Manchester Metropolitan Business School is an accredited member of AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. As the world’s largest business education alliance, AACSB International connects educators, students, and business to achieve a common goal: to create the next generation of great leaders. AACSB accreditation means we are internationally recognised for meeting global standards of excellence in business and management education.
The BA (Hons) Business Management and M Business degrees are recognised by the IOEE for the inclusion of effective enterprise and entrepreneurship skills development. Students on these programmes can become student members of the Institute. The IOEE also accredits enterprise units at Levels 4, 5 and 6. IOEE accredited units are available to M-Business, BA (Hons) Business Management, BA (Hons) International Business Management, and BA (Hons) Combined Honours (Business Enterprise) students.
The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) is the only chartered professional body in the UK dedicated to promoting the highest standards in management and leadership excellence. It is the only organisation awarding Chartered Manager status, the hallmark of any professional manager, and encompasses a membership community more than 120,000 strong. The BA (Hons) Business Management programme is accredited by CMI. This during your studies you will become a CMI Affiliate member, giving you a host of additional benefits to support you development and employability. You may also be eligible to apply for a professional qualification upon successful completion of your programme.
A placement year can be an excellent opportunity to acquire high quality work experience and structured on–the-job training whilst earning a salary. There are also opportunities for you to undertake a placement based project where you research a business issue for your employer. This project can count towards one of your final year units and reduces your workload in your final year. The placement must be a minimum of 36 weeks but it will usually last for 12 months and takes place after your second year of study.
We have an award-winning placement team, who advertise vacancies and can help you find a placement. The team has over 25 years experience of matching students to employers. They advertise over 1,000 vacancies each year, organise an annual placement fair where you can meet employers who are actively recruiting placement students, deliver CV workshops, provide one-to-one advice, and will conduct a mock interview with you so you can practice your interview technique.
The placement jobs market is competitive and it is your responsibility to be pro-active and apply for vacancies. We recommend that you start researching companies and opportunities during your first year and apply for positions at the start of your second year. Finding the right opportunity and the right position is important because if you are a good match to your placement, your employer could offer you a full-time position when you have graduated.
For more information about Placements, please visit our Placement's page
Our business degrees focus on how organisations operate - what they do, the differing styles of management and business strategies.
We look closely at understanding the internal and external business environment - from the psychology of managing people to how the economic, social, technological and political climate impacts particular sectors.
Business is no longer just about making money and ruthless takeovers. It’s about improving ethical and environmental processes, so expect to see relevant units emphasising how to do business ethically and sustainably.
Our excellent links with industry are embedded into this degree through guest speakers, networking opportunities and the chance to really apply your learning in a practical environment, through placements and consultancy projects.
Studying business at our multi-award winning Business School allows you to develop the essential skills you need to become an effective business leader and explore a range of possible career paths through practical, creative learning.
Your studies will draw on many core disciplines including:
Entrepreneurship is central to the degree and you’ll have the opportunity to take part in enterprise competitions, business start up bootcamps, strategy workshops and consultancy projects that test your team working, communication, pitching and problem solving capabilities.
You’ll also develop skills in how to manage people, lead teams and how to make informed decisions about business strategy and operations.
You will study three 30-credit units and two 15 credit units:
The aim of this unit is to develop your understanding of a range of dynamic factors in the business environment over which organisations have limited, if any control over but nonetheless need to mitigate against. Topics studied include markets and globalisation, technological development, fundamental macroeconomic elements and concepts, and social, cultural and ecological factors.
This unit provides you with an introduction to the concepts of financial accounting including recording fundamental transactions and preparing simple financial statements with their analysis. Your studies will cover topics such as: management accounting techniques including costing, budgeting and investment appraisal and financial accounting fundamentals and concepts such as accruals, going concern and the preparation of an income statement, statement of financial position and statement of cash flows and finally IT laboratory sessions will be used to demonstrate how transactions can be recorded and processed using Excel models packages.
This 15-credit unit is all about developing your entrepreneurial and creative thinking and talent. This unit introduces you to behavioural traits, skills and attributes associated with entrepreurship and creates an awareness of entrepreneurship as a career path using creativity exercises and the building of a business ideas portfolio.
This 15-credit unit has been developed to assist you with the transition from further to higher education and aims to address your personal, professional and academic needs as a new undergraduate student. The unit aims to provide a holistic approach to developing your employability skills and attributes by supporting you at the first stage of your transition from university entry to professional entry level. During this unit, you will explore your own personal development via the emergent Life Skills or ‘Soft Skills’ perspective. The unit seeks to develop your personal attitudes and behaviours towards the concept of Professional Development via the Faculty of Business and Law’s Early Career Professional skills framework, which includes thinking critically, communicating effectively, professional and commercial awareness, and being able to demonstrate values. The unit has been designed to offer a potential parallel route for students to register for and gain the University’s Futures Skills Award within the period of study.
This unit aims to enable you to develop a broad understanding of the human aspects of understanding and managing people through the study of organisational behaviour concepts. It develops an appreciation of the importance of people within modern business organisations and an understanding of the major influences on human behaviour at work. You will study themes related to the individuals, groups and social interaction, organisation and management, as well as personal and professional development.
You will study four, 30-credit units:
One optional unit from:
*Please note, if you are intending on taking a placement year in year 3, you will study a variation of this unit called 'Enterprise in Action for Placement' which will cover the same material but will also be aimed at helping you secure a placement with an employer.
Through exploring research and best practice on how people are managed and organised at work, this unit prepares you to engage critically with the concept and practice of management. The unit examines some of the most significant activities and processes associated with management, including the ways in which culture, ethics, gender, politics and power come to shape how management is seen and practiced. The unit also looks to develop your skills as a reflective practitioner.
This unit will introduce the marketing and operations functions, and the related underpinning theory. It will address the critical links between these two functions and their relationship to other parts of an organisation and the organisation’s overarching strategy. It will address marketing and operations strategy, product/service development, operational and marketing planning, consumers and culture, supply chain management, and, quality and improvement.
This unit examines the nature and shape of business structure resulting from the responsible business initiatives and approaches enshrined in corporate governance/legal frameworks and implied by the growth/rise of corporate social responsibility and sustainability consciousness. You will explore the identification and analysis of the drivers in the general business environment of sustainability and ethical business practice. You will evaluate business responses to these drivers focusing initially on the business strategy, then more specifically, on individual organisation policies practices.
This unit has been developed to build on the entrepreneurial skills developed in the Ideas, Creativity and Entrepreneurship unit in the first year. You will be introduced to a range of entrepreneurship theories and use these alongside creativity exercises to take enterprising action, developing an idea into a sustainable business model. You will demonstrate your learning via presentations and a portfolio of work.
Develops enterprising behaviours, skills, attributes, and a reflective approach to the business start-up process. Introduces entrepreneurial career paths, responsible entrepreneurship and international aspects of the start-up process.
When you join any organisation, you are made aware of their workplace procedures and policies. Using current practice from different organisations, this unit examines how policies and procedures reflect the expectations employers have of their employees, how they use them to set standards, manage behaviour and instigate a positive work-based culture.
If you are on the placement route, you undertake a minimum of 36 weeks’ paid work experience between Year 2 and Year 3.
If you are on the overseas study route, you study at a university in Europe, North America, Australia or China (Hong Kong) between Year 2 and Year 3.
If you are on the full-time route, you progress directly to Year 3.
You will study four, 30-credit units:
At least one core elective option from:
*Please note, these option units are indicative of what options may be on offer in year 3 of this programme but may be subject to change.
This unit provides a comprehensive assessment of the strategic challenges faced by organisations operating in an increasingly global business environment. You will examine strategic management concepts and theories and apply them to a wide range of case studies on contemporary multinational firms. This will deepen your understanding of complex management problems and enhance your analytical skills in finding solutions to them.
This unit is designed for students who have taken a work placement who wish to continue a work based approach to
studying management in their final year. The unit covers subjects such as reflective learning techniques, organisational theory, role of the manager, management styles and managing in different contexts and industry sectors.
In this unit academic learning meets with real world business situations with the intention of preparing students for, and providing opportunities in, the world of employment. Additionally, students will learn about and apply advanced analytical and decision making skills.
This unit supports you as you put enterprise and entrepreneurship skills into practice by launching your own business. This practical unit that allows you to experience starting a business first hand. You will be assessed on their personal and business development via presentations and business model planning and execution.
This unit assesses the complexities and challenges of business ethics and sustainability by developing a moral imagination and the ability to analyse issues. This involves recognising the wider impact of business upon society and the natural environment and identifying the nature and scope of ethical and sustainability issues. We compare different ethical theories and models of sustainable business and then apply them to issues and actions in the business context. This requires the assessment of information from a wide range of sources and the evaluation of arguments and recommendations in the light of the evidence.
A significant piece of research work, drawing upon academic theory to produce a critically reflective report.
The main aim of this unit is to enable you to enhance your personal and professional development in the field of business consultancy through solving a business problem for a client organisation. On completion of your research, you will present your findings to the client business which will help develop your presentation skills. You will also prepare a critical academic reflection on your experience drawing together theory and practice to facilitate your understanding of business processes.
The main aim of this unit is to develop your enterprising behaviours, skills and attributes and build your awareness of entrepreneurial career paths. You will run a Young Enterprise business as part of a team supported by academics and business professionals. You will explore business opportunities through an outline business plan, attend a number of business start-up events, and engage in a series of enterprise workshops. You will capture your learning in your Young Enterprise business portfolio.
Critically assesses the strageic environment which shapes HRM, focuses on strategies for leading a HR function and examines key people strategies that organisations expect to deliver enhanced performance
This unit provides a framework to allow you to appreciate the issues involved in corporate financial management. It examines the basic principles of financial management and applies them to the main decisions faced by financial managers. The unit covers the following topic areas; The objectives of financial management, Time Value of Money, Valuation – Bonds / Company, Cost of Capital, Portfolio Theory, CAPM, Efficient Markets Hypothesis, Dividend Theory, Capital Structure, Investment Appraisal Techniques, Real Options.
This unit allows you to develop strategies using Digital Marketing and Social Media campaigns. The unit discusses the relationships between digital marketing and social media, and organisational communications and business strategy, before exploring the opportunities available in the digital and social media marketplace.
The main aim of this unit is to develop your enterprising behaviours, skills and attributes and build your awareness of entrepreneurial career paths. You will run a small business as part of a team supported by academics and business professionals. You will explore business opportunities through an outline business plan, attend a number of business start-up events, and engage in a series of enterprise workshops. You will capture your learning in your business portfolio.
An in-depth study of entrepreneurship and the interplay between entrepreneurs, business and society. The unit aims to sensitise students to examine their own entrepreneurial orientation and how this might be contextualised in business formation.
This unit analyses the key features of employment systems in selected countries looking at the history of their development and comparing and contrasting their similarities and differences. It will analyse the impact of Multi-National Companies on HRM policies and practices and discuss the application of specific HRM policies and practices in a global context. The unit investigates the challenges of maintaining labour standards in a global context.
This unit is designed to focus on the governance of sports organisations and the practices employed by their boards to carry out their governance role. Your studies focus on definitions of governance, models of ownership in sports organisations, profit and not for profit organisations, the role of sport in society, stakeholder representation, corporate social responsibility in sport, the role of the state, ethics and principles of good governance, sustainability in professional sport and challenges in the 21st century.
This unit introduces you to the concepts and models of leadership, and explores how to lead teams and organisations. Key issues covered include diversity and ethical leadership, personality, psychological factors, and use of coaching and mentoring in relation to leadership development.
The unit aims to develop knowledge and skills in project management, employing a practitioner and academic perspective.
This unit introduces you to the ways psychology can be used at work. The emphasis is on the practical application of psychological theory to solving everyday challenges at work and learning how to apply psychological insights to achieve a more productive and satisfying workplace. You will gain a critical awareness of the field of occupational psychology and develop your understanding of the psychological tools and resources available to you in your future career.
This unit explores the phenomena of social media and resistance/adoption across organisations - both private and voluntary sector. We include topics on; entrepreneurship, social networking, reputational risks, citizen voice, open source, creative commons. The unit also explores the new media economy, exploring web, gaming and social media industry.
Explores strategic drivers, structural and infrastructural pre-requisites for the management of operations and logistics within the context of the external strategic environment and the extended value chain.
This unit explores how the role of the manager varies at different levels and in different organisational contexts. It also looks at how managers learn and the principles of management development.
Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.
Assessment throughout your degree will be both formative and summative, adopting a wide range of assessment mechanisms.
Formative assessment is based on work prepared by you for tutorials and workshops and your contributions to those activities. It does not form part of your formal mark or grade for the unit or programme but it is a vital part of the learning process. Formative assessment helps you and your tutors determine whether or not you have understood the material and whether you are working in a satisfactory manner.
Summative assessment includes examinations, group or individual presentations, written essays and reports, poster presentations and portfolio collection and presentation. From the second year onwards these marks may contribute towards your final degree classification.
10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:
Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject. Details of departmental staff can be found at: http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/business-school/about-us/our-staff/dept-of-management/
Graduates with broad-based degrees in business and management or specialist business degrees are well positioned to apply for a range of opportunities in the private or public sector.
Previous graduates have gone into employment in a wide range of management positions in industry, Management commerce, banking, finance, manufacturing and the public sector while many others have entered graduate training schemes with international companies such as IBM, Credit Suisse and BMW.
Those with good language skills have often chosen to develop their career outside the UK and now live and work in Europe, Asia or South America.
Alternatively you may choose to use your skills to launch your own business or consultancy.
Our business incubator, Innospace, can help you to develop your business ideas and provide practical support to get your company up and running.
Read a graduate profile to find out more:
In 2014, over 94% of our graduates went directly into work or further study within 6 months of graduation
DHLE survey 2014, for all respondents available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known
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