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Developing students with the essential knowledge, skills and attributes in order to successfully undertake a career in business and management.

Summary

Study Business Studies at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

This degree prepares you for a career in business management in industry, commerce or the public sector. It focuses on the acquisition and application of knowledge relevant to the role of the manager in the rapidly changing environment which is the modern business world. The course also provides you with opportunities to develop and enhance your range of personal and interpersonal transferable skills which are vital to successful performance in the workplace.

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About this course

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About

The course is designed to equip you with knowledge of a broad range of business and management subjects. These include the core business functions of: Human Resources, Marketing, Finance and Accountancy, Operations and Management. The programme comprises of a total of 19 modules, 15 of which are compulsory for all students. Additionally students may elect to tailor the programme to their individual career aspirations or interests through the selection of specific optional modules or pathways.

Associate awards

Diploma in Professional Practice DPP

Diploma in International Academic Studies DIAS

Find out more about placement awards

Attendance

The programme can be completed in three or four years full-time dependent on whether you elect to undertake a one year work experience or a one year academic study abroad. This is normally undertaken during the third year of the programme. During each academic year full time students will complete 120 credit points. If you are joining the programme at level 4 (year 1), you will complete 360 credit points on the programme. Class-based modules include one three hour session per week (per module) across each 12 week semester.

Start dates

  • September 2016
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.

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Year one

Introduction to Accounting for Business

Year: 1

Introduction to Business Accounting provides an introduction to financial and management accounting. The background to the requirement to produce, and the purpose of preparing accounting statements is examined. The module introduces the student to the study of accounting as it impacts on business and economic activity. In particular it considers the preparation of basic financial statements for sole-traders and introduces the student to terminology used in cost determination and pricing.

Management Skills

Year: 1

This module is designed to introduce students to the main skills required to produce academic work at university. It introduces students to university resources such as the library and highlights how these resources can be used in writing assignments. It also ensures students have a basic knowledge and usability of Microsoft?s office software which will be utilised widely during university studies.

Introduction to Management

Year: 1

This module introduces students to the study of management, and the role of the manager within the business organisation. The characteristics of organisations (the context for management work) are examined, and following on from this the module provides an introduction to the core functions of management. Topics studied include the functions of planning, organising, managing people and organisational control.

Business and the Economy

Year: 1

This module will introduce the principles, implications and outcomes of economic behaviour as they relate to the built and business environments with an emphasis on demonstrating a real world application, where appropriate. The module provides a basis for the study of any second or third year modules with economic content.

Fundamentals of Marketing

Year: 1

This module provides students with an appreciation of the nature, scope and breadth of the fundamental concepts and principles of marketing. It represents a key underpinning to subsequent marketing related modules within degree programmes.

Business Awareness and Analysis

Year: 1

This module will enable students to understand the business environment by developing an integrated perspective of the political, legal, economic, social-cultural, demographic, technological and ethical environments. An overall picture of the organisation and their relationship with these environments will be formed.

Year two

Accounting for Business Decisions

Year: 2

The module informs and equips students to effectively respond to a plethora of potential issues that can arise in business, particularly those pertaining to investment, financing and costing decisions. The module aims, through a variety of teaching and learning mechanisms, to equip students with a knowledge of the main techniques used in accounting and business to competently assess and to understand the main issues and ramifications of decision making in business.

Career Entrepreneurship

Year: 2

Understanding the diverse career options within business is essential if students are to understand and develop the skills and attributes that employers across different markets are seeking. This module aims to engage students in their own employability development as well as aid their understanding of what recruiting employers look for and in particular why they look for specific attributes.

Operations Management

Year: 2

This module equips students to understand the issues concerned with managing an organisation's resources and to appreciate the complexity of problems related to monitoring and managing operational performance. The teaching and learning methods incorporate inherently practical activities that are representative of the subject. The module demonstrates the importance of operations management to every organisation's success.

Managing People

Year: 2

This module is about the various processes that can be utilised within an organisation to maximise an individual's motivation, abilities and performance, within the context of organisational goals, especially in maximising employee performance. To that end, the syllabus concentrates on potential transformation processes that might lead to 'commitment' rather than a reliance on 'compliance' in the workplace.

Assurance and Risk Management

Year: 2

This module is optional

This module introduces the student to the conceptual and theoretical fundamentals of assurance and risk management combined with the processes surrounding risk management in both the private and public sector organisations. It identifies the skills that a professional accountant must have and how best to utilise those skills in today?s challenging business environment.

Organisation Design

Year: 2

This module is optional

This module is concerned with exploring why differences in structure and design exist across organisations. It considers ways of describing, analysing, classifying and differentiating organisations and the factors that cause this differentiation.

Management Research Skills

Year: 2

This module is optional

The module seeks to expose students of business studies to the range of management research methods, consultancy skills, and project management techniques available.

Students will acquire appropriate knowledge and understanding of the various research and project management methodologies for the purposes of developing an applied management project proposal and project plan in preparation for undertaking an undergraduate management project.

Digital Enterprise

Year: 2

This module is optional

This module aims to provide students with an understanding of e-business and its applications in different organisations. On successful completion of this module students will have an in-depth knowledge of the e-business; understand and apply concepts and models underlying e-business; analyse how organisations apply e-business technologies to improve their operations and to create competitive advantage; and critically evaluate current practice on creating and managing e-business applications.

Behavioural Sciences

Year: 2

This module is optional

This module is designed to enable students to acquire diagnostic knowledge and understanding of human behaviour in organisations. Additionally, students are required to become proficient in the practice of key management competencies. The module is taught by a combination of lectures, seminars and directed reading and is assessed by a combination of cumulative assessment and sessional examination.

Regional Economics: Understanding the Northern Ireland Economy

Year: 2

This module is optional

This module is designed to address a common complaint of employers that contemporary knowledge of the Northern Ireland (NI) economy is limited amongst students. The module will enhance students understanding about the behaviour and operation of the NI economy and how it impacts upon businesses and society in general. The module offers more applied learning in a workplace style mode around contemporary issues with a focus on developing both professional (report writing, analysis and opinion forming) and transferable (IT, team working, communications and business knowledge) skills.
It will also introduce students to the structures and process in economic policy making and allow students to tailor their placement application to the type of instruction in which their skills will be best suited. It will utilise guest lectures to familiarise students with what potential employer?s value and it will hone presentation and interview skills. It will advance data skills to a commercial standard.

Marketing Management

Year: 2

This module is optional

Marketing Management is concerned with the company?s interface with its markets and therefore plays a key role in its success. This module provides knowledge and increases understanding of the important concepts, processes and frameworks of marketing management decision making, from both a strategic and operational perspective. It provides opportunities for students to acquire communication skills, problem solving skills, resource management and information technology skills. It provides students with an opportunity to develop an awareness of both the functional and operational role of marketing.

Marketing Communications

Year: 2

This module is optional

This module aims to address Marketing Communication theories and concepts from a management perspective. The module considers the importance of planning to ensure communication tools are used strategically to meet specified objectives.

Global Business Environment

Year: 2

This module is optional

This module will provide students with an overview of the major issues which affect global business activities.

Year three

Professional Practice

Year: 3

This module is optional

Industrial placement is a planned part of a student's education and training. It compliments and extends of the work at levels 4 and 5, and provides the opportunity for each student to accept responsibility for their own personal and professional development and training. It facilitates career planning and enhances employability skills and will help students to appreciate the discipline and demands of the work place and consolidate knowledge and skills acquired during the first two years of their course.

International Academic Studies

Year: 3

This module is optional

This module provides an opportunity to undertake an extended period of study outside the UK and Republic of Ireland. Students will develop an enhanced understanding of the academic discipline whilst generating educational and cultural networks.

Year four

Governance, Risk and Ethics

Year: 4

The module informs and equips students to effectively respond to the governance challenges organisations face today. The module aims to investigate the key components for securing the highest standards of effective corporate governance.

Enterprise Development and Entrepreneurship

Year: 4

This module enables students to develop an understanding of business formation and development from an entrepreneur?s perspective. Students will develop an awareness of the role of the entrepreneur in the enterprise development process and will develop capabilities to recognise, plan and develop new venture opportunities. Students will understand the consequences of decision making in all aspects of enterprise development including sales and marketing, human resources, finance and operations.

Business Strategy

Year: 4

This integrative core module, which places particular emphasis on achieving a balanced understanding of strategic management theory and practice, introduces the concept of Business Strategy. It aims to develop students? awareness and understanding of the means by which viable business strategies can be developed and implemented in a complex and challenging competitive climate.

Leadership and Change

Year: 4

Managing change is an increasingly important aspect of the manager?s role. This module equips students with the knowledge, skills and abilities to recognise and understand the need for change and the nature of the change required, and to deploy a range of measures (tailored to the diagnosis) to ensure that the change process is managed and led effectively and efficiently.

Management of Business Finance

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module is concerned with the study of business finance, with a distinctly corporate focus, examining issues mainly from the viewpoint of the corporate manager. The module aims to provide students with an opportunity to study at a more advanced level aspects of the management of business finance; investment, the balance between risk and return and the measurement and control of both, the operation of capital markets and the distribution of wealth between stakeholders.

Public Sector Accounting

Year: 4

This module is optional

Public sector accounting analyses organisational structures and management control in central government, local authorities and National Health Service. This module will introduce students to the financial accounting and management accounting techniques and methods within public sector. The module also provides an insight into the nature of recent managerial and accounting reforms within public sector organisations.

Personal and Business Taxation

Year: 4

This module is optional

Knowledge of taxation is essential to students intending to pursue a career in Accounting and is an essential part of most financial and economic decision making. This module provides a fundamental detailed study of the main aspects of the UK tax system covering personal and business taxation, as well as an introduction to capital gains tax and inheritance tax. The integration of the various personal tax elements will be integrated as the students will be engaged in personal tax planning. The module also requires a critical evaluation of modern issues/ethical dilemmas and key topics of academic and professional debate in this discipline.

Occupational Psychology

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module is designed to enable students to acquire knowledge and understanding of the principles of occupational psychology, and the contribution that they make to effective human resource management. Additionally students will be required to become proficient in the practice of key occupational psychology competencies. It is taught by a combination of lectures and seminars, and is assessed by a combination of cumulative assessment and sessional examination.

Effective Organisations and the Consultancy Process

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module seeks to provide the student with the opportunity to develop consultancy skills through the research and management of a consultancy project relating to organisational effectiveness. Students will have the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills acquired in order to produce a range of acceptable solutions to problems faced by a case organisation.

Total Quality Management

Year: 4

This module is optional

Total Quality Management is a holistic approach to managing organisations, which focuses on continual improvement in all areas, achieved by the active involvement and participation of all employees. At its core are the processes involving customer/supplier chains, supported by the ?hard? elements of Teams, Systems, and Tools, interwoven with the ?soft? elements of Culture, Commitment, and Communication, all combined into an effective whole.

Supply Chain Management

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module should assist students in the analysis of contemporary developments affecting the role of supply chain management and should enable them to develop and manage supply chain strategies to meet corporate objectives. Topics to be covered include the evolution of purchasing and supply management; supply chain strategies and achieving strategic fit; supply chain drivers; e-commerce and the supply chain; outsourcing; supply chain relationships and supply chain dynamics.

Strategic Human Resource Management

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module draws on the disciplines of business management and strategic understanding and is designed to equip students to understand an organisation?s need to manage its people within a rapidly changing environment. In particular, the module aims to analyse how human resource practitioners assist an organisation maintain its competitive sustainability within a rapidly changing and challenging trading environment.

Marketing Research

Year: 4

This module is optional

The objective of this module is to provide a detailed, thorough understanding of the nature, scope and importance of marketing research and its role in management decision making. The applied and practical nature of the module will be demonstrated by including contributions from experts in the marketing research industry and organisations which commission research on a regular basis.

Global Marketing

Year: 4

This module is optional

In an increasingly global environment this module seeks to develop students? understanding of the socio-cultural, economic, legal and political variables which will impact on the international decision making and planning processes of an organisation and influence international marketing mix strategies.

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 - AAB.

BTEC

Overall BTEC award profile DDM - DDD to include Unit profile of 9 - 11 distinctions.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Overall Irish Leaving Certificate profile BBBBB - AAAB.

Scottish Highers

The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is AABCC - AAAAB.

Scottish Advanced Highers

The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is BBB - AAB.

International Baccalaureate

Overall International Baccalaureate profile minimum 26 - 28 points (13 - 14 points at higher level).

Access to Higher Education (HE)

Overall Access profile 70% - 74%.

GCSE

GCSE Profile to include Mathematics with a minimum Grade C or above.

GCSE Profile to include English Language with a minimum Grade C or above.

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.

Exemptions and transferability

The Course Committee can consider exemption on the basis of recent, relevant study. The programme is fully compliant with the University’s Credit Accumulation and Transfer System (CATS) and students are eligible to transfer to other relevant programmes. If you have studied a substantial proportion of the material included in the compulsory core modules already, you may be eligible for advanced entry provided that you have attained the high level of achievement required for entry. The number of places available for direct entry is limited. There is facility for transfer to other undergraduate degree programmes depending upon the nature of the subject matter of the other degrees and academic achievement.

Careers & opportunities

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Career options

Experience over many years indicates that graduates in Business Studies possess a combination of knowledge and skills which is attractive to a wide range of potential employers. The career opportunities available include management level posts in finance, production, purchasing, personnel and marketing in industry and commerce, both in Northern Ireland and further afield. Many graduates pursue successful careers in the Civil Service, government agencies and other public sector organisations. Each year a number of graduates proceed to postgraduate studies in this university or elsewhere for the award of Diplomas, Masters Degrees or Doctorates in a variety of disciplines.

Work placement / study abroad

Students may elect to undertake a period of paid work experience or academic study abroad in the third year. Students who have successfully completed years one and two, and who do not wish to complete a work experience year, or a year of academic study abroad, may proceed directly to the final year of the degree.

Apply

Applications to full-time undergraduate degrees at Ulster are made through UCAS.

How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2016

Fees and funding

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Fees (per year)

Northern Ireland & EU:
£3,925.00
England, Scotland & Wales:
£6,000.00
International:
£12,890.00

Scholarships, awards and prizes

Dean's List Award (First Year) ◦ Chartered Accountants Ireland - Ulster Society - awarded to the student with the highest mark in the Business Strategy module (Final Year) Chartered Institute of Management Accountants IMA (Ireland) Achievement of Excellence Award in Business Accounting - awarded to the student with the highest mark in the Business Accounting module (First Year) First Trust Bank - awarded to the final year student with the highest mark in any Accounting and Finance optional module (Final Year)

Additional mandatory costs

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel and normal living are a part of university life. 

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them in the online prospectus. 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.

Contact

Course Director: Mrs Christine Wightman

T: +44 (0) 28 9036 8152

E: ca.wightman@ulster.ac.uk