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Information technology and artificial intelligence are becoming increasingly influential tools in the running of business. Those that can lead and show an affinity for using the power of IT and data to ensure the success of an organisation are in demand now more than ever.
Our degree will show you how you can utilise technology to revolutionise industry best practice, even more important in a post-pandemic workplace. Alongside this you will have plenty of opportunities to put your skills into action by working with real-life businesses on client briefs, ensuring you graduate workplace ready.
We understand that when it comes to deciding where you’d like to study, there are a lot of things to consider. Come along to our Open Day and discover why BNU could be the place for you. You can find out more about your course, meet the course team, and get all your questions answered.
For everything you need to know about applying, check out our Application Guide. You can find useful information for each stage of your application journey – from before you even apply to what to do if you receive an offer, and everything in between.
Why study this subject?
Are you an ambitious and driven individual who has a keen interest in revolutionising the business landscape through new and exciting IT practices? Studying our Business Management and Information Technology degree is the ideal way to give yourself a solid foundation to confidently contribute to an organisation’s strategic success from day one.
You will have the opportunity to study subject areas that include, financial decision making, contemporary business economics, international marketing management and strategic agility all of which will help you to develop and specialise your areas of interest and set you on the way to becoming a graduate with real-life experience in your field of choice.
Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?
BNU is a vibrant and diverse university that has Student Experience at its heart. Our high lecturer to student ratio ensures that you will receive continual and first-hand support throughout your degree, which will allow you to stretch and excel your abilities and graduate with a versatile and in-demand degree.
As business begins to adapt and reflect the IT developments of the 21st century, graduates with technical ability, data discipline and communication skill are becoming more and more desirable to employers.
Our degree has been specifically designed to allow you to become a well-rounded professional with a blend of academic theory and hands-on learning, which is why in addition to lectures we have live client briefs and projects where you can work directly with industry and put your skills into action.
We are focused on helping you to become an independent and critical thinker, important skills in a fast-paced workplace environment. The course will enable you to analyse and evaluate solutions to complex, real-life problems.
We will encourage you to develop the intellectual skills necessary to contribute to effective business practice and problem solving. In addition, you will also gain a deep understanding of technical decisions involving commercial computing and develop an awareness of various types of technologies. We’ll also help you develop your soft skills such as teamwork, leadership skills, problem solving and creative thinking.
What will I study?
In recent years, the global business landscape has had to adapt to a different way of working and trading. The use of technology and Artificial Intelligence (AI) has increased to ensure that key business activities are fulfilled. Subject areas such as Global Business Environment, Digital Technologies and Managing and Developing Innovation and Creativity will help you understand how technology can underpin improvements to business and organisations, alongside developing key skills, such as empathy, problem solving and creativity, which will ensure you are well placed to enter the employment market.
In Year one, core topics include programming concepts, marketing, financial decision making, and user experience.
In Year two, you will gain a more strategic understanding of business issues, and in particular work with real clients to support you in implementing changes to their business. You will have the opportunity to study topics including web development, enterprise and entrepreneurship, consultancy and cyber security management.
In the final year, you will be expected to integrate, apply and evaluate the knowledge you have gained through independent study on your dissertation or consultancy project. There is an ongoing emphasis on leadership and management skills, particularly within a changing business environment. The dissertation or a consultancy project will be a key focus this year and will allow you to specialise on your area of interest.
The BNU Business School is proud of its links with international and national companies and frequently welcomes businesses in to lead live briefs and watch student presentations. You will be asked to develop solutions for businesses, allowing you to gain real-world, hands-on consulting experience while businesses benefit from having bespoke research and advice tailored to their needs.
How will I be taught and assessed?
At Buckinghamshire New University we like to foster an interactive and student-focused teaching style where we blend lectures, workshops, independent study, case studies, live briefs and guest speakers to enhance the learning experience.
Our assessments reflect our employer-led course philosophy, they are real world centric with live briefs from businesses and cases that challenge students to produce a tangible result and not simply demonstrate knowledge of a subject. We set a variety of assessments across the three years of the degree; these include:
- Individual presentations
- Timed assessments
BNU is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.
We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.
Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student, to increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.
What are the course entry requirements?
A typical offer will require a UCAS tariff score of: 88 - 112
A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.
For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.
Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a degree course, can apply for a four-year programme including a Foundation Year; find out more.
This provides a guide of the modules that make up your course. Please refer to the Programme Specification at the bottom of the Course Details tab for the full breakdown of core and optional modules, as well as the credits needed to complete your degree. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.
Year 1 Modules
Global Business Environment
Principles of Marketing
Digital Technologies & Professional Practice
Financial Decision Making
Data Insights for Business Decisions
Year 2 Modules
Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (optional)
Database Design (optional)
Cyber Security Management (optional)
Consultancy in Practice
Digital Business and New Technologies
IT Services Management
Operations and Services Management (optional)
Customer Experience (optional)
Introduction to Intelligent Systems (optional)
Strategic Marketing (optional)
Year 3 Modules
Managing & Developing Innovation and Creativity (optional)
Business Continuity Management
Developing Leadership and Management Skills (optional)
Cloud Computing (optional)
Security Auditing and Response (optional)
Change Management and Organisation Development (optional)
What are the tuition fees
Home, Academic Year 2022 - 2023
£9,250 per year
Overseas/International, Academic Year 2022 - 2023
£14,250 per year
What are my career prospects?
Your time with us is all about you and how we can best support you towards getting your career off to the best start. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good business leaders. We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.
Once you have completed your degree, you will be fully equipped to begin a career in a range of industries, in general management or to develop your own business.
You will have gained a wide range of knowledge and skills, so that you can pursue a career in any profession or business role, such as:
- operations and service management
- customer management
- project management
- IT Director
- IT Consultant
- Data Analyst
- IT project manager.
As this programme provides a grounding in all areas of business management, it also offers the opportunity to focus on a particular area of interest for postgraduate study, either on a full-time basis or part-time whilst working. You may choose to study for the PG Certificate in Business Leadership or the IMBA offered by the University.
Did you know?
We are one of the Top 10 UK universities mostly likely to produce graduates who go on to own or manage a business (Capital on Tap, 2021), find out more about this excellent news.