Ulster University BSc (Hons) Business Studies Degree

Ulster University BSc (Hons) Business Studies Degree

2021/22 & 2022/23



2 Years


This degree programme will prepare you for a career in business management in industry, commerce or the public sector. You will be involved in the use of case studies, experiential and practical exercises, verbal and written presentations, individual and group projects and directed private study.

Typically, weekly contact hours are scheduled for a minimum for 3 hours per module week per semester. Students can study no more than two modules per semester. Student workload usually includes 2 to 3 assessments (a combination of coursework and/or examination) per module. Students are expected to carry out substantial additional reading and research outside of scheduled class time.

Staff on the programme are all well qualified to deliver the programme and have substantial work experience in the areas that they are delivering on.


Year 1

Year 2


You will be assessed on a regular basis using a range of appropriate assessment methods such as written and practical assignments, projects, case studies, presentations and examinations.


£465 per module (subject to change)

Accredited By

Ulster University

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Other Fees

Students will be required to purchase the recommended texts for each module, which is approximately £50 per module.

Please note the £465 fee is per module and is subject to change


This course is an advanced entry programme and for entry it requires a level 5 HND/Foundation Degree in Business, which must match the Ulster University exemptions requirements. All applications must satisfy Ulster University general entrance requirements.

Applicants must have:

  • HND/Foundation Degree in Business or equivalent.
  • Interview required.
  • GCSE Maths Grade C or equivalent.
  • GCSE English Grade C or equivalent.


On successful completion of this course, you may progress to senior positions in human resources, marketing, finance and general management. Alternatively you may continue your studies by enrolling on postgraduate courses at SRC or other universities.

Please note: It is the responsibility of the applicant to check each University’s admission and progression requirements before enrolling on a course at the College.


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Year 1

MODULE TITLE Accounting for Business Decisions UU MODULE CODE ACF321
RATIONALE The general purpose of the module is to further students' knowledge of key issues and techniques in accounting and decision making which are likely to be of relevance entering the field of business.
AIMS To provide students with an opportunity to study financial accounting, management accounting and finance management business related problems. By using information and data available, both internal and external, to develop the knowledge and understanding of the application of accounting techniques to support the processes of planning, control and decision-making within businesses thereby enabling the entrepreneur to make informed responses to everyday common business-related problems.
SUMMARY DESCRIPTION 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.
ASSESSMENT Coursework and class examinations.
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MODULE TITLE Governance, Risk and Ethics UU MODULE CODE ACF528
RATIONALE Corporate scandals in recent years, followed by the credit crunch and resulting global economic downturn, have led to corporate governance attaining a new prominence in corporations' operations. Corporate governance has been defined as: who is in charge of what in organisations; who sets the direction and parameters within which the direction is to be pursued; who makes decisions about what; who sets performance indicators, monitors progress and evaluates results; and who is accountable to whom, and for what. Corporate governance is also centrally concerned with how the principles that underpin it - including transparency, accountability and integrity - are translated into practice for achieving organisational objectives as effectively and ethically as possible. The module informs and equips students to effectively respond to the governance challenges organisations face today.
AIMS The module aims, through a variety of teaching and learning mechanisms, to investigate the key components for securing the highest standards of effective corporate governance, encompassing topics such as: the values that underpin corporate governance; corporate governance and decision-making and decision support functions; business ethics; corporate sustainability; corporate citizenship; cause-based investing; ethical trade; responsible entrepreneurship; social and environmental audit; and stakeholder engagement and needs assessment.
SUMMARY DESCRIPTION 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.
ASSESSMENT 100% coursework.

P2835NE - Jan 2022 - Apply Now.

P0077NE - Sept 2022 - Apply Now.


MODULE TITLE Operations and Supply Chain Management UU MODULE CODE BMG354
RATIONALE The core activity of any organisation and a key indicator of its success, are its operations. It is therefore imperative that these are effectively managed, both internally and beyond the limits of the firm through its supply chain. This module focuses on the decisions that managers need to take with regard to operations and supply chain management; these include designing the appropriate operation and supply network for the business, planning & controlling activities and developing operational and supply chain strategies in support of achieving performance objectives at operational and corporate levels.
AIMS To enable students to: (1) Recognise that running every organisations' business processes is about operations management. (2). Appreciate that operations performance should be focused on tightly defined objectives relating to cost, quality and time. (3). Understand that effective operations management is dependent on good design of; (a) business processes, (b) job procedures, (c) products and services, (d) business layouts, (e) supply chains and networks. (4). Understand the impact of operations and supply chain management on the success and profitability of an organisation.
SUMMARY DESCRIPTION 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.
ASSESSMENT 100% coursework.
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AIMS To develop a thorough awareness of: The strategic importance of quality in a competitive environment; National, European, and International quality and environmental standards; The tools and techniques available to drive continuous improvement.
LEARNING OUTCOMES Successful students will be able to: (1). Justify the value proposition in products and services from an augmented and transactional perspective in a range of industrial settings. (2). Synthesis and critique the nature of total quality management through structured and strategically aligned processes in integrating the hard and soft elements required to achieve measurable improvement. (3). Evaluate and categorise evolutionary stages in business improvement methodology in prevention, appraisal and failure modes. (4). Defend a rationale for quality framework selection and approaches to evidence gathering that is informed by financial and non-financial metrics; processes, policies and procedures; and internal and external reviews.
SUMMARY DESCRIPTION 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.
ASSESSMENT 100% coursework.

P2834NE - Jan 2022 - Apply Now.

P0076NE - Sept 2022 - Apply Now.


Year 2

MODULE TITLE Enterprise Development and Entrepreneurship UU MODULE CODE BMG350

The module seeks to encourage and support more learners to become more aware of what it means to be entrepreneurial and more likely to take action as a result. Being entrepreneurial is a mindset that can be applied in multiple contexts including an entrepreneurial new venture, creating value as an employee and in tackling social & environmental challenges. Learning about and experiencing being entrepreneurial brings a range of benefits to learners including development of personal effectiveness, enhanced employability, the ability to consider alternate perspectives on their career options and the confidence to set up their own entrepreneurial new venture.

'Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Education provides interventions that are focused on supporting behaviours, attributes and competencies that are likely to have a significant impact on the individual student in terms of successful careers, which in turn adds economic, social and cultural value to the UK' (QAA 2018).

AIMS To develop learners' core behaviours, personal attributes, including confidence, core competencies and entrepreneurial effectiveness. To provide learners with the opportunity to develop potential new ventures and develop their capabilities to recognise, assess and plan new venture creation opportunities.
SUMMARY DESCRIPTION This is a dynamic module which provides students with an opportunity to develop potential new ventures and develop their capabilities to recognise, assess and plan new venture creation opportunities.
ASSESSMENT 100% coursework.


RATIONALE Strategy consists of a high-level plan which an organisation undertakes in order to create and sustain a competitive advantage. Understanding how to evaluate external opportunities and threats and then to align them to internal capabilities, skills and processes is crucial for creating and developing organisations. This module will equip students with the generic perspectives and tools necessary to conduct a strategic analysis of any organisation. Students will develop a clear understanding of the interconnectivity of different organisational functions which help achieve the overall strategic purpose, mission and goals. They will learn the role and importance of strategic purpose considering the ethics, corporate and social responsibility, mission and vision surrounding any organisation. This will be linked to the identification, evaluation and response to the forces and influences that impact upon their organisations to help balance both long and short-term sustainability.
AIMS This module aims to provide students with knowledge and critical understanding of the process of strategy development and application, appreciating how different organisations might create and sustain competitive advantage in the longer term.
SUMMARY DESCRIPTION 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.
ASSESSMENT Coursework and examination.


MODULE TITLE Leadership and Change UU MODULE CODE BMG563

Change is a constant feature of organisational life in response to ongoing developments in both the external and internal environments. Indeed, the pace and frequency of such change has been accelerating in recent years. To protect their futures and ensure effective and efficient operation organisations are therefore becoming increasingly focused on developing skills and capabilities which go beyond maintenance of the status quo, and which equip the organisation to initiate, manage and respond to change in an effective and efficient manner.

Thus, while the nature of management work and the role of the manager vary considerably both within and between organisations, one constant requirement across all management roles is the ability to manage and lead change effectively and efficiently. It is therefore important that students of business studies develop knowledge, understanding and skills in the areas of: change diagnosis (identifying the need for change, the nature of the change required, and when to initiate planned change); how to manage the planned change process; and how to respond effectively and efficiently to 'emergent' change. The process of change management is enhanced when the manager provides appropriate leadership, so alongside this it is also important that students develop knowledge and understanding of a  range of leadership styles and skills, and the ability to deploy these successfully in a range of change contexts.

AIMS This module aims: To develop students' knowledge and understanding of why organisations change from the perspective of organisational effectiveness and efficiency and when to initiate a programme of organisational change To enable students to accurately diagnose the nature of change required in any given situation To develop understanding of, and skills in deploying, a range of interventions and change management models (tailored to the nature of the change) aimed at bringing about successful organisational change To develop understanding of the leadership role of the manager during the change process, the relationship between leadership style and the change context, and awareness of the role of the manager as a change agent (including the data collection, diagnostic and intervention techniques which the manager might employ to achieve a planned organisational change.
SUMMARY DESCRIPTION Managing and leading change are increasingly important aspects 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.
ASSESSMENT Written examination [100%].


RATIONALE In an increasing global market there is a need for organisations to focus on export-led growth and the development or enhancement of an international orientation. This module focuses on the concepts, issues and practices which impact on the internationalisation of businesses and gives students an opportunity to develop an analytical approach to problem solving and decision making in global marketing.
AIMS To provide students with an understanding of the dynamics and complexities of marketing decisions within a global arena; To enable students to gain an appreciation of pertinent issues which affect marketing decisions in a global international context; To examine the rationale for corporate involvement in overseas markets and for government policy enthusiasm for the development of international trade; To explore the key elements of the global marketing environment; To understand how these environmental issues impact on the organisations global marketing activities; To gain an understanding of the key issues affecting the global marketing mix; To explore global marketing strategies aimed at addressing the issues affecting the global marketing mix.
SUMMARY DESCRIPTION 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.
ASSESSMENT Project and examination.