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. Sociology at St Mary's University provides a space to study the subject in a broad interdisciplinary environment that includes criminology, media arts, history and many other humanities disciplines. At the same time, the sociology programme is taught by a team of academics who you will get to know over the three years with teaching and research interests across the broad spectrum of the social sciences.

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. Sociology Level 1: Sociology students take three compulsory core courses: Society and experience, which introduces the key ideas in sociology through an exploration of social processes and institutions that we all have some familiarity with, such as the family, education, gender, employment and crime; research methods introduces techniques of social research, how to conduct interviews, life histories and social observations; contemporary social theory in the modern world examines the vision of classical sociology and its relevance to contemporary society; options are offered from the following areas: introduction to criminology; visual sociology and the media. Level 2: All students taking single honours sociology or joint honours sociology take two compulsory core courses: global societies and identities and research methods; global societies and identities pays specific attention to the structures and identities of social stratification within global modernity with emphasis on the UK, the European Union and the USA; Research Methods 2, introduces the use of the computer for social research; students can also choose two or more modules from the following: gender and sexuality; schooling and society; work, management and employment; contemporary religion and religious movements; rich world, poor world; crime and the media; gender and representation in film; representing race, culture and difference; researching the media; people and places; European thinkers; contemporary Islam; work experience; popular culture. Level 3: All students taking single honours sociology must take Modernity in the 21st Century as the core course and a Dissertation; all joint honours students must take a personal research module; students may do their own research by writing a 5,000 word essay or a 10,000 word project; modernity in the 21st Century covers issues of globalisation, ecology, new technologies, and cultural transformations in society.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees
1 - 4 years
Part Time Day
BA (Hons)

Qualifications required:

  • Tariff 112
  • SQA Higher BBBC
  • Irish Leaving Certificates BBCC
  • European Baccalaureate 60%
  • International Baccalaureate 28
  • GCE AS-level
  • BTEC National Certificate (12 units) MD
  • BTEC National Diploma MMD
  • BTEC National Award
  • GCE A-level
  • SQA Advanced Higher
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma D*D*
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma MMD
  • OCR National Certificate (6 Units)
  • OCR National Diploma (12 Units) D
  • OCR National Extended Diploma (18 Units) M2

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£4,410 - £5,783
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£4,800 - £6,000
Typical cost of private accommodation