International Business Management with Study Abroad BA course structure

Understanding the principles of how businesses function and succeed in an international market is a key focus of this course, with modules offering students global operational and cultural perspectives on the corporate world.

Based on Sheffield University Management School’s established Business Management programme, BA International Business Management with Study Abroad gives students a solid foundation in business knowledge and skills in first year, before focusing on the global marketplace in years two and three.

Module information

In year one, you’ll study modules including Introduction to Behaviour at Work, Management Themes and Perspectives, and Business Economics. This will be complemented by skills-based modules covering essential accounting and decision making techniques.


Module title Credit value Module description Assessment method
Business Economics 10 This module offers an insight into how microeconomic factors, such as consumer behaviour, can be used to understand and predict business decisions. Macroeconomic issues are also considered, such as inflation and price levels, and the impact this may have on businesses. This is a basic level economics course aimed to give students foundational knowledge. Exam
Introduction to Behaviour at Work 10 This module provides insight into the study of human behaviour in work organisations, developing understanding of why people do the things that they do in organisations. Exam
Accounting & Finance for Managers 20 The aim of this module is to provide an understanding of the basic concepts in accounting and finance. Students are introduced to the preparation and structure of financial statements, the appropriate forms of finance and the means of raising money to fund new or existing enterprises. Also creative accounting is considered and corporate accounting scandals are explored. Exam plus online tests
Business Management in Context 20 This module covers a range of issues relevant to the modules covered in a Management Studies degree. The module explores how management came to be as a discipline and how it has evolved, both historically and culturally. It will be the start of building the foundation for studying for a degree programme. 4 assessments (2 per semester), 3 of which are individual assignments and 1 group assignment
Management Themes & Perspectives 20 This module introduces students to some of the key themes and perspectives within management. Through a series of 4 four-week ‘packages’ the module will introduce students to key issues within marketing, sustainable development, operations management and strategic management, with the opportunity to develop assignments based around companies and case studies of their choice. 3 assignments, integrative group task
Analysis for Decision Making (A or B) 20 This module will demonstrate how quantitative techniques can be used to support effective business decision making. Students will be introduced to a range of quantitative techniques and tools which can be used to produce useful management information within a business context. The module is split into two options, A and B, to provide those who have not previously studied A-level Mathematics increased contact hours. Exams, group project, online quizzes
Futures First: Professional Self-Management 10 This module provides students with a structured and supported process to reflect upon their own learning, performance and achievement, and to plan for their personal, educational and career development. This includes informative talks from graduate recruiters and alumni to give students an insight into the opportunities to expect after graduation and how to make themselves the most employable. Critical review, self-reflection, CV and personal action plan


Module title Credit value Module description Assessment method
Business Challenges 10 The module offers students the opportunity to work in autonomous groups to undertake one of a number of different business ‘challenges’. These challenges involve students working on a range of practical business activities in which the outcomes involve not just a piece of assessed work but also, for some challenges, extra-curricular engagement and impact with external bodies. The nature of the challenges will vary over time to reflect the ongoing engagements with business and the local community. Group presentation, team performance and personal reflection
Unrestricted module 10

An unrestricted module is a module from the same department or another department at the University that is available to all students, subject to availability and numbers. The modules may have other restrictions, such as requiring certain subjects at 'A' level or equivalent.


In the second year, students will acquire a keen understanding of global business through the opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner institutions. We have partner universities worldwide. Through our exchange programmes you can apply to spend time in destinations including Australia, Canada, Asia, New Zealand, Singapore, the USA and Europe."


International and European partner universities

International countries


  • Australian National University
  • Griffith University
  • Monash University
  • University of Adelaide
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of New South Wales
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Sydney*
  • University of Western Australia
  • University of Wollongong


  • McMaster University
  • University of Alberta
  • University of Calgary*
  • Western University*

Hong Kong

  • Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • City University of Hong Kong*

New Zealand

  • University of Canterbury


  • Nanyang Technological University, Singapore*


  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Drexel University*
  • University of Oklahoma
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Montana State University
  • Northern Arizona University*
  • University of New Mexico
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Texas at Dallas* (calculus required)

*These universities have restrictions set by the partner university. This could be a restricted number of courses/places available/additional documentation required etc.

European Countries
•    Vienna University of Economics and Business
•    Copenhagen Business School
•    Aalto University School of Business
•    ESC Rennes School of Business
•    EBS Business School
•    University of Mannheim
•    Università degli Studi di Roma, Tor Vergata, Rome
•    Universidade Nova de Lisboa*
•    Lunds Universitet
The Netherlands
•    University of Amsterdam*

*These universities have restrictions set by the partner university. This could be a restricted number of courses/places available/additional documentation required etc.

The module content varies by partner university but you are required to take modules covering marketing, human resources, organisational behaviour and strategy. We divide partner universities into European and non-European countries; you are guaranteed a place at a partner university subject to meeting the academic requirements (average 60% with no failed modules in the first sitting) but we cannot guarantee where. We hold briefing sessions, information talks and a study abroad fair in the first semester of year one – this is your opportunity to identify where you want to apply to study in your second year. Applications for partners outside Europe take place in semester one and applications for partners in Europe take place in semester two.

Read more about studying in Europe and outside Europe.

For the third year of the course, students return to Sheffield and continue their business management studies with a strong international focus. Working closely with the University of Sheffield’s prestigious School of East Asian Studies, specialist modules such as Work and Society in Japan are available, alongside three core modules which will challenge and enhance your now established international expertise.

Core (choose at least two)

Module title Credit value Module description Assessment
Extended Essay in International Business 20 This module provides students with an opportunity to consolidate and further extend their knowledge on a specific topic, or a combination of topics, within the domain of international business. Students are required to engage in an in-depth personal investigative study of a topic of their choice. Students are, under the guidance of a tutor, responsible for their own independent learning. This approach is intended to stimulate intellectual creativity, autonomous and reflexive learning capabilities, as well as research and writing skills. Essay
International Business 20 This unit introduces key theories of international business development - those concerning the rationales for international expansion, the choice of foreign market entry strategy and the impact on the economies of host countries. Particular attention will be devoted to the role played by the international business environment and its institutions, and to key strategic management issues such as global supply chain management, knowledge management, intellectual property protection and risk management, Exam, assignment
International Marketing 20 This aim of this module is to provide students with an understanding of international marketing. The module will prepare students for the challenge of global marketing and enable students to have sufficient knowledge to be able to take on international related work, if faced by this challenge in industry. Assignment and group presentation


Module title Credit value Module description Assessment
Integrated Marketing Communications 20 This module is concerned with the concepts and uses of advertising and promotion in an integrated marketing communications (IMC) context. The successful commercialisation of both new and already existing products and services depends on how well the company will communicate any messages to its target market, to trigger desired attitudes and behaviours through advertising, public relations, sponsorship, direct marketing, product placement and any other promotional tool. Other issues covered will include e-IMC, international marketing communications, and ethics. Exam, group coursework
Corporate Social Responsibility 20 The Johannesburg Earth Summit, the runaway success of No Logo, the corporate scandals and subsequent questioning of the regulatory structures within capitalism, all suggest that the relationship between business, the state and civil society is being debated with greater urgency than at any time since Milton Friedman declared the business of business is business. This module seeks to provide an initial introduction to the key issues and themes that are emerging within the CSR field. It examines the pressures encouraging companies to adopt more ethical business strategies, the types of practices and strategies which different companies have sought to adopt in this field, and the potential advantages that are identified for a socially responsible business. Exam, peer assessment 
Industrial Relations 20 Industrial Relations explores the nature of working relationships and the constraints within which they operate. The subject is multi-disciplinary in nature and the content of this particular unit focuses on aspects of industrial relations which practising managers may experience. The module aims to establish a conceptual framework for understanding industrial relations based on academic theories and research data and to develop analytical skills that look beyond symptoms and to encourage judgement founded on an understanding of likely outcomes/implications. Exam
Strategy Practice 20 The objective of this module is to increase your strategic thinking abilities by exposing you to a wide range of theories and varying perspectives on the subject discipline. You will be challenged to tackle the modules from a holistic viewpoint, taking in various aspects covered from operational tactical level to high level strategic decisions in order to formulate appropriate courses of action. Coursework
Critical Perspectives in Work and Organisational Psychology 20 This module provides an understanding of the theories and techniques used within organisational psychology. These are fundamentally concerned with the analysis and resolution of problems faced by personnel and human resource management when they attempt to select, train, appraise and develop a competent workforce. Based within a tradition of experimental psychology, in which it is assumed that it is possible to measure the attributes of people and their environments, work psychology is dominated by approaches that focus on "fit" between individuals and organisations and on trying to predict how individuals will behave in the future. Essay and formative assessments
Law and Business in China 20 This module introduces students to the Chinese legal system, examines law and regulations relevant to doing business in China in detail and offers practical knowledge on business in China. It covers an overview of the legal system, dealing with such issues as power distribution and governance structure of the country, the sources of law and legislation, law enforcement and the judicial system; Chinese legal traditions and their influence on the contemporary legal system; theoretical questions of rule of law and the role of law in economic development; and law and regulations on business organizations, foreign direct investment, labour and environmental regulations, taxation, financial regulations and foreign exchange control, intellectual property rights and dispute resolution. Formal exam, assignment, seminar participation
Work and Society in Japan 20 This module analyses some of the main issues related to work and society in Japan from a comparative and historical perspective. Main issues include: the main characteristics of Japanese employment (such as lifetime employment and the increasing non-regular employment), industrial relations, gender discrimination in the labour market, and globalisation and the change and continuity of Japanese employment. In addition, two prominent social issues in contemporary Japan (`fewer children and work-life balance' and 'increasing income inequality and poverty') will be examined. Exam, presentation
Entrepreneurship and Human Resource Management 20 This module will provide you with opportunities to learn of employment issues in the entrepreneurial process and scope for critical discussion of mainstream models of Human Resource Management (HRM) and their application in small enterprises. Students will develop an understanding of HRM for small businesses on their own terms rather than against an implied ideal of large firm approaches to employment relationships. Critical review, essay
Digital Marketing 20 This unit aims to provide a comprehensive and critical understanding of the Internet as a platform to support marketing activities (e.g. digital marketing communications, social media marketing), create meaningful customer relationships (e.g. customer relationship management, online consumption communities) and as a tool to assist with strategic issues (e.g. marketing analytics, online service quality, online retailing and online branding). Group presentation, individual assignment
New Venture Creation 20 This module will provide students with the opportunity to bridge knowledge gained through their studies to develop an idea for a new venture. Students will develop their business ideas through marketing strategy, secondary market research, product design, operations planning, and financial forecasting. Presentation, coursework
Socially-Responsible Marketing and Consumption 20 The module provides students with a comprehensive understanding of socially responsible marketing and consumer
behaviour. It will demonstrate how marketing and consumer behaviour principles can be used to tackle social
issues (such as smoking, unhealthy eating, etc), support non-profit organisations, aid sustainability, support
government policy development and benefit consumer welfare.
Coursework, group project
Unrestricted Module 20 An unrestricted module is a module from the same department or another department at the University that is available to all students, subject to availability and numbers. The modules may have other restrictions, such as requiring certain subjects at 'A' level or equivalent. Varies

Further information about applying can be found on the undergraduate prospectus:


A placement year is an excellent opportunity to apply what you’ve learnt in your course so far and gain invaluable workplace experience. Placements take place between your second and final year of study and are usually based in the UK.

As your second year is spent overseas, if you choose to do a placement you will be away from the University of Sheffield for two consecutive years. You will also be based overseas during the placement recruitment process, so will most likely be unable to attend interviews and assessment centres in person. This means you may have to be more flexible in the type of organisations or roles you apply for, for example, smaller companies may be more willing to conduct interviews via Skype.

Find out more about placements

Student insight

You can also read more from our students on our blog. 

Your career

Futures First is our way of ensuring you graduate with more than just a degree. It includes our dedicated Employability Hub where you can access careers support, find job or placement opportunities, and develop essential skills through workshops with industry experts. You’re supported throughout your course and for up to three years after you graduate.

More information about careers support

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it is up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback, outcomes of reviews, and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Information last updated: 17 January 2020

Course search

Explore. Challenge. Influence. Find the right course for you.