Key facts

Location:

Stoke-on-Trent Campus

Mode of attendance: Full-time
Duration: 3 years, 4 years (with a foundation year), 4 years (MSci) full-time
UCAS code: N240, N100 (with a foundation year), N1NM (MSci)
Academic year: 17 September 2018 – 7 June 2019

Introduction

If you want an exciting career in a fast-paced world, working for yourself or a multinational company, our Business Management degree could be for you.

* The MSci Business Management and Leadership course is subject to validation.

Our Business Management degree prepares you for an exciting career in a fast-paced world, whether your ambitions lie in working for a multinational company or for yourself.

We work with employers to constantly update our degree to make sure you leave with the right skills for a successful career. All of our tutors have vast experience of working in a variety of industries and bring all of their knowledge into the classroom. We've introduced new topics to make sure you leave with skills like a creative approach to problem solving; powerful decision making; persuasive written and oral communication; ability to interpret and use financial data; self-reliance, initiative, teamworking skills and the ability to manage time, projects and resources.

This course offers the added benefit of an integrated ILM Level 5 Award and the option to take the CIPD Level 5 as additional study.

On successful completion of study, we will issue one of the following awards dependent on your chosen pathway: BA (Hons) Business Management, MSci Business Management and Leadership

Course content

Your first year modules will cover the main areas of business. You’ll consider how organisations make use of available resources, people, finance and materials, as well as how businesses respond to market requirements.

In your second and third year you will develop the knowledge you gained in your first year and learn how to apply problem solving and decision making to a range of business situations. Change management is a key part of all business today and we teach you about dealing with conflict and changing organisational cultures, to gain maximum effectiveness for the organisation. We also teach you economic principles and analytical skills, to make sure you know how to research markets, prepare reports and drive overall organisational success.

Just as the world of business is becoming more technologically adept, we make sure we are up-to-date in how we use technology to help you learn. Our courses use online learning platforms, interactive white boards, podcasts and social media, to make sure you leave with an awareness of all of the most hi-tech communication methods used in business.

For MSci Business and Leadership students, your fourth year is an advanced course of study. The masters award focuses on developing management and leadership skills across a broad range of topics, both academically and professionally. The award aims to develop your capacity and capability to apply your knowledge and skills within a contemporary business context after graduation.

Foundation Year students will be eased into degree-level learning. The year allows you to enter directly onto the full degree course even if you don’t have the relevant entry qualifications. The Foundation Year addresses not only the foundations of business studies but also enables you to develop and enhance the skills needed to succeed in higher education. Following successful completion of the Foundation Year, students then progress onto the next 3 levels of study.

Modules

This module map provides an indicative list of the modules that make up your course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course.

Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. You can always find the most up-to-date information about your modules and who is teaching them in our module catalogue.

Foundation Year

Semester 1
Module title
Business Simulation Project Compulsory
Maths for Managers Compulsory
Management in Practice Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Preparing to Manage Compulsory
Communication Skills for Managers Compulsory
Management in Practice Compulsory

Year 1

Semester 1
Module title
Business Agility Compulsory
Economics for Managers Compulsory
Management Accounting Compulsory
The Professional Toolkit Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Human Capital Management Compulsory
Entrepreneurial Marketing Compulsory
Law for Managers Compulsory
The Professional Toolkit Compulsory

Year 2

Semester 1
Module title
Consumer Behaviour Compulsory
Business Creation and Innovation Compulsory
Global Supply Chain and Logistics Compulsory
Advanced Professional Toolkit Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Developing Collaborative Relationships Compulsory
Big Data Compulsory
Maximising Business Opportunities Compulsory
Work Placement Project Compulsory

Year 3

Semester 1
Module title
Customer Experience Strategy (CX) Compulsory
Authentic Leadership Compulsory
Business Ethics Compulsory
Knowledge Exchange Project Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Customer Experience Strategy (CX) Compulsory
Change and Transformation Compulsory
Measuring Success Compulsory
Knowledge Exchange Project Compulsory

Year 4

Semester 1
Module title
International Financial Analysis Compulsory
Leadership and Strategic Management Compulsory
Leading and Delivering Change Compulsory
Consultancy Project Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Leading, Managing and Developing People Compulsory
Developing Risk Management Strategies Compulsory
Consultancy Project Compulsory

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 72% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

Your tutors are experienced practitioners who will bring real-life experiences to your learning using the most up-to-date skills and technologies.