Bachelor of Science (BSc)
4 years full-time
27 September 2021
Department of Study
Warwick Business School
Location of Study
University of Warwick
Studying International Management (BSc) encourages a wide range of relevant, highly transferable and sought-after skills. These help to prepare you for the challenges you will face after university; everything from a career in a multinational corporation to starting and running your own business.
This course gives you the opportunity to study or work abroad as part of your degree, while gaining a broad knowledge of business and management. The international element will help develop your ability to operate across cultural boundaries and embrace different perspectives.
You will also have the flexibility to follow either a generalist route in business and management to keep your career options open or specialise in your chosen field by following one of our recognised Pathways in Finance, Digital Innovation, Entrepreneurship or Marketing. You will spend a year learning abroad, with a study placement at one of our partner institutions in countries such as China, Singapore, Japan, Canada, USA, Australia, France, Italy and Spain. Alternatively, you may choose to work overseas. Previously our students have completed work placements with companies such as IBM, Clarins, Peugeot, L'Oréal and Colgate-Palmolive. You will also attend a seminar in Term Two at an appropriate location near to where you are studying or working.
We have partnered with over 50 institutions in over 20 countries around the world for your year abroad. Current partnerships are offered in Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, North America, Russia, Singapore, South Korea and various countries across Europe.
In your fourth year you will return to WBS to complete your studies, confident and empowered by your overseas experience.
You can tailor your degree towards your career aspirations by selecting elective modules from WBS and other University of Warwick departments. This provides the opportunity to specialise in a particular area or to take a broader approach to your studies.
How will I learn?
You will learn in a variety of ways – primarily through a mixture of lectures, seminars, workshops and online learning.
This varies by year but you will have approximately 12-15 hours per week of class time, plus student support and feedback hours.
Class sizes vary by module: there can be up to 500 students in lectures (mainly Year One) and then around 25 in seminars. Some electives are much smaller.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed through a combination of examinations and on-going assessments, which may include essays, research assignments, projects, case study analysis, class tests, presentations and group work. The final degree classification is determined by your second, third and final year marks which contribute 40%, 10% and 50% respectively.
You will spend a year learning abroad, with a guaranteed study placement at one of our partner institutions in countries such as China, Hong Kong, Japan, Canada, USA, Australia, France, Italy and Spain. Alternatively, you may choose to work overseas. Previously our students have completed work placements with companies such as IBM, Clarins, Peugeot, L’Oreal and Colgate-Palmolive.
General entry requirements
- You will also need a GCSE grade A/grade 7 in Mathematics, and GCSE grade A/grade 7 in at least one humanities or social science subject.
- We welcome applications from students taking BTECs alongside one or two A levels.
- You will also need a GCSE grade A/grade 7 in Mathematics and GCSE grade A/grade 7 in at least one humanities or social science subject.
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications.
Contextual data and differential offers
Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).
Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP)
All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only).
Taking a gap year
Applications for deferred entry welcomed.
We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference.
- CORE: Foundations, Skills and Debates
- Accounting for Business
- Economics for Business
- Foundations of Financial Management
- Management, Organisations and Society
- Principles of Marketing and Strategy
- Business Statistics
- Business Analytics, Digital Ventures or Management of Global Risks
- CORE: Global Environment of Business
- CORE: Entrepreneurial Mindset
- Operations Management
- Year abroad
- CORE: Critical Issues in Management
- International Perspectives in Business and Management
Examples of optional modules/options for current students
- Marketing: International Marketing; Marketing Strategy; Consumer Behaviour.
- Finance: Financial Econometrics, Investment Management, Banks and Financial Systems, Mergers and Acquisitions.
- Entrepreneurship: Entrepreneurial Finance, Cognition and Decision Making; Corporate Entrepreneurship.
- Digital Business: Digital Business in Modern Organisations; Enterprise Information Systems; AI for Business.
- Other electives: Governance and Accountability; Behavioural Economics; Supply Chain Management; Project Management; Styles of Coaching and Team Leadership; Equality and Diversity; Images of Creativity; Corporate Strategy.
Additional course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. Students who choose to complete a work placement will pay reduced tuition fees for their third year.
Graduates from Warwick Business School have gone on to work for employers including:
- JP Morgan
- National Audit Office
They have pursued careers such as:
- Business and related associate professionals
- Chartered and certified accountants
- Finance and investment analysts and advisers
- Financial accounts managers
- IT business analysts, architects and systems designers
- Marketing associate professionals and taxation experts
Helping you find the right career
We have our own dedicated careers team at Warwick Business School called WBS CareersPlus.
The WBS CareersPlus team will support you and help you to understand yourself and your strengths. They can help you to identify possible career paths, and to set and achieve your career ambitions. This helps to boost your employability and helps you prepare for your career.
You can take advantage of personalised careers coaching and advice. Our one to one careers appointments can help you if you have a question about writing applications, wish to explore your career options, or need to prepare for interviews and assessment centres.
You can also attend group workshops and employer events throughout the year. Our workshops cover all aspects of the job application process, from creating your CV to preparing for interviews and assessment centres. Tailored sessions, such as ‘What job is right for you?’ can help you to plan your future career and actions. Past examples include:
- Writing an effective CV
- How to network with employers skills workshop
- Internships and Placements opportunities employer event
- Careers Fairs and informal networking opportunities with employers
- Sector events with industry speakers, for students who want to pursue a career in a specific sector such as Marketing, Finance and Banking
Employer events and placements
We organise and facilitate employer events on summer internships, year-in-industry placements and graduate opportunities. We also host employer-led skills workshops and run informal networking sessions. Past bespoke employer events include attendees from:
- Johnson & Johnson
- Royal Bank of Scotland
- Grant Thornton UK LLP
- Aston Martin
This gives you great networking opportunities and links to top local, national and international brands.
Our students have worked at many companies on placement, including the following:
- The Walt Disney Company
- MGH Technology solutions
"Lots of flexibility"
"When I was applying for my undergraduate degree I wasn’t sure what area of business I wanted to explore. Therefore, I wanted to keep my options open and the BSc International Management course at WBS offered me lots of flexibility with numerous electives in a range of disciplines which suited me perfectly.
Throughout my undergraduate degree my progression each year inspired me to push myself further. At the end of each year, I reflected on what I had learned, and what new skills I developed and this is what kept me motivated and engaged throughout my studies.
I personally believe the key advantage of studying at WBS lies in the international exposure that students receive, and my year abroad studying at Cornell University in New York was definitely one of the highlights of my course."
BSc International Management
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