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Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations

  • Bank of Ireland
  • McCambridge Duffy
  • Moy Park
  • SCHIVO
  • KPMG
  • Deloitte LLP
  • Kerry Group

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles

  • Banking Official
  • Business Analyst
  • Graduate Management Programme
  • Human Resource Administrator
  • Accountant
  • Consultant
  • Sales Marketing Executive

Overview

Business@Magee: Providing extensive choice for business skills development.

Summary

Business Studies – UCAS Code N125

Business Studies with Accounting – UCAS Code N1N4

Business Studies with Enterprise - UCAS Code N125

Business Studies with Marketing – UCAS Code N1N5

The modular approach to studying business at the Magee campus provides students with extensive choice. Business Studies may be taken as a single honours or in conjunction with a specialist subject from the business area. Students may choose from Accounting, Enterprise or Marketing. The flexible structure of this programme affords students the opportunity of choosing a pathway to suit their own personal interests and career aspirations.

The programme equips graduates for a management career in a variety of private or public sector industries. It also provides the entrepreneurial and innovation skills necessary for the creation of new business ventures and to stimulate the competitive impetus for managing and developing existing businesses. The specialism subjects allow students to specialise in a particular area of business interest which provides an ideal foundation for career development as a business professional. In addition, the programme supports and enables students to develop their employability skills throughout their undergraduate degree to ensure that graduates are prepared and skilled for the future labour market.

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About this course

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About

The BSc Hons Business Studies programme meets the needs of those wishing to pursue a career in business and allows those with an interest in accounting, management or marketing to choose these subjects as specialist areas. The programme also allows students to follow a general business studies path or take a specialism from one of the three pathways namely Accounting, Enterprise or Marketing. This enables students to develop the skills and expertise necessary for an aspiring professional career in accounting, management, entrepreneurship or marketing. In addition, it provides the basis for graduates wishing to take a postgraduate programme up to doctoral level.

The programme provides key business knowledge and skills essential for a graduates seeking a managerial career in general business or a specialist interest in accounting, enterprise or marketing. The programme develops knowledge around key business functions, the economic business environment, research knowledge and skills and strategy development and planning amongst others.

The development of relevant employability skills is at the core of the BSc Hons Business Studies degree and a variety of opportunities exist within the programme and its modules, to develop such skills. These skills include, for example, Creative Thinking, Project Management, Strategic Planning, Business start-up, Problem Solving and Interpersonal skills as well as general management skills.

Associate awards

Diploma in Professional Practice DPP

Diploma in International Academic Studies DIAS

Diploma in Professional Practice International DPPI

Find out more about placement awards

Attendance

Three years without placement or four years including placement year. This is a full-time course where you will normally complete six modules per year, with class contact time approximately three hours per week per module. You will be expected to undertake independent study to supplement that contact of around 10 hours per week per module.

Start dates

  • September 2019
How to apply

Modules

Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.

Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.

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Year one

Principles of Management

Year: 1

This module introduces the fundamental concepts of management and cognate topics, including the business environment, business ethics, motivation, problem solving and decision making, planning, human resource management, organisational structure, change and innovation, and operations and quality.

Students will acquire an understanding of the issues and challenges facing managers in both domestic and global environments.

Academic and Career Enhancement skills

Year: 1

The module establishes a solid foundation for students as they make the transition to become effective learners at third level. As such, the module identifies, develops and assesses a range of skills that are important for academic achievement. In this module, student learning, progression and achievement is closely monitored and supported by the module coordinator.

Foundations of Entrepreneurship

Year: 1

The purpose of this module is to provide students with an understanding of the array of issues, which must be considered in relation to entrepreneurship. The module specifically provides students with understanding of the key principles and concepts of entrepreneurship to allow further learning of this strategically important area in the future.

In particular, this module will allow students to be become critical and reflect on their own entrepreneurial traits to allow greater evidence of entrepreneurial adventure in graduate careers and/or intrapreneurship within corporate settings.

Principles of Economics

Year: 1

This module introduces students to the fundamental concepts and principles of economics and provides an essential underpinning for more advanced study of economics and economic issues.

Principles of Marketing

Year: 1

The module specifically provides students with understanding of the key principles and concepts of marketing to allow further learning of the strategic importance of the area in the future.

Principles of Accounting

Year: 1

This module is optional

The module establishes a strong foundation for students as they undertake the study of accounting. As such, the module identifies, develops and assesses a range of skills that are important within the context of preparing financial statements, undertaking financial reporting and performing detailed analyses supporting aspects of the internal financial management of a business entity.

Introduction to Financial Accounting

Year: 1

This module is optional

The module establishes a strong foundation for students as they undertake the study of accounting. As such, the module identifies, develops and assesses a range of skills that are important within the context of double entry book-keeping, preparing financial statements, undertaking financial reporting and performing detailed analyses supporting aspects of the internal financial management of a business entity.

Year two

Organisational behaviour

Year: 2

This module will introduce the fundamental concepts of Organisational Behaviour and encourage students to develop an understanding of managing and developing people in a business context. The module will examine a range of theoretical approaches that will be used to help analyse and evaluate situations and issues relevant to behaviour within organisations.

Professional Skills Development

Year: 2

This module is designed to provide students with the necessary tool kit to lead their own professional credibility, during and after their under graduate study. It will provide an interactive and experiential learning environment for students whereby they can learn about the kind of business leader they want to become and how to achieve this

Operations and Supply Chain Management

Year: 2

Operations and supply chain management is the planning, design, organization, and control of the flow of information and materials along the supply chain in order to meet customer requirements. The aim of this module is to assist students in the analysis of developments enhancing the role of operations and supply chain management, and enable them to develop and manage operational strategies to meet corporate objectives.

Financial Accounting I

Year: 2

This module is optional

The form and content of published financial statements; profit and loss account; balance sheet; cash flow statements; introduction to group accounts; analysis and interpretation of financial statements; regulatory framework of accounting.

Management Accounting I

Year: 2

This module is optional

An important role of management accounting is to present accounting information to assist managers to plan, make decisions and measure performance. Key elements of practice in the discipline include approaches to costing, use of management accounting information, absorption costing, marginal costing, breakeven analysis, decision making, budgeting, standard costing, variance analysis, investment appraisal, statistical approaches, activity based costing and ethical issues.

Finance for Decision Making

Year: 2

This module is optional

Financial decisions and their implications are an important consideration for global business'. This module will examine a range of theoretical and practical issues surrounding financial decision making. The module will provide students with an understanding of the key issues and techniques used in financial decision making with particular emphasis placed on ethical corporate governance and business ethics within the context of financial decision making.

New Venture Creation

Year: 2

This module is optional

This module provides students with an opportunity to develop potential new ventures to the point of product/service launch. The overall aim of this module is to engage students in the process of new venture creation and to develop the range of skills required for dealing with the practical elements of innovation and enterprise activities.

The Business Plan

Year: 2

This module is optional

The module provides students with an opportunity to develop business enterprise skills through team working on an entrepreneurial business proposal. It takes an 'action learning' approach and is 'student-driven'.

Business Law

Year: 2

This module is optional

The module deals with the main principles of the law of contract and law of tort as well as providing explanations of the legal structures within which businesses operate. These legal formats of business organizations are critically explored as are the methods whereby businesses are managed and analysed and how the external environment, in terms of legal regulation, impacts on the operation of businesses. The topics under examination provide a solid framework for understanding of the legal basis in which businesses operate and enable students to undertake further study of related Business and accounting subjects.

Consumer Behaviour

Year: 2

This module is optional

In the course of this module, students will develop an understanding of, and the ability to use, the core theories and techniques underpinning Consumer Behaviour; stemming from the economic and philosophical constructs of consumer behaviour, through to contemporary consumer research techniques.

Marketing Management

Year: 2

This module is optional

In the course of this module, students will develop an understanding of, and the ability to use, the core theories and techniques underpinning Marketing Management; stemming from the management techniques and philosophies that underpin the subject, through to their application to contemporary marketing management issues.

Year three

Diploma in Professional Practice

Year: 3

This module is optional

This module provides undergraduate students with an opportunity to gain structured and professional work experience, in a work-based learning environment, as part of their planned programme of study. This experience allows students to develop, refine and reflect on their key personal and professional skills. The placement should significantly support the development of the student's employability skills, preparation for final year and enhance their employability journey.

Study Abroad

Year: 3

This module is optional

The Diploma in International Academic Studies complements and extends the student's programme of study and provides the opportunity for each student to pursue specific learning objectives by studying in a different cultural and educational environment. It is a key facilitator in support global and cultural awareness and creating graduates who are ready to embrace international career opportunities more effectively.

Year four

Entrepreneurship and innovation

Year: 4

This module aims to equip students with a knowledge and understanding of entrepreneurial and innovation processes, and their relationship with business and economic development. It will enable students to develop the skills necessary to participate in business venturing projects. Assessment is by coursework and examination

Global Business Environment

Year: 4

This module explores the complexity of forces that make up the global economy. In particular, it aims to understand the impact of these forces on the activities of the firm, and the decisions they must take if they are to survive and prosper. The module will focus on the national, regional, and international contexts, and will aim to give students an understanding of an increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous global business environment.

Leadership and Strategy

Year: 4

This module equips students with an understanding of leadership dynamics and strategic vision in organisations and the challenges associated with leading organisations through strategic change. The module will examine a range of theoretical approaches that will be used to help analyse and evaluate leadership and strategy in organisations.

Research Methods for Business

Year: 4

In the course of this module, students will develop an understanding of, and the ability to use, the core theories and techniques underpinning business research - both academic research and applied research. This will be supported by providing students with the knowledge required to utilise appropriate software for the analysis and presentation of research

Personal Taxation and VAT

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module provides an insight into the economic, legal and practical background to the UK taxation system and its application to business decisions.

Management Accounting II

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module traces the development of management accounting theory and practice in the context of change in the modern business environment. The module examines the social, technological and international challenges to management accounting.

Financial Accounting II

Year: 4

This module is optional

The nature and purpose of accounting theory; the role of accounting regulation including the development of the latest accounting standards; contemporary issues in accounting; recent and future trends in financial reporting; accounting for transactions in financial statements and group financial statements.

Audit and Assurance

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module introduces the student to the conceptual and theoretical fundamentals of auditing combined with the practical application of auditing principles and the issues encountered in a financial reporting and audit environment. It identifies the skills that a professional auditor must have and how best to utilise those skills in today's challenging commercial environment.

Managing the Digital Enterprise

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module considers the impact of E-Business and Information Systems on established business practices and strategies. It evaluates the latest developments in Information Technology and places them in the context of the marketplace. It considers the impact of IT on organisational structure and consumer behaviour in a comparative international context.

Managing Innovation in Enterprises

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module equips students with an understanding of the fundamental principles and practices that influence the management of innovation in enterprises. The module will present and examine a range of topics on the subject matter, which will be used to analyse and evaluate the issues that surround decisions, strategies and approaches to managing innovation.

Managing and Leading People

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module equips students with an understanding of the dynamics of people management and the strategic vision of organisations for the management of their people. It also addresses the challenges associated with leading people management initiatives through strategic change. The module will examine a range of theoretical approaches that will be used to help analyse and evaluate people management approaches in organisations.

International marketing

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module explores the complexity of forces that underpin the international marketing decisions made by organisations. In particular, it aims to understand the impact of these forces on the activities of organisations, and the nature of the decisions that organisations must take if they are to survive and prosper in a dynamic international marketing environment. The module will focus on the regional, national and international contexts and provide students with practical and academic knowledge where they will have an opportunity to showcase their ability to interpret, synthesise, apply and evaluate knowledge and understanding.

Digital Strategy and Communications

Year: 4

This module is optional

The module aims to explore a range of contemporary issues facing organisations operating in a digital world. Teaching provided will allow students to fully appreciate the impact and influence of the dynamic digital landscape.

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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A level

The A Level requirement for this course is BBB - BCC.

Applicants may be able to satisfy the requirement for one A-Level B or C grade by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications to the same standard as defined by UCAS.

Applied General Qualifications

Overall BTEC award profile DDM - DMM to include Unit profile of 7 - 9 distinctions.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Overall Irish Leaving Certificate profile H3, H3, H3, H3, H3 – H3, H3, H3, H4, H4.

Scottish Highers

The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is BBBCC – BCCCC.

Scottish Advanced Highers

The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is CCC - CDD.

International Baccalaureate

Overall International Baccalaureate profile minimum 24 - 26 points (12 - 13 at higher level).

Access to Higher Education (HE)

Overall Access profile 60% - 70%.

GCSE

For full-time study, you must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements for admission to a first degree course and hold a GCSE pass in English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above (or equivalent).

Essential Skills Level 2 Mathematics will be accepted as equivalent to GCSE Maths.

Essential Skills Level 2 Communication will be accepted as equivalent to GCSE English.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Teaching and learning assessment

Teaching and learning methods include lectures, seminars, practical workshops, case studies, problem-solving techniques, team projects, individual research, oral presentations, non-book media, visiting lectures with industry practitioners, applied projects and 'real' live assignments. These methods allow students to have a high degree of involvement and participation in learning, equipping participants with concepts, skills and experiences necessary for career and personal development in addition to supporting the application of knowledge in practice.

Modules are assessed using a variety of methods including individual essays/reports, class tests, case studies, group projects, oral presentations and end of term examinations.

Exemptions and transferability

Most students enter Year 1. Applicants who can provide evidence of previous relevant study, awarded in accordance with the Credit Accumulation Transfer System, (CATS), may be considered for exemption from particular modules or entry to later years.

Careers & opportunities

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Graduate employers

Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations. Here are some examples:

  • Bank of Ireland
  • McCambridge Duffy
  • Moy Park
  • SCHIVO
  • KPMG
  • Deloitte LLP
  • Kerry Group

Job roles

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles. Here are some examples:

  • Banking Official
  • Business Analyst
  • Graduate Management Programme
  • Human Resource Administrator
  • Accountant
  • Consultant
  • Sales Marketing Executive

Career options

Business studies graduates are well placed for a management career in the business arena or to take advantage of opportunities in the public sector. Depending on the choice of business specialism, graduates will have generic skills in management functions including management accounting, finance and project management and specific specialist skills in accounting, entrepreneurship or marketing. Graduates may also proceed to postgraduate study or research in related areas. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to develop their personal skills and abilities in order to maximize their career potential. In addition students will be supported and encouraged to reflect on career choices and plan their graduate career path through employer engagement, career fairs and careers staff counsel and advice amongst others.

Work placement / study abroad

In Year 3 you will have the option of a paid placement year in a range of local and international locations. This will provide a link between the subjects you have studied and their application in a 'real world' setting. Satisfactory completion of the placement year will lead to the award of the Diploma in Professional Practice or Diploma in Professional Practice (International) if you complete your work placemetn internationally. You also have the option to study abroad for a year; satisfactory completion of a study abroad year will lead to the award of the Diploma in International Academic Studies.

Academic profile

All staff delivering the business studies programme have strong links with industry. Many have secured professional recognition with a variety of industry bodies relevant to their discipline such as Chartered Institute of Marketing, Institute of Exporters and Chartered Accountants Ireland and ACCA. In addition, all staff within the Department of Global Business and Enterprise are fellows/senior fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

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Start dates

  • September 2019

Fees and funding

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Fees (per year)

Important notice - fees information Fees illustrated are based on 18/19 entry and are subject to an annual increase. Correct at the time of publishing. Terms and conditions apply. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.
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Northern Ireland & EU:
£4,160.00

England, Scotland, Wales
and the Islands:

£9,250.00  Discounts available

International:
£13,680.00  Scholarships available

Scholarships, awards and prizes

  • Londonderry Junior Chamber of Commerce Prize for Industrial Placement
  • SCHIVO Prize for Best Business Studies Student
  • Bank of Ireland Award

Additional mandatory costs

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.

Please contact the course team for more information.