Business Management and International Relations 

(2018 Entry)

BA (Hons)

Understanding international politics is a key attribute for any graduate aspiring to work in the business sector. Likewise, understanding business is an enriching benefit for those interested in international politics. Business Management and International Relations offers an interesting honours combination that introduces you to the symbiotic relationship between the two disciplines, allowing you to bring together the economic and the political to deepen your understanding of the world around you.  Graduates of Business Management and International Relations are adept and lateral thinkers, well placed for a number of career options.

Combined Honours
Study abroad
Learn a language
International year
3 years/ 4 years with international year

UCAS code: LNF9

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Course Overview

By understanding both the business driven and the politically centred structures and systems that shape our world, and by exploring how those not only inform but also direct economic and political action by individuals, states, businesses and organisations, you will explore a range of approaches to the study of both international politics and business. Alongside the ‘nuts and bolts’ of business practices such as human resources, supply chains and accounting, you’ll consider the historical, socio-political, economic, gender and geographical structures and interactions in the international system, and you will consider how these impact upon the practice of business on different levels. You will become analytical as well as critical thinkers, and you will gain the academic as well as practical knowledge that will allow you to approach the world of business from an international, as well as a political, perspective. 

What will this mean for my future?

Studying Business Management and International Relations provides you with a wide range of skills in research, analysis, critical thinking, oral and written communication, and presentation, that are relevant to a diverse range of future careers. You might work in business, or work as an economic or political analyst, journalist, or in the civil service. You may seek a career working for an international organisation or aid agency, you may work for an international bank, or you might work for a multinational corporation. Opportunities to study abroad and to learn a language whilst doing your degree add further desirable skills and experiences that will enrich your career following your degree.

Indicative modules

First year

  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Securing Global Order
  • Management in Context

Second year

  • Social Theory at Work
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Operations and Quality Management
  • Contemporary International Relations Theory
  • International Organisation: Mitigating Anarchy

Third year

  • Business Strategy
  • Contemporary Issues in Management


Ben Hollingworth

Ben Hollingworth

"I would recommend Keele because it allows you to see the bigger picture and consider other sectors of business "

Accounting and Business Management, Year Two student, 2017