BA International Business Management with a Year Abroad (2020 entry)
Explore and understand the challenging and interesting world of managing business in the current dynamic and highly competitive global environment. Discover the constantly evolving nature of international business, and how it shapes the management and operations of business across cultures, geographies and institutions. This degree, offered by Norwich Business School (NBS) in the Social Sciences Faculty at UEA, will prepare you for a range of careers that involve analysing, managing and shaping global strategies of firms. These include roles pertaining to international market development and operations, global supply chains, crosscultural management, global consulting, and general management. This course also prepares you for starting and/or expanding your own business outside the home market. You don’t need to have studied business or economics, you just need to have a flair for business, an inquisitive mind, a global outlook, and be willing to go the extra mile to pursue your goals.
About the Course
On this course you will gain a vital understanding of the inherent complexities involved with managing business in an international context. This course will primarily enable you to compare and contrast business environments across the globe, encompassing both developed and emerging markets. You will develop a good understanding of the challenges and opportunities that exist in different regions of the world, and will become adept at critiquing the global strategies of firms.
You will learn to assess market potential and risks in different markets, recommend market entry strategies for firms willing to explore new international markets, manage a culturally diverse work force, and manage globally dispersed supply chains and operations. You will also be able to better appreciate the role of international trade, trading blocs, trade agreements and industrial clusters on global operations of firms. This course will also help you develop a range of analytical, critical and other employability skills that employers value and seek.
As part of this course, you will take core modules that help establish a strong foundation in the theories and concepts underpinning international business and management. You will also have a lot of freedom to tailor your own course, choosing from a range of optional modules on HR management, operations management, information systems management and marketing.
NBS is a friendly and supportive school, with a lively and international cohort. We are in a region that is safe and welcoming, with a thriving business innovation and enterprise community. All our teaching is informed by our worldleading research and real-world business experience. That’s means you’ll gain knowledge of the latest issues and debates facing industry and employers.
In the Guardian University Guide 2020, we were ranked in the top 10 for Accounting and Finance and top 15 for Business, Management and Marketing. We were ranked top 15 for Marketing in The Complete University Guide 2020 and were 9th for the quality of our research and 17th overall in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) which looked at 101 institutions across the UK. UEA has been awarded a Gold for teaching excellence (TEF, 2017).
Our current research interests include finance, accounting, employment systems and institutions, responsible business regulation, marketing, entrepreneurship and international business strategy, and innovation, technology and operations management.
The BA in International Business Management is part of our family of BA degrees which share a common first year. This structure means you’ll get a broad view of business, and can be confident you are on the right course for you. As you progress through your degree you will be able to specialise and tailor your studies to the areas that you find most interesting and that are most relevant for your career goals.
Across six fascinating core modules you will explore the essentials of modern business. This will give you an excellent grounding in Business Environment, but also Marketing, Finance and Accounting, Managing Organisations, Managing Data and an Applied Business Project. By the end of your first year, you won’t just have a firm foundation in your chosen subject, you’ll understand all the key disciplines of business.
Throughout your future career you are likely to work closely with these different disciplines, so this understanding is extremely valuable. If you discover during your first year that your true passion lies with one of these other subjects, you are welcome to change pathways in order to focus on it – an option roughly 25% of our students take advantage of.
After exploring the essentials of business in your first year, you’ll move on to build knowledge and skills in your core subject area of international business.
You will study two core modules, International Business and Strategic Awareness and Analysis. You’ll then choose two optional modules from a selected list developed specifically for this course (for example, International Marketing and Managing in Emerging Markets). You will also choose two other optional modules from a wider list offered across NBS (for example, Business Ethics, Practical Law for Management, or Digital Marketing), which includes languages. This means you can start to tailor your expertise to your interests and goals for after graduation.
In your third year you will study abroad at one of a range of institutions.
In your fourth year, you’ll study more advanced modules, including two core modules in Strategic Management and Cases in International Business. The rest of your four modules will be optional and can be chosen from a selected list of modules developed for this course (for example, European Business, Geography of International Business and Global Value Chain) and from the wider list of modules offered across NBS (for example, Management Consulting and Development, Corporate Sustainability and Project Management).
You can choose to do a final year project (instead of two optional modules) in a topic pertaining to International Business Management. You can also study a language as one of the optional modules. This means you can continue to specialise according to your career aspirations.
The annual NBS Modules Fair will help you choose the right options. Some third year optional modules are only available if you’ve taken specific second year modules as pre-requisites, but we can advise you on this.
Teaching and learning
Throughout your degree you will hone your skills and build your knowledge through a mix of lectures, seminars and workshops.
All our teaching is informed by the latest research and real-world business experience, and is based on business cases. This means that you benefit from the latest thinking in the industry. Business is ever-changing, so you won’t just learn to understand, evaluate and utilise the current leading theories, you’ll also develop the critical skills needed to examine and put to use any new theories and methods that come to the fore during your career.
You will also learn through self-directed study – a skill that’s highly prized by employers. Depending on the modules you choose you might undertake IT lab work, using online resources to practice textbook questions. You’ll also do various projects, including a project solving a live business problem for a real company and presenting your findings to that business. We’ve worked with organisations such as the East Anglian Zoological Society and Aviva on past projects. You can also choose to enhance your studies by getting involved in our student-led extracurricular business societies.
Teamwork and communication
During your first year and some of your second and third year modules, you will work alongside students from other NBS degrees. This will build your teamwork and communication skills, as well as helping you gain insight into other business disciplines.
To be successful in managing international operations, you need to be able to work with and lead culturally diverse teams. For this, you will need to be able to communicate effectively in line with the business practices, customs and traditions prevalent in the relevant market. Working alongside other NBS students during your degree is a great way to develop this skill. We attract students from the UK and all over the world, so the relationships you build here will also be great practice if you aspire to an international career, or to working for a multinational company.
During your time at UEA, you will be able to gain unique insights from leading industry figures. Our ‘Inside Business’ seminar series features guest speakers from the business world, including UEA alumni. In the past we’ve heard from alumni working in both high-level and graduate roles across different sectors. These seminars are a chance to gain insights into the transition from university to business life, with speakers openly sharing their experiences and advice. These events also provide you with excellent opportunities to connect with businesses, fellow students and staff from across the School.
Your career is our priority, and employability is embedded in our degrees in all sorts of innovative ways, ranging from guest speakers from industry and projects with real businesses, to accreditations from key professional bodies. During our flagship Employability Week each year you can meet potential employers and speak to successful UEA alumni about how they got where they are now.
Our assessments are generally a combination of exams and coursework, with different weights, which are dependent on the requirements of the concerned module. Coursework could be at the individual or group level. These include presentations, posters, reports and essays.
You will spend your third year studying at one of our partner universities in Europe, Australia, North America or Asia. This will add an international flavour to your studies, build your contacts, and show future employers that you have what it takes to succeed on an international stage. You will return to UEA in the fourth year to finish your degree.
After the Course
The BA International Business Management will equip you to pursue career options in a wide range of industries, in large multinational corporations, government departments, small and medium-sized firms (public or private). Alternatively you could start your own business, or progress to a research degree in the field.
Graduate trainee/manager Business development manager Business analyst/adviser Management consultant Export sales manager Regional/global managers
Course related costs
Please see Additional Course Fees for details of course-related costs.
Course Modules 2020/1
Compulsory Modules (120 credits)
When selecting modules from an option range, please ensure that you satisfy the rule requirements to take that module i.e. having taken a pre-requisite module. You can only choose 20 credits worth of PPL modules per year. You can only choose 20 credits worth of level 4 modules in Year 2.
Compulsory Modules ( 40 credits)
Options Range A
Options Range B
Options Range C
Compulsory Modules (120 credits)
When selecting modules from an option range, please ensure that you satisfy the rule requirements to take that module i.e. having taken a pre-requisite module. You can only choose 20 credits worth of PPL modules per year. You can only choose 20 credits worth of level 5 modules in Year 3.
Compulsory Modules ( 40 credits)
Options Range A
Options Range B
Options Range C
Options Range D
Options Range G
DisclaimerWhilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.
- A Level ABB excluding General Studies or BBB excluding General Studies with an A in the Extended Project
- International Baccalaureate 32 points
- Scottish Highers AAABB
- Scottish Advanced Highers BCC
- Irish Leaving Certificate 3 subjects at H2, 3 subjects at H3
- Access Course Pass the Access to HE Diploma with Distinction in 30 credits at Level 3 and Merit in 15 credits at Level 3
- BTEC DDD excluding BTEC Public Services, BTEC Uniformed Services and BTEC Business Administration
- European Baccalaureate 75%
Students for whom English is a Foreign language
Applications from students whose first language is not English are welcome. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading):
- IELTS: 6.5 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components)
We also accept a number of other English language tests. Please click here to see our full list.
If you do not yet meet the English language requirements for this course, INTO UEA offer a variety of English language programmes which are designed to help you develop the English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study:
INTO UNIVERSITY OF EAST ANGLIA
If you do not meet the academic and or English requirements for direct entry our partner, INTO University of East Anglia offers guaranteed progression on to this undergraduate degree upon successful completion of a preparation programme. Depending on your interests, and your qualifications you can take a variety of routes to a degree within Norwich Business School:
International Foundation in Business, Economics, Society and Culture (for Year 1 entry to UEA)
International Foundation in Mathematics and Actuarial Sciences (for Year 1 entry to UEA)
Most applicants will not be called for an interview and a decision will be made via UCAS Track. However, for some applicants an interview will be requested. Where an interview is required the Admissions Service will contact you directly to arrange a time.
We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year. We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry on your UCAS application.
The annual intake is in September each year.
UEA recognises that some students take a mixture of International Baccalaureate IB or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme IBCP study rather than the full diploma, taking Higher levels in addition to A levels and/or BTEC qualifications. At UEA we do consider a combination of qualifications for entry, provided a minimum of three qualifications are taken at a higher Level. In addition some degree programmes require specific subjects at a higher level.
You are required to have Mathematics and English Language at a minimum of Grade C or Grade 4 or above at GCSE.
Course Open To
UK and overseas applicants.
Fees and Funding
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Scholarships and Bursaries
We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds.
The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.
How to Apply
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