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BSc International Management / Course details

Year of entry: 2022

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 Europe, USA, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia or New Zealand. We have 44 diverse exchange partners across 16 countries and all classes are taught in English.

Browse the full list of our current partner institutions and find out more in our exchange guide .


This course aims to promote critical awareness of the merits and complexities of international management and to instil an appreciation of the association between theory and practice. It aims to introduce you to important new developments in the field of international 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 Europe, USA, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia or New Zealand
  • Choose from 44 diverse exchange partners across 16 countries and 4 continents. Many feature in the top 100 Financial Times or Shanghai JiaoTong global rankings. All classes are taught in English
  • Enhance your academic and career prospects - 90% of our exchange students achieved 1st or 2:1 degrees in 2019
  • Our dedicated international team prepares you for your exchange and supports 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 one or two hours of lectures for each course unit and a one hour workshop every week, 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 or 20 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 International Business (20 credits) and /or American Society and Economy (20 credits) depending on your country of exchange and choose 100 credits from the management portfolio of second-year course units, as detailed below. International Management 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 currently include the universities of Sydney, Melbourne, Queensland, Auckland, Hong Kong and the National University of Singapore, alongside world-leading business schools such as Cornell University, ESADE, Copenhagen, McGill University, EM Strasbourg and Rotterdam School of Management. All partners have been selected on the basis of their global ranking, the quality of their courses, 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 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. At least 75% of your exchange study must be in Business & Management courses and up to 25% can be taken in cultural or language options.  Your teaching and assessment will be in English, but you are encouraged to learn a local 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 your exchange in a range of specialised international options across all of the key disciplines. International course units are designed to develop an appreciation of economics, social and cultural differences between nations and the implications of this for management systems and practices.

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 and international/EU students. These awards are worth £2,000 per year across three years of study. You must achieve A*AA at A-level (or equivalent qualification) 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 A*AA at A-level (or equivalent qualification). Additional eligibility criteria apply - please see our  scholarship pages  for full details.

What our students say

Final year International Management students Jade, Wokedje, Shreeya and Alicia spent their third year on exchange at our world-class partner institutions in Hong Kong, Barcelona and Florida.

Hear them talk about their practical tips, the academic and personal skills they gained from the experience and why it was the best year of their lives over 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 MBS 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 MBS 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: