International Business Management, B.Sc.

International Business Management, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #44 (QS) ,
We all live and work in a world characterised by rapid technological and societal change on a global scale. To be effective in business and management in this globalised environment requires an understanding of the cultural, economic, political and social contexts in which organisations operate, both within and across national borders.


The BSc International Business Management degree programme will develop your intellectual, analytical, critical and employability skills necessary to succeed as managers and leaders in careers across different sectors.

Why study Management at Bristol?

Our Department of Management, part of the School of Economics, Finance and Management, is small enough to be friendly and offer strong student support yet large enough to provide an international experience. One third of our students come from outside the EU, and we have strong links with international partner institutions such as Copenhagen Business School.

Our management courses take a social science approach, examining the behaviour of individuals and organisations in their full context. Common areas of study in the first year of each of our management courses give you the option to transfer between degrees before the second year as your interests develop.

Our subjects address both theoretical and empirical aspects, our lecturing team comprises leading researchers and specialist teaching staff. Your contact time will be balanced between lectures and small-group tutorials.

In 2014 (the most recent graduation cohort at the time of writing), 28% of our students graduated with first-class honours, and a further 56% earned a 2.1.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Year 1
  • Introduction to Management
  • Global Business Environment
  • Introduction to Accounting
  • Economic Principles 1
  • Mathematical and Statistical Methods 1
  • Optional unit, such as Economic Principles 2
Year 2
  • Analysis in Management
  • International Business Management
  • Organisation Theory
  • Management Accounting
  • Two optional units, such as:
    • Management Science
    • Marketing
    • Project Management
    • Public Management
    • Foundations of Business Law
Final year
  • The Practice of Management
  • Management Dissertation
  • International Human Resources Management
  • Two optional units, such as:
    • Advanced Management Accounting
    • Advanced Management Science
    • Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability
    • Operations Management
    • Strategic Management
    • Markets, Government and Public Policy
    • Migration policy in the EU and UK


You will enjoy our courses if you want a degree which will offer you variety, contribute to your personal development and enhance your employability. In terms of personal development, you will learn how to structure arguments and develop strategies. You will work in teams and give presentations to small groups.

If you are scientifically minded and able to communicate ideas clearly, you will enjoy the balanced approach we take in our courses, which develop the quantitative and discursive abilities which are so valued by employers. You will also enjoy studying management with us if you like a balance of approaches in your learning.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • 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. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • 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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  • Minimum required score (Grade B):


    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements

  • A-levels (including international A-levels): AAA or A*AB including Mathematics
  • A-levels (including international A-levels): AAB or A*BB including Mathematics
  • IB Diploma: 36 Overall to include 18 points at Higher Level with 5 in Higher Level Mathematics or 6 in Standard Level Mathematics (but not "Mathematical Studies")
  • IB Diploma: 34 Overall to include 17 points at Higher Level with 5 in Higher Level Mathematics or 6 in Standard Level Mathematics (but not "Mathematical Studies")
  • Cambridge Pre-U: Requirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
  • Access: Pass Access to HE Diploma with at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit, with Distinctions in Maths units including Further Calculus. (We will accept the Further Calculus unit offered by OCN South West Region; please contact Admissions to check the content of your Calculus unit(s) if studying elsewhere in the UK.)
  • BTEC: DDD With Distinction in both Mathematics for Engineering Technicians and Further Mathematics for Technicians; or DDD plus grade B in A-level Mathematics
  • SQA: SH: AAAAB and AH: AA including Mathematics
  • Welsh Bacc: Requirements are as for A-levels where the lowest grade required in a non-subject-specified A-level can be replaced by the same grade in the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core.
  • EB: 85% overall including 8.5 in Mathematics
  • Subjects required at GCSE or equivalent: No specific subjects required.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    19400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19400 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Living costs for Bristol

  • 750 - 1260 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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