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BA (Hons) International Management - Top-up

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This course offers you the opportunity to successfully achieve an Honours degree in International Management and the prospect of entering a business related Master's degree or employment.

It's an innovative, one-year course leading to a degree, aimed at those wishing to pursue a career in business and management. After completing this course, you'll be critically informed, adaptable and resourceful, with the capability to make an effective contribution to business.

Key information

Next start date:

January 2018, September 2018


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


1 year

Required subjects:

Business Studies

Entry requirements:

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

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component of writing, speaking, listening and reading (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, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

Year 1

Core units

  • Strategic Management: Develop intellectual and professional skills needed for performing strategic analysis, choosing strategies and executing these strategies with desired results.
  • International Marketing Management: The activities involved in international marketing management. You'll explore the theory used for analysing international marketing environments and the development of marketing programmes in them. This will help you to explore the issues raised by different international market situations and offer recommendations in response to them.
  • International Management: Develop critical awareness of international management policy, practice and processes as used by multinational or transnational organisations in a dynamically globalised world. You'll increase your international awareness and competence.
  • Organisational Leadership: You'll consider leadership, leadership versus management, power, politics and conflict and traditional and contemporary perspectives of leadership. Contextual issues are discussed, such as the impact of the global business context, gender, ethics, diversity and international and cross-cultural aspects of leadership.

Optional units (choose two)

  • Strategic Marketing Management: You'll gain skills in managing key elements in marketing and the ability to think critically about marketing scenarios and use market and other information to make informed decisions.
  • People Management & Development: Gain an understanding of the main issues and themes in people resourcing and development. You'll explore the relationship between resourcing and development and wider HR functions and the contribution this makes to organisation strategy and performance.
  • Entrepreneurship & Business Ventures: How individuals and teams can create new businesses and transform existing ones through innovative entrepreneurial activities. There's a focus on the needs of the small enterprise and the small business owner.
  • Managing Innovation: An opportunity to develop skills in managing innovation in the organisational environment. Innovation comes in four major contexts: operational innovation, product innovation, strategy innovation and management innovation. Understanding how to manage these is an important step in becoming an effective manager or entrepreneur in today’s business world.
  • Strategic Human Resource Management: An evaluation of the strategic role of human resource management in organisations. You'll examine strategic HRM models, the relationship between HRM and organisational performance and consider a range of HRM practices.
  • Research Project with Optional Work Experience: The research project provides Master’s level students with an opportunity to undertake a significant piece of self-managed research in a relevant area of particular interest. You will have the opportunity to undertake work experience as part of the research project unit, subject to you finding appropriate experience.  

If English isn't your first language and you don't have IELTS 7.0 or above, you'll need to complete the unit below and one unit from the list of options above.

  • Advanced Academic English (AAE): Combine and refine your language and study skills. This includes accessing oral and written information, note-taking, participating in seminars, learning strategies for formal assessments and using reference materials.

Please note that option units require minimum numbers in order to run and may only be available on a semester by semester basis. They may also change from year to year.

Programme specifications

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) International Management - Top-Up.

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.

Your application

Background and experience

For this course we are looking for applicants who are:

  • Aspiring to develop their understanding and appreciation of global aspects of the business environment and relevant theories and practice.
  • Keen to develop their cultural awareness and interpersonal skills.
  • Dedicated to their studies and can take responsibility for their personal and professional development.
  • Self motivated and can manage their own time and learning environment effectively.

This intensive one year course is ideal for those who would like to pursue a career in business and management in an international context. It may also be relevant for international students who would like to proceed to a Master's course.

We are looking for students with good communication and interpersonal skills, and the confidence to interact and share their experiences with other students. We encourage applications from those with an awareness of the global business environment.

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

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 a: Foundation degree or HND with 55% in a required subject.

Required subjects: Business Studies

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.

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, 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.


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 International Management graduates perform well once they enter the world of work, thanks to the focus on practical skills as well as business theory. They work for various organisations, including EISM and Gale Wine and Spirits.

Among the roles our graduates have taken on are:

  • Marketing assistant
  • Sales and communication assistant
  • Sales marketing officer.

Industries worked in

  • Business
  • Corporate
  • Marketing.

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.

No hidden extras

As a student at BU we will provide many things to support you and there will also be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying at BU. The information below will help you understand our provision and what you need to budget for.

What you can expect from us

All of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of support and services.

  • One set of study-related consumables such as a memory stick/ DVD
  • Materials for laboratory and field-based teaching activity
  • Support for placements (UK or abroad) and fieldwork, and non-financial support whilst on placement
  • A range of student services – advisors, help desks, counsellors, placement support and careers service
  • The Library – access to a wide range of electronic resources (databases, e-journals and e-books), print and multimedia collections, subject librarians and study spaces
  • IT labs (some open 24/7), wireless network, AV equipment to borrow
  • Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) scheme
  • Disability and additional learning support
  • The BU Language Centre to help you develop/improve foreign or English language skills
  • 24 hours a day, 365 days a year security team.

Costs of living and other expenses you need to consider

  • Accommodation and living costs: view our price guide
  • 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
  • General stationery and other supplies such as print and presentation materials: the Students’ Union shops stock a wide range of stationery supplies on both campuses
  • Travel to, from and between BU campuses: our bus service operates in the local areas offering a subsided travel rate; we also have a large number of secure bike storage compounds
  • SportBU membership: check out our student membership packages, sports events, varsity teams, information about our new facilities and more on the SportBU webpages
  • Optional fieldwork travel, outdoor wear and footwear (where applicable)
  • Telephone and travel costs incurred when undertaking interviews for coursework/securing placements.
  • A fee will be payable towards the cost of an Educational Psychology Assessment if this is required in connection with additional learning support. BU pays for approximately two-thirds of the cost of this assessment for UK students. For more details and current pricing please visit the student section of the website.

Repeat units

If you need to repeat one or more units during the course of your studies (with or without attendance), you may be required to pay an additional fee of £1,500 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.

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 Christos Apostolakis - Programme Coordinator for BA (Hons) International Management (top-up)

Dr Christos Apostolakis' research interests revolve around Strategy (with a focus on Resource-based View, Strategic Entrepreneurship and Networks), Social Entrepreneurship, Collaboration and Public Private Partnerships. Other personal research interests include New Public Management and Higher Education. Christos has a PhD in Strategic and Public Management.

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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