The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)International Business Management

Why choose this course?

One of the phenomena of the 20th and 21st centuries has been that of globalisation. This course will equip you with the knowledge and expertise to manage within this global framework. As globalisation increases, more organisations have to work beyond their regional boundaries, compete in diverse global environments and find that their traditional domestic markets are open to global challenges. These organisations need experts who can work across multicultural barriers, develop effective international strategies and source products internationally. This course will develop your skills in these business key areas.

The course will provide an interdisciplinary approach to global citizenship and will help you develop your own understanding of complex notions in the international business environment. Additionally, the course will help you develop digital literacy skills through the use of software employed by contemporary organisations. The development of student knowledge and understanding of a range of international business and management practices and the ability to apply them effectively in an entrepreneurial and innovative manner will also be emphasised, as it is recognised that entrepreneurship is a key force for successful economic growth.

Students on this course also have the opportunity to study for one year with our partner institution in Finland and gain degrees from both institutions.

What happens on the course?

Indicative Course Structure (Info correct on July 2016).

Semester 1 Starters:

Semester 1 level 4

Semester 2 level 4

Core or option

Module code

Module title

Credits

Core or option

Module code

Module title

Credits

Core

4IB007

Looking Behind the Label: The Business of Global Commodities

20

Core

4IB004

Global Business Environment

20

Core

4HR002

Introduction to People at Work

20

Core

4IB006

Sustainable Global Business

20

Core

4MK002

Marketing Principles

20

Core

4BU005

Analytical Skills for Business

20

Semester 1 level 5

Semester 2 level 5

Core or option

Module code

Module title

Credits

Core or option

Module code

Module title

Credits

Core

5IB001

Age of Global Business IT

20

Core

5IB004

Managerial Economics

20

Core

5HR006

International Human Resources : The Key Issues

20

Core

5IB002

Managerial Systems and Operations

20

Core

5AC008

International Trade Finance

20

Core

5MK007

Export Marketing

20

Semester 1 level 6

Semester 2 level 6

Core or option

Module code

Module title

Credits

Core or option

Module code

Module title

Credits

Core

6BE003

Strategic Management

20

Core

6BU001

Researching Business and Management Issues

20

Core

6IB003

Dynamics of Multinational Companies

20

Core

6BU004

Corporate Social Responsibility and Ethics

20

Core

6IB006

Debating Globalisation

20

Option

6AC005

The Financing and Management of Risk

20

Option

6BU006

Managing Your Career

20

Option

6IB005

Business Internship Programme (Reflective Work Practice)

20

Option

6MK001

International Marketing

20

Why Wolverhampton?

Enhancing your employment and career prospects

Studying with the Business School gives you a head start in your career through offering:

Dual degree - Students taking the BA (Hons) International Business Management programme can gain a dual degree from the University of Wolverhampton and Metropolia University, Finland, by completing a placement and undertaking a year of study at Metropolia in Finland.

Internships -You can choose to gain valuable work experience through taking an internship (sandwich placement) as part of your programme of study. Full support in preparing and securing internships is provided through our dedicated support team.

Study abroad - You can choose to undertake one semester or a full year study abroad at one of our EU partners, as part of your programme of study.

Working with real managers - We find many opportunities for you to work with practising managers, from company projects, guest lectures and site visits through to short internships or full year long sandwich placements.

Developing real business skills - Studying at Wolverhampton will allow you to develop the skills businesses demand including IT, project management, team working and leadership.

Careers support and guidance - You will be able to gain an Employability Award. Having developed your CV and enhanced your interview skills you will be able to undertake a short internship to prepare yourself to gain employment on graduation.

Volunteering - You can gain valuable employability skills through volunteering. Opportunities exist for you to work with voluntary organisations.

Starting your own business - Not only will you develop the business acumen necessary to start and manage your own business but on-going support is available both during your studies and on graduation to help you make a success of your business start-up.

Management mentors - You will have the opportunity to be mentored by a senior manager from the region through our Institute of Directors mentoring scheme or alumni.

A supportive professional study environment

Your learning experience at the Business School will be enhanced by:

Tutors who know about business - The tutors on this programme will have had experience as practicing managers, have worked with business in an advisory capacity or will be researching business and management in order that what you learn is current, leading edge thinking which has real relevance to the world of business.

A friendly and supportive environment - We are known for the support we provide to our students. Whether pastoral or study advice your personal tutor and course leader are there to give you the support you need, when you need it.

Blended learning - The School has developed a blended learning approach where lecture and tutorial activities are supported by online learning to become a seamless learning experience both in and outside of the classroom.

Flexibility - The programme offered gives you flexibility over your study options as you progress and develop, whether this is choosing to study abroad or take an internship or being able to move between the courses we offer.

Professional body informed programmes - The school has strong professional body links and these are used to inform the curriculum to ensure they reflect the latest professional thinking and standards and to maximise the exemptions and accreditation you will gain alongside studying your programme.

Internationalisation - Our international student and staff body and a curriculum underpinned by internationalisation will enable you to learn how to operate in a global business environment.

What our students think

"I chose the course because I have always had a flair for understanding the internal aspects, structure and processes in international organisations.

I was very impressed with the assessments structure. There were many writing activities e.g. essays, business reports but also assignments and presentations. I guess all the activities were designed to develop skills in communication, teamwork and interpersonal skills and many others important in carees in business and management.

The facilities and University technology are highly advanced. I was also impressed with the library capacity and books available."

Szymon, BA (Hons) International Business Management student

Career path

This course will help you develop your understanding of international business theories focusing on such topics as managing international operations, international strategy and risk analysis, and principles of international business. You may also gain valuable international experience by spending a year overseas during a work placement (with the sandwich route), subject to availability.

Accordingly, this course could lead to rewarding career opportunities, both in international companies and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs). Our graduates have gone into employment with leading international companies including Lucent Technologies and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Additionally, the course provides a sound basis for postgraduate studies in international business, such as MSc International Business Management.

What skills will you gain?

At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge and expertise of managing in organisations and in different national cultures.
  2. Evaluate the nature of multinationals' activities in a global business environment.
  3. Discuss and appreciate the issues surrounding developing effective international strategies and sourcing products internationally.
  4. Critically evaluate international business theories related to managing international operations, international strategy and risk analysis, and the principles of international business.
  5. Utilise a range of contemporary and appropriate technologies in developing solutions for a global context.

Entry requirements

2016 Entry

  • 240-280 UCAS points with a minimum of 180 points from at least two 'A' Levels
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade MMM, BTEC QCF Diploma grade DD
  • Access to HE Diploma full award (Pass of 60 credits - of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at level 3 including 18 at Merit or Distinction).
  • AAT Level 3 Accounting
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • Successful completion of the foundation year of our BA (Hons) Business Management with Foundation Year guarantees entry on to this course
  • International student language requirements and application guidance can be found at http://www.wlv.ac.uk/international/apply
  • Successful completion of the International Foundation Year in Social Sciences guarantees entry on to this course

Other Requirements

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

Course fees and finance

2017/8 Home/EU International
Full time - * £11,475
Part time - *
2016/7 Home/EU International
Full time £9,000 £11,250
Part time # £2,780

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2017/8. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 321150

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

* We are currently unable to confirm these fees.

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

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Telephone

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Email

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