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Business Management (Finance) BA Honours

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October 2018
3 years full-time
4 years full-time with placement
Usually 5 years part-time
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£12,500 (INT) *
Course leader
Suman Lodh

Our finance pathway allows you to shape your studies towards your career ambitions and build your knowledge of business and finance practices within a wide range of industries. Our teaching is informed by latest research in the area and we take advantage of our university’s location in London, the financial hub, where the access to policy makers and regulators becomes easier.

Why study BA Business Management (Finance) at Middlesex University?

Tailored towards ambitious students who are keen to apply theory to practice in a business environment, you will learn how organisations operate from developing strategy to styles of management. Supported by academics who bring professional expertise to their teaching practices, you will study the key functions that underpin business success and select from a range of exciting work placement options.

The programme focuses on areas that emphasis both theoretical and practical applications of finance, corporate governance, strategic management and financial statement analysis, to name a few, through interactive workshops, simulations and case studies, while we keep student employability at the centre of their learning experience.

Building on your analytical, numerical and problem-solving skills you will develop the confidence to solve challenges successfully, in a fast-paced corporate world. In your final year you will focus on the core financial disciplines that underpin effective business management and develop your knowledge of management strategy, business finance and financial statement analysis.

Work placements are an invaluable opportunity to gain employability skills so we have introduced two options by which you can integrate into your time at Middlesex. Those who wish to do a placement can take either a 36 week sandwich placement in Year 3 as part of a 4 year degree or two 18 week summer placements allowing you to complete your degree within 3 years.

The career options are broad with our Business Management (Finance) pathway and you will be well prepared to enter banking and finance, or a wide range of businesses, governmental and third sector organisations.

Course highlights

  • We offer a one year study abroad option in your second year by joining the EU Erasmus programme linked to partner universities in Europe which can also include a contribution towards your tuition fees
  • Our Enterprise Development Hub can support you to start your own business and develop the essential entrepreneurial skills for a successful career
  • You will have access to cutting-edge business resources including the Chartered Management Institute's Management Direct Resource Hub
  • You can become a student member of the Chartered Management Institute and a full member upon graduation
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module,
  • In addition, you also get Bloomberg and DataStream certificates (upon successful completion of training) without any additional cost

What will you study on the BA Business Management (Finance)?

The programme is studied over three years full-time, or four years if the option of a 12 month placement is taken. The course is divided into modules and each has a value of 30 credits. You must successfully pass modules to gain credits. To gain a BA (Hons) degree title you must gain 360 credits of which 120 must be in Year 3.

You will develop key business skills, knowledge and experience in order to excel in a management career. Companies and organisations require graduates who have expert business knowledge, who can also demonstrate analytical and problem solving skills, with the professional acumen to deal with challenges in a fast-paced business environment. You will develop essential skills and knowledge in business management and broaden your knowledge by focusing on key topics, such as the behaviour of people within organisations, and resource management. You will build on your financial knowledge and skills and learn the role of accounting within organisations.

What will you gain?

Upon graduating, you will be able to work effectively in teams and be able to present and communicate business management ideas with confidence. You will understand topics related to managerial decision-making management strategy, managerial leadership, business finance and financial statement analysis. In addition, you will acquire skills of group dynamics and team work, as well as demonstrating numerical, communication and analytical expertise. We 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


  • Year 1

    • Financial Aspects of Business (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to develop your financial understanding and knowledge within business organisations to enable you 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

  • Year 2

    • 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.

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

      The aim of this module is to enable you to develop a critical understanding of the multifaceted social processes that are imperative to organisational life, and through which organisations may exert influence on ourselves as much as on society at large in order to pursue their objectives. The module will cover a wide array of theories pertaining to organisational behaviour, organisation theory, sociology, psychology and economic issues as far as they are relevant for the understanding of these social processes. You will develop your own abilities to analyse these theories critically, build up your own views on how to think and feel about these emergent issues as well as empower you with the capacity to argue and support these views in an academically rigorous manner.

    • Business Environment (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.

    • Managerial Finance (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to further develop and enhance your financial understanding and knowledge within business organisations. It aims to provide a more in-depth understanding of the roles of accounting and finance for those who do not need to develop specialist knowledge and trains you to apply your accounting and finance skills into a range of different business situations.

    • Developing Employability through Work Placement (60 credits) - Optional

      The primary aim of these work experience modules is to provide you with flexibility to undertake a period of work experience without having to take an extra year of study. This is achieved by integrating your learning at work and your studies. You will attain a sandwich degree within three rather than four years. In the first year of study you will be required to record and reflect upon your learning at work and in the second year to reflect on how you have developed and built on your learning from the previous year and complete a report on the organisation you have worked in. The modules will therefore support you to process of reflect on your own development, integrate theory and practice, develop your commercial awareness and thus enhance your personal and professional development.

  • Year 3

    • 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 Finance (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The primary objective of this module is to provide you with solid understanding of contemporary corporate finance and the tools to solve the financial problems confronting business today. The module will explain the main aspects of corporate finance, including investment decision, working capital management, and financing decision. It will enable a critical appreciation of the interaction between financial decision-making and capital market behaviour. You will be able to apply your financial skills in practical problems solving, case studies and coursework to develop your understanding of business environments and prepare themselves for a future career.

    • Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide you with the tools for the analysis of financial information, in particular for the purpose of business valuation. In doing so, you will become familiar with how investors and corporate financiers utilise financial and non-financial information in corporate reports.

    • 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 showing 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 a 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.

    • Corporate Governance (30 credits) - Optional

      This module provides you with an understanding of the concepts and key issues in corporate governance and corporate accountability. You will also get an overview of the high-profile cases of corporate failure and analyse them from corporate governance perspective. By extending the traditional corporate governance theoretical framework to address broader corporate social responsibility issues you will understand the significance of corporate transparency and accountability in modern corporations.

    • Consulting Organisations (30 credits) - Optional

      The module builds on learning from prior modules and provides you with a theoretical introduction to consulting and the idea of the learning organisation. You will then have an opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge to organisation practice by working in small teams on a real time consultancy project which takes place in a variety of public, private and voluntary sector organisations. It will give you the responsibility of approaching and pitching to potential clients, managing yourself, your time, your team relationships and relationships with external clients, to achieve outcomes that make a real difference to the organisation. The module provides a bridge between academic study and full-time employment by focusing on the significance and relevance of consultancy experience. It also aims to enhance your prospects of employment following the completion of your degree programme.

    • Applied Management (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to present a view of management applied in an ever more competitive environment in which firms need to excel in the areas cost, quality, speed, innovation, service and sustainability. It uses the four traditional management functions of planning, organising, leading, and controlling to examine how firms develop strategic value, build a dynamic organisation, mobilise people, learn and change.

    • International Finance (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to provide you with knowledge of theories of exchange rate and balance of payments, and skills of managing international financial assets and exchange rate risks in a global environment. You will have the opportunity to study the operations of the world capital markets, grasp the principles essential to understanding of global financial issues and policies, and apply tools to effectively evaluate and manage foreign exchange risks in order to succeed in international financial environment.

    • Work Placement (60 credits) - Optional

      The primary aim of the work placement module is to provide students with the opportunity to undertake a period of work experience (minimum of 36 weeks) from which they learn about, business in general, and the organisation and the sector within which it operates as well as the key drivers of business success. The work placement will provide an insight into the world of work and appropriate conduct at work. The module will therefore facilitate students in the process of becoming and staying employable through assertiveness, continuing development and reflection on both their development and the link between theory and practice.

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 (Finance) support your career?

This course will leave you ideally placed to begin working in a wide range of business management roles in prestigious international banks and financial institutions including Lloyds Banks and PWC.

Vinita Mithani

Vinita is a chartered accountant and has over fifteen years' experience in Practice. She was previously a senior manager in a City firm of accountants. She is now Head of Finance in a commercial organisation, and a part-time lecturer at the University. She strives to bring her practical experience into her teaching to make the subject real and relevant to her students.

Richard Jones
Associate Professor

Richard is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He specialises in taxation and has been leading the teaching of Taxation at Middlesex for many years. Richard’s professional focus has been on communicating the implications of changes in tax law and practice to small practitioners and their clients. He is also involved in the design, implementation and delivery of Risk Analytics training for one of the world’s largest banks.

  • Andrea Potrok

    Business Management BA graduate

    I really enjoyed this programme because it offered the right balance between Finance and Business Management knowledge. For me it was important to have a solid foundation in both these areas as they are crucial to every business. What is more, the lecturers were really committed to delivering the best support to students and stayed approachable all throughout the year. What appealed to me the most, was the way the lectures were delivered – we had conversations rather than text-heavy PowerPoint slides.  The vivid discussions prompted better understanding of the subject and improved my critical thinking skills which then helped me to further my career.

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