International Management BSc


Fact file - 2019 entry

BSc Hons International Management
UCAS code
3 years full-time
A level offer
Required subjects
GCSE maths, 5 (B) or above
IB score
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Our International Management BSc includes a year at one of our overseas campuses or with an international partner institution.
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Providing a broad, thorough and fully integrated education in business management, it serves as an excellent foundation for a wide range of careers. You will learn to understand how organisations operate in an increasingly competitive and complex global environment.

You will gain valuable experience including insights of diverse cultures and international business practices. You will study comparable modules to your counterparts back in Nottingham in your second year and all classes will be taught in English; you will return to the UK for your final year.

Key to the philosophy of management studies is the integration of the teaching of traditional business disciplines with the study of contemporary business issues. This is evidenced most strongly in the first year with the inclusion of core modules Entrepreneurship and Business, and New Venture Creation.

Year one

The first year serves as a broad foundation to the study of a range of business disciplines.

Year two

You will spend your second year studying abroad at the University's campuses in China or Malaysia, or at one of our international partner institutions in in locations such as Australia, Canada and the USA.

You can choose to follow one of the below module themes:

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

Year three

The 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 will choose optional modules.

Key facts

  • This course is accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
  • One of the UK's leading centres for management education, part of an elite group of global EQUIS accredited business schools
  • Development and employability programmes that bring you closer to top employers, including Deloitte, HSBC, PwC and Unilever
  • You will spend your second year studying abroad at either the University's campuses in China or Malaysia or in locations such as Australia, Canada and the USA

Entry requirements

A levels: AAB excluding general studies, critical thinking, and citizenship studies

GCSEs: GCSE maths, 5 (B) or above, unless taking it a A level

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English language requirements

IELTS: 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

For details of other English language tests and qualifications we accept, please see our entry requirements page.

If you require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education, which is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK.

Students who successfully complete the presessional course to the required level can progress onto their chosen degree course without retaking IELTS or equivalent.

International applicants

For country-specific information including entry requirements, contact details and representatives, see our website. If you need a visa to study, the University can provide all the information and advice you need.

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 in our guide for mature students.

Alternative qualifications

Our admission process recognises that applicants have a wealth of different experiences and may have followed various educational pathways. Please view the alternative qualifications page for details.

Flexible admissions policy

In recognition of our applicants’ varied experience and educational pathways, the University of Nottingham employs a flexible admissions policy. We may make some applicants an offer lower than advertised, depending on their personal and educational circumstances. Please see the University’s admissions policies and procedures for more information.

Notes for applicants

All applicants who are made an offer are invited to visit the Business School and meet members of staff and students at our offer-holder events.

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 other qualifications in addition to those listed above.

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



The following is a sample of the typical modules that we offer as at the date of publication 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. Due to the passage of time between commencement of the course and subsequent years of the course, modules may change due to developments in the curriculum and the module information in this prospectus is provided for indicative purposes only.

Please note: The structure detailed below is likely to change for 2019 entry; updates will be added when they are available.

Typical year one modules

Core modules

Semester one
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
Entrepreneurship and Business

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.

Financial Accounting

This module will introduce the nature and purpose of financial accounting. Key accounting concepts, the impact of accounting policy selection, accounting standards and the recording and collating of accounting information will be presented. Financial statements will be developed via double entry bookkeeping from accounting data.

Managing Operations in the Digital Enterprise

The module provides an integrated overview of operations management and information systems and covers:

  • key technology trends: industry 4.0, 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
  • sustainability in business operations
  • the wider supply chain and ethical responsibility of supply chain managers
Work and Society

The module explores the nature of work and society. The module 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.


Semester two
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.

Management Accounting and Decisions I

This module introduces:

  • cost concepts and allocation of manufacturing overheads
  • absorption and variable costing
  • cost-volume-profit analysis
  • relevant costing
  • budgeting 
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. 

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.

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. 


Optional modules

Plus 20 credits of approved optional modules (10 in each semester):

Business Law A

This module will introduce you to:

  • UK legal framework
  • impact of EU legislation
  • law of contract - essential elements, performance and remedies
  • business and the law of tort
  • employment law
  • law in a local and global context
Insurance in a Risky World

The module examines how insurance markets operate to satisfy commercial and individual customers' demand for protection against risk, and would usually include:

  • introduction to insurance
  • private and social insurance
  • the historical development of insurance
  • why buy property/liability insurance
  • why buy life, health and pensions insurance
  • the supply of insurance
  • Lloyd's and the London Insurance Market
  • how is insurance distributed to consumers
  • the role of insurance in the economy
  • international aspects of insurance
  • insurance and catastrophes
Origins and Development of the UK Economy

The module provides an opportunity for you to learn how the modern UK economy, whose fortunes they study in other modules, has evolved over the last 300 years.

Starting with the Industrial Revolution of the late 18th century, we will look at how Britain became the 'Workshop of the World' in the mid-19th century, at how relative decline later set in and at the economic impact of the two World Wars. We will end by considering the economy since 1945, including the 'Golden Age' of the 1950s and 1960s, the oil crisis of 1973, the 'Big Bang' in 1986 and the financial crash of 2008.

Throughout, the emphasis will be on how individual businesses have evolved, the opportunities and problems they have faced and how lessons from the past can help in understanding business today and tomorrow.


Typical year two modules

Your second year will be spent studying abroad.

The exact number of modules taken will depend on which partner institution you attend but in total will be equivalent to 120 credits of Nottingham University Business School modules. The marks you achieve overseas are converted to the Business School's marking criteria at the end of the second year.

You will be required to take modules with similar content to year two Management core modules:

Core modules

Contemporary Economic Policy

This module introduces you to the nature and scope of the macroeconomic policy agenda, and develops the analytical frameworks necessary for the evaluation of policy instruments. The module enables you to understand the economic arguments that underlie different views and to evaluate relevant arguments. 

Human Resource Management

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

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
Strategic Management: Content and Analysis

To aid the formulation of effective strategies, this module will introduce and analyse the fundamental tools and techniques of strategic management. Content will include:

  • the concept of strategy
  • environmental analysis (including the Five Forces framework, strategic groups, and scenario planning)
  • internal resources and competencies (including the resource-based view, core competencies, and dynamic capabilities)
  • positioning strategies (including Porter's Generic Strategies, Value Chain, and Blue Ocean Strategy)
  • corporate strategy and diversification (including portfolio matrices and Rumelt's diversification types)
  • the alignment of strategy and structure
  • growth methods, including M&A and strategic alliances
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 70 credits of approved optional modules:

Accounting Information Systems

This module looks at the use of accounting information systems in financial and management accounting and their control and audit. You'll cover topics such as:

  • introduction to systems
  • business processes
  • budgeting and decision support systems
  • internal control and audit
  • computer crime and external audit
  • enterprise resource planning systems
Branding and Advertising

In this module you will explore the nature of brands and the advertising techniques which create strong brands. The module will cover branding theory and communication theory and will provide you with an understanding of managerial, psychological and sociological perspectives on branding and advertising. 

Economics of Corporate Strategy

The aim of this module is to introduce you to the economic view of firms, highlighting the implications for firms' decisions. The module will cover topics such as agency theory, transaction cost economics, horizontal and vertical integration and diversification.

Economics of Innovation

In this module, you will cover:

  • innovation in the history of economic thought
  • basic concepts in the economics of innovation
  • intellectual property
  • economics of networks
  • standards and dominant designs
  • the entrepreneur
  • innovation, demand and consumption
  • clusters
  • innovation and the division of labour
  • innovation, competitiveness and trade
  • innovation, growth and wealth creation
  • policy for innovation
International Entrepreneurship

This module will develop your understanding of entrepreneurship in an international context through considering a range of key issues and topics. The module adopts a critical and broad-ranging social science approach to the subject and aims to provide you with the ability to analyse entrepreneurship from an international perspective within the context of a wide range of management, organisation studies and social science debates.

The module focuses on both the conceptual aspects of international entrepreneurship as well as practical elements in order to equip you with a valid grounding of both theory and practice.

Managing the Responsible Business

This module introduces you to the key frameworks and practices for managing a social responsible, environmentally friendly, inclusive and ethical business. Five critical questions are posed throughout the module:

  1. What are the issues presented by current global business operations that make sustainability challenging?
  2. What tools and frameworks help to better assess business impacts?
  3.  How can global leaders and organisations affect change?
  4.  How could innovation open opportunities for more sustainable and responsible commerce?
  5.  What challenges might business and society face in the future?

You will gain an understanding of managerial frameworks for analysing the issues of current business practices and for developing solutions for long-term success.

Marketing Analytics

In this module you will explore the role of data, information systems and metrics in marketing practice. The module covers the types of marketing data, the sources of marketing data, and the uses of marketing data. It explores contextual issues including the role of information systems and infrastructures, organisational decision making, and ethics and regulation of marketing data. 

Supply Chain and Operations Planning

This module will introduce you to:

  • supply chain fundamentals including the supply chain planning processes and the need for them
  • planning processes and methods including: forecasting, aggregate planning, MRP, capacity management, theory of constraints (TOC), JIT (kanban), inventory management
  • IS/IT support for planning including ERP systems
  • planning through the supply chain, examining the challenges in different contexts through case studies

Typical year three modules

Core modules

Semester one
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.

Strategic Management: Process and Practice

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.

Sustainable Business Challenge

This module simulates the challenges of running a large business and meeting the demands of stakeholders. Teams of students will play the role of the senior management team of a large UK corporation, and must deliver strategic change and react to tactical issues that unfold during the module. Each group will deliver responses to a series of unfolding challenges from customers, media, regulators, and other prominent stakeholders.


Semester two
Business Ethics

This module explores business-society relations through the theories and practices of business ethics and social responsibility. The module will consist of two parts.

The first part will address the concept of business ethics, a discussion of citizenship theory and the challenges of globalisation and sustainability. It will also look at the normative nature of ethical theories, how business ethics has evolved and prescriptions from theoretical frameworks as to how business should be managed.

The second part of the module will address the issues, impacts of business on individual stakeholder groups and analyse business ethics and social responsibility in relation to each group.

International Business

Topic covered include:

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

Optional modules

Plus 70 credits of approved optional modules (30 in semester one and 40 in semester two):

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.

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.

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.

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.

Public Services Management

We examine the development of, and current issues in, public services management to include public management, bureaucracy, leadership, e-government, and public service.

Purchasing Strategies and Techniques

This module covers:

  • introduction to purchasing - its importance, role and impact in organisations
  • strategic sourcing decisions and approaches
  • the stages of a typical purchasing process and introduction to various tools buyers use
  • internal organisation of the purchasing function such as centralisation vs decentralisation
  • supplier evaluation and selection issues, total cost of ownership (TCO) and quotation analysis
  • portfolio and segmentation approaches to supplier management
  • incentives and behavioural issues in managing suppliers
  • negotiations
  • special issues in purchasing: service sourcing and public procurement
  • industrial case studies
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) 
Understanding and Managing Organisational Crises

This module focuses on how organisations make sense of and respond to crisis situations. Environmental turbulence, economic cycles, and hyper-competition constitute a constant threat for organisations across different sectors.

The media, social movements, and other constituencies periodically target successful organisations by in relation to their business practices. Under these circumstances, targeted organisations are not only compelled to change the practices under close scrutiny but also to publicly account for their actions and behaviour through communications campaigns and initiatives.

The module will be based on the analysis of emblematic and well-publicised cases of organisations in crisis. This will involve investigating how crises emerge, unfold and are eventually settled. Focus will be directed to how targeted organisations and their 'challengers' discursively interact to argue and negotiate their own position during the crisis.


Year 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, Canada and the USA. This is dependent upon satisfactory performance and subject to availability.

You will get the opportunity to broaden your horizons and enhance your employability 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. Teaching is typically in English; however, there may be opportunities to study in another language if you are sufficiently fluent.

I am thankful for the one year exchange in a global top 20 university (McGill). All the challenges I experienced, knowledge I learnt and inspiration I received during that year widened my life and it will benefit me for a life time. I am sincerely glad I captured this opportunity.

Guangchao Luo, BSc International Management



Graduates from the Business School are highly sought after in the job market, gaining employment in accountancy, banking and other financial services, while many others develop careers in management consultancy, marketing and human resource management.

Recent graduate employers include Accenture, Amazon, Apple, Barclays, British Army, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, HMRC, HSBC, KPMG, Lloyds Banking Group, Macquarie, Morgan Stanley, PwC, RBS, Saatchi & Saatchi, Samsung, Santander, and Standard Chartered Bank.

The Business School's careers and recruitment service provides targeted and bespoke support to help steer you onto a career path of your choice. You will have opportunities to network with top employers throughout your degree, with many of these companies choosing to sponsor prizes for the highest-performing students in different years of study or particular subjects.

Professional accreditation


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

Employability and average starting salary

98.7% of undergraduates from Nottingham University Business School had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £24,000 with the highest being £42,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home undergraduates who were available for work 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Careers support and advice

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.


Fees and funding

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 £2,000 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/EU students

Our International Baccalaureate Diploma Excellence Scholarship is available for select students paying overseas fees who achieve 38 points or above in the International Baccalaureate Diploma. We also offer a range of High Achiever Prizes for students from selected countries, schools and colleges to help with the cost of tuition fees. Find out more about scholarships, fees and finance for international students.


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