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International Business and Trade (Top-up) BA Honours

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October 2018
1 year full-time
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£12,500 (INT) *
Course leader
Ellis Osabutey

Fast-track your knowledge of international business and trade and expand your career opportunities with a degree from our Business School, taught by academics who bring industry experience from a range of business sectors.

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

Our one-year course offers an innovative blend of theory alongside workshops, simulations, role-plays, and real-life case studies, ensuring you develop the professional skills to succeed in a fast-paced corporate environment. Our academics bring professional experience from a diverse range of industries to inform your studies.

Trade is central to business operations and our degree is designed to extend your understanding of key business and trade practices in an international context. Analysing the risks and opportunities of the global business environment, you will develop the knowledge and skills to build a successful global career across a wide range of sectors. The course is designed to build on your previous International Business HND, foundation degree, or international business qualification.

Course highlights

  • Our international academic team provide excellence in teaching and research, ensuring you receive a first-class learning experience with high levels of tutor support
  • You will have access to cutting-edge business resources including the Chartered Management Institute's Management Direct Resource Hub
  • Our innovative Enterprise Development Hub can support you to start your own business, and develop essential entrepreneurial skills
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

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

Through compulsory and optional modules you will develop the knowledge and skills to build an international business career that crosses cultural and geographical boundaries. Three key modules will support you to build expert knowledge of organisations and their functions, structure and management. And national and international business processes, including planning, improvement and control strategy. You also choose an option module tailored to your interests from International Finance, Globalisation and Trade, Global Operations Management and International Marketing.

You will develop a suite of advanced business skills to support career success, including analytical thinking, problem solving, team work and leadership.

  • Modules

    • Global Business, Culture and Strategy (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module introduces the main concepts, analytical tools and theoretical frameworks in the field of global business strategy and cross-cultural management. You will develop the ability to analyse and manage the complexities of the environment of organisations that operate in a global context. Furthermore, you will develop a critical appreciation of the theory and practice of organisation design to achieve effectiveness. The module provides opportunities to improve your analytical, critical and problem solving abilities. The international context will be an integral theme throughout the module and reference will be made to the difficulties and ethical considerations encountered when managing organisations within differing political, economic, cultural and social contexts.

    • International Trade (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The aim of this module is to provide an understanding of the issues relating to international trade in an increasingly interdependent world. The specific aims are to develop a theoretical understanding of the causes of world trade as well as some practical appreciation of the business of trade. You shall consider the gains and benefits of free trade and the trade liberalisation process as well as an understanding of the world trading system, multilateral trade negotiations and the mechanism of international trade dispute settlement.

    • Quantitative Methods and Accounting (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to develop and enhance your knowledge and understanding of quantitative methods and accounting techniques used in international business and trade. The module uses mathematical and statistical techniques to develop an understanding of the models underlying finance, statistical and probability methods used in analysing financial data and a broad introduction to financial accounting for those who do not need to develop specialist knowledge.

    • 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.

    • Globalisation and Trade (30 credits) - Optional

      The aims of the module are to provide an appreciation of the economic theory relevant to both globalisation, world trade, international business, and multinational firms. It will introduce all major strands of the debate about new trade theories and multinationals and you will acquire the necessary theoretical knowledge to evaluate and analyse policy issues relating to international business, trade and globalisation.

    • 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 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.

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 and Trade (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 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.

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

You will highly attractive to employers once you graduate as you will understand global business operations, and bring analytical and problem-solving skills. 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 including Junior Account Executive, Consultant, Junior Conference Manager, Trainee Journalist, Assistant Business Manager, Junior Duty Support Officer, Learning Mentor, Managerial Assistant. You could also be working for organisations like:

  • Hydrogen Group
  • NHS
  • International Trade & Development
  • YMCA
  • ITSS
  • Rhodia
  • O2
  • Ikea
  • CPW
  • Total Security
  • Hassan Zahid

    International Business BA student

    I wanted to come to Middlesex as it was one of the big universities in London, and the student body is so diverse that for an international student like me, it feels like a second home.

    I had a business studies background before joining Middlesex, and I wanted to do a degree in International Business because I wanted to develop and apply my business knowledge in international markets. This degree addresses issues such as setting organisational mission and goals, how to allocate a company's resources, meeting business obligations and fostering social responsibility. I'm confident that the content of this course is helping me to prepare for future managerial positions in international profit and non profit organisations.

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