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BA (Hons) Global Business Management (Online) (Top-up)

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

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.

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If you'd like to join year one or two of the BA (Hons) Global Business Management (online) course, 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




18 months

Required subjects:

Business Management, Accounting Project Management, Global Management, International Management

Entry requirements:

Successful completion of Foundation degree or HND in a required subject with 55%.

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 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.

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

For this course we are looking for applicants who:

  • Possess excellent organisation skills and can manage their time effectively
  • Are keen to develop a further appreciation of business and management theories and practice
  • Have some experience of applying theory in practice
  • Have an awareness of the international business environment
  • Demonstrate a high level of commitment to their studies and to gaining a full Honours degree.

This course offers the opportunity for those wishing to return to education and build upon previous study 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 Masters course. We also welcome applications from those who have studied an HND or FdA in other institutions (either by attendance or distance/online learning) who would like to further their learning with BU.

We are looking for students with enthusiasm to further develop their skills and knowledge, this is a demanding course therefore students will need to show dedication to the course. 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.

Selection criteria 

The entry requirements for this Top-up degree are the successful completion of a HND or a Foundation degree in a related subject area or equivalent. A mix of academic qualifications and work experience in a business related field will also be considered. Overseas equivalent qualifications are also considered.

All applications are considered individually. If your application suggests you do not have the relevant qualifications and skills for this top-up degree but could enter the course at a different level, we will advise you of this during the application process

If there’s anything in here that isn’t clear, or we don’t answer your questions, get in touch with the askBU Enquiry Service.

Unconditional offer scheme

Exceptional applicants who are predicted to achieve top academic results may receive an unconditional offer from us. We believe that unconditional offers will reduce pressure on applicants who will continue to strive to achieve the best grades possible. Further information for students applying in 2018 will be available in September.

Full entry requirements

This course requires: successful completion of Foundation degree or HND in a required subject with 55%. 

Required subjects are: Business Management, Accounting, Project Management, Global Management, International Management. Other subjects will also be considered, in order for this to be assessed please make a full application.

If your application suggests you do not have the relevant qualifications and skills for this top-up degree but could enter the course at a different level, we will advise you of this during the application process.  

GCSEs: This course requires GCSE English and Mathematics grade C (or grade 4 in the reformed GCSE grading) 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 GCSEs, Key Skills 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 Future Students Enquiry Team to find out more.

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

International entry requirements

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 of writing, speaking, listening and reading, or equivalent.

View further information about our English language requirements.

If you do not meet the English language requirement for your degree then why not join our Pre-Sessional English course. Successful completion of our Pre-Sessional English course will meet your English language requirement, without the need to re-take IELTS.

Academic entry requirements

You can find details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our entry requirements for non-UK students' page.

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 Management (Top-up)

Dr Stefanos Marangos is a Lecturer in Strategy. Prior to joining Bournemouth University, Stefanos worked as a Lecturer in Strategy and Innovation at Business School at the University of Southampton. 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. Current research includes open innovation and innovation management, strategic business models, self-managed learning, inquiry based learning.


Our business graduates work in various roles in a wide number of sectors. This course is designed to prepare you for a job in any organisation, large or small, and in any sector. In fact, 85% of our business graduates are in work or study six months after graduating, of which 80% are in professional or managerial positions, earning an average salary of £26,000 a year. Among the roles that our graduates have gone on to are:

  • Account executive
  • Account manager
  • Business analyst
  • HR coordinator
  • Marketing executive.

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.

No hidden extras

What you can expect from us

All of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees. You will also have access to a range of support and services:

  • A range of student services – advisors, help desks, counsellors, and careers service;

  • The Library – access to a wide range of electronic resources (databases, e-journals and e-books), print and multimedia collections and a subject librarian.

  • Disability and additional learning support

Other expenses you need to consider

  • Text books: remember that our award-winning library is stocked with a large range of text books for all courses, as well as online resources such as industry journals, free of charge

  • A fee will be payable towards the cost of an Educational Psychology Assessment if this is required in connection with additional learning support

Repeat units

If you need to repeat one or more units during the course of your studies, you may be required to pay an additional fee of £375 per 20 credit unit. 

Financial help available from BU

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to students who are beginning their studies at BU. Our website also provides details on living costs, budgeting and paying your tuition fees.

Course changes

The table below indicates the latest changes to this course.

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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.

Full entry requirements

This course requires a minimum of 5 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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