Taught course

International Business Economics

Oxford Brookes University · Business School

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second class honours degree (2:2) in any academic discipline, or equivalent overseas degree from a recognised institution or equivalent professional or other qualification. Applicants who possess a diploma rather than a good degree may be eligible for entry provided they have compensatory work experience and can demonstrate career development.

Months of entry


Course content

Compulsory modules

Principles of International Business Economics: This module introduces you to the key concepts of economics. Subsequently, you will focus on the topics of economics that are essential in understanding how businesses function internationally and how they interact with the external environment.

Quantitative Methods for Business and Economics: In this module we provide you with a foundation in the essential statistical and quantitative techniques for the study of economics and business. It covers basic and advanced statistical methods, both descriptive and analytical, including applications from business, accounting & financial economics.

Operations and Process Management: In this module you develop your understanding of an organisation's ability to deliver goods and services of the quality, quantity and cost that will satisfy customers needs, while making efficient use of resources. The key principles introduced in this module can be applied to any business sector and function.

Global Strategic Management: Strategic management is the process by which managers formulate and implement strategies to generate high performance. In this module you will develop your understanding of the managerial strategic challenge; how to deliver sustainable competitive advantage. You will engage in critical evaluation of the key strategic issues.

International Trade and Globalisation: Increasingly, businesses have to operate in an environment where commodity and capital markets are highly integrated. Awareness of the issues surrounding globalisation allows you to make informed decisions in a business context.

Research Methods: This module will prepare you to undertake effective research drawing upon a range of secondary and primary data sources in preparation for your coursework. You will be introduced to a range of tools required for research including methodological issues, data collection techniques and study skills.

Consultancy Project: You will gain practical international project experience by working in a cross-cultural team on a real problem for a client organisation. You will develop problem solving and communication skills as well as the ability to work in cross-cultural teams. Your team will work virtually, face-to-face and with help from tutors.

Or, as an alternative to the Consultancy Project:

International Study Trip: You can go to Budapest to experience a hands-on week, learning about the processes within international management.

You should choose one of the following three alternative options:

Dissertation: The dissertation is an opportunity for you to carry out an in-depth investigation into a topic of International Business Economics which is of particular interest to you.

Work Based Project: You may carry out a project for an appropriate organisation. This may be an analysis of their activity, or looking at ways to enhance their business.

Synoptic Research Project: You will integrate, apply and extend your knowledge and skills gained within the core modules. You will learn more about the complexity of the Business and Management by emphasising, synthesising, and applying the learning gained in other modules.

Elective modules

Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility

International Finance

Planning for New Business Ventures

International Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Information for international students

IELTS minimum 6.0 overall (with 6.0 in reading and writing and 5.5 in listening and speaking). If you have completed your undergraduate degree in the UK (at least one full year of study) you will automatically meet our English language requirements

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

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