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Business Management and International Relations

BA (Hons)

Key facts


UCAS code

N2L2

Start dates

September 2020 / September 2021

Location

Headington

Course length

Full time: 3 years

Part time: up to 6 years

Overview


This degree enables students to gain an understanding of the theory and practice of both business management and international relations, drawing on teaching and research expertise from both the Business School and the Department of Social Sciences

The course combines study of the fundamentals of both subjects with the opportunity to focus on individual areas of interest through specialist option modules. Students will also develop their employability and personal self-awareness throughout the course. 

An integral part of the programme is the opportunity to undertake a work placement, and in the final year of study, students have the opportunity to complete an interdisciplinary dissertation. 

Graduates of this course will have a broad and interdisciplinary education, equipping them for a wide range of careers, combining knowledge of the practices of business and management, with an understanding of the different perspectives on International Relations and their application. 

You may also be interested in studying our Business and Management course. 

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How to apply


Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. The combination of A-level grades listed here would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

Standard offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 104

A Level: BCC

IB Points: 29

BTEC: DMM

Further offer details

Applications are also welcomed for consideration from applicants with European qualifications, international qualifications or recognised foundation courses. For advice on eligibility please contact Admissions: admissions@brookes.ac.uk

If you don’t achieve the required tariff points you can apply to join a foundation course, like Foundation in Business or an international foundation course to help to reach the required level for entry onto this degree.

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

A Level: BCC

GCSE: Mathematics (grade C/4 or above) and English (grade C/ 4 or above)

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences

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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.

Pathways courses for international and EU students

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this degree, or if you would like more preparation before you start, you can take an international foundation course. Once you enrol, you will have a guaranteed pathway to this degree if you pass your foundation course with the required grades.

If you only need to meet the language requirements, you can take our pre-sessional English course. You will develop key language and study skills for academic success and you will not need to take an external language test to progress to your degree.

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

Many of our courses consider applications for entry with credit for prior learning. Each application is individually assessed by our credit entry tutors. 

If you would like more information about whether or not you may be eligible for the award of credit, for example from an HND, partly-completed degree or foundation degree, please contact our Admissions team.

We operate 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.

Application process

Full time Home / EU applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home / EU applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees


Please see the fees note
Home/EU full time
£9,250

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

Home/EU sandwich (placement)
£1,380

International full time
£14,100

International sandwich (placement)
£4,000

Home (UK) full time
£9,250 (subject to confirmation, September 2020)

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module (subject to confirmation, Sept 20)

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)
£1,380

International / EU full time
£14,500

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees


2020 / 21
Home/EU full time
£9,250

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

Home/EU sandwich (placement)
£1,380

International full time
£14,100

International sandwich (placement)
£4,000

2021 / 22
Home (UK) full time
£9,250 (subject to confirmation, September 2020)

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module (subject to confirmation, Sept 20)

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)
£1,380

International / EU full time
£14,500

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

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.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning home and EU students at the maximum permitted level.

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

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 below.

We do not expect students to purchase any compulsory course books, as they are all available in the library. If students wish to purchase additional books to supplement their reading this is at their own discretion.

Learning and assessment


Learning takes place through a variety of means and modes of delivery, including online, and in lectures, seminars, workshops, case studies, problem-solving activities and fieldwork. 

In Year 1 your core modules introduce you to key elements of business, management and international relations, in preparation for more specialised study in years 2 and 3. 

In Years 2 and 3 you can specialise further in the areas that interest you most and continue to develop your employability skills. In your final year, you will take both the business and management synoptic - which allows you to focus deeply on an area of personal interest and develops key employment skills - and either an interdisciplinary or International Relations dissertation. You also have a range of option modules to tailor your studies to reflect your interests or aspirations.

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Study modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Accounting and Financial Information

Introduction to Business and Management

Introduction to International Relations 1: Perspectives

Introduction to International Relations 2: Themes and Issues

Optional modules

Academic Literacy in Politics and International Relations

Choose 1 module from this list

  • Global Business Communications
  • The Entrepreneur
  • Politics in Comparative Perspective
  • Foundations of Social Theory

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Business Strategy for Competitive Advantage

Developing Professional Practice

Organisational Behaviour and Management

Researching Politics and IR

Optional modules

Applied Financial Skills

Borders and Solidarities in World Politics

Contemporary Society and Security Studies

Environmentally Sustainable Business

Independent Study

International Markets & Competition

Introduction to People Management

State and Society: Europe and the United States

The Global Political Economy

Work-based Learning

Year 3 (optional work placement year)

Optional modules

Optional Work Placement Year (includes a Placement Search and Preparation module in your second year)

The work placement is a great opportunity to enhance your CV, preparing you for future employment by gaining commercial and practical experience.

Year 4 (or year 3 if no placement)

Compulsory modules

Business and Management Synoptic (Double)

Dissertation in International Relations OR Interdisciplinary Dissertation (Double)

Optional modules

Business Ethics

Ethics, Power and World Politics

Independent Study

Leading and Managing Change

Managing Global Issues: Environment and Development

Perspectives on International Management

Violence and the Politics of Peace and Identity

Violence, Militarism and Terrorism

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

We have a reputation for innovative development of course content and learning takes place through a variety of means and modes of delivery, including online, and in lectures, interactive seminars and workshops, debates, case studies, group-working, and problem-solving activities. 

Assessment

Assessment methods used on this course

Students on this course will experience a rich variety of assessment forms designed both to evaluate and support student learning. We will usually assess you through coursework, but a few modules involve examinations. Individual coursework and small-group assignments include;

  • research projects
  • presentations
  • brief papers
  • project and business reports 
  • critical essays
  • learning journals.

After you graduate


Career prospects

This course will enable you to secure positions in a range of settings, such as a multinational business, the public sector, including national and local government, trade unions, and NGOs. Students go on to graduate training schemes in international companies such as Aldi, AC Nielsen, IBM, Virgin Mobile, Intel, Yell Ltd, O2 and Dell. Our Careers Centre will support you in finding the right job for you.

Further study

A number of our graduates have progressed to postgraduate study, and we are keen to encourage our undergraduates to undertake their own research as part of their studies.

As well as offering supervision in a range of areas for research degrees, both International Relations and Business run several taught postgraduate programmes. With the International Relations department you could progress to an MA in International Relations or an MA in International Security, which places an emphasis on gaining critical perspectives on contemporary theory and practice. Equally the Business School offers a wide selection of masters programmes including International Management and International Relations, International Business Management (on which you can specialise in different areas such as Corporate Social Responsibility or Finance) as well as the Oxford Brookes Global MBA.

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Programme Changes: On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.

For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.