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Business Management and Geography

BA (Hons) / BSc (Hons) - combined

Oxford Brookes Business School

This popular course will prepare you for a career in a wide range of organisations. You will develop the necessary skills and a broad knowledge of business and management to enable you to add value to an organisation right from the start of your career.

You could also take a look at the other subjects which you can combine with Business Management.

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Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 112

Available start dates

September 2018 / September 2019

Teaching location

Headington Campus

Course length

  • Full time: 3 years, or 4 if a work placement is chosen
  • Part time: up to 8 years

For full application details, please see the 'How to apply / Entry requirements' section.

  • You will develop the skills and knowledge to prepare you for a career in a wide range of leading national and international organisations.
  • It is an exciting time to be a part of our Business School as we have recently moved to new premises at our Headington Campus. The university has invested £30m to provide a new home for the Business School, including a lecture theatre, teaching rooms, social learning space and a café. This gives you first-class learning spaces close to university facilities, student halls and the city centre.
  • We pride ourselves on our internationally recognised, long-term track record of innovative, research-led teaching and learning. This means that you are taught and supported by staff with research interests that link directly to your studies. 
  • Oxfordshire's beautiful countryside offers plenty of local field-trip opportunities and the cosmopolitan and vibrant city centre boasts internationally renowned museums in a socially and culturally diverse setting.
  • You can spend your third year on a work placement, which is a great opportunity to enhance your CV, preparing you for future employment. You will gain commercial and practical experience, and many students are offered graduate positions by their placement employer.
Geography in detail
 
This aspect of the course explores contemporary issues that affect our everyday lives such as globalisation, sustainability, environmental management, conservation, geoarchaeology, nature and society, the problems of contemporary cities, and culture and landscape; as well as alternative ways of solving the problems associated with them.  
 
Our field-study-based programme is supported by laboratory facilities that enable you to perform scientific tests ranging from detailed soil analysis of core samples gathered on field trips, to experimental modelling and rainfall simulation
  • Content is organised around three areas in which staff have active research experience: Human Origins and Landscapes through Time, Social and Cultural Change, and Environment and Conservation Management. You will learn how these issues affect everyday lives, be encouraged to discuss them critically, and think about alternative ways of solving problems associated with them.
  • This course helps you to understand and engage with important contemporary world issues and the intimate connections between culture, nature and landscape. Emphasis is placed on the relationship between society and its environment, both physical and human-constructed. 
  • Core compulsory modules are complemented by choices at each stage of your degree. You'll be able to select from optional modules in your first year, with a greater range on offer in your second and third years. You can focus on either Human Geography or Physical Geography as well as the inter-relations between them.
  • The three geography modules are: Introduction to Human Geography, Geography of the Oxford Region and Introduction to Environmental Geography. You will also take a year-long module in the fundamentals of business analysis and management theory, as well as an introductory finance module. Recommended optional modules include Introduction to Prehistoric Archaeology and Environmental Sustainability from geography, and marketing, entrepreneurship and event planning modules from business. These courses involve both individual and group work; The Geography of the Oxford Region involves fieldwork. 
  • In Year 2 the compulsory Geographical Enquiry and Field Research double module emphasises the importance of fieldwork as part of your research methods training.

 

Business Management in detail

Core modules introduce the key elements of business and management along with a range of options in areas such as marketing, entrepreneurship, event planning and IT for business. These Year 1 introductory modules prepare you for advanced and more specialised study in years 2 & 3. 

You will also learn to critically analyse organisations’ business strategy and organisational behaviour, and may choose options in areas such as marketing, finance, human resource management, enterprise and entrepreneurship, or business ethics and sustainability.

In both years 2 and 3 you will be able to specialise in the areas of your course that interest you most. See below for the current options.In your final year the business and management synoptic module includes a focus on key employability skills as well as a case study analysis project looking in depth at companies such as Amazon, Apple or Twitter.

 

 

Study modules

Study is undertaken at three levels which broadly correspond to the first, second and third year of full-time academic study.

Full-time students are required to pass a minimum of 24 modules over the three year period in order to qualify for an honours degree. Each module has a credit rating of 15 points. Each level comprises 120 credits and students must receive 360 credits in total to graduate with a BA/BSc (Hons) degree.

As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here.

Year 1

The course offers five compulsory modules:

  • Introduction to Human Geography
  • Geography of the Oxford Region
  • Introduction to Environmental Geography
  • Introduction to Business and Management (double module)
  • Accounting and Financial Information

Plus two recommended modules, from:

  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Deep History
  • Concepts in Geography
  • Foundations of Marketing
  • Evolution of Global Business
  • The Entrepreneur
  • Planning a Successful Event
  • Work, Employment and Globalisation
  • Digital Technology and Maths for Business
  • Global Business Communications

Other optional modules can be selected from a range offered by the Department of Social Sciences, plus languages and IT modules.

Years 2 and 3

From Year 2 you have the option to major in your preferred subject, changing the balance of your subjects from roughly 50:50 to 75:25. Year 2 has a compulsory core geography double module which runs across both semesters:

  • Geographical Enquiry and Field Research (double)

Plus compulsory modules for Business Management:

  • Business Strategy for Competitive Advantage
  • Organisational Behaviour and Management

You will also have a range of advanced optional modules from which to choose. They emphasise the practice of enquiry and research in context with specialist areas of staff expertise in the discipline. These modules focus on the following areas:

  • Business analysis
  • Marketing and retail management
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Business ethics and sustainability
  • Finance
  • Human Resource Management
  • Maths and IT for business
  • Logistics and supply chain management
  • Business law
  • Cities: Geographies of the Urban Experience
  • Conservation and Heritage Management
  • Culture and Global Change
  • Development and Social Change
  • Environmental Decision Making
  • Environmental Hazard Management
  • Earth Systems
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Human Evolutionary Biology and Geography
  • Independent Study: Work and Community Related Learning.

For the full list of optional modules, click here

In your final year, you will choose from a range of optional modules at Honours level in geography, or business, or both, in addition to a year-long business management synoptic module, which includes a strong focus on employability skills. 

Advanced honours-level modules deal with the two subjects at a higher level of abstraction, require greater independent research, provide opportunities for reflective practice, and prepare you for the world of work. The geography modules enable you to specialise and also draw upon your knowledge of the three central themes of social and cultural change, environmental management and human origins. Honours-level business modules include real-world focused modules in areas such as consultancy and entrepreneurship/business planning, as well as higher level modules in areas such as marketing, HR and international business.

For the full list of Honours options, click here

Work placements

Business Management

You can spend your third year on a work placement, which is a great opportunity to enhance your CV, preparing you for future employment. You will gain commercial and practical experience, and many students are offered graduate positions by their placement employer.

Our students have enjoyed exciting and challenging positions at Microsoft, IBM, Aldi, BMW, Dyson, Ernst & Young, GlaxoSmithKline, Nestlé, PayPal and a host of other global organisations. We encourage you to study abroad for a semester during the course at one of our partner institutions in North America, Europe, Asia or Australia.

During your placement there is a fee which is paid to the university. It covers the cost of your placement tutor, and the support we provide whilst looking for a placement position and during your placement role.

Whilst on your placement you will still be classed as a student. You will be paid a financially sustainable salary which will vary depending on your role, company and location.

Geography

Geographers have undertaken work placements at a variety of NGOs, sometimes as part of their own research projects. These include management support roles with Oxfordshire's Wychwood Volunteers and participation in the International Citizenship Service programme with Operation Raleigh on a community project in India. 

The module Independent Study: Work and Community Related Learning provides opportunities for students to develop an academic programme of study alongside work experience, community work or volunteering.

For more information about the fees please go to the Fees/Funding section.

Field trips

Field work is one of the cornerstones of Geography at Oxford Brookes. We provide a range of opportunities for field investigations in the Oxford region, other parts of Britain and abroad.

During the first two years of your degree, you are introduced to geographical research techniques through practical and field courses. These courses provide training in research design, use of IT, and quantitative and qualitative methods that form the basis of geographical investigations.

You will participate in a number of local field trips in your first year, providing an introduction to aspects of human and environmental geography. In your second year, a one-week residential field course gives you the opportunity to apply your research skills. In your final year, you may undertake independent fieldwork if you choose to write a dissertation. The optional Expedition module offers further opportunities to undertake overseas fieldwork.  

Where will I go?

Destinations for the second year compulsory field trip vary from year to year, but in recent years students have visited Malta, Gibraltar and Spain.

How much will it cost?

Travel and accommodation for your compulsory field trip in the second year is included within your fees, but you will be responsible for living costs whilst you are away. This cost is dependent on location and exchange rate. You may also be required to contribute towards the cost of any additional trips for optional modules; this can involve responsibility for travel, accommodation, and living costs.

Additional costs

We do not expect students to purchase any compulsory course books, as they are all available in the library. If students wish to purchase additional books to supplement their reading this is at their own discretion.

It is advised that students ensure that they have sensible footwear and a weatherproof jacket for fieldwork.

 

Study abroad

We encourage our students to go on academic exchange as part of their degree course, both to broaden horizons and to increase understanding of their subjects. You can study for one or two semesters at any approved institution in Europe, the USA, Canada, Asia, South America and Australia. The Geography Department also has a special relationship with the University of Malta. The credits you earn while studying abroad will be transferred to your Oxford Brookes degree course.

Tuition fees are paid as they would be if you remained in the UK, either to Oxford Brookes via your Student Loan or directly to Oxford Brookes according to your preference. 

You will be responsible for all other costs such as accommodation, purchasing your airfares, travel and health insurance and visas.

For more information about exchanges, European work placements and other study abroad programmes, visit our pages on studying abroad and exchanges

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:

  • studying at a Brookes partner college
  • studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

 

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:

  • studying at a Brookes partner college
  • studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Attendance pattern

Most formal classes are held between 09:00 and 20:00 during the working week. The main exceptions are formal fieldwork classes and a mock assessment centre day, which may also be organised across the weekends.

Undergraduate research

Research is not just for postgraduates. From your second year onwards we encourage you to become actively involved in research design through both your field work and project work.

In your final year, the optional dissertation is an extended piece of original research that offers the opportunity to specialise  on a topic of your choice. Combined honours students may choose to combine both subjects in an interdisciplinary project. There is also an excellent opportunity to write and publish original research in Geoverse, our in-house journal of undergraduate research, or via Get Published!, an Oxford Brookes project which publishes student work online in a variety of formats.

 

Programme changes

On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website. For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.

Teaching and learning

We have a long-standing reputation for innovative development of course content and teaching methods involving student activity and participation. We positively encourage students to give us feedback on the course and to play an active part in decision making. 

We base our teaching and learning on a philosophy of you actively participating in your own learning, rather than being the passive recipient of communicated information. Your tutor's prime task is to initiate and supply an agenda for you to follow independently. A student support coordinator provides you with additional study support, especially during the first year.

The teaching methods used include:

  • interactive lectures
  • resource-based learning seminars
  • formal debates
  • research conferences
  • role-playing and simulations
  • Dragons’ Den-type assessments involving local employers
  • interactive field trails pioneered in the department
  • laboratory analysis
  • field investigations.

There will also be opportunities to work with business professionals, for example guest speakers, and live cases from the business community.

Group work is used in many modules, helping you to develop team-working skills that are highly valued by both employers and graduates. Group work is also an essential safeguard for students working in the field.

We actively encourage the development of research skills as part of the geography element of your degree programme. This begins in year 1 with locally-based fieldwork in Oxford, continues through the main field course in year 2 and is enhanced in year 3 when you are encouraged to write up the results of your field research for submission for possible publication in Geoverse, the online UK-wide geographical research journal led by Oxford Brookes University.

Approach to assessment

Assessment is typically by coursework, although a few modules do have an examination component.

You will be encouraged to self-assess your performance in some elements of submitted coursework, so you can develop self-awareness of the qualities of your work you create to help you achieve continual improvement.

For individual and small-group coursework assignments you will take part in project investigations, work in virtual teams, give presentations, prepare brief papers, write project and business reports, and critical essays, and compose learning journals.

You will have the opportunity to use both conventional presentation and dedicated software for data analysis such as Geographical Information Systems (GIS).

Tuition fees

Home/EU - full time fee: 2018/19: £9,250. 2019/20: £9,250.

Home/EU - part time fee: 2018/19: £750 per single module. 2019/20: £750 per single module.

Home/EU - sandwich placement fee: 2018/19: £1,380. 2019/20: £1,380.

International - full time: 2018/19: £13,360 2019/20: £13,630

International - sandwich placement fee: 2018/19: £3,920 2019/20: £4,000

*Please note tuition fees for Home/EU students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning home and EU students at the maximum permitted level.

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed in the 'This course in detail' window above.

Questions about fees?
Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088
finance-fees@brookes.ac.uk

Funding and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see:

Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 112

A-level: BBC
 
International Baccalaureate: 30 points
 
BTEC: DMM
 

AS-levels will be recognised in place of a maximum of 1 A-level (may include 12-unit vocational A-level). Key skills are not required but would be a positive feature of an application, as would free-standing AS-levels such as Critical Thinking. 

Specific entry requirements

GCSE: Mathematics (grade C or above) and English (grade C or above)

The programme welcomes for consideration applications from applicants with non-standard qualifications.

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements

English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

How to apply

Full-time students should apply for this course through UCAS.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Oxford Brookes operates the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Why Oxford is a great place to study this course

As one of the most famous cities in the world, Oxford is a great place to be a student. One in five people in the city is a student, so places, events, amenities and facilities are geared towards university life. Find out all about being a student in Oxford on our Student Life pages.

Oxford has a growing hi-tech community with many businesses located in the city and surrounding area. It is just over an hour from the hub of business life in London, The City, with easy access to international airports. Oxford truly is a student city - almost a quarter of the adult population are students.

 

Vibrant, cosmopolitan and surrounded by fantastic countryside, it attracts students and staff from an exceptionally wide range of social and cultural backgrounds - so you'll be learning in a diverse national and international community.

 

The beautiful countryside around Oxford offers plenty of local field-trip opportunities and the cosmopolitan and vibrant city centre boasts internationally renowned museums.

 

Oxford is recognised internationally as an educational, scientific and technological centre of excellence. The city has one of the highest concentrations of non-governmental organisations outside London, including People and Planet, Oxfam, and Platform 51 (formerly YWCA). Moreover, there are more science parks in Oxfordshire than any other county in the UK.

Support for students studying Business Management and Geography

From academic advisers and support co-ordinators to specialist subject librarians and other learning support staff, we want to ensure that you get the best out of your studies.

You will have access to a range of written, audio and visual materials to enrich your learning. Students needing advice on sourcing information for a particular assignment have the support of dedicated subject librarians. These librarians offer in-depth knowledge of the wide range of electronic and paper resources available to geographers and are able to give subject-focused help, offer searching tips and will help you learn how to use the information effectively.

In addition, the departments operate a system of ‘office hours’, which are drop-in sessions open to all students.

 

Specialist facilities

At Headington we have developed outstanding facilities. Our John Henry Brookes Building is the most significant project in the history of Oxford Brookes University. Set at the heart of our Headington campus, it has been designed for the future of higher education and has transformed the experiences of our students and the entire University community. Find out more about the John Henry Brookes Building.

The Clerici Building has undergone a huge redevelopment creating a new home for the Business School, including a lecture theatre, teaching rooms, social learning spaces and a café. It also provides a new Main Hall and a vibrant gateway into the Headington Campus. With these innovative spaces, students and staff can interact and collaborate in first-class facilities.

Specialist geography facilities

The geography laboratory has the facilities to enable you to perform a number of scientific tests ranging from detailed soil analysis of core samples gathered on field trips, to experimental modelling and rainfall simulation. Work in the lab is supported by a dedicated technician.

There is a dedicated Resources Room which provides an informal and helpful environment for study. Geographers embarking on field trips can also take advantage of our lending service, offering both essential and specialist pieces of equipment from compasses to soil testing kits.

 

General support services

Supporting your learning

From academic advisers and support co-ordinators to specialist subject librarians and other learning support staff, we want to ensure that you get the best out of your studies.

Personal support services

We want your time at Brookes to be as enjoyable and successful as possible. That's why we provide all the facilities you need to be relaxed, happy and healthy throughout your studies.

Career prospects

A degree in Business Management and Geography from Oxford Brookes will equip you with a very wide range of skills with which to enter further study or future employment.

This course will enable you to pursue a career in environmental management, conservation, leisure and tourism, consultancy, geography teaching, or secure a position in a range of settings, such as a multinational business, a major charity, education, health care or government, nationally or internationally. Many of our students go on to graduate training schemes in international companies such as Aldi, AC Nielsen, IBM, Virgin Mobile, Intel, Yell Ltd, O2 and Dell. In addition, many of our graduates find that their broad skills base makes them attractive candidates for posts in various professions such as advertising, banking, the Civil Service, the arts and media, and services management. Our Careers Centre will support you in finding the right job for you.

 

Further study

Many students continue on to postgraduate study at Oxford Brookes or other universities in the UK or overseas, on courses ranging from Archaeology, Environmental Hazard Management, and River and Coastal Engineering, to International Management, Brand Communications, and International Finance.

Our geography academics support a small group of research students studying for master's and doctoral qualifications, and encourage new applicants. Recently two graduates have gone on to do Masters in International Disaster Management and Climate Change.

 

Course downloads

  • Undergraduate Business Degrees brochure
  • Geography brochure
  • Business Management and Geography: Module Diagram
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