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).

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
  • This two-year part-time course is designed around six modules making a total of 120 credits. It embeds specialism and workplace relevance with two pathways in International Trade and Leadership and Human Resource Management developed around two electives. Your award will mention your pathway as area of specialism.

    In Year 1, you will start with an elective in your chosen pathway, followed by the core module Professional Management Practice. The second elective will mark the completion of Year 1.

    Below is a brief description of the modules.

    Professional Management Practice introduces you to the key concepts of management, exploring how products or services, finance and people interact to define an organisational goal. You will also develop an understanding of the evolving global landscape and how to respond to and manage change.

    If you chose International Trade pathway, you will complete the following modules.

    • International Trade Operations and Strategy explores the key elements of strategic management of international trade operations; the process of strategic decision making applicable to exports and imports and its relationship to procurement and supply chains.

    • International Trade Policy and Compliance discusses the institutional and legal environment of international trade; the scope and impact of financial regulation that govern business transactions across national borders.

    If you choose Leadership and Human Resource Management pathway, you will complete the following electives.

    • Leadership Practice embeds the knowledge and development of leadership in practice; it explores leading at multi-levels: self, others, teams and workplaces through observation, work-based experiential activities and reflection

    • Managing People and Performance: develop knowledge of key areas of human resource management and development, employment legislation and the challenges of managing people.

    You can also choose Management Practice as a generic pathway by completing any one elective in each pathway. We run two cohorts each year and J marks the January start which distinguishes it from the standard September start of most university programmes.

    Core modules
    • MPDL300 Learning to Learn

      This short four week module aims to get participants back into the mode of studying in higher education, and introduce them to participation in an online/distance programme. Regardless of the participant's educational backgrounds, it will begin to unpack and highlight the expectations of studying at level 6, as well as getting them to develop and hone their own studying preferences in order to be effective 'distance' learners. It will cover the key academic areas for successful study, such as critical reading and writing, and reflection, in addition to skills and approaches that will be required for online study, such as building and sustaining a 'community' of learners, contributing to online forums, and managing their time, so that they are prepared for the programme ahead.

    • MPDL300J Learning to Learn

    • MPDL303 Professional Management Practice

      The module uses reflective practice to engage learners in a critical analysis of their management practice and experience. It focuses on five core fields of management: leading people; managing change; market and customer awareness; managing information and knowledge and managing activities and resources. Learners apply theory to critique their practice and to evidence the demonstration of skills, knowledge and experience in a range of practice settings. Using theoretical frames of reference learners engage in critical self-reflection and identify strategies, behaviours and attitudes which are appropriate in a range of settings.

    • MPDL303J Professional Management Practice

      The module uses reflective practice to engage learners in a critical analysis of their management practice and experience. It focuses on five core fields of management: leading people; managing change; market and customer awareness; managing information and knowledge and managing activities and resources. Learners apply theory to critique their practice and to evidence the demonstration of skills, knowledge and experience in a range of practice settings. Using theoretical frames of reference learners engage in critical self-reflection and identify strategies, behaviours and attitudes which are appropriate in a range of settings.

    Optional modules
    • MPDL301 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.

    • MPDL301J 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.

    • MPDL302 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.

    • 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.

    • MPDL304 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.

    • 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.

    • MPDL305 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.

    • MPDL305J 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.

  • 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 covers the fundamentals of scientific research, how to identify a problem and articulate it into a researchable project, applying design, strategy, methods of analysis, evaluation and reflection in order to formulate recommendations for positive outcomes

    Work-based Research Project assesses your understanding of research in practice; how to develop a research aim and objectives and carry them through design, methods and fieldwork; how to interpret your findings and reflect on the limitations of your work, while contributing to a better understanding of such phenomenon and improvement in practice.

     Personal Development Planning requires a reflection of skills, attitudes and behaviours in the workplace, drawing on organisational goals and using appropriate techniques to manage self and others and to enhance performance.

    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

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 To be confirmed
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.

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.

The Plymouth Business School experience

BETA: Free skills development and self-employment support

  • weekly one-on-one business mentoring (term-time)
  • monthly Entrepreneurs Club networking
  • skills workshops and guest lectures from entrepreneurs (October to May)
  • opportunity to pitch for £1500 grant funding (terms and conditions apply).
Current undergraduate and postgraduate students at the University of Plymouth may apply to join the free extra-curricular BETA Enterprise programme by emailing Amber Strong for an application form.

Journal of Research Studies in Business and Management

The Journal of Research Studies in Business and Management is an open access journal founded in 2015, which is devoted to publishing the very best undergraduate business projects produced by students from Plymouth’s Faculty of Business.

We are committed to excellent research and teaching and are proud that our undergraduate students are able to produce some excellent research, which is relevant, interesting and insightful. This journal will showcase the very best student research projects produced each year.

View current issue – Volume 3 (2017)

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The organisation benefits from free business advice provided by a team of talented, business students, acting as trainee consultants.

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