BSc

Business and Management and Computing

Key Facts

NG14
  • UCAS Tariff

    96 - 120

  • Course Length

    3 Year

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The BSc Business Management and Computing provides you with an full understanding of the fundamentals of business whilst allowing you to further explore the interactions of organisations, employees and other stakeholders via their digital engagement via the computing elements. In addition to exploring software, hardware and computing techniques an emphasis of this degree is to explore the human-computer interaction elements of business and computing with a focus on effective development and management.  

You’ll explore concepts and theories in organisational behaviour, strategy, operations and human resource management as well as understanding the development and successful implementation of technology to solve a wide range of business and societal problems.

The interaction of business and computing is highly dynamic and this innovative environment and focus will broaden your contemporary knowledge of industry developments as they happen and expand your knowledge and competence in areas that might include artificial intelligence, computer game development, human-computer interaction and cyber security.

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

Top 15 in the UK for Graduate Prospects (employment outcomes) for the subject of Computer Science (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)

93% overall satisfaction for the Department of Computer Science (NSS 2019)

98% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 8% more than Computer Science graduates nationally. (HESA 2018*)

Top 10 in the UK for Teaching Quality for the subject of Business & Management Studies (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)

95% of our Business and Administrative subject students were satisfied that the staff were good at explaining things, 88 for the sector. (NSS 2019)

97% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 3% more than Business and Administrative Studies graduates nationally (HESA 2018*)

Overview

Why study Business Management and Computing at Aberystwyth University? 

Upon completion of this degree you will possess a broad understanding of management in practice, an in-depth knowledge of trade and commerce in both the public and private sector, and a solid grasp for the complexity of management challenges and the combined impact of the economic, financial, human and legal issues that leaders encounter.

The Business Management degree is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), the benefit for you is that upon graduation you will be eligible for exemptions when undertaking future professional accreditation. Additionally, the computing element of this course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of IT (BCS) on behalf of the Engineering Council, which allows you to develop the skills needed to solve complex problems that include analysis, design, solution choice and implementation.

This recognition from the various professional bodies demonstrates the teaching quality of the two academic departments ensuring that you graduate with the best possible degree, a component that Aberystwyth University leverages in it's aim to have exceptional teaching and learning excellence. 

Students on this course will have the opportunity to experience dedicated Linux, Mac OS X laboratories and central servers and to robotic equipment including Arduinos, mobile robots and sailing robots.

Given the applied nature of this degree, you will be taught by academic and industry practitioners ensuring the opportunity for you to be immersed alongside professionals and their affiliated networks. 


Our Staff

Almost all of the Department of Computer Science Lecturers and Teaching Fellows are qualified to PhD level, and those who are not have considerable research or industrial experience. All new Lecturers and Teaching Fellows are required to obtain the PGCTHE, and hence are Senior Fellows or Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. The department also employs a number of part time demonstrators and tutors and some student demonstrators, who are selected from our undergraduate and postgraduate students. Research fellows and research assistants (mostly PhD qualified) may also be involved in delivering occasional teaching when it is appropriate.

Students at the Aberystwyth Business School 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.

Modules

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.

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Fundamentals of Management and Business * AB15120 20
Marketing Principles and Contemporary Practice * AB17120 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Employability

The BSc Business Management and Computing provides an excellent foundation for a professional career in business, management or computing. Aberystwyth Business School offers a dedicated consultancy/employability focussed module where students competitively apply to become members of a team of consultants for a company within a chosen industry.

Our graduates are in varied professional careers and some of the key industries include investment banking, risk management, insurance and underwriting. Similarly our graduates highly-sought in more general management positions that include retail management, the public sector, the NHS, distribution and logistics management.

You will graduate with a wide range of business and computing skills to enable you to work in a variety of roles including systems analyst, software engineer, management or IT consultant. You could choose to work in the business, public or the not for profit sector and recent graduates have gone on to work for BAE Systems, Barclays, Experian, Microsoft and the Ministry of Defence.

Studying our degree in Business Management and Computing will equip you with the following skills:

  • Understanding of organisational behaviour and structure
  • The ability to apply analytical and creative thinking skills for high level decision-making and problem solving
  • Improved numeracy skills and the ability to research, interpret and use business and financial data
  • The ability to communicate clearly in a written and spoken form to facilitate successful team collaboration and independent work.


Learning & Teaching

What will I learn?

The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the three year degree scheme.

The holistic approach of business and management in your first year explores the foundational elements of the discipline leading to a good understanding of the fundamental principles of business that include the mechanisms by which management is discharged in various industry, and the impact that the business environment and macro-environmental elements (such as Brexit, COVID-19) have on management. Finally, the contemporary mechanisms of which organisations communicate value propositions to customers and markets are explored. Within Computing you will explore themes such as computer infrastructure, IT management and optimisation, web-based application development and programming. You will learn via the application of problems and work in teams to identify solutions to those. 

In your second and third year, you will undertake core business and management concepts that include organisational behaviour and theory, impacts of market structures and pricing strategies, and the effective development and utilisation of industry specific techniques for operation management. Additionally, the impacts of human resource and talent management on executing organisational management and leadership planning are explored. To solidify your understanding, you will have the opportunity to apply the theories identified above into an independent research project allowing you to explore the analytical skills associated with business and computing excellence. Within Computing, you will explore data structures and the formation and application of algorithms, the process of developing and distributing novel operational software, and exploring how you could answer the emerging challenges of business for optimal software integration with business processes. 

How will I be taught?

Our enthusiastic staff will teach you through lectures, seminars, tutorials, practicals and individual/group based project work.

You will be assessed through a combination of coursework, practicals, projects, workshops and examinations.

To ensure that you are performing consistently and to make the most of your university experience, you will be assigned a personal tutor. The role of the personal tutor will be critical to your overall student experience while studying at Aberystwyth University and your chosen personal tutor will assist you with all matters relating to academic and non-academic helping ensure you academic, professional and personal development is optimised.


Typical Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 96 - 120

A Levels 96-120 UCAS Tariff

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh, Mathematics

BTEC National Diploma:
MMM-DDM

International Baccalaureate:
26-30

European Baccalaureate:
60% overall

The University welcomes applications from students studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma. Our inclusive admissions policy values breadth as well as depth of study. Applicants are selected on their own individual merits, and offers can vary. If you are studying a qualification not listed on this page, please get in touch with the Undergraduate Admissions Office for further advice. Details about the country-specific qualifications the University accepts can be found on our country-specific pages. For further information, contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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