International Business Management

Our international business management degrees combine rigorous theory and real-world relevance with a strong international dimension.

Real-world insight

Gain a solid understanding of how organisations and managers operate in a global environment. Learn from academics using real-life research so you can apply theory to real business challenges.

Global outlook

Succeed in today's rapidly changing environment with our international approach to business and management. Our partnerships with universities worldwide provide opportunities to study, work, or volunteer overseas.

Bright future

Learn to think critically and independently and benefit from a whole host of tailored careers support. Leave us with the knowledge, skills and experience highly sought after by today's employers.

International Business Management at Bristol

We want to inspire the next generation of managers and leaders to respond to the changing needs of society and the grand challenges of our time. Building a sustainable, inclusive and equal society is central to our teaching together with preparing our students to thrive in rapidly changing world.

Not only will you gain a solid understanding of how organisations and managers operate in a global environment, but we offer the flexibility and choice for you to tailor courses and programmes around your own career goals.

You will be taught by academics and international business practitioners who are experts in their fields and inform their teaching with internationally renowned research.

Bristol is a progressive and cosmopolitan city, home to a number of significant international businesses such as Airbus and Rolls Royce. It’s the ideal place to study international business management.

The University supports career progression very well. After having an internship last summer and getting a graduate scheme offer, I feel like I am qualified for any job I apply to. It’s a great university and city!

Samantha, BSc International Business Management

Career prospects

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With a combination of relevant theory, analytical skills, and quantitative techniques, as well as our tailored careers support, a degree in international business management from Bristol will prepare you for a successful career within the global business environment.

Many of our students join graduate management schemes in both the public and private sectors, while others opt to study at master’s level or purse professional careers in management consultancy, operations, or project management.

Recent graduate employers include KPMG, European Central Bank, IBM, UK government and the NHS.

Bristol is a hub for startups, and some of our graduates go on to create and run their own businesses.

Course structure

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We offer a structured foundation supported by a flexible programme of study across our courses, allowing you to build your skills and knowledge while keeping your personal interests and career goals firmly in mind.

In your first year, you will explore key concepts and ideas in the fields of management, economics marketing and accounting, as well as understanding the global business environment.

Second-year teaching builds on this to explore more advanced ideas around international business management and will enhance your understanding of core research methods alongside a range of optional units. In the final year you will choose from a wide range of specialist units and put your skills and knowledge into practice when you write your dissertation, which provides you with the opportunity to research a topic of particular interest to you.

Sample units may include:

  • Consumption and Consumer Behaviour
  • International Business Management
  • The Digital Economy
  • Project Management
  • Digital Marketing
  • Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence for Business
  • Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability.

If you have opted for a degree with Study Abroad, you will spend year three studying at a partner institution overseas either in English or in a modern language. Find out about all of our go abroad options.

Employability support

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While employability and professional skills development are embedded throughout our degrees, you can also benefit from events and initiatives organised by our Professional Liaison Network, such as the professional mentoring scheme, visiting speakers from relevant organisations, student visits to companies, student internships and consultancy projects with external partners.

Further support is provided by our dedicated University Careers Service. Our Basecamp Enterprise team support entrepreneurs and their ideas including skills workshops, networking events and funding and support programmes.

These opportunities will help you to enhance your employability, develop professional networks and explore different career paths.

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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