Nottingham Business School - Nottingham Trent University
BA (Hons) International Business Administration and
BA (Hons) Marketing Management
Frequently Asked Questions – studying at Nottingham Business School!
Is a top-up degree a real degree?
Yes – it is a BA honours degree. Your NTU qualification can be used just like any other degree
to gain admission onto a master’s course (UK or elsewhere) or obtain a graduate level job.
I have some questions about the course – whom should I contact?
Course Leader: Fiona Winfield +44 (0)115 848 4350 firstname.lastname@example.org
Course Administrator: Kate Regan +44 (0)115 848 2400 email@example.com
Partner Admin: Kirsty Kelly-Lewin +44 (0)115 848 6451 firstname.lastname@example.org
How many modules will I study?
Both the BAIBA & BAMM degrees have six 20 credit point modules (that is a total of 120 cp or
60ECTS). Some are core and some optional. Please see the Option forms for details.
Where can I find out more about the option modules?
Read the option form where there is a brief outline, plus assessment details. The relevant
Module Leader is the best person if you want to find out more about the module itself –
they may be prepared to email you a copy of the current/last year’s documentation for
example, to help you ensure you have made the right choice.
Must I choose my options before I arrive or can I go to various classes, and wait till I
see which I like best?
You must select as soon as possible and we do not usually allow changes once started.
Research the modules as indicated above. If you leave it too long, your chosen modules may
be full. If you want to be put in touch with students currently studying here, please ask!
I see there is an Induction Module called Business Information, Communication &
Learning, which starts on Monday 27 September – do I have to attend that?
Yes, unless you are transferring from another part of NBS (when you should contact Fiona
Winfield to discuss). Please note, there is assessment attached to this module and all
students have to complete a portfolio and pass the module in order to get the degree.
Will the Induction Module be just on Monday 27 September?
No – it takes place during the whole of that week and beyond. There are several workshops
and lectures to attend, plus group work. It will hopefully bridge the gap between your previous
studies and the degree year.
Can I attend International Orientation and Welcome Week activities?
These take place in parallel with our induction. You should prioritise our BICL sessions,
but you are welcome to attend any of the other activities. Welcome Week is principally aimed
at first years, but there are lots of activities and visits, which will introduce you to all the
exciting things on offer at NTU and in Nottingham itself.
During the year itself, will I be studying only with other top-up students?
No - on BAIBA you have one core module that is purely for BAIBA students and two where
you will be in class with the final year International Business students (many of whom will
have just returned from a year abroad).
Another core module, International Marketing & Communications is offered to other students
as an option, so even there you will meet a wide variety of other people. In the options, you
will be studying alongside other final years who could be Accounting & Finance or Business
students, for example.
On BAMM, the situation is very similar, except that for two core modules you will be just BAMM
students together, the other four are mixed.
I am coming as an exchange student – will I be eligible to gain a degree from you?
Yes, not only will you be eligible, it will be expected, not optional! You will be enrolled along
with all the other top-up students. We expect all students on these two programmes to be
serious about studying for the degree and hope that you will gain that as an extra qualification.
My first language is not English – will I be marked more leniently?
We mark all work (except obviously presentations!) anonymously. We do not treat any
script or submission differently. Only a certain part of the marks will relate to the English
writing style however.
I am not very confident in my English – will I be able to get any help?
If English is not your first language we expect you to take it as an option module (either as an
accredited part of your degree or as a supplementary module).
For international students, there are also in-sessional English classes, which are more about
study skills. You should attend these too.
We also assign you a buddy (a student who knows about NTU already). Use that person to
discuss how you are getting along.
I heard that you are very strict about “referencing” – what does that mean?
Yes we are! You are required to give references (i.e. sources) for all theory and statistics
etc. At NBS, we ask you only to use the Harvard System, so even if you are used to
referencing, it may not be this method (though the principle will be the same). Anyone reading
your work needs to be able to find the original book or article. Also if you do not give a
reference you are effectively stealing someone else’s ideas – this is plagiarism and is treated
Where can I find out more about Harvard referencing?
See the NTU library website. We also cover it in the induction.
What are the term dates?
27 September 2010 – 10 December (includes Induction module)
10 January 2011 – 25 March 2011
11 April 2011 – 10 June 2011
Is it OK if I leave a bit earlier or come back a bit later?
No – you should not plan to miss anything during term time. The top-up year is quite
intensive and you have a lot of independent reading and research to do. You really should
treat this year as an eight month block and the vacations as a chance to read and work on
I understand that there are not many hours of classes (certainly not as many as I am
used to) – how will I be expected to use my time?
You can expect an average of two hours per module per week. But beyond this is a
large amount of independent research, work, reading, group work, preparation for
assessments etc. It is vital that you read widely and come well prepared to each class,
where you will be expected to participate. This might be quite different from your previous
experience, or you may be out of the habit of studying if you are a mature student.
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