BSc Business and Management with Law

The information on this page relates to September 2016 entry. For 2017 information, including grade requirements, please check our prospectus.

In choosing to study the Business and Management with Law Degree at Aberystwyth University, you will be taught in a department which is highly-rated for the quality of its research and which has excellent partnerships with companies in business, industry and commerce. The Business and Management with Law Degree combines two allied disciplines and considers resource allocation through an appreciation of economic theory alongside legal frameworks and the processes of decision-making. In addition to the core subject knowledge and key skills specific to the discipline, a varied range of teaching styles and practical exercises will equip you with generic skills in research, analysis, reporting and practice - powerful tools with which to pursue your chosen career. Expand the sections below to find out more...

Overview

The Business and Management and Law degree focuses on a wide range of issues impacting on every-day life including the creation of employment, inflationary pressures, international trade issues, the process of business competition, innovation and growth, the development of third world countries, the protection of natural resources and government policy-making. This programme has been developed to equip you with a multidisciplinary understanding of Business and Management, in an approach that is increasingly emphasised and valued by employers. 

Why study Business and Management with Law at Aberystwyth? 

In choosing to study Business and Management with Law you will engage with dynamic subjects, which are fundamental to understanding not just the operations of business and commerce, but the organisation and functioning of societies. The School of Management and Business has an excellent reputation for the quality of its courses and for the success of its graduates across a wide variety of careers and contexts. The most recent figures for the National Student Survey show a very high satisfaction rate with the course, so you can be sure that you will receive a quality learning experience at Aberystwyth. 

Our lecturers are actively engaged in academic and policy-oriented research and consulting. Many have a business, as well as an academic, background allowing us to inform you of the latest developments in your subject area and pass on a practical awareness of the contemporary business environment. Our programmes are supported by visiting speakers who also bring their professional experience to the classroom. 

Teaching in the School of Management and Business is underpinned by research. Our academic staff publish their work in leading academic journals and regularly act as consultants to a range of organisations. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014) assessment the university was placed in the top 50 institutions for research power and intensity. It submitted 77% of eligible staff and 95% of the university's research was of an internationally recognised standard.

100% of our 2014 School of Management and Business graduates were in employment or further study 6 months after graduating (DLHE 2014). This reflects our investment in innovative and strategic, student-focused employability initiatives which encompass all our academic institutes and which we firmly believe are likely to improve our employability ratings still further.

The 2015 National Student Satisfaction survey results show significant improvement in many areas of our students' satisfaction. Students on courses in the School of Management and Business have reported high levels of satisfaction with the quality of teaching they received and with the learning resources to which they have access.

93% of our 2014 graduates were in employment or further study 6 months after graduating, equal to the overall UK sector average (DLHE 2014). This reflects our investment in innovative and strategic, student-focused employability initiatives which encompass all our academic institutes and which we firmly believe are likely to improve our employability ratings still further.

The 2015 National Student Satisfaction survey results show high levels of satisfaction with the subject, with 83% of students reporting high levels of satisfaction with the quality of the teaching they received and our staff receiving above UK average satisfaction responses for their communication with students.

As well as being active researchers, our lecturers have a professional background, so that by applying their real-world knowledge to theoretical concepts, your learning experience is firmly located in the context of proper professional practice. We also believe strongly in a teaching model which requires active student involvement rather than passive information-gathering, ensuring that you can meet the demands of potential employers on graduation. 

The School of Management and Business has arrangements with many partner universities overseas to deliver short academic programmes (2 weeks) to small groups of management and business students (on a self-funding basis), to enable you to experience the impact of the cultural environment when conducting business abroad. We currently have partner universities in India, China, Russia, Japan, the United Arab Emirates and Brazil and our portfolio of countries is rapidly expanding.

Our Staff

Students at the Aberystwyth University School of Management and Business are taught by lecturers and other teaching staff who are active researchers and expert practitioners in their chosen subject area.

Over 75% of full time members of teaching staff are qualified to PhD level. Most are currently research active, meaning that students benefit from being taught ‘new’ knowledge in their chosen field of study as well as recognized literature. The School also employs part-time and full time staff devoted purely to teaching. Many part-time staff combine teaching duties with consultancy and business activities, ensuring that students have access not only to up to date research but the latest applied knowledge.

Department of Law and Criminology lecturers are mostly either qualified to PHD level or have professional experience and qualifications as practicing lawyers. Many staff also have a PGCE (Higher Education).

Course Content

Welsh medium modules available

Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.

Year 1 Core (40 Credits) You must pass 100 credits overall to proceed to Part 2

Semester 1

Marketing Principles MM10120

Managing Finance MM11400

Semester 2

Managing Finance MM11420

Year 1 Options Core modules in Part I - Students must choose 40 credits of the following LA or GF modules dependant on language preference.

Semester 1

Cyfraith Ymrwymiadau GF13520

The Law Of Obligations LA13520

Foundations Of Law LA15710

Semester 2

Y Gyfraith Ar Waith GF11510

Law In Action LA11510

Year 1 Options This CORE MODULE is offered bilingually: choose your preferred language. You must pass a minimum of 100 credits overall to proceed to Part 2

Semester 1

Introduction To Management MM11000

Cyflwyniad I Rheolaeth MR10500

Semester 2

Introduction To Management MM11020

Cyflwyniad I Rheolaeth MR10520

Year 1 Options This CORE MODULE is offered bilingually: choose your preferred language

Semester 1

Business Environment MM11200

Cyflwyniad I'r Amgylchedd Busnes MR10600

Semester 2

Business Environment MM11220

Cyflwyniad I'r Amgylchedd Busnes MR10620

Year 2 Options LA or GF module dependant on language preference (plus a further 20 credits of LA or GF modules)

Semester 2

Cyfraith Cytundebau GF33820

Law Of Contract LA33820

Year 2 Core (60 Credits) You must pass a minimum of 100 credits to proceed to Year 3

Semester 1

Firms, Markets And Pricing MM33220

Semester 2

Organisational Behaviour MM33120

Operations And Innovation Management MM33620

Year 2 Options This CORE MODULE is offered bilingually: choose your preferred language

Semester 1

Marketing Management MM30120

Rheolaeth Marchnata MR30720

Year 2 Electives Students must take 40 credits of LA/GF modules

Final Year Core (20 Credits) You must take

Semester 2

Business Leadership And Corporate Responsibility MM34220

Final Year Options This CORE MODULE is offered bilingually: choose your preferred language

Semester 1

Human Resource Management MM33520

Rheolaeth Adnoddau Dynol MR33520

Final Year Options This CORE MODULE is offered bilingually: choose your preferred language

Semester 1

Business Strategy MM34020

Strategaeth Busnes MR34020

Final Year Electives You must take 20 SMB elective credits

Semester 1

Work Experience MM38000

Semester 2

Strategic Marketing MM30320

Marketing Case Studies MM31220

Small Business Management And Entrepreneurship MM32220

Contemporary Issues In Management MM34520

Work Experience MM38020

Final Year Electives Students must take 40 credits of LA/GF modules

Employability

Career prospects

A degree in Business and Management with Law is highly rated by employers and your enhanced numerical skills and capacity for logical and analytical thought will be advantageous in any employment situation. Specialist career pathways open to you will include chartered accountant, chartered certified accountant, chartered management accountant, chartered public finance accountant or economist. Other options include investment analyst, financial risk analyst and actuary, or areas within the Civil Service, Diplomatic Service or local government. Opportunities for management and analysis roles will exist with many employers in the private, public and voluntary sectors. 

Transferable Skills

Studying for a degree in Business and Management with Law will equip you with a range of transferable skills which are highly valued by employers. These include:

• enhanced numerical skills 


• the ability to research, interpret and analyse business and financial data


• the ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form


• effective problem-solving 


• analytical and creative thinking skills


• decision-making
• the ability to work independently 


• time-management and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines


• self-motivation and self-reliance 


• team-working, with the ability to discuss concepts in groups, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement In addition you will gain:


• an understanding of organisational behaviour and structure


• an appreciation of the causes and effects of economic and other external changes 

Year in Employment scheme (YES)


The University operates a Year in Employment Scheme (YES), which offers you a fantastic opportunity to take a year out between your second and third year to work in an organisation in the UK or overseas. YES provides a very rewarding and worthwhile experience, both personally and professionally, and can help you to stand out from the crowd in a very competitive job market. The University’s Career Service will help you to explore your options and secure a suitable work placement. GO Wales
GO Wales is administered by the University’s Career Service, working with local businesses to create paid work placements of a few weeks’ duration for students. It gives you the opportunity to gain valuable work experience which will enhance your CV and make you more attractive to potential employers.

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

What will I learn? 

In the first year you will be introduced to the fundamental principles of management and to an understanding of the business context in which they need to be applied, both in your studies and in your future career. You will learn about the dynamics of the modern business environment, the use of financial and accounting information in management decisions at operational and strategic levels, marketing principles and the relationship between management and organisation. No prior knowledge of business is assumed or is necessary. 

In the second year you will explore organisational behaviour and theory, human resource management, the theories and techniques of operations management, and market structures and pricing strategies. You will acquire the skills, analytical tools and techniques to identify and address problems and opportunities in business management and marketing. 

In the third year you will study business strategy and how it functions within the wider internal and external business environment. You will also gain an understanding of current management thinking from both practical and theoretical perspectives. A compulsory independent research project provides the opportunity for you to specialize in a particular aspect of business management or marketing, while further developing your analytical, research and communication skills. Optional modules will allow you to direct your learning in your preferred direction. 

How will I be taught? 

Core material is delivered through lectures, and reinforced by small-group seminars and tutorials. These will help you to deepen your understanding of the subject matter and develop a range of essential, transferable skills. Group-working and delivering presentations will help you to improve your communication and leadership skills. All modules are backed up by electronic resources to help you study beyond the classroom, and a wealth of printed texts is available in the University library, and the National Library of Wales, which is situated next to the main campus. 

You will be assessed by a variety of methods, including examinations, assessed essays, projects, presentations, and a dissertation on a subject of particular interest to you. Coursework will develop your capacity to research, analyse and present an argument clearly and coherently, while seminars will help you hone your presentation skills. 

You will be assigned a personal tutor throughout your degree course, who will help you with any problems or queries, whether these are academic-related or personal issues. You should feel free to contact them at any time for help and advice. 

You will also have the opportunity to complete a Personal Development Plan (PDP) at Aberystwyth. This is a structured process of self-appraisal, reflection, and planning, which will enable you to chart your personal, academic and professional development throughout your time at university. By recording your academic performance, and highlighting the skills you already have and those you will need for future employability, the PDP portfolio will equip you with the necessary tools to plan effectively, develop successful approaches to study, and consider your future career options and aspirations.

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