Business and Management Studies (with a professional placement year) BSc

Business and Management

Key information

Duration:
4 years full time
Typical A-level offer:
AAB-ABB
UCAS code:
NN1F
Start date:
September 2018

Take a fresh perspective on contemporary business, and gain the skills and confidence to succeed. Our flexible course structure allows you to specialise in the areas you are most interested in.  

With this course, you have the opportunity to apply for a year in industry where you can put your knowledge into practice. We have a wide range of well-established partnerships with businesses including local, London-based and international companies.

Modules on the business courses are engaging and insightful, and fully prepare you for the real world of business.”Ryan Goodchild
Business and Management Studies (with a professional placement year) BSc

Entry requirements

A-level

Typical offer

AAB-ABB

GCSEs

You will also need GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics, with at least grade C (or grade 5 in the new grading scale).

You should also have a broad range of GCSEs (A*-C), including good grades in relevant subjects.

Extended Project Qualification

We take the EPQ into account when considering your application and it can be useful in the summer when your results are released if you have narrowly missed the conditions of your offer. We do not routinely include the EPQ in the conditions of your offer but we sometimes offer alternative conditions that include the EPQ. If you wish to discuss this further please contact Admissions at ug.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

Other UK qualifications

Access to HE Diploma

Typical offer

Pass the Access to HE Diploma with 45 level 3 credits at Merit or above, including 24 at Distinction.

Subjects

The Access to HE Diploma would preferably be in Business Studies or include a Business pathway or module.

GCSEs

You will also need GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics, with at least grade C (or grade 5 in the new grading scale).

International Baccalaureate

Typical offer

32 points overall from the full IB Diploma.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma)

Typical offer

DDD-DDM

Subjects

The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma would normally be in Business.

GCSEs

You will also need GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics, with at least grade C (or grade 5 in the new grading scale).

You should also have a good range of GCSEs (5 A*-B), including good grades in relevant subjects.

 

Scottish Highers

Typical offer

AABBB

GCSEs

You will also need Mathematics at Standard Grade, grade 1 or 2.

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced

Typical offer

Grade B and AB in two A-levels.

GCSEs

You will also need GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics, with at least grade C (or grade 5 in the new grading scale).

You should also have a broad range of GCSEs (A*-C), including good grades in relevant subjects.

International baccalaureate

Typical offer

32 points overall from the full IB Diploma.

European baccalaureate

Typical offer

Overall result of at least 77%

Other international qualifications

Australia

Typical offer

Relevant state (Year 12) High School Certificate, and over 85% in the ATAR or UAI/TER/ENTER. Or a Queensland OP of 5 or below.

Subject-specific knowledge

You will need to have evidence of good ability in Mathematics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Austria

Typical offer

Reifeprüfung or Matura with an overall result of 2.2 or better for first-year entry. A result of 2.5 or better would be considered for Foundation Year entry.

Subject-specific knowledge

You will need to have evidence of good ability in Mathematics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Belgium

Typical offer

Certificat d'Enseignement Secondaire Supérieur (CESS) or Diploma van Hoger Secundair Onderwijs with a good overall average. 

Subject-specific knowledge

You will need to have evidence of good ability in Mathematics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bulgaria

Typical offer

Diploma za Sredno Obrazovanie with excellent final-year scores (normally 5.5 overall with 6 in key subjects).

Subject-specific knowledge

You will need to have evidence of good ability in Mathematics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Canada

Typical offer

High School Graduation Diploma. Specific requirements vary between provinces.

Subject-specific knowledge

You will need to have evidence of good ability in Mathematics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

China

Typical offer

We usually do not accept Senior High School Graduation for direct entry to our undergraduate courses. However, we do consider applicants who have studied 1 or more years of Higher Education in China at a recognised degree awarding institution or who are following a recognised International Foundation Year.

If you are interested in applying for a business related course which requires an academic ability in Mathematics, you will normally also need a grade B in Mathematics from the Huikao or a score of 90 in Mathematics from the Gaokao.

Applicants who have the Senior High School Graduation may be eligible to apply to our International Foundation Year, which if you complete successfully you can progress on to a relevant undergraduate course at Sussex. You can find more information about the qualifications which are accepted by our International Study Centre at  http://isc.sussex.ac.uk/entry-requirements/international-foundation-year .

 

 

 

 

 

 

Subject-specific knowledge

You will need to have evidence of good ability in Mathematics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Croatia

Typical offer

Maturatna Svjedodžba with an overall score of at least 4-5 depending on your degree choice.

Subject-specific knowledge

You will need to have evidence of good ability in Mathematics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Cyprus

Typical offer

Apolytirion of Lykeion with an overall average of at least 18 or 19/20 will be considered for first-year entry.

A score of 15/20 in the Apolytirion would be suitable for Foundation Year entry. Find out more about Foundation Years.

Subject-specific knowledge

You will need to have evidence of good ability in Mathematics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Czech Republic

Typical offer

Maturita with a good overall average.

Subject-specific knowledge

You will need to have evidence of good ability in Mathematics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Denmark

Typical offer

Højere Forberedelseseksamen (HF) or studentereksamen with an overall average of at least 7 on the new grading scale.

Subject-specific knowledge

You will need to have evidence of good ability in Mathematics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Finland

Typical offer

Finnish Ylioppilastutkinto with an overall average result in the final matriculation examinations of at least 6.0.

France

Typical offer

French Baccalauréat with an overall final result of at least 13/20.

Germany

Typical offer

German Abitur with an overall result of 2.0 or better.

Greece

Typical offer

Apolytirion with an overall average of at least 18 or 19/20 will be considered for first-year entry.

A score of 15/20 in the Apolytirion would be suitable for Foundation Year entry. Find out more about Foundation Years.

Subject-specific knowledge

You will need to have evidence of good ability in Mathematics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hong Kong

Typical offer

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) with grades of 5, 4, 4 from three subjects including two electives. 

Subject-specific knowledge

You will need to have evidence of good ability in Mathematics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hungary

Typical offer

Erettsegi/Matura with a good average.

Subject-specific knowledge

You will need to have evidence of good ability in Mathematics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

India

Typical offer

Standard XII results from Central and Metro Boards with an overall average of 75-80%. 

Subject-specific knowledge

You will need to have evidence of good ability in Mathematics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Iran

Typical offer

High School Diploma and Pre-University Certificate.

Subject-specific knowledge

You will need to have evidence of good ability in Mathematics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ireland

Typical offer

Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher Level) at H1,H2,H2,H3,H3.

Additional requirements

You must have at least grade O4 in Mathematics.

Israel

Typical offer

Bagrut, with at least 8/10 in at least six subjects, including one five-unit subject.

Subject-specific knowledge

You will need to have evidence of good ability in Mathematics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Italy

Typical offer

Italian Diploma di Maturità or Diploma Pass di Esame di Stato with a Final Diploma mark of at least 81/100.

Japan

Typical offer

Upper Secondary Leaving Certificate is suitable for entry to our Foundation Years. Find out more about Foundation Years.

Subject-specific knowledge

You will need to have evidence of good ability in Mathematics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Latvia

Typical offer

Atestats par Visparejo videjo Izglitibu with very good grades in state exams.

Subject-specific knowledge

You will need to have evidence of good ability in Mathematics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Lithuania

Typical offer

Brandos Atestatas including scores of 80-90% in at least three state examinations (other than English).

Subject-specific knowledge

You will need to have evidence of good ability in Mathematics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Luxembourg

Typical offer

Diplôme de Fin d'Etudes Secondaires.

Subject-specific knowledge

You will need to have evidence of good ability in Mathematics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malaysia

Typical offer

Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM). As well as various two or three-year college or polytechnic certificates and diplomas.

Subject-specific knowledge

You will need to have evidence of good ability in Mathematics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Netherlands

Typical offer

Voorereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO), normally with an average of at least 7.

Subject-specific knowledge

You will need to have evidence of good ability in Mathematics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nigeria

Typical offer

You are expected to have one of the following:

  • Higher National Diploma
  • One year at a recognised Nigerian University
  • Professional Diploma (Part IV) from the Institute of Medical Laboratory Technology of Nigeria
  • Advanced Diploma

You must also have a score of C6 or above in WAEC/SSC English.

Subject-specific knowledge

You will need to have evidence of good ability in Mathematics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Norway

Typical offer

Norwegian Vitnemal Fra Den Videregaende Skole - Pass with an overall average of at least 4.

Pakistan

Typical offer

Bachelor (Pass) degree in arts, commerce or science.

Subject-specific knowledge

You will need to have evidence of good ability in Mathematics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Poland

Typical offer

Matura with three extended-level written examinations, normally scored within the 7th stanine.

Subject-specific knowledge

You will need to have evidence of good ability in Mathematics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Portugal

Typical offer

Diploma de Ensino Secundario normally with an overall mark of at least 16/20. 

Subject-specific knowledge

You will need to have evidence of good ability in Mathematics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Romania

Typical offer

Diploma de Bacalaureat with an overall average of 8.5-9.5 depending on your degree choice.

Subject-specific knowledge

You will need to have evidence of good ability in Mathematics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Singapore

Typical offer

A-levels, as well as certain certificates and diplomas.

Subject-specific knowledge

You will need to have evidence of good ability in Mathematics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Slovakia

Typical offer

Maturitna Skuska or Maturita with honours, normally including scores of 1 in at least three subjects.

Subject-specific knowledge

You will need to have evidence of good ability in Mathematics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Slovenia

Typical offer

Secondary School Leaving Diploma or Matura with at least 23 points overall.

Subject-specific knowledge

You will need to have evidence of good ability in Mathematics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Africa

Typical offer

National Senior Certificate with very good grades. 

Subject-specific knowledge

You will need to have evidence of good ability in Mathematics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Spain

Typical offer

Spanish Título de Bachillerato (LOGSE) with an overall average result of at least 8.0.

Sri Lanka

Typical offer

Sri Lankan A-levels.

Subject-specific knowledge

You will need to have evidence of good ability in Mathematics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Sweden

Typical offer

Fullstandigt Slutbetyg with good grades.

Subject-specific knowledge

You will need to have evidence of good ability in Mathematics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Switzerland

Typical offer

Federal Maturity Certificate.

Subject-specific knowledge

You will need to have evidence of good ability in Mathematics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Turkey

Typical offer

Devlet Lise Diplomasi or Lise Bitirme is normally only suitable for Foundation Years, but very strong applicants may be considered for first year entry. Find out more about Foundation Years.

Subject-specific knowledge

You will need to have evidence of good ability in Mathematics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

USA

Typical offer

We look at your full profile taking into account everything you are studying. You must have your high school graduation diploma and we will be interested in your Grade 12 GPA. However, we will also want to see evidence of the external tests you have taken. Each application is looked at individually, but you should normally have one or two of the following:

  • APs (where we would expect at least three subject with 4/5 in each)
  • SAT Reasoning Tests (normally with a combined score of 1300) or ACT grades
  • and/or SAT Subject Tests (where generally we expect you to have scores of 600 or higher). 

We would normally require APs or SAT Subject Tests in areas relevant to your chosen degree course.

Subject-specific knowledge

You will need to have evidence of good ability in Mathematics.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

My country is not listed

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, email ug.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

6.5 overall, including at least 6.0 in each component

IELTS scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test.

If you are applying for degree-level study we can consider your IELTS test from any test centre, but if you require a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) for an English language or pre-sessional English course (not combined with a degree) the test must be taken at a UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI)-approved IELTS test centre.

Find out more about IELTS.

Other English language requirements

Proficiency tests

Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English (CAE)

For tests taken before January 2015: Grade B or above

For tests taken after January 2015: 176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill

We would normally expect the CAE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Advanced.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade C or above

For tests taken after January 2015: 176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill

We would normally expect the CPE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Proficiency.

Pearson (PTE Academic)

62 overall, including at least 56 in all four skills.

PTE (Academic) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Pearson (PTE Academic).

TOEFL (iBT)

88 overall, including at least 20 in Listening, 19 in Reading, 21 in Speaking, 23 in Writing.

TOEFL (iBT) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about TOEFL (iBT).

The TOEFL Institution Code for the University of Sussex is 9166.

English language qualifications

AS/A-level (GCE)

Grade C or above in English Language.

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE)/ AS or A Level: grade C or above in Use of English

French Baccalaureat

A score of 12 or above in English.

GCE O-level

Grade C or above in English.

Brunei/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

Singapore/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

GCSE or IGCSE

Grade C or above in English as a First Language.

Grade B or above in English as a Second Language

German Abitur

A score of 12 or above in English.

Ghana Senior Secondary School Certificate

If awarded before 1993: grades 1-6 in English language.

If awarded between 1993 and 2005: grades A-D in English language.

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

 Level 4, including at least 3 in each component in English Language.

Indian School Certificate (Standard XII)

The Indian School Certificate is accepted at the grades below when awarded by the following examination boards:

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) – English Core only: 70%

Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) - English: 70% 

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)

English A or English B at grade 5 or above.

Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM) 119/GCE O-level

If taken before the end of 2008: grades 1-5 in English Language.

If taken from 2009 onwards: grade C or above in English Language.

The qualification must be jointly awarded by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES).

West African Senior School Certificate

Grades 1-6 in English language when awarded by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or the National Examinations Council (NECO).

Country exceptions

Select to see the list of exempt English-speaking countries

If you are a national of one of the countries below, or if you have recently completed a qualification equivalent to a UK Bachelors degree or higher in one of these countries, you will normally meet our English requirements. Note that qualifications obtained by distance learning or awarded by studying outside these countries cannot be accepted for English language purposes.

You will normally be expected to have completed the qualification within two years before starting your course at Sussex. If the qualification was obtained earlier than this we would expect you to be able to demonstrate that you have maintained a good level of English, for example by living in an English-speaking country or working in an occupation that required you to use English regularly and to a high level.

Please note that this list is determined by the UK’s Home Office, not by the University of Sussex.

List of exempt countries

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada**
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United Kingdom
  • USA

** Canada: you must be a national of Canada; other nationals not on this list who have a degree from a Canadian institution will not normally be exempt from needing to provide evidence of English.

Admissions information for applicants

Transfers into Year 2

No

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, email ug.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk.

Why choose this course?

  • Top 10 in the UK for graduate prospects (The Complete University Guide 2018 and the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018).
  • Top 50 in the world for Business and Economics (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018).
  • 90% overall satisfaction (National Student Survey 2016).

Course information

How will I study?

Your first year provides a solid grounding in diverse aspects of management. You gain an essential understanding of the context within which modern business is conducted. You also build your knowledge of analytical techniques to apply throughout your course.

You are introduced to concepts, issues and methods that help you to develop a critical approach to organisational management. You do this through exploring current management issues, including insights from accountancy, business law and marketing.

Modules

These are the modules running in the academic year 2017. Modules running in 2018 may be subject to change.

Core modules


Customise your course

At Sussex, you can choose to customise your course to build the sort of degree that will give you the knowledge, skills and experience that could take you in any direction you choose.

Explore subjects different to your course – electives and pathways allow you to complement your main subject. Find out what opportunities your course offers

How will I study?

You study modules relevant to your chosen specialism alongside common modules. You investigate and become familiar with the core processes of management.

Modules cover and analyse the different aspects of these processes and how they constitute and shape organisations.

Your analytical skills are further developed by the research methods teaching in preparation for your final-year project.

Modules

These are the modules running in the academic year 2017. Modules running in 2018 may be subject to change.

Core modules

Options


Customise your course

At Sussex, you can choose to customise your course to build the sort of degree that will give you the knowledge, skills and experience that could take you in any direction you choose.

Explore subjects different to your course – electives and pathways allow you to complement your main subject. Find out what opportunities your course offers

Gain programming skills and apply them to areas such as digital media, business and interactive design. Find out about our Year in Computing

You can apply to take a paid professional placement in the third year of your degree. Recent students have gone on placements at:

  • IBM
  • GSK (GlaxoSmithKline)
  • Hewlett Packard.

All students receive dedicated support throughout their placement – from finding an employer to preparing for an interview.

For more details, visit Business and Management: Placements.

Employers, BMEc staff and students discuss the benefits of placements

“I expanded my professional network, realised this is the career I want to pursue and even secured a graduate role.” Irina FrecautanuBusiness and Management Studies BSc
Analyst at Goldman Sachs

Please note

If you’re receiving – or applying for – USA federal Direct Loan funds, you can’t undertake your placement in the USA. Find out more about American Student Loans and Federal Student Aid

How will I study?

Your final year offers a wide range of modules and plenty of scope for independent study and research. Choosing options, you broaden your knowledge of management.

During your final-year project, you draw on knowledge and skills developed throughout the course – including those learned throughout placement or study abroad experiences – for in-depth investigation of business and management topics.

Modules

These are the modules running in the academic year 2017. Modules running in 2018 may be subject to change.

Core modules

Options

Find out what it’s like to study business and management at Sussex, including finance, accounting and marketing

Our students develop an understanding of business and management that will make them the leaders of tomorrow.Dr Benjamin Everly
Convener, Business and Management Studies BSc

Fees

UK/EU students:
Fees are not yet set for entry in the academic year 2018. The University intends to set fees at the maximum permitted by the UK Government (subject to continued satisfaction of the Teaching Excellence Framework). For the academic year 2017, fees were £9,250 per year.

The UK Government has confirmed that if you’re an EU student applying for entry in September 2018, you’ll pay the same fee rate as UK students for the duration of your course, even if the UK leaves the EU before the end of your course. You’ll also continue to have access to student loans and grants. Find out more on the UK Government website

Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:
The University aligns fees for Channel Islands and Isle of Man students with fees for UK/EU students. These fees are not yet set for entry in the academic year 2018. We intend to set fees at the maximum permitted by the UK Government (subject to continued satisfaction of the Teaching Excellence Framework). For the academic year 2017, fees were £9,250 per year.
International students:
£15,500 per year
Placement:
Find out about tuition fees for placements

Note that your fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

Find out about typical living costs for studying at Sussex

Scholarships

Our focus is personal development and social mobility. To help you meet your ambitions to study at Sussex, we deliver one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university.

Careers

Graduate destinations

96% of our Business and Management Studies (with a professional placement year) BSc students were in work or further study six months after graduation. Our graduates have gone on to jobs such as:

  • accounts manager, Hewlett Packard
  • software specialist, IBM
  • analyst, Deloitte.

(HESA EPI, Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015)

Your future career

Join the next generation of business leaders with a Business and Management degree from Sussex.

You develop the business skills for a range of careers, including marketing and retail management, social enterprise, and human resources.

Outside the classroom you can join our StartUp Sussex programme where you benefit from:

  • workshops from consultants in the Sussex Innovation Centre
  • guidance on developing business ideas
  • help with developing your business idea – and the chance to win StartUp funding.

Working while you study

Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work

The management skills I gained equipped me for a whole variety of careers, teaching me to think outside the box, organise my time and delegate to others.”Anna Cornish
Business and Management BSc

Economics Principles 1

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

Introduction to Business and Management

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

Introduction to Business and Management is an introductory study of contemporary organisations and their management. It explores the types of purposes of organisations, their stakeholders (CSR) and changing environments together with their key managerial processes – entrepreneurship, organisational structure, leading, strategic planning and change.

The focus throughout is on helping you achieve a critical and reflective approach, and learning to apply relevant concepts, tools and models.

The coursework component of assessment requires you to choose an organisation that is of interest to you and to explore, critically, the way in which it handles a process of your choice. You are supported in this by the submission of a structured proposal on which formative feedback is given.

Seminar activities are participative and require preparatory work which is signposted though downloads and links on Study Direct well in advance.

Lectures are interactive, employing the use of quizzes and featuring clips from YouTube, such as Dragons' Den excerpts.

An unseen examination completes the assessment profile and you tackle a case study (which revisits keys concepts) in the final seminar as a formative exercise.

The module provides a platform for later study by encouraging skills in critical thinking, academic writing, concept acquisition and research. Introduction to Business and Management aims to facilitate the transition to university-level learning smoothly, meaningfully and enjoyably.

Introduction to Business Law

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

This module aims to develop knowledge and skills in the understanding of the general legal framework, and of specific legal areas relating to business.

The module is divided into four parts:

  1. the English legal system
  2. contractual obligations
  3. tortious liability; and
  4. the contract of employment.

Introduction to Accounting

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

This module is designed as an introduction to accounting and financial management for managers.

The module introduces accounting and financial management topics gradually, examining basic principles and underlying concepts before demonstrating how accounting statements and financial information can be used to improve business decision-making.

The module focus is for students of business and management as decision-makers and users of financial information.

Introduction to Marketing

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

Introduction to Marketing explores various aspects of the marketing process, including environmental scanning (assessing strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threat analysis, and competitor analysis), strategic development options, marketing mix (traditional and new media), customer relationship management (CRM), sales management and supplier management.

Through case study analysis and practical application, you will develop an appreciation of the practical applications of various marketing concepts and techniques, and learn to critically evaluate and select strategic and operational options available to marketing decision-makers to build a sustainable competitive position.

The objective of this module is to provide you with a clear and comprehensive understanding of the key foundational principles of marketing.

Principles of Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

This module explores the causes and effects of human interaction in an organisation and how humans at individual, group and organisational level influence organisations. Organisational performance depends on appropriate incentives to individuals, developing effective teams, designing an attractive job environment and managing organisational structure.

Focusing on these issues, the module is divided into four themes based on the level of analysis:

  • individual – we will look at the individual's contribution to organisation and the factors affecting their behaviour
  • group – the nature and significance of groups in organisations will be discussed and the range of skills required for effective team work and factors affecting working in groups will also be explored
  • organisational – organisational design and culture, inspiring workers through norms, beliefs and behaviour, and management in the work place will be explained
  • human resource management – we will examine the aspects of developing human capital through recruitment, training, development and reward, which will create a sustainable commitment to organisational goals and to ensure high performance.

There will be two forms of assessment for this module with an equal weighting for coursework and an unseen exam. The coursework component will invovle a Group Report analysing concepts of human resource management and organisational behaviour in a chosen organisation. Formative feedback for this assessment will be provided by peers and tutors on the work-in-progress presentation of this report in seminars.

An unseen exam at the end of the term will cover the remaining assessment. You will participate in a role playing game in your final seminar analysing and discussing the concepts taught during the lecture as a formative exercise.

Managing Operations

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

This module provides you with an understanding of how the fundamental principles of operations management can support the improvement of management performance in both public and private organisations.

During the module, you apply these principles to both manufacturing and service operations.

The module provides you with an understanding of the systemic and interactive nature of operations management problems and their relationship to the external environment.

You develop quantitative and qualitative analytical skills, through guided problem-based activities and case study analysis.

The content of the module covers:

  • operations strategy
  • designing operations
  • organisation design
  • planning and control
  • lean operations
  • project management
  • managing quality and continous process/product improvement
  • managing the supply chain
  • future direction of travel for operations management.

Business Processes and the Role of IT (OIS)

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

Emerging Issues in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations (HRM)

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

In this module, you are introduced to emerging issues in the practice and theory of human resource management and industrial relations.

It aims to keep you up to date with challenging and leading edge issues facing organisations in these topics and through detailed discussion of these, develop the practice of critical thinking.

The content of the course will change as new challenges emerge, however lectures will initially include issues such as what combination of HRM practices produce effective performance, comparing managers across international spaces and the impact of high performance workplaces in the organisation.

 

Information Systems

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

In this module, you are introduced to the application and management of information systems in an organisational environment.

Your studies adopt a management perspective to appreciate the identification, analysis, development, organisation and impact of appropriate information systems.

You also examine foundations of intra- and inter-organisational systems, along with their economic, social and organisational impacts.

International Business Environment

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

This module examines the nature of the operating environment for international business today.  You will review the scale, scope and trends in international business activity and evaluate the various methods that firms can use to assess, enter and develop non-domestic markets. You will  consider the relevance of factors such as culture, psychic distance, host and home country perspectives and 'green' issues on the organisation and management of international business.

Throughout the module emphasis is placed on the business environment in key regions of the world, notably the European Union, North America, East and SE Asia and the transition economies of East and Central Europe. Finally, you will examine the impact of the evolving world economy, regional integration and globalisation on today's international firm.

Introduction to Entrepreneurship (ENT)

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

In this module, you are introduced to entrepreneurship and provided with a comprehensive understanding of key concepts and relevant debates into contemporary entrepreneurial theory and practice.

Entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial action is examined from an interdisciplinary and comparative perspective in a range of organisational contexts (i.e. start-ups, small business, corporate ventures and social enterprises) and domains (e.g. digital, creative, med-tech and life sciences fields).

The role of governments in developing entrepreneurial ecosystems that support economic, social and sustainable development and growth is also discussed. Overall, the module will expose you to a set of theories, methodologies and tools to start exploring entrepreneurship practices.

Leadership Foundations (LEAD)

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

Examine what makes someone an effective leader - looking at their personal characteristics, behaviour and the situation the individual is facing.

You look at why a particular leadership style has a different effect on followers - for example, how a manager's leadership style can have an effect on employee work performance.

You look at: 

  • readings
  • case studies
  • experiential exercises. 

You examine your own leadership skills and develop a plan for improving your strengths and overcoming your limitations.

 

 

Statistics and Introductory Econometrics

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

This module provides an introduction to the statistical techniques used in economics, and includes computer-based applications.

Topics covered include:

  • summarising and plotting data
  • basic probability theory
  • hypothesis testing
  • correlation analysis; and
  • bivariate and multiple regression analysis.

You are introduced in greater detail to the EXCEL spreadsheet package, which you will use for your assessed modulework.

Entrepreneurship Finance and Accounting (ENT)

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

In this module, you are provided with an overview of finance and accounting.

The module introduces basic principles of accounting typically used by entrepreneurs, with emphasis on real-world tools.

You address the role finance plays in the survival and growth of small firms. You discuss how firms use capital to grow, and cover the variety of sources firms use for external capital, including (but not limited to) banks, business angels, venture capitalists and small cap stock markets.

Leading Groups and Teams (LEAD)

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

Develop the skills to become an effective team leader. In this module, you are introduced to some of the commonly-faced issues of working in groups or teams, so you can gain the skills to lead. 

You look at:

  • team design
  • team composition
  • interpersonal dynamics.

You also learn the key processes that occur when group and team members work together, including:

  • communication
  • problem solving
  • decision-making
  • conflicts.

You recognise the outcomes that can be achieved as a result of a group or team working together efficiently.

Leveraging Human Capital and Performance (HRM)

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

You study how a strong workforce with relevant experience, skills and capabilities enables companies to remain competitive in industry, and examine why some companies are filling positions with people who do not have the right skills for the job.

You address these issues by focusing on what organisations can do to make better use of human capital resources. 

You examine key questions, including how to: 

  • motivate employees to reach their full potential
  • develop employees’ capabilities
  • attract highly capable employees
  • retain highly capable employees
  • align individual employees with organisation strategies.

Management of Innovation

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

This module aims to equip you with the knowledge to understand and the skills to manage innovation at the operational level.

The management of innovation is inherently interdisciplinary and multi-functional, so we will provide an integrative approach to the management of innovation, and how this influnces and is influnced by business models and value propositions. Specifically, we aim to integrate the management of market, technological and organizational change to improve the competitiveness of firms and effectiveness of other organizations.

You will see that the process of innovation management is essentially generic, although organizational, technological and market-specific factors will constrain choices and actions. The module explores:

  • process-, product/service-, postion- and pradigm-based innovations
  • the management of innovation and the management required for innovation to happen in the first place
  • new product- and service-based approaches
  • social and green innovation
  • innovation commericalistion, diffusion and networks and innovation forcasting from a managerial and organisational perspective.

Managing Global Supply Chains (OPS&IS)

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

You explore the global dimensions associated with managing supply chains and examine topics including:  

  • the emergence of global business
  • the nature and structure of global supply chain management
  • the supplier selection process
  • supply chain governance
  • outsourcing and offshoring
  • the emerging issues of supply chain sustainability and ethics.

Public Management

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

In this module, you are introduced to management and organisation in the public sector.

You examine key perspectives, theories and approaches to public management.

Furthermore, you discuss relevant aspects of the transformation of the public sector over time and across many countries in the world.

In this module, you cover key issues in organising, leading, managing, and governing in the public sector and how different types of public organisations operate and are managed.

Your major topics in this module include:

  • governance and accountability
  • strategy and strategic planning
  • public financing and financial management
  • leadership and managing people
  • technology and new media
  • public policy.

Research Methods for Managers

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 4

This course introduces you to the nature of business and management research and the tools often used by managers.

The course prepares you for applying your dissertation in an organisational or industry context and for undertaking management interventions in the workplace.

Topic areas include: 

  • nature of business and management research, what is it and who cares?
  • formulating research aim(s) and objectives to solve business and managerial problems
  • overview of the philosophy of thinking and claims which can be made
  • research designs and methodologies (case study, survey, etc.): paying particular attention to the interplay between research questions, analytical approaches and methods of data collection
  • sampling strategies and their implications for design choices contextualised for students studying business and management
  • data collection and analysis: sources of information, questionnaires, interviews, literature reviews, policy documents, observations, measurement, statistical techniques; qualitative data analysis, sources of bias and error, reporting research, contextualised for business and management problem solving
  • research ethics and project planning for business professionals.

Strategy

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 4

This is a final-year integrative module in strategy, which develops your understanding and skills as a prospective future manager, specifically for formulating an organisation's overall strategic direction.

The module will help you to develop an understanding of the different approaches to strategy: how choices are made between different possible approaches; the content in which choices are made; and how strategies and structures are designed and implemented.

This module will complement and build on the various management skills already developed through earlier business and management modules.

Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Ethics

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 4

The module aims to provide an investigation of the relationship between organisations and their stakeholder groups, and the social accountability and responsibilities that a corporation holds towards different stakeholders.

The module will introduce you to concepts of corporate governance, socially responsible investment and ethical issues relevant to contemporary business. It will be contemporary, interesting, stretching and relevant, and should build on and integrate with other modules that you have taken and/or are taking.

Business Management Case Study

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 4

This module equips you for the world of work by developing your ability to understand what's going on inside an organisation through strengthening your ability to interpret business metrics (specifically operating, efficiency, financial, competitive and strategic data).

This interpretative ability will draw on the skills and information from all the modules you have studied so far. You learn through an in-depth exploration of business case studies where you will have the opportunity to look at businesses from a number of angles:

  • strategic
  • competitive,
  • operational
  • cultural
  • accounting
  • financial.

Critical Perspectives on Management and Organisations

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 4

This module aims to introduce you to a number of advanced topics in the field of organisation and management studies.

It draws upon contemporary research and adopts a critical and analytical perspective to study complex issues that surround the management of organisations today.

Some of the topics covered are:

  • organising in post-modernity
  • unpacking the foundations of institutions
  • the turn to (theory and strategy of) Practice
  • managing boundaries
  • organisational identity & organising identity
  • sense making in organisations and organisational learning
  • power/knowledge, resistance and politics in organisations
  • management fads & fashions.

Developing Leadership (LEAD)

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 4

Organisations have traditionally conceived of leadership as a heroic attribute, appointing the few 'real' leaders to high-level senior positions in order to get them through the hard times. Many observers within organisations are questioning this approach and are beginning to think about the need to recognise and utilise a wider range of leadership practices. Leadership, they argue, needs to be conceived of as something that happens across functions and levels, and that is closely connected with social, cognitive and communicative skills such as those employed in negotiation and decision-making. New concepts and frameworks are needed in order to embrace this more inclusive understanding. This module adopts a systems approach, which focuses on method, people, context, and need. As such, the module offers a perspective that links the two dimensions of people and situation with two additional dimensions of process and content (methods and outcomes).

Entrepreneurship and Small Firms (ENT)

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 4

The module provides you with a comprehensive understanding of the entrepreneurial process and the development of new ventures.

Entrepreneurship is viewed as a process to provide sustainable economic, social and institutional change. Module content is limited to entrepreneurship in a small business context.

Managing Change (HRM)

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 4

This module will provide you with detailed theoretical and practical knowledge of how to manage change in a variety of contexts. You will examine the principles of managing change at a number of levels, building progressively throughout the module from looking at individual change, to team change, and organisational change up to complex change at the meso-macro level in complex economic systems (eg large projects of regional, or even national importance).

Within this continuum, topics to be addressed include: cognitive and psychodynamic theories of change, the constitution of teams and their dynamics, models and approaches to organisational change (including cultural change, restructuring, and mergers/acquisitions). The application of specific tools for change will also be a key feature of the course, including tools for planning and project management, as well as team member/stakeholder engagement techniques.

You will engage with theoretical concepts and real-life, empircal case material. These will form the main focus of the interactive seminars, which will employ diverse methods (role-plays, debates, presentations, team-based problem solving) to discuss case studies and to help you gain practical skills from applying tools for managing change.

An assessed feasibility study project will provide an opportunity to operationalise course learning towards practical tasks as well as demonstrating your understanding and process ahead of the unseen exam. The Lecture titles are:

  • Understanding Change in the Individual
  • Change in Teams and Teams for Change
  • From Ad hoc to Scientific Management (the Classical School)
  • From Certainty to Contingency
  • In search of new paradigms
  • Critical perspectives on organisational theory - postmodernism, realism and complexity theory
  • Culture, Power Politics and Choice
  • Planned and Emergent Change
  • A Framework for Change
  • Manging Change, Managing Choice
  • Technological transitions
  • Technological revolutions

Non-Profit Management and Social Entrepreneurship

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 4

In this module, you are introduced to management and organisation in the non-profit sector.

You examine the diversity of the non-profit sectors and types of organisations (e.g. foundations, non-governmental organisations, and social enterprises) across different countries and institutional settings - in a comparative and international perspective.

Your studies in this module draw on research, policy and practice to critically explore the management challenges of non-profit organisations and new ventures, and the relation between non-profit, public and business sectors, and civil society.

In the module, you discuss key theoretical perspectives and approaches of how non-profit organisations operate and are managed. You also explore how to utilise social entrepreneurship to generate social change and impact through the creation of new ventures and mobilisation of resources across organisation and sector boundaries.

You cover key issues in starting, growing, leading, managing, and governing non-profit organisations and new non-profit ventures.

Your major topics in this module include:

  • governance and accountability
  • strategy and strategic planning
  • non-profit financing and financial management
  • leadership and managing people
  • volunteering and civic engagement
  • alliances and networks
  • venturing and impact
  • technology and new media.

Research Project

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn & Spring Teaching, Year 4

This module provides the opportunity for you to undertake a significant and independent research project. This may be a dissertation in the form of a literature-based analysis of a research problem, or a dissertation in which some primary empirical data is collected and synthesised by you. In BOTH cases, the dissertation is expected to address clear research questions. The research project provides you with the opportunity to integrate and apply knowledge from the degree programme, and to develop research skills. During the first four weeks of the course you will receive research methods training, supplementing the research skills acquired in their first year. Thereafter, you will meet twice a term with an assigned project supervisor.

Business Strategy Report

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 4

This module provides the opportunity for you to prepare a report on the strategic position of a business or organisation (governmental or not-for-profit) of your choice. You will have the chance to integrate the skills you have developed in your previous modules into one extended research project.

The project requires you to research the strategic position (including market environment, resources and cababilities) of an organisation. Based on this analysis, you will propose a strategy for the organisation over the next five years.

The final report should reflect your research skills and understanding of previous course material. During the first two weeks of the module, you will receive research methods training, supplementing the Research Methods module in the second year.

Influence and Social Power (LEAD)

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 4

Innovation Systems

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 4

Science, technology and innovation (STI) play fundamental roles in our societies. STI are pervasive in our lifestyles and our social organisation and crucial for economic growth. However, until a few years ago science and technology had been regarded as external factors that social actors used at convenience without inquiring how they were created. 

In this module we will explore how science and technology are shaped by social forces and how science and technology shape social phenomena. The processes by which socio-economic and technological phenomena shape each other are complex and dependent on historical circumstances. In order to try to see through this complexity we will adopt systemic approaches taking on economic and sociological perspectives.

Innovation system and network approaches look into how various socio-economic actors (university, small spin-off firms, large corporations, governmental agencies, activist organisations and the wider public) interact with each other. For example, these interactions may lead to knowledge transfer, may result in the construction of new regulatory regimes or may lead to political conflicts. 

This module aims to 'open up' the black box of how science, technology and innovation (STI) to understand their emergence and show that STI can be created, directed and managed for diverse purposes, encouraging critical views on past and current STI uses.

International Human Resource Management (HRM)

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 4

In this module, you are introduced to an analytical and critical approach to international aspects of Human Resource Managment.

You examine:

  • how power and politics are implicated in the internal dynamics of multinational corporations
  • how the 'ideal worker' as construed by strategic International Human Resource Management practices informs the expectations from workers
  • if corporate social responsibility can possibly suffice to ensure a fair employment relationship in the absence of a transnational regulator.

Knowledge, Work and Organisations

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 4

This module looks at the pivotal role that knowledge workers play in the creation, application and diffusion of knowledge within and between firms.

You will consider new approaches to managing learning processes in the firm, including developments such as knowledge management and communities of practice, and the novel organisational structures that have emerged to coordinate knowledge-­work activity.

You will explore the diffusion of knowledge between firms through different types of knowledge-worker communities and networks, as well as the role of labour mobility. You will also consider how certain skills are emerging to play a critical role in the knowledge economy - for example, consulting services and knowledge brokering. Finally, you will consider how labour market institutions that impact careers, skills and training of knowledge workers, shape different approaches to knowledge generation. 

Law of Business Organisations

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 4

This module aims to develop knowledge and skills in relation to the law of business organisations including the formation and constitution of business organisations, the financing of companies and the management, administration and regulation of companies.

New Venture Creation and Business Planning (ENT)

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 4

You are given a systematic understanding of the process of new venture creation in the private, public, and not for profit sectors.

Entrepreneurship is viewed as a process to create and capture value that provides sustainable economic returns and/or social change.

It starts with the conception of an idea and leads to the creation and management of an entrepreneurial venture.

In this module conceptual foundations are matched with practical training to enable you to formulate and explore entrepreneurial ideas and opportunities through the development of business plans.

 

 

Strategic Human Resource Management

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 4

You learn about the process of Human Resource (HR) strategy and implementation, and enhance your understanding of the strategic contributions made by the HR department in a variety of organisational contexts.

You examine the link between strategic Human Resource Management (HRM) and organisational performance, and gain an insight into major HR strategic imperatives, including knowledge management, employee engagement and the management of change. 

Topics include: 

  • the strategic context of HRM
  • corporate strategy, strategic HRM and organisational performance
  • the strategic role of the HR department
  • strategic HRM and the management of change
  • strategic HR imperatives, including Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), talent management and knowledge management
  • employee engagement and strategic employment relations. 
Return to top of page