BSc single honours International Business Management 2019/20

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Good management is at the heart of every successful organisation. All of our business programmes are practical in nature and from day one you will start to build your knowledge and understanding of organisations, the environments in which they operate, and how they are managed.

Designed to prepare you for general management, this course is particularly suitable if you are looking for a role in the service, retail or public sectors. You will study business from a strategic viewpoint and examine real-life organisational problems, making use of the strong links between Christ Church Business School and a wide range of local, regional and national organisations, and gaining real-world knowledge and experience.

You will explore areas including:

  • business accounting
  • introduction to economics
  • introduction to marketing.

93% of our most recent Business Management students were satisfied with the quality of their course.

National Student Survey 2018

This is a three-year degree, or two-year diploma, designed to prepare you for general management. All our business programmes at Canterbury are essentially practical in nature. You will receive relevant knowledge and understanding of organisations, the external environment in which they operate and how they are managed. The inter-relationships among and the integration of these areas will form part of your overall student learning experience.

Assessments include a range of methods but do not feature formal examinations. A particularly innovative feature is the link with local organisations in the final stage of the degree provided by the Problem Orientated Project module. This is also available if you choose Business Management (Retail). You can also expect to gain a comprehensive understanding of the nature of business ethics and demonstrate the relevance of ethics in business.

We provide a high-quality, broad-based and sound foundation for those wanting to pursue roles in business and/or management in a positive learning environment. We pride ourselves on approachability and ensure our students have access to their tutors within drop-in sessions and office hours.

This course is for you if you are looking for a role in the service, retail and public sectors. This programme allows you to develop an understanding of these areas without following a degree devoted entirely to the subject.

You will be provided with the opportunity to develop broad knowledge and understanding of a range of current models, theories, concepts, research and issues. These relate to key aspects of small and medium-sized enterprises, voluntary and community organisations and large organisations, in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors within the dynamic context and changing environment in which they operate.

We are proud that our students have been finalists a number of times in the national IBM Business Challenge.

The first year is common to all business programmes and introduces you to some of the main themes of the programme. There is also a module designed to make sure you are familiar with the skills, techniques and computer software you will be using both at university and beyond. At the end of the first year, it is quite straightforward to change degree pathways should you wish.

In year two the exact combination of core and optional modules depends on your chosen degree. The final year involves studying business aspects from a more strategic viewpoint. You will also have the opportunity to examine a real-life organisational problem. A wide range of local, regional and national organisations from across the region support us in doing this.

Our graduates have moved on to very exciting and challenging jobs in the private as well as public sector, in the UK and abroad. Their employers include Google, Apple, KPMG, HSBC and the NHS.

We are a diverse school; our students and staff come from a variety of backgrounds and places. In order to provide our students with a diversity of learning experiences, we maintain close links with a variety of European universities. Our students have the opportunity to complete one semester or one year of their studies at one of these institutions in English language within the framework of the Erasmus programme.

Work experience

You can opt to do a one year-long work placement, in addition to your three year academic studies. Whilst it is the responsibility of the student to secure a placement there is a School based placement officer and Unitemps office to help.

Also, the Problem Oriented Project in year three provides you with an excellent opportunity to gain real-life experience in the workplace

You can study French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish as part of, or alongside, your course.

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Year one

Core modules

Business Accounting

A comprehensive overview of the financial statements and the accounting system.

Developing Graduate Skills

Provides you with a range of practical skills that will be of value during your studies at university and beyond.

Introduction to Management Science

Enables you to analyse and utilise appropriate numerical techniques that will be of value in a range of business contexts and which may be applied to a range of business and management problems.

Introduction to Economics

Enables you to acquire knowledge and understanding of the fundamental concepts of economics. The course also provides a comprehensive overview of the economic environment within which businesses operate.

Introduction to Marketing

The aim of this course is to develop an understanding of the core themes of marketing and their practical application to contemporary business practice. The module covers the main marketing concepts.

People in Organisations

Provides you with a general introduction to managing people in the work environment and an understanding of key elements of the law relating to employment. 

Year two

Core module

Leadership and Management

Develops your ability to understand the principles of management and leadership, and interpret ambiguous situations that exist between leaders, management and staff in modern organisations.

Likely optional modules

Business in Society

Provides you with an introduction to issues pertaining to the changing role of businesses in society.  It aims to encourage you to consider how companies can manage their business processes to produce an overall positive impact on society at the local, national and global level while at the same time achieving their organisational goals.

Consumer Behaviour

Develops your critical awareness and understanding of consumer and organisational buyer behaviour and how they can be influenced by marketing activity.

Corporate Financial Accounting

Provides you with a thorough understanding of financial accounting techniques and accounting statements suitable for analysis and publication appreciating the regulatory framework.


Explores the nature of the challenges facing e-Marketing, the impact of more sophisticated and demanding consumers, the globalisation of markets and the advent of virtual distribution and payment systems.


Provides you with an understanding of the main concepts and theories of entrepreneurship, its role in the modern economy, and hence aims to develop a practical perspective on the processes involved in new venture creation.

Management Accounting

Develops your knowledge and skills in the application of management accounting techniques to quantitative and qualitative information for planning, decision-making, performance evaluation, and control.

Management of Operations

Evaluates the role of operations management within a business context.  There will be particular emphasis placed on the role and function of the operations manager in an organisation, encompassing quality management and the role of project management.

Project Management

Examines the role of project management within a contemporary business context and the underpinning philosophies, principles, structures and methodologies.

Retail Management

Provides you with a comprehensive understanding of developments within the retail sector, consumer behaviour and store design.

Work Based Learning

The aim of the module is develop students’ skills in seeking and obtaining a work placement or internship of a minimum of three weeks’ duration. It will also develop in students their skills in learning from work experience and applying academic learning to the work place.

Year three

Core modules

Exploring Strategy

Provides you with an understanding of the impact of the business environment and the resources of the organisation, both human and material, on strategic planning and choice. This will enable you to consider strategic alternatives, evaluate their suitability and make you aware of the complex issues involved in implementing strategy and managing strategic change.

Likely optional modules

Entrepreneurship in the Global Marketplace

Explores the notion of international entrepreneurship as a contributory factor impacting on economic development, allowing evaluation of the issues influencing entrepreneurs and business ventures in emerging, developing, established and declining global markets.

Financial Strategy

Develops your understanding of advanced financial accounting issues and of the treasury function, auditing, taxation and corporate financial strategy.

International Business

Evaluates and contrasts the opportunities and constraints facing businesses in different areas of the world. You will also gain an awareness of cross-cultural differences, sustainability and ethical considerations for entrepreneurial and other ventures around the world.

International Marketing

Provides you with an understanding of the different cultural, economic and political environments that are necessary for success for international markets.

Problem-Orientated Project

Provides you with an opportunity to study the practical application of theoretical underpinning to a business-oriented problem and the development of students’ research skills.

Public Relations

Develops a critical understanding of the strategic, international and specialist roles of PR, whilst building your written PR skills ready for the work environment.

Service Management

Builds on concepts developed in ‘Management of Operations.’  It will acquaint you with the complex demands made upon service management organisations and the challenges that their staff face. 

Strategic issues in HRM

Develops your understanding of the strategic nature of human resource management within the changing context of work and evaluates effective people management strategies.

Our students find their degree a significant advantage when selecting a career, by combining academic study and practical assessments, and this is readily appreciated by potential employers. Among the occupations our recent graduates are now following are air traffic control, airline pilot, armed forces, banking, project management, retail management and teaching. Some of our recent overseas graduates have moved directly into management positions in their home countries. These degrees are also an ideal basis for continued study at Masters level in a range of business-related disciplines.


Tuition Fees for 2019/20 have not yet been finalised. Course webpages will be updated with Tuition Fee information once these have been agreed.

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Each module will involve 200 hours of work with 50 of these being contact time (lectures and seminars) and the rest self-directed study which includes preparation for and the production of assessments. You will be expected to read up on the relevant topics and positively contribute to class discussions and debates. Delivery of modules will typically consist of a one hour lecture and a one hour seminar per week for each of the six modules being studied each year.

On average, you should expect to study for 35 hours per week during term-time. We motivate our students to become proactive independent learners who are able to think in a critical and analytical way.

Academic input

The majority of staff have worked as practitioners. As well as teaching, the team is also actively involved in research, knowledge exchange and cross-cultural teaching at institutions in other parts of Europe.

The goals of our assessment strategies are to promote learning, to demonstrate knowledge and understanding, and to ascertain the high standards of the programme. Our assessments consist of case studies, essays, individual and group projects, presentations, exams, and in class assignments. 

The Business School has accreditation with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Several of our year two modules are accredited and on successful completion you will be eligible for CMI Level 5 qualifications in Leadership and Management.

Our lectures and seminars facilitate student learning and participation. Seminars have up to around 30 students and offer opportunities to develop ideas and concepts from lectures as well as background research

A Business School Advisory Board has been established which includes representatives from across the private and public sector. This encourages employer engagement as The Board engages in discussion about technical content of the curriculum and the development of wider employability skills, the provision of work placement opportunities, guest speakers, live case studies, and workplace visits.

We closely collaborate with external organisations, such as CIPD, Fujifilm, Discovery Park, Dreamland and Shepherd Neame.


Full-time study

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UCAS course code

  • NI20 International Business Management
  • N200 Business Management
  • N201 Business Management (DipHE)
  • N205 Business Management with Foundation Year
  • N241 Business Management (Retail) (DipHE)

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 3 years full time (2 years for the DipHE)

    4 years full-time including a Foundation Year

    6 years part-time


  • September 2019

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