BA (Hons) Business Management and Innovation

Key information

Why choose this course?

  • Learn business management by practical application
  • High student satisfaction, with an NSS score of over 90%

Enhance your professional development and future career by learning the theory and application of business management with our innovative and industry informed Business Management and Innovation programme. As someone who is already in employment or returning to the workplace, this course is especially designed for you, offering a flexible learning schedule to fit around your other commitments.  

You will learn from a highly skilled set of academic staff who come from different professional backgrounds. Having first hand industry experience themselves, your learning will be infused with real-world expertise, enhancing your learning outcomes. You will also gain a wealth of practical knowledge from the research practitioners delivering the course who provide expertise in research skills on work-based projects. 

In the current context of the professional world, there is increasing emphasis on the non-cognitive skills of leaders. These are the same skills you will be introduced to within the programme. Through the completion of this course, you will have gained a deeper understanding of business and management concepts and tools that can be applied in any environment, giving you an advantage as you look to progress your career. 

The course itself is highly successful, with feedback from past students stating how supported they have felt by staff. Further feedback covers how well the programme provides interesting and relevant information that is transferable to work. In addition, the course has a high level of students achieving a good degree, which is a First Class Honours or an Upper Second Class degree. 

What's the course about?

Across your two years of study on this BA Business Management and Innovation programme, you will continuously develop your understanding of the innovation processes within a complex and changing business environment. You will gain practical skills from your lecturers as well as your peers by exploring and applying new perspectives. With a focus on putting your learning to practise, you will grow your understanding of strategy, business research and analysis, leadership and beyond. 

Upon completing the course, you will have built a well-rounded expertise of multiple aspects of business. This will shape you into a knowledgeable and skilled graduate who is able to apply their intellectual knowledge and skills to leadership positions in a wide range of working environments.   

Your main campus is de Havilland

You’ll share this campus with students from business, law, sport, education, and humanities subjects. The student housing is close to our Sports Village which includes a gym, swimming pool and climbing wall. You can get breakfast, lunch, or dinner in our on-campus restaurant or bar (in the newly built Enterprise Hub) on days you don’t feel like cooking. You can also use the common room to play pool, video games or just to hang out with friends.  Our Learning Resources Centres are open 24/7, which means you can study whenever suits you best. Want to pop over to the other campus? You can take the free shuttle bus or walk there in just 15 minutes.   

What will I study?

This course is delivered on six Saturdays over each four-month period. You will be assessed via coursework, which includes assignments, reports, presentations and a project. You'll also typically be expected to carry out five to six hours per week of private study.  

In your first year, you will focus on gaining a general overview of business management and innovation. You will learn the intricacies of business planning in both small and large organisations and build your expertise around decision making, analysing the impact on marketing and innovation. You will work with your peers and draw on your own working experience to answer questions around the difference between creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship. Your learning will lead you to effectively identify and take action against conditions that can endanger these. You will complete this year having learnt about yourself and how you can maintain working relationships that drive positive results.  

In your second and final year, you will build on the knowledge and skills learnt and developed in your first year. You will delve deeper to explore topics including globalisation, strategy and financial management. In doing this, you will strengthen your understanding of business management in a global context and how to effect sustainable progress. You will end the programme with a capstone project that will bring together all the learnings and skills from your modules across the two years.