International Business and Management BA (Hons)

International Business and Management BA (Hons)

School of Business




Under- graduate



Foundation Entry Route

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

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  • 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

  • UCAS Code:

    NN1F; Short form: BA/IBM

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

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.



Entry Requirements 2016/17

280 points at A2 - General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction*Distinction*
Pass Access To HE: 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction
International Baccalaureate: 28P
IELTS: 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.5
GCSE: Maths and English grade C or equivalent

Entry Requirements 2017/18

112 points at A2; General Studies accepted
OCF BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit
QCF BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction*
Access to Higher Education: 112 UCAS points
Pass International Baccalaureate Diploma: 28 Points
GCSE: 5 GCSEs at grade C including Maths and English or equivalent
IELTS: grade 6 with no subscore lower than 5.5

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information.

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Course at a Glance

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

Year 2

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.

Year 4

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

Further Information

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 year of study participating in a study exchange to Europe, the USA, Australia or Mexico, and there are generous travel bursaries to support this.

The first year 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.

Second year core modules 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.

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.


The Business School's state-of-the-art Greenbank and Brook buildings are in the middle of the campus offering a comprehensive range of study, learning and social facilities including a cybercafé and easy access PC workstation rooms

Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

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You can apply through UCAS to start in September 2017 until 30th June

Contact Us

+44(0)1772 892400

Fees 2017/18

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

Sandwich (Optional): 

£900 per year (UK / EU)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

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.

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).

During your first year you will, on average, attend between 12 and 14 hours of formal study per week. In the second and final year attendance will vary depending on which options are chosen but typically between 10-12 hours per week. During the optional placement you follow the normal work pattern of your chosen company.

In the 2014 National Student Survey (NSS) our business courses ranked 1st in the North West and 11th nationally. We scored highly for our access to IT facilities and an increase in students’ self-confidence.

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