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Business Management (1 year top-up) BA

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October 2021
January 2022
1 year full-time
£9,250 (UK) *
£14,000 (EU / INT) *
Course leader
Helen Cai

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.

Course highlights

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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.

    • 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

    • Innovation Management (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to develop your understanding of the role of innovation as a key factor in a dynamic business environment and to equip you with the knowledge, expertise and skills needed to manage the innovation process at both strategic and operational level. You'll gain an up-to-date overview of the mainstream theories and models of innovation and illustrates successful organisational practices through case study analysis.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Principles of Project Management (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to develop you understanding of the design, planning, implementation and evaluation of projects in a variety of sectors. You'll explore how projects are managed using up-to-date project management tools and technologies. You'll also develop awareness of the role of projects in the wider economy.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Research Project (30 credits) - Optional

      This module is designed to develop your skills and knowledge in planning and conducting a small-scale research project. You'll be required to consolidate learning from other modules to plan and complete a small business and management related research project. You'll learn how to conduct research, including defining research aims and objectives, conducting literature reviews, collecting primary data, analysing and interpreting data, and organising and presenting research proposals and final dissertation documents.

    • Consulting in Organisations (30 credits) - Optional

      This module introduces organisation consulting. It builds on learning from prior modules and provides a theoretical introduction to consulting and the idea of the learning organisation. You'll be required to undertake a live team-consulting project to identify solutions to real business issues. This module also gives you 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.

    • Work Internship (30 credits) - Optional

      This module will give you the opportunity to undertake a period of work experience (minimum of 30 days) from which you'll learn about how businesses run in general, the organisation and the sector within which it operates as well as the key drivers of business success. The work internship will allow you to immerse yourself in the world of work and develop effective strategies to deal with work and organisational life. You'll be able to develop an understanding of work, reflexivity, resilience, wellbeing and the link between theory and practice. Through reflection on experiential learning, you'll enhance your awareness of your own abilities and attributes, and undertake a journey of personal and professional development.

  • Choose one of the following optional modules

    • Leadership (15 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to further develop and enhance your leadership knowledge and understanding within business organisations on the subject areas of leadership styles and approaches, ethics, equality and diversity as well as personal leadership development.You'll gain 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.

    • Coaching and Mentoring (15 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to develop and enhance your understanding and knowledge of coaching and mentoring in different sectors and contexts. You'll gain 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.

    • Business Ethics (15 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to enhance your critical thinking skills by engaging in an in-depth exploration of ethics and social responsibility in business. You'll gain the knowledge and skills needed to identify, analyse, and develop effective responses to ethical issues and challenges in business. You'll also 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.

    • 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.

    • Services Marketing Management (15 credits) - Optional

      This module explores services marketing management from an operations perspective.You'll explore in-depth the services pf marketing management, emphasising concepts, practices and techniques that are pertinent to the service sector. You'll synthesise and apply services management marketing theories, concepts and techniques to practice through the use of specialised service-sector case studies. You may eventually work in the service sector, and this module aims to inspire and shape your career.

  • Choose one of the following optional modules

    • Strategic Management Accounting (15 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. 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Business Analytics (15 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.

    • 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.

More information about this course

See the course specification for more information about typical course content outside of the coronavirus outbreak:

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.

Teaching and learning - changes for students in 2020

If you’re starting university in 2020, we’ll be teaching you in different ways to make sure you get the best learning experience possible. You’ll learn through live sessions with teaching staff and have the chance to study independently too, with access to all the online resources you need through our globally available student portal.

We’re planning different scenarios for teaching so that we can be flexible. While we’re social distancing, we’re aiming to teach you through some small group sessions on campus, with other interactive teaching as well as larger lectures delivered online and recorded sessions available to you on-demand. If you’re unable to make it to campus at first, or we need to limit access to campus in the future, your course can be delivered fully online.

The table below shows current plans for your learning across a typical week, including scheduled live online teaching and an indication of what we hope to teach face to face, where you can make it to campus. While some weeks might look different to this, due to how we schedule classes and make arrangements for any face to face sessions (for example, in some cases these could take place every two weeks with an increased number of hours), the table gives you an idea of what to expect based on the overall number of teaching hours on your course.

You’ll receive final arrangements for your teaching and a full course timetable before you start.

Scenario 1: Course delivered fully online

Live learning

Contact time per week per level:

8.5 hours

Self-paced learning time

Average hours per week per level:

29.5 hours

On demand resources

Average hours per week per level:

2 hours

Scenario 2: Course delivered with a mix of online and face to face learning with social distancing in place

Live learning

Contact time per week per level:

8.5 hours

Self-paced learning time

Average hours per week per level:

29.5 hours

On demand resources

Average hours per week per level:

2 hours

Face-to-face sessions

Contact time per week per level:

  2 hours

Read more about our scenarios for returning to campus and what they might mean for your teaching and learning experience, and how you’ll be able to access student support.

Future plans for teaching

We’re developing our timetable for face to face teaching with current government advice on social distancing to keep you safe. If social distancing requirements are lifted, we’ll start to safely move back towards our usual teaching arrangements with more opportunities for face to face learning. Some learning and support might stay online in this scenario. If more restrictions are put in place, or there is another lockdown, we’ll be prepared to deliver your learning and support fully online, with alternative arrangements made for any required placements. We’ll always give you notice of any changes that we make.

Definitions of terms

  • Live learning – Live learning will cover everything you’ll do with teaching staff like lectures, seminars, workshops and other classes, and we’ll schedule all of this for you. This might include some study outside your regular timetable, like taking part in discussion forums or online blogs where you’re supported by academic staff.
  • Independent learning – Independent learning is all the studying you’ll do outside your live learning sessions with teaching staff. This self-paced study will give you the chance to learn, prepare, revise and reflect in your own time as you need to, and you’ll have access to on-demand resources and materials to help you do your best.
    • Self-paced study – Self-paced study will give you the chance to learn wherever and whenever you want to and at your own pace, outside your live learning sessions. This independent learning could include reading and reflection, preparation for classes, revision or homework along with access to other online activities such as quizzes.
    • On-demand resources – You'll have access to on-demand resources like pre-recorded video lectures and workshops as part of your independent study. You’ll be able to review and revisit whenever you need to at your own pace.
  • Face to face sessions – Wherever it’s possible to do so, and we can make the necessary arrangements to ensure your safety, you’ll be able to attend scheduled sessions, workshops or appointments on campus as part of your live learning. The number of hours given in this scenario provides an indication of the number of hours of face to face learning you could expect, and a full timetable will be provided to you before the start of your course.


You’ll have a strong support network available to you to make sure you develop all the necessary academic skills you need to do well on your course.

Our support services will mainly be delivered online and you’ll have access to a range of different resources so you can get the help you need, whether you’re studying at home or have the opportunity to come to campus.

You’ll have access to one to one and group sessions for personal learning and academic support from our library and IT teams, and our network of learning experts. Our teams will also be here to offer financial advice, and personal wellbeing, mental health and disability support.

More on teaching for your subject in 2020/21

Read our guide to what’s been happening in your subject area recently and more about what to expect this autumn.

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  3. How to apply
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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.

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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