Course: BSc (Hons) International Business Management

Course details

  • UCAS Code

  • Location

    Royal Agricultural University Campus
  • Duration

    3 years (Full time / Part time)
  • Academic Year

    21 September 2020 - 21 May 2021

With a real-world focus, you will benefit from lecturers with experience of domestic and international business management, as well as a strong network of industry contacts. No wonder graduates have gone on to pursue careers at internationally- recognised companies including Mitsubishi Motors, Unilever, Harrods and Weatherbys.

Course overview 

*Subject to validation

Do you have your sights set on a career in the world of corporate finance, event management or consultancy on the international stage? Whatever your ambitions, our BSc in International Business Management, which is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute, will help you get there.

Business students have the opportunity to work with real start-up enterprises based at the Gloucestershire Growth Hub on campus, using their knowledge to find and implement solutions to current industry problems.

You will visit entrepreneurs on a free study tour to Europe with previous destinations including Spain and Germany. You will also network and gain business contacts before you graduate at careers fairs, as well as having access to our Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Programme. Upon completion of the degree you will receive the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Level 6 Diploma in Management and Leadership. Annual membership to CMI is free for one year after graduation.

For the duration of the International Business Management course, you will have associate membership of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI),  read more about the benefits of CMI membership.

Work placement

In the second year, you will apply and develop your expertise during a 15 to 20-week work placement. Not only could you find yourself working for prestigious companies in the UK or across the world, you will develop confidence and industry contacts for when you graduate.

International study tour

As part of the 'Entrepreneur in Action' module which is taken in the first year, the entire course of students are taken on a free study tour to a foreign country. In the last three years, we have visited Spain, Bulgaria and Germany. During these study tours we visit entrepreneurs and their businesses with a view to learn the character traits of successful entrepreneurs and how this can be applied to your own personal development.  All travel, accommodation and breakfasts are paid for by the University and it provides you with an amazing experience to meet agri-entrepreneurs.

Accreditations and partnerships

We are delighted to work with a wider range of businesses, partners and accreditation organisations, some of which are shown below:

CMI LogoCFE logoEnterprise Educators logo
nacue logoClick above logos to visit sites.

Careers and enterprise 

Our graduates have gone on to pursue careers within companies worldwide and within the following roles:

  • Account manager
  • Banking graduate
  • Sales manager
  • Investment analyst
  • Project manager
  • Marketing account executive

93%* of our graduates are in employment or further study six months after leaving the RAU.

*2016/17 UK-based leavers studying a first degree, full time. Source: HESA


Employability Standards are built into every module. These are designed by the School of Business and Entrepreneurship in consultation with employers – so you will always be able to see the employability relevance of what you are studying.

You will learn through lectures, tutorials, visiting lecturers, student and tutor-led seminars, directed reading, problem-based and experiential learning and case studies. Modules are assessed through exams, essays, reports, presentations, and group work. The Research Project is an integral part of the course. Completed in your third year, it provides the opportunity to study in-depth a subject of specific interest or of direct relevance to your future employment.


Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and societies activities.


Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Each credit equates to 10 hours of total study time. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity.

Full-time students normally take modules worth 60 credits per 15 week semester but this can vary depending on your elective choice. Part-time students taking proportionally fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for your degree is based on marks obtained for modules taken at level 5 and level 6 (weighted 30:70 accordingly).

The modules available for this course are as follows: 

Year one

In the first year, you will focus on the fundamentals of business management, marketing and finance.

Year two

Year three

In the final year, you will have the opportunity to select elective modules and specialise in subjects of particular interest and relevance to your future career aspirations.

Plus a choice of TWO electives selected from:

* Subject to validation

** Optional additions to the course will incur additional charges

The availability of electives to individual students will be dependent on timetabling considerations and on sufficient students electing to take part.

Disclaimer information

The University has established various rules and regulations that you must agree to and follow if you accept an offer to study with us. View our full disclaimer notice.

Entry requirements 

Typical offers

  • A Level: CCC – min.96 UCAS Tariff points (to include at least two A Level passes)
  • GCSE: (Minimum five GCSEs) - English and Mathematics (or Maths Numeracy for Welsh applicants) at Grade C / 4 or higher are required
  • International Baccalaureate: 26 points
  • Access to HE: 45 credits at level 3, of which 15 must be awarded at Distinction (Pass at Literacy & Numeracy skills at level 2 are accepted in lieu of GCSE English & Mathematics)

Further information

Alternative entry routes are available for a range of other qualifications. Prior experience is also considered, subject to approval by the programme manager and admissions staff.

Read more general information about our entry requirements.

If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be eligible for one of our Foundation degree courses or another related degree course.

For any further help, please contact our admissions team:  


Tuition fees cover the cost of a student’s academic studies. This usually includes teaching costs, registration and examination fees (not repeat or trailing modules, re-sit fees or coursework resubmission). Any costs associated with work placements will be the student's responsibility.

  • Re-sit examination or coursework re-submission fees are £5 per credit (for a typical 15 credit module, this will total £75)

2020-21 Applicants

For the academic year 2020-21 the tuition fees for this course are: 

Full-time£9,250 per year£9,250 per year£10,200 per year

For part-time study, please contact for further information.

Please also refer to the funding your time at university page.

Tuition fees may be subject to an inflationary increase each year as set out in our Access and Participation Plan 2019/20.


The University offers a wide range of generous fee waivers and bursaries. To find out more about the these, please visit the bursaries, awards and scholarships page.

Ready to take the plunge? Apply now

Applications to study at the Royal Agricultural University must be made through the UCAS system. This applies to all undergraduate courses.

Applications need to be made by the UCAS deadline to ensure we are able to offer you a place on your first choice course.

If you would like to apply during UCAS Extra or Clearing, please check that we have places available.

Applicants wishing to study on a course on a part-time basis will need to apply directly to the RAU.

Please contact to discuss your requirements and obtain an application form.