BSc Business and Management

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BSc Business and Management students in a lecture

In choosing to study the Business and Management Degree at Aberystwyth University you will be preparing yourself for the perfect introduction to a career in business. With leading subject experts teaching you a range of business and management disciplines that includes Human Resources, Finance, Marketing, Accounting, and Entrepreneurship amongst others, and with a focus on employability and applied skills to reinforce the essential theories, concepts and case studies, you will benefit from the small tutorial sizes, business links, and opportunities that the Business and Management Degree provides to you. You will be taught with both academic rigour and a consistent emphasis on the practical application of what you learn to the business environment. Through the Business and Management Degree you will engage with a dynamic subject, which is fundamental to understanding not just the operations of business and commerce, but the organisation and functioning of societies. Expand the sections below to find out more...

Overview

The BSc Business and Management degree scheme focuses on the world of enterprise and the impact of changes in the business environment in terms of economic events, changes in accounting practices, changes in the regulatory and legal environment, marketing decisions, and the development of business strategies. The programme will enable you to develop a broad understanding of management in practice, and is relevant to business, trade and commerce in both the public and private sector. Your studies will involve you in activities that consider the complexity of management challenges and the combined impact of the economic, financial, human and legal issues that managers deal with on a daily basis.

Why study Business and Management at Aberystwyth?

Our Business and Management programmes are accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). This means that, on successful completion of your Business and Management degree, you will be able to gain exemption from certain examinations and achieve professional qualifications at an earlier stage. 

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 organizations. 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.

As well as being active researchers, our lecturers have a professional economics 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.

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.

We have 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.

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 (60 Credits) You must pass a minimum of 100 credits overall to proceed to Part 2

Semester 1

Marketing Principles MM10120

Managing Finance MM11400

Semester 2

Managing Finance MM11420

Management And Marketing Skills And Analysis MM11520

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 1 Electives You must take 20 elective credits

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

Semester 1

Financial Strategy AC33010

Management Information Systems IL32410

Firms, Markets And Pricing MM33220

Semester 2

Organisational Behaviour MM33120

Operations And Innovation Management MM33620

Management Research Methods MM33920

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

Semester 1

Marketing Management MM30120

Rheolaeth Marchnata MR30720

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

Semester 1

Independent Research Project In Management, Marketing And Tourism MM35000

Semester 2

Independent Research Project In Management, Marketing And Tourism MM35020

Prosiect Ymchwil Mewn Rheolaeth, Busnes A Marchnata MR35020

Final Year Electives You must take 40 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

Employability

Career prospects

A degree in Business and Management will prepare you for a career in business, which may stretch across any sector or industry. Career paths open to you include Chartered accountancy, investment banking, insurance, underwriting, and risk management, but your degree would also be useful in such professions as retail management, marketing management, distribution and logistics management, sales executive, and health service management. Many industries as diverse as chemicals, fashion, and construction all require functional managers with a clear understanding of systems, efficiency and operational issues, and opportunities for management and analysis roles will exist with employers in the private, public and voluntary sectors.

Transferable Skills

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

• 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
• research skills

In addition you will gain:
• an understanding of organisational behaviour and structure
• improved numeracy skills and the ability to research, interpret and use business and financial data
• 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.

Student Views

Business & Management provides academic insight to firm behaviour within internal and external business environments enabling individuals to fully comprehend the wider context of operations within a global context in an informative yet interesting manner. It’s diverse as it examines a variety of business topics. Students get to experience economics, accounting, and marketing providing a sound grounding in wide variety of business areas that may be extended in the second and final years. The modules set individuals in good stead for understanding a variety of business functions. Andrea Jane Phillips

The course has been a great deal of help for me and has given me confidence within marketing and business, particularly when we worked as business consultants for Aber Town Trader within Marketing Case Studies. It gives us an insight for future work and is great work experience for students. Marketing Communications last semester was also a very interesting topic as we learnt and analysed different communications that companies use within marketing in order to reach their target audience and potential customers. These opportunities have been great and good to put on CV as experiences! Dwynwen Medi Evans

Studying Business and Management at Aberystwyth University has enabled me to develop my understanding, and better appreciate the world in which we all live and work. With a limited understanding of Business and Management prior to studying, I have benefited greatly from this course, and the ability to select and choose which route I best want to follow. Through a range of in-class and interactive learning sessions my passion for the subject has flourished. The degree has fuelled my desire to pursue education to the next level in order to ascertain a more thorough understanding of the business environment. Peter Hamilton-Gray

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