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Degree structure

Our degree programmes include an integrated skills pathway running from years one through to four. Your programme will be dependent on the courses you choose, and whether it is a joint or single degree.

Upcoming changes to our Undergraduate Degree programmes

As part of our ongoing development of our curricula, we are planning some significant changes to the way our undergraduate degree programmes are structured. These upcoming changes aim to add more flexibility to students’ choice of courses across the different years of study, in order to allow a greater range of subjects to be studied.

In particular, we are restructuring our first-year foundation course in business to make this more of an introduction to the issues facing organisations of all types, as well as introducing the methods of enquiry that are developed in subsequent years. Through this, we aim to introduce early on in the curriculum the kinds of expertise and ways of thinking that are the characteristics of a good leader.

It is our considered view that these forthcoming changes — which will be implemented in stages over the coming years — will considerably enhance students’ experience and the knowledge and skills that are developed through our degree programmes.

The key changes are:

  • A new structure to our first year of study that helps students transition to university study, and provides the foundation of future courses in business subjects and skills development.
  • Greater freedom of choice in course selection with, in particular, the opportunity for students to undertake extended study in a subject other than their named degree across the different years. Note this does not apply to joint degrees (degrees with titles such as subject A and or with subject B), as these already provide students with the opportunity to study two subjects in combination.
  • A continuation of our existing practice of introducing new courses over time to examine important aspects of business organisation and management. To illustrate, two such new courses we propose to offer, and which are already in an advanced stage of creation, are in services management and managing the digital future of organisations.

If you have any questions about these initiatives, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be pleased to go into our intentions in more detail.

The structure below has been designed to give you an overview of the skills and key assessments that you will encounter as an undergraduate student at the Business School. 

Year one

As part of Business Studies 1, you will be introduced to key academic expertise which will include: 

  • Essay writing and library search skills.
  • Group presentations that will enhance teamwork, commercial awareness and oral skills.
  • Undertaking Computing for Business and Economics, which will develop technical skills in web-based learning environments. 

Year two

By enrolling in Business Research Methods I: Quantitative Techniques during your second year, you will learn key techniques and tools of quantitative data collection and analysis. You will also take a course in Career Development Planning. This will help you to:

  • Plan your approach to life after university.
  • Introduce you to e-portfolios.
  • Provide formal tuition in presentation skills.
  • Encourage reflection and personal development.

Year three

In the compulsory course Business Research Methods II: Applications and Analysis, you will:

  • Apply your quantitative skills from year two. 
  • Expand your knowledge of research methodologies and methods.

As part of the assessment for the compulsory course in Strategic Management, you will participate in a group project that consists of:

  • An analysis of an industry case study.
  • A presentation to academic staff and employers

Year four

All fourth year students are requires to write a 10,000-15,000 word dissertation which is devised, executed and written up by the individual student, with guidance from an academic advisor. 

This dissertation provides an opportunity to test many of the skills you have developed during your degree, and a chance to develop and expand new ones. This project will:

  • Examine technical skills and subject knowledge.
  • Test initiative, judgement, adaptability, planning and questioning.
  • Provide a further opportunity for corporate engagement.

Years three and four also feature a series of employer-led workshops, focusing on key employability skills.