The course

UCAS code
NR24
Duration
4 years
Location
Edinburgh
Delivery type
Full-time

Heriot-Watt was ranked as the Number 1 University in Scotland for Modern Languages and Number 3 for Business Management in the NSS 2018. Our languages degrees were also ranked as the most employable in Scotland by the Guardian University Rankings 2019.

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Overview

European and international markets present huge opportunities for multilingual graduates with business and management skills. 

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

Year 1

Semester 1

  • Management in a Global Context
  • Introduction to Accounting or Introductory Microeconomics
  • Spanish: Intermediate (1)
  • Elective

Semester 2

  • Enterprise and its Business Environment
  • Introduction to Finance or Introductory Macroeconomics
  • Spanish: Intermediate (2)
  • Elective 

Year 2

Semester 1

  • Fundamentals of Marketing
  • Human Resource Management
  • Spanish: Advanced for Business 1
  • Option / Elective

Semester 2

  • Operations Management
  • Option
  • Spanish: Advanced for Business 2
  • Option / Elective

Year 3

Students spend Year 3 abroad, studying business subjects at partner institution in a country where their chosen languages is spoken.

Year 4

Semester 1

  • Dissertation 1
  • Spanish: Proficiency for Business 1
  • International Business
  • Business Management Option

Semester 2

  • Dissertation 2
  • Spanish: Proficiency for Business 2
  • Business Management Option
  • Business Management Option

Employability

Managerial/professional position

  • 70% of those working are in a professional/managerial position six months after graduating.

Salary

  • The average salary of students six months after graduating: £20000
  • The average UK salary of students six months after graduating from a similar course: £19000

Jobs

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

  • Business and public service associate professionals
  • Artistic, literary and media occupations
  • Business, research and administrative professionals
  • Teaching and educational professionals

Entry requirements

Year 1

Standard entry requirements
  • Highers AABB including main language at A (over two sittings)
  • A-Levels BBC (including main language)
  • Int. Baccalaureate 30 points (with main language at Higher Level 5)
  • BTEC DDM (Main language at A-Level B or equivalent required)
  • HNC B in graded unit (with main language Higher A or A-Level B grade or equivalent)
  • HND BB

Minimum entry requirements*

  • Highers BBBC including main language at B (over two sittings)
  • A-Levels BCC including main language at B

* Minimum: under our Fair Access Policy, we will relax our standard entry requirements for some Scottish students depending on their circumstances. Our minimum requirements will apply if you:

  • live in an area within the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation lowest 20% (SIMD20), or
  • are care experienced.

We can also make exceptions for some Scottish students with grades above minimum but below standard. Read more about our Minimum and standard entry requirements

Year 2

As our languages courses include a compulsory year abroad at Level 3, the normal entry route for all languages courses is to Year 1 of a four-year honours course. However, candidates with outstanding Advanced Highers or A-Level results may be considered on an individual basis.

Year 3

As our languages courses include a compulsory year abroad at Level 3, the normal entry route for all languages courses is to Year 1 of a four-year honours course. However, candidates with outstanding Advanced Highers or A-Level results may be considered on an individual basis.

Additional information

English language requirements

  • If English is not your first language, you have to show that your English is good enough to succeed on your course. Please see our English language requirements.

Fees

Tuition fees for 2020 entry (by residency status)
Status* Scotland / EU** England / Northern Ireland / Wales*** International
Fee Paid by SAAS £9,250 £15,080

* 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).

*** 'Rest of the UK' (RUK) students entering at Level 1 receive a fee waiver of one year's tuition fee. Normally this will be the final year, or a year during which students study abroad (either at a partnership institution, or at one of Heriot-Watt's overseas campuses).

4 years for the price of 3

If you live in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, study with us and save £9,250 over your 4-year degree.

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your studies at Heriot-Watt over and above tuition fees in an academic year. Depending on your programme of study, these may include: protective equipment, field trips, professional memberships, studio fees, required course texts or other study resources.

Scholarships and bursaries

Featured scholarships

Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales starting undergraduate degree courses in 2020

In addition to government 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.