International Study Centre

Strathclyde ISC students in the student union

International Year Two Business

Key facts

  • Programme length: 2 semesters  
  • Entry dates: September, November (Enhanced Induction) or January  
  • Progress to: Third year of a four-year undergraduate degree*  

*Some exceptions apply 

A pathway to study Business

If you’re looking to study a business degree at an internationally recognised business school, the International Year Two Business is a two-semester programme equivalent to the second year of a Scottish undergraduate honours degree which provides a route to year three (some exceptions apply) at the University of Strathclyde. 

When you successfully complete the International Year Two programme, you can progress to the third year of a four-year BA degree or the second year of the three-year accelerated BBA degree at the University of Strathclyde.

What you will study 

Designed in collaboration with the Strathclyde Business School, you will study core business modules at a first/second  University-level during the International Year Two Business course while improving your academic English and study skills. 

Core modules

The core business modules will cover various aspects of running a business, aiming to provide you with a well-rounded understanding of how businesses operate and how to make informed decisions.

Academic English Skills aims to provide thorough training in the language and related academic skills which will enable international students to best achieve their academic potential at university. Our Academic English programme is validated by UK ENIC, the UK government agency responsible for providing information and expert opinion on qualifications and skills worldwide.

You will develop awareness and competency in a range of language-related academic skills, including the processes of academic writing, effective and extensive reading strategies, effective participation in seminars and delivery of presentations, and listening to and recording information effectively from lectures. You will also develop the accuracy and range of written and spoken language required to use language effectively and appropriately, with clarity and confidence in an academic context.

Alongside your classes, your studies will be supported by an online learning platform, providing you with a range of tasks and activities specifically designed to develop and extend your language and academic skills outside the classroom and to give you more control over your own learning.

The Economics module explores the micro (with a focus on individual markets and firms) and macro-economics (focusing on behaviour and performance of economies as a whole). This module covers essential theories of economics that provide business students with a base to identify the economic dimensions and to develop an understanding of key external factors and issues that organisations and individuals face in all aspects of their activities and how they are placed in such an uncertain environment.  

This module aims to provide students with an introduction to the basic principles of finance and the corresponding need for decision making within the discipline. In addition, it seeks to provide an elementary knowledge of finance from a practical and theoretical perspective.

A module that prompts students on a learning journey to help them develop their own communication and employability skills. It prepares students to become familiar with current theories of leadership, helping them to reflect on their professional development, team role, management ethos and leadership style, while enhancing their networking and enterprising skills.

The Marketing module aims to provide learners with an understanding of the fundamental concepts and principles that underpin the marketing process. Giving students the opportunity to examine the role and practice of marketing within the changing business environment and contemporary overview of the theories and models relevant to marketing.

This module is essentially an organisational behavioural module, that studies how people behave in an organisational setting and what influences them to do so; enabling organisations to obtain positive outcomes across a range of factors. The focus of this module is to allow students to understand how factors such individual differences, managing behaviour within the workplace and organisational processes influence an organisation’s performance.

Route modules

The modules you will study depends on what degree you are planning to study at the University of Strathclyde.

Business Analysis and Technology

  • Analysing and Improving Operations
  • Managing Business Processes and Information Systems


  • Introduction to Business Finance
  • Portfolio Management and Security Analysis

This module helps students gain an understanding of the principles of operations management in both manufacturing and service industries, these include operations strategy, product and process design, quality management, and lastly control and Improvement. Students will also learn about the management science tools used in decision making, where this will provide them with basic understanding of how managers can be supported with analytical tools to reach justifiable decisions about their operations.

The module aims to provide concepts as relevant to the management of business processes, the role of ICT in knowledge management, managerial implications and organisational, political and market issues relating to the collection and use of information technology, and to teach the practical use of appropriate tools, techniques, and computer software.

Students will gain a comprehensive perception of financial control within business organisations and the decisions management make to create enterprise wealth. The content includes capital decisions for investment, risk and scenario analysis, capital structure, raising and valuing debt and equity capital and managing the working capital cycle and payout decisions. Students will gain an understanding of how business organisations are valued, and how they decide and calculate the return required from each project to ensure that the projects are wealth creating and maintain organisations ongoing sustainability.

This module is intended to provide a sound understanding of the relevant investment theories and principles required to enable students to comprehend how an investment portfolio is developed. Throughout the module both theories, and the application of financial techniques will be studied and will consist of; linear asset pricing models, mean-variance portfolio theory, arbitrage pricing theory whilst studying market efficiency, how bonds are valued, bond portfolio management and evaluating managed fund performance.

Why study business at Strathclyde? 

  • Develop skills in key areas of management, team working and communication, which are highly valued by graduate recruiters, through the University of Strathclyde’s innovative Leadership Development Programme. 
  • Opportunity to tailor your degree to suit your career through a choice of business specialisms. 
  • Benefit from the University's links with business, industry and the public sector. 
  • The University is ranked in the UK top 10 for Business, Management and Marketing by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024.
  • Study at a triple-accredited business school - Strathclyde Business School is one of only 108 business schools in the world to hold this status (MBA Today News 2023).

Degree progression 

By completing the International Year Two Business programme and achieving the required grades, you can progress to the third year of a four-year BA degree or the second year of the three-year accelerated BBA degree at the triple accredited Strathclyde Business School.

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Estelle from Singapore

An average day for a business student in Strathclyde: we’ll probably have a lecture in the morning, we’ll have a tutorial maybe once or twice a week. All business students have to take a compulsory module in addition to all our classes which is called the ‘Management Development Programme’. It’s very useful as it gives us an edge in comparison to other business students. It focuses on presentation skills and transferable skills, so that’s really good.

Estelle from Singapore

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