International Business and Finance BSc

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UCAS code
Start date
September 2024
Delivery type
On campus
3 years full time
Work placement
Study abroad
Typical A-level offer
Typical Access to Leeds offer
Full entry requirements

Course overview

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You’ll study your International Business and Finance degree at the world-renowned Leeds University Business School.

This degree is accredited by the Institute of Export and International Trade and will provide you with an in-depth understanding of the core elements and practices of international business, together with a thorough grounding in practical knowledge of accounting and finance.

Through compulsory modules you’ll develop the knowledge and skills needed to understand and manage complex organisations across national borders, especially in international trade and foreign direct investment, alongside the core principles of finance. You’ll also have the opportunity to pursue specialist areas by selecting optional international business and finance modules covering themes about banking systems, business internationalisation, auditing and corporate governance.

Leeds is one of the largest centres for financial and business services in the UK, which makes it an ideal place to study International Business and Finance. With access to support from the Business School’s Employability and Opportunity team, you’ll have many opportunities to gain relevant work experience and develop your professional network throughout your studies.

Shape your learning with pathways

This course offers pathways from Year 2, which allow you to tailor your course to your specific interests or professional aspirations. The pathways provide modules that can be taken in particular areas and can be followed through to your final year. This unique level of personalisation and self-direction provides you with flexibility to meet your career goals, whilst helping you stand out from the crowd when you graduate.

The pathways available on this course are: 

  • Economics
  • Ethics and Sustainability

Leeds University Business School

Find out more about studying your undergraduate degree at the University of Leeds' world-ranked and triple accredited Business School.

Course highlights

  • Choose to take an optional year in industry to gain valuable practical experience, or immerse yourself in a new culture by spending a year studying in a different country at one of our many partner universities across the world.

  • If you're interested in exploring a career in portfolio management, you’ll have access to our two state-of-the-art trading rooms, helping you develop practical skills for your career. You’ll have the chance to gain certification by taking part in a Bloomberg Core Concepts training course in your first year.

  • In your final year, you'll gain essential practice for your career in the interactive International Strategic Management module, where you’ll put your learning into practice and make strategic decisions while taking part in live business simulations.

  • Develop important research and analytical skills and apply these in your final year to a year-long project on an international business topic of your choice.

  • Benefit from research taking place at the world’s leading research centre for international business, the Centre for International Business at the University of Leeds (CIBUL). Here, we unite leading global experts and work alongside major private companies and public sector bodies.

Supporting your personal development

Throughout your studies, you'll benefit from the support of your Academic Personal Tutor who will work in partnership with you to maximise your personal and professional development.

You’ll also have access to support from the Business School’s Employability and Opportunity team who will help you explore opportunities to develop your professional network and gain work experience.

Read more about personal development support within the Business School.

Specialist facilities

At Leeds University Business School, you’ll have access to specialist facilities including state-of-the-art lecture theatres, collaborative learning and teaching spaces with the latest interactive technology and modern study spaces with dedicated computer clusters. You will also have use of our state-of-the-art Bloomberg Trading Rooms, enabling you to engage with practical applications of both finance and investment decision-making. Read more about our Business School facilities.

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Why study International Business at Leeds University Business School?

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Leeds University Business School has triple accreditation from the three leading bodies AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS

Our International Business degrees are accredited by the Institute of Export and International Trade, which allows you to acquire an exporting qualification after your studies and strengthens your job prospects.

Course details

Our degrees have a modular structure. This means that the theoretical and applied content within our compulsory modules provide you with the core knowledge and skills that you need. 

Alongside these compulsory modules, you’ll also have the opportunity to shape your course through optional, pathway and discovery modules. They’re a great way to tailor your study around your interests or career aspirations and help you stand out in a competitive graduate job market. 

  • Optional modules are related to the field of international business and finance enabling you to deepen your knowledge and skills within this area. 
  • Pathways are optional modules which you can study in your second and final year. These are themed around key business disciplines, designed to complement your core knowledge and skills in international business and finance and broaden your expertise. You’re able to study modules from only one pathway during each year, with the opportunity to continue, choose a different pathway* or return your focus to optional international business and finance modules as you progress between years. 
  • Discovery modules give you opportunities to expand your intellectual horizons outside your subject area. They are categorised into 10 Discovery Themes ranging from arts to sciences, and from theory to practice.  

Whether you choose optional, pathway or discovery modules, you’ll be shaping your course to suit your personal interests and career aspirations. In all years, you will be able to choose from a selection of modules that reflect the research interests and expertise of staff at Leeds.

*Subject to prerequisites in year 2.

Year 1

Your first year will give you a firm grounding in key areas of international business and finance through compulsory modules. You’ll learn about the key concepts and theories in both subjects, gain a foundation in economics and build the mathematical and statistical knowledge and skills that you’ll need. In addition, you’ll study the basics of financial accounting.

Year 2

In the following year you’ll learn more about research methods in international business and go into more depth on the challenges and strategies related to managing across cultures and international boundaries. You’ll also study corporate finance in depth. Optional international business and finance modules will allow you to focus on topics from specialist areas of financial accounting to small business internationalisation.

You’ll also have the opportunity to study pathway modules, allowing you to pursue interests in areas such as industrial economics, microeconomics, corporate social responsibility and leadership ethics. A choice of discovery modules will also be offered. 

Final year

You’ll engage with the very latest research in international business in your final year while developing your knowledge of international strategic management. You’ll compete in an international business simulation, giving you the opportunity to develop and apply your knowledge of business strategies and theories in a practical team-based environment.

The final year is also where you will develop an advanced understanding of financial and investment theory. You will have the choice of a range of complementary optional international business and finance modules, allowing you to study topics such as financial derivatives, auditing, international banking and finance and forensic accounting and finance among others. You’ll also have the opportunity to continue to study topics via pathway modules exploring areas such as environmental economics, business ethics and diversity management. Discovery modules will also be available for you to choose from.

The course culminates with an independently researched dissertation on an international business topic of your choice, which is an opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills.

Course structure

The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.

Most courses consist of compulsory and optional modules. There may be some optional modules omitted below. This is because they are currently being refreshed to make sure students have the best possible experience. Before you enter each year, full details of all modules for that year will be provided.

For more information please read International Business and Finance BSc in the course catalogue.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Introduction to Finance (20 credits)
  • Academic and Professional Development for Studies in International Business (20 credits)
  • Principles of International Business (20 credits)
  • Introductory Financial Accounting (10 credits)
  • Mathematics and Statistics for Economics and Business 1B (10 credits)
  • Economic Theory and Applications for Finance (20 credits)

Optional modules

  • Mathematics and Statistics for Economics and Business 1A (10 credits)
  • Introductory Management Accounting (10 credits)
  • Global Entrepreneurship (10 credits)
  • Starting your own business (10 credits)

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Corporate Financial Management (20 credits)
  • Cross-Cultural Management (20 credits)
  • Research Methods in International Business (20 credits)
  • Managing International Business (20 credits)

Optional finance modules

  • Financial Accounting and Reporting (20 credits)
  • Intermediate Management Accounting (20 credits)
  • Banks and Banking Systems (10 credits)

Optional modules

  • From Study to Work (10 credits)
  • People in Organisations (10 credits)
  • Small Business Internationalisation and Growth (10 credits)
  • Contemporary Topics in International Business (10 credits)

Pathway modules

Economics pathway

  • Industrial Economics (10 credits)
  • Business Economics (10 credits)
  • Intermediate Microeconomics (10 credits)
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics (10 credits)
  • The International Economic Environment (10 credits)

Ethics and Sustainability pathway

  • Corporate Social Responsibility (10 credits)
  • Leadership Ethics (10 credits)

Final year

Compulsory modules

  • International Business Dissertation (40 credits)
  • Advanced Finance (10 credits)
  • International Strategic Management (20 credits)

Optional finance modules

  • Private Equity (10 credits)
  • Behavioural Finance (10 credits)
  • Financial Derivatives (10 credits)
  • Principles of Auditing (10 credits)
  • Professional Portfolio Management (10 credits)
  • Corporate Governance (10 credits)
  • Contemporary Issues in Accounting (10 credits)
  • Forensic Accounting and Finance (10 credits)
  • International Banking and Finance (10 credits)

Optional modules

  • European Business (10 credits)
  • Innovation Thinking and Practice (10 credits)
  • Transnational Corporations in the World Economy (10 credits)

Pathway modules

Economics pathway

  • Environmental Economics (10 credits)
  • Economics of Business and Corporate Strategy (20 credits)

Ethics and Sustainability pathway

  • Business Ethics (20 credits)
  • Gender and Equality at Work in Comparative Perspective (20 credits)
  • Diversity Management (20 credits)

Learning and teaching

You’ll be taught using a range of methods including lectures, tutorials, seminars and workshops. The rest of your time will be spent in independent learning, which allows you to develop your skills in research and analysis. Our Virtual Learning Environment will help to support your studies: it’s a central place where you can find all the information and resources for the School, your course and modules.

On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.


We use a variety of assessment methods to help you develop a range of transferable skills that you’ll need in professional life. These are likely to include coursework, exams, oral presentations, group reports and dissertations.

Entry requirements

A-level: AAA

GCSE: 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or higher including Mathematics grade A/7 and English Language grade B/6 or equivalent, or an appropriate English language qualification.* *If you have a B/6 in GCSE English Literature we will accept a Grade B/5 or C/4 in GCSE English Language.

Other course specific tests:

Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications for this course.

Alternative qualification

Access to HE Diploma

Typically, we consider the Access to Higher Education Diploma to be suitable for UK/EU applicants who will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Applicants must complete a Business-related diploma of 60 credits with 45 credits at Level 3. A minimum of 30 Level 3 credits must be awarded at Distinction level and 15 at Merit. Applicants are expected to meet the GCSE Maths and English Language minimum requirements for their chosen degree programme.

Please note that applicants presenting this qualification may be called for interview (where they must also present a recent piece of academic writing for review) - this requirement is assessed upon receipt of the application.


We will accept the RQF BTEC National Extended Diploma in Business with Distinction* Distinction Distinction (an academic A Level is not required). For the QCF BTEC National Extended Diploma in Business, or other BTEC qualifications alongside academic A-levels, please see our BTEC entry requirements.

Cambridge Pre-U

D3, D3, M2 or D2, M1, M1. Please note that this requirement excludes the Cambridge Pre-U Certificate in Global Perspectives and Independent Research. We also consider applicants who offer a combination of Pre-U and A-Level qualifications. Please contact for further advice.

International Baccalaureate

35 points overall including 5 in Standard level Maths courses or 4 in Higher level Maths courses, and 5 in English (Standard or Higher Level), with 17 points from Higher Level subjects.

For those candidates who meet our Maths or English requirements through another qualification, these minimum points for Maths or English in the IB Diploma do not apply. If you are presenting Literature and Performance as one of your International Baccalaureate subjects, you will need to present a separate English qualification.

Irish Leaving Certificate (higher Level)

Applicants must obtain 6 H2 grades in the Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher Level). Maths and English Language will be accepted at Ordinary level in lieu of GCSEs. A grade of O2 is required for GCSE A/7, and a grade of O3 is required for GCSE B/5 (Maths) or GCSE B/6 (English).

Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

Scottish Highers and Scottish Advanced Highers are acceptable for entry onto our degree programmes in the following combinations: six Highers at AAAAAA or one Advanced Higher at A with five Highers at AAABB, or two Advanced Highers at AA with five Highers AABBB. We will also accept three Advanced Highers at AAA. Intermediate 2 / National 5 Maths and English are acceptable in lieu of GCSE requirements on a grade for grade basis.


We welcome applications from candidates offering T levels. Applicants would be expected to achieve an overall Distinction from one of these subjects; Digital Business Services, Digital Support and Services, Accounting, Finance, or Management and Administration (the subject Human Resources may be considered in the future).

Applicants are expected to meet the GCSE Maths and English Language minimum requirements for their chosen degree programme.

Welsh Baccalaureate

Applicants offering the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (SCC) must obtain a grade A alongside AA at A level (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking).

Alternative entry

We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

Typical Access to Leeds offer
A level: ABB

GCSE: 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or higher including Mathematics grade A/7 and English Language or English Literature grade C/4

Access to Leeds: Pass


We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. Read more about International Entry Requirements for Leeds University Business School on our Entry Requirements page.

International Foundation Year

International students who do not meet the academic requirements for undergraduate study may be able to study the University of Leeds International Foundation Year. This gives you the opportunity to study on campus, be taught by University of Leeds academics and progress onto a wide range of Leeds undergraduate courses. Find out more about International Foundation Year programmes.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English
If you're an international student and you don't meet the English language requirements for this programme, you may be able to study our undergraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.


UK: £9,250 (per year)

International: £26,500 (per year)

Tuition fees for UK undergraduate students starting in 2023/24 and 2024/25
Tuition fees for UK full-time undergraduate students are set by the UK Government and will remain capped at £9,250 for 2023/24 and 2024/25. The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation only as a consequence of future changes in Government legislation and as permitted by law.

Tuition fees for international undergraduate students starting in 2023/24 and 2024/25
Tuition fees for international students for 2023/24 and 2024/25 are available on individual course pages.

Tuition fees for a study abroad or work placement year
If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Additional cost information

Optional Institute of Export (IOE) student membership. See IOE website for details.

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

Leeds University Business School awards a generous range of scholarships.


Apply to this course through UCAS. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

The deadline for international students to apply to Leeds University Business School courses is 30 June.

This course is not accepting applications for deferred entry.

We typically receive a high number of applications for this course. To ensure we treat all applications fairly and equitably, we review applications after the UCAS deadline before making a final decision. All applications received before the UCAS deadline are guaranteed equal consideration. Please see our How to Apply page, under “Application decisions” for details.

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

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Career opportunities

Our International Business and Finance degree offers an excellent route into employment.  

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Where will your International Business and Finance degree take you? 

Whether your career aspirations lie with government departments, consultancy firms, small and medium-sized enterprises or large multinational enterprises, this course will give you a vital understanding of the challenges, opportunities and processes of international business.

Our courses are designed to prepare you for specialist roles in, for example, export management, strategic analysis, business development, international economic policy and analysis, international trade, and international business finance.

The finance element of this course will enable you to go into accountancy firms, investment banks, high street banks, insurance companies, savings banks, management consultancies and public sector employment.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers. Leeds University Business School is one of the few universities in the UK with a dedicated Employability and Opportunity team. You’ll be supported throughout your studies with one-to-one support, workshops and events from graduate employers, helping you develop the professional skills and experience that top employers are looking for.   

Nurturing Talent Mentor Scheme  

You’ll have the opportunity to apply for our competitive Nurturing Talent Mentor Scheme, exclusive for Business School students. We’ll connect you with an industry professional who will support you on your career path as you are mentored on a one-to-one basis for one academic year.  

Find out more about the Business School’s Employability and Opportunity support.  

During your time at Leeds, you’ll also have full access to the University Careers Service and Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Studies. The Careers Service work with a large network of experienced professionals from companies such as Santander, M&S and KPMG, who volunteer as mentors on our Nurturing Talent Mentor Scheme. 

Study abroad and work placements

Study abroad

On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend an additional academic year studying abroad. The University has partnerships with more than 300 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include the USA, Canada, Australia, countries in Asia and countries in Europe.

You can also apply to take part in a short-course summer school at one of our overseas partner institutions. A summer school can be taken as part of a three-year degree, or in addition to a study year abroad or year in industry.

Read more about studying abroad.

Work placement

Work placements can help you decide on your career and improve your employability prospects.

On this course you have the option to apply to spend a year in industry working within organisations across the public, private or voluntary sectors, in the UK or overseas. If you take this option, your degree will be extended to a four-year course with the third year spent on placement.

Support to find shorter summer internships is also available.

Learn more about work placements.