BSc (Hons) Business Management
Are you keen to understand how businesses and managers operate? Lancaster University courses are designed to develop your conceptual understanding and provide practice-based insights. You will also develop your personal competencies, including communications and mathematical abilities. Such skills have helped recent graduates find work in a wide variety of roles, within sectors such as banking, retail, consultancy, sales and marketing, and data analysis. In Leipzig, this course will look at international trade and industry, as well as focusing on real life examples from the thriving German economy.
Structure and Fees
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First Year Degree
Second Year Degree
Final Year Degree
Degree: Bachelor of Science
Duration: 3 years
Delivery mode: Full time
A Level: BBB
GCSE: Mathematics grade B or 5, English Language grade B or 5
International Baccalaureate: 30 points overall with 15 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects (Mathematics AA or AI with at least 4 SL or 5 Math Studies).
BTEC: Distinction, Merit, Merit
We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. All students are expected to provide proof of English language proficiency (see Admission and Visa for more details).
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04 October 2021
07 June 2021 (only 3 semester option)
04 October 2021 (2 and 3 semesters)
As a Business Management student, you study with every department within the Management School. Your degree can be three or four years long depending on your choices. We focus on building self-confidence and improving your skills and knowledge base.
All first-year students study management, marketing, financial accounting, organisations and business statistics.
The second year explores operations management, entrepreneurship and economics. You also have options in a range of other management subjects. This continues into your third year. Here you choose options while studying our core subjects of leadership, business and strategic management.
We seek to make our graduates as marketable as possible to potential employers. Every student has access to a specialist Business Management Careers Coach and attends sessions on CVs and teamwork. Building on your employability development plan in your second year means there is time to identify and fill gaps before you start applying for jobs.
Whether you want to work for a hotel chain, continue your studies or train in an area such as accountancy, this degree keeps your options open.
Did you know? Lancaster University Management School (UK) is quadruple-accredited by AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA and the Small Business Charter.
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Year One Core Modules
Employability and Careers I
This module is designed to support the first stage in your journey towards securing a future graduate job role which you will enjoy and thrive in doing! In the first year, we combine gaining business insights from visiting employers alongside a focus on two important stages for employability preparation: ‘Opportunity Awareness’, career opportunities available to Business Management graduates and how this knowledge relates to ‘Self-Awareness’, personal interests, motivations, values & skills.
Introduction to Business Analytics
Business analytics focuses on developing new insights and understanding of business performance based on data analysis.
Designed to give you the kind of skills that are sought after in many organisations, this module introduces you to a range of quantitative techniques for collecting, analysing and interpreting data and develops your understanding of how to apply these techniques to management problems to draw practical conclusions. The module provides the foundations for statistical methods in follow-up modules. The computing side of the module introduces the use of word processing, spreadsheet software for statistical calculations, and writing of management reports. You will learn not only the fundamental analytical techniques, but also when and how to apply them to management problems and how to interpret the results. This module also involves you working as a junior business analyst on a simple but realistic case study and reporting results and conclusions to a fictional boss.
Introduction to Financial Accounting for Managers
This module provides an introduction to the analysis and use of published financial statements and concepts underlying financial reporting by companies. It also considers the perspectives of various users and opportunities for creative accounting. The concepts and use of financial statements are placed within the current commercial context, so that you acquire an appreciation of the role of financial accounting.
Introduction to Management
This module introduces a variety of traditional and non-traditional ideas about management, followed by the theory and practice of team working and capability for management. Other themes include quality and entrepreneurship. The aim is to provide you with an essential understanding of the basic theories relevant to the management of work organisation and to enable you to identify and understand the limitations inherent within these theories.
Introduction to Marketing
This year-long module is designed to give students a broad and critical introduction to the subject of marketing through a series of lectures and seminars. A comprehensive range of topics are taught at foundational level which you will then explore further in your second and final years. Subject areas that you will study include Understanding Markets, which examines how markets are created and sustained, Consumer Behaviour, Marketing Communications, Marketing Research and Innovation.
Throughout the year, you will be asked to consider how theory works in practice, by examining your own experience of marketing as well as current stories from the press and marketing media. Assessment consists of coursework including an individual essay and a group-based business report, and a Summer exam which is largely essay-based. As part of your studies on this module, we will help you to develop all of the necessary academic skills to succeed in your first year at University and throughout your degree.
Management, Organisations and Work: Key Issues and Debates
This module aims to provide you with a broad introduction to management covering a wide range of topics that are relevant to work, business and organisations. The module begins by locating organizations, work and technology in a broad historical context. It considers the meaning of work and different debates regarding alienation and technology. It then introduces different metaphors through which we can understand and analyse organisations. Finally, it considers the changing nature of employment relations by considering the shift from industrial relations to Human Resource Management (HRM). The module is constructed to encourage you to think critically and to reflect upon taken-for-granted assumptions about the world of work and management’s role in relation to it. As a means to achieve this, the second part of the course explores the contemporary issue of human resource management and development which fundamentally contributes to the development of employee-engaged and productive organisations. The final part of the module continues the theme of encouraging critical reflection and explores key issues and debates related to gig employment, globalization, sustainability and business ethics that are intimately related to management.
Year Two Core Modules
Employability and Careers II
In the second year of your Business Management degree, this module supports your journey towards securing a future graduate job role which you will enjoy and thrive in doing! We combine gaining business insights from visiting employers alongside a considered look at the important stages for your employability preparation according to Career Decision Learning theory.
Entrepreneurship: Discovery and Practice
This module develops an understanding of the different issues underlying business creation and development. It familiarises you with current theory and research and enables you to understand the processes of enterprise creation and development and the behaviours, motivations and business strategies of entrepreneurs – considering also how these affect the types and performance of the new ventures created. The module also examines the primary issues associated with entrepreneurial activity in franchise systems, in mature organisations and larger corporations, and in not-for-profit contexts. Frequent use is made of illustrative case histories, and several visiting speakers will share the reality of their entrepreneurial experience with you.
Introduction to Economics for Managers
Looking at microeconomic issues relating to markets and firms, and macroeconomic issues relating to money, banking and monetary policy, this module helps you to analyse economic issues from a business perspective. It demonstrates why economic concepts and principles are relevant to business issues by applying introductory economic theory to a range of issues that affect economic aspects of the business environment. Particular emphasis is given to interpreting the economic behaviour of individuals and firms, using theory to interpret events and evaluate policies.
Introduction to Operations Management
Operations management is the core managerial discipline in all kinds of operation – from private-sector manufacturing through to public-sector services. It is about the human capacity to organise all the operations that underpin the modern world: transportation, the generation of energy, retailing, the production of goods, the provision of medical and educational services, and so on.
The module will introduce students to key concepts and themes of Operations Management such as operations strategy and performance objectives, operations design (e.g. layout, facility location and capacity), inventory planning and control, project management, quality management and supply chain management. These topics will be approached using a combination of qualitative and simple quantitative methods.
By the end of the course students should be able to:
- identify different kinds of operations and predict their characteristics
- apply basic planning and analysis techniques to particular cases
- understand operations problems and identify improvement strategies
Spreadsheet Modelling for Management
Many organisational recruiters have identified a number of skills and knowledge they want to see from a prospective employee. Top in the priorities are spreadsheet modelling, problem structuring, statistics, and project management. Students will be introduced to Microsoft Excel 2016 and the basics of dynamic model building, including skills such as data handling, filtering and analysis, using functions, charting, plus advanced techniques such as optimisation, simulation, and the use of Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) to automate models and construct decision support models. The course will make extensive use of case-studies and workshop-orientated learning tasks.
Social Media Marketing
This module will offer students the chance to explore various forms of social media in the context of digital marketing and online consumer culture. Students will develop awareness and gain insights into a diverse range of topics such as social media tools, mobile marketing, online consumption environments, virtual identities and online consumer behaviour, online consumption experiences, and the rise of virtual economies amongst others. Module will also explore current and potential trends in the digital environment.
Managing People at Work
This module outlines how the management of people is approached and understood within different cultural, economic and political contexts. It will review to what extent the meanings, strategies and practices of managing work and workers have changed over the last couple of decades. Particular emphasis is thereby placed on the exploration of the social, temporal and spatial dimensions of managing and regulating work within the organizational context and beyond.
Overall, the module aims to outline the organizational as well as individual challenges, ambiguities and complexities that are concomitant with current modes of managing workers and employees. We will cover topics such as bureaucratic and entrepreneurial forms of work organization, creative knowledge work and workers, employee subjectivity and identity, normative forms of power and control, as well as ethico-political aspects of contemporary management.
Building upon Entrepreneurial Learning theories, this course prepares you to understand the core dimensions of an entrepreneurial mindset and guides you to find and assess opportunities, seek answers, gather resources and implement solutions regardless of you specific context or institutional constraints.
Management Accounting for Business Decisions
This module provides an introduction to the use of management accounting information for management purposes. This includes an examination of cost-volume profit analysis, the concepts of direct and indirect costs, and various costing methods. The importance of budgets to organisations and their impact on performance are also discussed.
Year Three Core Modules
Business and Management in the 21st Century: Central Questions in the Global Economy, Ecology and Ethics
The underlying objectives of this module are to explore how management and business can be treated as a global phenomenon – in other words, that management and business are not merely a collection of techniques from several disciplines, but rather have a coherent cultural core which corresponds to a system of values that have to be grasped and understood if management and business are to make sense at all. We will investigate some of the key themes of current management and business agendas in order to equip you with a wider understanding of the complex problems you are likely to face in your professional lives. First, we will examine together how the 21st Century is characterised by what has come to be known as the Knowledge Economy and examine the global reach of management. The idea of a new kind of global economy in which personal, organisational and social success is divided by the ability to access, mobilise and produce knowledge sets up a complicated, tense context for managerial work and asks new kinds of questions about the object and implications of management. Following on from this theme, we will consider some of the reactions in management and business to unprecedented environmental challenges, as well as the major ethical issues and demands facing business today and in the coming decades.
Principles of Strategic Management
This module will provide an understanding of strategy that will enable discussion of real-life business activities within a framework of contemporary strategic management thinking. Topics such as takeover, merger, diversification, divestment and corporate raiding will be examined. Using lectures, case analyses and class discussions, the module is designed to encourage you to develop a personal and distinctive understanding and appreciation of strategising for different industries and in uncertain environments.
It is often argued that “more effective leadership” is a key way to improve organisational performance. Yet, it is also increasingly evident that traditional understandings of what constitutes leadership - heroic and transformational models - have not lived up to their promise. Against this background, this module seeks to re-think leadership dynamics by exploring the strengths and weaknesses of various primary perspectives on leadership. In particular, the course addresses heroic, post-heroic and critical approaches and explores important but neglected issues such as distributed leadership and proactive followership, culture and context, power and control, gender and diversity, resistance and conformity, identity and insecurity, and emotion and the unconscious. The course is designed to rethink leadership dynamics in ways that critically examine their facilitators and challenges in organisations and societies.
This course is designed to introduce students to key aspects of consumers and firms. The topics selected aim to bridge the gap between the more theoretical aspects of microeconomics and its applications.
Topics that will be covered include:
- Consumer Behavior
- Firms, Production & Costs
- General Equilibrium
- Monopoly, Pricing & Advertising
- Game Theory
- Information Economics
- Business Strategy
- Externalities, Public Goods & Rent Seeking
Quality & Risk Management
The purpose of this course is to give you an understanding of the main concepts in quality management and risk management within the general subject of operations management. It will treat these concepts analytically, but as grounded in the practical problems faced by both manufacturing and service operations. Topics in quality management will range from statistical process control to total quality management; topics in risk management will range from quantitative risk assessment to high reliability organization. The course will also look critically at both subjects, examining the limitations as well as the benefits of existing ideas and techniques.
Structuring Complex Problems
Issues and problems in the complex world of management do not necessarily arise in a well structured form. People often do not know what they want or what is possible. Further, they may disagree about what they are trying to achieve and the means for arriving at their goals. Much thinking needs to be done in order to define an appropriate framework within which a useful analysis or project can be carried out.
Various approaches have been developed in recent years to assist in this task, often referred to as problem structuring methods (PSMs). They are very practically oriented methodologies that typically involve the management team to help facilitate the structuring of complex situations. They place emphasis on dialogue to think through strategic problems, identify the salient issues, formulate goals and negotiate action plans. This course will introduce you to several PSMs and some of the process skills to use them.
Ethical Responsibility in Business
The objective of this module is to attempt to develop moral sensibility and practical reasoning in the context of managerial everyday action in organisations. The module will be concerned with morality in action, as it happens, rather than a removed reflection on codes and principles of ethics and CSR (corporate social responsibility). The module will aim to show that ethics and CSR in action is diffused and difficult. Nevertheless, managers and employees have a responsibility to ‘work it out’ for themselves. It is this ‘how to work it out’ that the module will keep as its focus. Managers and employees must eventually make a choice and not only do they have to justify this choice but also respect that others may have a different perspective. The module will use a number of case studies as a basis to develop this moral sensibility so that managers will be able to act in a morally appropriate manner as part of their ongoing organisational action.
The teaching strategy supports the learning objectives to develop knowledge and understanding round the ‘ethical’ and ‘responsible’ issues that managers and employees face in organisations today. The module consists of 10 lectures, each 1 hour in length and 9 seminars of 2 hours where case studies will be utilised and form the basis for group and class discussion. There will also be the opportunity in seminars for personal experiences to be developed as case studies.
Lancaster University Degree Award
All BSc (Hons) Business Management students will receive they undergraduate degree from the quadruple-accredited Lancaster University Management School in the UK.