If you’d like to start this course in January, please apply for our generalist programme BA Business Management and chose your specialism in Year 2.
If you want to learn how businesses work and how to manage people, then this is the degree for you. You’ll learn about the theory and practice of how businesses operate and what their environments are like. You’ll also study a variety of management styles, alongside the law and practices related to managing people.
You’ll be supported by a team of tutors who have industry experience. You will be exposed to key HR practices such as hiring practices, HR law, the ethics of employment and other abilities you'll need during your career.
You’ll undertake a work placement so you can apply your skills to a live work setting. Using our industry connections, we'll help you find a role in the HR team of a top company, in an industry relevant to your interests. You can do this over the course of a year or over two summers. Past students have done placements with the NHS, The Walt Disney Company, and Hays Recruitment.
Developing the essential skills and knowledge to succeed in business management, you will focus on modules such as strategic management, leadership, and business development.
You’ll build your key business skills with us, including workshops, role-plays and discussions as you analyse case studies and business management practices.
We also ensure that you build your specialist knowledge and the ability to deal with stakeholders, business resourcing and process, as well as understanding strategy, production and distribution of products and services.
Our graduates have gone on to successful careers all over the world. Using the knowledge and skills learned with us they've started jobs in companies across the world, including places like Western Union, Emirates and Santander.
Our personalised approach gives you the support you need to succeed as a student. While you are an undergraduate or foundation year student, you’ll have a Personal Tutor directly related to your course. If you need support with academic writing, numeracy and library skills, we’ll be sure to provide it. Our Student Learning and Graduate Academic Assistants have studied your subject and can support you based on their own experience.
If you have an interest in gaining specialist HR knowledge and want to learn about the larger business landscape, then this is the course for you.
The program has a strong culture of fostering and supporting equal opportunities for students of all ages, backgrounds and outlooks. Such diversity of thinking, experiences and skills exists also amongst our academic staff so they can better serve and address your needs.
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You will develop essential skills and knowledge in business management and expand your knowledge of the behaviour of people in organisations, and the wider business environment. At the end of Year 2 you can take a year's placement before returning to complete your degree. In your final year you will focus on strategic management and leadership, and management development.
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 corporate world.
You will 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:
The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to the use of computer software to collect, analyse and present business data. Students will learn to solve business and management problems using Excel or other appropriate software with an emphasis on the application of methods to solve problems, and the interpretation and communication of results. The main aim is to enable the student to become a discerning user of quantitative methods and computers in business analysis, which can be built upon in further study.
This module aims to develop the financial understanding and knowledge of students within business organisations so as to enable them to make effective decisions and to assess the cost, economic and financial implications of these decisions. It aims to provide an understanding of the fundamental roles of accounting and finance for business students who do not need to develop specialist knowledge as well as to provide an understanding of key economic principles that inform business thought and practice.
The aim of this module is to develop students understanding of the management of organisations. It will introduce management concepts such as the business functions,organisational structure, work design, entrepreneurship, and business ethics. Students will develop the ability to analyse the strengths and weaknesses of various management theories and their application in the management of organisations.
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.
The aim of this module is to develop students understanding of how people in organisations interact. It will introduce various people management concepts and human resource processes and practices. Students will develop the ability to compare and contrast a variety of organisational psychology and sociological theories and their application in the management of people.
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 themselves with the capacity to argue and support these views in an academically rigorous manner.
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.
This module aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of operations management within a variety of organisations. You'll examine different aspects of operations management relevant to the design, planning, control and improvement of business operations. You'll learn to evaluate, select and apply relevant operations management concepts, tools and techniques to solve problems, make informed decisions and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of operational processes.
This module aims to provide students with the ability to apply key skills in information systems to the business management domain. The module also aims to enable students to obtain important aptitudes towards using information technology solutions such as business intelligence (e.g. data analytics), digital technology solutions (e.g. smart environments) and modern forms of communication (e.g. social networks) to improve business processes. The module enables students to acquire knowledge in a number of topics aligned to the following key areas: (i) information systems and business intelligence (in particular the development, management, application and implementation of information systems and the impact upon organisations, (ii) communications (in particular the comprehension and use of relevant communications for application in business and management, including the use of digital tools) and (iii) digital business (in particular the development of strategic priorities to deliver business at speed in an environment where digital technology has reshaped traditional revenue and business models). The cross-discipline nature of the module ensures that students will gain experience in using information systems, while engaging in strategic management activities and following a pattern of work resembling project management practices in controlled environments.
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.
This module provides students with an introduction to innovation and entrepreneurship. It examines different forms of innovative and entrepreneurial practice including commercial and social enterprise. This includes an introduction into management issues faced by entrepreneurs and small business owners. The module will also introduce students to such concepts as opportunity recognition and the ability to act upon opportunities and problem-solving.
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. This module is aligned to CIPD intermediate unit narratives.
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.
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.
This module aims to provide students with comprehensive understanding of the design,planning, implementation and evaluation of projects in a variety of sectors. Students will explore how projects are managed using up-to-date project management tools and technologies. The module also aims to develop awareness of the role of projects in the wider economy.
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.
This module provides an excellent opportunity for you to demonstrate high quality 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.
This module introduces students to organisation consulting. It builds on learning from prior modules and provides students with a theoretical introduction to consulting and the idea of the learning organisation. Students are required to undertake a live team-consulting project to identify solutions to real business issues. This module also provides students with 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.
The primary aim of the internship module is to provide you with the opportunity to undertake a period of work experience for a minimum of 30 days. This will facilitate you to gain an insight into the world of work and appropriate conduct at work, and the process of becoming and staying employable through assertiveness, continuing development and reflection on both your development and the link between theory and practice. You will also develop an understanding of the organisation, sector and the environment in which it operates.
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.
The BA Business Management (HRM) degree is applicable in any organisation in any industry. The degree offers you the option to embark on a career in human resources management.
The versatility of this degree allows you to choose amongst numerous job options in the field, such as human resources officer, training and development officer, recruitment consultant and talent manager.
This course will also leave you ideally placed to begin working in a wide range of business management roles in prestigious international organisations including:
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.
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.
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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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