Undergraduate BSc (Hons)

International Business Management

Salford Business School

Attendance

Full-time

With placement

Course

Three year

Four year

Next enrolment

September 2021

Introduction

In a nutshell

This International Business Management course aims to prepare graduates for a long and successful career in today’s global marketplace. With technology enabling people from all over the globe to connect and collaborate like never before, professionals who understand how different cultural and economic influences impact business are highly sought after by organisations around the world.  You will study at our University of Salford campus close to Manchester city centre but as part of your business degree you will have opportunities for international projects, study and exchanges.

Guaranteed offer 2021. We know this could be a stressful year for applicants and want to support you to reach your goal.

All applicants to a Business, Law or Accounting undergraduate programme starting September 2021 will be given a guaranteed offer of a place and we'll support you to get the grades you need. Your offer will set out the tariff you need to achieve in order to join your chosen course next September. Find out more.

A further opportunity for International Business Management students comes through our partnership with TAMK University in Finland. Through the dual award option, you have the chance to apply to study part of your course at Tampere University of Applied Sciences and graduate with two degrees.  Tobias Reynolds did it; watch the video below to hear about his experiences.

“The dual degree with TAMK University is a great way of getting two degrees for less than the price of one and having two great styles of teaching, at home and abroad.”

Our academic and professional services teams are here to support you throughout your degree and prepare you for your future career. In 2020, 90% of students asked agreed that they have been able to contact staff when needed; 92% agreed that the library resources have supported their learning; and 100% agreed that they have had the right opportunities to work with other students as part of the course (University of Salford analysis of unpublished NSS 2020 data). 

Industry relevance is at the core of BSc International Business Management. We strongly encourage you to take the professional experience year, which takes place on completion of your second year.  This gives you the chance to gain real-world experience and put the cross-cultural management skills you have developed into practice. 

International Business student Anna secured a placement at IBM during her studies. Read about her experience in the Made in Salford blog.

During your degree, you will have the option to participate in the Study Abroad programme. The programmes allows you the chance to spend your second year studying on an international exchange with one of our global partner institutions in Europe, the US or the rest of the world.

This programme has been reviewed and updated for September 2021. 

Find out more, register for one of our Open Days or attend a campus tour. Our supportive course enquiries team can help you with any general questions you may have. You can also explore all of our Business courses.

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You will:
  • Gain expertise in global business and develop cross-cultural management skills
  • Acquire an understanding of innovative ethical and sustainable business practices
  • Learn practical management skills from business simulations and live projects
  • Build your own personal portfolio to enhance your CV and demonstrate your knowledge and skills to future employers
  • Develop your personal skills and confidence with opportunities for study abroad and work experience
  • Study in a supportive environment where you are a name, not a number
Placement

options available

International

students accepted

Course accreditations
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This is for you if...

1.

You are looking for a business education that prepares you for a global career

2.

You are interested in opportunities to study abroad

3.

You care about an ethical approach to business

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You want to develop your practical as well as academic skills

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You want to study international business in a dynamic business region

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You want to build your experience and confidence on work placement

Course details

All about the course

Right from the start, the International Business Management course is all about supporting you to develop the practical skills that employers look for. You'll be working on live projects and business simulations to learn the fundamental basis of global business management while developing your core skills such as problem-solving, leadership, communication and data analysis; the very skills employers are looking for. In this way, you will learn to find creative, sustainable and ethical solutions to business problems. Throughout your time with us, you will build your own portfolio of professional evidence which you will be able to use to help you get a rewarding job when you graduate.

In your first year, you will start to develop an understanding of how organisations work, looking at key business concepts and how they relate to international business. You will be learning by doing through working on exciting and innovative business simulations or real-world projects. You will also have the opportunity to try out subjects you haven’t studied before and perhaps find out that you want to specialise in them.

The second year is all about exploring more specialised theories and learning skills that will be transferable across multiple business functions.  With core and optional modules, you can start to shape your own learning. The Professional Development module is designed for you to practise the skills you need – CV writing, being interviewed, assessment centres - to apply for and get a placement year and, ultimately, your dream job on graduation. 

By your final year, you are becoming a professional, developing the skills needed for responsible leadership and understanding how to think strategically.  You will continue your career development on modules that translate business management strategies into a global framework. With an advanced appreciation of different business cultures, working practices and strategies, you’ll graduate with cross-cultural management skills and the ability to engage critically with different social and economic environments.

WORK PLACEMENTS

We strongly encourage you to develop your personal skills and your confidence by studying abroad during your second year or doing a work placement in your third year.  A work placement really enhances your CV and shows future employers that you can apply the skills, knowledge and understanding you have learned. If you choose to take the Professional Experience Year option, you will not pay fees to the University and will earn a wage for the work that you do. Read about Anna Nguyenova's experience on placement with IBM.

Find out more, register for one of our Open Days

Year one

Digital and Business Skills

The Digital and Business Skills module introduces a range of digital tools for academia and the workplace. Important business skills such as management, collaboration and teamwork are fundamental to the module. Regular engagement with online platforms provides tasks to improve digital competency. Also, cocreation work presents self-reflection and confidence building opportunities.  Gaining the inspiring digital enterprise award (iDEA), completing LinkedIn learning assessments for Microsoft software applications, and completing collaborative video creation tasks will increase your digital and business skills as you progress towards the completion of this module. Digital Business is here to stay, so it is vital to improve these 21st century skills.

Understanding Organisations

This module provides you with an introduction to the key functions of business and is an opportunity to see how they work. You will get an understanding of functions including people management, accounting, marketing and operations, and how they underpin business success. This is illustrated through the lens of some of the successful businesses from across the Greater Manchester region that Salford Business School work with: we will look at a range of businesses including startups, family businesses and large scale enterprises and multinationals from different industry sectors. It is a first opportunity to see what makes businesses tick and will help you think about your future learning and employment journeys.

International Business

This module provides an introduction to the fundamental aspects of theory and practice in International Business, embedded through practical examples drawn from current research such as the Passport to Trade project which developed practical guidance on business culture for small and medium sized  organisations. You will apply your knowledge to real-life situations, assess the key components for successful international business development and learn to appreciate the importance of cross-cultural relationship management.

Data Analysis for Business

In this module you will be introduced to a variety of data analysis methods, which will be practiced on real world data sets. Regular formative assessment will be set for practice, with timely feedback given to aid learning and personal development.

You will have an opportunity to formulate your own research questions before analysing data to draw reasonable conclusions. The module will predominantly utilise real data and include a mixture of computer-based questions, calculations, interpretation and drawing conclusions.

The Future of Business

What are the opportunities for business in the future? Starting with a grounding in the business context you will gain an understanding of economics and the digital environment, including the role of the digital economy. We will explore some of the key challenges that are on the horizon such as the impact of massive digitisation and industry 4.0, inclusive growth, food security and the climate emergency, and look at the opportunities for business to provide responsible and sustainable solutions

Business Finance in Practice

This module is all about you getting practical experience: using a business simulation game you will have a chance to get into the heart of an organisation.

Working in a group you will see what it is like to be the decision makers and how to influence the success of your business. This is hands-on learning which will teach you the fundamental principles of managing a business.

Year two

Professional Development

This module will enable you to plan and carry out appropriate professional development activities to increase your employability and performance. These include self-presentation, professional networking, project planning and implementation, team working, influencing and multimedia communication. You will gain all the necessary experience required to take advantage of global employment opportunities. 

This innovative module has been nominated for the Course and Curriculum Design award in the 2018 Guardian University Awards. One participant commented “It was thanks to this module that I gained a much better understanding of what employers are looking for and where I stand in comparison to that from the marks and feedback received… This proves to me I do have the experience and competencies sought after by employers. Realising this has really boosted my confidence.”

International Trade and Finance

This module is designed to explore the cross-border issues that are faced in an increasingly globalised world. The module describes and explains cross-border trade and investment, focusing on international trade theory, foreign direct investment, and regional economic integration. The module also develops an understanding of topics in international business finance and of the macroeconomic environment governing international business. The management of international risk forms an important theme throughout this module. 

Analysis for Comparative Business Practice

Analysing and understanding data is at the heart of business decision making. In this module you will build on the data analysis skills that you learned in your first year and get practical experience of using data to inform management decisions. You will work with data types specific to the International Business pathway, helping you to develop the skills you will need for your future career.

Project Management

During this module we take a detailed look at various aspects of Project Management through a variety of means such as lectures and practical seminars informed by research and industrial collaborations. We will focus on theoretical approaches, tools and techniques of planning and controlling projects.

We will discuss project management as an important and integral part of a business whether this is product or service based.

There are two summative assessment designed for this module. A business report of 3000 words and an oral presentation that will not only assess the students on the theoretical applications as well as the practical skills required, but also build your confidence and presentation skills developing your skills for employability. 

International Logistics and Distribution Management

International logistics and distribution management is not all about transportation management and the selection of the appropriate mode; you will also look at managing multiple functions such as demand, procurement and warehousing, as well as inventory management, materials handling and order fulfilment.

You will have the opportunity to analyse the theory, concepts and models behind this subject area and demonstrate a sound understanding of the importance of logistics in minimising costs and maximising profits in the strategic development of international supply chains.

Live Project for International Business

On the International Project option, you have the opportunity to gain international experience through taking part in an intensive project delivered with a European partner university. This module gives you the chance to engage in a business challenge set by an international organisation and develop your capability to apply academic theory and analyse geographically and culturally unfamiliar markets

In the first semester, you have the opportunity to choose a short (10 credit) module in an area you might be interested in or that you've never tried before. Details of what these are will be announced in December.

Optional work placement year

Professional Experience Year

All of our BSc students can apply for a one year professional placement, which takes place between your second and last years of study.

This is an excellent opportunity to take advantage of and over the last five years, 90% of Salford Business School undergraduates taking a one year placement secured a 2:1 or 1st class Honours degree.

We will help you find out about vacancies and make the right connections with high profile employers through regular events and presentations.

Here is just a small selection of the companies our students have enjoyed placements with so far: NatWest, Barclays and the Cooperative Bank; BP, Esso and Shell; IBM, Hewlett Packard and Compaq; Ford, Vauxhall, Jaguar and Nissan; Marks & Spencer, Selfridges and Sainsbury’s; Eli Lilly, Glaxo and ICI; Fujitsu, Marriott and Virgin.

Year three

Business Ethics and Sustainability

This module equips you with an appreciation and in-depth understanding of the implications of Business Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability within national and international organisations. This module will also develop your knowledge with respect to the importance of the balance between shareholders, stakeholders and the purpose and values of the organisation. It will explore the roles of social and technological innovation in global ethical organisations in order to prepare you for future employability.

Contemporary Issues in International Business

Through this module, you will develop a critical understanding of contemporary innovations in international business. You will learn to appreciate the ramifications of current and future issues in international business and assess their impact upon regional, national and international business development. You will further develop a critical awareness associated with the impacts that result from innovations that influence international business from the financial, socioeconomic, cultural, environmental and physical perspectives.

Leadership and Management in International Business

This module will help you to develop your leadership skills and prepare you for your future career. You will explore theory, behaviour, people management and leadership within an organisational framework and apply this to a specific international context. This is an opportunity to develop the skills you have gained in the early part of your degree and apply them to prepare you for the responsible and authentic leadership that future business requires

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Employers tell us that they are looking for employees with an entrepreneurial mindset.  Or perhaps you're thinking of setting up your own business.

In this module you have the opportunity to undertake an enterprise project for an internal or external sponsor on a topic of common interest.  Alternatively, you can use this opportunity to undertake in-depth research for your own project, for example, a business plan if you are wanting to start up a company after you graduate. The nature of the project will be negotiated by yourself, the module leader and the sponsoring company. 

International Business Culture

Through the International Business Culture module, you will evaluate the key issues that impact international business in relation to varying corporate strategies and cultures. You will also examine the main strategic and international methodologies employed in the global marketplace and explore the components for formulating and implementing successful strategies. In addition, you will learn to evaluate differing strategies for entry into global markets, looking at how to gain competitive advantage including the concepts of technological developments and associated opportunities and barriers within the differing cultural environments.

Strategic International Business

This module will provide a detailed understanding of business strategy, so that you acquire an organisation-wide perspective through exploring strategy techniques and processes within the global environment. You will draw together your knowledge from across the Business Management with International Business pathway, and apply this to real world organisational problems, deploying accurately established techniques of analysis and enquiry, some of which are at the forefront of strategic research and practice. You will work on industry problems from international business, preparing you for a career in business and management so you are ready to become one of the next generation of managers.

In your final year, you have another opportunity to choose a short (10 credit) module in an area you might be interested in or that you've never tried before. Details of what these are will be announced in December.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What Will I be Doing?

TEACHING 

Our teaching is focused on supporting you to gain hands-on experience for your career.  Right from the start of your studies you will develop the practical skills as well as the theoretical knowledge that you will need when you begin working. Our academics are experts in their field and work closely with industry to ensure that our courses reflect the needs of business and provide you with that extra edge when it comes to securing a job. 

You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials using a wide range of learning activities. We use business simulations and live projects so that you are developing real and relevant skills. Throughout your studies, there are modules specifically designed to help you with the skills you need to apply for jobs including CV writing and mock assessments centres.

STUDY SKILLS

Don’t bypass the Clifford Whitworth library, it really is a beneficial resource for you. You will have access to a range of study skills sessions to help you step up to University learning and be successful in your studies and in your work.  These include:

UniSkills, an online course designed to develop the study, research and digital skills you will need for higher education and your lifelong learning journey. You can also earn digital badges for successfully completing the UniSkills assessment.

Wordscope, designed to help you improve and develop your academic writing skills which helps you pass your assessments.

Microsoft Office Specialist certification, awarded by Microsoft, helps you develop your skills and demonstrate to future employers your proficiency in Microsoft Office programmes such as Outlook, Project, Powerpoint and others.

ASSESSMENT

We use different forms of assessment in different modules and wherever possible these will reflect the types of work you will do in the ‘real world’ for example, report writing, presentations and business pitches. Exams will only be used when it is a requirement for professional accreditation.

Throughout your studies, the work you produce will help to build your personal portfolio of professional evidence that you will be able to use in job applications and interviews.

Be part of our Business school community

Salford Business School aims to foster the next generation of leaders and create a new vision of innovative and entrepreneurial leadership. We are integrated into the local business community as a hub for knowledge creation and exchange. We are proud that our industry collaborations and partnerships benefit students, businesses and the community.

Our goal is to prepare you for a fulfilling life and professional career. Along the way, you’ll learn to be curious, adaptable and confident, ready to meet the digital, ethical and sustainability challenges of the 21st century.

We want you to gain the best academic and personal experience possible. As a student here, you’ll have access to a range of experiences and opportunities, including internships and work placements in the UK or internationally so you graduate with much more than a degree.

Where will I learn?

Salford Business School is located at the heart of the University’s Peel Park campus and just minutes from Manchester city centre. Teaching facilities include Lady Hale and Chapman buildings, which offer stylish modern spaces with lecture theatres equipped with the very latest technology and large screen displays. Lady Hale is also the home for the mock courtroom where the mooting team hone their skills in case presentation and debate.

The University library isn’t just for reading books.  The ‘library in the park’ is a fresh, modern learning space with PC suites, Mac computers, bookable working rooms and café.  It's open 24/7 everyday of the year (except Christmas Day!) so you can study when it suits you. It'll be an important place for you; in 2020, 100% of students asked agreed that the library resources have supported their learning (University of Salford analysis of unpublished NSS 2020 data). 

A dedicated Employability team will help you with work placements and access to work skills.

Throughout campus, there is a choice of individual study areas, communal learning and breakout spaces, plus a selection of food outlets.

Interested in starting your own business? Launch@ Salford is the incubation centre for business start ups providing a reception area, hot desk office space, private meeting rooms – and a networking lounge where you can grab a coffee and make those business connections.

Business in Greater Manchester

Greater Manchester is a dynamic business hub and centre for the northern powerhouse.  With a wide range of business – small, medium, large – based around the region, students have access to a huge number of opportunities for networking and work experience.  It is particularly a centre for finance, retail and digital businesses.

Salford is the fastest growing economy within Greater Manchester and is home to almost 12,000 businesses employing 120,200 people. Salford’s business community is predominately made up of small to medium enterprises (SMEs) which account for 99% of the business base though a number of large firms have also made Salford its home.  The University of Salford is proud to be at the heart of this community and works in close partnership with Salford City Council to support the community.  Read about our impact in the Greater Manchester area.

We hold a Small Business Charter mark, one of the first universities to receive this accreditation, and continue to work to enhance growth and productivity in SMEs.

Student Support

We want you to enjoy your time studying here, but we understand that there may be times you need a little extra support to help you. The Business School student progression team is here to help you progress through your courses as smoothly as possible.

University-wide, askUS is at the core of our student support service, offering information and advice on matters such as finance, wellbeing and counselling, accommodation and more. If you have any worries, concerns, or need advice on a particular topic, visit askUS on campus.

Find out more about Student Support Services at Salford.

Getting Here

If you’re planning on commuting, both our MediaCityUK and Peel Park campuses are perfectly placed. Whether by bus, rail, bike or car, we’re easily accessed from all over Greater Manchester, Lancashire and beyond.

Get more information about your options for commuting, or hear about the experience from current students.

 

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What about after uni?

The International Business Management course will help you develop the skills, knowledge and resources you need to get a good job after University. By the time you graduate, you will have transformed yourself from an ambitious individual into a skilled and business-minded graduate. You will also have gained valuable new skills which prepare you for work, graduate entry into management training programmes or further study.

Working with our industry partners, we have made sure the programme is highly practical, career-focused and industry-informed to prepare you for a successful management career. While designing this programme, we asked our industry contacts what they look for when employing graduates. Here’s some of the advice they gave:

Organisations are constantly changing, the outside world is changing and it’s important to show how you can deal with that. How can you embrace and deal with change?” Sámi Ben-Ali, Senior Strategic Resourcing Manager, Wood PLC

Learn more about how industry has shaped our programmes

With opportunities to take part in a year-long paid work placement, a dedicated Professional Development module and support from the University’s careers team and our Launch entrepreneurship experts, we ensure you are equipped with the skills and experience employers are looking for.

The skills and knowledge that you get on this course are practical and applicable across a wide range of business functions. IBM, BNY Mellon, HSBC, RBS and Manchester United are just a few of the organisations that our students have gone on to work for.

 

A taste of what you could become

An International Customer Service Manager

An International Sales Manager

An Importer/Exporter

An Entrepreneur

And more...

Career Links

As a CMI accredited Business School, we teach the skills that employers need and as a result, our graduates enjoy excellent international career prospects.

Mercedes-Benz Cars UK Limited, CEVA Logistics, Tata and JCB all had input on the content delivered on BSc International Business Management during its development.

The curriculum across our undergraduate courses balances academic teaching and professional experience, allowing you to apply theory in practice in a way that has been proven to produce highly employable, articulate business professionals who have forged the contacts that will help develop their future careers.

 

Requirements

What you need to know

APPLICANT PROFILE 

This degree offers excellent scope for any student wanting to start a career in international management, finance, marketing and a variety of other different business areas. Knowledge and expertise in international business are highly sought after by employers across a wide variety of sectors.

Do you have a great business idea? This programme is a starting place for you to develop the skills to set up your own business and you can apply for a place at Launch@ Salford Uni for additional support.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

Applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0, with no element below 5.5, is proof of this.

Please note: The entry criteria below are related to entry onto this course in the 2021/22 academic year.

Standard entry requirements

GCSE

Maths and English at grade C or grade 4 or above.

You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.

UCAS tariff points

BSc: 104-112 points
With Professional Experience: 112-120 points

A level

BCC-BBC with a minimum of two A2 passes. With professional experience year: BBC-BBB with a minimum of two A2 passes

BTEC National Diploma

DMM

Access to HE

104 Points – Pass with a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2 

International Baccalaureate

Indicatively 30 points for International Baccalaureate Diploma (31 points with experience year)

Scottish Highers

3 year programme: 104 - 112  points with a minimum of two Advanced Highers. 4 year programme:  112 -120 points with a minimum of two Advanced Highers.

Irish Leaving Certificate

3 year programme: 104 - 112  points with a minimum of two Higher Level Subjects. 4 year programme:  112 -120 points with a minimum of two Higher Level Subjects.

European Baccalaureate

Pass Diploma with 60% or above

Alternative entry requirements

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home 2021/22 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2021/22 £14,400per year
Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Scholarships for international students

If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our scholarships.
 
We have a range of scholarships available for students applying for courses in 2020-2021 and 2021-2022. Our Global Gold Excellence Scholarship is worth £3,500 and our Global Silver Excellence Scholarship is worth £3,000 - both are available for students studying in our 2021/22 intakes.

We also offer the Salford International Excellence Scholarship which offers up to £5,000 discount on tuition fees. As this is a prestigious award we have a limited number of these scholarships available.

See the full range of our International Scholarships.

 

Apply now

All set? Let's apply

Still have some questions? Register for one of our Open Days or contact us:

By email (UK/EU applicants): enquiries@salford.ac.uk
By email (international applicants): international@salford.ac.uk
By phone:  +44 (0) 161 295 4545

Enrolment dates

September 2021

September 2022

UCAS information

Course ID N120

Institution S03

Interested in starting university in September 2022? Book your place on our next Open Day.