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BA(Hons) Business Management (Fast-Track)

UCAS Code: N102

Duration: 3 years

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With the global business environment changing at a rapid pace, QMU has developed an innovative new course structure which allows you to complete a Scottish honours degree in three years instead of the customary four.

Business Management concerns the study of organisations; how organisations are structured and managed; how strategy is formulated and implemented; how resources are allocated and controlled to achieve maximum efficiency, and how people are motivated to achieve optimum performance.

This three year fast-track degree aims to give you all the necessary knowledge and skills to achieve a rewarding career across a wide range of business sectors and organisations. Using innovative teaching approaches, students can access cutting-edge research and practice to meet contemporary business and management challenges facing organisations locally and globally.

This course is structured around the two key areas of management and personal skills. These areas are developed through a variety of teaching and learning methods, including field trips, visiting speakers from the business world, role plays and work experience. The course content has been designed in response to the needs of business and to help further your career.

On this course, you will develop a range of key core business skills, such as marketing, human resource management, strategy, finance and information technology. You will also acquire a range of transferable skills such as presentation techniques, research skills, interpersonal communication skills and knowledge of various IT packages. You take four modules per semester. You will also participate in academic development sessions, which are designed to give students the opportunity to develop those vital transferable skills.

The course will adhere to the standard academic calendar. You will complete a range of modules, as outlined, each year. Fast-track students will complete eight modules per year as opposed to the six completed in the four year degree.

  • You will progress to a Scottish honours degree in three years- one year faster than the normal!

  • This is the only fast-track degree on offer at QMU.

  • You will gain a range of transferable skills which are highly sought after by employers.

  • There is no formal placement as such for this course, but the Work-Based Learning module in Year Two requires you to reflect on acquired work experience gained across public, private or voluntary sectors.

  • In Year One, you will have contact time of 12 hours per week for 12 weeks per semester, to participate in a mix of tutorials, lectures, and other work. Years Two and Three continue in a similar format, but with more emphasis on independent learning.

  • Professional Registration: Institute of Management qualification as part of the Management Insight and Consultancy module.

    Year One: Foundations of Marketing/ Economics/ Introduction to Business/ Business Law/ Introduction to Finance & Accounting/ Foundations of Management/Entrepreneurship/ Marketing in Practice

    Year Two: Human Resource Management/ Operations Management/ New Enterprise Creation/ Organisational Behaviour/ Customer Experience/ Work-Based Learning/ Business Research Methods/ Elective

    Year Three: Strategy/ Critical Issues in Business/ Management Insight & Consultancy/ Dissertation/ Logistics & Supply Chain Management/ Leading Change

    Scottish Higher: ABBB or 275 UCAS points

    A Level: BBC or 280 UCAS points

    Irish Leaving Certificate: ABBB or 275 UCAS points

    International Baccalaureate: 30 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.

    Other: You will be required to attend and interview to assess your suitability for the fast-track option.

    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: buying and merchandising; marketing; sales management; financial services; operations management; human resource management; running own small business; accountancy; and research. In addition, many students progress to study for a higher degree (MSc, MBA and PhD).

    Emily Cairns

    BA (Hons) Business Management (Fast-Track)

    Originally, I was drawn to study a Business Management course as I wanted to gain skills which would help me to start my own business. I was attracted to Queen Margaret as I hoped to be part of a small, close-knit university. Queen Margaret has proved to be exceptionally friendly - the lecturers are extremely approachable and are always ready to help and offer advice. The fast-track course teaches a range of modules, such as Entrepreneurship, which I was excited about as they described using a very hands-on approach, something I believed would prepare me for work after university. Our group project for the class was to start up our own business; we began with £20 and had to see how much money we could make. Creating something to sell was a fun and interesting challenge, allowing us to put the theoretical knowledge we had already gained into practice.

    The fast-track course at Queen Margaret presents a route that allows me to study and progress my knowledge quickly, so I'll be able to start working and making money as soon as possible, with highly up-to-date skills. Getting my first business off the ground fast is really important to me. Queen Margaret has supported me to do this without making my time at university completely focussed on the course. Although I push myself to work hard I still have enough time to get involved in other parts of university life, such as the Anime Society. It's a great way to meet people that aren’t on my course but have similar tastes as me.

    When choosing where to study, I was also looking for a course that would remain relevant as the business world is constantly evolving. I believe the fast-track option offers this and I'm really excited to use the knowledge and practice I’ve gained in real-world situations. There are a wide range of class sizes on the course. Small group seminars provide a comfortable environment where we get the chance to discuss topics in depth and give opinions. The larger classes give us the chance to mix with other courses, offering us more insights and perspectives on topics such as marketing and law. I would definitely recommend the fast-track to someone who wants a hands-on and up-to-date course, and who wants to get employment-ready quickly.

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