Undergraduate Course

BBA Business Administration

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BBA Business Administration

Overview

The details
Business Administration
N100
October 2018
Full-time
3 years
Southend Campus

What do you need to know to be successful in business? What skills must you have to be an effective manager or leader?

BBA Business Administration is a broad business and management degree, where you gain comprehensive knowledge of the main functional areas of a company. You study a wide range of subjects and develop your practical managerial skills to prepare you for a successful career in any aspect of business.

You are encouraged to undertake a paid placement year to further develop your business connections and practical skills whilst working for real-world organisation.

Study areas include:

  • business strategy
  • business creation and growth
  • organisation behaviour and management
  • supply chain management
  • marketing and marketing communications
  • accounting and finance
  • management and entrepreneurial theory

Group work tasks develop your team working skills and our business simulation project puts you in charge of your own virtual venture. In competition with other students, you develop your skills in problem solving, analysis and creativity as you make decisions to optimise your business’ performance.

In your final year, you put your knowledge into practice by producing a business plan, industry report or dissertation in an area of your choice. As well as developing the research and analytical skills needed for the workplace, you can take the opportunity to make valuable business connections by gathering case studies and interviews.

This course also gives you the option to follow a specialised pathway in Applied Quantitative Methods (AQM).

With employers looking for graduates with data analysis skills, The University of Essex is one of just three UK universities to have received Q-Step Affiliate status. By completing necessary AQM modules, your quantitative skills are evidenced on your transcript to give you the competitive edge in the jobs market. We can also provide work placement bursaries to develop your skills in evaluating numerical evidence, analysing data and designing research.

BBA Business Administration is taught at Essex Business School. We’re in the top 25 in the UK for research quality (The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018) and use the latest thinking in our teaching to ensure your education is at the cutting edge of current and emerging trends.

We’re an international school which places a strong emphasis on responsible management, ethics and sustainable business practice. We encourage our students to think strategically, act responsibly and have the confidence to innovate to make positive change in turbulent economic environments.

Why we're great.
  • Study a range of business subjects and develop managerial skills.
  • Use real-world case problems, group work and poster presentations.
  • We're ranked in the UK's top 25 for research quality (The Times and The Sunday Times 2018).

Study abroad

You may decide to study abroad during your third year.

By opting for our four-year BBA Business Administration, you can spend a year studying at one of our exchange partners in the United States, Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, the Middle East, Hong Kong or Japan. Your degree content remains otherwise the same as the three-year course.

Studying abroad can enhance your career prospects by broadening your degree both socially and academically. You experience other cultures and languages and prove to employers that you’re mature, flexible and organised.

If you spend a full year abroad you'll only pay 15% of your usual tuition fee to Essex for that year. You won't pay any tuition fees to your host university

Placement year

As an alternative, we also offer a work placement year.

With this version of BBA Business Administration, you can boost your CV by gaining work experience with an external organisation. We offer bespoke support throughout the process of researching, applying and interviewing for placements. However, it is your responsibility to apply, prepare for and secure your own role.

In recent years, our students have gained placements with organisations such as BMW, Samsung and Cummins.

If you complete a placement year you'll only pay 20% of your usual tuition fee to Essex for that year.

Our expert staff

You’re taught by an internationally respected team with a mixture of academic and industry experience and varied, cutting-edge research interests.

Our academics specialise in areas including:

  • internationalisation
  • innovation
  • new product development
  • human resource management
  • microfinance
  • ethics
  • social responsibility
  • sustainability

Specialist facilities

Our BBA Business Administration is based at our Southend Campus, just an hour’s train journey from London, offering superb opportunities for networking and internships.

Studying in Southend is a rewarding and exciting experience. Located in the vibrant seaside town of Southend-on-Sea, the town centre campus means you are amongst the buzz of the High Street’s shops, restaurants and bars. You benefit from our award-winning new building, The Forum, with excellent learning facilities, such as a 24-hour computer suite and study pods.

The Hive Enterprise Centre is located close to Campus, providing access to networking events and business meetups that offer finance and marketing support for startups.

Your future

Our BBA Business Administration is designed to help you take your first steps into management and gives you the flexibility to enter any area of business. By gaining a fully-rounded business education, you may decide to explore careers in financial analysis, marketing, public administration, finance and HR.

Essex Business School provides you with the knowledge and skills required to compete in today’s competitive job market. In 2016, 81% of Essex Business School undergraduates (UK, EU and international) were in professional employment or postgraduate study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2016).

Many of our recent graduates work for a wide range of high-profile companies and exciting SMEs including:

  • PWC
  • IBM
  • Deloitte
  • EY
  • AVIVA
  • Bank of England
  • Hiscox
  • John Lewis Partnership
  • WeFarm, a social enterprise helping farmers out of poverty
  • Footprint Digital, a fast-growing digital marketing agency

We also have a strong history of graduate entrepreneurs and start-up businesses. Recent examples include ethical fashion range Fikay Fashion, developed by EBS graduate Aaron Jones BEM, and the Nordics’ largest entrepreneurial jobs portal, Startupmatcher.com.

We provide you with access to a range of employability opportunities, including employer talks. We also work with the University’s Employability and Careers Centre to support you to find work experience, internships, placements and voluntary opportunities both during and after your degree.

"I wasn’t sure which area of business I wanted to work in when I applied to university. I chose BBA Business Administration because it provides broad knowledge of a range of management areas, giving flexibility after I graduate. I’ve found the employability team really helpful; I gained a summer internship in Malaysia thanks to their CV support. I’ve loved the opportunity to produce a consultancy report for local charity SAVS and even learnt French in my first year for free."

Aiman Fadlina Binti Shameer, BBA Business Administration, 2017

Entry requirements

Clearing entry requirements

If you have already received your results, use our Clearing application form to apply for 2018 entry through Clearing. You will be asked to provide details of your qualifications and grades.

English language requirements

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall. Different requirements apply for second year entry, and specified component grades are also required for applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

Other English language qualifications may be acceptable so please contact us for further details. If we accept the English component of an international qualification then it will be included in the information given about the academic levels listed above. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications

If you are an international student requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications.

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

Additional Notes

If you’re an international student, but do not meet the English language or academic requirements for direct admission to this degree, you could prepare and gain entry through a pathway course. Find out more about opportunities available to you at the University of Essex International College here.

Structure

Example structure

We offer a flexible course structure with a mixture of compulsory and optional modules chosen from lists. Below is just one example structure from the current academic year of a combination of modules you could take. Your course structure could differ based on the modules you choose.

Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore all modules listed are subject to change. To view the compulsory modules and full list of optional modules currently on offer, please view the programme specification via the link below.

Business Creation and Growth

This module expands your knowledge and understanding of the principles and practices involved in starting and growing a business. You develop a greater understanding of the various aspects involved in new venture creation and growth, from opportunity identification, evaluation and implementation through to continued growth and management. Using practical exercises, case studies and videos, you learn about the business life cycle from start-up to growth and maturity and explore business development from economic and behavioural perspectives.

View Business Creation and Growth on our Module Directory

Business Economics

This module introduces you to key economic theories and concepts, covering highly topical issues affecting the business world. Using real-life case studies, you explore the key microeconomics principles and concepts that can help to explain why economic activities occur and explore whether it is possible to improve economic situations for society.

View Business Economics on our Module Directory

Introduction to Accounting and Finance

Explore the principles of financial and management accounting; the recording of transactions; the preparation of financial statements and their analysis; the principles of cost accumulation and decision making in businesses; techniques of cost control; the management of working capital; the sources of funding and investment appraisal.

View Introduction to Accounting and Finance on our Module Directory

Principles of Markets, Marketing and Selling

This module provides a broad introduction to marketing at national and international levels. You explore the marketing of both products and services in organisations of different sizes, with a particular focus on entrepreneurial organisations. You explore the marketing environment for new ventures and the challenges of marketing in regional, local and global marketplaces. Other topics include the use of marketing information and research, strategic marketing planning and the marketing mix.

View Principles of Markets, Marketing and Selling on our Module Directory

Introduction to Quantitative Analysis

Gain a basic understanding of the wide variety of techniques available for analysis in business management. This is especially relevant in today's data-driven society, where large, complex data sets are widespread across many different sectors.

View Introduction to Quantitative Analysis on our Module Directory

Introduction to International Business

This module provides a preliminary understanding of international business. You are introduced to the global business environment and how this impacts upon corporations and their decision to operate internationally. You explore the different strategies organisations can adopt when entering international markets and examine aspects of managing multinational corporations, such as marketing, human resource management and global supply chain management.

View Introduction to International Business on our Module Directory

Research and Study Skills for Professional Development

This module encourages you to become an active, independent learner, with the ability to reflect on business situations and form your own opinions. We cover areas designed to help you adjust to a university business education so you can perform to your full academic and professional potential. We explore the importance of referencing, constructing a coherent argument and developing writing skills for a variety of purposes, such as academic essays, exams and reports. We develop your analytical skills, critical thinking, presentation and communication skills to help you get the most from your time at university.

View Research and Study Skills for Professional Development on our Module Directory

Personal Career Development

Develop your career awareness and employability skills through presentations, panel discussions and skills workshops. This module allows your to plan your career from the beginning of your degree through personal development planning and engaging in opportunities.

View Personal Career Development on our Module Directory

Student Success Tutorial

This compulsory module aims to help you excel in your academic studies by introducing you to effective study techniques and tools, including the study skills support and resources available to you within Essex Business School. You receive guidance on your academic progress, as well as your personal and professional development. These sessions offer you the opportunity to meet and develop networks and connections within the School and provide key support throughout your first year by helping you to develop the skills and learning strategies needed throughout your degree.

View Student Success Tutorial on our Module Directory

Managing Innovation

Explore the relationship between the innovation process and the use and management of technology, together with its links to the development of business strategy, dynamic interactions with innovation networks, learning processes and government support for innovation.

View Managing Innovation on our Module Directory

International Business Strategies

Discover the content and processes of international market expansion, gaining insights into pre-entry decision making and post-entry management. You discuss theoretical perspectives on international expansion before exploring different modes of international expansion including non-equity and equity modes.

View International Business Strategies on our Module Directory

Business-To-Business Marketing (optional)

Discover the importance of studying and understanding buyer behaviour in the business to business market, and distinguish the marketing strategy, planning and implementation for the same from buyer behaviour in consumer markets. You build an awareness of multiple stakeholder groups in business markets and the notion of managing networks, alliances and partnerships across the diverse stakeholder groups.

View Business-To-Business Marketing (optional) on our Module Directory

Organisational Behaviour and Management

To be an effective manager or leader, you need to understand organisational behaviour. This module provides awareness of the organisational factors and management processes influencing the behaviour and performance of people at work. You explore different perspectives on organisational processes, covering topics such as group development and teamwork, leadership, change management, organisational culture and development interventions.

View Organisational Behaviour and Management on our Module Directory

The International Business Environment (optional)

Gain an in-depth understanding of the external context within which international businesses operate, and the opportunities and challenges this poses to entrepreneurial firms, large and small. You examine the rationale for studying international business by discussing current developments in the global economy, particularly economic, financial, political/legal, technological and cultural challenges.

View The International Business Environment (optional) on our Module Directory

Strategic Entrepreneurship (optional)

This module equips you with the analytical and strategic skills needed to start and grow a successful business. We use case studies and practical examples to introduce the strategic issues and challenges affecting different stages of the business cycle. You learn how to create a value proposition and competitive advantage in complex entrepreneurial environments. You work both individually and in groups to discuss the different strategies for achieving business development and growth. Topics include entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial capabilities, resources, developing business models and building entrepreneurial culture by providing strategic direction to organisations.

View Strategic Entrepreneurship (optional) on our Module Directory

Successful Futures

This module links subject understanding to employability, ensuring you’re prepared to take advantage of graduate opportunities at the point they’re advertised. You gain an understanding of the graduate labour market and recruitment processes, as well as timelines for recruitment and interview and assessment centre techniques. You also learn about options for postgraduate study.

View Successful Futures on our Module Directory

Business Research Methods

This module introduces a number of business and management research methods, with a particular focus on entrepreneurship and small business. You explore philosophical research issues, such as selecting appropriate research methods and judging the quality and value of findings. You learn how to write a research proposal and design and plan quantitative and qualitative research. This includes collecting data, analysing findings and presenting results.

View Business Research Methods on our Module Directory

Consumer Behaviour (optional)

Examine the various determinants of consumer behaviour, the theories of consumer behaviour and their application to managerial decision-making. You also gain an appreciation of understanding consumer behaviour in areas of new product testing, and advertising, distribution and pricing research.

View Consumer Behaviour (optional) on our Module Directory

Business Strategy

Enhance your understanding of the concepts and nature of strategy and its interactions with the macro environment, industries/sectors and business operations. You develop your skills analysing opportunities and threats, managing strategic capability and resources, understanding competitive advantage, competition and collaboration, directions and methods of business development, as well as managing strategic change.

View Business Strategy on our Module Directory

Supply Chain Management

This module explores the connections between manufacturing operations, purchasing, transportation, delivery and logistics. You learn how these areas must be managed as a singular process and examine the links between partners in a supply chain, such as vendors, carriers and information systems providers.

View Supply Chain Management on our Module Directory

Marketing Communications

This module introduces the role of communications in marketing. You explore communication theories and models and learn how to produce a marketing communications plan. You examine the marketing communications mix, including tools such as advertising, sales promotion, direct marketing, public relations and sponsorship. You learn how packaging and merchandising contribute towards corporate and brand identity, as well as the impact of word of mouth. You examine the impact of rapid technological change on marketing communications and the challenges of changing market conditions and public perceptions.

View Marketing Communications on our Module Directory

Business Ethics (optional)

This module builds on your understanding of management and organisation by considering the ethics of business activity. You are introduced to the origins, practice and theory of business ethics and corporate social responsibility (CSR). You consider a range of perspectives and use business literature to critically examine organisational ethics and analyse its challenges.

View Business Ethics (optional) on our Module Directory

Services Marketing (optional)

This module introduces key concepts, issues and trends in services marketing and explores the differences between promoting products and services. You learn how consumer behaviour is central to effective service design and examine how customer relationships are developed and maintained. You gain an understanding of how services are distributed online and through traditional channels and examine how service quality and productivity can be improved. You also look at complaint handling and how marketing communications channels can be employed to recover a service in the event of issues.

View Services Marketing (optional) on our Module Directory

Research Project : Business Administration

This module gives you the opportunity to put your commercial knowledge into practice by producing a business plan, industry report or dissertation. You carry out an independent, original piece of research in a suitable area of your choice and refine the analytical, critical thinking and time management skills needed for a successful career in business. This practical project culminates in an 8,000-10,000 word document and could involve the collection of primary data through surveys, questionnaires, interviews and content analysis, as well as desk research.

View Research Project : Business Administration on our Module Directory

Placement

On a placement year you gain relevant work experience within an external business or organisation, giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market and providing you with key contacts within the industry. The rest of your course remains identical to the three-year degree.

Year abroad

On your year abroad, you have the opportunity to experience other cultures and languages, to broaden your degree socially and academically, and to demonstrate to employers that you are mature, adaptable, and organised. The rest of your course remains identical to the three-year degree.

Teaching

  • Teaching includes a combination of lectures, seminars and computer-based lab sessions
  • Modules delivered by experts in the field as well as guest speakers
  • Contribute and interact in lectures through the use of smart technology
  • Lecture presentations and notes are uploaded online beforehand to help you prepare in advance
  • Complete your final-year project in consultation with a personal supervisor

Assessment

  • Assessed through traditional methods of end-of-year exams and multiple choice questions in class tests and essays
  • Plus more innovative and creative assessments include laboratory work, poster presentations, real-business case problems and group presentations
  • Your first year marks do not count towards your final degree

Fees and funding

Home/EU fee

£9,250

International fee

£14,020

Fees will increase for each academic year of study.

Home and EU fee information

International fee information

What's next

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Check out our Visit Us pages to find out more information about booking onto one of our events. And if the dates aren’t suitable for you, feel free to book a campus tour here.

2018 Open Days (Southend Campus)

  • Saturday, October 20, 2018

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