Faculty of Business, Law and Politics

Business Management (part-time)

UndergraduateBA (Hons)

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What you'll study

This part-time degree may be completed over 4.5 years. Teaching takes place on one evening each week and on four Saturdays each year. Modules are delivered consecutively, one every six weeks, with four modules studied in each academic year.

On successful completion of Level 4 or 5, students may exit from the programme with a Certificate or Diploma of Higher Education in Business Management. Students must complete Level 6 to graduate with the full BSc. 

    First year

    * Modules are subject to availability

    Certificate level (level 4)

    • Personal and Professional Skills for Contemporary Organisations

      This module introduces the organisational behaviour and HRM concepts that you'll need for the course. Areas of focus include individual difference and personal development, and people management and leadership. You'll also concentrate on effective communication and information; skill evaluating; and strategy, culture, and referencing.

    • Marketing

      This module introduces you to core marketing theories and concepts such as segmentation, targeting and positioning, consumer behaviour, and marketing mix. You'll have the opportunity to apply your understanding of these different concepts in a real-life business project.

    • Operations, Supply Chain and Business Practices

      You will explore how modern businesses are developing their operations management and supply chain practices to enhance their competitiveness. You will learn new tools and techniques that can help you to understand, analyse and evaluate the complexities inherent in today's organisations.

    • Accounting and Finance

      This module delivers essential basic accounting and finance knowledge. You'll study topics including measuring financial performance; analysing and interpreting financial statements; capital investment appraisal decisions; financing decisions; working capital management; cost behaviour; cost-volume-profit analysis; absorption costing; variance analysis; and budgeting.

    • Business Environments

      This module introduces you to the wider environments - economic, political, social, legal, cultural - that businesses operate in and in turn help shape. You'll examine the tools for assessing how various market structures and changes in these environments may impact upon the conduct and performance of business.

    • World Economy

      This module provides an introduction to the world economy. You'll study the nature of, and change in, the world economy from an economic perspective complemented by a social, political and institutional understanding. You'll develop insights into key contemporary issues associated with international trade, international finance, regional groupings such as the European Community, climate change and others.

    Second year

    * Modules are subject to availability

    Diploma level (level 5)

    • European Business

    • Research Methods

      This module offers the exciting opportunity to prepare and undertake a small action research project. It will introduce you to research methodology, the need for ethical approval, how to find and analyse data, and how you can use literature to support the formulation of a research question. The module will also help you to become better critical readers of others’ research.

    • Responsible Business in Society

      Examine the challenges to business practice from the social and environmental responsibility agenda. You'll explore concepts like responsible business, corporate social responsibility, business ethics and sustainable development. And you'll learn to understand them in a global context.

    • Organisational Management

      You will explore different approaches to organisational management and be given the opportunity to integrate theory and practice. You'll consider a variety of organising practices, the assumptions that underpin them (ranging from the highly mechanistic to more holistic, systemic perspectives), and the outcomes achieved in complex, dynamic operating environments.

    • Decision Making for Managers

      You will explore decision making and a range of factors that can impact upon decision makers in organisational settings. You'll consider the potential for decision making to become compromised by, amongst other things, bias and overly narrow consideration of complex situations, as well as looking at ways to improve the effectiveness of decision making.

    Final year

    * Modules are subject to availability

    BA Honours level (level 6)

    • Business Strategies

    • International Business

      This module focuses on the core concepts and practical applications of cross border business activities. You will explore the controversies and complexities surrounding international business issues and environments.

    • Leadership and Change Management

    • Business Project Management

      This module introduces a number of concepts, techniques, and methods designed to aid the successful management of projects. You'll consider differences in management thinking and in particular the different principles and assumptions that underpin various approaches for planning and undertaking projects.

    Optional modules

    • Dissertation

    • Research Project

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    More about this course

    Designed specifically for part-time students, the BA Business Management degree is a vocational course that provides the tools to help you forge and develop a successful management career in a wide range of industries and sectors.

    The course is staffed by friendly, approachable tutors, and the learning environment is interactive and inclusive. You will find quality teaching, a welcoming atmosphere and lots of support.

    On completion of the programme you will have the skills to be reflective practitioners of management – achieved through:

    • The study of organisations, their management, and the changing internal and external environments in which they operate
    • Identification and development of business knowledge and skills
    • Enhancement of lifelong-learning skills and personal development appropriate to higher education and management in its broadest sense
    • A particular focus on each student’s own experience
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    Tailor your course by studying business as a core subject with one of four complementary specialist areas.

    One of very few universities to offer a four-year business programme with an integrated masters.

    Learn with state-of-the-art business software in our inspiring Grade II listed buildings.

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    Study abroad and gain valuable and life-enriching experience as part of your degree.

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    Entry requirements

    Applicants will normally hold two A levels or equivalent vocational qualifications. Alternatively, applicants without qualifications but with appropriate work experience will be considered for admission on the basis of application and interview.

    Accreditation of prior learning will enable advanced entry: for example, HNC graduates in a business-related subject may expect direct entry on to level 5, while foundation degree graduates may expect direct entry to Honours degree level. This may involve the completion of a bridging module.

    International students

    If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

    This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

    If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

    Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

    Fees and funding

    • Home/EU (part-time): £1,540 (20 credits), £4,625 (60 credits), £6,165 (80 credits)

    Part-time fees are charged pro-rata to the full-time fee, according to the number of credits being studied. 

    *The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation.

    UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

    Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

    More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.


    Future Prospects

    This degree provides you with the opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge and skills in Business Management. There is a combined focus on practical skills and business theory, and the programme opens up potential careers in the private, public and voluntary sectors.

    Our dedicated Centre for Professional Success connects you with businesses and keeps you up to date with relevant work placements, company projects and job opportunities. It also hones general marketable skills to help give you the edge in the employment market.