Business Management – your questions answered
In the below video, Senior Lecturer, Olivia Ramsbottom, answers some of the most frequently asked questions about Business Management at the University of Derby. You can also watch exclusive subject content by signing up to Derby on Demand.
Let's do business
Join this challenging and varied business management degree to learn about organisations, their management and the global environments in which they operate. You’ll learn new ways of thinking as well as a host of practical skills, and be challenged to apply these to real-world business and management scenarios, through projects, placements and internships. On this course, everyone gets to do business as well as learn about business.
We’ll help you prepare for a career in a global business environment that is rapidly changing, by supporting you to become more agile, innovative and resilient. You will also develop self-learning and team-working skills, which are crucial to success in the professional sphere.
Importantly, you will also learn to see things differently, by working with students from many other countries — both in your classes and online through joint projects with our overseas partner universities. You will see how people from different cultures tackle the same business issue and discover that who we are and where we are affects how we do business.
We have recently updated this business management programme, so you will cover many growth areas and hot topics, including:
- responsible management
- business ethics
- business analytics
- digital media
- innovation and globalisation.
This Business Management degree is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), a UK professional body which is dedicated to promoting excellence in management and leadership. This means that the CMI has independently assessed the course and is happy that it meets its own high standards and priorities. CMI accreditation is therefore a sign of a high quality degree.
Because it's 'dual accredited', you will also automatically receive a CMI professional qualification when you graduate, on top of your BA (Hons) from us! Find out more about the benefits of CMI accreditation.
The specialist Business Management pathways in Finance, HRM and Marketing are also accredited by other professional bodies too — the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM). These are all quality marks that employers look for and usually enable you to gain exemptions from professional qualifications.
About the pathways
All students take the same core modules in the first year to gain an important foundation in all aspects of business management, including finance and business performance, economics, understanding people, enterprise skills, marketing and developing a professional mindset.
After that, you can opt to transfer to one of our specialist pathways or continue on the core Business Management route. Whichever pathway you choose, you won't be closing any doors; you will still gain a solid grounding in all of the key business disciplines, such as strategy, finance, people management and development, marketing, operations, enterprise, supply chain and logistics.
Core Business Management pathway — BA (Hons) Business Management
On this route, you will develop a broader, rounded skillset but still get the opportunity to explore specialist areas through optional modules in logistics, accounting, human resource management (HRM), marketing, enterprise and economics.
BA (Hons) Business Management (Business Technology)
Businesses increasingly rely on technology and IT systems to help them operate effectively and the COVID-19 pandemic has only accelerated this trend. On this pathway you can combine your interests in business management and technology and develop skills which will enable you to forge a career in areas like project management, business analysis or consultancy.
You'll gain broad knowledge of current and future business technology, including the strategic importance of business analytics, and gain the tools and techniques needed to understand, analyse and manage solutions to business and IT problems. You will learn vital project management skills as well as how to construct and evaluate a business case for an IT-related investment.
BA (Hons) Business Management (Enterprise)
This dynamic degree will help you develop an enterprising mindset, so that you can seize the initiative, generate business ideas and make them happen. You will learn how to harness creativity to solve business problems and make better products and services. We explore the pros and cons of freelancing, the challenges of launching a business and how to take an innovative product to market. There is also a focus on how start-up ventures and small businesses can prosper in the global landscape.
BA (Hons) Business Management (Finance)
Strong financial management is essential to a prosperous business, so on this route we give you the opportunity to further your financial expertise. You’ll develop the specialist skills needed to assess the financial health of an organisation, control and co-ordinate its financial resources effectively, and help it avoid common pitfalls in performance management. You’ll also gain a strong understanding of corporate governance.
If you are interested in becoming a chartered management accountant one day, you will take modules that will give you a head start — they offer exemptions from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants' professional accountancy exams (CIMA).
BA (Hons) Business Management (HRM)
This degree gives you an excellent platform for career success as a capable, confident and business-savvy HR professional. It’s approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), so you’ll develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours you need to succeed and progress rapidly in the HR profession.
You’ll learn how to plan and implement HR policies and strategies in the workplace and explore the contribution of HR in the wider context of talent management, employee engagement and business performance.
BA (Hons) Business Management (Marketing)
In-depth marketing knowledge paired with high-level management skills will give you a career advantage, wherever your ambitions lie. You’ll develop the attributes, confidence and creativity to shape an organisation’s marketing strategy and help it take a customer-led approach to business opportunities.
This pathway is also accredited by the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), which shows employers that your skills and behaviours are of a high standard. It also means you gain exemptions from some of the CIM's professional marketing qualifications.
BA (Hons) Business Management (Supply Chain and Logistics)
With logistics skills in high demand and short supply, this combination could make you a highly sought-after employee. Logistics and supply chain management is an important, vibrant and technology-driven industry undergoing massive expansion. Ensuring the right goods get to the right place at the right time and in the right condition is vital to any organisation, as the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted.
We will cover topics such as the importance of managing a business' assets and creating value from them, how to create and manage sustainable supply chains, the principles and practices of the international supply chain, and supply chain strategy.
Our teaching methods will be varied, interactive and engaging. You will take part in:
- Formal lectures
- Tutor-led and student-led seminars
- One-to-one and small group tutorials
- Work experience and consultancy projects
- Self-directed study
- Optional placement and internship opportunities
- Joint projects with overseas students
We also have a diverse range of guest speakers to inspire our students and share their stories. Recently we had Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus, who delivered a session on ‘The concept of microcredit’ as part of our 2021 Student Lecture Series.
Business Consultancy Project
In your final year, you will undertake one of the most important parts of the course: the Business Consultancy Project. After learning the project management and research skills that are essential to any business professional, you will then apply these to solve a real problem for a business. If you are taking one of the specialist pathways, the project will be related to your specialism.
This is a fantastic opportunity to put to use all your newly-acquired knowledge and skills and prove what you can do. Not only will you gain valuable experience, but you will also become much more confident in your abilities.
Optional placement year or internships
You can choose to take a placement year between years two and three of your degree, which would super-charge your employability and improve your prospects after graduation. We can help you to find a placement and provide support throughout your year away. If that's not for you, you can choose to complete internships during the summer breaks instead.
How you are assessed
We mostly assess you through practical coursework assignments — the sort of tasks you might undertake in a workplace. Sometimes these will be individual tasks and at other times, you will need to work in a group. Assignments could include:
- business reports
- research and consultancy projects
- design of digital materials such as videos, blogs or augmented reality 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.
Find out more about personal academic tutoring
These are the typical qualification requirements for September 2022 entry.
|Requirement||What we're looking for|
|GCSE||At least five GCSEs (or equivalent) including Maths and English at grade 4/C or above|
|Access to HE||Pass Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits: 45 at Level 3 with a minimum of Distinction: 15, Merit: 24, Pass: 6|
English language requirements
IELTS: 6.0 (with at least 5.5 in each skills area)
2021/22 Fees (August 2021 - July 2022)
£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.
By the end of the course you will have sound business acumen and a wide range of practical skills. You’ll graduate with not only a degree in Business Management, but with an extra professional qualification (the CMI Diploma) and a host of real-world experience, so you’ll already have a head start in the careers market.
If you opted for a specialist pathway, you will have deeper knowledge in a particular field and if that pathway had extra accreditation, you'll also be able to complete some professional exams quicker.
Because this is such a broad degree, lots of different job roles will be open to you, in areas such as project management, analysis, consultancy, accountancy, operations, human resource management, marketing, sales, logistics and finance. Previous students have gone on to work for prominent employers — including Deloitte, PwC, Capita, the BBC, DHL, Barclays, Tata, Mott MacDonald and IBM — while others have set up their own businesses.
Our Careers and Employment Service will provide you with support from day one of your course to ensure you leave Derby as a ‘work-ready’ graduate – industry aware, motivated and enterprising. Throughout your studies, you’ll also benefit from our Personal Development Planning (PDP) scheme which enables you to reflect on your learning and develop your career ambitions.
The support continues once you’ve completed your course too: you are entitled to further help and guidance from the Careers and Employment Service for up to three years after leaving our University.
You could continue your studies with one of our masters programmes, including the MBA Global and MBA Global Finance or MSc International Business.
Business Management graduate
Business Management graduate Orianne talks about her experience at the University of Derby. Orianne graduated from our Business Management degree in 2015. Now Senior Talent Acquisition Partner (Early Careers) at Experian, she talks about how she has used the skills, knowledge, and experience she gained at Derby to launch her career. She also offers some great tips on how to make the most of your time at university.
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