BA (Hons) Business Management

Strategic leadership. Commercial acumen. Entrepreneurial ambition. They’re not just vital to any organisation. Whatever career path you follow in business, they’ll be central to your future too.

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Overview

Every organisation across the planet, no matter what its size, sector or purpose, needs people with strong business skills. By the time you finish our course, you’ll be the kind of person they want – a business professional with a global mindset, confident about running teams, managing operations, developing strategies, aware of key sustainability challenges, and making the kind of decisions that come with leadership.

We’ll teach you how to spot opportunities, adapt to change, assess impact on stakeholders, and understand when and how to take risks. You’ll gain a broad understanding of the business world, together with fundamental skills like team-working and problem-solving. Later, you’ll have the opportunity to specialise, looking into the areas that interest you most, such as marketing, finance, people, technology, start-up and consultancy.

It’s a degree that also includes the chance to spend a year gaining valuable experience – whether studying abroad in Europe, Asia, Australia or the USA, or developing real-world skills on a placement with an employer – before returning for your final year.

Features and Benefits

  • Location – study in the engine room of the Northern Powerhouse. Manchester has one of the fastest growing economies in Europe and is home to a range of global businesses and innovative start-ups.
  • Add to your degree – gain experience in the business world through our extensive network of industry connections, study abroad, or choose to study a foreign language in your final year.
  • Placement or study abroad flexibility – you will enrol on the three year course and decide if a placement or overseas study is right for you once you have started your studies, so you don’t have to decide now.  
  • Business expertise – learn from teachers who carry out cutting-edge research, inform policy and consult organisations. We’ve also set up Innospace, our base for new ventures, so you can find a mentor and make your business plans a reality.
  • Regular industry events – attend guest lectures and networking events, take part in the Young Enterprise competition, or join the Business and Management Society for social events throughout the year.
  • Employability – develop the skills employers are looking for. You’ll be ready for business roles in a range of industries. Employers know our graduates can hit the ground running.
  • Path for entrepreneurship - engage with our entrepreneurship (IOEE) and sustainability (SEEG) centres - you can also join both as a student member. 
                “You get masses of support and guidance from industry professionals and you learn a great deal around how to set up a business.” Andrew Lenk, BA (Hons) Business Management

                Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

                “Integrated Marketing Communications is my favourite unit, due to the fact that we are given the opportunity to rebrand a real business.”

                Emma Finney, BA (Hons) Business Management.

                Career Prospects

                Business Management can give you a huge range of skills that you can apply in almost any industry.

                This degree has been developed with our industry partners to prepare you for real business leadership and enable you to progress quickly.

                With its broad business focus and wide range of specialisms it provides the perfect start to a career in business management, whatever your aspirations.

                You’ll find our graduates working in banking, finance, management and the public sector. They have roles with organisations such as BNY Mellon, KP Snacks and O2. Others are on graduate training schemes with the likes of BMW, Credit Suisse and IBM.

                Your career could take you anywhere in the world – we have graduates working in management positions in countries across the globe. The option to learn a language, study overseas or take a placement year abroad can give you a great head start, if that’s your ambition.

                Another exciting option is launching a new business or consultancy. Our incubator, Innospace, provides support and ideas to get you started.

                Learn more about graduate careers

                Entry requirements

                UCAS tariff points/grades required

                104-112

                A levels ­– BCC-BBC

                Pearson BTEC National Extended Diploma – DMM

                Equivalent qualifications and combinations will be considered, including Extended Project (EPQ) at grade C or above. Other AS levels (or qualifications equivalent to AS level) are not accepted.

                Please contact the University directly if you are unsure whether you meet the minimum entry requirements for the course.

                Specific GCSE requirements

                GCSE grade C/4 in English Language or Level 2 Functional Skills English

                and

                GCSE grade C/4 in Mathematics or Level 2 Functional Skills Mathematics

                Non Tariffed Qualifications

                Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with a minimum of 106 UCAS Tariff points

                International Baccalaureate points

                26 IB Diploma Points

                IELTS score required for international students

                6.0 overall with no individual element below 5.5

                There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

                Course details

                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.

                Entrepreneurship is central to the degree and you'll have the opportunity to take part in enterprise competitions, business start-up boot camps, 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.

                Foundation year

                This course has a foundation year available. For more information visit the foundation year page.

                During this year, you will study a variety of units. Please see below:

                Read more about this year of study

                Core Units

                Global Concerns In Sustainable Development

                This unit introduces students to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals through a focus on case studies and an understanding of the key concepts and the relationship to concerns such as climate change, poverty and sustainable development.

                Innovation and Creativity Skills for Business

                This unit will facilitate idea generation via a range of creative thinking tools. Case studies will be utilised to explore models of innovation. Students will plan and manage a project in groups, demonstrating divergent and convergent thinking, to develop a business concept for a specified target market. The student’s group presentation will display the sources, and interpretation of data in the decision making process, to justify the innovative business concept.

                Accounting and FinTech for Managers

                This unit gives students an understanding of finance within organisations, with a specific focus on budgeting, and an introduction to FinTech, the key technologies and business models that will re-imagine the global economy in the 21st century.

                Understanding the Customer Experience

                This unit gives students an understanding of the principles of the customer experience. It will introduce students to the customer journey in organisational contexts, the management of the customer experience, the role of technology, and the monitoring and measurement for improvement in the customer experience.

                Managing People in a Contemporary Economy

                The aim of this unit is to provide students with an understanding of the wider world of work. It introduces students to tools for analysing the external environment (e.g. PESTLE, SWOT etc.) in order for them to understand how social-economic factors influences organisational and HR strategies. It examines features of the contemporary economy such as labour markets, changes in workforce demographics, changing composition of the economy (rise in service and knowledge work, decline of manufacturing) and the global economy. It explores the implications of specific contexts of the contemporary economy for managing people; for example, service workers, knowledge workers, precarious workers, an international workforce, social care, and differences in public/private sector work.

                Digital Awareness & Professional Development

                The Unit aims to enable students to recognise their digital and professional strengths and build on them, to manage their digital footprint, to engage with professional bodies, to advance their mental toughness, to reflect, and to become more self-aware and confident. The Unit enables students to meet the significant challenges facing individuals and enhances employability in an extremely competitive market.

                Introduction to Human Resource Management

                This unit reviews the evolution of HRM and introduces students to the key underpinning theories. It explores the employee life cycle including recruitment and selection, development, reward and recognition, performance management, wellbeing, engagement, diversity and inclusion, conflict and departures. The unit highlights various influences both internal and external to the organisation, which shape HR policies and practices, such as labour markets, CSR, political environment and the legal framework and their implications on workforce planning.

                Introduction to Technology and Big Data

                The rapid growth in digital technologies and the associated use in smart devices, sensors and internet applications has resulted in a proliferation of big data, which are defined as data having large volume, high velocity and wide variety. This emergent trend has not gone unnoticed by business and other organisations, which consistently aim to utilise digital technologies to their advantage. As such, they aim to extract value and reap the potential benefits of big data by seeking ways of transforming these high complexity data sets into meaningful business opportunities. The unit will introduce the digital technologies, which enable potential value to be captured from big data sets. It will also consider the methods and applications that are used to analyse and translate such data into meaningful, actionable information, which could inform current as well as future business models. Finally, ethical, security and privacy aspects of big data will be considered over the backdrop of some recent high profile and widely publicised case studies, such as Facebook and Google.

                During this year, you will study a variety of units. Please see below:

                Read more about this year of study

                Core Units

                Business Operations Management

                Operations is the part of an organisation that actually makes products and/or delivers services. Managing operations can be extremely complex and this is even more difficult today because of several challenges. These include the application of new technologies (broadly termed Industry 4.0) and the need for operational practices to be both ethical and sustainable. The unit will consider how organisations formulate operations strategy against this backdrop. It will also examine operations management theory and its relevance to early career professionals. Finally, the unit will consider how operations relates to the other organisational functions (HRM, Accounting, Marketing and Design).

                Managing Across Organisational and Cultural Boundaries

                This unit will look at managing across both organisational and cultural boundaries and will review the challenges and complexities that arise because of working collaboratively in an international cross-cultural setting; understand the impact of globalisation on the organisation and its employees. Encourage collaborative working at every level; to avoid negative behaviours such as ‘ethnocentrism and prejudice’; but to acknowledge power, politics and trust will always be an issue that needs to be taken into account in the management of a diverse cross-cultural workforce. Recognition that organisations need to promote positive management behaviours such as ‘cross-cultural training’ to ensure that a ‘global mindset’, ‘diversity’ and ‘gender’ are acknowledged at every level in the organisation.

                Employability Skills and Managing Your Digital Footprint

                This unit looks to empower students to successfully transition to Year 3, overseas study, placement and employment. Students develop confidence and purpose through shaping their digital footprint, building their professional relationships, exploring career choices and engaging in employability activities, and deepening cultural understanding.

                Social Innovation through Entrepreneurship

                This unit will manage a project exploring concepts of social innovation through an entrepreneurial process. Using a problem-based approach, students will develop innovative solutions to address a given social/community issue and create positive social impact.

                Investigating Responsible Enterprise in a Global Context

                This unit build on the grounding from ‘Global Concerns In Sustainable Development’ and critiques the role of Multi-National Organisations, Social Enterprises and the role of the state in the emergence of Responsible Enterprise as a movement to address global issues for people and planet.

                Principles of Strategic Management

                This unit presents a systematic approach to the study of strategy, building upon an array of ideas and theories ranging from industrial organization theory to institutional economics. This unit outlines the fundamentals of strategic management and gives students an introduction in this important area of business management. Students will gain an awareness of the issues involved and the techniques that managers adopt. The tools and techniques will help students understand how organisations achieve sustainable competitive advantage.

                During this year, you will study a variety of units. Please see below:

                Read more about this year of study

                Core Units

                Strategic Management in the Global Context

                This unit builds on the tools and techniques from Principles of Strategic Management (Year 2), and is concerned with the strategic choices available to organisations to achieve competitive advantage in a global economy. The managerial decisions, processes and activities, that allow the creation and implementation of an effective global strategy are discussed and reflected-upon through a combination of theories and real-World case studies. This unit explains that strategic management is the one of the most imperative considerations in the global economy. Organisations and managers can no longer base their strategies on the assumption that global markets will remain stable with steady growth.

                Entrepreneurs, Business in a Globalised Society

                This unit develops students’ research skills through a rigorous understanding of enterprise/social enterprise in the 21st Century, building knowledge from both policy and practice. Introduction to key concepts. Entrepreneurs in context: Entrepreneurship and social enterprise concepts, issues, debates and drivers. The entrepreneurial process, opportunity recognition and development, discovery versus creation. Innovation and entrepreneurship. Characteristics of the entrepreneur, entrepreneurial cognition and self-efficacy. Self-interest versus social benefit, social entrepreneurship. Business in context: Strategic and Global entrepreneurship, leadership styles and small business formats, introduction to social enterprise. Enterprise and society, drivers, tensions and change, responsible management, CSR, social and ethical capital, the rise of social businesses globally.

                Business Ethics, Sustainability and Responsible Leadership

                This unit aims to help students become responsible leaders by developing the critical tools and moral imagination required to analyse and manage the ethical and sustainability challenges they are likely to encounter in the workplace.

                Assessment weightings and contact hours

                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 of 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:

                Study
                Assessment

                Placement options

                You will enrol on the three year course which will give you the flexibility when you start your studies to choose a year on placement or to study abroad in year two, so you would complete your degree over four years if you chose this option.

                Most of our business degrees offer the chance to spend a year getting a taste of professional life. It not only gives you the opportunity to develop your core skills and learn about how business really operates in your industry, but also shows employers that you’re ready to get to work.

                The Business School Placement Team is ready to help. They offer a wide range of services, including employer presentations, advice and placement fairs. But it’s also up to you – the more proactive you are about applying for placement opportunities, the better.

                Find out more about what a placement can do for you. Visit our placements page.

                Study Abroad

                Many of our courses offer the opportunity to spend up to a year overseas, studying with one of our partner institutions across Europe, or beyond. Go abroad in the third year of your degree, and you’ll not only learn about other cultures, improve your language skills and discover more about yourself – you’ll also boost your career prospects. Having first-hand knowledge of another country’s cultures and traditions can take you far in a range of careers. And, by going abroad you’ll also demonstrate the kind of independent spirit and adaptability that many employers want.

                Working Abroad

                Gaining work experience with an international flavour offers a double benefit. While you’ll learn valuable professional skills in a real-world workplace, you’ll also experience different cultures, ways of working and new perspectives. Whether it’s a summer exchange, holiday internship or year-long international placement, global experience can make a world of difference to your career prospects.

                A City of Opportunities

                Manchester is the engine room of the Northern Powerhouse. Here, business thrives in districts like Spinningfields, which is home to more than 150 financial and commercial services organisations, while initiatives like the Start-up Factory and the Sharp Project help forge the next generation of commercial enterprises. For today, that puts us in the perfect place to offer an education rooted in the real world – with relevant skills, useful experience and valuable connections to support your entrepreneurial ambitions. For tomorrow, that puts you in a city with a wide range of employers and a growing demand for ambitious graduates.

                Department of Strategy, Enterprise and Sustainability

                Our Strategy, Enterprise and Sustainability Department delivers innovative programmes rooted in industry, driven by the global environment and reflective of evolving business trends.

                The department develops courses in close collaboration with industry practitioners, focusing on entrepreneurship and employability skills, and using dynamic teaching practices that include live projects run in conjunction with industry and innovative classroom techniques.

                More about the department

                Taught by experts

                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.

                Meet our expert staff

                Fees

                Foundation Year students

                UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £9,250 per year for the foundation year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

                Non-EU international students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £16,500 per year. When progressing from the pre-degree foundation year to the linked degree. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study)

                UK, EU and Channel Island students

                UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

                Non-EU international students

                Non-EU international students: Full-time fee: £16,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

                Additional Information

                A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

                Additional costs

                Specialist Costs

                All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing.

                Placement Costs

                There may be the opportunity to attend visit days with local business organisations, the cost of which will usually be covered by the University. These trips are optional.

                Professional Costs

                The Institute Of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs (IOEE) accredit the enterprise, business start-up and consultancy units on these programmes. Business Management students have access to three IOEE certificates through core and option units costing £12, £72 and £108. These fees (apart from the IOEE £12 Certificate Of Achievement) include student membership of the IOEE. Students can join the IOEE without buying a Certificate. The cost of student membership of the IOEE is currently £28.

                Funding

                Find out more about financing your studies and whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships.

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                How to apply

                You can apply for this course through UCAS.

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                Remember to use the correct institution code for Manchester Metropolitan University on your application: our institution code is M40

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