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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.

Typical Offer: 

112 UCAS tariff points (or above)
BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC)

If you don’t meet the above entry requirements, we may still be able to consider you. If you’re interested in applying, call our Clearing Hotline to discuss your suitability for study.

  • Our course will help you develop the knowledge and skills you need for employment
  • We offer you specific support to help with academic skills
  • We work closely with a wide range of businesses to bring you a rich experience
  • Our business connections offer placements at home and abroad.
  • Explore entrepreneurship with Ipswich’s flourishing innovation and start-up scene.

Introduction

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

The BA (Hons) Business Management programme supports your future career ambitions. During your time on the course you will learn about how businesses are organised and run, explore ways to make them more effective, and develop practical skills. You will become more attractive to future employers and will develop skills you’ll find useful should you decide you wish to run your own business. Our academic staff will work with you to develop your knowledge, skills and practical experience, preparing you for a successful career. If you are already working, the programme provides you with the expertise and confidence to advance in your chosen field. 

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

Our approach is highly flexible. Frequently, you will get to focus on topics that interest you the most and to apply ideas to companies that you know, or that particularly interest you. We are very proud of the support that we offer you through one-to-one tutorials and study in small groups - you can be confident that you will be able to find the help you need to be successful in your studies.

In your final year you will have the opportunity to work on your own extended project – this work, on the topic of your choice, will challenge you and provide you with the ideal opportunity to showcase the knowledge and skills that you have developed. Whilst the project can be hard work it is also a highlight of the course for many students who love the opportunity to take on a subject they are passionate about and work in an in-depth way with the support of a supervisor. It’s also a great way to show future employers what you can offer and to provide them with evidence of your knowledge and skills.

If you are already in work then it is possible to study part-time on the Business Management degree. Studying for a degree part-time is a great way to secure the long-term benefits of the qualification without giving up on the income you need to support your family. We can work with you to help you manage the commitments of work and study and whilst this is not an easy option, it can work fantastically well.

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.

Two projects are particularly important to us. The Business School worked with BSC Multicultural Services to create the Suffolk BME Business Awards in 2015. These have grown to be one of the most important evenings in the local business calendar; last year more than 100 businesses were nominated for prizes. On our own campus, our students are involved in the region’s new heritage centre, The Hold.

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

 

Course modules

You study core modules in your first year to build a solid foundation in key aspects of Business Management. You then choose your preferred subjects, tailoring your degree and delving deeper into subjects as you progress through the second and third years.

Download the Definitive Course Record for more course information.

Management and Managing: an introduction (Mandatory)

This module has been designed to allow students to 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.

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. This module has been designed to prepare those seeking to enter managerial and leadership roles to make use of this information to guide decision-making.

Business and Economics (Requisite)

Key economic principles impact how all businesses function. This module introduces you 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.

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. This module covers the theoretical principles and practical techniques for managing projects, and includes project definition, initiation, planning, execution, control and closure.

Introduction to Marketing (Requisite)

Marketing is an essential business activity. In this module, you will discover basic marketing principles and, later in the course, you will build on this when studying optional modules. Also, you will look at the marketing mix and segmentation then apply this knowledge to the analysis of an organisation’s marketing activities.

Understanding the Entrepreneurial Spirit (Optional)

This module recognises the importance of entrepreneurship to stimulating and sustaining economic growth. You 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.

Cross cultural communication: Spanish Language (Optional)

Most businesses find themselves operating in an increasingly global environment. This module helps to prepare you for employment by supporting you in learning Spanish while gaining insight into a different culture. 

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 the 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. Each week focuses on a different research study, run by a member of academic staff or a visiting professor, senior fellow or fellow. The module also helps you develop the academic skills required for your final year, particularly for the dissertation.

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.

Managing Innovation in Organisations (Optional)

Innovation and creativity is a critical factor 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.

Financial Reporting and Analysis (Optional)

This module develops the foundation knowledge and skills, covered in Finance and Data Analysis, with particular emphasis on how various aspects of financial accounting relate to the business world. Topics covered include preparation of financial statements, professional ethics, corporate governance and audit.

Consumer Behaviour and Relationship Management (Optional)

This module will help you to understand 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.

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.

Applied Management Practice (placement) (Optional)

Usually taking place in summer break between the first and second years, this module offers an opportunity for a placement. We expect you to make connections between the topics you have studied in the classroom and the practice of organisations 'in the real world'. It’s also a chance to enhance skills and knowledge, ready for employment after graduation.

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.

Exploring Strategic Management (Requisite)

In this module, 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.

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.

Corporate Financial Strategy (Optional)

This module gives you an appreciation of a number of 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 in a Complex World (Optional)

This module encourages you to discuss and debate challenges that face managers as they deal with complexities of real-world management. It offers the opportunity for you to build on learning from modules at previous levels; bringing together ideas from marketing, finance, leadership, human resources and many other subjects to inform seminar discussions and work on assignments.

The Enterprising Graduate (Optional)

This module provides specific Level 6 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.

Career opportunities

Our support does not end when you complete your final piece of work. We are ready to help you with job applications, access graduate training schemes and much more. A degree in Business Management is ideal preparation for a wide range of careers including employment in major corporates, in the public sector, in small businesses and start-ups and for charities. If you prefer to start your own business, then we’re delighted to support you through our connections with the 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.

If you decide stay in Suffolk – a county attracting significant investment – you will have access to opportunities in booming industries. For instance, Ipswich is home to a major technology cluster which includes BT’s global research and development campus and technology giants Cisco and Huawei. With large investments planned for the coming years Suffolk is an ideal place to start your career.

Wherever you choose to work, we can help you develop your CV so it showcases your skills, strengths and experience. Our colleagues in the University’s Careers Team provide workshops, webinars and individual support that helps you find and secure employment during your studies and after graduation.

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.

Student profiles

My business and finance 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 curre...

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

2020-21

  • Full-time tuition fee: £9,250 p.a.
  • Part-time tuition fee: £1,454 per 20 credits (Please contact the Infozone for further information)
  • International tuition fee: £11,790 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 your course that you will need to budget for. 

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

112 UCAS tariff points (or above), BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC)

Applicants are also required to have GCSE maths grade 4/C or above, or equivalent Level 2 qualification. Applicants who do not hold these qualifications may be considered on an individual basis based upon their overall application and the course applied for.

If you do not hold these qualifications please contact Admissions directly on 01473 338348 to discuss.

How to Apply

Non-Academic Requirements

Applicants may be expected to attend an interview as part of the application process.

International Requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) where English is not the students' first language.

International and EU

 

 

Transferring Credit

If you have previously studied at higher education level before you may be able to transfer credits to a related course at the University of Suffolk and reduce the period of study time necessary to achieve your degree.

Staff

Senior Lecturer in Employment Development and Course Leader for Business Management courses

Associate Professor

Associate Professor and MBM Programme Leader

Lecturer in Events and Festivals

Senior Lecturer in Tourism, Events and Management

Lecturer in Language

Associate Professor, Course Leader for MBA

Associate Professor

Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management

Facilities and Resources

The Waterfront Building and the Atrium Building, 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.