This versatile business management degree gives you the space to develop your management skills. Whatever your goals are, you can build your business expertise before beginning a fulfilling career.
This is the kind of course that allows you to shape your studies towards exactly what you want to do in the future. Whatever your career ambitions, you can tailor your studies to fit your plan. Whether you want to join a governmental organisation, an established business, or even start your own, the career options with our degree are virtually limitless.
In your first year, you’ll find yourself studying everything from financial and managerial concepts to people management and marketing theory. In your second year, you can choose modules that suit your interest, such as HR, finance, project management, supply chain management and more.
During your course you'll build the professional skill set needed to deal with the challenges you'll face in the fast-paced corporate world, from financial skills enabling you to make monetary decisions to supply management skills allowing you to keep a business operating. Developing your theory in the lecture halls, you'll study the operations of organisations, strategy, design & production, resource acquisition, business processes and more.
This course is perfect for you if you want to learn how to apply theory to practice in a business environment. With our innovative start-up and business game modules, you learn on the go as you start your own pop-up business or take part in a business simulation.
Once you’ve built up that foundation of knowledge, you’ll have the opportunity to undertake a paid work placement. Here you'll put the theory you’ve learnt into practice, developing your working knowledge of business and figuring out what you would like to specialise in.
A BA in business management will allow you to start a career in a wide variety of roles. Our graduates have gone on to work for the likes of Foxtons, M&S, and Chase Anderson in roles in HR, operations, sales, investments and more.
During your course, you’ll get personalised support from your Personal Tutor, Student Learning Assistant, and Graduate Academic Assistant. Their first-hand experience in your subject area means they understand how to best support you.
But the support doesn’t end there. In our Enterprise Development Hub, we will support you to start your own business and develop your budding entrepreneurial skills, while you can also become a student member of the Chartered Management Institute. Your success is important to us and we'll support you every step of the way.
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This module aims to develop the financial understanding and knowledge of students within business organisations so as to enable them to make effective decisions and to assess the cost, economic and financial implications of these decisions. It aims to provide an understanding of the fundamental roles of accounting and finance for business students who do not need to develop specialist knowledge as well as to provide an understanding of key economic principles that inform business thought and practice.
The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to the use of computer software to collect, analyse and present business data. Students will learn to solve business and management problems using Excel or other appropriate software with an emphasis on the application of methods to solve problems, and the interpretation and communication of results. The main aim is to enable the student to become a discerning user of quantitative methods and computers in business analysis, which can be built upon in further study.
The aim of this module is to develop students understanding of how people in organisations interact. It will introduce various people management concepts and human resource processes and practices. Students will develop the ability to compare and contrast a variety of organisational psychology and sociological theories and their application in the management of people.
This module aims to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of operations management within a variety of organisations. It examines different aspects of operations management relevant to the design, planning, control and improvement of business operations. Students will learn to evaluate, select and apply relevant operations management concepts, tools and techniques to solve problems, make informed decision sand improve the efficiency and effectiveness of operational processes.
In this module, you will begin to acquire the knowledge and skills typically required for more advanced study of businesses and in managerial decision-making. You will learn to analyse business environments and handle information using techniques, models and frameworks that will also start to build higher level employability skills.
This module aims to provide students with the ability to apply key skills in information systems to the business management domain. The module also aims to enable students to obtain important aptitudes towards using information technology solutions such as business intelligence (e.g. data analytics), digital technology solutions (e.g. smart environments) and modern forms of communication (e.g. social networks) to improve business processes. The module enables students to acquire knowledge in a number of topics aligned to the following key areas: (i) information systems and business intelligence (in particular the development, management, application and implementation of information systems and their impact upon organisations, (ii) communications (in particular the comprehension and use of relevant communications for application in business and management, including the use of digital tools) and (iii) digital business (in particular the development of strategic priorities to deliver business at speed in an environment where digital technology has reshaped traditional revenue and business models). The cross-discipline nature of the module ensures that students will gain experience in using information systems, while engaging in strategic management activities and following a pattern of work resembling project management practices in controlled environments.
This module provides students with an introduction to innovation and entrepreneurship. It examines different forms of innovative and entrepreneurial practice including commercial and social enterprise. This includes an introduction into management issues faced by entrepreneurs and small business owners. The module will also introduce students to such concepts as opportunity recognition and the ability to act upon opportunities and problem solving.
The aim of this module is to enable students to identify the multifaceted social processes that are imperative to organisational life. The module will cover a wide array of theories pertaining to organisational behaviour. Students will develop their own abilities to analyse these theories, build up their own views on how to think and feel about these emergent issues as well as empower themselves with the capacity to argue and support these views in an academically rigorous manner.
The aim of this module is to develop students’ understanding of the key areas of HRM and to develop their skills and competence in human resource management practice. Students will become familiar with a wide range of generalist HR policies and practices within the five key areas of the discipline: employee resourcing, employee reward, employee relations,performance management and employee training and development. They will also be provided with the opportunity to develop competencies in areas such as selection interviews,performance appraisals, managing conflict, and conducting grievance and disciplinary interviews.
The aim of this module is to develop in-depth understanding of theories relating to trade and international business, their application to an increasingly interdependent world, the role of multinational enterprise in the world trade system, and practical issues, such as incoterms, documentation, payment process and instruments, and trade compliance. Taken together these elements should equip students with comprehensive knowledge and a broader sense of running a business beyond the domestic market.
This module will examine the laws regulating the conduct of business and business organisations. The first part of the module sets the context and provides essential material on English Business law (English Legal system, Contract, Tort & Employment) whilst the second part covers Company law and Corporate Governance.
This module aims to further develop and enhance the financial understanding and knowledge of students within business organisations on the subject areas of financial accounting, management accounting and financial management. It aims to provide a more in-depth understanding of the roles of accounting and finance for business students who do not need to develop specialist knowledge and to train students to apply their accounting and finance knowledge and skills into a range of different business situations.
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The aim of this module is to develop students' understanding and critical awareness of issues associated with managing contemporary workforce. Students will learn how increasingly diverse workforce composition and the changing nature of work and socioeconomic environment result in new and unique challenges that managers face today.Through using cutting edge research, case studies and self-reflexive exercises the module will encourage a critical re-evaluation of traditional management thinking and practices and explore alternative approaches and responses to the contemporary management issues.
This module enables students to develop an understanding of strategies commonly used in professional discourse. It integrates concepts and approaches from applied linguistics and social psychology into the management of professional communication in a range of business settings. By exploring and contextualising professional discourse strategies,students will develop systematic and explicit approaches to analysing, evaluating and constructing strategic communication.
The aim of this module is to promote greater awareness of the importance of diversity issues nationally and internationally. It provides insight to the implications of diversity from a societal, organisational, and employee standpoint, exploring diversity debates, concepts and practices regarding equality, fairness and inclusion. Subjects taught highlight the significance of diversity management to careers and business sustainability. A variety of topics are included such as cross-cultural management, gender disparity, unconscious bias, age disability, effective multicultural team-working, and diversity legislation.
The aim of this module is to introduce to students the complexities of starting a business. It draws together a range of theories, concepts, and notions from several sources such as Finance, Marketing, and Strategy. The module utilises the development of a unique business plan through which students will learn, practice, and apply the necessary academic and practical knowledge and skill sets, including team working, required for the establishment of a new business, as well as an understanding of the complexities relating to the functioning of a small business.
This module aims to demonstrate to students the importance of integrated business functions to achieve business success. The module uses a business simulation to provide students with experience of how a firm can integrate key aspects of business and management in order to succeed in a competitive environment.
This module is designed to develop students’ skills and knowledge relevant to planning and conducting a small-scale research project. Students will learn how to do research, including define research aim and objectives, conduct literature review, collect primary data, analyse and interpret data, and organise and present research proposal and final dissertation document. The module requires students to consolidate learning from other modules to plan and complete a small business and management related research project.
This module aims to provide students with comprehensive understanding of the design,planning, implementation and evaluation of projects in a variety of sectors. Students will explore how projects are managed using up-to-date project management tools and technologies. The module also aims to develop awareness of the role of projects in the wider economy.
This module introduces students to the theories and techniques relevant to the management of global demand and global supply within the parameters of corporate and business unit strategies. Students will develop critical insights in design, implementation and operation of global supply chains while employing these to develop their own case studies.
The aim of this module is to develop a systematic understanding of the role of innovation as a key factor in a dynamic business environment and to equip students with the knowledge,expertise and skills needed to manage the innovation process at both strategic and operational level. The module provides an up-to-date overview of the mainstream theories and models of innovation and illustrates successful organisational practices through case study analysis.
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This module introduces students to organisation consulting. It builds on learning from prior modules and provides students with a theoretical introduction to consulting and the idea of the learning organisation. Students are required to undertake a live team-consulting project to identify solutions to real business issues. This module also provides students with the opportunity to apply theory to practice and to develop employability skills. These include team-building, communication,interpersonal, and reflective skills that can boost employment outcomes.
This module aims to further develop and enhance the leadership knowledge and understanding of students within business organisations on the subject areas of leadership styles and approaches, ethics, equality and diversity as well as personal leadership development. It aims to provide a more in-depth appreciation of the challenges faced by leaders in contemporary businesses who need to meet the needs of a range of stakeholders,assess the impact of leadership on organisational culture and behaviour as well as recognise when change is necessary.
This module aims to develop and enhance students’ understanding and knowledge of coaching and mentoring in different sectors and contexts. It aims to provide a more in-depth understanding of the roles of coaching and mentoring in supporting individuals and teams,in additional to providing an overview of coaching and mentoring programme design,implementation and evaluation.
This module aims to enhance students’ critical thinking skills by engaging in an in-depth exploration of ethics and social responsibility in business. It aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to identify, analyse, and develop effective responses to ethical issues and challenges in business. Students will develop an ability to assess issues from different points of view, including from individual, organisational and societal perspectives;and to apply and critically evaluate mechanisms and tools typically used to address ethical and social responsibility issues.
This module focuses specifically on the development of the competences needed to develop sustainable business. The module aims to provide the knowledge and skills of sustainable business to enable students to make a strong contribution to society, economy and the environment. Students will be enabled through a competency-based approach that links real-world orientation, with personal development and coaching, to the development and management of sustainable business.
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This module aims to build on students’ knowledge of management accounting by looking at the wider measures of performance and decision making and the techniques that can be applied to such situations. The module attempts to give a broad understanding and critical evaluation of performance measurement. This includes quality and innovation as well as financial measures. The techniques and theory covered lead to a wider understanding of strategic decision making as well as overall company performance.
The module aims to provide students with an awareness and understanding of the mechanics, challenges and issues related to the different ways of financing an enterprise. The includes an understanding of key financial statements, the financial planning process,sources of funding and the financial risks and rewards of entrepreneurship.
All contemporary organisations operate in an increasingly dynamic environment. This module aims to develop students critical understanding of organisational change and managing organisational change. It explores different theoretical frameworks, concepts,techniques and tools for managing change.
This module aims to develop students’ knowledge and skills in business analytics. It examines the roles of data analytics in today’s business world using real world examples of businesses that have applied business analytics tools to solve critical problems. The module aims to equip students with a wide variety of data mining, visual and analytical techniques which can be applied to data generated from different markets, businesses, and business functions.
This module aims to present a broad and integrated view of strategic management in organisations. It will outline and offer a range of critical perspectives on key concepts of strategy and introduce generic strategies at the corporate, business and functional levels. You will focus on a range of analytical models and concepts that can be applied in assessing the strategic capability of an organisation and the environment in which it operates.
This module aims to provide grounding in the core competencies related to management and leadership in organisations, enabling you to apply theory to practice in management and leadership development. Alongside this, it will provide opportunities to develop personal skills through workshops in leadership and team building.
This module aims to critically evaluate theoretical perspectives on leadership. It will explore key concepts which present the complexity of leadership effectiveness in the 21st Century which include communication and conflict management, ethics, social responsibility, diversity, change, power and politics. The module provides you with an opportunity to apply theoretical concepts in order to develop and enhance your own personal leadership effectiveness in preparation for your chosen career.
This module aims to present a view of the importance to firms of integrating key business functions in order to achieve business success. It will facilitate your understanding and application of appropriate business and management academic theories in managing a business. You will gain experience, through business simulation, of how a firm can integrate key aspects of business and management to succeed in a competitive environment - to use simulation techniques as a means of encouraging you to think strategically.
This is a synoptic module which ensures you can demonstrate how to develop a business plan and put it into operation. This will be achieved by demonstrating an understanding of the appropriate academic theories and an application of the necessary analytical tools to achieve a successful business start-up. The module aims to facilitate the development of a unique business plan in which you will learn, practice and apply the necessary academic and practical knowledge base and skills set, including team working, required for the establishment of a new business. This preparation follows through to provide you with the opportunity to study the establishment of small business in a practical context, giving you an insight into the nuts and bolts of setting up and running your own small business. Especially important is the reconciliation of theory to practical realities including interaction with the appropriate government agencies, professional and commercial bodies. Finally, you are encouraged to reflect on whether you are suited to setting up your own small business or continuing your college business on a commercial basis.
The module aims to develop the awareness, skills and mindset relevant to enterprise, entrepreneurship and small business. This includes abilities required to recognise and act upon opportunities, solve problems, and apply initiative and creativity in achieving development goals, and to explore the nature and impact of enterprise in a wider socio-economic context, by addressing key policy-relevant issues.
This module provides an excellent opportunity for you to demonstrate high quality employability skills such as the ability to design and deliver a small research project, learn independently and through supervision, and undertake an extended, methodical piece of work. A well-executed research project will give you something to distinguish yourself from your peers as well as the opportunity to show why you might be a superior candidate for graduate employment.
This module aims to build on your knowledge of management accounting by looking at the wider measures of performance and decision making and the techniques that can be applied to such situations. The module attempts to give a broad understanding and critical evaluation of performance measurement. This includes quality and innovation as well as financial measures. The techniques and theory covered lead to a wider understanding of strategic decision making as well as overall company performance.
This module builds upon knowledge and skills gained on general business functions and their impact on work. It explores, in more depth and on a critical basis, the interrelationship of the workplace and individuals in the organisation of services. It looks at contemporary issues unique to the organisation of work within services, including management approaches to control, the interaction between customer and service provider at the point of delivery and the role of aesthetics in service provision.
The primary aim of the internship module is to provide you with the opportunity to undertake a period of work experience minimum 30 days. This will facilitate you to gain an insight into, the world of work and appropriate conduct at work, and the process of becoming and staying employable through assertiveness, continuing development and reflection on both your development and the link between theory and practice. You will also develop an understanding of the organisation, sector and the environment in which it operates.
This module aims to develop a systematic understanding of the role of innovation as a key success factor in dynamic business environment, and the main strategic and organisational challenges firms face in managing innovation. The module provides an up-to-date overview of the main theories and models of innovation, as well as illustrates successful organisational practices through analysis of case studies.
This module aims to provide you with a detailed understanding, based on professional work in the field, of the design, planning, implementation and evaluation of projects in a variety of sectors. You will be able to explore how projects are managed using up-to-date project management tools and technologies. The role of projects in the wider economy, within organisations will also be analysed and you will be able to enhance individual effectiveness in the world of work through practical work on project management.
The aim of this module is to develop an understanding of those managerial concepts and techniques required in the design, management and control of work systems. The term "work systems" is used in a broad sense and includes both manufacturing and service systems. The module will look at the configuration and coordination of international business operations. Through configuration the location choices will be examined. The theories and decision making methodologies will be explained in detail. In coordination, the advantage of international operations will be discussed in detail including technology/knowledge transfer and general operations management issues.
This module puts marketing into the global context and shows the importance of international marketing in the era of globalisation. The module assists you to gain sound knowledge of international marketing and provides them with a thorough understanding of the nature of the international market place. You will develop international marketing decision-making skills and know-how that will assist them in pursuing a career in international marketing or business.
The aim of this module is to promote greater awareness and understanding of the importance of diversity issues from both a national and international perspective. This module also provides insight to the implications of diversity from a societal, organisational, and employee standpoint. A range of diversity debates, concepts and practices regarding equality, fairness and inclusion are also explored. This is used as a means for endorsing the significance of diversity management to careers and business sustainability and success. A variety of topics are covered including cross-cultural management, gender disparity, age perception, disability awareness, effective multicultural team-working, and diversity legislation.
This module aims to enable you to critically analyse approaches to organisational change and to develop the skills required to be effective change agents. To do this, the module will, firstly, explore organisational change including the need for change, triggers of change, response/barriers to change and approaches for overcoming resistance to change. Secondly, the module will explore the importance of business/HR strategy, communication, project management, and team work in managing change, as well as leadership as a key facilitator of change. Finally, the module will equip you with the knowledge, skills and competences to become effective change agents and will engage you in a reflection of your past career and life experiences in relation to individual and/or organisational change.
You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.
Business Management BA graduate
Start: October 2020, EU/International induction: September 2020
Duration: 2 years full-time
Start: September 2020
Duration: 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
Start: September 2020
Duration: 3 years full-time, 4 years full-time with placement, 6 years part-time