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. 

    During the year, you are required to study 120 credits. Some modules are compulsory (core modules) and others can be chosen (elective modules).

    Semester 1. Please note there are different options available to you depending on whether English is your first language or not.

    For students who are native speakers:

    STO300 Global Enterprise (20 credits) core

    Please choose a 20 credit elective from the Semester 1 elective list:
    • HRL306 Leadership Practice (20 credits) OR
    • HRL313 International HRM (20 credits) 

    MKT310 International Marketing (20 credits) core

    For students who are non-native speakers:

    STO300 Global Enterprise (20 credits) core

    ELC315 Professional and Academic Communications (20 credits) core

    Please choose a 20 credit elective from the Semester 1 elective list:
    • HRL306 Leadership Practice (20 credits) OR
    • HRL313 International HRM (20 credits) OR
    • MKT310 International Marketing (20 credits)

    Semester 2 (For all students):

    EITHER STO306 Current Issues in Management OR STO308 Current Issues in Information Technology (20 credits) Soft core

    ECN3013B International Trade and International Finance (20 credits) core
    Please choose a 20 credit elective from the Semester 2 elective list:

    Semester 2 Elective for all students:
    • STO301 Operations Management for Competitive Advantage (20 credits) OR
    • STO303 Global Supply Chains (20 credits)

    Semester 2 Elective for non-native speakers:
    • ELC314 International Business Communications (20 credits)

    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.

    Optional modules
    • ELC314 International Business Communication

      The module is designed to help students who have English as a second language to develop and refine their ability to communicate effectively in English in the global business environment encompassing different national cultures, business practices and systems. Students will engage in a range of written and oral tasks and assessments which will develop their business communication skills.

    • ELC315 Professional and Academic Communication

      This module is designed to help students to further develop and refine their ability to use English appropriately and effectively in professional and academic contexts at Year 3. They will do this by reviewing their language development by identifying an area of weakness and adopting appropriate strategies to make progress in that area; engaging in a small research project which they will present to the class; writing an essay and practising relevant professional and academic English skills in small class groups. This course requires consistent, steady work throughout the semester.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • STO308 Current Issues in Information Technology

      The module reviews the latest in IT practice and research and its relevance to the management discipline. It covers topics such as legislation, ethics, security, sustainability and corporate governance and the role IT plays in these.

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 programme specification 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 2018 2019
Home/EU £9,250 £9,250
International £13,000 £13,400
Part time (Home/EU) To be confirmed To be confirmed
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per a number of 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.

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

Assessment breakdown: exams 15%, coursework 85%

Plymouth Business School partnership with CMI

Chartered Management Institute membership for PBS students

Chartered Management Institute (CMI) is the only chartered professional body dedicated to promoting the highest standards in management and leadership, being at the forefront of all aspects of management training and thinking. Plymouth Business School engages in a partnership with CMI to offer students free membership, enabling them to use ManagementDirect - the online multimedia knowledge base providing instant answers to every managerial challenge you can think of.

Find out more about our partnership and how to join CMI

Faculty of Business Potential High Achievers Scheme

We recognise that our students are the future business leaders of the world. We know that our applicants will thrive in this environment, and we want to ensure our best applicants believe in this.

We will be contacting applicants who are not only on course to achieve top marks but who have an outstanding personal statement. 

As recognition of the potential we think an applicant has we will then change their offer to unconditional. Your place at the University of Plymouth will then be confirmed and you can go ahead and make arrangements for your accommodation and move to Plymouth in September.

Find out all the details

Looking for foundation level entry to Business courses?

The following foundation level programmes are currently being updated for a 2019/20 start:

  • BA Accounting and Finance with Foundation Year
  • BSc Business Management (2 year fast track and 3 year programme) with Foundation Year
  • BSc Economics with Foundation Year
  • BSc Events Management with Foundation Year
  • BSc Marketing with Foundation Year
  • BSc Maritime Business and Logistics with Foundation Year
  • BSc Maritime Business and Maritime Law with Foundation Year
  • BSc Tourism and Hospitality Management with Foundation Year

Look out for further details here and on our UCAS pages.

If you are interested in hearing more about these developments, let us know at and we'll keep you up to date.

Matheus Brusamolin Moro – BA (Hons) International Management graduate

“The main reason for choosing to study BA (Hons) International Management at Plymouth was that I always wanted to have an international career, and doing my studies abroad at a renowned university would be the first step to reach that goal. I would recommend the University due to its incredible infrastructure, high-level professors, great location and amazing people.”

Matheus Brusamolin Moro now works as an International Tax Consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in Mexico City, Mexico.

Learn more about Matheus

Felipe Bastos – BA (Hons) International Management graduate

“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 returned home to Brazil to begin his career as a Deal Advisory Trainee for KPMG in Curitiba, Brazil – a global network helping clients to mitigate risks and grasp opportunities.

Find out more about Felipe's story

Studying BA (Hons) International Management at Plymouth

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. I believe that also helped me to build my confidence. 

My favourite experience was taking part in the Languages Café every Wednesday. At first, I attended that activity to finish one of my assignments however it became a habit. I love to listen to people’s words 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, which helped me to find my way to study.

I am going to study a masters course at the University of Leeds in September. I hope to improve my English, especially business English. I will also focus on preparing for my career like fulfilling my CV, learning how to answer questions in a job interview.

Luying Wang
BA (Hons) International Management

Course leader