International Business Management (including foundation year) - BSc (Hons)

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Why study this course?

Our four-year International Business Management (including foundation year) BA (Hons) degree has a built-in foundation year (Year 0) that provides you with an alternative route into higher education if you don't have traditional qualifications, or can't meet the entry requirements for an undergraduate degree in business.

During the foundation year, you’ll be introduced to a number of  areas of business and learn more about what it’s like to study in a university environment. This will give you the confidence to progress on to the following three years of study on our International Business Management BSc course.

In the 2020 National Student Survey, our International Business Management BSc received a 93% overall student satisfaction score.

More about this course

This International Business Management (including foundation year) BSc (Hons) degree will prepare you for an exciting career in business management.

You’ll gain insight into business practices from across the globe and benefit from lecturers with professional consulting experience in a range of specialisms, including bilingual business psychology, productivity and improving business competitiveness.

In your foundation year, you’ll learn alongside other business-related degree students. This gives you the flexibility to change on to another business degree if you’d like to change courses following your foundation year.

The foundation year will help develop your academic skills and build your confidence in the study of business. Once you successfully complete your foundation year, you’ll progress to study the same content and modules as our International Business Management BSc (Hons) course. You’ll graduate with the same title and award as people who studied on the traditional three-year programme.

Assessment

You’ll develop your learning through a variety of practical activities including interactive group sessions, workshops and assessments. The focus of the course will be on industry projects, case studies, executive summary reports, computer-based projects, group presentations, scenario simulations and seen/unseen examinations.

Professional accreditation

By completing this four-year course, you’ll also gain the Chartered Management Institute Level 6 Diploma in Management and Leadership.

Fees and key information

Course type
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UCAS code N124
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Our teaching plans for autumn 2021

We are planning to return to our usual ways of teaching this autumn including on-campus activities for your course. However, it's still unclear what the government requirements on social distancing and other restrictions might be, so please keep an eye on our Covid-19 pages for further updates as we get closer to the start of the autumn term.

Entry requirements

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

  • at least one A level (or a minimum of 32 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Subsidiary/National/BTEC Extended Diploma)
  • English Language GCSE at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent)

Accreditation of Prior Learning

Any university-level qualifications or relevant experience you gain prior to starting university could count towards your course at London Met. Find out more about applying for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL).

English language requirements

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2021/22 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 0 modules include:

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    This module focuses on the skills needed for success in business. It provides students with opportunities to become aware of the essential communication,
    problem-solving, decision-making, commercial awareness, and the various other skills needed for succeeding in business. It is also designed to introduce and reinforce essential transferable skills with a focus on personal development, planning and reflective learning. The module aims to:

    • enhance and develop students’ communication and study skills in preparation for an undergraduate degree in Business
    • develop self-awareness, and reinforce the concept of reflective practice to allow students to develop into effective reflective practitioners
    • introduce students to researching subject material from a wide variety of sources
    • create in students a keen awareness of the business environment and to develop creative and dynamic approaches to contemporary business problems

    The module aims include helping students to improve their:

    • academic reading and Writing
    • researching and report writing
    • application of knowledge
    • communicating and presenting orally and in writing
    • problem solving and decision making
    • self-assessment and reflection
    • Creativity

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    This module introduces students to how universities work and how they can be successful in their studies. It provides an overview of the opportunities and challenges at university. The module is designed to provide students with the main elements of the learning process. An important distinction is that students enter university to learn, not to be taught, and this module is designed to provide students with guidance in the learning process. It introduces the concept of the learning cycle and learning styles. It provides students with an overview of how memory to store information as well as enabling recall of previously encountered information, so that students can build on it and re-store it as new information.

    This module also introduces students to the different courses offered by the university
    to prepare them for their decision regarding which course they wish to take following successful completion on this foundational course. In addition, students are introduced to, and will practice, a wide range of skills necessary for successful academic study, such as exam technique, academic literacy, creativity and critical thinking.

    The module aims to:
     provide students with a sound understanding of what is required to succeed when studying at university level;
     provide a framework for the development of a range of academic, research, and attributes that will contribute to life-long learning and employability;
     provide students with ‘tasters’ (that is introductions) to all Guildhall School of Business and Law’s programmes of study to enable them to make informed decisions regarding their future study.

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    This module introduces students to the contexts of business. Business functions including innovation, operations, marketing, human resource management, finance and accounting, all of which interact with one another, can only be fully understood when the environmental, organisational, and strategic contexts within which the business operates are also understood. The focus of this module is the development of students’ understanding of how business organisations work and operate in the wider environment. Students’ have opportunities to examine the various functions of businesses and their relevant environments. They will analyse a variety of business situations and cases. This module introduces students to the concept of globalisation in terms of its impact on socio-cultural, political, economic and technological factors. The main aim of the module is to introduce students to the impact of various contexts on business itself, and to provide them with opportunities to enhance a wide range of academic and business skills such as commercial awareness, and sensitivity in terms of people and cultures.

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    This module aims to provide students with a thorough overview of the numerical and Excel/spreadsheet skills needed to analyse data in the business context as well as dealing with the numerical aspects of business and management. The module encompasses aspects of mathematics, statistics and information technology relevant to not only the business management course but also to all other UG courses. The module focuses on numbers and data and their computational and analysis techniques that leads to the understanding of Accounting, Finance, Business, Aviation and Economics related information. Students will make use of a range of facilities on Excel to calculate, analyse and present numerical data efficiently.

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    At present companies are employing various digital systems to support their business processes and gain competitive advantage, so equally are developments in Internet Technology affecting the social networks of individuals. In this rapidly changing and evolving environment of digital systems, it is vital that the students, as future managers, are equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to exploit and manage digital business opportunities and initiatives.

    This unit helps the understanding of principles of digital business management. It will focus on the applications of technology, exploring such important issues as the integration of the business environment, business models, and Internet marketing, requiring the understanding of theory, implementation and maintenance issues. Overall, the unit aims to develop a view of digital business in practice.

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    AC4052 is a 15 credit core module which is designed to lay the foundation for understanding the accounting requirements of business organisations for internal and external reporting and decision making. It examines the financial accounting techniques for sole traders and limited companies.

    This module aims to:

    1. Enable students to understand the underlying principles of the financial accounting processes and to prepare/construct relevant accounting statements
    2. Enable students to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of accounting information systems and how they relate to the decision-making aspects of financial accounting statements
    3. Enable students to analyse and interpret the financial accounting statements of a limited company
    4. Enable students to understand the context of the professional accountancy framework and to enhance their employability skills.

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    This Professional Practice module will enhance the students’ understanding of what it means to be a business professional. This module will support the preparation for their future career by encouraging them to develop, put into practice and evidence the skills and behaviours that employers want to see.

    The ‘Professional Practice’ approach ensures that as a developing professional the students understand how to learn effectively and efficiently either in the workplace or in a simulated context. They also learn how to use all the resources available to reflect on their progress. This module involves planning, conducting and reflecting on their own ‘performance episodes*’ and a more general reflection on their overall professional development to date. The written reports and reflections become part of their growth and productivity E-portfolio** which they will maintain throughout their programme.

    In addition, they will have the opportunity to test, review and evidence their skills development via the on-line resources provided throughout the programme, which support the general skills required by employers. As such this module aims to,

    1. Build understanding of the expected workplace knowledge, skills, competencies and attitudes so that they become intrinsic performance and growth motivators.

    2. Ensure the adoption of skills, attitudes and behaviours that improve self-awareness to aid reflective practice.

    *A performance episode is defined as an initiative that the students take, made up of tasks, which develops their skills, and which involves both selecting knowledge from the programme and interacting with others. It must be measurable so that they are able to reflect on their professional skills development.

    ** The growth and productivity E-portfolio is a digital internet-based tool within which they will store all evidence of their work, feedback from stakeholders, their reflections and their Individual Development Plan (IDP). It allows them to share their journey with others and to organise elements of it to help them progress further.

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    This module provides an introduction to the management of people in organisations, or as it is commonly known ‘Human Resource Management’. It is aimed at students from a variety of disciplines, and not just those looking to pursue a career in HRM. Ultimately, the management of people is often the responsibility of line managers and supervisors so it is important that all graduates of Guildhall School of Business and Law are equipped with the knowledge and skills to implement this effectively in practice. This module will take a critical perspective, illuminating to students not only the ways ‘good’ people management can contribute to performance and employee well-being but also the potential problems implementing this in practice.

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    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 approach 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 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;
    • 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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    The module aims to provide an understanding of the marketing management process in contemporary organisations and in the context of tangible goods, services and b2b markets. The service sector accounts for a significant proportion of GDP and employment in most developed economies and therefore it becomes essential for students to gain insight within the area. In this module, students are introduced to a range of marketing theories such as the marketing concept, consumer behaviour, business environmental analysis, marketing research, consumer and b2b insights applicable to tangible goods and services marketing.

    The module aims to:
    ● Provide an understanding of the theoretical foundations and practical application of marketing in services, private and public sectors.
    ● Provide an understanding of contemporary issues in marketing.
    ● Develop students’ academic writing, application of knowledge and interpreting data skills.
    ● Develop students’ researching and analysing skills.

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    Data analysis is a top business priority. It drives the opportunity for performance improvement and, with advances in technology and software, data are generated at an ever increasing rate. As such, it is not surprising business data analysis and software skills are among the top graduate skills sought by employers today. Understanding and Managing Data, responds to these market demands by providing the underpinning skills required to make effective use of quantitative and statistical analyses 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 meaningful information. It further introduces students to forecasting, target setting and project management. As such, it provides students with an understanding of the fundamentals of statistical methods for business decision making. In doing so, it provides the skills and knowledge required for levels 5 and 6 modules, including the dissertation and consultancy project, that develop and evaluate the quantitative aspects of business management.

    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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    The focus of this module is to equip students to understand organisations in contexts past, present and future, and enable them to analyse the macro, micro, internal and external business and economic environments in which they operate. An understanding of the environments will facilitate the interpretation of situations and enable decisions that add value for businesses. The focus of the module is on the external and internal influences on organizations and the effect these have on business practices.
    The module is designed to be used by Level 4 undergraduate students on a range of programmes. Examples, illustrations and case studies will be drawn from chosen industry sectors such as advertising, aviation, events, finance, marketing, music, transport, tourism, and applied to reinforce basic concepts. This will enhance the ability of students to understand particular business problems and aspects of the business and economic environment. Topics and case studies will cover business issues that are contemporary and relevant to the real world.

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    This module enables students to understand and analyse the dynamics of international business operations and management; strategic issues and evolving world markets. The module explores the decision-making process behind the organisation and management of operations and resources within a global context.

    International economic issues influence the formulation of trade and investment policies as well as business strategies. In recent years dramatic economic changes are arising on account of factors such as the Covid-19 pandemic, Brexit and the growing role played by emerging economies. The aim of this module is to give students a strong understanding of key theories, policies and issues which will be analysed in the light of current international debates.

    This module provides opportunities for developing the student’s strategic thinking, understanding, analysis and assessment of a range of topical issues challenging international businesses in the global economy.

    While the balance of geopolitical influences is tilting and the role and intervention of global institutions are being challenged, the business community still sees major economic groupings like Europe’s single market as useful launchpads to internationalisation. Hence, the module examines economic integration and trading blocs with a particular focus on the European Union (EU). The UK and EU competition policy will also be examined.

    Using economic theories, the module aims to explain the development of international business, the globalisation process and challenges and debate.

    The module also aims to develop students' employability skills, in particular: subject research; problem solving and application; academic writing; academic reading and critical thinking, evaluation, analysis and reflection.

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    Selling is an essential function of business. This module provides students with the opportunity to gain and develop essential selling and negotiation knowledges and skills. It will particularly consider the international perspective in selling to prepare the students for the importance of taking into account the richness of our current global context. The module supports the BABM&M course as it supports a marketing management perspective which includes understanding the selling function and learning from it to improve the overall marketing management function. There has been regular research confirming employers’ need for employees with selling skills as they argue that ‘selling is a life-blood of businesses’ since businesses cannot survive without effective results from this important function. Accordingly, the understanding of this business function should give students the edge over other students without such knowledge when seeking employment opportunities. Past students of this module have confirmed the importance of undertaking this module in helping them find a job. Additionally, selling has a broader perspective as it enables students to learn how to be more persuasive while remaining ethical in their business transactions.

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    This module provides students with an understanding of leadership in both theoretical and practical terms. In order to develop students cognitive academic abilities a study of leadeship theory will be undertaken. In this module students will explore the core theoretical underpinning of the theories of leadership. Using current case study examples they will learn how to apply their leadership knowledge critically. With the use of multi-media students will analyse how an understanding of leadership theory can contribute to developing, leading and managing business organisations.
    Students will explore the importance of the traits, behaviours and characteristics of leaders through the critical lens of current leadership models. To develop their knowledge of leadership in practice students will use real world case studies to develop their understanding of leadership dilemmas and how theory can be used to help solve them. Students will explore the role of Power, Influence and Ethics in the role of the leader and how this can be developed to create a more ethical approach to leadership. In addition students will examine how leaders deal with conflict in the workplace through workplace examples and cases.

    Students will have the opportunity to identify, reflect on and develop their own leadership skills. They will conduct a self-leadership audit through identifying their leadership style, traits and skills, e.g. negotiation, communication and then develop a self reflective piece to evidence their leadership skills development. They will then develop a plan to demonstrate what they have learned and how they might apply their new leadership knowledge in practice, in their future career roles.


    Students on this module will have opportunities to enhance key leadership skills e.g. 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 core leadership theory, current models and leadership in practice.
    2. Develop students understanding of power, politics and conflict in organisations.
    3. Help students to identify their own leadership styles, traits, skills and behaviour e.g. negotiation and persuasion, and how they can apply this in their own leadership practice.
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    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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    The University has a policy that undergraduate students must, take a Work Based Learning (WBL) 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 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.

    • Supporting an existing small business to understand how a business runs
    • Respond to small business’s client briefs
    • Testing potential customers’ views.

    As a result of client brief and feedback, business concepts and/or ideas will develop over the duration of the module.

    The QAA Benchmark on Business and Management (2019) 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 responding to client briefs in evaluating and developing business ideas and so develops creative yet practical thinking.

    In addition, it requires students to examine market potential and prepare a presentation of their findings assuming the role of a business consultant. The module requires a high level of self-reliance to explore the business idea based on a client brief. Students develop an understanding of the role of business start-ups, business growth and development.

    These skills and techniques are of practical relevance to anyone considering developing a 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.

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    This Work Based Learning 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/employer led project.

    Work Based Learning modules are designed to enhance students’ personal and professional development and assist in preparing students for their future careers. The module aims to facilitate application and progression of knowledge and skills gained via the learner’s studies and wider life experience. Students will be introduced to a range of professional skills and techniques, including: reflective self-assessment; preparation for employment; being a critical employee and developing approaches for co-operative and collaborative working.

    • Students will be contacted prior to the semester to provide support in securing work based activity in good time.
    • It is a student's responsibility to apply for opportunities and to engage with the Work Based Learning team to assist them.
    • The suitability of any opportunities will be assessed by the Module Team and all roles must meet the Health and Safety requirements for Higher Education Work Placements.
    • Learners may be able to utilise existing employment, providing they can demonstrate it is personally developmental and involves a relevant level of responsibility.
    • In addition students may be able to complete the Work Based Learning hours during the summer prior to the academic year a student is taking the module.
    • Tier 4 International students will be required to submit weekly timesheets for the hours undertaken for the work based learning activity to meet the requirements of their visa. These will need to be signed by their line manager/supervisor.

    The module aims to enable students to:

    • Effectively express and understand their current skills and abilities in relation to their career values and goals.
    • Practically apply the knowledge gained through their course programme to a work environment.
    • Gain an in-depth insight of a work environment
    • Make a positive contribution to the employing organisation and demonstrate inclusive workplace practice.
    • Recognise their personal and professional development learning and apply to their future goals.
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    This module aims to develop students’ ability to understand and apply problem solving methods and analysis in relation to issues that may arise in business and management subject areas.

    The module offers an opportunity for students to collect, present, analyse and interpret qualitative and quantitative data from a variety of data sources such as ONS and other sources. It seeks to enhance students’ knowledge and understanding of the business environment and develop their data management and data analysis skills using IT packages as appropriate.

    The module provides the quantitative and qualitative data analysis skills that underpin the success of an empirical research project. This module helps to build the sound foundation required to undertake a final year project / dissertation module.

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    Consultancy is big business and the sector continues to experience strong growth. The UK consultancy industry alone employs more than 80,000 professionals and is worth an estimated £12 billion per annum; making it the second largest consultancy base in the world.

    Management consulting involves engaging with stakeholders to provide objective, specialist advice. It is concerned with diagnosing issues and inefficiencies, solving problems, improving performance and implementing solutions to deliver complex change, maximise growth and to create value for organisations.

    The Practice of Consultancy develops the practical research and consultancy skills required for a career in Business Analyses and Management Consultancy and prepares students for the final year Consultancy Project. Specifically, the module introduces research methods for consultancy and aims to develop a practical understanding of the tools and techniques of problem analysis and issue clarification. A range of business frameworks are applied to structure diagnostic analyses and thinking, whilst data, metrics and analytics are evaluated to inform the process and to provide the client with evidence-based solutions. Finally, this module aims to develop students’ communication skills through the preparation of a report to present the outcome of the consultation to their client.

    Management consulting covers a broad range of activities and, to be effective, a consultant needs to be client-oriented and solution-focused. Expertise, resourcefulness, an analytical mind, creative thinking, an ability to manage relationships, empathy and excellent communication skills are essential to building trust and ensuring recommendations are implemented. By taking an applied, problem-solving approach, this module encourages students to enhance their competencies in these areas.

    Transferable skills
    Student will develop a range of key skills and knowledge, including:

    • Critical evaluation, problem identification and problem-solving skills
    • Research skills (quantitative and qualitative research)
    • Numeracy
    • Analytic, divergent and creative thinking
    • Communication (critical reading, interviewing, listening, negotiating, advising, presenting and report writing skills)
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    • autumn semester - Monday afternoon
    • autumn semester - Monday morning

    We live in a more diverse society than ever before. Structural changes in labour markets have led to increasing numbers of women, older workers and disabled people in employment, with fewer younger people in many industrialised economies. Globalisation and migration has also lead to greater ethnic diversity. We are also clear about the business for diverse workforces, and the benefits this can bring to society.

    However, there is a question as to whether a diverse workforce always equals inclusion. There is evidence that many of these groups are marginalised and face employment disadvantages in practice. The aim of this module is to illuminate some of the inequalities experienced by these groups, and then to examine theoretical perspectives helping explain these and provide insights into how these can be better remedied in practice.

    Whilst arguably the principles of inclusion transcend the protected characteristics (Equality Act, 2010), it is clear that these groups tend to suffer more inequalities in the workplace than others (despite law that protects against this). This module will therefore look at the meaning of inclusion and how it differs from concepts of equality and diversity – what it adds and where it might be lacking. We will examine closely the different dimensions of diversity (gender, age, race/ethnicity and so forth) in order to understand the specific barriers these groups experience, and what methods organisations can develop to ensure more inclusive workplaces – so that everyone feels valued regardless of identity or background.

    A broader aim of the module is to provide students with an opportunity to ‘step into the shoes’ of diverse marginalised groups and the specific barriers they face, so they are better prepared to identify and promote inclusive workplaces, as social justice champions of our future. This is something our society needs and London Metropolitan University is passionate about developing – values driven graduates who make a positive contribution to the world (see Strategic Plan).

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

    The broad aim of this module is to develop an understanding of politics in the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region, in the context of contemporary international relations, and in particular to:
    • describe and explain the processes by which the states and societies of the contemporary MENA region were formed;
    • explore the main ideological currents that have influenced the political development of the MENA region, particularly those inspired by religion and nationalism;
    • examine the interstate and international relations of the region, focusing on the sources of conflicts and the difficult relationship between the West and the region.

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

    The module is designed to introduce students to the basic theory of finance and to apply the theory to the selection and management of financial and investments portfolio. The module will help students to understand theories of finance to develop the skills of valuing investments and critically evaluate the frameworks for pricing securities, risks and reward relationship.

    Furthermore, you will be introduced to various aspects of finance such as financial markets, instruments, concepts, and the institutional arrangements relating to the issuances and trading of various capital market securities.

    This core module aims to enable students to:

    1) understand the basic theory of finance and develop the skills of valuing investment
    instruments;

    2) critically evaluate the conceptual frameworks for pricing securities;

    3) undertake a written critical review of contemporary theories in finance.

    4) calculate risk and return and establish the relationship between risk and return.

    5) recognise the investment environment and for making investment decisions.


    The module also aims to help students in the development of the following skills:

    . academic writing;
    . researching
    . critical review of empirical data
    . analysis of economic financial data;
    . problem solving skills and decision making
    . quantitative problem-solving and decision-making;
    . self-assessment and reflection.

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

    The aviation and travel industry has a huge number of interdependent factions within it and this leads to vast operational complexities. This together with a highly regulated industry, a competitive and dynamic external environment and a substantial level of Government involvement has the potential expose this sector and, airlines and airports alike, to a vast array of risks and uncertainties, both internally and externally. Because of the very nature of those risks, there are many uncertainties and disruptive events and this module seeks to understand how to put in place a co-ordinated, effective response that mitigates the effect of such events and minimises harm to an organisation’s stakeholders.

    This module will explore the types of risk that the aviation and travel sector are exposed to and, what possible solutions might be put forward to mitigate against these. The module also seeks to understand what crisis management is and how to effectively apply it to the aviation industry.

    More specifically the module will help develop the students understanding of how to assess, evaluate, mitigate and monitor risks as they pertain to the sector.

    The module aims are as follows;

    • to develop students understanding of theoretical modules for risk and crisis management
    • to allow students to identify good practice and lessons learnt from both the sector itself and, related industries.
    • to build a practical knowledge base of the resource requirements and facilities necessary for airlines, airports and the travel industry to operate as effectively and efficiently as possible in sub optimal business environments
    • to enable students to assess risks and develop robust business contingency plans to mitigate against such risks
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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Monday morning

    This module will address the critical issue of how current thinking on climate change and sustainability will impact on businesses and organisation. The need to create more sustainable organisations and businesses is fundamental to current and future organisational development strategies. It is necessary for students to understand the growing influence of the sustainability agenda on industry. This influence takes on many forms, from government policies and international agreements to the measuring the impacts of organisational practices on the ecology and communities. In the future, organisations, businesses, communities and individuals will be expected to understand and take responsibility for their economic, environmental and social impacts. This module will examine the current and future challenges. It will equip students to deal with the challenge of creating sustainable forms of business that operate within ecological and socio-economic limits.

    It will explore the sustainability context, and how business practices will need to evolve to reflect the realities of operating within a globalised trading system that is striving to apply sustainability principles.

    The overarching aim of the module is to ensure that students develop a full understanding of what is meant by sustainability, who decides what constitutes sustainability principles and how these principles are applied. It will explore the varied tools and techniques used to apply sustainability principles, by governments, business and communities, and the challenges and conflicts these present. Such appreciation will be developed progressively via more specific aims which are:

    1. To engage with the growing international debate and practice around sustainability, business and corporate social responsibility (CSR).
    2. To evaluate how this will challenge organisations and business.
    3. To examine tools and techniques for evaluating and implementing of sustainability
    4. To analyse the evolving policy frameworks within which business operates.
    5. To understand how changing environmental realities may affect business practice.

    The module also aims to assist students in the acquisition of the following skills:
    1. Academic reading
    2. Researching
    3. Problem-solving and decision making
    4. Critical thinking and writing
    5. Application of knowledge and presenting data
    6. Academic writing

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

    This module has three principal aims:

    1. It will explore the historical origins of Union and its predecessor bodies in the first two decades after WWII. What agents and factors facilitated such a innovative development in European political history?
    3. It will explore the political character of the Union. What sort of organisation is it in political terms? How democratic is it?
    4. It will examine its principal policy outputs, including economic, monetary, social and foreign policies

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

    This module introduces students to the fundamental aspects of the theories of international trade and finance, policy analysis and the controversies that surround these activities. It will examine the costs and benefits of these two fundamental activities in the global economy and consider the extent to which government policies in these areas can improve economic outcomes. The module will draw on up-to-date analyses and empirical studies and will examine theoretical and contemporary policy issues in this regard in the international economy.

    The module also aims to develop a number of transferable skills of students, e.g. oral and written communication skills, research, quantitative, analytical and problem-solving skills.

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  • This final-year core module “Leading Innovation” aims to enable students to study and apply in practice:

    a range of leadership theories and techniques to critically evaluate and develop their own personal leadership style
    a range of leadership theories and techniques to critically evaluate contemporary innovation practice, and organisations in a range of industries engaged with innovation practice
    a range of innovation theories and techniques to critically evaluate contemporary innovation processes, and organisations in a range of industries that innovate
    the synergies between leadership and innovation in a range of contexts

    The Module will be based around two themes:
    Theme 1: Leadership, where they will study, reflect on, and use leadership theories and techniques to assess and develop their own personal leadership style. By doing this, students will be closely engaging with and evaluating classic and contemporary theories, and directly applying the ideas from these theories to their own experience and ambitions.

    Theme 2: Innovation, where they will study, analyse, and evaluate the innovation processes of selected organisations and industries (by critiquing, for example, Case Studies), and how innovation is achieved and operates within the contemporary economy (by critiquing, for example, classic and contemporary examples). In addition, students will study the synergies between leadership and innovation, an emerging area in academic research and in practice. By doing this, students will be closely engaging with and evaluating innovation practice and performance, informed by the leadership theories and techniques covered in Theme 1.

    Each theme will conclude with an assignment: Theme 1 will conclude with a team- based formative assignment, and Theme 2 will conclude with a pairs-based summative assignment. Once complete, this Module aims to enable students to understand a long-term time line. Firstly, students will ‘look back’ and be exposed to classic and contemporary leadership texts, so they can critically evaluate and develop their own personal leadership style. Secondly, they will ‘look forward’ and critically evaluate how innovation can further emerge in the economy and society, and how contemporary and future organisations and industries can ensure sustainability through enhanced innovation, blended with enhanced organisational leadership.

    Within the context of Events and Events Management the module will examine examples of leadership, innovation and best practice and explore some of the challenges facing event managers, entrepreneurs and freelancers in the 21st century

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

    In the digital age of accelerating change, disruptive technologies and rising competition, the ability to set strategy and to rapidly adapt that strategy in the light of changing reality is vital. Accordingly, strategy constitutes an increasingly important element of all professional business and management qualifications.

    It is aimed at students wishing to fulfil up-to-the minute strategy roles, using business intelligence, web solutions and agile methods to develop and deliver strategy in today’s technology-dependent business environment.

    In brief, the module equips aspiring and digitally-aware managers and leaders with the knowledge, skills and techniques required to 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 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 in a digitally developed environment;

    • Enable students to translate their analysis of contemporary organisations and contexts into 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 and deliver 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, group-working and influencing others across different cultures, within both existing organisations and entrepreneurial start-ups.

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  • This module aims to enable students to complete a research focused dissertation on a chosen topic or issue appropriate to their undergraduate degree. Students are required to reflect on relevant research questions, theoretical concepts/hypotheses, prior literature, ethical approaches, research methodologies and data analyses in an independent and disciplined manner. Students are expected to develop an in-depth understanding of their chosen research topics, research methods/approaches and the ability to appropriately seek out data samples required for research in a selected topic. The module aims to develop analytical, critical thinking, referencing and time management skills in independently undertaking and reporting on a research project.

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  • The module will consider a range of methods for evaluating communication and consider the theories of the main authorities in the field. The module will consider what is meant by “communication” and why a study of the subject is especially important for communication professionals.

    The aim of the module is to engage students in critical and evaluative considerations using key theories, concepts; this will be through consideration and engaging with the language and discourse related to the subject area. Students will be introduced to the problems inherent in defining communication, and the different approaches to the topic. Students will also develop further the practical communication skills addressed in earlier modules. Current affairs will be a key feature in the module to illustrate the application of various theories and concepts

    The module aims to assist in the building of the following specific skills:
    • Critical thinking and writing
    • Academic reading & academic writing and literacy
    • Researching
    • Analysing data & problem solving
    • Commercial Awareness

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  • This module enables students to acquire a systematic knowledge and understanding of the main theories, policies, issues and evidence in economic development with particular focus on emerging economies.

    It develops students’ ability to apply economic principles and analysis in a variety of contexts in economic development and policy formulation.

    It fosters an appreciation of the economic, social and political dimensions of development issues in an interdependent globalised world.

    The module examines different perspectives on economic development and theories of economic growth and development. A range of sustainable development issues will be discussed: poverty, inequality, education, climate change, foreign aid, informal finance. Trade and comparative economic development in selected countries such as Russia, India and China are also examined.

    It addresses gender inequality and inequality in terms of income, gender, access to education, health, finance, credit and employment.

    Internationalisation is addressed when examining poverty, inequality, foreign aid, trade, climate change, environment and economic development of selected emerging economies.

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

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

    A range of transferrable and subject specific skills are developed, in particular: subject research; critical thinking; problem solving; written and oral communication; data and quantitative analysis.

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  • Marketing is an essential component of any organisation regardless of size and has application globally, helping an organisation to retain and recruit news customers and increase the scale of a business.

    Marketing is focused on the customer and the value of the product offering to stimulate demand, while sales activities are designed to encourage customer purchase. Both functions need to be integrated within an organisation to improve business performance.

    Global marketing helps an organisation to find and develop new market opportunities while maintaining its domestic market(s.)

    This module is intended to allow students to focus and explore the key components and nature of marketing and sales in a global market.

    The global events of 2019 demonstrate the key linkages and interdependence of markets and demonstrates the importance of designing, distribution and selling products/ services in markets around the world, while maintaining a home market.

    The module aims to:
    • Provide an understanding the role and importance of marketing and sales in a global setting.
    • Explore a range of strategic choices available to organisations when seeking to expand globally.
    • Provide an overview of marketing management in the ‘digital age’
    • Explore the relationship and interdependence of marketing and sales
    • Examine the impact of communication including digital applications to support product/service delivery in a global market.

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  • The module aims to provide an in-depth understanding of theoretical and applied issues in relation to the activities of international banks. The module focuses on main theories of banking and provides an overview of the crucial operations in the context of international banking. It also seeks to provide students with a critical awareness of different approaches of assessing bank risk and performance and how they are used in practice by shareholders, investors and financial and banking experts.

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

    This module has been nationally promoted by the UK financial regulator the Financial Services Authority (FSA), [now Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)], as a ‘unique idea’ in their ‘National Strategy for Financial Capability in Higher Education’ (2009), and disseminated to all universities as an exemplar for raising student interest, expertise and enthusiasm in personal finance. FSA refers to London Metropolitan University as one of only four universities awarded the FSA Curriculum Development Grant for “unique ideas” put forward for the creation of a financial capability module, the unique idea for this University being the innovative Competency Based Action Learning (CoBAL) curriculum which is the outcome of doctoral level research conducted in collaboration with real-world organisations such as the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE), the FSA, and the National Research and Development Centre for adult literacy and numeracy (NRDC).

    The module underlines the role personal judgement plays in personal finance, and the many perspectives that inform personal judgement, enabling the student to formulate and employ Action Learning strategies for the development of knowledge, skill and attitudinal competencies in personal finance, and for increased ability and confidence in dealing with the complexities of making financial decisions in the five domains of financial capability identified by the FSA.

    This is an Extension of Knowledge (EoK) module which any student on any course in the University is able to take as an option module subject to their course incorporating a relevant slot in their course structure. The module’s EOK status recognises the need for students of all subjects to have a good grasp of Personal Finance.

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

    This Module is divided into three (3) themes:

    (i) Academic development, where the students will study and apply a range of theories from Critical Theory (CT) and Critical Management Studies (CMS) to a current UK-based PLC, enabling students to gain a wider and more profound understanding of the socio-cultural issues in corporate business.

    (ii) Professional Development, where the students will study current corporate governance theory and policy, plus study the management and performance of selected PLCs in light of their approach to corporate governance

    (iii) Personal development, where the students undertake a range of psycho-metric tests, management exercises, plus study selected texts on personal development, and based on these produce a Personal Development Plan (PDP) which will guide them in their future post-degree career and studies

    By studying these three themes, students will experience the practice of management from three differing yet integrated approaches, design to enhance their academic development, professional development, and personal development.

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Where this course can take you

This course can open up career opportunities in international corporations, management, government, consultancy and business research, all around the world.

Roles landed by our high-flying graduates include Financial Operations Manager at Thomson Reuters, Retail Manager at Zara and Delegate Events Manager at Closer Still. One particularly noteworthy example is Ondrej Mrklas, Company Director of Czech Industry Company and two more companies in China and Singapore.

Continuing your studies with us

The Guildhall School of Business and Law has a range of industry-linked postgraduate courses available on a full-time and part-time basis in business management, tourism and events, marketing and fashion, law, human resources and finance banking. These courses would be ideal for postgraduate progression:

If you've already studied your undergraduate degree with us, as a graduate of London Met, you'll be entitled to a 20% discount on any further study with us.

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How to apply

If you're a UK applicant wanting to study full-time starting in September, you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified. If you're an international applicant wanting to study full-time, you can choose to apply via UCAS or directly to the University.

If you're applying for part-time study, you should apply directly to the University. If you require a Student visa, please be aware that you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.

If you're applying for a degree starting in January/February, you can apply directly 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.

To find out when teaching for this degree will begin, as well as welcome week and any induction activities, view our academic term dates.

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