Undergraduate study
International Business Management (Top-up)

BA (Hons) International Business Management (Top-up)

UCAS code: N122 BA/IBM

Contemporary views of international business management are contested and understanding requires you to question the realities and rhetoric of globalisation, the activities and strategies of business organisation and the differences between various regional, national and global business systems.

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  • Length: 1 year; Top-up Award

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  • Not available part-time

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This unique programme brings together contemporary issues pertinent to the areas of leadership and management, entrepreneurship, finance, operations and technology that support the study of international business management. You are encouraged to develop a critical understanding of contemporary organisations and the increasingly global environment in which they operate.

The course builds on the knowledge you have already gained in your previous studies. You explore more advanced topics within the areas of business and management. There is a greater emphasis on critical thinking and your ability to plan and manage your own learning as an individual and as part of a group.

This one year course builds upon the knowledge you have already gained in your previous studies. You explore more advanced topics within the areas of business and management. There is a greater emphasis upon critical thinking and your ability to plan and manage your own learning as an individual and as part of a group. Upon completion of this year, you will be able to undertake work independently. You undertake a range of substantial, self-directed projects, as well as a research project. This course starts in September and January.

Course structure

Core modules

Contemporary Issues in Business Management

You develop an understanding of the challenges faced by organisations and explores the controversies and dilemmas of contemporary management thinking and practice. You study three key interrelated contemporary issues facing businesses - internationalisation; technological innovation and sustainability.

Global Economics and Business Operations

This module examines business operations in the context of the global economy. You investigate the operation of the global economy, looking particularly at international trade, the importance of multinational enterprises and foreign investment, and the growth and development of economics, especially the emerging economies of the BRIC group, among others.

Other internationally important global economic issues are examined, such as globalisation and environmental policy. In the business operations part of the module, the emphasis is on the management methods used to aid resource allocation and decision making in organisations. The nature of the operational process is examined and techniques are developed and applied in practical settings.

Assessment is by way of a 3,000 word assignment (50%) for the operations side of the module, and a two-hour examination based on a pre-released case study for the global economics part (50%).

Undergraduate Business Project

Leading on from the research methods module, the business research project is intended to develop your capacity to undertake a very individual and independent piece of research, albeit with arms length support from a supervisor.

This is an opportunity for you to demonstrate a systematic approach to research, analysis and evaluation within a structured project framework, including project outcome evaluation and reflection on your personal development.

Undergraduate Business Research Methods Top-up

The module develops your skills in research methods that are applicable to business and related areas. It is concerned with those disciplines associated with qualitative and quantitative research methods. The module focus enables you to plan for an undergraduate level project.

Assessment is via a presentation (40%) and 3,000 word project proposal (60%) that will describe the rationale of a potential project, state its aim and objectives, provide an outline review of key underpinning literature, an outline of the research/project strategy and secondary and primary data requirements, and outline anticipated milestones in the preparation of the project.


and one optional module

Emerging Technologies for Enterprise

You gain an insight into developing and implementing emerging technologies in relation to information management and the technological aspects of business enterprise. You learn how these technologies affect all organisations in a wider business and technology context.

Entrepreneurship: An International Perspective

The overall aim of this module is to present you with a contemporary view of the theory, as well as the practical aspects, of how a small business might develop and grow internationally and operate successfully in a global arena.

The focus of the module is on entrepreneurship in an international setting, and will help develop your understanding of entrepreneurship in an international context through exploration of a number of crucial issues and topics.

The module adopts a critical approach to the theory of entrepreneurship and draws on a broadly social science approach to the subject, giving you the opportunity to examine entrepreneurship from an international perspective within a variety of management, organisation studies and social science debates.

The module focuses on the conceptual aspects of international entrepreneurship and some practical elements, to equip you with a grounding of both theory and practice. The summative assessment is 100% ECA in the form of a 4000 word essay on a topic selected from a list compiled by the tutor.

International Finance

This module examines an economy's financial sector, introducing you to the principal concepts and techniques used in analysing financial markets and financial management. It covers four main areas: financial markets and institutions' operation and development; financial management and aspects of corporate finance; policy towards financial markets, including regulation, the role of central banks and the operation of monetary and exchange rate policy; and the derivatives markets and managing risks.


Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

Modules are taught via lectures, seminars, practical workshops and group work. Teaching staff also adopt a range of web-based technologies to deliver module and programme content, assess, provide feedback and communicate with students.

How you are assessed

The programme is assessed via a variety of methods including assignments, examinations, group work, presentations and live practical projects.

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Career opportunities

Graduates from this programme are well placed to find employment in a wide range of business, management and administrative jobs both in the UK and overseas.

We provide an environment that allows you to build on and further develop the ‘extra’ practical employability characteristics that will make you more interesting to employers in the job market once you graduate.

Our staff utilise their extensive business connections to provide many and varied opportunities to engage with potential employers through fairs, guest lecture sessions, live projects and site visits. In addition we offer a series of workshops and events that ensure all students are equipped with both degree level subject knowledge PLUS the practical skills that employers are looking for in new graduate recruits.

Our award winning careers service works with regional and national employers to advertise graduate positions, in addition to providing post-graduation support for all Teesside University alumni.

Entry requirements

Successful completion of a foundation degree or higher national diploma (or equivalent) in a business-related subject. When applying through UCAS, make sure that you indicate your point of entry as Year 3.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

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You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Course information


  • Length: 1 year; Top-up Award

More full-time details


  • Not available part-time

Contact details

Further information