International Business BA (Hons) Top-Up 2019/20 entry

Course code:

FBLU042

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years full-time

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2019
January 2020
May 2020

Fees:
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Overview

Aimed at international students who have already completed either one or two years of their undergraduate studies. This direct entry course will enable you to complete the final years of your undergraduate degree with Coventry Business School.

With over 6,500 students, Coventry University has one of the largest business schools in Europe. Through guest speakers, industry visits, case studies and simulated business projects, we use these links to share their real-world business experiences and bring you up-to-speed with the issues and challenges facing modern businesses.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Our Facilities

Business Simulation Suite

Business Simulation Suite

Coventry Business School's Business Simulation Suite utilises the latest business simulation software to give students the opportunity to improve their business skills.

DigiComm Lab Seating Area

DigiComm Lab

Designed to build creative minds, the DigiComm Lab is equipped with the latest industry-standard marketing and advertising software and devices to support your creative development.

Trading Floor

Trading Floor

Students have opportunities to practice simulated trading and other finance-related activities using the various types of demo software available in the Trading Floor.

Course information

International business now touches the lives of everyone across the globe; it is therefore important for anyone working in business to understand the events, trends and forces that play a vital role in shaping commercial success or failure.

We place a significant emphasis on strategy development, recognising that to be competitive in today’s dynamic, complex environment, businesses must become less bureaucratic and more flexible, able to identify market opportunities and shift from one dominant strategy to another. You will be encouraged to adopt the view that all managers need to be involved in the strategic management process to achieve better organisational performance and maintain a position of competitive advantage.

We will examine the tools and techniques to identify and manage key issues for the future of your organisation, such as scanning the environment for critical information, suggesting changes to strategies to take advantage of environmental shifts and working with others to continuously improve work methods, procedures and evaluation techniques.

The course applies the six PRME (Principles for Responsible Management Education) and the course team conveys these principles and values to our students too, integrating them into the curriculum through Corporate and Social Responsibility and areas such as sustainable trading. The Business School has adopted PRME across its portfolio as a framework that is internationally recognised for adaption and change, an area critical for all businesses trading today. This aims to support a generation of students who can focus on not just profits, but sustainability and good corporate citizenship in doing so enhance graduates employment opportunities.

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Modules

Overview

Modules

  • Cross-Cultural Management

  • Global Business

  • English Business Communication and Report Writing Skills

  • Digital Business; Marketing and E-Commerce

  • Analysing Quantitative Business Data

  • Finance and Accounting for International Business

  • International Career Development

Overview

The final year will aim to build on the knowledge gained from your previous undergraduate studies to provide an overview of international business, examining world trade patterns and the functions of international institutions such as the Advertising Industry, SAB Millar (brewing) Health and Fitness Club Industry. In your final year, you will also pick two modules out of three optional modules, which are listed below.

Through guest speakers, real case studies and industry visits, we’ll teach you more about the external forces which affect business decisions.

We’ll also discuss some of the biggest challenges and issues businesses now face, such as market uncertainties, nations’ changing foreign policies, disruptive innovation and changing business models.

Modules

  • Principles of Strategy

  • Project Management for Business

  • English Business Presentation Skills

  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation

  • International Business and People Relations

  • International Logistics (Optional Module)

  • International Leadership (Optional Module)

  • Work Based Business Project (Optional Module)

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.

15th

We are ranked as the 15th best University in the United Kingdom

Guardian University Guide 2020

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  • Guest speakers programme has also drawn in prominent speakers from the field of international business in recent times to share their knowledge and experiences with students.
  • 85% of the School’s ‘Business and Management’ research was recognised internationally in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), of which 13% received the highest ‘world-leading’ classification.
  • Field trips to multinational organisations within a range of sectors and industries. Recent visits have included a visit to Jaguar Land Rover and Manchester United in the UK as well as visits to New York in the United States; Berlin, Germany; Paris, France among others (additional costs may apply).

The International Business BA course of study typically covers the following study themes:

  • International Business
  • Business Strategy
  • Advanced language option
  • Advanced level topics related to theory and practice in a business environment.

This course can be studied full-time over either one year or two years and may also be taken part-time over two years or more depending on stage of entry. You can start in September or January.

The underlying focus is on developing international business skill sets and inter-cultural perception so that you can think strategically and understand the challenges facing businesses in our modern global economy. As well as traditional teaching and learning methods, such as lectures, workshops and seminars, we will use innovative business techniques and tools, including practical market entry software tools to achieve this.

For example, you will be exposed to real-life case studies with recent examples including Glastonbury Music Festival, the Banking Industry, IKEA, Rocket Internet, Virgin. We also invite a range of guest speakers who will share experiences of managing change and growth in their organisations, supply chain and logistics strategies, marketing and trade management operations, business development and more.

You will have the opportunity to participate in field trips and industry visits, at home and abroad, with recent excursions to Manchester United and Jaguar Land Rover in the UK. In Europe – Barcelona, Brussels, Madrid, Paris, Munich. International – New York (USA), Singapore, Delhi, Mumbai (additional costs may apply).

Many of our teaching staff are research active and will disseminate up-to-date developments in their fields, fostering debate and discussion. For example, recent cohorts have had the opportunity to make use of lecturers’ research outputs in their seminar discussions on areas such as supply chain management (SCM), cyber terrorism, logistics and organisational psychology.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include formal examinations, coursework, written project work, presentations, poster display, seminar papers, written reports,case studies and group work.

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.

On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Evaluate the nature of strategic decision-making in organisations within the international arena.
  • Assess the holistic nature of a business organisation and how an organisation interacts with its external environment.
  • Apply relevant business concepts and theories to new contexts.
  • Critically evaluate a given international business context.
  • Apply appropriate business concepts, models or techniques to analyse business problems particularly within an international context.
  • Synthesise and critically evaluate different academic views on a variety of business focussed issues.
  • Identify, analyse and critically assess problems and issues within organisations in both local and international arenas.
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate and conduct business in a language other than your own native language.
  • Formulate and suggest solutions to business problems particularly within an international context.

In a typical week you will have up to 14 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as follows:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 2 hour of tutorials each week.
  • Medium group teaching: 6 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week.
  • Large group teaching: 6 hours of lectures each week.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 26 hours of self-directed studying and revising in your own time each week, including some guided study using handouts, online activities etc.

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 international business leaders from across the world, who are invited as guest lecturers on modules to share their knowledge and experience. Furthermore, the international experience of the course team means you will benefit from the experience of lecturers on business operations from Asia, Middle East, Europe, Africa to mention but a few. 

You will also be able to collaborate with students from other international universities on online international learning (OIL) projects.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


21,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


12

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

Entry Requirements

You must have successfully completed years 1 and 2 of an equivalent course.

You must have successfully completed years 1 and 2 of an equivalent course and you will be required to provide evidence of your ability in the English Language.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires an IELTS score of 6.0 overall. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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You must have successfully completed years 1 and 2 of an equivalent course and you will be required to provide evidence of your ability in the English Language.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires an IELTS score of 6.0 overall. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


September 2019

£9,250 (per year)


January 2020

£9,250 (per year)


May 2020

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2019

£9,250 (per year)


January 2020

£9,250 (per year)


May 2020

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2018 intake we're investing in a range of EU Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2019

£13,250 (per year)


January 2020

£13,250 (per year)


May 2020

£13,250 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2018 intake we're investing in a wide range of Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising international students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

EU student fees

EU nationals and their family members starting in the 2019/20 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

Career prospects

The business world is increasingly internationally-focused and this course will help to prepare you for a career in a wide range of multinational organisations, businesses, management consultancies and government organisations.

This course will give you the chance to develop and hone your business skills, building on your existing understanding of business and management, while helping you understand the subject in the international context of today's corporate environment.

You will have the opportunity to develop the intellectual and professional skills needed for performing strategic analysis, choosing strategies and executing these strategies with desired results, as well as enhancing your cross-cultural awareness and competence, interpersonal, communicative and collaborative-working skills, all directly relevant to employers and of great value when seeking future employment.  

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

Where our graduates work

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.

Disclaimer

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 19/20 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.

The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase for UK and EU Students is expected to be in line with inflation. For international students, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.

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Coventry University awarded TEF GOLD Teaching Excellence Framework
University of the year for student experience
QS Five Star Rating 2019
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