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Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year* (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

120 (September 2020 entry)

UCAS code

N203

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

BA (Hons)

Start date

September

Location

Derby Campus

This course is available as a Joint Honours degree.

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If you do not achieve the typical entry points required, you may want to consider studying this course with foundation year.

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Course description

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Why you should study Business Management at the University of Derby

In this age of globalisation, our BA (Hons) Business Management (International Business) gives you the insights, skills and credibility to succeed. You’ll learn how to take strategic decisions in today’s multi-cultural business arena and explore how consumer behaviour is influenced by the social, political and cultural differences between countries.

This is a broad-based degree looking at all the key business functions in an international context. You will, for example, cover the laws relating to international business transactions and taxation, the complex nature of global supply chains and their environmental impact, and the challenges facing international marketers.

We give you plenty of choice in charting your route to a high-flying, high-achieving career. Flexibility is a cornerstone of the BA (Hons) Business Management (International Business) so there is ample scope to focus on the areas that most reflect your interests and career ambitions.

All students take the same core modules in the first year to give them a solid grounding in business disciplines. After that, you can choose to follow the specialist pathway in International Business or – if you find your interests have changed – you can easily transfer to one of our other pathways in MarketingHRM or Finance. Alternatively, you can continue on the core Business Management route, developing a broader, rounded skillset while drawing on our extensive list of optional modules.

The BA (Hons) Business Management (International Business) 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. 

Accreditation

We have developed this course in close consultation with the premier professional body for managers, the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). It is one of the few degrees in the country where you can graduate with the CMI Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership alongside your degree.

The Diploma is the benchmark qualification for full CMI membership and takes you a step towards Chartered Manager status, signalling to prospective employers that you’re suited for senior leadership roles and rapid promotion. You won’t need to take extra exams or coursework to achieve the Diploma: our combined module and CMI assessments offer a smooth route to both qualifications.

Throughout the degree, you will become an affiliate member of the CMI, at no extra cost, with access to networking events, online resources and additional benefits to support your career development and enhance your employability.

CIM recognised 

This programme is a Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) recognised degree, meaning the marketing content of the course meets CIMs respected industry standards. You will benefit from a range of qualifications that are recognised as being best-in-class by the business sector, improving your career prospects. You’ll be able to demonstrate a high standard of skills and behaviours required by today’s professional marketer.

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Professional mentoring

Thanks to the CMI accreditation, we can introduce you to a privileged network of contacts. Ours was the first degree in the country to offer every student the chance to receive support and guidance from an external CMI mentor at each stage of the course.

Your mentor will be a senior business person, either a Chartered Manager or Fellow of the CMI, with a wealth of experience and insights to share with you. From day one, they will advise and coach you, showing how management theory and international business perspectives can be applied directly to the workplace. 

Global thinking

Ours is a global student community. This degree 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 there is a lot of potential for inter-country debates, seminars and guest lectures delivered online, international case studies and joint projects. We also engage with the Government Department for International Development and the British Council to strengthen the global focus of your studies.

In your second year, you’ll have the option to spend an exchange week in Barcelona studying at the EU Business School. You could also take advantage of other optional visits overseas: a trip to Copenhagen saw our students investigating issues such as art fraud. In addition, you could choose to spend a whole semester living and studying overseas through our University-wide Go Places, Go Further study abroad scheme.

Hands-on learning

You’ll take the theories off the page and put them into practice in real-world scenarios. You can test your ideas through business simulations, topical case studies and employer-led projects. A live consultancy project, where you help an employer to improve their business performance, will build your research, project management, problem-solving and decision-making skills.

We encourage and support you to take an optional placement year or summer internship. Our students have gained invaluable experience with major names like Rolls-Royce, DHL, Wincanton, Enterprise and GE. You could also benefit from fieldtrips to see business in close-up: one recent example was to the Sony UK Technology Centre, the company’s manufacturing and customer service base in Wales.

Expert teaching

You’ll be taught by an experienced and highly qualified team with an impressive track record for research and a national reputation for excellence. They have received recognition in the CMI Higher Education Awards, including runners-up places for the Outstanding Innovation and Delivery Award and the International Award in 2018. The team has extensive contacts in the wider professional community – including leading international business names – and you can draw on those connections for inspiration and insight.

What you will study

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Code: 4AG500

Finance and Business Performance

This module will assume no prior accounting knowledge. You will learn how to prepare accounts for small businesses and then apply that knowledge to larger organisations.

Numbers by themselves can be misleading and you will progress to examining accounting statements to assess just how well a business is performing. Managers cannot improve the performance of a business unless they make correct interpretations of situations and learn how to diagnose problems.

Business costs will be identified and analysed to aid decision making relating to the control and viability of projects. Sources of finance will be identified and discussed. This basic financial knowledge is essential to anyone wishing to pursue a career in business, whether on a self-employed basis or in a larger corporation.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4EC508

Business Economics

Economics is all around us, present in almost every aspect of our lives. Knowledge of economics will therefore provide you with an essential insight in to how markets work and how firms and consumers make decisions in market economies.

Knowledge of economics is important to businesses as it helps them identify opportunities and potential threats they may face in the environment they operate. Therefore, this module aims to develop your understanding of the core principles of micro and macro-economics.

You will use economic models, theories and ideas to investigate current economic issues. The module will help you develop your understanding of economic information and will enable you to develop your ability and confidence to create your own independent thoughts around current economic issues.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4GN501

Developing an Enterprising Mindset

Enterprising individuals are necessary within the economy as they create jobs, wealth and value. These individuals do this through applying an enterprising mindset, an individual and unique combination of enterprising behaviours, attributes and skills which can be used in a variety of contexts.

For instance, this could be in starting and growing a business (ie in an entrepreneurial context) or applying their skills to existing organisations, whether large companies, SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) or not-for-profit organisations (ie in an intrapreneurial context - being entrepreneurial inside a larger organisation).

Being able to apply an enterprising mindset is highly desirable in today’s fast-moving business environment where reacting to gaps in the market or competitor actions, dealing with uncertainty, being able to make decisions and take action will all extend your commercial awareness and business acumen. Therefore, this module is all about developing your enterprising mindset and then applying it in a real life situation.

Building on and integrating the other first year business function modules, this module will overlay elements such as funnelling your creative energy, recognising the difference between a business idea and a business opportunity, deciding which approach is most beneficial, and then designing and implementing an appropriate plan of action.

The aim of the module is to help you understand the relevance and interaction of these elements within a business context, and to give you transferable skills you can apply in any organisational situation. Moreover, strong emphasis will be placed upon you to demonstrate these skills and to reflect upon your progress.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4HR503

Understanding People in Organisations

This module introduces organisational behaviour (OB) theory and research to help you gain an understanding of the range of individual, group and organisational factors which can influence the way that employees behave in the workplace.

You will practice applying the theory to case study organisations to explore how it can be used as an analytical tool to gain a clearer understanding of the complex causes of workplace behaviour in order to develop effective management interventions.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4IM510

Understanding the Global Business Environment

Key to a successful career in business and the ability to make an impact is having an understanding of how different business departments and functions work (whether locally or globally) and how they can impact each other, such insight can be termed as having business acumen.

Parallel to business acumen is having the ability to communicate effectively, network with people and demonstrate appropriate professional behaviour, this can be termed as having business etiquette. This module will act as a foundation in developing your knowledge, skills and professional behaviour to allow you to make the desired impact when seeking your professional career.

Over 12 weeks, you will be introduced to key business subject areas and, through a simulation, apply your learning to a business scenario (or series of scenarios). The application of the key subject areas will further develop your business knowledge and level of acumen. 

In addition to the business subject areas, you will be introduced to concepts, techniques and skills development opportunities to enhance your communication and personal presentation skills, these activities will give you more confidence in business scenarios such as networking and interviews, and are designed to give you knowledge and awareness of appropriate business etiquette. As this is such an important area when meeting employers and in the place of work, the assessment strategy takes attendance into consideration as part of the grading.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4MK514

Marketing Fundamentals

This introduction to the “fundamentals of marketing” module will provide you with a basic understanding of the current and emerging marketing principles and techniques within the business environment.

It seeks to establish that sustainable market success within a highly competitive environment can only be achieved by developing products or services based upon an understanding of the external environment and customers’ needs and wants.

During the module you will not only consider how to add value for customers and other stakeholders but also learn to assess the impact that marketing activities have on consumers’ lives.

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 to develop key skills desired by employers, for example digital and visual communication and presentation skills, and business report writing.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5AG515

Decision Making And International Tax

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to understand the taxation implications for organisations of operating in the contemporary global economic environment. The module will equip you with the knowledge and understanding of how to determine the corporate income tax and capital tax liabilities, as well as the associated tax responsibilities of employers, together with other taxes that affect operating on the international stage; all of which is essential to managing the value of the company. It will enable you to understand the factors that influence the regulatory environment in which tax operates, such as fiscal policy, the design of tax systems, cross border issues, the behavioural responses of taxpayers and the role of the OECD. As a backdrop to this the module will enable you to develop your understanding of the ethical issues that underlie tax planning, within a global setting.

Together these areas will begin to develop your business acumen as regards the tax affairs of the organisation, the ethical issues around tax planning, and their impact on the organisation’s decision-making process, so that appropriate business strategies can be developed.

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20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 5EC511

Quantitative Skills for Business

This module develops key skills for your future employment in business - the ability to use spread sheets for quantitative analysis, and the skills to interpret and communicate the results of data analysis. These are key skills required by the Chartered Management Institute.

The skill base developed gives you the confidence and experience to prepare an analysis of real data to inform a business decision or underpin a business strategy. These skills also prepare you for evidenced based analysis required in other modules within your programme including finance, marketing and strategy. This module contributes to the CMI accreditation for BA (Hons) Business Management students.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5HR515

Managing Performance through People

Managing the performance of staff is essential to the smooth running of organisations. This module analyses the range of human resource management (HRM) activities undertaken within organisations to manage the performance of its employees and explores the devolution of many of these roles and responsibilities to line managers. It provides an introduction to the knowledge and skills required to undertake these activities professionally and effectively in the workplace.

By the end of the module students will be able to analyse the causes of poor performance within organisations and the principles and practices of effective performance management. They will be able to explain how these practices can be integrated into high performance work systems (HPWS) and analyse barriers to high performance working and the development of high performance cultures.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5LO503

Sustainable Supply Chains

A supply chain is the network of all the individuals, organisations, resources, activities and technology involved in the creation and sale of a product, from the delivery of source materials from the supplier to the manufacturer, through to its eventual delivery to the end user. In fact, with environmental pressure, this has been increased to include the return of packaging in some cases. As supply chains have become increasingly complex and global in recent years, there has been an increasing focus on sustainability.

Globalisation has meant that that few products are manufactured in national markets: they are outsourced and manufactured in developing nations, particularly in South East Asia and then shipped around the world.

In complex supply chains, such as consumer electronics and automobile production, components and sub-assemblies are manufactured globally before being shipped to the factory for final production.

In addition, fresh food such as fruit, vegetables and fish are available year round. Improvements in chilling and refrigeration technology combined with the reducing costs of airfreight make it possible to eat whatever we want whenever we want.

As a result of these activities, logistics and supply chain management have dramatically increased their impact on the natural environment.

This module will focus on the interlinking components of supply chains and examine the role that each has and how the environmental impact of these can be reduced. It will address issues such as existing and planned technology along with how effective management contributes.

You will critically examine sustainability in supply chains across a broad representation of industry as well as the differing and often conflicting perspectives from both 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; and knowledge management is included to provide students with a more ‘rounded’ and ‘integrative’ framework.

The module will be up to date with both the latest (critical and evaluative) thinking in supply chain sustainability and the current practices and approaches that facilitate overall organisational development and direction.

Finally, the module encourages you to develop a wider global/national perspective: increase your awareness of the impact that logistics and supply chain management has on the environment and the competitive position of the Organisation and develop your critical/analytical, problem-solving and strategic decision-making skills.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5LO507

Applied Operations Management

The modern business environment is highly volatile and intensely competitive, and is likely to remain so for the foreseeable future. The role of the operations function - how the organisation actually sources, produces and delivers goods and services to demanding customers - becomes a key contributor to superior performance and customer satisfaction.

The module provides a framework, to understand the crucial role of operations to business success. This module will provide an understanding of the systems and processes whereby, people, capital, materials, equipment, knowledge, technology, information and time are combined to produce goods and services.

This module will also provide you with opportunities to experience real workplace operations scenarios where their skills and knowledge can be applied in a practical way with real organisations or in valid case study situations.

It provides an overview of the key areas of operations management, particularly in maintaining and improving the quality of goods and services and making sure that this is also reflected in the organisations performance. The modern organisation cannot stand still, performance needs to be constantly evaluated and improved, against the standards expected in a changing marketplace.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5MK520

Principles of Responsible Management

This module aims to provide you with knowledge of the responsible leadership including exploring concepts of ethics, global social responsibility, and creation of sustainable social, environmental and economic value for organisations and corporations.

The module will also encourage you to consider the importance of these issues from both the organisation’s and other stakeholder perspectives. You will also reflect on the relevance of responsible leadership as a basis for sustainable competitive advantage. The module aims to equip you with the knowledge and understanding of the complex ethical issues that are encountered by organisations on a frequent basis.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

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
core
Coursework

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
core
Coursework

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
core
Coursework

Code: 6LA523

Sustainable Development and International Business Law

This module draws together two pertinent strands operative in international relations between states. These are the process of sustainable development and the regulation of international business transactions.

The module will explore and analyse the theory and practice of sustainable development as well as analyse international business transaction as it relates to the sale of goods and the provision of services. In this capacity, the module will link these two strands and will engage students with live and contemporary development problems facing governments and then allow the students to implement functional and realistic business solutions to these problems.

The module places the student at the heart of sustainable international business and fosters problem-solving, creativity, enterprise, critical analysis and innovation for the purpose of direct impact. To bolster this, the module will engage and interact with the Government Department for International Development and, the British Council through guest speakers and projects offered by these institutions. The assessment is by coursework and will require students to analyse a series of case studies and implement a sustainable business transaction.

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20 Credits
core
Practical
Coursework

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
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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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How you will learn

Our ‘scaffolded’ approach to learning provides a smooth transition so that you can ease your way into both university-level study and business management practice. It means that you’ll have full support in the early stages of the degree but will gradually move towards greater independence as your knowledge deepens and you start to immerse yourself in the wider business community. By stage three, you will be able to take more charge of your own learning, with module tutors advising and directing your studies.

Thanks to your contact with personal tutors, engagement with CMI mentors and participation in University events, you’ll become more attuned to professional behaviour and build your skills in critical thinking, creativity and self-reliance.

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.

You’ll learn through different methods including: 

How you are assessed

Assessment is mainly via coursework which can take forms such as: 

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, Christine Harrop-Griffiths, who plays a leading role in the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Regional Board and has made a major contribution to increasing CMI membership in the East Midlands.

Christine’s professional and research interests centre on ensuring that students benefit from a learning experience which is as practical and realistic as possible. She spearheaded the project which resulted in the BA (Hons) Business Management becoming one of the first to achieve dual accreditation with the CMI. She also worked internationally with the University’s collaborative partners to extend this dual accreditation overseas.

In addition, Christine has drawn on her extensive connections to help ensure that every student on this course is matched with a professional business mentor in every year of their studies.

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

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points120 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-level

No specific subject requirements

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
IELTS6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

 Alternative entry qualifications:

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.

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year*

N/A

International

£14,045 per year

N/A

* The fees stated above are for the 2019/20 academic year; fees for 2020/21 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. We will update this information as soon as it is available.

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

How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS 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.

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International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS 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.

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Careers

This course prepares you to excel in business, anywhere in the world. Your qualification will help you stand apart as a forward-thinking professional who can work competently and ethically in global and cross-cultural environments. 

Our former students have secured graduate-level jobs with a wide range of companies, including major international names such as HSBC, Enterprise, Gleneagles and Pattonair.

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 the University.

Further study

You can choose to continue your studies at Derby with one of our high-quality masters programmes, including the MBA Global and MBA Global Finance, MSc International Business, MSc International Business and Finance, MSc International Business and HRM, and MSc International Business and Marketing. You may be entitled to an alumni discount on your fees if you decide to extend your time with us by progressing from undergraduate to postgraduate study.

 

Contact us

 
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Course: Christine Harrop-Griffiths (Programme Leader) c.harrop-griffiths@derby.ac.uk  +44(0)1332 591687

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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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