BSc International Business, Finance and Economics with Industrial/Professional Experience / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

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Course description

Top 5 reasons to study International Business, Finance and Economics at Manchester

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 and undertake a full-year work placement as part of your degree. Download our work placement guide  to find out more.


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
  • Complete a full-year work placement in your penultimate year of study
  • 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
    Advanced Mathematics ECON10071 10 Optional
    Advanced Statistics ECON10072 10 Optional
    Entrepreneurial Skills MCEL10002 10 Optional
    Work, Organisations and Society SOCY10912 20 Optional
    Displaying 10 of 12 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
    FinTech, Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies BMAN24582 20 Optional
    Advanced Mathematics ECON20071 10 Optional
    Advanced Statistics ECON20072 10 Optional
    Econometrics ECON20110 20 Optional
    Introduction to Mathematical Economics ECON20192 10 Optional
    Microeconomics 2 ECON20232 10 Optional
    Macroeconomics 2 ECON20262 10 Optional
    Development Economics: Growth, Capital Accumulation and Structural Change ECON20321 10 Optional
    Development Economics: Understanding Poverty 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 SOCY20032 20 Optional
    Displaying 10 of 33 course units for year 2

    Course content for year 3

    If successful, you will spend your third year on a paid work placement. Completing a placement will enable you to put theory into practice, further develop important transferable skills and gain a real insight into your chosen profession.

    Course content for year 4

    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 4

    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 ECON31002 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
    Consumers and Markets BMAN31752 10 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
    Advanced International Business BMAN32071 20 Optional
    Applied Practical Investing BMAN32082 10 Optional
    Econometrics ECON20110 20 Optional
    Microeconomics 3 ECON30021 10 Optional
    Macroeconomics 3 ECON30031 10 Optional
    Mathematical Economics I ECON30320 20 Optional
    Econometrics ECON30370 20 Optional
    Mathematical Finance ECON30382 10 Optional
    Financial Economics ECON30432 10 Optional
    Topics in Development Economics ECON30451 20 Optional
    Microeconomics III ECON30600 20 Optional
    Macroeconomics IIIA ECON30611 10 Optional
    Macroeconomics IIIB ECON30612 10 Optional
    Financial Econometrics ECON31012 10 Optional
    Advanced Econometrics ECON31031 20 Optional
    The Politics of the European Union POLI30032 20 Optional
    Displaying 10 of 37 course units for year 4

    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


    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: