Bachelor of Business (Hons) with International Business

Bachelor of Business (Honours) with International Business

Come to Galway, Ireland, and prepare for a career in business around the world. 

If you’re looking to gain a level 8 degree qualification that will prepare you for senior roles in business, the Bachelor of Business (Hons) with International Business is perfect for you.

Available either full-time or part-time, on this cutting-edge programme you’ll:

  • Learn how organisations operate, their styles of management and their business strategies.
  • Become fully versed in the theory and application of business knowledge you’ll require in management roles in companies today.   

You’ll be studying here in the beautiful and vibrant city of Galway, situated on the west coast of Ireland, at our outstanding and well-equipped school.

  • Duration

    One Academic Year

  • ECTS

    60 ECTS

  • Next Start Date

    23 September 2024

  • Accrediting Body

    Quality and Qualifications Ireland

  • Mode

    Full-time Day
    Part-time Evening

  • Level

    National Framework of Qualifications Level 8

  • Assessment

    Continuous Assessment

  • Minimum English Level

    IELTS Level 6.5 or equivalent
    (minimum IELTS 6.0)

EU Full-Time FeesEU Part-time Fees International Fees


What will you learn on this programme?

"The course enables each student the potential to develop their personal skills, including, teamwork, leadership, and communication skills, which are pillars to a successful professional career."

Aoife Kiernan, Bachelor of Business (Honours) with International Business Graduate

On the Bachelor of Business (Hons) with International Business you’ll:

  • Develop your ability to critically analyse and comprehend the latest thinking, theories, frameworks in best business practice in a number of disciplines. You’ll be able to apply this in your workplace.
  • Be able to identify how global strategies develop and diversify and track the outcomes of implemented organisational decision-making.
  • Enhance your communication skills so you can effectively and confidently communicate information, ideas and solutions in both written and spoken forms.
  • Learn how to analyse the cognitive, technical and varying structures of the international sphere, as well as the complex nature of contemporary global business commerce.
  • Be able to employ both cognitive and creative skills to exercise critical thinking in solving global business problems with intellectual independence, which are essential attributes for managers in an international business setting.

Emerge confident, work ready and be more employable in an international business setting.

How is the degree structured?

The degree places an emphasis on the practical application of theory.

You will benefit from blended learning which incorporates both face-to-face lectures and online activities. In addition to this, throughout the semester, workshops and demonstrations will guide you towards a better understanding of your coursework.

Semester 1Semester 2
Contemporary International Issues
Strategic Information Systems
Global Strategy
Personal & Professional Skills Development

Strategic Management
International Financial Management
Innovation & New Enterprise Development 
Global Digital Marketing 
Study Abroad Trip
Adding practical, experiential and an international aspect to this programme, the study abroad trip will include a series of lectures and company visits in an international setting.

Delivery Modes

 The Bachelor of Business (Hons) with International Business is delivered in both a full-time (day) and part-time (evening) basis. 

Full-time mode

If you decide to study full-time, you will have classes over four days during the week, usually starting midday.

You will take part in case studies and group activities which foster a problem-based learning. Exercises such as online business simulations and new business planning projects will help you and your classmates develop imaginative thinking.

Part-time mode

If you will study part-time, it will be over two evenings each week, over two semesters. Workshops, tutorials, company visits and guest speakers will be introduced throughout the course to enrich the learning experience.


You’ll be assessed through a combination of continuous assessment and examinations throughout the programme. 

 These can take the form of:

  • Written examinations
  • Individual and group projects
  • Mock interviews
  • Presentations

This allows students to use your academic skills and capabilities to the maximum, while supporting different learning styles.

Academic Career & Progression Routes 

Whether you want to improve your career prospects or progress to postgraduate studies, our Bachelor of Business (Honours) with International Business opens up exciting possibilities. 

On completion of this course, you’ll be more employable in international business organisations and at a higher salary rate. You’ll feel confident and ready to work in a number of sectors such as: Management, Human resources, Marketing, Finance.

Specific job roles

As a graduate, you’ll be sought after by a wide range of employers, from multinational companies to small and medium-sized enterprises. A degree in international business prepares you for a global, culturally diverse career, with opportunities spanning sectors and industries.

  • International Finance Management
  • International Trade Specialist
  • Marketing Manager
  • International Marketing Manager
  • Management Analysist
  • International Sales Manager
  • Human Resource Manager

On completion of the Bachelor of Business (Honours) with International Business degree, you may decide to further your academic career. Successful graduates may choose from a range of postgraduate options, as well as entry to a range of MSc, MA and MBA programmes in other higher education institutions. 

Why choose Galway Business School?

 “GBS is like a big family. Classmates, lecturers, staff, and even directors are always there to support you. This is something you never experience in a huge university. The small class sizes I feel are so beneficial.”

Sana Terada, Bachelor of Business (Honours) with International Business Graduate 

What sets us apart from other colleges are our small, interactive classes. This, coupled with our excellent links with local businesses, will provide you with an education rich on every front.

By the time you graduate, you’ll be a confident public speaker in presentations and you’ll also have built up your teamwork and leadership skills. You’ll have developed a business plan capable of withstanding external scrutiny and, crucially, you’ll be able to relate to others and understand their needs. 

 An emphasis is placed on the practical application of theory to assist you in gaining a better understanding of how to apply what you learn to real-world situations. 

You’ll benefit greatly from our small classes. Our small class sizes ensure you have close interaction with our industry experienced academic team, who are passionate about motivating you to achieve your best.

What further support do I get from Galway Business School?

As a GBS student, you’ll benefit from a range of support:

  • An induction programme to Galway Business School
  • Student handbook and module guides
  • On-going workshops & seminars
  • Library and learning resources available at Galway Business School
  • Academic writing guides and tutorials
  • Access to teaching and learning support services
  • Virtual learning environment (Moodle) and Turnitin
  • Provision of careers advice, interview and job hunt workshops
  • Pastoral support as required over the period of study

Entry requirements

For the Bachelor of Business (Honours) with International Business all learners must have already completed an ordinary or pass degree, at level 7 of the National Framework of Qualifications.

It you don’t hold a level 7 degree, you cannot gain entry on to the Bachelor of Business (Hons) with International Business, but you might be interested in our Bachelor of Business ordinary degree, level 7.

Irish & EEA students

To enrol on this degree programme, you must apply directly to the Galway Business School or press the apply now button. 

Non-EU students

International students can apply for this programme on a full-time basis only. To get advice on your international qualification, visit NARIC Ireland provides free advice on the academic recognition of a foreign qualification by comparing it to award types and levels on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

For more information on the Bachelor of Business (Honours) with International Business degree programme entry requirements, you should contact the Galway Business School directly at .

English language requirements for international students

Non-native speakers of English must have an English language level of IELTS 6.5+ or its equivalent for this degree programme.

All international learners must complete a mandatory 4-week extensive Pre-Sessional Business English course prior to the beginning of all Galway Business School academic programmes.

This programme will provide learners with an intense focus on Academic English in order to provide international learners with the analytical tools needed to study a full undergraduate course at Galway Business School.

This is a mandatory requirement and the course will take place in our language school Galway Cultural Institute.

If you're not sure of your level now, you can take this quick online English level test.

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