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International Business Management

BA (Hons)

Key facts


UCAS code

N120

Start dates

September 2019 / January 2020 / September 2020

Location

Headington

Course length

Full time: 3 years, or 4 with a work placement

Part time: up to 8 years

Department

Oxford Brookes Business School

Accreditation(s)

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

UCAS Tariff Points

112

  • EPAS - EFMD Programme Accreditation System

Overview


Our International Business Management course will prepare you for a career in international organisations.

You will understand the challenges managers face in a global world. And gain the confidence to work in a range of international environments. 

You will learn about: 

  • international management
  • critical thinking 
  • international strategic enquiry
  • how diverse organisations make decisions
  • how businesses distribute resources to ensure success
  • the challenges of long-term economic and environmental sustainability.

Our teaching staff have professional experience and links with industry, and they write leading textbooks on business and management. You'll also attend guest lectures with industry leaders.

We are ranked 30 (a move up of 13 places), for Business Management and Marketing in the 2019 Guardian University Subject League Table 

To offer you flexibility, after the first year, you can switch to one of our other courses:

  • Business and Management
  • Business, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship. 

How to apply


Typical offers

UCAS Tariff Points: 112

A Level: BBC

IB Points: 30

BTEC: DMM

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

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 or international foundation course to help to reach the required level for entry onto this degree.

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

GCSE: Mathematics (grade C/4 or above), 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
£750 per single module

Home/EU sandwich (placement)
£1,380

International full time
£13,630

International sandwich (placement)
£4,000

Home/EU full time
£9,250 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

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

Home/EU sandwich (placement)
£1,380 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

International full time
£14,100

International sandwich (placement)
£4,000

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees


2019/20
Home/EU full time
£9,250

Home/EU part time
£750 per single module

Home/EU sandwich (placement)
£1,380

International full time
£13,630

International sandwich (placement)
£4,000

2020/21
Home/EU full time
£9,250 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

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

Home/EU sandwich (placement)
£1,380 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

International full time
£14,100

International sandwich (placement)
£4,000

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.

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.

Financial support and scholarships

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

Additional costs

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.

Learning and assessment


In Year 1, you will learn about the fundamentals of business and management within an international organisation. You also have the opportunity to study one of the languages offered at the University. This could contribute up to a quarter of your marks.  

In Year 2 and your Final Year you will focus on international management, critical thinking and international business strategy. 

This includes issues such as: 

  • how diverse organisations make decisions
  • how businesses distribute resources to ensure success
  • the challenges of long-term economic and environmental sustainability.

In Year 2 you will take a module to improve your employability. As you progress through your course you will search for graduate employment opportunities.

Your final project is the International Business Consultancy project. For this you will demonstrate your knowledge of international business practice. The project will take place with one of our international partners. Students who are unable to go abroad can complete this project with a global organisation based in the UK.

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Study modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Accounting and Financial Information

Business in Society

Digital Technology and Maths for Business

Exploring International Business and Management (2 module credits)

The Entrepreneur

Optional modules

Choose 2 modules from this list

Foundations of Marketing, Exploring Economics, Raising Individual Financial Awareness, Work, Employment and Globalisation, Plus language options.

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Applied Financial Skills

Developing Employability Skills

Environmentally Sustainable Business

International Business Strategy

International Markets and Competition

Organisational Behaviour and Management

Optional modules

Choose 2 modules from this list

Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, Independent Study in Business, Introduction to People Management, Managing Non-Profit Organisations, Purchasing and Supply Chain Management, Research Methods, Marketing Management, Plus language options.

Year 3 (optional placement year)

Optional modules

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

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.

Year 4 (or year 3 if no placement)

Compulsory modules

International Business Consultancy (2 module credits) (honours)

Leading and Managing Change (honours)

Managing Careers (honours)

Perspectives on International Management (honours)

Optional modules

Choose 3 module credits from this list

Contemporary Issues in Finance, Dissertation in Business and Management (2 module credits), Entrepreneurial Business Management (2 module credits), Independent Study, International Marketing, Social Innovation and Social Enterprise, Business at the Cutting Edge, Contemporary Issues in International HRM, Business Governance and Human Rights.

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

At the Business School we want you to enjoy developing the skills you will need to succeed in the competitive business world. We believe learning should be exciting as well as challenging. So you will be encouraged to take an active approach to your studies. 

You will learn from:  

  • problem-solving classes
  • Dragons’ Den-type assessments involving local employers
  • sessions working with actors to develop presentation skills. 

Engaging learning activities will support you in developing your knowledge and skills. 

Later in the course more emphasis is placed on acquiring specialist knowledge. Compulsory modules will provide different perspectives on international business issues and opportunities for more autonomous learning. 

We aim to provide opportunities for you to work with business professionals, for example using guest speakers and live cases from the business community.

  • Lectures and seminars
  • Placement
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.)

Year 1

  • Lectures and seminars - 16%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 84%

Year 2

  • Lectures and seminars - 15%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 85%

Year 3 (optional placement year)

  • Lectures and seminars - 1%
  • Placement - 99%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 0%

Year 4 (or year 3 if no placement)

  • Lectures and seminars - 20%
  • Placement - 4%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 76%

Learning and teaching percentages are indicative. There may be slight year-on-year variations.

Assessment

Assessment methods used on this course

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
  • face-to-face
  • written feedback.

The majority of teaching and assessment activities take place between Mondays and Fridays, 9am to 7pm. There may be occasions when activities may fall outside of these hours.

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams

Year 1

  • Written exams - 14%
  • Coursework - 80%
  • Practical exams - 6%

Year 2

  • Written exams - 18%
  • Coursework - 82%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Year 3 (optional placement year)

  • Written exams - 0%
  • Coursework - 50%
  • Practical exams - 50%

Year 4 (or year 3 if no placement)

  • Written exams - 0%
  • Coursework - 87%
  • Practical exams - 13%

Assessment method percentages are indicative. There may be slight year-on-year variations.

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 first hand living and learning in a different culture, but you will also earn credit towards your degree.

After you graduate


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.

Our Staff


John Bancroft

John is currently a module leader across a number of undergraduate and postgraduate modules. He is also a subject coordinator for the postgraduate Business and Management MSc programmes.

Read more about John

Dr Sola Adesola

Cranfield University alumnus Dr Sola Adesola is an international management academic, lawyer, researcher and director of studies with specialties in entrepreneurship education and development, energy policy and international business, and university-industry collaboration.

Read more about Sola

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