BSc Honours International Business with French (UCAS Code: N1R1)
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There are no specific subjects required and it is not necessary to have previously studied Business Studies or Management.
For students whose first language is not English
An IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Further information on other acceptable English Language qualifications is available here
If you are an international student and you do not meet the English Language requirements, you should consider a preparation course at INTO Queen's University Belfast, which will develop the language skills you need to progress. INTO Queen's University Belfast is based on the University campus and offers a range of courses. For a full list click hereBack to top
Today, businesses operate in an inherently global marketplace and increasingly are looking to expand beyond national boundaries for continued growth and success. This requires a detailed understanding of business theory and practice; knowledge of how and when to adapt market offerings to the diverse needs, wants and demands of international business customers; and an awareness and ability to be sensitive to differences in culture and language.Back to top
The BSc Honours in International Business with a Modern Language degree programme is delivered by Queen's University Management School (Major) and the School of Modern Languages (Minor). Currently two language options are offered:
• French (Intermediate and Advanced), and
• Spanish (Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced)
The degree programme is four years in duration. Students must successfully complete 19 modules to graduate: six in each of the first, second and fourth years of study. In each of these years, students study four management and two language modules. Students must also successfully complete one management module in Year 3, which is spent on placement in order to progress to the final year of study. Management modules studied include:
Applied International Business
Economics of Organisations
Global Business Environment
International Business Strategy
International Financial Management
International Professional Development
Supply Chain Management
Queen’s University Management School is one of the largest Schools in the University with more than 1300 full-time undergraduate students and 300 plus postgraduate students. The School has been delivering high quality programmes for more than 40 years and was one of the first schools in the UK to introduce undergraduate management education. Since then, QUMS has been developing and enhancing its teaching portfolio for both local and international students and boasts students from more than 20 different nationalities.
In recent years, the School has benefited from significant investment resulting in many new academic appointments and state-of-the-art facilities including computer teaching labs with specilaised software and a Trading Room in Riddel Hall. In addition, the new McClay library houses an excellent selection of Management and related texts and there are extensive IT facilities throughout the campus.
At Queen’s, we aim to deliver a high quality learning environment that embeds intellectual curiosity, innovation and best practice in learning, teaching and student support to enable student to achieve their full academic potential. In line with this, one of QUMS’ primary objectives is to deliver innovative learning and teaching programmes that provide students with the competences and skills to make a positive contribution to business, economic and civic life.
On the BSc International Business with French programme we achieve these goals by providing a range of learning environments which enable our students to engage with subject experts both academic staff and industry guest speakers, develop skills and attributes and perspectives that will equip them for life and work in a global society and make use of innovative technologies and a world-class library that enhances their development as independent, lifelong learners. Examples of the opportunities provided for learning on this degree programme are:
Assessment (general): The way in which students are assessed will vary according to the learning objectives of each module. Details of how each module is assessed are shown in the Student Handbook which is provided to all students during their first year induction. International Business with French modules are typically assessed by a combination of continuous assessment and a final written unseen examination. Continuous assessment consists of: Accounting class tests, computer generated practical experiments where students have to manipulate and interpret management-related data, case study research and analysis of a particular organisation and its international business issue, academic essays exploring a specific current issues such as international marketing, business ethics etc., small group project and presentations whereby groups of three/four students work on a particular business-related task and Language refinement exercises including report and essay writing and individual and group presentations in the target language
Feedback (general): As students progress through their course at Queen’s they will receive general and specific feedback about their work from a variety of sources including lecturers, module co-ordinators, placement supervisors, personal tutors, advisers of study and peers. University students are expected to engage with reflective practice and to use this approach to improve the quality of their work. Feedback may be provided in a variety of forms including:
Once you have reviewed your feedback, you will be encouraged to identify and implement further improvements to the quality of your work.
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Those pursuing a career in International Business with French should enjoy working with people as they will have to generate information from a wide variety of sources as they attempt to improve the business (entering new global markets or developing new products or becoming more competitive internationally etc) or solve a specific management related issue. They should be effective communicators as they will be expected to engage with a range of stakeholders including senior management, consumers and consumer groups, government representatives and policy makers, as well as employees and peers. Further, graduates need to have an appreciation of the potential differences in national cultures and their impact on the business environment.
Students interested in pursuing a career in International Business with French must be prepared to take on challenges and be able to adapt to a constantly changing and dynamic business environment. To assist this, core transferable skills acquired throughout the degree programme include the ability to learn independently, problem solve, understand management and related information and work productively as part of a team as well as developing competence in a second language.
Graduate Careers and Achievements
A degree in International Business with French from Queen’s offers a firm base securing an excellent graduate position or further academic study. Career options are extremely varied and the employment opportunities for our International Business with French graduates remain strong. The first cohort of graduates from this programme completed their studies in July 2012 and have secured a range of positions in local, national and multinational organisations.
Recent placement providers include Citi, Paris; Millward Brown in Paris; KPMG, Luxemburg; Alcatel-Lucent, Paris.
Students from this programme have secured either graduate positions or have undertaken placements in advertising, human resources, recruitment, training and development, marketing, export marketing, new product development, market research, brand management, operations management, supply chain management, quality management, business development, accounting, finance, management consultancy.
The Prospects website provides further information regarding the types of jobs that attract BSc International Business with French graduates.
Further study is also an option open to BSc International Business with French graduates. Students can choose from a wide range of Masters programmes as well as a comprehensive list of research topics, as shown on the Queen’s University Management School website.
Other Career-related information: Queen’s is a member of the Russell Group and, therefore, one of the 20 universities most-targeted by leading graduate employers. Queen’s students will be advised and guided about career choice and, through the Degree Plus initiative, will have an opportunity to seek accreditation for skills development and experience gained through the wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer. See Queen’s University Belfast fullEmployability Statementfor further information.
Degree Plus and other related initiatives: Recognising student diversity, as well as promoting employability enhancements and other interests, is part of the developmental experience at Queen’s. Students are encouraged to plan and build their own, personal skill and experiential profile through a range of activities including; recognised Queen’s Certificates, placements and other work experiences (at home or overseas), Erasmus study options elsewhere in Europe, learning development opportunities and involvement in wider university life through activities, such as clubs, societies, and sports.
Queen’s actively encourages this type of activity by offering students an additional qualification, the Degree Plus Award (and the related Researcher Plus Award for PhD and MPhil students). Degree Plus accredits wider experiential and skill development gained through extra-curricular activities that promote the enhancement of academic, career management, personal and employability skills in a variety of contexts. As part of the Award, students are also trained on how to reflect on the experience(s) and make the link between academic achievement, extracurricular activities, transferable skills and graduate employment. Participating students will also be trained in how to reflect on their skills and experiences and can gain an understanding of how to articulate the significance of these to others, e.g. employers.
Overall, these initiatives, and Degree Plusin particular, reward the energy, drive, determination and enthusiasm shown by students engaging in activities over-and-above the requirements of their academic studies. These qualities are amongst those valued highly by graduate employers.Back to top
Compulsory Year Abroad: Year 3 is spent abroad undertaking an international work placement in a region of the globe where the language being studied is the dominant parlance. This is an integral part of the degree, providing students with the fluency and confidence to communicate and work effectively in an international business environment. Examples of placement opportunities include Millward Brown (Paris), Alcatel-Lucent (Paris), Citibank (Paris), Amadeus (Madrid), Training Express (Madrid), and RBC Dexia (Luxembourg).Back to top