Business is global; to be successful you need to understand international cultures and markets and adapt your business to their needs. As an International Business student at Kent, you develop the essential business skills to lead any business anywhere.
The International Business programme is taught in Kent Business School (KBS) in a brand-new building, providing modern study facilities. KBS is a top 20 UK business school for academic teaching, student satisfaction and graduate employment prospects. We provide a friendly, student-focused environment, which helps you to make the most of your studies.
You benefit from our global links and the international make-up of our staff and students. You are taught by lecturers with experience in a range of management disciplines, as well as by leading experts currently in business.
As a student at Kent Business School, you also have the opportunity to gain the Chartered Management Institute’s (CMI) Level 5 Professional Diploma in Management and Leadership alongside your degree.
Our degree programme
In your first year, you are introduced to all aspects of business including accounting, financial reporting, business modelling and the global business environment.
In your second and final years, you cover international business strategy, business ethics, operations management, innovation, strategy analysis and interactive decision modelling. You can also focus on areas you are particularly interested in, such as new product marketing, international entrepreneurship and enterprise.
Year in industry
Your spend a year working between your second and final year – we have a Placement Officer who can give advice and guidance. In previous years, students have spent their year in industry with:
- Enterprise Rent-A-Car
- Ernst & Young
- Lloyds Banking Group
- Morgan Stanley
- National Grid
- The Walt Disney Company
- UBS AG Bank
- Vauxhall Motors.
If you would like to spend a year studying or working abroad, see International Business with a Year Abroad.
You don’t have to make a decision before you enrol at Kent but certain conditions apply.
Alternatively, you can take our three-year International Business degree, without a year abroad or a year in industry. For details, see International Business.
You can also get involved with the student-run Kent Business and Kent Enterprise societies, which in previous years have organised regular events with guest speakers from industry and supported budding entrepreneurs with their ventures.
Alongside your lectures and seminars, Kent Business School gives you many opportunities to interact directly with the business community. Special events and schemes have previously included:
- workshops and seminars
- business challenges
- enterprise initiatives, including the Business Start-Up Journey
- networking events.
Kent Business School has long-established links with business schools in China, Hong Kong, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Finland. We also have excellent links with local, national and international businesses.
Business and Management Studies at Kent scored 91.4 out of 100 in The Complete University Guide 2019.
In the National Student Survey 2018, over 86% of final-year Management Studies students who completed the survey, were satisfied with the quality of teaching on their course.
In The Guardian University Guide 2019, over 86% of final-year Business, Management and Marketing students were satisfied with the overall quality of their course.
Teaching Excellence Framework
Based on the evidence available, the TEF Panel judged that the University of Kent delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.
Please see the University of Kent's Statement of Findings for more information.
The course structure provides a sample of the modules available for this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. Most programmes require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take ‘wild’ modules from other programmes offered by the University.
The following modules are offered to our current students. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation:
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CB311 - Business Skills & Employability
Topics the module will cover include:
• Orientation to studying at university, time management and learning styles.
• Research and cognitive development (writing essays and reports in higher education, research and referencing, plagiarism, how to make a reasoned argument, literature searches and introduction to critical and analytical thinking).
• The theories underlying personal skill development needed to achieve success at university and in the workplace (i.e. effective communication; working in groups, teamwork, problem solving, creative thinking, conflict management and negotiation).
• Personal Development Planning for Employability (including career search, CV writing, and making sense of employer skills requirements).Read more
CB312 - Introduction to Management
The module introduces students to theories of management beginning with classical management perspectives through to contemporary management concepts. It will illustrate the continuities and transformations in management thinking throughout the 20th and 21st century. The main topics of study include: Scientific Management; Human Relations Approach; Bureaucracy and Post-Bureaucracy; The Contingency Approach; Culture Management; Leadership; Aesthetic Labour; Extreme Management.Read more
CB313 - Introduction to Statistics for Business
So much of the world of business is based on quantitative information—sales, stock control, investments, loans, production levels, staffing numbers, share prices, interest rates, quality control, etc. etc. In almost any organisation where you work you must expect to deal with numbers. This module introduces you to the way you can make use of quantitative information through statistical analysis.
Topics may include:
The nature and use of numerical information
• Summarising data
• Graphical representation of data: histograms, pie charts, cumulative frequency curves
• Measures of location and dispersion
• Probability, distributions and expected values
• Sampling and its uses
• The ?2 distribution, questionnaire analysis and contingency tables
• CorrelationRead more
CB343 - Global Business Environment
The module will cover various aspects of the changing global environment. An indicative list of topics is given below:
Part A: Framing the Business Environment
1. Introduction: Business Enterprise, globalisation, and institutions
2. The economic environment
3. The political environment
4. The legal environment
5. The cultural environment
Part B: Shaping International Business Activities
6. International trade
7. Global finance
8. Technology and Innovation
Part C: Emerging Issues
9. Social responsibility and ecological environment
10. Geopolitical context and international riskRead more
CB364 - Business Analysis Tools
An indicative set of topics to be covered within the module are outlined below.
• Basic Spreadsheet Functionalities: Introduction to common spreadsheet features: workbooks, worksheets, menus, cells, rows, columns, data types, relative and absolute cell addressing, copying, basic formulae, naming cells, formatting, charts and graphs, printing.
• Data Management Facilities: sorting, filtering, data forms, pivot tables.
• What-If Analysis: scenario manager, goal seek, data tables.
• Basic Financial Analysis: Introduction to basic financial analysis and how to carry this out using spreadsheets: compound interest, discounting, NPV, IRR, loans and mortgages.
• Advanced Spreadsheet Functionalities: automating tasks and solving simple optimisation business problems.Read more
CB369 - Financial Accounting, Reporting and Analysis
The module will begin with an introduction to the link between business and accounting in order to show the value to the students of their having some knowledge of accounting. The module is designed to teach students how to prepare, read and interpret financial information with a view to their being future business managers rather than accountants.
The module will continue with a brief demonstration of double-entry bookkeeping. Students will not be examined on this, it is merely to put bookkeeping and accounting in context. Following on from this, students will be shown how to prepare financial statements from a trial balance and make adjustments to the figures given by acting on information given in a short scenario.
The regulatory framework of financial reporting will be considered as will the annual reports and accounts of a variety of organisations. The module will finish will an analysis of financial statements with students shown how to interpret data and make sensible recommendationsRead more
CB370 - Introduction to Marketing
A synopsis of the curriculum
The module introduces to students the importance of marketing in competitive and dynamic environments.
The key topics of the module are:
• The marketing concept
• The marketing environment
• Market segmentation & targeting
• Brand development and management
• Management of the marketing mix
o Product; including new product development and the marketing of services
o Promotion; including digital media, advertising, sales promotion, publicity, PR, personal sales et al.
o Extended marketing mix; including people, physical evidence and process
• Ethical issues in marketingRead more
EC313 - Microeconomics for Business
This module is designed for students who have not studied Microeconomics for Business before or who have not previously completed a comprehensive introductory course in economics. However, the content is such that it is also appropriate for students with A-level Economics or equivalent, as it focuses on the analysis, tools and knowledge of microeconomics for business.
The module applies economics to business issues and each topic is introduced assuming no previous knowledge of the subject. The lectures and related seminar programme explain the economic principles underlying the analysis of each topic and relate the theory to the real world and business examples. In particular, many examples are taken from the real world to show how economic analysis and models can be used to understand the different parts of business and how policy has been used to intervene in the working of the economy. Workshops are included in the module to apply economic analysis and techniques to business situations.
The module is carefully designed to tell you what topics are covered under each major subject area, to give readings for these subjects, and to provide a list of different types of questions to test and extend your understanding of the material.Read more
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CB733 - Business Ethics and Sustainable Management
Business ethics and sustainability are central to contemporary management and thus this module will explore the following topics:
• History, definitions and timeline of society's view on business ethics and sustainability
• Cross-disciplinary approaches to ethics and sustainability
• Role of globalisation, policy and culture
• Ethics and ethical dilemmas
• Change Management, Values, Governance and Leadership
• Sustainable Business Models
• Social Innovation
• Partnerships and collaboration
• Responsible Supply Chain Management
• Environmental Assessment Frameworks and Sustainable Management in practice
• Sustainable Supply Chain Management
• Innovation and creativity
• The role and responses of Corporations, SMEs, Public and not-for-profit organisationsRead more
CB749 - International Business: Modes and Functions
This module offers a critical analysis of how multinationals select their target markets and modes of entry and how they manage their various functions in an international context, balancing the needs for global integration and local responsiveness respectively.
• Managing the internationalisation process
• Country selection
• Choosing and designing entry modes
• Managing collaborative arrangements
• International marketing
• International human resource management
• International supply chain management
• International finance
• Research and development in an international perspective
• Managing multinationals using electronic commerce
• Managing multinationals responsivelyRead more
CB757 - Research and Consultancy Methods
This module introduces students to the nature of research and the business consultancy processes involved in carrying out research and consultancy in an area of management, technology and enterprise. The module prepares students for their respective independent research work in an organisational or industry context; and for undertaking management interventions in the workplace.
Indicative topics may include:
• Nature of research - what is it and who cares?
• Research approaches, Philosophy of thinking and claims; and key methodologies of research.
• Research and consultancy project designs and methodologies (case study, survey, etc):
• Data collection and analysis
• Formulating research & consultancy aim(s) and objectives;
• Nature of consultancy and consultancy approaches/interventions;
• Role of management consultancy;
• Research proposal and tender writing, research ethics and project planning.
• The management consulting process;
• Strategy problem solving skills;
• Client engagement;Read more
CB514 - Operations Management
Students will be expected to develop the ability to use appropriate techniques of analysis and enquiry within Operations Management and to learn how to evaluate alternatives and make recommendations. Topics are likely to include:
• Strategic role of operations and operations strategy
• Design of processes and the implications for layout and flow
• Design and management of supply networks
• Resource planning and management
• Lean systemsRead more
CB6005 - International Business: Theoretical Insights
This module provides a critical introduction to the main theories and debates in International Business and uses these theoretical lenses to explain core phenomena in international business.
• Explaining international economic transactions (trade theories, national competitiveness)
• Explaining the existence of MNEs (internalisation theory, eclectic theory, monopolistic advantages)
• Explaining the coevolution of environment and MNEs (institutional theory, resource dependence theory, evolutionary theory, investment development path, product life cycle theory)
• Explaining the growth and decline of MNEs (stages model, market entry/expansion modes)Read more
CB673 - Business in Emerging Markets
The emphasis of the module is in providing students with sound theoretical and empirical foundations for analysing foreign firm strategic behaviour when developing their interests within emerging economies. Applications focus on recent developments in the economies of Central and Eastern Europe, China, Russia, Brazil, Mexico, Central and South East Asia, etc.
This module probes into the workings of strategies and subsidiary operations of firms in these economies, and provides students with a better understanding of the fundamental issues in strategy and subsidiary operations confronted by foreign firms competing in these newly opened and dynamic markets. With this orientation, you will gain insight into how the vagaries of emerging market institutions are challenging and contest subsidiary business development.Read more
CB676 - Strategy Analysis and Tools
The module provides a broad, basic understanding of strategy and strategic management, on which further strategic analysis and exploration of strategic issues can be built. It introduces students to the key vocabulary, concepts and frameworks of strategic management and establishes criteria for assessing whether or not a strategy can be successful. It introduces students to frameworks for analysing the external and internal environments and to different theories of how these relate and of their impact on strategy formulation and implementation.
Students will learn how to identify strategic issues, develop strategic options to address them and decide which option(s) to recommend. Through theoretical readings and case studies, students will develop an appreciation of strategy in different contexts and from different perspectives and of the complexity of strategic decision-making. Students will enhance their ability to read business articles from a strategic perspective and to present strategic arguments in a structured mannerRead more
CB756 - Digital Information Systems: A Management Perspective
Information Systems (IS) are at the heart of every business and pervade almost every aspect of our lives (work, rest and play). Information Systems are treated in this module within the context of the social sciences, offering students a management and organisational perspective on the role of IS in business and how they are managed. This module is not technically orientated but designed to show how information systems are conceived, designed, implemented and managed in contemporary organisations.
The aim of this module is to provide students with the methods and approaches used by managers to exploit new digital opportunities and position their organisations to realise enhanced business value. By the end of this module, students will be equipped with the necessary tools to deal with current business issues including digital transformation through information systems and emerging business models via technological innovations.Read more
CB750 - Project Management
Project Management aims to provide an understanding of the key concepts and practices within the context of the organisational setting and the wider business and technological environment.
This module aims to develop a critical understanding of project management to enable students to recognise the importance of the discipline in a variety of organisational and functional contexts. Students should develop a critical understanding of the concepts employed in project management at strategic, systems and operational levels, and an appreciation of the knowledge and skills required for successful project management in organisations.
The key topics of the module are:
1. Project life cycles and alternative development paths
2. Project planning and control techniques, including CPM and PERT
3. Learning and innovation in projects
4. Resource planning
5. Team management and motivation
6. Contracts and incentives
7. Evaluation and returns
8. Stakeholder managementRead more
Year in industry
All students spend a year in industry, supported by a dedicated placement team and a programme designed to ensure that students gain experience in the functional areas and industries of their choice. For students taking one of the specialist pathways, our strategic partnerships provide opportunities for placements in specific areas.
The placement allows you to experience, first hand, many of the issues addressed in the taught programme and to use the tools, techniques and applications in a real business setting. It will become a vital component of your CV and will give you a distinct advantage over other business graduates.
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CB698 - Business Placement Report
Synopsis of the curriculum
CB699 - Business Placement Experience
Synopsis of the curriculum
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CB679 - Corporate and Business Strategy
This module will extend students' knowledge and understanding of strategic management and strategic issues. It will introduce a range of contemporary issues associated with the formulation and implementation of corporate and business strategies with an emphasis on identifying and implementing strategic change within the organisation, building dynamic capabilities and developing coherent strategies. Issues might include strategies for a recession, global strategies, knowledge-based strategies, firms and industries, strategies where profit is of secondary (or no) importance. The module will also extend students’ theoretical knowledge by presenting contemporary debates and issues in strategic thinking. The module will use a project in which students identify and suggest possible strategic solutions to a strategic issue in a real organisation to develop students’ ability to link theory and practice in real-life situations.Read more
CB688 - Decision Analysis
Making decisions is one of the most important things any manager or business must do. Making smart decisions, however, can be extremely difficult due the complexity and uncertainty involved. Decision Analysis (DA) provides a structured and coherent approach to decision making. It involves a wide range of quantitative and graphical methods for identifying, representing, and assessing alternatives in order to determine a best course of action. DA is regularly employed by many leading companies in the pharmaceutical, oil and gas, utilities, automotive, and financial services sectors. In this module, you learn about the basic concepts of DA and how to apply it in a variety of practical business planning situations.Read more
CB674 - International Business: A Strategic Perspective
This module examines the issues of global strategic management through the analysis of core strategic imperatives, organisational challenges and managerial implications within the context of a multinational organisation (MNE). This module systematically evaluates different approaches to the internationalisation strategies MNEs undertake and the functional and operational aspects (e.g. finance, value chain management, innovation management, HR management, etc.) these strategies impact on. Furthermore, this module assesses issues such as global management of change, global risk management, global management of corporate social responsibilities, withdrawal and divestment strategies.Read more
CB605 - European Business
A synopsis of the curriculum
The curriculum is organised into two parts.
Understanding the European Business Environment (Autumn)
The European Business Environment (PESTEL), History and Development of the EU, Political and Institutional Framework of the EU. Impact of EU policies on business operations: from Single Market to Single Currency, EU Competition and Social Policies, Regional Policy and Industrial Policy, EU Trade Policy.
Doing Business in the 'New' Europe (Spring)
Formulating a European Business Strategy, Identifying Market Opportunities and Evaluating Modes of Entry. Understanding the impact on business of cultural diversity. Management within a European environment. Finance, Marketing and HRM issues for European Business.Read more
CB748 - International Business Management Project
This module will allow students to work on a substantive piece of research which will allow them to obtain in-depth knowledge of a particular subject area within the field of International Business.
• Developing phenomenon-based and/or theory driven research questions in the area of international business
• Literature search and review
• Understanding different research designs used in International Business research projects
• Collection, use and analysis of secondary and primary data
• Preparing and structuring the International Business Project
• Referencing, Citations and Developing writing skills
• Presentation skillsRead more
CB751 - Psychology of the Contemporary Workplace
This module presents an overview of what work psychology is and its relevance and usefulness in improving our understanding and management of people (including ourselves) at work. Many work places operate sophisticated and expensive systems for assessing the costs and benefits of various workplace elements but often do not extend this to the management of employees. This module aims to demonstrate the benefits of having a comprehensive understanding of the role psychology can play in the management of people in contemporary organizations. Indicative content includes:
• Work psychology
• Individual differences and psychometrics
• Best practice personnel selection
• Stress and well-being
• Stereotypes and group behaviour
• Leadership and diversity
• The dark side of personality
• Political behaviour in the workplace
• The psychology of entrepreneurs
• Using work psychology to enhance employabilityRead more
CB746 - Cross-Cultural Management
This module offers a comprehensive introduction to the area of cross-cultural management research. Based on a critical analysis of the assumptions underlying various approaches to studying national cultures, frameworks are applied to understand cross-cultural issues managers in international organisations may face.
• Different approaches to cross-cultural management
• Traditional approaches to studying cross-cultural management
• Different Levels of culture
• Applications of cultural frameworks to managerial problems
• Critical evaluation of traditional approaches to studying cross-cultural management
• Emic vs. Etic approaches to cross cultural management
• Interpretive approaches to cross-cultural management
• Critical approaches to cross-cultural managementRead more
CB747 - International Entrepreneurship
This module offers both theoretical frameworks and practical guidance for students to understand and evaluate the entrepreneurial opportunities, global expansion path, entrepreneurial decision making, and entrepreneurial mobility in the context of international entrepreneurship. The overall aim is to obtain a holistic as well as nuanced global perspective related to international entrepreneurship.
• Theories of international entrepreneurship
• International opportunities and global entrepreneurial team
• Entrepreneur's global expansion path
• Born-global firms
• High-impact/ high-growth entrepreneurship
• Entrepreneurial mobility/ transnational entrepreneurs
• Regional entrepreneurship and innovation clusters
• Institutional environment and exit strategyRead more
CB612 - New Enterprise Development
This module is designed to provide students across the university with access to knowledge, skill development and training in the field of entrepreneurship with a special emphasis on developing a business plan in order to exploit identified opportunities. Hence, the module will be of value for students who aspire to establishing their own business and/or introducing innovation through new product, service, process, project or business development in an established organisation. The module complements students' final year projects in Computing, Law, Biosciences, Electronics, Multimedia, and Drama etc.
The curriculum is based on the business model canvas and lean start up principles (Osterwalder and Pigneur 2010) on designing a business plan for starting a new venture or introducing innovation in an established organisation.Read more
CB613 - Entrepreneurship
10. A synopsis of the curriculum
This module facilitates the development of an entrepreneurial mind-set, and equips students with necessary cutting-edge knowledge and skills vital for generating value in a knowledge based economy. The curriculum will include the following areas of study:
• Broader application of entrepreneurship
• Co-creation as a new form of generating value in an innovation ecosystem.
• Managing innovation entrepreneurially
• Entrepreneurial opportunity
• Entrepreneurial Motivation
• Entrepreneurial Marketing
• Entrepreneurial Finance – Finance fuels entrepreneurship.Read more
CB602 - Digital Marketing Applications
The module looks at how digital marketing applications can be used by modern organisations. The module considers the fundamental technologies that support digital marketing along with the regulatory and societal challenges that must be taken into account, for example, privacy and data protection. The methods available to attract customers through digital marketing are covered making a distinction between paid methods, such as sponsored search, and non-paid methods, such as an organisation's own social media assets. Issues around loyalty are considered especially in the context of falling search costs which enable customers to switch providers.
The unique nature of digital products, for example music downloads or video streaming, are outlined with the marketing challenges and opportunities this presents. The module stresses the importance of implementation, using applied examples, and the uncertainty involved.
The digital marketing environment; Enabling technologies for digital marketing; Website design, implementation and analysis; Social media; Social commerce; Customers in the Internet age: knowing, reaching & retaining the customer; Network effects and versioning; Loyalty, Customer Relationship Management and Data Mining; E-Marketing campaigns; Brands in the Internet age; Data protection, privacy and legal issues; Digital marketing and globalisationRead more
CB677 - Financial Management for Decision Making and Control
The aim of this module is to provide students with in-depth knowledge about the accounting and control systems businesses use for making managerial decisions. In particular, the module focuses on profit planning decisions and it gives students a thoughtful understanding of the functioning and range of financial controls managers use for making profit planning decisions, related to both the business as a whole and its segments. Students are expected to conduct a management project: they will prepare a business plan that takes into account strategic, marketing and financial aspects. The module also enables students to know how to use accounting and control tools to assess business performance, provide feedback and give recommendations for improvements aimed to create more socially responsible and sustainable businesses. As such, this module is core to the degree program, because it gives an introduction to three key areas: managerial decision making, performance management and organisational financial management.Read more
CB520 - Service Management
A synopsis of the curriculum
Students will be expected to develop the ability to use appropriate techniques of analysis and enquiry within Operations and Service Management and to learn how to evaluate the alternatives and make recommendations. Topics include:
• The nature of services and service strategy
• Service development and technology
• Service quality and the service encounter
• Project/Event management and control
• Managing capacity and demand in services
• Managing inventoriesRead more
CB587 - Digital Marketing Strategy
This module aims to develop a critical understanding of the role of digital marketing in modern organisations. The module considers what digital marketing strategy means looking at a range of examples across business sectors. Core areas are looked at including the technologies which make digital marketing possible, the relationship between digital marketing strategies and the wider organisation, the key issues in the development and implementation of digital marketing strategies and the threats, security and other, posed by digital marketing.
The following topics may be covered:
Enabling technologies for e-commerce: The Digital Marketing Environment, Digital Marketing Strategy; The Internet and the World Wide Web; Mobile platforms; Dot com and multi-channel; Social Media and Web 2.0; Database and data warehouses; Web site design and management; Marketplaces; B2B Digital Marketing; Business Models and Innovation.Read more
Teaching and assessment
We use a variety of teaching methods, including lectures, case-study analysis, group projects and presentations, and computer-based situations. You have approximately 12 hours of class time per week, and regular access to an academic adviser for advice on any matter concerning your studies or your performance on the course.
For language study, teaching takes place in small groups, with regularly assessed work throughout the year. The latest language learning technology is used extensively to support classroom-based learning.
Assessment is by a mixture of coursework and end-of-module examinations, with the examinations normally counting for up to 70% of the marks for each module.
The programme aims to:
- develop understanding and knowledge of a broad range of organisations, their management and the changing international environment in which they operate
- provide an academic preparation for a career in international business and management
- provide a broad, analytical and highly integrated study of business and management issues
- provide a sound academic base from which students may continue to benefit from lifelong learning skills and personal development
- develop key intellectual, subject-specific and transferable skills with applications to employability and international management
- integrate theory and practice through a variety of means, including work-based learning, work experience or placement, exposure to business issues through employer-based case studies, visits and inputs from practising managers
- provide students with opportunities to study chosen aspects of business and management in greater depth
- develop skills in a second European language, suitable for use in a business context (where language option is taken).
Knowledge and understanding
You gain knowledge and understanding of:
- organisations, their environments and the management of people, operations, finance, marketing and organisational strategy
- social science concepts and theories, and the ability to apply them to business and management contexts
- contemporary and pervasive issues, deepening core knowledge
- European and international developments relevant to management
- the integration of business theory and practice through a work placement.
You gain the ability to:
- critically evaluate arguments and evidence
- analyse and draw reasoned conclusions to structured and unstructured problems
- apply core numeracy and IT skills to problems
- apply these skills in practice through a work placement.
You gain the ability to:
- identify, formulate and solve business problems using qualitative and quantitative tools
- create, evaluate and assess options in a range of business situations, applying concepts and knowledge
- communicate effectively, orally and in writing, about business issues
- apply core numeracy and IT skills to business problems
- conduct research into business/management issues using a variety of sources and methodologies
- apply these skills in practice through a work placement.
You gain the ability to:
- identify and use information from various sources to assess ideas
- be an effective self manager of time, planning and delivering outputs effectively
- communicate well, orally and in writing, using a range of media
- work in groups and apply other interpersonal skills
- make good use of numeracy and IT skills
- apply these skills in practice through a work placement.
Our International Business graduates find work in public and private sector management and consultancy both overseas and in the UK.
Recent graduates have taken up positions in a wide range of companies and organisations, including:
- Lloyds Bank
- Transport for London
- Yahoo! UK
- Thames Valley Police
Help finding a job
Kent Business School has an excellent international reputation and good links with businesses globally. This network is very useful to students when looking for work in industry. Our qualified careers practitioners provide support to all business undergraduate students for up to three years after graduation.
The University also has a friendly Careers and Employability Service, which can give you advice on how to:
- apply for jobs
- write a good CV
- perform well in interviews.
You graduate with a solid grounding in core business management concepts, theories and skills, with a particular focus on global business.
To help you appeal to employers, you also learn key transferable skills that are essential for all graduates. These include the ability to:
- think critically
- communicate your ideas and opinions
- manage your time effectively
- work independently or as part of a team.
You can also gain skills by signing up for one of our Kent Extra activities, such as adding much-sought-after analytical skills to your degree via Kent’s Q-Step Centre or learning a language.
As a student at Kent Business School, you also have the opportunity to gain the Chartered Management Institute’s (CMI) Level 5 Professional Diploma in Management and Leadership alongside your degree. CMI qualifications are highly sought after by employers.
I enjoyed my studies at Kent. Every module gave me an insight or skill that I have found useful in my work.Sarah Roddis International Business with a Year in Industry
The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. Typical requirements are listed below. Students offering alternative qualifications should contact us for further advice.
It is not possible to offer places to all students who meet this typical offer/minimum requirement.
New GCSE grades
If you’ve taken exams under the new GCSE grading system, please see our conversion table to convert your GCSE grades.
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Mathematics grade C
|Access to HE Diploma||
The University will not necessarily make conditional offers to all Access candidates but will continue to assess them on an individual basis.
If we make you an offer, you will need to obtain/pass the overall Access to Higher Education Diploma and may also be required to obtain a proportion of the total level 3 credits and/or credits in particular subjects at merit grade or above.
|BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma)||
The University will consider applicants holding BTEC National Diploma and Extended National Diploma Qualifications (QCF; NQF; OCR) on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us for further advice on your individual circumstances.
34 points overall or 16 points at HL including Mathematics 4 at HL or SL
The University welcomes applications from international students. Our international recruitment team can guide you on entry requirements. See our International Student website for further information about entry requirements for your country.
If you need to increase your level of qualification ready for undergraduate study, we offer a number of International Foundation Programmes.
Meet our staff in your country
For more advice about applying to Kent, you can meet our staff at a range of international events.
English Language Requirements
Please see our English language entry requirements web page.
Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of 'pre-sessional' courses in English for Academic Purposes. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme.
General entry requirements
Please also see our general entry requirements.
The 2019/20 annual tuition fees for this programme are:
For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.*
Your fee status
The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.
Fees for Year in Industry
For 2019/20 entrants, the standard year in industry fee for home, EU and international students is £1,385.
Fees for Year Abroad
UK, EU and international students on an approved year abroad for the full 2019/20 academic year pay £1,385 for that year.
Students studying abroad for less than one academic year will pay full fees according to their fee status.
General additional costs
Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details.
You may be eligible for government finance to help pay for the costs of studying. See the Government's student finance website.
Scholarships are available for excellence in academic performance, sport and music and are awarded on merit. For further information on the range of awards available and to make an application see our scholarships website.
The Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence
At Kent we recognise, encourage and reward excellence. We have created the Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence.
The scholarship will be awarded to any applicant who achieves a minimum of AAA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications (including BTEC and IB) as specified on our scholarships pages.
The scholarship is also extended to those who achieve AAB at A level (or specified equivalents) where one of the subjects is either mathematics or a modern foreign language. Please review the eligibility criteria.