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 Business Library. The Business Library 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.

For admission and entry requirement queries, please email us at ugadmissions@reading.ac.uk or call on +44 (0)118 378 8372

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Contact Us

If you have any programme 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:
A Level: ABB
GCSE: Mathematics and English grade B (or 5)

International Baccalaureate:
Pass Diploma and achieve 32 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 2020/21

UK/EU

Our full-time undergraduate Home/EU course fees are currently £9,250 per year for students starting their course in the 2020/21 academic year.

Currently, students from the UK and the rest of the EU pay the same fees. The situation for students starting from 2020 onwards is not yet known and may be affected by UK Government policy following the outcome of any negotiations regarding the UK’s exit from the European Union. The UK Government will confirm future arrangements for EU students in due course.

International

Fees for students from outside the EU are 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 2020-21

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 ABB from 3 A Levels (excluding General Studies and Key Skills).

A minimum of GCSE Mathematics and English, grade B (or 5), is also required.

International Baccalaureate

Applicants completing the International Baccalaureate must pass the Diploma and achieve 32 points.

Other UK and international qualifications

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

BSc Accounting and Finance

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

BA Accounting and Business

Please note that 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 may 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 ScoreIELTS6.5
Test of English as a Foreign Language (paper-based)TOEFL570
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.

Work placements

All our undergraduate degree programmes in accounting, business and management (with the exception of BA Accounting and Business) provide you with the opportunity to undertake a one-year paid work placement between your second and final years of study.

How does a work placement benefit you?

Undertaking a one-year work placement as part of your degree can significantly enhance your University experience in a variety of ways.

  • You will enjoy the opportunity to apply your knowledge and abilities in the workplace and develop valuable commercial awareness sought after by graduate employers
  • build a professional network - a successful work placement can lead to the offer of a permanent role with the same organisation upon graduation
  • enhance your CV and stand out in the competitive graduate job market.

In addition, whilst money should never be the motivation for undertaking a placement, and the benefits extend far beyond financial, you can offset the cost of your placement year with a competitive salary.

How we support you

You will start to consider what kind of work placement you would like to pursue in your first year. Students returning from their work placement will give presentations and share their experiences with you, providing a valuable insight into what you can expect.

During years one and two of your degree you will receive dedicated support from the School's placements team to ensure that you secure a challenging and rewarding opportunity. This will include access to an online system where you can search for opportunities, School placement fairs, pre placement training, placement presentations, selection method workshops and advice when preparing your CV and submitting application forms.

You will receive ongoing support during your work placement, with your tutor visiting twice during the year to discuss your experience and performance. You will also develop and agree a training plan with your placement tutor and line manager. We strive to ensure that the student, their employer and the School all benefit from any professional placement.

Work placement destinations

Recognising that the majority of our students prefer to remain in and around Reading during their placement year we work with leading graduate employers in the region, as well as many others UK-wide. Our placements team work with organisations including:

  • BMW
  • CISCO Systems
  • Deloitte
  • Disney
  • Ernst & Young
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Goldman Sachs
  • HP
  • HSBC
  • IBM
  • Intel
  • John Lewis
  • Kimberley Clark
  • KPMG
  • KPMG
  • LandRover Jaguar
  • Lilly
  • Marks & Spencer
  • MARS
  • Microsoft
  • Morgan Stanley
  • O2
  • Oracle
  • PepsiCo
  • PwC
  • Symantec
  • Tesco
  • Unilever
  • Verizon

Scholarships

Click on the headings below for more information on our undergraduate scholarships.

RREF Scholarships for Real Estate & Planning Undergraduate Courses

Subject

Reading Real Estate Foundation provides a range of undergraduate and postgraduate bursaries and hardship grants to students who will not be able to complete the course without financial assistance, as well as offering PhD studentships and graduation awards. These bursaries, grants and awards are funded each year by our generous alumni, corporate donors and fundraising events, and are administered by the RREF Disbursements Committee.

Henley Business School Bursary 2020/21

Subject

Henley Business School are offering two bursaries of up to £15,000 each over three years for undergraduate programme students starting at Henley Business School in 2020. The bursaries are enabled by philanthropic support and by funds set aside by Henley Business School.

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.

We accept applications from international students.

Criteria

To be considered for the bursary, you will need:

  • A firm accepted offer of a place on a full-time undergraduate degree programme at Henley Business School commencing September 2020 (excluding Real Estate & Planning courses)
  • To demonstrate that you are facing financial hardship and that without support you will struggle to, or will not be able to complete the course
  • You must show evidence that you are dedicated to your studies

To apply, please complete our Application Form and Income and Expenditure spreadsheet.

The Henley Business School Disbursements Panel will review all bursary applications and you will be informed of their decision in May 2020.

Finance

Two bursaries of up to £15,000 over three years are available for Henley Business School undergraduate students commencing their course in September 2020.

Duration

3 years

End date information

3 April 2020