BSc (Hons) International 

Business, Finance and Economics

International Business, Finance and Economics

Course description

This interdisciplinary course offers you the opportunity to study a wide range of course units across finance, accounting, economics, business analysis, innovation, strategy and political economy. You will study the technical tools and techniques required to measure and assess business performance, while also emphasising the importance of changing economic contexts. You will also have the opportunity to learn a foreign language as part of your degree.

Aims

This course aims to offer you an inter-disciplinary social science perspective on business that is strongly informed by leading contemporary research and which introduces you to competing and complementary perspectives on business issues.

Special features

  • Join one of the UK's longest established centres for the study of economics.
  • Optional language study in years 2 and 3 - choose from 20 different languages at varying levels
  • Selected course units grant exemptions from professional accountancy exams, including 1 ICAEW ACA paper, 7 ACCA papers and 7 CIMA papers

Teaching and learning

You will normally study four or five course units per semester. Each week there are usually two hours of lectures for each course unit and a one hour workshop in alternate weeks, although this varies slightly. You are expected to double this in private study. Group work and group or individual presentations will form a regular part of your assignments.

Coursework and assessment

Essays, multiple choice tests, project reports and presentations, in-class tests and weekly assignments constitute the coursework component of assessment, although the nature and proportion of coursework varies across course units. The remainder of assessment is by unseen examination. Depending on the degree course, in your final year you can choose to do a research-based dissertation or project. We aim to strike a balance between examinations and assessed coursework as well as providing opportunities for feedback on progress through non-assessed work.

Course content for year 1

Your first year begins with a broad introduction to the study of business, finance and economics, enabling you to make an informed choice of areas to study later in the course. You will learn the technical skills of macro, micro and managerial economics and financial reporting.

Course units for year 1

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

Title Code Credit rating Mandatory/optional
Financial Reporting BMAN10501 10 Mandatory
Introductory Management Accounting BMAN10512 10 Mandatory
Financial Decision Making M BMAN10522M 10 Mandatory
Academic and Career Development BMAN10780 10 Mandatory
Financial and Digital Innovations in International Business BMAN10931 20 Mandatory
Information Systems in Business and Introduction to Big Data and their Manipulation BMAN10982 20 Mandatory
Further Mathematics ECON10001 10 Optional
Microeconomic Principles ECON10041 10 Optional
Macroeconomic Principles ECON10042 10 Optional
Introductory Mathematics ECON10061 10 Optional
Advanced Mathematics ECON10071 10 Optional
Advanced Statistics ECON10072 10 Optional
The UK Economy - Microeconomics ECON10081 10 Optional
The UK Economy - Macroeconomics ECON10082 10 Optional
Further Statistics ECON10132 10 Optional
Introductory Statistics for Economists SOST10062 10 Optional

Course content for year 2

You will study core course units in finance, managerial economics and business strategy and choose options from accounting and finance, economics and contexts for international business. You will gain practical report writing, financial and competitor analysis and database skills through a core unit in international business strategy, using a real-life case study. Current IBFE students are analysing the performance of global earthmoving machinery giant, Caterpillar Inc.

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, in your second year you are given the option to learn a language (which can be continued into your third year). You can choose from 20 different languages at varying levels - visit the Language Centre  for more details.

Course units for year 2

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

As well as compulsory course units in international finance, managerial economics and international business analysis, there are options in accounting and finance, contexts for international business, economics and modern languages. You will choose 60 credits of optional course units, enabling you to specialise.

The International Business Analysis Project allows you to critically analyse contemporary business practice from a social and political perspective. You will question the classical strategy tradition by exploring how the pressure to deliver shareholder value complicates the job of management. You will explore these ideas through real-life case studies, including a recently collapsed bank (Lehman Brothers or Bear Stearns) and GlaxoSmithKline.

Title Code Credit rating Mandatory/optional
Foundations of Finance A BMAN23000 20 Mandatory
Foundations of Finance A BMAN23000A 20 Mandatory
Critical Perspectives in Strategy BMAN24141 10 Mandatory
Managerial Economics I ECON20000 20 Mandatory
Law in a Management Context BMAN10901 10 Optional
Investment Analysis BMAN20072 10 Optional
Financial Statement Analysis BMAN20081 10 Optional
Business Intelligence and Big Data Analytics BMAN20162 10 Optional
Business, Ethics and Society BMAN20211 10 Optional
Innovation in Product Markets BMAN20481 10 Optional
Marketing BMAN20832 10 Optional
Financial Markets and Institutions BMAN21011 10 Optional
Financial Reporting and Accountability BMAN21020 20 Optional
Intermediate Management Accounting BMAN21040 20 Optional
Business Law 1: Law, Business Liabilities and the Consumer BMAN24042 10 Optional
Understanding the Financial Crisis: Competing Perspectives BMAN24091 10 Optional
Mergers & Acquisitions: Financial Perspectives BMAN24102 10 Optional
International Business BMAN24121 10 Optional
The UK Economy - Macroeconomics ECON10082 10 Optional
Environmental Economics IIA ECON20101 10 Optional
Econometrics ECON20110 20 Optional
Mathematical Economics I ECON20120 20 Optional
Further Mathematics ECON20281 10 Optional
Further Statistics ECON20292 10 Optional
Development Economics IIA ECON20321 10 Optional
Development Economics IIB ECON20332 10 Optional
Business Economics 1A ECON20341 10 Optional
Business Economics IB ECON20342 10 Optional
Microeconomics IIA ECON20351 10 Optional
Microeconomics IIB ECON20352 10 Optional
Macroeconomics IIA ECON20401 10 Optional
Macroeconomics IIB ECON20402 10 Optional
Introduction to English Law (Non-Law Students) LAWS10261 10 Optional
The Politics of (in)Security POLI20332 20 Optional
Questions About International Politics POLI20521 20 Optional
The Politics of Globalisation POLI20711 20 Optional
The Politics of Development POLI20722 20 Optional
Comparative European Politics POLI20912 10 Optional
France under the Fifth Republic POLI20921 10 Optional
Mediterranean Politics POLI20941 10 Optional
Political and Economic Anthropology SOAN20822 20 Optional
Racism and Ethnicity in the UK SOCY20962 20 Optional

Course content for year 3

As well as compulsory course units in international finance, managerial economics and international business analysis, there are options in accounting and finance, contexts for international business, economics and modern languages. You will choose 60 credits of optional course units, enabling you to specialise.

The International Business Analysis Project allows you to critically analyse contemporary business practice from a social and political perspective. You will question the classical strategy tradition by exploring how the pressure to deliver shareholder value complicates the job of management. You will explore these ideas through real-life case studies, including a recently collapsed bank (Lehman Brothers or Bear Stearns) and GlaxoSmithKline.

Course units for year 3

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

Title Code Credit rating Mandatory/optional
International Finance BMAN30060 20 Mandatory
International Business Analysis Project BMAN33000 20 Mandatory
Managerial Economics II ECON31000 20 Mandatory
Business Law 2: Law and the Modern Corporation in an International Context BMAN24052 10 Optional
Marketing BMAN30021 10 Optional
Contemporary Issues in Financial Reporting and Regulation BMAN30030 20 Optional
Human Resource Management BMAN30042 10 Optional
Share Prices and Accounting Information BMAN30071 10 Optional
Financial Derivatives BMAN30091 10 Optional
Advanced Corporate Finance BMAN30111 20 Optional
Accountability and Auditing BMAN30131 10 Optional
Corporate Governance in Context BMAN30211 10 Optional
Financial Engineering BMAN30242 10 Optional
International Management of Knowledge and Technology BMAN30991 20 Optional
Advanced Management Accounting BMAN31040 20 Optional
Global Management, People and the Digital Divide BMAN31420 20 Optional
Human Resource Management BMAN31430 20 Optional
Consumers and Markets BMAN31752 10 Optional
Towards 2050: Management & Managing in an Age of Transitions BMAN31772 10 Optional
Financial Market Microstructure BMAN31792 10 Optional
Applied Investment Management BMAN31802 10 Optional
Econometrics ECON20110 20 Optional
Business Forecasting ECON30352 10 Optional
Econometrics ECON30370 20 Optional
Time Series Econometrics ECON30401 10 Optional
Microeconomics III ECON30600 20 Optional
Macroeconomics IIIA ECON30611 10 Optional
Macroeconomics IIIB ECON30612 10 Optional
Business Economics II ECON30821 20 Optional
Financial Econometrics ECON31012 10 Optional
The Politics of the European Union POLI30031 20 Optional
Gender, Time and Change SOCY30981 20 Optional

Additional course fee information

Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2016 will be £9,000 per annum. Tuition fees for international students will be £20,000 per annum. For general information please see the  undergraduate fees  pages.

Scholarships and bursaries

The Manchester Bursary is available to any student who is registered on an eligible first undergraduate degree course at Manchester and who has had a full financial assessment carried out by Student Finance. Visit our student finance pages for more detailed information.

In addition to this support, Alliance Manchester Business School will be awarding five Undergraduate Scholarships for Social Responsibility worth £2,000 p.a. across three years of study to UK students achieving AAA at A-level (or equivalent) who are able to demonstrate a significant contribution and commitment to social responsibility. We will also be awarding this scholarship to an international (non-EU) student. Find out more about our Undergraduate Scholarships for Social Responsibility .

What our students say

'I've always been quite a numerical and analytical person, so the finance-related course units stood out for me the most. International Finance, Financial Derivatives and Financial Markets and Institutions helped me to understand the underlying problems that were the catalyst for the financial crisis. I enjoyed learning about this in greater depth than just reading what was published in newspapers.

I've accepted a job offer from KPMG and plan to study for the CFA qualification, for which they fund me. I would like to travel the world, working in various places such as LA, New York, Sydney and Tokyo, but I would also like to see what it's like working at a Hedge Fund at some point.'

- Sean Crowther

'IBFE offers a unique combination of the three disciplines I was most interested in. In a few months I am going to Los Angeles to represent MBS at a business case competition. There is no shortage of societies, sports clubs and various activities to get involved in. I learned about stock markets and investing at the trading and investing society, played business games and learned about career options with the AKPsi fraternity, climbed rocks, discussed philosophy, played poker...'

- Artem Bocharov

More current students share their experience of studying BA (Hons) International Business, Finance and Economics on our YouTube channel

Facilities

John Rylands University Library is renowned as one of the most extensive libraries in the world. This is complemented by our specialist business and management Precinct Library which provides a dedicated service to Alliance Manchester Business School undergraduates. There is increasing provision of information via various web-based services and much of your reading material will be available through e-journals. These and other standard computing services, such as access to the internet and word processing, are available through computer clusters across campus in departmental buildings, libraries and halls of residence. Many buildings in and around the campus are also equipped with free wifi access.

Personal development plans

PDPs are aimed at helping you develop awareness of generic transferable and subject-specific skills, improve independent learning and provide a record of your academic learning and achievement.

Academic advisors

All new Alliance Manchester Business School students are allocated an academic advisor who you will meet in regular sessions as part of a first-year course unit. Where possible, you will keep the same academic advisor throughout your time here. Your advisor will support you throughout your studies on matters of an academic nature, from providing feedback on a practice essay in preparation for your `formal' assessment at the end of each semester to discussing your PDP or writing you a reference. We also have a dedicated undergraduate assessment and student support centre within the School, who will be your first point of contact for any ill health or other personal problems which are affecting your work.

Student mentoring

We operate a peer mentoring scheme which aims to provide you with a second or final year 'mentor' to provide practical assistance with orientation and induction as well as advice and information on any aspect of student life.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email:  dass@manchester.ac.uk

Class profile - 2015 intake

104
656
enrollments
applications
60%
40%
male
female
Applications per place: 6
Nationalities: 26

UCAS code

N1N3

Typical A-level offer

AAB

Career prospects

85%
of students in work or study six months after finishing
1st
Most targeted university by leading graduate employers.
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This course is also offered with a placement year

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