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Course details

Study options

Full-time: 1 year, Part-time: 2 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

UCAS code

Part-time: N206, Full-time: N200

Course level



BA (Hons)

Start dates

January, September


Derby Campus

Course description

Option choices will be limited for those undertaking the part-time route. Please contact us for up to date part-time option modules


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Covering global and strategic management issues, and advancing your knowledge to full honours level, this top-up course puts you in the shoes of a decision-maker and asks how you’d do business. Armed with the practical know-how you’ll gain, you’ll be confident that you’d decide wisely.

Relevant, respected, rewarding

The course expertly guides you as you top up your HND or Foundation degree in business to a full honours degree. You’ll have the tools, knowledge and insight to confidently approach employers in a highly competitive and dynamic business management environment.

You don’t just learn about business: we’ll prepare you for the workplace through developing your teamwork, presentation and report writing skills. Our lecturers and tutors are behind you all the way, ready to lend their expertise and encouragement throughout your studies.

What you will study

Year 3Year 3

Code: 6EC513

Global Business and Strategy

This module studies the global business using a combined strategic and economic approach. As part of this module, you will explore the recent major global economic shifts and analyse current international business events.

You will study the key theoretical underpinnings, trends and challenges of international trade and foreign direct investment. You will analyse the importance of government and institutions in controlling/regulating international business behaviour. This will allow you to consider the long-term sustainability of businesses in the ever-changing, and often hostile, global business environment and help you understand the critical role played by strategic management. You will learn how to weigh up a range of complex issues like culture, leadership, corporate governance and others when developing a strategy for an international business.

Throughout this module, you will develop critical practical skills valued by employers and professional accreditation bodies. These include selecting and interpreting data, problem-solving and decision-making, positioning analysis, and developing and evaluating strategic options. Such skills are vital for successful careers in a variety of international and domestic organisations.

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20 Credits

Code: 6HR510

Developing Leadership and Management

This module is about the concepts of Leadership and Management. It explores the similarities and differences in the roles and responsibilities of leaders and managers in the workplace and the development of leadership theoretical approaches as well as the practical application of these within organisations. Students will analyse the skills and competencies of effective organisational leaders and examine alternative methods of leadership development to enhance these.
20 Credits

Code: 6IM511

The Business Consultancy Project

Improvements to processes, services, products, people, and systems are core to the strategy of organisations. Improvements bridge the gap between current and required performance to add value and achieve and sustain a competitive advantage in the long-term.

Effective consultation and project management using appropriate business improvement and research methodologies is key to the successful implementation of change. In this module students will explore how to plan, organise, motivate, and control resources to achieve defined goals, on time and to agreed cost and quality criteria.

Using a consultative approach, students will be challenged to make decisions based on their own research to provide practical advice and solutions to real-life scenarios taking into consideration the organisation’s constraints. They will liaise with employers, establish agreed objectives and present their findings in a clear, business focused report and presentation.

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40 Credits

Code: 6AG502

Financial Statement Analysis

The analysis of financial statements can tell us a great deal about the health of a company and its ability to deal with future challenges, which is a key skill in any business environment, whether or not profit is the primary motivation. This module concentrates on using the financial, economic and non-quantitative information available to assess the relative strengths of entities and their ability to react to the impact of outside forces on their performance.
20 Credits

Code: 6EC508

Economics of Sustainable Business Growth

This module explores issues concerning how businesses, government and not-for-profit leaders and managers can better integrate the needs of the environment, people, and profits in the short and long term. In this module, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of what is meant by the term sustainability and the values that help develop a model for business sustainability. You will analyse the UN Global Compact, which is a strategic policy initiative for businesses, and apply this to case studies introduced in the module.

During this module you will be expected to reflect on the theory presented and real-life examples introduced. This will enable you to develop your own thoughts and propose potential solutions to the opportunities and challenges of sustainable growth that face businesses at a local, regional, national and international level today.

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20 Credits

Code: 6EC510

International Business Economics

This module aims to provide a thorough understanding of the economics of international business. You will discuss the major global economic shifts and you will gain an understanding of the theories on the globalisation of business. We will explain international trade and foreign direct investment and you will examine the importance of government and institutions in controlling/regulating international business behaviour. You will also gain an insight into the workings of the international financial system and the challenges faced by multinational companies when dealing with foreign exchange and interest rates.

All along, you will develop critical practical skills required by professional accreditation bodies such as selecting and interpreting data, analytical reasoning, problem-solving and decision-making skills which are vital for successful careers in a variety of international and domestic organisations.

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20 Credits

Code: 6GN502

International Entrepreneurship

This module seeks to develop your understanding of the emerging area of international entrepreneurship and how you can apply that knowledge in a real life situation.

In recent years, international business and entrepreneurship have been coalescing into a single cognate area that is now becoming regarded as cohesive in its own right. Trading blocs such as the EU have placed emphasis on entrepreneurship as an engine of economic growth and the trend towards greater international involvement of SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) is accelerated by technological advances.

At the same time, globalisation has prompted the re-emergence of local cultures which influence the growth of entrepreneurship in diverse ways. We can therefore see a tension between the global and local elements. Creating an in-depth appreciation of these elements will enable you to apply theory to inform, evaluate and enhance potential international entrepreneurial ventures. Ultimately, all organisations need to be aware of the development of international business and that they can no longer rely simply on national trade.

The purpose of this module is therefore for you to explore entrepreneurial activity across boundaries paying attention to cultural and political differences, choice of markets, supply chain relations and appropriate marketing implementation. You will apply your learning to a local SME to produce an international market entry strategy and critically evaluate the process you have undertaken.

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20 Credits

Code: 6GN507

The Lean Business Venture

Developing a business opportunity, whether in a new venture or any existing business if often about spotting what you think is an opportunity and then developing a product or service to address that opportunity. However, businesses often develop new products and services in isolation from customers as they do not want their ideas copied by competitors. However, if there is no conversation with and feedback from the potential end customer during this phase, there is a high risk of wasted time and money as that the product will be require further development at best and at worst, could be a total failure.

An alternative approach is that of the lean business venture. In this approach, a minimum viable product or service is developed and tested with potential customers. The results of this are fed back into the further development of fulfilling the business opportunity. However, the immediate customer feedback means less waste and is, as such, a lean process.

This lean process is what we will be asking you to demonstrate within this module. The aim is for you to take a minimum product or service which addresses a business opportunity, present it to possible customers, learn from their actions and reactions and then develop and improve the product or service. You will then need to reflect on the pros and cons of achieving that goal.

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20 Credits

Code: 6HR507

Comparative International HRM

As companies need to become more established in the international environment, the challenge to create, establish, maintain and develop effective policy and practice in managing a more culturally diverse workforce is seen as a pivotal component of business success. The module explores, examines and compares different approaches to HR and how these opportunities available to organisations can facilitate entry or help confirm their position in the global market.
20 Credits

Code: 6HR508

Managing the Evolving Employment Relationship

This module explores a range of contemporary employment issues that cover individual and collective aspects in organisations. Theory, application and skills development are all components of the module.

Trade unions remain strong in the public sector. This is partly through the existence of institutions of collective consultation, reinforced by continued reliance in many cases on industry-level bargaining and the public policy emphasis on ‘partnership’.

The collective aspect of the employment relationship is too often regarded as being synonymous with disruption, conflict and contradiction, but this is not necessarily the case and a range of viewpoints will be examined. Additionally, trade unions and collective employment relationship mechanisms are also evident in other countries and the reasons for this will also be explored as part of recognising the global aspects of managing the employment relationship.

Despite instances of industrial action and workplace conflict the emphasis on employee relations continues to embrace concepts of the psychological contract, employee voice and employee involvement, commitment and engagement.

CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) suggest that evidence shows that the informal workplace climate appears to have a stronger influence than collective consultation machinery on employee satisfaction and commitment levels.

Employers should also pay attention to the mechanisms that contribute to good employee relations, such as effective approaches for employee voice including two-way communications, project teams and joint consultation, together with electronic media, attitude surveys and 'partnership'.

The employment relationship is a vital component of the workplace jigsaw and how this is understood and managed is vital to the organisation and the well-being of the individual and society at large.

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20 Credits

Code: 6LO501

International Purchasing and Supply Chain Management

This module provides a comprehensive analysis of the principles and practices of the international supply chain and the strategic impact this can have on the organisation.

With the ever-increasing pressure of competition among companies, the move towards consolidation of global production and the improvements in communication and transportation systems the supply market is now a global phenomenon. To that end the sourcing and outsourcing of materials or the engagement of service providers is taking on an international perspective. This alters dramatically the role of purchasing, to a more strategic and global posture. This module explores the forces that guide the development of the supply chain: the supply chain concept, the trends within global business and a strategic shift being taken by an increasing number of enterprises towards core competencies.

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20 Credits

Code: 6LO503

Supply Chain Strategy

A Supply Chain is the network of all the individuals, organizations, resources, activities and technology involved in the creation and sale of a product. It spans from the source materials to the supplier, from the supplier to the manufacturer, through to eventual delivery to the end user. With environmental pressure this chain has been extended to include the return of packaging. Supply Chains are present not only in manufacturing, but also in service organisations. Supply Chain Management and Strategy are playing increasing roles in an organisation’s competitive position, with particular relevance to productivity, cost, distribution and speed. Supply Chain Strategy focusses on how the Supply Chain should compete, whereas Supply Chain Management involves the processes of the Supply Chain and the transformation of the materials into semi- finished or finished products. Supply Chain Strategy evaluates the cost, benefits and the trade-offs of the Supply Chain’s operational components.

Effective Supply Chain Strategy is able to provide major strategic advantage for an organisation through both customer service and efficient use of capital.

In this module, you will critically examine Supply Chain Strategy across a broad representation of industry. You will observe differing and sometimes conflicting perspectives, of academics and business practitioners. There will be a strong emphasis on practical applications.

You will focus on key, current themes and perspectives; on globalization; performance management and financial control; hierarchies and networks; sustainability and knowledge management. This will provide you with a ‘rounded’ and ‘integrative’ framework.

Supply Chain Strategy and Management are fast advancing. The module will provide contemporary perspectives in Supply Chain Strategy and the current practices and approaches that facilitate overall organisational development and direction.

Finally the module will encourages you to develop wider, global/national perspective, increase your awareness of the impact that effective Supply Chain Strategy has in the competitive position of an organisation and develop your critical/analytical, problem-solving and strategic decision-making skills.

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20 Credits

Code: 6MK500

Brand Impact and Popular Culture

This module has been developed in response to demand from employers for graduates who understand the importance and complexity of branding for 21st-century marketing. One of the key challenges for organisations and individuals (eg celebrity) is to create distinctive, sustainable and differentiated identities and positions for themselves in an increasingly cluttered marketplace.

Developing celebrity and brands based on other forms of popular culture that accurately and effectively reflect their goals, values, personality and aspirations on the one hand and benefits and satisfaction sought by a variety of customers on the other is one way in which organisations can increase their visibility, desirability and constructive advantage.

Successful alignment of brand goals with the satisfaction sought by diverse customers also acts as a platform from which to generate customer engagement and brand loyalty in the form of co-creation and brand (re)development.

Maintaining successful popular culture brands is equally challenging and imperative in order to balance product/ service portfolios and so ensure investment funds for future development and growth.

You will develop a thorough understanding of the role of branding in positioning from a unique and interesting context of celebrity and popular culture. It further provides you with an opportunity to evaluate branding strategies and tactics and, using existing research and frameworks as underpinning, to acquire the insights, skills and competences necessary to develop brands in a range of popular culture settings.

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20 Credits

Code: 6MK509

Marketing Across Cultures

As a student of Marketing and a future Marketing professional, you must have a thorough understanding of the added complexities involved in global marketing and how these impact on the formulation of marketing plans and strategies. Organisations in all sectors and industries face increasing international competition; this could be from multi-nationals or competitors establishing themselves in their domestic environment, the need for foreign suppliers or indeed when they seek to establish operations abroad. This module seeks to build on the knowledge and concepts you will have encountered at earlier stages of the programme. It aims to familiarise you with a range of issues and concepts encountered by international marketers and to provide the theoretical framework that will enable you to analyse and implement these in a real-life business situation.

Your assessment is coursework-based, designed to enable you to demonstrate your ability to approach a business challenge as a marketer and business manager. The assessment methods used on this module will also help you develop key skills desired by employers, for example, critical analysis, business report writing and presentation skills.

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20 Credits

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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We’re currently planning our autumn Open Events to bring you the best possible online and on-campus experience.

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How you will learn

A number of modules use real live organisations as the basis for study. This will involve visits to companies, interviewing key staff, completing projects and presenting findings. There are numerous opportunities to attend networking events and guest lectures

Part-time students will study on Thursday evenings from 6pm-9pm, as well as three Tuesday evenings per semester.

Full-time students will receive their study timetable at enrolment.


Assessment is almost exclusively via coursework which can take a variety of forms – reports, presentations, posters, computer-based assessments.

Personal academic tutoring

Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.

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Entry requirements

Typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
Entry requirements

You need to have an HND or Foundation degree in a relevant subject.

Relevant subjectsN/A

When you apply, please send us a transcript of the modules you have already studied so that we can make sure that the HND or Foundation degree is compatible with the top-up programme.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

Typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
Entry requirements

You need to have an HND or foundation degree in a relevant subject.

Relevant subjectsN/A

When you apply, please send us a transcript of the modules you have already studied so that we can make sure that the HND or foundation degree is compatible with the top-up programme.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees


£9,250 per year

£1,155 per 20 credit module


£14,045 per year


Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

How to apply

UK/EU students

UK/EU Students

  • Full-time students applying in September should apply for this course through UCAS and state on your application you would like to enrol at stage 3, or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year
  • Part-time students should apply directly to the University

Guidance for EU students post-Brexit

International students

International students

  • Full-time students applying in September should apply for this course through UCAS and state on your application you would like to enrol at stage 3, or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year

Information for international applicants

Applying for an undergraduate degree

Guidance for international applicants applying for an undergraduate degree

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Setting sights on your future

This astute business focus and depth of insight offered by this course means you emerge prepared for a career in a variety of areas, such as operations manager, business analyst, business development manager, HR officer and many, many more.

Past students now work for a wide range of companies from multinationals like Barclays and Shell, to small independent businesses. Others have gone forward alone and established their own business venture.

On completion, you could go straight to a Masters degree, which is just one more year of full-time study, and you’ll be eligible for an alumni fee discount as a Derby graduate.

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† Additional information about your studies

September and January - Takes 18 months

January start takes 2 years

January start - part-time only and subject to personal discussion

Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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