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International Business Management

BA (Hons) - single

Accredited by the European Foundation for Management Development Programme Accreditation System (EPAS)

Business School

Studying this course will prepare you for a career in international organisations operating in different cultures. You will investigate how businesses operate internationally and the challenges managers face in an increasingly global world, giving you the confidence to work in a range of international environments.

You will learn about international management, critical thinking and international strategic enquiry, including how decisions are made in culturally diverse organisations, how resources are allocated to ensure success, and the challenges of long-term economic and environmental sustainability. It is possible to switch to one of our other courses - Human Resource Management, Business and Management or Business, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship* - after the first year, offering you maximum flexibility.

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*To switch to Business, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship at the end of your first year you need to have completed The Entrepreneur module as a first year elective.

Typical offers

UCAS points: 120

Available start dates

September 2017 / January 2018 / September 2018

Teaching location

Headington Campus / Wheatley Campus

Course length

  • Full time: 3 years, or 4 with a work placement
  • Part time: up to 8 years

UCAS code

N120

For full application details, please see the 'How to apply / Entry requirements' section.

  • You will be taught by staff who bring considerable experience and links with industry to the school, as well as writing leading textbooks on business and management. In addition, leading professionals give guest lectures,
  • Oxford Brookes University Business School is known internationally for its learning and teaching.
  • You will receive an engaging and vibrant learning experience which will prepare you for future employment in business.
  • It is an exciting time to join our Business School - in 2017 we are planning to relocate the School from its current home in Wheatley to the Headington Campus. As part of the relocation we will be investing £30 million into buildings in Headington especially for Business School use. The redevelopment will provide new teaching and learning facilities for our students, and will enhance opportunities for collaboration with departments across the University.
In Year 1, you will learn about the fundamentals of business and management within an international business context. You also have the opportunity to study one of the many different languages offered at Oxford Brookes, which could contribute up to a quarter of your degree credits. On this course you will develop the skills necessary to prepare you for your future career. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t studied A-level Business Studies because the Foundations of Business module will provide the necessary grounding for the study of business. During the course you will also study economics and accounting. 

In Year 2 and your final year you will focus on international management, critical thinking and international strategic enquiry, including such issues as how decisions are made in culturally diverse organisations, how resources are allocated to ensure success, and the challenges of long-term economic and environmental sustainability. 

The course culminates in the International Business Consultancy project. You will be able to consolidate and enrich your understanding of international business practice and incorporate an internationally based business project undertaken during the inter-semester gap. The project will take place either at one of our international partners or, for students who are unable to go abroad, in an international but UK-based setting. 

Please note: the cost of this field trip is not included in your course tuition fee, and a separate fee will apply. Please email business@brookes.ac.uk for more information.

Study modules

Please see the course structure chart.

 
As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you choose from may differ from those shown here.

Work placements

You can spend your third year on a work placement, which is a great opportunity to enhance your CV, preparing you for future employment. You will gain commercial and practical experience, and many students are offered graduate positions by their placement employer.

Students have enjoyed exciting and challenging positions at Danone, EDF Energy, IBM, Europanel, Samsung, Kantar Worldpanel, Nestlé, PayPal and other global organisations.

During your placement there is a fee which is paid to the university. It covers the cost of your placement tutor, and the support we provide whilst looking for a placement position and during your placement role.

Whilst on your placement you will still be classed as a student. You will be paid a financially sustainable salary which will vary depending on your role, company and location.

For more information about the fees please go to the Fees/Funding section.

Study abroad

To get the most out of your degree you are strongly encouraged to undertake an exchange for one semester at a partner institution abroad. During an exchange you will not only experience at first hand living and learning in a different culture but you will also earn credit towards your degree.

Great opportunities to study or work abroad

You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Brookes. Most exchanges take place in the second year.

Studying abroad provides an amazing opportunity to add value to your studies by:

  • Improving your employment prospects within an international market
  • Boosting your language skills
  • Building your confidence in adapting to new situations
  • Improving your knowledge of different cultures
  • While on exchange you will gain credits which count towards your degree.

We have more than 100 partner universities around the world. Funding is available through the Erasmus scheme, and also via some international programmes such as the Santander Student Awards.

There is also a European work placement programme which gives you the chance to work abroad as part of your studies.

For more information, visit our pages on studying abroad and exchanges.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:

  • studying at a Brookes partner college
  • studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Essential purchases

It's your responsibility to purchase core texts and cover print/binding costs where coursework submission is required. Please note that a lot of the coursework is now submitted online.

Teaching and learning

We firmly believe learning should be exciting as well as challenging. Students are encouraged to take an active approach to their studies through, for example, problem-solving classes, Dragons’ Den-type assessments involving local employers, and sessions working with actors to develop presentation skills. At the Business School we want you to enjoy developing the skills you will need to succeed in the competitive business world.

The distinctive learning activities will support you in developing the knowledge and skills for effective learning in the rest of the course. Later in the course more emphasis is placed on acquiring specialist knowledge, and the compulsory modules will provide different perspectives on international business issues and opportunities for more autonomous learning. The course aims to provide opportunities for you to work with business professionals, for example using guest speakers and live cases from the business community.

Approach to assessment

Students are assessed by a wide variety of methods and we pay particular attention to when and how feedback is given to support your learning. We make use of a range of feedback methods including audio and face-to-face as well as written feedback.

Tuition fees

Home/EU - full time fee: 2017/18: £9,250

Home/EU - cost per module: 2017/18: £750 per single module

Home/EU - sandwich placement fee: 2017/18: £1,380

International - full time: 2017/18: £13,100

International - sandwich placement fee: 2017/18: £3,840

Please note tuition fees for Home/EU students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed in the 'This course in detail' window above.

Questions about fees?
Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088
finance-fees@brookes.ac.uk

Funding and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see:

Typical offers

UCAS points: 120

A-level: BBB or equivalent

International Baccalaureate: 31 points

BTEC: DDM

AS-levels will be recognised in place of a maximum of one A-level (may include a 12-unit vocational A-level). Key skills are not required but would be a positive feature of an application, as would free-standing AS-levels such as Critical Thinking.

A new UCAS Tariff point system is being introduced for students applying to start university in September 2017, which uses  a qualification’s size and grades to calculate total Tariff points under a brand new system. Therefore the Tariff points for 2017 entry for this course, calculated on the same A-level equivalence for BBB, are 120 points. Please visit the UCAS website for more information.

Specific entry requirements

GCSE: Mathematics (grade B preferred), English (grade C or above)

The programme welcomes for consideration applications from applicants with non-standard qualifications.

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements

International and EU applications

Preparation courses for International and EU students

We offer a range of courses to help students meet the academic and English language entry requirements for their courses and also familiarise them with university life.

Find out more about the international foundation pathways we offer and our pre-sessional English language courses.

Country specific entry requirements

If you are studying outside the UK, for more details about your specific country entry requirements, translated information and local representatives who can help you to apply, please have a look at our country specific information pages.

English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

How to apply

Full-time students should apply for this course through UCAS.

Part-time students should apply directly to the university.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Oxford Brookes operates the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Why Oxford is a great place to study this course

As one of the most famous cities in the world, Oxford is a great place to be a student. One in five people in the city is a student, so places, events, amenities and facilities are geared towards university life. Find out all about being a student in Oxford on our Student Life pages. 

Oxford has a growing hi-tech community with many businesses located in the city and surrounding area. It is just over an hour from the hub of business life in London, The City, with easy access to international airports. The Business School is currently located at the Wheatley campus, which is easily accessible on the inter-campus Brookes bus. 

Specialist facilities

At Headington we have developed outstanding facilities. Our John Henry Brookes Building is the most significant project in the history of Oxford Brookes University. Set at the heart of our Headington campus, it has been designed for the future of higher education and has transformed the experiences of our students and the entire University community. Find out more about the John Henry Brookes Building.

We're investing over £30m in the Clerici building, creating modern teaching and learning facilities and creating a new home at Headington for the Faculty of Business.

Set to be complete in 2017, you'll see:

  • the Faculty of Business brought together in a modern, professional environment
  • 30 teaching rooms and a collaborative lecture theatre
  • a new Main Hall with soundproof wall, perfect for teaching and events like graduations
  • social learning spaces and a cafe
  • a new gateway into the Headington Campus.

At the Wheatley campus our current facilities include the Simon Williams Undergraduate Centre, an innovative learning space. It provides a bright, open area, filled with up-to-date technology. Here students and staff can interact, collaborate and share ideas. There are workstations and areas for collaborative learning, as well as facilities for practising group presentations.

General support services

Supporting your learning

From academic advisers and support co-ordinators to specialist subject librarians and other learning support staff, we want to ensure that you get the best out of your studies.

Personal support services

We want your time at Brookes to be as enjoyable and successful as possible. That's why we provide all the facilities you need to be relaxed, happy and healthy throughout your studies.

Career prospects

This degree will prepare you for working across different cultures, enhancing your opportunities for an international career in a wide range of business sectors. Recent graduates have secured employment with HSBC, Deloitte LLP, Accenture and BMW.

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  • Course downloads

  • Undergraduate Business Degrees brochure 2017 - PDF
  • Course Structure Chart: International Business Management