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Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Business Studies (Top up)

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Business Studies will help you to fulfil the needs of practitioners and employers in a fast-changing business environment. The programme dates back approximately 30 years. As with all the University’s programmes it is subject to period review and the current version of the degree programme.

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  • The University of Greenwich has been ranked Top 8 Globally by ‘Centre for World University Rankings'**
  • Degrees in this subject are ranked Top 10 for student satisfaction in London (Complete University Guide 2018)***




Programme Aims

The aims of the Business Studies degree are:

  • Providing work related learning and teaching.
  • Advance study of organisations, business management and the changing external environment in which organisations operate.
  • Preparing students for careers in business development and management by equipping them with a systematic, broad and integrated understanding of key aspects of business.
  • Development of professional skills and career management.
  • application of knowledge and understanding of business and management with an emphasis on solving complex issues, both systematically and creatively, to improve business and management practice
  • Enhancement of lifelong learning skills and personal development.

Summary of Skills Development for Students within the Programme

The graduates should:

  • Be business minded, i.e. have strong commercial awareness, and the ability to consistently apply their knowledge and subject-specific and wider intellectual skills in a multi-tasking, fast paced environment.
  • Be numerate, i.e. possess the numerical and analytical skills to setup benchmark processes and measure business performances.
  • Be creative, i.e. be able to approach tasks from an analytical viewpoint and be able to interpret complex data sets, and therefore develop innovative business plans using creative thinking and judgment.
  • Be people oriented, i.e. have strong interpersonal and organizational skills, and therefore be able to liaise with different types of people both within and external to organization.
  • Be able to engage with all types of audiences and build relations with customers.
  • Be able work either individually or in a team and be able to inspire and influence others.
  • Be technologically capable; i.e. be able to apply information technology to work, enhancing efficiency, effectiveness and accuracy.
  • Have effective oral and written communication skills, and the confidence and ability to present complex ideas and argument.
Learning Outcomes

The programme provides opportunities for students to achieve the following learning outcomes:

Knowledge and understanding

A graduate of the programme will be able to:

  • have a strong commercial awareness, a systematic and integrated understanding of the functions and processes of business, and practices for effective management of business
  • understand the global environment in which business operate and its effects upon business management, include the political, economic, technological, social, ethical and environmental factors.
  • identify, interpret and utilise complex data to analyse business performance and make plans to improve it.
  • demonstrate strategic awareness and evaluate options available to organisations with an insight that ensures future business strategy is geared to improve efficiency and overall profit maximisation.
  • make business decisions that consider international complexity, cultural differences, ethical issues and social responsibilities.

The programme provides opportunities for students to develop the following skills:

Intellectual skills

A graduate of the programme will be able to:

  • assess the implications for management of emerging influences and challenges inside and outside the organization
  • deconstruct arguments by looking at assumptions and implicit values and to evaluate them in terms of evidence
  • synthesise information from several sources in order to gain a coherent understanding of multifaceted business problems
  • solve problems and make decisions with IDEAL (Identify the problem, Define the problem, examine alternatives, Act on a plan, Look at the consequences) model
  • have effective intellectual autonomy, initiative and self-competence in learning situations
  • think independently and creatively, and work collaboratively with innovative ideas
  • effective in self-management in terms of time, planning and behaviour, motivation, self-starting, individual initiative and enterprise
  • have self-awareness, openness and sensitivity to diversity in terms of people, cultures, business and management issues
  • lead a team under various circumstances, liaise with different types of people within organisation and external to organization
  • have the ability to engage all types of audiences including senior level audience and are able to influence and inspire others.

Subject practical skills

A graduate of the programme will be able to:

  • be effective at managing and utilising quantifiable information
  • take logical steps to understand, analyse and solve a problem or issue by utilising scientific tools and processes
  • apply qualitative and quantitative business tools to analyse, evaluate, and make decisions for a wide range of international scenarios and problems
  • apply advanced information communication technologies, and project management skills to manage organisations and improve business performances.
  • work collaboratively in multicultural and diverse teams, appreciating cultural differences and demonstrating personal initiative
  • have the comprehension of the strategic dimension essential in undertaking a management role in any organization.

Transferable/key skills

A graduate of the programme will be able to:

  • analyse business problems using a range of criteria and techniques, leading to recommendations on options, implementation and choice of actions
  • create, evaluate and assess a range of options together with the capacity to apply ideas and knowledge to a range of situations
  • gain relevant personal transferable skills e.g. oral, written, analytical, problem-solving, teamwork skills, and time management skills applicable to a range of job opportunities including self-employment
  • demonstrate computer literacies appropriate to the business profession and can adopt the information technologies effectively
  • have enhanced interpersonal skills e.g. building relationships, maximising individual strengths, negotiating individual contributions or organisational benefits.

Graduate Attributes

“The University of Greenwich has always aimed to provide an environment that allows students to maximise their potential. In meeting the challenges of today’s tough and changing world our consultation with staff and students resulted in defining distinctive characteristics for the Greenwich Graduate. These explicit behaviours, values, skills and dispositions that we expect our students to develop will best prepare them for their future careers and help us to reshape student learning and assessment activities.”

Scholarship and Autonomy: Achieved through the adoption of the Greenwich Graduate attributes, which have been incorporated into the Programme and Course Benchmark statements.

Creativity and Enterprise: Achieved through the delivery of PPD courses, development of PDPs, work related learning and teaching, and the integration of innovative information technologies to all courses. The introduction of Work-Related Learning module specifically focuses upon enhancing employability. The Level 6 course Consultancy Project enables students to obtain an insight into the live environment and challenges in real business.

Cross-cultural and International Awareness: Achieved through the mix of diverse cultures and origins of both students and teaching team and the international nature of the subject material. The appreciation of sustainability is achieved by introducing the new Level 6 course Sustainable Business.

Teaching and learning methods

The University of Greenwich has always aimed to provide innovative teaching and learning approaches:

  • Interactive lectures, face-to-face and web supported seminars, guest speakers
  • Directed and independent self-study, group or web-based discussions,
  • Supervised laboratories, Excel demonstration
  • Case studies, problem solving activities, research activities, company visits, guest speakers, consultancy projects, business simulations, and group based research and presentations
Entry Requirement

a. Minimum Academic Entry Requirement:

Students who have successfully completed either of the following

  • LSBF Advanced Diploma in Business Studies
  • LSBF Higher Diploma in Business Studies
  • Polytechnic or other PEIs Diploma in a relevant field
  • Students, who have obtained equivalent qualifications in relevant fields, will be assessed case-by-case and subjected to university approval.

b. Minimum English Language Entry Requirement:

  • Applicants who have not studied prior qualifications in English require IELTS 6.0 or equivalent in an accepted English language test.

c. Minimum Age:

  • 18 years or above

If you don't meet the entry requirements, please refer to the below pathway section and find out how to progress towards the BA (Hons) Business Studies degree.

Course Duration

Course duration:

  • Full Time: 8 months
  • Part Time: 12 months

Contact Hours (Full Time & Part Time):

Modules Credits Hours Lessons Face to Face Teaching
Contact Hours
Compulsory Modules        
Small Business Development 30 3 16 48
Thematic Independent Study 15 3 8 24
Managing Strategy 30 3 16 48
Mandatory Modules (select one)        
International Management and Organisational Functions 30 3 16 48
Contemporary Issues in Marketing 30 3 16 48
Contemporary Issues in Marketing 30 3 16 48
Corporate Financial Management 30 3 16 48
E-Business 30 3 16 48
Total Contact hours Full (Time & Part Time) 192

Student – Teacher Ratio: 1:25

Course Intakes

February 2020, May 2020, September 2020


Small Business Development

The course is designed to give students an understanding of current practical and academic and approaches to small business, enterprise and entrepreneurship. Students will be able to use and apply this knowledge through the development and presentation of a business idea and through the completion of a written business plan.

Thematic Independent Studies

The Module provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to cap off their degrees with a major project of self-directed study through investigation and critical evaluation of combining (1) academic knowledge gained from their degree studies and (2) a link to their future employability. Under the guidance of their personal tutor, students will design and develop two extended essays on the same or related topics, which draw on relevant literature and secondary data but will not involve primary research. Students will also defend one of their essays through a viva voce examination and submit a reflective commentary.

Managing Strategy

The course will develop critical analytical skills relevant to strategic management and will reflect the plurality of perspectives and approaches to strategic management wherever it is possible and appropriate. Also, the course will introduce students to the cognitive processes and core analytical tools which underpin the management of strategy in organisations. The cognitive element is complemented by a business reality component in the form of a game simulation exercise. Alongside the teaching of tools and skills, students will be encouraged to develop a critical appreciation of the nature and limits of business strategy and an understanding of the organisational dynamics involved in strategy development.

International Management and Organisational Functions

To give students a clear insight into the major external environmental factors governing international business management. To provide an understanding of various management functions in an international context at both a conceptual and a practical level.

Contemporary Issues in Marketing

The purpose of this course is: To support the development of marketing students into autonomous learners and independent thinkers. To enable future managers to engage with leading-edge theory in a positive and open-minded way. To enable them to envisage the impact of current and future trends on the role and implementation of Marketing. To encourage further research and enquiry into the 'edges' of discipline.

Corporate Financial Management

This course is intended for students who require an intermediate knowledge of the financial aspects of business management. Students will apply financial concepts and theories to finance-related issues encountered by firms, focusing upon the role of the Financial Manager and the theory and skills required to make sound investment and financing decisions. The key topics to be delivered include the tenets of Modern Portfolio Theory, developing from the concept of efficient markets through to the ability to identify and calculate bespoke risk adjusted weighted average cost of capital. Students will grasp the financial relevance of cost of capital within the context of business project evaluation. The course deals with the theory and techniques of financial decision-making in a corporate context. Students will gain an understanding of why maximising shareholders wealth is regarded as a primary financial objective of a firm. In addition, students will develop their comprehension of the following key financial decisions - investment, financing, dividends and risk management - as paramount to creating wealth. The course will, additionally, focus upon a specific topical financial issue, for example, a recent liquidation or a macroeconomic event which has impacted upon business finance; students will be expected to study this topic in depth and deliver an extended essay, to include, for example, evidence of forecasting or scenario analysis ability.


Organisations are increasingly harnessing the use of digital power to competitively increase their market share in the business environment. The progressive changes in this aspect of the business environment have been very fast paced. This course empowers future business managers with the relevant skills required to be competitive. E-Business broadly covers the background of Digital Systems in organisations and operational aspects of Digital Management. Besides briefly introducing the historical aspects, the knowhow of the digital set ups and peripheral legal, social and ethical facets, this course prepares students to critically assess the impact and effective use of digital capabilities in organisations for competitive advantage. It also introduces those skills required in order to manage online environments and projects.

Progression Path with LSBF Singapore


Foundation diploma in Business Studies*


Higher Diploma in Business Studies*


Diploma in Business Studies*


Advanced Diploma in Business Studies*



Higher Diploma in Business Studies*


Diploma in Business Studies*


Advanced Diploma in Business Studies*


Other Qualifications

Polytechnics diploma and other PEIs*


Ba (Hons) Business Studies (top-up)*

*Please note: All pathways for Business Studies will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis subject to university approval.
Course Fee

Local Students:

Part-Time: SGD $13,000

Full-Time: SGD $13,000

International Students:

Full-Time: SGD $15,000

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