Plymouth Business School

BSc (Hons) Management Practice

Ready to lead people and manage change? BSc (Hons) Management Practice is a part-time, two year, online work-based learning top-up degree - the next step if you have an appropriate foundation degree or Higher National Diploma, or if you have professional experience and wish to top-up your existing qualifications to level 6. Specialise in leadership and human resource management or international trade and be equipped with the skills to deal with contemporary challenges in management practice.

You'll acquire and develop skills that will significantly enhance your employability and career progression in a broad range of business or organisational management roles. The course is recognised by the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) and the Institute of Export. It is also accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

This course is not available for September 2019 entry

Join the course in September 2020.

Careers with this subject

All organisations need managers

You'll acquire and develop skills that will significantly enhance your employability and career progression in a broad range of business or organisational management roles.

Specialise in leadership and human resource management (HRM) or international trade and progress into insurance, HRM and export management roles.

Key features

Study online while you work

Benefit from the flexibility of studying part-time over two years, online. Engage in practical and work-based learning through direct engagement with your work place.

This online top-up degree (120 credits at level 6) is suitable if you have studied a relevant level 5 qualification (for example, Dip HE) at partner colleges/institutions and wish to transfer to complete level 6 and gain a degree. 

Gain a dual award

On successful completion of the course, you will not only gain your BSc (Hons) Management Practice degree but also the Chartered Management Institute, level 6.

Gain membership of professional bodies

The degree is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and the course includes your membership of the CMI for one year after you graduate.

This course is also recognised by the Institute of Export (IoE) and our graduates are also awarded partial accreditation for the Diploma in International Trade.

You can gain Charter Manager status by choosing a further year of study.

Join a community of learners

Establish a network of contacts, develop relevant management skills and gain both theoretical expertise and practical experience necessary to thrive in the workplace.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • The programme starts with a non-credit induction module ‘Learning to learn online’ which runs for 4 weeks to help you familiarise with the new learning environment and enable you to develop key academic skills.

    You will study the core module: Professional Management Practice. This includes five core areas: leading people; managing change; market and customer awareness; managing information and knowledge and managing operations.

    You can tailor your degree to match your interests with a choice of two module options.

    The first options are:

    • Leadership Practice: Through study, reflection and exercises, this module seeks to explore the development of knowledge and embed the practice of doing leadership. The aim is to use theory and practice for effective leading at multi-levels: self, others, teams and workplaces. It enables the development of an understanding of what it is to be an effective leader.
    • Managing People and Performance: This module explores the key elements of managing people and performance in modern organisations. It seeks to develop an understanding of HRM and HRD activities, develop key skills and enable students to address the central challenges of people management in a critical and reflective manner.

    The second options are:

    • International Trade Operations and Strategy: This module explores the key elements of strategic management of international trade operations. It seeks to develop an understanding of strategic management decision making techniques in the context of international trade operations, to develop key skills and enable students to address the central challenges of managing international trade operations in a strategic manner, or
    • International Trade Policy and Compliance: This module explores the key elements of international law and the industrial regulations that govern the international trade environment. It seeks to develop an understanding of the relevance of international laws and other regulations in the context of international trade operations, to develop key skills and enable students to address the central challenges of managing international trade operations and achieving compliance. Specific focus is given to compliance with international financial regulations that govern business transactions.
    • Knowledge Management: This module introduces the major themes of knowledge management, describing the key challenges of knowledge management in current business context. The module develops an appreciation of knowledge management responses to decision requirements, which need to meet key challenges, and important methods and technologies which can be used to support knowledge-based decision-making. It will provide students with opportunities to develop key research, analytical and evaluation skills that would enhance manager’s confidence in managing organisation performance underpinned by knowledge management principles and knowledge based decision-making tools and technologies.
    • Decision making: Decision-making is one of the prime requisites for superior business performance. Ineffective decisions often cost firms dearly and lower the economic, ecological and social sustainability from an organisational level. The ability to make good decisions is the mark of successful and promotable managers. This module introduces the major themes of management decision making (processes, models, analytical analysis and information technologies support), describing the challenges of decision making with uncertainty, risk and complexity. It develops an appreciation of management science responses to decision making which needs to meet interpretive situations, multiple criteria, and the techniques and technologies, which can be used to support the multi-criteria decision analysis in different sectors such as manufacturing, service, in an organisational context.
    • Hospitality Dynamics: The module establishes a basis from which students can recognise and reflect upon current concepts, trends, and issues related to the hospitality industry and management. Concepts and issues will be explored through a series of lectures and seminars presented by a variety of subject specialists.
    • Crisis and Disaster Management in the Hospitality, Tourism and Events Sector: The purpose of this module is to equip students with a sound understanding of the principles and practice of economic, environmental and political crisis and disaster management in the hospitality, tourism and events industries. It helps to develop an understanding of scenario planning and other management strategies for dealing with these crises and disasters and to analyse the hazards and risks affecting these industries.

    Optional modules
    • MPDL302J International Trade Operations and Strategy

      This module explores the key elements of strategic management of international trade operations. It seeks to develop an understanding of strategic management decision making techniques in the context of international trade operations, to develop key skills and enable students to address the central challenges of managing international trade operations in a strategic manner.

    • MPDL304J Managing People and Performance

      This module explores the key elements of managing people and performance in modern organisations. It seeks to develop an understanding of HRM and HRD activities, develop key skills and enable students to address the central challenges of people management in a critical and reflective manner.

  • Year 2
  • The second year starts with the foundation of management research as a prerequisite to the work-based project that you will undertake. Personal Development Planning will be the last module marking the completion of the course.

    Below is a brief description of the modules.

    Management Research and Evaluation: research and evaluation skills and techniques applied to your own practice.

    Work-based Research Project: investigate a specific problem or issue at your place of work or relevant to your industry.

    Personal Development Planning: goal setting; influencing; professional identity, values and ethics; communicating and networking.

    Core modules
    • MPDL306 Management Research and Evaluation

      Students are required to undertake independent quantitative or qualitative research into a management issue. Use should be made of appropriate quantitative or qualitative research methodologies and analysis techniques. Students will produce a management report identifying clear findings for the research question they have chosen to investigate.

    • MPDL306J Management Research and Evaluation

      Students are required to undertake independent quantitative or qualitative research into a management issue. Use should be made of appropriate quantitative or qualitative research methodologies and analysis techniques. Students will produce a management report identifying clear findings for the research question they have chosen to investigate.

    • MPDL307 Work Based Action Research Project

      In this module, students plan, negotiate, conduct and report on a workplace action research project on a specific issue within their organisation, and they then reflect on their practice.

    • MPDL307J Work Based Action Research Project

      In this module, students plan, negotiate, conduct and report on a workplace action research project on a specific issue within their organisation, and they then reflect on their practice.

    • MPDL308 Personal Development Planning

      The module engages learners in a journey of discovery about their personal strengths and areas for development through the application of management theory and through a critical process of self-reflection and personal enquiry. Through critical incidents, peer and self-evaluation and through deep level immersion in key literature learners will be encouraged to explore their core values, skills and behaviours and reflect on their efficacy in a range of contexts.

    • MPDL308J Personal Development Planning

      The module engages learners in a journey of discovery about their personal strengths and areas for development through the application of management theory and through a critical process of self-reflection and personal enquiry. Through critical incidents, peer and self-evaluation and through deep level immersion in key literature learners will be encouraged to explore their core values, skills and behaviours and reflect on their efficacy in a range of contexts.

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:

BSc Management Practice top up programme specification 5331

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Entry requirements

You'll need to hold a foundation degree in business or a recognised level 5 equivalent (for example, Dip HE).

IELTS of 6.0 or equivalent English qualification (with a minimum of 5.5 in listening, reading, speaking and writing).  

If you do not possess the level of qualifications outlined above, you may be eligible for admission to the programme on the basis of previous work experience or training.

Candidates with five years’ experience in the relevant field who do not possess a Level 5 equivalent qualification will be considered on an individual basis.

Please contact the Admissions Team.

English language requirements

Fees, costs and funding

EU applicants should refer to our dedicated Brexit webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.

New Student 2018 2019
Home/EU To be confirmed To be confirmed
International To be confirmed To be confirmed
Part time (Home/EU) £4,300 £4,300
Full and part time fees shown are per annum. Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances.

Additional costs

This course is delivered by the Faculty of Business and more details of any additional costs associated with the faculty's courses are listed on the following page: Faculty of Business additional costs.

How to apply

Please contact a member of the undergraduate admissions team for further advise on how to apply for this course, ug-admissions@plymouth.acuk or telephone +44 (0)1752 585858.

Assessment breakdown

  • T 100% coursework
  • H Every module has one assessment which is set at the beginning of the module. Our teaching and learning strategy is based on progressive learning with weekly feedback on your progress.
  • H By the end of the module you will have developed enough material to meet assessment requirements.

Professional accreditation

My sense of achievement

I would encourage people to explore development opportunities and not wait for them to come to them. Look beyond the job description and think about what difference you could make and where it could lead.

How studying at Plymouth has helped Sarah's career.

Sarah Fowles – BSc (Hons) Management Practice

Meet your lecturers

What our alumni say:

  • ? "My confidence, knowledge and practical skills have been developed beyond my wildest expectations." Simon Buckley
  • ? "I consider enrolling on BSc (Hons) Management Practice to be a major commitment and investment to my future." Denisa Belska
  • ? "If you have some professional qualifications and need to take the next step, then this is the course for you. Consolidating all your prior learning into three qualifications, which will make the difference, into today’s competitive market." Daren Wood
  • T Read these and many more of our graduates full testimonials.

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