BSc International Management

The 2022/2023 academic year

Year One:

Terms one and two: Study 7 core modules that will introduce the key areas of business and choose 1 elective from Business Analytics (required if you choose to study the Finance pathway), Digital Ventures, Management of Global Risks, or a language.

Term three: Revision and exams.

Year Two:

Terms one and two: Study 3 core modules and 5 electives.

Term three: Revision and exams.

Year Three:

Studying or working abroad. You will also complete two core modules: International Management in Context, and Year Abroad Portfolio during your third year. This year counts for 10% of your final degree classification.  In term two you will also attend a seminar online or in person at an appropriate location near to where you are studying or working. 

Final Year:

Terms one and two: You will study 2 core modules, Critical Issues in Management and International Perspectives in Business, Management and Society. If you decide to study one of our recognised pathways you will continue to study elective modules relevant for that pathway or you can choose electives from topics such as HR, Strategy or Behavioural Science.

Term three: Revision and exams.


Course pathways

We have developed our course pathways to enable you to focus your studies around a particular subject. Each pathway has been developed to build your knowledge within that subject area and upon graduation; your recognised pathway will be added to your transcript. Our pathways add real value to your CV when starting your career.

Pathway modules start in Year 2 and there is lots of information, advice, and guidance available in your first year to help you make your module choices.

We offer pathways covering the following subjects:

  • Digital Business
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Marketing

To study a course pathway you will choose specific modules during your second and final year of the BSc International Management course.

Year 1

CORE: Foundations, Skills and Debates

Foundations, Skills and Debates is a pivotal module for all first year students which supports the transition from formal education to the business school environment. Engage with other students and develop essential WBS attributes that are not only fundamental for your time here, but sought after by top employers. You will work on creativity, presentation and teamwork skills as well as negotiation, complex problem solving and debate.

Accounting for Business

Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of financial and management accounting and its broad range of users. They will develop the ability to prepare financial information in-line with accepted accounting principles and understand the uses of accounting information as a business tool in decision-making, planning and performance assessment.

Economics for Business

Apply analytical techniques to real world problems, especially in the business context, gain an understanding of fundamental concepts in micro and macroeconomics; and develop a range of appropriate analytical skills, including descriptive, graphical and elementary mathematical methods.

Foundations of Financial Management

Critically appraise the value added by a capital project by calculating the present value of expected future cash flows, and estimating the cost of capital. Describe how inflation and tax impact project appraisal. Compare and contrast the main sources of financing for a company. Explain the importance of financial planning over both the short and long term.

Management, Organisations and Society

Explore the historical emergence of large organisations, management and of the 'organisational society'.  Be introduced to key social science concepts for understanding Management, Organisation and Society. Learn about topics such as: motivation, knowledge and learning, leadership and change, culture and identity.

Principles of Marketing

Define markets and evaluate: why markets exist; how corporations evolved; and how understanding customers and competition became key priorities for marketing and strategy decision makers.

Business Statistics

The ability to use and make sense of quantitative information is an essential skill for any student taking a business or management degree. Business statistics provides you with a basic knowledge of probability and statistical concepts, including the ability to be critical of reported quantitative information - skills that are essential for other modules and careers in business.

Teaching is through a flipped classroom approach, via online pre-recorded lectures and smaller group tutorials and workshops. There is an emphasis on solving real-world problems, using case material where appropriate, and mastering basic statistical tools. You will be encouraged to analyse data in a spreadsheet environment where possible.

The tutorials and workshops offer you the opportunity to work in groups to apply the concepts outlined in lectures and to see how the techniques are used in practice.

Business Analytics, Management of Global Risks, Digital Ventures or a Language

Business Analytics

Business Analytics is used by companies committed to data-driven decision-making. It is the practice of methodical and intelligent exploration of an organisation’s data to gain insight and drive business strategy and operational decisions. Extend your understanding of probability and statistical concepts and further develop your competence in the use of a variety of quantitative tools and techniques. Apply these tools and techniques to solve real-life problems using case study material.

Management of Global Risks

This module enables you to recognise and understand differing forms of governance within a wider political environment of business activity and the constraints and opportunities this presents.

Digital Ventures

This module offers a broad perspective on digital start-ups and the role of digital entrepreneurship in the transformation of the business landscape. Students will develop an understanding of best practices in making digital ventures grow and of business value.


Year 2

CORE: Global Environment of Business

Understand how businesses respond to the influences of the business environment. Appreciate the importance and impact of political, economic, social and cultural factors. Read, analyse, and compare different theoretical perspectives on globalisation, convergence and varieties of capitalism, strategic management, and the role and influence of multinational corporations in both the developed world and in developing countries.

CORE: Entrepreneurial Mindset

This module will facilitate students in developing an entrepreneurial mindset, attitude and skills through a combination of lectures, case study and creativity exercise sessions. Learn the practical steps needed to establish a new business venture and enable valuable creation.


Operations Management

Consider four aspects of Operations Management: design operations, delivering operations, directing operations and the link between operations management and operations strategy. This module looks at the challenges that organisations face in effectively managing their operations.

Elective modules x 5

In Year 2 you will choose five elective modules from a range of subject areas such as: marketing, strategy, entrepreneurship, human resources, customer service management, industrial relations, law as well as accounting and finance. Alternatively, you can choose from modules offered through other University departments such as Economics or a language.

Year 3

Year Abroad

You are guaranteed an exchange with one of our partner institutions where you will be taught in English. You also have the option to work for the 12-months or combine both study and work. We are unable to secure work placements but will support you in your search.

Year 4

CORE: Critical Issues in Management

This module will present you with a range of contemporary business-related issues and problems in the management of modern organisations with a particular focus on situations which are relatively unstructured and where there is no "one right answer". You will work in syndicate groups to deliver presentations or critically discuss the presentations of other groups.

International Perspectives in Business and Management

This module will facilitate a comparative analysis within a structured framework of the different cultural, societal, economic and political issues that you have experienced during your compulsory year abroad

Elective modules x 6

In your final year you will choose 6 elective modules from a range of subject areas such as: marketing, strategy, entrepreneurship, human resources, customer service management, industrial relations, law as well as accounting and finance. Alternatively, you can choose from modules offered through other University departments such as Economics or a language.

If you decide to study one of our recognised pathways you will continue to study elective modules relevant for that pathway.

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