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Business Management (1 year top-up) BA

Shape your studies towards your career ambitions in a year. With support from our experienced staff and guest speakers and become a successful business manager
September 2024
1 year full-time
September 2024: £9,250 (UK)*
£16,600 (INT)*
Course leader
Helen Cai

This versatile business management degree allows you to shape your studies towards your career ambitions.

Why choose Business Management (1 year top-up) BA at Middlesex?

The course will help you explore the factors for business success, particularly the role of management. Emphasis is placed on the applications of models and techniques necessary to achieve superior performance in business organisations. The course develops skills in analysis and planning, and develops the ability to solve business and management problems.

What you will gain

The enterprise element is a vital part of this course. For entrepreneurs, you'll learn the foundations for starting your own business.

If you want to work with an employer first, you'll have plenty of career paths to choose from. You’ll come away with invaluable skills for work in corporations, small businesses, the civil service, or charities.

You'll learn to work effectively in teams, and be able to present and communicate business management ideas with confidence. We also ensure you develop specialist knowledge in:

  • Organisations: their characteristics and how they work together
  • Stakeholders: their expectations and behaviour
  • The global business environment: its impact on strategy, behaviour and management
  • Design, production and distribution of products and services
  • Business resources: acquisition, application and control
  • Business process: department models, planning, improvement and control
  • The tools and techniques for making informed business decisions.

You'll gain a wide range of transferable skills and upon graduation, you'll be fully prepared for an exciting career in business and management.

You'll be able to demonstrate to companies and organisations that you have expert business knowledge and can apply analytical and problem-solving skills, with the professional acumen to deal with challenges in a fast-paced corporate world. You would also be well placed to continue into further study with a master's degree.

We have 145 years of experience delivering professional, creative and technical education that prepares students – like you – for success in global careers, so find out more today.

What you will learn

You'll study the key functions that underpin business success and develop an understanding of how organisations operate from developing strategy to management styles.

Our expert tutors have extensive management experience with some of the world's leading businesses including Chase Anderson, Chelsea FC, Manpower, and Waitrose. They'll help you develop your understanding of finance, marketing, operations and people management.

Our specialist teaching approach and high levels of tutor support ensure you receive the best academic results. And our Enterprise Development Hub can support you to start your own business, and develop essential entrepreneurial skills for a successful career.

3 great reasons to pick this course

  • Industry-standard tech
    Enhance your employability prospects through practical learning with software commonly used in the workplace, including Zero, Sage, OneSource and our state-of-the-art Financial Markets Lab
  • Postgraduate success
    We are proud to see our graduates securing management roles at prestigious organisations, including Chase Anderson, Foxtons, M&S and Sports Direct
  • Resources and facilities
    93% of students were positive about the resources and facilities on their course – National Student Survey 2023 (NSS)

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Alongside building effective business skills, you'll develop your knowledge of organisations, their functions, structure and management. You'll also study the operations of organisations as well as the models and techniques used to achieve successful results.

During the course, you'll study two compulsory modules designed to advance your skills and knowledge in topics fundamental to managerial decision making.

The Entrepreneurship and Small Business module provides an excellent foundation for setting up and running your own business. You'll also choose four optional modules in a range of different areas so you can tailor your studies to your interests.


  • Core modules

    • Strategic Management (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module presents a broad and integrated view of strategic management in organisations. You'll be introduced to strategic external and internal analysis and be encouraged to discuss competitive strategy and how businesses differentiate themselves. You'll also investigate corporate and international strategies and the links between environment, strategy and organisational culture.

    • Workforce Management (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to develop your understanding and critical awareness of issues associated with managing contemporary workforce. You'll learn how increasingly diverse workforce composition and the changing nature of work and socio-economic environment result in new and unique challenges that managers face today. Through using cutting edge research, case studies and self-reflexive exercises, you'll be  encouraged to critically re-evaluate the traditional management thinking and practices and explore alternative approaches and responses to the contemporary management issues.

    • Professional Communication (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module enables you 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, you'll develop systematic and explicit approaches to analysing, evaluating and constructing strategic communication.

  • Choose one of the following optional modules

    • Business Start-Up (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to introduce 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. You'll use the development of a unique business plan through which you'll 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.

    • Business Game (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to demonstrate the importance of integrated business functions to achieve business success. You'll use business simulations to gain experience in how a firm can integrate key aspects of business and management in order to succeed in a competitive environment.

    • Global Supply Chain Management (30 credits) - Optional

      This module introduces the theories and techniques relevant to the management of global demand and global supply within the parameters of corporate and business unit strategies. You'll develop critical insights in design, implementation and operation of global supply chains while employing these to develop your own case studies.

  • Choose one of the following optional modules

    • Sustainable Business (15 credits) - Optional

      This module focuses specifically on the development of the competences needed to develop sustainable business. You'll gain the knowledge and skills of sustainable business to make a strong contribution to society, economy and the environment. You'll 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.

    • Managing Business in Asia (15 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to develop your critical understanding of the political, economic and business management systems of Asian countries and their impact to international business.

  • Choose one of the following optional modules

    • Organisational Change (15 credits) - Optional

      All contemporary organisations operate in an increasingly dynamic environment. This module aims to develop your critical understanding of organisational change and managing organisational change. You'll explore different theoretical frameworks, concepts, techniques and tools for managing change.

    • Entrepreneurial Finance (15 credits) - Optional

      The module aims to provide you 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.

To find out more about this course, please download the Business Management (1-year top-up) BA specification (PDF).

How we'll teach you

You'll be taught and supported by an experienced teaching team with a wide range of expertise and professional experience.

Our practice-based approach to learning will enable you to enhance your knowledge and skills as well as adapt to an ever-changing environment. The Business Start-up module, for example, allows you to link real-life issues to business while engaging with entrepreneurs and business experts from the industry.

You'll hone your practical business management skills through workshops, simulations, role-play, case study analysis and problem-solving exercises. Seminars and workshops are a great opportunity to discuss what you have learnt in lectures and through independent study with your peers and tutors.

Most seminar groups have about 30 students.

Work is divided into credits of approximately 10 hours of study time. You will need to complete 120 credits per year, which are broken down into modules of typically 15 to 30 credits.

Where will you study?

You will be studying at our north London campus in Hendon.


Your course timetable will balance your study commitments on campus with time for work, life commitments and independent study. We aim to make your timetable available at least 2 weeks before you the start of term. Some weeks are different due to how we schedule classes and arrange on-campus sessions.

Typical weekly breakdown

Your weekly timetable will typically consist of:

  • 9 hours of lectures
  • 9 hours of seminars

Independent learning

Outside of teaching hours, you’ll learn independently through self-study which will involve reading articles and books, working on projects, undertaking research, and preparing for assessments including coursework, and presentations.

Academic support

Our excellent teaching and support teams will help you develop the skills relevant to your degree from research and practical skills to critical thinking. Our Sheppard Library is open 24 hours a day during term time. And we offer free 24-hour laptop loans with full desktop software, free printing and Wi-Fi to use on or off campus, even over the weekend.

Coursework and assessments

Your knowledge and understanding is assessed by tests, essays and other written assignments and presentations. You'll also be assessed by practice-based individual and group coursework assignments.


We'll test your understanding and progress with informal and formal tests.

The informal tests usually take place at least once per module, from which you’ll receive feedback from your tutor. The grades from these tests don’t count towards your final marks.

There are formal assessments for each module, usually at the end, which will count towards your module and your final marks.

Assessments are reviewed annually and may be updated based on student feedback or feedback from an external examiner.


To help you achieve the best results, we will provide regular feedback.

Financial Markets Lab

Watch the latest movements on Bloomberg and Datastream – two of the finance sectors most widely used systems. These platforms show real-time information about financial markets around the world – and are used by expert traders, financial advisors and business leaders. Find out more about our Business facilities.

The Sheppard Library

Our library is open 24 hours a day during the term and includes:

  • Over 1,000 study areas with rooms for group study and over 600 computer spaces
  • 350,000 books and e-books and more than 24,000 online journals
  • Free laptop loans, Wi-Fi and printing.

a male lecturer and female student study screens in the financial markets lab

Student support

We offer lots of support to help you while you're studying including financial advice, wellbeing, mental health and disability support.

Additional needs

We'll support you if you have additional needs such as sensory impairment or dyslexia. And if you want to find out whether Middlesex is the right place for you before you apply, get in touch with our Disability and Dyslexia team.


Our specialist teams will support your mental health. We have free individual counselling sessions, workshops, support groups and useful guides.

Work while you study

Our Middlesex Unitemps branch will help you find work that fits around uni and your other commitments. We have hundreds of student jobs on campus that pay the London Living Wage and above. Visit the Middlesex Unitemps page.

Financial support

You can apply for scholarships and bursaries and our MDX Student Starter Kit to help with up to £1,000 of goods, including a new laptop or iPad.

We have also reduced the costs of studying with free laptop loans, free learning resources and discounts to save money on everyday things. Check out our guide to student life on a budget.

How can the BA Business Management (1 year top-up) support your career?

The enterprise element is a key part of this course. It teaches you the skills you need to start your own business or work for an employer.

If you want to start your own business, you will learn about business planning, marketing, and finance. You will also get to work on real-world projects with other students.

If you want to work for an employer, you will learn about corporate culture, leadership, and teamwork. You will also get to network with professionals in your field.

Graduate job roles

This degree will leave you ideally placed to start a career in a wide variety of roles including operations manager, HR consultant, practice manager, housing officer, investment banker, sales manager, analyst, and graduate teaching assistant.

Graduate employers

You could be working in a range of industrial, commercial and third sector organisations such as:

  • Manpower
  • Larkspur Training
  • SEI Investments
  • Foxtons
  • Next
  • William Hill
  • Sports Direct
  • Co-op
  • M&S
  • Waitrose
  • Chelsea FC
  • Chase Anderson
  • Southwark Council
  • Fitch Training
  • Bank

Transferable skills

You'll be able to demonstrate to companies and organisations that you have expert business knowledge and can apply analytical and problem-solving skills, with the professional acumen to deal with challenges in a fast-paced corporate world. You would also be well placed to continue into further study with a master's degree.


Our employability service, MDXworks will launch you into the world of work from the beginning of your course, with placements, projects and networking opportunities through our 1000+ links with industry and big-name employers in London and globally.

Our dedicated lifetime career support, like our business start-up support programme and funding for entrepreneurs, has been recognised with the following awards:

  • The top 20 UK universities for business leaders and entrepreneurs – Business Money, 2023
  • A top 10 university for producing CEOs – Novuana, 2023

MDXcelerator Student Start-Up Support

Want to be your own boss? You'll have the chance to pitch your business to gain mentoring and grants of up to £15,000.

Global network

You’ll study with students from 122 countries who’ll hopefully become part of your global network. And after you graduate, we'll still support you through our alumni network to help you progress in your chosen career.

  1. UK entry
  2. International entry
  3. How to apply

The fees below are for the January 2024:

UK students1

Full-time: £9,250

International students2

Full-time students: £15,100

The fees below are for the September 2024:

UK students1

Full-time: £9,250

International students2

Full-time students: £16,600

Additional costs

The following study tools are included in your fees:

  • Free laptop loans for up to 24 hours
  • Free specialist software for your course
  • Free printing for academic paperwork
  • Free online training with LinkedIn Learning.

Scholarships and bursaries

To help make uni affordable, we do everything we can to support you including our:

  • MDX Excellence Scholarship offers grants of up to £2,000 per year for UK students
  • Regional or International Merit Awards which reward International students with up to £2,000 towards course fees
  • Our MDX Student Starter Kit to help with up to £1,000 of goods, including a new laptop or iPad.

Find out more about undergraduate funding and all of our scholarships and bursaries.

Fees disclaimers

1. UK fees: The university reserves the right to increase undergraduate tuition fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions. The tuition fees for part-time UK study are subject to annual review and we reserve the right to increase the fees each academic year by no more than the level of inflation.

2. International fees: Tuition fees are subject to annual review and we reserve the right to increase the fees each academic year by no more than the level of inflation.

Any annual increase in tuition fees as provided for above will be notified to students at the earliest opportunity in advance of the academic year to which any applicable inflationary rise may apply.

Dr Helen Cai
Programme leader

Dr Cai has ten years work experience in MNCs and state-owned Company, blending strong academic backgrounds with industry experience.

Dr Simon Best
Senior lecturer

Dr Best has an expertise in micro and small business start-up and development. He also has a vast experience in action and experiential learning.

Dr Huyen Anh Tham
Senior lecturer

Dr Tham specialises in interactive and experiential learning in the strategic management and global business environments.

We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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