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BA/BA (Hons) Business Management


Duration: 3/4 years

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Business Management is the study of the nature and functions of businesses. This course examines key approaches businesses can take to ensure that these scarce resources are managed in the most efficient and effective manner possible, to ensure optimum resource allocation.

It has never been more important for companies to employ highly-qualified staff with good management skills as well as sound professional expertise in the field. This course aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to survive and succeed in today’s business environment - whether it be in the private, public or voluntary sector. Providing a broad management base, this course produces graduates with a wide business knowledge who can operate successfully in the modern business world.

The course is structured around the two key themes of management and personal skills. These themes are developed through a variety of teaching and learning methods, including field trips and presentations by visiting speakers from the business world.

If you are interested, you also have the opportunity to participate in an exchange programme operated with North American and European universities. The course content has been designed in response to the needs of business and to help further your career.

You will develop a range of core business skills, including marketing, human resource management, finance and entrepreneurship.
In addition you will also acquire a range of transferable skills such as presentation techniques, research abilities, interpersonal communication skills and knowledge of various IT packages.

Years One and Two have a strong emphasis on management, marketing, economics and human resource management. These years provide a foundation for future study. Years Three and Four examine business themes at a more strategic level. If you continue to Year Four, you will also complete a dissertation in an area of your choice. Students frequently use their dissertation as a vehicle to increase their skills and gain employment.

The modules listed here are correct as of April 2016, but may differ slightly to those offered in 2017. We will add any updates to this page if necessary.

You can opt to study for an Honours degree over four years or an Ordinary degree over three years. You will complete a range of modules, as outlined, each year.

- You will gain a solid grounding in key business skills at the theoretical and practical level.

- Students will gain a range of transferable skills which are highly sought after by employers.

- There is a great opportunity for self development through work-based learning, study abroad and elective choice.

- In Year One, you will typically spend nine hours per week in a classroom setting. This decreases in latter years where there is more independent learning. Year Two includes a module which requires students to reflect on acquired work experience, which can be obtained through a concentrated placement or through part-time working.

Professional Registration: The opportunity exists in Year Three to acquire a Chartered Institute of Management qualification.

Year One: Foundations of Marketing/ Economics/ Introduction to Business/ Foundations of Management/ Entrepreneurship/ Introduction to Finance and Accounting

Year Two: Human Resource Management/ Business Law/ Operations Management/ Customer Experience/ Marketing in Practice/ Work- Based Learning

Year Three: Exploring Strategy, New Enterprise Creation/ Organisational Behaviour/ Business Research Methods/ Logistics and Supply Chain Management/ Elective module

Year Four: Management Insight and Consultancy/ Leading Change/ Critical Issues in Management/ Dissertation

Scottish Higher: BBBC

A Level: BCC

Irish Leaving Certificate: Pre 2017: BBBC
2017 onwards: H2, H3, H3, H3

International Baccalaureate: 28 points

Required Subjects: Maths and English at S/Int2/N5/GCSE

Mature/Access: SWAP Access to Humanities / Arts / Business. We welcome applications from mature students with relevant qualifications and /or experience.

Advanced Entry: Year 2 - HNC Business or other relevant HNC 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.

Other: Advanced entry into Year 3 - HND Business or other relevant HND with CB in the graded units.

Business graduates are much sought after and you will be in a position to choose from a wide range of interesting and challenging careers in areas such as: merchandising; marketing; sales management; financial services; operations management; and human resource management. In addition, graduates have also gone on to set up their own businesses or have continued in academia as graduate students.

Carol Campbell, BA (Hons) Business Management

I was very introverted during my childhood and this was carried through to my teens and also on to my working life and I found I had very little confidence in myself. Although I had managed to work my way up the ladder in the legal profession to become a conveyancer, I always felt I lacked the basic fundamentals in life: confidence, communication and time-management and I wished to develop these further.

In 2005, I decided to go travelling for a year and this opened up my mind again to learning. When I came back to the UK I helped my daughter start up her own business and really enjoyed the challenge. I then decided to go to college and did a complementary therapies course, but upon completion of this course, I realised it was the challenges of getting the business up and running that I enjoyed and although I had attained some useful transferrable skills from college, I decided to embark on a foundation route to help me become equipped with the tools I would require for managing and running a business.

QMU was an obvious choice for me as it offered the degree course I wanted and it is not as big as some other universities and has a 'family' feel to it. The new campus is very modern and has a good work/life balance feel to it. I am enjoying meeting lots of new people from different backgrounds and with different ethics. I would definitely recommend QMU. I am glad I did something about it rather than just thinking about it! Although it has been hard work, I feel that am reaping the rewards.

Mark Riding
BA (Hons) Business Management

I didn't really know what I wanted to do when I Ieft school, but I had studied for a Higher in Business Management, enjoyed it and did very well in it. As a result, I decided to focus my further studies in that area. I knew people who had studied at QMU and it came with a glowing report, so I decided to apply as it offered the type of course I was looking for and was pretty close to home. At first I found the course quite difficult: the structure (which has changed now) at the start was quite challenging and it took me a wee while to adjust to university life after having come straight from school. The course was great though; really interesting, and the lecturers were brilliant. The staff were all very approachable and their down-to-earth attitude and friendliness made the learning process very pleasant.

The modules which I studied were all very useful and I particularly enjoyed one at the start of Year Three where I worked with a partner to design a business plan for a company. In theory, the plan could have worked and we seriously considered starting the business. It was a really exciting time, but in the end we did not progress with the idea as we did not have the time due to our studies..who knows in the future though!

Due to personal reasons, I left QMU before completing Year Three. Even with only two years of study under my belt, I had enough knowledge to get a 'business' job which I really enjoy and I am now working as a sales executive with a communications company called Holyrood Communications. I really enjoy it because it is politically led and covers current topics and issues surrounding the economy and various different sectors. Even although I had a great job, I still yearned to complete my degree however and I have since returned to QMU and am currently in the process of completing Year Three. And with QMU's flexible approach, I am also able to continue working.

On the whole, studying at QMU has been a very rewarding experience and I have learned so many new things and met so many nice people and I can't wait to finally complete my Honours degree. I would like to become a company director some day or a successful entrepreneur. Funnily enough I wanted to be a teacher when I was younger but now I want to stay in management and progress up the career ladder.

Lewis Gale
BA (Hons) Business Management

I came to QMU as a mature student after working for 10 years in various roles in the music industry, within telecommunications, and the finance sector. Throughout this time, I was pursuing my ambition of becoming a performer and songwriter, and managing and playing in bands. A record deal with Sony, then EMI records, led to a few years of making records with some of the best producers in the industry and playing around Europe and the US.

I’d always taken an active role in the management of my bands therefore I considered business management as an important aspect of my musical career. When my contract with EMI came to an end, I realised that there was still a great deal about business that I didn’t understand. This was my motivation to pursue a formal education. After studying for a certificate in management, at the Open University, I applied for 3rd year direct entry to QMU.

The course enabled me to learn about the fundamentals of business such as strategy, new enterprise creation, marketing, and allowed me to consolidate my work experience. I was able to contextualise my learning against my experience. The diversity of the student population at QMU was really positive; making new friends with students from all across Europe, and the mix of cultures and viewpoints made class debates stimulating. My two years at QMU helped me to develop a new sense of confidence in myself and my abilities. With the support of the amazing staff and lecturers I was able to explore subjects that interested me, voice and defend my own opinions, and develop my time management and organisational skills.

My dissertation project allowed me to travel to Toronto, Canada to interview musicians, artists and producers about their approaches to the business of making music. Throughout my 4th year, I was involved in an extracurricular project to set up a recording studio in the Leith area of Edinburgh. Around the time of my graduation the studio started accepting commercial recording clients. Since then, my two partners and I have continued to grow the business. Additionally, I work as a freelance business development consultant for a UK-based music company and use the knowledge and confidence gained through my studies on a daily basis.

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