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BA (Hons) International Business Management

International Business Management - BA (Hons) Degree


Key Facts

​​​​​UCAS Code: N110
Foundation students should also use this UCAS code and apply for entry point 0 on the UCAS website.

Place of Study: 
Llandaff Campus

Cardiff School of Management

Course Length: Three years full-time. Four years full-time if undertaking foundation year. Five years full-time if undertaking foundation year and year long work placement.

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Course Overview

​The International Business Management degree is aimed at students wishing to pursue a career in the arena of international busin​ess management and who would like to gain a competitive edge in today’s global job market.

Employers value graduates who have gained a global business perspective. The value of a graduate’s international experience resides in the ability to demonstrate a range of competencies, which will equip them with the necessary knowledge and skills to work in a global business environment, function in multicultural business environments and communicate in a foreign language.

The course provides students with all-round knowledge and skills in international business management and cross-cultural management. Further, students are required to study one foreign language as a core module (either at beginners/post GCSE level or Post A-level) over the duration of the course.

Academic courses at the Cardiff School of Management are career orientated and have been designed in conjunction with business and industry. Our courses aim to promote student employability, knowledge transfer and applied research. Students have the opportunity to undertake a work experience module in year two and a year long industrial work placement between year two and three.

Course information on this page relates to September 2019 entry.​

​Course Content​​

Foundation Year (Year 0): 

This programme incorporates a foundation year, which is intended for students wishing to enrol onto the three-year honours degree, who fall into one of the following categories:

1. Students who have not achieved the required A-level points (or equivalent) score to enter the first year of the degree programme.
2. Mature students who have been out of the formal education system for some time.

Further information about the foundation year can be found by clicking here.


The programme offers academic and professional preparation for global managerial roles in national and international enterprises. The course provides students with: 

  • International business management acumen and key business management skills
  • Cultural diversity awareness and fundamental skills in cross-cultural management and 
  • Foreign language competencies to communicate in a foreign language with their international counterparts. Languages are a core element throughout the whole course and students must study one foreign language.

Year One (Level 4)

All modules are compulsory (120 credits) 

  • Business in a Global Context (20 credits) 
  • Introduction to Marketing (20 credits)​ 
  • Finance for Managers (20 credits) 
  • Language module: French/Mandarin Chinese/Spanish (Entry level Beginners/GCSE OR Post A-Level) (20 credits) 
  • Foundations of HRM (20 credits) 
  • Developing Academic Practice (10 credits) 
  • Business Research Skills (10 credits)

Year Two (Level 5)

Compulsory Modules (90 credits)

  • Management from an International Perspective (20 credits) 
  • Intercultural Awareness for Business (20 credits) 
  • Language module: French/Mandarin Chinese/Spanish (20 credits) 
  • Law for International Business (10 credits) 
  • Creativity and Innovation Management (10 credits) 
  • Work Experience OR Employability Skills Project (10 credits)

Option Modules (30 credits)

  • Human Resource Management (HRM) in Context (20 credits)

  • Contemporary Operations Management (20 credits) 

  • Contemporary Issues in International Political Economy (20 credits) 

  • Consumers, Culture and Commerce (20 credits) 

  • Money, Banking and Risk (20 credits) 

  • Business Obligations (20 credits) 

  • Digital Business (20 credits) 

  • Research Methods for Business (10 credits) 

  • Business Development and Finance (10 credits) 

  • Financial Planning for Business (10 credits)

Year Three / Year Four (Level 6)

Compulsory Modules (60 credits)

  • International Business Management (20 credits)
  • International Business and Cultural Diversity (20 credits)
  • Language module: French/Mandarin Chinese/Spanish (20 credits)

Option Modules (60 credits)

  • International and Comparative HRM (20 credits)
  • Contemporary and International Issues in Business Ethics (20 credits)
  • International and Global Marketing (20 credits)
  • International Trading​ Law OR European Business Law  (20 credits)
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship (20 credits)
  • Visioning Sustainability for Change (20 credits)
  • Investment Management (20 credits)
  • Technology Project Management (20 credits)
  • Foreign Language (2nd foreign language)
  • Dissertation (40 credits)
  • Launching an Enterprise (40 credits)
  • Industrial Work Placement (20 credits)

Language Routes

There are two language entry routes:

  • Beginners/Post GCSE route (French, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese- Subject to sufficient demand). This route equips students with an operational knowledge of the language that will allow them to communicate as an independent user in personal and business related settings. (Level B1/B2 of the European Framework of Reference for Languages). 
  • Post A-level route (French and Spanish - ​Subject to sufficient demand). This route enables students with an A Level or equivalent competency in the language to further enhance their linguistic skills.  This route equips students with a high level of language skills that will allow them to communicate as a proficient user in business related settings. (Level C2 of the European Framework of Reference for Languages).

Students with a drive for languages can study for an additional language module on an elective basis (i.e. non credit-bearing module). This can be undertaken in any of the listed languages at any level during their studies (subject to sufficient demand). This represents a unique opportunity to start working towards employability assets. 

The degree employs a modular approach; students are required to study a certain number of modules in each year (120 credits per year). While all students must take core modules, students on the BA (Hons) International Business Management degree may select option modules in years two and 3, allowing students greater flexibility to pursue their academic/professional interests. 

The course combines core and option modules from the disciplines of business and management, intercultural studies and languages.  The compulsory modules represent the essential core knowledge and skills required for each field of study.


Learning & Teaching

Year one modules concentrate on fundamental areas of business and management, laying the foundation upon which later modules are based. Years two and three/four modules add greater academic depth to the subjects, and are more applied, practical, investigative and analytical in nature. 

​The programme offers a strong vocational emphasis that enables students to develop analytical and decision-making skills through the application of knowledge to practical business and management related scenarios and case studies. Emphasis is placed on developing analytical and problem-solving skills. Students will also have the opportunity to develop their academic and entrepreneurial skills in the form of a dissertation or enterprise project in their final year.


The assessment strategy covers a wide spectrum of approaches. In addition to formal examinations, students are assessed during the course through written assignments, individual and group presentations and portfolio.​

Employability & Careers​

As businesses continue to operate across borders, job market demand is high for graduates who have attained a multidisciplinary international business education and who are able to communicate in a foreign language. Foreign language skills are considered a valuable asset in most business and management sectors.

Career prospects are excellent with local, national and international opportunities existing in all areas of business, management and commerce. Successful graduates have found positions at supervisory/management level in a variety of private and public sector organisations. The fields of work include international HRM, international marketing, business consultancy and planning, financial management and international trading.

Work Placement and Employability:
It is compulsory to undertake a work-based learning module in year two to strengthen student employability. Further, upon successful completion of year two, students who wish to gain further work experience have the opportunity to undertake a year long placement between year two and the final year. The year long placement is accredited at the final year of the degree with 20 credits. The School has a detailed guide for employers and students.

The course team must approve the placement; it can either take place abroad or in a company based in the UK.  For students wishing to undertake a year long work placement abroad, there are opportunities for Erasmus funding.  The Erasmus mobility programme offers students the opportunity to undertake a work placement in another EU country or partner state.

Progression to Postgraduate Study:
Upon completion of this undergraduate programme, opportunities are available to undertake postgraduate level study. Postgraduate level courses are offered within the Cardiff School of Management with courses including the MBA and MSc in International Business Management.

Entry Requirements​ & How to Apply


Applicants will preferably have a minimum of five GCSE passes including English Language and Mathematics* at grade C or above (grade 4 or above for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England)​ and 32 UCAS Tariff Points from at least 1 A level (or equivalent).​

Candidates who do not possess normal minimum entry qualification are interviewed and considered individually on the basis of their prior learning or working background.


Five GCSE passes including English Language and Mathematics* at grade C or above (grade 4 or above for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England)​, plus 112 points from at least two A levels (or equivalent).  

Typical offers may include:

  • 112 points from at least two A Levels to include grades CC; Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate considered as the third subject​

  • RQF BTEC National Extended Diploma/Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma DMM
  • 112 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include 2 x H2 grades (H4 minimum grade considered towards points offer)
  • 112 points from at least two Scottish Advanced Highers to include grades DD
  • 112 points from the Access to Higher Education Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 25 points overall with 12 points from Higher level subjects

*For Welsh applicants sitting the reformed Mathematics GCSE, we will accept either GCSE Mathematics or Mathematics – Numeracy.

The programme also welcomes direct entry students onto the final year of the course from partner universities in Europe and independent applicants.  This further enhances the multicultural experiences of the cosmopolitan and internationally diverse student cohort.

For applicants who are only undertaking two A levels or equivalent, this will be considered along with the rest of the academic profile and we may issue a graded offer in lieu of an offer using the UCAS Tariff.

If you are studying combinations of the above, or if your qualification isn't listed, please either contact Admissions or refer to the UCAS Course Search​ for entry requirements​​. Further information on our entry requirements, including qualifications from the EU can be found by clicking here.

International Applicants
Students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.0 standard or equivalent. For full details about how to apply and English Language qualifications please visit the International pages on the website.

Selection Procedure:
Selection is on the basis of a completed UCAS application.

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at​.

Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer into year 2 & 3

If you are interested in transferring credit from another institution to study at Cardiff Met for a course which accepts entry for year 2 and/or 3, you can find further information on this and information on how to apply on the RPL page. Please contact Admissions for any queries that you have on RPL.

Mature students

A mature applicant is anyone over the age of 21 who didn't go to university after school or college. Cardiff Met welcomes applications from mature applicants and further advice and information can be found here.

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email

For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme leader, Esperanza Tevar: 
Tel: 029 2041 6436​ ​

Full terms and conditions in relation to accepting an offer to study at Cardiff Metropolitan University can be found by visiting