The course

UCAS code
Up to 4 years
Delivery type



European and international markets present huge opportunities for multilingual graduates with business and management skills. This degree programme integrates both academic fields, enabling students to enter the employment market directly after graduation. During Years 1 and 2 there is a certain amount of flexibility as to the language element of the programme. Students may study the second language at the same level as the first language, or take up a second language from beginner's level. Alternatively, students may choose to study only German from the outset.

Our International Business Management and Languages (IBML) degree combines core business management subjects with tailored language courses that have a business focus. We have four pathways available on our IBML degree:

  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

During the first two years of study, students take classes in their chosen pathway language and a range of business subjects. Where possible students are also encouraged to study a second language.

Third year is spent abroad at a business school or university where you study a range of business subjects in your chosen foreign language.

Course content

   Detailed course guide
Year 1

Semester 1

  • Management in a Global Context

and either:

  • Introduction to Accounting
  • Introduction to Microeconomics

Semester 2

  • Enterprise and its Business Environment

and either:

  • Introduction to Finance
  • Introductory Macroeconomics

Across both semesters

  • German Language

and either :

  • Introduction to Languages and Intercultural Studies AND Introduction to European History & Culture
  • Two electives

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning: 25%
  • Independent study: 75%


  • Written: 59%
  • Practical: 0%
  • Coursework: 41%
Year 2

Semester 1

  • Fundamentals of Marketing
  • Business Management option
  • Elective

Semester 2

  • Human Resource Management
  • Business Management option
  • Elective

Across both semesters

  • German Advanced for Business

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning: 25%
  • Independent study: 75%


  • Written: 38%
  • Practical: 0%
  • Coursework: 62%
Year 3

Students spend the year abroad, in the country of their main language, studying at one of our exchange partner institutions.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning: 0%
  • Independent study: 0%
  • Placement: 100%


  • Written: 0%
  • Practical: 0%
  • Coursework: 100%
Year 4

Semester 1

  • International Business
  • Business Management option

Semester 2

  • Business Management option
  • Business Management option

Across both semesters

  • German Proficiency for Business
  • Dissertation

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning: 25%
  • Independent study: 75%


  • Written: 29%
  • Practical: 2%
  • Coursework: 69%


Work and study

This is what our MA (Hons) International Business Management and Languages: German as Main Language students are doing six months after graduating:

  • 57% are working
  • 0% are studying
  • 10% are working and studying.

Managerial/professional position

  • 80% of those working are in a professional/managerial position six months after graduating.


  • The average salary of students six months after graduating: £20000
  • The average UK salary of students six months after graduating from a similar course: £20000


These are the most common jobs students go into six months after graduating:

  • Business and public service associate professionals
  • Administrative occupations
  • Managers, directors and senior officials
  • Business, research and administrative professionals
  • Information technology and telecommunications professionals
  • Leisure, travel and related personal service occupations
  • Elementary occupations
  • Sales occupations

Entry requirements

Year 1

  • Highers AAAB including A in the language to be studied.
  • A-Levels BBB including B in the language to be studied.
  • HNC Students who can demonstrate the required language skills will be considered.
  • HND Students who can demonstrate the required language skills will be considered.
  • Int. Baccalaureate 30 points with at least 5 in the language(s) to be studied.
  • Additional information Standard Grade / Intermediate 2 / National 5 / GCSE English is required for all Languages programmes. Students may study one or two post-Higher/post-A-Level languages in their first two years, but must have an A at Higher or B at A-Level to do so. Students who are non-native speakers of English will need to achieve either the IELTS test with 7.0 or the CPE with C. The second language (French, German, Spanish, Chinese or Arabic) may be studied from a lower level..

Year 2

Additional information Candidates with outstanding Advanced Higher or A-Level results will be considered on an individual basis.

Additional information

  • Entry routes As our Languages programmes include a compulsory year abroad at Level 3, the normal entry route for all Languages programmes is to Level 1 of a four-year Honours programme. However, candidates with outstanding Advanced Highers or A-Level results may be considered on an individual basis.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2017 entry (by residency status)
Status* Scotland / EU** England / Northern Ireland / Wales International
Fee Paid by SAAS £9,250 £13,770

* Your residency 'status' is usually defined as the country where you have been ordinarily resident for the three years before the start of your course. Find out more about tuition fees.

** European Union countries, not including England, Northern Ireland or Wales.

Scholarships and bursaries

Featured scholarships

Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales starting undergraduate degree courses in 2018

In addition to government maintenance loans and grants towards the costs of fees and living costs, we are offering generous financial support to attract and support eligible students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales:

View our full range of undergraduate scholarships.

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