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Commerce and International Business BA (Hons) (Top-Up)

Key Facts

  • Level:


  • Duration:

    1 year full-time

  • Starting:

    September and January

  • Fees UK/EU:

    Full Time: £9,250

  • Fees International:

    Full Time: £13,750

  • Location:


Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries
+44 (0)1604 892134

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The Commerce and International Business Top-up gives you the opportunity to further your studies in business and management and provides tools to enable you to start your own business. You will be ready for a wide range of career opportunities across an array of sectors, for instance, from trading organisations engaged in import/export, licencing and franchising through to financial services, information technology, pharma and retail.

Updated 14/10/2020


  • Study International Business with the key theoretical and practical issues involved in understanding how the international trade and commerce works
  • Opportunity to visit multinational corporations in action and to listen to industry experts through guest lectures
  • Extended support to help with your studies.

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Course Content

  • Four compulsory modules provide the core knowledge and skills for the programme: International Trade and Commerce will explore the tools and key concepts required to understand the forces that shape trade and help determine trade policies. In Academic Conventions and International Business, you will develop a good use of academic conventions within the discipline of Commerce & International Business, with a focus on academic language use. In Strategic Management Across Cultures, you will be equipped with the tools and techniques to manage business strategies that differ and may be divergent across cultures. The Research Project allows you to show a comprehensive and critical understanding of your chosen topic focused on current International business themes.

    The course focuses on creating a comprehensive awareness/understanding of Commerce and International Business.


    Information about the modules for this course can be found on the award map:

    BA Commerce and International Business modules 

  • How will I learn?

    On this course you can expect taught study to be a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, industry visits and guest lectures.

    How will I be assessed?

    The assessments for all modules are given to students at the start of the course and are made up of presentations, essays, reports and reflective portfolios.

  • Applications are welcomed from students with a HND (Edexcel, ABE, NCC) or Foundation Degree in Business (or overseas equivalent).

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • Minimum standard – IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands for study at undergraduate level.

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

  • UK & EU

    2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250


    2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    International: £13,750

  • Our postgraduate courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt. Benefit from our 20% alumni discount on postgraduate fees to give you a CV that will catch the eye of employers.

    MBA or MBA with placement

    MSc International Business Management

  • Jinhua Luo’s Story

    “Studying a Top-Up degree means it will be easier to apply for a Masters in the U.K. Studying and living in Northampton gave me a chance to adapt to UK study and life. UON has a great support system and the people are helpful. My teacher encourages us and helps us to build confidence.” [Read more of Jinhua’s story]

    Photo of Jinhua Luo, international student.


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Careers and Employability

Graduates from this programme will be well placed to start their own business or take up roles world-wide in import/export, licensing, financial services, IT, pharma, retail and many other fields.

Alternatively, you may choose to progress to a Master’s programme in a specialist or general management field.