Cardiff School of Management>Courses>International Business Management - BA (Hons) Degree

International Business Management - BA (Hons) Degree

Entry Year

​This degree in International Business Management will enable you to pursue a career in the arena of international business management and gain a competitive edge in today's global job market.

As businesses continue to operate across borders, job market demand is high for graduates who have attained a multidisciplinary international business education. The degree offers you a unique combination of international perspectives on business and management, cross-cultural management skills and foreign language competencies.

Employers value graduates who have gained global business perspectives. The value of a graduate's global mindset resides in the ability to demonstrate a range of competencies that equips them with the necessary knowledge and skills to work in an increasingly global business environment, work with multicultural teams, be interculturally aware and possess foreign language skills.

You will develop your knowledge and skills in discipline areas such as management, marketing, human resources, strategy, finance, entrepreneurship and cross-cultural management. In addition to this, languages are a core element throughout the whole programme and students must study one foreign language (Spanish / French / Mandarin Chinese)

Spanish and French is offered either at beginners level or Post A-level. Please note that A-level offering for Spanish and French is subject to demand.

Mandarin Chinese is offered at beginners level.

This multidisciplinary degree offers a wide variety of option modules in years two and three that will allow you to build your academic profile to suit your educational interests and career aspirations. This will provide you the opportunity to specialise in a particular area or take a broader approach to your studies.  

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

You will also develop a range of transferable skills, which are essential in today's competitive globalised job market. These include communication skills, teamwork, intercultural skills, problem solving, critical and analytical thinking, digital skills and entrepreneurial skills.

Academic courses at the Cardiff School of Management are career oriented and have been designed in conjunction with business and industry. Our courses aim to promote student employability, knowledge transfer and applied research. The programme design is informed by current research and professional practice to ensure course content is relevant to your future career.

In the second year of the degree, you will undertake a compulsory work placement module (15 days work placement) as this is considered an essential requirement for all students at the Cardiff School of Management.  There is the additional opportunity to take a sandwich year, between years two and three of the programme, to undertake a year long placement in industry. This will also help you get valuable work experience in industry and stand out from other candidates when you apply for jobs.

Foundation Year

This degree can be studied as a three-year full-time degree or a four-year degree that includes a year of foundational study. Our foundation year is intended to prepare you for your subsequent years of studying, offering you the chance to strengthen your skills, knowledge and confidence.​

The foundation year will be relevant to:

  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.

Find out more about the foundation year. (

Please note: You will need to apply using a specific UCAS code if you wish to undertake the 4 years including foundation. Please refer to Key Course Information at the bottom of this page.

Course Content​​


  • 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.

All modules are taught in English and there is provision for the Welsh language equivalent in a number of modules in Levels 4, 5 and 6. These are indicated in the below list * and whilst every endeavour will be made to ensure that these run every year, please note this is subject to demand.

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)*
  • Foreign Language module: French/Mandarin Chinese/Spanish (20 credits)
  • Managing People At Work (20 credits)*
  • Business Information Systems (20 credits)

Year Two (Level 5) (Total 120 credits)

Compulsory Modules (100 credits)

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

**only available in countries where work placements are not possible

Option Modules (20 credits)

  • People Management and Engagement (20 credits)
  • Consumer Behaviour (20 credits)
  • Money and Investment (20 credits)
  • Business Law for the Digital Age (20 credits)
  • Contemporary Operations Management (20 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 People Management(20 credits)
  • Strategic Brand Management(20 credits)
  • International and Global Marketing (20 credits)
  • Business Obligations (20 credits)
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship (20 credits)
  • Leading Change for Sustainability (20 credits)
  • Investment 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

Lectures are a major 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.

Seminars involve students presenting previously prepared work to peers and 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 communication skills, problem-solving and analytical skills, as well as providing staff with a method of assessing student-centred learning.

Practical Workshops
Practical workshops are used extensively in a number of modules throughout the programme. In these classes, students are able to practise 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.

Business Experts
A key component of the learning experience is to invite business experts or other academics to provide insights into their business activity or research work. A network of experts help provide specialist knowledge as well as bolstering and promoting the credentials of the programme. Such experts might be invited as guest speakers or requested to provide a more interactive workshop experience where appropriate.

Support for students in learning:

Personal Tutors

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. The Personal Tutors work closely with the Programme Director and Year Tutors to ensure that the needs of the students are met effectively and that their time at Cardiff Metropolitan University is a pleasant and successful experience.

In addition to the Personal Tutors, the Programme Director and the Year Tutor will provide individual support and guidance with any academic aspects. This is particularly important in relation to the choice of option modules available at level 5 and 6. Option module guidance is further supported by plenary sessions together with an Options Fair to offer further individual guidance.

The programme provides further general support to the students through the following:

An induction programme for level 4, level 5 and level 6 students

Student handbook, programme handbook and individual module handbooks

The Moodle Virtual Learning Environment

Library and study skills packages

Library and learning resources of both Cardiff Metropolitan University campus

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.

We have an expert team of academic staff in the fields of business and management, cross-cultural management and foreign languages. Their research activities, international experiences and collaborations inform undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and contribute to the students learning experience.


The assessment strategy covers a wide spectrum of approaches that enable students to develop analytical, critical and decision-making skills through the application of knowledge to practical business and management related scenarios and real case studies. Each module has its own aims, objectives, learning outcomes and methods of delivery and assessment. Assessments may therefore take the form of assessed written essays or reports, oral presentations, group and individual research projects, portfolios, case studies as well as open/closed book formal examinations.

Preparation and support is available for assessment through various activities designed by module leaders, personal tutors and library services.

Employability & Careers​

Most of our students secure employment six months after graduation. Career prospects are excellent with local, national and international opportunities in all areas of business management and commerce.

Successful graduates have found positions at supervisory/management level in the private and public sector. The global perspective of the programme allows our former students to find a range of managerial and professional careers in international recruiting, business and management consultancy, business development, human resources, international marketing, financial management and international trading to name a few.

Work Placement and Employability:

Our programmes aim to enhance student employability in various ways. In the second year of the degree, students undertake a compulsory work placement module (15 days work placement) as this is considered an essential requirement for all students at the Cardiff School of Management.

Further, upon successful completion of year two, for those students who wish to enhance their employability, there is the additional opportunity to take a sandwich year undertaking a year long placement in industry between years two and three. The placement is accredited at the final year of the degree with 20 credits. The year long placement can either be taken abroad or in a company based in the UK.

The Cardiff School of Management has a dedicated work placement team to help you finding a placement. Careers Service also offers support to students to find work placements and internships. The university's MetHub is an online platform that allows organisations to advertise a wide range of opportunities to our students and graduates such as graduate vacancies, paid internships, placements and work experience, volunteering, international opportunities and part time roles.

Other Career Services include Careers Fairs and social networking events with employers. In addition to this, if you intend to become a young Entrepreneur and start your own business, the Centre for Student Entrepreneurship will aid you in business practice and help develop your business idea while you are a university student.

The University operates an outward mobility programme and funding is available to study and work abroad. Visit our Study, Work or Volunteer Abroad with Global Opportunities for further information.

Please note: the status of the Erasmus+ scheme is dependent on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.

Progression to Postgraduate Study:
Upon completion of this undergraduate programme, opportunities are available to undertake postgraduate level courses with Cardiff School of Management, such as the MSc International Business Management, LLM International Business, MSc Strategic Marketing, MSc Fashion Marketing Management, MSc Human Resource Management, MSc Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, MSc International Supply Chain and Logistics Management, MSc Banking & Finance and the MBA. In addition, graduates will be well prepared to undertake professional qualifications or programmes.

Entry Requirements​ & How to Apply

Typical Offers

  • Tariff points: 112
  • Contextual offer: See our contextual offers page.
  • GCSE: Five GCSEs at Grade C / 4 or above to include English Language / Welsh First Language, Mathematics / Mathematics – Numeracy.
  • English Language Requirement: Academic IELTS 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in all elements, or equivalent.
  • A level subjects: Minimum three A levels to include Grades CCC. No specific subjects required. Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate considered as a third subject.
  • BTEC National / Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: DMM
  • T Level: Merit.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 2 x H5. No specific subjects required.
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: 2 x H2 grades. No specific subjects required. Higher level subjects only considered with a minimum grade H4.
  • Scottish Advanced Highers: Grades DD. No specific subjects required. Scottish Highers are also considered, either on their own or in combination with Advanced Highers.

If you do not meet the above entry requirement, we also offer a Foundation Programme which allows progression to Year 1.

Combinations of the above qualifications are accepted if they meet our minimum requirements. If your qualifications aren’t listed, please contact Admissions or refer to the UCAS Course Search.

Further information on Overseas qualifications can be found here.

If you are a mature applicant, have relevant experience or RPL that you would like us to consider, please contact Admissions.

How to Apply

Further information on how to apply 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, Cristina Fatmi:


We endeavour to deliver courses as described and will not normally make changes to courses, such as course title, content, delivery, and teaching provision. However, it may be necessary for the university to make changes in the course provision before or after enrolment. It reserves the right to make variations to content or delivery methods, including discontinuation or merging courses if such action is considered necessary. Please read our Terms and Conditions for the full information.

Key Course Information

​​​​​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.

Degree Highlights

In this short introduction video, Senior Lecturer Esperanza Tevar-Terol introduces the BA (Hons) International Business Management at Cardiff Met