International Business Management - January 2015 2014 entry

BA (Hons) - single

A-level: grades ABB or equivalent
Clearing places for some of our courses may require grades of ABB or higher at A-level and certain equivalent qualifications. However, there may still be Clearing opportunities for applicants with different grades on other courses.
Accredited by the European Foundation for Management Development Programme Accreditation System (EPAS)

This course is run by the Business School

If you are considering a career in international organisations operating in different cultures, this course is for you. The nature of the working world is increasingly global. This degree develops your understanding of how businesses operate internationally and the challenges managers face, giving you the confidence to work in a culturally diverse environment. 

Why choose this course

The international focus of the Business School is reflected in the content of this course. You study in a research-rich environment, learning from the staff who write leading textbooks on business and management and who bring their considerable experience and links with industry into the school.

The course shares a common first year with three other courses, offering flexibility of degree choice if you wish to consider other programmes offered within the Business School in your second year (you can view the course structure in the Downloads section on the right). These courses are:
Business at Brookes is known internationally for its learning and teaching. We adopt an innovative approach to teaching, which helps the student learning experience to be vibrant and engaging. Our students develop skills in critical enquiry along with a firm grounding in business practice which, together, enable them to confidently take on the demands of graduate jobs in leading international businesses.

We are the only business school to host a Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (in assessment) as well as the two national Higher Education Academy Subject Centres in business and management disciplines (Business, Management, Accounting and Finance, and Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism), putting us at the centre of business education in the UK.

This course in detail

In the first year we introduce you to 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.

The first year provides not only the introduction to the degree, but also allows you to develop the transferable skills necessary to ensure a successful time at university and in your future career. The study of economics and accounting is embedded within the course, and if you don't have A-level Business Studies, there's no need to worry, as the Foundations of Business module provides the necessary grounding in the study of business.

In the second and final years there is a strong emphasis 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 International Business Management programme culminates in the International Business Consultancy project. This consolidates and enriches understanding of international business practice and incorporates 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. You can view the course structure here.

Study modules

As courses are reviewed regularly the module list you choose from may vary from that shown here.

Year 1

The first-year compulsory modules are:
  • International Business Context
  • Introduction to Management
  • Analytical Techniques for Business and Management

Year 2 and final year

The core compulsory modules in Year 2 are:
  • Business Strategy for Competitive Advantage
  • Business and Finance
  • Research Methods
  • Leading and Managing People
  • International Business
You then choose three elective modules from a range - such as:
  • International Markets and Competition
  • Ethics in Business
  • Financial Markets and Institutions
  • Environmentally Sustainable Business
  • plus a range of language modules (French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese and Mandarin)
There is also a dedicated module that prepares those students opting to take a work placement in Year 3.

Final-year compulsory modules are:
  • International Business Consultancy
  • Perspectives on International Management
  • Leading and Managing Change
Final year electives include:
  • The Developing Business
  • Dissertation in Business and Management
  • Contemporary Issues in Finance
  • International Marketing
  • Developing Self, Developing Others
  • Entrepreneurial Business Management
  • International Human Resource Management
  • Alternative Perspectives on Management
  • Independent Study
  • International Business Case Studies

Work placements

You have the option of undertaking a year-long work placement within an international business. In the past, students have enjoyed exciting and intellectually-challenging positions at Microsoft, Rolls-Royce, IBM, KPMG, Caterpillar and other global organisations.

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:
  • increasing your employability 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.

Teaching, learning and assessment

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 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.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

A graduate in International Business Management will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of:
    • the contribution of key business functions, processes and structures, and their interrelationships, to business effectiveness
    • the complex and uncertain nature of the global environment, its effects upon the strategic management and direction of business and responses to change
    • the nature of the International Business transformational processes.
  • Explore and critically evaluate business, management and leadership processes, concepts and frameworks through analysis of complex and multifaceted business problems from a range of organisational, industrial and international contexts.
  • Demonstrate an ability to make business and management decisions that:
    • show strategic awareness and an ability to analyse and evaluate options that contribute to business policies and strategies
    • recognise international complexity, multiple perspectives and the culturally mediated nature of organisations
    • use functional data for the management of risk and uncertainty.
  • Take a systematic and integrated approach to the management of people, which acknowledges the uncertainty, complexities and interdependencies of management.
  • Deploy relevant techniques for the effective financial management of business.
  • Examine and deploy a range of business and management research methodologies and techniques, demonstrating an awareness of their role in decision making and the development of ideas at the forefront of the discipline.
  • Use the theory of communication, networking and the management of a multicultural workforce to evaluate practice within a international business environment.
  • Critically evaluate the importance of values, ethics and social responsibility in all aspects of business and personal life.

Disciplinary and professional skills

A graduate in International Business Management will be able to:

  • Structure, design and apply tools of research, analysis, decision making and evaluation to a wide range of international scenarios and problems.
  • Demonstrate skills of critical evaluation to devise, substantiate and sustain arguments contributing to decision making.
  • Identify competencies in the leadership and management of organisational activities and processes in a range of contexts with particular emphasis on multicultural perspectives.
  • Demonstrate self-awareness by reflection on continuing personal and professional development, including the ability to evaluate their own performance.
  • Use and practise business communication techniques including digital and on-line methods.

Transferable skills

A graduate in International Business Management will have developed the following transferable skills:

  • Team working: interact effectively within a team / learning / professional group; recognise, support or be proactive in leadership; negotiate in a professional context; and manage conflict.
  • Self-management: with minimum guidance, manage own learning, exercising initiative and personal responsibility; be able to seek and make use of feedback and evaluate own work.
  • Learning skills: demonstrate the learning ability needed to undertake appropriate further training of a professional or academic nature.
  • Communication: communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions in a professional manner using appropriate media and rhetorical structures.
  • Problem solving: be confident and flexible in identifying and defining complex problems and the application of appropriate knowledge, tools / methods to their solution.
  • Information technology: effective and confident use of relevant and appropriate technologies to enhance learning, communication and problem solving. Students will be able to communicate effectively online and experience working with others using collaborative tools.

Key facts


Business School

Course length

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

Teaching location

Wheatley Campus

Start date

January 2015 2014

UCAS code and Key Information Sets

How to apply / Entry requirements

Typical offers

A-level: grades ABB or equivalent
Clearing places for some of our courses may require grades of ABB or higher at A-level and certain equivalent qualifications. However, there may still be Clearing opportunities for applicants with different grades on other courses.

IB Diploma: 33 points

BTEC National Diploma: 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 Critical Thinking. 

Specific entry requirements

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

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.

Conditions of acceptance

When you accept our offer, you agree to the conditions of acceptance. 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.

Student experience

Why Oxford is a great place to study this course

As one of the most famous cities in the world, Oxford offers everything any student could want and more. It is a bustling and stunning cosmopolitan city with excellent shopping, restaurants, cafes, pubs and clubs.

Situated in the heart of rural England and home to 150,000 people, Oxford is just over an hour from the hub of business life in London, The City, and has easy access to international airports.

Oxford itself has a growing hi-tech community with many businesses located in the city and surrounding area.

The Business School is based at Wheatley, a leafy 80-acre site just 25 minutes from Oxford on the inter-campus Brookes Bus service. Wheatley campus has a wide range of sports facilities and there are pubs and shops in the nearby village.

Specialist facilities

The Simon Williams Undergraduate Centre is an innovative social learning space for the use of Business School undergraduates, based on Wheatley Campus. It provides a welcoming, vibrant atmosphere in which students can socialise, study, work collaboratively, and grab a drink and something to eat.

The building is 'a breath of fresh air' - a bright, open space, filled with the most up-to-date technology, and featuring a cafe which serves high quality food and refreshments. It includes workstations and areas for collaborative working, plus facilities for practising, recording and reviewing group presentations. In addition, there is a Business School teaching room on the first floor, which is equipped with state-of-the-art presentation technology, as well as the Undergraduate Office, the Placements Office and other student-facing staff offices.

The aim of the centre is to provide a space in which both students and staff can interact, collaborate and share ideas.

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.

After graduation

Career prospects

Our active Careers Office ensures that you have help finding the right job. After completing this course you will have developed knowledge of studying and working in different countries and cultures and be well placed to secure positions locally, nationally and internationally. Many of our students have gone on to graduate employment with international companies such as Body Shop, Dell, Sky and Virgin Mobile.