International Business BA (Hons) top-up

 

Course Code

UCAS Code: N121
International Code: FBLU042

Location

Coventry University (Coventry)

 

Study mode

Full-time
Part-time
Online/Blended

Duration

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

Start date

September 2022


Course overview

Study level: Undergraduate
Top-up Courses

With a focus on strategy and strategy development, this course should allow you to explore skills needed to potentially be a flexible future manager, spot international business opportunities quickly and respond to challenges effectively.

  • Coventry Business School is currently an active member of the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS) and the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), both of whom are committed to ensuring its members maintain world-class standards of teaching and research.
  • Guest speakers programme has previously also drawn in prominent speakers from the field of international business in recent times to share their knowledge and experiences with you (subject to availability).
  • Field trips to multinational organisations within a range of sectors and industries. Previous 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 and Paris, France among others (subject to competitive application, availability, meeting applicable visa requirements, and additional costs may apply).
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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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Employability

Career ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Why you should study this course

This second or final year direct entry programme aims to develop your comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the international business environment, business strategy and the key functions of business organisations.

This second or final year direct entry programme aims to develop your comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the international business environment, business strategy and the key functions of business organisations.

Through core modules, we focus on building essential management skills in international logistics, human resource management; international trade management; global markets and entry strategies; marketing in an international perspective to mention but a few. You will have the opportunity to engage with real business issues from highly innovative companies ranging from SMEs to large multinational corporations, through the whole course.

With a multicultural learning experience, you’ll be studying alongside staff and students from a range of over around 30 nationalities. You’ll be taught by experienced staff, who have worked as directors and consultants for many large multinational companies not only in the United Kingdom but also abroad (please note staff are subject to change)

  • Guest speakers programme has previously also drawn in prominent speakers from the field of international business in recent times to share their knowledge and experiences with you (subject to availability).
  • Coventry Business School is currently an active member of the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS) and the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), both of whom are committed to ensuring its members maintain world-class standards of teaching and research.
  • Field trips to multinational organisations within a range of sectors and industries. Previous 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 and Paris, France among others (subject to competitive application, availability, meeting applicable visa requirements, and additional costs may apply).
  • Accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) this course gives you the option of registering and gaining a Level 5 Certificate, which can enhance your employability skills (subject to registration fees, other requirements and additional costs apply). Please refer to the Accreditation and Professional Recognition section of the Overview tab.
  • Coventry University is ranked 15th in the UK for Business, Management and Marketing in the Guardian University Guide 2020.

Accredited by:

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Association for Project Management (APM)

The final year module ‘Project Management for Business’ is accredited by the Association for Project Management (APM), for the 2022/23 intake, recognising the modules rigour in exploring the subject of project management. If the accreditation of this course changes, we will notify applicants and students as soon as possible.


CMI Chartered Management Institute

Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

This course is currently accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) for the 2022/23 intake, offering you the option to register and gain a Level 5 Certificate, which can help to enhance your employability skills with a professional qualification (fees apply to become a registered CMI student, and securing a professional qualification is subject to additional costs, availability and meeting any applicable requirements). If any changes occur with respect to our accreditation related to this course, we will seek to notify applicants and students as soon as possible.


Memberships

Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS)

Coventry Business School is currently an active member of the Chartered Association of Business Schools, which has a membership of over 120 business schools and higher education providers, and supports its members in maintaining world-class standards of teaching and research.

European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD)

Coventry Business School is currently an active member of the European Foundation for Management Development, a global membership organisation dedicated to management development, covering over 900 members across 91 countries.

Coventry Business School is recognised by the above memberships for the 2022/23 intake. There is currently no intention for either of these memberships to lapse however if either of these memberships were not to be renewed we would notify applicants and students as soon as possible.


What you'll study

The below modules are studied in your first year if you enter the course at Level 5, and aim to give you an overview of business in an international context, covering key business areas such as data, management and finance. There is also a module on improving your English skills for business communication and report writing.

Modules

  • Cross-cultural management is a field that is based on theories and research from cross-cultural psychology, international business, organisational behaviour, and human resources. It also seeks to understand how national cultures affect management practices and aims to increase the effectiveness of global management.

    This module helps you develop the necessary skills to work confidently in a culturally diverse environment. It demonstrates why an understanding of different management cultures is necessary for operating effectively in organisations and aims to provide the knowledge and skills to do business in an intercultural or multicultural environment.

    Compulsory

    Assessment: Coursework

  • Almost all organisations operate within a global setting, those in international business need to be able to work with people and organisations across national boundaries and cultures. This module defines the scope of business in a global context. It is designed to help you recognise the dynamics of international business.

    World trade patterns and the functions of international institutions will be examined. The business strategies used by organisations to achieve their international objectives will be brought into the context of the global economic and political environment. Influences in the international business environment will be assessed in relation to the formulation of global business strategies.

    Compulsory

    Assessment: Coursework

  • This module helps those of international business to build their English language awareness and skills so they can communicate successfully within an academic setting. The emphasis is on developing reading, writing, speaking and listening skills to support the study of business courses at the university. There will also be opportunities for you to expand their knowledge of business vocabulary. On this module activities are designed to improve the ability of communicating effectively in English in academic contexts and also foster study skills.

    Compulsory

    Assessment: Coursework

  • This module aims to introduce you to digital business management, focused on the E-Commerce and E-commerce marketing concepts, by giving an integrative perspective of online commerce. Specifically, it provides you with an understanding of E-Commerce, different types of E-Commerce global business models (i.e., B2C and B2B), E-Commerce Information Systems (i.e., TPS, MIS, ECRM, and DSS), and Management of E-Commerce issues (i.e., Security and Trust). In addition this module explores the various aspects of online marketing in relation to a digital business.

    Compulsory

    Assessment: Coursework

  • The module is designed to introduce you to the concepts of probability and statistical analysis and other quantitative techniques which will prove to be an essential support to their other modules. It will allow you to work on realistic problems, using case materials where relevant, and extensive use of Excel to analyse management data. You will apply concepts and processes outlined in lectures.

    Compulsory

    Assessment: Coursework

  • Compulsory

  • This module will enable you to acquire the confidence and appropriate skills to make an effective transition from education to either the global marketplace or further higher education. The module has a dual focus: firstly, you are encouraged to know yourselves, to know what kinds of employment or further education you are suited to; and secondly, you are encouraged to develop an awareness of global employment markets and regional and international potential employers, as well as the international higher education market. Skills gained on this module will enhance your career prospects and optimise your possibilities for finding fulfilling international employment and/or more higher education opportunities.

    Compulsory

    Assessment: Coursework

The below modules are studied in your second year, if you enter the course at Level 5, or in your first year, if you enter the course at Level 6. We will build on 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. In your final year, you will also pick two modules out of three optional modules.

Modules

  • Strategic management has now evolved to the point that its primary value is to help the organisation operate successfully in a dynamic, complex environment. To be competitive in this environment, businesses have to become less bureaucratic and more flexible, including the ability to shift from one dominant strategy to another. This strategic flexibility also demands a long term commitment to the development and nurturing of critical resources in this environment driven by technical and social change.

    All managers need to be involved in the strategic management process in order to put together the most effective strategy that achieves better organisational performance, as well as developing and maintaining the firm’s position of competitive advantage. Strategy is about identifying and working on key issues for the future of the organisation and involves activities such as: scanning the environment for critical information, suggesting changes to strategies and programs to take advantage of environmental shifts, and working with others to continuously improve work methods, procedures and evaluation techniques. Those on this module will therefore learn about the systematic analysis of the factors associated with an organisation’s external and internal environment that provide the basis for maintaining optimum management strategies and practices. You will also engage in debate on critical business issues such as corporate values (ethics) and corporate social responsibility (CSR) both at home and on the international scene.

    The main aim of the module is to provide you with the concepts, frameworks and techniques of strategic decision making to enable them to assess competitive conditions, evaluate corporate capabilities and identify means for businesses to establish sustainable competitive advantage in its industry.

    Compulsory

    Assessment: Coursework and exam

  • Business and organisations are constantly changing. Regardless of whether organisations are planning to expand or rationalise, managing projects that facilitate change are an integral part of ensuring competitive advantage for an organisation. This module is designed to introduce you to the processes of project management in a business environment. It aims to develop your understanding and skills in the use of project management tools and techniques, and in the impact of effective people skills on the outcomes of projects.

    Compulsory

    Assessment: Coursework and exam

  • This module helps those of international business to develop their English language knowledge and skills to a level where they can communicate effectively and independently. This is achieved in a context where the language is used for the study of business skills. The emphasis is on developing practical reading, writing, speaking and listening skills to support the study of business-related courses at the university. This module will involve activities designed to increase the range and effectiveness of students’ use of English language and the development of study and communication skills in a business and academic context.

    Compulsory

    Assessment: Coursework

  • Sustainable and continuous paths of organisational growth require innovation and diffusion of new technologies that are socially and economically acceptable. This complex process evolves through the interaction of technological, economic and social forces operating at various levels. It also encourages you to develop a critical appreciation of current academic debates on 'entrepreneurship' as well as research evidence on the application of this and other closely related concepts. The module enables students to identify entrepreneurial and innovation characteristics and skills. Case studies at organisational, sector and country levels will be extensively used to complement main theories.

    Compulsory

    Assessment: Coursework

  • The aim of this module is to develop a solid knowledge and understanding of leadership. It will seek to assess your own leadership behaviours and potential in the context of organisational working practices and cultures. This module will examine effective leadership and management of human capital, and leadership as a determinant of organisational success within an international context.

    The module will assist you to identify factors that influence the choice of leadership styles or behaviours in workplace situations and the subsequent effect on teams. You will explore theories and practices of contemporary leadership and management. Various leadership styles will be canvassed and applied reflexively within the context of international business management.

    Compulsory

    Assessment: Coursework and presentation

  • Choose two from the following three modules:

    International Logistics - 20 Credits

    To develop the skills and knowledge of those regarding the physical distribution channels used to deliver goods in both the industrial and retail contexts. This will include planning at the strategic level and analysis of the operational techniques available to the practitioner. The module will also explore the increase in International logistics trade and the opportunities and threats that can also arise for logistics organisations competing in the international market.

    Assessment: Coursework and exam

    International Business and People Relations - 20 Credits

    This is a research-driven module that provides a critical evaluation of the globalisation of human resource management strategies from various perspectives. The module introduces the key concepts for understanding international human resource management, and explores the practice of managing human resources in an international context.

    The intercultural factor will also be examined and appraised from an anthropological point of view, emphasising the operational aspect of the organisation of performance efficient systems of work in international settings.

    Assessment: Coursework

    Business Project - 20 Credits

    The module requires the application of theory to practice and creativity in the execution of a management report. You are expected to identify and use as a basis of research and analysis, a business case or project related to a real organisation. The chosen project should be in pursuit of addressing a specific need or issue within a real organisation.

    You will be expected to communicate their solution using knowledge acquired, and demonstrate the application of intellectual, technical and analytical skills developed. In addition, they should demonstrate application of a sensible research methodology including project aims, methodology design and overall approach in the execution of the work. Overall, they should evidence the subject or context has been sufficiently understood and evaluated.

    Assessment: Coursework

    Optional

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

This course can be studied full-time over either one year or two years, depending on the stage of entry. You can also study a version of this course online. 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. Alternatively you can study a version of this course online.

For example, you will be exposed to real-life case studies with recent examples including Glastonbury Music Festival and the Banking Industry. 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 (subject to availability).


Assessment

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. Alternatively, a version of this course is available to study online.

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

The business world is increasingly internationally-focused and this course aims to help you prepare for potential future career options in a range of multinational organisations, businesses, management consultancies and government organisations. You’ll develop and hone your business skills to build on your understanding of business and management, to help you understand the subject in international context of today's corporate environment.

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


International experience opportunity

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 (subject to availability). Furthermore, the international experience of the course team means you will have the opportunity to 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 collaborative online international learning projects.


Entry requirements

Typical offer for 2022 entry.

You must have successfully completed year 1 (level 4) and/or year 2 (level 5) of an equivalent course, depending on the stage of entry. Please contact us for further details.

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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 Year One - Business Management 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, with no component lower than 5.5.

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.

You must have successfully completed year 1 (level 4) and/or year 2 (level 5) of an equivalent course, depending on the stage of entry. Please contact us for further details.

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Tuition Fees

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.


Facilities

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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

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your potential future career options and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. Talent Team, the university’s careers and employability team provides a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your potential future career options.

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

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How to apply

  • Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS. Part-time students should apply directly to the university. Read our application pages to find out your next steps to apply.


    If you'd like further support or more information about your course get in touch with us today.

  • Full-time students applying to start in September should apply directly to the university. Read our application pages to find out your next steps to apply.

    How to apply

    For further support for international applicants applying for an undergraduate degree view our International hub.

    You can also download our International Guide which contains lots of useful information about our courses, accommodation, tips for travel and guidance on how to apply.


    If you'd like further support or more information about your course get in touch with us today.

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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.

    Accreditations

    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

    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).