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Business Management - BA (Hons)

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Why study this course?

This innovative degree, designed in conjunction with leading industrialists, provides you with insights and understanding of contemporary business themes including entrepreneurship. The course equips you with vital business skills and provides you with an opportunity to practice them in both traditional and virtual business environments. In addition to your degree you will gain the highly sought after and widely recognised CMI Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership.

More about this course

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.

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Course type Undergraduate
UCAS code N200
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Entry requirements

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

  • 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 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.

If you do not have traditional qualifications or cannot meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing the 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.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2018/19 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 afternoon
    • all year (September start) - Thursday morning
    • all year (September start) - Thursday afternoon
    • all year (September start) - Monday afternoon
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday morning
    • all year (September start) - Monday morning
    • all year (January start) - Thursday morning

    Data analysis is a top business priority. It drives the opportunity for performance improvement and, with advances in technology, data are generated at an ever increasing rate. As such, it not surprising business data analysis and Excel skills are among the top graduate skills sought by employers today. BA4006, Business Decision Making, responds to these market demands by providing the underpinning skills required to make effective use of the mathematical and statistical methods of data analysis and develops students’ interpretation and reporting skills.

    The module introduces data-based decision making and performance measurement and provides students with the practical experience of using Excel to transform data into information. It further introduces students to forecasting and target setting, budgeting and project management. In other words, it provides students with an understanding of the fundamentals of statistical methods for business. In doing so, it provides the skills and knowledge required for levels 5 and 6 modules, including the dissertation, that develop and evaluate the quantitative and qualitative aspects of business management.

    The module also introduces the principles of accounting and finance. Financial statements are interpreted and analysed to review the financial position and condition of a company. Activity-based costing and budgeting methods are introduced to facilitate planning and performance measurement.

    Overall, this module develops the analytical and communication skills relevant to understanding business Information, with an emphasis on problem-solving techniques in the context of business management, decision making and performance measurement.

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

    This module introduces students to the world of business and enterprise. It examines what makes businesses successful, and what makes enterprise successful. Are there ideal environments in which business enterprises 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 shows that up to 50% of private sector turnover is generated by small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

    This module provides students with an insight into the world of business. It examines various types of businesses including SMEs and how they work. It explores the environment and its impact on the survival, success and growth of an enterprise. All business produce some mixture of services and products whether they are large or small, private, public or not-for-profit, therefore operations management is at the centre of what business do. Effective operations management is essential for efficiency and customer satisfaction, and long-term survival. This module provides students with an in-depth understanding of operations management, operational risk, logistics, quality circles and supply chain.

    A theory– to–practice approach is embedded in the module through the use of a interactive business simulation designed to replicate the multidimensional nature of business. It encapsulates fundamental cross-functional disciplines such as sales, marketing, operations and finance. Student teams are progressively led through major decisions as they manage their own virtual company, the position of which is tracked on the stock exchange, which reflects their decisions. Student teams compete against each other in an online multiplayer environment. The 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 students to engage with the theoretical material they are learning.

    The modules aims to:

     develop students understanding of traditional and contemporary approaches to business and enterprise;
     provide an understanding of the impact of the external environment on business and enterprise;
     to develop students’ commercial awareness;
     to introduce the concept of entrepreneurship and its relevance to both small and large organisations;
     to provide an understanding of essential functions of business, such as funding, marketing and communication;
     to enable students to develop their business skills including analytical and critical thinking; commercial awareness; decision-making; communication including professional presentations; IT; self-awareness, emotional intelligence and negotiation.

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

    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, organise, lead and coordinate the work of others in order to meet organisational goals efficiently and effectively. The challenges of managing in today’s ever-changing, increasingly uncertain, complex economic environment requires managers 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.

    The traditional view of the purpose and role of management in the world of work was to seek stability and efficiency in a top-down hierarchy aimed at achieving bottom-line results. In contrast, the contemporary management paradigm expects managers to engage in motivating people and harnessing their creativity, sharing information and power, leading change, and finding shared vision and values in an increasingly diverse and complex workplace.

    Today’s managers require the knowledge and ability to draw on both traditional and contemporary approaches to management when formulating workplace decisions. They also need the skills, tools, and techniques to manage their own career trajectory based on the acquisition of sound employability skills and accompanying behaviours.

    In addition to knowledge, the module focuses on developing students as managers
    which involves the ability to interact with, and motivate, a diverse range of people.
    The module aims are to:

     enable students to identify and explain major developments in the history of managerial thought;

     provide students with the knowledge and skills to deal with the variety and complexity of challenges facing the management of people and organisations in the 21st century;

     provide students with the opportunity to develop management, leadership and employability capability to enhance their individual potential;

     develop students appreciation of the different management approaches that can be used when managing in uncertain and complex environments;

     allow students to experience managerial competence through a variety of methods including field visits and case studies.

     enable students to develop their management and employability skills, such as critical thinking and writing, interpersonal skills, self-management, communication, team-working, problem solving, and presentation skills, in order to maximise their competitive edge in the business world.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Thursday morning
    • spring semester - Thursday afternoon

    This module is designed to help students to develop their skills for a variety of situations: study skills at university; skills for the workplace; and personal development skills. It complements the study of business management, for example, students will need to know where to find relevant information for their assignments; how to write in an academic way; how to interpret numerical data, and how to present the findings of their research. Similar skills will be needed in the workplace (for instance, making presentations, writing work reports, analysing sales data and conducting market research). A degree is ideally a means of self-development, a time for personal growth and new experiences and a time for taking opportunities. The ability to reflect and critically analyse are central to this process. Therefore, this module serves a dual purpose because it provides students with the opportunities to develop the skills that are essential throughout your degree, and equally essential in the workplace. In other words, it provides you, the student, with an opportunity to learn how to learn, and as such it will help you to a “can do” attitude, so that you feel on top of things and in control.

    Being able to reflect on your development during the period of your degree will enable you to become more aware of the employability and professional skills you are developing. You will have an opportunity to record your development in a Personal Development Planner (PDP). You will be asked to monitor those times when you use specific skills and the context in which they are experienced: study, work or personal, and you will be asked to consider the transferability of the skills developed in one context to other situations, which is what reflection is all about.

    The overall aim of this module is to help you to develop your general skills as a business management student, which feed in to all areas of your studies, and provide a solid base for your first managerial activities at work.

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

    This module is designed to provide first year undergraduates with an introduction to the economic principles, and economic concepts relevant to the business operating environment. The module is mainly concerned with economic thinking at a micro level, but also introduces students to essential macro-economic concepts reflecting state intervention in a mixed economy.

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Year 2 modules include:

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

    This module introduces students to the essential methodologies, approaches and tools for business research. The module takes over from the skills picked up at level 4 in particular, the quantitative and qualitative skills taught and assessed in various modules. It explores some of the philosophies and theoretical perspectives underpinning the many different ways of conducting research as well as providing practical examples and guidance on how research should be planned and implemented. This module also provides a grounding to the final year dissertation for the Business and Management and related courses.
    The module enables students to gain lifelong and employability skills such as planning, searching, reading, gathering and analysing data, writing and referencing. It provides students with technological tools to achieve the necessary results efficiently.
    The module helps students to reflect on how research has enabled global organisations with their integrated and interdependent challenges to adapt to the uncertain world.
    The module introduces students to the key and current business concepts and their operationalisation through a simple review of the literature. In doing so, it enables students to deal with conflicting issues of ethics and equality.
    The key skills taught and assess on the module will include advanced use of Excel and/or SPSS, data analysis (Statistical and Thematic) and reporting.

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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

    This module provides students with an understanding to both traditional and contemporary theories of leadership. It examines how cumulative knowledge of leadership theory, from Trait to more recent Authentic approaches, can contribute to leading and managing business organisations. Through the use of self-report questionnaires students will be helped to identify their leadership style and preferences. With a thorough grounding in normative theory the focus of the module then turns to leader behaviours including hubristic leadership and the use of power, politics and conflict.

    Power, politics and conflict in organisations can either increase productivity and efficiency or reduce them substantially. Political processes can determine organisational existence and strategic direction. For instance, restructuring can be stimulated either by internal political struggles or by external market conditions, and in the process the lives and careers of employees can be altered, not always positively, which can give rise to an unfolding processes of dysfunctional conflict.
    Understanding the impact of leaders’ behaviour on others, particularly in terms of power, politics and conflict is crucial to understanding how to manage and lead an organisation to success.The need for power (nPow- identified by McClelland) is often accompanied by political tactics, such as forming coalitions to increase the likelihood of achieving a goal beyond the grasp of the leader alone. In such circumstances uncertainty reduction (goal setting) and open communication (with peers, superiors and subordinates) are examples of how the impact of strategic change can be managed on a day-to-day basis.

    Students on this module will have opportunities to enhance their goal setting and communication skills, developed earlier, and to develop key skills such as negotiation and persuasion as a means of dealing with conflict and morale issues that can arise when managing and leading people.


    The module aims to:
    1. Develop students understanding of leadership theory;
    2. Help students to identify their own leadership styles and preferences;
    3. Develop students understanding of, and ability to manage, power, politics and conflict in organisations.
    4. Provide students with opportunities to develop their negotiation and persuasion skills.

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

    This module is at the heart of what marketing is about: serving customers’ needs profitably. It also adds an international perspective. It picks up from the Principles and Practice marketing module introduced at level 4 and extends it with other important marketing dimensions such as service and societal marketing as well as CSR. It also covers a significant amount of consumer psychology to help the learner understand the customer needs so as to create relevant products and promote them to the relevant target groups. The global perspective adds another dimension that businesses may contend with to evaluate the international opportunities available to them. Understanding the consumer behaviour dimension is also a pre-requisite topic by the Chartered Institute of Marketing for gaining recognition towards the professional Certificate in Marketing. Towards the end of the module the students will review briefly the topic of operations management to remind them about the link between understanding customers, developing a worthwhile marketing strategy to capitalise on the understanding and designing operations that help implement the products or services according to the marketing plan. Students will be encouraged to appreciate business innovation and creativity throughout the course.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 marketers.

    Hence overall the module enables the learner to develop a rounded-up picture of business dimensions that help them become savvy businessmen and women.

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

    The University has a policy that all undergraduates must, at either Level 5 or 6, take a Work Related Learning (WRL) module i.e. a module which requires them to directly experience and operate in the real world of work and to reflect on that episode in order to identify skill and knowledge areas that they need to develop for their career. This module (and “partner” modules, namely, Creating a Winning Business 2 (Level 6) and Creating a Successful Social Enterprise 1 and 2), are module options available to ALL University students to fulfil the University’s WRL requirement.

    This module challenges students to be creative in identifying a new business opportunity and in examining the viability of all aspects of the idea in the real world context e.g. testing potential customers’ views. As a result of the feedback received and enquiries carried out, the idea will change and develop over the duration of the module. Throughout the module, students are required to not only apply the business development theory taught but also to continuously reflect on how they have applied the theory and the skills and knowledge gained from their work. This reflective dimension promotes the development of practical attributes for employment and career progression.

    The QAA Benchmark on Business and Management (2015) emphasises the attribute of “entrepreneurship” and of “the value of real world learning”. In terms of promoting work related skills, the module specifically focuses on practical techniques for generating and developing new business ideas and so develops creative thinking. In addition, it requires students to examine market potential and prepare a “pitch” as if seeking investment. The module requires a high level of self-reliance to pursue their business idea. Students develop an understanding of the role of new ideas in business start-ups, business growth and development.
    These skills and techniques are of practical relevance to anyone considering starting a new business, working for a Small or Medium sized Enterprise (SME) or taking on an intrapreneurial role within a larger organisation where the business environment is constantly evolving and producing new challenges and opportunities.

    For those students keen to go beyond this module and start their own business, they can apply to the Accelerator for access to “seed” money and advice and support.

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

    This module enables students to undertake a short period of professional activity either part-time/vacation employment; work placement; not-for-profit sector volunteering or a professional project led by an employer.

    The work related learning activity must be for a minimum of 105 hours. These hours can be completed in a minimum of 15 working days (based on 7 hours per day) full-time during the summer, or over a semester in a part-time mode. The activity aims to: enable learners to build on previous experience and learning gained within academic studies and elsewhere; provide opportunity for personal skills and employability development and requires application of subject knowledge and relevant literature. Learners will be supported in developing improved understanding of themselves, and the work environment through reflective and reflexive learning in reference to the Quality Assurance Agency Subject Benchmark Statements for the appropriate degree programme.

    Students will be contacted prior to the semester to ensure they understand requirements of securing work related activity in advance. Support is provided to find and apply for suitable opportunities through the Placements and Careers teams. The suitability of the opportunities will be assessed by the Module Team. Learners may be able to utilise existing employment, providing they can demonstrate that it is personally developmental and involves a certain level of responsibility. It is a student's responsibility to apply for opportunities and engage with the Placement and Careers team to assist them in finding a suitable role.

    The module is open to all Business and Management undergraduate course programmes (for semesters/levels, see the appropriate course specification.)

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

    This module introduces and explores the nature of organisational success via three essential components of Development, Performance and Reward. Although each of these themes is explored separately the student is encouraged to think holistically across these areas, both in class and via the assessment strategy, so that an integrated understanding of how these contribute individually and together is fully appreciated. Relevant theory, current context and best practice are explored in class via lectures, group work and case studies.

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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. The module assessment strategy has been designed to test the extent of the achievement of the module learning outcomes.

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

    This sandwich placement module is undertaken as an additional 30 credits between Levels 5 and 6, extending students' undergraduate course programme to four years.

    The module is designed to develop student employability and increase career prospects upon graduation. The sandwich placement year requires learners to undertake a minimum of 44 weeks full-time employment which is developmental and relates to their graduate career goals. Compulsory pre-placement preparation workshops and one to one support will be delivered by Placement Officers to provide guidance and assist students in their search for an appropriate placement. The placement must be in an industry relevant to their area of study, allow them to develop professionalism and to transfer learning from the classroom, and any previous employment to the placement workplace.

    During the placement year, students will be supported in applying theoretical knowledge in a practical context, analysing business problems and proposing solutions, and identifying and articulating transferable skills and knowledge developed during the placement. Students will be expected to demonstrate improved understanding of their abilities and career goals, knowledge of the workplace organisation and professional awareness through reflective and reflexive learning.

    Students will receive briefings prior to the placement and a post-placement debriefing. They will be supported remotely by a Placement Tutor who will provide guidance with assessment.

    Student will not be registered on the module until they have secured a suitable placement that meets all the requirements.

    The module is open to all Business and Management undergraduate course programmes.

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

    This module brings together three important areas of HR which, together, are crucial to the delivery of superior organisational performance. The initial focus of the module is on resourcing and talent management and examines not only how we recruit and select but also how we can retain key talent. Employee engagement is crucial to successful retention and so the module explores the different dimensions of employee engagement, that is, the cognitive, affective and behavioural dimensions. It examines and explores what is meant by ‘engagement’ and why some organisations are better than others at creating authentic engagement among their employees, and how organisations can, with the aid of its human resource (HR) professionals, build a strategic approach to improving workforce engagement. Given the important synergy that exists between strategy and structure - the module concludes by providing a critical overview of HR structure and service delivery options.

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Year 3 modules include:

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

    This module is designed to provide students with an opportunity to prepare for entering the workplace as a graduate, as well as preparing them for success in their future career. It will help students to develop a clearer understanding of themselves, identify and develop their strengths and abilities as well as support their CV, application writing and interview skills.
    The aim of the module is to
    • prepare students for the graduate employment market;
    • prepare students for their future career by helping them to identify their preferences and career anchors;
    • raise students’ awareness of themselves and their personality type;
    • provide students with a narrative to describe themselves at interview;
    • practice required skills needed to be successful including networking, assessment centre exercises, interviewing skills;
    • help students to develop their CV, and application writing as well as interview skills.

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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

    Since this module will be taught in the final year of a three-year degree, students will be required to build on previously gained knowledge and research skills. It requires students to pick up research threads introduced and developed in previous analytical modules, identify a topic of their interest and deepen their knowledge further through research, data collection, analysis and write up 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. 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 a useable format will contribute to their management capability. This process will therefore inform their research, as well as potentially their future path. The undertaking of an investigation into a management topic, analysis of data, evaluation and synthesis will help them to prepare for the graduate job market or post graduate studies.

    The aim of the module is to allow students to:
    • Decide on a suitable research area
    • Propose a feasible study investigating their field of interest
    • Present their plan and defend it accordingly
    • Conduct extensive literature research into their chosen topic
    • Develop a suitable proposal including a literature review and methodology
    • Conduct the study accordingly by analysis and interpreting data
    • Report their investigation in the form of a professional dissertation

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

    Strategy is a crucial subject, concerned with the development, success and failure of all kinds of organisations, from multinationals to entrepreneurial start-ups, from charities to government agencies, and many others.

    Accordingly, strategy constitutes a key element of all professional business and management qualifications.

    This module addresses the QAA benchmark statements for business strategy. It also aligns with relevant components of CMI Leadership and Management Level 5 such as Planning a Change Process.

    It equips aspiring managers and leaders with the knowledge, skills and techniques required to critically analyse contemporary organisations within changing environments nationally and globally; to formulate, evaluate and defend realistic and creative proposals for future strategic direction; and to plan for the effective implementation of the strategy selected.

    Overall, the module aims to:

    • Develop the knowledge and understanding to critically apply a range of practical strategic management tools for strategic analysis, choice-making and implementation across public, private and not-for-profit organisations of all sizes across all sectors;

    • Enable students to translate their analysis of contemporary organisations and contexts into persuasive, creative and realistic proposals for an organisation’s future strategic direction;

    • Enable students to apply structured insight into the realities of an organisation’s internal and external context in order to develop implementation plans which help maximise achievement of strategic objectives; and

    • Enhance student employability by developing transferable skills such as research, analysis, evaluation, decision-making, presenting data and influencing others across different cultures, within both existing organisations and entrepreneurial start-ups

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

    Honesty, integrity and trust, together with the display and maintenance of high standards of professional conduct and competence lie at the heart of best practice in business management and leadership. High standards apply equally to the personal behaviour of professional managers; to working relationships with team members; other colleagues and stakeholders; to the management and leadership activities undertaken on behalf of an employing organisation; and to actions which have an impact on society at large. In order to maintain high standards in recent years improvements in corporate governance have been orchestrated at a global level. International bodies such as the Organisation for Economic Development (OECD) have developed internationally acceptable standards of corporate governance, which comprise a complex web including the legislative framework, the characteristics of organisations and how they relate to the whole system. There is a focus on shareholder and stakeholder relations and accountability in the performance of boards of directors, auditors and the accounting function. Attention is paid to the ways in which companies are controlled and run, including their ethical approach and their approach to social responsibilities.

    This module provides students with opportunities to develop their understanding of crucial elements of managing and leading modern businesses including business policy, governance, business ethics, and corporate social responsibility, and the impact of these on the internal dynamics of an organisation.

    The aim of this module is to enhance students’ knowledge of managing and leading at senior levels in organisations, including their understanding of:

     Recent developments in corporate governance and accountability;
     Business ethics, and the place of ethical theory in business;
     The difference between ethics and corporate social responsibility.

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

    The University has a policy that all undergraduates must, at either Level 5 or 6, take a Work Related Learning (WRL) module i.e. a module which requires them to directly experience and operate in the real world of work and to reflect on that episode in order to identify skill and knowledge areas that they need to develop for their career. This module (and “partner” modules, namely, Creating a Winning Business 1 (Level 5) and Creating a Successful Social Enterprise 1 and 2), are module options available to ALL University students to fulfil the University’s WRL requirement.

    This module challenges students to be creative in identifying a new business opportunity and in examining the viability of all aspects of the idea in the real world context e.g. testing potential customers’ views. As a result of the feedback received and enquiries carried out, the idea will change and develop over the duration of the module. Throughout the module, students are required to not only apply the business development theory taught but also to continuously reflect on how they have applied the theory and the skills and knowledge gained from their work. This reflective dimension promotes the development of practical attributes for employment and career progression.

    The QAA Benchmark on Business and Management (2015) emphasises the attribute of “entrepreneurship” and of “the value of real world learning”. In terms of promoting work related skills, the module specifically focuses on practical techniques for generating and developing new business ideas and so develops creative thinking. In addition, it requires students to examine market potential and prepare a “pitch” as if seeking investment. The module requires a high level of self-reliance to pursue their business idea. Students develop an understanding of the role of new ideas in business start-ups, business growth and development.
    These skills and techniques are of practical relevance to anyone considering starting a new business, working for a Small or Medium sized Enterprise (SME) or taking on an intrapreneurial role within a larger organisation where the business environment is constantly evolving and producing new challenges and opportunities.

    For those students keen to go beyond this module and start their own business, they can apply to the Accelerator for access to “seed” money and advice and support.

    Read full details.
  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Thursday morning
    • autumn semester - Thursday morning
    • spring semester - Wednesday morning
    • autumn semester - Wednesday morning

    This module enables students to undertake a short period of professional activity either part-time/vacation employment; work placement; not-for-profit sector volunteering or a professional project led by an employer.

    The work related learning activity must be for a minimum of 105 hours. These hours can be completed in a minimum of 15 working days (based on 7 hours per day) full-time during the summer, or over a semester in a part-time mode. The activity aims to: enable learners to build on previous experience and learning gained within academic studies and elsewhere; provide opportunity for personal skills and employability development and requires application of subject knowledge and relevant literature. Learners will be supported in developing improved understanding of themselves, and the work environment through reflective and reflexive learning in reference to the Quality Assurance Agency Subject Benchmark Statements for the appropriate degree programme.

    Students will be contacted prior to the semester to ensure they understand requirements of securing work related activity in advance. Support is provided to find and apply for suitable opportunities through the Placements and Careers teams. The suitability of the opportunities will be assessed by the Module Team. Learners may be able to utilise existing employment, providing they can demonstrate that it is personally developmental and involves a certain level of responsibility. It is a student's responsibility to apply for opportunities and engage with the Placement and Careers team to assist them in finding a suitable role.

    The module is open to all Business and Management undergraduate course programmes (for semesters/levels, see the appropriate course specification.

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

    This core Module will focus on developing students ability in business writing and business journalism, whether for internal business writing (marketing / advertising copy, press releases, annual reports) or external business writing (news articles, feature articles, reviews, interviews, columns, social media, blogs). This will enable students to develop confidence and expertise in their business writing for a wide range of audiences, will contribute to their understanding of how business is communicated, and will contribute to their academic development across the course as a whole.

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

    The overall aim of the module is to provide students with the theoretical knowledge of business behaviour and an understanding of a range of business strategies, to analyse multinational business. The module is concerned with the application of economic concepts and theories to an understanding of multinational business and strategic issues and dilemmas facing business managers in an international setting. Using economic theories, the module aims to explain the development of the multinational business and the emergence of the globalisation process. It examines and evaluates some of the strategies used by multinational businesses to enter foreign markets. It provides an overview of the operations of the multinational business in the world economy such as supply chain management, human resource management, foreign exchange management, and managing cultural diversity and ethics.
    This module provides opportunities for developing the student’s strategic thinking, and the analysis and assessment of current issues challenging multinational businesses in the global economy.

    Internationalisation is addressed in all the topics covered in this module.

    Students are encouraged to reflect and draw on their diverse socio-cultural backgrounds and experiences.

    Discussion of cultural diversity, human resource management and ethics enables students to develop a deep understanding of equality issues in multinational business and its environment.

    Equality is promoted by treating everyone with equal dignity and worth, and raising aspirations and supporting achievement for those students with diverse requirements, entitlements and backgrounds

    The module also aims to develop students' employability skills, in particular: subject research; problem solving; written communication, critical thinking, evaluation and applied analysis.

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

    Financial decision-making is important for any and every business. This natural mental process needs to be informed to select a course of action from several alternative options. One of the most essential elements that help to facilitate the implementation of the business strategy in an organisation is Finance. The financial manager of an organisation plays a central role in making decisions on optimum utilisation of financial resources and assess the implications for shareholders and other stakeholders, and the need for effective corporate governance. Therefore, managers require critical understanding of key financial management issues, performance indicators and methodologies relating to financial management frameworks. Managers use these tools when they are faced with making financial decisions in the business environment. This module provides students with knowledge about financial decision-making approaches and control systems businesses use to make managerial decisions.

    The module also provides the knowledge and skills necessary to evaluate the impact of financial decisions. It enable learners of today, who are managers of tomorrow, to participate in decision making processes concerning the utilisation of finances in investment, financial and risk management, and the delivery of value for money in achieving the objectives of the business. Although managers are not always required to perform detailed financial analysis, they need to have a clear understanding of how the process of financial management and decision-making work to ascertain that decisions are properly made and implemented and that apposite risk management system are in place.

    The module focuses on fundamentals of financial management, the need for accounting and finance, financial governance, making capital investment decisions, balancing risk and return, tools of financial analysis, interpretations and planning, reading financial reports, cost challenges in decision making, working capital management, sources of finance, cost-volume-profit analysis and its use in managerial decisions and planning.

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

    This module explores the importance of corporate reputation (and corporate communications), what it is, how and why it is managed it, how it affects the organisation’s performance, and how it may be perceived by an often complex group of internal and external stakeholders, including the media. Maintaining a strong corporate image, identity, and reputation is a strategic priority for most CEOs. Organisations which enjoy a strong corporate 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 a result of sudden, often unforeseen and relatively unmanageable forces, leading to destabilisation, leadership change, criticism in the media, damage to the corporation’s reputation, 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 up-to-date contemporary Module is a 15-credit ‘Option’ Module at Level 6 (Year 3), aimed at students who are interested in developing expertise in corporate reputation management and associated areas, such as corporate communications, branding, liaising with the media, and responding to reputational crises.

    Employability in corporate communications continues to grow (see for example: http://careers.marksandspencer.com/career-areas/head-office/corporate-communications), its international dimensions are growing in importance (see for example https://www.warnermusiccareers.com/categories/corporate-communications), and many corporations see equality, diversity, and inclusion as a key part of their corporate strategy and corporate image, identity, brand and reputation (see for example https://www.btplc.com/Careercentre/lifeatbt/diversityandinclusion/index.htm).
    Students will study a range of theories, models, concepts, and techniques in corporate reputation management, will work in small teams to analyse a range of high-profile companies and their corporate reputation management, and will therefore develop their own expertise in business communication and reputation management.

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

    This sandwich placement module is undertaken as an additional 30 credits between Levels 5 and 6, extending students' undergraduate course programme to four years.

    The module is designed to develop student employability and increase career prospects upon graduation. The sandwich placement year requires learners to undertake a minimum of 44 weeks full-time employment which is developmental and relates to their graduate career goals. Compulsory pre-placement preparation workshops and one to one support will be delivered by Placement Officers to provide guidance and assist students in their search for an appropriate placement. The placement must be in an industry relevant to their area of study, allow them to develop professionalism and to transfer learning from the classroom, and any previous employment to the placement workplace.

    During the placement year, students will be supported in applying theoretical knowledge in a practical context, analysing business problems and proposing solutions, and identifying and articulating transferable skills and knowledge developed during the placement. Students will be expected to demonstrate improved understanding of their abilities and career goals, knowledge of the workplace organisation and professional awareness through reflective and reflexive learning.

    Students will receive briefings prior to the placement and a post-placement debriefing. They will be supported remotely by a Placement Tutor who will provide guidance with assessment.

    Student will not be registered on the module until they have secured a suitable placement that meets all the requirements.

    The module is open to all Business and Management undergraduate course programmes.

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

    This module is a 15 credit 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 uses the Association of Project Management Body of Knowledge (APMBOK), https://www.apm.org.uk/body-of-knowledge/ - and therefore prepares students in the capabilities required for effective project management: managing resources, time, people, and the project as a whole. The module includes both the use of computer programmes for project management and approaches to managing people and leading and motivating teams.

    Aims of the module:
    The module will equip the student with an understanding of the complexities of managing projects in an uncertain world. The student will become familiar with the project business case, the detailed planning and the use of ‘WBS’ and the ’OBS’, resources issues and their management, the timeline, budgeting and cash flow as well as the eventual monitoring and control of the project through methods of tracking and monitoring. The student will study methods of managing people in the project with appropriate models of leadership, team behaviours and motivation and methods of conflict management and resolution.

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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)

What our students say

"I have truly enjoyed my course. Each module is taught in a particular way that makes it interesting and that helps students improve the skills they already have whilst developing new skills as well."

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"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

After the course

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.

Moving to one campus

If you're starting your course from September 2019, you will be taught at our campus in Holloway, Islington.

At our Islington campus you'll benefit from state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and a wide range of social spaces.

Additional costs

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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Apply to us for January 2019

Start a degree in the new year. Applying is quick and easy – simply call our January hotline on or apply to us 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.

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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