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International Business Management builds on modern management skills to give you everything needed to succeed at an organisation operating across the globe.

  • The degree focuses on what employers and industry experts expect from new management graduates.
  • Dual accreditation by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Students who successfully pass all mapped modules will be eligible to be awarded a Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership (subject to CMI moderation)
  • Work placement opportunities integrated into the second and third year of the programme.

Why study International Business Management?

Business today is truly international; digital developments allow businesses of all sizes to access customers and suppliers from around the world. Apps developed on one side of the world can transform markets on the other.

Governments sometimes find it hard to cope with this new world order, and the role of geopolitics is now a key function in the way international organisations operate across national boundaries. Consequently, countries revise and develop trading arrangements on frequently, making it difficult for international companies to develop their business strategies.

Success in international business management involves an understanding of global, social, economic, financial and business developments. Intercultural management and the ability to establish and maintain profitable, effective and ethical relationships with other business and customers all over the world is also critical.

International businesses require managers with these skill-sets to strengthen their domestic and international workforce. They are needed not solely within the field of general management, but also for a wide range of jobs in business, such as accountancy and finance, supply chain management, information technology, marketing, and human resources.

This degree will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to understand the challenges facing international organisations, large and small, operating in the private and charitable sectors. The course builds on contemporary international business management skills and approaches, giving you everything you need to succeed in a job at an organisation operating across national boundaries.

Why St Mary's?

Our beautiful London campus is located near several large international companies, many of which supply, run and use Heathrow Airport. The area is also home to lots of successful small international businesses who require management expertise and welcome student placements.

This International Business Management course has been developed by an experienced team of academics, many of whom have worked with or within international organisations spanning a variety of industry sectors. The degree focuses on what employers and industry experts expect from new management graduates.

Our International Business Management programme combines coverage of the key business areas from finance and marketing, through to strategy and human resources, with the opportunity to study more specialist subject areas, including business law, management consultancy and digital business.

There are numerous opportunities to undertake a work placement as an integral part of your degree and to experience the benefits of combining academic theory with the practicality of the working environment. You will organise your placement with the help of the Workplace Learning Team and can choose to do it in a location that suits you.

About the Foundation Year

Our four-year degree programmes (including a foundation year) provide an alternative route to undergraduate study at university if you do not have the grades to access higher education in the traditional way.

On successful completion of the Business Management Foundation Year pathway you will progress on to the International Business Management (with a Foundation Year) undergraduate degree.

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Entry requirements

48-72 UCAS points required


A Levels


BTEC Extended

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To calculate your expected UCAS points, please use the UCAS Tariff calculator.

72 UCAS points should include at least a B and C grade at A Level (or equivalent). GCSE Maths grade C, or equivalent evidence of numerical skills, is also a requirement.

Requirements for other qualifications (including BTECs, Irish Highers, Scottish Highers, International Baccalaureates and Access Courses) are also available. For more information please email

We will make you an offer if you are within the tariff band range and you meet subject-specific requirements (where applicable).

For undergraduate programmes we will take into account subjects studied at Level 3, your GCSEs (or equivalent) profile, relevant non-academic achievements outlined in your personal statement, references and your motivation for study.

International requirements

International students should check our country-specific pages for equivalents. If English is not your first language you will need to achieve an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any section (or equivalent).

We now accept IELTS Indicator test results as proof of your English language level.

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Course content

On successful completion of the foundation year you will be automatically enrolled on to the first year of the undergraduate degree.

You will learn about the financial and economic aspects of international businesses, how to manage and motivate people of different cultures and how to build an organisation that operates successfully across national boundaries. You will learn how factors such as changes taking place in the global business world, cultural societies, local consumer markets, financial issues, organisational strategy, global economies and digital technology affect international businesses.

You can gain work experience with an international organisation during one of many work placements offered on the programme. You will also manage your own international-based projects for individual assessments.

It is possible to gain professional accreditations and certificate exemptions by successfully completing selected core and optional International Business Management modules.

Professional bodies include:

Foundation year

  • Personal Learning Competencies Core
  • Taking a Professional Approach Core
  • London: A Global City Core
  • Fundamentals of Business Management Core
  • Thinking Critically, Creatively and Ethically Core
  • Individual Project Core

Year one

  • Contemporary Marketing Practice Core
  • Introduction to Management Core
  • Organisational Behaviour Core
  • Contemporary Business Issues Core
  • Financial Decision Making Core
  • Human Resource Management Core

Year two

  • Fundamentals of Accounting Core
  • International Management Core
  • International Marketing and Supply Chain Logistics Core
  • Research Methods in Business and Management Core
  • Corporate Finance Optional
  • International Human Resource Management Optional
  • Philosophy and Ethics for Business Decision Making Optional
  • Principles of Entrepreneurship Optional
  • Project Management and Practitioner Skills for Managers Optional
  • Business Economics Optional
  • Business Law Optional
  • Consumer and Commercial Law Optional
  • Contributing to the Community Optional
  • Experience and Employment in Business Optional
  • Leadership in Organisations Optional
  • Management Accounting Optional
  • Marketing Strategy and Implementation Optional
  • Starting a Business Venture Optional

Year three

  • Research Project Core option
  • Independent Study Core option
  • International Strategic Management Core
  • Building a Start-up Business Optional
  • Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility Optional
  • Digital Business Optional
  • Employment Law Optional
  • Financial Markets and Institutions Optional
  • Entrepreneurship in Context Optional
  • International Entrepreneurship Project Optional
  • The Enterprising Workplace Optional
  • Research Project Optional
  • Management of Organisational Change Optional
  • Charity Management Optional
  • International Financial Reporting Optional
  • Management Consultancy Project Optional
  • Managing in the Workplace Optional
  • Social Enterprise Optional
  • Stock Market Investment Optional
  • Contemporary Issues in Marketing Optional
  • Marketing Consultancy Project Optional

Please note: it is possible that a module listed on the website will not be able to run due to reasons beyond our control. For more information please refer to our course information disclaimer.

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Career opportunities

This degree will help you to develop a wide range of skills that increase your employability portfolio. These skills include communication, presentation, analysis, quantification, research techniques, teamwork and working to deadlines.

After completing your International Business Management degree, career opportunities will include banking, insurance, law and business consultancy. A wide variety of specialist and generalist management posts in leisure and sport, marketing and human resources will also be open to you.

The Careers Service has more information on careers and postgraduate study options available to International Business Management students who have started their studies at St Mary’s.

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How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

You'll be taught on our beautiful and historic campus located in Twickenham, London.

Highly interactive lectures and presentations from leading researchers and top management professionals and practitioners are coupled with seminars that deepen your understanding of the skills you’ll need to be an effective manager within an international organisation.

Individual tutorials provide one-to-one support from your lecturers.

These methods are supplemented by an online virtual learning environment where you can find additional learning materials.

Class sizes in year one lectures can be up to 190 students. In year two and three, lectures will be around 70 students as optional modules are chosen. Seminar groups are typically around 30-35 students.

Teaching breakdown

Learning on the course is made up through a combination of:

  • Contact time: 18%
  • Work-based learning: 2%
  • Guided learning: 30%
  • Independent study: 50%

Independent study is a key feature of your degree and is crucial to furthering your knowledge.

You will receive your timetable a week before teaching is due to start at the latest.

Assessment methods

Assessments are designed to test knowledge, understanding and skills development throughout your degree.

The programme uses a broad range of assessments including international business reports, essays, practical exercises, presentations, case studies, examinations, assessed blogs, seminar and simulation exercises as well as traditional exam-based assessments.

When possible, you will be assessed using digital methods and online feedback.


We adhere to the university’s policy of providing feedback on assessments within three weeks.

Compensated passes

Please refer to the information on compensated passes throughout your degree as outlined in the academic regulations.

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Fees and funding

2021/22 fees

  • Home: £9,250*
  • International: £12,900

*Please note: These fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the Governments review of Higher Education Funding.

Information about tuition fees, student loans and funding your studies can be found within our fees and funding section.

The UK Government has confirmed that EU applicants starting in 2020 remain eligible for 'home fee status' and can access financial support.

Fees for EU applicants starting courses in 2021/22 academic year

Eligible EU applicants will pay the same tuition fees as UK students to support EU students during this transition period. These fees will be applied for the duration of the course.

EU fees for 2022 entry are not yet confirmed.

View fees and funding information for EU students beginning their studies in 2021...

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

Additional costs could be incurred should you choose to buy copies of the core textbooks rather than loan from our library.


A range of scholarships and bursaries are available to new undergraduate students. This includes:

Living costs

A guide to your living costs has been created by our Student Funding Team.

Accommodation costs vary depending on whether you opt for an en suite room and on-site catering. Take a look at our accommodation options and the prices you can expect to pay.

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Teaching staff

Meet the team

  • Laura Hamilton
    Head of Department - Business & Society
  • Ellie Moss
    Programme Support Officer - Undergraduate Business Programmes

Academic spotlight

Dr Elizabeth Farrier-Williams (Lecturer in Marketing)

Dr Elizabeth Farrier-Williams

My job combines lecturing and building effective student experience strategies. I enjoy the informal conversations I have with students, where I get to know their academic, employability, and social interests. 

Take advantage of the staff offering their support, the employability workshops and events taking place. Our lecturers have vast experiences across a range of business careers; and all are open to sharing interesting stories and supporting you in your journey.

Read Elizabeth's story

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Further information

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Visit the campus

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Open days

Attending an open day is a fantastic opportunity to get an insight into what life is like as a St Mary's student. During the day you'll have the chance to:

  • Speak to current students to hear about their experiences so far
  • Meet your future academics to put a name and a face to who you'll be learning from
  • Take a tour of the University and the on-campus accommodation options
  • Get involved with activities going on across campus as you explore new surroundings

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Campus tours

There are plenty of opportunities for you to explore the campus, even if you can't make it to an Open Day.

We run campus tours every Wednesday at 12pm. If you'd like to join us for one of these tours please register your place for your preferred day.

Virtual tour

We know that for it's important to you to see where you'll be living and studying before you make your decision. However, we also know that for many people it's not always easy to make it to the campus.

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