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, September 2023

Apply through Clearing

To start this course in 2022 complete this short application form, call us on +44 (0)23 9284 8074 or go to our Clearing section to chat with us online.

Our Clearing hotline is open from 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Thursday, and 9.00am to 4.00pm on Fridays.

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.

Business and management studies at the University of Portsmouth is ranked 2nd of the modern universities by research power

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.

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

Course highlights

  • Explore lots of different areas of business and management to find the specialisms that interest you
  • Work in creative, small teams that replicate the working world
  • Get hands-on experience as part of our Business Consultancy Project, offering advice to local small businesses
  • Take an optional placement year or summer internship with a business such as L'Oreal or BAE Systems
  • Get support for setting up your own business from our Entrepreneurs in Residence
  • Gain an understanding of ethical and sustainable business practices
  • Finish the course with skills that are in demand in the modern workplace, such as creative thinking, business innovation and decision making

No.3 Influential business school in the world (Financial Times Teaching Power Rankings 2021)

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)
  • T levels – Merit
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDM

You may need to have studied specific subjects – 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.

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

You may need to have studied specific subjects – 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). 

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

Facilities and clinics

Female students talking to client in the Business Consultancy.

Business Consultancy Project

Put your learning into practice by helping real local companies and start-ups with their business problems.

Find out about our business consultancy

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TEAL room

Our technology enhanced active learning space promotes social learning.

Discover our TEAL learning space

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Business Suite

Experience the boardroom in our replica business suite.

Discover our Business Simulation Suite

 

Careers and opportunities

This degree will open doors to a wide variety of careers in the business world.

Previous graduates of this course have secured jobs as:

  • HR manager
  • business transformation consultant
  • marketing manager
  • project manager
  • army officer - squadron operations
  • business development executive
  • product marketing executive
  • account manager
  • personal banker
  • compliance analyst
  • supply chain manager

Graduates of this course have gone on to work for companies such as:

  • Tesco
  • British Telecom
  • Deloitte
  • HM Government
  • IBM
  • Disney
  • BAE Systems
  • NHS
  • John Lewis Partnership
  • Estée Lauder
  • Volkswagen Group UK 
  • Microsoft

(Data taken from HESA Graduate Outcome surveys)

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.

You could also choose to set up your own business with the help and support of the University.

Why do a business management degree?

Read our blog to find out why a business management degree is a good idea and how it opens doors to lots of different careers.

Read the blog

Work 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

The average salary for a 12-month paid placement is £16,500. It could be more or less than this amount depending on your placement. You'll only pay a very small percentage of your tuition fee for this year.

You could also set up your own business, or take a voluntary placement.

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.

Ways to enrich your study

Student Rabab sitting with EiR Mark Smith

Entrepreneurs in Residence Programme (EiR)

We have more than 20 experienced business entrepreneurs on our free EiR programme who can help you develop your business idea.

"I have a business idea, but I was not too sure about it. After this meeting, I felt so encouraged and positive about it! I felt so motivated to pursue my business venture. He gave me real life advice and helped me how to approach my ideas."

Rabab El Habchi Mahir meeting EiR Mark Smith

Prague city view

Study abroad year

Between your second and third year you can choose to study abroad at one of our partner universities in Europe, Asia, Australia or North America. All classes are delivered in English and you'll still be able to get both your tuition fee and maintenance loans. You may also qualify for a government travel grant.

"Students that go abroad are more likely to obtain first-class honours [and] more likely to be in graduate employment than their non-mobile peers."

Universities UK International: 'Gone International, Rising Aspirations', 2019

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
Year 2
Work placement year
Year 3

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:

  • 1 x set coursework exercise (20% of final mark)
  • 1 x set coursework exercise (50% of final mark)
  • 1 x set coursework exercise (30% 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)

The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • 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

Explore this module

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 2,000-word essay (100% 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 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

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 (30% of final mark)
  • a 90-minute written exam (70% 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)

What you'll do

You'll get an understanding of sociological issues in an international setting, and enhance your job prospects.

What you'll learn

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

  • Manage and complete tasks relevant to your course while abroad, with an appropriate level of skill, initiative, independence and performance
  • Critically reflect on your learning experience and ambassadorial role for the University
  • Consider the relevance of your learning to future study and/or employability and personal development
  • Critically assess how activities covered on your course relate to disciplinary knowledge and practice in a global context
Teaching activities
  • 5 x 1-hour seminars
  • 1,195 hours studying abroad
Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 3,000-word coursework portfolio (100% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll enter at the appropriate level for your existing language knowledge. If you combine this module with language study in your first or third year, you can turn this module into a certificated course that is aligned with the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFRL).

What you'll learn

When you complete this module:

  • You'll have improved your linguistic skills in Arabic, British Sign Language, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, French, German or Spanish
  • You'll be prepared for Erasmus study abroad
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 176 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: 

  • coursework (100% of final mark) 

What you'll do

You'll study the current and most widely cited research, and develop and demonstrate the ability to critically assess the strengths and weaknesses of work being done in the field.

What you'll learn

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

  • Understand the current issues in the fields of entrepreneurship and new business creation
  • Apply your academic skills to research scholarly literature, synthesise writings from diverse perspectives, and draw theoretical and practical conclusions in the field of entrepreneurship
Teaching activities
  • 11 x 2-hour lectures
  • 11 x 1-hour seminars
Independent study project

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 100-word piece of coursework (10% of final mark)
  • a 25-minute oral presentation (30% of final mark)
  • a 2,000-word piece of coursework (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll discuss HRM in theoretical and workplace contexts and how effective HRM can add value to an organisation.

What you'll learn

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

  • Demonstrate an awareness of current issues in HRM practice, from both the HR and line manager perspective, including reference to ethical practice, and how this applies to the workplace
  • Examine and apply concepts and frameworks to practical workplace situations, both real and simulated, to evaluate how HR can add value to an organisation by attracting, retaining and developing employees to enhance organisational performance
  • Be able to perform as a self-managing professional and collaborative member of working groups and teams
  • Understand the function of Human Resources and be able to select and apply appropriate resources to identify HRM issues and propose relevant solutions
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:

  • an 11-week portfolio (20% of final mark)
  • a 2,500-word written assignment (80% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll learn how use a CRM system to reinforce sustainability and profitability in a business. You'll get hands-on experience of a commercial CRM software package as you use it to support marketing and planning, campaign management, lead management, analytics, customer segmentation, service order support and customer processing.

What you'll learn

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

  • Demonstrate your critical and reflective knowledge of using operational and analytical CRM to secure strategic business advantage
  • Understand the concept and principles of CRM, particularly in relation to modern technology platforms
  • Articulate the requirements for CRM and transform them into CRM systems functionality
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 1-hour lectures
  • 12 x 2-hour practical classes and workshops
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 30-minute group set exercise (40% of final mark)
  • a 1,200-word coursework exercise (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

Risks include natural and man-made events, fraud, corruption, counterfeiting and societal risks (e.g. conflict minerals, child labour). You'll locate and critically analyse information about supply chains and recent risk events to investigate and evaluate the principles and practices of supply chain risk management.

What you'll learn

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

  • Describe and explain the principles, frameworks and practices of supply chain risk management
  • Differentiate categories of vulnerabilities and risks in supply chains
  • Compile and analyse information about contemporary supply chains and recent vulnerabilities and risk events
  • Interpret and critically comment on information about supply chains and their vulnerabilities and risk events using supply chain risk management principles, frameworks and practices
Teaching activities
  • 18 x 1-hour lectures
  • 18 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 500-word set coursework exercise (30% of final mark)
  • a set practical exercise (20% of final mark)
  • a 1,600-word written assignment (50% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll review, discuss and critically evaluate analytical techniques for studying economic issues and problems.

What you'll learn

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

  • Articulate and explain core principles of economic theory at an intermediate level
  • Use appropriate theoretical and analytical techniques to solve economic problems
  • Develop appropriate economic models for the analysis of international economic issues
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 2,000-word coursework exercise (50% of final mark)
  • a 2,000-word report (50% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll get an introduction to the characteristics of services, as well as how an extended marketing mix and technology can help reduce the effects of these. You'll discuss theories on how to market services and practically apply them to relevant scenarios.

What you'll learn

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

  • Explain the characteristics of services and their impact upon responsible, sustainable and ethical marketing
  • Identify and explain key theories and concepts associated with marketing in the service sector
  • Analyse and reflect upon how service providers use technology and the extended marketing mix to enhance their marketing
Teaching activities
  • 24 hours of lectures
  • 12 hours of 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 coursework exercise (40% of final mark)
  • a 2,500-word report (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll study the legal and regulatory framework around financial statements in UK businesses, the interpretation of financial statements, the preparation of accounts (including group accounts) and taxation. Throughout the module, you'll further your employability skills, including time management, written and verbal communication, research skills, and self reflection.

To take this module, you'll need to have studied the Business Accounting module or equivalent.

What you'll learn

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

  • Assess the need for regulation over the quality of corporate reporting and critically appraise the existing system
  • Describe specific aspects of the UK regulatory framework, evaluate them in the context of accounting concepts, and apply them in practical situations
  • Appraise and interpret information contained in financial accounts and evaluate its limitations
  • Recognise and summarise the importance of internal controls
  • Evaluate and illustrate the main features of the taxation system which are likely to impact on a UK company
Teaching activities
  • 11 x 3-hour workshops
  • 11 x 1-hour lectures
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:

  • individual continuous assessment (10% of final mark)
  • a 20-minute group presentation and oral assessment (30% of final mark)
  • a 2-hour written exam (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll also develop practical and transferable selling skills.

What you'll learn

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

  • Evaluate and apply the communications techniques appropriate in professional selling
  • Understand and analyse potential ethical issues at the supplier-customer interface
  • Discuss and reflect upon professional selling and the management of major customers using appropriate theoretical models and frameworks from academic literature
  • Prepare and deliver a professional sales approach in a real-world scenario
  • Reflect upon the behaviour and strategies of professional buyers
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 2-hour practical classes and workshops
  • 12 x 1-hour lectures
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 report (50% of final mark)
  • a 90-minute written exam (50% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll get an understanding of e-commerce and m-commerce development, models, infrastructure and applications. You'll also learn more about promotion and management in relation to electronic and mobile commerce sites and applications.

What you'll learn

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

  • Synthesise new and existing knowledge in the development, infrastructure, models, payment systems, applications and security of electronic and mobile commerce
  • Locate, access, and critically engage with relevant information
  • Analyse customer needs and expectations by integrating business, information, stakeholders, business processes and technologies into a coherent CRM deployment, using digital technologies
  • Analyse ethical and privacy issues relating to the management of customer data
  • Build an e-commerce website
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 coursework exercise (50% of final mark)
  • a 2-hour exam (50% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll concentrate on bringing new products to market. By applying theory in practical situations, you'll get an in-depth introduction to product management theory, and develop creative problem-solving, business analysis and co-ordination skills.

What you'll learn

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

  • Compare and contrast new product development theories and concepts
  • Identify key decisions points in the new product development process
  • Select and employ a range of new product development techniques, including marketing analysis, idea generation, concept development and launch planning
  • Present a business case for a new product
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 2-hour lectures
  • 12 x 1-hour seminar
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 report (50% of final mark)
  • a 90-minute exam (50% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll analyse the key issues regarding purchasing, sourcing and supply chain management, and learn the key tools and techniques for effective management of procurement and supply chains.

What you'll learn

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

  • Interpret and review the main principles of procurement and supply chain management
  • Apply tools and techniques for effective procurement and supply chain management
  • Analyse and critically evaluate the key issues related to purchasing, sourcing and supply chain management
Teaching activities
  • 24 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 15-minute oral assessment and presentation (10% of final mark)
  • a 1,000-word coursework exercise (40% of final mark)
  • a 90-minute written exam (50% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll learn about HR planning, talent acquisition and talent management in a legal, ethical and business focused framework. You'll further develop your knowledge and understanding of human resource management (HRM).

What you'll learn

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

  • Understand key contemporary labour market trends and their significance to organisations
  • Undertake core talent planning activities and know how to contribute to the development of resourcing strategies including managing and planning recruitment and selection activities effectively, within the expectation of the law and best practice
  • Understand the development of performance management in organisations and evaluate the theoretical and conceptual frameworks that contribute to high performance organisations
  • Critically evaluate the key perspectives, principles, policies and practices that inform decision making
  • Apply knowledge and understanding regarding how to manage grievance, discipline, dismissal and redundancy effectively, ethically and lawfully within the workplace
  • Demonstrate understanding of people resourcing and talent management and be able to select and apply appropriate practitioner and academic resources to identify people resourcing and talent management issues and propose relevant and realistic solutions
Teaching activities
  • 11 hours of lectures
  • 22 hours of practical classes and workshops
  • 11 hours of 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 portfolio (25% of final mark)
  • a set coursework exercise (75% of final mark)

What you'll do

Among other elements, you'll learn how PR plays a role in managing stakeholder relationships in a responsible and ethical manner.

What you'll learn

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

  • Explain the role of Public Relations (PR) in managing stakeholder relationships in the business environment in a responsible and ethical manner.
  • Examine the campaign planning process 
  • Identify and appropriately use the tools and techniques of PR to communicate with stakeholders
  • Explain the role of PR in managing stakeholder relationships in a responsible and ethical manner
  • Understand how to evaluate the effect of PR effort
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 1,000-word report (40% of final mark)
  • a 1,500-word report (60% of final mark)

The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Critical understanding of financial management environment and approaches to financial management decision-making in core subject topics.
  • Refinement of analytical approach to evaluating real-life financial management issues.
  • Active entrepreneurial mindset to financial management understanding the changing digital and technologically-driven business environment.

Explore this module

The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Identify the core theory, practices, and technologies that underpin virtual communities.
  • Be able to analyse a virtual community within a business system context.
  • Be able to conceptually design and construct a virtual community that meets a business need and is technologically viable.

Explore this module

The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Identify event theories and planning models.
  • Demonstrate the ability to distinguish between different types of event (such as business, cultural and sporting among many others) and understand their individual marketing requirements.
  • Communicate clearly and effectively an event marketing plan using recognised theories and approaches.

Explore this module

The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • To demonstrate the use of analytics to support decision making in business.
  • To demonstrate how to formulate and build models for management and business problems.
  • To develop an understanding of the application of business analytics using case studies.

Explore this module

The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Describe the business finance environment and use financial statements in assessing performance and valuing firms. To apply a blend of techniques to deal with integrated business finance problems.
  • Apply the principles and theories underpinning the investment decision, the finance decision and dividend policy in corporate financial management. To apply capital budgeting techniques and other financial management theories to decision making.
  • Utilise, evaluate and criticise some of the more advanced tools and techniques of management accounting.

Explore this module

The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Describe and explain the principles and business practices of logistics management
  • Critically discuss how to design and manage logistics networks effectively
  • Describe and assess the trade offs between transport, warehousing and inventory
  • Interpret and critically comment on contemporary problems facing global logistics and supply chains operations
  • Critically discuss how ERP-systems support and automate business processes in logistics management

Explore this module

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)

Core module

What you'll do

You'll complete a placement portfolio over the duration of the placement and improve your professional skills such as self-reflection, networking, evaluating progress and using the portfolio. You'll have support from the Placement Office (PO) and a Placement Tutor, to plan, and during, your placement including a visit from your Placement Tutor.

Successful completion of the placement will be recognised in your transcript of achievement and your degree certificate will state 'in the sandwich mode'.

What you'll learn

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

  • Use the skills you've developed in the workplace, e.g. communication, time management, IT skills
  • Identify personal areas for improvement or training to enhance future employability
  • Use your record of experiences and training gained on placement to reflect on your skill and progress
  • Link what you learned on the rest of your undergraduate degree course to what you learn on placement
  • Understand your options regarding career planning, and future professional development
Teaching activities
  • a full time work placement
  • 1 x placement day
  • meetings with your placement tutor
Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,500 word portfolio (100% of final mark)

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 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)

What you'll do

You'll also compare and contrast competing theoretical models and policy stances, as well as critically evaluating contemporary debates on key issues such as unemployment, inflation, discrimination, and job searching.

What you'll learn

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

  • Conceptualise labour market behaviour using logical and creative approaches, including skills of abstraction and simplification
  • Analyse trends in labour markets and policy formation
  • Critically evaluate current policy-making, particularly in relation to equality and diversity in labour markets
  • Effectively present your findings, whether orally, or in written form
  • Summarise and report concisely on key labour market indicators
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 2-hour lectures
  • 12x 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 2,000-word report (50% of final mark)
  • a 2,000-word coursework exercise (50% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll take a high level, in-depth look at the impact and importance of culture in selected areas of business activity.

What you'll learn

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

  • Examine what is meant by culture and its influence on the individual’s behaviour
  • Analyse the nature of differences in workplace behaviour, in a cross cultural context
  • Articulate the need to develop cross cultural competence as a business attribute
  • Justify the significance of the cross cultural dimension in the increasingly multicultural globalised working environment
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 10 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 (40% of final mark)
  • a 2,000-word written assignment (60% of final mark)

What you’ll do

You'll develop your understanding of complex concepts and your ability 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 and undertake, and communicate clearly, objective analysis of complex fact situations in the context of discrimination and dismissal law
  • Access and critically analyse paper or electronic primary sources, and other legal sources
  • Conduct independent research on legal topics
Teaching activities
  • 22 x 1-hour lectures
  • 22 x 1-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 156 hours studying independently. This is around 4.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,500-word coursework exercise (30% of final mark)
  • a 2,250-word coursework exercise (70% of final mark)

What you'll learn

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

  • Describe and assess the use of financial statements in evaluating a company’s financial position
  • Apply and analyse knowledge of financial analysis techniques to explain items in published financial information
  • Evaluate and synthesise information on the theoretical developments of financial analysis in relation to items in publicly available financial data
Teaching activities
  • 24 x 2-hour practical classes and workshops
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 report (40% of final mark)
  • a 1,500-word report (40% of final mark)
  • an oral assessment and presentation (20% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll learn more about how to achieve a competitive advantage and manage the decision making process using information systems.

What you'll learn

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

  • Appreciate the need for a strategic approach to information systems
  • Understand how information systems may be applied to achieve a competitive advantage
  • Understand the role and nature of information systems in the management decision making process and its contribution to organisational knowledge
  • Understand the implications of the internet and e-business
  • Understand the management issues associated with managing IT services and an IT project
Teaching activities
  • 11 x 2-hour lectures
  • 11 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 156 hours studying independently. This is around 9.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

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

What you'll do

You'll also focus on the critical issues associated with managing these processes. You'll get an introduction to product/service development, as well as issues impacting on the development of new products and services.

What you'll learn

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

  • Evaluate product and service development management theories, models and concepts
  • Compare and contrast key decisions and tools used inn product and service development projects
  • Compare and contrast emerging external factors that influence product and service development within an international context
  • Critically evaluate product and service development in light of ethical and environmental sustainability issues
Teaching activities
  • 11 x 1-hour seminars
  • 11 x 2-hour lectures
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:

  • 2 x 1,250-word essays (each 30% of final mark)
  • a 15-minute presentation (40% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll examine how the significance of the supply chain can alter and contribute to the overall strategy of an organisation.

What you'll learn

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

  • Demonstrate critical and reflective knowledge of global supply chains, their environment and their impact on wider society
  • Investigate and analyse international supply chain case studies, using theoretical problem solving techniques
  • Evaluate opportunities for supply chain development and improvement
  • Research and analyse the wider supply chain environment
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 2-hour lectures
  • 6 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:

  • 5 x online tests (10% of final mark)
  • a 1,500-word portfolio (40% of final mark)
  • a 2-hour set exercise (50% of final mark)

What you'll do

You’ll work on a business project for a local organisation from the private, public or third sector (such as charities, not-for-profits and community organisations). 

Examples of past projects are: developing options for a bank for use of their banking halls for community financial education; creating a strategy for a facilities management firm to improve their marketing; helping a social enterprise to find ways to grow their user base, with new service offerings. 

After an introduction to the business, your client will provide ongoing direction and guidance, and you’ll be giving them regular updates. For most of the time you'll be part of an independent, diverse team, managing your own priorities to achieve the project aims. 

You’ll develop skills in teamwork, project management and consultancy, and learn to apply business concepts from across your degree studies. You'll get to work off-campus, meeting key stakeholders and conducting tasks such as customer surveys and interviews. We encourage a sense of experimentation and innovation, and you'll learn key skills in seminars and lectures with support from your tutor.

What you'll learn

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

  • Work effectively in a consultancy project team, whilst developing your skills in communications, cross-cultural competence, creativity and conflict resolution.
  • Successfully develop and manage a consultancy project, using relevant problem solving and project management methods.
  • Critically apply business and management concepts to analyse your client's situation, design and evaluate solutions and develop a sustainable implementation plan.
Teaching activities
  • 11 x 1-hour lectures
  • 11 x 2-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 2,000-word groupwork portfolio (60% of final mark)
  • a 1,500-word individual portfolio (40% of final mark)

What you'll do

This module has a strong focus on ethical and environmental issues.

What you'll learn

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

  • Explain how marketing concepts and techniques can be applied to the marketing of social issues
  • Examine how marketing approaches can be used to change behaviour and encourage ethical, responsible and sustainable consumerism
  • Apply marketing concepts and techniques to address a real social issue and achieve behavioural change
  • Deliver an effective and professional visual presentation
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 1,000-word project (40% of final mark)
  • a 2,500-word essay (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

This will provide the framework for independent student learning, to ensure the accomplishment of all the stated learning outcomes.

What you'll learn

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

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the main financial markets and institutions, and the theory of financial intermediation
  • Demonstrate & evaluate how financial instruments such as money market instruments, bonds and stocks are priced, as well as to demonstrate competence in calculating the yields of these assets.
  • Apply specific techniques to the analysis of the term structure of interest rates, options, futures and foreign currency
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how economic news impacts on asset prices, and how financial institutions may respond to price expectations
  • Critically evaluate and demonstrate knowledge and understanding of dividend valuation models and the criticisms advanced in the literature
Teaching activities
  • 11 x 1-hour lectures
  • 11 x 3-hour seminars
  • 2 x 1-hour lab sessions
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 154 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 portfolio (100% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll develop a critical and practical understanding of tourism.

What you’ll learn

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

  • Critically understand the tourism experience concept
  • Think independently, analytically and creatively with the variations in consumer behaviours
  • Identify and communicate clearly about current issues in tourism
Teaching activities
  • 11 hours of lectures
  • 22 hours of 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 10-minute oral assesment and presentation (30% of final mark)
  • a 2,500-word coursework report (70% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll examine the internal and external strategies adopted by multinational firms to maximise shareholder wealth, and other related topics.

What you'll learn

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

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the strategies used by multinational firms to maximise shareholder wealth, and how these affect the investment choices of multinational firms
  • Apply and critically compare multinational company (MNC) theories, including exchange rate determination
  • Apply knowledge and understanding of how economic news impacts on asset prices, and how financial institutions may respond to price expectations
  • Undertake foreign exchange risk management, the financing of foreign operations and foreign investment analysis
  • Examine and apply techniques to determine the cost of capital for foreign investments
  • Learn how to manage a multinational firm's financing and investment decisions, including cross-border mergers and acquisition
  • Learn techniques for the measurement and management of a multinational firms exposure to exchange rate and interest rate risks
  • Examine and demonstrate why multinational firms list their stocks on international stock exchanges
  • Examine how and why multinational firms use bank markets, such as the Eurobond market, currency options and futures markets, and interest rate and currency swaps
Teaching activities
  • 11 x 1-hour lectures
  • 11 x 3-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 report (30% of final mark)
  • a 90-minute written exam (70% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll develop your knowledge and understanding around the application of ideas, methodologies, processes and techniques for improving and sustaining organisational performance.

What you'll learn

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

  • Critically discuss the nature and evolution of continuous improvement
  • Evaluate the use and application of high performance and continuous improvement methodologies, tools and techniques
  • Evaluate the use and relevance of various business change and improvement systems, models and techniques
  • Analyse and discuss cultural, human and behavioural factors contributing to the successful implementation and continuation of business improvement
  • Critically assess the creative environment and use a range of tools and techniques to enhance organisational and employee creativity and problem-solving
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 portfolio (50% of final mark)
  • a 90-minute exam (50% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll develop a critically informed understanding of the extent of inequality and discrimination at work. You'll also learn about the factors that contribute to workplace disadvantage and the interventions designed to alleviate it.

What you'll learn

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

  • Critically evaluate theoretical and conceptual perspectives of equality and diversity
  • Apply knowledge and understanding of equality and diversity issues in the workplace
  • Collect and synthesise relevant information related to equality and diversity issues
Teaching activities
  • 33 hours of practical classes and workshops
  • 6 x 1-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 161 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 1,500-word written assignment (20% of final mark)
  • a 2,500-word written assignment (80% of final mark)

What you'll do

This is a practical module you and you'll take an active role in each seminar session. You'll develop "whole picture" thinking when pursuing your career.

What you'll learn

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

  • Use appropriate models and frameworks to critically assess different aspects of sales management within an organisation
  • Present solutions to shortfalls in sales performance in a professional manner
  • Critically evaluate the significance of sales management and leadership, and recognise how to manage a sales force efficiently and effectively
  • Analyse ethical issues within the sales arena
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 1-hour lectures
  • 12 x 2-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 1,500-word professional report (20% of final mark)
  • a 15-minute group presentation (30% of final mark)
  • a 1-hour written exam (50% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll explore the responsibilities and boundaries of businesses in a range of contemporary environmental and social issues, and in the context of differing ethical frameworks. You'll also investigate how areas such as business ethics, law, politics, economics, strategy and management affect our understanding and practice in regards to responsible and sustainable business.

What you'll learn

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

  • Identify ethical, social and environmental issues that arise within today’s global business environment
  • Present an analysis of the ethical, social and environmental issues in business, from more than one point of view
  • Suggest appropriate responses to ethical, social and environmental issues in business
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 20-minute oral assessment and presentation (40% of final mark)
  • a 90-minute written exam (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll critically explore challenges faced by local, national and global Destination Marketing Organisations (DMOs) and identify appropriate marketing strategies to address these.

To take this module, you must have completed a marketing module at Level 4 and one at Level 5.

What you’ll learn

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

  • Critically analyse destination marketing material produced by various organisations
  • Show a comprehensive understanding of the significance of branding in destination marketing at local, national and global levels
  • Critically evaluate the challenges facing destination marketing organisations (DMOs)
Teaching activities
  • 24 hours of lectures
  • 12 hours of 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 1,500-word written assignment including essay (40% of final mark)
  • a 10-minute video presentation (60% of final mark)

This module is accredited by the professional accounting bodies and contributes towards exemptions from professional accounting examinations (subject to meeting any threshold requirements of the professional accounting bodies)

What you'll do

You'll attend workshops where you'll do formative problem-solving activities, using practical examples to apply what you've learnt.

What you'll learn

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

  • Describe the background and operation of the structure of the UK income tax system and perform necessary calculations of taxable income
  • Calculate income tax payable to an individual or sole trader
  • Appreciate the principles involved in Capital Gains Tax, Corporation Tax, Inheritance Tax and Value Added Tax, and perform necessary calculations of tax payable by applying statute and case law
  • Outline the factors involved in tax planning
Teaching activities
  • 22 x 2-hour workshop/seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 156 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 portfolio (30% of final mark)
  • a 3 hour 15 minute written exam (70% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll extend and enhance your analytical skills through engagement with detailed academic research. You'll critically engage with suitable literature, choose appropriate research methods and carry a planned approach into practice to produce a piece of independent research.

What you’ll learn

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

  • Select a topic for investigation that is appropriate in terms of its relationship with current developments in accounting and financial management, and that is defined through clear research objectives or questions
  • Assess and critically evaluate literature relevant to the study
  • Select appropriate research method(s) and systematically organise and interpret data obtained in the course of the research project
  • Extract relevant conclusions and recommendations from the research findings and discuss in relation to the relevant literatures
  • Demonstrate an awareness of research ethics and safeguard the welfare of all subjects potentially affected by the research project
Teaching activities
  • 6 hours of lectures
  • 8 hours of seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 386 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 written assignment including essay (30% of final mark)
  • a 6,000-word dissertation (70% of final mark)

What you’ll do

You'll extend and enhance your analytical skills through engagement with detailed academic research. You'll critically engage with suitable literature, choose appropriate research methods and carry a planned approach into practice to produce a piece of independent research.

What you’ll learn

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

  • Select a topic for investigation that is appropriate in terms of its relationship with current developments in organisation studies and human resource management, and that is defined through clear research objectives or questions
  • Assess and critically evaluate literature relevant to the study
  • Select appropriate research method(s) and systematically organise and interpret data obtained in the course of the research project
  • Extract relevant conclusions and recommendations from the research findings and discuss in relation to the relevant literatures
  • Demonstrate an awareness of research ethics and safeguard the welfare of all subjects potentially affected by the research project
Teaching activities
  • 6 hours of lectures
  • 8 hours of seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 386 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 written assignment including essay (30% of final mark)
  • a 6,000-word dissertation (70% of final mark)

What you'll learn

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

  • Select a suitable topic for investigation, understand its relationship with current developments in the respective subject area(s) and define clear research objectives or questions
  • Identify, access and critically evaluate a range of appropriate literatures that are pertinent to the study
  • Select appropriate research method(s) and systematically organise and interpret data obtained in the course of an empirical research project
  • Derive relevant conclusions and recommendations from the research findings and discuss them in relation to relevant literatures
  • Safeguard the welfare of all subjects potentially affected by the research project
  • Understand the likely effects of recommendations derived from the research project where this is appropriate.
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 1-hour seminars/workshops
  • Guidance and support from your allocated supervisor
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 388 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:

  • an 8,000-word dissertation (100% of final mark) – based on the following weighting: literature review (25%), methodology (20%), findings and discussion (25%), conclusions and recommendations (10%), format and presentation (10%) and research topic, intro and aims (10%)

What you’ll do

You'll extend and enhance your analytical skills through engagement with detailed academic research. You'll critically engage with suitable literature, choose appropriate research methods and carry a planned approach into practice to produce a piece of independent research.

What you’ll learn

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

  • Select a topic for investigation that is appropriate in terms of its relationship with current developments in organisation studies and human resource management, and that is defined through clear research objectives or questions
  • Assess and critically evaluate literature relevant to the study
  • Select appropriate research method(s) and systematically organise and interpret data obtained in the course of the research project
  • Extract relevant conclusions and recommendations from the research findings and discuss in relation to the relevant literatures
  • Demonstrate an awareness of research ethics and safeguard the welfare of all subjects potentially affected by the research project
Teaching activities
  • 6 hours of lectures
  • 8 hours of seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 386 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 written assignment including essay (30% of final mark)
  • a 6,000-word dissertation (70% of final mark)

What you’ll do

You'll extend and enhance your analytical skills through engagement with detailed academic research. You'll critically engage with suitable literature, choose appropriate research methods and carry a planned approach into practice to produce a piece of independent research.

What you’ll learn

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

  • Select a topic for investigation that is appropriate in terms of its relationship with current developments in organisation studies and human resource management, and that is defined through clear research objectives or questions
  • Assess and critically evaluate literature relevant to the study
  • Select appropriate research method(s) and systematically organise and interpret data obtained in the course of the research project
  • Extract relevant conclusions and recommendations from the research findings and discuss in relation to the relevant literatures
  • Demonstrate an awareness of research ethics and safeguard the welfare of all subjects potentially affected by the research project
Teaching activities
  • 6 hours of lectures
  • 8 hours of seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 386 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 written assignment including essay (30% of final mark)
  • a 6,000-word dissertation (70% of final mark)

What you’ll do

You'll extend and enhance your analytical skills through engagement with detailed academic research. You'll critically engage with suitable literature, choose appropriate research methods and carry a planned approach into practice to produce a piece of independent research.

What you’ll learn

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

  • Select a topic for investigation that is appropriate in terms of its relationship with current developments in organisation studies and human resource management, and that is defined through clear research objectives or questions
  • Assess and critically evaluate literature relevant to the study
  • Select appropriate research method(s) and systematically organise and interpret data obtained in the course of the research project
  • Extract relevant conclusions and recommendations from the research findings and discuss in relation to the relevant literatures
  • Demonstrate an awareness of research ethics and safeguard the welfare of all subjects potentially affected by the research project
Teaching activities
  • 6 hours of lectures
  • 8 hours of seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 386 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 written assignment including essay (30% of final mark)
  • a 6,000-word dissertation (70% of final mark)

The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Compare the characteristics and perspectives of projects with those of ongoing tasks
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of calls for planning estimating monitoring and controlling projects
  • Be able to communicate, lead and/or participate in project teams
  • Understand and apply the fundamental aspects of the Prince2 methodology
  • Be able to develop and implement meaningful project schedules using project management and planning software (Microsoft project)

Explore this module

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.

Teaching​

We've listened to our students and they've told us that they want to keep some of the positive changes we've made to teaching and learning, so we're keeping a blended and connected model which will include some online learning. Around 20% of your timetabled teaching will be online.

The majority of your timetabled teaching will be face-to-face and will include:

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

We pride ourselves on the academic support we offer our students. In addition to our dedicated teaching team, 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 choose.

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

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

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 to enhance your learning experience and help you succeed. You can build your personalised network of support from 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 access to our 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.

Our online Learning Well mini-course will help you plan for managing the challenges of learning and student life, so you can fulfil your potential and have a great student experience.

You can get personal, emotional and mental health support from our Student Wellbeing Service, in person and online. This includes 1–2–1 support as well as courses and workshops that help you better manage stress, anxiety or depression.

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.

If you take a placement year or study abroad year, tuition fees for that year are as follows:

  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £925 a year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • EU students – £925 a year, including Transition Scholarship (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £1,800 a year (subject to annual increase)

Apply

How to apply

You can still apply for this course to study with us in September 2022 by using Clearing.

Once you have your exam results:

If you're not ready to apply yet, why not learn more about how Clearing works, book a call-back for results day. or sign-up for our Clearing updates and visit days.

Our Clearing hotline will be open as follows:

  • 9am - 5pm Monday to Thursday
  • 9am - 4pm Fridays
  • Thursday 18 August (A and T level results day) 8am - 8pm
  • Friday 19 August 8am - 7pm
  • Saturday 20 August 10am - 3pm

To start this course in 2023, 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.