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International Business Admin (Top-up) BA Honours

Learn about the course below
September 2018
1-2 years full-time
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£13,000 (INT) *
Course leader
Helen Cai

In today's economy, businesses must service customers around the globe. Our course allows you to tailor your skills and fast-track your confidence in order to flourish in an international career.

Why study BA International Business Administration (Top-up) at Middlesex University?

Fusing the key elements of business administration in an international context, our flexible course allows you to tailor your learning towards your career ambitions. You will study within a truly international Business School with the support of expert tutors who bring extensive international experience drawn from across the business disciplines.

Studied across either one or two years (two with a work placement option) you will build the essential business and administration skills to work across a wide range of private and public sector companies and learn to execute your knowledge with confidence in a global environment. You will also benefit from a package of support including workshops in business writing and professional communication skills.

Course highlights

  • Our specialist teaching approach and high levels of tutor support ensure you receive the best academic results
  • Our Enterprise Development Hub can support you to start your own business, and develop essential entrepreneurial skills for a successful career
  • You will have access to cutting-edge business resources including the Chartered Management Institute's Management Direct Resource Hub
  • Take a paid, year-long, industry work placement at the end of year 2 without accruing additional tuition fees
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

Our top-up (2/3 year entry) course is tailored to students who hold a business foundation or HND in a business discipline, based either in the UK or overseas.

What will you study on the BA International Business Administration (Top-up)?

Alongside building effective business skills you will develop your knowledge of organisations; their functions, structure and management. You will study the environment of international business encompassing different cultures and learn how stakeholders and partners engage in an international context.

Through structured modules you will learn to interpret business reports and evaluate performance, and build knowledge of key management tools and techniques within a global context. You will also select from a range of optional modules so you can tailor your studies to your interests.

What will you gain?

You will learn to work effectively in teams, and be able to present and communicate business administration ideas with confidence in a global marketplace. We will also support you to put together a career development plan to ensure you can work towards your goals effectively.


  • Year 2

    • Human Resource Management in Practice (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The aim is to introduce non-HR specialist students to the key areas of HRM and to build on relevant knowledge and skills developed in introductory organisational behaviour modules. By the end of the module, you will be familiar with a wide range of generalist HR policies and practices within the five key areas of the discipline - employee resourcing, employee reward, performance management employee relations, and employee training and development.

    • Managerial Finance (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to further develop and enhance your financial understanding and knowledge within business organisations. It aims to provide a more in-depth understanding of the roles of accounting and finance for those who do not need to develop specialist knowledge and to train you to apply your accounting and finance skills into a range of different business situations.

    • Operations Management (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to broaden and expand your knowledge of the concepts and techniques required for the design, operation and control of business processes. Cases and practical exercises are relevant to a variety of commercial, manufacturing and service organisations. The module builds on the IT and quantitative skills developed in the first year.

    • Marketing Research (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to familiarise you with the importance of marketing research to business and the marketing research process. You will learn how to conduct a marketing research project, including establishing an appropriate research design, creating research instruments, gathering and analysing data using both qualitative and quantitative methods, and using the findings to improve marketing decision-making.

  • Year 3

    • Global Business Strategy (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to introduce the main concepts, analytical tools and theoretical frameworks in the field of global business strategy. The module will introduce general strategic concepts and theories of internationalisation, and then draw together and integrate knowledge and skills that you have learned previously, applying these to the issues that are typically faced by organisations when they operate internationally. It intends to develop your awareness to and sensitivity of the differences between global, international and domestic business, and improve your analytical, critical and problem solving abilities.

    • Managing Across Borders (30 credits) – Compulsory

      This module aims to explore issues of managing across borders in terms of the cultural subjectivity of management theory and practice, with a specific focus on ethics. It examines the influence of national culture on organisational functioning and managerial work. Leadership, negotiation, communication, and decision making are considered in the context of local values, beliefs and behaviours. The module thus aims to develop your sensitivity to cultural issues. It will also give you knowledge relating to ethical issues in global business and management, providing a framework for identifying and analysing these, with appropriate strategies for resolving them.

    • Global Operations Management (30 credits) - Optional

      The aim of this module is to develop an understanding of those managerial concepts and techniques required in the design, management and control of work systems. The term “work systems” is used in a broad sense and includes both manufacturing and service systems. The module will look at the configuration and coordination of international business operations. Through configuration the location choices will be examined. The theories and decision making methodologies will be explained in detail. In coordination, the advantage of international operations will be discussed in detail including technology/knowledge transfer and general operations management issues.

    • International Finance (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to provide you with the theories of exchange rate and balance of payments, and skills of managing international financial assets and exchange rate risks in a global environment. You will have the opportunity to study the operations of the world capital markets, grasp the principles essential to understanding of global financial issues and policies, and apply tools to effectively evaluate international risk in order to succeed in international financial environment.

    • International Marketing (30 credits) - Optional

      This module provides you with a thorough understanding of the nature of the international market place and the complex and challenging forces that shape the current international business environment and highlights future trends. You will learn how to critically assess the implications of such forces and trends for marketing strategy and decision making when organisations operate across borders. You will also develop international marketing decision-making skills and know-how that will assist you in pursuing a career in international marketing or business.

    • Leadership and Management Development in an International Context (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to provide grounding in the core competencies related to management and leadership in organisations, enabling you to apply theory to practice in management and leadership development in an international context. Alongside this, it will provide opportunities to develop personal skills through workshops in leadership and team building.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

How is the BA International Business Administration (Top-up) taught?

As well as reading textbooks and academic journals, you will attend lectures, workshops and seminars. You will take part in class discussions, role-play and problem-solving exercises, simulations, case study analyses and online, individual and group exercises.

You can opt to extend the course by a year, and spend the third year doing a 12-month work placement, which we will help you to find. You will produce an assessed report on the organisation you have been working with. The course also includes career planning sessions.

Work placements

On the two year course you have the option to take a work placement. The primary aim of the placement year is to build on your academic learning by providing you with the opportunity to undertake a period of work experience for which you are paid and will give you the opportunity to apply and further develop work-related knowledge, skills and capabilities, together with the aptitude to learn from experience.


You will be assessed through exams and tests, as well as essays and other written assignments, presentations and case study analyses. Some assessed work will be group work. You will receive regular feedback on your work.

  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  2. International

How can the BA International Business Admin (Top-up) support your career?

Upon graduation you will be highly sought after by employers due to your understanding of global business operations, your analytical and problem-solving skills and your ability to think logically. You will be well prepared to work in an international firm, in the UK or abroad.

Previous graduates have been successful in a wide range of roles working such organisations as:

  • Hydrogen Group
  • NHS
  • International Trade & Development
  • YMCA
  • ITSS
  • Rhodia
  • O2
  • Ikea
  • CPW
  • Haringey 6th Form College
  • Total Security

What support is available?

Our Employability Service can help you to develop your employability skills and get some valuable work experience. We provide workshops, events and one to one support with job hunting, CVs, covering letters, interviews and networking. We also support you in securing part-time work, placements, internships, and volunteering opportunities, and offer an enterprise support service for those looking to start their own business.

  • Nawshin Snigdha

    International Administration BA student

    I was impressed by the professional feel of the campus and the excellent graduate employment success rates, as well as the library and the academic resources available.

    It was evident from the prospectus and other materials that the course suited the direction that I wanted to take my eventual career in. The course has lived up to my expectations, offering practical scenarios that I'm likely to find in the working environment alongside the relevant theory work. I particularly enjoy the research elements to the course which allow me to do field work and test my assumptions, explore general views and challenge ideas behind specific theories.

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