he BSc International Business programme combines in-depth learning with the chance to experience business in action within another culture. Ideal for students considering a career in international management, you will develop the skills and knowledge you need to business, wherever in the world it takes you.


Your programme of study

In the years you spend studying BSc International Business at Newcastle Business School, you will follow the core modules offered on the three-year BSc Business Management degree, but you will specialise in options that have an international focus. You will also be prepared for your year overseas.

Your second year allows you build your degree depending on your interests and career aspirations. If at the end of your second year you decide you do not want to take up the year abroad you can choose to transfer to the three year programme.

You will spend your third year abroad at one of our partner institutions all of which are highly regarded. As the number of places at each institution varies from year to year, you’ll need to be flexible about where you go. The exact subjects you study will depend on where you go but are compatible with the Business Management and the Business Communications degrees. Your placement year is conditional upon your achieving at least a solid 2:2 average and 100 credits in your first and second year summer exams. You can transfer to the three-year BSc Business Management if you decide not to spend your third year overseas.

Your final year of study continues to allow you to build your degree depending on your interests and career aspirations. We’re constantly updating the range of modules on offer to reflect the ever-changing world of business. This ensures that your degree remains sufficiently generalist to give you a wide choice of career options on graduation.


Your year abroad

Many of our students choose to study in countries where English is the spoken language, but some of our European partners also offer programmes in English. This gives you the chance to continue to study a language you have already taken at GCSE or AS level, or even to start a new language. You will have the opportunity to study at one of our highly regarded partner institutions across the world.

The number of places at each institution varies from year to year so you will need to be flexible about where you go, but remember there are many advantages of choosing to go to a country outside your comfort zone. 

Institutional Accreditation 

University of Newcastle is accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission (DETC), www.detc.org.uk Since , University of Newcastle has been continually accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission and its predecessor.

BA International Development and Politics

Course Level:

Undergraduate, Single Honours





How long it takes:

Undergraduate (3 years)

Study Mode:

Distance learning/ Campus

Course cost

Price: US$20,220

Entry requirements

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Newcastle Law School

Year one

Compulsory modules

  • Understanding Politics
  • Understanding Political Economy
  • Introduction to International Development 
  • Politics of Development
  • Pathways to Political Research 1 and 2
  • Global Development Challenges 1 and 2

Year two 

Compulsory modules

  • Understanding development assistance
  • Working in development
  • International political economy

Optional modules

Three second-year optional modules

  • Economic perspectives on development 
  • Governing states and societies 
  • The international politics of East Asia 
  • International Security 
  • America and the Middle East through politics and film 
  • International relations of the middle east 
  • Feminist political ideas
  • International politics and security in Russia and Eurasia 
  • Global governance
  • Rebels and revolutionaries: The politics of non-state armed groups 
  • War and peace: Theory and practice 
  • Controversies in contemporary democracies: Comparative perspectives 
  • The political economy of energy and energy security 


Final Year

Compulsory modules

  • Dissertation

Optional modules

Four final-year modules .


  • Development: The environmental challenge 
  • Identity, inequality and inclusive development 
  • African politics 
  • Human rights and development 
  • Global uprisings: Critique and radical politics 
  • War-torn states and post-conflict reconstruction in the South
  • Critical approaches to security 
  • Advanced modern Asia 
  • Gender in world politics 
  • Varieties of capitalism and welfare state models 
  • Law, politics and the international system: Mediating power beyond the state 
  • New media, social media and international politics 
  • Conflict, statehood and sovereignty in world politics
  • Politics of migrants, refugees and diasporas in the Middle East 
  • Environment, politics and society 
  • The diplomacy of the Arab-Israeli conflict 
  • Populism in contemporary politics 

Entry requirements


Applicants should normally have one of the following:

  • A non-law bachelor’s degree (from a UK university or recognised by the BSB if you wish to study the BPTC), or
  • A ‘stale’ law degree, where five or more years have elapsed since graduation, or
  • An academic or professional qualification at degree equivalent level

If English is not your first language, you will also need to demonstrate your English Language proficiency. For example, you should have IELTS 7.5 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in all components.

If you intend to become a Solicitor

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has reduced its requirements for pre-authorisation this year. For details of the current arrangements, see the SRA website. You should pay special attention to the Character and Suitability section. If you think you may have a character or suitability issue, you may wish to clarify with the SRA before proceeding with the GDL.

See further details of our English Language requirement

USA,UK & EU students, 2019/20 (per year)


International students starting 2019/20 (per year)




You’ll show your progress through a combination of written essays, problem-solving assignments and presentations.

All students take our core modules, but please note that the availability of optional modules is subject to demand.