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International Business Management

BA (Hons)

Key facts

UCAS code


Start dates

September 2023 / September 2024



Course length

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

Part time: up to 8 years


Accredited by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD)

UCAS Tariff Points


  • European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) BA


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:

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: 112

A Level: BBC

IB Points: 30


Contextual offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 88

A Level: CCD

IB Points: 27


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:

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

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


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 part-way through the course for students who have credit from previous learning or relevant professional experience.

Find out more about transferring to Brookes. If you'd like to talk through your options, please contact our Admissions team.

Application process

Full time Home (UK) applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home (UK) applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time international applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)

International full time

International sandwich (placement)

Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)

International full time

International sandwich (placement)

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2022 / 23
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)

International full time

International sandwich (placement)

2023 / 24
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)

International full time

International sandwich (placement)

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

+44 (0)1865 483088

Please note, tuition fees for Home 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 students at the maximum permitted level.

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 are detailed below.

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.

For your final group assignment you will be presenting your research to advise upon an international enterprise. 

Your final individual assignment asks you to present a persuasive viewpoint to a client using a renowned and powerful consultancy presentation format about an emerging global investment opportunity. 

Students sitting around table in the John Henry Brookes Building

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)

Foundations of Marketing

The Entrepreneur

Optional modules

Choose 2 modules from this list

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

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Applied Financial Skills

Developing Professional Practice

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 and Critical 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. Learn more about how Oxford Brookes Business School supports students secure a work placement.

Year 4 (or year 3 if no placement)

Compulsory modules

International Business Consultancy (2 module credits) (honours)

Leading and Managing Change

Managing Careers

Perspectives on International Management

Placement Learning (Compulsory for Sandwich Mode)

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 those shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

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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.


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.

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.

Student profiles

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

Free language courses

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.

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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.