Political and economic developments such as Brexit mean that international trade agreements, foreign direct investment and the attractiveness of where a company does business and accesses talent are more important than ever.
In the digital age, almost every business operates on the world stage and supplies to multiple countries. To help you compete in a hugely competitive global landscape, our International Business Management degree will give you a greater understanding of the nuances, challenges and opportunities of operating overseas.
Exploring enterprise, entrepreneurship and emerging markets
We’ll help you gain specialist knowledge in managing people of different cultures and backgrounds, and the political and governing structures of different markets that influence how businesses operate.
You’ll also develop the cross-cultural management skills you need to build international business relationships in often volatile political, cultural and economic environments.
Our International Business Management degree offers four-year routes where you can spend your third year on placement or study abroad at one of our overseas partner universities. Past students have worked for Johnson and Johnson in Tokyo, Hellman Worldwide Logistics in the USA and Warner Bros in London.
By the time you leave our business school, you’ll have the business knowledge and cross-cultural management skills to kick-start your career in the UK and abroad.
Features and benefits
Teaching by professionals – our staff work with some of the UK’s biggest companies and pass on their experience through their teaching.
Triple accredited – our business school holds the globally recognised trio of accreditations from EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA, placing us among the best business schools in the world.
Enhance your employability – through activities including internships, volunteering or learning a new language. With our award-winning ‘Rise at Manchester Met’ programme, you can gain extra academic credits towards your degree.
Global prospects – your degree could take you anywhere in the world and you can learn a language while you study.
Supporting you in person and online - student support initiatives including drop-in sessions, lecture recordings and dedicated support, both on and offline.
Study overseas – spend a year at one of our partner universities in the USA, Australia, Canada, China (Hong Kong SAR), France, Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, Italy, Spain, Cyprus or Lithuania.
Regular industry events – attend guest talks and masterclasses delivered by leading industry professionals and network with recruiting businesses at key industry events.
Placement or study abroad flexibility – you will enrol on the three-year course and decide if a placement or overseas study is right for you once you have started your studies, so you don’t have to decide now.
This degree covers the main principles of doing business in different countries. It will allow you to build a sound appreciation of the different approaches to doing business in different countries and continents while developing your commercial knowledge of the global business environment.
All businesses are now exposed to both opportunities and challenges that are presented by a rapidly changing global economy. The BA (Hons) International Business Management degree covers all aspects of this changing business environment and allows you to explore the impact of globalisation on business, from both a theoretical and an applied perspective.
Contemporary business case studies enable you to see how various types of businesses operate and succeed in international markets. Assessments focus on the application of the skills and knowledge you've gained to real-life business situations. Given the increasingly global nature of business, this degree is topical, contemporary and will strengthen employment prospects in any chosen career, whether this is UK based or in another country.
You will enrol on the three-year course which will give you the flexibility when you start your studies to choose a year on placement or to study abroad, so you would complete your degree over four years if you chose this option.
During Year 1 you will study eight 15 credit units. Please note that the following list of units is indicative and may be subject to change:
Global Business Environment 1 (GBE1)
Global Business Environment 2 (GBE2)
Introduction to Economic Principles 1
Introduction to Economic Principles 2
International Accounting and Finance
Academic, Personal and Professional Development (APPD)
During Year 2 you will study seven 15 credit units. Please note that the following list of units is indicative and may be subject to change:
Global Political Economy 2
Global Political Economy 1
International Operations Management
Introduction to International Business Theory & Strategy
Managing Across Cultures
Preparing Ffor Employment
Digital Skills/Research Methods
In your final year, you will study five 15 credit units and a 30 credit unit (Business Project Research/Consultancy (Proposal and Literature review). Please note that the following list of units is indicative and may be subject to change:
Business in Emerging Markets: Growth & Development
Business in Emerging Markets: Opportunities & Challenges
Business Project Research/Consultancy (Proposal and Literature Review)
Developing the Early Career Professional
International Business Strategy
Our BA (Hons) International Business Management degree offers the chance to spend a year getting a taste of professional life. It not only gives you the opportunity to develop your core skills and learn about how a business really operates in your industry but also shows employers that you’re ready to get to work.
The Business School Placement Team is ready to help. They offer a wide range of services, including employer presentations, advice and placement fairs. But it’s also up to you – the more proactive you are about applying for placement opportunities, the better.
Instead of placement, you’ll have the opportunity to spend up to a year overseas, studying with one of our partner institutions across Europe, or beyond. Go abroad in the third year of your degree, and you’ll not only learn about other cultures, improve your language skills and discover more about yourself – you’ll also boost your career prospects.
Having first-hand knowledge of another country’s cultures and traditions can take you far in a range of careers. And, by going abroad you’ll also demonstrate the kind of independent spirit and adaptability that many employers want.
Gaining work experience with an international flavour offers a double benefit. While you’ll learn valuable professional skills in a real-world workplace, you’ll also experience different cultures, ways of working and new perspectives. Whether it’s a summer exchange, holiday internship or year-long international placement, global experience can make a world of difference to your career prospects.
A City Of Opportunities
Manchester is the engine room of the Northern Powerhouse. Here, business thrives in districts like Spinningfields, which is home to more than 150 financial and commercial services organisations, while initiatives like the Start-up Factory and the Sharp Project help forge the next generation of commercial enterprises.
For today, that puts us in the perfect place to offer an education rooted in the real world – with relevant skills, user experience and valuable connections to support your entrepreneurial ambitions. For tomorrow, that puts you in a city with a wide range of employers and a growing demand for ambitious graduates.
These typical entry requirements may be subject to change for the 2022/23 academic year. Please check back for further details.
104-112 UCAS Tariff points
A levels ­- BCC-BBC
Pearson BTEC National Extended Diploma – DMM
Access to HE Diploma - Pass with a minimum 106 UCAS Tariff points
Equivalent qualifications and combinations will be considered, including Extended Project.
Other AS levels (or qualifications equivalent to AS level) are not accepted.
Please contact the University directly if you are unsure whether you meet the minimum entry requirements for the course.
Specific GCSE Requirements
GCSE grade C/4 in English language or level 2 functional skills English
GCSE grade C/4 in mathematics or level 2 functional skills mathematics
International Baccalaureate Points
26 IB Diploma Points
IELTS Score Required for International Students
6.0 overall with no individual element below 5.5
There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.
Fees and funding
Foundation Year Students
Full-time Foundation Year fee: £9,250 per year for the foundation year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.
Full-time Foundation Year fee: £17,000 per year. When progressing from the pre-degree foundation year to the linked degree. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study)
UK and Channel Island Students
Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.
EU and non-EU International Students
Full-time fee: £16,000 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated master 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
With a thorough understanding of how the business operates on a global level, your degree could take you anywhere in the world.
Many of our graduates kickstart their careers outside the UK and now live and work in Europe, Asia or South America.
Our graduates work in a wide range of management positions in:
the public sector
Other graduates have entered graduate training schemes with international companies such as IBM, Credit Suisse and BMW.
Alternatively, you could use your skills to launch your own business or consultancy. Our business incubator, Innospace, can help you to develop your business ideas and provide practical support to get your company up and running.