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International Business and Trade (Top-up) BA Honours

Expand your career opportunities in a booming economy with a top-up degree in international business and trade
October 2020
1 year full-time
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£13,400 (INT) *
Course leader
Aying Liu

Our course gives you the tools to fast-track your knowledge and expand your international trading career opportunities.

Why study international business and trade with us

Trade is central to business operations, which means our one year top-up BA in International Business and Trade offers you a wide variety of opportunities in every industry, from tech to manufacturing and everywhere in between. Designed to build on your previous experience – International Business HND, foundation course, or other international trade courses – you’ll develop your understanding of key business and trade practices in an international environment.

Through an innovative mix of theory, workshops, simulations, role-plays, and real-life case studies, you’ll develop the professional skills to succeed in a fast-paced corporate environment. You'll build a portfolio of skills so you can tackle a business career that crosses cultural and geographical boundaries. You’ll learn how to analyse the risks and opportunities of the global business environment and develop the knowledge and skills you need to build a successful global career. On completion of the course, you'll also understand international finance, international marketing, and other trading skills essential to a fulfilling career.

Build your hands-on experience and develop your business skills

You’ll be part of a thriving international Business School with plenty of support from an academic team who come from a wide range of international business fields.

As part of our international trade degree, 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.

Get the support you need to succeed

We know sometimes you’ll need assistance and support when it comes to your studies. During your time with us you'll get assistance from a Personal Tutor. If you require a little extra help we have Student Learning Assistants and Graduate Academic Assistants on hand to help.

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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 Skills for Business (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to develop and enhance students’ knowledge and understanding of quantitative methods used in international business and trade. The module uses mathematical and statistical techniques to develop an understanding of the models underlying finance and statistical and probability methods used in analysing financial data.

    • Business Accounting (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to develop the financial understanding and knowledge of students within international business organisations so as to enable them to make effective decisions and to assess the cost and financial implications and outcomes of these decisions. It aims to provide an understanding of the fundamental roles of accounting and finance for business students who do not need to develop specialist knowledge.

    • 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) - 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 and Cross-cultural Marketing (30 credits) - Optional

      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.

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 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

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