St Mary's University, Twickenham

Course Introduction

The Business Management degree at St Mary's is a well'established, dynamic programme with a strong, practical, applied focus. The programme has an excellent record for graduate employability, producing graduates with comprehensive skillsets, ready to integrate the business world. The course places a strong emphasis on the real world and on transferrable skills. The University has a lot of links with business and industry, allowing for field trips, guest speakers and live business projects. Students have the opportunity to gain work experience as part of the degree, enabling them to build their CV's, stand out and make a difference when they graduate. Business Management as either a Single Honours programme or in combination with another academic subject, will provide you with a degree that is very attractive to employers in both the public and private sector. This degree programme aims to combine coverage of the key business areas from Human Resource Management and Finance, through to Marketing and Strategy, with the opportunity to study more specialist subject areas, including: Business Law, Management, Consultancy and E'Commerce. The Psychology Degree at St Mary's provides a BPS accredited route. Graduation through the accredited route confers eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the British Psychological Society (provided the minimum qualification of second class honours is achieved). St Mary's also provide non'accredited routes, which may be of particular interest to students wishing to read for a Joint Honours Degree. The staff are research active and their work covers areas such as the psychological effects of brain damage, attentional biases associated with anxiety, intergenerational relationships within the family context, and factors and perceptions in social inequality.

Course Modules

Management Studies Level 1: During the first year of the programme, students are introduced to the principal areas of the management studies curriculum; the major management theorists will be reviewed within the context of organisational development, as well as the key elements of the business environment; students also study the fascinating area of organisational behaviour and work psychology, including reviewing the issues central to effective organisational management; by studying the key issues of motivation, team building and personality, students will gain a detailed appreciation of the complexities of work'force composition; the final component of level 1 equips students with the decision making skills required for modern day management; through interactive teaching and learning, students are able to develop and enhance their skills in this key business area. Level 2: In the second year students study the core disciplines of marketing and financial management, and will use business case studies, in order to develop their ability to deal with complex management problems; within the marketing module, students will develop their understanding of the fundamental marketing concepts from market analysis through to product life cycle and strategic development. the key issues of financial management are reviewed within the context of business strategy and provide students with a comprehensive understanding of this important discipline area; during the second year of studies, students choose from a range of specialist option modules, according to their own academic interests and potential career aspirations; currently, option modules include business law, which reviews the main legal forms of business ownership, before analysing the fundamental legal issues in contract and sale of goods transactions; the significance of dynamic employee development is central to the study of human resource management, which also takes place during the second year of the programme; students will gain a detailed appreciation of all aspects of the human resource function from recruitment and selection, through to training and development; business economics provides students with a sound appreciation of both the macro and micro economic factors impacting on organisational management; students may further select from entrepreneurship, which studies the theory and practice of establishing and managing a successful entrepreneurial business venture, or international management, which reviews the latest developments in cross'border management practice; all students on the programme are encouraged to undertake a work placement during their second year. Level 3: In the final year of the programme, students study strategic management and develop a detailed appreciation of the business ethics field, an area of growing interest amongst business practitioners; students are able to enhance their specialist knowledge through studying a range of dedicated options, including: corporate finance; employment law; European law; e'commerce; management consultancy; marketing management; and organisational change; students also have the opportunity to undertake a piece of research on a particular aspect of management, which will be presented in the form of a dissertation; students may also broaden their exposure to the diversity of employment opportunities by undertaking an extended work placement in their final year. Psychology Level 1: the focus of level 1 is on understanding how a contemporary psychologist, as opposed to the psychologist portrayed in the media, thinks about and investigates central questions of interest; students begin to develop an understanding of the different perspectives followed in psychology, and how these guide our investigations and explanations of human behaviour and mental processes. Modules include: introduction to psychology; abnormal psychology; issues in psychology; research methods and statistics I. Level 2: The theme for level 2 is 'evaluating psychology'; students build on the skills and knowledge they developed during level 1; the modules taken will include: research methods and statistics II; practical psychology laboratory; memory; social psychology; child development; health psychology; psychology of education; contemporary issues; psychology of ageing; work experience. Level 3: The theme of level 3 is 'limitations of psychology'; students are now considering the perspectives and themes that have been introduced at an advanced level, and in considerable depth; students are beginning to question the limits of our knowledge and understanding, and show an appreciation for the temporary nature of scientific knowledge; students are advancing their understanding of the relationship between empirical evidence and theory; in particular, how empirical evidence supports and constrains theories, and how theories guide the collection and interpretation of empirical data; modules include: independent study (determined by the route and pathway followed, but students take one of the following in psychology: empirical project, psychological review or work experience); directed study (compulsory for equalling students); eyewitness testimony; applied child psychology; political psychology; human relationships; neuropsychology of emotion; consciousness; individual differences; psychobiology; thinking and language; perception and attention; positive psychology.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA/BSc (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees
4 - 14 years
Part Time Day
BA/BSc (Hons)

Qualifications required:

  • Tariff 104
  • SQA Higher BBBC
  • Irish Leaving Certificates BBCC
  • European Baccalaureate 60%
  • International Baccalaureate 28
  • GCE AS-level
  • BTEC National Certificate (12 units) DD
  • BTEC National Diploma MMD
  • BTEC National Award
  • GCE A-level
  • SQA Advanced Higher
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD*
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma MMD
  • OCR National Certificate (6 Units)
  • OCR National Diploma (12 Units) D
  • OCR National Extended Diploma (18 Units) M2
  • Course specific

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£4,410 - £5,783
Typical cost of university accommodation

£4,800 - £6,000
Typical cost of private accommodation