BSc Honours Business Management (UCAS Code: N201)
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For BSc Honours in Business Management:
Dr Maura McAdam
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Queen’s University Management School
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For BSc Honours in Business Management:
There are no specific subjects required and it is not necessary to have previously studied Business Studies or Management.
For students whose first language is not English
An IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Further information on other acceptable English Language qualifications is available here
If you are an international student and you do not meet the entrance requirements, you should consider a preparation course at INTO Queen's University Belfast, which will prepare you for successful study on these degree courses. INTO Queen's University Belfast is based on the University campus and offers a range of courses including:
International Foundation in Business, Humanities and Social Science
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Upon successful completion of our programmes of study, students should normally have acquired and enhanced their knowledge and understanding of a wide range of management issues including:
• Harnessing technology effectively
• Leading and managing people
• Leading change
• Managing creativity and innovation
• Managing in the global business environment
• Managing markets
• Managing resources
• Strategic management
• Working in teams
In addition, there are many opportunities for students to be able to develop and enhance a range of skills, including: problem-solving and critical thinking, project management, communication skills both written and oral, numeracy skills, working in teams and effective use of a range of business analysis tools.Back to top
In their first year, students undertake six compulsory introductory modules, which set the context and foundation for the remainder of the degree programme. Modules focus on organisations, their structures, behaviours and the changing external environment within which they operate. These modules include:
Accounting for Non-Specialists
Economics of Organisations
Global Business Environment
Information and Organisations
Organisations and Behaviour
The History and Philosophy of Management
In second year, students take six compulsory modules covering issues such as:
• Branding and marketing communications
• Decision-making through more effective information analysis and interpretation
• Managing resources (human, financial and operational)
Specific modules include:
Accounting for Managers in an International Context
Business Research Methods
Human Resource Management
Interpreting, Presenting and Using Data
Principles of Marketing
Students complete six advanced modules; two of which are compulsory (Business Strategy and Business Analysis), and can choose four additional modules incorporating themes such as:
• Creativity and innovation
• Improving the supply chain
• Managing change
• New venture creation and entrepreneurial management
• Strategic management
• The responsible business
The range of modules available may vary from year to year to reflect the changes in the external business environment, but should include:
Public Sector Management
Supply Chain Management
Queen’s University Management School is one of the largest Schools in the University with more than 1300 full-time undergraduate students and 300 plus postgraduate students. The School has been delivering high quality programmes for more than 40 years and was one of the first schools in the UK to introduce undergraduate management education. Since then, QUMS has been developing and enhancing its teaching portfolio for both local and international students and boasts students from more than 20 different nationalities.
In recent years, the School has benefited from significant investment resulting in many new academic appointments and state-of-the-art facilities including computer teaching labs with specilaised software and a Trading Room in Riddel Hall. In addition, the new McClay library houses an excellent selection of Management and related texts and there are extensive IT facilities throughout the campus.
At Queen’s, we aim to deliver a high quality learning environment that embeds intellectual curiosity, innovation and best practice in learning, teaching and student support to enable student to achieve their full academic potential. In line with this, one of QUMS’ primary objectives is to deliver innovative learning and teaching programmes that provide students with the competences and skills to make a positive contribution to business, economic and civic life.
On the BSc Business Management programme we achieve these goals by providing a range of learning environments which enable our students to engage with subject experts both academic staff and industry guest speakers, develop skills and attributes and perspectives that will equip them for life and work in a global society and make use of innovative technologies and a world-class library that enhances their development as independent, lifelong learners. Examples of the opportunities provided for learning on this degree programme are:
Assessment (general): The way in which students are assessed will vary according to the learning objectives of each module. Details of how each module is assessed are shown in the Student Handbook which is provided to all students during their first year induction. Business Management modules are typically assessed by a combination of continuous assessment and a final written unseen examination. Continuous assessment consists of: Accounting class tests, computer generated practical experiments where students have to manipulate and interpret management-related data, case study research and analysis of a particular organisation and its business issue, academic essays exploring specific current issues such as innovation, consumer behaviour, managing change etc. and small group project and presentations whereby groups of three/four students work on a particular business-related task.
Feedback (general): As students progress through their course at Queen’s they will receive general and specific feedback about their work from a variety of sources including lecturers, module co-ordinators, placement supervisors, personal tutors, advisers of study and peers. University students are expected to engage with reflective practice and to use this approach to improve the quality of their work. Feedback may be provided in a variety of forms including:
Once you have reviewed your feedback, you will be encouraged to identify and implement further improvements to the quality of your work.Back to top
Those pursuing a career in Business Management should enjoy working with people as they will have to generate information from a wide variety of sources as they attempt to improve the business (entering new markets or developing new products or driving down costs or becoming more competitive etc) or solve a specific management related issue. They should be effective communicators as they will be expected to engage with a range of stakeholders including senior management, consumers and consumer groups, government representatives and policy makers, as well as employees and peers.
Students interested in pursuing a career in Business Management must be prepared to take on challenges and be able to adapt to a constantly changing and dynamic business environment. To assist this, core transferable skills acquired throughout the degree programme include the ability to learn independently, problem solve, understand management and related information and work productively as part of a team.
Graduate Careers and Achievements
A degree in Business Management from Queen’s offers a firm base securing an excellent graduate position or further academic study. As this is a generalist Business Management degree, career options are extremely varied and the employment opportunities for our Business Management graduates remain strong. In recent years, our graduates have secured positions in local, national and multinational organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors.
Our graduates have secured positions in advertising, human resources, recruitment, training and development, marketing, export marketing, new product development, market research, brand management, operations management, supply chain management, quality management, business development, accounting, finance, inward investment, management consultancy (specialising in areas including strategy, change management, business analysis).
The Prospects website provides further information regarding the types of jobs that attract BSc Business Management graduates.
Further study is also an option open to BSc Business Management graduates. Students can choose from a wide range of Masters programmes as well as a comprehensive list of research topics, as shown on the Queen’s University Management School website.
Other Career-related information: Queen’s is a member of the Russell Group and, therefore, one of the 20 universities most-targeted by leading graduate employers. Queen’s students will be advised and guided about career choice and, through the Degree Plus initiative, will have an opportunity to seek accreditation for skills development and experience gained through the wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer. See Queen’s University Belfast fullEmployability Statementfor further information.
Degree Plus and other related initiatives: Recognising student diversity, as well as promoting employability enhancements and other interests, is part of the developmental experience at Queen’s. Students are encouraged to plan and build their own, personal skill and experiential profile through a range of activities including; recognised Queen’s Certificates, placements and other work experiences (at home or overseas), Erasmus study options elsewhere in Europe, learning development opportunities and involvement in wider university life through activities, such as clubs, societies, and sports.
Queen’s actively encourages this type of activity by offering students an additional qualification, the Degree Plus Award (and the related Researcher Plus Award for PhD and MPhil students). Degree Plus accredits wider experiential and skill development gained through extra-curricular activities that promote the enhancement of academic, career management, personal and employability skills in a variety of contexts. As part of the Award, students are also trained on how to reflect on the experience(s) and make the link between academic achievement, extracurricular activities, transferable skills and graduate employment. Participating students will also be trained in how to reflect on their skills and experiences and can gain an understanding of how to articulate the significance of these to others, e.g. employers.
Overall, these initiatives, and Degree Plusin particular, reward the energy, drive, determination and enthusiasm shown by students engaging in activities over-and-above the requirements of their academic studies. These qualities are amongst those valued highly by graduate employers.Back to top
Placement: the School is an active participant in international exchange programmes and has excellent relationships with local, national and international organisations. An optional placement year (facilitated by our School Placement office and the University's Work Placement Centre) is available between Stages 2 and 3 of the programme.
Exemptions: this degree programme has entry-level exemptions with the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM).Back to top