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International Business Management

This course is available as a full-time variant of BA(Hons) International Business (without the compulsory year abroad) to non-UK/EU direct entrant students at UWE and at selected overseas partners. 

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Please contact the Course Leader at either UWE Bristol (international students applying to study at Levels 2 or 3 in Bristol) or at National Economics University, Hanoi (for students progressing from NEU BTEC HND Diploma) for further information on applications
Bristol Business School
Three years
Full time
Programme leader:
Mrs Catherine Cai
Key fact:
This course is available to non-UK/EU direct entrant students at UWE Bristol and at selected overseas partners.

Page last updated 6 March 2018


Why BA (Hons) 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 study our course?

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.

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 ways people do business across the world and the challenges and issues they face.

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 it can take you

Career options are broad and exciting. Graduates of this course are equipped with a skillset relevant to a wide range of business and management functions, in addition to knowledge of cross-cultural management, global markets and the challenges of conducting business across borders. Whilst this degree provides a solid platform for an international career in business management you will graduate with transferable skills and graduate attributes relevant to any business career.



The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.


Year one

In your first year, you will study modules that are common across a number of business and management courses. You will study three modules in each of the two semesters. The first year provides a foundation for the development of the knowledge, skills and attributes necessary for your future success.

  • Meeting the Management Challenge (Business, International and Management)
  • Understanding Business and Financial Information (Business, International and Management)
  • Understanding Organisations and People (Business, International and Management)
  • Engaging in Critical Business Enquiry (Business, International and Management)
  • Understanding the Business and Economic Environment (Business, International and Management)
  • Understanding the Principles of Marketing (Business, International and Management)

Year two

In the second year, you will study modules relating to the main functional areas of business and you will develop your research and enquiry skills.

  • Managing People (Business, International and Management)
  • Managing Business Processes (Business, International and Management)
  • International Business
  • Methods of Enquiry (Business, International and Management)
  • Accounting Information for Business (Business, International and Management)
  • One optional module from the list below:

Optional modules:

  • Market Analysis for Private Investors
  • International Trade and Multinational Business
  • Good Business, Bad Business and Sustainability
  • Integrated Marketing Communications
  • Employment Relations OR Law and Equality at Work
  • Entrepreneurship and Small Business
  • Digital Business Management
  • Credit Management: Theory and Practice

Final year

The final year will include a major project, modules which require the integration of the knowledge gained in the earlier years of study and a number of advanced international business module options that allow you to develop your specific interests. The final year curriculum also includes a focus on managing change, both in organisational terms and in terms of your own career.

You will study:

  • Managing Organisational and Individual Change (Business, International and Management)
  • Strategic Management (Business, International and Management)
  • Multinationals in the Domestic and Global Context
  • Business Project, Critical Business Enquiry Project OR Applied Business Project*
  • One optional module from the list below:

Optional modules

  • International HRM
  • Doing Business in Asia
  • Economics of Developing Countries
  • Global Marketing Management
  • International Financial Management
  • International Business in the Emerging Markets
  • 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.

National Economics University (NEU) students enter directly onto Level 3 of the BA (Hons) International Business Management. Students at National Economics University must study either the Critical Business Enquiry Project OR Applied Business Project.

Learning and Teaching

The course is taught through a blend of learning activities - some tutor-led and face-to-face, some student-led and independent, some online, some in groups and some which require students to support each other's learning.

Study time

Lectures, workshops/seminars, group project working and tutoring account for 12 hours of contact per week. However you will be expected to spend significant additional time outside of classes in essential independent study, for example, in preparing for workshops/seminars, reviewing lectures, online working through the university's 'virtual learning environment', reading, conducting research, preparing assessed work and revising for end of module exams.

Our learning and teaching approaches are student focused with the emphasis on helping you to actively find out things for yourself. You will be expected to work with a mix of theory and practice, balancing academic rigour and a practical approach to your work, so that you can appreciate the relevance and application of concepts learnt.


You will be assessed through a mix of coursework and examinations, all of which aim to assess not only what you know and can do but also develop the graduate attributes that are valued by employers. These attributes include communication and presentation skills, IT and numeracy skills, team work, project and time management skills as well as the intellectual skills of problem solving, critical thinking, analysis and evaluation, creativity and innovation.

Coursework comes in many different forms: essays and reports; business plans and applied research projects; portfolios and weekly notes; assessed group and individual presentations and posters. You will also be required to reflect and comment on your own learning and personal development.


Study facilities

Your learning is supported through the provision of high quality study facilities and an excellent library. Dedicated Business Librarians manage vast collections of materials to support your curriculum subjects and independent research and provide further support through information skills sessions and the University's Study Skills website. There is excellent access to electronic databases on and off campus including books, trade press, academic journals, and industry databases. Find out more about the facilities and resources Bristol has to offer.


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.

Award-winning careers service

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Useful links

UWE career resources and downloads

Prospects - careers in business and management


Supplementary fee information

Further information on fees for this course can be obtained by contacting the university.

For information about funding for undergraduate courses see our funding pages.


Typical offers

Entry requirements

The University's Standard Entry Requirements apply.

For National Economics University students, satisfactory completion of the two year BTEC HND at NEU in addition to the equivalent of IELTS with 6.0 in all components or an overall band score of 6.5 or above (including achievement of the TEG International College Level 4 English test) for direct entry into the final year of this course.

How to apply

Please contact the Programme Leader at either UWE Bristol (international students applying to study at Levels 2 or 3 in Bristol) or at National Economics University, Hanoi (for students progressing from NEU BTEC HND Diploma) for further information on applications.

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