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International Business Administration (Top-up) BA Honours

A booming global economy means there’s never been a better time to chase your international career ambitions and this is the perfect first step.
Code
Level 5/Year 2 entry: N120
Level 6/Year 3 entry: N10J
Start

September 2019
Duration
1-2 years full-time
Attendance
Full-time
Fees
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£13,000 (INT) *
Course leader
Helen Cai

This course is now available in Clearing.
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Why study international business administration (top-up) with us

With the support and flexibility to tailor our course to your individual career aspirations, you’ll build the essential skills to thrive in a global environment.

Designed to build on your previous business foundation course or HND, you’ll have the option to study across one or two years to achieve your BA in business administration – with the latter including a year-long industry work placement. You’ll develop the essential business and administration skills to work across a wide range of private and public sector companies and gain the confidence to apply your knowledge across all disciplines.

Covering all aspects of international business administration, you’ll also have the opportunity – through our dedicated workshops – to develop your business writing and professional communication skills to further enhance your CV.

Get hands-on business experience and develop your skills

You’ll be part of a thriving international Business School with plenty of support from our expert tutors from a wide range of international business fields. Our tutors' specialisms cover EU-China investment and trade, panel data analysis, SMEs and innovation policy in emerging markets, innovations and entrepreneurship and much more.

As part of our international business administration course, you’ll have access to a range of workshops, seminars, mentoring and events through our Enterprise Development Hub. Here, you’ll gain extra support to start your own business, develop essential entrepreneurial skills, and learn vital skills that will give you a competitive edge for a successful career in international business.

We’ve got cutting-edge business resources – including the Chartered Management Institute's Management Direct Resource Hub – that will help you reach the top of the career ladder.

You’ll also have the opportunity to take a paid, year-long, industry work placement at the end of year two – without amassing any additional tuition fees. Here, you’ll get the chance to gain invaluable experience in the field and build your employability skills.

Get the support you need to succeed

During your course, you’ll get personalised support from your Personal Tutor, Student Learning Assistant, and Graduate Academic Assistant. Their first-hand experience in international business administration also means they’ll understand how to best support you and your career aspirations, too.


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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.

Modules

  • 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.

    • Accounting & Finance for Business (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to further develop and enhance the financial understanding and knowledge of students within business organisations on the subject areas of financial accounting, management accounting and financial management. It aims to provide a more in-depth understanding of the roles of accounting and finance for business students who do not need to develop specialist knowledge and to train students to apply their accounting and finance knowledge and 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 and Insights (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to familiarise students with the importance of marketing research and insights to business and, in particular, the marketing management process. Students will learn how to conduct a marketing research project, including establishing business research needs, gaining insights into the consumer market, designing an appropriate research design, creating research instruments, gathering data primary and secondary data, conducting both qualitative and quantitative data analysis, 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.

    • International and Cross-cultural Marketing (30 credits) – Compulsory

      This module introduces students to current theory and practice in international marketing and develops their ability to apply cultural concepts to marketing challenges. Students will learn about new cultures in both the developed and emerging world and how to adapt marketing strategies accordingly for business success.

    • Global Supply Chain Management (30 credits) - Optional

      This module provides students with an understanding of how to match global demand with global supply within the parameters of corporate and business unit strategies. Students will develop critical insights on design, implementation and operation of global supply chains while employing these to develop their own case studies.

    • International Finance (30 credits) - Compulsory

      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 Leadership (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to critically evaluate theoretical perspectives on leadership, in particular the increasing interest and demand for authentic leadership. The module will explore the contextual complexity of and challenges to leadership effectiveness in the 21st century. The module will provide students with the opportunity to apply theoretical concepts in order to develop their current practice.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

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.

Assessment

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
  3. Additional costs

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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