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Study options

Full-time: 3 years, Part-time: 6 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year* (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

120* (September 2020 entry)

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Derby Campus

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.

Course description

Got an idea with commercial potential? Want to impress potential employers with your enterprising outlook? Think you want to develop your career as a freelance? You don’t need a dedicated business degree to get ahead: translate your vision into reality on our joint honours pathway in Entrepreneurship. 

Business-ready, with a twist

We’ve designed this course for ambitious go-getters from any discipline. It’s your chance to combine knowledge of a non-business subject with the entrepreneurial mindset that gives you the edge in any career, in any organisation.

You’ll gain the qualities that every employer values: creativity, flexibility, innovation and problem solving. And if you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, we can help you turn your business idea into a viable commercial proposition.

Ideas into action

We encourage you to cultivate an enterprising approach to your other Joint Honours subject so that it could form the basis of your future career.

Your focus will be on developing a freelance offering, a real-life business or a social enterprise. You’ll learn how to identify a customer need, create a product or service to satisfy that need and sell it to a target market.

We’ll introduce you to all the essentials – from marketing and finance through people organisation and strategy to developing ideas and taking action. You could even go on an optional year-long placement or an internship during the summer break to discover the realities of business life.

Learn from influential entrepreneurs

You’ll have access to mentoring support from over 50 successful local entrepreneurs who are keen to share their insights with you.

Thanks to our role at the heart of the regional business community, we have a thriving Network of Entrepreneurs. Regular networking events mean you’ll gain vital interpersonal skills while adding to your contacts book.

Real-world projects for real businesses

We have designed all our Entrepreneurship modules with input from local business people, social enterprises and successful entrepreneurs. They contribute to the course in many ways – providing guest lectures, arranging industry visits and acting as sounding boards for our students’ ideas.

Some modules feature live projects set by entrepreneurs to take their business forward. You will help develop strategy, create innovations and sell products and services – all experiences which will help you shape and define your own enterprising approach.

An extra qualification for your CV

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, including consultancy projects, volunteering, fundraising and networking. The Futures Award will add substance to your CV.

What you will study

Example modules are shown below, the modules available as a Joint Honours student will be dependent on the subject that you combine with. In your first year, modules will be defined for you, and will be dependent on your subject combination to ensure you have the best fit. In your second and third years, module availability and the number of modules you are required to take will depend on whether you choose this subject as a major, joint or minor.

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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

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

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

Code: 4MK509

Advertising Fundamentals

The module allows students to develop a clear appreciation of the important role of Advertising as a major element of the communications mix and how this needs to be co-ordinated, integrated and managed to deliver effective advertising which satisfies a client’s advertising objectives.

The module seeks to expose students to the diversity of advertising approaches and techniques utilised in today’s business environment by allowing them to examine examples in the public and private sectors and there by develop an appreciation of the problems and issues associated with managing and planning advertising output. Students will have the opportunity to visit Advertising Agencies to see at first hand the work of Account Directors, Account Planners, Media Buyers, Creatives and other important functional elements of successful Advertising Agencies.

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20 Credits

Code: 4MK510

Business Acumen and Entrepreneurship

Understanding the way in which a business works and all the elements that lead to its success are the basis for this module. Whatever your ultimate role in Marketing management, the wider creative industries or as a self-styled entrepreneur, an understanding of fundamental business principles will enable you to devise and execute realistic, successful campaigns.

The module provides the opportunity to develop a new business concept from the inception of a company through to the launch of a new product/service idea which requires external investors to take it to the next phase.

The module will explore how and why companies are structured as differing legal entities, the need for communication and interaction between departments and other external agencies.

It examines broad areas of business which are vital for the business acumen of marketers working within established companies or entrepreneurs developing a new start up company. Business finance, budgeting and costing approaches will be considered.

Case studies and business simulation will be used to examine problem-solving and business decision making, bringing an insight into how and why real business objectives are formulated.

This module gives students an understanding of business strategy, competitor analysis, brand development, customer personas, financial forecasting, budgeting and profitability, plus an appreciation of underlying business processes from research and development through to operation and project management. These enable you to develop a new business concept, supported with marketing frameworks in order to establish an investment proposal which could attract external funding.

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20 Credits

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

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

Code: 5GN505

Enterprise Entrepreneurship and Strategic Growth

The module aims to bring together elements of enterprise, entrepreneurship and business which are usually taught separately, for example: - strategy, human resource management, finance, marketing, innovation, logistics and international business. The module is designed to help you fully understand the relevance and interaction of these elements, and how they contribute to the growth of the organisation whether it be a MNE, SME, and not-for-profit or public body.

Strong emphasis will be placed upon you to demonstrate skills and to evaluate how knowledge can be applied in a business environment. The skills you will develop will be transferable from an academic context to business environmental context, irrespective of the type and size of organisation.

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20 Credits

Code: 5GN506

Enterprising Skills in Action

Enterprising individuals are necessary within the economy as they create jobs, wealth and value. These individuals do this through applying their enterprising characteristics, 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 (i.e. in an entrepreneurial context) or applying to existing organisations, whether large companies, SME’s or not-for-profit organisations (i.e. in an entrepreneurial context).

Being able to apply enterprising skills and behaviours 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 skills and behaviours, and then applying these in a real-life situation. Building on and integrating your first year business 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 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

Code: 5GN508

Innovation and Implementation

Innovation can be defined as the development and application of new ideas to create new opportunities and to solve problems. In this hands-on module you will discover why the best companies are those which innovate. You will research how successful organisations harness the creativity of their people and steer their way through the unexpected hazards which business life throws at them. You will consider the type of thinking needed to implement these problem-solving ideas and how to manage this implementation to make better organisations and products.

To do all this, you will have the opportunity to work with other students on a real business problem, finding out your strengths and abilities, but also areas for development. You will work with an actual employer and their organisation, based in the local area, by applying your ideas, combined with the theories we will study, to promote creative solutions to issues they are facing right now.

You are then going to present your ideas, backed up by academic references, in the form of a video presentation. The context for this innovation may be within the small firm or corporate organisation and your scope may include product, service, process, technology and marketing innovations of any kind. Being innovative, creative and confident of your own ideas is a key employability skill in today’s challenging business environment.

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20 Credits

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: 6GN508

Freelancing Skills and Working for Yourself

There are many different ways in which you can decide to become your own boss, especially if you plan to use your own skills, knowledge and interests as the basis. You can: exploit your unique set of characteristics through freelancing, set up and run a social enterprise with a charitable purpose, become self-employed and work for yourself, start your own business, sell other people’s products and take a commission, become an entrepreneur with a new and innovative product or service which you have developed, or some combination of the above. However, in the end, all these opportunities amount to the same thing. You have to offer a product or service for which potential customers are prepared to pay; you have to deliver value greater than the customer’s equivalent financial outlay; you must do this either personally or through the organisation; you need to collect payment; and you need to ensure that you operate within the law. Simple.

This straightforward process is what we will be asking you to demonstrate within this module. The aim is for you to experience how simple it is to become your own boss – however you call it – and to reflect on the pros and cons of achieving that goal. The focus will be on you using your own skills, knowledge and interests as a basis from which to progress.

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20 Credits

Code: 6GN509

Developing a Global Enterprise

This module seeks to develop your understanding of how enterprises, especially start-ups and SME’s, can operate and prosper in a global landscape, and how you can apply that knowledge in a real life situation. In the last few years, the twin issues of globalisation and culture have been forcing business to look to trade beyond their national boundaries.

A greater appreciation of cultural similarities and differences, allied with technological advances, have resulted in both SME’s and start-ups being able to compete on more of a level playing field with large MNE’s. The command of resources of the latter being counteracted by the nimbleness of the former. Indeed, may new businesses are ‘born global’ in that they begin trading across national boundaries immediately as this is part of their strategy.

With the world becoming a smaller place, taking an enterprising approach to gaining and keeping international customers is likely to become more important in the coming years as businesses can no longer rely exclusively on their own domestic markets.

Creating an in depth appreciation of these elements will enable you to apply theory to inform, evaluate and enhance potential global enterprising ventures. Consequently, the purpose of this module is for you to explore enterprising activity across boundaries paying attention to cultural and political differences, choice of markets, technological advances, 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: 6GN510

Creating Entrepreneurial Networks

In this module you will explore, synthesise and demonstrate how an entrepreneurial person uses relevant skills to enable them to create, build and extend formal and informal networks. You will learn how to use those networks to stimulate and generate opportunity within the business environment by bringing together various concepts and strategies, and then taking action by applying them in a practiced based approach.

These skills, behaviours and characteristics are necessary for the enterprising graduate. Therefore, the module is designed to stimulate and develop personal learning and graduate identity in the business community.

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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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How you will learn

We aim for an inclusive learning and teaching style, with active student participation. You will learn through formal lectures, which may include guest speakers; tutor-led and student-led seminars; tutorials; work experience projects; and self-directed study.

How you are assessed

There are no exams. You’ll be assessed via coursework which can take various forms such as reports, presentations, portfolios, posters, videos, infographics 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.

Programme leader is Vic Curtis has 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.

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
Interview / AuditionN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

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.

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Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees


£9,250 per year*

£1,155 per module*


£14,045 per year


* 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.

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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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Employers are looking for people who have great ideas – and can act under their own initiative. This course helps you see possibilities, think creatively, make sound business judgments and take decisive action. We’ll ensure you’re work-ready, with a can-do attitude which will take you far.

Your Entrepreneurship qualification will mark you out as someone who can recognise, develop and expand business opportunities in any working environment, from start-up ventures and SMEs to multi-national companies.

If you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, we also offer an exciting range of services – from incubation units to professional mentoring – to help you realise your business ambitions once you’ve graduated. Several of our former Business students have launched their own ventures which are now trading successfully.

Contact us

Course: Vic Curtis (Programme Leader) +44 (0)1332 591754

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.

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† Additional information about your studies

Up to 6 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.

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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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