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BA International Business, Finance and Economics (3 Years)

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  • Objectives
    Teach students knowledge and understanding of the international context of core business issues and provide sufficient latitude to allow students to decide the extent to which they specialise in particular disciplines relevant to international business. Provide students with an understanding of the basic technical & computational skills relevant for working in business-related occupations. Offer students an inter-disciplinary social science perspective on business that is strongly informed by leading contemporary research and which introduces students to competing and complementary perspectives on business issues. Equip students with transferable skills, that will enable them to take a full, active and responsible role within the business community, whether this be through employment in businesses themselves or in a regulatory capacity. Prepare students for further study in relevant subjects at MA/MSc/PhD level. Use various modes of teaching, learning and assessment, informed by current research, both in teaching methodology and in subject specialisms that are appropriate to enable students to develop a broad range of academic and practical skills during the course of their studies. Provide students with the academic and pastoral support that enables them to develop their potential, including the potential of those from non standard backgrounds or those from different international educational contexts. Make students aware of the diversity of learning resources that are available in the School, Faculty, University and elsewhere to facilitate their ability to learn independently or in groups. Ensure the quality of our teaching through providing mechanisms for monitoring and evaluating our performance and reviewing our practices.
  • Entry requirements
    Selected entry requirements English language: IELTS 6.5. Minimum 6 in any component. 577 in the TOEFL written test, 233 in the computerised TOEFL (including 5 in TWE), or 90 in the internet TOEFL with a minimum of 20 in each component. A level: Grades AAB. General Studies is accepted if one of four A Levels passed in the same sitting. AS level: Two AS-levels accepted in place of one A-level providing at least one AS-level is studied at Year 13. Unit grade information: The University of Manchester welcomes the provision of unit grade information which, like all other available information, will inform the consideration of applications. Unit grades will not normally form part of offer conditions, except for Mathematics programmes. GCSE: Grade B in English language and Mathematics. Key Skills qualification: The University warmly welcomes applications from students studying the Key Skills qualification. However, as the opportunities to take these modules are not open to all applicants, currently this is not an essential requirement of the University. International baccalaureate: 35 points including 6, 6, 7 in the Higher Level subjects. Professional entry qualification: N/A Additional entry requirements Additional entry requirements exist for this course. You may view these by selecting from the list below.
  • Academic Title
    BA International Business, Finance and Economics
  • Course description
    Course description

    The International Business, Finance and Economics (IBFE) programme takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of business that is strongly informed by leading contemporary research. It offers competing and complementary perspectives on international business issues, largely from a social science perspective. The programme's primary aim is to provide you with a knowledge and understanding of the international context of core business issues, whilst at the same time providing sufficient latitude to allow you to specialise in particular disciplines relevant to international business.

    The key academic areas covered are: macro and micro economics, measuring business performance, the extent and impact of globalisation on business, the operations of financial markets and the effects of financialisation, the new economy and its impact on traditional business models, the legal infrastructure of international business, and management strategy in changing contexts. The structure of the programme reflects these concerns, so that you take a core of accounting and finance, economics and international context courses throughout the three years, with greater opportunities for choice towards the end of the programme. You also have the opportunity to learn a foreign language as part of your degree and can also apply to our exchange programme to Singapore or Sweden in the second year.

    Special features

    Opportunity to spend a semester studying business, finance and economics (in English), at partner institutions in Sweden and Singapore.

    Opportunity to take a language as part of the programme

    Module details

    You take courses totalling 360 credits over the duration of your studies in order to graduate with Honours; 120 credits in each year of study. Generally one semester courses are worth 10 credits and full year courses are worth 20 credits. As your studies progress you can choose to specialise in your favourite areas.

    Course content for year 1
    The first year is compulsory and provides students with a broad introduction to the study of business, finance and economics as social science disciplines, enabling you to make an informed choice of areas to study later in the programme. You take courses in accounting and finance, economics, mathematics and statistics, computing, politics and sociology.

    Course content for year 2
    In the second year students take compulsory courses in finance, managerial economics, sociology and strategy. You also choose optional courses in accounting and finance, economics and contexts for international business.

    The IBFE degree places an emphasis on the international context within which business operates. It is also geared to those students who may wish to work in a foreign country. As such, second year students are given the option to learn a language of their choice (which can be continued into the third year).

    Course content for year 3
    In the third year, as well as compulsory courses in international finance, managerial economics and international business analysis, there are course options in accounting and finance, contexts for international business, economics and modern languages. In the third year, you can take 60 credits of optional courses, with no restriction on the number of courses you can take from any one area - thus enabling you to specialise in your favourite areas.

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