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BA (Hons) Global Business Management (Online) (full-time)

This is one of the longest-running online business courses in the UK that will give you a wide range of skills to begin a successful career in global business management, or help you to progress your existing career.

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Why study BA (Hons) Global Business Management (Online) (full-time) at BU?

  • Study a diverse subject that provides a stepping stone to work in any industry, anywhere in the world or to help you progress in your existing career 
  • Work your study around your schedule and enjoy flexible learning with full online delivery 
  • Complete an optional 30-week placement, giving you invaluable opportunities to gain industry experience and build a professional network 
  • Study at a university with over 35 years’ teaching experience in this area, excellent industry connections and an international reputation 
  • Develop a wide range of critical skills in marketing, management, finance, operations and human recourses  
  • Flexible entry and exit points so if you’re not interested in a full Honours degree, you can still gain a qualification such as a Certificate of Higher Education in Global Business Management or a Diploma of Higher Education in Global Business Management.  

Find out more about the content of this course.

This course has been developed in conjunction with the MOD. It is approved by ELCAS enabling Armed Forces personnel to offset the majority of the course fees through the ELC Scheme.
Please note: If you would like to join the final, top-up year of BA (Hons) Global Business Management, please view and apply for the course.

Course accreditations

The accrediting bodies on this course are renowned industry-wide for promoting excellence and the highest standards, all of which is reflected in the BU Business School experience:

  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation is a hallmark of excellence that has been awarded to fewer than 5% of business schools worldwide
  • Our Chartered Management Institute (CMI) accreditation gives you complimentary CMI student membership (and access to resources and services) and means that when you graduate, you’ll receive a CMI leadership and management qualification in addition to your bachelor's degree.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2021, January 2022, September 2022


Online, distance learning


3 years full-time or 4 years full-time with a minimum 30-week placement


The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

Required subjects:

All subjects considered

Entry requirements:

For September 2021, January 2022 and September 2022 entry: 96- 104 UCAS tariff points including a minimum of 2 A levels or equivalent. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

For September 2021, January 2022 and September 2022 entry: If English is not your first language you’ll need IELTS 6.0 (Academic), with minimum 5.5 in each component, or equivalent. For more information check our international entry requirements.

Course details

On this course you will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff and qualified professional practitioners.

The course is made up of three stages – Level 4, 5 and 6. Depending on your qualifications and experience, you may join us at different stages.

Contact hours and assessment 

Details of the assessment methods and contact hours for each unit of the course can be found in the programme specification.

Download the programme specification (pdf 551kb)

Your application

For this course we are looking for applicants who:

  • Are keen to develop an appreciation of business and management theories and practice
  • Have an interest in how theory can work in practice
  • Show motivation to successfully complete the course
  • Have an awareness of the international business environment
  • Are prepared to positively develop themselves both personally and professionally

This course offers those with limited previous qualifications the opportunity to gain an Honours degree. We encourage applications from those who have relevant work experience and would like to enhance their career prospects. It may also be relevant for international students who would like to proceed to a Master's course.

We are looking for dedicated students with excellent organisation skills and the ability to manage their time and learning effectively.

Applications are considered on individual merit, previous and current work experience (paid employment or voluntary) is also considered alongside academic qualifications.

You will need confidence and commitment to study in an entirely online environment this includes interacting with academic staff and students using discussion boards and submitting assignments.

How to apply


At BU, we recognise that placements are extremely valuable and can give you a head start when it comes to your future career. 

Your optional placement will begin after your second year of study and must last a minimum of 30 weeks. You could be based anywhere in the UK, or could even choose to undertake your placement abroad – giving you the opportunity to develop yourself personally, academically, and professionally and gain skills to help you stand out in the job market.

Find out about BU students' experience on placementAll you need to know about placements

Entry requirements

The course comprises three stages – Level 4, 5 and 6. Depending on your qualifications and experience, you may join us at any one of these.

If you have any questions about the course and would like to speak to someone in person, please contact us and we will be happy to organise an informal chat with a member of academic staff for you.


This course will give you the chance to develop and hone your business management skills, while helping you understand the subject in the international context of today's corporate environment.

Our graduates perform well once they enter the world of work, thanks to the focus on practical skills as well as business theory. 92% of our students are in work or further study within fifteen months of finishing their course.

Online Study

Your programme of study will be conducted via Brightspace, the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) currently in use at Bournemouth University.

Costs and fees

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. You can find full information about funding your studies and paying your fees in our undergraduate fees and funding section. 

Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise, and we’re committed to ensuring there are no hidden extra costs while you’re at university – that’s why we’re clear about what you can expect us to cover, and what your cost of living will be. You’ll also find you could benefit from a range of discounts as a student.

Find out more about budgeting and living expenses

Our staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that teaching staff can change.

Course changes

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