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.

It’s not too late to apply for September 2019

If you haven’t applied to the University of Plymouth for September 2019 entry, prior to the UCAS deadline, there may still be vacancies on your chosen course.

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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
  • You’ll develop your understanding of the current management issues through contemporary case studies, government legislation and philosophical and environmental debates. You’ll increase your knowledge of issues in the global supply chain involving logistics, customer service and transportation.

    For those students who attend the University of Plymouth two week English language summer school or no summer school the module is DEA300 Academic Skills for International Final Year Direct Entry Students, for those who take the University of Plymouth six or eight week English language summer school they take ELC016 English for Specific Academic Purposes. DEA300 is designed to provide academic support for students transitioning into UK HE for overseas. ECL016 provides English language and Academic Support for these students.
    Core modules
    • 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.

    • STO300 Global Enterprise

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

    • 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.

    Optional modules
    • DEAS300 Academic Skills for International Direct Entry Final Year Students

      This module focuses on the study skills required for the study of business in UK HE for international direct entry final year students, it provides generic skills for students who are new to UK HE, such as information literacy, criticality, different types of assessment, assignment briefs, preparation and planning, and marking rubrics.

    • 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.

    • MAR330 Procurement Management Processes

      This module explores the concept of strategy from theories of strategy to models of the strategic process, relating these models to strategy in the procurement function through the use of SCM relevant strategy analysis tools such as PESTLE, SWOT, Portfolio Analysis. As procurement is an important element of an institutions corporate strategy plans the relevance will be examined.

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 programme specification 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

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.

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

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.

Careers

Our courses are well respected in the industry and will equip you with the knowledge and the specialist skills to excel in this sector.

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.

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