International Business Communication (IBC), one-year top-up

If you have already completed two full years of study in higher education in your home country, and want a degree (BA Hons) from a UK university, the IBC programme is for you!

The IBC (English for International Business Communication honours degree is a top-up programme, which lasts only one academic year (9 months), and has been welcoming students from all over the world, every year since 1986, who want to improve their English skills as well as develop their knowledge of their discipline of study (business, management, HR, media, public relations, marketing, accountancy).

Modules on the IBC programme are taught in the Business School on City Campus, at the heart of the city of Wolverhampton and at the Telford Campus. You will be studying in a friendly multicultural environment, and get the perfect preparation for the world of work or for postgraduate study. We hope you find these pages useful.

Hildegard Norton-Uhl, IBC Course Leader

The IBC Team

The IBC team is dedicated to the welfare and success of its students.

  • Through the application process, we help you get ready to move to the UK
  • Once you have arrived, a series of tailored welcome sessions help you become acclimatised to the University
  • On the day you are awarded the BA(Hons), you can experience the memorable graduation ceremony in the Grand Theatre.

Each student will be allocated a personal tutor who will provide help and advice, so you never feel lost and isolated whilst in the UK.

NamePositionContact details
Hildegard Norton-Uhl

IBC Course Leader

01902 32 2454

Dr Tony Shannon-Little

English Advanced for Business

Transnational Business and Culture

01902 32 2552
Prof. Martin Dangerfield Independent Study

01902 32 2730
Dr Richard Hawkins

Independent Study

01902 32 1401  


The University also provides excellent support for its students thanks to their gateway services

Find out more about the International Business Communication (IBC) one year Top up course, its aims, entry requirements and employability.

Comments from our External Examiner

Each course at the University of Wolverhampton is externally assessed by an examiner from another Higher Education institution in the country. This is what was said about the BA (Hons) in IBC:

"This programme, a one-year top up for international students has an excellent focus ... . The emphasis on practical language skills is admirable and a confidence builder for the students."

'The award is well designed and coherent, giving students an appropriate balance of business, language, cultural and research development. The currency of this award is significant, facilitating the progression of students onto a variety of Masters level programmes, and in particular those that might not have been available to them with a language degree only.

It also gives useful preparation in management and workplace skills for those students going directly into employment The assessment process was in line with the university's procedures, were fair and consistent, and the information provided was accurate.'


Modules taught on the IBC degree

Our teaching team comprises lecturers who are expert in their fields and enthusiastic about their teaching. Academics use a variety of teaching methods and strategies, to allow students to develop of great breadth of skills.

They make extensive use of electronic resources and the digital learning environment, in particular through CANVAS, our online learning framework. It means that you have access to plenty of learning material outside the classroom, and can study independently, using our excellent IT facilities.

Core modules

  1. English Advanced for Business (1 module each semester): This module aims to increase your ability to operate in an international business environment by improving the full range of communicative competencies, by developing further the academic skills of researching, analysing, evaluating and summarising complex information. The material in this module will provide insights and information on the English speaking world's economic, commercial and socio-political structures.
  2. Independent study project: it is an extensive piece of individual research (10 -12,000 words) with the help and support of your project supervisor. The project allows you to conduct an in-depth analysis of a topic of your choice. You will be expected to show extensive knowledge of the subject as well as good research and critical skills. Staff are open to original topics of study, as long as you are enthusiastic about them Previous projects titles have included:  Is migration from EU members to the UK a threat or an advantage for this country?; What is the role of the Media in the Globalisation Process?; What are the Limits of Fair Trade in Europe?; Sponsorship in Sport, etc.
  3. Business and Community link: this module can be an alternative to the independent study. It involves a work placement in a company or charity, and a reflective report on this experience.

Optional modules

The list below is not exhaustive and may vary from year to year

  • Media and Public relations: Persuasion and Influence  
  • Business: Creating and Starting a New Business Venture; Strategies for Building Business Success; Dynamics of Multinational Companies.
  • Marketing: International Marketing; Consumer Behaviour and Relationships; Personal Selling and Sales Management
  • Digital Marketing, Communications and Social Media
  • Human resources: Strategies for People Management; Sustainable Human Resources Management

Employability award

The IBC programme prepares you to the world of work through all of its modules and assessments. On top of this, you can follow, at no extra cost, activities which will help you gain an Employability award, including foreign languages classes. For more information, why not take a look at our Employability page.

How you will be assessed

There is a variety of assessments which aim to test a great range of skills that are necessary to achieve graduate standards. Assessments will be oral and written, individual and in groups, done in class and at home.

Example: in your English for Business module, you will have to take part in an assessed negotiation activity.

Assessments will vary depending on your choice of modules. They are spread out with 2 main periods:

  • December/January 
  • April/May

What our students think of the course

  • Taranpreet Sandhu - watch the video below to hear about Taranpreet's experience of the course:

Other useful links about: 

Download the BA(Hons) International Business information leaflet: