International Business Management (Top-Up) - BSc (Hons)

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Why study this course?

If you’ve already undertaken two years of a business management university degree or hold an equivalent qualification such as a Higher National Diploma (HND), then study this top up course to gain a bachelors degree. Experienced business consultants will teach you the key qualities of international business management. This includes successful organisation across cultures, strategic choices in times of change and the operation of business unrestricted by national boarders. Our dedicated work placement unit can also help you find experience in a role of your choice.

In the most recent Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of all 2017 graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

More about this course

This course is specially designed to help you top-up your foundation degree, Higher National Diploma (HND) or business subject equivalent. Over this one year period, you'll develop skills that will prepare you for a role in international business management.

The key areas you'll focus on includes organisation, strategy, international business and management. Depending on your preference, you could specialise in project management, international finance and trade, or even learn a new language – an incredibly useful skill when working as a manager in a multinational company.

You’ll be specially trained to manage business across cultures. As consultants the teaching staff on this course have improved competitiveness and productivity as well as bilingual business psychology. By combining business strategy with cross-cultural fluency, we've created a unique course that will help to give you an advantage against other graduates.

The Placements and Employability Unit is our dedicated work placement office that can help you get work experience in the roles you want. You'll build upon the academic skills you already know, and future employers will be impressed to see this experience on your CV.

Assessment

You are assessed through a variety of methods including coursework, portfolio work, problem-solving case studies and individual and group research projects, as well as a final dissertation or project. This range of assessment methods ensures you have a ready supply of thinking strategies to apply to any international business management issue.

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Course type Undergraduate
UCAS code N122
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Entry requirements

The course has been designed as a progression route for students who hold a Higher National Diploma (HND), foundation degree or equivalent in a business subject. You should have:

  • 240 CATS (120 ECTS) equivalent for advanced entry to level 6
  • GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent)

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.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2018/19 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

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Year 3 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Wednesday morning

    This module builds upon the critical appraisal of the current global context in which businesses move operations and resources across the world. Firstly trends about the world becoming more integrated and national borders becoming less significant are reviewed critically. Issues emerging from the growing economic interdependence worldwide – including long-term competitiveness and sustainable growth – which impact on business organisations are then examined focusing on the strategic and operational viewpoint. The assessment will consist of a consultancy simulation where students will work together on researching and presenting concrete examples of challenges faced by managers operating internationally. Research will focus on industries evolving and expanding into the world’s emerging markets. Students will be encouraged as much as it is possible to draw on knowledge and experience from their international peers to reflect on their learning experience and enhance employability.

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Year 3 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday morning
    • all year (September start) - Thursday morning
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday afternoon

    Since this module will be taught in the final year of a three-year degree, students will be required to build on previously gained knowledge and research skills. It requires students to pick up research threads introduced and developed in previous analytical modules, identify a topic of their interest and deepen their knowledge further through research, data collection, analysis and write up of a dissertation.

    Their research will involve the review of a wide range of publications (secondary data sources) around the broad area of investigation and this will lead to the formulation of a research proposal for their dissertation. Students will pursue a robust enquiry into a theme emerging from their investigations in their chosen industry, and as the theme emerges, the research methodologies, appropriate methods of data collection, data processing and analysis are evaluated. Both the process and the knowledge and skills gained will inform their approach to their future career. For example, students will be required to identify whether secondary data sources alone will be sufficient to satisfactorily answer their research question. Their ability to critically analyse, synthesise and present data in a useable format will contribute to their management capability. This process will therefore inform their research, as well as potentially their future path. The undertaking of an investigation into a management topic, analysis of data, evaluation and synthesis will help them to prepare for the graduate job market or post graduate studies.

    The aim of the module is to allow students to:
    • Decide on a suitable research area
    • Propose a feasible study investigating their field of interest
    • Present their plan and defend it accordingly
    • Conduct extensive literature research into their chosen topic
    • Develop a suitable proposal including a literature review and methodology
    • Conduct the study accordingly by analysis and interpreting data
    • Report their investigation in the form of a professional dissertation

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Wednesday morning

    This module provides an introduction to the developing field of cross-cultural management, explored in relation to both international and intra-national contexts, and drawing on perspectives from social anthropology, social psychology, organisational behaviour and management theory. It is assessed via a group report and presentation, and an unseen examination based on a case study given in advance.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday afternoon

    Strategy is a crucial subject, concerned with the development, success and failure of all kinds of organisations, from multinationals to entrepreneurial start-ups, from charities to government agencies, and many others.

    Accordingly, strategy constitutes a key element of all professional business and management qualifications.

    This module addresses the QAA benchmark statements for business strategy. It also aligns with relevant components of CMI Leadership and Management Level 5 such as Planning a Change Process.

    It equips aspiring managers and leaders with the knowledge, skills and techniques required to critically analyse contemporary organisations within changing environments nationally and globally; to formulate, evaluate and defend realistic and creative proposals for future strategic direction; and to plan for the effective implementation of the strategy selected.

    Overall, the module aims to:

    • Develop the knowledge and understanding to critically apply a range of practical strategic management tools for strategic analysis, choice-making and implementation across public, private and not-for-profit organisations of all sizes across all sectors;

    • Enable students to translate their analysis of contemporary organisations and contexts into persuasive, creative and realistic proposals for an organisation’s future strategic direction;

    • Enable students to apply structured insight into the realities of an organisation’s internal and external context in order to develop implementation plans which help maximise achievement of strategic objectives; and

    • Enhance student employability by developing transferable skills such as research, analysis, evaluation, decision-making, presenting data and influencing others across different cultures, within both existing organisations and entrepreneurial start-ups

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Wednesday afternoon
    • autumn semester - Wednesday morning

    This module is designed to provide students with an opportunity to prepare for entering the workplace as a graduate, as well as preparing them for success in their future career. It will help students to develop a clearer understanding of themselves, identify and develop their strengths and abilities as well as support their CV, application writing and interview skills.
    The aim of the module is to
    • prepare students for the graduate employment market;
    • prepare students for their future career by helping them to identify their preferences and career anchors;
    • raise students’ awareness of themselves and their personality type;
    • provide students with a narrative to describe themselves at interview;
    • practice required skills needed to be successful including networking, assessment centre exercises, interviewing skills;
    • help students to develop their CV, and application writing as well as interview skills.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Tuesday morning

    This core Module will focus on developing students ability in business writing and business journalism, whether for internal business writing (marketing / advertising copy, press releases, annual reports) or external business writing (news articles, feature articles, reviews, interviews, columns, social media, blogs). This will enable students to develop confidence and expertise in their business writing for a wide range of audiences, will contribute to their understanding of how business is communicated, and will contribute to their academic development across the course as a whole.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Wednesday afternoon
    • spring semester - Wednesday afternoon
    • spring semester - Thursday afternoon

    The University has a policy that all undergraduates must, at either Level 5 or 6, take a Work Related Learning (WRL) module i.e. a module which requires them to directly experience and operate in the real world of work and to reflect on that episode in order to identify skill and knowledge areas that they need to develop for their career. This module (and “partner” modules, namely, Creating a Winning Business 1 (Level 5) and Creating a Successful Social Enterprise 1 and 2), are module options available to ALL University students to fulfil the University’s WRL requirement.

    This module challenges students to be creative in identifying a new business opportunity and in examining the viability of all aspects of the idea in the real world context e.g. testing potential customers’ views. As a result of the feedback received and enquiries carried out, the idea will change and develop over the duration of the module. Throughout the module, students are required to not only apply the business development theory taught but also to continuously reflect on how they have applied the theory and the skills and knowledge gained from their work. This reflective dimension promotes the development of practical attributes for employment and career progression.

    The QAA Benchmark on Business and Management (2015) emphasises the attribute of “entrepreneurship” and of “the value of real world learning”. In terms of promoting work related skills, the module specifically focuses on practical techniques for generating and developing new business ideas and so develops creative thinking. In addition, it requires students to examine market potential and prepare a “pitch” as if seeking investment. The module requires a high level of self-reliance to pursue their business idea. Students develop an understanding of the role of new ideas in business start-ups, business growth and development.
    These skills and techniques are of practical relevance to anyone considering starting a new business, working for a Small or Medium sized Enterprise (SME) or taking on an intrapreneurial role within a larger organisation where the business environment is constantly evolving and producing new challenges and opportunities.

    For those students keen to go beyond this module and start their own business, they can apply to the Accelerator for access to “seed” money and advice and support.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Thursday afternoon

    The overall aim of the module is to provide students with the theoretical knowledge of business behaviour and an understanding of a range of business strategies, to analyse multinational business. The module is concerned with the application of economic concepts and theories to an understanding of multinational business and strategic issues and dilemmas facing business managers in an international setting. Using economic theories, the module aims to explain the development of the multinational business and the emergence of the globalisation process. It examines and evaluates some of the strategies used by multinational businesses to enter foreign markets. It provides an overview of the operations of the multinational business in the world economy such as supply chain management, human resource management, foreign exchange management, and managing cultural diversity and ethics.
    This module provides opportunities for developing the student’s strategic thinking, and the analysis and assessment of current issues challenging multinational businesses in the global economy.

    Internationalisation is addressed in all the topics covered in this module.

    Students are encouraged to reflect and draw on their diverse socio-cultural backgrounds and experiences.

    Discussion of cultural diversity, human resource management and ethics enables students to develop a deep understanding of equality issues in multinational business and its environment.

    Equality is promoted by treating everyone with equal dignity and worth, and raising aspirations and supporting achievement for those students with diverse requirements, entitlements and backgrounds

    The module also aims to develop students' employability skills, in particular: subject research; problem solving; written communication, critical thinking, evaluation and applied analysis.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Thursday morning

    This module introduces students to the fundamental aspects of the theories of international trade and finance, policy analysis and the controversies that surround these activities. It will examine the costs and benefits of these two fundamental activities in the global economy and consider the extent to which government policies in these areas can improve economic outcomes. The module will draw on up-to-date analyses and empirical studies and will examine theoretical and contemporary policy issues in this regard in the international economy.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Thursday morning
    • autumn semester - Thursday morning
    • spring semester - Wednesday morning
    • autumn semester - Wednesday morning

    This module enables students to undertake a short period of professional activity either part-time/vacation employment; work placement; not-for-profit sector volunteering or a professional project led by an employer.

    The work related learning activity must be for a minimum of 105 hours. These hours can be completed in a minimum of 15 working days (based on 7 hours per day) full-time during the summer, or over a semester in a part-time mode. The activity aims to: enable learners to build on previous experience and learning gained within academic studies and elsewhere; provide opportunity for personal skills and employability development and requires application of subject knowledge and relevant literature. Learners will be supported in developing improved understanding of themselves, and the work environment through reflective and reflexive learning in reference to the Quality Assurance Agency Subject Benchmark Statements for the appropriate degree programme.

    Students will be contacted prior to the semester to ensure they understand requirements of securing work related activity in advance. Support is provided to find and apply for suitable opportunities through the Placements and Careers teams. The suitability of the opportunities will be assessed by the Module Team. Learners may be able to utilise existing employment, providing they can demonstrate that it is personally developmental and involves a certain level of responsibility. It is a student's responsibility to apply for opportunities and engage with the Placement and Careers team to assist them in finding a suitable role.

    The module is open to all Business and Management undergraduate course programmes (for semesters/levels, see the appropriate course specification.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Monday afternoon
    • autumn semester - Monday afternoon

    This module explores the importance of corporate reputation (and corporate communications), what it is, how and why it is managed it, how it affects the organisation’s performance, and how it may be perceived by an often complex group of internal and external stakeholders, including the media. Maintaining a strong corporate image, identity, and reputation is a strategic priority for most CEOs. Organisations which enjoy a strong corporate reputation in the market see this as a competitive advantage and crucial to improving financial returns, shareholder value and improved competitiveness. External forces, often globally driven, can quickly change the way stakeholders view the organisation, often as a result of sudden, often unforeseen and relatively unmanageable forces, leading to destabilisation, leadership change, criticism in the media, damage to the corporation’s reputation, and a fall in market value. Understanding and managing corporate reputation is complex, as it is not just the responsibility of the corporate communications team, or the CEO - it is the responsibility of all employees.

    This up-to-date contemporary Module is a 15-credit ‘Option’ Module at Level 6 (Year 3), aimed at students who are interested in developing expertise in corporate reputation management and associated areas, such as corporate communications, branding, liaising with the media, and responding to reputational crises.

    Employability in corporate communications continues to grow (see for example: http://careers.marksandspencer.com/career-areas/head-office/corporate-communications), its international dimensions are growing in importance (see for example https://www.warnermusiccareers.com/categories/corporate-communications), and many corporations see equality, diversity, and inclusion as a key part of their corporate strategy and corporate image, identity, brand and reputation (see for example https://www.btplc.com/Careercentre/lifeatbt/diversityandinclusion/index.htm).
    Students will study a range of theories, models, concepts, and techniques in corporate reputation management, will work in small teams to analyse a range of high-profile companies and their corporate reputation management, and will therefore develop their own expertise in business communication and reputation management.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Friday afternoon
    • autumn semester - Friday afternoon
    • autumn semester - Friday morning
    • spring semester - Friday morning

    This module is a 15 credit option module on the Undergraduate Scheme.

    Increasingly managers at all levels of an organisation are required to manage projects, temporary endeavours undertaken to create a unique product or service. This module uses the Association of Project Management Body of Knowledge (APMBOK), https://www.apm.org.uk/body-of-knowledge/ - and therefore prepares students in the capabilities required for effective project management: managing resources, time, people, and the project as a whole. The module includes both the use of computer programmes for project management and approaches to managing people and leading and motivating teams.

    Aims of the module:
    The module will equip the student with an understanding of the complexities of managing projects in an uncertain world. The student will become familiar with the project business case, the detailed planning and the use of ‘WBS’ and the ’OBS’, resources issues and their management, the timeline, budgeting and cash flow as well as the eventual monitoring and control of the project through methods of tracking and monitoring. The student will study methods of managing people in the project with appropriate models of leadership, team behaviours and motivation and methods of conflict management and resolution.

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If you're studying full-time, each year (level) is worth 120 credits.

Year 1 modules include:

  • Organising and Managing Across Cultures
  • Strategy: Choices and Change
  • Management Investigation and Dissertation
  • Business without Frontiers

Option modules include:

  • Project Management
  • Economics of Multinational Business
  • International Finance and Trade
  • Services Marketing
  • Managing Corporate Reputation
  • Learning Through Work
  • Open Language Programme

Find out more about the modules from our course specification.

What our students say

“I was anxious about the whole journey, but it proved to be a great decision that changed my life entirely. Soon after I started my first set of modules, I knew the styles and methods of teaching practiced by the lecturers suited my personal style - very practical and everything explained with real life examples. I made tons of great friends on London Met, and three of them later become my business partners.”
Ondrej Mrklas, Company Director of Czech Industry Company, 2015

“The course I’m doing has been extremely rewarding and greatly helped me to achieve my potential. The international aspects of the courses have been especially interesting.”
National Student Survey

After the course

This course can help you on your way to beginning your management career in multinational organisations, preparing you for entry onto a graduate training scheme. Many of our graduates now work in managerial roles for multinationals such as Zara and Thomson Reuters, and have even become directors of their own companies. For example, Ondrej Mrklas is in charge of the Czech Industry Company and heads up two more companies in China and Singapore with other London Met graduates.

This course is also excellent preparation for further study or research in both universities and specialist institutions.

Moving to one campus

If you're starting your course from September 2019, you will be taught at our campus in Holloway, Islington.

At our Islington campus you'll benefit from state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and a wide range of social spaces.

Additional costs

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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How to apply

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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