BA (Hons) International Business and Management

The BSc (Hons) International Business and Management explores key international corporate and economic issues, developing the tools and commercial insight you need to launch a managerial career anywhere in the world.

This is an integrated business and management programme that features a prolonged period of international study or employment and that focuses on developing the knowledge, skills and attributes commensurate with intercultural working and the development of an international career in business and management. The programme of study covers a broad spectrum of disciplines and business functions, including marketing, human resource management and strategy, challenges students in their ways of thinking, behaving and learning, and promotes the consideration of ethics & ethical decision-making, sustainability and global citizenship as central to the conduct of effective business and management.

This course is subject to validation.

UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
N210 Full-time 3 Years September Treforest A

The course is based on distinct themes in each year.

Year one is the Introduction to Contemporary Management Challenges and is based on 6 modules that establish core principles of business and management. Subject covered will include:

  • The role of work in society
  • The Business and Management environment
  • Marketing and Consumer Behaviour
  • Supply Chain requirements in the modern business
  • Developing Professional Research and Enterprise skills

Year Two builds on the foundations of Year One and focuses on the Application of Industry Practice. In this year students will study in USW and have the opportunity to study a term in a partner institution abroad or go on an international work placement.

The study abroad or international work placement provides a rich opportunity for students to establish links between theory and practice, reassess themselves and confront the challenges associated with either living overseas and/or work, whilst knowing that they will have the opportunity to be supported if there is a problem and that they will be returning to the programme for a further period of reflection and learning after the placement or SYA is completed. Students are provided with a series of activities to support them in securing a place to study overseas or an international work placement. Support is provided before, during and after work or study overseas by academic and support staff.

Year Three provides the culmination of the study and focuses on the Critical thinking skills to explore the way that strategy and growth is key for International Business and Management. Alongside the subjects such as Strategy, students will have the opportunity to conduct a Consultancy or Enterprise project as part of the Business Clinic. This experience enables students to work with organisations on a particular business challenge and draw on the knowledge that has been developed on the course.


The course is delivered through a series of modules. The modules are normally studied in blocks of three to enable students to develop the depth of analysis and understanding. Alongside the taught modules based on class content the course also offers industry linked subjects e.g. the Study abroad in Year two and the Project in Year three.

Typically, the learning experience will be a blend of class activity and independent learning for the modules. For the study abroad and project modules students will have a combination of taught elements but with a stronger focus on self-study.

Typically, students would have around 12 hours class contact per week during the taught modules. The typical week would be based around 4 days of timetables activity.

The Business School and wider Faculty provides a range of guest lectures and careers opportunities that students would be encouraged to attend.


The course is assessed in a variety of ways. As well formal methods students will be expected to evidence a wide range of skills through presentations, reflective writing. As the International Business world is the focus of study different styles of report writing will instil the relevant skills for students.


There is the opportunity to study or work abroad for a term in the second year provide an excellent opportunity for students to demonstrate a range of skills and cultural awareness. 

The School has developed links with European partners in France, Spain & Germany for the study abroad so there is support in the creation and management of the placement.

As well as the study abroad; work placement and consultancy project the Business School supports the USW Enactus branch. Enactus is an international organisation that works with students in developing socially responsible businesses. Students have the ability to become members of the USW branch to work with students in other subject areas on a series of projects that impact the community.

The entry criteria below shows the qualification range within which the University will make offers. Most offers we make are at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable.

Typical A-Level Offer

BCC - CDD (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C/D in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BC - CD at A Level (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical IB Offer

Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 80 UCAS tariff points from Higher Levels.

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass the Access to HE Diploma and obtain a minimum of 80 UCAS tariff points.

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics/Numeracy and English at Grade C or Grade 4 or above, or their equivalent, but consideration is given to individual circumstances

International Entry Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

English Requirements
In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.

However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

Find out how to pay your tuition fees in full or by payment plan.

This course is eligible under the Enhanced Learning Credits scheme for Ex-Armed Forces personnel.

International Scholarships are available for self-funding international students.

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU. 

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Admissions statement

The course equips students for careers in management in a range of sectors and particularly within an international context.  Graduate trainee opportunities with international companies would be suitable career starting points on completion of the course.