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BA (Hons) - International Business Management (top-up)

Knowing how to deal with and appreciate the daily challenges impacting on businesses globally is crucial to corporate success.

So, we’ve designed our BA (Hons) in International Business Management (Top-up) so that you gain a firm grasp of global challenges and opportunities in the world of international business, while developing the appropriate cross‐cultural communications skills you’ll need to succeed in the international landscape.


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Course Overview

Our top-up programme has been designed for those wanting to upgrade their current diploma to a degree.

If you aspire to work in the global business world and with multi-national companies, our course is the springboard for your career. You'll critically evaluate the relationships between international business strategy and operational needs, learn how to provide creative and innovative solutions through the essential attributes of management and leadership.

You will be taught how to provide creative and innovative solutions through the essential attributes of management and leadership. We will teach you to contextualise business management and practice across a range of public, private, and third stream organisations in local, regional, national, international, and global contexts.

In addition to studying at our Lancaster campus, you can also choose to study at our collaborative partner FAME based in Malaysia.

On this course you will...

  • Gain awareness of the broader contexts and sphere of influence within which international business operates.
  • Study and practice international business management drawing on a range of perspectives in the fields of international marketing, strategic management, entrepreneurship and international human resources.
  • Develop your critical thinking, conceptual thinking and reasoning skills relating to international business and management.
  • Enhance your employability, career potential and personal effectiveness.
  • Develop your ability to carry out independent research in the field of business and management.
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Course Structure

What you will learn

You'll get a firm grasp of the fundamentals of international business and communication in small, medium, and large organisations with sound knowledge. But you won't just learn theoretically about business - you'll be doing it. Our innovative teaching can bolster your international business practice - and especially cross-cultural boundaries - because you'll find yourself leading a lecture, or turning the classroom into a boardroom, giving you every opportunity to build your business confidence.

Year one
  • Independent Project
    On this module you will initiate, plan, research, sustain and evaluate an extended piece of independent intellectual work based on individual initiative and pathway of study.
  • Strategic Leadership, Innovation and Change Management
    Develop a critical and synthetic understanding of a broad range of contemporary strategic leadership, management and organisational knowledge, and apply them to organisational strategies.
  • Consultancy Project
    Develop and apply the skills of problem solving and project management, including financial, time, resource and relationship management through a 'real' consultancy project with an external organisation.
  • Global Business Perspectives
    Learn to critically analyse how global business perspectives and globalisation impacts on the way companies have developed and how they are organised and operate.
  • International Strategic Human Resource Management
    Learn to critically evaluate human resources in domestic and international contexts.
  • International Strategic Marketing
    Explore key marketing strategies for companies in a global environment and how differences in culture affect their development.

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