BSc International Business, Finance and Economics

Year of entry: 2020

Overview

Degree awarded
BSc
Duration
3 years full-time
Typical A-level offer
Grades AAB. Native language A-levels are accepted. General Studies is normally accepted if one of four A-levels passed in the same sitting.
Typical contextual A-level offer (what is this?)
Grades ABB. Native language A-levels are accepted. General Studies is normally accepted if one of four A-levels passed in the same sitting.
Typical International Baccalaureate offer

35 points overall. 6,6,5 in Higher Level subjects.

Students  without  GCSE/IGCSE Maths and English Language at grade B (or 6) will need 5 in SL Maths (or Maths Studies*) and SL English (Language A: English Language and Literature or Language A: Literature). If Language B: English is offered at SL we would need you to achieve 6.

*We do not currently accept Maths Studies for BSc (Hons) International Business, Finance and Economics applicants for the purposes of meeting our Maths subject requirements.

Changes to International Baccalaureate Diploma Mathematics Courses from September 2019, first examination 2021

We are aware of the planned changes to the IB Mathematics curriculum. IB students will be able to choose from Mathematics: analysis and approaches and Mathematics: applications and interpretation from September 2019. For this programme of study we will accept grade 5 in Standard Level Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches or Applications and Interpretation.

Applicants studying the International Baccalaureate Career Related Programme (IBCP) should contact the academic School prior to applying so that their academic profile can be considered.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants

776 applications for 109 places (2018 entry)

How to apply
Apply through UCAS .

Course description

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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.

Open days

For details of forthcoming University undergraduate open days, visit  open days and visits .

Fees

Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2020 will be £9,250 per annum. Tuition fees for international students will be £24,000 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate finance pages.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Scholarships/sponsorships

The Manchester Bursary is available to UK students registered on an undergraduate degree course at Alliance MBS who have had a full financial assessment carried out by Student Finance England. 

In addition, Alliance MBS will award a range of Social Responsibility Scholarships to UK/EU and international students. These awards are worth £2,000 per year across three years of study. You must achieve AAA at A-level (or equivalent) and be able to demonstrate a significant contribution and commitment to social responsibility. The School will also award a number of International Stellar Scholarships to international students achieving AAA at A-level (or equivalent). Additional eligibility criteria apply - please see our scholarship pages for full details.

Contact details

School/Faculty
Alliance Manchester Business School
Telephone
+44 (0)161 306 3425/3401
Email
Website
https://www.alliancembs.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/bsc-hons-international-business-finance-and-economics/
School/Faculty overview
Alliance Manchester Business School was established in 1965 as one of the UK's first two business schools. Today, we are the UK's largest campus-based business and management school, and 'Original Thinking Applied' is at the heart of everything we do. Find out more .

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Entry requirements

A-level

Grades AAB. Native language A-levels are accepted. General Studies is normally accepted if one of four A-levels passed in the same sitting.

AS-level

AS level results are not considered as part of the standard admissions process at The University of Manchester.

Unit grade information

The University of Manchester welcomes the provision of unit information where available.  Like all other information provided by applicants this may be taken into consideration when assessing your application.  Unit grades will not normally form part of an offer conditions.

GCSE

Applicants must demonstrate a broad general education including acceptable levels of Literacy and Numeracy, equivalent to at least Grade B or 6 in GCSE/iGCSE English Language and Mathematics. GCSE/iGCSE English Literature will not be accepted in lieu of GCSE/iGCSE English Language.

Please note that if you hold English as a second language iGCSE qualification, we may also require you to offer one of our acceptable equivalent English Language qualifications or achieve a higher grade in your iGCSE than the one stated above. Please contact the academic School for clarification.

International Baccalaureate

35 points overall. 6,6,5 in Higher Level subjects.

Students  without  GCSE/IGCSE Maths and English Language at grade B (or 6) will need 5 in SL Maths (or Maths Studies*) and SL English (Language A: English Language and Literature or Language A: Literature). If Language B: English is offered at SL we would need you to achieve 6.

*We do not currently accept Maths Studies for BSc (Hons) International Business, Finance and Economics applicants for the purposes of meeting our Maths subject requirements.

Changes to International Baccalaureate Diploma Mathematics Courses from September 2019, first examination 2021

We are aware of the planned changes to the IB Mathematics curriculum. IB students will be able to choose from Mathematics: analysis and approaches and Mathematics: applications and interpretation from September 2019. For this programme of study we will accept grade 5 in Standard Level Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches or Applications and Interpretation.

Applicants studying the International Baccalaureate Career Related Programme (IBCP) should contact the academic School prior to applying so that their academic profile can be considered.

Scottish requirements

Scottish Advanced Highers are normally required in one of the following combinations:

Three Advanced Highers at grades AAB.

or

Two Advanced Highers AB, plus two additional Highers at grades AA (plus Maths at Higher Level at grade B).

English Language and Maths not taken at Higher/Advanced Higher must have been achieved at SCQF level 5 (National 5 grade B / Intermediate 2 grade B / Standard Grade General level grade 3).

If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the Academic School(s) you plan to apply to.

Welsh Baccalaureate

The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma/Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and usually requires two A Levels or equivalent to be included within this.

The minimum grade required will normally be the same as the lowest grade listed in the A Level entry requirements.

If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the academic School(s) you plan to apply to.

European Baccalaureate

The University of Manchester welcomes applicants with the European Baccalaureate. Acceptable on its own or in combination with other qualifications, applications from students studying for this qualification are welcome and all applicants will be considered on an individual basis.

We normally require: An average of 85% in the European Baccalaureate with 80% in English and Maths.

AQA Baccalaureate

The University recognises the benefits of the AQA Baccalaureate and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills.

In making offers, the University will focus on the three A Levels taken within the AQA Baccalaureate. Students need to check the standard A Level requirements for their chosen course.

The units of broader study, enrichment activities and the Extended Project are considered to be valuable elements of the AQA Baccalaureate and we would therefore strongly encourage students to draw upon these experiences within their personal statement.

Other international entry requirements

Alliance MBS is a truly global business school welcoming undergraduate students from over 80 countries. We accept a wide range of qualifications from different countries - please see our international entry requirements for more information.

Foundation year

The University recognises a number of foundation programmes as suitable for entry to this undergraduate programme - please visit the international foundation year pages of our website for details of recognised programmes, including INTO Manchester and NCUK.

Pearson BTEC qualifications

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

We consider the National Extended Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course.  Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Extended Diploma with grades D*D*D. 

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma

We consider the National Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course.  Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Diploma with grades D*D plus an additional A Level at grade B.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate

We consider the National Extended Certificate for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course.  Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Extended Certificate with grade D* plus two A Levels at grades AB. 

Legacy BTEC qualifications (pre-2016)

The University of Manchester welcomes applications from students who have achieved legacy BTEC qualifications (pre-2016) such as the BTEC Extended Diploma, BTEC Diploma, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, and BTEC Certificate.  The grades required are likely to be the same or vary similar to the new BTEC qualifications (first teaching 2016, awarded 2018). Please contact the Academic School for clarification.

If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the academic School(s) you plan to apply to.

OCR Cambridge Technical qualifications

We consider the following Cambridge Technical qualifications from the 2016 suite for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course and studied alongside A Levels. Please contact us at ug.ambs@manchester.ac.uk if you wish to check your eligibility.

  • Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma at grades DMM plus grade A at A Level
  • Cambridge Technical Diploma at grades D*D* plus grade B at A Level
  • Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma at grades DM plus grades AB at A Level
  • Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate at grade D* plus grades AB at A Level

Please note, we do not accept the Cambridge Technical Certificate or Cambridge Technical qualifications from the 2012 suite.

Access to HE Diploma

We require a QAA-recognised Access to HE Diploma. 60 credits are required with 45 credits at Level 3. Of those at Level 3, a minimum of 39 credits at Distinction and 6 credits at Merit. Please note that we do not accept credits at Pass. The subject of your Access to HE qualification will be taken into consideration when making a decision on your offer.

Cambridge Pre-U

We consider applicants offering Pre-U Principal Subjects, or a mix of Pre-U and A Level subjects, provided a minimum of three distinct subjects overall is taken.

We require you to achieve D3 D3 M1 over 3 Principal Subjects.

If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the Academic School(s) you plan to apply to.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

The University recognises the benefits of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. Although the Extended Project will not be included in the conditions of your offer, we strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your personal statement and at interview. A number of our academic Schools may also choose to take your performance in the EPQ into account should places be available in August for applicants who narrowly miss the entry grades for their chosen course.

Core Maths

The University welcomes and recognises the value of Level 3 core mathematics qualifications (e.g. AQA Certificate in Mathematical Studies). 

Core Mathematics is not a compulsory element of post-16 study and as a result we will not normally include it in the conditions of any offer made to the student. However, if a student chooses to undertake a core mathematics qualification this may be taken into account when we consider their application, particularly for certain non-science courses with a distinct mathematical or statistical element.

We advise students to contact the academic School, who will clarify whether their specific portfolio of qualifications is acceptable for entry on to their chosen course.

Home-schooled applicants

If you are a student who has followed a non-standard educational route, e.g. you have been educated at home; your application will be considered against the standard entry criteria of the course for which you are applying. You will be required to demonstrate that you meet the specified academic entry requirements of the course. We will also require a reference from somebody who knows you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education. If you are a home schooled student and would like further information or advice please contact the academic School for your chosen course who will be able to help you. 

Non-standard educational routes

Mature students are some of our most well-equipped learners, bringing skills and attributes gained from work, family and other life experiences.  Students come from a whole array of backgrounds, study every kind of course, undertake full-time and part-time learning and are motivated by career intentions as well as personal interest.  There is no such thing as a typical mature student at Manchester.  The application process is the same as for other prospective undergraduates.  If you require further clarification about the acceptability of the qualifications you hold please contact the academic School(s) you plan to apply to.  

Further information for mature students >>

English language

All applicants to the University (from the UK and Overseas) are required to show evidence of English Language proficiency.  The minimum English Language requirement for this course is either:

  • GCSE/iGCSE English Language grade B/6, or;
  • IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6 in any individual component, or;
  • An acceptable equivalent qualification.

Please note that if you hold English as a second language iGCSE qualification, we may also require you to offer one of our acceptable equivalent English Language qualifications or achieve a higher grade in your iGCSE than the one stated above. Please contact the academic School for clarification.

The UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires that every student from outside the UK and the EU must show evidence of a minimum level of English Language in order to be granted a UK visa (Tier 4 visa) to study at undergraduate or postgraduate level. This level is often referred to as the 'B2 level'.

Additionally, our individual Schools may ask for specific English Language proficiency levels that are necessary for their academic programmes. In most cases these requirements are likely to be higher than the B2 level. Further information about our English Language policy, including a list of some of the English Language qualifications we accept, can be found  here .

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

Apply through UCAS .

Advice to applicants

Mitigating circumstances may be personal or family illness, other family circumstances, change of teachers during a course, problems with school facilities or an unusual curriculum followed by your school or college. We recommend that information on mitigating circumstances that have affected or are likely to affect your academic performance will be included in the referee's report. We cannot usually take into account information that is supplied after an adverse decision has been made on an application by the admitting School. If you encounter mitigating circumstances after you have submitted your application, please inform the admissions staff in the School to which you applied as soon as possible.

Where mitigating circumstances have already been taken into account, for example by the relevant exam board, we will not be able to make further allowances.

Unit grade

The University of Manchester welcomes the provision of unit grade information which, like all other available information, will form the consideration of application.

A*

Alliance Manchester Business School does not issue offers on the Grade A* as standard practice. It may however be taken into account at the point of confirmation to inform decisions on candidates who have narrowly missed the terms of their offer.

A-levels in a native or heritage language

We consider applications holistically taking into consideration the overall educational environment. Where native langue A levels are offered we will consider them in line with other subjects that the student has undertaken.

How your application is considered

Predicted Grades

Strong examination results are the main factor in admitting students to our courses. We consider other information to ensure we admit students with the most outstanding potential. This is assessed within a structured framework and includes prior and predicted grades. Your referee should give realistic grade predications for all qualifications that you are currently studying at the top of their reference. If you attend a non-UK school or college that does not provide predicted grades your referee should explain this policy within their reference. Further guidance for referees is provided by UCAS (www.ucas.com).

Interview requirements

We do not as a rule interview applicants. However, we reserve the right to interview candidates with non-standard backgrounds, eg. Mature students and students aged under 17.

Returning to education

The University encourages applications from applicants returning to education after employment or other experience. Your application will be considered against the standard entry criteria of the course to which you applied. However, we recognise that standard selection measures and procedures may not enable you to demonstrate fully your suitability for your chosen course. Where appropriate, admissions staff will seek and consider alternative evidence in order to give you equivalent consideration. Where they deem this alternative evidence to meet entry criteria fully, you will not be required to meet the standard academic entry requirements.

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

International applicants will be assessed against the standard entry criteria of the course to which they are applying.

Deferrals

Applications for deferred entry are considered equally to other applications up to the point of confirmation. Deferred entry is granted on the discretion of admissions staff, and is normally granted for one year only and 2 years at the maximum. Some English Language test results, such as IELTS or TOEFL, are only valid for two years from the test date.

Policy for applicants who resit their qualifications

We consider applicants who are resitting their qualifications. Whilst we do not increase our entry requirements for the first resit this would be considered for subsequent resits.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry.  In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved.  We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course. If you are applying for a place for the same year of entry through UCAS Extra, you should provide additional evidence of your suitability for the course. If you are applying through clearing you are required to meet the clearing requirements. In both UCAS Extra and clearing the places will be subject to availability.

Transfers

Transfers from students outside The University of Manchester to a course in our school are not considered without a full application through UCAS.  You may be asked to provide clarification of the reasons for a transfer as well as a transcript of grades from your current institution. Requests for transfers from students already attending The University of Manchester will be considered on a case by case basis with regards to our entry requirements for academic level and English language ability.  Where a request to transfer comes from an internal candidate we will normally consider you for year one entry and your current academic transcript of grades will be considered alongside your request to transfer.  All requests to transfer to Alliance Manchester Business School should be sent in writing to the Undergraduate Admissions Team by email initially, ug.ambs@manchester.ac.uk

Course details

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.

Aims

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  15 different languages at varying levels
  • Selected course units grant exemptions from professional accountancy exams, including 1 ICAEW ACA paper, 6 ACCA papers and 7 CIMA papers

Teaching and learning

You will normally study four or five course units per semester. Each week there are usually two hours of lectures for each course unit and a one hour workshop in alternate weeks, although this varies slightly. You are expected to double this in private study. Group work and group or individual presentations will form a regular part of your assignments.

Coursework and assessment

Essays, multiple choice tests, project reports and presentations, in-class tests and weekly assignments constitute the coursework component of assessment, although the nature and proportion of coursework varies across course units. The remainder of assessment is by unseen examination. Depending on the degree course, in your final year you can choose to do a research-based dissertation or project. We aim to strike a balance between examinations and assessed coursework as well as providing opportunities for feedback on progress through non-assessed work.

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 units for year 1

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Financial Reporting BMAN10501 10 Mandatory
Introductory Management Accounting BMAN10512 10 Mandatory
Financial Decision Making M BMAN10522M 10 Mandatory
Academic and Career Development BMAN10780 10 Mandatory
Financial and Digital Innovations in International Business BMAN10931 20 Mandatory
Microeconomics 1 ECON10221 10 Mandatory
Macroeconomics 1 ECON10252 10 Mandatory
Fundamentals of Technological Change BMAN10252 10 Optional
Introductory Mathematics ECON10061 10 Optional
Advanced Mathematics ECON10071 10 Optional
Advanced Statistics ECON10072 10 Optional
Entrepreneurial Skills MCEL10002 10 Optional
Work, Organisations and Society SOCY10912 20 Optional
Introductory Statistics for Economists SOST10062 10 Optional
Displaying 10 of 14 course units for year 1

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. Previous IBFE students analysed the performance of global earthmoving machinery giant, Caterpillar Inc.

IBFE focuses on the international context within which global businesses operate and is well-suited to students seeking international graduate positions in the UK and abroad. As such, in your second year you have the option to learn a language (which can be continued into your final year). You can choose from around 15 different languages at varying levels - visit the Language Centre  for more details.

IBFE students can also choose up to 10 credits from a range of University College level 2 course units, including the Manchester Leadership Programme .

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.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Foundations of Finance A BMAN23000 20 Mandatory
Foundations of Finance A BMAN23000A 20 Mandatory
Fundamentals of Strategy BMAN24492 10 Mandatory
Managerial Economics I ECON20001 20 Mandatory
Law in a Management Context BMAN10901 10 Optional
Investment Analysis BMAN20072 10 Optional
Financial Statement Analysis BMAN20081 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
Mergers & Acquisitions: Financial Perspectives BMAN24102 10 Optional
Creativity, Design & Entrepreneurship BMAN24241 20 Optional
International Business BMAN24312 20 Optional
Advanced Mathematics ECON20071 10 Optional
Advanced Statistics ECON20072 10 Optional
Environmental Economics IIA ECON20101 10 Optional
Econometrics ECON20110 20 Optional
Introduction to Mathematical Economics ECON20192 10 Optional
Microeconomics 2 ECON20232 10 Optional
Macroeconomics 2 ECON20262 10 Optional
Business Economics I ECON20312 20 Optional
Development Economics IIA ECON20321 10 Optional
Development Economics IIB ECON20332 10 Optional
Economics for Public Policy ECON20431 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 West European Politics POLI21001 20 Optional
Southern European Politics POLI21012 20 Optional
Political and Economic Anthropology SOAN20821 20 Optional
Work, Economy and Society SOCY20031 20 Optional
Racism and Ethnicity in the UK SOCY20962 20 Optional
Displaying 10 of 35 course units for year 2

Course content for year 3

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.

Course units for year 3

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
International Finance BMAN30060 20 Mandatory
International Business Analysis Project: Corporate Management in a Wider Context BMAN33000 20 Mandatory
Managerial Economics II ECON31000 20 Mandatory
Business Law 2: Law and the Modern Corporation in an International Context BMAN24052 10 Optional
Marketing BMAN30021 10 Optional
Contemporary Issues in Financial Reporting and Regulation BMAN30030 20 Optional
Human Resource Management BMAN30042 10 Optional
Share Prices and Accounting Information BMAN30071 10 Optional
Financial Derivatives BMAN30091 10 Optional
Advanced Corporate Finance BMAN30111 20 Optional
Accountability and Auditing BMAN30131 10 Optional
Corporate Governance in Context BMAN30211 10 Optional
Financial Engineering BMAN30242 10 Optional
Corporate Contracting and Managerial Behaviour BMAN30702 10 Optional
Advanced Management Accounting BMAN31040 20 Optional
Wicked Problems: Clumsy Solutions - Leadership in Healthcare BMAN31762 20 Optional
Financial Market Microstructure BMAN31792 10 Optional
Human Resource Strategy and Practice BMAN31901 20 Optional
Innovation and Markets BMAN31911 20 Optional
Global Management, People and the Digital Divide BMAN32062 20 Optional
Econometrics ECON20110 20 Optional
Microeconomics 3 ECON30021 10 Optional
Macroeconomics 3 ECON30031 10 Optional
Econometrics ECON30370 20 Optional
Mathematical Finance ECON30382 10 Optional
Financial Economics ECON30432 10 Optional
Development Economics IIIA ECON30451 10 Optional
Business Economics II ECON30821 20 Optional
Advanced Econometrics ECON31031 20 Optional
The Politics of the European Union POLI30031 20 Optional
Displaying 10 of 30 course units for year 3

Scholarships and bursaries

The Manchester Bursary is available to UK students registered on an undergraduate degree course at Alliance MBS who have had a full financial assessment carried out by Student Finance England. 

In addition, Alliance MBS will award a range of Social Responsibility Scholarships to UK/EU and international students. These awards are worth £2,000 per year across three years of study. You must achieve AAA at A-level (or equivalent) and be able to demonstrate a significant contribution and commitment to social responsibility. The School will also award a number of International Stellar Scholarships to international students achieving AAA at A-level (or equivalent). Additional eligibility criteria apply - please see our scholarship pages for full details.

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

Facilities

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 Eddie Davies 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:  dass@manchester.ac.uk

Careers

Career opportunities

What jobs do our IBFE graduates go into? Examples of jobs recent IBFE graduates have gone onto include: assurance associate, audit trainee, commercial strategist and logistics graduate scheme.

Who employs them? A wide range of companies including: Grant Thornton, KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers (Cyprus), RBS and Zolfo Cooper.

What about further study? IBFE graduates have gone onto law conversion courses and further study in finance and international business at institutions across the UK and internationally, including ESADE Business School (Barcelona), Humboldt University (Berlin) and the College of Law.

All examples are taken from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey.