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Business Management (1 year top-up) BA

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October 2020
1 year full-time
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£13,400 (INT) *
Course leader
Helen Cai

We’re planning to teach through a flexible combination of online and face to face learning for the first few months of the new academic year. If you’re thinking about starting with us in autumn 2020 or spring 2021, check back for more detail on arrangements for this course in July and August, and see our current plans for teaching and learning.

This course is now available in Clearing.
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This versatile business management degree allows you to shape your studies towards your career ambitions. You'll have the space to develop your skills, knowledge and experience to become a successful business manager in a variety of industries.

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

This innovate 1 year top-up degree has been tailored for ambitious students who want to apply theory to practice in a business environment. You'll be taught and supported by expert tutors who bring professional experience to their teaching practices.

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

  • Stakeholder expectations and behaviour
  • The environment of business and its impact on strategy
  • Design, production and distribution of products and services
  • Business resources including acquisition, application and control
  • Business process such as planning, improvement and control.

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 or even start your own business.

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What will you study on BA Business Management (1 year top-up)?

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.

    • Contemporary Issues in Managing a Workforce (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims is to develop your understanding and critical awareness of the issues associated with managing a contemporary workforce. You'll focus on psychological theories and research findings that provide insight into human behaviour at work and can be applied to organisational problems. This will help develop your critical understanding of relevant theoretical and empirical literature.

      You'll apply your acquired knowledge to specific workplace scenarios involving current issues such as work-life conflict, discrimination, and psychological contract breach. Case studies and activities will be used to provide you with the opportunity to apply theoretical principles to real life organisational issues, analyse the contributions and limitations of relevant theories, and draw out the practical implications of existing empirical evidence. Group exercises will help develop practical skills such as communication, leadership, decision-making, and team working.

  • Choose two of the following optional modules

    • Innovation Management (30 credits) - Optional

      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.

    • Managing Business Projects (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to provide 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'll 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'll be able to enhance individual effectiveness in the world of work through practical work on project management.

    • Business Start-Up (30 credits) - Optional

      This workshop will introduce the complexities of starting a business. It draws together a range of theories, concepts and notions from a number of sources such as Finance, Marketing and Strategy. In particular, the module facilitates the development of a unique business plan in 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.

    • Global Supply Chain Management (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to present the international nature of business supply chains and how companies are working in a global marketplace. You'll develop an understanding of how companies develop and manage their global supply chains through certain management techniques. You'll use theories to evaluate the choices given by organisations and link them to management of these international networks.

    • Business Game (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to present a view of the importance to firms of integrating key business functions in order to achieve business success. You'll gain an understanding and application of appropriate business and management academic theories in managing a business. The module will use simulation techniques as a means of encouraging you to think strategically and to provide examples of how a firm can integrate key aspects of business and management in order to succeed in a competitive environment.

    • Enterprise and Small Business (30 credits) - Optional

      The module aims to develop your awareness, skills and mindset to enterprise, entrepreneurship and small businesses. This includes your ability to recognise and act upon opportunities, solve problems, and apply initiative and creativity in achieving development goals. You'll also explore the nature and impact of enterprise in a wider socio-economic context by addressing key policy-relevant issues.

    • Research Project (30 credits) - Optional

      This module provides an excellent opportunity for you to demonstrate higher order 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.

  • Choose two of the following optional modules

    • International Marketing (30 credits) - Optional

      This module puts marketing into a global context and shows the importance of international marketing in the era of globalisation. You'll gain sound knowledge of international marketing and a thorough understanding of the nature of the international market place. You'll also develop international marketing decision-making skills and know-how that will assist you in pursuing a career in international marketing or business.

    • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (30 credits) - Optional

      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 teamworking, and diversity legislation.

    • The Service Encounter (30 credits) - Optional

      This module builds upon your knowledge and skills around general business functions and their impact on work. You'll explore, on a critical basis, the interrelationship of the workplace and individuals in the organisation of services. You'll look 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.

    • Leading Change (30 credits) - Optional

      This module allows you to critically analyse approaches to organisational change and to develop the skills required to be effective change agents. You'll explore organisational change including the need for change, triggers of change, response/barriers to change and approaches for overcoming resistance to change. You will also 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, you'll gain the knowledge, skills and competences to become effective change agents and be engaged to reflected on your past career and life experiences in relation to individual and/or organisational change.

    • Authentic Leadership Development (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to critically evaluate theoretical perspectives on leadership. You'll 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. You'll also have an opportunity to apply theoretical concepts to develop and enhance your own personal leadership effectiveness in preparation for your chosen career.

    • Developing Leaders and Managers in Organisations (30 credits) - Optional

      This module will provide grounding in developing effective management and leadership in organisations. You'll be encouraged to gain awareness in the core competencies concerned with developing effective management and leadership in organisations, which will enable you to apply theory to practice in management. You will also have a number of opportunities to develop essential competencies and skills through workshops, as well as individual and teamwork activities.

    • Consulting in Organisations (30 credits) - Optional

      The module builds on your learning from prior modules and provides a theoretical introduction to consulting and the idea of the learning organisation. You'll have an opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge to organisation practice by working in small teams on a real time consultancy project which can take place in a variety of public, private and voluntary sector organisations. This will give you the responsibility of approaching and pitching to potential clients, managing yourself, your time, your team relationships and your relationships with external clients, as well as to achieve outcomes that make a real difference to the organisation.

      This module provides a bridge between academic study and full-time employment by focusing on the significance and relevance of your consultancy experience.

    • Strategic Management Accounting (30 credits) - Optional

      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. You'll gain a broad understanding and critical evaluation of performance measurement which includes quality and innovation as well as financial measures. The techniques and theory covered leads to a wider understanding of strategic decision making as well as overall company performance.

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.

How is the BA Business Management (1 year top-up) taught?

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, gives you the opportunity 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. You are also expected to continue your own learning through reading relevant texts and journals as well as attending lectures, seminars and talks with guest speakers.


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. You'll be given regular feedback on your work.

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

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.

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

What support is available?

Our Employability Service can help you to develop your employability skills and get some valuable work experience. We provide workshops, events and one to one support with job hunting, CVs, covering letters, interviews and networking. We also support you in securing part-time work, placements, internships, and volunteering opportunities, and offer an enterprise support service for those looking to start their own business.

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.

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