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BSc (Hons) Management Practice - International Trade

Boost your existing foundation degree, higher national diploma (HND) or your existing professional experience with this part-time, two year online work-based course with Plymouth University.Plymouth Uni

The programme has been designed to help you develop the knowledge and skills to work effectively as a competent and confident professional in today's ever changing workplace. A perfect choice for all professionals who wish to use the acquired knowledge and skills immedately in the current role or wish to pursue their career further.

Students will study 60 credits in Year One and 60 credits in Year Two, thereby completing 120 level 6 credits over two years, requiring approximately 10 weeks of learning activities to complete.

The course structure is designed to give you an opportunity to study anywhere and anytime to suit your lifestyle.

There are three enrolments each year - January, May and September.


Year One modules:

MPDL302 International Trade Operations and Strategy (20 credits)
Global logistics environment; customer service; inventory management; global transportation; warehousing and materials handlng; purchasing; trading and marketing channels; supply chain strategies. 

MPDL303 Professional Management Practice (20 credits)
This includes five core areas: leading people; managing change; market and customer awareness; managing information and knowledge and managing activities and resources.

MPDL305 International Trade Policy and Compliance (20 credits)
International law; industrial regulations; and compliance with international financial regulations that govern business transactions. 


Year Two modules:

MPDL306 Management Research and Evaluation (20 credits)
Research and evaluation skills and techniques applied to your own practice.

MPDL307 Work Based Action Research Project (20 credits)
Investigate a specific problem or issue at your place of work or relevant to your industry.

MPDL308 Personal Development Planning (20 credits)
Goal setting, influencing, professional identity, values and ethics, communicating and networking.



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Study commitment: As a guide you should expect to study for around 12 hours per week in order to be successful. Your employer will be expected to support your study by providing workplace mentors, and facilitating meetings and assessment, and they may also allow you to allocate some of your usual work time to study.

Assessment: You will be expected to submit a written piece of work following each module. These could be in the form of a report, essay or a reflective portfolio. You will receive feedback from your work-based tutor and mentor.

Entry requirements: You'll need to hold a foundation degree in business or a recognised level 5 equivalent. You may be eligible for admission to the programme on the basis of previous work experience or training.

Fees: The full fee is £8,000 but IOE candidates receive a £1,000 discount, therefore the fee payable by the student is £7,000. The payment is made in two instalments: £3,500 in year one + £3,500 in year two.

Funding Information: Plymouth University offers a range of financial support to help you during your studies. To find out more about tuition fees or to find advice about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities go to:


Degree Apprenticeships

An innovative government initiative where the employee will be able to gain a fully funded, full honours degree. It combines on-the-job experience with a full degree-level qualificaion with a blend of vocational and academic study. This style of university-level study means you gain a full Honours degree, earn a wage, and enhance your existing skills at the same time.

How to apply

Currently employed:  If you are already in work and you've discussed the possibility of starting a Degree Apprenticeship with your employer, get in touch with us on 01733 404400 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Seeking a new position: If you are not currently in work, are a school leaver, or are looking to change your job in order to start an Apprenticeship, you'll need to apply for an Apprenticeship vacancy. You can search for vacancies at or make contact with Plymouth Uni and they'll direct you to a partner in your area who can support you with this process.