Business (Joint Honours)
This programme allows Joint Honours students to develop an understanding of business issues. It covers a range of areas such as marketing, human resources and finance and offers students the opportunity to develop entrepreneurial and employability skills. This is a practical subject that will complement many others in the Joint Honours programme.
Modes of study
Three years full-time. It is also possible to undertake a placement year in year three, making the course four years long.
Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer would be around 260-300 UCAS tariff points.
Joint honours subject combinations are listed on our joint honours table.
The subject is designed principally for students seeking a business career. It is also of relevance to many others, since an increasingly wide range of organisations (in fields as diverse as health, leisure and education) are now demanding higher levels of business-related skills. It combines well with a wide range of subjects in the Joint Honours programme.
The course introduces all areas of business and allows students some degree of specialist interest.
The two main areas of focus are the impact of changes in management principles and practices on business and the ways in which entrepreneurial opportunities can be identified and developed. There is also an opportunity to study introductory modules in marketing or finance.
The second stage places particular emphasis to introducing the two contrasting topic areas of strategic analysis and operations management. A range of other modules may be studied as options, including more advanced work in marketing or accounting/finance and/or introductory modules in managing human resources or information systems.
All students will explore issues in strategic management and undertake a module which focuses on developing skills relating to careers, job-search and professional development. The cornerstone of study in the final stage is the dissertation. An extensive range of option modules enables students to tailor studies around their individual interests.
Special course features
- Offers all students the opportunity to develop an understanding of many general business issues including strategy, operations management and a variety of functional areas with an international perspective
- Offers Joint Honours major students the opportunity to develop vocational skills and knowledge in areas such as marketing, finance or human resource management
- Offers students the opportunity to develop entrepreneurial and employability skills
In the Joint Honours programme students select two subjects as joint for year one. Students may continue with equal emphasis on two subjects as a joint degree in years two and three, or switch to a major/minor split. The degree title is derived from the two subjects.
Click here for a detailed list of modules.
Typical modules include:
- Strategic Business Analysis
- Operations Management
- Enterprise and Opportunity
- Human Resource Management
- Information Systems
- Cross Cultural Management
- Social Responsibility of Business
The subject uses a number of assessment methods designed to develop and test students' knowledge and skills in a variety of settings including essays, presentations, project work and formal examinations.
Methods of study
The approach to the subject is designed to enable students to become independent learners: capable of reading around subjects, solving problems, researching topics, engaging in integrative projects, looking for relationships between the different concepts studied and developing a critical approach to their readings, lectures and seminar activities. It is expected that students will develop - and be required to demonstrate - greater autonomy in their learning styles as they progress through their degree. All modules are supported by a range of electronically accessible learning materials.
Graduates may apply for general graduate trainee posts or for more specific careers depending upon their Joint Honours combination or the specific options studied.
Work placement opportunities
All students are encouraged to take advantage of the year-long optional placement possibilities after the second stage of study.
Joint Honours combination details are available in our Joint Honours subject combination table.
For undergraduate application information please see our how to apply page.
Fees quoted are for home and EU students commencing their course in the academic year 2013/14. Tuition fees are payable for each year of the course. The fees are subject to annual increases in subsequent academic years.
Full time fees
Scholarships and bursaries
Full time students taking this course may be eligible for the University of Northampton Bursary 2013/14.
The following scholarships may be applicable:
This course is available to international students.
Full-time international tuition fees
For information on our international tuition fees, please see our Tuition fees for international students page.
How to apply as an international student
For information on how to apply to study with us, please see our How to apply page.
Scholarships available to international students
For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.
For further help for international students please see our international students pages.