What is Joint Honours?
A Joint Honours degree gives you the opportunity to study two subjects as one degree. This type of degree will broaden your skill set and enhance your career prospects.
You can combine any two subjects as long as they’re in different zones, find out what you can combine this subject with.
Build a versatile portfolio of skills and keep your career options open by choosing to study Business Management with another subject as part of our Joint Honours scheme.
- 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
- Gain a strong grounding in all the core business and management disciplines
- Study a course accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI): you can gain an internationally recognised Level 5 Certificate in Management and Leadership alongside your degree
- Focus on the themes that interest you most: we offer an extensive list of optional modules
- Choose to take a placement year or internship to broaden your professional experience
- Build your practical skills through work-related learning, live projects, case studies and business simulations
- Be inspired by our links with prominent employers, business leaders and influential entrepreneurs
- Develop a global perspective of contemporary business to widen your career horizons
- Explore the principles of ethical and responsible management
- Set yourself apart to prospective employers: a Joint Honours degree marks you out as a resourceful, flexible and independent thinker.
- The University of Derby won the Midlands University of the Year at the Midlands Business Awards 2018
- View our Derby Business School brochure
You can also study Business Management as a single honours subject.
This course is ideal for anyone interested in the sphere of business and management but undecided about their future direction. Joint Honours allows you to combine your Business Management studies with another subject you feel passionate about.
A solid base of business knowledge
We offer a study programme that is leading edge, challenging and relevant, preparing you for management positions in industry and commerce or paving the way for you to set up your own business.
You’ll gain a strong foundation of knowledge in business and management but, as the course progresses, we offer you the scope to focus on areas that match your interests and ambitions.
In stage one of the degree, you’ll gain insights into major disciplines such as finance, marketing, HRM and economics. In subsequent years, you’ll choose from an extensive list of options to sharpen your focus.
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.
Practical experience that counts
Business simulations, topical case studies, employer-led projects and business games – all provide practical scenarios in which to test your ideas and hone your problem-solving, decision-making and leadership skills. We will equip you to develop, steer and manage projects with confidence and vision.
Alongside your studies, you’ll be encouraged to 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, including consultancy projects, volunteering, fundraising and networking. The Futures Award will add substance to your CV.
Powerful networks to take you far
You can draw on our contacts with leading business names to gain inspiration and insight. We have strong links with employers across the spectrum, from SMEs to major multinational firms. And we make the most of our location in Derby, a leading hi-tech city founded on ingenuity and enterprise.
You’ll have the chance to attend guest lectures, business conferences, recruitment fairs and major networking events. You can also explore innovative ways to do business by joining our Network of Entrepreneurs.
We pride ourselves on our global student community. Our Business Management courses not only attract students from all over the world to Derby but are also delivered for our educational partners across Europe and Asia. It means your learning will be enriched by truly international perspectives.
Nurturing responsible business leaders
One of our priorities is to foster a new generation of responsible business leaders with a strong moral compass – forward-thinkers who take decisions based on the interests not only of shareholders but also of other stakeholders.
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.
This course has been accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) so you can gain an internationally recognised Level 5 Certificate in Management and Leadership alongside your degree. You will have access to the CMI mentoring scheme, networking events and specialist lectures.
Throughout your studies, you will become an affiliate member of the CMI, at no extra cost, with access to online resources and additional benefits to support your career development and employability.
Popular Joint Honours subject combinations
Because Joint Honours gives you the flexibility to cover two subjects in one degree, you will be able to develop your organisational skills and capacity to work to deadlines, communicate effectively and carry out independent research.
Joint Honours subject combinations which work particularly well include:
What you will study
You can study Business Management as either a joint, major or minor subject. This will determine how many modules you’ll study at each stage. Please check your other subject to ensure it is possible to create your chosen combination.
The modules you take will depend on whether you are studying Business Management as a major, joint or minor pathway.
- Understanding People in Organisations
- Finance and Business Performance
- Business Economics
- Marketing Fundamentals
- Applied Operations Management
- Quantitative Skills for Business
- Asset Management
- Sustainable Supply Chains
- PR and Media Management
- Digital and Social Media
- People Resourcing and Talent Planning
- Employee Development
- Managing Financial Resources
- Law for Accounting
- Enterprise Management
- Creativity and Innovation
You can choose to take an optional placement year or an optional internship between stages two and three.
- Developing Leadership and Management
- Global and Strategic Issues
- International Purchasing and Supply Chain Management
- Supply Chain Strategy
- Marketing Across Cultures
- Brand Impact and Popular Culture
- Comparative International HRM
- Managing the Evolving Employment Relationship
- Financial Statement Analysis
- The Lean Business Venture
- International Entrepreneurship
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 – 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; self-directed study; optional placement and internship opportunities; and video discussions with overseas partner institutions.
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 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.
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|
|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
For joint honours degree entry you will need to choose two subjects. The entry criteria here is for this subject only. Your offer will be based on the higher entry criteria from the two subjects you choose to do. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.
*The UCAS Points required for entry will depend on the subjects you choose to combine. The subject with the higher entry requirements will determine your offer.
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.
This degree will equip you for a career in any area of business and management including sales, HR, marketing, project management, retail management, accounts and finance.
You could progress to roles such as operations manager, business analyst, business development manager, sales executive, marketing officer, HR advisor – the list is endless. You can also draw on the skills you gain through studying your other Joint Honours subject to broaden your career scope further still.
Our former students now work in a wide range of companies, from major names such as the BBC, Nestlé and Nissan to small or family-owned businesses. Some have gone on to use the skills and entrepreneurial spirit they gained during their degree to set up their own businesses after graduating.
If you’d like to take your studies to the next level, you can also progress to any business masters programmes – in subjects such as International Business and Marketing – 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
† Additional information about your studies
4 years with a placement year
Up to eight years
You will typically study your two subjects equally at stage one, before choosing whether you want to major in one subject at stages two and three.
Download programme specification
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.
Additional costs and optional extras
We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, state-of-the-art facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.
Included in your fees
- CMI membership
- Part funded trip to Copenhagen for 2nd and 3rd year students. Optional with limited places available.
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.