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What makes International Business Management at Worcester special?

International Business Management is a specialist degree which develops understanding of business management within an international context. You will spend a semester overseas in Year 2 in the USA, Canada, Europe, New Zealand or Australia, where you will be taught in English and be able to develop the intercultural skills which today’s employers look for.

You will have the opportunity to select from a wide range of business options, both at Worcester and overseas, in order to tailor the course to suit your interests and develop global experience. You can choose options in Accountancy, Advertising, Business Law, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, HRM, Information Systems, International Business, Leadership, Management, Marketing and PR.

Key features

  • Optional one-year paid work placement
  • Opportunities to take up one or two new modern foreign languages, or further develop your academic English skills
  • The course is ideal preparation for a career in import/export, multi-national corporations, international trade organisations, government, transportation and logistics, travel or international aid and environmental organizations.

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?


UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

112 UCAS Tariff points and Grade C in GCSE English Language and Mathematics

The points above are the new UCAS tariff, which will be used for courses starting from September 2017. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.

The University will consider each application on its individual merits and will recognise a range of qualifications not currently included in the Tariff, including Access courses, European Baccalaureate and pre-2002 qualifications such as GNVQ. Please contact the Admissions Office for advice.

Applicants with no formal qualifications may be considered for Mature Student Entry Routes

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from   

International Business Management has truly exceeded my expectations, in terms of the flexibility of its course content. As a result, I find myself enjoying every class I attend as it significantly complements what I am aiming for in the near future.

Erik Magpantay, Austria

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Year 1

Mandatory modules

Optional modules

Year 2

Mandatory modules

Semester 1

  • Business Options. Click here for the full range
  • Language Option

Semester 2

  • Study Abroad

Optional modules

Year 3

Mandatory modules

Optional modules

Students from UC Leuven

We are delighted to welcome students progressing with full credits from Year 2 of UC Leuven’s Bachelor in Business Management – Marketing onto Year 3 of our BA (Hons) International Business Management degree.

Year 3 modules at University of Worcester:
Mandatory Modules:

  • Intercultural Perspectives
  • International Marketing
  • International Business Strategy
  • International Business Project

Option Modules - select two singles or one double from:

Single Modules:

  • Enhancing Organisations & Employability
  • Brand Management
  • Services Marketing
  • Marketing for the Digital Age
  • Audit, Ethics & Governance

Double Modules:

  • Work Based Learning
  • Collaborative Leadership
  • Economics for Business
  • Managing Emerging Issues
  • Strategic Marketing
  • Strategic Financial Management
  • Financial Reporting
  • International Banking & Finance
  • Contemporary Advertising: Apps, Guerillas, Viral & More
  • Advertising Campaign
  • Spin Doctors, Lobbyists & Other Hidden Persuaders Innovation & Intrapreneurship
  • Strategic Challenges of HRM
  • E-business

Additionally for IBA, Kolding, students only:

  • A modern foreign language (eg Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish).  These are beginner’s level modules and required to meet the requirements for the award of the degree from UC Leuven.

Download a leaflet to find out more about International Business Management.

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

You will learn how to:

Explore the real-life application of learning via tutors with business experience, via work placement, and via contact with local, national and international businesses – in the past these have included Shell, Barclays Bank and the BBC.

There will be opportunities to take part in projects for clients, visits to businesses, live and computerised simulations, case studies and exhibitions alongside the usual lectures, workshops and seminars. You will develop a range of skills, which you can evidence on your CV and talk about at job interviews

Teaching approach

Worcester is a place where you will be supported to reach your full potential as a self-directed learner ready to make an immediate impact in the world of work. Tutors are friendly, approachable and accessible and virtual resources enable you to work flexibly to suit your own learning preferences and busy lifestyle.

You will progressively build your knowledge and expertise across levels of study through modules which are delivered in different ways, perhaps through traditional lectures and seminars as well as e-lectures, workshops and simulations. In a typical week, you will have 12 hours of scheduled contact time, which you will supplement with one-to-one tutorial meetings and around 20 hours of guided independent study.


There are a variety of assessment types – reports, presentations, projects, examinations – and sometimes you will even be able to choose an assessment style to suit you.


Where could it take you?


This degree in International Business Management is designed to underpin a successful career in a business operating in a global context.

The knowledge and skills developed on the course will also be useful in a ‘home’ based business as well as with organisations operating further afield.

We recognise that optimising your future employment and earning potential are a key factor in selecting your degree. All of our courses:

• offer the option of a paid placement year which significantly increases your chance of getting a job when you graduate, possibly even with your placement company (except Information Technology for Education BSc (Hons)). We also advertise short-term vacancies on our VLE

• offer the option to spend a semester abroad at one of our exchange universities in the USA, Canada, Europe, Australia or New Zealand to help you develop the intercultural skills that are so highly sought after by today’s employers

• target selected Employability Standards in every module. These are designed by Worcester Business School in consultation with employers – so you will always be able to see the employability relevance of what you are studying

• include automatic access to our electronic CV Compiler Tool to create a live and evidence-based CV

• are accredited by, recognised by or mapped to professional qualifications and/or associations as appropriate

• provide access to our broad network of business managers and employers (including our own Business School Advisory Board) who work closely with us to design courses, offer scholarships and prizes, host student visits, support student competitions, provide work-related projects and contribute to teaching activities

• offer employment preparation workshops which include CV preparation, mock interviews/assessment centres and meetings with employers

• are written and taught by business professionals and practitioners who are fully aware of what today’s employers are looking for

• include work-based learning modules where you can learn via a live work-based project

• adopt a real-world, applied approach to learning, teaching and assessment so that what you learn is relevant and useful to your future employer(s)

• offer access to a host of CV-enhancing co-curriculum activities such as our start-up café, international study weeks, case study/business plan competitions, vacation research projects, mentoring activities, etc

• promote‘earn as you learn’ part-time work opportunities which will significantly boost your employability after graduation

Read some of our work placement student stories

  • Case study

    Employer's view

    "We've had a fantastic time with the students from the University of Worcester Business School. The Business Challenge module is truly innovative, providing opportunities to be creative and work with a great group of people. The students have not only left Funny Blood with a lasting legacy of ideas, campaigns and contacts but they've also raised awareness of Platelet Function Disorders both locally and - literally - Worldwide as well as raising vital funds for the Haemophilia Unit at Birmingham Children's Hospital. Their projects have provided us with some amazing experiences like playing the giant killers at Worcester City FC, being on court with the Davis Cup players at Pershore Tennis Centre and Worcester Wolves and saving lives via #giveblood with NHS Give Blood. As a result, Funny Blood's been featured in the local press and radio a number of times and our social media interaction has increased; at the project's peak, our reach on Facebook was over 57k. A truly fantastic experience, thank you!"

    Ruby Edwards
    Founder, Funny Blood


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How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in 2017 will be £9,250.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in 2017 will be £11,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in 2017 will be £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying.  The amounts vary between courses.

As part of the course you are required to spend one semester studying abroad.  Tuition is covered by the normal annual fee paid to the University, but students will need to cover the costs of travelling and living abroad.

If you decide to take up the optional placement year accommodation and travel costs may be incurred dependent on location of placement. As placements are paid by the employer at minimum wage plus these costs can be covered by the student’s wage. During this year you will pay 10% of normal academic fees to the University. You are provided with a placement tutor, and have access to the advice of the full placement team, as well as all University student support and services.

There are also occasional trips which may require you to incur travel costs.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £94 per week to the £153 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.


How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

International Business Management BA (Hons) N122
International Business Management (Placement Year) 4 Yr: N120

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.


N122 or N120

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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111  

Admissions Tutor

John Gardener
01905 85 5357

Course Leader

Doug Wotherspoon
01905 542125