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UCAS code

N100

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 2023

Overview

In today's challenging business world, organisations of all sizes need people who can demonstrate an entrepreneurial mindset, with creativity and innovation beyond every day business and management practices. This course will help you develop these skills.

You'll learn to:

  • understand how to spot opportunities
  • create value through effective business model design
  • develop new products and services and bring them to market
  • foster creativity and manage innovation within an organisation

The way businesses need to organise and behave has fundamentally shifted. Across industries, companies echo the same challenge: businesses must urgently embrace a more nimble and entrepreneurial approach in order to stay competitive.

Farenheit 212 'Big Entrepreneurship' report

 

If you have a new business idea that you're passionate about, then this course will help you bring it to life in a supported environment. You'll be able to develop your idea through our practical modules and you'll get lots of support from our dedicated start-up team.

But you don't need to have a business idea to do this course. Many of our graduates go on to apply their skills in managing innovation, new products and growth in an existing business. Our curriculum supports you equally, whether you wish to run your own business, or want to apply your knowledge and skills in an existing organisation.

My favourite part of the course was the real life experience gained working with clients, instead of just working from textbooks and case studies.

Benjamin Thompson, BA Business Management and Entrepreneurship

Course highlights

  • Experience a practical course, where you'll apply your knowledge to real-life projects, such as helping local businesses in our Business Consultancy Project, developing your own venture, or setting up a social enterprise
  • Understand the processes of innovation and change in a business and how these can stimulate growth and competitiveness
  • Gain an understanding of how different business models work and how these generate value in a variety of contexts
  • Benefit from the workshops, drop-in sessions and funding opportunities provided by our student start-up team
  • Be mentored by one of our successful Entrepreneurs in Residence
  • Use a placement year to develop your own business (or work in another innovative business)
  • Learn in one of the UK's most entrepreneurial cities – between 2019 and 2020, the number of new businesses launched in Portsmouth grew by 33% (InstantOffices survey 2020)
  • Gain an understanding of how all the parts of a business work together and rely on each other

100%

of graduates in work or further study 15 months after this course

(HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018/19)

No. 3

influential business school in the world

Financial Times Teaching Power Rankings 2021

Entry requirements

BA (Hons) Entrepreneurship and Business 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.

Ideal skills and qualities for this course

Students who really benefit fully from this course are open-minded, enjoy getting involved in real, practical tasks and are open to challenge.

You don't need to have a business idea or necessarily want to run your own business to get a place on this course. If you do have an idea we'll do everything we can to help it grow, but mostly we're looking for changemakers, people who want to bring change to whatever working environment they're in.

"They saw I had big ideas and passion and they offered me a place studying business right away. That personal approach was so important; I knew I'd made the right choice."

Vincent Pericard, Alumnus BA Business and Enterprise Development

Read Vincent's full story

Be part of an entrepreneurial community

Portsmouth is one of the most entrepreneurial cities in the UK and as a University we're actively supporting entrepreneurship within the city and the surrounding region. When you join us as a student you'll be part of a much wider community of entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial thinking.

Innovation Connect

You can work alongside other local entrepreneurs in our dedicated start-up spaces. As a student you can get a free or reduced fee office space and be part of the Innovation Connect community.
Innovation Connect offices at University of Portsmouth
Learn more about Innovation Connect

Female Entrepreneurs Network

Connect with other women running their own businesses across Portsmouth and Hampshire through our free networking events and social networks.
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Find out more about the Female Entrepreneurs Network

Enactus Portsmouth

Be a catalyst for change and join this student-led group to set up social enterprises that tackle issues in and around Portsmouth.
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Learn more about Enactus Portsmouth

Careers and opportunities

100% of graduates from this course are in work or further study 15 months after graduation according to the latest HESA Graduate Outcome Study.

Several of our students set up their own business during the course, or go on to run their own business after graduation. Many others, however, go on to apply their skills in existing businesses, particularly in the areas of product development and marketing.

Post-Covid the business development skills you'll learn on this course are likely to be more needed than ever. The Harvard Business Review recently wrote that:

"Companies seeking to emerge from the crisis in a stronger position must develop a systematic understanding of changing habits.....they must highlight anomalies and challenge mental models, revamp their business models and invest their capital dynamically."

Previous graduates of this course have secured jobs at companies such as:

  • Origin Kitchen
  • Cera Data
  • Buckinghamshire Council
  • Magnolia
  • Worldwide Business Research
  • The Future Factory

Graduates of this course have secured jobs within 15 months of graduation as:

  • director of sales
  • data consultant
  • business consultant
  • business intelligence and insight officer
  • business development representative
  • sales executive

(Data sourced from HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey)

You could also choose to continue your studies at postgraduate level.

Ongoing career support – up to 5 years after you graduate

Get work experience while you study with support to find part-time jobs and volunteering opportunities. Towards the end of your degree and after graduation, you'll get 1-to-1 support from our Graduate Recruitment Consultancy to find your perfect role. On top of this you'll get bespoke careers support through our faculty 'career-ready' programme.
Futureproof your career

Work placement year

You can choose to spend this optional extra year developing your own business with the help of the University, or you can take a paid placement at another business.

Previous students on this course have had placements in organisations such as:

  • Rolls Royce
  • Disney
  • Fujitsu
  • IBM
  • Ferrari

Many of our students are offered graduate jobs by their placement employers.

The average salary for a 12-month paid placement is £19,000. 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 choose to take a voluntary placement.

Bring your business to life

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Start-up support

If you do have a business idea you'll get start-up support from our dedicated team. We organise free workshops, enterprise clinics and speaker events. We can give you advice and help you apply for funding.

Learn more about our start-up support

Entrepreneurs in Residence

We have more than 20 experienced business entrepreneurs who can help you develop your business idea and guide you from their real-life experience. Many of the entrepreneurs are also involved with this course as speakers and mentors.

Meet our entrepreneurs in residence

Start-up visas for international students

As an international student you can apply for a graduate visa after your studies if you want to stay in the UK and work.

If you're interested in setting up your own business in the UK after graduation and you're on a Tier 4 visa you can also apply for a UK Start-up Visa. This allows you to stay in the UK after graduation and set-up your business here. We're an endorsing institution for these visas.

Learn more about the UK Start-up Visa

What you'll study

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

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 learn
          The learning outcomes of this module are:
          • Develop and apply key academic skills required to become a successful entrepreneurship student
          • Demonstrate understanding of key skills required to be a successful entrepreneur/intrapreneur
          • Develop employability skills required to apply for voluntary, placement, and graduate level positions within the chosen profession

          Explore this module

          What you'll learn
          The learning outcomes of this module are:
          • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the concept of entrepreneurship and value creation.
          • Recognise different forms and sizes of business, and the extent of entrepreneurship application domains in a live industry context.
          • Develop and apply creativity, idea generation and validation skills to the processes of opportunity recognition and value creation in the selected context.

          Explore this module

          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)

                  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)
                  Additional content
                      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 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 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 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 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 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)
                            Additional content
                             

                              Optional modules

                              What you'll do

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

                              What you'll learn

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

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

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

                              Assessment

                              On this module, you'll be assessed through:

                              • A 2,000-word coursework exercise (50% of final mark)
                              • A 90-minute exam (50% of final mark)
                              What you'll do

                              You'll get an understanding of 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 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 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)

                              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 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

                                  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 reflect on the skills you've developed during your course and integrate these skills into your portfolio. You'll also identify and address your own professional development needs with input from entrepreneurs and managers.

                                      What you'll learn

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

                                      • Critically reflect on entrepreneurial skill development
                                      • Critically appraise your own professional development needs
                                      • Understand ethical issues affecting your professional development
                                      • Develop a portfolio to enable informed career planning
                                      Teaching activities
                                      • 12 x 1-hour lectures
                                      • 12 x 2-hour seminars
                                      • 12 hours of supervised time in studio/workshop
                                      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 written assignment (40% of final mark)
                                      • a 2,000-word portfolio (60% of final mark)
                                      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 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 use it in situations such as buying a house, negotiating your salary, corporate take-overs and agreeing to commercial contractual conditions. On this module you'll learn about basic negotiation concepts such as distributive and integrative bargaining, two-party and multi-party situations and more advanced topics such as the impact of culture and psychology on judgement and decision making.

                                          What you'll learn

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

                                          • Understand and evaluate the key principles and theories of negotiation
                                          • Apply the principles of negotiation to develop the practical skills needed to plan and conduct negotiations
                                          • Critically reflect on your own negotiating styles and strategies
                                          • Develop and appraise interpersonal skills through practical exercises and simulations
                                          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 1,500-word coursework assignment (40% of final mark)
                                          • a 1,500-word reflective coursework assignment (60% of final mark)

                                          Before your final assessments, you'll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally through simulations and practice negotiations

                                          What you'll do

                                          You'll learn about methods of project management for enterprise (business), and the tools and techniques for scheduling and planning projects.

                                            What you'll learn

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

                                            • Differentiate between the characteristics of projects and ongoing tasks
                                            • Evaluate the effectiveness of planning tools to plan, monitor and control projects
                                            • Communicate, lead and/or participate in project teams
                                            • Apply the fundamental aspects of a methodology (e.g. PRINCE2 or Agile)
                                            • Develop and deliver meaningful project schedules, using software such as Microsoft Project
                                            Teaching activities
                                            • 12 x 3-hour workshops
                                            Independent study time

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

                                              Assessment

                                              On this module, you'll be assessed through:

                                              • a 2,500-word coursework project (100% 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)
                                              Additional content
                                               

                                               

                                                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)

                                                    Ways to enrich your study

                                                    BAL-0419-Business Consultancy Project Awards; 4th April 2019; TO BE USED ONLY IN RELATION TO 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

                                                    Study abroad year

                                                    In your second or 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.

                                                    Learn more about study abroad

                                                    Teaching

                                                    Our teaching focus on this course is very practical; we want you to learn by getting involved in applied learning. There's a great emphasis therefore on industry case studies, live client work, and new project development.

                                                    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:

                                                    • live client work
                                                    • real-world projects
                                                    • lectures and guest lectures
                                                    • workshops
                                                    • seminars

                                                    To learn more about how our teaching and learning have evolved visit our Covid information pages.

                                                    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

                                                    We use a diverse range of assessments and we focus on the types of work you'll be expected to complete in the workplace.

                                                    Assessment depends on the modules that you take, but assessment methods are likely to include:

                                                    • coursework (linked to the projects and client work)
                                                    • essays
                                                    • reports
                                                    • presentations
                                                    • practical exercises
                                                    • exams

                                                    Teaching staff profiles

                                                    These are some of the expert staff who'll teach you on this course.

                                                    Paul Trott Portrait

                                                    Professor Paul Trott

                                                    Professor of Innovation Management

                                                    Paul.Trott@port.ac.uk

                                                    Portsmouth Business School

                                                    Faculty of Business and Law

                                                    PhD Supervisor

                                                    Read more

                                                    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 postgraduate study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your Master's.

                                                    As well as regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor, they're also available at set times during the week 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

                                                    • 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 – £17,200 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.

                                                    Costs breakdown

                                                    Our accommodation section show your accommodation options and highlight 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

                                                    To start this course in 2023, apply through UCAS. You'll need:

                                                    • the UCAS course code – N100
                                                    • 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.