The programme is offered as a one year full time degree. It runs over two semesters with students studying three twenty credit modules in each semester. Students are required to undertake 120 credits of taught modules within the one academic year.
In devising the course content the course team has sought to ensure an appropriate balance between academic content and vocational skills. It seeks to provide students with a body of knowledge traditionally associated with Business and Management Studies and to develop appropriate skills enabling students to apply such knowledge to realistic business situations.
The BA (Hons) International Business Administration consists of six, twenty credit core modules:
Building Business in Action
Understanding Culture and Diversity
International and Global Marketing Strategy
Finance of International Business
Professional Development for Business.
For those students wishing to specialise we currently offer:
BA (Hons) International Business Administration (Finance)
BA (Hons) International Business Administration (HRM)
Students taking the BA (Hons) Finance are required to take the following six compulsory twenty credit modules:
Building Business in Action
Understanding Culture and Diversity
Finance of International Business
Financial Management for Decision Makers
Professional Development for Business
Students following the BA (Hons) International Business Administration (HRM) will take all the modules above with the exception of
Financial Management for Decision Makers, which will be replaced with
Leadership and Management of People.
Learning & Teaching
The course structure and the proposed teaching strategies are designed to encourage a student centred approach to learning. Such strategies will include; case studies; projects; practical exercises supplemented by the use of appropriate support materials; videos; etc. Active engagement with the subject material enhances learning and many of the learning strategies used attempt to promote this.
Delivery of the curricular material will be through a blend of lectures, tutorials, seminars and workshops.
Lectures are an important part of the teaching strategy for the programme. Lectures are an effective way of delivering core material and establishing a framework for a module against which other material can be set.
Modular Subject Tutorials
Tutorials are meetings of a student or group of students with a lecturer or lecturers and are used in two ways within the programme:
- expanding upon material covered in lectures through an enquiry-driven problem solving approach
- remedial work to overcome any deficiencies in a student’s background knowledge.
Seminars involve a student or students presenting previously prepared work to peers and a lecturer. This strategy is used to extend specific theoretical or practical concepts as well as introducing problem solving exercises. Seminars are used in most modules and provide students with valuable experience in presentational skills, blogs, or podcasts, as well as providing staff with a method or assessing student-centred learning.
Practical workshops are used in some modules throughout the programme. In these classes students are able to practice and refine their skills in a supportive environment where they can get feedback from a member of academic staff. Practical workshops represent a valuable transition between theory and practice
Case studies are teaching and learning strategies which are employed in a range of modules. They also are a useful assessment tool. Students are presented with or asked to develop real or simulated complex problems which they are required to analyse in detail and then synthesise/present their own solution in writing or orally.
In addition to the timetabled sessions, students are expected to undertake independent study amounting to approximately 104 hours for every twenty credit module
Support for students and their learning
All students studying in Cardiff School of Management benefit from the team of dedicated tutors who provide a point of personal and regular contact for students. They guide students in such matters as, finance, welfare, career development as well as helping where needed with the planning of effective study patterns, exam preparation and a range of other important issues.
There is additional support available for all International Students which is provided by International Office.
In addition to the lecture and seminar sessions each module has a weekly timetabled slot where the module leader is available to provide further guidance and support in their module There is also a weekly timetabled slot where the Programme Director and the Year Tutor meet with students on a regular basis to mentor and facilitate further personal professional development.
The programme provides further general support to the students through the following:
- An induction programme
- Student handbook, programme handbook and individual module handbooks
- Module content and materials via Moodle
- Library and study skills packages.
- Library and learning resources
- Specialist computing facilities including interactive and multi-media labs.
- A 24-hour open access IT facility on the Cyncoed and Llandaff campuses.
- Unlimited worldwide web access.
- Access to student services including those offered by careers, welfare, disability, counselling, chaplaincy and medical centre.
Assessments relate directly to learning outcomes and each assessment usually covers a range of such outcomes. In designing and deciding upon an assessment format for a module the following factors have been considered:
- The module learning outcomes and their level, with particular emphasis on the student’s ability to analyse, synthesise, evaluate and communicate information derived from:
- Module content
- Learned knowledge from other areas/qualifications
- The implementation of systematic information-seeking strategies
- Encouraging students to apply their skills to specific industry/business/management problems
- Approaching problems in a systematic way and employing test approaches that could resolve those problems
- Assessment performance criteria, as communicated to the student
- The validity and reliability of the assessment methods, which are monitored by module leaders, field groups and programme teams
- Time constraints (for students and staff) and the need to ensure consistency
- The use of a range of strategies through which a student can demonstrate what he or she knows, understands or can do
- The need for assessment to allow for review and reflection by the student
The assessments themselves can take a variety of forms although a key feature of this programme is the reliance on coursework rather than examination based assessments. Examples of assessments include, individual or group presentations, poster presentations, reports, essays, practical tasks, multiple choice questions and time constrained in class tests.
Employability & Careers
Successful graduates have found positions at supervisory and management level not only within the traditional business and commerce sectors but also small and medium enterprises, public sector and the voluntary sectors.
Others have chosen to continue their studies and have moved on to Masters Level programmes such as the MSc International Business Management, MSc Financial Management and the MBA at Cardiff School of Management.
Entry Requirements & How to Apply
Candidates should possess either a Higher National Diploma (or equivalent) in Business and Management, a Foundation degree or an equivalent (NARIC) qualification equalling 240 credits.
Students whose first language is other than English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.0 standard or equivalent. Applicants with less than the required language competency will need to attend and successfully complete the 8 weeks intensive CSM International Summer Programme which runs between July and September before the start of first term.
The major criteria for selection of candidates are that they must demonstrate they are capable of succeeding on a degree programme.
Students wishing to enter the course must apply on the basis of RPL or RPEL for admission with Credit. Such claims must conform to Cardiff Metropolitan University Regulations for advanced standing and applicants must submit a portfolio of evidence. This will be assessed initially by members of the course team and a report sent for confirmation to the School’s Learning and Teaching Committee. The details contained in this portfolio will depend upon the nature of the credit being claimed.
How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at www.ucas.com/apply. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply.
UCAS Code: N120
Place of Study:
Cardiff School of Management
One year full-time.
Before making an application, international students (those outside of the EU), should contact the International Office at Cardiff Met to discuss the necessary procedures in relation to studying with us. For further information visit
Tuition Fees, Student Finance & Additional Costs
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Bursaries & Scholarships:
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