Course overview

Do you want a career in the ever-changing world of business? Do you want to understand the complexities of specialist international management areas such as marketing, human resources and business ethics?

On BSc International Management, you’ll learn about key principles including innovation, entrepreneurship and sustainability that underpin business and management across the globe. You’ll study real organisations to gain a deep knowledge of management processes. You can follow your individual interests and career aspirations by selecting from optional modules alongside your core subjects.

You could also really enhance your CV by spending your second year studying abroad at our own campuses in China or Malaysia, or at a partner institution in countries including Australia, Sweden and the USA.

Why choose this course?

Recognised by

the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants - you will be registered as a CIMA student as part of your degree, gaining valuable workplace experience and certain exemptions from CIMA exams

Study abroad

Opportunities to study abroad at the university's campuses in China or Malaysia or in locations such as Australia, Sweden and the USA


Nottingham University Business School is EQUIS and AMBA accredited, and recognised as an ICAEW Partner in Learning

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.

UK entry requirements
A level AAB excluding general studies, critical thinking, and citizenship studies
IB score 34

GCSEs: We require GCSE Maths grade 6 (B) 

Mature students

At the University of Nottingham we have a valuable community of mature students and we appreciate their contribution to the wider student population. You can find lots of useful information on our mature students webpage.

Notes for applicants

The school does not normally interview candidates. Our offers are made on the basis of the information contained in your UCAS application.

We welcome applications from mature candidates and consider academic and professional backgrounds on an individual basis. We also consider alternative qualifications.

Please note, we do not accept entry or transfer from another university into year two or above on any of our undergraduate degrees.

Learning and assessment

How you will learn

Teaching methods

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials

How you will be assessed

Assessment methods

  • Coursework
  • Examinations

Contact time and study hours

You'll have at least 8 to 12 hours per week of contact time at lectures, seminars and tutorials, depending on your programme and year of study. You will also be expected to undertake independent study, which is likely to increase as you progress through your programme.

Study abroad

On this course, you will spend your second year studying abroad at the University's campuses in China or Malaysia, or at one of our partner institutions in locations such as Australia, Sweden and the USA. This is dependent upon satisfactory performance and subject to availability.

Teaching is typically in English, but there may be opportunities to study in another language if you are sufficiently fluent.

This will give you the opportunity to broaden your horizons and enhance your CV by experiencing another culture. You can choose to study similar modules to your counterparts back in Nottingham or expand your knowledge by taking other options.

Please note: Study abroad locations are based on existing destinations. Options may change due to, for example, curriculum developments, updates to partnership agreements or travel restrictions. Where changes occur, these will be reflected on our course webpages as soon as possible.


Your first year will see you develop a broad understanding of a range of business disciplines with a specific focus on international business. You will gain an insight into organisational behaviour, operations management, business economics and entrepreneurship.

Core modules

Business Economics

This module introduces you to the microeconomic theory of the market and the firm. Topics covered include:

  • market demand
  • supply and equilibrium
  • firm production and costs
  • market structure
  • perfect competition
  • monopolistic competition
  • oligopoly
  • monopoly
  • consumer theory and market failure
Consumers and Markets

This module will cover the ways in which marketing and consumption drive business and shape society. It will provide an historical perspective, consider marketing professions and leadership within organisational contexts, and examine contemporary environments for marketing and consumption with particular attention to globalisation, innovation (including the transformative force of new technologies), and ethical and sustainability issues.

Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice

The module presents a formal analysis of entrepreneurship in theory and practice leading on to a consideration of creativity and business concept generation. The module concludes with the practical application of these theories and concepts in business planning and business concept presentation.

Fundamentals of Financial and Management Accounting

This module covers:

  • key accounting concepts
  • the impact of accounting policy selection
  • the recording and collating of accounting information, including double entry bookkeeping
  • preparation of financial statement from accounting data
  • cost concepts and allocation of manufacturing overheads
  • absorption and variable costing
  • cost-volume-profit analysis
  • relevant costing
  • budgeting
Managing Operations in the Digital Enterprise

This module provides an integrated overview of operations management and information systems, covering the following:

  • Key technology trends: Web 2.0, cloud, mobile computing
  • Manufacturing systems design and management (process choice, layout, location)
  • Service operations design and management
  • Balancing capacity and demand
  • Information systems analysis and design
  • Operations planning and control, including inventory management
  • Operations excellence, lean thinking and business process re-engineering
  • Supply chain design and management
  • Customer relationship management
  • Knowledge management
  • Business intelligence and analytics
Organisational Behaviour

This module will introduce you to the basic ideas of organisational behaviour. The content will encourage you to develop an understanding of managing and developing people within business organisations.

The module will draw its primary material from the major theorists and theories of both organisational psychology and organisational behaviour. The module will also develop links with other aspects of the business school curriculum such as general management and international business.

Work and Society

This module explores the nature of work and society. It will look at the development of our understanding of work and society. The development of the industrial and the post-industrial society will be explored and its impact on the nature of work, organisation and management.

There will be a historical and critical review of the schools of thought and key writers. Examples of research into individual and group experiences of work, organisation and management will be discussed.

Optional modules

One of:

Professional and Academic Development

This module covers:

  • rules and regulations of studying at university, organisational skills and time management, and how to approach reflective work and skills analysis
  • essay writing, referencing and plagiarism, taking minutes and agendas
  • team working, listening skills, values, personal attributes, networking, cultural awareness
  • problem solving, critical thinking and decision making, SDGs and project - social enterprises
  • study abroad, careers insight days, CVs and applications
  • communication - personal brand, self-awareness values
  • project management
  • interviews and assessment days - careers and some external companies, commercial awareness
  • presentation skills
  • ethics in business and technology in relation to future careers
Quantitative Methods 1A

This module introduces you to:

  • numbers
  • algebra
  • functions
  • equations
  • exponents
  • logarithms
  • descriptive statistics
  • differentiation
  • optimisation
  • integration

One of:

Quantitative Analysis for Business

This module provides a grounding in practical aspects of quantitative analysis with an emphasis on understanding and analysis of data. You will learn to apply statistical techniques to formulate and solve quantitative business problems as well as develop skills in the use of spreadsheets for statistical analysis and in interpreting statistical results.

A group project forms part of the assessment allowing you to improve your team working and management skills. 

Quantitative Methods 1B

This module covers:

  • economic application of calculus
  • confidence intervals
  • introduction to hypothesis testing
  • partial differentiation
  • optimisation of two variables
  • probability
  • random variables
  • sampling distributions
The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue for information on available modules. This content was last updated on Wednesday 29 September 2021.

You will spend your second year studying at a Business School partner university in locations such as Australia, Sweden and the USA, or at our campuses in China or Malaysia.

Second year studies typically include core modules in human resource management, international business, marketing, and technology and organisation.

You can also choose to follow a specialist module theme:

  • Business and Society
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management and Information Systems
  • Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management
  • Strategy

Core modules

Human Resource Management with International Perspectives

The module looks at theories of HRM, recruitment and selection, reward, training and development, performance appraisal and broader contextual issues.

International Business

Topic covered include:

  • environment
  • theory of multinational enterprises
  • entry strategies
  • international leadership
  • operating in international markets
Marketing Management

This module is designed to focus on the strategic and operational aspects of marketing management. It will examine:

  • understanding the marketing concept
  • the role of marketing within business and its contribution to business performance and enhancing value
  • developing marketing strategy
  • segmentation, targeting and positioning
  • managing the marketing mix
  • planning and implementation
Technology and Organisation

This module considers several of the transformations that have arisen in contemporary organisations as a result of the use of information systems. Topics include different ways to understand the relationship between technology and organisation and implications of technology for knowledge management and other management areas. 

Optional modules

Plus 50 credits of approved optional modules.

The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue for information on available modules. This content was last updated on

Your final year typically includes core modules in business ethics, strategic management, human resource management and international business. You will also take part in a sustainable business challenge and choose optional modules.

Core modules

Business Ethics and Sustainability

This module explores the (inter)relationships between business, society and the environment through the theories and practices of business ethics and sustainability. You will be introduced to different ethical frameworks that can be used to understand a business' responsibilities to a broad range of stakeholders; ranging from investors and customers, to employees, communities and ecosystems.

The module equips you with the capacity to describe and address specific situations that enable and/or constrain ethical and sustainable decision-making in businesses. Ultimately, the module develops your 'moral imagination' - to become responsible managers of the future - in light of competing stakeholder expectations, situational factors, and broader challenges of sustainability.

New Venture Creation

This module will engage you in the more practical elements of innovation and enterprise activity, in terms of creating new businesses and entrepreneurship within the corporate environment. You will become prepared for enterprise activity across a variety of contexts. 

Strategic Management

This module examines the managerial and organisational factors that influence the formation and subsequent realisation of strategy. It enables you to develop skills in the analysis of strategic processes and practice with particular reference to the role of organisation in strategy development and execution, strategic leadership, strategic change, internationalisation and stakeholder management in strategic management.

Optional modules

Plus 60 credits of approved optional modules from:

Applied Econometrics

This module will provide an introduction to econometric techniques for modelling data. Topics to be covered include:

  • panel data modelling (difference-in-difference models; regression discontinuity designs; experiments)
  • qualitative response models
  • time series models
Behavioural Economics and Finance

This module will provide you with an understanding of methods, results and models of behavioural economics and behavioural finance. We will talk about experiments and their importance in several fields. Within this context we will cover topics such as:

  • how to design an experiment
  • asset markets
  • labour markets
  • social dilemmas
  • bargaining
  • contests
  • behavioural finance
  • market structure
  • risk

You will learn how to design your own experiment and how to interpret empirical results.

Business School Dissertation

This module is an opportunity for you to work largely independently and in depth on a subject of your choice to be approved by staff from the Business School.

Business, Government and Public Policy

You will be encouraged to understand the political and institutional frameworks within which business operates. Businesses do not simply react to policies set by government however; they are intimately involved in the processes of policy formation and decision making will be examined. You will be encouraged to think critically about policy formation and the role of business in this process.

Consumer Behaviour

This module introduces and develops frameworks which enable businesses to understand the buying behaviour of consumers.

Contemporary Developments in Human Resource Management and Organisations

This module introduces you to key contemporary debates and practices, giving you a chance to engage with these debates and practices. You will gain an understanding of the human resource management approaches managers take as you grapple with the challenges of the global economy and a demanding and diverse workforce within an international context.

Corporate Restructuring and Governance

This module examines the antecedents and consequences of corporate restructuring. Factors triggering corporate restructuring are considered in a number of alternative organisational settings. In particular, the role of corporate governance in inducing and shaping corporate restructuring receives special attention (in particular, executive compensation and the market for corporate control).

The process of restructuring is discussed against a background of resource-based, agency and behavioural theories of the firm. The impact of corporate restructuring on the size, complexity, incentive systems and ownership structure of large firms is examined. Finally, the evidence relating to the effects of corporate restructuring on performance, employment, R&D and corporate governance is examined.

Financial Economics

This module will offer an introduction to some theoretical concepts related to the allocation of risk by financial institutions. Then it will apply these concepts to the analysis of financial and banking crises.

Law and Economics

This module covers:

  • introduction to law and economics: the Coase theorem, property rights and transaction costs
  • economics of corporate law: ownership, agency and governance structures
  • economics of contract law: efficient breach and efficient remedies
  • economics of tort law: efficient liability rules
  • economics of criminal law: fines and imprisonment
  • economics of legal processes: litigation, settlement and trial
  • competitive markets: products liability
  • non-competitive markets: economics of antitrust law and regulation
Management of Quality

This module aims to develop your understanding of quality management. It begins by introducing you to the ways in which thinking about quality has developed historically. You’ll discuss different definitions and concepts of quality and the specific quality management needs in the manufacturing and service sectors.

Managing Business Compliance

Compliance is concerned with the process by which an organisation seeks to ensure that employees and other stakeholders conform to applicable internal and external norms, regulations and expectations. This module provides you with the key elements to implement an effective compliance management strategy in your organisations. It places them in the shoes of both corporate decision-makers and external stakeholders seeking to influence corporate policies and practices.

During the module you will develop knowledge about soft and hard regulation at national and international level and learn how to design compliance strategies. Besides an overview of the regulations proposed by organisations such as the UN and the OECD, you will also analyse the relevant ISO standards, and the current development about corporate liability frameworks to prevent employees and senior’s executives’ misconducts.

Managing Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

This module covers:

  • key concepts and definitions
  • contextualising equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI)
  • EDI in organisations: equal opportunity, diversity and 'mainstreaming' approaches
  • implicit bias
  • intersectionality
  • managing for EDI: organisational interventions.
Marketing and Society

An overview of marketing and society, macro-marketing issues, responsible and sustainable marketing, consumer response to marketing activities, marketing's impact on society and consumption.

New Product/Service Development Management

The ability to develop and manage new product and services is crucial for the long-term survival of the firm and lies at the heart of the marketing concept. This module is designed to develop an appreciation of the latest theory and practice in the management and development of new products and services.

This module aims to develop an understanding of new product and service development (NPSD) as a strategic process and will explore and apply a variety of approaches to its management. In particular it pays attention to the role of market research/marketing analytics, and new approaches to using the Internet and social media. The NPSD process models will be evaluated and this will include critiques of the ideation process/creativity, design, new product launch management and marketing communication strategies.

In addition, contemporary themes around user innovation, co-creation, sustainability and international NPSD will be explored.

Operations Strategy

This module examines the strategic importance of manufacturing and service operations, and the key links between operations and other functional strategies.

The module explores the importance of a properly formulated and explicit operations strategy to ensure the development of a successful business.

The module discusses the interdependence of policies for capacity, technology, supply networks, development and organisation.

Organisational Theory and Practice

The module covers examination of key forms of social theory, both classical, and more contemporary versions and consideration of the applicability of these theories in relation to organisations and work.

Plant Location and Design

This module provides an understanding of the factors which influence a company's choice of location, and of how to approach the design of layouts to support a company's strategic objectives and maximise the efficiency of its operations.

Risk Management Processes

This module will discuss the processes utilised by corporate enterprises to manage the risk of fortuitous loss. Once corporate risks have been identified and their impact on the firm measured, risk management attempts to control the size and frequency of loss, and to finance those fortuitous losses which do occur. 

Risk, Information and Insurance

This module examines individual decision-making under conditions of risk and uncertainty, and investigates the effectiveness of insurance as a means of controlling risk.

Strategic Innovation Management

This module introduces you to key strategy and innovation concepts and tools which are relevant to dynamic markets in which there is rapid change in knowledge and skills, technologies, products, and services. Topics covered include:

  • creating and sustaining competitive advantage in dynamic markets
  • dynamic capabilities
  • first and second mover advantages in innovation
  • industry life cycles
  • new product development and technology lock-ins
  • innovation in services (public and private sector) 
Technology Entrepreneurship in Practice

This module aims to provide you with the skills, knowledge and practical experience required to respond to the challenges involved in managing, commercialising and marketing technological innovation and new business development.

The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue for information on available modules. This content was last updated on

Fees and funding

UK students

Per year

International students

To be confirmed in 2021*
Keep checking back for more information
*For full details including fees for part-time students and reduced fees during your time studying abroad or on placement (where applicable), see our fees page.

If you are a student from the EU, EEA or Switzerland starting your course in the 2022/23 academic year, you will pay international tuition fees.

This does not apply to Irish students, who will be charged tuition fees at the same rate as UK students. UK nationals living in the EU, EEA and Switzerland will also continue to be eligible for ‘home’ fee status at UK universities until 31 December 2027.

For further guidance, check our Brexit information for future students.

Additional costs

As a student on this course, you should factor some additional costs into your budget, alongside your tuition fees and living expenses.

You should be able to access most of the books you’ll need through our libraries, though you may wish to purchase your own copies of more specific titles which could cost up to £600. The library will hold only a limited number of copies or core texts and these are in high demand during term and revision periods, so purchasing your own copy is advisable.

Please note that these figures are approximate and subject to change.

Scholarships and bursaries

The University of Nottingham offers a wide range of bursaries and scholarships. These funds can provide you with an additional source of non-repayable financial help. For up to date information regarding tuition fees, visit our fees and finance pages.

Home students*

Over one third of our UK students receive our means-tested core bursary, worth up to £1,000 a year. Full details can be found on our financial support pages.

* A 'home' student is one who meets certain UK residence criteria. These are the same criteria as apply to eligibility for home funding from Student Finance.

International students

We offer a range of international undergraduate scholarships for high-achieving international scholars who can put their Nottingham degree to great use in their careers.

International scholarships


We actively seek to develop your practical business, leadership and management skills through a range of professional development programmes.

Our employer programme enables you to network with top employers throughout your degree, with many of these companies choosing to sponsor prizes for high-performing students.

Graduate destinations

Graduates from the Business School are highly sought after in the job market, going on to work in accountancy, banking and other financial services. Many others develop careers in management consultancy, marketing and human resource management.

Recent graduates have gone on to work at organisations such as Accenture, Amazon, Apple, Barclays, Deloitte, HSBC, Lloyds Banking Group, Morgan Stanley, PwC, RBS, Samsung, and Santander.

Average starting salary and career progression

89.7% of undergraduates from Nottingham University Business School secured graduate level employment or further study within 15 months of graduation. The average annual salary for these graduates was £30,342.*

* HESA Graduate Outcomes 2020, using methodology set by The Guardian. The average annual salary is based on graduates working full-time within the UK.

Studying for a degree at the University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take.

Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.

Have a look at our careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers (Ranked in the top ten in The Graduate Market in 2013-2020, High Fliers Research).

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

This course is accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) has awarded University Partnership status to Nottingham University Business School. On this course, you will be registered as a CIMA student as part of your degree, gaining valuable workplace experience, access to a wide variety of learning resources, and certain exemptions from CIMA exams.

Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

The school is recognised as an ICAEW Partner in Learning.

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