BA (Hons) Business (top-up)

Because businesses are constantly evolving, your skills should too. Fast-track the next step in your business studies with this top-up degree.

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Overview

This course gives you the chance to build on your existing business-related qualifications and come away with a full degree in just one year.

There are excellent opportunities for specialisation, allowing you to graduate with a qualification that truly supports your career aspirations. 

Choose your option units to support your business fundamentals and graduate with one of these seven degrees:

  • BA (Hons) Business
  • BA (Hons) Business with Finance
  • BA (Hons) Business with Entrepreneurship
  • BA (Hons) Business with Human Resource Management
  • BA (Hons) Business with Informational Technology
  • BA (Hons) Business with Marketing
  • BA (Hons) International Business

Broad business education

In today’s global economy, it’s vital to understand how companies operate overseas and in the UK.

Your core units will give you the knowledge you need to put your potential to work on a local, national or global scale. All the content is tailored to suit your chosen specialism, ensuring every element is relevant to you.

In your option units, you’ll dig deeper into this specialist subject area and hone specific skills to prepare you for management-level roles.

Whatever route you choose, you’ll graduate with the skills, knowledge and confidence to take the next steps in your career.

Features and Benefits

  • Fast-track to a degree – gain a full degree in just one year. This course is ideal if you’ve already studied business, want to specialise, or would like a career change.
  • A business hub – the Business School is located in the heart of Manchester. Study in a vibrant city surrounded by global and national companies.
  • Flexible study – choose a general business degree or one of six specialist routes to tailor your degree to suit your career aspirations.
  • Business experts – learn from lecturers who are experts in their field. Specialists across various industries regularly give guest lectures to share their experience.
  • Tailored experience – as a fast-track student you’ll be new to the Business School and the programme. So, the course is designed to help you adjust quickly to study at Manchester Met.
  • Take your next steps – get ready for the next stage of your career during our Professional Development weeks. Network with actively recruiting graduate employers at our many career-focused events.  
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

"Our academics have their feet firmly in industry. They are consulting with major companies regularly and doing research as part of their role in the department, so the flow of research comes back into the classroom and informs our teaching."

Dr Clare Hannibal, Head of Department.

Career Prospects

This course will prepare you for work in the public or private sector. It’s a particularly good stepping stone to management positions.

Many of our graduates have taken management roles in a variety of sectors, from banking and commerce to manufacturing and the public sector.

Some have gone into graduate training schemes with international businesses such as BMW, Credit Suisse and IBM.

Businesses often operate on a global scale and that presents opportunities to travel. Develop your language skills alongside your business knowledge to tap into a host of opportunities. 

We have graduates living and working around the world, everywhere from Europe to South America and Asia.

If you have aspirations of starting your own business, the Entrepreneurship route may be particularly appealing. Make use of Innospace, our business incubator, to help you on your way.

Learn more about graduate careers

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of graduates go straight into employment or further study within six months of graduating.

DLHE survey 2017, for all respondents available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.

Entry requirements

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE grade C or grade 4 in English Language and Mathematics.  Level 2 Functional Skills English and Mathematics also accepted.

IELTS score required for international students

6.5 and no component less than 5.5

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

Further information

BA (Hons) Business (top-up) is a Degree programme for applicants who have previously studied and successfully completed one of the following:

a relevant HND with a grade of Merit or above,

a relevant Foundation Degree with a score of 55% or above 

Or

Level 5 of a relevant undergraduate degree with a score of 55% or above.

MEET THE EXPERTS

“At the heart of our teaching is a real commitment that our students are ready for the world of work when they graduate. So, from day one students are exposed to contemporary challenges that affect business…”
 
Listen to what Claire Hannibal, Head of Department, has to say about studying at Manchester Metropolitan University…

Course details

This is a one-year top-up course consisting of two core units and option units. There is the option to complete more of a general programme of study or to follow a specialist route , with pathways in Human Resource Management, Marketing, Entrepreneurship or International Business, leading to an appropriately titled award, for example BA (Hons) Business or BA (Hons) Business with Marketing; BA (Hons) Business with Human Resource Management or BA (Hons) International Business.

Depending on whether you choose to take the general route of BA (Hons) Business Top up, or whether you choose a more specialised route, the units you will study will differ, depending on the route you wish to take. You will apply via UCAS on the one UCAS code, then choose your pathway on enrolment at the University.

BA (Hons) Business

The general route with typical units of study including:

  • Global Strategy
  • Leadership in Practice
  • Business in Emerging Markets

Option units: you will choose one option unit from the extensive range of options from across the Business School.

Specialised routes:

BA (Hons) Business with Human Resource Management

  • Global Strategy
  • Business in Emerging Markets

Option units:

  • Business Ethics and Sustainability
  • Contemporary Perspectives on Human Resource Management
  • Global Human Resource Management
  • Psychology at Work

BA (Hons) Business with Marketing

  • Global Strategy
  • Business in Emerging Markets

Option units:

  • International and Global Marketing
  • Strategic Communications and Advertising Planning
  • Strategic Marketing Management

BA (Hons) International Business

  • International Business Theory and Strategy
  • Global Human Resource Management
  • Business in Emerging Markets

Option units:

  • Contemporary Perspectives on HRM
  • International and Global Marketing

BA (Hons) Business with Entrepreneurship

  • Developing a Digital Business (Non-technical)
  • Entrepreneurial Practice

Option units:

  • Entrepreneurs, Business and Society 
  • Business Creation
  • Project Management

BA (Hons) Business with Finance

  • Global Strategy
  • Business in Emerging Markets

Option units:

  • Corporate Financial Planning
  • Personal Financial Planning
  • Performance Management for Business

BA (Hons) Business with Information Technology

  • Global Strategy
  • Business in Emerging Markets

Option units:

  • Developing a Digital Business (Non-technical)
  • Business Intelligence and Strategy
  • Digital and Social Media Marketing Communications Management

Read more about this year of study

Core Units

Global Strategy

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.

Leadership in Practice

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.

Business in Emerging Markets

Considers the historical economic and socio-political development of major emerging markets, their current business environment and examines the key issues of doing business in those countries.

Option Units

Psychology at Work

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.

Work Based Learning (Role of the Manager)

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. 

Social and New Media Management

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.

Entrepreneurs, Business and Society

The unit aims to engage you in the theoretical elements of the concepts of entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship through a series of class debates and research workshops. The unit also aims to develop students research skills through a rigorous analysis of enterprise/social enterprise in the 21st Century, building knowledge from both policy and practice.

Project Management

The unit aims to develop knowledge and skills in project management, employing a practitioner and academic perspective.

Developing a Digital Business

Students learn about  the strategic and practical aspects of digital businesses, and develop a website/business case for a digital business.

Strategic Communications and Advertising Planning

This unit aims to develop your expertise in the planning, development and implementation of integrated marketing communications strategies for a range of target audiences. Current trends within the industry and key ethical factors are also explored. In addition, the unit will allow you to consider target audiences and profile development; communications tools; ethics, legal controls and codes of conduct; how to evaluate campaigns; current campaigns and trends within the communications industry.

International and Global Marketing

This unit examines global marketing principles and demonstrates the complexities of marketing planning in divergent cultural markets. It also examines the impact of new internet technologies on international and global marketing.

Strategic Marketing Management

This unit offers an analytical investigation into the contemporary principles related to the study and practice of strategic marketing, including aspects of digital and service marketing strategies. Core themes covered in the unit include the principles of strategy, strategic marketing and the concept of competitive advantage; theories for achieving a competitive advantage, the structure and component parts of a strategic marketing plan; how to assess the macro and micro environment in order to determine strategic issues. You will also explore the models used to assess and evaluate the context an organisation resides in; financial analysis of an organisation; understanding the key issues facing an organisation and setting objectives for a strategic marketing plan. 

Business Ethics and Sustainability

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.

Entrepreneurial Practice

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.

Business Creation

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.

Psychology at Work

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.

Contemporary Perspectives on Human Resource Management

Critically assesses the strategic environment which shapes HRM, focuses on strategies for leading a HR function and examines key people strategies that organisations expect to deliver enhanced performance

Global Human Resource Management

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.

International Business Theory and Strategy

The unit (a) provides an in-depth analysis of strategic development options, and (b) examines a range of practical perspectives in the international business context.  It focuses on core themes in international business studies, including: theories of foreign direct investment; foreign market entry modes; and, strategies and organisational structures in the multinational enterprise. Topics covered include: location and competitive strategies; strategy formation; management of internationalised innovation; and, knowledge transfer (each in the context of international business activity).

International Sports Ownership and Governance

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.

Business Analytics and Decision Making

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.

Business Project: Young Enterprise

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.

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

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: £16,000 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.

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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UCAS code(s)

N200

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

Please note, you will apply to this course using one UCAS code and select your preferred pathway on enrolment to the course.

 

 

You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.

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