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About the course

Develop the insight, confidence, management skills and international perspective to succeed in the modern global marketplace or set up your own business on this professionally-focused degree, accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

Ranked in the UK top 25% for business, management and marketing (Guardian UK University Guide 2021), Solent Business School offers the skills and confidence you’ll need to progress a successful career in business and international management – or even to start up your own business.

This engaging course will prepare you for the ever-changing international business environment, teaching you to analyse future trends, identify the local and broader impacts, and recommend sustainable, ethical solutions to contemporary business challenge.

Through interactive learning sessions and a variety of practically-focused assessments you will hone your skills, ensuring you have not just the essential knowledge of business and management in the international arena, but the understanding to apply that knowledge in real-world contexts.

Our talented teaching team offer a wealth of experience in varied national and international business environments and cultures, giving you an exceptional range of expertise to call upon. 85% of our students say our courses are intellectually stimulating and 95% highlight our staff are good at explaining things (NSS DiscoverUni 2020), while accreditation from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) means you can graduate with an additional professional leadership and management award (level 5).

If you apply for this course with a placement year, you have the opportunity to undertake a year in industry between your second and third years.
Placement year
This course offers additional qualifications for you to obtain with your degree.
Additional qualification
This course has been accredited by a professional body.
Professional accreditation
If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years.
Foundation year available
You have the opportunity to obtain a professional membership as part of this degree.
Professional memberships
As part of your studies you will have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement.
Built in work experience placement
After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies

Dual accredited with Chartered Management Institute on successful completion you are also awarded a professional diploma in Leadership and Management (level 5).

What does this course lead to?

When you graduate from this innovative and engaging course you will have a broad range of transferable skills, allowing you to pursue careers in any of the following areas:

  • International business
  • Business administration
  • Marketing manager
  • Event and project management
  • International sales
  • International marketing
  • Responsible business management
  • Non-profit organisations

Who is this course for?

International business management is ideally suited to students who want to lead, manage and make a difference in the world – taking commercial and social responsibility very seriously. You may not be sure exactly which area of international business will suit you, but all avenues are open to you - social enterprise, charity, government, big local, global business or smaller entrepreneurial firm or start-up.

Whatever your aspiration, international business management at Solent will provide you with the tools and the knowledge to help you find your place in this exciting sector – preparing you for a future that’s bright with international opportunities.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £13,800 per year
UK, EU and Channel Island placement year fee: £1,425
International placement year fee: £1,850

Following the UK government's confirmation that EU students will no longer be eligible for home fee status benefits, we've made the decision to keep EU tuition fees the same as UK tuition fees for 2021 entry.

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact student.funding@solent.ac.uk.

Optional costs

Whilst the CMI qualification is included within the course fees, undertaking the Project Fundamentals Qualification for the Association of Project Management will require an exam fee to be paid, which is normally around £200.


Bursaries and scholarships

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

104-120 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D or equivalent qualification, or a combination of qualifications which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 104 UCAS points.
  • Direct entry into year two or three may be considered for this course.
  • Alternative entry to the course is available through the Business and Law Foundation Year.
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 20 in each individual component
  • Duolingo English Language Test - 100 overall with minimum of 90 in each component
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

Pre-Sessional English programme

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.


Got a question about this course?

Contact our Solent team:

If you are a UK, EU or EEA applicant please contact admissions@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 5066 If you are an international applicant please contact admissions.international@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 5066

How to apply

Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website: www.ucas.com.

Your application should reach UCAS by 15 January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until the end of June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Please click the links below to apply through UCAS:

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What you'll study

Year one

Core modules

  • Positive Psychology for Success
    Lay strong foundations for study and employment success. Build your academic, employability and independent learning skills, and put together a personal professional development (PPD) plan to stay agile, adaptable and future ready.
  • Contemporary Management Theory
    Expand your understanding of key managerial concepts, including organisational purpose and structure, leadership, corporate culture, ethics, strategic decision-making, diversity and employment law - through case studies from today’s business environment.
  • Data Analysis, Tools and Application
    Explore how digital technology has fundamentally reshaped traditional business, and how businesses try to keep up. Learn to collect, analyse, and interpret data, and to present your findings effectively.
  • Marketing, Sales and Negotiation Skills
    Discover the critical role of marketing in business, from understanding customers’ motivations to engagement to measuring effectiveness. Learn key marketing concepts and terminology, explore digital and content marketing, and more.
  • Business Finance for Managers
    Get to grips with finance and accounting, an essential part of any management role – exploring financial controls, budgeting, profit and loss, financial statements and more – through practical problem-based interactive sessions.
  • Creative Enterprise and Innovation
    Explore strategies and cultures that promote creativity, enterprise and innovation, and examine leading individuals and organisations – developing your own entrepreneurial capacity, and learning to be creative, enterprising and innovative for others.

Year two

Core modules

  • Project Management in Business
    Informed by Association for Project Management (APM) standards, this module will teach you best practice including stakeholder engagement, communications and leadership – as well as exploring contemporary challenges in project management.
  • Operations Management
    This module examines processes, tools and techniques used in operations management to ensure customer satisfaction and analyse delivery issues, and provides opportunities to apply your knowledge in practice.  
  • Values Driven Leadership
    To manage others, you need to reflect on self-management too. This module explores your self-management, personal values and journey, interweaving the essential management and leadership skills to successfully manage teams.
  • Community Enterprise
    This module will explore the role, legal status and challenges of social and community enterprise – letting you show employers you are values motivated and socially responsible, and understand ethical business.
  • Global Challenges
    Explore some of the most important contemporary business issues as a future manager, including urbanisation, demographic and social change, global economic shifts, technological advances, resource scarcity and climate change.
  • Study Aboard/Placement
    A placement boosts your employability and lets you ‘test drive’ a career to see if it’s right for you. Enhance your professional skills, get practical experience, and build your network.

Year three

Core modules

  • Sustainable Strategic Management
    Learn how senior managers and chief executive officers identify, select and manage strategy. Critically evaluate a wide range of strategic management theories and models, and learn how to apply and implement them.
  • Developing the Professional Manager
    Evaluate your aspirations and create a career development plan to start your own business or secure a graduate position – exploring digital profiles, job hunting, how to stand out, and more.
  • Research Methods
    Develop your research and analytical skills, designing research in a way that is valid, and reliable, and apply it in business – impacting product development, customer service, strategy and more.
  • Final Major Project
    Apply research and analytical skills to your chosen topics of business. Carry out primary research, interpret your findings using relevant tools and techniques, formulate options and draw conclusions and recommendations.
  • Ecological Economics
    Business needs to change – fast. As a future manager and leader, you will consider climate change and the underlying economics, critically evaluating proposed solutions and their ecological and economic impacts.
  • Intercultural Competence for 21st Century Managers
    Globalisation is making workplaces more diverse. On this module you will develop your emotional intelligence (EQ) and intercultural competence (ICC), explore cultural differences such as attitudes towards time, risk, authority or negotiation, and examine they affect individuals and organisations.

Support

Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

Gillian Saieva academic profile Gillian Saieva Head of Subject View profile
Claire Hughes academic profile Claire Hughes Course Leader View profile
Harjinder Virdee academic profile Harjinder Virdee Senior Lecturer View profile
Sian Campbell academic profile Sian Campbell Senior Lecturer View profile
Jackie Campbell academic profile Jackie Campbell Lecturer View profile
Maria Hutchinson academic profile Maria Hutchinson Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.

Facilities

We provide a stimulating learning environment and access to state-of-the-art resources to help you make the most of your time with us. Flexible spaces, Wi-Fi facilities and learning zones all contribute to our lively and contemporary study environment at Solent.

CV-enhancing options for work placement embedded into the degree, as well as opportunities for an additional one-year placement – and you can make your student experience truly international through study abroad options with our global partner institutions

Your future

Studying BSc (Hons) International Business Management at Solent Business School means you will be well prepared for a range of graduate level employment opportunities, such as:

  • Graduate manager
  • Customer services professional
  • Event manager
  • Project manager
  • Marketing executive
  • Sales executive
  • Key account manager
  • Operations assistant
  • Business development manager

Industry links

Our local and wider global business connections ensure that the course is current, relevant and informed by the latest thinking. Our network of trusted and valued business partners offer you live briefs which address real business challenges, and we use strategic games to simulate the market and economic movements that firms and organisations have to respond to in the real world.

Whenever possible, we also bring in guest speakers from industry to offer their insight and share their current experiences with our students.

Placements

Students will have the option to undertake a year-long work placement or study abroad year between level 5 and level 6.

In semester two of level 5, there is also the option to either do a short study abroad (at approved institutions) or undertake a relevant short work placement.

Further study

Enhance your career prospects by continuing your study at Solent.

Get ready to find your place

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