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BA (Hons) Global Business Management

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This course used to be called BA (Hons) International Business & Management.

The business world is increasingly globally focused. This part-time online degree will equip you with a wide range of skills to begin a successful career in global business management, or help you to progress your existing career.

You will have the opportunity to gain a strong understanding of organisations, their management, the economy and the business environment. You will develop new skills in marketing, management, finance, project management, operations management and human resources, so that when you graduate you have a wide set of globally-relevant skills applicable to many different areas of business.

This course is delivered entirely online so is ideal for those who live or work some distance from Bournemouth and international students who are unable to attend the university in person. It also appeals to Armed Forces personnel stationed overseas or considering their resettlement options. The course has been developed in conjunction with the MOD. It is accredited by ELCAS enabling Armed Forces personnel to off-set the majority of the course fees through the ELC Scheme.

There are flexible entry and exit points so if you’re not interested in a full honours degree, you can still gain a nationally recognised qualification such as a Certificate of Higher Education in Global Business Management or a  Diploma of Higher Education in Global Business Management.  85% of our final year students think that our staff are good at explaining things. Join us on  live chat now to find out more, or register to meet us at an open day.

If you would like to join the final, top-up year of BA (Hons) Global Business Management, please view and apply for the course here. Please note that the deadline for January 2019 entry is the 16th January 2019.

All statistics shown are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2018, January 2019




4.5 years part-time, but there are flexible entry and exit points available

Relevant subjects:

All subjects considered

Entry requirements:

One A-level or equivalent in capability and experience. If you have a subject-related HNC or equivalent you may be eligible to join Level 5 of the course. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 6.0 (Academic) or above. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

Course details

On this course you will usually be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff and qualified professional practitioners.

Level 4

Core units

  • Skills for Academic Success - The aims of this unit are to induct and support new students in using Bournemouth University’s (BU) systems and processes effectively. This unit will help you develop the skills and strategies needed for successful independent study in an online programme, ensuring that they are in a position to fully benefit from the learning process.
  • Principles of Accounting - You will develop a sound foundation in the fundamentals of accounting together with a basic understanding of the international regulatory framework. The unit also aims to build an awareness of strategic and operational matters and an understanding of the information needs of managers in a global environment.
  • Developing Management Competencies - You will be exposed to the issues and challenges that impact on professional effectiveness in a range of study and work-related contexts, with particular focus on effective management skills, the use of contemporary business tools and technologies, and the challenges of operating globally.
  • Business Economics - This unit will introduce you to some of the wider contemporary economic issues and problems surrounding the global business environment. You will study how government activities regulate and influence business activities and how business activities influence government action and policy.
  • Organisational Behaviour: A Global Perspective - The unit encourages analysis of the myriad of social relationships that organisations and society operate within, and how these relationships might be managed. In particular, it introduces theories and concepts to aid our understanding of the behaviour of people within the workplace.
  • Marketing Foundations - This unit aims to provide an understanding of the underlying concepts and principles of marketing to enable you to develop marketing approaches for a range of marketing scenarios and evaluate and interpret marketing concepts and principles.

Option to exit with a Certificate of Higher Education in Global Business Management

Level 5

Core units

  • Business & Financial Analysis -You will develop the skills to interpret and appraise the financial statements of a limited company and prepare management information using a variety of techniques.
  • Buyer Behaviour in the Global Market - This unit will extend your understanding of marketing, providing a critical understanding of the role and application of consumer behaviour and market research within the global marketing context.
  • Global Business Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability - The unit aims to put ethics at the core of our thinking about business globally and generate insightful thoughts on the sustainable business practices around the world. The unit will also focus on stakeholder engagement and the importance of accountability in the relationship between businesses and their various stakeholders.
  • Global Production & Operations Management - Production and Operations Management is a core function of business and the unit aims to develop a strong foundation on the subject so that you are confident to deal with complex and challenging business operations issues in the global market place.
  • Contemporary Project Development & Control - This unit will introduce a critical awareness of project management theory and practice in a context of organisational change and complexity. You will address the challenges of project management and enhances your knowledge and skills in areas such as communication, stakeholder engagement, planning and the management of risk and uncertainty.
  • Principles of Human Resource Management - This unit seeks to provide a comprehensive introduction to HRM and develop a broad understanding of HRM issues and practices, with sensitivity to the increasingly global arena in which managers’ practice.

Option to exit with a Diploma of Higher Education in Global Business Management

Level 6

Core units

  • Global Strategy - This unit will encourage you to develop the intellectual and professional attributes needed for strategic analysis, to make appropriate choices between alternative strategies, and then to implement the chosen strategies with the desired results. The unit aims to provide you with a critical understanding of the tools and frameworks available for analysing strategic management issues at both national and global levels.
  • The Global Manager - Drawing on elements of international HRM and cross-cultural management, this unit is designed to develop a critical awareness of the challenges of working and managing in a global context. The unit aims to develop your understanding of global management policies, practices and processes, as utilised by multinational and transnational organisations in the context of a dynamic, globalised world.
  • Global Marketing - You will develop the ability to critically theoretical frameworks both for the analysis of global marketing environments and for the development of marketing programmes within them, and apply analytical skills to explore the issues arising from different global market situations.
  • Business Leadership - This unit will explore leadership theories and followership concepts. It considers the nature of leadership, leadership versus management, power, politics and conflict, and various traditional and contemporary models and perspectives of leadership.

Choose two of the following option units:

  • Managing Sustainable Innovation for Global Enterprises - The aim of the unit is to provide students with the opportunity to develop skills in managing and sustaining different contexts of innovation in the global environment. Innovation comes in four major contexts: operational innovation, product innovation, strategy innovation, and management innovation. Understanding how to manage these different contexts of innovation is an important step to become effective managers or entrepreneurs in today’s global enterprises.
  • Global Supply Chain Management - Supply chain management is the fastest growing area of business today, and is at the core of success of most leading companies. Many companies serve multiple global markets with products sourced and produced across many continents. The primary aim of the unit is to develop a strategic understanding of global supply chain management through planning, sourcing, making, delivering and returning products and services to global businesses and their customers and achieve competitive advantages for the firm.
  • Digital Marketing & Communications - You will develop a critical view on the impact of emerging digital technologies and social media on marketing communication theories. You will be equipped with practical and analytical skills in designing, implementing and evaluating digital communications strategies and campaigns.
  • Strategic Human Resource Management - The purpose of the unit is to provide knowledge and understanding of the strategic role of human resource management in organisations and provide a platform for the critical evaluation of that role. The unit will examine strategic HRM models, the relationship between HRM and organisational performance as well as consider a wide range of HRM practices including but not limited to: employee resourcing, employee development, employee relations and reward management, performance management, participation and involvement, and redundancy.
  • Entrepreneurship in the Global Environment - This unit will explore how to be effective entrepreneurs by looking at global business case studies and personal skills needed to start a business and the critical factors in the survival of start-ups and reasons for failure.

Exit qualification: BA (Hons) Global Business Management

Contact hours

We advise that the expected workload per unit of study is 200 hours, that is 13 hours per week over 15 weeks. 100% of the course is assessed by coursework.

Programme specification

Programme specifications provide definitive records of the University's taught degrees in line with Quality Assurance Agency requirements. Every taught course leading to a BU Award has a programme specification which describes its aims, structure, content and learning outcomes, plus the teaching, learning and assessment methods used.

Download the programme specification for BA (Hons) Global Business Management.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the programme specification, the information is liable to change to take advantage of exciting new approaches to teaching and learning as well as developments in industry. If you have been unable to locate the programme specification for the course you are interested in, it will be available as soon as the latest version is ready. Alternatively please contact us for assistance.

All statistics shown are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Your application

Background and experience

We want dedicated, enthusiastic, forward-thinking students who are going to make a real difference to the course they are studying. Our students learn from each other, as well as their academic staff, so it is really important to us that you can show us how much you care about the course you are interested in. Tell us about your personal achievements or any relevant work experience you have done, and show us how they make you the ideal candidate for a place on the course.

For this course we are looking for applicants who:

  • Are keen to develop an appreciation of business and management theories and practice
  • Have an interest in how theory can work in practice
  • Show motivation to successfully complete the course
  • Have an awareness of the international business environment
  • Are prepared to positively develop themselves both personally and professionally.

This course offers those with limited previous qualifications the opportunity to gain an Honours degree. We encourage applications from those who have relevant work experience and would like to enhance their career prospects. It may also be relevant for international students who would like to proceed to a Master's course.

We are looking for dedicated students with excellent organisation skills and the ability to manage their time and learning effectively. Applications are considered on individual merit, previous and current work experience (paid employment or voluntary) is also considered alongside academic qualifications. You will need confidence and commitment to study in an entirely online environment this includes interacting with academic staff and students using discussion boards and submitting assignments.

Unconditional offer scheme

Applicants who are predicted to achieve strong academic results will be eligible for BU’s Unconditional Offer Scheme in recognition of their academic performance and potential to succeed at university. If you are selected for the scheme and commit to us as your firm choice of university, then we will match this commitment by making your offer unconditional, which will guarantee your place at BU.

You will receive a standard conditional offer based on the entry requirements for your course in your offer letter – it will advise that you are eligible for the unconditional offer scheme. We will then update your offer to unconditional should you choose BU. We believe that unconditional offers reduce pressure on applicants who will continue to strive to achieve the best grades possible, and we will reward you with an Academic Excellence scholarship of £1,000 in your first year if you achieve AAA or above at A-level or equivalent.

Full entry requirements

The course is made up of three stages; Level 4, 5 and 6. Depending on your qualifications and experience, you may join us at different stages of the course.

If you have any questions about the course and would like to speak to someone in person, please contact askBU who will be happy to organise an informal chat with a member of academic staff for you.

Stage 1 (Level 4): One A-level or equivalent in capability and experience.

Stage 2 (Level 5): subject-related HNC or equivalent.

Stage 3 (Level 6 to 'top-up' to a full Honours degree): Successful completion of Foundation degree or HND in a required subject with 55%.

All applications are considered individually and an appropriate entry point will be confirmed shortly after submission of a full application and accompanying papers.

GCSEs: This course requires GCSE English and Mathematics grade C/4 or above or equivalent qualifications.

Numeracy and literacy: We need to be sure that you can express yourself in written English and have basic numeracy skills. We look at Level 2 of the National Qualifications Framework, which includes, but is not limited to, GCSEs, GCSEs, and Functional Skills Level 2. If you do not have formal qualifications to this level or have alternatives, we may still be able to consider your application – please contact the askBU Enquiry Service to find out more.

Other qualifications

We have outlined below other qualifications that we consider for this course. If you are studying a qualification that is not listed, please contact our askBU Enquiry Service, it may be that we can still consider it.

Cambridge Pre-U Diploma: We welcome applicants studying the Cambridge Pre-U Diploma or a combination of Pre-U subjects and A-levels.

Scottish Qualifications: Scottish Advanced Highers, Scottish Highers and other Scottish qualifications are all welcomed and are considered on an individual basis.

Welsh Baccalaureate: The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma is welcomed alongside A-levels or equivalent, to meet the overall course tariff.

Extended Project Qualification: The grade achieved for the Extended Project may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has marginally failed to meet the conditions of their offer.

Deferred entry: We are happy to consider applicants for deferred entry.

English Language

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:

  • IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.

View further information about our English language requirements.


This course will give you the chance to develop and hone your business management skills, while helping you understand the subject in the international context of today's corporate environment.

Our graduates perform well once they enter the world of work, thanks to the focus on practical skills as well as business theory. 85% of our students are in work or further study, earning an average salary of £26,000 a year within six months of finishing their course. They work for a wide range of national and international organisations, including BA Systems, British Army, JP Morgan Chase Bank, IMI Webber, Kuehne + Nagel, Nationwide Building Society and Travelex, among others.

You'll be ready to take on a variety of roles when you graduate, and will have the skills you need to progress your career. Our alumni are in jobs such as:

  • Account manager
  • Director
  • Duty manager
  • Performance analyst
  • Trainee accountant.

Industries worked in

  • Business
  • Corporate
  • Finance
  • Retail
  • Recruitment.

Further study

Once you have completed an undergraduate Honours degree, you can further develop your education by studying for a postgraduate degree. Please visit our postgraduate section for further details about our range of Master's degrees.

All statistics shown are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Our lecturers

Our staff are actively engaged in research and professional practice in the business sector which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Find out more about some of the staff and their research activities who will be teaching on this course below.

Dr Stefanos Marangos

Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Global Business Management

Dr Stefanos Marangos is a Lecturer in Strategy. Stefanos has a PhD in Open Innovation and an MSc in Management Sciences and Finance from the University of Southamtpon and BSc in Financial Application from TEI Kozanis in Greece. His current research includes open innovation and innovation management, strategic business models, self-managed learning and inquiry based learning.

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2018 GCSE entry requirements have changed to This course requires GCSE English and Mathematics grade C (or grade 4 in the reformed GCSE grading) or equivalent qualifications.
2018 entry requirements

This course requires a minimum of 4 GCSEs grades A* - C (or grade 4 or above in the newly reformed GCSE grading) including Maths and English or equivalent qualifications.

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