Undergraduate

BA/BA (Hons) Business Management

More and more employers require business management graduates who can join their companies and hit the ground running. This degree will give you both the theoretical business knowledge and, crucially, the practical experience you need to make your professional mark from day one. You’ll also have the opportunity to study abroad.

Let’s talk business. When you study for a degree in business management at QMU you’ll gain a deep understanding of the nature and core functions of businesses. How do successful companies manage their resources? What’s the best way to make an organisation environmentally sustainable? What marks out a successful entrepreneur? You can study a general business management degree or (after two years of general study) decide to focus your learning on the enterprise, finance or marketing elements of business management.

Why QMU?

  • Placements give you the optimum balance of practical and theoretical learning.
  • Smaller class sizes mean you’ll get close support and guidance from staff who get to know you.
  • Graduate with a range of transferable business skills which are highly sought after by employers.
  • Tailor your degree in Years Three and Four and study business management with another subject – enterprise, finance or marketing – and make your skills stand out.

About the course

People do business with people. If you have first-class management skills and practical expertise, people are going to want to be in business with you. The best companies will want you. That’s why our business management options are designed to give you the knowledge and skills that you need to thrive as a business leader and manager in the fast-moving marketplaces of tomorrow.

All students enrol on the general business management degree for Years One and Two. This is when you’ll build a strong foundation in core business management areas – marketing, economics, finance, human resource management, entrepreneurship, digital business and law.

In Year Three you’ll choose which of the four named routes you wish to specialise toward. You can study for a general business management degree or focus on one particular area such as enterprise, finance or marketing. This will allow you to graduate with a specialist award, for example in BA (Hons) Business Management with Enterprise.

Whichever business management path you take, you’ll be equipped with the skills employers are looking for – negotiation, project management, problem solving, critical thinking and team working.
Your practical business expertise will be honed by placements, guest speakers from the business world, business projects and the creation of your own business plan. You’ll also have the opportunity (subject to availability) in Years Two or Three to study for one semester at a university overseas in North America, Canada, Hong Kong, Europe, New Zealand or Australia.

Structure

You can study for an honours degree over four years or an ordinary degree over three years. You will complete a range of modules each year in the following modules section..

Teaching, learning and assessment

You’ll be taught in lectures, seminars and practical workshops. Outside these formally timetabled sessions you’ll be expected to continue learning through self-study. You’ll be assessed by a range of methods such as written exams, reports, poster presentations, business plans, live pitch, group presentations and negotiation role play.

Please see below for an idea of teaching, learning and assessment for this course for 2020 entry. 2021 information will be added when it is available. 

>>Click for more information on 'Learning, Teaching and Assessment' 

Modules

Year One

Year One is designed as an introductory year, which will not only introduce you to key subject matter in business, but will allow you to develop the skills and learning techniques required in university level education.

Modules are:

  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Introduction to Economics
  • Introduction to Business in Society
  • Introduction to Finance and Accounting
  • Introduction to Management
  • Entrepreneurship

Year Two

  • Operations Management
  • Business Law
  • Live Business Event
  • Human Resource Management
  • Digital Business and E-Commerce Management
  • Negotiation

Years Three and Four

From Year Three you can choose which route in business management you wish to specialise in. Modules are tailored to each route – see below for more information. 

BA/ BA (Hons) Business Management

Our Business Management course will give you a solid foundation in the core principles of business management, including marketing, human resource management, finance, economics and operations management. Years Three and Four examine business themes at a more strategic level and you can choose three electives from a range of modules on offer. In Year Four, you will undertake a placement and a practical, business-focused piece of independent work in an area of your choice. Studying a general business management degree will allow you more flexibility to take advantage of the wide range of career options open to graduates in this field.

Year Three modules

  • New Enterprise Creation
  • Research Methods and Skills
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Project Management
  • Two elective modules

Year Four modules

  • Strategy as Practice
  • Placement
  • Critical Issues in International Management
  • One Elective Module
  • Dissertation or Business Project

BA (Hons) Business Management with Enterprise

Are you bubbling with new business ideas? Are you prepared to do the hard work that will make them a success? Our BA (Hons) Business Management with Enterprise will help you finesse your entrepreneurial talents. In Years Three and Four, you can pick the modules best suited to your passion for enterprise. Year Four will probably be a particular highlight for you, as you’ll go on a live business placement and take the reins of an original, enterprise-focused piece of independent work. By the end of the course you’ll have broadened your career options and gained a solid foundation in the core principles of business management.

Year Three modules

  • New Enterprise Creation
  • Research Methods and Skills
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Project Management
  • Entrepreneurial Finance
  • One elective module

Year Four modules

  • Strategy as Practice
  • Placement
  • Critical Issues in International Management
  • Critical Issues in SME and Family Business
  • Dissertation or Business Project

BA (Hons) Business Management with Finance

At the heart of every successful business is an accomplished finance team. Our BA (Hons) Business Management with Finance is a specialist finance pathway that will give you the contemporary theory and practice you need to carve a career in business finance and management. In Years Three and Four modules will be tailored to your chosen route in finance. In addition, in Year Four you will undertake a finance placement and a practical, finance-based piece of independent work to develop your finance expertise in a relevant business context. The route is designed to increase your career options by also providing you with a solid foundation in core principles of business management. This route is fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). This allows graduates from this route to gain an accelerated route to the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting and CIMA Professional Qualification, through exemption from six professional exams.

Year Three modules

  • New Enterprise Creation
  • Research Methods and Skills
  • Financial Markets and Institutions
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Project Management
  • Entrepreneurial Finance

Year Four modules

  • Strategy as Practice
  • Placement
  • Corporate Finance
  • Current Issues in Accounting and Finance
  • Dissertation or Finance Project

BA (Hons) Business Management with Marketing

What makes customers buy from a business? How can self-promotion make a company more profitable? Our BA (Hons) Business Management with Marketing will help you develop a specialised understanding of marketing theory and practice, while honing your core business management skills. In Years Three and Four you’ll take modules that further develop your marketing knowledge. In addition, in Year Four you’ll undertake a marketing placement and a practical piece of independent work to expand your marketing expertise to a relevant business context. The route is designed to increase your career options by providing you with a solid foundation in core principles of business management.

Year Three modules

  • New Enterprise Creation
  • Research Methods and Skills
  • Experiential Marketing and Consumer Behaviour
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Project Management
  • Advertising and Marketing Communications

Year Four modules

  • Strategy as Practice
  • Placement
  • Critical Issues in International Marketing
  • Strategic Marketing Management
  • Dissertation or Business Project

The modules listed here are correct at time of posting (Feb 2020) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2021. Please check back here for any updates.

Placements

You will complete a four-week placement in Year Four. Students are responsible for sourcing a placement host organisation, which can be in the UK or abroad. To help with the process, we hold a speed interview event on campus to match students with hosts offering placements. 

Exchange opportunities

In Years Two or Three you have the opportunity (subject to availability) to study for one semester at a university overseas, in Europe, North America or Australia. More information on studying abroad is available here.  

Please note that exchange opportunities are subject to availability. In addition, please note that where exchange opportunities are arranged in the EU, Erasmus+ funding is available subject to the UK remaining in the Erasmus+ scheme.

Careers

This is a degree that works. In general management, marketing, sales management, logistics, financial services, operations management and human resources management, our graduates are proving their worth to companies in the UK and internationally. Graduates have also set up their own businesses or taken their learning even further as postgraduate students. 

See case study of QMU Business Management graduate entrepreneur Lauren Leask on BBC Bitesize

 

Entry requirements

Scottish Higher: Standard - BBBC, Minimum - BCCC

A Level: BCC

Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H3 H3 H3

International Baccalaureate: 28 points

International: IELTS of 6.0 with no element lower than 5.5

Required subjects: English Required and Maths preferred at Nat 5/ GCSE

Mature/Access: We welcome applications from mature students with other relevant qualifications and/or experience. More information on Related Access courses.

Direct Entry:

Year Two

HNC in a related subject with B in the graded unit

  • Scottish Higher: BC at Advanced Higher in relevant subjects plus BB at Higher
  • A Level: BBB in relevant subjects

Year Three

  • HND in a related subject with CB in the graded unit

Details of related HNC and HND courses.

Associate student places

N/A

Professional registration/ accreditation

The finance route is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).

Teaching staff, class sizes and timetables

For more information, please see ‘How we teach and how you’ll learn’.

Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2021/22 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate)

Teaching staff may be subject to change.

Course Overview

Duration
3 / 4 years full-time
Start Date
September 2021
Location
On campus
Study Abroad
Yes
School
School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management
Division
Subject Area
Fees & Funding
UCAS Code
N100

A Student Story - more at foot of page

Stephanie da Costa - BA (Hons) Business Management "Over the next three years I shall rotate to different parts of Capita Asset Services, one of the ten divisions that make up Capita. My first placement began in October 2015 with the project management team in Shareholder Solutions. Not only have I been given responsibility for a number of high profile projects and smaller projects, I am also getting project management training." read my student story...

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