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Course summary

Course description Our four-year BSc International Business and Economics course, with an integrated placement year, combines extensive economics with a relevant, real-world focus on international business. With the increasing globalisation of business and revolution in communications, no company can afford to ignore the international dimension. The international business component of this course will provide you with the knowledge and skills required for assessing and developing international strategies and businesses operations. The economics component of the course provides you with the skills required to make an assessment of the economic environment of companies and their strategies within the context of national and international environments. The combination of international business and applied economics on this programme provides a strong introduction into the world of business, and a solid foundation for a career in international commerce, or as an applied/business economist. Our recent graduates have been successful in securing roles at well-known companies such as GSK, Royal Bank of Scotland, Deloitte and Ernst & Young in roles such as Trade Fund Analyst and Finance Business Partner, Graduate Analyst, Risk Advisory Consultant and Assurance Associate. Key course benefits: • Economics is ranked 13th in the UK for graduate-level employment 15 months after graduation. (Guardian University Guide, 2022). • Business and Management studies at Aston University is ranked 23rd in the UK for graduate prospects (Complete University Guide, 2022). • As part of your degree, you’ll undertake a professional placement overseas, gaining valuable practical experience in the field of your chosen subject area. • This course is delivered by the triple-accredited Aston Business School – one of just 1% of business schools in the world to hold AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA accreditation. • Aston University was recognised as the Guardian’s University of the Year in 2020. Course details Modules For more information on this course and a full list of modules, visit the course page: Assessment method • For more information on the methods of assessment on this course, visit the course page:


In the First Year, you will study a wide range of management related subjects, designed to ensure you have a broad foundation and knowledge of management. You will consider the economic, financial, human and legal issues managers deal with, and the tools and techniques they use. You will be introduced to the key areas of business as well as carrying out project work which will help draw together the subjects you have studied. In the Second Year, compulsory modules develop your understanding of economics and the methods used in developing economic models to aid business decisions. You will also study the international business environment and develop understanding of international operations of businesses. You will study a number of core and compulsory modules and two modules of your choice. For more information about the module outlines then please refer to our website.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

All applications are considered on an individual basis and the whole application is reviewed which includes previous and predicted qualifications, experience, reference and your motivation to study the course. Aston University welcomes applications from students with a wide range of qualifications from the UK and overseas, including combinations of qualifications. If your qualifications are not listed here and you wish to check whether they meet the entry requirements for this course, please contact the university.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £17750 Year 1

Additional fee information

For Sandwich courses the placement fee is £1250 for Home/UK students and £2,500 for International students. * Please note that the tuition fees stated are for 2023 entry. 2024 tuition fees are presently unavailable and will be published on this website at the earliest opportunity. **The latest information relating to EU students and tuition fees for 2023 can be found on the UCAS website at: ***The United Kingdom government has confirmed that European Union (EU), other European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss nationals commencing academic courses in England from August 2021 will no longer be eligible for home fee status. ^^Tuition fees for students are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. Any such increase shall always be in accordance with the law.
International Business and Economics at Aston University, Birmingham - UCAS