International Business Management

Our International Business Management degrees:

  • have a strong international dimension, with the opportunity to study abroad or take a joint honours course with a language;
  • combine rigorous business and management theory with real-world relevance;
  • offer a wide choice of optional units, allowing you to personalise your degree.

Why study International Business Management at Bristol?

The University of Bristol is a thriving centre for the study of international business, with a vibrant and diverse learning environment and a state-of-the-art multimedia centre.

You will be taught by academics and international business practitioners who are experts in their fields. Our courses are current and exciting, informed by internationally renowned research.

We offer opportunities for our BSc students to engage with employers through the faculty's Professional Liaison Network. Initiatives include a professional mentoring scheme, visiting speakers from relevant organisations, student visits to companies, student internships, and student consultancy projects with external partners.

Joint honours BA students will spend a year abroad, with the option to study, teach or take on a work placement in their chosen language.

These opportunities provide an excellent chance to improve your employability and explore different career paths.

What kind of student would this course suit?

BSc students will engage with theory, analytical skills and quantitative techniques that will equip you for a management career in any sector.

Joint honours BA students will also cover the cultural, linguistic, political and social contexts in which organisations operate in their country of choice.

All courses will provide a broad understanding of international business in the first year. In the second and third years you will have the option to specialise and tailor the course to your interests and ambitions.

The option to spend a year abroad offers an exciting opportunity to experience a different culture.

How is this course taught and assessed?

Along with lectures introducing new material to a large group of students, we run practical sessions demonstrating the application of material.

Our small-group teaching enables valuable interaction and discussion with tutors and peers. Classroom teaching is supported by online learning resources.

You will prepare assignments during the year and receive feedback to help you learn from your work. If you choose a joint honours course, the language units will be assessed by a regular programme of exercises and written and oral exams.

Degree classifications are determined primarily by examinations, although some units include a coursework element as part of the final assessment. You may also complete a dissertation.

What are my career prospects?

Our International Business Management courses will help you develop the intellectual, analytical, critical and employability skills you need to succeed as a manager or leader in the global business environment.

Bristol is a hub for startups and many of our graduates go on to create and run their own businesses. Others have pursued careers in management consultancy, marketing or HR.

Some of our students go on to join graduate management schemes in the public or private sectors, while others opt to study at master's level or pursue professional conversion courses for law or teaching.

Find out more about what our students do after graduating.


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