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BA (Hons) Business Management

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UCAS code: 
N100
Institution code: 
S82
Location: 
Ipswich

Duration: 

Three years full-time.

Four and a half to nine years part-time.

Course Options: 
Professional Placement
Study Abroad
Typical Offer: 

96 UCAS tariff points (or above)
CCC (A-Level), MMM (BTEC)

  • You will develop the knowledge and skills you need for your future careers.
  • You will get specific support around academic and professional skills.
  • You will work closely with a range of businesses as case studies and live projects.
  • You can take full-year professional placements and study abroad.
  • Explore entrepreneurship with Ipswich’s flourishing innovation and start-up scene.
     

35th in Business, Management and Marketing in the Guardian League Table 2021

Business, Management and Marketing has been ranked 35th in the Guardian League Table 2021

Introduction

The Suffolk Business School’s vibrant atmosphere, personalised courses and high standards help you achieve your ambitions and create lifelong friendships.

                                          ILM Level 5 Certificate in Leadership and Management achieved through dual-accreditation of modules within the University of Suffolk BA (Hons) Business Management

During your BA (Hons) Business Management course, you will learn how businesses are organised and run, providing you with the knowledge and confidence you need to advance in your chosen career.

Through our dual accreditation scheme, and upon successful completion of specific modules on the BA (Hons) Business Management course, you will also achieve the ILM Level 5 Certificate in Leadership and Management. Further information about the University's relationship with the ILM is available in the PSRB register

Thanks to our excellent industry connections, you will have the opportunity to experience a range of additional workshops, trips and visits. Past and current students have been to the Houses of Parliament and the Bank of England, which provide insight into national institutions that underpin business. They have taken part in entrepreneurship competitions and visited local organisations such as Adnams and BT, and attended a range of guest lectures by professionals from Larking Gowen, Research Through Gaming (RTG), and the NHS. 

The business community also play an important role in our teaching and assessment. You will regularly hear from guest speakers who offer their insight and experience to add value to your classes. We also make use of these connections to help in assessments and you will work on ‘live case studies’ and projects throughout your time at the University of Suffolk.

Subject to eligibility, you can also benefit from a sandwich year, which offers fantastic opportunities to study or work abroad, or both.

View more information about the range of employers our students work with in the Business School.

Course modules

In your first year, you will study core modules to build a strong foundation in key areas of Business Management. In subsequent years, you can customise your learning with optional modules. In your final year, you will have the exciting opportunity embark on a large-scale project, supported by our academic staff, in which you can really showcase your skills and development.

Download the Definitive Course Record for more course information.

Management and Managing: an introduction (Mandatory)

You will develop an understanding of the nature, processes and origins of 'management'. It also helps you develop the skill-set necessary for success in the context of higher education, and more broadly within the graduate job market.

Introduction to Marketing (Requisite)

Marketing is an essential business activity. You will discover basic marketing principles and, later in the course, you will build on this when studying optional modules. You will explore the marketing mix and segmentation and apply this knowledge to the analysis of marketing activities.

Delivering Successful Projects (Requisite)

Project management is vital to the success of organisations working in an environment of ever-increasing complexity, and with rapid technological advancements. You will develop an understanding of the theoretical principles and practical techniques for managing projects, and includes project definition, initiation, planning, execution, control and closure.

Understanding the Entrepreneurial Spirit (Requisite)

This module recognises the importance of entrepreneurship to stimulating and sustaining economic growth. You will examine what makes for a successful entrepreneur and how ideas can be evaluated and then turned into successful businesses. This will include business planning, financing and risk assessment.

Accounting for Business (Requisite)

Accounting and Finance play significant roles in every economy. Consequently, those charged with leadership and management roles must be equipped with to engage with and to interrogate accounting and financial information. You will be prepared to enter managerial and leadership roles and be able to make use of this information to guide decision-making

Business and Economics (Requisite)

Key economic principles impact how all businesses function. You will be introduced to core concepts in both microeconomics (consumers, firms and markets) and macroeconomics (economic systems and policy) and encourages you to consider how they affect different types of business.

Analysing Organisational Behaviour (Requisite)

This module considers the nature of organisational behaviour and the ways in which the behaviour and actions of people at work can impact on organisational performance. The module investigates individual and group behaviour, together with the internal and external environments of organisations, with a view to identifying methods of improving organisational effectiveness and efficiency. The module aims to extend the student’s knowledge of the dynamic inter-relationship that exists between government, markets, organisations and individuals in relation to the changing business environment.

Globalisation, Capitalism and Growth (Requisite)

The module aims to extend your knowledge of the dynamic inter-relationship that exists between government, markets, organisations and individuals in relation to the changing business environment.

Designing and Running a Research Project (Mandatory)

This module will provide insight into topics, methods and functions of business-related research projects. The module also helps you develop the academic skills required for your final year, particularly for the Extended Project or Enterprising Graduate modules.

Business Ethics (Requisite)

The ethics of business has attracted growing attention in the past few decades. In an increasingly consumer-driven market, entrepreneurial and managerial success is based on a robust understanding of these ethics. This module introduces you to theoretical perspectives on ethical business, with opportunities to discuss and debate cases of both principled and questionable practice.

Designing and Developing HR Activities for Maximum Impact (Optional)

This module provides an overview of the role of the HR professional and the skills required to be successful in the role. The module combines a review of contemporary research findings in the field of human resources management and the development of professional skills in this area. For example, the module will focus on all aspects of the employee lifecycle, communication skills, employee development and employment law.

Managing Innovation in Organisations (Optional)

Innovation and creativity are critical factors of economic competitiveness and other positive social outcomes. This module equips you with creative thinking skills to encourage divergent thinking in different business settings. You also learn how a business or social entrepreneur is dependent on innovation and risk, and an opportunity-seeking attitude.

Consumer Behaviour and Relationship Management (Optional)

You will develop an understanding of the importance of customer satisfaction and therefore, business success either within the profit sector or the not-for-profit sectors. Consumer behaviour and relationship management will link with and develops the Level 4 Marketing knowledge you have gained and, for those that wish to extend their marketing knowledge, will be useful for the Level 6 Branding module.

Extended Project (Mandatory)

The extended project provides students with the opportunity to work on a project of interest to them. The module is deliberately designed to be flexible and to offer students the option of undertaking a more formal piece of research; to work on a project suggested by their employer or another organization; or to undertake research into the feasibility of a business idea or in preparation of a business plan.

OR

The Enterprising Graduate (Mandatory)

This module provides specific provision for students that wish to focus on entrepreneurship and the study of entrepreneurial practice. It also provides students with the chance to synthesise learning through supported study on a topic or idea of interest to them, supported by academics, enterprise professionals and SME owner/managers.

Exploring Strategic Management (Requisite)

You will develop an academic understanding of the strategic context of business, along with analysis and problem-solving skills. You will learn to adopt a multi-disciplinary approach to finding solutions and strategic thinking, drawing on skills developed.

Leading and Managing Change (Requisite)

This module will explore the nature of organisational culture and its impact on employees and enable students to develop a critical awareness of organisational theory and practice. It will enable you to deal with the problems, choices and constraints involved in organisational change. It will encourage you to develop your own intellectual framework of values, attitudes and practice.

Corporate Financial Strategy (Optional)

This module gives you an appreciation of several financial issues and how they relate to the business world. Initially the module concentrates on the application of financial tools and techniques, before progressing to a more strategic perspective. It will encourage you to see the financial implications of the decision-making process.

Managing HR Strategically (Optional)

This module focuses on the role of HR strategy as a key constituent of a business strategy. It builds on concepts first introduced in Introduction to Management and Managing People, exploring ways in which organisational performance is enhanced by maximising the contribution from employees

Managing Brands (Optional)

This module will analyse the work of managing a brand within organisations. Therefore, whether you are employed in a marketing role or work in another capacity within an organisation this module will help you to understand and critique the types of decisions involved in managing brands as well as discussing contemporary challenges of brand management in organisations.

Career opportunities

Whether you know where you want your career to lead, or you're still thinking about your options, our Business Management degree will help you make those next steps.  With careers support for three years after graduation, we are here to help you with job applications, preparing for promotion, accessing graduate training schemes and more.

A degree in Business Management is fantastic preparation for a range of careers including working in major corporates, the public sector, small businesses and start-ups and charities.  If you prefer to start your own business, then we’re delighted to offer you specific Entreprenurial training throughout your degree, and we can support you through our Ipswich Waterfront Innovation Centre (IWIC).  You can study without limiting your options: we will help you define the kind of career you would like to pursue.

Graduates have gone onto to set up their own businesses, and some have gone on to work in a range of national and international organisations, such as:

  • Morrisons
  • Adnams
  • Ipswich Building Centre
  • Willis Towers Watson
  • Suffolk Chamber of Commerce

What our students say:

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the University of Suffolk. Throughout my experience here my lecturers knew me by name and have been supportive and approachable in all aspects of my studies. This made the experience more personal, something that was important to me when deciding on where to study. There are numerous opportunities over the three years to work alongside and network with multi-national organisations; the University are incredibly helpful in relation to employment opportunities. Many of us including myself have been able to secure graduate schemes and jobs from making the most of these opportunities. I would definitely recommend the University of Suffolk to anyone individual considering further education."  Emma, third year Business Management student.

“My degree has prepared me for my role at Adnams in a number of ways. The financial knowledge I gained at university has not only helped me in the day-to-day tasks I conduct, but has also given me the confidence to involve myself in discussions and question current ideas and processes.  Communication is an incredibly important part of my role, I did not realise at the time but writing my assignments really strengthened these skills. Moreover, before university, I would get so nervous giving presentations but now I love it!”  Charlotte, Business Management graduate.

Student profiles

While studying for my BA (Hons) Business Management degree, I was given an array of opportunities to further my knowledge and experience. The lecturers and tutors kept us up to date with internships and jobs that would help us with our degree, as well as, having regular workshops wi...

Fees and finance

2022-23*

  • Full-time tuition fee: £9,250 p.a
  • Part-time tuition fee: £1,454 per 20 credits (please contact the Student Centre for further information)
  • Full-time International tuition fee: £12,996 p.a

Further Information

At University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with you course that you will need to budget for. 

* 2022-23 tuition fees are subject to change in line with inflation, or a government change in the fee cap.

Entry requirements

Course options

This course offers a Professional Placement and Study Abroad  UCAS code N102

Professional Placement UCAS code N104

Study Abroad UCAS code N105 

Staff

Senior Lecturer

Associate Professor

Deputy Dean

Associate Professor

Senior Lecturer

Facilities and Resources

The Waterfront Building and the Atrium Building (image below), which houses the Ipswich Waterfront Innovation Centre (IWIC), will be your bases during your degree.

The Waterfront Building on Ipswich marina is home to lecture theatres fitted with state-of-the-art AV equipment, and is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week during the open period.

The recently opened IWIC is a hub for start-ups and technology enterprises. As an undergraduate you have access to its modern facilities, expertise and networking opportunities with other students and business owners.

Our well-resourced library offers extensive print and digital resources, with plenty of study space and pods for extra privacy.