Undergraduate Course

BSc International Business and Entrepreneurship

BSc International Business and Entrepreneurship

Overview

The details
International Business and Entrepreneurship
N120
October 2019
Full-time
3 years
Southend Campus

How do entrepreneurs launch and grow businesses? How does globalisation impact firms of different types and sizes?

Entrepreneurship is broader in scope than traditional business studies. It explores enterprising mind-sets, new venture creation and innovation in the private, public and voluntary sectors. It examines ways in which creative people, dynamic organisations and facilitative environments help to generate economic growth and social transformation.

This course provides you with insight into new venture creation and growth, as well as the internationalism of business. We equip you with business knowledge and develop your practical skills through a combination of entrepreneurial theory, group work, business simulation games and interactive projects. Upon graduation, you may decide to use what you have learnt to launch your own business.

You explore topics high on the agenda of international businesses, governments, policy-makers, researchers, educators and wider communities. For example:

  • business start-up and growth
  • strategic entrepreneurship
  • the international business environment
  • international business strategy
  • innovation
  • international trade
  • economics
  • technology
  • international human resource management

The University of Essex is one of just three UK universities to have received Q-Step Affiliate status, including for our BSc International Business and Entrepreneurship, to support the way we develop the quantitative skills of our graduates.

This means we can provide work placement bursaries to develop your skills in evaluating numerical evidence, analysing data and designing research. We also offer the opportunity to follow a specialised degree path, where you graduate with enhanced quantitative skills. These are evidenced on your degree transcript, to help give you the competitive edge in the graduate job market.

Essex is an exciting place to study entrepreneurship. Our county has more start-up businesses than any other in the UK. Essex Business School, where this course is taught, is ranked in the top 25 in the UK for research quality (TGUG 2018). This ensures our teaching is always up-to-date with current and emerging business trends.

We empower you to take control of your career in business and create ideas, products and services with real value.

BSc International Business and Entrepreneurship can also be taken with an optional study abroad or placement year.

Why we're great.
  • Essex Business School is ranked in the UK top 25 in the UK for research quality (The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018)
  • Experience innovative teaching methods, including our business simulation game.
  • We're one of just three UK universities to have received Q-Step Affiliate status.
THE Awards 2018 - Winner University of the Year

Study abroad

The four-year version of this course enhances your international business education with a study abroad year. You spend your third year studying abroad and your course otherwise remains identical to the three-year version.

You can experience new cultures, learn languages and show employers that you are mature, adaptable and organised. You can study abroad with one of our exchange partners in the United States, Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, the Middle East, Hong Kong and Japan.

If you spend a full year abroad you'll only pay 15% of your usual tuition fee to Essex for that year. You won't pay any tuition fees to your host university

Placement year

Alternatively, you may decide to enhance your career opportunities by opting for a placement year. This four-year course enables you to gain valuable work experience for one year with an external business, giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market and providing you with key contacts within the industry.

Your degree content will remain the same as our three-year course.

The Essex Business School Placements Manager can offer bespoke support throughout the process of researching, applying and interviewing for placements. However, it is your responsibility to apply, prepare for and secure your own role. In recent years, our students have gained placements with organisations such as BMW, Samsung and Cummins.

If you complete a placement year you'll only pay 20% of your usual tuition fee to Essex for that year.

Our expert staff

Our academics have a global understanding of business, specialising in both established and developing markets. They are at the forefront of entrepreneurship research and challenges effecting Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) and use this knowledge in their teaching to ensure your education is at the cutting-edge of real-world business issues.

For example, Professor Vania Sena, is Director of the ESRC Business and Local Government Data Research Centre, which helps SMEs to discover new opportunities through big data.

Our staff specialise in areas including:

  • internationalisation
  • innovation
  • new product development
  • human resource management
  • microfinance
  • ethics
  • social responsibility
  • sustainability

Specialist facilities

Our BSc International Business and Entrepreneurship is based at our Southend Campus.

You’re located close to London in the Thames Gateway, one of the UK’s priority areas for economic growth – offering fantastic internship and networking opportunities for students.

Our award-winning new building, The Forum, offers 24-hour computer suites and study pods. You study at our town centre campus, which means you’re in amongst the buzz of the High Street, while still being just a few minutes’ walk from Southend’s award-winning beaches.

The Hive Enterprise Centre is located close to Campus, providing access to networking events and business meetups that offer finance and marketing support for startups.

Your future

Today’s graduate job market is competitive, with employers looking for candidates who understand how business works. An Essex education prepares you for the world of work.

The Essex Business School Placements Team are winners of the National Undergraduate Employability Awards 2018: Best University Placement Service (Under 100 Placements).

“In a graduate labour market where you need more than just a good degree, I believe that Essex offers our student unparalleled opportunities to develop relevant, transferable skills and wither interests sought by today’s employers.” Vicki Doughty, Essex Business School Placements Manager.

Our students are in demand from a wide range of employers in a host of occupations, including financial analysis, management, public administration and accountancy. Many also take their knowledge and experience of the course and pursue their own entrepreneurial activities and new ventures. Recent examples include:

  • ethical fashion range Fikay Fashion, by EBS graduate Aaron Jones BEM
  • the Nordics’ largest entrepreneurial jobs portal, startupmatcher.com
  • crowdfunded Zizzy Bar, a mobile events service with more than 10,000 Instagram followers

Our recent graduates work for a wide range of high-profile companies and exciting SMEs, including:

  • IBM
  • Deloitte
  • John Lewis Partnership
  • WeFarm, a social enterprise helping farmers out of poverty
  • Footprint Digital, a fast-growing digital marketing agency

In addition to our Essex Business School careers advisors, we also work with the University’s Employability and Careers Centre to help you find out about further work experience, internships, placements and voluntary opportunities and provide access to employer talks.

“My favourite part of the course has been the business strategy simulation game, where I applied theory to a practical situation mirroring current market conditions. I had to use analytics, statistics and my own gut instinct to make business decisions and solve challenges. I chose Essex Business School because it invests in its students and facilities. I enjoy spending time in the SU lounge and it’s useful to have 24/7 access to the building’s study areas.”

Myles Wood-McGrath, BSc International Business and Entrepreneurship

Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

A-levels: BBB
GCSE: Mathematics C/4

IB: 30 points, including Standard Level Mathematics or Maths Studies grade 4, if not taken at Higher Level. We are also happy to consider a combination of separate IB Diploma Programmes at both Higher and Standard Level. Please note that Maths in the IB is not required if you have already achieved GCSE Maths at grade C/4 or above.

Exact offer levels will vary depending on the range of subjects being taken at higher and standard level, and the course applied for. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for more information.

Entry requirements for students studying BTEC qualifications are dependent on units studied. Advice can be provided on an individual basis. The standard required is generally at Distinction level.

International & EU entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.

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English language requirements

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall. Different requirements apply for second year entry, and specified component grades are also required for applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

Other English language qualifications may be acceptable so please contact us for further details. If we accept the English component of an international qualification then it will be included in the information given about the academic levels listed above. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications

If you are an international student requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications.

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

Additional Notes

If you’re an international student, but do not meet the English language or academic requirements for direct admission to this degree, you could prepare and gain entry through a pathway course. Find out more about opportunities available to you at the University of Essex International College here.

Structure

Example structure

We offer a flexible course structure with a mixture of compulsory and optional modules chosen from lists. Below is just one example structure from the current academic year of a combination of modules you could take. Your course structure could differ based on the modules you choose.

Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore all modules listed are subject to change. To view the compulsory modules and full list of optional modules currently on offer, please view the programme specification via the link below.

Business Creation and Growth

This module expands your knowledge and understanding of the principles and practices involved in starting and growing a business. You develop a greater understanding of the various aspects involved in new venture creation and growth, from opportunity identification, evaluation and implementation through to continued growth and management. Using practical exercises, case studies and videos, you learn about the business life cycle from start-up to growth and maturity and explore business development from economic and behavioural perspectives.

View Business Creation and Growth on our Module Directory

Business Economics

This module introduces you to key economic theories and concepts, covering highly topical issues affecting the business world. Using real-life case studies, you explore the key microeconomics principles and concepts that can help to explain why economic activities occur and explore whether it is possible to improve economic situations for society.

View Business Economics on our Module Directory

Introduction to Accounting and Finance

Explore the principles of financial and management accounting; the recording of transactions; the preparation of financial statements and their analysis; the principles of cost accumulation and decision making in businesses; techniques of cost control; the management of working capital; the sources of funding and investment appraisal.

View Introduction to Accounting and Finance on our Module Directory

Principles of Markets, Marketing and Selling

This module provides a broad introduction to marketing at national and international levels. You explore the marketing of both products and services in organisations of different sizes, with a particular focus on entrepreneurial organisations. You explore the marketing environment for new ventures and the challenges of marketing in regional, local and global marketplaces. Other topics include the use of marketing information and research, strategic marketing planning and the marketing mix.

View Principles of Markets, Marketing and Selling on our Module Directory

Introduction to International Business

This module provides a preliminary understanding of international business. You are introduced to the global business environment and how this impacts upon corporations and their decision to operate internationally. You explore the different strategies organisations can adopt when entering international markets and examine aspects of managing multinational corporations, such as marketing, human resource management and global supply chain management.

View Introduction to International Business on our Module Directory

Introduction to Quantitative Analysis

Gain a basic understanding of the wide variety of techniques available for analysis in business management. This is especially relevant in today's data-driven society, where large, complex data sets are widespread across many different sectors.

View Introduction to Quantitative Analysis on our Module Directory

Research and Study Skills for Professional Development

This module encourages you to become an active, independent learner, with the ability to reflect on business situations and form your own opinions. We cover areas designed to help you adjust to a university business education so you can perform to your full academic and professional potential. We explore the importance of referencing, constructing a coherent argument and developing writing skills for a variety of purposes, such as academic essays, exams and reports. We develop your analytical skills, critical thinking, presentation and communication skills to help you get the most from your time at university.

View Research and Study Skills for Professional Development on our Module Directory

Personal Career Development

Develop your career awareness and employability skills through presentations, panel discussions and skills workshops. This module allows your to plan your career from the beginning of your degree through personal development planning and engaging in opportunities.

View Personal Career Development on our Module Directory

Student Success Tutorial

This compulsory module aims to help you excel in your academic studies by introducing you to effective study techniques and tools, including the study skills support and resources available to you within Essex Business School. You receive guidance on your academic progress, as well as your personal and professional development. These sessions offer you the opportunity to meet and develop networks and connections within the School and provide key support throughout your first year by helping you to develop the skills and learning strategies needed throughout your degree.

View Student Success Tutorial on our Module Directory

The International Business Environment

Gain an in-depth understanding of the external context within which international businesses operate, and the opportunities and challenges this poses to entrepreneurial firms, large and small. You examine the rationale for studying international business by discussing current developments in the global economy, particularly economic, financial, political/legal, technological and cultural challenges.

View The International Business Environment on our Module Directory

Strategic Entrepreneurship

This module equips you with the analytical and strategic skills needed to start and grow a successful business. We use case studies and practical examples to introduce the strategic issues and challenges affecting different stages of the business cycle. You learn how to create a value proposition and competitive advantage in complex entrepreneurial environments. You work both individually and in groups to discuss the different strategies for achieving business development and growth. Topics include entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial capabilities, resources, developing business models and building entrepreneurial culture by providing strategic direction to organisations.

View Strategic Entrepreneurship on our Module Directory

Managing Innovation

Explore the relationship between the innovation process and the use and management of technology, together with its links to the development of business strategy, dynamic interactions with innovation networks, learning processes and government support for innovation.

View Managing Innovation on our Module Directory

International Business Strategies

Discover the content and processes of international market expansion, gaining insights into pre-entry decision making and post-entry management. You discuss theoretical perspectives on international expansion before exploring different modes of international expansion including non-equity and equity modes.

View International Business Strategies on our Module Directory

Consumer Behaviour

Examine the various determinants of consumer behaviour, the theories of consumer behaviour and their application to managerial decision-making. You also gain an appreciation of understanding consumer behaviour in areas of new product testing, and advertising, distribution and pricing research.

View Consumer Behaviour on our Module Directory

Business Research Methods

This module introduces a number of business and management research methods, with a particular focus on entrepreneurship and small business. You explore philosophical research issues, such as selecting appropriate research methods and judging the quality and value of findings. You learn how to write a research proposal and design and plan quantitative and qualitative research. This includes collecting data, analysing findings and presenting results.

View Business Research Methods on our Module Directory

Successful Futures

This module links subject understanding to employability, ensuring you’re prepared to take advantage of graduate opportunities at the point they’re advertised. You gain an understanding of the graduate labour market and recruitment processes, as well as timelines for recruitment and interview and assessment centre techniques. You also learn about options for postgraduate study.

View Successful Futures on our Module Directory

Business-To-Business Marketing

Discover the importance of studying and understanding buyer behaviour in the business to business market, and distinguish the marketing strategy, planning and implementation for the same from buyer behaviour in consumer markets. You build an awareness of multiple stakeholder groups in business markets and the notion of managing networks, alliances and partnerships across the diverse stakeholder groups.

View Business-To-Business Marketing on our Module Directory

Business Strategy

Enhance your understanding of the concepts and nature of strategy and its interactions with the macro environment, industries/sectors and business operations. You develop your skills analysing opportunities and threats, managing strategic capability and resources, understanding competitive advantage, competition and collaboration, directions and methods of business development, as well as managing strategic change.

View Business Strategy on our Module Directory

International Human Resource Management

Learn how to procure and allocate human resources for international markets, how to identify training and development needs, and how to motivate human resources internationally. You develop a cross-cultural understanding of how to build a corporate culture, through understanding the policies and practices needed for managing international operations.

View International Human Resource Management on our Module Directory

Business Model Innovation (optional)

Over the last two decades, technology has led to the creation of a vast range of new business models and value propositions; the likes of Amazon, Airbnb and Uber have fired the imagination of young entrepreneurs all over the world. This module takes a scholarly view of business model innovation. You examine the strategy behind various business models, learn their strengths and consider how they can protect companies against competitive threats.

View Business Model Innovation (optional) on our Module Directory

Supply Chain Management (optional)

This module explores the connections between manufacturing operations, purchasing, transportation, delivery and logistics. You learn how these areas must be managed as a singular process and examine the links between partners in a supply chain, such as vendors, carriers and information systems providers.

View Supply Chain Management (optional) on our Module Directory

Marketing Communications (optional)

This module introduces the role of communications in marketing. You explore communication theories and models and learn how to produce a marketing communications plan. You examine the marketing communications mix, including tools such as advertising, sales promotion, direct marketing, public relations and sponsorship. You learn how packaging and merchandising contribute towards corporate and brand identity, as well as the impact of word of mouth. You examine the impact of rapid technological change on marketing communications and the challenges of changing market conditions and public perceptions.

View Marketing Communications (optional) on our Module Directory

Research Project - International Business and Entrepreneurship

This module gives you the opportunity to carry out an independent and original research project in an area related to international business and entrepreneurship. You draw upon the knowledge and skills acquired throughout your course to produce either an 8,000-10,000 word dissertation or business plan. You review appropriate literature in order to construct a framework for your research, develop a methodology, collect data and explain your findings. You determine the most appropriate research techniques to meet your objectives, drawing on tool such as surveys, questionnaires, interviews, content analysis and desk research. You are assigned a supervisor for the duration of your project.

View Research Project - International Business and Entrepreneurship on our Module Directory

Placement

On a placement year you gain relevant work experience within an external business or organisation, giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market and providing you with key contacts within the industry. The rest of your course remains identical to the three-year degree.

Year abroad

On your year abroad, you have the opportunity to experience other cultures and languages, to broaden your degree socially and academically, and to demonstrate to employers that you are mature, adaptable, and organised. The rest of your course remains identical to the three-year degree.

Teaching

  • Teaching includes a combination of lectures, seminars and computer-based lab sessions
  • Modules delivered by experts in the field as well as guest speakers
  • Contribute and interact in lectures through the use of smart technology
  • Lecture presentations and notes are uploaded online beforehand to help you prepare in advance
  • Complete your final-year project in consultation with a personal supervisor

Assessment

  • Assessed through traditional methods of end-of-year exams and multiple choice questions in class tests and essays
  • Plus more innovative and creative assessments include laboratory work, poster presentations, real-business case problems and group presentations
  • Your first year marks do not count towards your final degree

Fees and funding

Home/EU fee

£9,250

International fee

£15,750

Fees will increase for each academic year of study.

Home and EU fee information

International fee information

What's next

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  • tour our campus and accommodation
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Check out our Visit Us pages to find out more information about booking onto one of our events. And if the dates aren’t suitable for you, feel free to book a campus tour here.

2019 Open Days (Southend Campus)

  • Saturday, September 14, 2019

Applying

Applications for our full-time undergraduate courses should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Applications are online at: www.ucas.com. Full details on this process can be obtained from the UCAS website in the how to apply section.

Our UK students, and some of our EU and international students, who are still at school or college, can apply through their school. Your school will be able to check and then submit your completed application to UCAS. Our other international applicants (EU or worldwide) or independent applicants in the UK can also apply online through UCAS Apply.

The UCAS code for our University of Essex is ESSEX E70. The individual campus codes for our Loughton and Southend Campuses are 'L' and 'S' respectively.

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Some of our courses also hold interviews and if you're invited to one, this will take place during your applicant day. Don't panic, they're nothing to worry about and it's a great way for us to find out more about you and for you to find out more about the course. Some of our interviews are one-to-one with an academic, others are group activities, but we'll send you all the information you need beforehand.

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