What business course should I study?
Business is our biggest subject, with over 800 current business students from 95 different countries, and eighteen different courses to choose from. Undergraduate, postgraduate, short course, marketing, management, finance, HR, project management, MBA… the options are endless!
But with so many choices to pick from, how do you know which of our many different courses you should be studying? Today we’re cutting away the confusion and making sure you get enrolled on a course that is right for you.
Postgraduate vs Undergraduate
We’ve recently covered the difference between our Bachelors and Masters degrees in another blog post – and it’s not that you need to already have an undergraduate degree to do a postgraduate course!
It’s true that if you already have an undergraduate degree, a postgraduate course is likely to be more suitable for you, but it also has a lot to do with your experience level. If you’ve been working in a managerial role for several years, you may have enough experience to start a postgraduate degree, even if you have no prior university education.
For our undergraduate degrees, you might think that you need A-levels, but that isn’t the case if you have at least 3 years’ experience in a relevant role, plus GCSE Maths and English (grade A-C). And if you don’t have these, you can still start our CertCE Business Studies, which has no entry requirements other than English language requirements.
The options for courses at the postgraduate level are much wider, and the courses themselves are more specialised. So if you are experienced in your field and wish to gain deeper knowledge about a particular aspect of business, it’s likely a postgraduate degree will be more suited to you. If you are early in your career and looking for a way to get a leg up, take a look at our undergraduate courses.
What about short courses?
If you’re not sure about entering the field, a short course in Business Studies can give you a respected qualification in just 8 months. Our CertCE is also ideal if you don’t meet the entry requirements for our Bachelors degrees, as we offer an Open Entry Route onto this course.
We also offer short courses at the postgraduate level, which are ideal if you’re not sure how much time you want to spend studying. You can begin on a PG Cert Business and Management, or a PG Diploma in any of our four postgraduate pathways. These are standalone qualifications that will surely help you improve your career, but if you want to continue to the full Masters degree, you can!
Undergraduate business pathways
If you feel that you are suited to a Bachelors degree, the decisions don’t stop there! We have two different undergraduate business degrees – BA (Hons) Business and Management or BA (Hons) Business and Marketing.
Both courses cover some of the same topics, including project management, business strategy and human resources management. They also contain specialist modules, such as Consumer Behaviour (marketing) and Financial Decision Making (management).
If you’re unsure which course is right for you, take a look at this blog post that focuses on the differences between the two modules.
Postgraduate business options
At postgraduate level, it’s a little more complicated. As well as four different Masters degrees in business, we offer a specialist degree in Project Management and the prestigious MBA qualification.
The easiest way to choose between these options is to look at your career goals. If you know you want a career in a specific field, we have a lot of specialist degrees: management, marketing, finance, human resources and project management. While MSc Project Management is a standalone course, the other subjects are part of our “MSc Business with” pathways, and you can even study a PG Cert Business and Management before choosing which area to specialise in. If you’re still struggling to choose between them, take a look at this blog post.
Or perhaps you’re wondering about the difference between an MBA and an MSc Business? We could write a whole blog post on the topic… and in fact we have! You can check it out here.
Making a decision
Luckily, you don’t need to work it all out on your own. Our friendly and knowledgeable Admissions Team would be happy to talk you through your options. Just drop us a line or download a prospectus, and someone will be in touch.