International Business and International Relations 

(2018 Entry)

BA (Hons)

The International Business programme has a multi-disciplinary, internationalised approach to management which opens a gateway into the competitive world of global business. This course encourages you to bring a critical and globalised approach to management theory and practice.

Keele has long been known as a pioneering centre of International Relations scholarship, as it was one of the first universities in the UK to offer a degree in the subject in the 1970s. Today, you will find one of the principal concentrations of International Relations specialists in the UK, and our current staff have internationally recognised teaching and research expertise in the areas of security studies, international history, international political economy and development, regional politics of Europe, Eurasia and the Middle East, feminist and postcolonial approaches to global politics, and political and International Relations theory and regional politics of Europe, Eurasia, the Middle East and Africa.

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

UCAS code: NL12

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Course Overview

International Business at Keele takes a critical perspective on what goes on in organisations, offering a thorough exploration of the ‘nuts and bolts’ of essential business skills and knowledge. You’ll enjoy engaging with a range of interconnecting subjects such as law, human resource management, human geography, finance, politics and media and american studies. You’ll graduate with a wide range of skills to bring to the global employment market, although you might equally go on to study at master’s or PhD level.

You’ll have a solid understanding of both business and the global context, preparing you for a wide range of careers in the public, private and third sectors. You might work in management consultancy, IT, banking, import/export, sales, marketing or logistics, or carry your transferable skills to an indirectly related career of your choice.

The study of International Relations covers key issues of conflict, human rights, environmental change and globalisation, and provides a solid understanding of international organisations such as the UN and the European Union. It also develops a range of analytical skills to help you interpret and explain the processes at work in unfolding current events. In a world of complex interdependence, such skills are of increasing relevance to many areas of business, industry and government.

What will this mean for my future?

This course provides an invaluable lens through which to see and approach the world, which appeals to many employers. You might work in journalism, the civil service or the European Parliament or as a political researcher for an MP or thinktank. You might join international organisations such as aid and development agencies, charity foundations or businesses.

About 25% of graduates from this course study for higher degrees. Some of our well-known graduates include Laurence Mann, the political private secretary to David Cameron, Farah Faisal, Higher Commissioner for the Maldives, and Paul Rimmer, Director at the Ministry of Defence.

Indicative modules

First year

  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Introduction to International Business
  • The Changing World
  • Management in Context
  • The Politics of Sustainability
  • Introduction to Global Political Economy
  • Global Business Environment

Second year

  • International Organisation
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Contemporary International Relations Theory
  • The Politics of the European Union
  • Managing in the Multinational Corporation
  • British Government and Politics
  • International Supply Chain Management
  • Environmental Politics and Policy
  • US Government and Politics

Third year

  • Urban Politics
  • Comparative Business Cultures
  • African Politics
  • The Modern Middle East
  • Business Strategy
  • Politics of Development
  • Debating the Future of the EU
  • Operations and Quality Management
  • Modern Russia


Sandy Koh, Singapore

Sandy Koh, Singapore

"KMS provides you with all the resources and opportunities to develop your true potential."

International Business Graduate, 2015