Business Management BA(Hons) 2017-18

This course also available for 2018-19 entry

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About the course

This course aims to develop those who want to be managers and leaders. You'll have the opportunity to develop the key business management, leadership and decision making skills needed for today's dynamic business environment. We'll provide you with the opportunity to combine contemporary theory with real-world application, learning from leading academics and the cutting-edge expertise of our network of visiting business leaders. We work closely with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and you have the opportunity to achieve a CMI Level 6 Diploma in Management and Leadership through no additional study or assessment. This degree will give you a broad-based business education with the opportunity to specialise in management. You'll have the opportunity to develop the key business management, leadership and decision making skills needed for today's dynamic business environment.We have developed the course in close association with employers and professional bodies, ensuring its relevance for today's jobs market. Before you arrive we'll provide you with a pre-induction social network forum enabling you to meet other students joining your course, making that first day and getting to know everyone so much easier. Your employability skills will gain a real boost from the ability to work with our HR professionals to improve your interview techniques and experience the latest recruitment tools such as e-portfolios, apps and video CVs.

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UCAS code:

Start date:
18 / 09 / 2017


3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year

Course type:

Full Time inc. placement year


Clearing helpline:
03301 232 277

Course content

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Year 1

Core modules:

Behavioural Approaches to Work and Society

This module analyses the sociological, psychological and cultural influences on people in organisations and the ways in which these factors affect how organisations function and operate. You’ll explore the role of the manager and the theories and frameworks that support managers.

Professional Aspects of Business

This module introduces you to key areas in both legal and financial aspects of business. You’ll look at how financial information is prepared, presented and interpreted by internal and external users and consider aspects of employment and contract law relevant to non-specialists. As well as delivering theory and technical information, practical application is presented through worked examples, group working and discussions.

Managing Human Resources and Personal Development

This module provides an introduction to aspects of managing and developing people in organisations. The module explores the varied roles of people management specialists and line managers in areas such as people resourcing, employment relations, and equality and diversity. An integral element of the module is a programme of activities to enables students to identify, analyse and develop a range of skills for success in academic study in addition to the development of a broad range of employability related skills.

Introduction to Business Management

This module provides an introduction to Business Management and the essential knowledge and skills required to be a successful manager. It will focus on a range of key business management topics so you can learn about the integrated nature of business. It will allow you to understand the behaviour of markets and consider issues relevant to operating in a global business environment.

Year 2

Core modules:

Operations Management

This module introduces the key discipline of business operations. Operations relates to the delivery of products and services, through the use of important planning and control techniques. After a general introduction to the concept some of the most important techniques will be covered such as capacity management, inventory management and quality.

Management Research Methods and Decision Making

This module introduces you to the theory and practice of research methods and decision making theory to learn and identify the different techniques needed to conduct high quality research and then apply that research to how decisions are made in business.

Creating and Leading Enterprise

This module helps you to develop your knowledge of entrepreneurship and enterprise, making you aware of the role and impact enterprise can have on a country’s economy and society. You’ll be creative and innovative as well as developing a plan for pursuing an enterprising opportunity.

Real World Business Issues

This module engages with live business issues and important worldly events via a series of invited guest speakers, inviting you to develop your thinking and questioning skills. Following these external inputs you will also have the opportunity to use your analytical, debating and argumentation skills in tutor groups, as well as applying your wider learning and research skills, ending in a group presentation assessing possible courses of action.

Management Skills for Personal Development and Employability

This module will help you to develop and articulate skills for employability to support your application and entry into the world of work. In this module you will undertake career planning evaluating potential employment opportunities and help to gain the skills needed to gain employment You will use a range of online, interactive tools developed by the University’s Career Service. You will also you will undertake a live group project which could be raising money for a local charity, providing business advice or running an awareness campaign.

Year 3 - optional placement year

The course offers an optional one-year (48 weeks) work placement after the second year, in the UK or abroad.

Final year

Core modules:

Managing Organisational Design and Change

The module provides an insight and understanding of the concept, theory, tools and techniques associated with organisational design for sustained performance. Organisational design is the process of initial configuration and continual adjustment that enables an organisation to respond to demands and meet challenges encountered in the operating environment.

Management Work and Society

In modern society work is important for economic and social wellbeing, playing a central part in our lives. This core module builds on management theory studied in year one, exploring contemporary issues in the workplace and how to deal with them from a management perspective. Topics on this module include the role of gender in the workplace, professional work, the globalisation of work, the labour process, unemployment and the future of work.

Leadership: Process and Organisations

This module examines leadership theory and approaches with an understanding of the challenges involved in leading and renewing organisations in today’s increasingly complex and dynamic global environment. You’ll be introduced to models, theories and research in leadership, organisations and decision-making. Techniques for analysing organisation’s intra-relationships will be developed over the course of the programme of study. There are opportunities to develop your own group and individual leadership and followership skills.

Option modules: Choose three from a list which may include:

Global Management in Context

This module develops the role of being a 'global manager' within organisations increasingly affected by differing forms of global activity. It encourages global thinking and managing change in the face of an emerging global communication revolution and volatile trading environments. Topics include: developing a worldly orientation, managing international relationships, moving from control to co-operation.

Ethical Leadership

The module sees organisations and businesses as citizens and stewards who are equally bound by ethical responsibility as individuals are. Desired learning outcomes include appreciating the scope of ethical responsibility for leaders and followers and critically reflecting on ethical issues that arise in organisations.

The Psychology of Work & Organisations

This module will introduce you to psychological concepts and then you'll have the opportunity to learn, understand and appraise the application of psychological principles and theories to workplaces and organisations. This module will include a critical overview and discussion of personnel psychology, namely, theories of personality and psychometric testing and assessment centres. Furthermore, the module will help you to develop a critical appreciation of human behaviour in the workplace including the nature of employee behaviour, the extent to which the work environment contributes to the physical and emotional wellbeing of employees, group functioning, motivation and performance. Knowledge acquired from this module will provide a foundation for learners to pursue further study at postgraduate level in organisational behaviour, through enabling them to develop a comprehensive understanding of businesses from a psychological perspective.

Managing in the Knowledge Economy

In the last few decades knowledge has become recognised as a key resource for the successful growth and management of organisations. The growing importance of the knowledge resource to organisational success has led to the need for organisations to create and manage the distribution of this key resource. Knowledge Management and Organisational Learning are concerned with the challenges of generating, disseminating and institutionalising knowledge and learning through organisational systems, strategies and processes. This module will help you to explore the multifaceted nature of knowledge and learning within organisations, including organisational activities that generate knowledge and organisational barriers to knowledge creation and dissemination. This module explores the benefits of learning and knowledge management, in terms of competitiveness and productivity, and the benefits to the individual of adaptability, long-term employability and personal growth.

Cross Cultural Studies

This module considers the influence that national culture has on behaviour and the implications of this for organisational design and management. The impact that working across national cultures is considered and how the cross cultural manager can be supported in a changing environment. A blend of theory and practice engages the learner in a range of organisational and cultural settings.

Digital And Social Media Marketing

Digital Marketing is a term which encapsulates the targeted, measurable and interactive marketing of products and services through the use of the internet. This module will investigate and explore a variety of digital and social media marketing tools and their implementation within a practical context. In addition this module will help develop your understanding of online consumer behaviour, organisational marketing strategy and online decision making through the use of Web analytics. You will also cover the practical aspects of online brand development and have the opportunity to gain an understanding of integrated marketing campaigns, search engine optimisation (SEO) and social media.

People Resourcing

People Resourcing covers a wide range of people management issues from pre-employment (corporate and HR strategic planning, recruitment and selection), initial and continuing employment (socialisation, performance management), to release from employment (redundancy, retirement, exit interviews). The module will focus on the strategic elements of people resourcing and the contribution that these activities can make to organisational success and achieving a high performance workforce in a rapidly changing environment.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.


The course offers an optional one-year (48 weeks) work placement after the second year, in the UK or abroad.

Huddersfield Business School's Placement Unit won the National Undergradute Employability (NUE) award in 2017 for ‘Best University Placement Service' for their hard work and innovative ideas.

Our Placement Office works with national and international employers to ensure excellent work experience opportunities are available to you on placement courses as well as giving advice in areas such as interview skills and preparing CVs and covering letters.

Previous placement providers have included Hewlett Packard, EPY, Eaton, Cummins, Thornton & Ross, Hellmann Worldwide Logistics, Santander, IBM, Clipper, PZ Cussons, Schneider Electric, Coop UK, Redmayne Bentley Stockbrokers, DePuy, Top Cashback and Lloyds Banking Group.

Career opportunities

95% of graduates from this course go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating.*

Previous graduates from this subject area have gone on to roles such as Digital Marketing & Media Assistant, Front Line Manager, HR Recruiter, Customer Service Associate, Account Executive and Operations Manager in organisations including Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Morrisons, ASSIST Sheffield, HSBC, Softcat Limited, Deltec International Courier Ltd and Hoardtek.*

We'll help prepare you for a graduate position by introducing you to HR professionals who will help prepare you for job applications and interview situations. You'll have first-hand knowledge of the latest HR developments such as interview techniques, psychometric testing, video CVs and e-portfolios.

*Source: DLHE survey and LinkedIn

Professional links and accreditations

You can register with the Chartered Management Institute providing a further qualification and enhancing your CV through membership of a professional body. Upon successful completion of the course and after completing the registration, you can achieve a Level 6 Diploma in Management and Leadership.

Teaching and assessment

You will be taught through a series of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, computer aided learning packages, directed study and project work. Assessment will include exams, oral presentations, individual or group essays or reports, case studies, in-class tests, peer assessment, individual reflective learning portfolios, time constrained assignments, group projects and management and marketing projects or dissertations for final year students.

20.3% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials etc.

If you are concerned about adapting to study at university level, then our Learning Development Group, (LDG) based in the Business School building offers a dedicated service helping our students to improve their academic skills in areas such as presentations skills, time-management, academic reading, referencing or academic writing, research for essay preparation and how to prepare effectively for examinations.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results.Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Huddersfield is the UK's only university where 100% of the permanent teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*

*permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.


The Business School was opened in 2010 at a cost of £17m and is the most eco-friendly building on campus. It's a state-of-the art facility and provides you with a modern, professional environment in which to learn and develop. Located right next to the Huddersfield Narrow Canal it's in a leafy and picturesque location at the heart of the campus.

The Learning Development Group (LDG) offer a dedicated service helping our students to improve their academic skills in areas such as referencing, presentations skills, time-management, academic reading, referencing or academic writing.

Our Placement Office works with national and international employers to ensure excellent work experience opportunities are available to our students on sandwich courses as well as giving advice in areas such as interview skills and preparing CV's and covering letters.

Excellent teaching rooms combine with fully-equipped computer labs to provide access to technology and learning resources alongside 'The Street' cafe which offers space for socialising, networking and relaxation over a wide selection of fresh food and hot and cold drinks.

How much will it cost me?

The full-time undergraduate tuition fee for 17/18 entry is £9250.

Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

You will have to pay to register with the CMI to gain the Level 6 Diploma in Management and Leadership this is approximately £200. In addition, you will have to pay for text books and printing of course work and lecture slides where required.

Further study

Progression to a postgraduate course is dependent on successful completion of your undergraduate studies, there may also be minimum qualification requirements such as a first class or higher second (2.1) degree. Please check the course details to confirm this.


If you are an international student (including EU) you can check if you meet our entry requirements (both academic and English language) by visiting our country pages.

If you do not meet the entry requirements you can consider completing a degree preparation programme (if you are from a country outside of the EU) at the University's International Study Centre (ISC). You can call the ISC on +44 (0) 1273 339333 to discuss your options. You can also complete the online application form or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers.

If your English language is not at the required level (IELTS 6.0 overall), we have a range of Pre-Sessional English programmes that you can enrol on before starting your degree programme. You will not need to take an IELTS test after completing one of our Pre-Sessional English programmes.

Find out more about the professional bodies we work with: Chartered Management Institute

Research community

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website

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