This Business Management and Finance degree gives you the skills needed to manage and understand the role of finance in private, public and charitable sectors around the globe.
- Professional accreditations and certificate exemptions (CMI, CIMA and CIPFA)
- The programme combines coverage of the key business areas from finance and marketing, through to strategy and human resources.
- Work placement opportunities integrated into the second and third year of the programme.
Why study Business Management and Finance?
Businesses – indeed most organisations – succeed because they get the balance right between the financial and material resources, trained staff and the production output. Successful organisations use resources as inputs into their manufacturing/service operations or as assets in which they invest to get a profitable return. It’s the job of finance personnel to help manage the efficient, effective and ethical transformation of assets into outputs that customers need.
Without financial expertise, even the best businesses will experience severe operational problems, but when the finances of a business are well managed and aligned with other business functions (such as marketing, human resources and technology) the results can be excellent. Successful graduates of this Business Management and Finance course will be able to apply skills, concepts and knowledge gained to manage a prosperous business.
This degree builds on contemporary financial management skills and approaches to give you everything you need to secure and succeed in a finance-based management career. We aim to give you practical experience through our extensive placement and mentoring programmes, which will equip you with hands-on skills and guidance from industry professionals.
Why St Mary's?
Our beautiful London campus has a friendly and professional atmosphere. It’s located near several large and surrounded by successful small businesses who need financial expertise and welcome student placements.
This degree course has been designed by an experienced team of academics, many of whom have experience working with financial accountants and directors in a range of industries. The degree takes into account what employers and industry experts expect from new management graduates.
Our Business Management and Finance programme combines coverage of the key business areas from finance and marketing, through to strategy and human resources, with the opportunity to study specialist subjects, including business law, management consultancy and digital business.
There are numerous opportunities to undertake a work placement as part of your degree, allowing you to combine academic theory with practical work experience. You will organise your placement with the help of the Workplace Learning Team and can choose to do it in a location that suits you.
Completion of the degree leads to dual accreditation: Bachelor's Honours degree and Level 5 Certificate in Management and Leadership, awarded by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).
About the Placement Year
A placement year enables students to undertake a year of experience in an organisation between their second and final year. It is a substantial piece of paid experience where you can make a real contribution to your employer and it can really make you stand out from the crowd!
It will also enable you to:
- Apply the knowledge and skills you gain from your course in a work setting
- Build your commercial awareness and insights into organisations and industries you might want to work in.
- Develop your professional skills through company training, networking skills and confidence in the workplace
- Get some great experience for future job applications or even land a graduate job!
Support from St Mary’s every step of the way.
Securing a placement can really help you develop your job search skills and the Employability Service placement and careers teams can support you to find and apply for available opportunities. You will need to attend some preparatory workshops which will explain all aspects of the placement year and give you the skills to find the placement of your choice. With access to our jobs board, careers events and employer contacts you will be able to approach companies confidently and find the right opportunity for you.
Please note: in the event that you cannot secure a placement you will be able to transfer onto the 3 year version of your degree programme.
Business Management and Finance (with a Placement Year) is also available as an undergraduate degree with a foundation year.
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