International Management

Course description

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, South-East Asia, Australia or New Zealand. We have 28 diverse exchange partners across 16 countries and all classes are taught in English.

Browse the full list of our current partner institutions .


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 Europe, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia or New Zealand
  • Choose from 28 diverse exchange partners across 16 countries. Many feature in the top 100 Financial Times or Shanghai JiaoTong global rankings. All classes are taught in English.
  • The exchange year enhances your academic and career prospects - 96% of students who go on exchange achieve first or upper second degrees (2015).
  • Our dedicated international office 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 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 content for year 1

Your first year will give you a good grounding in accounting, finance, management, human resources, psychology, marketing and economics. You will study a set of core course units to provide a broad introduction to a range of topics across our management portfolio; this will ensure that you benefit from more choice in later years.

Following feedback from both current students and employers, we have recently enhanced our first year programme structure. Due to popular demand, we have introduced a first-year marketing course unit to allow new first-year students to benefit from an early insight into this area. We have also created a new course unit for semester two which uses case studies to give you a more practical understanding of the theories you have learned during the first semester.

You will study Analysing Organisations 1 and 2, Academic and Career Development, Case Studies in Management, Economic Principles: Microeconomics, Financial Decision Making, Fundamentals of Financial Reporting, Fundamentals of Management Accounting, Introduction to Work Psychology, Marketing Foundations and Quantitative Methods for Business and Management 1 and 2.

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.

Title Code Credit rating Mandatory/optional
Economic Principles : Microeconomics 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 Management BMAN10862 10 Mandatory
Introduction to Work Psychology BMAN10872 10 Mandatory

Course content for year 2

You will take 2 compulsory 20 units related in international management, the remainder of credits are chosen from the management portfolio of second-year course units, which includes a further 20 credits of international course units.

Allocation of your exchange destination will also take place. Our dedicated international office prepares 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.

Our partners  include the universities of Sydney, Melbourne, Queensland, Auckland, Hong Kong and NUS, alongside world-leading business schools such as ESADE, Copenhagen Business School, St Gallen, EM Strasbourg, Helsinki School of Economics and Rotterdam School of Management. All partners have been selected on the basis of their global ranking, the quality of their business/management 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.

Title Code Credit rating Mandatory/optional
International Business BMAN24121 10 Mandatory
International Business Strategy BMAN24132 10 Mandatory
Law in a Management Context BMAN10901 10 Optional
Operations Management BMAN20031 10 Optional
Investment Analysis BMAN20072 10 Optional
Financial Statement Analysis BMAN20081 10 Optional
Business Intelligence and Big Data Analytics BMAN20162 10 Optional
Business, Ethics and Society BMAN20211 10 Optional
Globalisation and Employment BMAN20262 10 Optional
Consumer Behaviour BMAN20271 10 Optional
Managerial Economics BMAN20320 20 Optional
Macroeconomics BMAN20340 20 Optional
Influence & Change in Organisations BMAN20352 10 Optional
Marketing Research BMAN20362 10 Optional
Marketing Applications and Communications BMAN20390 20 Optional
e-Business and e-Marketing BMAN20471 10 Optional
Innovation in Product Markets BMAN20481 10 Optional
American Society and Economy BMAN20610 20 Optional
Decision Modelling for Resource Management BMAN20822 10 Optional
Research Methodology BMAN20851 10 Optional
Introduction to Non-profit and Social Marketing BMAN20872 10 Optional
Social Media & Social Network BMAN20892 10 Optional
Global Team Working BMAN20901 10 Optional
Critical Management and Organisation Studies BMAN20920 20 Optional
Sustainable Innovation Management BMAN20932 10 Optional
Financial Markets and Institutions BMAN21011 10 Optional
Financial Reporting and Accountability BMAN21020 20 Optional
Intermediate Management Accounting BMAN21040 20 Optional
Introduction to Business Information Systems BMAN21061 10 Optional
Managing Projects BMAN22061 20 Optional
Foundations of Finance B BMAN23000B 20 Optional
Enabling Creativity and Managing Creative Organisations BMAN24001 10 Optional
The Modern Corporation: control, critique, change BMAN24011 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
Statistics for Management BMAN24061 10 Optional
Personnel Selection and Assessment BMAN24081 10 Optional
Mergers & Acquisitions: Financial Perspectives BMAN24102 10 Optional
Employment Relations BMAN24181 10 Optional
Social Diversity and Employment Inequality BMAN24192 10 Optional
Trends in Digital Business Technology BMAN24202 10 Optional
Science & the Modern World UCIL10221 10 Optional
Science and the Modern World (20 Credits) UCIL10721 20 Optional
Industry Projects: Sustainability and Environmental Impact UCIL13301 10 Optional
Leadership of Learning UCIL20001 10 Optional
Leadership of Learning UCIL20002 20 Optional
Leadership in Action 20 Credit Unit UCIL20020 20 Optional
Leadership in Action Unit UCIL20021 10 Optional
Leadership in Action Online Unit UCIL20031 10 Optional
From Cholera to Aids: A Global History of Epidemics UCIL20081 20 Optional
The Crisis of Nature: Issues in Environmental History UCIL20092 10 Optional
Multilingual Manchester (Societal Multilingualism) UCIL20102 10 Optional
Science, the Media and the Public UCIL20181 10 Optional
The Information Age UCIL20282 10 Optional
From Cholera to Aids: A Global History of Epidemics UCIL20331 10 Optional
Crisis of Nature: Critical Issues in Environmental History UCIL20592 20 Optional
The Information Age UCIL20782 20 Optional
An Introduction to Current Topics in Biology UCIL20882 10 Optional
Leadership of Learning UCIL21000 20 Optional
Leadership of Learning UCIL21001 20 Optional
Leadership of Learning UCIL21002 10 Optional
Diverse Britain in a Globalising World UCIL21102 10 Optional
Bioethics: Contemporary Issues in Science and Biomedicine UCIL21202 10 Optional
Communicating with Confidence UCIL21301 10 Optional
Communicating with Confidence UCIL21302 10 Optional
Innovation for a Sustainable Society UCIL21402 10 Optional
Security and Surveillance UCIL21701 20 Optional
Body, Health and Well-Being UCIL21802 10 Optional
Humanitarian Challenges in an Unequal World UCIL21902 10 Optional
Essential Enterprise UCIL22001 10 Optional
Curating Culture UCIL22302 10 Optional
Global Citizenship and Sustainability UCIL22501 10 Optional
Science and Civilisation in East Asia UCIL23101 20 Optional
Science and Civilisation in East Asia UCIL23301 10 Optional
The Art of Enterprise UCIL24002 10 Optional
Science, Technology and Democracy UCIL24141 10 Optional
Science, Technology and Democracy UCIL24151 20 Optional
The Digital Society UCIL25002 10 Optional
"You can't say that!" UCIL28002 10 Optional
Physics & The Grand Challenges of Today UCIL29002 10 Optional
Introduction to Computer Systems (ITMB) UCIL29512 10 Optional
Madness and Society in the Modern Age UCIL30332 20 Optional
Madness and Society in the Modern Age UCIL30832 10 Optional
From Baker Street to CSI UCIL32011 10 Optional
From Baker Street to CSI UCIL32511 20 Optional
Climate Change & Society UCIL33201 10 Optional
Climate Change & Society UCIL33501 20 Optional
Further Business French ULFR20360 20 Optional

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 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 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.

Title Code Credit rating Mandatory/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
Advanced Business Information Systems BMAN30151 10 Optional
Consultancy Project BMAN30180 30 Optional
Corporate Governance in Context BMAN30211 10 Optional
Financial Engineering BMAN30242 10 Optional
Advanced Management Accounting BMAN31040 20 Optional
International and Comparative Public Management BMAN31051 10 Optional
Comparative Industrial Relations BMAN31090 20 Optional
Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development BMAN31111 10 Optional
Managerial Decision Making & Support Systems BMAN31131 10 Optional
Decision Analysis for Business & Management BMAN31152 10 Optional
Strategic Marketing Management BMAN31302 10 Optional
Services Marketing BMAN31312 10 Optional
Transformational Leadership: Work, Industry and Society BMAN31350 20 Optional
The Economics of Sport BMAN31391 10 Optional
Employment Law BMAN31410 20 Optional
Global Management, People and the Digital Divide BMAN31420 20 Optional
Human Resource Management BMAN31430 20 Optional
Foundations of Supply Chain Management BMAN31451 10 Optional
Retail Marketing BMAN31461 10 Optional
Statistical Models for Business BMAN31471 10 Optional
Operations Strategy BMAN31481 10 Optional
Strategic Supply Chain Management BMAN31492 10 Optional
Dissertation BMAN31500 30 Optional
Leadership & Success at Work BMAN31550 20 Optional
Modelling of Dynamic Business Systems BMAN31561 10 Optional
Big Data, Information Management and Business Analytics BMAN31571 10 Optional
International Marketing BMAN31581 10 Optional
IT in Business Strategy BMAN31592 10 Optional
Critical Consumption & Ethics in Marketing BMAN31621 10 Optional
Networks, Organisations & Society BMAN31631 10 Optional
Managing Fairness at Work BMAN31652 10 Optional
Globalisation and National Employment Systems BMAN31661 10 Optional
International Human Resource Management BMAN31672 10 Optional
Management in Practice BMAN31681 10 Optional
Macroeconomics Analysis BMAN31722 10 Optional
Behavioural Strategy BMAN31731 10 Optional
Management and Leadership: challenges & opportunities (a healthcare industry example) BMAN31762 10 Optional
Towards 2050: Management & Managing in an Age of Transitions BMAN31772 10 Optional
The Business of Health Care BMAN31781 10 Optional
Financial Market Microstructure BMAN31792 10 Optional
Applied Investment Management BMAN31802 10 Optional
International Competitiveness and Innovation BMAN31811 10 Optional
Industrial Organisation & Business Strategy BMAN32040 20 Optional
International Business Analysis Project BMAN33000 20 Optional
Cases in Sustainable Development MCEL33321 10 Optional
Advanced Business French ULFR30360 20 Optional

Additional course fee information

Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2016 will be £9,000 per annum. Tuition fees for international students will be £20,000 per annum. For general information please see the  undergraduate fees  pages.

Scholarships and bursaries

The Manchester Bursary is available to any student who is registered on an eligible first undergraduate degree course at Manchester and who has had a full financial assessment carried out by Student Finance. Visit our student finance pages for more detailed information.

In addition to this support, Alliance Manchester Business School will be awarding five Undergraduate Scholarships for Social Responsibility worth £2,000 p.a. across three years of study to UK students achieving AAA at A-level (or equivalent) who are able to demonstrate a significant contribution and commitment to social responsibility. We will also be awarding this scholarship to an international (non-EU) student. Find out more about our Undergraduate Scholarships for Social Responsibility .

What our students say

'A unique and exciting educational opportunity both culturally and intellectually that has enhanced my university experience, and one that I would not have missed for the world!' - Abigail Revill, IESEG, Lille, France

'A truly mind-blowing year that offered me the opportunity to meet amazing people and to go to places that I never dreamed of going.' - James Shaw, CUHK, Hong Kong

'St Gallen is one of those places you would probably never just visit on holiday, however once you visit you will not want to leave, truly amazing experience, truly amazing place.' - Nichola Buckley, St Gallen, Switzerland

'Having an opportunity to study abroad was one of the most important criteria in choosing the right course. I thought it would be interesting to experience the Scandinavian way of life and student life in Lund, whose small setting created a completely different lifestyle. In terms of the management course, I had the opportunity to understand how international business and the welfare system operate in the Nordic countries. It was simply the greatest experience of my life. It enabled me to meet incredible people, discover an amazing part of the world and confirmed my desire to pursue an international career.' - William Costa, Lund University, Sweden

More current students share their experience of studying BSc (Hons) International Management 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 Precinct 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 from the Disability Advisory and Support Office. Email:

Class profile - 2015 intake

Applications per place: 8
Nationalities: 11

UCAS code


Typical A-level offer


Key features

of students achieve a first or upper second degree
You will receive a significant fee discount for your exchange year

Recent International Management graduates were employed by

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