BA (Hons) International Business Management

Technology has made the world smaller. Today, any company can reach an international audience and they need graduates who understand global business.

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Political and economic developments such as Brexit mean that international trade agreements, foreign direct investment and the attractiveness of where a company does business and accesses talent are more important than ever. 

In the digital age, almost every business operates on the world stage and supplies to multiple countries. To compete in this hugely competitive global arena, it’s vital they have people who understand the nuances, challenges and opportunities of operating overseas.

Exploring enterprise, entrepreneurship and emerging markets

We’ll help you 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.

You’ll also develop the cross-cultural management skills you need to build international business relationships in often volatile political, cultural and economic environments.

We offer four-year routes where you can spend your third year on placement or study abroad at one of our overseas partner universities. Past students have worked for Johnson and Johnson in Tokyo, Hellman Worldwide Logistics in the USA and Warner Bros in London.

By the time you leave our business school, you’ll have the business knowledge and cross-cultural management skills to kickstart your career in the UK and abroad.

Features and Benefits

  • Teaching by professionals – our staff work with some of the UK’s biggest companies and pass on their experience through their teaching.
  • Learn in an international city – Manchester is home to some exciting businesses and, on placements, you gain real-world experience through our network of industry connections.
  • Study overseas – spend a year at one of our partner universities the USA, Australia, Canada ,China (Hong Kong), France, Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, Italy, Spain, Cyprus or Lithuania.
  • Global prospects – your degree could take your anywhere in the world and you can learn a language while you study.
  • Regular industry events – attend guest talks and masterclasses delivered by leading industry professionals and network with recruiting businesses at key industry events.
  • Placement or study abroad flexibility – you will enrol on the three year course and decide if a placement or overseas study is right for you once you have started your studies, so you don’t have to decide now.  
“I studied abroad in Frankfurt, Germany for 11 months. It was great to get the opportunity to travel and study abroad on my course.” Adil Kota, BA International Business Management.

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

“While I was at Man Met, I wanted to experience different cultures and thanks to the University, I was able to spend a year studying in the US. My year abroad opened my eyes to the possibilities around the world and gave me the confidence to go and get what I wanted out of a career.

Guido Mangani, BA International Business Management.

Career Prospects

With a thorough understanding of how business operates on a global level, your degree could take you anywhere in the world.

Many of our graduates with good language skills kickstart their career outside the UK and now live and work in Europe, Asia or South America. 

Our graduates work in a wide range of management positions in:

Other graduates have entered graduate training schemes with international companies such as IBM, Credit Suisse and BMW.

Alternatively, you could 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.

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of graduates go straight into employment or further study within six months of graduating.

DLHE survey 2017, for all respondents available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.

Entry requirements

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

Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with a minimum 106 UCAS Tariff Points.

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.


“We get that real world understanding from our partnerships with global businesses such as AJ Bell with UEFA, with Manchester City Football Club, with the United Nations, the World Trade Organisation…” 
Listen to what Donna Lee, Head of Department, has to say about studying at Manchester Metropolitan University…

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 enrol on the three year course which will give you the flexibility when you start your studies to choose a year on placement or to study abroad, so you would complete your degree over four years if you chose this option.

Foundation year

This course has a foundation year available. For more information visit the foundation year page.

During this year, you will study a variety of units. Please see below:

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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. 

During this year, you will study a variety of units. Please see below:

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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.

During this year, you will study a variety of units. Please see below:

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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, the 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

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises of 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

Optional foundation year

Placement options

Most of our business degrees offer the chance to spend a year getting a taste of professional life. It not only gives you the opportunity to develop your core skills and learn about how business really operates in your industry, but also shows employers that you’re ready to get to work.

The Business School Placement Team is ready to help. They offer a wide range of services, including employer presentations, advice and placement fairs. But it’s also up to you – the more proactive you are about applying for placement opportunities, the better.

Find out more about what a placement can do for you. Visit our placements page.

Study Abroad

Many of our courses offer the opportunity to spend up to a year overseas, studying with one of our partner institutions across Europe, or beyond. Go abroad in the third year of your degree, and you’ll not only learn about other cultures, improve your language skills and discover more about yourself – you’ll also boost your career prospects. Having first-hand knowledge of another country’s cultures and traditions can take you far in a range of careers. And, by going abroad you’ll also demonstrate the kind of independent spirit and adaptability that many employers want.

Working Abroad

Gaining work experience with an international flavour offers a double benefit. While you’ll learn valuable professional skills in a real-world workplace, you’ll also experience different cultures, ways of working and new perspectives. Whether it’s a summer exchange, holiday internship or year-long international placement, global experience can make a world of difference to your career prospects.

A City Of Opportunities

Manchester is the engine room of the Northern Powerhouse – an economic success story written even while other areas of the country struggle. Here, business thrives in districts like Spinningfields, which is home to more than 150 financial and commercial services organisations, while initiatives like the Start-up Factory and the Sharp Project help forge the next generation of commercial enterprises.

For today, that puts us in the perfect place to offer an education rooted in the real world – with relevant skills, useful experience and valuable connections to support your entrepreneurial ambitions. For tomorrow, that puts you in a city with a wide range of employers and a growing demand for ambitious graduates.

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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Foundation Year students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £9,250 per year for the foundation year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £16,000 per year. When progressing from the pre-degree foundation year to the linked degree. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study)

UK, EU and Channel Island students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students

Non-EU international students: Full-time fee: £16,000 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

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.


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