This Business Management and Economics programme is designed to develop you as a ‘business ready’ graduate: a confident, independent thinker with a detailed knowledge of business and management and equipped with the skills to adapt rapidly. It will prepare you for a career in business or in any organisation that values an awareness of economic issues.
Our extended four year degree includes a foundation year, which provides students with a sound introduction to key elements needed for studying Business at degree level. The foundation year is carefully designed to build your confidence and abilities, develop essential academic and study skills, and provide the subject specific knowledge essential for success.
You will gain in-depth knowledge of organisations and their environments, including their relationships to society. In your second and third year you the focus is on exploring key theories and concepts in economics and their application in international business. This course will help you understand managing people, operations, logistics, marketing and business ethics. Additionally, you will learn how businesses can operate effectively in a multicultural environment.
In readiness for your future career, Roehampton will help you develop a range of skills that employers value: the ability to identify and solve business problems and to effectively communicate your ideas. Key attributes such as commercial acumen, self-reflection and emotional intelligence will be gained on this course, alongside skills in research, analysis, numeracy and project management.
Our academics have a wealth of research and practical experience in economics and business and will support you to connect your learning to the realities of business and management. There will be support throughout from your Personal Tutor, who will work with you to map your career development and provide guidance on your learning. Alongside this, we provide a wide range of employability events, workshops and other opportunities to develop and learn, including a career mentoring scheme and student-led Business Society.
You will graduate confident about your personal values, with the knowledge and experience to solve business problems ethically and with an excellent understanding of the wider economy
By gaining the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Level 5 Diploma in Management & Leadership you will have an industry-recognised professional qualification and be able to fast-track your progress towards Chartered Manager status. You will gain access to exclusive CMI networking events and lectures from CMI experts. You will also have access to CMIs online knowledge base ManagementDirect: CMIs dedicated resource portal, providing access to a plethora of content, including access to c. 3,000 publications, including Harvard Business Review. CMIs online portal also allows you to develop your interview skills, polish your CV and record your CPD.
During the foundation year, you will take modules in English and Maths which will develop your core academic and study skills. The syllabus includes a year-long module relevant to your chosen degree subject, such as Business Essentials. This will provide you with a subject specific knowledge in Business which is essential for success in your degree.
Throughout your degree there is a focus on supporting you to develop and track your own increasing ability to add value to organisations. This is achieved through our Business Readiness module where, working with your Personal Tutor, you will gather evidence of your knowledge, skills and attributes. This will demonstrate to prospective employers how you can play a key role in whichever organisations you work for.
In your first year, you will learn to recognise your personal strengths and weaknesses through a process of self-assessment and reflection, and understand your role in a team. You will practice these skills in a variety of problem-based activities. You will also establish an overview of business organisations in a global context and explore key aspects of business management such as finance, marketing and data analysis.
Your second year will continue to develop your business readiness and experience of management, from managing people across different cultures to project management. You will also study Managerial Economics and International Economics, which will develop your economics knowledge and skills. In addition, you will have the opportunity to study abroad.
In your third year, you will plan, research and write a dissertation on your chosen area of economics. Furthermore, you will develop your economic understanding through modules such as Labour Economics, Economics of Money, Banking and Finance or Development Economics. You will also look at Business Ethics & Responsible Management as well as Applied Corporate Strategy.
Here are some of the varied modules we currently offer:
Extended Academic Induction
Business Organisations and Environments in a Global Context
Introduction to Finance and Accounting for Managers
Understanding Self and Others
Introduction to Management
Analysing Information and Data for Problem Solving
Principles of Marketing and Communications in a Digital World
Business Readiness (Year 2)
Managing People and Careers
Operations, Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Processes of Project Management
Business Readiness (Year 3)
Business Ethics and Responsible Management
Business and Management Dissertation (Part 1)
Applied Corporate Strategy
Business and Management Dissertation (Part 2) [in Economics]
Economics of Money, Banking and Finance
What is business readiness?
Whether you want to work for a multi-national, SME or public sector organisation, our courses equip you with the knowledge, skills and attributes necessary to succeed in business management. Each of our undergraduate business degrees is underpinned by the idea of ‘business readiness’. While with us, you will engage with a three-year compulsory Business Readiness module. It will ensure that when you graduate, you will be able to demonstrate to employers the value that you can add to their organisation.
Why do I need to be business ready?
It is critical that you are able to stand out in the graduate job market. You will be able to evidence the knowledge, skills (including critical analysis, problem solving and expressing ideas verbally and in writing), and values, (your work ethos and resilience). These things combined make you ‘Business Ready’
Employers desire evidence of professional experience in the role that you are applying for. You will have a wealth of experiences gained through your course and through volunteering, part-time work experience, student projects, and other activities. The Business Readiness module, guides you in crafting experiences into a personal narrative that evidences the knowledge, skills and attributes that you could contribute to an organisation.
How do I become business ready?
Business ready is designed into all Roehampton Business School programmes, where every module has opportunities for you to practice and simulate business readiness and employability skills. Each module has three key components:
The compulsory Business Readiness modules incorporate discussion and reflection. You will compile a list of the skills you are gaining and chart your development in a way that articulates how you can enrich the organisations that will employ you.
You will be encouraged to take advantage of opportunities beyond the classroom, run by the Business School and the broader University. These include:
"The course I have chosen has not met my expectations, it has exceeded them! I couldn't be more excited to see what I learn next."
Alberto Jordan Cespedes Gongora, Business Management and Economics
*This currently applies to students in their first year only.
BTEC(QCF) Extended Diploma possible grades - MPP or combination of diplomas
Access - 30 Passes D0M15P30
4 years (full-time)