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BSc International Management with American Business Studies / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

Course description

Top 5 reasons to study International Management at Manchester

First-hand knowledge of another culture can be crucial in business. The distinctive feature of this four-year course is that you spend a full academic year abroad on exchange at a top global business school or university.

You will spend your third year studying in the US or Canada. We have 19 exchange partners across 12 US states and 4 Canadian provinces. Most feature in the top 100 Financial Times global rankings. Browse the full list of our current partner institutions  and download our exchange guide to find out more.


This course aims to promote critical awareness of the merits and complexities of management and to instill an appreciation of the association between theory and practice. It aims to introduce you to important new developments in the field of management and to enable you to develop appropriate practical and transferable skills.

Special features

  • Spend your third year on an academic exchange at a top business school or university in the USA or Canada
  • Choose from 19 diverse exchange partners across 12 US states and 3 Canadian provinces. Most feature in the top 100 Financial Times global rankings
  • Enhance your academic and career prospects - 90% of our exchange students achieved 1st or 2:1 degrees in 2019
  • Our dedicated international team prepare you for your exchange and support you whilst on exchange
  • Study core and specialist areas of international business and management according to your personal or academic interests or career ambitions.

Teaching and learning

You will normally study four or five course units per semester. Each week there are usually two hours of lectures for each course unit and a one hour workshop in alternate weeks, although this varies slightly. You are expected to double this in private study. Group work and group or individual presentations will form a regular part of your assignments.

Coursework and assessment

Essays, multiple choice tests, project reports and presentations, in-class tests and weekly assignments constitute the coursework component of assessment, although the nature and proportion of coursework varies across course units. The remainder of assessment is by unseen examination. Depending on the degree course, in your final year you can choose to do a research-based dissertation or project. We aim to strike a balance between examinations and assessed coursework as well as providing opportunities for feedback on progress through non-assessed work.

Course unit details

You take courses totalling 360 credits over the duration of your studies in order to graduate with Honours; 120 credits in each year of study. Generally, one semester courses are worth 10 credits and full year courses are worth 20 credits. As your studies progress you have increasing flexibility in choosing courses which suit your personal interests and career aspirations. The year abroad must be passed in order to progress to your final year.

Course content for year 1

Your first year will give you a good grounding in accounting, finance, management, work psychology, marketing, sociology and economics. This will help you to make more informed choices about optional course units in later years. You will study 120 credits in total.

Course units for year 1

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Economic Principles BMAN10001 10 Mandatory
Marketing Foundations BMAN10101 10 Mandatory
Financial Decision Making M BMAN10522M 10 Mandatory
Fundamentals of Financial Reporting BMAN10621M 10 Mandatory
Fundamentals of Management Accounting M BMAN10632M 10 Mandatory
Academic and Career Development BMAN10780 10 Mandatory
Case Studies in Professional Management BMAN10862 10 Mandatory
Introduction to Work Psychology BMAN10872 10 Mandatory
Quantitative Methods for Business and Management BMAN10960 20 Mandatory
Introduction to Management and Organisation Studies BMAN10970 20 Mandatory

Course content for year 2

You will take a compulsory 20-credit course unit in American Society and Economy and choose 100 credits from the management portfolio of second-year course units, as detailed below. IMABS students can also choose up to 10 credits from a range of University College level 2 course units, including the Manchester Leadership Programme , and up to 20 credits of language courses at varying levels - please visit the Language Centre website for more details.

Allocation of your exchange destination will also take place. Our dedicated international team prepare you for your exchange and supports you while on exchange. You will be asked to indicate your preferred institutions by ranking destinations in order of preference. We aim to place you as high as possible up your personal ranking and will take your first year grades into account when allocating places for each of our partner institutions.

Our partners  include the universities of Florida, Massachusetts, British Columbia, Arizona State and McGill University, as well as renowned business schools such as Stern at New York University, Marshall at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and the Schulich School of Business in Toronto. All partners have been selected on the basis of their global ranking, quality of their courses, their high standard of teaching, social and sporting facilities, the safety and attractiveness of the campus and the level of support for our exchange students.

Course units for year 2

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
American Society and Economy BMAN20610 20 Mandatory
Law in a Management Context BMAN10901 10 Optional
Investment Analysis BMAN20072 10 Optional
Financial Statement Analysis BMAN20081 10 Optional
Consumer Behaviour BMAN20271 20 Optional
Financial Markets and Institutions BMAN21011 10 Optional
Financial Reporting and Accountability BMAN21020 20 Optional
Intermediate Management Accounting BMAN21040 20 Optional
Managing Projects BMAN22061 20 Optional
Foundations of Finance B BMAN23000B 20 Optional
Business Law 1: Law, Business Liabilities and the Consumer BMAN24042 10 Optional
Business Law 2: Law and the Modern Corporation in an International Context BMAN24052 10 Optional
Creativity, Design & Entrepreneurship BMAN24241 20 Optional
Ethical Business BMAN24261 20 Optional
Globalization & Employment BMAN24271 20 Optional
Marketing Management BMAN24281 20 Optional
Operations Management and Strategy BMAN24291 10 Optional
International Business BMAN24312 20 Optional
Employment Relations and Human Resource Management BMAN24332 20 Optional
Marketing Communications in the Digital Age BMAN24352 20 Optional
Personnel Selection and Talent Management BMAN24362 20 Optional
Sustainable Business BMAN24372 20 Optional
Research Methodology BMAN24410 20 Optional
Economic Analysis I: Firm Market and the Economy BMAN24431 20 Optional
Foundations of Strategy and Innovation BMAN24442 20 Optional
Business Data Analytics BMAN24621 20 Optional
Displaying 10 of 26 course units for year 2

Course content for year 3

You will spend the whole of your third year overseas, fully integrating with the students of the overseas institution - attending the same lectures, seminars and other learning activities. Your teaching and assessment will be in English, but you are encouraged to learn a language where appropriate.

Course content for year 4

You will return to Manchester for your final year and will have the opportunity to use the knowledge and experience gained on exchange in a range of specialised international options across all of the key disciplines. International course units are designed to develop an appreciation of economic, social and cultural differences between nations and the implications of this for management systems and practices.

Course units for year 4

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Contemporary Issues in Financial Reporting and Regulation BMAN30030 20 Optional
International Finance BMAN30060 20 Optional
Share Prices and Accounting Information BMAN30071 10 Optional
Financial Derivatives BMAN30091 10 Optional
Advanced Corporate Finance BMAN30111 20 Optional
Accountability and Auditing BMAN30131 10 Optional
Consultancy Project BMAN30180 40 Optional
Corporate Governance in Context BMAN30211 10 Optional
Financial Engineering BMAN30242 10 Optional
Corporate Contracting and Managerial Behaviour BMAN30702 10 Optional
Advanced Management Accounting BMAN31040 20 Optional
Business Decision Analytics BMAN31152 20 Optional
Marketing Strategy BMAN31302 20 Optional
Services Marketing Management BMAN31312 20 Optional
Retail Marketing BMAN31461 20 Optional
Dissertation BMAN31500 40 Optional
Marketing and Society BMAN31621 20 Optional
Organisational Change and Transformation in the 21st Century BMAN31631 20 Optional
Equality and Fairness at Work BMAN31652 20 Optional
Exploring Management in Practice BMAN31681 20 Optional
Advanced Strategic Management BMAN31731 20 Optional
Wicked Problems: Clumsy Solutions - Leadership in Healthcare BMAN31762 20 Optional
Financial Market Microstructure BMAN31792 10 Optional
Comparative Industrial Relations BMAN31871 20 Optional
Economic Analysis II: Corporate Development, Growth and Strategy BMAN31881 20 Optional
Human Resource Strategy and Practice BMAN31901 20 Optional
Innovation and Markets BMAN31911 20 Optional
Leadership and Success at Work BMAN31921 20 Optional
Sustainable Business In Society BMAN31942 20 Optional
Digital Economy: Platforms, AI and The Business BMAN31952 20 Optional
Employment Law BMAN31962 20 Optional
Entrepreneurship and New Business Venturing BMAN31972 20 Optional
International and Comparative Human Resource Management BMAN31982 20 Optional
International Competitiveness and Innovation BMAN31992 20 Optional
Global Management, People and the Digital Divide BMAN32062 20 Optional
Advanced International Business BMAN32071 20 Optional
Applied Practical Investing BMAN32082 10 Optional
Supply Chain Management: Logistics and Purchasing BMAN32151 20 Optional
Leadership of Learning - with Teaching Placement UCIL20001 10 Optional
Leadership in Action Unit UCIL20022 10 Optional
Leadership in Action Online Unit UCIL20031 10 Optional
Leadership in Action Online Unit UCIL20032 10 Optional
Crisis of Nature: Issues in Environmental History UCIL20092 10 Optional
Understanding Mental Health UCIL20112 10 Optional
AI: robot overlord, replacement, or colleague? UCIL20122 10 Optional
Trust and Security in a Digital World: From Fake News to Cyber Criminals UCIL20132 10 Optional
From Antarctica to Outer Space: Surviving and Thriving in Extremes UCIL20142 10 Optional
Are We Alone? The Search for Extraterrestrial Life UCIL20211 10 Optional
Information Visions: Past, Present and Future UCIL20282 10 Optional
Creating a Sustainable World: 21st Century Challenges and the Sustainable Development Goals UCIL20311 10 Optional
From Cholera to COVID-19: A Global History of Epidemics UCIL20331 10 Optional
Current Topics in Biology UCIL20882 10 Optional
Leadership of Learning - with Teaching Placement UCIL21002 10 Optional
Communicating with Confidence UCIL21301 10 Optional
Communicating with Confidence UCIL21302 10 Optional
Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset UCIL21331 10 Optional
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: Your Role in Shaping a Fairer World UCIL22302 10 Optional
Entrepreneur: Innovator and Risk-Taker UCIL24002 10 Optional
Digital Society: Your Place in a Networked World UCIL26002 10 Optional
The Global Journey Towards Health for All: Health, Development and People UCIL30232 10 Optional
Madness and Society in the Modern Age UCIL30832 10 Optional
The Nuclear Age: Global Nuclear Threats from Hiroshima to Today UCIL31212 10 Optional
From Sherlock Holmes to CSI UCIL32011 10 Optional
Climate Change and Society UCIL33201 10 Optional
Displaying 10 of 64 course units for year 4

Scholarships and bursaries

The Manchester Bursary is available to UK students registered on an undergraduate degree course at Alliance MBS who have had a full financial assessment carried out by Student Finance England. 

In addition, Alliance MBS will award a range of Social Responsibility Scholarships to UK/EU and international students. These awards are worth £2,000 per year across three years of study. You must achieve AAA at A-level (or equivalent) and be able to demonstrate a significant contribution and commitment to social responsibility. The School will also award a number of International Stellar Scholarships to international students achieving AAA at A-level (or equivalent). Additional eligibility criteria apply - please see our scholarship pages for full details.

What our students say

'I wanted a course that stood out from the endless business courses available and after reading about the range of partner institutions in the USA, it was too good a chance to miss. I talked about my time at the University of Southern California non-stop in various job interviews. The educational experience set against the backdrop of living in Los Angeles made it one of the best years of my life.' - David Staunton

'Friends for life, once in a lifetime teaching, a great institution ... possibly the best year of my life!' - Ben Collins, William and Mary, Virginia, USA

More current students share their experience of studying our International Management degrees on our YouTube channel .


John Rylands University Library is renowned as one of the most extensive libraries in the world. This is complemented by our specialist business and management Eddie Davies Library which provides a dedicated service to Alliance Manchester Business School undergraduates. There is increasing provision of information via various web-based services and much of your reading material will be available through e-journals. These and other standard computing services, such as access to the internet and word processing, are available through computer clusters across campus in departmental buildings, libraries and halls of residence. Many buildings in and around the campus are also equipped with free wifi access.

Personal development plans

PDPs are aimed at helping you develop awareness of generic transferable and subject-specific skills, improve independent learning and provide a record of your academic learning and achievement.

Academic advisors

All new Alliance Manchester Business School students are allocated an academic advisor who you will meet in regular sessions as part of a first-year course unit. Where possible, you will keep the same academic advisor throughout your time here. Your advisor will support you throughout your studies on matters of an academic nature, from providing feedback on a practice essay in preparation for your `formal' assessment at the end of each semester to discussing your PDP or writing you a reference. We also have a dedicated undergraduate assessment and student support centre within the School, who will be your first point of contact for any ill health or other personal problems which are affecting your work.

Student mentoring

We operate a peer mentoring scheme which aims to provide you with a second or final year 'mentor' to provide practical assistance with orientation and induction as well as advice and information on any aspect of student life.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: