve what you want to.  Only you can achieve it, and achieve it you will.

The key ways you’ll interact with the careers team will be through activities that you choose to undertake – be they booking to talk to us face to face, attending our career events, or using our online tools – or indeed all three.  All the undergraduate degrees have some kind of careers-related modules too, often related to taking work placements, so you’ll see some of the team in lectures too.

For further information please contact Henley Careers by email at henleycareers@henley.ac.uk or by phone on 0118 378 5420.

Scholarships

Available Scholarships for all Undergraduate Programmes

The Henley Business School Academic Excellence Scholarship

Subject

Henley Business School is keen to attract students who are expected to achieve academic excellence in their A level results but may find it challenging, for whatever reason, to undertake a university degree.

We are offering two scholarships to home/EU students who have committed to enrol on any of our undergraduate programmes in Business, Accounting, Finance or Real Estate and Planning. (Details of these can be found on our undergraduate page)

Criteria

To apply for this scholarship you must complete and submit your application, paying particular attention to your personal statement. This statement should set out your academic and extra-curricular activities, along with a brief explanation as to why this scholarship would make a difference to you. There is no formal application form, send your personal statement in an email or as a word document attachment. This submission will be considered alongside your entry qualifications in determining the award recipients. In the event of a tie you may be invited to participate in an interview in front of a judging panel. Submit your application via email to: j.fletcher@henley.ac.uk

Contact us

If you have any queries relating to the Undergraduate Academic Excellence Award then please contact Ms Jacqui Fletcher at the Henley Business School. Telephone +44 (0) 118 378 6063 or email j.fletcher@henley.ac.uk

  • You must be a Home or EU student to apply for this award.
  • You must be applying through UCAS as a new student, entering a full time Undergraduate programme led by the Henley Business School starting 2019 and have accepted the ‘University of Reading’ as your Firm Choice by 30th June 2019.
  • You must be entering year 1 of study and be new to the Henley Business School, UoR.
  • You should be expected to achieve academic excellence in your A level results, and
  • You should be able to demonstrate that the additional financial support would remove a barrier to further education.
Finance

The scholarship is £9000 in total. It provides £5,000 in the first year and £2000 in year 2 and the final year.

  • This money can be used towards local travel, books or accommodation.
  • The money will be paid directly into your bank account.
  • There are two scholarships available in 2019-20.
  • Payment will only be activated once you have successfully enrolled onto your chosen degree.
Duration

First, Second and Final year of Undergraduate study.

End date information

31st August 2019

More information

The Henley Alumni Bursary

Subject

Henley Alumni Bursary

The philanthropic support of the Henley Business School alumni community has enabled us to create a new bursary of up to £15,000 over three years for Undergraduate Programme students starting at Henley Business School in 2019. This will be awarded from income raised for the Henley Alumni Fund.

The Bursary will be awarded to applicants who can demonstrate significant financial need and who will contribute to the diversity and experience of their programme. A consideration of the wider impact of your Undergraduate degree on graduating will also be taken into account.

Criteria

To be considered for this Bursary, you will need:

  • A firm accepted offer of a place on a full-time Undergraduate degree programme at Henley Business School commencing September 2019 (excluding Real Estate & Planning courses)
  • You should demonstrate evidence that you are facing financial hardship and that without help you will not be able to complete the course
  • You must show evidence that you are dedicated to your studies

To apply, please download a Henley Alumni Bursary Application Form.

The Henley Alumni Fund's Disbursements Panel will review all bursary applications and you will be informed of their decision at the beginning of May 2019.

Finance

One bursary of up to £15,000 over three years is available for a Henley Business School undergraduate student commencing their course in September 2019.

Bursaries cannot be transferred to another intake or mode of study.

Should you have any queries relating to the Henley Alumni Bursary then please contact development@henley.ac.uk or call +44 (0) 118 378 4197.

Duration

3 years

End date information

5pm on 5 April 2019

The Henley Business School Bursary 2019/20

Subject

Henley Business School Bursary

Henley Business School Bursary has set aside funds to create two new bursaries of up to £15,000 over three years for Undergraduate Programme home/EU students starting at Henley Business School in 2019.

The Bursaries will be awarded to applicants who can demonstrate significant financial need and who will contribute to the diversity and experience of their programme. A consideration of the wider impact of your Undergraduate degree on graduating will also be taken into account.

Criteria

The Henley Business School Bursary offers financial support to students based on a demonstration of financial need.

Before you apply for a Henley Business School Bursary, please read the criteria below to ensure you meet all the required points. Only in exceptional circumstances will those who do not meet all the desired criteria be considered:

  • This bursary cannot provide the main financial support for your studies
  • You should demonstrate evidence that you are facing financial hardship and that without help you will not be able to complete the course
  • You must show evidence that you are dedicated to your studies

To apply, please download a Henley Business School Bursary Application Form.

On receipt of your application, you will be contacted via the email address provided to confirm that your application has been received. You will be informed of the Henley Business School’s Bursary Panel’s decision by the beginning of September 2019.

Please note funds will be awarded to the recipient once they have enrolled at Henley Business School, University of Reading in October 2019, and therefore the applicant must meet admissions criteria to receive the funds.


Finance

Two bursaries of up to £15,000 over three years is available for a Henley Business School Undergraduate Programme student commencing their course in September 2019.

Bursaries cannot be transferred to another intake or mode of study.

Should you have any queries relating to the Henley Business School Bursary then please contact j.fletcher@henley.ac.uk or call +44 (0) 118 378 6063.

Duration

3 years

End date information

31 August 2019

How to apply

Answer all questions on the application form fully and electronically. If any areas of the form are not applicable, please detail this with n/a. If you would like to give further details then please expand relevant boxes.

You must also complete the income & expenditure spreadsheet available from j.fletcher@henley.ac.uk.

Please note, only supply copies as no documents will be returned to you.

When you have completed your application, please submit the completed Henley Business School Bursary Undergraduate Application Form 2019/20 by email to j.fletcher@henley.ac.uk for the attention of the Disbursements Panel.

Incomplete application forms or application forms with no Personal Statement will be declined.