International Business and Management

International Business and Management BA (Hons)

This course provides an excellent combination if you are interested in learning about international markets and contemporary management approaches. You’ll learn about the issues that affect international firms and the importance of understanding the culture of a market. There are personal development modules that will help you to gain the skills for a successful career in business. You’ll have the option to study abroad or take a paid placement and develop a foreign language. In the final year you’ll explore strategic management issues in international businesses.

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The International Business element adopts a global perspective and has core modules in international business in all three years. This is complemented by a personal development theme and a wide choice of optional modules pertinent to international business including accounting, international marketing, international human resource management and international tourism management. 

The Management element is designed to give students a clear insight into the world of management and management processes. The modules develop critical theoretical understanding of issues facing management whilst at the same time enhancing skills and competences relevant to managerial work. There are strong links with the managerial community and students are actively encouraged to apply theory to practice through shadowing and observing managers in their jobs as well as undertaking project and research tasks within local organisations.

Industry placement

We are renowned for developing graduates who are highly employable and have strong entrepreneurial skills. This course offers a 48-week work placement opportunity where you will have the chance to work in a real business and gain vital work experience that will assist you in gaining employment when you graduate. In addition, you will have further opportunities for real-world work experience through short internships, volunteering and much more. Many of our students have secured placements and summer internships for companies such as Marriott and Disney in the USA.  You will also have the opportunity to study abroad and take some of your modules at our Cyprus campus. We offer a unique travel bursary fund where you can apply for funding to pay for your international study experience.

Study abroad

It is possible to spend part or all of your second/third year (if entry through foundation) of study participating in a study exchange to Europe, the USA, Australia or Mexico, and there are generous travel bursaries to support this.

International business modules help you to develop an understanding of the issues and key factors in the international business environment, and provide some basic skills and concepts necessary for further study, including an introduction to financial and management accounting. The management modules provide a general appreciation of management theory, and introduce a student centred programme of management skill development, focusing on communication, interpersonal and team skills.

You will develop and extend your understanding of international business theories and their relevance to the operations of international firms. They also encourage you to examine differing cultural values and their influence upon the operations of the international company. There is also a focus on human resource management, managing change and management theory. A foreign language can also be taken as an option and it is possible to spend time overseas in a study exchange programme at one of our partner institutions.

You will study a central core which focuses upon strategic decision making and management issues and the role these play in the survival and competitiveness of the international firm. There is also an exploration of strategic management.


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Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: three years, or four years with 48-weeks industrial placement or international study in Year 3. Part-time: five years.

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Fees 2018/19

    Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU). Sandwich year out £1,000 (UK/EU)
    Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

    Sandwich (Optional): 

    £900 per year (UK / EU)

  • View 2017/18 Fees

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 112 UCAS Points.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit 
BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction*
Pass Access Course: 112 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate Diploma: Pass Diploma with 112 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent 

Not got the grades?

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study for this degree

Foundation Entry Route

Course Overview

Year 1

Core Modules

  • Introduction to International Business
  • Financial and Management Accounting for Managers
  • Management and Organisations
  • Management in Context
  • PDP1: Academic and Professional Development


Core Modules

  • International Business and Socio-cultural Development
  • Work and Organisational Change
  • PDP2: Transition To Work or Planning Your Career
  • Exploring Contemporary Issues in Management
  • Management Research Methods


  • Marketing Principles for Business
  • Behaviour in Organisations: an International Perspective
  • Foreign Language
  • International Tourism Management
  • Economics and Business in the EU
  • Companies and the Law
  • Education and Training in the Economy
  • Business Decision Modelling
  • Finance for Managers
  • International Financial Management Techniques
  • Cross-cultural Issues in the Pacific Rim
  • Superpowers
  • International Tourism Development

Year 3

The third year has a central core which focuses upon strategic decision making and management issues and the role these play in the survival and competitiveness of the international firm. There is also an exploration of strategic management.

  • Optional 48 week work placement.

Core Modules
  • International Strategic Management
  • Contemporary Issues in Business
  • Management Dissertation or Report
  • Business Strategy
  • PDP3: Continuing Professional Development


  • Foreign Language
  • International Tourism: Themes and Issues
  • International Marketing
  • Start a Business
  • Education and Training: A Strategic View
  • Business Forecasting
  • Economic Aspects of Trade, Aid and Development
  • Corporate Finance
  • Risk and Capital Markets
  • Development and Change in the Asia Pacific Region
  • Human Resource Management in Multinational Organisations
  • European Business Cultures and Environment
  • Market Modelling
  • Electronic Marketing
  • The European Union
  • Society, Culture and Tourism
  • Crisis Management
  • Global Hospitality
  • Sustainable Issues in Tourism
  • Airline Operations

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Learning Environment and Assessment

You will benefit from a variety of teaching and learning methods including: lectures, seminars, practical workshops, group activities, personal research and case studies. Personal study and independent research also form an integral part of the course. Some modules are part web-based with links to organisations such as professional bodies. You will also have the option to develop your skills in a variety of areas such as IT, web searching, social media, advanced excel and specialist Microsoft packages.

Assessment includes essays; reports; oral presentations; group assessments; investigating companies and tackling briefs from industry. In your final year you will have the opportunity to undertake an independent dissertation or company project. Exams account for no more than 50 per cent of the final mark (with exception of the accounting modules).

Industry Links

We have a strong business network between local and national businesses which you will benefit from, for example, there is an opportunity to attend guest speaker events, which are organised in conjunction with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and Chartered Institute of Marketing (CiM). The companies we work with offer internships, placements, live projects and mentors to provide you with excellent practical experience. The School also offers a number of electives and options that provide students with an opportunity to gain an additional professional body qualification.

Important Information

Contact Us

This course is based in the Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise
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Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2017 Entry | 2018 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course Information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.