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UDINBMFY - BSc (Hons) International Business Management (including foundation year)

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, Preparatory Diploma, Preparatory Certificate
Total credits for course 480
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 4 YEARS 6 YEARS
Part-time 6 YEARS 8 YEARS
Course leader  

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

The focus of this course is managing business in an international environment. The degree course provides a broad, analytical and highly integrated programme for those who wish to study International Business Management. It encompasses the QAA Subject Benchmark Statement 2019, which states the purpose of business and management courses as threefold:

increasing understanding of organisations, their management, the economy and the business environment;

preparation for and development of a career in business and management;

enhancement of a wide range of skills and attributes which equip graduates to become effective global citizens.

The focus of this course is international business. The core modules provide students with the theoretical and practical knowledge and skills necessary to operate in the global business environment and to develop an understanding of the realities faced by international business managers. The range of modules reflects the diversity of international business management students and accommodates the wider learning background experiences of non-UK students.

This course is designed to develop students understanding of the purposes, structures, size, scale, governance, operations and management of the functions and processes of international business organisations, as well as the corporate behaviours and cultures that exist within and between different organisations. Students have opportunities to develop their knowledge of management theories, models, frameworks, tasks and roles, including the management of people and corporate social responsibility. They explore the factors that influence business from an international perspective, with an emphasis not only on understanding but also on responding and shaping the dynamic and changing nature of business and the consideration of the future of organisations within the global business environment, including the management of risk.

The course will prepare students to deal with contemporary issues and challenges in the world of business. Business simulations and case studies provide students with opportunities to examine the management of cross-cultural issues, change management and the development of people of diverse ethnic backgrounds. Throughout the course students are exposed to social, ethnic, and cultural issues inherent in the student body.

The degree has a central all encapsulating theme of employability with the aim of providing students with transferable knowledge and skills required for their chosen careers, and which reflects the breadth and depth of opportunities for learning, practice, placement and employability.

Delivery patterns are flexible and will be reviewed on an on-going basis to allow, where required, blended learning and direct delivery. This is to allow for changes in the current pandemic situation and onwards.

The course utilises a blended learning approach to teaching and learning through a mixture of interactive lectures including virtual lectures, seminars and a wide range of multimedia. Students are provided with opportunities to analyse and discuss core principles and concepts and obtain peer and formative feedback. The course adopts a student centred learning approach, which requires synthesis and critical analysis of key issues generated through their own research. Workshops, lectures and seminars are designed to convey broad principles, concepts and knowledge, as well as offering students the opportunity to analyse and apply knowledge through field work, and through case studies and business management scenarios.

Course aims

The aims of the BSc (Hons) International Business Management course are informed by the QAA Business and Management Subject statement 2019 and include:

1. increase understanding of organisations, their management, the economy and the business environment;

2. develop students skills and attributes which equip them to become effective global citizens;

3. provide a contemporary and dynamic programme of study which provides students with an understanding of the knowledge and skills pertaining to the disciplines inherent in the subject and prepare them for a wide range of careers in international business management;

4. enable students to explore and examine key concepts and principles and link the multi-disciplinary subjects of international business management coherently and in the context of the global business world. The course is designed to engage students fully in their studies; increase their motivation and raise their aspirations to be successful not only in their course but throughout their careers.

5. provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the world of business, as well as the techniques, concepts and principles that make businesses successful and efficient.

6. develop student’s knowledge of the decision-making process, as well as the social, cultural and ethical environment in which businesses operate. Students are provided with opportunities to engage with leading edge themes of business management including sustainability, leadership, globalisation, entrepreneurship, innovation and corporate social responsibility.

7. develop students’ academic, intellectual and practical skills and promote the development of their ability to critically analyse, synthesise, and evaluate business management principles in a wide range of appropriate contexts. A central feature of this course is the development of students’ lifelong learning skills, including self-evaluation and reflection with the aim of placing students in the best position to make informed decisions about their future professional career.

The degree is organised into four levels with specific aims, as follows:

Level 3 aims to orientate students to study at university level in preparation for further study, introduce them to business contexts and concepts and help them to develop both academic and professional skills. .

Level 4 aims to provide the underpinning theoretical principles and approaches inherent in the disciplines of business management, and it develops students’ critical, analytical, and self-reflection skills.

Level 5 deepens the student’s knowledge in each of the main subjects, such as managing, leading, marketing and decision-making. The aim here is also to develop their intellectual skills such as understanding and problem solving and to promote their ability to analyse, synthesise and critically evaluate business decisions in local and international contexts..

Level 6 aims to utilise the skills and knowledge gained at previous levels and challenge students intellectually and promote independent learning through an individual consultancy project.

In addition BSc (Hons) International Business Management students are offered the opportunity to undertake a work placement year prior to completing their final year of study.

Course learning outcomes

.The learning outcomes are based on the integration of the QAA Benchmark statement for Business and Management (2019) the Chartered Management Institute’s (CMI) requirements for the Level 6 Diploma in Management and Leadership.

On successful completion of this course students will be able to: demonstrate confidence, resilience, ambition and creativity and will act as inclusive, collaborative and socially responsible professionals in their discipline. (ULO)

Thus, upon graduating with an honour’s degree in International Business Management students will typically:

Have the confidence needed to take leadership decisions in challenging situations (LO1).
Possess the necessary communication skills that will help them adopt a global and multicultural perspective in their professional context (LO2).
Be cognisant of the effects of the social and environmental of their decisions and will remain active citizens of the places they live and work (LO3).
Demonstrate application of creative thinking skills to practical problems, and possess the analytical and organisational skills to translate creative ideas to operational business, and management solutions in an international context (LO4)
Have a wide knowledge and understanding of the broad range of areas of international business and management and the detailed relationships between these and their application in practice (LO5).
Consistently demonstrate a command of subject-specific skills as well as proficiency in generic skills and attributes (LO6).
Have a view of international business management influenced by a wide range of learning sources, based on a proactive and independent approach to learning (LO7).
Be distinguished from the basic standard (threshold) of achievement by their enhanced capacity to develop and apply their own perspectives to their studies, to deal with uncertainty and complexity, to explore alternative solutions, to demonstrate critical evaluation and to integrate theory and practice in a wide range of situations (LO8)

These undergraduate attributes will be delivered primarily through 15 credit core modules, supported by a choice of elective modules, and independent learning.

Principle QAA benchmark statements

The QAA Benchmark statement for Business and Management, Nov 2019

Assessment strategy

Students are assessed via a variety of both formative and summative assessments formats: coursework, portfolios, blogs, essays, exams, group presentations, business reports, problem-based activities, practice-based projects, group research projects, videos, computer-based tests, business simulations and a final dissertation or consultancy project.

Formative Assessment: students engage in ongoing formative tasks within seminars that may include brainstorming, idea generation, role-play, and case study analysis. These are conducted in pre-identified modules and classes. Feedback provided with one either face-to-face or through VLEs and online interaction.

The university operates a marking and moderation process that are both rigorous and transparent to quality assure that:

Student work is assessed on a fair basis
Students are provided with supportive and appropriate feedback
Academic standards in relation to student work and final awards are maintained

Where possible work will be marked anonymously. The marking process on the course involves first marker who has responsibility for giving formal feedback and making an initial assessment of the standard and a provisional mark.

A sample of students work is moderated by an internal 2nd marker. Marks and feedback may be adjusted if necessary. A sample of work is moderated by an external examiner who is independent of the university a subject specialist. External examiners are required to report back to the University and to the Chair of the Subject Standards Board that formally processes the marks. Following the regulatory framework of the marking process students are unable to appeal your final marks and/or grades on the grounds of academic judgement.

Assessment criteria for the Chartered Management Institute’s (CMI) Level 6 Diploma in Management and Leadership are embedded within each individual module.

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

The course incorporates core employability modules including an optional 12 month professional work placement at Level 5.

In addition, it provides opportunities for a wide variety of work experience at Levels 5 and 6 in the Work-Related modules. These modules are designed to enable students to gain business experience in the widest possible sense. They are flexible in delivery and will enable students to capture and build on their existing work and other experience.

Course specific regulations

There are no specified part-time structures for this course. Students on a part-time mode of study are required to take between 30 and 90 credits per academic year to complete the degree programme within the maximum time length allowed (6 years for a three-year course).
Programme planning is therefore agreed between the student and course team, in accordance with regulations on progression and completion.

As part of our Undergraduate Student Promise, every student will benefit from accredited work-related learning (in either the form of a work placement or ‘live’ project with a partner organisation or practical small business planning) as a core, compulsory element within the study programme.

Modules required for interim awards

Standard University Regulations apply.

Arrangements for promoting reflective learning and personal development

PDP and Reflective learning are embedded throughout the curriculum commencing at Level 4. Reflective learning and personal development planning is central to the students’ academic and career development – it is linked to assessment throughout the curriculum and is a formal element of formative feedback in several modules for the development of this key skill. Students’ experiential learning is encouraged throughout, and action learning sets are a feature at levels five and six, which promote reflective and Peer to Peer learning.

All modules have formative and summative assessment requiring varying degrees of critical self- evaluation and reflection in the context of business management professional practice.

Other external links providing expertise and experience


Career, employability and opportunities for continuing professional development

The course includes a number of business management related activities during the academic year as well as number of career oriented workshops which help students to identify and develop key employability skills. Presentations by industry experts will be included and students will be able to participate in workshops designed around identified self-development issues.

At all levels students can present their ideas to a variety of business people including those from London Metropolitan’s business incubator, the Accelerator. These initiatives are linked to improving the students’ employability prospects and their transferable skills.

Professional Statutory and Regulatory Body (PSRB) accreditations & exemptions

By completing this four-year course, you’ll also gain the Chartered Management Institute Level 6 Diploma in Management and Leadership.

Career opportunities

This course can open up career opportunities in international corporations, management, government, consultancy and business research, all around the world.

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.

This course would also provide excellent preparation for postgraduate study in various business-related master’s degrees such as:

Entry requirements

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

  • at least one A level (or a minimum of 32 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Subsidiary/National/BTEC Extended Diploma)
  • English Language GCSE at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent)

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Official use and codes

Approved to run from 2020/21 Specification version 1 Specification status Validated
Original validation date 09 Jul 2020 Last validation date 09 Jul 2020  
JACS codes 100080 (international business): 100%
Route code INBMFY

Course Structure

Stage 1 Level 03 September start Not currently offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
BA3005 Using and Managing Data and Information Core 30        
MN3101 Development for Success in Business Core 30        
MN3102 The Context of Business Core 30        
MN3104 Orientation for Success in Higher Education Core 30        

Stage 1 Level 03 January start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
BA3005 Using and Managing Data and Information Core 30 NORTH SPR+SUM WED PM
MN3101 Development for Success in Business Core 30 NORTH SPR+SUM WED PM
MN3102 The Context of Business Core 30 NORTH SPR+SUM FRI PM
MN3104 Orientation for Success in Higher Education Core 30 NORTH SPR+SUM WED PM

Stage 2 Level 04 Not currently offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
AC4052 Financial Accounting Core 15        
FE4055 Understanding the Business and Economic Environ... Core 15        
HR4052 Managing People in Organisations Core 15        
MC4061 Principles of Marketing Core 15        
MN4057 Digital Business Management and Emerging Techno... Core 15        
MN4062 Principles of Management Core 15        
MN4063 Understanding and Managing Data Core 15        
MN4W50 Learning Through Organisations Core 15        

Stage 3 Level 05 Not currently offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
FE5054 International Business Core 15        
HR5053 Organisation Design and Management Core 15        
MN5067 Leadership in Practice Core 15        
MN5072 International Selling and Negotiation Core 15        
FE5056 Problem Solving: Methods and Analysis Alt Core 15        
MN5070 The Practice of Consultancy Alt Core 15        
MN5W50 Creating a Winning Business 1 Alt Core 15        
MN5W55 Learning through Work Alt Core 15        
AC5063 Principles of Finance Option 15        
CA5058 Risk and Crisis Management Option 15        
GI5063 Politics of the Middle East Option 15        
GI5064 The Politics of the European Union Option 15        
LT5078 Sustainability, Business and Responsibility Option 15        
LT5094 Field Trip Option 15        
MN5073 Developing Inclusive Organisations Option 15        

Stage 4 Level 06 Not currently offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
FE6053 International Trade and Finance Core 15        
HR6055 Organising and Managing Across Cultures Core 15        
MN6071 Practising Business Strategy (with simulation) Core 15        
MN6076 Leading Innovation Core 15        
MN6086 The Practice of International Business Core 15        
MN6P05 Consultancy Project Core 30        
FE6P04 Dissertation Alt Core 30        
FE6052 Personal Finance Option 15        
FE6057 International Banking Option 15        
FE6058 Development Economics Option 15        
MC6092 Communication Theory Option 15        
MC6093 Global Marketing and Sales in the Digital Age Option 15        
MN6066 The Practice of Management Option 30