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Business Management BSc(Hons) with business experience and choice of specialisms

Attendance UCAS code Year of entry
3 years full time N221 2017

Why choose this course?

More than a traditional degree

This degree examines the main functions of modern businesses, giving you knowledge and tools for employment or starting your own business. It combines a path towards professional qualifications, a business readiness programme and a placement option of up to nine months. You can complete a work placement in an organisation, study overseas, start a new business or take a research work placement. All options are included within the three years of the course. You will study in Kingston Business School with its state of the art facilities and teaching rooms.

Kingston Business School has joined an elite group of global institutions to be awarded the prestigious international accreditation by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). A hallmark of excellence in business education, the accreditation has been earned by just 5 per cent of the world's business schools.

Specialisms

  • Human Resource Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Service Operations

Alternatively you can continue on the general management programme.

Hear what previous Kingston business students have to say:

Professional membership, recognition and qualifications

You will receive membership of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) throughout your studies. Through our dual accreditation you will also receive its professional qualification on graduation. As Kingston University is an approved centre for the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), you will get a reduced personal membership rate after graduation.

The Human Resource Management (HRM) pathway is accredited by the CIPD (the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development), the professional body for HR and people development.

There is also the opportunity to take the highly regarded PRINCE2 project management qualification, giving you an edge in your future career.

Business Readiness Programme

Kingston Business School's business degrees offer content specifically designed to give you an advantage in the workplace. Today's employers are seeking graduates who are work-ready as well as academically qualified. Our Business Readiness Programme aims to enable you to undertake a placement option with confidence – and prepare you for the real world of work. The four-term programme includes key skills such as:

  • building and maintaining a career-enhancing professional network;
  • self-management – developing a personal plan for success;
  • time management and delivering to deadlines;
  • the professional and business etiquette that gains respect in the workplace; and
  • working as a team – and organising an effective team.

You also explore topics such as understanding personality traits, developing your individual strengths to their full potential, resilience and interpreting and learning from appraisals. You will develop IT, communication and personal branding skills and learn to produce brilliant presentations along the way.

You have a choice of options in areas you might like to discover in more depth, through a variety of specialist sessions, such as a leadership workshop, an entrepreneurship expert panel or "a day in the life ..." and "careers in..." sessions.

During the four terms, you also prepare for your placement which includes:

  • the application process including researching and targeting your placement;
  • writing your CV and cover letters and getting ready for interviews;
  • using your placement to benefit your future career;
  • developing the skills your placement organisation expects; and
  • managing relationships at work and evaluating your progress.

What you will study

Business degree programme schedule


Focusing on current business practice, this course develops skills sought by employers. Its practical element means you apply your learning to the real world of work.

There are three levels of academic study – Levels 4, 5 and 6 which normally equate to the three years that are spent at university.

Level 4 is taught in Year 1 and introduces you to organisational behaviour, business statistics and information management, business economics and the principles of marketing. Level 5 starts during the third teaching block of Year 1 after the successful completion of Level 4. At this point you will develop skills in operations and project management and human resource management. Your Level 5 studies will then continue at the start of Year 2 by introducing entrepreneurship and business accounting before starting your placement.

During Year 2 you will choose your placement option, this may be a work placement in an organisation (we will provide support and where possible you will be paid) or a period of study abroad at one of our partner institutions, located all over the world. Alternatively, you may start a new business (with support from us) or take a research work placement – suitable if you are considering an academic career.

After your placement option, you will return for the third year, studying Level 6. Level 6 provides strategic management as a core module, focusing on achieving and sustaining competitive advantage in business. You will examine the management of change in business in a complex and inter-connected world. In Level 6 you can either stay on the general business management track – choosing from a range of option modules – or specialise in a specific area through the choice of two dedicated modules which may include a professional pathway.

This course makes the best use of your time. In Year 1, the summer term will last until mid-July, not June. In Year 2 the work/research placement, study overseas or business start-up is between January and July (or later if wished). You will graduate at the same time as those choosing traditional degrees, but with greater learning and experience.
We will also provide you with support during your placement option. You will be in contact with us at least once a month while on placement, as well as receiving additional mentoring in the workplace. This will enable you to link the theory you have learnt with the practical experience you gain.

Module listing

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Years 1 and 2

  • This module outlines the environmental influences faced by organisations, including key issues such as supply and demand, industrial structure, economies of scale and investment in human capital. You will examine the basic features of a market-based economy and develop an understanding about economic and industrial policy, including the creation of small businesses, entrepreneurship and innovation. You will learn about the different types of legal businesses that can be set up, their implications and their advantages and disadvantages. You will also develop an appreciation of how globalisation, corporate social responsibility and achieving a sustainable environment affect how organisations operate.

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  • This module will enable you to appreciate, understand and use mathematics and IT to solve business problems. It will help you appreciate how an understanding of different interrelated mathematical topics is essential in business. It will also help you understand how the use of common business software packages is essential in solving business problems.

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  • In this module you will develop an in-depth understanding about marketing in modern businesses and non-profit organisations and how it relates to other business functions. You will learn how to appraise and develop coherent marketing plans for a range of organisations and develop your intellectual and research skills.

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  • This module introduces you to the behaviour and management of people in work situations. The theories you will learn and apply are focused on the individual, the group and the organisation as a whole. Throughout this module you will engage in activities that enable you to develop your academic and other relevant skills, applicable to both your time at Kingston University and the future organisational environments you might work in.

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  • This module introduces you to accounting in small and large businesses financial and and how to understand and interpret financial information management accounting in a business context. It provides the skills needed to analyse financial statements of public listed companies and an introduction to using and managing financial information in real business situations.

    The module explains the principles and construction of the key financial statements that measure financial performance and financial position. It goes on to explain how the financial statements of public listed companies can be analysed.

    This module also considers the fundamental concepts of management accounting, and builds on them to provides you with the analytical skills necessary to make many short, medium and long term operating decisions within an organisation.

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  • This module introduces you to the principles of operations and project management and provides you with a set of tools and techniques to plan, control and monitor operations and projects. You will have the opportunity to apply operations and project concepts and techniques to case study organisations and make judgements about the operational effectiveness of service and manufacturing operations within the public and private sectors.

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  • This module provides you with an in-depth understanding of human resource management (HRM) policies and practices and an understanding of the relationship between organisational strategy and HRM theory and practice. You will apply theoretical concepts and frameworks to HR management in different organisations and be able to contribute to current debates and issues in HRM. You will also develop key transferable skills such as communication, teamwork and critical thinking.

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  • In this module you will develop a business plan to launch a new product or service, or to start up a new venture. You will cover all aspects of the plan from generating ideas, carrying out a feasibility analysis and producing the marketing strategy, through to developing the business model and conducting the financial analysis.

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  • This module is one of the options available to students during their work placement. Each of these options allows students to develop their skills and knowledge, and learn about the business environment and the world of work, linked to their main interests, in this case, the entrepreneurial environment.

    Students taking this module will be working on their real business start-up from the first day. In teams, students will validate their proposed business idea using iterative lean start-up methodology principles, which will gain them their reference customers and help them complete their Minimum Viable Product (MVP) as a culmination of the first start-up stage. The experience can be extended into the second stage in which the start-up team will focus on growing the business. Student taking this module will be provided with physical working space, coaching, utilities, and networking connections and opportunities, as well as some capital (subject to progress).

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Year 3

  • This module considers how organisations can grow and compete successfully. You will develop an understanding of the environment and industry in which organisations operate and an appreciation of how organisations use internal resources and competences for competitive advantage. This module examines the role of stakeholders and culture in an organisation, and the options an organisation has for its growth and development. The module includes an individual capstone project giving you the opportunity to consolidate your learning and experience from across the programme.

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  • In this module you will analyse the concepts and theories of leadership and its application to contemporary organisations. You will reflect on the nature of change and the leader's role in managing through change in today's complex and uncertain environment. You will also examine the role of leaders and managers in developing a social conscience and learn how to recognise and address ethical issues.

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  • If you wish to remain on the general management programme, you will be offered a range of option modules either from the specialisms (timetable permitting) or from a range of general business options. The availability of these modules is subject to student numbers.

    These may include:

    • This module introduces you to the key themes within business psychology, examines current trends and looks at how these manifest in the modern workplace. It uses psychological principles and methods to explore work and business-related issues. It actively evaluates how theories of work behaviour can improve the work experiences of people in business and optimise a business's success. Along with covering the basic elements of new topics on the degree, you will be introduced to some of the advanced elements of research in areas such as motivation, individual differences and team work. In particular, current themes (such as bullying, work-life balance, email communications and the digital self) will be studied and you will be able to engage in practical activities to appreciate how these concerns can be best addressed in the workplace.

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    • This module builds on your marketing knowledge by developing your understanding of the theory and application of professional selling and sales management. Effective selling adds to shareholder value and enhances the return on investment of marketing expenditure. You will understand how to recruit, motivate and manage sales people as the key professional selling resource, including how to balance people with finance and other resources. This module also develops the understanding of the role that IT plays in informing sales strategy development and in the structured sales planning process. This module will be of particular benefit to those aiming to develop a career in this area across business, professional and consumer contexts.

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    • This module concentrates on the core features of the marketing communications function within the wider context of marketing planning, with a specific focus on the advertising, sales promotion, public relations and interactive marketing communications elements of the mix. This module incorporates theoretical and conceptual considerations with the operational aspects of the marketing communications planning to ensure that students develop the skills that are essential for a career in marketing communications, whether on the agency or client side.

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  • The availability of modules is subject to student numbers.

    Specialism modules may include:

    • The focus of this module is the relationship between employers and employees. We examine the nature of this relationship and the significance of its key features for the relative power and position of the two main parties. We consider how the employment relationship is regulated and controlled and the resulting outcomes for employers and employees alike. In this regard, the role of trade unions, new employment relations actors such as Citizens Advice, and internal company human resource management systems are scrutinised and discussed. The impact of government legislation on employee relations outcomes and processes is also examined, as are other contextual influences such as the business environment, labour market and technological trends. In addition to analysing general developments in employee relations, the module examines specific themes and aspects such as the management of discipline and dismissal and health and safety, and the employment experience of particular groups of workers (for example women and migrant workers).

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    • This module addresses the need for learning and development (L&D) to be a strategic business function in order to enhance both individual performance and organizational success. Students will learn how to provide development opportunities that have been carefully analysed, designed, delivered and evaluated, supported by an understanding of learning theory. The module will also enable students to contribute to the development of coaching and mentoring activities within organisations.

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  • The availability of modules is subject to student numbers.

    Specialism modules may include:

    • Organisations with a strong, consistent and successful focus on managing innovation outperform their competitors in terms of growth and financial performance. Innovation management requires special knowledge and skills, which are different from standard strategic management theories and practices. This module introduces you to the main concepts and management tools for innovation activities within organisations of all sizes. It presents the main instruments in support of innovation and entrepreneurship, such as business incubators, accelerators, crowdfunding platforms and venture capital finance. It also examines international, national and regional policy measures in stimulating the innovation ecosystem.

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    • This module provides you with the opportunity to discover how to plan the expansion of a small entrepreneurial business into international markets. You will also gain experience of choosing modes of entry for small business internationalisation, assess international markets and produce financial projections for the business plan.

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  • The availability of modules is subject to student numbers.

    Specialism modules may include:

    • This module introduces you to the key terminology and techniques of financial management that are regularly used in business today. It lays the foundation for a proper understanding of more complex financial issues and is designed to equip you with knowledge of business finance required for making informed business decisions in a management-related career. It explains the company's goal of value maximisation, how it can make investment and financing decisions that add value, and also considers competing sources of finance available to companies and the main features of capital markets, with particular emphasis on the private sector of the UK economy. Graduates with financial management skills continue to have a competitive advantage in the job market, an edge that may become even more significant in an economic downturn.

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    • This module develops the topics studied in business accounting and is designed to give you an advanced course exploring the provision and use of accounting information in internal management decision-making.

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  • The availability of modules is subject to student numbers.

    Specialism modules may include:

    • International Business Operations is designed to develop students' ability to assess the business environment faced by an international company and evaluate opportunities and risks in international marketplaces. This module will help students develop decision-making skills in operational issues for international companies. Classes will be delivered as a combination of lectures and tutorials.

      This module will include the following topics: global market environment, international market entry modes, international trade, risk management, culture and international human resource management, global operations, international marketing, international finance, business ethics and corporate social responsibility.

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    • This module explores the concepts, tools and techniques associated with service operations and focuses on service evaluation, enhancement and improvement.

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Business Readiness modules

  • This module consists of up to 22 weeks of management and personal skills training, designed to prepare students for their placement and to improve their employability after graduation. Students will experience a wide range of opportunities to enhance their skills, ensure they make the most of their potential, gain the best possible placement, and give them an edge in the job market after graduation.

    During their training, they will build an online profile indicating their progress with their skills development. Where appropriate, the skills work will be integrated with core curriculum activity. Students will work with faculty staff, including their personal tutor and the Business Experience Office, to identify their skills requirements. In addition to the standard skills required by employers, there will be skills development linked to specific subject areas, run during the fourth teaching term just before the placements begin.

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  • This module consists of up to 22 weeks of management and personal skills training, designed to prepare students for their placement and to improve their employability after graduation, building on their experiences at level 4. Students will experience a wide range of opportunities to further enhance their skills, ensure they make the most of their potential, gain the best possible placement, and give them an edge in the job market after graduation.

    During their training, they will continue to build their online profile indicating their progress with their skills development. Where appropriate, the skills work will be integrated with core curriculum activity. Students will work with faculty staff, including their personal tutor and the Business Experience Office, to identify their skills requirements. In addition to the standard skills required by employers, there will be skills development linked to specific subject areas, run during the fourth teaching term just before the placements begin.

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You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University on a not-for-credit basis as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

Study abroad as part if your degreeMost of our undergraduate courses support studying or working abroad through the University's Study Abroad or Erasmus programme.

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