There are many opportunities to develop your skills and learn how to
analyse business problems and identify solutions. You also gain valuable business and management experience during your year in industry.
Kent Business School provides a friendly, student-focused
environment, which helps you to make the most of your studies. Located
in a historic dockyard, our newly converted teaching space allows you to benefit from up-to-date facilities within an attractive setting.
As a student at Kent Business School, you also have the opportunity to gain the Chartered Management Institute’s (CMI) Level 5 Professional Certificate in Management and Leadership alongside your degree.
Our degree programme
On this degree programme, you learn about the theories, methodologies and applications of academic knowledge relevant to the business world.
Taught by leading experts from business and the professions,
management principles are brought to life through practical case studies as well as live research and consultancy projects.
Our degree is flexible: the wide range of options allow you to tailor your degree to your interests – whether that’s marketing, operations,
human resource management or running your own business. There is also a
specialist pathway in retail for students interested in building a
career in that sector.
Year in industry
It is possible to take this programme with the addition of a Year in Industry between stages 2 and 3. See Business and Management with a Year in Industry.
Kent Business School has excellent links with business schools globally, including in China, USA, Hong Kong, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden and Italy. Our wide array of exchange partners give you the opportunity to gain international experience. Our partners are committed to enhancing their international outlook while providing excellent teaching. You will gain invaluable work experience, develop your understanding of a new culture and improve your language skills.
Our exchange partners include these top ranked institutions amongst others:
University of Technology, SydneyRenmin University of China, School of BusinessUniversity of Hong KongESSECNeoma Business SchoolFreie Universitat BerlinUniversity of FlorenceIE Madrid UniversityStockholm Business SchoolGeorgetown University
studies, you can discover how to turn your idea into a successful business at
our ASPIRE centre, which provides practical advice and
support, and runs our Business Start-up Journey initiative.
You are welcome to attend special events put on by Kent Business
School; this allows you to interact directly with the business
community. In previous years, events and schemes have included:
workshops and seminars business challenges enterprise initiatives, including the Business Start-Up Journey networking events.
You also have the chance to get involved with student-run societies
such as Kent Business and Kent Enterprise. Their previous activities
include inviting guest speakers from industry and providing support for
budding student entrepreneurs.
At Kent Business School, we pride ourselves on the strength of our global connections, which include:
Bank of England BBC Barclays Cummins IBM KPMG Kent County Council.
Kent Business School also has excellent links with business schools globally, including in China, Hong Kong, France, Germany, Spain, Finland and Italy.
We use a variety of teaching methods, including lectures, case-study analysis, group projects and presentations, and computer-based packages. You have approximately 12 hours of class time per week, and regular access to an academic adviser for advice on any matter concerning your studies or your performance on the course.
Assessment is by a mixture of coursework and end-of-module examinations, with the examinations normally counting for up to 60-70% of the marks for each module.
Knowledge and understanding
You gain knowledge and understanding of:
- Organisations: their internal aspects, functions and processes including their diverse nature, purposes, structures, size/scale, governance, operations and management, together with the individual and corporate behaviours and cultures that exist within and between different organisations and their influence upon the external environment
- The Business Environment: the fast pace of change within a wide range of factors, including economic, environmental, cultural, ethical, legal and regulatory, political, sociological, digital and technological, together with their effects at local, national and global levels upon the strategy, behaviour, management and sustainability of organisations
- Management: the various processes, procedures and practices for effective management of organisations, including theories, models, frameworks, tasks and roles of management and the management of people and corporate social responsibility, together with rational analysis and other processes of decision-making within different organisations
- Within the framework of the areas of Organisations, Business Environment and Management graduates should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding in: Markets; Marketing and Sales; Customers; Finance; People; Organisational Behaviour; Operations; Information Systems and Business Intelligence; Communications; Digital Business; Business Policy and Strategy; Business Innovation and Enterprise development, and Social Responsibility
You develop the ability to:
- Analyse and critically evaluate a range of data, sources of information and appropriate methodologies to support evidence-based decision-making
- Analyse facts and circumstances to determine the cause of structured and, to a more limited extent, unstructured problems and draw reasoned conclusions to identify and select appropriate solutions
- Apply core numeracy and digital literacy skills to manipulate data, evaluate, estimate and model problems, functions and phenomena
You develop the ability to:
- Identify, formulate and solve business/ decision making problems using appropriate qualitative and quantitative tools
- Create, evaluate and assess options, in a range of business situations, applying concepts and knowledge appropriately
- Communicate effectively about business issues
- Apply core numeracy and digital literacy skills to business problems
- Demonstrate commercial acumen based on an awareness of the key drivers for business success; causes of failure, and the importance of providing customer satisfaction and building customer loyalty
You develop the ability to:
- Identify, analyse, evaluate and make effective use of information from various sources to assess ideas
- Apply numeracy and digital literacy skills appropriately
- Be an effective self-manager of time, so as to plan and deliver required outputs effectively, and to show resilience, responsibility, proactivity, flexibility and, where appropriate, assertiveness
- Communicate effectively using media appropriate for the purpose
- Work in groups effectively and collaboratively, both internally and externally, and apply inter-personal skills to build teams and relationships, lead and motivate others
- Be a self-aware and reflective practitioner with awareness of cultural and individual diversity
- Act entrepreneurially to generate, develop and communicate ideas, gain support and deliver successful outcomes
The programme aims to:
- Develop an understanding of key concepts, skills and techniques within the field of business and management, and appreciate how these are applied in the world of work
- Develop key transferable skills in the areas of numeracy, communication and digital literacy
- Students should develop a range of specific business knowledge and skills together with improved self-awareness and personal development
- The programme also seeks to encourage positive and critical attitudes towards change and enterprise, so as to reflect the dynamism and vibrancy of the business environment