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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 sectors. 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.

This course is due for revalidation in March 2017. It is likely that this will result in changes to the modules/ structure. Please check the website for any updates.

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.

Special Information for EU Applicants

The Scottish Government has confirmed that undergraduate EU students enrolling in the 2017/8 and 2018/9 academic years will be entitled to free tuition fees in Scotland for the duration of their course. Those assessed as eligible will remain so for the duration of their course. You must apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for funding. For guidance on eligibility and funding please visit the SAAS website.

  • 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.

  • 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: 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.

    International: IELTS of 6.0 with no element below 5.5

    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 postgraduate students.

    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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