BSc single honours Management (Sustainable and Ethical Business) 2019/20

Year of entry

The development and understanding of management is vital for graduates aiming for senior roles. Increasingly, decision making is focused on issues of ethics and sustainability. This programme covers a range of business management areas that will help shape your career.

You will have access to our strong professional networks and be taught by business professionals and researchers. You will gain practical experience through work placements, live projects and business simulations, which are fun as well as a great learning experience.

You will explore areas including:

  • developing sustainable enterprise project management
  • business in society
  • business ethics.

The aim of this course is to provide a sound and relevant educational foundation for a range of professional management roles in industry, commerce, the service sector and self- employment with a strong focus on the sustainable and ethical side of business.

Professional body accreditation of modules gives you the option to gain qualifications from professional bodies such as the Association for Project Management (APM) and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). We believe this enhances our programmes, linking academic achievement with the requirements of leading professional bodies. It will also develop the knowledge necessary for postgraduate study, and career development within the management sustainability fields.

The aim for students in all programmes within the Business School undergraduate suite is to enable them to obtain a sound understanding of theory in business management and the relevance of sustainability and the ethics of business and its application in practice. There are many opportunities for work experience to prepare you for future employment.

Who is this course for?

This course is for you if you are looking to develop skills and knowledge of contemporary management with a specialism in ethics and sustainability to enable you to enter into your chosen business field. You will develop a range of transferable business skills including communication, IT, research and teamworking skills, which are essential for any career in business.

On successful completion of the course, you will gain the required academic and professional knowledge, skills and values to enable you to work independently and collaboratively to promote effective management  solutions, within a changeable business environment.

You will be able to select modules appropriate to your developing interests as the course progresses. This will provide you with a personalised pathway to focus your career interests.

Year one provides a varied and interesting introduction to the key areas of management within the business environment including, people management, financial accounting, marketing, economics, and quantitative analysis. It provides the essential foundation to the whole programme.

All year two students study core modules in Management including Management and Leadership, Project Management (which is accredited by the Association for Project Management), Developing Sustainable Enterprise and Business in Society. All modules prepare you for a professional career and provide you with the opportunity to gain a broader understanding of the business world.

You can opt to spend the third year of a four year degree in a fulltime, paid work placement, supported by the University’s career development service and receive tutorial support from an academic member of staff throughout the year. This valuable opportunity enhances your professional development by giving experience in a real environment. You can register on the programme at the end of your first year.

In you final year of study you will study Strategic Management, Financial Management, Business Ethics and Corporate Sustainability. These modules pull together many of the strands that you will have studied during the previous year.  A dissertation will enable you to specialise in your chosen area of sustainability and ethics to provide a detailed understanding of a particular specialism and workplace advantage.

Work experience

The programme provides students with the opportunity to take a work­ based learning module in year two and the opportunity for a placement year between years two and three.

Students have undertaken a variety of interesting placements and are often given responsibility very early on in their placement years.

Other information

The Business School is organising a student exchange project with Fontys University of Applied Sciences in Venlo, The Netherlands. This fully funded exchange will give a maximum of 15 undergraduate students the opportunity to explore what it is like to study abroad, work on a business project in The Netherlands, experience a different place and culture, and make new friends.

Core modules

Year 1

People Management in the 21st Century (20 credits)

This module focuses on the behavioural aspects of people management in organisations. This is a vital area of study because the ability to understand behaviour in the workplace is a necessary prerequisite for making informed choices and for influencing organisational action such as decision making regarding organisational objectives, and leading and influencing the behaviour of others in order to see that the decisions are implemented. It is anticipated that by the end of the module students will be able to evaluate objectively and understand organisational behavioural situations and determine the best course of action from a range of perspectives.

Contemporary Business Issues (20 credits)

This module prepares students for the academic study of business by developing a knowledge of contemporary and emerging business issues to support students’ personal, academic and professional development to prepare for work in the modern business environment.

Accounting and Finance for Business (20 credits)

 Accounting and Finance for Business introduces students to key accounting and finance topics. They are introduced to financial statements, and use a number of case studies to understand the role of finance in the business environment.

Marketing Principles and Practice (20 credits)

The aim of the module is to provide students with an introduction to marketing, its fundamental concepts and an overview of marketing practice. Students will cover the development of the marketing concept and examine the ways in which it differs from the production, product, and sales approaches to business. This will develop into a wider understanding of the differences between the operational role of marketing and how it is applied as an organisational focus.

Economics (20 credits)

The aim of the module is to introduce students to the fundamental economic issues stemming from the scarcity of resources. The relationship between business and the economic problem is analysed by means of micro and macroeconomic models to equip students with an understanding of decisionmaking at the levels of the market, the firm and the nation.

Business Analysis (20 credits)

This module is designed to help students to develop a range of statistical and computing skills that will be valuable to them during the course of their academic programmes and in their future careers in business. Although there are not prerequisites for this module it is assumed that students have basic mathematical skills.

Year 2

Management and Leadership (20 credits)

The module explores the context within which management and leadership takes place; the historical context within which the fundamental principles of management arise; the context of the external environment which impacts on organisational strategy and may cause ambiguity in relation to organisational objectives, policies, working practices, ethical considerations and management approaches. It explores a range of different perspectives on management and leadership and focuses in on particular managerial/leadership issues that lead to ambiguities and problems.

Project Management (20 credits)

This module aims to examine critically the role of project management within a contemporary business context. It also explains how specific project management applications play an important role in producing successful business outcomes and examines the philosophies, principles, structures and methodologies of project management.

Developing Sustainable Enterprise (20 credits)

The aims of the module are to introduce students to the relationship between business and the challenges and opportunities of business sustainability, and to encourage the development of enterprising skills to meet these challenges.

Work Based Learning (20 credits)

The aim of the module is develop students’ skills in seeking and obtaining a work placement or internship of a minimum of three weeks’ duration. It will also develop in students their skills in learning from work experience and applying academic learning to the work place.

Research Methods (20 credits)

The module is designed to introduce students, in year 2 to the fundamentals of academic research study, and the subject-specific background and research requirements appropriate for Management (Sustainable and Ethical Business).  To do this, the programme balances foundational multi-disciplinary aspects that cover the theoretical, conceptual, analytical and comparative pursuits of management pedagogy. Students will gain a clear understanding of qualitative and quantitative research techniques, analytical and writing skills, alongside high quality learning outcomes construction and completion appropriate to a Management degree.

Year 3

Business Ethics (20 credits)

The module will consist of a broad syllabus addressing practical considerations of the nature of ethics, progressing through learning of a range of traditional and postmodern ethical theories, and the appreciation of these theories in the practical setting of modern business processes. Students will study topics such as corporate social responsibility, sustainability and the environment, professionalism & integrity, ethics & technology, financial scandals, whistle blowing and other emerging issues, by reference to case studies.

Sustainability and Business (20 credits)

The aim of the module is to develop understanding of Corporate Sustainability by exploring changing relationships between businesses, communities and the environment around the world. The module aims to investigate the impact of sustainability concerns on management practice through critical evaluation of corporate activity, drawing on a range of case study examples. It aims to encourage sustainability thinking, challenging students to articulate creative ideas for how companies might align resource allocation with environmental and social responsibilities, building a positive climate for engaging people in organisations with sustainability issues.

Dissertation (40 credits)

The aim of the module is to provide students with the opportunity for the practical application of theory to a business oriented problem and to develop research skills.  By the end of the project studying a sustainable and/or ethical management issue you will be able to evaluate critically a business oriented problem, collect a range of relevant data, analyse and interpret the data drawing on academic theory as appropriate and make recommendations for actions that are practicable in the given context.

Likely optional modules

Year 2

Human Resource Management (20 credits)

This module aims to equip students with the ability to understand and analyse core HRM concepts, operational human resource activities and responsibilities and relate these to a range of organisational contexts.

Retail Marketing (20 credits)

The module introduces students to the background and context of the modern retail business. A history of retail development will be reviewed and an analysis of its impact on current activity will be undertaken, including an exploration of prevailing trends in consumer retail marketing environments.

The module will examine the practical applications of the elements of the retail marketing mix. Decisionmaking processes and strategic choices will be evaluated in respect of a number of areas, such as retailer organisation, structure and size, location, logistics, store design and layout, instore communication and merchandising.

Innovation and Enterprise Management (20 credits)

The aim of the module is to provide an understanding of creativity, innovation and problem-solving processes in organisations and how these contribute to business sustainability and competitiveness.  It aims to develop students’ awareness of how entrepreneurial skills and capabilities impact on and relate to business start-up, development and competitiveness.

Business in society (20 credits)

The module aims to provide students with an introduction to issues pertaining to the changing role of businesses in society. It aims to encourage students to consider how companies can manage their business processes to produce an overall positive impact on society at the local, national and global level while at the same time achieving their organisational goals.

Year 3

New Venture Creation (20 credits)

The aim of the module is to provide a practical perspective on the development and planning processes involved in the creation of a new venture, either as a new business start-up or as a new product or service development within a public or private organisation setting. It aims to develop an understanding and awareness of business models underlying successful new business ventures, and the potential of business model innovation. It will support the development of the necessary knowledge and skills to carry out a detailed feasibility study for the creation of the new business venture and to test the business model in the market place.

Public Relations (20 credits)

To develop in students a theoretical and practical understanding of the role of PR in building relationships with stakeholders and gain an appreciation of the strategic and specialist roles of PR.

Marketing: Culture and Communication (20 credits)

This module develops student understanding in relation to the importance of an appreciation of how the cultural context(s) for global marketing activities can be regarded as similar, or dissimilar to their homecountry situation. Emphasis is given to language (spoken and ‘silent’) as a barrier to effective communication across the full range of marketing activities, but with particular emphasis on its value in relation to both personal and nonpersonal marketing communications activities such as facetoface personal selling, and advertising and packaging, respectively.

Strategic Management

The aim of the module is to provide students with an understanding of the impact of the business environment and the resources of the organisation, both human and material, on strategic planning and choice. This will enable students to consider strategic alternatives, evaluate their suitability and make them aware of the complex issues involved in implementing strategy and managing strategic change.

Retail Strategy (20 credits)

This module aims to develop a critical awareness of the strategic factors and operational implications a retailer needs to achieve in order to establish a clear market position in a competitive market.

Successful graduates are equipped to enter a range of professional and business roles. Graduate employment has included accountancy, financial service, retailing, corporate social responsibility, marketing, human resource and public sector management. The Erasmus exchange programme provides opportunities for students to study in Europe for part of the degree.

The Management degree opens up career routes into any sector and prepares you for further postgraduate study at all levels through to PhD.

Wherever your career aspirations lie, a successfully completed Management degree will equip you with both the specific and generic knowledge and skills that are transferable and valued by many organisations.


The 2019/20 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK / EU Overseas
Full-time - Foundation Year 0 £6,575 £8,500
Full-time - years 1-3 * £9,250 £11,900
Part-time £4,625 N/A

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

* The tuition fee of £9,250 relates to 2019/20 only. Please read the 2019/20 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2019/20 tuition fees and mid-course year on year fee increases.

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.


You will be taught over two Semesters, taking three modules in each.

Teaching is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical workshops.

You will typically have around 12 contact hours per week. Seminars and workshops are organised in smaller groups to enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures. 

In addition, you will have the opportunity to meet with your academic personal tutor.

Where necessary, you will use industry-standard software such as Sage in Accounting.

Between year 2 and year 3 students can opt to undertake a 12 month placement with an external organisation.

Your actual contact hours depend on the option modules you select.

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions you will continue learning through self-study. Typically, this involves reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library, working on projects, and preparing for coursework assignments/examinations, workshops and seminars. Your module tutor will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before class. 

Students taking the 40 credit Dissertation module in year three, will undertake independent research and work under the supervision of a member of the course team with whom they will meet with regularly.

Overall workload

Your overall workload typically consists of 12 contact hours but you will undertake independent learning and assessment activity.

Academic input

The team consists of highly qualified academics. They have a range of expertise and experience. All our team members have industry experience and many are research-active and all deliver research-informed teaching.

You should note members of the teaching team might change.

Postgraduate students sometimes assist in teaching and assessing some modules. However, experienced academics teach the vast majority of lectures and seminars.

Academic Support

You will have full access of the University’s Academic Development department who provide help and advice on ways to improve you learning and your own work.


You will be assessed by a number of methods including essays, reports, business simulations, presentations, reflective logs, computer­ based assessments, examinations, and case studies. Some modules include group assessments to help students become familiar with working as a team; often a key aspect of professional and graduate level work.

The nature of the assessment depends on the modules you take. This mixture is intended to build individual knowledge and skills in the application of theory and best practice to realistic business scenarios. It also provides valuable experience in the importance of effective teamwork and leadership in achieving goals.


You will receive feedback on your work which is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

The Business School recognises the importance of professional body accreditation, to ensure that not only do we deliver well researched courses, but also that our students meet the professional expectations of prospective employers and have the opportunity to gain professional body qualifications.

This includes modules accredited by the Association of Project Management (APM). Our Project Management module was the first from a university to gain accreditation and exemption for its teaching and assessment.

The Business School has accreditation with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). The year two modules of Management and Leadership, Project Management and Human Resource Management are accredited by the CMI and on successful completion you will be eligible for CMI Level 5 qualifications in Leadership and Management.

You will have access to our Christ Church Trading Floor. This offers you the chance to gain practical experience of trade floor activities and financial market analysis. We are one of the few universities in the UK offering direct use of Bloomberg data, information and analytics in a dedicated trading room which provides a simulation of what it is like to work on a real trading floor in the financial district.

We work with industry stakeholders aligned to the continued development of our teaching programme, research and knowledge exchange. Some of these come in as guest lecturers and we also have masterclasses by visiting professors chosen for their continuing expertise in business and management. These established links have helped some of our students to secure placements.

A Business School Advisory Board has been established which includes representatives from across the private and public sector. This encourages employer engagement as the Board engages in discussion about technical content of the curriculum and the development of wider employability skills, the provision of work placement opportunities, guest speakers, live case studies, and workplace visits.


Full-time study

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Full-time study

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UCAS course code

  • N204 Management (Sustainable and Ethical Business)

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 3 or 4 years full time (pending one year professional placement)

    6 years part-time


  • September 2019

Entry requirements



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