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.
  • Triple crown - study in a Business School that has prestigious triple accreditation from EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA.
  • 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 SAR), 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 (Hons) 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 (Hons) 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 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.

Learn more about graduate careers

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points/grades required


A levels ­– BCC-BBC

Pearson BTEC National Extended Diploma – DMM

Equivalent qualifications and combinations will be considered, including Extended Project (EPQ) at grade C or above. Other AS levels (or qualifications equivalent to AS level) are not accepted.

Please contact the University directly if you are unsure whether you meet the minimum entry requirements for the course.

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE grade C/4 in English Language or Level 2 Functional Skills English


GCSE grade C/4 in Mathematics or Level 2 Functional Skills Mathematics

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with a minimum of 106 UCAS Tariff points

International Baccalaureate points

26 IB Diploma Points

IELTS score required for international students

6.0 overall with no individual 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

Global Business Environment 2 (GBE2)

Building on the knowledge acquired in GBE1, this unit explores the nature and outcome of firm activities in home and chosen host locations. The theory and practice of international business strategy and market entry methods (export agreements, FDI, JV etc.) are explored, and the potential (and historical) outcomes evaluated. The ethical and environmental risks posed by international operations are explored and authentic responses and outcomes evaluated.

Introduction to Economic Principles 1

Evaluates the key domestic macro-economic objectives namely growth, inflation, unemployment and exchange rate stability via modelling, analysis, and applications – with an emphasis on assessing the UK economy within its international context.

Introduction to Economic Principles 2

Introduces key introductory micro-economic concepts and objectives including consumer demand and firms' supply and business supply models, the three basic microeconomic models of the market and the implications of market structures on the individual, business and wider society as a whole. Topic areas also include environmental economics; income distribution, ethics - inequality and the impact on individual consumers; raising government revenues through individual and corporate taxation.

International Accounting and Finance

Develops basic accounting knowledge and key financial analytical skills through the examination of the international financial environment and how multinational firms operate within it. The international monetary system and foreign exchange markets are explored and financial statements are analysed and interpreted using appropriate ratios. The need for accounting standards and the reasons for international differences are investigated.

International Marketing

This unit provides an overview of international marketing issues, developing student’s understanding and appreciation of the international business and marketing environment. Fundamental concepts of major market entry modes available to international companies are introduced, and the challenges raised by the management of the marketing mix and international market segmentation, targeting and positioning explored.

Personal Professional & Academic Development (APPD)

The APPD unit focuses primarily on the development of the research, analysis and writing skills needed to acquire and articulate the subject knowledge assessed on the IBM programme. Students will explore the importance of, and approaches to personal branding and social media profiles, in a world where the personal and professional are often blurred.

Digital Skills

On this unit, students develop their existing knowledge and expertise in the Microsoft Office packages used in industry and business across the globe, focussing in particular on Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. Students will create a digital portfolio of work completed, that they will maintain throughout their degree. This digital record of achievement provides evidence of the knowledge and employability skills the student acquired during their studies.

Global Business Environment 1 (GBE1)

In this unit, we explore the important and variously defined concept of globalisation, and analyse contrasting perspectives and views on the nature and potential impact of globalisation at the country level. This analysis will consider country factors that mediate the impact of globalisation, including the political, economic and legal systems, and the available resources, for example skills within the labour force, infrastructure, geographic location, natural resources.

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

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Core Units

Introduction to International Business Theory & Strategy

This unit examines the process of the worldwide economic integration, focussing on both theoretical and practical perspectives of international business. Recent developments and the future of international business are explored, in particular international trade, the political economy of trade, cross-border investment, and modes of market entry. The multinational enterprise (MNE) and small, medium enterprise (SME) are introduced. MNE innovation, competitive strategy and location determinants of foreign direct investment (FDI) explored. The cultural and financial risks for an international business are also examined.

Digital Skills/Research Methods

This unit teaches students to determine the nature of data that will allow them to respond to ‘how’, ‘what’ and ‘why’ research questions. A range of quantitative and qualitative data collection methods are also introduced. Students will use the software skills acquired in the Year 1 Digital Skills unit to record, analyse and present their research findings. Acknowledging the diverse skills and ability with cohorts, individual and targeted software skills training and development will be provided.

Preparing for Employment

In this unit, students are encouraged to consider the skills they will need to compete successfully for roles in their preferred profession(s). In addition to curriculum vitae and the personal, professional and academic information that it should feature. Resilience in the personal, professional and academic contexts, how this can be developed and enhanced and the benefits it can deliver are a key focus of this unit. Industry placements in year three are encouraged, and support for the attainment and development of the necessary skills and knowledge is also provided on this unit. Students will review the content of their electronic record of achievement they developed on the APPD unit and plan the necessary content from year 2 of the programme.

Managing Across Cultures

The purpose of this unit is to develop greater awareness of different cultures and their relevance for managers in the twenty-first century. It aims to develop a critical awareness of the complexity of management in the international context and to apply practices and techniques with sensitivity to national cultural differences. While developing an understanding of the principle areas of management activity in general, this module seeks to enable students to identify and tackle key management issues facing international organisations and to develop the skills and competences required for managing an increasingly diverse, complex and dispersed workforce and customer base.

International Operations Management

International operations is the management of resources in the production of goods and services in international locations and markets. Increasingly sustainable and ethical practices inform international operations strategies. This unit will consider the management of resources, procurement, quality systems, the position of the firm in the supply chain and supply chain management, the movement of goods through effective and sustainable logistics. Consideration will also be made of ethical and sustainable practices of operations and their management in international settings.

Global Political Economy 2

The second Global Political Economy unit explores inequalities in areas such as international trade, finance, international production and development.

Global Political Economy 1

The first Global Political Economy unit explores power, states and hegemony (the idea of dominance and/or leadership in the world order).

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

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Core Units

Business in Emerging Markets 1

This unit evaluates the events and influences, both internal and external, which have shaped the economic and business environment of selected markets. The nature and diversity of the business environments of selected market economies are analysed within a framework of comparative and business economics.

Business in Emerging Markets 2

This unit evaluates the opportunities and challenges of doing business in selected markets. Strategies by which firms might exploit those opportunities and overcome the challenges are explored and evaluated.

Advanced International Business Theory & Strategy

Building on the knowledge acquired in the level 5 Introduction to International Business Theory and Strategy unit, this unit builds upon an array of perspectives and theories ranging from industrial organization theory, institutional economics and international economic theory to strategic and organization theories. A key aim of the module is to combine theory with practice, and to this end, the module will draw upon not only documented case studies, based on real-world firms but also theoretical underpinnings that describe and/or explain the reality for multinational enterprises (MNEs) and small, medium enterprise (SMEs).

Business Project Research/Consultancy (Proposal and Literature review)

Students will develop independent projects around an area of interest related to international business management.

Developing the Early Career Professional

Building on the related Year 1 and Year 2 skills development units, this unit supports students in their preparation and search for graduate employment. Students will prepare the final year content of the electronic record of achievement.

Digital Skills/Research Methods

The focus of this unit is building on the software knowledge and expertise acquired at Year 1 and Year 2, and applying this in the analysis, presentation and reporting of research findings. Students will be (re)introduced to a range of research methods applicable in the project and other final year units.

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:


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. 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: £16,500 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: £15,500 to £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.


Find out more about financing your studies and whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships.

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