BSc (Hons) International Business and Management

The BSc (Hons) International Business and Management course integrates business, management, entrepreneurship and leadership disciplines and is orientated towards operating in a global environment.

This Chartered Management Institute accredited course is perfect for anyone seeking a managerial business career with a multinational enterprise or domestic company which trades internationally, as well as entrepreneurs looking to set up their own business. The work-based ’Business Internship’ module also gives you the option to undertake a ten-week internship in the UK or overseas without the need for a sandwich year.

Plus, you will develop internationally sought-after skills and knowledge in key areas such as transnational collaboration, virtual team-working, use of technologies and global procurement and sourcing. In short, the tools and commercial insight you need to launch a managerial career anywhere in the world.

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2021/22 update: Blended learning approach for USW courses.

[Update excludes online-only courses].

The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to further change through the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.

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

Students will have access to a network of value-adding activities throughout each year of study. In addition to the, opportunity to speak a foreign language, students are able to build personal, academic and employability skills through the Business School’s Centre for Academic Success (CAS) and the Business Clinic.

Year One: International Business degree

In the first year of study, all students in the Business School gain a broad-based business foundation through the following core modules:

  • Management - 20 credits
  • Supply chain - 20 credits
  • Human resources - 20 credits
  • Marketing - 20 credits
  • Becoming a Professional: Enterprise Project - 20 credits
  • Becoming a Professional: Critical Business Enquiry - 20 credits

This reflects the importance of a good grounding in core business disciplines, with ‘internationalisation’ running as a strong theme throughout the year so that all students develop a global outlook, as well as entrepreneurship and critical thinking. This approach also allows students the flexibility to transfer in or out of this course and pursue the qualification that is most relevant to their emerging interests. 

There is also the opportunity to start learning a foreign language with tutor support in a ‘language café’ setting. The emphasis is on business/ conversational French, German or Spanish which can be progressed into the second and third year of study.

Year Two: International Business degree

This year gives students with the opportunity to critically explore theoretical concepts in authentic international contexts.  

In the second semester, International Business modules will be studied in the English language in a choice of one of the Business School’s partner institutions overseas, including France, Germany and Spain. Alternatively, you can develop practical experience of business by undertaking work experience in an organisation overseas. 

  • Business analytics - 20 credits
  • Project management - 20 credits
  • Intercultural Communication - 20 credits
  • International Business - 60 credits

Year Three: International Business degree

The final year of study will teach you to think more critically and strategically about business and management in an international setting. 

  • Cross-cultural Management and Global leadership - 20 credits
  • Internationalising Business - 20 credits
  • Global Procurement and Sourcing - 20 credits
  • Business Strategy - 20 credits
  • International Consultancy Project - 40 credits (optional)
  • Critical Enquiry Project - 40 credits (optional)



The course is available over three years or four years for the sandwich course option. 

Typically, the learning experience will be a blend of class activity and independent learning.

For the study abroad and project modules, students will have a combination of taught elements but with a stronger focus on self-study.

Students also have the opportunity to interface with students in other parts of the world by linking up virtually to create a ‘global classroom’, where students can work together on issues with global and cross-cultural significance

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

A range of speakers from global industries and guest lecturers with experience of multi-cultural working are included throughout the programme. Students will also have access to high profile guest speakers through the University’s Global Choices programme. 


Your studies will be underpinned by the latest research undertaken by the South Wales Business School Research Group. This means you will be taught by academics who are at the forefront of their specialist field.



A variety of assessment methods are incorporated into the programme to reflect authentic global workplace settings and prepare students for the world of work. These include business producing reports; presentations; case-studies; posters, portfolios and digital diaries; business simulations; and research or consultancy projects in addition to more traditional methods.


In year two, students can choose between a 10-week study period at one of our European partner institutions where business programmes are taught in English, or a 10-week internship in another country to gain work experience in an international context.

Our students can also join Enactus, an international organisation that works with students in developing socially responsible businesses, or work as as trainee business analysts with the USW Business Clinic . Many of the clients are multinational companies such as Tata Steel or internationally focused organisations, such as, the Wales Centre for International Affairs.

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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 score of 29 overall including 5 or above in English at standard level

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.

August 2021 - July 2022 Fees

  • Full-time UK:  £9000

  • Full-time International:  £13500 

August 2022 - July 2023 Fees

  • Full-time UK: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

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 International Business and Management 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.