International Business Management (Top Up)
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About this course
- Entry year:
- Course code:
- Bristol Business School
- One year
- Programme leader:
- Dr Akin Ojolo
- Key fact:
- Top up your existing qualifications to an honours degree. This top-up degree is equivalent to the final year of undergraduate study, and is aimed at students who have previously completed a relevant qualification, such as a Higher National Diploma or equivalent.
Page last updated 1 August 2019
Why International Business Management?
The growth of international business in a fast-moving, complex global economy has created a demand for graduates with knowledge of global markets and management and the challenges of conducting business across borders. The BA (Hons) International Business Management is, therefore, an ideal degree for those with an interest in working internationally and/or in an organisation that operates globally.
Why UWE Bristol?
This applied degree, taught by experienced academics, provides a solid grounding in the fundamentals of business management with a focus on the international dimensions of business. On successful completion of the course you will be awarded a full BA(Hons) degree.
You will explore international business theory and practice through a broad range of modules spanning international management, economics, finance and marketing. Key themes of global citizenship run throughout the course, preparing you for work in diverse environments whilst developing your awareness of the challenges and issues faced by people doing business across the world.
Your learning will be grounded in the external context wherever appropriate through, for example, external speakers and assessments that give you opportunities to test out concepts in practice and to reflect on your own experience of organisations.
The practical nature of the course ensures you graduate with real-world skills and experience to succeed in your international career.
Where can it take me?
Career options are broad and exciting with opportunities to work worldwide.
This degree gives you a solid platform for a career in business management, but you'll graduate with a skillset relevant to any business career.
You might go on to work for multinational enterprises, governmental organisations or start your own global company.
Our graduates have secured roles with employers such as Disney, Bank of Scotland, Airbus and Microsoft. Others are employed across both the private and public sectors, working in the UK and overseas.
The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.
You will study:
- Enterprise Project or Business Project*
- Business Strategy
- Managing Organisational Change
- Integrated Business Management Simulation
- Multinationals in the Domestic and Global Context
- Academic and Professional Development.
Plus, one optional module from:
- International Financial Management
- International Business in the Emerging Markets
- Doing Business in Asia
- Economics of Developing Countries
- Global Marketing Management
- Economic Issues in International Business.
*All projects must be in the field of International Business.
The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved we will inform you.
Learning and Teaching
Our approach to learning is student-focused, with the emphasis on helping you to find things out for yourself.
You'll be expected to balance academic rigour and a practical approach to your work, so you can appreciate the relevance and application of the concepts you learn.
You'll learn through a blend of activities - some tutor-led and face-to-face, some student-led and independent, some online and some in groups. Some involve students supporting each other's learning.
Lectures, workshops/seminars, tutorials and group work make up 12 hours of contact time each week and you'll spend at least as much time again studying independently.
You'll develop your communication and presentation skills and IT and numeracy skills, with a strong focus on data interpretation and analysis. Your improved problem solving, critical thinking, analysis, evaluation and innovation skills will help you stand out as a graduate.
See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.
You'll be assessed through a mix of coursework and examinations to assess what you know and can do and help you develop the confidence and skills that employers value.
You'll complete essays and reports, business plans and applied research projects, portfolios and weekly notes, and assessed group and individual presentations and posters. You'll also reflect and comment on your own learning and personal development.
See our full glossary of assessment terms
In our £55m Bristol Business School, you'll have access to cutting-edge learning spaces.
Designed with student input, the Business School offers learning spaces for individual and group study, interactive learning environments and conference rooms you can book. It's a space for students and businesses to come together, collaborate and form new partnerships.
You'll have access to books, trade press, academic journals, and industry databases including FAME, MINTEL, Marketline Advantage, Passport and WARC both on and off campus.
Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.
Careers / Further study
This broad business degree with an international focus provides an ideal launch pad for developing an international career in any area of business, management and entrepreneurship, and in any sector of the economy. You will however develop a skillset and knowledge base relevant to many other careers.
Graduates are employed in a wide range of roles across both the private and public sectors, working in both the UK and overseas.
Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.
We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.
Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.
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Supplementary fee information
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- GCSE: GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language and Mathematics, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
- English Language Requirement:
If English is not your first language, you will need to meet the UK Border Agency's and the University's minimum English language requirements such as the International English Language Test (IELTS) overall score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component.
You should normally hold an HND or Foundation Degree (or equivalent) in business, management or a related discipline. Or have successfully completed the equivalent of 240 UK credit points (120 ECTS credits).
For advice about entry requirements visit our country-specific information pages.
You can also contact your local British Council Office for advice.
English language support
If you meet the academic requirements but require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend one of our pre-sessional English courses. Students who successfully complete the pre-sessional course can progress onto their chosen degree course without retaking an IELTS or equivalent.
Read more about our Pre-Sessional English Programme.
How to apply
For further information
- Email: Admissions@uwe.ac.uk
- Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 83333