BSc (Hons) International Business, Finance and

Economics with Industrial/Professional Experience

International Business, Finance and Economics with Industrial/Professional Experience

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.


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
  • 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 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.

    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

    If successful, you will spend your third year on a paid work placement. Completing a placement will enable you to put theory into practice, further develop important transferable skills and gain a real insight into your chosen profession.

    Course content for year 4

    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.

    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


    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:

    Class profile - 2015 intake

    Applications per place: 6
    Nationalities: 26

    UCAS code


    Typical A-level offer


    Career prospects

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    Most targeted university by leading graduate employers.
    You will receive a significant fee discount for your placement year

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