2022/23 entry

BA (Hons) Business with International Business Management

Start date:

September 2022

Study mode:

Full time

Course Duration:

3 years, 4 years with placement

UCAS code:


Points required:



Mt Pleasant

Tuition fees (per year)

Home (full-time):
International (full-time):
Placement (home student):
Placement (international student):
All figures are subject to yearly increases.
Tuition fees are subject to parliamentary approval.

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Faculty of Business and Law:

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Why study Business with International Business Management at Liverpool John Moores University?

  • Prepares students for multiple business roles through the use of business simulation tools and live projects
  • Gain technical business skills through practical application of business theory
  • Spend a year on work placement if you take the sandwich year option
  • Study abroad opportunities in China, the USA and across Europe during your second year of study

About your course

The BA (Hons) Business with International Business Management at Liverpool John Moores University is an exciting programme which places global business skills development at the heart of your learning.

This exciting applied business course is designed to offer a diverse and well-rounded ​education, mixed with the opportunity to undertake a year's work placement to prepare you for the national or international graduate job market.

The carefully designed suite of tried-and-tested modules will enable you to become competent in managing people, money, markets and products, and you will develop your analytical, planning and information management skills within a business context, so that by the time you graduate you will be fully prepared to tackle the challenges of the real business world.

If you currently hold a HND or Foundation degree and wish to continue studying to achieve a full BA (Hons) degree, you can apply to join this degree in the final year.

Liverpool Business School has partnerships with business schools at universities and colleges across Europe, in the USA and in China.  Students on this programme are able to spend a semester in their second year at a partner university abroad as part of their studies.  Students can also choose to spend an additional year of study at one of our partner universities between the second and third years.  All study abroad opportunities are in English.  There are also many supported opportunities for activities at partner universities during summer vacations and Liverpool Business School provides places on language skills courses. 

"LJMU provided my internship opportunity with Pulse Systems Ltd - it’s literally changed my life. It has given me valuable work experience, and also a graduate job. The degree is so relevant to what I want to pursue in the future. It’s opened my eyes to a career in marketing."

Cleo, Level 6, BA (Hons) Business with International Business Management

Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund study for home and international students


The fees quoted above cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)
  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)


  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)


There are many ways to fund study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist funding pages.


The Business School has a great reputation for helping graduates secure professional employment.

Liverpool Business School has historically had an excellent employment record with graduates securing graduate-level positions with leading employers in public and private sectors.  These include Everton Football Club, Kellogg company, Santander and Deloitte. In the last Destination of Leavers in HE survey (2016/17 data), 95.2% of our graduates had secured employment or were in further study within 6 months of graduating. 

​This degree will open up a huge range of potential careers because the success or failure of an organisation is ultimately determined by its financial performance. You will have the option to extend your studies to four years, with the third year spent on work placement. You will receive support and advice from the Business School's Employability Support Unit when looking for a placement opportunity, including presentations from employers offering placement schemes, a dedicated placement fair, and opportunities to apply for paid internships with leading local, national and international firms.

Thanks for its broad core modules and the more focused financially focused pathway modules in levels 5/6, this qualification will give you a solid platform from which to build your career, and once you qualify, there will be plenty of opportunities to move between different roles and industries in the UK and abroad.

Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service

We are committed to ensuring all of our students experience a transformation in their employability skills and mindset and their career trajectory. A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course.

Every undergraduate curriculum includes Future Focus, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop personal insight into your talents, passion and purpose. It will enable you to become more proactive, adaptable and resilient in your awareness and approach to career possibilities. You’ll be encouraged to engage with personal and professional development opportunities.

A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan and the means to make it a reality.

Our Centre for Entrepreneurship can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business. You also have access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU’s state-of-the-art suite of online tools and resources; opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, themed webinars; an annual programme of employer events; funded extracurricular internships and one-to-one advice to accelerate your job search, CV and interview technique.

Applicant key information

Course review and revalidation.

This course is currently undergoing its scheduled programme review, which may impact the advertised modules. Programme review is a standard part of the University’s approach to quality assurance and enhancement, enabling us to ensure that our courses remain up to date and maintain their high standard and relevancy.

Once the review is completed, this course website page will be updated to reflect any approved changes to the advertised course. These approved changes will also be communicated to those who apply for the course to ensure they wish to proceed with their application.

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What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

This course is currently undergoing its scheduled programme review, which may impact the advertised modules. Programme review is a standard part of the University’s approach to quality assurance and enhancement, enabling us to ensure that our courses remain up to date and maintain their high standard and relevancy.

Once the review is completed, this course website page will be updated to reflect any approved changes to the advertised course. These approved changes will also be communicated to those who apply for the course to ensure they wish to proceed with their application.

Further guidance on modules

Modules are designated core or option in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations.

Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules are also included to provide you with an element of choice within the programme. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Where changes to modules are necessary these will be communicated as appropriate.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course:

Programme specification document (PDF)

Level 4

Core modules

Business and Economic Decisions
20 credits

The module aims to provide you with an introduction to business economics as a foundation for further study. The emphasis will be economic theory and concepts developed from real world business issues. 

Contemporary Business Issues
20 credits

This module provides you with the essential frameworks to understand current issues in business and their impact on companies and society.

Academic and Business Skills
20 credits

This module enables you to develop the concepts and skills necessary to be an effective learner and gain sufficient work base skills to enhance your future employability.

Marketing for Business
20 credits

This module immerses you into the role and practice of marketing, providing knowledge and understanding of the relevant theories through engagement.

Finance and Accounting Skills
20 credits

This module is designed to provide you with an understanding of essential finance and accounting terminology and methods to enable you to perform effectively and efficiently within your future workplace. 

Fundamentals of Management
20 credits

This module is designed to introduce you to various theories of management and how they have developed. It will highlight various challenges faced by business managers in the 21st century including the various concepts, tools and models used to overcome them. 

Level 5

Core modules

Organisational Behaviour
20 credits

This module will introduce you to the key concepts of organisational behaviour and managing people, involving an examination of organisational, human resource management and industrial relations theory. 

Digital Business Intelligence
20 credits

The course aims to introduce you to business intelligence tools and software used to transform structured and unstructured data into actionable insight. Based on data, you will learn how to lead and manage digital initiatives and/or to identify digital opportunities and devise digital strategy to respond to changes in markets and competition.

Research Methods
20 credits

The module aims to enable you to develop a research proposal on a topic of your choice. The module aims to develop your skills in the research process. Working as an individual, you will work on a real research problem which will develop your skills in questionnaire design, team work, the analysis of quantitative and qualitative data and the production of a comprehensive research report.

International Monetary and Financial Systems
20 credits

This module enables you to form a critical understanding of international financial systems and roles, risks and regulation of financial institutions, instruments and markets. You will develop the ability to critically evaluate the role of financial institutions, markets and regulators in an increasingly volatile global market, alongside an opportunity to evaluate the impact of major economic events/developments in the monetary and financial system.

International Institutions Trade And Markets
20 credits

This module aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills to understand the international aspects of contemporary business.

Optional modules

Employability Skills
20 credits

This module provides you with the skills and knowledge to succeed in the graduate employment market.

Personal Development
20 credits

This module aims to support you as you transfer into the University environment. It will do so by providing a context for the your learning and development by developing knowledge and skills relevant to academic and professional success. In particular the module will seek to develop your awareness of your inherent abilities and potential through guided self-reflection and practice.

Level 6

Core modules

Strategic Management
20 credits

This module provides you with an integrative approach to the study of strategic management. You will examine the role that this plays within the overall performance of the corporation.

Business Consultancy
20 credits

The aims of this module is for you to develop an understanding of business problems and issues particularly at strategic level. It also provides you with the opportunity to apply key academic theories and models in the development of a solution that meets the client’s needs.

Innovation and Creativity for Business
20 credits

This module will allow you to understand how to create and manage business change which leads to product or service innovation; to understand core and secondary corporate innovation practices enabling business leadership; to present and analyse the strategic process and business informatics necessary for creating novel ideas with commercial viability; and to provide sustainable strategies for valuing commercially innovative approaches.

This module is intended to teach you how to not just think creatively, but how to manage innovative ideas to be aware of the power that creativity and innovation can bring to contemporary business environment and the organisation. 

International Business Organisations
20 credits

This module explains to you the managerial challenges related to operating internationally for a business organisation.

International Business Cultures
20 credits

This module enables you to develop and demonstrate appropriate business and cultural understanding in an international context.

Optional modules

Corporate Social Responsibility
20 credits

The aim of this module is for you to develop an understanding of the philosophical underpinnings of ethical decision making in a global business environment, to appreciate the impact of global business on host nations and to introduce present and potential future issues facing business.

Personal Development and Employment
20 credits

This module aims to support you in joining the programme from another institution/country. It is recognised that some students will not have experienced UK education or education in a UK Higher Education institution and will require guidance and instruction to enable them to adjust their understanding of academic practice to meet the expectations of the Liverpool Business School. 

Teaching and work-related learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources

We adopt an active blended learning approach, meaning you will experience a combination of face-to-face and online learning during your time at LJMU. This enables you to experience a rich and diverse learning experience and engage fully with your studies.  Our approach ensures that you can easily access support from your personal tutor, either by meeting them on-campus or via a video call to suit your needs.​

Teaching is delivered via lectures, workshops and seminars to discuss ideas and issues more informally.

Work-related Learning

In level 5, you can decide whether to undertake a paid 48-week work placement in the UK or overseas.

Placements give you experience of what it’s like to work in industry as well as giving you a chance to put your learning into practice, develop personal skills and enhance your employability.

Students who complete the placement year often experience an improvement in their academic performance and many go on to gain first class honours degrees, often returning to work for their placement company after graduation.

Liverpool Business School's Employability Support Unit will  help you find suitable vacancies and support you during the application process and whilst on placement.

Students from Liverpool Business School have completed placements with organisations as diverse as the NHS, Liverpool Football Club, Bentley and Airbus.

Hear what some of our students had to say about their time spent on placement:


Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor, plus study skills support

​The Liverpool Business School is a supportive environment in which to study and the 'student-centred approach' of your tutors will ensure that you are given the support and guidance you need.

When you start you studies, you will be assigned a personal tutor. They will set up one-to-one tutorials with you to discuss a piece of coursework or to work with you on your personal development plan.


Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.

​We understand that students perform differently depending on the type of assessment they are given and so a range of assessment methods are used on the programme. These include written assignments (essays/reports, individual/group), exams (closed book), practical assessments, individual and group presentations, portfolios, reflective logs and a dissertation. There could be up to three assessments per module, for example a presentation, report and exam.

Written feedback is provided within 15 working days of submission, but you can also get face-to-face feedback from your tutor. We believe that constructive feedback is vital in helping you identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to develop further.

Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

Lucy McGrath

Lucy McGrath

Programme Leader

Lucy spent the early part of her career in finance/management roles in industry, predominately in the financial services sector. After a career break, Lucy entered academia as a lecturer and developed a growing passion for education. She has been Programme Leader for two years and is focused on programme management and development. Lucy's aim is to ensure the courses are engaging and relevant with the opportunity to gain valuable transferable skills as well as building subject knowledge. 

"I enjoy seeing our students embrace all that Liverpool Business School has to offer, wherever it is a successful placement year in industry, a semester or year spent studying abroad, or the buzz of our final year live business consultancy projects. Of course graduation in the amazing Liverpool Anglican cathedral has to be my most favourite day of the year!"


What you can expect from your School

The School is based in the Redmonds Building, in the heart of the bustling Mount Pleasant Campus and Liverpool’s growing Knowledge Quarter. The building is home to high quality lecture theatres and seminar rooms, social spaces, a café and a roof terrace with far reaching views of the cityscape and welsh hills. It is only a short walk from LJMU’s Aldham Robarts Library, which contains all the resources you will require for your studies, and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

Entry requirements

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Minimum points required from qualifications: 112

GCSE and equivalents

Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained Grade C or Grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below:

  • Key Skills Level 2 in English/ Maths
  • NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading
  • Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English
  • Higher Diploma in Maths/ English
  • Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths/ English
  • Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
  • Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
  • Is general studies acceptable? Yes
  • Average A Level offer: BBC
  • Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20

BTEC qualifications

  • National Certificate (RQF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • National Diploma subjects / grades required: D*D* if studied on its own or to the total of 112 UCAS points if combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Diploma subjects / grades required: DMM if studied on its own or to the total of 112 UCAS points if combined with other qualifcations

Access to Higher Education Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Further information: At least 15 Distinctions and 30 Merits, or any other combination that equates to 112 UCAS Tariff points in a relevant subject

International Baccalaureate

  • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Additional information: 28 IB Diploma Points

Welsh awards

  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

Irish awards

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Grades / subjects required: 112 UCAS Tariff points with a maximum 20 UCAS Tariff points from Ordinary Level

Alternative qualifications considered

​Applications are welcomed from mature and non-standard applicants, who will be considered on an individual basis. These applicants may be interviewed, and should demonstrate potential and motivation and/or have relevant experience.

International applications will be considered in line with UK qualifications.

Pearson/Edexcel HND and foundation degree awards in a relevant subject area will be considered for direct entry to level 6. Applicants will be required to provide an academic transcript listing modules studied.

Will I be interviewed?

Mature and non-standard applicants may be invited to interview


6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent English language proficiency test.

International entry requirements

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Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check.

Can this course be deferred?


Is a DBS check required?


Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

We are looking for students with the potential to:Understand and critically evaluate the theory, concepts and principles that underpin the practical techniques of business. Demonstrate their understanding by communicating effectively, both orally and in their written work. Possess the self-discipline to manage their time and tasks effectively throughout their time here at LJMU.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.

Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.