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Business Management (Fast-Track) BA Honours

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October 2018
EU/International induction: September 2018
2 years full-time
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£17,500 (INT) *
Course leader
Hsing-Fen Lee

Our degree allows you to fast-track your studies in business management and build the knowledge, skills and experience to launch a successful career in a wide range of industries.

Why study BA Business Management (Fast-Track) at Middlesex University?

Our innovative degree is the ideal choice if you would like to condense our three year course in to two years by studying across two summer terms. Supported by expert tutors who bring a wealth of industry experience, you will apply theory to practice and study the key functions that underpin business and the factors that contribute to success. You will learn to analyse and plan, and develop the confidence to solve challenges successfully in a fast-paced environment.

The career options are broad with our Business Management (Fast-Track) degree and you will be well prepared to enter businesses, governmental and third sector organisations, or even start your own business.

Course highlights

  • Your dedicated fast-track course leader will provide expert guidance throughout the course and additional support will be available throughout over the fast-track summer terms
  • Our academic staff team provide excellence in teaching and research, ensuring you receive a first-class learning experience with high levels of tutor support
  • Our innovative Enterprise Development Hub can support you to start your own business and develop essential entrepreneurial skills
  • You will have access to cutting-edge business resources including the Chartered Management Institute's Management Direct Resource Hub

What will you study on the BA Business Management (Fast-Track)?

Your studies will focus on the development of key business skills and experience, preparing you for the workplace. Organisations require graduates who are able to demonstrate critical and analytical problem solving skills, with the professional acumen to deal with challenges in the fast-paced world of business. You will study the operations of organisations: their functions, structure and management and the models and techniques used to achieve successful results. The Entrepreneurship and Small Business modules provide an excellent foundation for setting up and running your own business.

What will you gain?

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

  • Stakeholders: their expectations and behaviour
  • The environment of business and its impact on strategy
  • Design, production and distribution of products and services
  • Business resources: acquisition, application and control
  • Business process: planning, improvement and control
  • This fast track programme is studied full -time over two years in an accelerated pattern. In each year you will study four 30 credit modules within the Autumn-Summer semesters and then two modules in the ‘Summer School’ block-taught format.


  • Year 1

    • Applications and Research in Management (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module provides an interesting and enjoyable introduction to basic statistical, research, and ICT methods for the collection, analysis and presentation of business data. You will be required to do calculations by hand and use appropriate software, though the emphasis is on the interpretation and communication of results.

    • Business Environment Analysis (30 credits) - Compulsory

      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.

    • Financial Aspects of Business (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to develop your financial understanding and knowledge within business organisations to enable them to make effective decisions and to assess the cost, economic and financial implications and outcomes of these decisions. It aims to provide an understanding of the fundamental roles of accounting and finance for those who do not need to develop specialist knowledge as well as to provide an understanding of key microeconomic and macroeconomic principles that inform business thought and practice.

    • Management and Organisations (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The aim of this module is to enable you to understand how managers operate in organisations in an international context. It will cover the development of management and theories explaining organisational behaviour. You will develop the ability to analyse the strengths and weaknesses of various management theories.

    • Marketing Theory and Practice (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module is designed to provide you with an overview of key marketing concepts and techniques, as they apply in a variety of organisations and in both conventional and online environments. You will develop knowledge and understanding of the core role of marketing in determining the growth potential of an enterprise, including the value of the marketing mix in ensuring successful marketing implementation and the significance of external and internal operating environments for marketing practice.

    • Work, Organisation and Society (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module is designed to provide you with an overview of key marketing concepts and techniques, as they apply in a variety of organisations and in both conventional and online environments. You will develop knowledge and understanding of the core role of marketing in determining the growth potential of an enterprise, including the value of the marketing mix in ensuring successful marketing implementation and the significance of external and internal operating environments for marketing practice.

  • Year 2

    • International Operations Management (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to explore the international nature of business operations and how companies are working in a global marketplace. You will gain an understanding of how companies develop and manage their international operations through certain management techniques. The module aims to provide a wider understanding of business competitiveness in global marketplaces, and will use theories to evaluate the choices given by organisations and link them to management of these international networks.

    • Leadership and Management Development (30 credits) - Compulsory

      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.

    • Operations Management (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to broaden and expand your knowledge of the concepts and techniques required for the design, operation and control of business processes. Cases and practical exercises are relevant to a variety of commercial, manufacturing and service organisations. The module builds on the IT and quantitative skills developed in the first year.

    • Strategic Management (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to present a broad and integrated view of strategic management in organisations and outline a range of critical perspectives on key concepts of strategy. It will introduce generic strategies at the corporate, business and functional levels and provide 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.

    • 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 and to facilitate understanding and application of appropriate business and management academic theories in managing a business. It will provide experience, through business simulation, of how a firm can integrate key aspects of business and management to succeed in a competitive environment. You will use simulation techniques as a means of encouraging you to think strategically.

    • Business Start-up (30 Credits) - Optional

      This is a synoptic module which aims to ensure that 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.

    • Human Resource Management in a Global Context (30 credits) - Optional

      This module builds upon knowledge gained previously on the business environment and the general management functions operating within organisations and develops an understanding of the international context of dealing with people issues in organisations.

    • Human Resource Management in Practice (30 credits) - Optional

      The aim is to introduce non-HR specialist students to the key areas of HRM and to build on relevant knowledge and skills developed in introductory organisational behaviour modules. By the end of the module you will be familiar with a wide range of generalist HR policies and practices within the five key areas of the discipline, employee resourcing, employee reward, performance management employee relations, and employee training and development.

    • 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.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

  1. Overview
  2. Teaching and learning
  3. Assessment and feedback
  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  2. International

How can the BA Business Management (Fast-Track) support your career?

This degree can leave you perfectly placed to begin working in a range of industrial, commercial and third sector organisations in roles such as Operations Manager, Junior Operations Manager, HR Consultant, Trainee Manager, Depot Manager, Practice Manager, Housing Officer, L&D Adviser, Investment Banker, Sales Manager, Analyst and Graduate Teaching Assistant.

Previous graduates have been successful in prestigious international companies including:

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

    Business Management BA graduate

    Every aspect of the course has been exciting. I particularly enjoyed the third year modules. Strategic Management gave me a deep insight into the workings of a business environment and Leadership Management helped me discover my strengths and weaknesses in order to become an effective leader in the future.

    I loved working closely with academics, who are leaders in their field. They ensured the entire course provided not only academic theory but also practical and relevant information specifically designed and tailored towards my future career.

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