Lincoln’s BA (Hons) International Business Management course aims to provide students with the opportunity to develop a solid grounding in business process and mechanics, the skills to operate in a global environment and an in-depth understanding of the international marketplace.
Skills across a range of disciplines are required by students looking to understand business operations in an international context. Staff at Lincoln provide a supportive and dynamic learning environment, which aims to engage and inspire students.
Students can study a range of topics including business analysis, modern languages, finance, operations, human resources, management and marketing. It is expected that by the end of the course, students will have had the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills to progress to a career in a professional business environment.
How You Study
This course is available with either a three or four-year pathway. The first year introduces the topics of marketing, economics and international business, while seeking to develop independent and critical-thinking skills. The second year provides students with the opportunity to study aspects such as strategic management, employability, research methods and operations management. Students have the opportunity to spend the second half of the year studying abroad.
Students who choose the option to study abroad are responsible for their accommodation, travel and living expenses.
In the final year, there is the option for students to choose from a range of modules to reflect their own interests. Areas of specialism can include business and the EU market,business and the natural environment, modern languages, human resources, disaster management, financial management and global marketing strategy.
There is also the opportunity to take a year-long work placement (Professional Practice) after the second year. This is open to all full-time students on this course. More information regarding this placement and the potential costs associated with it can be found in the Features tab.
Studying a Modern Language
From the start of the course, there is the opportunity to learn a modern language by selecting a range of optional language modules. Languages available include French, German, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese and Business English Communications.
Direct Entry Students
For students starting this programme in 2016 via direct entry onto either years 2 or 3, modules will differ to those showing within the modules tab. Please contact the programme leader for further details.
Contact Hours and Independent Study
Contact hours may vary for each year of your degree. However, remember that you are engaging in a full-time degree; so, at the very least, you should expect to undertake a minimum of 37 hours of study each week during term time and you may undertake assignments outside of term time. The composition and delivery for the course breaks down differently for each module and may include lectures, seminars, workshops, independent study, practicals, work placements, research and one-to-one learning.
University-level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class students are expected to spend two - three hours in independent study.
Please see the Unistats data, using the link at the bottom of this page, for specific information relating to this course in terms of course composition and delivery, contact hours and student satisfaction.
How You Are Assessed
Students are expected to move in a continuous process from a dependent learning state to one of independence. At the end of the degree course, students are expected to be far more autonomous and reflexive individuals equipped with a set of skills which can enable them to operate successfully in society and the world of work.
The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date (unless stated differently above).
Methods of Assessment
The way you will be assessed on this course will vary for each module. It could include coursework, such as a dissertation or essay, written and practical exams, portfolio development, group work or presentations to name some examples.
For a breakdown of assessment methods used on this course and student satisfaction, please visit the Unistats website, using the link at the bottom of this page.
What We Look For In Your Application
A real interest in the world of business and management combined with a desire to experience a different culture. This may be combined with a desire to learn a modern language or to study or work in a completely different environment.
Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may be supported in their learning by other students.
For a comprehensive list of teaching staff, please see our Lincoln Business School Staff Pages.
Entry Requirements 2017-18
GCE Advanced Levels: BCC
International Baccalaureate: 28 points overall
BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit
Access to Higher Education Diploma: A minimum of 45 level 3 credits at merit or above will be required.
Applicants will also be required to have at least five GCSEs at grade C or above (or the equivalent), including English and Maths.
Degree preparation courses for international students:
The University of Lincoln offers international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the direct entry requirements for an undergraduate degree course the option of completing a degree preparation programme at the university’s International Study Centre. To find out more please visit www.lincoln.ac.uk/isc
If you would like further information about entry requirements, or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on 01522 886097, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Analysis of Business Data
This module aims to introduce some quantitative techniques fundamental to the analysis of business data. It seeks to promote a critical awareness and understanding of some of the processes, techniques and technology by which numerical information can be collected and communicated. Students have the opportunity to practice the systematic use of appropriate industry-standard computer technology for the acquisition, analysis and presentation of data (for example, Excel or SPSS).
Business and Society (Option)
This module aims to introduce students to a broad understanding of the relationships between business and society through a focus on responsibility. Throughout the module students will be expected to engage in case study work, debate and independent research. The course will be assessed through exercises that aim to challenge students to examine business and society from a variety of perspectives.
Introduction to Business Finance
This module is designed to provide an introduction to basic business finance for non-specialist students. The module explores the essential elements of business finance, which are required for a career in business, in any discipline.
This module is intended for students who are interested in understanding the way people work, as individuals and as group members in firms. The module explores essential topics in a clear, concise and informative manner, aiming to introduce students to the interpersonal perceptual processes in a work environment; the key behavioural factors determining effective and ineffective groups; the usefulness of theories on leadership/management styles; and the difficulties in implementing change in organisations.
Principles of Marketing
This module is designed to provide an introduction to the theory and practice of marketing. Students will have the chance to examine the key concepts and issues of marketing.
Principles of Microeconomics
This module explores a range of economic concepts and basic analytical techniques. The focus of the module is the Financial Times (FT). The FT covers issues relating to operations management, accounting, HRM, economics, finance etc., all of which are relevant to a business degree. Students are encouraged to keep abreast of current events in the commercial environment, which can help when competing for placements and employment opportunities in the commercial world.
The International Business Professional (Option)
This module is designed to enhance the knowledge, understanding and skills students need to foster an international career. The module aims to increase awareness of cultural diversity and the experience of living in different countries and cultural contexts. Students will have the opportunity to start planning for their careers and developing their employability skills for international settings.
Trade and International Business
The purpose of this module is to develop students’ awareness and understanding of the dynamics of globalisation, the role of international business as both cause and consequence of that process and the variety of entry strategies adopted by international businesses. Students will have the chance to develop their knowledge of key concepts, terminologies and theories on international business.
Budgeting for Business (Option)
The module is designed to equip students with the understanding and skills to help them deal with the financial issues they will face in whatever business discipline they eventually practise. Issues include the use of budgeting as a motivational tool and the potential benefits of participation in the planning process.
Using variance analysis, we will consider how deviations from plan may be identified and explained, and how this may in turn be used to enhance future planning and performance.
Careers and Employability
This module is designed to enable students to identify potential career paths, understand power, emotional intelligence and responsibility in a professional context. Moreover, the module aims to enhance the students' understanding of the graduate job market and the skills they need for meeting employer requirements and securing a job. Students are expected to map their skills and competences as part of their assessment, based on the analysis of job descriptions and practise interview and presentation skills. In addition to lectures and seminars, students will have the chance to learn from industry guest speakers who will share their personal career journeys and will aim to provide advice on specific graduate job opportunities.
Corporate Reputation and Public Relations (Option)
This module aims to provide a critical understanding of corporate reputation and public relations (PR) with an emphasis on measuring and managing reputation in today’s increasingly connected word. We aim to provide students with the most up-to-date theories of corporate reputation following a hands-on approach where students are expected to apply their understanding of corporate reputation and PR to real-world case studies.
Cross Cultural Management
This module is designed for students who are thinking of a career in the international arena. It will be of use to anyone interested in working in multinationals or those interested in understanding how business is conducted across different cultures
Finance for Business (Option)
The module is designed to equip students with understanding and skills to help them deal with the financial issues they will face in whatever business discipline they eventually practise. At its conclusion, students should have a solid understanding of the key elements of financial accounting and financial management that inform and affect the manager.
Human Resource Management (Option)
This module endeavours to appreciate the importance of the Human Resource (HR) function in an organisational context. The module explores and examines strategic and operational aspects of the HR function in light of the broader business, social and ethical context.
The practices associated with the management of human resources e.g. recruitment and selection, appraisal, training, reward systems etc are examined within what constitutes ‘good practice’, and more significantly with the relevant issues attached.
This module is designed to introduce students to a wide range of Operations Management topics that contribute to an understanding of organisations as systems seeking to remain viable and competitive within their environment.
Principles of Project Management (Option)
This module aims to provide a solid foundation in the theory and best practice of project management, with the aim of developing the practical skills of how to plan, implement and control projects. The module provides students with the chance to develop an understanding of the system perspective on management and a practically oriented introduction to the nature and purpose of project management and its key functions (scope, time, cost, quality, risk).
Professional Practice (Option)
This module is aimed at those students who have decided to take a year out of formal studies to gain accredited work experience and are registered on a degree programme with an accredited professional practice element.
The Professional Practice Year aims to give students a continuous experience of full-time work within an organisation. It should be a three way co-operative activity between employer, student and University from which all parties benefit. Students can choose to pursue a variety of options including a placement year, a consultancy project or a work-based dissertation.
Potential costs relating to this module are outlined in the Features tab.
Research and Consultancy Methods
This module explores various qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection and analysis. Students will have the chance to learn how to conduct, transcribe and analyse semi-structured and open-ended interviews and other forms of text. The principles and procedures of survey design and statistical modelling will also be discussed; students are expected to use appropriate computer-based statistical software, such as Stata, Eviews and SPSS, to analyse data.
Short Term Study Abroad (Option)
This exchange programme is an optional requirement for the award of the BA (Hons) International Business Management, BA (Hons) International Tourism Management and BSc (Hons) Events Management. The study placement takes place in terms 2 and 3 of the second year. During the period abroad students share classes with local students. The study placement can allow students to benefit from the opportunity to examine the nature of the business management, tourism and events businesses in their respective countries and to 'socialise' in another culture. Please note that students who choose to study abroad are required to pay any travel, accommodation and general living expenses.
The overall objective of module is for students to understand and rigorously apply the principal concepts, analytical frameworks and techniques of strategic management.
Strategic Marketing Planning (Option)
This module considers how changing macro and micro environmental influences impact and are incorporated into the marketing planning process. The module blends a theoretical and applied approach, requiring students to use relevant models and frameworks both in the analysis of case material and when developing a sustainable product concept.
Digital Business and E-Commerce (Option)
This module provides students with the opportunity to develop an overview of e-business by reviewing how firms run their businesses, organise operational infrastructures, share information with business partners and communicate with customers. It explores the role of e-commerce (that is, the trading of goods and services through online systems such as e-sales and e-purchases) on market position, competition and sustainability, and encourages student to reflect on the changing nature of the relationship between the supplier and user/the human and the digital interface.
Foreign Investment and Political Economy
This module aims to broaden students’ outlook in terms of the political nature of international business. Students will have the opportunity to examine both a theoretical and practical perspective of the nature of foreign Investment - from the role and function of international organisations to issues of business ethics, in addition to challenges of sustainable exploitation of resources by multinational corporations.
Global Marketing Strategy (Option)
This module aims to consider the strategic and tactical marketing implications for companies operating in a rapidly changing and dynamic global business environment. The module gives students the opportunity to develop a range of skills which may enable them to think strategically and tactically in the context of this globalised business world.
This module aims to provide you with the opportunity to develop an adequate understanding of the issues characterising international markets, such as the impact that macro and micro-environments have in international operations.
Political Systems and International Relations
This module provides students with the opportunity to develop international management skills by introducing them to key management issues which are illustrated by case studies. During this module, students will be expected to examine a range of international organisations and their different purposes.
Simulation and Case Study
This module is designed to enable students to apply theoretical understanding of international business strategies and concepts to realistic business situation. These may include running a business through business simulation where students will be encouraged to sell some foreign products to UK customers or some UK products to foreign buyers. Students will have an opportunity to observe some case companies selling international products in UK.
The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.
A number of our degrees include the opportunity to complete a study period abroad. Students on this course have the chance to spend around four months learning at an overseas university as part of our exchange programme.
The study placement takes place in the second semester of the second year. Students share classes with local students, allowing the opportunity to examine the nature of their chosen subject area in the host country, as well as the chance to socialise in another culture. Opportunities for study abroad may include Mexico, China, Canada, USA, Japan, Romania, France, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Malta, Sweden and Finland. Students will also need to pay for all travel, accommodation and general living expenses while abroad.
Work Placement Year (Professional Practice)
The opportunity to take a year-long work placement (Professional Practice) after the second year is open to all full-time students on this course. Students are supported academically throughout the application process and when they take up a position in a professional business environment. This can allow them to gain valuable experience and apply their learning in practice. Students are responsible for any travel, accommodation and general living costs related to this placement. The University does not charge tuition fees for a work placement year.
There are also opportunities for relevant work experience and career development as part of the degree course itself, as well as through various other Lincoln International Business School and University schemes. For more information about this please visit:
When you are on an optional placement in the UK or overseas or studying abroad, you will be required to cover your own transport and accommodation and meals costs. Placements can range from a few weeks to a full year if students choose to undertake an optional sandwich year in industry.
Students are encouraged to obtain placements in industry independently. Tutors may provide support and advice to students who require it during this process.
Student as Producer
Student as Producer is a model of teaching and learning that encourages academics and undergraduate students to collaborate on research activities. It is a programme committed to learning through doing.
The Student as Producer initiative was commended by the QAA in our 2012 review and is one of the teaching and learning features that makes the Lincoln experience unique.
At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our undergraduates. Whatever your area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which you may need in your future career.
View our campus pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/campuslife/ourcampus/] to learn more about our teaching and learning facilities.
This course is designed to ensure that graduates are well prepared for careers in diverse areas of business. Many pursue roles in project management, supply logistics and marketing, while others continue their studies at postgraduate level. Graduates with language skills are well placed for global career opportunities.
The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with you to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during your time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing your course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual and website resources for the following two years.
This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise your future opportunities.
The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.
Visit our Careers Service pages for further information. [http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/campuslife/studentsupport/careersservice/]
For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on your course. Some courses provide opportunities for you to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for the travel, accommodation and your meals may be covered by the University and so is included in your fee. Where these are optional you will normally (unless stated otherwise) be required to pay your own transportation, accommodation and meal costs.
With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost. Where there may be exceptions to this general rule, information will be displayed in a section titled Other Costs below.
|Full-time||£9,250 per level
||£12,800 per level|
|Part-time||£77.09 per credit point†|
The University undergraduate tuition fee may increase year on year in line with government policy. This will enable us to continue to provide the best possible educational facilities and student experience.
In 2017/18, subject to final confirmation from government, there will be an inflationary adjustment to fees to £9,250 for new and returning UK/EU students. In 2018/19 there may be an increase in fees in line with inflation.
We will update this information when fees for 2017/18 are finalised.
†Please note that not all courses are available as a part-time option.