BSc International Management

The 2022/2023 academic year

Year One:

Term 1: Study four core modules that will introduce the key areas of business such as accounting, and marketing. You will take exams for Term 1 modules in January.

Term 2: Study two more core modules and then choose between Business Analytics (required if you choose to study the Finance pathway), Digital Ventures, Management of Global Risks, or a language for your eighth module.

Term 3: Revision and exams.

Year Two:

Terms 1 and 2: Study three core modules and five electives.

Term 3: 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 2 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 1 and 2: Study two core modules, Critical Issues in Management and International Perspectives in Business, Management and Society. If you decide to study one of our 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 3: 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 1 with the Term 2 elective, and there is lots of information, advice, and guidance available to help you make your choice. Our Module Fair in Term 2 showcases a wide range of information for each pathway, and all of our elective modules, with academic and student guidance complementing our online materials to help you throughout the Module Application process.

We offer pathways covering the following subjects:

  • Digital Business
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Marketing

In your second year, you will really start to specialise in your chosen topic, and in your final year you will have access to advanced level specialist modules (current examples are: Investment Management, Derivatives and Risk Management, Global Issues in Marketing, Developing and Communicating Powerful Brands, Innovation Management, Building a Venture, Managing Strategy in the Digital Era and Artificial Intelligence in Business).

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.

Foundations of Data Analysis for Management

The ability to use and make sense of quantitative information is an essential skill for any student taking a business or management degree. Foundation of Data Analysis for Management provides you with the basic knowledge of statistics and probability.

After completing the module, you will be able to carry out analysis of data as well as be critically assess reported quantitative information. These skills are essential for any career in business and management.

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.

Final Year

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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