Plymouth Business School

BA (Hons) International Business Management

UCAS course code N123
Institution code P60
Duration 1 year
Course type Full-time
Location Plymouth

Deepen your knowledge of the international business environment and your understanding of how organisations operate in both multicultural and world contexts. Discover how and why businesses innovate and why enterprise is critical in the global market. Prepare for a career in the world of international business.

You will choose modules to suit your interests, subjects include international supply chains, international trade and finance and for non-native speakers, business communications. You’ll also benefit from tutors who not only provide excellent teaching but also great pastoral care. This course can be studied over one or two years.

International Business Management

Careers with this subject

Our course offers a fantastic way to kick-start your career, increasing your value as an employee in your chosen field, and can also open the door to postgraduate study.

Where can my degree take me?

Real experience every step of the way

As well as expert-led teaching, all undergraduate modules within Plymouth Business School have integrated CV building activity, for example, through micro-credentialing, problem-based learning, or embedded direct employer activity.

We have ensured every module contains a real world problem-based exercise. We have reached out to employers directly to involve real business in our assessments. You will experience real world employee engagement every month.

We know this is key to student academic and graduate success.

Careers service

The University of Plymouth has a dedicated careers service supporting you from the moment you start your degree, to three years after graduation.

Careers advice is embedded into your academic programme through workshops, events, placements, networks - working with the academic staff teaching on your course. We also offer materials, networks and resources online through our 24/7 portal, and a wide-range of activities, opportunities and support centrally in the Careers Service space within the Student Hub.

We are here to help you to explore, connect and succeed.

Discover our careers service

Key features

  • Study this course over two years (Level 5 and 6) or one year (Level 6 only). Providing a route for students from a range of business foundation degrees (and equivalent) to top up to Honours.
  • An optional placement year is offered. Students can decide whether they wish to undertake a placement or continue straight to final year. 
  • The opportunity to develop your understanding of key factors within business and international business.
  • Choose modules to suit your interests, subjects include international supply chains, international trade and finance and for non-native speakers business communications.
  • Benefit from academic staff with strong relevant industrial and academic experience and tutors who not only provide excellent teaching but also great pastoral care.

Course details

  • Course overview
  • Year 2

    Students study 120 credits

    Core modules

    • The Effective Manager: People and Marketing (40 credits)
    • International Business, Digital Business and Accounting (40 credits)
    • Challenge Module (20 credits)

    Choice modules students take one* from:

    • International Supply Chain Management (20 credits)
    • International Trade and International Finance (20 credits)
    • Professional and Academic Communication (20 credits) (only available to students who are non-native speakers)

    Year 3

    Core modules

    • International Strategy and Business Improvement (40 credits)
    • Human Resource Management in a Global Context (20 credits)
    • Enterprise, Innovation and Creativity (20 credits)
    • Global Marketing Management (20 credits) 

    Choice Modules students take one* from:

    • International Supply Chain Management (20 credits)
    • International Trade and International Finance (20 credits)
    • Professional Business Communication (20 credits) (only available to students who are non-native speakers)

    *Note: a module cannot be taken more than once even if offered at a different level.

Entry requirements

For entry onto the two-year programme you must have competed the equivalent to the first year of a UK general business degree.

For entry into the one-year programme you must have completed a foundation degree or equivalent with a business or management emphasis i.e. the equivalent of the first two years of a UK general business degree 

English language requirements

We welcome applicants with international qualifications. To view other accepted qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

Please contact the Admissions Team with any queries.

Fees, costs and funding

The UK is no longer part of the European Union. EU applicants should refer to our Brexit information to understand the implications.

New Student 2020 2021
Home To be confirmed £9,250
International To be confirmed £14,200
Part time (Home) To be confirmed £770
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per 10 credits. Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances. For more information about fees and funding please visit

Undergraduate scholarships for international students

To reward outstanding achievement the University of Plymouth offers scholarship schemes to help towards funding your studies.

Find out whether you are eligible and how you can apply

Additional costs

This course is delivered by the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business and more details of any additional costs associated with the faculty's courses are listed on the following page: Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business additional costs.


How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email

Creating confidence and resilience

We have worked to build capabilities around confidence and resilience into all our courses, and develop in our students an ability to be fearless and nimble when it comes to their careers.

International student Luying describes her experience:

"Study is quite different between China and UK. I learned how to organise my life better, studying at Plymouth required me to make a reasonable plan for my assignments so I learned to make full use of my time.

"There were many activities, which encouraged me to speak to different people which helped me to build my confidence. My favourite experience was taking part in the Languages Café, I love to listen to people and share my opinions. It helped me to improve my English and make some friends as well.

"I strongly recommend undertaking a course with the University because the teachers are so patient and kind. They will answer your questions with great patience and they gave me useful advice."

Plymouth Business School

  • ? Committed to social, economic and environmental responsibility
  • ? Supporting the internationally recognised focus on sustainability and social purpose of the University
  • ? Leading business ready graduates onto a successful career and happy life
  • ? Supporting graduates to make informed choices based on current economic and market trends
  • ? Building students resilience and confidence
  • ? Promoting practical skills development

Course leader

  • Lecturer in Service Operations Management and Business Strategy (Education)
    Expert in services and operations management