Build your creativity, flexibility, innovation and problem-solving skills – on an exciting degree which combines business management with enterprise.
- Business and Management has been ranked in the Top 10 in The Guardian University Guide 2019
- Business Management ranked Top 10 for teaching on my course, learning opportunities, academic support and overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2018
- Our teaching team have been nominated in the CMI Higher Education Awards 2018 for ‘Outstanding Innovation and Delivery’ and ‘International’ talent, dedication and innovation
- Achieve a respected Chartered Management Institute (CMI) qualification alongside your degree and set yourself apart as an enterprising business leader of the future
- Benefit from professional mentoring on the first course in the country where every student has an external CMI mentor throughout
- Develop the skills to scan the business horizon, identify opportunities and progress viable commercial ideas
- Create the ideal platform to launch your own business venture
- Extend your practical experience through work-related learning, live projects, case studies and business simulations
- Enjoy a global perspective of contemporary business and focus on the principles of ethical and responsible management
- The University of Derby won the Midlands University of the Year at the Midlands Business Awards 2018
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This dynamic degree helps you to seize the initiative, generate business ideas and make them happen.
Professional recognition for your degree
Developed in close consultation with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), this course puts you on the fast track to success. It is one of the few in the country where you’ll graduate with a highly regarded BA (Hons) Business Management as well as the CMI Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership.
The Diploma is the benchmark qualification for full CMI membership and takes you a step towards Chartered Manager status. There is no need to take extra exams or coursework to achieve the Diploma: our combined module and CMI assessments give you a smooth route to both qualifications.
An enterprising outlook
Whether you have an idea for a business start-up or want to impress potential employers with your entrepreneurial mindset, this course will stand you in good stead. We have designed specialist modules which enable you to identify business opportunities, assess their potential and translate them into reality.
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.
Select the pathway to suit you
Flexibility is one of the most distinctive features of our Business Management suite of degrees. All students study the same modules in the first year to gain insights into the major business disciplines.
After your first year, you can choose to follow the specialist pathway in Enterprise or – if you find your interests have changed – you can easily transfer to one of our other pathways in HRM, Marketing, Finance or International Business. Alternatively, you could choose the core Business Management route, drawing on our extensive list of optional modules to develop a broader skillset.
This course is offered as a four-year degree to include a placement year. You can, however, study on a three-year full-time basis, with opportunities for internships in the summer breaks.
A business mentor to support you
CMI accreditation for our course introduces you to a privileged network of contacts. You’ll be one of the first students in the country to have your own CMI mentor to guide you at every stage of your degree.
Your mentor will be a senior business person – either a Chartered Manager or Fellow of the CMI with a wealth of experience. From day one, they will advise and coach you from a business perspective, sharing their career insights and demonstrating how management theory can be applied in the workplace.
Throughout the degree, you will become an affiliate member of the CMI, at no extra cost, with access to networking events, guest lectures, online resources and additional benefits to support your career development and employability.
Test your entrepreneurial skills
Business simulations, topical case studies and business games – all provide practical scenarios in which to test your ideas and hone your enterprise skills.
The course culminates in a live consultancy project with an employer, where you will harness your research and project management skills to improve an organisation’s business performance.
Alongside your studies, you’ll work towards an additional qualification: the Futures Award in Business Work Experience. You’ll gain credits for extra-curricular activities which strengthen your development as a business professional.
Take responsibility in business
One of our priorities is to foster a new generation of responsible business leaders with a strong moral compass. Throughout the course, you will therefore look at the role of business in wider society, exploring issues ranging from environmental sustainability to child labour, ethical governance to responsible innovation.
Widen your networks
You can draw on our contacts with leading business names regionally, nationally and internationally as well as our thriving Network of Entrepreneurs. You’ll hear from people who have made their name in business, including Brett Butcher, our Entrepreneur in Residence and founder of Datapath Ltd, a world-leading innovator in computer graphics, video capture and digital technology.
We pride ourselves on our global student community. This course not only attracts students from all over the world to Derby but is also delivered for our educational partners across Europe and Asia. It means your learning will be enriched by truly international perspectives.
To complete the BA (Hons) Business Management (Enterprise), you’ll study modules such as:
- Business Economics
- Understanding People in Organisations
- Marketing Fundamentals
- Finance and Business Performance
- Understanding the Global Business Environment
- Developing an Enterprising Mindset
You can choose to take an optional internship between stages one and two.
- Quantitative Skills for Business
- Applied Operations Management
- Principles of Responsible Management
- Managing Performance through People
- Enterprise, Entrepreneurship and Strategic Growth
- Innovation and Implementation
You can choose to take an optional placement year or an optional internship between stages two and three.
- Global Business and Strategy
- Developing Leadership and Management
- The Business Consultancy Project (double module)
- Freelancing Skills and Working for Yourself
- Developing a Global Enterprise
We take a ‘scaffolded’ approach to learning, so you’ll have full support in the early stages of your course and can gradually move towards stronger understanding and greater independence. It’s a smooth transition to ease your way into both university-level study and business management practice.
Through your contact with personal tutors and CMI mentors – as well as your participation in University events – you’ll become more attuned to professional behaviour and will build your skills in critical thinking, creativity and self-reliance before immersing yourself in the wider business community.
The course incorporates formal lectures, sometimes involving guest speakers; tutor-led and student-led seminars; one-to-one and small group tutorials; work experience projects; work-related learning; self-directed study; optional placement and internship opportunities; and video discussions with overseas partner institutions. By stage three, you are expected to be more in charge of your own learning, with module tutors advising and directing your studies.
How you are assessed
You will benefit from an innovative variety of assessment modes. Assessment is mainly via coursework which can take forms such as traditional essays and reports, group project work, research and consultancy projects, presentations, posters, and design of digital materials. There are also in-class tests and computer-based assessments.
Who you'll meet
You will be taught by an experienced and highly qualified team with outstanding contacts in the wider business community.
They include our Programme Leader Vic Curtis. Vic held a number of sales and marketing positions in industry before joining the University as Senior Lecturer in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship. As well as lecturing, Vic runs his own small business, so has a good appreciation of the current agenda and activity within the enterprise and small business sector.
September 2019 typical entry requirements
|UCAS points||120 (up to 16 from AS-levels)|
|Specific requirements at A-level|
No specific subject requirements
|Specific requirements at GCSE||GCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification|
|IELTS||6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)|
|Interview / Audition||N/A|
Alternative entry qualifications:
- BTEC - DDM
- Access to HE Diploma - 60 credits: 45 at level 3 with a minimum of Dist: 15 Merit: 24 Pass: 6
We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.
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.
Your qualifications will equip you for a rewarding career in any area of business and management where people with ideas, drive and creativity are valued. Our former students now work in a wide range of organisations such as Severn Trent Water, Galliford Try, ESG, Cott Beverages and The Keystone Group.
The skills you gain on this course will also stand you in good stead if you want to launch a business, develop a social enterprise, go self-employed or work on a consultancy basis. One success story is that of Ed Hollands who graduated in 2015 and has formed his own business, The Advert Man. Read Ed's story here.
If you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, we offer a comprehensive range of services – from incubation units to professional mentoring – to help you realise your business ambitions once you’ve graduated.
If you’d like to take your studies to the next level, you can also progress to any business masters programmes and get a 10% alumni discount on your fees.
If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.Contact us
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4 with optional placement year
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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.