Plymouth Business School

BA (Hons) International Trade and Operations Management

Equip yourself with essential skills to deliver goods and services to customers across the globe in an efficient and cost-effective way. Studying on this one year top-up course, you’ll develop your appreciation of the global marketplace and its impact on business decisions and operational culture. You’ll also gain in-depth knowledge and understanding of international trade and operations management, and build firm foundations to begin your future as a skilled operations manager.

You will also have the opportunity to progress onto a postgraduate programme in MSc International Logistics and Supply Chain Management or MSc Business and Management after successful completion of the top-up course. You will benefit from ten per cent off the masters fee, plus there is no need to repeat your IELTS test if you graduate with at least a 2:2 in your top-up.

Key features

  • Take part in one year of intensive study at one of the UK’s biggest universities starting in September.
  • Benefit from academic staff who have relevant industrial and academic experience.
  • Enhance your employability through a combination of academic analysis and the development of key skills.
  • Progress onto a postgraduate programme in MSc International Logistics and Supply Chain Management or MSc Business and Management after successful completion of the top-up course.
  • Benefit from ten per cent off the masters fee, plus there is no need to repeat your IELTS test if you graduate with at least a 2:2 in your top-up.

Course details

  • Course overview
  • During the year you will study six core modules. You’ll develop your understanding of the current management issues through contemporary case studies, government legislation and philosophical, ethical and environmental debates. You'll increase your knowledge of issues in the global supply chain involving logistics, customer service and transportation, and undertake a research module introducing you to the research process and sources of data used in international logistics.
    Core modules
    • 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.

    • MAR322 Research Skills for International Business

      This module introduces students to the research processes and sources of data used in international logistics and related fields. It develops skills in interpreting, evaluating and presenting information in this complex international environment.

    • ECN3013A International Trade and International Finance

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

    • 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.

    • STO300 Global Enterprise

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

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 Trade and Operations Management 16 17 3777

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 will need to hold a foundation degree in business or a recognised equivalent.

IELTS of 6.0 or equivalent English qualification (with a minimum of 5.5 in listening, reading, speaking and writing).  

If you have an IELTS of 5.5 or 5.0 (with a minimum of 5.0 in listening, reading, speaking and writing), you may also be offered a place subject to satisfactory completion of an eight or twelve week English language summer school.

English language requirements

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

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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