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Business and Management

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Key information

Postgraduate course

Duration

  • Full Time (15-19 months)

Intakes

  • January
  • May
  • September

Location

  • Cambridge
    Chelmsford

Business and finance overview

ARU’s Business School stands out because the courses focus on the real world of business. Many of the courses combine sound academic theory with solid management practice.

At ARU College, develop industry-level skills needed to thrive in our modern global environment. Learn to be adaptable and agile across all areas of business management and economic sectors. Get involved with our wide range of student initiatives like ARU’s Big Pitch entrepreneurship competition to inspire your ideas and support you towards making your mark.

ARU College’s Pre-Masters pathway (Cambridge) leads onto a number of business and finance Masters courses at ARU, which are taught at either our Cambridge or Chelmsford campus.

Pathway progression

Successful completion of this pathway will lead to the award of the following from ARU:

Please see our International and UK Course Matrix for intake information.

Stage 1: Pre-Masters in Business and Finance

To meet the requirements for studying the Masters pathways included in this Programme Specification, students study four core Modules (exceptions are listed below):

Modules

Interactive Learning Skills and Communication

This module aims to help students develop a range of academic and communicative skills necessary for successful study at postgraduate level.

Students will be taught and will practice a range of transferable communicative skills (written and oral) to prepare students for professional life. Students will be encouraged to find useful ways to develop independent learning and encourage students to take responsibility for their personal, academic and professional development.

Law and Governance

This module has been designed to present some of the fundamental aspects of Law and Governance to students seeking to progress to one of the prescribed postgraduate degree pathways at Anglia Ruskin University.

The key features of the English legal system will be examined, including the creation and development of the law, as well as issues of judicial interpretation and parliamentary sovereignty. The impact of Human Rights legislation on all aspects of English law will also be discussed.

The syllabus will then focus directly on company law, in particular, reference to the various types of business entity and associated advantages and disadvantages, including: limited liability and unlimited liability organisations, lifting the veil of incorporation, duties of various bodies and posts within a company, liquidation, ethics and corporate governance. Employment law will be discussed with specific reference to identifying an employee, obligations of employer and employee, various types of dismissal and associated remedies and reparation. Issues of discrimination in the workplace will form the underlying basis for discussion.

Principles of ICT

Students will be introduced to fundamental ICT skills that will be necessary to utilise throughout University level studies. This course will address ICT software and topics as they currently exist, bridging the knowledge gap between various versions of software. Students will use common productivity software as well as internet-based applications.

This module introduces students to the interesting challenges that ICT presents today and covers many anchor points that may serve as a bridge to their interests and lifestyles. These bridges include the technology in their mobile telephones, computing equipment, and entertainment software.

This module takes into account that we will be dealing with students from a wide range of cultures and experience with computers, and successful completion indicates that students have obtained a good understanding of and ability to apply common applications (Ms Word, Excel and Power Point) to document creation, data collation and presentation whilst students will also be made aware of the benefits of using web based applications for information presentation and will be expected to use IT to communicate information effectively in a variety of forms.

Business Management

This module aims to present some of the fundamental aspects of management.

Students will be taught the basic elements of business strategy and management to explore its uses in real-world contexts. This course will focus on the UK economic system and its place within broader context. Students will be taught how UK economy interacts with international trade to function in our global environment. Students will learn about economics and basics of marketing and financial accounting including its application and interpretation. This course will overview economic policy and its influence on modern economies.

Research Methods

This module aims to provide you with a good understanding of research theory and practice, enabling you to understand different qualitative and quantitative research methods.

The development, nature, scope and organisation of research is discussed in the module. You will be taught to define research questions, formulate objectives (organise hypothesis testing where relevant), and set decision criteria. The requirement for underpinning research with theory, using tertiary sources in conducting literature research is discussed. The methods and sources of primary and secondary data are introduced including: survey techniques, assessing data quality, and methods of analysis.

The basic principles and practices of qualitative and quantitative research are analysed. Students will be introduced to a range of scientific and social sciences research methods and be taught to identify which methods are most relevant to meet research objectives.

To complete the postgraduate courses listed below at ARU, you will do the following modules during your pre-masters at ARU College:

Modules

Interactive Learning Skills and Communication

This module aims to help students develop a range of academic and communicative skills necessary for successful study at postgraduate level.

Students will be taught and will practice a range of transferable communicative skills (written and oral) to prepare students for professional life. Students will be encouraged to find useful ways to develop independent learning and encourage students to take responsibility for their personal, academic and professional development.

Research Methods

This module aims to provide you with a good understanding of research theory and practice, enabling you to understand different qualitative and quantitative research methods.

The development, nature, scope and organisation of research is discussed in the module. You will be taught to define research questions, formulate objectives (organise hypothesis testing where relevant), and set decision criteria. The requirement for underpinning research with theory, using tertiary sources in conducting literature research is discussed. The methods and sources of primary and secondary data are introduced including: survey techniques, assessing data quality, and methods of analysis.

The basic principles and practices of qualitative and quantitative research are analysed. Students will be introduced to a range of scientific and social sciences research methods and be taught to identify which methods are most relevant to meet research objectives.

Law and Governance

This module has been designed to present some of the fundamental aspects of Law and Governance to students seeking to progress to one of the prescribed postgraduate degree pathways at Anglia Ruskin University.

The key features of the English legal system will be examined, including the creation and development of the law, as well as issues of judicial interpretation and parliamentary sovereignty. The impact of Human Rights legislation on all aspects of English law will also be discussed.

The syllabus will then focus directly on company law, in particular, reference to the various types of business entity and associated advantages and disadvantages, including: limited liability and unlimited liability organisations, lifting the veil of incorporation, duties of various bodies and posts within a company, liquidation, ethics and corporate governance. Employment law will be discussed with specific reference to identifying an employee, obligations of employer and employee, various types of dismissal and associated remedies and reparation. Issues of discrimination in the workplace will form the underlying basis for discussion.

Business Management

This module aims to present some of the fundamental aspects of management.

Students will be taught the basic elements of business strategy and management to explore its uses in real-world contexts. This course will focus on the UK economic system and its place within broader context. Students will be taught how UK economy interacts with international trade to function in our global environment. Students will learn about economics and basics of marketing and financial accounting including its application and interpretation. This course will overview economic policy and its influence on modern economies.

Analytical Techniques

This module has been designed to present some of the fundamental aspects of Analytical Techniques to students.

This course will explain the fundamental aspects of numerical processes and help students develop the knowledge and skills to apply analytical techniques through practice.

Students will learn how to use basic analytical processes to answer mathematical and statistical problems. Students will also learn real-world scenarios where equations and analysis can apply.

Students will learn differentiation/integration and the concepts of discrete mathematics.

You will be required to pass all modules (75 credits) in order to successfully complete the pre-masters course.

Stage 2: Masters Degree

Location

Cambridge/Chelmsford Lord Ashcroft International Business School at ARU


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For more information about intake semesters and campus location please see our course matrices.

Find out the academic entry requirements for our courses listed by country. Unless stated, requirements are standard across all courses.

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