Boost your career prospects in a variety of industries in just one year. If you’ve already studied a relevant subject at higher education level and are looking for an honours degree, our International Business (Top-Up) could be just the course you need.
Studying international business will prepare you for a career that can cross any sector or industry with a global focus. From day one, we’ll give you the opportunity to become a well-rounded manager. We’ll offer you a range of modules to extend your knowledge in fields like strategy, economics, sustainability and intercultural management. We also place great emphasis on technology, politics, finance, social/demographic change and ethics. To be successful, employers need individuals with the skills, knowledge and insight to understand these complex issues.
Building on the skills you’ve developed during previous study, our top-up course will increase your understanding of the issues facing international businesses. You’ll be part of Lord Ashcroft International Business School – well-recognised by employers and professional bodies as a centre for innovative business education and training – and taught by inspiring specialists who are keen to share their wealth of experience, and make sure you gain the skills you need for a successful career. And you'll benefit from regular guest speakers from industry, who'll enhance your knowledge of the job market and the opportunities that are open to you.
Through our Business School Intern programme, around 35 students each year get exclusive training and development, a business mentor, work experience, and a reference from the Dean.
Our students and academics come from all over the world, so you’ll learn to operate in a multicultural environment – highly valuable preparation for today's global marketplace.
My time at ARU has improved my communication – making me the person I am today. Whatever I do, wherever I go, I have the dedicated, supportive, and brilliant staff within the Business School to thank.
Graduating with a degree in international business will give you the foundation for a career that can cross any sector, industry or location. Our graduates can be found working in the private, public, or third (voluntary) sector – and in industries as diverse as aerospace and defence, beverages, construction, health, management consultancy, pharmaceutical, retail, telecoms, travel and leisure.
Alternatively, you could choose to continue your studies at postgraduate level. We offer a variety of business Masters courses, including our ever-popular MBA, MSc Management or MSc International Business.
We'll assess your work in a variety of ways including exams, coursework, essays and activity-based assignments. Expect, for example, problem-solving activities, consultancy projects, presentations and group or individual reports. You'll also be able to access support materials through our virtual learning environment (VLE).
Alongside your core modules you will pick a number of optional modules. Please note that modules are subject to change and availability.
The Lord Ashcroft International Business School is one of the largest business schools in the East of England, with nearly 100 full-time teaching staff and approximately 6,000 students from more than 100 countries.
Our striking and award-winning business school building in Chelmsford, as well as new buildings in Cambridge, offer the most advanced learning technologies. We’re well-recognised for our centres of excellence by students, employers and professional bodies alike.
What makes us stand out is that our courses don't just give you sound academic knowledge – they’re at the cutting edge of current business practice and highly relevant to employers. This is owing to the close links we have with the business community and the partnerships we've developed with a wide variety of businesses and public service organisations.
We're interested in people who are confident, ambitious and ready to take the challenge of making a difference in the world of business. If that's you, we'd love to hear from you.
Additional study information
During the year, you’ll have the opportunity to attend lectures and workshops on career-relevant subjects such as CV preparation, job-hunting, finding work experience and using social media.
Our placements and employability team will help you access information that’s relevant to business graduates, and help you with your career plans.
Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.
If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.
You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter for undergraduate courses. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.
We also offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
From September 2018, EU students starting an undergraduate degree with us can access an £800 bursary.
Meanwhile, our £400 Books Plus scheme helps with the costs of study. There's no need to apply for this: if you're eligible you can simply collect a Books Plus card when you start your course.
Important additional notes
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for undergraduate courses.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.
Full-time undergraduate (2 years)
Full-time undergraduate (1 year)
January 2019, September 2018
Distance learning undergraduate (1-2 years)
January 2019, September 2018
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