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International Business (Top-up) (Hons), B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #801 (WUR) Birmingham, United Kingdom
This International Business (Top-up) (Hons) degree at Birmingham City University develops your knowledge and skills so you can apply what you learn internationally. The programme focuses on giving you real business scenarios to put your learning to the test and get as much experience of the business world as possible.
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We’re living in an international world, where global communication and accessible customer and client services are vital. This course gives you the confidence to get out there and engage with overseas businesses.

What's covered in the course?

The International Business (Top-up) (Hons) degree at Birmingham City University covers business strategy, operations, marketing, globalisation and much more.

We encourage you to apply your learning to real experience and business scenarios, so you’ll learn through group presentations, live projects and business case studies.

You get individual tutor support and they work closely with you to make sure you choose the projects and modules that will help you in your chosen career or further study.

You’ll benefit from our exceptional links to business. Our staff bring in expert guest speakers and industry gurus to help you with your projects. They’ve worked all over the world and bring experience from the Ministry of Defence, aerospace and multimillion pound conglomerates.

The Business School is based at the new £63 million Curzon Building on our City Centre Campus. Not only will you be right in the hub of the multicultural city but you’ll have access to all our fantastic new facilities, including a library with 62 million print and online resources.

Enhancing employment skills

During the course you’ll learn to find appropriate solutions to complex business and management problems, evaluate the effectiveness of business activity and generate ideas for new businesses.

These skills can all be applied in the real world. Employers are always impressed that our students already know how to apply their knowledge practically, without having to learn it on the job.

The top up degree teaches you how to work collaboratively with students from all over the world and how to act independently. By choosing your own professional route to taking on management tasks and accountability, you’ll develop your confidence and be able to show employers that you can fit in to an organisation well.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Contemporary Business: Practice and Solutions 
  • Applied Management 
  • Business Operations 
  • Marketing Communication Planning 
  • Supply Chain Managemen
  • Business Processes and Systems 
  • Innovative Thinking in Organisation Development 
  • e-Business 
  • International Business 
  • One Planet Business 
  • Contemporary Global Management Issues 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

Foundation Degree

  • Required grades/ points240 credits of appropriate prior learning must be achieved (120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5) and minimum of 60% overall must be achieved. General information on subjects/grades required for entry: The qualification must be in a relevant subject area as assessed by the Admissions Tutor.
ABE Advanced Diploma
  • Required grades/ points At least grade B in two modules.General information on subjects/grades required for entry: The qualification must be in a relevant subject area as assessed by the Admissions Tutor. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12800 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12800 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Birmingham

  • 765 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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