What will you study on the BA Business Management (Marketing) (Top-up)?
You will study two set modules in Strategic Management and Services Marketing. You will also choose two options from specialist marketing modules: E-Marketing and Social Media, Public Relations, International Marketing, Consulting in Organisations, Advertising and Promotion, New Venture Management, and also take either a work internship or a research project.
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 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
Global and Cross Cultural Marketing (15 credits) - Compulsory
This module introduces students to current theory and practice in global marketing and develops their ability to apply cultural concepts to marketing challenges. Students will learn about new cultures in both the developed and emerging world and how to adapt marketing strategies accordingly for business success.
Services Marketing Management (30 credits) - Optional
This module explores services marketing management from an operations perspective. It aims to offer an in-depth exploration of services marketing management, emphasising concepts, practices and techniques that are pertinent to the service sector. Students will synthesise and apply services management marketing theories, concepts and techniques to practice through the use of specialised service-sector case studies. Many students will eventually work in the service sector, and it is hoped that this module will inspire and shape their career.
Strategic Management (30 credits) - Compulsory
The aims of this module are organised in two parts: in the first part students use the essential components of strategic analysis with the primary aim of developing an applied knowledge of tools and techniques. In the second part students explore a variety of special topics with the primary aim of examining strategy concepts applied in different organisations. Overall, the module aims to build students’ ability to process and interpret information from different internal functions and from multiple external sources for decision-making leading to long term organisational success.
Marketing Strategy and Implementation (15 credits) - Compulsory
This module provides students with an overview of the key concepts of strategic marketing from a managerial perspective. As such, students will learn about the key marketing tools that will enable them to develop the knowledge and skills necessary in order to: analyse the marketing environment, customers and the factors influencing the purchasing process; develop marketing strategies and plans to reflect the environment; and implement such plans through the development of appropriate product, price, place and promotional activities. In addition, you will appreciate how leadership and managerial styles influence the strategic marketing process.
Work Internship (30 credits) - Optional
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.
Choose one option module:
Social Media and Viral Marketing (15 credits) - Optional
This module aims to develop your knowledge of the theory and practice of advertising and promotion. Students learn how to use both broad communication theory and specific promotion-related theory to inform and develop advertising and promotion programmes. You will learn how these promotional activities fit within and contribute to overall marketing strategies and objectives while learning to develop, implement and evaluate advertising and promotion campaigns.
Public Relations and Corporate Reputation Management (15 credits) - Optional
This module will provide a solid grounding in the theory and practice of Public Relations and the content will build upon knowledge and skills gained from previous core and optional modules on the Programme. Students will develop understanding of the ‘diversity’ in publics and the processes of managing and maintaining complex relationships. Through an understanding of the importance of managing corporate reputation, students will explore the effectiveness of public relations as an important communication tool when looking at managing public perceptions during moments of organisational or individual crisis. Additionally, the module will explore the wider cultural and societal landscape in which public relations operate, and will provide critical insight into areas such as celebrity, power and the impact of globalization.
New Venture Creation (15 credits) – Optional
This module introduces students to the complexities of developing and starting a new venture. It examines both the theoretical and practical concepts of entrepreneurship including how to identify business opportunities, establish a business model, acquire resources, and develop a business plan. It also familiarises the students with the entrepreneurial attributes and problem solving in entrepreneurial context.
Choose one option module:
Research Project (30 credits) – Optional
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.
Professional Communication (15 credits) – Optional
This module enables students 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, students will develop systematic and explicit approaches to analysing, evaluating and constructing strategic communication.
Fashion Marketing (15 credits) - Optional
This module introduces students to fashion marketing and encourages them to apply marketing theory that underpins the subject to real world examples. Students will explore cultural, environmental, social and ethical trends that influence the fashion industry, identify business opportunities and create marketing proposals to improve fashion brands and fashion retail spaces.
Marketing Consultancy Project (15 credits) - Optional
The module builds on learning from prior modules and provides students with the experience of working collaboratively on a real, client-driven consultancy project. External clients will provide a project brief and students will work in teams to develop practical solutions. The module gives students an opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge to real organisations and facilitates the practice of team-working, problem-solving, reflective and presentation skills, as well as an understanding of the complexities relating to client management and project deliverables.
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.