International Business Management BSc (Hons)


Course Code

UCAS Code: N120
International Code: FBLU034


Coventry University (Coventry)


Study mode



3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Start date

September 2022

Course overview

Study level: Undergraduate

Keen to carve a career in business management? Interested in business on a international scale? This could be the course for you.

Our International Business Management course aims to develop your knowledge and skills across a broad range of management disciplines, with a focus on the development of an accurate understanding of different international business contexts.

The course is designed to:

  • reflect the changes in a modern business environment where businesses increasingly operate in a global market place, distributing products and services across nations and continents.
  • develop your experience of countries and cultures.
  • provide the opportunity to study abroad or on a placement year so you can experience what it is like to study and work in a different country or environment, whilst developing your language skills and improving your potential future career prospects.
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Global Ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

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Teaching excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

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Career ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Why you should study this course

Understanding international business operations is increasingly important for today's business graduates. Many of the products we purchase today have gone through complex international journeys to be sold and distributed in the UK. This course aims to develop understanding of these journeys and of international business on a wider scale.

The International Business Management course aims to:

  • develop your knowledge and practical skills so as to understand the international business environment, business strategy and the key functions of business organisations.
  • focus on building essential management skills, in areas such as leadership and management, global markets and entry strategies and marketing, to name just a few; all considered from an international perspective.
  • offer a multicultural learning experience - you could be studying alongside staff and students from a range of nationalities. You will also be taught by current staff with significant experience of the business world, who have worked as directors and consultants for many large multinational companies in countries including Singapore, China and Korea (please note staff are subject to change).
  • expose you to international business practices through visiting lectures, guest speakers (subject to availability) and real-life case studies on companies which have previously included Dell, DHL, Air France/KLM, and General Electric. You will also have the chance to collaborate on projects with international students from universities located in different countries (e.g. France, Malaysia, Belgium, Kazakhstan) as part of several online international learning experiences, while there is also the opportunity to apply to spend a semester of your second year studying at our partner, Toulouse Business School**.
  • encourage you to think strategically from the outset and develop the practical skills needed to initiate and implement complex international business projects. For example, you may find yourself working on real-life projects for businesses in and around Coventry (subject to availability and additional costs may apply), or on simulations in our Business Simulation Suite, which has been designed to help you explore the skills needed for a potential future career in business.

International Business Management student Dominik Podgorski and Dr Safaa Sindi explain how the Business Simulation Suite gives students the opportunity to hone and develop practical business skills.

What you'll study



The first year of this course provides an opportunity to explore the core aspects of business, such as business environments across the globe, internal business dynamics, and exploring how to analyse business performance.


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  • You will also be able to take an Add+vantage module which can allow you to develop your CV by taking credits in an area of study that doesn’t have to be related to your degree. The assessment type will depend on the type of Add+vantage module you wish to take.


    Assessment: Coursework and exam

In your second year, you will have the opportunity to continue your professional development, while being introduced to core management subjects. You will also have the opportunity to choose between two modules that have been designed to further your skills in teamwork, collaboration and leadership.

In Year Two, you can also choose to embark on an optional study abroad* semester at our partner Toulouse Business School (subject to change), who have been teaching business for over 100 years, and who were ranked in the top 60 business schools in Europe by the Financial Times Rankings in 2019/20. If successful in securing this opportunity, you will spend the first semester of your second year studying at Toulouse Business School (subject to change).

There may be opportunities for you to spend a semester abroad studying at a partner institution. For more details, contact us.


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  • You will also be able to take an Add+vantage module which can allow you to develop your CV by taking credits in an area of study that doesn’t have to be related to your degree. The assessment type will depend on the type of Add+vantage module you wish to take.


    Assessment: Coursework and exam

  • Choose one from the following modules:

    Business Professional Practice

    Collaborative Problem Solving


Following your second year, you will have an option to apply for a one-year professional work placement*, in the UK or overseas, or study abroad in a partner institution.

Coventry Business School’s Talent Team can provide you with a wide range of support services in order to help you apply for a placement opportunity*, including mock interviews and CV writing workshops.

If you wish to undertake the optional study abroad/placement year*, you will take either the Placement Year module or the Study Abroad Year module which both typically run for a full academic year between years 2 and 3 of your course. You are able to progress onto the relevant module if you have successfully completed the first two years of the course (i.e. having accumulated 240 credits) and have a confirmed opportunity two weeks prior to the start of the academic year, however we encourage international students to confirm their placements earlier to ensure they are able to meet any applicable visa requirements.

Students opting for either the work placement or study abroad module will be registered on a non-credit bearing module and therefore no tuition fees apply. While the modules do not bear credits, they do require completion of a marked assessment reflecting on your placement/study abroad or work placement experience. Following successful completion of this assessment, the module selected will appear on your final academic transcript. Students will thus graduate with 360 credits in total, assuming successful completion of their final year.


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In the final year of the course, you can choose from subjects in a range of specialist international areas including international logistics, international marketing and international finance.

Your course culminates with the production of a business project, designed to extend your knowledge and understanding in a specialist area of interest related to your studies upon successful completion.


  • Compulsory

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  • You will also be able to take an Add+vantage module which can allow you to develop your CV by taking credits in an area of study that doesn’t have to be related to your degree. The assessment type will depend on the type of Add+vantage module you wish to take.


    Assessment: Coursework and exam

  • Choose two from the following modules:

    Globalisation and Emerging Markets

    Digital Economy

    Entrepreneurship in a Global Context

    International Marketing

    Global Logistics Operations Strategy

    Advanced International Finance and Accounting


We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

How you'll learn

International Business Management can be studied full-time over three years (or four years when opting for a sandwich year).

This course is based on a series of interactive lectures, with associated seminars and workshop classes.

Within your first and second year, you will have around 12 contact hours*** of teaching a week which includes:

  • Medium group teaching: such as practical classes, workshops or seminars each week.
  • Large group teaching: such as lectures each week.

In your final year, if you are undertaking a project/dissertation, there is a greater emphasis placed on independent study and therefore total contact hours may be reduced.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a significant amount of self-directed studying and revising in your own time each week, which may include, for example, guided study using hand-outs or online activities.

Your personal tutor reviews and discusses your progress with you and will be available for regular one-to-one advice. In addition, our Progress Coaches will be available to review your progress with you in face-to-face sessions that can be booked in advance, and are also on hand to give advice on academic and personal matters (subject to availability).


This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include:

  • formal examinations
  • coursework
  • test and essays
  • practical or project work
  • group work
  • presentations
  • posters.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

Job ready

We aim to ensure our graduates are prepared for the world of work after their studies. Upon successful completion of this course, you should possess knowledge of:

  • the development and operation of international markets for resources, goods and services, including considerations of customers; customer expectations; service and market orientation.
  • the development of appropriate policies and strategies within a changing global environment to meet stakeholder interests.
  • the sources, use and management of finance, together with the use of accounting and other information systems for managerial applications.
  • the management and development of a diverse range of people within organisations.
  • the management of projects and day-to-day business operations, including scheduling, resource planning, quality assurance and operations.
  • the development, management and exploitation of information systems and their impact upon organisations. Including the comprehension and use of relevant communication and information technologies for application in business and management.
  • social responsibility, ethical behaviour and sustainability in contemporary business activities.

International experience opportunities

This course is international in nature drawing on business practice and real-life case studies from all over the world. You will be taught by staff with international experiences, as well as guest lecturers from the business world to share their knowledge and experience (subject to availability). Furthermore, the international experience of the course team means you should benefit from the experience of lecturers on business operations from a variety of global regions, previously including Asia and Africa. You will also be able to collaborate with students from other international universities on online international learning (OIL) projects.

Upon successful completion of your second year, you will have the option to apply for a one-year professional work placement, in the UK or overseas, or study abroad in a partner institution.

Entry requirements

Typical offer for 2022 entry.

Requirement What we're looking for
A level BBB
GCSE Minimum 5 GCSE's graded 9-4 / A* - C including Maths and English
IB Diploma 30 - 31 points 

We recognise a breadth of qualifications, speak to one of our advisers today to find out how we can help you.

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Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

You can view our full list of country specific entry requirements on our Entry requirements page.

If you do not have the typical entry requirements, you may want to consider studying this course with an International Foundation Year. Upon successful completion our International Foundation Year - Business will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to progress onto this undergraduate degree.

Alternatively, visit our International hub for further advice and guidance on finding in-country agents and representatives, joining our in-country events and how to apply.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.0 overall
  • If you don't meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course. 
  • For more information on our approved English language tests visit our English language requirements page.

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Fees and funding

2022/23 Tuition fees

Student Full time Part time
UK £9,250 per year Not available
International £15,300 per year Not available

For advice and guidance on tuition fees and student loans visit our Undergraduate Finance page and see The University’s Tuition Fee and Refund Terms and Conditions.

We offer a range of International scholarships to students all over the world. For more information, visit our International Scholarships page.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessments, facilities and support services. There may be additional costs not covered by this fee such as accommodation and living costs, recommended reading books, stationery, printing and re-assessments should you need them. Find out what's included in your tuition costs.


At Coventry Business School, our facilities and technology are close to what you would expect in real-world business environments.

When studying the International Business Management course, you could have access to our Trading Floor, one of the largest of its kind in Europe, our Business Simulation Suite, that facilitates strategic problem solving in life-like simulated business environments, and our DigiComm Lab, which recreates the atmosphere of working for a contemporary marketing agency.

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Business Simulation Suite

You can use the Business Simulation Suite on specific courses. It aims to provide you with some of the hands-on skills needed to succeed and stand out in business.

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The Enterprise Hub

Part of Coventry University Social Enterprise, the Enterprise Hub is an incubation, collaboration and knowledge base in the heart of Coventry. It can advise and support you with new business ideas or entrepreneurial ventures.

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The Talent Team

With employability at the forefront of all of our courses, you will have access to our dedicated employability service, the Talent Team, from day one.

Careers and opportunities

As a successful graduate of this course, you will enter the job market with a strong grounding in business management principles, as well as the knowledge to appreciate how they relate to different international contexts.

Previous graduates of our international business courses have found employment positions within generalist HR, general management, specialist pay and reward, people development and employee relations roles.

Talent Team, the university’s careers and employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your potential future career options, beyond what is offered on your course.

Further study

You can choose to continue your studies at Coventry University with the International Business Management MSc. You may be entitled to an alumni discount on your fees if you decide to extend your time with us by progressing from undergraduate to postgraduate study

How to apply

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  • Student Contract

    By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. A copy of the 2021/22 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.

    Tuition fees

    The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance from time to time.

    For International students the tuition fee that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.


    The majority of our courses have been formally recognised by professional bodies, which means the courses have been reviewed and tested to ensure they reach a set standard. In some instances, studying on an accredited course can give you additional benefits such as exemptions from professional exams (subject to availability, fees may apply). Accreditations, partnerships, exemptions and memberships shall be renewed in accordance with the relevant bodies’ standard review process and subject to the university maintaining the same high standards of course delivery. 


    Facilities mentioned on this page may not be relevant for every course. Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to COVID-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) and some non-academic offerings (particularly in relation to international experiences), may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.

    Placements and study abroad opportunities

    Please note that we are unable to guarantee any placement or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (e.g. travel, visas and accommodation etc.), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the requirements in this regard, please contact the International Office for further details if you are an EU or International student.

    Additional costs

    This course may incur additional costs associated with any field trips, placements or work experience, study abroad opportunities or any other opportunity (whether required or optional), which could include (but is not limited to), equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire, travel, accommodation and visas).