Plymouth Business School

BA (Hons) International Management

Deepen your knowledge of the international business environment and your understanding how organisations operate in both multicultural and world contexts. Prepare for a career in the world of international business and improve your professional and business English communication skills.

You will choose modules to suit your interests, subject include international human resource management, global supply chains, operations management, and organisational leadership. You’ll also benefit from tutors who not only provide excellent teaching but also great pastoral care.

Key features

  • Choose to top-up to an honours degree and enhance your career prospects with this one year course.
  • Develop your understanding of the major economic, political, legal and cultural factors within international business.
  • Choose modules to suit your interests, subject include international human resource management, global supply chains, operations management, and organisational leadership.  
  • Benefit from tutors who not only provide excellent teaching but also great pastoral care.

Course details

  • Course overview
  • Discover how and why businesses innovate and why enterprise is critical in our core global enterprise module. Choose modules that align with your interests – discover more about international marketing and organisational leadership. Learn about the key elements of human resource management, look into current concepts, trends and issues within global supply chains and develop your understanding of international trade and finance.

    What if my first language is not English?
    This course includes specific modules aimed at students whose first language is not English. As a non native English speaker you can further develop and refine your ability to use English appropriately and effectively in professional and academic contexts with the Professional and Academic Communications and International Business Communications modulesboth of which are only available to non-native speakers. 
    Core modules
    • ECN3013B International Trade and International Finance

      This module explores the economic implications of globalisation by investigating current trends in international trade and international financial markets.

    • STO300 Global Enterprise

      A module providing advanced study of contemporary international business and theory.

    • STO306 Current Issues in Management

      This module exposes students to current debates within the field of business and management. The content will be fluid as it will draw on contemporary case studies, technological innovation, government legislation and philosophical, ethical or environmental debates.

    Optional modules
    • ELC314 International Business Communication

    • ELC315 Professional and Academic Communication

    • HRL306 Leadership Practice

      Through study, reflection and exercises, this module seeks to develop knowledge and embed the practice of doing leadership. You will explore four different ‘practice’ realms essential to leading: 1) self practices (understanding one’s self as a leader), 2) presentational practices, 3) relational practices and 4) strategic practices. Although theoretical perspectives will provide the substance of lectures, seminars will use arts-based methods to create spaces in which students can experiment with the significance of these ideas for their own enactment of leadership.

    • HRL313 International HRM

      Students are introduced to: the implications of globalisation for HRM and labour, the particular human resource management problems confronted by Multinational organisations; human resource management systems in a range of different national contexts; and the social dimension of the EU and its implications for HRM.

    • MKT310 International Marketing

      The module introduces students to the key concepts of international marketing. It provides students with an understanding of the environmental factors, international marketing strategies and the international marketing planning process.

    • STO301 Operations Management for Competitive Advantage

      This module brings a strategic and problem-focused view to operations management, concentrating on spheres key to operations based competitive advantage, both in goods and service based industries. Particular consideration is given to operations strategy, supply chain management, lean thinking, performance measurement, quality management, project management and topical developments.

    • STO303 Global Supply Chains

      This module deals with issues in the Global Supply Chain, this would typically involve, logistics, customer service, inventory management, transportation, materials handling, management of logistical information, inbound logistics and purchasing, the global logistics environment, supply chain strategy(ies), performance measurement.

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 Management 16 17 4325

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.

Entry requirements

You must have completed a foundation degree or equivalent with a business or management emphasis which includes a module in marketing.

For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

English language requirements

Please contact the Admissions Team.

Fees, costs and funding

New Student 2017 2018
Home/EU £9,250 To be confirmed
International £12,250 To be confirmed
Part time (Home/EU) Check with School To be confirmed
Part time (International) Check with School To be confirmed
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per a number of credits. Fees are correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change.

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.



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