Business woman in creative office looking straight at camera. BA (Hons) Business and Management.
UCAS Code
NN21
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
Duration
3 years Full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
Start Date
September 2022
Accredited
Yes

Overview

Stand out in the job market with this BA (Hons) Business and Management degree that focuses on enterprise, ethical management, sustainability and global business.

This course takes an entrepreneurial approach to big business ideas. You'll learn by engaging with local small businesses and creating and testing ideas and theories in group work. If you take a placement year you can then apply these skills in the sector you're most interested in, whether that's a start-up, or a large, global business such as Rolls Royce or IBM.

Don't worry if you're not sure which industry you'd like to work in. This degree keeps your options open. You'll get a strong foundation in all the key business areas of management, marketing, accounting, operations and leadership. If you want, you'll have the chance to specialise as you progress through the course.

Dione standing next to the IBM sign.

One thing I have liked about studying at the Faculty of Business and Law is the great amount of support I have received, from study support to placement search. I feel strongly supported at every stage of my degree.

Dione Vengai, final year student, BA Business and Management

What you'll experience

  • The chance to explore lots of different areas of business and management to find the specialisms that interest you.
  • Working in creative, small teams that replicate the working world.
  • Lots of opportunities to apply your learning in the real world through our strong links with local businesses.
  • Gaining an understanding of ethical and sustainable business practices.
  • Finishing the course with skills that are in demand in the modern workplace, such as creative thinking, business innovation and decision making.

You can choose to:

Focusing on your interests

With over 50 optional modules to choose from, you can tailor this degree to your interests. Module options cover a wide range of subjects, from new product development, to event planning, to public sector economics.

This degree shares a common first year with several other business courses. This means you can transfer to another business degree after Year 1 if you decide that you want to specialise.

92% Graduates in work or further study (HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey conducted in 2019)

TEF Gold Teaching Excellence Framework

Entry requirements​

BA (Hons) Business and Management degree entry requirements

Typical offers
  • A levels – ABB–BBB
  • UCAS points – 120–128 points from 3 A levels or equivalent (calculate your UCAS points)
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDM

See full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Ideal skills and qualities for this course

In addition to meeting the course's entry requirements, we’re looking for good written, IT and analytical skills.

During this course your assessment will include problem-solving, good presentation techniques and the ability to work well in a team. But don’t worry, we’ll help you develop these abilities throughout the course.

We’re looking for an interest in business and management, so we’d encourage you to read the business sections of a quality newspaper and get some work experience (of any kind). 

Careers and opportunities

This degree will open doors to a wide variety of careers in the business world. Our graduate employment rate is 92% (HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey conducted in 2019).

Previous graduates have secured roles such as:

  • Personal banker
  • Trainee accountant
  • Talent manager 
  • Business analyst
  • Sales executive
  • Product owner
  • Recruitment consultant
  • IT project manager
  • Marketing manager
  • Supply chain manager
  • Project management officer
  • Ship broker

Our graduates have gone on to work for companies such as:

  • Tesco
  • British Telecom
  • Accenture
  • HM Government
  • IBM
  • ADLIB
  • Walt Disney
  • HM Armed forces
  • Salesforce
  • GKN Aerospace
  • Lockheed Martin
  • BAE Systems 
  • Colebrook Offshore
  • NHS
  • John Lewis Partnership
  • Estée Lauder
  • NatWest
  • Pernod Ricard
  • Kaplan Financial

This degree also offers options to improve your business research skills. You could go on to do a postgraduate qualification in a business-related area such as project management, digital marketing or human resource management.

Bespoke careers support

From the moment you enrol until 5 years after graduation you’ll have the support of our Careers and Employability Service. Alongside this we run our own faculty ‘Career-ready’ programme, which gives you free access to events, networking and experiences tailored to the business world.

Read our blog to find out why a business management degree opens doors to lots of different careers.

Read the blog

Placement year

You can boost your employability by taking an optional paid placement year between years 2 and 3 of your degree. Previous students have had placements in organisations such as:

  • IBM
  • SAP
  • Hewlett Packard
  • Lockheed Martin International
  • Oracle
  • Goldman Sachs

Many of our students are offered a graduate job by their placement employer. 

"I worked within a small team to review and contact clients. I felt really proud to have so much responsibility within this team, it gave me a massive boost of confidence in my abilities."

Daniela Faulkner, BA Business and Management

Read Daniella's placement experience in full

You could also set up your own business, or take a voluntary placement. Our placements team will help you find the right placement and you'll get mentoring and support through regular contact with teaching staff throughout the year.

If you don’t want to take a whole placement year we offer plenty of other ways to get great work experience whilst you study, from summer internships to entrepreneurial support

James' story
"I look to start my own company in the future..."

Find out more about James' experience at University of Portsmouth, and where he hopes his BA (Hons) Business and Management will take him.

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you finish your course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary roles that will complement your studies and build your CV.

Study year abroad

Between your second and third year you can study abroad at one of our partner universities. This allows you to experience a different culture, enhance your CV so you stand out in the job market, grow your confidence, and open up personal and professional opportunities.

We have partnerships with Universities in Europe, Asia, Australia and North America. Classes are delivered in English.

You'll get support from the faculty's Global Support Office and UoP Global with identifying and applying to suitable destinations, and ongoing contact and support during your year abroad.

What you'll study on this BA (Hons) Business and Management degree

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Modules

Year 1

Core modules

What you'll do

As well as getting an overview of the main financial principles and conventions of business accounting, you'll learn how to interpret annual reports and other related documentation.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Discuss the purpose of accounting in the financial management of a business entity
  • Interpret an annual report for a quoted company
  • Describe the main financial principles and conventions
  • Identify and use budgeting, basic costing principles, concepts and cost classifications
  • Identify and use costing techniques and methods for analytical and managerial problem-solving purposes
Teaching activities
  • 23 x 1-hour lectures
  • 23 x 1-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 154 hours studying independently. This is around 5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a set coursework exercise (20% of final mark)
  • a portfolio (20% of final mark)
  • a 90-minute written exam (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll study concepts, principles, decision frameworks and practices that relate to major aspects of operations management, including: process design, capacity and resource management, supply chain management, inventory management, lean, quality management, systems in business, project management, operations improvement, and the sustainability of operations.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the concepts, principles, decision frameworks and practices of operations and systems management in business
  • Understand the contribution of operations and systems management to the performance and sustainability of businesses
Teaching activities
  • 16 x 1-hour lectures
  • 14 x 90-minute seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 163 hours studying independently. This is around 5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • project output (20% of final mark)
  • coursework (30% of final mark)
  • a 60-minute written exam (50% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll engage in problem-based learning and expand upon the use of economic and financial theory to evaluate a range of relevant and contemporary issues.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Examine the key concepts of economics
  • Explain topical economic issues and Government policy decisions
  • Define and explain basic financial principles
Teaching activities
  • 23 x 1-hour lectures
  • 23 x 1-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 154 hours studying independently. This is around 5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a business innovation development project (20% of final mark)
  • 8 quizzes (20% of final mark)
  • a 90-minute written exam (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll learn to apply theories, identify key issues and develop appropriate recommendations for action. You'll reflect on your experiences of working in organisations, being managed, and managing others, and explore this within the context of effective management and the achievement of individual and organisational goals.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Explain the nature of work and management in organisations with diverse membership
  • Consider equality, diversity, cross-cultural and ethical issues in the management of people
  • Select and apply a range of appropriate theoretical and conceptual frameworks in the analysis and potential resolution of management issues within an organisational context
  • Identify and apply key activities in people management practice, and consider their potential impact in achieving organisational goals, and the role of line managers in their implementation
  • Review and discuss contemporary issues in managing people in organisations and identify the implications of these for managers and other employees
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 2-hour lectures
  • 12 x 2-hour practical classes and workshops
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 40-minute oral assessment and presentation (30% of final mark)
  • a project (20% of final mark)
  • a 90-minute exam (50% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll attend weekly lectures, and weekly group seminars, using case studies to explore marketing in greater detail.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Explain the significance of marketing as a management process and discuss it in the wider context of the organisation
  • Understand the importance and relevance of the global marketing environment to sustainable and ethical marketing decision making
  • Use resources to gather data to undertake a marketing audit
  • Identify key marketing problems and opportunities within an organisation
  • Recognise the stages within a marketing plan and be able to differentiate between strategic and tactical marketing decision making
  • Identify, recognise and apply the key model, tools and concepts associated with marketing decision making
  • Recognise the elements of the marketing mix and explain how they are used to inform marketing decision-making
Teaching activities
  • 24 x 1-hour lectures
  • 24 x 1-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module you'll be assessed through:

  • a 15-minute oral assessment and presentation (20% of final mark)
  • a Business Innovation Development project (20% of final mark)
  • a 90-minute written exam (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll get to know key concepts and case studies in lectures, and engage in problem-solving activities in seminars.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Show a basic understanding of numerical methods and calculations
  • Utilise mathematical and statistical techniques to analyse data
  • Interpret analysis results and communicate to a range of different audiences
  • Formulate and build a basic model of management and business problems
Teaching activities
  • 24 x 2-hour lectures
  • 12 x 1-hour seminars
  • 24 x 1-hour tutorials
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 116 hours studying independently. This is around 4 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a Business Innovation Development project (20% of final mark)
  • a 6-hour portfolio (20% of final mark)
  • a 90-minute written exam (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

The group project will culminate in an informed recommendation of a new business venture idea, addressing a current social/ecological issue.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Explore your role in, and experience of, a ‘simulated working group’ with diverse membership
  • Understand and contribute to small scale research, analysing your findings and delivering them appropriately to your target audience
  • Offer a supporting case for the success of a business innovation, in the context of the subject disciplines you studied in year 1 and your knowledge of the business world
  • Demonstrate co-operative working, with effective use of communication, problem solving and team working skills
  • Reflect on your personal experience, skills and performance to develop ‘actions’ for the future
  • Use key academic skills relating to the creation of original content
Teaching activities
  • 23 x 1-hour lecture
  • 23 x 1-hour seminars
  • 2 x 1-hour tutorials
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,000-word written assignment (20% of final mark)
  • a 15-minute oral assessment and presentation (50% of final mark)
  • a 1,500-word written assignment (30% of final mark)

Year 2

Core modules

What you'll do

You'll also develop employability and enterprise skills via the Simventure Simulation-based coursework.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Understand the fundamental concepts of business finance
  • Identify, compare and contrast the various sources of finance available to enterprises of varying sizes
  • Critically analyse and evaluate a range of financial management tools and techniques that might be used by organisations
  • Develop real life business management and analysis skills
Teaching activities
  • 24 x 1-hour lectures
  • 24 x 1-hour seminars and workshops
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • A 2,000-word coursework exercise (50% of final mark)
  • A 90-minute written exam (50% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll look at questions about the purpose of organisations of all types, then consider how they are led and governed. You'll also gain an understanding of related concepts, including stakeholder theory, corporate social responsibility (CSR) and ethical decision making, as well as issues of practical application such as stakeholder management, strategic CSR and social accounting.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of social, environmental and economic challenges affecting modern business
  • Construct an assessment tool for the comparison of organisations against the theoretical frameworks of ethics, governance and sustainability
  • Analyse and identify the wider stakeholder implications of alternative business models
  • Assess the role of leaders and the impact of leadership on organisations
Teaching activities
  • 11 x 1-hour lectures
  • 11 x 2-hour practical classes and workshops 
  • 11 x 1-hour tutorials
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 3,000-word report (45% of final mark)
  • a 1,500-word written assignment (55% of final mark)

What you'll do

These skills will be invaluable during a placement year, summer internship, or post-study career. You'll also develop the intellectual and research skills you'll need to complete your research proposal, and your final-year research task.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully you'll be able to:

  • Use what you've learned to increase your employability
  • Effectively use your critical thinking, reading and writing skills for research tasks
  • Understand the practical and philosophical underpinnings of Business Research
  • Reflect and be self critical when identifying areas for personal development
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 1-hour lectures
  • 12 x 2-hour seminars
  • 12 x 1-hour tutorials
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,000-word portfolio (40% of final mark)
  • a 2,000-word report (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll get a detailed overview of the global business environment, and the factors that effect it.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Discuss the major factors and issues affecting the development of international/global business
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the international/global context within which businesses operate
  • Recognise the impact of social, economic, cultural and other factors on the global business environment
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how geographical and institutional forces shape international/global trade
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 1-hour lectures
  • 12 x 4-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 140 hours studying independently. This is around 8.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 30-minute oral assessment and presentation (25% of final mark)
  • a report (25% of final mark)
  • a 90-minute written exam (50% of final mark)

Optional modules

What you'll do

You'll learn complex concepts, and how to approach workplace problems in an objective and analytical way.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Demonstrate problem-solving skills
  • Objectively analyse real situations related to contract and employment law, and the law of negligence
  • Access and critically analyse paper or electronic primary and other legal sources
  • Conduct independent research on legal topics
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 2-hour lectures
  • 12 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • A 2,000-word coursework exercise (50% of final mark)
  • A 90-minute exam (50% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll get an understanding of essential issues in entrepreneurship and small business management. You'll also have opportunities to work in entrepreneurial teams and develop innovative business ideas

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Utilise scholarly reviews and primary sources
  • Explain and critique issues involved in business venturing
  • Recognise or create an entrepreneurial opportunity and critically evaluate its viability
  • Develop a realistic business model
  • Develop and demonstrate a critical awareness of personal entrepreneurial skill, to improve employability
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 2-hour lectures
  • 12 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • A 1,500-word essay (35% of final mark)
  • A 10-minute coursework exercise (50% of final mark)
  • A 1,000-word essay (15% of final mark)

What you'll do

On this module, you'll have the opportunity to understand, explore and develop creativity.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Explain theoretical concepts of creativity and their importance to the competitiveness of organisations in the global business environment
  • Apply theoretical perspectives and creative tools, techniques and methods to practical business problems
  • Develop your knowledge, skill and confidence when working as part of a team
  • Work with creative methods, tools and techniques
  • Gain experience through reflective practice
Teaching activities
  • 30 hours of practical classes and workshops
  • 3 hours of project supervision
  • 3 hours of guided independent study
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 167 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,000-word portfolio (10% of final mark)
  • a 3,000-word report (90% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll learn how to use this software to manage sales, distribution, procurement and more, through interactive theory sessions in our TEAL Studio, and practical sessions using SAP software in our computer labs. You'll have the opportunity to make a day visit to the 'Experience SAP' Centre at SAP UKI headquarters outside London, attend design thinking consultancy sessions and earn extra-curricular certifications with SAP Learning Hub.

Completing this module opens up the possibility to extend your knowledge at Level 6 by taking the Business Intelligence elective, which covers areas like data warehousing, analytics and visualisation.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Critically evaluate enterprise systems functionalities and potential benefits to business organisations
  • Explain the business impact of sales, distribution, production planning, financial and cost accounting processes
  • Identify factors critical to ERP system selection, implementation and management, and vendor ecosystems
  • Explain how a leading ERP package (SAP S/4HANA) is used to manage business processes effectively
Teaching activities
  • 31 hours of supervised studio/workshop time
  • 12 x 2-hour practical classes and workshops
  • 9 x 1-hour external visits
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 136 hours studying independently. This is around 8 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a group poster and individual or group presentation (50% of final mark)
  • a presentation-based report screencast, supported by SAP lab work (50% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll have opportunities to discuss contemporary HRD practice from both a theoretical and practical standpoint.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Identify competing approaches that contextualise contemporary developments in HRD
  • Examine contemporary external trends and data and the implications of these for HRD practice
  • Explore the role and contribution of HRD practice to the development of employees
  • Explore contemporary developments in HRD practice
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 1-hour lectures
  • 12 x 2-hour practical classes and workshops
  • 12 x 1-hour tutorials
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,500-word learning log (20% of final mark)
  • a 90-minute written exam (80% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll examine how innovation can be managed by firms, including recognising that innovation cannot be separated from the wider national system, as well as the role played by intellectual property, technology transfer and strategic alliances.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Compare and contrast the issues and factors involved in the management of innovation
  • Critically evaluate how the successful management of innovation can lead to strategic advantage and corporate success
  • Critically evaluate the important role played by intellectual property, technology transfer and strategic alliances in the management of innovation
Teaching activities
  • 11 x 2-hour lectures
  • 11 x 1-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 167 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a portfolio (20% of final mark)
  • a 1,000-word coursework exercise (20% of final mark)
  • a 90-minute written exam (60% of final mark)

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Formulate and assess negotiation and contract management techniques
  • Summarise the basic principles of contract law and evaluate their implications in a procurement and supply chain context
  • Critique the main approaches to the negotiation and management of contracts and make appropriate recommendations in practical situations
  • Apply the law to realistic industry scenarios
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 2-hour lectures
  • 12 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,000-word report (30% of final mark)
  • a 2,000-word practical skills assessment (70% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll get an introduction to public policy towards private firms and organisations, among other topics.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Understand issues relating to corporate social responsibility and how it might influence decision making within organisations
  • Review academic literature relating to managerial and decision economics in order to make policy recommendations
  • Compare and contrast different theories that managers use when making decisions in the firm and interpret their effectiveness in an international context
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 2-hour lectures
  • 12 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 60-minute in-class exam (40% of final mark)
  • a 90-minute written exam (60% of final mark)

  • Business Analytics and Decision Modelling - 20 Credits
  • Business Logistics Management - 20 Credits
  • Contemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship - 20 Credits
  • Corporate Financial Management - 20 Credits
  • Customer Relations Management - 20 Credits
  • Electronic and Mobile Commerce - 20 Credits
  • Event Planning and Marketing - 20 Credits
  • Financial Decision Making and Control - 20 Credits
  • Financial Reporting for Business - 20 Credits
  • Human Resources for The Professional - 20 Credits
  • Intermediate Economics - 20 Credits
  • Learn a foreign language - 20 credits
  • Managing Product Portfolios - 20 Credits
  • People Resourcing and Talent Management - 20 Credits
  • Personal Finance - 20 credits
  • Procurement and Supply - 20 Credits
  • Professional Selling - 20 Credits
  • Public Relations - 20 Credits
  • Risk Management and Supply Chain Vulnerability - 20 Credits
  • Services Marketing - 20 Credits
  • Social Computing for Business - 20 Credits

Year 3

Core modules

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Examine and evaluate the key elements of strategic management theory and practice in national and global contexts
  • Evaluate strategic issues at business and corporate levels, using appropriate frameworks and evidence to identify, develop and recommend strategic options
  • Propose appropriate strategies for issue resolution and the strategic changes needed for their implementation
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 2-hour lectures
  • 12 x 1-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 164 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,000-word coursework exercise (50% of final mark)
  • a 90-minute written exam (50% of final mark)

Optional modules

What you'll do

You'll also get an understanding of the basic principles of business forecasting.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Implement schemes of business analysis
  • Distinguish the important and relevant information necessary to undertake a research project
  • Interpret quantitative evidence and research findings
  • Articulate findings effectively
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 2-hour lectures
  • 12 x 2-hour practical classes and workshops
  • 152 hours of guided independent study
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,000-word report (50% of final mark)
  • a 2,000-word report (50% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll also attend workshops that will assist you in judging the credibility of data sources, critiquing research methods, developing arguments and critical thinking in academic writing.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Extend and enhance your analytical skills through detailed composition and evaluation of a question or hypothesis
  • Develop your analysis in both academic and professional areas
  • Develop your academic and professional insight into the question
  • Critically discuss organisational issues (and potential recommendations) relevant to the question/hypothesis
  • Use and apply relevant theories/models/perspectives presented in academic and practitioner literature
  • Develop your analytical mind, enhance your ability to self-manage, self-organise and write with business purposes in mind to enhance your employability
Teaching activities
  • 11 x 1-hour lectures
  • 6 x 2-hour practical classes and workshops
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 377 hours studying independently. This is around 12 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,000-word research proposal (30% of final mark)
  • a 6,000-word final report (70% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll also attend workshops that will assist you in judging the credibility of data sources, critiquing research methods, developing arguments and critical thinking in academic writing.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Extend and enhance your analytical skills through detailed composition and evaluation of a question or hypothesis
  • Develop your analytical capabilities in both academic and professional areas
  • Develop your academic and professional insight into the question
  • Critically discuss organisational issues (and potential recommendations) relevant to the question/hypothesis
  • Use and apply relevant theories/models/perspectives presented in academic and practitioner literature
  • Develop your analytical mind, enhance your ability to self-manage, self-organise and write with business purposes in mind to enhance your employability
Teaching activities
  • 5 x 1-hour lectures
  • 5 x 1-hour practical classes and workshops
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 390 words studying independently. This is around 12 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,000-word research proposal (30% of final mark)
  • a 6,000-word final report (70% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll also attend workshops that will assist you in judging the credibility of data sources, critiquing research methods, developing arguments and critical thinking in academic writing.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Extend and enhance your analytical skills through detailed composition and evaluation of a question or hypothesis
  • Develop your analysis in both academic and professional areas
  • Develop your academic and professional insight into the question
  • Critically discuss organisational issues (and potential recommendations) relevant to the question/hypothesis
  • Use and apply relevant theories/models/perspectives presented in academic and practitioner literature
  • Develop your analytical mind, enhance your ability to self-manage, self-organise and write with business purposes in mind to enhance your employability
Teaching activities
  • 5 x 1-hour lectures
  • 5 x 1-hour practical classes and workshops
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 390 words studying independently. This is around 12 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,000-word research proposal (30% of final mark)
  • a 6,000-word final report (70% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll critically engage with and explore applications of competing theories in traditional and contemporary areas of leadership. You'll also develop your personal leader/leadership profile and development plan.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Evaluate debates of leader versus leadership and management versus leadership
  • Evaluate arguments, assumptions and theoretical differences in traditional and current leadership research
  • Compare, contrast, and critically evaluate leadership theories
  • Identify and justify links between theory and practice in leadership
  • Develop self-awareness of your leader/leadership ability
  • Formulate action plans to develop your potential
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 2-hour seminars
  • 12 x 2-hour practical classes and workshops
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through: 

  • a 2,500-word essay (60% of final mark)
  • a 1,500-word portfolio (40% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll apply economic models to a range of issues in public economics and public finance.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Justify government intervention in markets and understand the implications of this on efficiency and equity
  • Assess how the size and composition of the public sector has changed over time and how its structure differs across economies
  • Examine the key concepts that underlie tax theory, the characteristics of tax systems, and variations in patterns of taxation
  • Analyse the links between central government and devolved regions
  • Prepare effective written materials
Teaching activities
  • 24 x 1-hour lectures
  • 24 x 1-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,500-word essay (30% of final mark)
  • a 90-minute written exam (70% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll go to practical workshops and learn to draw on marketing theory learned in other modules. You'll consider the implication of different technological innovations for the consumer and for organisations.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Develop a critical awareness of current and future trends in technology
  • Develop an awareness of the impact of technology on sustainable, ethical and responsible marketing
  • Critically appraise the impact of current and future technology trends on marketing activity and decision making
  • Synthesise and disseminate research findings and implications
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 2-hour lectures
  • 12 x 1-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 170 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a coursework project (20% of final mark)
  • a 2,500-word report (80% of final mark)

Specialist research project options

  • Business Research Project: Accounting and Financial Management - 40 credits
  • Business Research Project: Operations and Systems Management - 40 credits
  • Business Research Project: Economics and Finance - 40 credits
  • Work Based Learning - 40 credits

Optional modules

  • Business Consultancy Project - 20 credits 
  • Business Improvement and Creativity - 20 Credits
  • Business Systems Masterclass - 20 Credits
  • Contemporary Issues in Product and Service Development - 20 Credits
  • Cross Cultural Awareness for Business - 20 Credits
  • Destination Marketing - 20 Credits
  • Discrimination and Conflict in Employment Law - 20 Credits
  • Financial Markets and Institutions - 20 Credits
  • Financial Statement and Data Analysis - 20 Credits
  • International Financial Management - 20 Credits
  • Labour Economics - 20 Credits
  • Management and Information Systems - 20 Credits
  • Managing Equality and Diversity at Work - 20 Credits
  • Operations Strategy and The Supply Chain - 20 Credits
  • People Resourcing and Talent Management - 20 Credits
  • Project Management for Enterprise - 20 Credits
  • Responsible and Sustainable Business - 20 Credits
  • Sales Management - 20 Credits
  • Social Marketing - 20 Credits
  • Taxation - 20 Credits
  • The Tourism Experience - 20 Credits

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Trends In Technology module

Take a look at one of the modules you can take on this course, exploring how AI and robotics are changing the world of business.

Social robotics is everything that we've been expecting from science fiction. Address such things as loneliness in old age.

More robotic and AI assistance is going into business, people who are entering the business and marketing world today have an understanding of and can see how it can be utilised for the benefit of the business.

I have had some superb tutors and because they’ve been so committed to the subject, they’ve given additional support beyond what I’d ever expect and I’m really grateful for that.

Amanda Nye, BA Hons Business and Management

Teaching​

How you’re taught will depend on the modules that you take, but methods are likely to include:

  • lectures
  • workshops
  • seminars
  • one-on-one tutorials
  • practical sessions
  • group discussions

For more about the teaching activities for specific modules, see the module list above.

We pride ourselves on the academic support we offer our students. You'll have a personal tutor, student engagement officers and study support staff to help you throughout your studies.

Assessment

How you're assessed will depend on the modules you select.

As well as online assessments and coursework you may be assessed using:

  • practical exercises
  • written reports
  • presentations
  • portfolios
  • research proposals

The way you're assessed will depend on the modules you select throughout your course. Here's an example from a previous academic year of how students on this course were typically assessed:

  • Year 1 students: 58% by written exams and 42% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 32% by written exams and 64% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 24% by written exams and 76% by coursework

You'll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

We'll give you feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

How you'll spend your time

One of the main differences between school or college and university is how much control you have over your learning.

We're planning for most of your learning to be supported by timetabled face-to-face teaching with some elements of online provision. Please be aware, the balance between face-to-face teaching and online provision may change depending on Government restrictions. You'll also do lots of independent study with support from staff and our virtual learning environment, Moodle. Find out more about how our teaching has transformed to best support your learning.

A typical week

We recommend you spend at least 35 hours a week studying for this degree.

In your first year this is what your week may look like:

  • timetabled teaching activities (lectures, seminars, tutorials, classes and workshops) = about 14 hours a week
  • independent study (research, reading, coursework and project work, alone or in a group) = about 21 hours a week

You'll probably do more independent study and have less scheduled teaching in years 2 and 3, but this depends on which modules you choose.

Term dates

The academic year runs from September to June. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter.

See term dates

Supporting your learning

The amount of timetabled teaching you'll get on your degree might be less than what you're used to at school or college, but you'll also get support via video, phone and face-to-face from teaching and support staff when you need it. These include the following people and services:

Types of support

Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to independent study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.

You'll have regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor. They're also available by appointment if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next meeting.

In addition to the support you get from your personal tutor, you'll also have support from student engagement officers. They can give you confidential, impartial advice on anything to do with your studies and personal wellbeing, and refer you to specialist support services if you need extra help or support.

You'll have help from a team of study support tutors. Based within the Faculty of Business and Law, these tutors are familiar with the specific requirements your assignments and work closely with faculty academics. This means they can give you focused support with the specific study skills you need to be successful on your course. They're available face-to-face, by phone, email, and by video call.

They can help with:

  • Academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations, projects and literature reviews)
  • Reflective writing skills
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Delivering presentations (including observing and filming presentations)
  • Understanding and using assignment feedback
  • Managing your time and workload
  • Revision and exam techniques

If you're a mature student, specialist support to help you return to learning is available.

As well as support from faculty staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University's Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • Academic writing
  • Note taking
  • Time management
  • Critical thinking
  • Presentation skills
  • Referencing
  • Working in groups
  • Revision, memory and exam techniques

Library staff are available in person or by email, phone, or online chat to help you make the most of the University's library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from librarians who specialise in business and law.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

If you require extra support because of a disability or additional learning need our specialist team can help you.

They'll help you to

  • discuss and agree on reasonable adjustments
  • liaise with other University services and facilities, such as the library
  • access specialist study skills and strategies tutors, and assistive technology tutors, on a 1-to-1 basis or in groups
  • liaise with external services

If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.

​Course costs and funding

Tuition fees (2022 start)

  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 a year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • EU students – £9,250 a year, including our Transition Scholarship (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £16,200 a year (subject to annual increase)

You won't pay any extra tuition fees to another university for taking part in a study/work abroad activity if you choose to do it for the whole academic year. During a year abroad you'll only have to pay a reduced fee to the University of Portsmouth.

Funding your studies

Find out how to fund your studies, including the scholarships and bursaries you could get. You can also find more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

Apply

How to apply

To start this course in 2022, apply through UCAS. You'll need:

  • the UCAS course code – NN21
  • our institution code – P80

If you'd prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.

You can also sign up to an Open Day to:

  • Tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
  • Speak with lecturers and chat with our students 
  • Get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join

If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

How to apply from outside the UK

See the 'How to apply' section above for details of how to apply. You can also get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.

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