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). New course: open to applications for January 2016 entry

Key features

  • Develop the business and management skills to deal with the contemporary challenges in management practice. 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.
  • Recognised by the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII)* and the Institute of Export (IoE)**.
  • Accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI)***. 
  • Benefit from the flexibility of studying part-time over two years, online.
  • Tailor the course to meet your career goals by choosing to develop specialist knowledge in leadership and human resource management (HRM) or international trade.
  • Experience a wide range of opportunities to engage in practical and work-based learning through direct engagement with your work place via live projects, through observation and analysis of your role and work-based portfolio, and also through action learning and action research.
  • Learn in an online community, assisted by subject tutors and a personal tutor who will support your academic and personal development. Our staff teaching on the programme underpin their teaching with a range of scholarly activity and work-based professional practice and consultancy.
  • Benefit from direct access to a dedicated website with great resources and Plymouth University’s extensive e-library and student services. 
  • Acquire and develop skills that will significantly enhance your employability and employment progression. The focus in the final module is on personal development planning.
  • Establish a network of contacts, develop relevant management skills and gain both theoretical expertise and practical experience necessary to thrive in the workplace.

*The CII is the world's largest professional body for insurance and financial services. It is committed to maintaining the highest standards of technical competence and ethical conduct among its 117,000 members. To find out more about the CII, visit www.cii.co.uk.

**The IoE is the professional membership body representing and supporting the interests of everyone involved in importing, exporting and international trade. To find out more about the IoE, visit http://www.export.org.uk/.

***The CMI is the only Awarding Body able to award Chartered Manager status - the ultimate management accolade. To find out more about the CMI, visit http://www.managers.org.uk/.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • In your first year, you'll take a four week course to prepare for the transition to level 6 study and online learning. 

    You'll 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 activities and resources. 

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

    The first options are:

    • Leadership Practice: explore leading at multi-levels: self, others, teams and workplaces through observation, work-based experiential activities and reflection, or

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


    The second options are:

    • International Trade Operations and Strategy: Global logistics environment; customer service; inventory management; global transportation; warehousing and materials handling; purchasing; trading and marketing channels; supply chain strategies, or 

    • International Trade Policy and Compliance: international law, industrial regulations, and compliance with international financial regulations that govern business transactions.


    Core modules
    • MPDL303J Professional Management Practice

      The module uses reflective practice to engage learners in a critical analysis of their management practice and experience. It focusses 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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
  • in your final year, you'll complete three core modules. These include: 

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

    • Work Based Action Research: investigate a specific problem or issue at your place of work. 

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

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

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 16 17 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 have an IELTS of 5.5 or 5.0 (with a minimum of 5.0 in listening, reading, speaking and writing), you may also be offered a place subject to satisfactory completion of an eight or 12 week English language summer school.

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.

For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

English language requirements

Please contact the Admissions Team.

Fees, costs and funding

New Student 2017 2018
Home/EU Check with School To be confirmed
International Check with School To be confirmed
Part time (Home/EU) £4,200 To be confirmed
Part time (International) £4,200 To be confirmed
Full and part time fees shown are per annum. Fees are correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change.

Discounts available for:

  • members of the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII)
  • Institute of Export (IoE)
  • selected partner colleges.

Please get in touch for more information.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for this course, please contact our admissions team on admissions@plymouth.ac.uk

Careers

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.

Plymouth Business School partnership with CMI

Chartered Management Institute membership for Plymouth Business School students

Chartered Management Institute (CMI) is the only chartered professional body dedicated to promoting the highest standards in management and leadership, constantly being at the forefront of all aspects of management training and thinking.

Plymouth Business School engage in a partnership with Chartered Management Institute to offer its students free CMI membership enabling them to use ManagementDirect - the online multi-media knowledge base providing instant answers to every managerial challenge you can think of.

Find out more about our partnership and how to join CMI

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