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BSc International Business Management (Italy) is a double degree programme that will fully immerse you in two different cultures, learning environments, business areas and languages. Your Lancaster component is a comprehensive introduction to all areas of modern business, drawing on expertise from across the Management School. You will spend years three and four taking Business and Management modules at our partner university in Italy. You will be taught in the language of that country.Programme overview
With years one and two spent in the UK and years three and four spent in Italy, you will graduate with two full degrees: one from Lancaster University and one from the prestigious Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Piacenza, Italy.
Earning two degrees gives you a considerable advantage in starting your career; your experience will be broader, your language skills will be near fluent (in Italy you will be taught in Italian, whilst in the UK you will be taught in English), and your experience of work, through the programme’s integrated paid work placements, means that you will have a better idea of the direction you want to take.
Through being taught by academic experts in business analytics, finance, accounting, management, organisation and work theory, data analysis, economics and marketing, your first two years of study will expose you to the full spectrum of functions found in any business or organisation. This holistic, interdisciplinary approach equips you for success in your two work placements too, where you will have a strong understanding of all parts of the business and apply your learning in the real world. At the same time, where applicable, you will study Italian in preparation for years three and four.Key Facts
You will graduate with two full degrees; one from Lancaster University and one from the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Piacenza, Italy.Programme outcomes
Our graduates benefit from their strong understanding of all areas of business, their academic and applied experience, and an international perspective, giving them an advantage in the global jobs market. Recent graduates have gone on to work in a wide range of functions in brands including Aston Martin, Deloitte and Neilson.
This degree offers remarkable prospects for graduating students. The international experience in both work and study, together with language and cultural competencies, takes our graduates to highly valued positions in the corporate world.
Graduates have started their careers in various roles, including market research, financial analysis, management, communications and consultancy. They are working with leading global brands such as Aston Martin, Centrica, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, General Electric, McKinsey & Co and Neilson.
Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, but that you also graduate with relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Careers section for full details.
A Level AAB
Required Subjects A level Italian, or if this is to be studied from beginners’ level, AS grade B or A level grade B in another foreign language, or GCSE grade A in a foreign language. Native Italian speakers will also be accepted onto this scheme.
GCSE Mathematics grade B or 5, English Language grade B or 5
IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.
International Baccalaureate 35 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects including appropriate evidence of language ability
BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Distinction alongside appropriate evidence of language ability
We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.
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Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and others which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme to complement your main specialism. We divide academic study into two sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). For most programmes Part 1 requires you to study 120 credits spread over at least three modules which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects. A higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster please visit our Teaching and Learning section.
The following courses do not offer modules outside of the subject area due to the structured nature of the programmes: Architecture, Law, Physics, Engineering, Medicine, Sports and Exercise Science, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedicine and Biomedical Science.
Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, and the University will make every reasonable effort to offer modules as advertised. In some cases changes may be necessary and may result in some combinations being unavailable, for example as a result of student feedback, timetabling, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes and new research.
Economics for Business
This course provides an introduction to microeconomics for students majoring in business-related degrees and delivers a range of important topics for understanding the business applications of economics relating to both consumers' and firms' behaviour.
Introduction to Business Analytics
Business analytics focuses on developing new insights and understanding of business performance based on data analysis.
Designed to give you the kind of skills that are sought after in many organisations, this module introduces you to a range of quantitative techniques for collecting, analysing and interpreting data and develops your understanding of how to apply these techniques to management problems to draw practical conclusions. The module provides the foundations for statistical methods in follow-up modules.
The computing side of the module introduces the use of word processing, spreadsheet software for statistical calculations, and writing of management reports.
You will learn not only the fundamental analytical techniques, but also when and how to apply them to management problems and how to interpret the results. This module also involves you working as a junior business analyst on a simple but realistic case study and reporting results and conclusions to a fictional boss.
Introduction to Financial Accounting for Managers
This module provides an introduction to the analysis and use of published financial statements and concepts underlying financial reporting by companies. It also considers the perspectives of various users and opportunities for creative accounting. The concepts and use of financial statements are placed within the current commercial context, so that you acquire an appreciation of the role of financial accounting.
Introduction to Management
This module introduces a variety of traditional and non-traditional ideas about management, followed by the theory and practice of team working and capability for management. The aim is to provide you with an essential understanding of the basic theories relevant to the management of work organisation and to enable you to identify and understand the limitations inherent within these theories.
Management, Organisations and Work: Key Issues and Debates
This module aims to provide you with a broad introduction to management covering a wide range of topics that are relevant to work, business and organisations. The module begins by locating organizations, work and technology in a broad historical context. It considers the meaning of work and different debates regarding alienation and technology. It then introduces different metaphors through which we can understand and analyse organisations. Finally, it considers the changing nature of employment relations by considering the shift from industrial relations to Human Resource Management (HRM).
The module is constructed to encourage you to think critically and to reflect upon taken-for-granted assumptions about the world of work and management’s role in relation to it. As a means to achieve this, the second part of the course explores the contemporary issue of human resource management and development which fundamentally contributes to the development of employee-engaged and productive organisations. The final part of the module continues the theme of encouraging critical reflection and explores key issues and debates related to gig employment, globalization, sustainability and business ethics that are intimately related to management.
Part I Italian Studies (Beginners to CEFR: A2)
This module is designed for students having little or no knowledge of the Italian language. Consequently, a substantial part of the module is devoted to intensive language teaching aimed at making the student proficient in both written and spoken Italian. At the same time, students will be introduced to aspects of Italian culture and society.
Each week, we aim for one of your language classes to be entirely devoted to the acquisition and development of oral skills. Tutorials are based on a textbook and emphasis is placed on the acquisition of vocabulary and a firm grasp of Italian grammatical structures. There is also one independent language study, giving you the opportunity to complete computer-based exercises.
Beginner modules usually have four classes per week.
Preparation for Placement
During this Preparation for Placement module, you will learn about the skills and expertise employers expect you to evidence; how to produce excellent CVs and cover letters; how to make an impact on application forms, what to expect at interviews and assessment centres. You will get to hear from final year students about their placement experience and a chance for you to learn about the placement opportunities on offer meeting graduate employers.
Principles of Marketing
The aim of this module is to introduce the key elements of marketing as both scientific discipline and organisational practice. The module is designed around three themes which serve as a solid foundation for the second year module MKTG227 marketing Management Essentials and further marketing modules following this.
This module also aims to support students in the transition towards independent learning, and in the development of a critical and analytical approach to ideas and theories.
Data Analysis for Management
This module gives you an introduction to statistical techniques and their applications in the context of business and management problems. In addition, it is designed to develop your ability to make effective use of computer software for data analysis.
The following topics are covered:
- descriptive statistics
- probability distributions
- hypothesis testing
- regression analysis
Further Topics in Economics for Managers
This module is designed primarily for business major students looking to understand the macroeconomic environment, the current challenges in the global economy and the impacts of macroeconomic policies on economic activities. The module aims to provide tools, concepts, and models to guide your decision-making.
The topics it covers include analysis of the long- and short-run drivers of economic activity, the developments in the labour and financial market and monetary and fiscal policies. Beyond a review of key theoretical concepts, the course includes the discussion of case studies that show the concrete applications of how economic agents are addressing global issues, such as environmental challenges, financial crisis and debt problems.
The module requires logical thinking and academic writing skills and is only available to students with no prior background in Economics other than ECON 224.
Introduction to Finance
This module offers an introduction to finance. It covers the financial environment, including assets, markets and intermediaries, capital investment appraisal, an overview of the risk/return trade-off, and the cost of capital.
Italian Language: Oral skills (post Beginners /CEFR: B1)
This module comprises of both oral and aural skills, to be taken alongside the corresponding Written Language module. It builds upon skills gained in the first year.
The module aims to enhance your linguistic proficiency in spoken Italian in a range of formal and informal settings (both spontaneous and prepared). Specific attention will be given to developing good, accurate pronunciation and intonations well as fluency, accuracy of grammar, and vocabulary when speaking the language.
This module also aims at broadening your knowledge about different aspects of modern society, politics and culture, and contemporary issues and institutions.
By the end of this module, you have hopefully developed enhanced comprehension of the spoken language, as used in both formal speech, and in everyday life situations including those that you may encounter in Italy.
Italian Language: Written skills (post Beginners /CEFR: B1)
This module comprises of reading and writing skills to be taken alongside the Oral Skills module.
This module aims to consolidate you have hopefully developed in the first year of study, and enable you to build a level of competence and confidence required to familiarise yourselves with the culture and society of Italy.
The module aims to enhance your proficiency in understanding spoken Italian, as well as in the writing of Italian (notes, reports, summaries, essays, projects, etc.) including translation from and into Italian; and the systematic study of Italian lexis, grammar and syntax.
The module aims to enhance your linguistic proficiency, with particular emphasis on reading a variety of sources and on writing fluently and accurately in the language, in a variety of registers.
Management Accounting for Business Decisions
This module provides an introduction to the use of management accounting information for management purposes. This includes an examination of cost-volume profit analysis, the concepts of direct and indirect costs, and various costing methods. The importance of budgets to organisations and their impact on performance are also discussed.
Management and Consulting Practice and Critique
This module aims to develop your understanding of contemporary management practice through the window of consultancy. It looks at who consultants are and at the major themes in consultancy before critiquing the industry. It examines the analytical skills needed and used by consultants and how consultancy interventions take place. This is tackled theoretically and through a series of practical activities, culminating in a major client project that provides a unifying perspective.
Marketing Management Essentials
This module provides you with the opportunity to further develop your knowledge of marketing management and its conceptual frameworks and techniques as well as to apply and adapt your knowledge of these frameworks to a diverse range of marketing management contexts. Going to market will be examined in terms of business buyer behaviour, consumer buyer behaviour, brands and brand management, channel selection and management, and international markets.
Management Year 1 Abroad
You will spend year 3 taking Business and Management modules at one of our partner universities. You will be taught in the language of that country.
Management Year 2 Abroad
You will spend year 4 taking Business and Management modules at one of our partner universities. You will be taught in the language of that country.
Fees and Funding
We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2023/24 entry fees have not yet been set.
As a guide, our fees in 2022/23 were:
Scholarships and bursaries
At Lancaster, we believe that funding concerns should not stop any student with the talent to thrive.
We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help cover the cost of tuition fees and/or living expenses.
There may be extra costs related to your course for items such as books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation, you may need to pay a subscription to a professional body for some chosen careers.
Specific additional costs for studying at Lancaster are listed below.
Lancaster is proud to be one of only a handful of UK universities to have a collegiate system. Every student belongs to a college, and all students pay a small college membership fee which supports the running of college events and activities.
For students starting in 2022, the fee is £40 for undergraduates and research students and £15 for students on one-year courses. Fees for students starting in 2023 have not yet been set.
Computer equipment and internet access
To support your studies, you will also require access to a computer, along with reliable internet access. You will be able to access a range of software and services from a Windows, Mac, Chromebook or Linux device. For certain degree programmes, you may need a specific device, or we may provide you with a laptop and appropriate software - details of which will be available on relevant programme pages. A dedicated IT support helpdesk is available in the event of any problems.
The University provides limited financial support to assist students who do not have the required IT equipment or broadband support in place.
Study abroad courses
In addition to travel and accommodation costs, while you are studying abroad, you will need to have a passport and, depending on the country, there may be other costs such as travel documents (e.g. VISA or work permit) and any tests and vaccines that are required at the time of travel. Some countries may require proof of funds.
Placement and industry year courses
In addition to possible commuting costs during your placement, you may need to buy clothing that is suitable for your workplace and you may have accommodation costs. Depending on the employer and your job, you may have other costs such as copies of personal documents required by your employer for example.
Fees in subsequent years
Fees are set by the UK Government annually, and subsequent years' fees may be subject to increases. For international applicants starting in 2022, any annual increase will be capped at 4% of the previous year's fee.
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Ranked in the Top 100 worldwide
Lancaster is ranked 85th worldwide for Business and Economics in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings by subject 2022.THE World University Rankings by subject
#70 in the world for Business and Management
Lancaster is ranked #9 in the UK and #70 in the world for Business and Management according to the QS World Rankings by Subject 2022, one of nine subjects at Lancaster to be featured in the top 100 in these prestigious listings.QS Rankings 2022
- Business Analytics BSc Hons : N2N1
- Business Analytics (Industry) BSc Hons : N1N3
- Business Analytics (Study Abroad) BSc Hons : N1N4
- Business Management BSc Hons : N102
- Business Management (Entrepreneurship) BSc Hons : N1N2
- Business Management (Entrepreneurship) (Industry) BSc Hons : N2N2
- Business Management (Entrepreneurship) (Study Abroad) BSc Hons : N2N3
- Business Management (Industry) BSc Hons : N104
- Business Management (Study Abroad) BSc Hons : N103
- International Business Management (Canada - Brock University) BSc Hons : N202
- International Business Management (France) BSc Hons : N2R1
- International Business Management (Germany) BSc Hons : N2R2
- International Business Management (Mexico) BSc Hons : N2R5
- International Business Management (Spain) BSc Hons : N2R4
- International Management BSc Hons : N123
- International Management (Industry) BSc Hons : N124
- International Management (Study Abroad) BSc Hons : N125
- Management and French Studies BA Hons : RN12
- Management and German Studies BA Hons : RN41
- Management and Human Resources BSc Hons : N600
- Management and Human Resources (Industry) BSc Hons : N602
- Management and Human Resources (Study Abroad) BSc Hons : N601
- Management and Information Technology BSc Hons : GN51
- Management and Information Technology (Industry) BSc Hons : GN52
- Management and Spanish Studies BA Hons : RN22
- Management, Politics and International Relations (Industry) BSc Hons : N230
- Politics, International Relations and Management BSc Hons : LN30
- Psychology and Management BA Hons : CN82
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