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Business Management - BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

This undergraduate degree equips you with key business skills and in-depth knowledge of all stages of the business management process from economics to human resources, marketing and entrepreneurship. You'll apply the theories you learn to a simulated business environment to help enhance your understanding and give you practical experience.

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This course will equip you with the key business skills and knowledge needed to succeed in multinational organisations. We provide an in-depth understanding of all stages of the business management process, from conceptualisation to strategic evaluation.

You'll study a broad range of fields such as economics, marketing, strategy and human resources, and get the chance to apply your theoretical knowledge to real-life, up-to-date case studies. You’ll also hear from specialist guest lecturers, visit a variety of organisations and participate in online business simulations throughout your course. The University’s business incubator, Accelerator, will prove an invaluable resource for flexing your entrepreneurial muscles. You'll have the option to visit the Accelerator facilities and to participate in sessions and competitions.

You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in work-based learning as part of your degree. This will give you real-world experience that will set you apart from other graduates when you enter the job market, as well as giving you the chance to put your newfound knowledge to the test.

On completing the course, you’ll receive your Business Management BA (Hons) degree and a Level 5 Chartered Management Institute (CMI) diploma.

Assessment

You'll be assessed through individual reports, business plans, group presentations and seen/unseen exams. Some modules will require you to produce an e-portfolio including real-life investigations and tasks.

The final year dissertation will allow you to utilise all previously learnt knowledge and apply it to a self-designed research study within the subject area. Throughout your study, you'll have one-to-one support from your supervisor.

Professional accreditation

You'll gain a Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership on completing this degree.

This course is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), an internationally renowned professional body. While studying on this course you'll gain membership to CMI and will be able access its facilities, attend events, join a mentoring scheme and access over 200,000 live management job postings.

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • for entry in the 2016-17 academic year: 280 or more UCAS points, including at least 180 from two or more A levels in academic or business subjects
  • for entry in the 2017-18 academic year: a minimum of grades CCC in three A levels in academic or business subjects (or a minimum of 96 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC National, OCR Diploma or Advanced Diploma)
  • English Language and Mathematics GCSE at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent)

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Extended degree

Applicants who do not fully meet the entry requirements may be eligible to start a Business Management BA extended degree.

Accelerated study

If you have relevant qualifications or credit from a similar course it may be possible to enter this course at an advanced stage rather than beginning in the first year. Please note, advanced entry is only available for September start. See our information for students applying for advanced entry.

If you're studying full-time, each year (level) is worth 120 credits.

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2016/17 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday morning
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday afternoon
    • all year (September start) - Thursday afternoon
    • all year (January start) - Wednesday morning

    The focus of this module is business. What is it? What drives it? What makes it successful? Are there ideal environments in which businesses start, grow and mature? Are there ideal types of businesses?
    The turbulent and disruptive upheavals of the twenty-first century, including natural disasters, corporate failures, financial crisis, recession and austerity have prompted a review of the traditional view of business and enterprise as encompassing large organisations in a steady state of long-term planning. Today the dynamic of how business is conducted is changing. Recent research (DfBIS, 2011) has shown that 50% of private sector turnover is generated by small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). In addition, the DfBIS, (2011) suggests that, “60% of private sector jobs (almost 14 million) are provided by SMEs”.

    This module provides students with an insight into the world of business. It examines various types of businesses and how they work. It explores the environment and its impact on the survival, success and growth of an enterprise. It covers the practical functions of business and enterprise such as sources of funding; marketing; communication; the theory and practice of selling; supply chains; the highly competitive global marketplace and e-business. It provides an underpinning of the operations function and an introduction to the concept of quality.

    The module is cognisant of the increasing contribution of SMEs to the economy and provides a focus on the knowledge and skills students need to qualify them as employees of choice in high potential small dynamic businesses. The module seeks to foster students’ embryonic seeds of ambition to be enterprising employers of the future by setting up and running their own company.

    The module features an interactive business simulation designed to replicate the multidimensional nature of business and management. It encapsulates fundamental cross-functional disciplines such as sales, marketing, operations and finance. Student teams are progressively led through major decisions including human resources through to strategy as they manage their own virtual company. Student teams compete against each other in an online multiplayer environment.

    This simulation provides invaluable hands on experience for students, requiring them to analyse data, collaborate with each other, and make managerial decisions. By bringing concepts to life it also encourages them to engage with the theoretical material they are learning.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday afternoon
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday afternoon
    • all year (September start) - Monday afternoon
    • all year (September start) - Monday morning
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday morning
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday morning
    • all year (January start) - Friday morning

    The focus of this module is management and the development of students as managers. Managers are crucial to getting things done, for example, they plan, coordinate, lead and oversee the work of others in order to meet organisational goals efficiently and effectively. The problems and challenges of managing in today’s ever-changing, increasingly uncertain, complex economic environment requires managers and leaders to have the knowledge, ability and skills to take action, such as managing information, delegating tasks, setting goals, building teams, motivating others and along with numerous other activities, achieve organisational success.

    This module provides students with an introduction to both traditional and contemporary management approaches to enable them to formulate effective business decisions when facing the demands of modern management. In addition to knowledge, the module provides students with management skills, such as self- awareness, communication and teamwork. A focus on attributes such as critical thinking and decision-making will help to prepare students for the ‘real world’ of business and management.

    This theory-to-practice approach is embedded in the module through the use of a business simulation which will help students to understand and apply key business concepts. Designed to replicate the multidimensional nature of business and management it encapsulates fundamental cross-functional disciplines such as sales, marketing, operations and finance. It progressively leads students through major decisions including human resources through to strategy as they manage their own virtual company.

    As each decision period progresses, students are given more control over their company, eventually becoming responsible for distribution, operations, product development and financial decisions. Student teams compete against each other in an online multiplayer environment.

    This simulation provides invaluable hands on experience for students, requiring them to analyse data, collaborate with each other, and make managerial decisions. By bringing concepts to life it also encourages more engagement with the theoretical material they are learning.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday afternoon
    • all year (January start) - Monday afternoon

    The module introduces students to key aspects of the corporate environment. It focuses on the economic and legal context in which modern corporations operate. An understanding of the economic environment for businesses is crucial as the market place becomes more globalised and competitive. Hence, a comprehensive overview of topics such as demand and supply, market structures, consumer behaviour, international trade, economic growth, foreign exchange market will be discussed. Similarly, students will study a range of topics designed to introduce them to the essential aspects of business law including the classification of law, sources of law, dispute resolution and elements of a contract. Where relevant these topics will focus on issues from a domestic, European and international perspective.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday morning
    • all year (September start) - Thursday morning
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday afternoon
    • all year (September start) - Thursday afternoon
    • all year (September start) - Monday afternoon
    • all year (September start) - Monday morning
    • all year (January start) - Thursday morning

    This module introduces data collection and presentation skills in the context of Business Management. It provides underpinning skills required to deal with numerical information and to make effective use of mathematical and statistical methods of data analysis and interpretation. In other words it provides students with an understanding of the fundamentals of statistical methods necessary for business. The module also introduces the principles of accounting and finance, preparation and interpretation of cash flow and other financial statements and methods of investment appraisal. Overall, this module provides analytical and communications skills relevant to understanding business Information with an emphasis on problem-solving techniques in the context of Business Management.
    The module provides the skills and knowledge required for later modules that develop the quantitative and qualitative aspects of Business Management.

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Year 2 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Monday morning
    • all year (September start) - Monday afternoon

    This module introduces students to the key quantitative and qualitative techniques that are used to solve problems in the business world. The module picks up the knowledge and skills provided at level 4 in Understanding Business Information. It expands on the fundamentals and basics to enhance students’ understanding of the role of data and the use of statistical techniques in business.
    The module also provides a grounding in research methods which prepares students for their level 6 research and dissertation.

    In addition, the module provides students with the key concepts in management accounting including management budgeting, prediction and forecasting, risk assessment, working capital, and capital investment.

    Skills taught on this module will include advanced use of Excel as well as the use of the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS).

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday morning
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday morning

    Early theories of leadership assumed that the qualities which made great military, social and political leaders were those that would make great industrial leaders. However, the characteristics of leadership required for well-established steady-state organisations are far removed from many
    21st century workplaces where business leaders are confronted with unprecedented complexity and change. For example, the scope of entrepreneurship is widening far beyond micro and small-to medium sized enterprises as organisations that previously could not have been considered entrepreneurial enbrace innovation as a means of survival (Urban, 2012). In order to respond rapidly to changes in the external environment today’s leaders and managers are required to lead and manage innovation, and create an environment that fosters and enhances entrepreneurship.

    This module provides students with an introduction to both traditional and contemporary theories of leadership. It examines how cumulative knowledge of leadership theory can contribute to leading and managing innovation and entrepreneurial activity in modern organisations. Innovation and entrepreneurship are central themes of the module as students explore the characteristics of entrepreurship and identify conditions that foster innovation. Students will have an opportunity to interact with the local business community and are required to identify a local enterprise and interview its founder/current owner to determine whether they demonstrate the dynamic and visionary approach to business proposed by entrepreneurial theory to be typical of entrepreneurs.

    In small groups students are required to explore their own entrepreneurial skills through the proposal of an on-line business application. They are required to use their knowledge of management and leadership theory to manage its development, and they are required to produce a business plan to bring the application to market.

    Throughout the module there is an on-going focus on skills, for example students will be helped through the use of self-assessment questionnaires to identify their own leadership styles and preferences as well as foster their entrepreneurial skills.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Friday morning

    The Chartered Institute of Marketing (2001) defines marketing as ‘the management process of anticipating, identifying and satisfying customer requirements profitably’. This module reflects that broad definition. It picks up the ’marketing’ thread introduced at level 4 and examines the challenges involved in marketing services and products both nationally and globally. The module explores the entire customer experience and examines the range of tools, techniques and innovations that ensure customer needs are satisfied in a global market place.
    The module explicitly addresses the following Quality Assurance Agency benchmarks for Business and Management, that is, subject knowledge and understanding which in terms of the marketing discipline includes, the psychology of consumer behaviour and expectations, the management of resources and operations, along with contemporary and persuasive issues, including globalisation, business innovation and creativity.

    In terms of developing skills students will engage in problem solving and decision making, both oral and written communication, and the critical and analytical skills required by professional marketeers.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Tuesday afternoon
    • autumn semester - Monday afternoon
    • spring semester - Tuesday afternoon
    • spring semester - Monday morning

    This module provides a comprehensive and up-to-date understanding on brands, brand equity and strategic brand management. It outlines the concepts and framework of branding which are crucial in designing and implementing marketing campaigns as well as activities to build, measure and manage brand equity. It provides students with the tools and techniques to improve long-term profitability via creating effective brand strategies.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Wednesday afternoon
    • spring semester - Wednesday afternoon

    Why do some companies succeed while others fail? Are some business ideas fundamentally better than others? How can you tell which ideas are worth investing time and money in and which are not? How can you find an idea to pursue that matches your skills, network and passion?

    This module is a key introduction to identifying, critically assessing and developing new business opportunities. The approaches and processes covered can be applied equally to new commercial ideas, social enterprises or new ventures within an existing business.

    The foundation of the module is a live project where you will develop your own startup idea leading to a live pitch and designing a business model. At each stage you will learn the concepts covered in the module by applying them to your own idea. You will have the opportunity to come up with new ideas on the module and do not need to have a business idea before you begin.

    The module is relevant for anyone considering starting their own business, working for a SME or taking on an intrapreneurial role within a large organisation.

    Students opting for this modules, will NOT be able to take “Create a Winning Business 2”

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Wednesday afternoon

    Post-recession 21st century companies, non-profit institutions and public sector organisations continuously have to adjust their strategies to meet new environmental demands. These demands can be as wide ranging as bringing new products to market in response to changing consumer behaviour, dealing with unprecedented change and diversity as a result of globalisation and migration, motivating employees in the face of increasingly ‘marketized’ and ‘intrapreneurialized’ internal organisations, where everyone is a customer and everyone competes, to managing staff in cyberspace. As a result, the people these organisations hire and promote to management are expected to have the skills to be leaders, team players, change agents, entrepreneurs, and coaches. In other words, high potential employees must understand the ‘people’ side of management and be able to take effective action in the organisation of the 21st century.
    This module introduces essential psychology for managers. It provides an overview of the main psychological concepts of attention, perception and memory and uses theories and concepts from psychology to explain the behaviours of people in the workplace.

    The module is delivered using small group workshops of normally two hours duration and on-line discussion forums.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Wednesday morning
    • autumn semester - Monday afternoon

    This module enables students to undertake a short period of professional activity and to gain credit for their achievements. The activity can be employment activity, a work placement, professional training, volunteering activity in the not-for-profit sector, or where available, within a Virtual Business Environment within the University.

    It is expected that the student should work for 140 hours, for which they will be required to provide evidence. The 140 hours can be completed in 20 working days in a full-time mode during the summer (where available), or spread over a semester in a part-time mode.

    Additionally, learners may in some cases be able to utilise their existing part-time / vacation employment providing they can demonstrate that it is personally developmental and involves a level of responsibility (decided upon submission of the role details by the Module Leader).

    The work based learning activity should enable the student to build on previous experiences and learning gained within their academic course and elsewhere. It should provide learning opportunities for personal development. The student is encouraged and supported in developing the ability to identify applied knowledge and skills that enhance their work performance, ensure their continued improvement and apply theory to practice as appropriate. The learner should develop improved understanding of themselves, and the workplace through reflective and reflexive learning.

    • Students will be contacted soon after they register for the module (e.g. June for those registered for October) to ensure they understand the requirements and are able to find suitable activity
    • The University must ensure that suitable health and safety requirements are in place and the work activity needs to be approved by the module team before they start the role. The suitability of the opportunities will be assessed on an individual basis.
    • Where required, students will be supported in finding suitable opportunities and with all aspects of their job search and applications. The Careers and Employability Team will work with Faculty teams to provide this support. However, it is the students’ responsibility to obtain suitable employment, and roles cannot be guaranteed.
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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Monday morning

    Modern businesses operate in an global environment and must deliver to a diverse group of stakeholders both internally and externally. Managers and leaders are required to deliver services and products of highest quality, create and preserve value for multiple stakeholders, build and maintain sustainable relationships, care for the environment andsustain productive futures. Typically the Emphasis is on results but managers and leaders are increasingly obliged to meet demanding ethical, environmental, legal, commercial and public standards as defined by wider society. At any level and in all areas they are presented with moral and ethical choices but the quest for results can create situations where the line between the ethical and the unethical becomes blurred through the entrepreneurial logic of contemporary capitalism.

    This module is concerned with what managers and leaders can do when they are held responsible and accountable by standards other than shareholder value maximisation. It explores how initiatives such as sustainability, governance and supply chain integrity can succeed by being embedded within a conceptual and practical business framework that integrates people, planet, project and principles. It is designed to encourage students to confront fundamental business ethical challenges so that they can develop their skills in moral analysis and judgement and come to terms with their own definition of responsible management and leadership and how it can be translated into action.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Wednesday afternoon

    The module introduces and explores a range of key topics related to organisation studies. A broad range of organisation theories are drawn upon to encourage students to develop a critical approach towards their understanding and analysis of key issues within contemporary organisations.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Tuesday afternoon
    • autumn semester - Tuesday afternoon

    The Management of People is a vital aspect of any manager’s job, whether they are Entrepreneurs; Line Managers; Operations, Marketing, Production, Logistics, Human Resource or Managers of any other specialist discipline. Successful Management & Leadership can make a huge difference to the well-being and thus the performance of an individual. This ultimately assists the organisation to meet its strategic objectives. This module seeks to introduce the Non-HR student to the field of Organisational Behaviour (OB), Human Resource Management (HRM) and related People Management (PM) activities & interventions from a generalist perspective. It is intended that this will give them the vital insight into various aspects of people management regardless of their professional outlook.

    The module provides a thorough grounding in the essential elements of organisational design (OD) and HRM within contemporary organisations. In such contexts, people management policies and practices delivering innovation, adaptability, creativity, change and quality are seen as essential elements in organisational effectiveness and in helping to meet the needs of a diverse range of stakeholders.

    The challenges to organisations and to effective people management presented by developments in markets, technologies and by social and political change are explored in detail and through examination of a variety of material: case studies, e-enabled HR examples and academic and practitioner literature. The module considers options available to managers in responding to and in some cases, anticipating these challenges.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Monday morning

    The last two decades has witnessed fundamental changes in the way in which people do business and communicate, socially and formally. A significant contributor to this phenomenon has been the introduction of the internet and social on-line sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Youtube as well as media/TV, MTV etc. Technological advancements have made the possibility of downloading music, videos, film an everyday feature. In terms of business and trading, there has been significant development in knowledge as a traded commodity and coupled with the internet, the ability to do business on a global scale has become an expected aspect of business.

    The way in which information is acquired, stored and protected has raised issues in relation to the existing boundaries of law and in some instances the development of new legal issues particularly in the area of intellectual property, contracts, privacy, Twitter and super injunctions.
    Information, creativity and access to knowledge has changed exponentially and as a consequence of these developments, protecting information, knowledge has become an essential element for businesses of all forms including the creative and consumer industries such as media, fashion and retail in particular as well as individuals. The legal issues raised have areas of commonality across these industries.

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Year 3 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday morning
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday afternoon

    To succeed in doing business in the global community contemporary business managers and leaders need to be aware of the cultural differences and also of the regulatory framework within which national and global business operates. This module addresses how to take a good business idea and expand nationally, internationally or even globally, the sociological, economic and legal implications of growing a business beyond start-up and across national borders and where to take a newly developed business application. It also considers how to exploit markets that may have different concepts of business ethics, corporate social responsibility and sustainability.

    This module continues the entrepreneurial thread developed at level 5, considers the issues involved in business growth and addresses the legal and regulatory implications of developing a business both nationally and globally. It provides students with a platform from which to examine the opportunities and challenges leaders and managers face when developing a global business, particularly in developing economies such as the BRICs (Brazil, Russia, India, China) and MINTs (Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria, Turkey). It also explores the regulatory framework pertaining to internal corporate governance, global corporate innovation and international knowledge transfer together with wider ethical and CSR issues and considers these factors from both a national and international perspective.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday morning
    • all year (September start) - Thursday
    • all year (September start) - Thursday afternoon

    The module equips aspiring managers with the skills and techniques required to critically analyse contemporary organisations and to develop realistic, creative, and informed proposals for future strategic direction and change implementation.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday morning
    • all year (September start) - Thursday morning
    • all year (September start) - Thursday afternoon
    • all year (September start) - Thursday
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday afternoon

    This module is about that very process of transforming data into information that will be useful to users, one being the writer of the report and another a potential specialist in the industry itself, i.e. a future employer. The undertaking of the investigation and project will enable the student to pursue a robust enquiry into the industry or sector in which they are hoping to find employment.
    Furthermore, this module will help students to prepare for the graduate job market by ensuring they have up-to-date application material and online profile as well as gaining further personal experience of the application process. Researching the report and completion of associated activities will enable students to excel at interviews.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday morning
    • all year (September start) - Thursday afternoon
    • all year (September start) - Thursday
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday afternoon
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday morning

    In this module students consolidate their previous learning by engaging in a research dissertation while simultaneously focusing on their employability. They will pick up the research threads introduced and developed in BA4006 and BA5001 by identifying and researching an industry or sector in which they wish to build their careers and they will write up their findings in the form of a dissertation.

    Their research will involve the review of a wide range of publications (secondary data sources) around the broad area of investigation and this will lead to the formulation of a research proposal for their dissertation. Students will pursue a robust enquiry into a theme emerging from their investigations in their chosen industry, and as the theme emerges, the research methodologies, appropriate methods of data collection, data processing and analysis are evaluated. Both the process and the knowledge and skills gained will inform their approach to their future career and more specifically to their immediate employability. For example, students will be required to identify whether secondary data sources alone will be sufficient to satisfactorily answer their research question. Their ability to critically analyse, synthesise and present data in useable form will contribute to their management capability. This process will therefore inform their research, as well as their future career path. The undertaking of the investigation, evaluation, synthesis and analysis of data will help them to prepare for the graduate job market.

    Researching the industry, identification of contemporary issues and completion of associated activities will enable students to raise their self-awareness, identify their strengths, plan their career and excel in the application process.

    In addition, the module will help students to prepare for the graduate job market by ensuring they have an up-to-date and professional on and offline profile. They will prepare an up-to-date CV and they will engage in simulated interviews to enhance their interview skills while simultaneously completing their dissertation.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Friday afternoon
    • spring semester - Friday afternoon

    Why do some companies succeed while others fail? Are some business ideas fundamentally better than others? How can you tell which ideas are worth investing time and money in and which are not? How can you find an idea to pursue that matches your skills, network and passion?

    This module is a key introduction to identifying, critically assessing and developing new business opportunities. The approaches and processes covered can be applied equally to new commercial ideas, social enterprises or new ventures within an existing business.

    The foundation of the module is a live project where you will develop your own startup idea leading to a live pitch and designing a business model. At each stage you will learn the concepts covered in the module by applying them to your own idea. You will have the opportunity to come up with new ideas on the module and do not need to have a business idea before you begin.

    The module is relevant for anyone considering starting their own business, working for a SME or taking on an intrapreneurial role within a large organisation.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Monday afternoon

    In the 21st century organisational managers and leaders are constantly asked to work both harder and smarter and to ensure that those who work for them do the same. Stock markets dictate that businesses operate in very short time frames. E-commerce is changing how businesses connect to each other, value, both customer and shareholder, dominates corporate decisions and there is increased emphasis on sustainability, governance and the environment. At the same time lifestyle changes have increased the demand for flexibility, choice and lifelong learning opportunities at work.

    These changes parallel a shift from the factory system dominated by manufacturing to a rise of knowledge work. Knowledge workers and the rise of the new economy presents a significant challenge to existing organisational theory. Old notions of managing employees by controlling their behaviour are giving way to Critical Theory’s emphasis on relational management and leadership. A critical approach to evaluating existing theory can help to get beneath the surface and discover what is really going on. It can also be the starting point of sustainable improvement in the practice of management and leadership.

    This module adopts Critical Management Theory (CMS) to explore and evaluate current Western management and leadership practices.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Tuesday afternoon
    • autumn semester - Tuesday morning
    • spring semester - Tuesday afternoon

    The module offer students the opportunity to critically engage with the process of managing and developing a portfolio of products to deliver ‘best value’ for the consumer who will then stay loyal to the organisation.
    Effective and innovate new product development techniques will be explored along with the development of effective distribution channels, to ensure organisations can produce, distribute and sell the ‘right’ products in an effective and creative way.
    Delivery
    The module will be delivered weekly in 3 hour interactive sessions

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Wednesday morning

    This module is concerned with the application of economic concepts and theories to our understanding of the multinational business. Using economic theories, the module will explain the existence and development of the multinational business and examine some of the strategies used by multinational business to enter foreign markets. Other important issues in the operations of multinational businesses such as cultural diversity and human resource management will also be considered. The overall aim of the Module is to provide students with the theoretical knowledge and business strategies for analyzing the multinational business. As part of the teaching strategies, case studies will be used.

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  • In the turbulent business world, survival is a challenge. Business failures are many, particularly amongst SME’s. Yet some small businesses manage to do more than survive, they grow and provide not only goods and services but valuable employment in the economy – in 2013 SME’s accounted for 59% of UK private sector jobs (FSB 2013). This module explores the challenges, growth options and strategies of enterprises; both entrepreneurial start-ups and fast growing entrepreneurial businesses. What are the ingredients of success, what are the strategies employed, why do some businesses fail while others survive? Understanding the complex influences on entrepreneurial businesses and the alternative strategy options available, is essential for the survival, competitive advantage, financial returns and growth of enterprises. The module also aims to help students to develop their management and employability skills, such as critical thinking and problem solving. Students will be encouraged through experiential learning to investigate the key processes involved in setting up a small business, accessing finance and managing the enterprise. A range of outside speakers and suggested events will be used to assist their enquiries.
    The module is delivered over 15 weeks using small group workshops of normally 3 hour duration. Assessment comprises a learning e-portfolio consisting of a variety of tasks.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Wednesday morning
    • spring semester

    This module enables students to undertake a short period of professional activity and to gain credit for their achievements. The activity can be employment activity, a work placement, professional training, volunteering activity in the not-for-profit sector, or where available, within a Virtual Business Environment within the University.

    It is expected that the student should work for 140 hours, for which they will be required to provide evidence. The 140 hours can be completed in 20 working days in a full-time mode during the summer (where available), or spread over a semester in a part-time mode.

    Additionally, learners may in some cases be able to utilise their existing part-time / vacation employment providing they can demonstrate that it is personally developmental and involves a level of responsibility (decided upon submission of the role details by the Module Leader).

    The work based learning activity should enable the student to build on previous experiences and learning gained within their academic course and elsewhere. It should provide learning opportunities for personal development. The student is encouraged and supported in developing the ability to identify applied knowledge and skills that enhance their work performance, ensure their continued improvement and apply theory to practice as appropriate. The learner should develop improved understanding of themselves, and the workplace through reflective and reflexive learning.

    • Students will be contacted soon after they register for the module (e.g. June for those registered for October) to ensure they understand the requirements and are able to find suitable activity
    • The University must ensure that suitable health and safety requirements are in place and the work activity needs to be approved by the module team before they start the role. The suitability of the opportunities will be assessed on an individual basis.
    • Where required, students will be supported in finding suitable opportunities and with all aspects of their job search and applications. The Careers and Employability Team will work with Faculty teams to provide this support. However, it is the students’ responsibility to obtain suitable employment, and roles cannot be guaranteed.
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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Monday afternoon
    • spring semester - Monday morning

    Maintaining a strong corporate image is a strategic priority for most CEOs. Organisations who enjoy a strong reputation in the market see this as a competitive advantage and crucial to improving financial returns, shareholder value and improved competitiveness. External forces, often globally driven can quickly change the way stakeholders view the organisation, often as result of sudden, often unforeseen and relatively unmanageable forces, leading to destabilisation, leadership change and a fall in market value. Understanding and managing corporate reputation is complex as it is not just the responsibility of the corporate communications team, or the CEO it is the responsibility of all employees. This module explores the importance of reputation, what it is, why it is managed it, how it affects the organisation and how it may be perceived by an often complex group of stakeholders.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Wednesday afternoon

    This module provides an introduction to the developing field of cross-cultural management, explored in relation to both international and intra-national contexts, and drawing on perspectives from social anthropology, social psychology, organisational behaviour and management theory. It is assessed via a group report and presentation, and an unseen examination based on a case study given in advance.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Friday morning
    • autumn semester - Friday afternoon
    • autumn semester - Friday morning
    • spring semester - Friday afternoon

    This module is offered as an option module on the Undergraduate Scheme.
    Increasingly managers at all levels of an organisation are required to manage projects, temporary endeavours undertaken to create a unique product or service. This module introduces most of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK), as defined by the Project Management Institute – PMI, http://www.pmi.org/ - and therefore prepares students in the capabilities required for effective project management: managing resources, time, people, and the project as a whole. The module therefore includes both the use of computer programmes for project management and approaches to managing people and teams.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Tuesday morning
    • spring semester - Tuesday morning

    The services economy accounts for about three-quarters of GDP and employment in developed economies and it becomes essential for students to have an in-depth understanding of the subject of Services Marketing. In this module students are introduced to a range of services marketing concepts, models, techniques and online activities applicable to service organisations.

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If you're studying full-time, each year (level) is worth 120 credits.

Year 1 modules include:

  • Understanding Business Information
  • The Corporate Environment
  • Business and Enterprise
  • Fundamentals of Management

Year 2 modules include:

  • Business Research and Decision Making
  • Leading Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Serving Customers in Global Markets
  • The Regulation of Business Creations (optional)
  • The European Economy (optional)
  • Organisation Design and Management (optional)
  • People Management and Performance in Contemporary Organisations (optional)
  • Brand Management (optional)
  • Managing and Leading Responsibly (optional)
  • Essential Psychology for Managers (optional)
  • Learning through Work (optional) 
  • Work-Related Development 1 (optional)

Year 3 modules include:

  • Managing within a Global Regulatory Framework
  • Strategy: Choices and Change
  • Management Investigation and Dissertation
  • Project Management (optional)
  • Economics of Multinational Business (optional)
  • Coaching and Mentoring (optional)
  • Entrepreneurial Survival (optional)
  • Managing Corporate Reputation (optional)
  • Open Language Programme Module (optional)

"The quality of teaching is amazing, the modules are intellectually stimulating and the environment is so welcoming!"

“Lecturers are really engaged and create a good environment in the classes. There is a very good mix of practical and theory in the course.” 

National Student Survey 2015 comments from London Met students studying management courses

This course will give you the skills you need to pursue a career as an entrepreneur or to work in business management as part of a national or multinational organisation. Previous graduates have gone on to work at organisations such as Coca-Cola, the Royal Bank of Scotland and even London Metropolitan University.

The knowledge base, transferable skills and hands-on work experience you'll gain throughout the course will place you in an advantageous position once you enter the job market.

This course is also excellent preparation for postgraduate study or a graduate training scheme.

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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How to apply

UK/EU students wishing to begin this course studying full-time in September 2016 should apply by calling the Clearing hotline on .

Applicants from outside the EU should refer to our guidance for international students during Clearing.

Part-time applicants should apply direct to the University online.

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.

All applicants applying to begin a course starting in January must apply direct to the University.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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