BA (Hons)

International Business Management

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Recent political and economic developments such as Brexit have ensured that international trade agreements, foreign direct investment and the attractiveness of where a company does business and accesses talent is more important than ever.

In the digital age, almost every business operates on the world stage and supplies to multiple countries. In order to compete in this hugely competitive marketplace, graduates need to know how to conduct business overseas and the nuances of doing business in a specific territory. 

This degree will allow you to gain specialist knowledge in managing people of different cultures and backgrounds, and the political and governing structures of different markets that influence how businesses operate. It will provide you with the business knowledge and cross-cultural management skills you will need in order to develop and maintain international business relationships in often volatile political, cultural and economic environments.

We offer four-year routes where you can spend your third year on industrial placement or studying abroad at one of our overseas partner universities.

You can also enhance your employability by studying a language as an integral part of the programme. This can be a language that is new to you, or one previously studied.

Features and Benefits

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

Career Prospects

Graduates with broad-based degrees in business and management or specialist business degrees are well positioned to apply for a range of opportunities in the private or public sector.

Previous graduates have gone into employment in a wide range of management positions in industry, management commerce, banking, finance, manufacturing and the public sector while many others have entered graduate training schemes with international companies such as IBM, Credit Suisse and BMW.

Those with good language skills have often chosen to develop their career outside the UK and now live and work in Europe, Asia or South America. Alternatively you may choose to use your skills to launch your own business or consultancy. Our business incubator, Innospace, can help you to develop your business ideas and provide practical support to get your company up and running.

Read an alumni profile to find out more: 

Guido Mangani, BA (Hons) International Business

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Entry requirements

These typical entry requirements apply to the 2018 academic year of entry and may be subject to change for the 2019 academic year. Please check back for further details.

UCAS tariff points/grades required


104-112 UCAS Tariff Points at A2 (Grades BCC-BBC) or acceptable alternatives e.g. BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma, Extended Diploma at Level 3 (Grades DMM).

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE grade C or grade 4 in English Language and Mathematics. Level 2 Functional Skills English and Mathematics also accepted.

Non Tariffed Qualifications

106-112 UCAS Tariff Points from a relevant Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at Level 3.

International Baccalaureate points

26 IB Diploma Points

IELTS score required for international students

6.0 with no element below 5.5

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Additional Requirements

If you do not meet the entry requirements of this course you may be eligible for our foundation year.

Further information

Applications are considered individually and you are advised to contact our Course Enquires team via the web form

Course details

This degree covers the main principles of doing business in different countries. It will allow you to build a sound appreciation of the different approaches to doing business in different countries and continents, while developing your commercial knowledge of the global business environment. 

All businesses are now exposed to both opportunities and challenges that are presented by a rapidly changing global economy. The BA (Hons) International Business Management degree covers all aspects of this changing business environment and allows you to explore the impact of globalisation for business, from both a theoretical and an applied perspective. 

Contemporary business case studies enable you to see how various types of businesses operate and succeed in international markets. Assessments focus on the application of the skills and knowledge you’ve gained to real life business situations. Given the increasing global nature of business, this degree is topical, contemporary and will strengthen employment prospects in any chosen career, whether this is UK based or in another country.

You will study four, 30-credit units:

  • Global Business Environment
  • International Accounting and Finance
  • Understanding and Managing People

Option unit: 

  • Ideas, Creativity and Entrepreneurship
  • Ideas, Creativity and Entrepreneurship with a Language

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Core Units

Understanding and Managing People

This unit aims to enable you to develop a broad understanding of the human aspects of understanding and managing people through the study of organisational behaviour concepts. It develops an appreciation of the importance of people within modern business organisations and an understanding of the major influences on human behaviour at work.  You will study themes related to the individuals, groups and social interaction, organisation and management, as well as personal and professional development.

Global Business Environment

The aim of this unit is to develop an understanding of a range of factors in the global business environment over which organisations may have limited, if any control over but nonetheless need to mitigate against.  Topics studied include political and legal fundamentals,  micro- and macro- economic elements and concepts, social and cultural (including CSR) factors, technological developments and theories of the firm.

International Accounting and Finance

Alongside developing your technical accounting and analytical skills, this unit also provides practical and up-to-date knowledge of accounting and finance in an international context.

Option Units

Ideas, Creativity and Entrepreneurship/A Language

This version of the Ideas, Creativity and Entrepreneurship (ICE) unit is worth 15 credits and is studied alongside a 15 credit language unit chosen from the languages available at the time (visit the UNIWIDE website for more information). The ICE unit focuses on developing enterprising behaviours, skills and attributes. It builds your awareness of entrepreneurial career paths and the opportunities there are in responsible entrepreneurship. Creativity exercises help you build a business ideas portfolio.

Ideas, Creativity and Entrepreneurship

This unit focuses on developing your enterprising behaviours, skills and attributes. It builds your awareness of entrepreneurial career paths, and the opportunities there are in responsible entrepreneurship. Creativity exercises are used to good effect to help you build a business ideas' portfolio. 

You will study three, 30 credit units:

  • International Marketing and Operations
  • International Political Economy
  • Managing Across Cultures

You will also select one of the following 30-credit option units:

  • Enterprise in Action
  • Enterprise in Action for Placement*
  • Ideas, Creativity and Entrepreneurship.
  • A Language - visit the UNIWIDE website for more information.
  • Responsible Enterprise
  • Work Based Learning (Procedures, Policies and Practice)

*This unit is only available to students on the placement route. 

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Core Units

Managing Across Cultures

This unit undertakes a critical comparative analysis of management practices across a range of contexts and countries and develops your awareness of and abilities in operating and managing across cultures. You will cover themes relating to understanding the behaviour across different cultures, comparing the similarities and differences in Europe, Asia and the Americas. You will also look at how organisations are structured in different cultures, multicultural team working, HR management implications and understanding regional differences. Finally, you will cover topics related to the work environment including successful communication across cultures, developing global leadership, coping with unfamiliar cultures, sensitivity to different cultures, ethics and ethical awareness, exploring how disputes and conflicts arise, and how they might be resolved in cross-cultural management contexts.

International Political Economy

This unit explores and critically appraises the relationship between states and markets, and assesses the impact of institutions of global governance on the dynamics of the global economy. The unit addresses the following issues: Globalisation and regionalism; Contemporary issues such as climate change, the global economic recession, economic development, international security (including their ethical and sustainability dimensions);  Global governance of trade, finance, investment and development. 

International Marketing and Operations

This unit examines international marketing principles and practice, and explores business operations and analytics.

Option Units

Enterprise In Action for Placement

This unit is specifically designed for those in their second year who are seeking a placement. While you will cover the same material as the Enterprise in Action unit, which includes using entrepreneurship theory and creativity exercises, developing entrepreneurial ideas into feasible business models, the unit will also assist you in securing a placement with an employer. 

Ideas, Creativity and Entrepreneurship

Develops enterprising behaviours, skills, attributes, and a reflective approach to the business start-up process. Introduces entrepreneurial career paths, responsible entrepreneurship and international aspects of the start-up process.

Enterprise in Action

The focus of this unit is on a range of aspects including marketing and operational strategies, planning and control, culture, quality improvement and ethics.

Responsible Enterprise

This unit examines the nature and shape of business structure resulting from the responsible business initiatives and approaches enshrined in corporate governance/legal frameworks and implied by the growth/rise of corporate social responsibility and sustainability consciousness. You will explore the identification and analysis of the drivers in the general business environment of sustainability and ethical business practice. You will evaluate business responses to these drivers focusing initially on the business strategy, then more specifically, on individual organisation policies practices.

Work Based Learning (Procedures, Policy and Practice)

When you join any organisation, you are made aware of their workplace procedures and policies. Using current practice from different organisations, this unit examines how policies and procedures reflect the expectations employers have of their employees, how they use them to set standards, manage behaviour and instigate a positive work-based culture.

If you are on the placement route, you undertake a minimum of 36 weeks’ paid work experience between Year 2 and Year 3.

If you are on the overseas study route, you study at a university in Europe, North America, Australia or China (Hong Kong) between Year 2 and Year 3.

If you are on the full-time route, you progress directly to Year 3.

You will study four, 30-credit units:

  • Business in Emerging Markets
  • International Business Theory and Strategy
  • Two option units**

*You can select from a range of option units that will enable to you specialise in a particular subject area. Below is a list of indicative option units that may be available in Year 3. Please note, option units may be subject to change. 

Option units:

  • Applied Management Practice (open to placement students only)
  • Business Analytics and Decision Making
  • Business Ethics and Sustainability
  • Corporate Financial Management
  • Contemporary Perspectives on HRM
  • Digital and Social Media Marketing Communications Management
  • Entrepreneurial Practice
  • Entrepreneurs, Business and Society
  • Global Human Resource Management
  • Integrated Marketing Communications
  • International Sports Ownership and Governance
  • Project Management
  • Psychology at Work
  • Strategic Operations for Business Development
  • Uniwide Language
  • Work Based Learning (Role of the Manager)

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Core Units

International Business Theory and Strategy

The unit (a) provides an in-depth analysis of strategic development options, and (b) examines a range of practical perspectives in the international business context.  It focuses on core themes in international business studies, including: theories of foreign direct investment; foreign market entry modes; and, strategies and organisational structures in the multinational enterprise. Topics covered include: location and competitive strategies; strategy formation; management of internationalised innovation; and, knowledge transfer (each in the context of international business activity).

Business in Emerging Markets

Considers the historical economic and socio-political development of major emerging markets, their current business environment and examines the key issues of doing business in those countries.

Option Units

Digital and Social Media Marketing Communications Management

This unit allows you to develop strategies using digital marketing and social media campaigns.  The unit discusses the relationships between digital marketing and social media, and organisational communications and business strategy, before exploring the opportunities available in the digital and social media marketplace. 

Work based Learning (Role of the Manager)

This unit explores how the role of the manager varies at different levels and in different organisational
contexts. It examines how managers learn and the principles of management development. The unit covers themes such as how managers motivate their workforce and the political dimensions of management. The unit also explores the approaches and purpose of developing leaders and managers. 

Integrated Marketing Communications

This unit covers the planning, development and implementation of integrated marketing communications strategies for a range of target audiences. Current trends within the industry are also explored, in addition to subjects covering marketing communications theory, marketing communications planning; brand theory in the context of communications; targeting and brand positioning; communications strategies & tools; integrated marketing communications, including integrating on-line and off-line, media planning; monitoring, control & evaluation; ethics, legal controls & codes of conduct and current trends within the communications industry.

Applied Management Practice

This unit is designed for students who have taken a work placement who wish to continue a work based approach to
studying management in their final year.  The unit covers subjects such as reflective learning techniques, organisational theory, role of the manager, management styles and managing in different contexts and industry sectors.

Psychology at Work

This unit introduces you to the ways psychology can be used at work. The emphasis is on the practical application of psychological theory to solving everyday challenges at work and learning how to apply psychological insights to achieve a more productive and satisfying workplace. You will gain a critical awareness of the field of occupational psychology and develop your understanding of the psychological tools and resources available to you in your future career.

International Sports Ownership and Governance

This unit is designed to focus on the governance of sports organisations and the practices employed by their boards to carry out their governance role.  Your studies focus on definitions of governance, models of ownership in sports organisations, profit and not for profit organisations, the role of sport in society, stakeholder representation, corporate social responsibility in sport, the role of the state, ethics and principles of good governance, sustainability in professional sport and challenges in the 21st century.

Business Analytics and Decision Making

In this unit academic learning meets with real world business situations with the intention of preparing students for, and providing opportunities in, the world of employment. Additionally, students will learn about and apply advanced analytical and decision making skills.

Entrepreneurs, Business and Society

The unit aims to engage you in the theoretical elements of the concepts of entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship through a series of class debates and research workshops. The unit also aims to develop students research skills through a rigorous analysis of enterprise/social enterprise in the 21st Century, building knowledge from both policy and practice.

Global Human Resource Management

This unit analyses the key features of employment systems in selected countries looking at the history of their development and comparing and contrasting their similarities and differences. It will analyse the impact of Multi-National Companies on HRM policies and practices and discuss the application of specific HRM policies and practices in a global context. The unit investigates the challenges of maintaining labour standards in a global context.

Strategic Operations for Business Development

Explores strategic drivers, structural and infrastructural pre-requisites for the management of operations and logistics within the context of the external strategic environment and the extended value chain.

Project Management

The unit aims to develop knowledge and skills in project management, employing a practitioner and academic perspective.

Corporate Financial Management

This unit provides a framework to allow you to appreciate the issues involved in corporate financial management.  It examines the basic principles of financial management and applies them to the main decisions faced by financial managers.  The unit covers the following topic areas; The objectives of financial management, Time Value of Money, Valuation Bonds / Company, Cost of Capital, Portfolio Theory, CAPM, Efficient Markets Hypothesis, Dividend Theory, Capital Structure, Investment Appraisal Techniques, Real Options.

Business Ethics and Sustainability

This unit assesses the complexities and challenges of business ethics and sustainability by developing a moral imagination and the ability to analyse issues. This involves recognising the wider impact of business upon society and the natural environment and identifying the nature and scope of ethical and sustainability issues. We compare different ethical theories and models of sustainable business and then apply them to issues and actions in the business context. This requires the assessment of information from a wide range of sources and the evaluation of arguments and recommendations in the light of the evidence.

Entrepreneurial Practice

The main aim of this unit is to develop your enterprising behaviours, skills and attributes and build your awareness of entrepreneurial career paths. You will run a small business as part of a team supported by academics and business professionals. You will explore business opportunities through an outline business plan, attend a number of business start-up events, and engage in a series of enterprise workshops. You will capture your learning in your business portfolio.

Business Creation

This unit supports you as you put enterprise and entrepreneurship skills into practice by launching your own business.  This practical unit that allows you to experience starting a business first hand.  You will be assessed on their personal and business development via presentations and business model planning and execution.

Contemporary Perspectives on Human Resource Management

Critically assesses the strategic environment which shapes HRM, focuses on strategies for leading a HR function and examines key people strategies that organisations expect to deliver enhanced performance

Assessment weightings and contact hours

Optional foundation year

Placements options

A placement year can be an excellent opportunity to acquire high quality work experience and structured on the job training whilst earning a salary. The placement must be a minimum of 36 weeks but it will usually last for 12 months and takes place after your second year of study. · We have an award-winning placement team, who advertise vacancies and can help you find a placement. The team has over 25 years’ experience of matching students to employers. They advertise over 1,000 vacancies each year, organise placement fairs where you can meet employers who are actively recruiting placement students. The placement team offer CV workshops and provide one-to-one advice throughout the year and offer opportunities for you to develop and improve your interview technique in mock interviews.

The placement jobs market is competitive and it is your responsibility to be pro-active and apply for vacancies. We recommend that you start researching companies and opportunities during your first year and apply for positions at the start of your second year. Finding the right opportunity and the right position is important because if you are a good match to your placement, your employer could offer you a full-time position when you have graduated. For more information about Placements, see our placements page.

Department of Economics, Policy and International Business

Our Economics, Policy and International Business Department advances knowledge on the issues that matter on a contemporary global stage.

The department is committed to teaching excellence and is led by world-class professionals and academic economists. Reacting to the global needs of the digital age, its aim is to enable students to explore the vast areas influenced by economics and policy.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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Tuition fees for the 2019/20 academic year are still being finalised for all courses. Please see our general guide to our standard undergraduate tuition fees.

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Additional costs

Specialist Costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing.

Placement Costs

There may be the opportunity to attend visit days with local business organisations, the cost of which will usually be covered by the University. These trips are optional.


For further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships, follow the links below:

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS.

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UCAS code(s)

3 years full time  N121,
4 years placement  N120,
4 years overseas  N123,

Remember to use the correct institution code for Manchester Metropolitan University on your application: our institution code is M40

You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.


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