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International Business Management (BA)

The BA International Business Management is aimed at developing the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in a complex and ever-changing global business environment. The course has an internationally focused curriculum, which features a study abroad option.

The course embodies the principles of student employability and career development through its practical application of relevant academic concepts and theories to the international workplace. All subjects studied on the programme are relevant to the world of work, across specialist disciplines and sectors.

The skills developed to achieve academic success are also those required by international employers and for study at higher levels. The flexibility of the programme allows students opportunities to specialise or to maintain their general studies to keep their options open depending on the trends in the job market.

PATHWAY OPTIONS & HOW TO APPLY

International Business Management (BA)
UCAS Code: IBM1
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The BA International Business is aimed at both domestic, UK, European and international students from a variety of academic and vocational backgrounds. It is available as a three-year full time programme or alternatively as a one-year ‘top-up’ course for students transferring from other programmes. 

BA: 3 years Full Time

Final year International Direct Entry Mode

Students who choose this mode will study the International Business Communications module in block delivery format, at the beginning of their study time. They will benefit from personal counselling and support to establish a foundation for their continuing studies. They will study the remaining five modules (all at 20 credits, level 6) and always benefit from full integration into the wider activities of the Faculty e.g. Enterprise and Industry Weeks, guest presentations, opportunities to enter industry/management competitions or develop business plans to start their own enterprises


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Tuition Fees 2020/21:
£9,000 (Home/EU)
£11,500 (Overseas)

Why choose this course

  1. The involvement of industry experienced and research-informed staff in teaching.
  2. Employability skills embedded across all modules.
  3. Real-world experiences.
  4. The variety of modules and authentic assessments.
  5. The opportunity to study abroad. 
  6. A city-centre location with easy access to public transport links.

What you will learn

Course Overview

This programme offers an academically challenging, vocational experience which incorporates innovative teaching and assessment methods. Students will be expected to be active in managing their learning experience, to be creative and to take initiatives to develop themselves. The opportunity to study business and management in action is a rewarding intellectual experience which also provides a well-grounded base for future career development.

The programme is designed with an emphasis on work-based learning in order to develop your employability skills in preparation for a career in international business. Innovative learning strategies will be vocationally based in order to develop distinctive locally and internationally focused students with the attributes employers require. The University’s international perspective and integration with employers and professional associations guarantee you highly relevant and current content. The wide range of extracurricular activities are both subject related and social experiences including a range of exciting field study trips which will further enhance your student experience.

The skills of managing ICT, communication to peers and external organisations, numeracy, problem solving, interacting in teams, ethical reasoning, critical appraisal, self-management and leadership have been particularly applauded. Students’ progress through the programme ensures that they become increasingly self-confident and capable of managing their own learning. Graduates will have developed self-confidence and the ability to work in diverse environments and communicate at a wide variety of levels. The involvement of employers, visiting speakers and other organisations in the delivery of the programme gives students opportunities to interact with external networks and see the relevance of their studies.

Modules

Modules Include:

  • Project Management and Professional Development
  • Introduction to the Digital Workplace
  • Entrepreneurial Innovation
  • Financial Management
  • Strategic Management and Sustainability
  • International Independent Study Abroad
  • Global Ethics
  • International Business Communication
  • International Consultancy Project
  • International Meetings Management 

The course adopts a modular approach and requires students to study modules equivalent to 120 credits per year with a variety of core and elective options at different stages of student progression.

Year 1 provides a generic foundation to the key disciplines of business and management and personal skill development. There is a community engagement project component designed to familiarise students with the application of key concepts in a practical workplace setting. All modules are compulsory. 

Year 2 builds on the above and develops knowledge of the international business sphere in a variety of disciplines such as finance, marketing and HR. 

Year 3 develops this further through greater analysis and practical application by studying strategy, cultural factors, and leadership and management issues in a global context. There is also the opportunity to choose from a range of options which complement the core modules. Students will also complete an extended organisational consultancy project on a relevant negotiated international theme designed to provide practical advice to an organisation in terms of how to improve in the international arena

Assessment

Assessment methods vary from module to module but you can expect a range of assessments including, coursework, practical work and exams. Assessments combine academic rigor with authentic “real-world” tasks that demonstrate a students ability to meaningfully apply their knowledge and skills.

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Key Information

Entry Criteria

88 UCAS points.

The degree welcomes those who have studied other subject areas prior to entry as well as those applicants who have studied this subject in the past. Applicants with work experience, but few formal qualifications, may also join the programme following assessment of aptitude. In particular, the programme welcomes applicants who have A-level and Edexcel awards as well as a range of other certificates at this level from UK, EU and International bodies.

Other equivalent qualifications are accepted and the admissions panel will consider each application on an individual basis.  Please note also that our offers are not based solely on your academic achievements; we take into account your full range of skills, experience and attainments when considering your application.

Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications.

Career Opportunities

The international job marketplace is increasingly competitive and our graduates exit with significant subject knowledge and relevant skills designed to meet the demands of employers. Possible careers are very diverse including entry (often with exemptions) to the management professions, management trainee programmes in financial institutions, services or manufacturing, management in public and third sector organisations, self-employment, teacher education or further study at master's or PhD levels.

The faculty offers an MBA with an international business specialism for those who wish to undertake further study. The flexibility of study on the programme empowers students to gear their studies to their career ambitions and personal circumstances. The programme’s interaction with employers, the possibility of integration of work-based learning and internships further accentuate the employability of graduates and the currency of the programme content. The integration of UK, EU and international students and a strong Alumni association allows networking and the establishment of long-standing friendships. Many of our graduates now work for international companies around the world.

Additional Costs

Extra costs to be borne by the student

As an institution, we seek to continually enhance the student experience and as a result, additional costs may be incurred by the student on activities that will add value to their education. Where possible these costs will be kept to a minimum with additional activities being optional.

Field trips and placement costs

Field trips will be available for students, which are optional. Costs for UK and International trips will be provided at the beginning of the academic year.

Students undertaking placements abroad will incur travel, living and possibly accommodation costs. The amount will depend upon location and current state of the UK pound. For students undertaking placements in the USA, additional visa costs will apply.

Students will be expected to pay four weeks prior to field trips taking place. Travel and visa costs for overseas placements, three months before departure.

Student Quotes

"I have spent nearly 8 months here, and it is a really valuable and interesting time! I have learnt much knowledge, experienced different living style and seen amazing landscape in this country. I have also been acquainted with so many friendly and lovely people, including the teaching staff here at the school."
Ya Zheng (previous Level 6 student from Wuhan)

"We would like to thank you for a fun and memorable semester which is memorable to us and we appreciate how approachable and encourage the tutors are here."
Cheau Ling and Hui Qi (Previous level 6 students from IUMW)

Bursary / Scholarship Information

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Accommodation

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