BA International Business Management with Study Abroad

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.

Understanding the principles of how businesses function and succeed in an international market is key to this programme, offering students global operational and cultural perspectives on the corporate world.

At a glance

  • UCAS code: N120
  • Entry requirements: A-Level ABB plus Maths GCSE grade B or 6
  • Three year course
  • Compulsory study abroad in your second year
  • All teaching in English
  • Optional placement year


Meeting International Business Management

Combining rigorous academic study with practical skills, our BA International Business Management will give you a comprehensive understanding of core business modules in year one. You’ll study 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.

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 through either the Erasmus or Study Abroad programmes.

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.

All modules at partner institutions are approved by Sheffield University Management School and taught in English.

* Study abroad is reliant on the student achieving an average mark of 60 per cent in both autumn and spring semester of first year without any failed module. Those who fail to achieve this mark are transferred onto the Business Management BA. We do not accept second year entrants onto this programme.


Level one

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. For more information click here.


Level two

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.

 Level three

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

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's 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.

We timetable teaching across the whole of our campus, the details of which can be found on our campus map. Teaching may take place in a student’s home department, but may also be timetabled to take place within other departments or central teaching space.

Learning and assessment statistics.

Where can I go?

 Where ever you study, the second year will be taught in English and all modules are approved by Sheffield University Management School. You pay a reduced fee to Sheffield for the year abroad but no fees are paid to the partner university.

In order to qualify for the year abroad you must pass your first year with an average grade of at least 60% at the first attempt with no fails. If you do not achieve this result you will switch over to the BA Business Management programme and spend your second year in Sheffield .

International and European partner universities

Study Abroad 
International countries

European countries

University of Adelaide, Australia Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria
University of Alberta, Canada Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Australian National University, Australia Aalto University School of Business, Finland
University of Calgary, Canada * ESC Rennes School of Business
University of Canterbury, New Zealand EDHEC Business School, Lille or Nice Campuses, France
Case Western Reserve University, USA University of Mennheim, Germany
The Chinese University of Hong Kong EBS Business School, Oestrich-Winkel, Germany
City University of Hong Kong Universitia degli Studi di Roma, Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy
Drexel University, USA University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Georgia Institute of Technology, USA Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
Griffith University, Australia Lunds Universitet, Sweden
University of Hong Kong
McGill University, Canada*
McMaster University, Canada
University of Melbourne, Australia
Monash University, Australia
Montana State University, USA
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore*
University of New Mexico, USA
University of New South Wales, Australia
Northern Arizona University, USA*
University of Oklahoma, USA*
University of Pittsburg, USA
University of Queensland, Australia
University of Sydney, Australia*
University of Texas at Dallas, USA
The University of Western Australia
Western University, Canada*
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA
University of Wollongong, Australia

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

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Student insight

James Testimonial

Student Insight: Tim Blondiau (Copenhagen)

"I have enjoyed studying a broad selection of modules as part of my course, from marketing to business strategy. This has helped me to explore a number of different career options, such as general management, human resources or marketing.

"I had the pleasure of studying at Copenhagen Business School last year. There was a flexible choice of classes and they were all taught in English. I had a great time, befriending many Danish students and other international students from all around the world. I think everyone would enjoy the experience offered by the BA International Business Management and would benefit from immersing themselves in a different culture.

"I am really enjoying studying Critical Perspectives in Work and Organisational Psychology, as it relates to current recruitment practices and how to maintain employee wellbeing. This has helped me improve the way I handle job applications, as well as my understanding of human resources.

"Staff at Sheffield University Management School have always been available to help me, with tutors and lecturers just an email away. I was offered the University’s full assistance in preparing to study abroad and in applying for an Erasmus grant for European study last year. As well as helping me to refine my CV and prepare applications for jobs after university, in-house careers advisors in the Employability Hub have helped to secure me some wonderful work-experience. I have completed an internship at Harrods purchasing department and I am starting an on-campus placement as a HR assistant. When I graduate, I hope to pursue a career in human resources, as I have always been interested in organisational behaviour and employee motivation in the workplace.

"The new management school building has IT facilities and a café on hand, so it is always easy to study around the class schedule. Having the Information Commons, a 24 hour library, on campus means that it is always convenient to work."

Student Insight: Emily Beatson (Hong Kong)

Why did you choose Sheffield University Management School and your International Business Management BA?
I chose the course because it was condensed in a 3-year course which really appealed to me. Not only because it makes it cheaper saving on an extra year’s course fees, but also meant I had the opportunity to do a placement year as well as a study abroad year which I think has helped me massively in securing a graduate job.

What have you most enjoyed about International Business Management?
I have enjoyed my year abroad at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. It was a year that was better than I could have ever imagined, giving me the opportunity to travel to over 10 different countries in Asia, make friends from all over the world, spend a year eating some of the most amazing Asian cuisine but also study in a world-class university. It also gave me the confidence I needed to do things that would have scared me in the past as I had never lived away from home before moving to Hong Kong. Was I was settled in Hong Kong and enjoying independent life, I felt like I could do anything!

Tell us about arriving at University, any concerns you might have had and overcome, how you have settled into University life and what you are most enjoying about life as a student…
Being a live-at-home student who commutes, I was worried I would find it difficult to make friends at university and get involved in things. I found it so easy to make friends on my course and other friends who were also commuting into the city and from then making friends is a snowball effect and you meet more and more people. I was meeting new people and making new friends all the way up until my graduation day so there always is an opportunity. I most enjoy about student life is the independence it brings and the fact you can always be spontaneous with your friends and do things together.

Tell us about your year abroad. Where did you study?
I studied at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. It was an amazing campus university with beautiful views of harbour in the New Territories in Hong Kong. Being in Hong Kong, which is really central in Asia, it was a great place to be based to travel around Asia in my spare time.

How did the Management School support you in applying for the partner university?
The University was great in giving me plenty of information about their partner universities so I could make an informed decision about which foreign university would be the best for me.

What was it like studying abroad compared to the UK?
Teaching styles at the Chinese University of Hong Kong were very different to in the UK. You were in class sizes of no more than 30/40 students and sometimes as little as 20. The teachers knew your names and you would get asked questions during the lesson. Essays weren’t such a big thing (in my experience) and instead we had mid-term and end-of-term exams and also some classes had group work.
I had the chance to join English Teaching events where we would get free pizza and drinks and sit with the local Cantonese students and chat about our culture which was really fun and gave me the opportunity to meet local friends who showed me around all their favourite parts and places of Hong Kong

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Placement year

You can add a placement year (sometimes called a year in industry) to your degree after you arrive in Sheffield. Placements take place between your second and final year of study and we add ‘Degree with Employment Experience’ to your course title to reflect your time in the workplace. Searching and applying for vacancies for a year-long placement will take place during your second year of study.

Things to consider

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.

Placements are a great opportunity for you to gain professional experience and to apply what you’ve learnt in lectures and seminars to an organisation, but you might also want to consider a summer internship. Organisations normally offer these to students between their second and third years of study, and they usually last between 8 – 12 weeks and take place between June and September.

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Careers and employability

Your development is our highest priority. Right from the start, we’ll encourage you to think about your career. We’ll listen to you and provide you with all the support you need to achieve your goals. As one of our students, you get a full package of support from the school’s dedicated Employability Hub. This includes one-to-one advice, skills training and special events connecting you to businesses. You’re supported throughout your course and for up to three years after you graduate.

90% of our graduates were in work or further study within six months of graduating

We’ll help you to find part-time jobs, internships and year-long placements. We’ll do everything we can to help you find opportunities that fit with your career plans and meet your development needs. Our External Relations team builds relationships with alumni and businesses so you get lots of opportunities to meet professionals and learn from them. We can also teach you how to develop networks of your own, how to make face-to-face meetings count and how to use social media effectively.

Graduates are highly numerate, articulate and analytical, making them attractive to a wide range of employers. 90% of our graduates were in work or further study within six months of graduating, earning an average starting salary of £25,000. Recent graduates have gone to work for companies such as Deloitte, HSBC, Afridi and Angell and Royal Bank of Scotland, in roles such as Innovations Consultant, Legal Intern, Management Trainee and Project Leader.

Entry Requirements
Qualification Grades
A-Levels ABB
International Baccalaureate 33
BTEC DDD in relevant subject
Cambridge Pre-U D3 M2 M2
Scottish Highers AAABB
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B+AB
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications

Other requirements

Maths GCSE grade B or 6 (or equivalent)

English language requirements

For overseas students we require an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component part, or an equivalent English language qualification.

Access Sheffield

The University of Sheffield recognises that ability isn't always demonstrated through a standard set of A Level or equivalent qualifications. You can find out more about our Access Sheffield policies here.

Pathway Programmes

Our International College provides international students with pathway programmes for progression to degree study at the University.

International foundation year