This degree course has been designed as a springboard into an international business career, offering a broad range of skills which will appeal to employers and help you compete for the jobs you want.
You’ll benefit from a broad introduction to commerce, exploring the various functions found within almost all businesses – from operations to marketing, accounting and human resource management. You’ll develop your understanding of how and where businesses sell their products and services, who they sell to, how they make decisions, and what improves their chances of success.
This course can be studied full-time over three years, or four years if you add a placement year in industry. There’s also a two and a half-year accelerated option, and a part-time option. There are intakes in October and January.
Our campus is in the heart of the City of London, so you’ll be surrounded by one of the most successful business and financial centres in the world – enabling you to benefit from opportunities to connect with employers and network with professionals.
You’ll learn to analyse the goals, functions and strategies which drive organisations, exploring financial and operations management, marketing, performance measurement, project management, and how to develop the workforce for competitive advantage.
You’ll also choose two of four optional taught modules, permitting you to focus on particular areas of interest such as international investment, marketing communications, corporate social responsibility or international trade.
The course will help you to develop professional skills such as entrepreneurship, business research and strategic decision-making. You’ll focus on your own leadership and management abilities, building on your intercultural, communication, negotiation, collaboration and problem-solving skills.
Why choose this course?
This course offers excellent preparation for a career in global business management. It builds on strong academic foundations by providing exciting opportunities for applying your theoretical knowledge, for contact with employers, and for work experience.
This degree programme teaches practical skills in the classroom, but you’ll also have opportunities for internships, business simulations, work placements, live client projects and mixing with employers. You might visit advertising agencies, financial institutions, manufacturers and small businesses, and there are optional field trips to overseas partner institutions, businesses and events (past students have visited Paris, Berlin, Helsinki, Rotterdam and Dubai).
You’ll be taught by tutors with significant academic and business experience across many countries and industries. Their experiences will inform and illustrate their teaching, as will their continuing involvement in global business through consultancy and research.
Our London campus is right in the City of London, one of the world’s premier business districts. You’ll be surrounded by the UK or international headquarters of some of the world’s biggest companies, as well as exciting start-up businesses and emerging business models. This is an extraordinary place in which to learn, surrounded by the buzz of contemporary global business.
One of the key themes of this course is ‘entrepreneurship’ – which is ideal if you’re interested in starting your own business, but it also means so much more. Even big businesses are interested in embedding entrepreneurial skills within their organisations, because they value visionary and independent thinking, determined and resilient individuals, and the ability to launch agile teams, sub-brands, products and services. And if you do want to set up your own business, we offer start-up advice and support during the course.
To help you reach your maximum potential on this course, we offer a wide range of support at any stage of your studies. This includes help with academic writing and referencing, how to study and research effectively, digital and IT support, and help with employability (including job-hunting, CVs and interviews). You’ll also be assigned an academic mentor and a personal tutor.
International experience opportunities
Every aspect of this course is set within a global context: you will always consider the opportunities and challenges which arise when working across cultures, languages, borders, jurisdictions and regulatory frameworks.
There are also options for travelling overseas. These include international field trips, studying abroad, a year’s work placement, and/or a term’s internship in your final year.
You will study as part of a truly multi-cultural cohort, since our students come from over 50 countries around the world. Each of them brings with them their own approaches, perspectives, stories and experiences, all of which provide you with invaluable experience in inter-cultural working.
Graduates can expect to have real employer-appeal: you’ll have knowledge and practical skills which are vital in helping businesses to succeed in the contemporary global business environment.
Today’s job market is highly competitive. Employers are looking for more than a degree qualification: they want well-rounded, independent and resilient individuals who can make a difference, fast. The curriculum for this course has been developed in collaboration with employers, so we know what they’re looking for, and has been designed to provide the kind of practical skills and knowledge you’ll need in the workplace.
This course provides the flexibility to help you build a career in one or more of a wide range of business functions, and to work confidently internationally. It will also develop the entrepreneurial skills you need to start your own business or run an innovative project within a large organisation.