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. This course is available with a January or September start.

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. The two year programme offers students the opportunity to undertake a placement between their first and second year.
  • Our innovative course embraces a broad spectrum of industry relevant modules and is especially attractive to students who wish to build a career in the vibrant international business sector. Optional modules give students the opportunity to study areas of interest, subjects include international supply chains, international trade and finance and for non-native speakers business communications.
  • Students have opportunity to develop their understanding of key factors within business and international business. We aim to provide students with the ability to exercise personal responsibility and decision-making in the competitive international business sector.
  • 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
  • Year 1

  • Students study 120 credits

    * Professional and Academic Communication (20 credits) (only available to students who are non-native speakers)

    Core modules

    • Challenge Module (ACF5005)

      Through this module you can select from a choice of topics related to the big challenges business and society are facing today. These might be drawn from the UN Sustainable Development Goals or a country’s industrial strategy.

    • The Effective Manager: People and Marketing (HRL5007)

      Effective managers are vital to the success of organisations. This module will introduce some of the key areas of management practice, exploring the effective management of people and marketing activities in organisations and the role played by the line manager in both. It also explores skills and competencies required for effective management practice, as well as helping students to plan, manage and evaluate their own independent learning, and to communicate effectively in professional and academic contexts.

    • Careers and Professional Development (PBS500CPD)

      This module is aimed at enhancing students employability skills and knowledge especially those who will be undertaking an industrial placement in the third year of their degree. It is designed to build on skills learned in Stage 1 and helps students in their search for a placement, and in their preparation for the placement itself.

    • International and Digital Business and Accounting (STO5003)

      This module examines International and Digital Business and Accounting; you will study aspects of each. For International Business focuses on globalisation/deglobalisation and linked financial aspects such as trade and cultural issues. For Digital Business you will examine key topics including Cultural, Privacy and Security Issues, and e-supply chains, Industry 4.0, Business Readiness, Big data and Digital Business. For accounting largely the key financial statements and their interpretation and introductory management accounting.

    Optional modules

    • International Trade and International Finance (ECN5006)

      This module explores the economic and financial implications of globalisation by examining contemporary topics in international trade and international financial markets. It enables the consideration the impact of the contemporary trading and financial system on areas key business decision making.

    • Professional and Academic Communication (ELC205)

      This module develops your level of English in order to operate effectively in a professional and academic context.

    • International Supply Chain Management (MAR5004)

      Through this module, you will acquire a comprehensive understanding of the principles and practices of international supply chain management and the complexities involved in planning, coordinating and operating various business processes in the management of international supply chains.

  • Year 2

  • Core modules

    • Placement Year (PBS600PLC)

      The placement year consists of an extended period of appropriate professional experience in a business or organisation. It allows the student to gain relevant experience to consolidate their studies and prepare for final stage study and employment after graduation. Students on BA International Business may also or alternatively undertake a study placement at an approved partner institution.

  • Year 3

  • Students study 120 credits

    * Professional Business Communication (20 credits) (only available to students who are non-native speakers)

    Core modules

    • Human Resource Management in a Global Context (HRL6003)

      This module introduces you to the consequences of globalisation for workers and how they are managed, the particular people management issues confronted by multinational corporations (MNCs) and the human resource management systems adopted in different national contexts.

    • Global Marketing Management (MKT6009)

      The module introduces you to the key concepts of global marketing, providing you with an understanding of environmental factors, global marketing strategies and the international marketing planning process.

    • Continued Careers and Professional Development (PBS600CPD)

      The Continued Career and Professional Development module is a development scheme designed to enhance students’ employability and builds on the stage 2 module. The stage 3 module focuses on providing students with information on graduate options and equips them with the knowledge and skills necessary for articulating and recording achievement and applying for graduate positions. The module also includes a number of workshops and events designed to develop students’ skills and knowledge, with the purpose of filling gaps in their CV’s and enhancing their employability.

    • Enterprise, Innovation and Creativity (STO6004)

      The module will enable you to use creative processes to develop an innovative and viable business concept and to pitch for resources from potential stakeholders.

    • International Strategy and Business Improvement (STO6007)

      This module focuses the strategies appropriate to successful internationalisation of enterprises and business improvement. It equips you with the knowledge skills to formulate and implement appropriate strategies when entering developed, developing and bottom of pyramid (BOP) markets and articulates the connections on the global environmental forces and operations strategies.

    Optional modules

    • International Trade and International Finance (ECN6006)

      This module explores the economic and financial implications of globalisation by examining contemporary topics in international trade and international financial markets. It enables the consideration the impact of the contemporary trading and financial system on areas key business decision making.

    • Professional Business Communication (ELC316)

      The module is designed to help students to develop and refine their ability to communicate effectively in the global business environment encompassing different national cultures and business practices.

    • International Supply Chain Management (MAR6004)

      Through this module, you will acquire a comprehensive understanding of the principles and practices of international supply chain management and the complexities involved in planning, coordinating and operating various business processes in the management of international supply chains.

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:

BA International Business Management top up programme specification

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

In light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the changeable nature of the situation and any updates to government guidance, we may need to make further, last minute adjustments to how we deliver our teaching and learning on some or all of our programmes, at any time during the academic year. We want to reassure you that even if we do have to adjust the way in which we teach our programmes, we will be working to maintain the quality of the student learning experience and learning outcomes at all times.
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 2021 2022
Home £9,250 To be confirmed
International £14,200 To be confirmed
Part time (Home) £770 To be confirmed
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 www.plymouth.ac.uk/money.

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 international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

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."

Felipe Bastos

“It made me see things globally and dream bigger. I could see that the world is more globalised and studying or working overseas is not as distant as it was some years ago. Studying abroad in a high level university certainly prepares you and opens doors for bigger opportunities.”

Felipe has now began his career as a Deal Advisory Trainee for KPMG – a global network helping clients to mitigate risks and grasp opportunities.

Find out more about Felipe's story

Marcella Amorim

"The combination of good lecturers, great debates, and a multi-cultural environment provided by the University prepared me in so many ways for what was ahead of me."

Marcella now works as a Trader for Razac Trading in Sao Paulo.

Read Marcella's story

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