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UDINBUSM - BSc International Business Management

Course Specification


Validation status Validated
Highest award Bachelor of Science Level Honours
Possible interim awards Bachelor of Science, Diploma of Higher Education, Certificate of Higher Education, Bachelor of Science
Total credits for course 360
Awarding institution London Metropolitan University
Teaching institutions London Metropolitan University
School Guildhall School of Business and Law
Subject Area Business and Management
Attendance options
Option Minimum duration Maximum duration
Full-time 3 YEARS 8 YEARS
Part-time 4 YEARS 8 YEARS
Course leader Dr Hemakshi Chokshi

About the course and its strategy towards teaching and learning and towards blended learning/e-learning

This course was created alongside the Business Management area in which it grounds much of its foundation. The programme provides and explores themes of knowledge management, sustainability and leadership. Designed in conjunction with leading industrialists, it recognises the importance of today’s international business community which demands graduates with sound business skills and knowledge, appreciation of cultural differences, and comprehension of the variety in governance regulation, legislation and practice. These are the rudimentary necessities for graduates to operate effectively and confidently within multinational organisations.
To equip students this course thus develops an understanding of the global business environment through the study of economics, law, human resource, marketing and finance. Integral to the course is the development of decision-making skills from the operational to the international strategic levels. Transferable skills that are necessary for a career in international business management are developed through engagement with real life and virtual business issues, enabling the study of key aspects of management and leadership. Additionally, due to the nature of the course, the learning environment mirrors that of an international organisation where students are encouraged to learn with and from each other about their different backgrounds, cultures and perspectives. This is complemented by external guest speakers from industry and a Simulation Programme specifically designed for International Business Management.
In the words of a previous student, “I really enjoyed working with people from different cultures, and some modules have helps me spend more time in doing research to understand the significance of diversity and cultural differences in business. Our workshop classes had a great diversity of people in terms of languages and cultures (13 nationalities speaking 16 languages, among just 20 students). My research has enriched me with vast knowledge and understanding of why culture really matters when it comes to international business: the international business manager needs to be sensitive to cultural differences which can help to control a company’s relationship and operations in the world markets.”

Course aims

The principal aim of the International Business Management course is to provide an academically rigorous programme of study that gives student knowledge and understanding of core subjects relevant to business management with a particular emphasis on the international context of business.

The purpose of the course follows that set out in the QAA benchmarks for Business and Management:
• The study of organisations, their management and the changing environment in which they operate
• Preparation for, and development of, a career in business and management
• Enhancement of lifelong learning skills and personal development to contribute to society at large

The underlying philosophy of the course is to provide an education experience that gives student a sound academic base in the core disciplines of business management, with a particular focus on the international business environment. As a multi-disciplinary course of study, it is designed to demonstrate coherence and progression within the different business management disciplines.

The course curriculum provides students with an understanding of the international business environment and the techniques, concepts and principles that make businesses successful and efficient. Students will have the opportunity to study the management of international business, acquire real life and virtual business experience and explore the factors that influence business from an international perspective. Students will also be able to develop an appreciation of the wider context of their studies in terms of social and ethical issues and a respect for cultural diversity.

Expressed by a former student: “In the era of globalisation, this International Business course provides you with a practical approach and essential keys to decipher its mechanism by giving you a more objective and understandable vision of the enterprise world. Moreover, its programme is an excellent background for further studies and offers great job opportunities.”

NOTE: Students who have completed the first two years of a university degree in Business Management or equivalent qualification from international universities or colleges of Higher Education, and who seek to develop their career in international Management, may be allowed to progress directly into the One-Year Top-Up course, depending on demonstrated previous learning and/or relevant experience (see Entry requirements).

Course learning outcomes

The course learning outcomes are formulated with reference to the relevant knowledge and understanding set out in the QAA General Business and Management benchmarks. They relate in general to organisations, the environment and management and in particular to markets, customers, finance, people, operations, information systems, communication and information technology and business policy & strategy. Contemporary and pervasive issues are also central including sustainability, globalisation, corporate social responsibility, diversity, business innovation, creativity, enterprise development, knowledge management and risk management.

The student is expected to:
1. Acquire an understanding of the factors affecting multinational business and how technological change, structural change, cultural and historical background influence the shape of these businesses
2. Be aware of the social, political and ethical dimensions within which international businesses operate
3. Be aware of developments in the analysis of business organisation, structure and strategy

By the end of the course, the student is expected to develop:
1. The ability to carry out independent, scholarly research and investigation within the field of international business management
2. High-level intellectual skills of analysis, synthesis and evaluation of concepts, ideas and theories within the disciplines of business organisation and management
3. Self-awareness, problem solving, working with others, communication, self- management, leadership and decision making skills

Upon completing the course successfully the graduate in International Business Management will therefore be expected to have developed generic as well as specific competencies and skills along four strands:
Knowledge and understanding:
• Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a wide range of theories and conceptual frameworks from several disciplines relevant to international business management
• Acquire knowledge and understanding of general international business management related areas of study as well as the more specialised areas of international business management including entrepreneurship, leadership, innovation, sustainability, knowledge management and risk management
• Explain how management procedures and processes allow for effective decision-making against different objectives
• Appreciate and discuss the impact of the international environment on these organisations, including economic, ethical, legal, political, sociological and technological influences
• Understand and consider how the functional areas of business integrate to allow for appropriate decision-making underpinned by real life experiences from external guest speakers
• Develop an ability to recognise complex international business and related social, political and ethical issues and to formulate a clear and coherent research plan
• Cultivate an appreciation of recent developments in International Business and Management and of the wider context of international business management in general, including issues of cultural diversity based on class interaction with external business experts
Cognitive intellectual skills that can be applied in the pursuit of a wide range of occupations relating to international business management, or alternatively, post graduate education; these skills are reflected in the student’s ability to:
• Apply intellectual skills and critical faculties with particular emphasis on the development of the skills of analysis, synthesis and evaluation of concepts, ideas and theories that characterise the management of international business
• Develop self-awareness and a range of study skills, problem solving, working with others, communication, self-management and decision-making which will enhance opportunities for future employment
• Develop intellectual discussion in the international business management related core disciplines and an awareness of the academic debates and approach to business related disciplines
• Initiate and carry out independent and scholarly research and investigation, specifically to develop the ability to review critically relevant literature, retrieve data, to interpret and apply complex information
• Develop a capacity for critical reflection and judgement in the light of evidence and argument about international business management issues
• Apply the skills of seeking, handling and interpreting business information as part of the process of addressing business problems and formulating new or alternative solutions through independent research, taking into account ethical considerations and cultural diversity
Transferable skills, including employability and professional practice, reflected in the student’s ability to:
• Develop personal skills including skills in study, problem-solving, working with others, independent learning, communication, self-management, self-presentation and decision-making
• Interpret and critically analyse business problems in order to produce solutions demonstrating awareness of ethical considerations and cultural diversity, complemented by external business practitioners
• Demonstrate an ability to assess their own progress, identify and formulate issues on which assistance is needed and to act on feedback given
• Demonstrate development of their personal and professional attributes within the context of qualities and transferable skills necessary for career and personal development, lifelong learning and employment, including information management, autonomy, self-evaluation and communication
• Show an ability to produce an updated personal development plan which reflects on progress and achievement based on actual job opportunities and posits some future directions
Subject-specific practical skills, reflected in the student’s ability to:
• Acquire appropriate information and knowledge from a variety of sources; specifically, to use IT to access sources of information and to work with discipline-based software programmes
• Conduct general business analysis using a variety of statistical and theoretical tools
• Be a competent communicator of complex ideas and analysis through written and oral expositions
• Design, plan, organise and deliver an individual research report
• Apply knowledge critically to comment upon and evaluate real business world facts
• Search, handle and interpret statistical information relevant in the analysis of the operations of modern business organisations – with emphasis on the international dimension of contemporary business operations

Principle QAA benchmark statements

General benchmarks for Business Management apply to this course

Assessment strategy

Student learning is organised around direct contact time with the teaching team and directed learning activities. In addition to formal learning activities, such as tutor-led interactive sessions, lectures or tutor-facilitated workshops. Students are expected to complement this with reading additional materials as directed, such as academic journal articles, press material and text books. A range of learning materials will be available via the University’s current Virtual Learning Environment (BlackBoard/WebLearn).
In relation to the course’s learning outcomes, the student is expected to:
1. Acquire an understanding of the factors affecting multinational business and how technological change, structural change, cultural and historical background influence the shape of these businesses
2. Be aware of the social, political and ethical dimensions within which international businesses operate
3. Be aware of developments in the analysis of business organisation, structure and strategy
By the end of the course, the student is expected to have developed:
1. The ability to carry out independent, scholarly research and investigation within the field of international business management – developed through lectures, seminars and tutorial workshops. In particular, seminars will focus on problem-solving activities based on case studies. At Honours level, drawing upon their own research, students will carry out a piece of independent work
2. Self-awareness, problem solving, working with others, communication, self- management, leadership and decision making skills
3. High-level intellectual skills of analysis, synthesis and evaluation of concepts, ideas and theories within the disciplines of business organisation and management – these transferable skills can be applied in the pursuit of a wide range of occupations relating to international business management, or alternatively, post-graduate education

Transferable skills are introduced and initially developed through compulsory modules at level 4 and via specific core modules at subsequent levels. The study of international business management, its problem-solving processes and decision-making issues means that the core skills of communication, numeracy, information technology, self-management, interpersonal skills and the conduct of research are present in all of the core modules on the course. Critical thinking is developed and stimulated throughout the whole curriculum at all levels of study and culminates in the final year Management Investigations module. The development of employability and professional practice skills throughout the course will enable students to record achievement and evidence of personal development planning (PDP) in their progress files.

Organised work experience, work based learning, sandwich year or year abroad

As part of our Undergraduate Student Promise, every student will undertake accredited work-related learning (in either the form of a work placement or ‘live’ project with a partner organisation or planning to set up small business) for a minimum of 70 hours as a core, compulsory element within their course programme.

You will have the option of taking the “Learning Through Work” or “Create a Winning Business” 15 credit module in the second or third year of your course programme. Additionally you have the option of taking an additional 30 credit 12 month sandwich placement module (which would extend your course to four years).
Work-related learning provides students with:

  • the experience of a competitive recruitment process or pitching for an opportunity
  • a work-related experience or project which impacts a real organisation
  • assessment and feedback on their reflections on their experience of the work-related learning and planning for their future career.

Where required, students will be supported in finding suitable opportunities which can be either be a placement, part-time role or ’live’ project for an external organisation untaken within the University. We have dedicated placements and careers teams who will assist learners with all aspects of their job search and application. The suitability of the opportunities will be assessed by the Module Leader on an individual basis. It is the student’s responsibility to apply for opportunities and engage with the relevant University personnel who to assist them in gaining a suitable role.

Learners may be able to utilise their existing part-time / vacation employment (whether or not this relates to their subject area), providing they can demonstrate that it is personally developmental and involves responsibility (decided upon submission of the role details by the Module Leader).

Course specific regulations

The course conforms to the framework and University Academic Regulations.
Permission shall be sought when necessary to vary the optional module list to suit particular arrangements with partner universities whose students may be seeking dual awards and require special programme planning.

Modules required for interim awards

Level 4 Core Modules – Certificate in Higher Education 120 credits
Understanding Business Information (30 credits)
Fundamentals of Management (30 credits)
Corporate Environment (30 credits)
Globalisation and the Modern Corporation (30 credits)

Level 5 Core Modules – Diploma of Higher Education 240 credits
Level 4 modules PLUS:
Business Research and Decision-Making (30 credits)
Transnational Business Management (30 credits)
International Business and World markets (30 credits)
Plus: optional modules

Level 6 Core Modules – BSc (Hons) International Business Management 360 credits
Levels 4 and 5 modules PLUS:
Management Investigations (30 credits)
Strategy: Choices and Change (30 credits)
Business without Borders (15 credits)
Organising & Managing across Cultures (15 credits)
Plus: optional modules

Arrangements for promoting reflective learning and personal development

To prepare students for a career in international business management and to enhance life-long learning skills, students will get the opportunity to engage with employers through a variety of mechanisms in core modules at levels 4, 5 and 6, including curricular and co-curricular activities taking place throughout the course. During the course of level 4 students will complete a ‘skills and employability audit’, which will feed into the more detailed focus on professional experience and work placement at levels 5 and 6.

With regard to reflective learning, most core modules contain explicit statements concerning the practice and assessment of students’ reflective skills both individually and in groups. A wide range of the course modules also assess the student reflective practice through learning journals or logs contributing to personal development planning and career management. In this way, students will be encouraged to develop specific skills increasing their employability prospects by the end of the course.

As illustrated by a previous student, “One of the most important aspects of the modules is that they have given me the confidence to seriously embark on reflection on how the whole IBM course fits into my future plans. For example, I have always had the desire to do an MBA course, but have never been able to really reflect on the benefits of having an MBA degree. However, I am now more aware that in order to be able to harness my vast work experience and language/communication skills, I need to be more flexible and adaptable to the changing business environment in UK and internationally.”

Arrangements on the course for careers education, information and guidance

The Faculty of Business and Law has a large number of international students and supports them by clearly identifying course leaders and personal/academic tutors, and by liaising closely with University services, particularly the International Office and the Undergraduate Offices.

For this reason, the Faculty’s designated International Student Co-ordinator has particular responsibility for the recruitment, welcome and induction, communication and support for international students. Additional induction sessions are arranged for overseas students to assist them in making the cultural and academic adjustments to study in the UK and regular meetings are held to obtain feedback. Additional language support is also provided through workshops in the Learning Centre, and a peer mentoring scheme helps students with these adjustments.

Furthermore the course offers modules specifically designed to aid student’s employability and career aspirations. The aim of these modules is to raise student’s self-awareness of their strengths and capability, identify their career aspirations and goals and support them on their journey.

Other external links providing expertise and experience

Possibility of gaining credits from our partner institutions (especially in Europe).

Career opportunities

This course can open up globe-hopping career opportunities in international corporations, management, government, consultancy and business research. It also provides excellent preparation for postgraduate study.

Roles landed by our high flying graduates include Financial Operations Manager at Thomson Reuters, Retail Manager at Zara and Delegate Events Manager at Closer Still. One particularly noteworthy example is Ondrej Mrklas, Company Director of Czech Industry Company and two more companies in China and Singapore.

Entry requirements

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • a minimum of grades CCC in three A levels (or a minimum of 96 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification)
  • English Language and Mathematics GCSE at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent) are also required

These requirements may be varied in individual cases.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Extended degree

Applicants who do not fully meet the entry requirements may be eligible to start a BA Business Management extended degree. Apply for year 0 entry.

Official use and codes

Approved to run from 2014/15 Specification version 1 Specification status Validated
Original validation date 01 Jul 2014 Last validation date 01 Jul 2014  
Sources of funding HE FUNDING COUNCIL FOR ENGLAND
JACS codes N120 (International Business Studies): 100%
Route code INBUSM

Course Structure

Stage 1 Level 04 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
BA4006 Understanding Business Information Core 30 CITY SPR+SUM THU AM
          CITY AUT+SPR THU AM
          CITY AUT+SPR THU PM
          CITY AUT+SPR WED PM
          CITY AUT+SPR MON PM
          CITY AUT+SPR MON AM
          CITY AUT+SPR WED AM
EC4009 The Corporate Environment Core 30 CITY SPR+SUM THU PM
          CITY AUT+SPR WED PM
MC4004 Principles and Practice in Marketing Core 30 CITY AUT+SPR THU AM
          CITY AUT+SPR THU PM
MN4002 Fundamentals of Management Core 30 CITY SPR+SUM FRI PM
          CITY AUT+SPR WED PM
          CITY AUT+SPR MON PM
          CITY AUT+SPR MON AM
          CITY AUT+SPR TUE AM
          CITY AUT+SPR WED AM
          CITY AUT+SPR TUE PM

Stage 1 Level 04 January start Not currently offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
BA4006 Understanding Business Information Core 30        
EC4009 The Corporate Environment Core 30        
MC4004 Principles and Practice in Marketing Core 30        
MN4002 Fundamentals of Management Core 30        

Stage 2 Level 05 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
BA5002 Business Research and Decision Making Core 30 CITY AUT+SPR MON AM
          CITY AUT+SPR THU AM
          CITY AUT+SPR MON PM
EC5002 International Business and World Markets Core 30 CITY AUT+SPR TUE AM
MN5005 Transnational Business Management Core 30 CITY AUT+SPR MON AM
MN5W50 Creating a Winning Business 1 Alt Core 15 CITY SPR WED PM
          CITY AUT WED PM
MN5W55 Learning through Work Alt Core 15 CITY SPR WED AM
          CITY AUT WED AM
EC5051 Economics and Ethics Option 15 CITY AUT WED AM
EC5052 Environmental Economics Option 15        
HR5053 Organisation Design and Management Option 15 CITY SPR WED PM
HR5057 People Management and Performance in Contempora... Option 15 CITY AUT TUE PM
          CITY SPR TUE PM
MC5051 Brand Management Option 15 CITY AUT TUE PM
          CITY AUT MON AM
MN5004 Leading Innovation and Entrepreneurship Option 30 CITY AUT+SPR THU AM
          CITY AUT+SPR WED AM
MN5006 Serving Customers in Global Markets Option 30 CITY AUT+SPR FRI AM
MN5054 Essential Psychology for Managers Option 15 CITY AUT WED PM
OL0000 Open Language Programme Module Option 15 NORTH SPR    
          NORTH AUT    

Stage 3 Level 06 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
HR6055 Organising and Managing Across Cultures Core 15 CITY AUT WED PM
          CITY AUT WED AM
          CITY SPR WED PM
MN6003 Strategy: Choices and Change Core 30 CITY AUT+SPR THU AM
          CITY AUT+SPR WED PM
          CITY AUT+SPR THU EV
          CITY AUT+SPR THU PM
MN6061 Business without Frontiers Core 15 CITY SPR FRI PM
          CITY SPR FRI AM
MN6P00 Management Investigation and Dissertation Alt Core 30 CITY AUT+SPR TUE AM
          CITY AUT+SPR THU PM
          CITY AUT+SPR TUE PM
MN6P02 Management Investigation Project Alt Core 30 CITY AUT+SPR THU AM
          CITY AUT+SPR THU PM
MN6W04 Professional Experience Year Placement Alt Core 30 CITY AUT+SPR    
MN6W50 Creating a Winning Business 2 Alt Core 15 CITY AUT THU AM
          CITY SPR THU PM
          CITY SPR THU AM
          CITY AUT THU PM
MN6W55 Learning through Work 2 Alt Core 15 CITY SPR WED AM
          CITY AUT WED AM
BA6052 Project Management Option 15 CITY AUT FRI AM
          CITY AUT FRI PM
          CITY SPR FRI AM
          CITY SPR FRI PM
EC6051 Economics of Multinational Business Option 15 CITY AUT WED AM
EC6054 International Finance and Trade Option 15 CITY SPR THU PM
MC6061 Services Marketing Option 15 CITY AUT TUE AM
          CITY SPR TUE AM
MN6055 Managing Corporate Reputation Option 15 CITY SPR MON PM
          CITY SPR MON AM
OL0000 Open Language Programme Module Option 15 NORTH SPR    
          NORTH AUT