BA (Hons) International Business Management Top-upSouthwark Campus
The world awaits
Do you have equivalent of the first two years of a degree - such as an HND or another qualification – but you’d like to top up to a full degree? Would you like to be prepared for a career in international business and management? Then this International Business Management Top-up to BA (Hons) is for you.
Why International Business Management at LSBU?
No.2 in London for satisfaction with courses across Business, Management & Marketing (Guardian University League Tables 2019).
- Professional accreditation - The School has Centre of Excellence status with the IOEE, in recognition of our entrepreneurial culture and leading-edge practice.
- Outstanding facilities and access to the software widely used in industry: Bloomberg, SAGE, FAME, Nvivo and SPSS.
- You could study in Europe during the first semester of the second year, with semester abroad opportunities in the USA or Australia too.
- Our graduates have strong employment prosepects; we're joint 2nd for career prospects amongst London universities (Guardian University League Tables 2020) and first overall for graduate prospects in Business Studies amongst London Modern universities (Sunday Times League Table 2020).
You’ll find this course has a strong focus on enterprise. It’s an international programme which focuses on business and management, preparing you to operate and compete in an ever-changing business world. The course covers strategic management, global markets, small and medium-sized enterprises, decision making, finance, business creativity, analytics and research methods.
- Strategic management and leadership
- Leading and managing SMEs
- Entry strategies for global markets
- Management accounting for decision making
- Practical analytics
- Mobile applications – from idea to mass adoption
- Labour and capital in an age of globalisation
- MS – managing successful programmes (certification)
- Entrepreneurial finance
- Individual and organisational learning and development
- Legal protection of business creativity
- Brand management
- PRINCE2® foundation – training (certification)
- Retail boutique and shopper behaviour
- Social impacts of systems in contemporary society
- Business research methods
You’ll be prepared when you graduate for a career in business and management. All the way through the course, employability skills are promoted – with guest speakers from industry, business insights, graduate start-up and entrepreneur schemes. Our graduates have gone onto jobs such as:
- Local Business Development Manager at Audi
- Consultant at JCW
- Administration Assistant at NHS
- Talent Intelligence Manager at Talent Intelligence
- Account Assistant at ABC Accountancy
- Operations Manager at Patisserie Chocolat Limited
- Financial Market Trader
- HR Advisor at UK National Audit Office
- Finance Intern at Eversholt Rail Group
- Operations and Administration at The Rose Theatre
- Assistant Events Officer at Birkbeck, University of London
- Freelance Web Developer
- Customer Service at Santander UK Corporate & Commercial
- Administration Assistant at Mars Capital
- National Manager at Elevation Networks
- Sales & partnership manager at HomeRez
- Business Controller at L'Oréal Luxe Travel Retail Monde
We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.
At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:
- An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
- Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.
Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.
The School has Centre of Excellence status with the IOEE, in recognition of our entrepreneurial culture and leading-edge practice.
- Centre of Excellence status is the IoEE’s (Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs) flagship organisational accreditation for organisations that promote and deliver enterprise skills development – and is in recognition of the School’s entrepreneurial culture and leading-edge practice.
LSBU Business School is an esteemed member institution of the Business Graduates Association (BGA), an international membership and quality assurance body of world-leading and high-potential Business Schools who share a commitment for responsible management practices and lifelong learning, and are looking to provide positive impact on their students, communities, and the economy as a whole. BGA is the sister brand to the Association of MBAs (AMBA), the world's impartial authority on postgraduate management education.
As a BGA member institution, students of LSBU Business School are able to access BGA's individual membership, which offers a range of tools and resources designed to support the professional and personal development of business students and graduates, free of charge. This includes CV building services, a job search function, skill assessments, thought-leadership, partner discounts and much more.
Teaching and learning
Your learning materials are available on the Virtual Learning Environment so you can access them any time. Seminars make use of group-work and discussions, workshops and computer lab work.
Business students benefit from a number of facilities and software available within the LSBU Business School, but are also host to a whole number of extracurricular activities that help prepare students for the world of work.
Below is a list of extracurricular activities which students can get involved in, utilising the facilities which we have available, to make the learning process at LSBU much more practical and hands-on.
- MyMathLabGlobal – a global online learning tool that enables students to learn online, undertake tutorials and assessments, ultimately encouraging student success.
- The BE Programme – our BE programme provides a whole range of activities
- Institute of Directors (IoD) – our close relationship with the IoD results in regular networking events with senior IoD members, entry into the Young Director of the Year award, membership with the IoD, and access to all of their great resources.
- Business Solutions Centre - Students of LSBU’s Business School offer a free drop-in service to local businesses.
- Live Projects – students benefit from live projects with real businesses who present problems and students have to suggest solutions. In 2017, they worked with London Met, and this year they worked on a English heritage clothing company, just to name two.
- Hackathons – an event, which brings students together to solve a business problem over a short period, you will need to think fast and work as a team to come up with an innovative solution!
- ILX courses – We provide a number of accredited courses, which prepare students for project management, a crucial skill respected within the business sector.
- Learn a language – students will have the opportunity to learn another language, an invaluable skill in a global city. Another language is just another skill we can support you with, supporting you for future career success.
As an undergraduate student in LSBU Business School, your personal development and wellbeing is very important to us, so we have developed a personal tutoring system that is tailored to your individual and group needs.
Firstly, you will be allocated a personal tutor who will be available to you on a 1:1 basis as well as facilitating group personal tutoring sessions which will be designed to enhance your academic and personal development within your degree programme.
In addition to an allocated personal tutor, there will also be a personal tutor available ‘on call’ in a designated room, called ‘Talk’, for confidential 1:1 pastoral care meetings every day of the academic semester from 9am to 8pm. This personal tutor can be seen by appointment or within a few minutes in order to assist you with any concerns that you may have.
Our personal tutoring motto is that we want you to "Achieve, Succeed & Excel".
Students in their first year of an undergraduate degree will also benefit from our BE programme. This programme is a proactive approach to student development that draws out our students' potential through a process of self-analysis, reflection, planning and action, enabling students to discover and decide upon their required needs.
- Successful record of relevant, recent study to a level broadly equivalent to years one and two of undergraduate study including first two years of a degree or a completed foundation degree with a minimum merit profile on Level 5 modules or:
- Recent HND in a relevant subject. with a minimum merit profile on Level 5 modules or:
- Other recent relevant qualification that is equivalent to the first two years of a degree.
We welcome equivalent qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.
If you have already completed some studies at another university, we may be able to consider you for advanced entry. Please see our advanced entry page for more information.
How to apply
International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.
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Once we have made you an offer, you can apply for accommodation. You can rent from LSBU and you’ll deal directly with the university, not third party providers. That means we can guarantee you options to suit all budgets, with clear tenancy agreements and all-inclusive rents that include insurance for your personal belongings, internet access in each bedroom and on-site laundry facilities.
Or, if you’d rather rent privately, we can give you a list of landlords – just ask our Accommodation Service.
Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.
You don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as an undergraduate student.
Prepare to start
After you’ve received your offer we’ll send you emails about events we run to help you prepare for your course.
Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Welcome Week pages.
Suggested reading list:
- Carter and Jones-Evans (2012) Enterprise and Small Business, Principles, practice and Policy, Pearson, London
- Hull (2012) Risk Management and Financial Institutions (third edition), Prentice Hall, Harlow
- Johnson, Whittington et. al. (2013) Exploring Corporate Strategy (1oth edition), Prentice Hall, Harlow
- Sharpe (2012) Foreign Exchange the Complete Deal, Harriman's
Fees and funding
For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for undergraduate students.
Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a Home, EU or International student for fee-paying purposes and for our regulatory returns, by reading the UKCISA regulations.
Possible fee changes
The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions.
The fees for international students are reviewed annually and the University reserves the right to increase the tuition fees in line with the RPIX measure of inflation up to 4 per cent.
We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on our scholarships page.
Simon Maskrey, alumnus, Business Studies
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Links with industry give students a competitive edge
Providing students with access to professional bodies, and encouraging them to develop relationships with a range of them, is embedded into our programmes across LSBU Business School.