This Business Management degree will give you an excellent basis for a career in a range of organisations. It is designed specifically to make you a ‘business ready’ graduate: a confident, independent thinker with a detailed knowledge of business and management and equipped with the skills to adapt rapidly to change.
You will develop in-depth knowledge of organisations and their environments, including their relationships to society. You will gain an understanding of managing people, business operations and logistics, marketing and communications, finance and accounting, corporate strategy and business ethics. You will also learn how businesses can operate effectively in a multicultural environment.
In readiness for your future career, you will develop a range of skills that employers value: the ability to identify and solve business problems and to effectively communicate your ideas. You will develop key attributes such as commercial acumen, self-reflection and emotional intelligence and gain skills in research, numeracy and project and people management.
Our academics have a wealth of experience in organisations and business and will support you to connect your learning to the realities of business and management. You will be supported throughout in your personal development by Personal Tutors, who will help you map your career development and provide learning guidance. You will also have access to our extensive range of employability events, including workshops, expert business speakers – e.g. members of our Advisory Board – and employer exhibitions. Alongside this, we provide a wide range of 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 knowledge and experience to solve business problems ethically and with an ongoing passion for learning and development.
Throughout your three year 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, attributes and skills. 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 team problem-based activities and scenarios. You will also establish an overview of business organisations in a global context and be introduced to key areas of business such as finance, marketing and data analysis.
Your second year will continue to develop your business readiness, and you will gain experience of management, from managing people across different cultures, to supply chain and project management.
In your third year, you will progress to understandings corporate strategy and business ethics. You will also be able to develop a deeper understanding of key areas such as finance and banking, or global marketing. There is a focus on specific subjects through options, such as developing an understanding of branding and Human Resource management on an international scale. You could also go deeper into the theory and practice of entrepreneurship.
Here are some of the varied modules we 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
Resourcing & Talent Planning
International Business and Emerging Markets
Management Accounting Techniques
Retail Theory & Practice
Business Readiness (Year 3)
Business Ethics and Responsibe Management
Business and Management Dissertation (Part 1)
Business and Management Dissertation (Part 2)
Applied Corporate Strategy
Economics of Money, Banking & Finance
Retail Issues and Applications
Whether you want to work for a SME company, a local government organisation or develop creative marketing projects, our courses equip you with the skills necessary to succeed in a business environment. Each of our undergraduate business degrees is underpinned with the idea of business readiness, which is supported by a three year compulsory Business Readiness module. This will ensure that when you graduate, you can offer employers specific attributes which demonstrate the contribution you can make to their organisations.
Why do I need to be business ready?
You will graduate alongside many other students from across the UK, so it is critical that you are able to stand out and demonstrate that in addition to your academic knowledge, you are also able to communicate your employability and added value to employers.
Employers will want to know about your experience and why this makes you suitable for the job. As a recent graduate you may not have professional experience in the role you are applying for, however you will have a wealth of other experiences gained through volunteering, work experience, student projects, and other events or projects. These experiences will provide evidence that you can draw from that show the skills and attributes that highlight the contribution you could make to the organisation.
How do I become business ready?
Every module in the BSc programmes is designed to enable opportunities for you to practice and simulate business readiness and employability skills. Each module has three key components:
You will complete a compulsory Business Readiness module in which you will draw together your knowledge gained as part of your degree. Using discussion, reflection and collection of evidence, you will compile a list of what skills you are gaining, and the added value that you can add to organisations.
There are a number of other opportunities, beyond the classroom, where you can gain valuable skills, through initiatives run by both the Business School and other University departments. These include:
"As Vice-President of the Business Society, I have expanded my professional network and had the opportunity to develop and practise what I have learnt in my modules including event and project management skills."
BSc Business Management
BSc Single Honours
2017 entry: 96 points + GCSE grade C in Maths
BTEC(QCF) Extended Diploma - MMM
Access - D15M15P15
3 years (full-time)