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Liberal Studies (Business & Management)

BA (Hons) with Integrated Foundation

Programme details

  • Next start date: Sep 2020
  • Future start date: Jan 2021
  • Study: Full-time
  • Duration: 3.5/4 years
  • Fee: September 2020: £18,000
  • UCAS code: LS02
  • Study abroad: Optional

Overview

Study a degree that’s tailor-made for you.  

A liberal arts degree gives you the freedom to focus on the subjects that most interest you. You’ll concentrate on a major area of study while maintaining a breadth of learning spanning the arts, humanities and social sciences.  

Liberal Studies with Integrated Foundation incorporates an extra year of study to prepare you for your undergraduate degree. Once you have completed the foundation year, you will progress directly on to the three-year BA (Hons) Liberal Studies (Business & Management) degree.  

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The Business & Management Major

The Business & Management Major provides a broad-based framework to prepare you for a career in the global business arena. 

You’ll study core business functions together with leadership and management skills. This combination will help you understand the complexities of business and people management processes.  

Practical projects will train you to use creative management strategies to overcome unique business challenges. For example, you could be tasked to construct a new organisational design, taking into consideration the implications of the change management process.  

Elective modules will help you understand the breadth of this discipline and also give you a broad skillset useful to many industries.   

Options to learn a language and study abroad at one of our international partners will help expand your learning and global outlook.   

This interdisciplinary degree will train you to become a creative manager who is able to successfully manage teams and major projects across the globe. 

Structure

If you begin your studies in September, you will undertake a four-year, full-time programme, in which you will combine your Business & Management Major with a selection of subjects that reflect your interests.

If you join us in January, you can opt to undertake a four-year course or an accelerated three-and-a-half-year version of the course. Through the accelerated option, you would complete a spring and summer term in your foundation year, and join the September cohort for the beginning of your first year of degree-level study in the autumn term.

You will be required to combine your specialist modules with five elective modules in other subjects in Years 1 and 2, and three in Year 3.

You can see the full list of elective modules here.

The modules listed below are revalidated each year and are liable to change. You may take different modules to those displayed.

Study abroad

In addition to studying in London, you will have the opportunity to participate in a term spent studying abroad. This provides you with a unique opportunity to explore a diverse range of topics offered by other institutions and gain international experience. This term takes place in Year 2 and replaces the second term of your Regent's degree. For more information see the study abroad page.

Please note that an optional study period abroad always take place during degree level studies and is not included in your foundation year.

Foundation Year

Module Title Overview
Business and Management This module introduces you to the study of business. You will examine both its structure and functions in a global environment, giving you a better understanding of different business structures and ownership, key concepts, economic principles and major business functions such as management, marketing, human resources, accounting and finance. You will also review the role of commercial organisations in society and the ethical dilemmas in business.
Humanities This module will introduce you to the different academic disciplines across the humanities. Focusing on a specific subject or theme, you will examine the distinct approaches of each discipline. This may include art history, music, philosophy, history, film studies, religious studies and English literature. This process will help you understand how these disciplines relate and contribute to your overall academic knowledge.
International Relations This module examines how state and non-state actors confront contemporary global issues. It also introduces you to the subfields of international relations: international security, international political economy, foreign policy, international relations theory, international organisations and international law.
Media Studies In today’s media-saturated environment, it can be challenging to understand how media and communications shape societies and our everyday lives. This module will give you a better understanding of the relationship between media, society and culture. You will map the history of media, beginning with the printing press and early electronic media to social and mobile media. You will also gain an overview of influential thinkers in media and communications, examining theories such as mass communications and convergence culture. This foundation will enable you to approach critical questions about future directions in media and communications.
Political Science This module focuses on core concepts of political science such as state, nation, parties, elections, sovereignty, leaderships, power, parliaments, and the government. You will be introduced to methods of inquiry and, using key theoretical frameworks, critically analyse a wide range of political phenomena domestically and internationally. This module aims to develop your research skills in order to build strong arguments which are backed up by a wide range of diverse and reliable sources. This will enhance your understanding of the complexities of political phenomena.
Psychology This module will give you a core understanding of the major branches of modern psychology and its applications. You will establish basic skills in research and writing and learn how they are applied in psychology. This will help you understand the breadth of this discipline and how it relates to other subjects both at a theoretical and applied level. To contextualise your studies, you’ll be encouraged to attend talks hosted by guest speakers, specialists and practitioners as part of the University’s ‘Careers in Psychology’ talk series.
Quantitative Literacy This module will train you in the basic concepts of data analysis. You will cover probability as well as descriptive and inferential statistics. The emphasis throughout is on ‘real world’ application and the mathematical tools available to develop analytical as well as empirical thinking skills.
Scientific Understanding The module will introduce you to the core principles of science. You will explore the structure and functioning of our surroundings and of our own being, both at the macro and microscale. This will give you an overview of some of the most recent discoveries in the fields of genetics, gene expression and evolution. You will also examine the application of current developments in nanotechnology and in biotechnology in communication and information technological breakthroughs, agriculture, medicine and the environment.
Foundation Seminars 1 and 2 These two modules will introduce you to major ideas within the Western tradition. You will examine some of the greatest works in literature, philosophy, religion, art and science, from the ancient world to the Enlightenment, the French Revolution to contemporary society. Partaking in lively debates and discussions will enable you to gain a better understanding of how these major ideas relate to each other and to the world around us.

Year 1 (Core Modules)

Module Title Overview
Financial Accounting Accounting is referred to as the language of business. This module aims at introducing student learners to the accounting process and the uses of financial accounting information in the business context. It places an emphasis on the preparation of the financial statements and their analysis The module also introduces students to financial management and in order to enable them to assess the feasibility of investment opportunities. Core module for Business & Management majors.
Introduction to Macroeconomics This module is an introduction to macroeconomics. The aim of this module is to provide students with more detailed knowledge of the core theories of macroeconomics, for both closed and open economies. The module intends to develop an understanding of macroeconomic theories and relevant policy implications driven from those theories. In addition, this module aims to highlight how theories and policies have evolved throughout the history of global economy and how the world events have contributed in their development. The module will aim to enhance understanding of real-world macroeconomic experiences, especially involving macroeconomic challenges as well as, successful macroeconomic cases. It will demonstrate how macroeconomic modelling driven from simple equations is used in practice. Core module for Business & Management majors.
Introduction to Microeconomics This module is aiming to give a basic overview of microeconomics. The module provides a solid grounding in theories of microeconomics. By reviewing various case studies of real experiences from different regions/sectors, also, the module seeks to advance the students’ understanding of basic principles of microeconomics. The module aims also to familiarise the students with microeconomics analytical tools which assists them to gain required skills for being able to think like an economist. Core module for Business & Management majors.
Management Accounting The module aims at introducing students to the theory, concepts, principles and practice of management accounting. In particular, it seeks to explain the relevance of accounting in a business context, and lays emphasis on how cost accounting principles and practice are applied to managerial planning, decision-making and control. Core module for Business & Management majors.
Principles of Business Law The module introduces students to the fundamentals of law relating to business and management transactions and the legal implications of conducting different types of business activity. Students will be introduced to the principal concepts which engage in contract, company, tort and employment law. Particular emphasis is given to the legal system in England and Wales, which underpins domestic commercial transactions and also international commercial transactions which accept the jurisdiction of the English courts. Students will additionally be introduced to international law, human rights and the law of the EU. Upon successful completion, students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the legal issues and complexities that exist within a business environment. They will also know how to apply relevant legal principles to facts, to argue both sides of the issue and to reach appropriate conclusions. Core module for Business & Management majors.
Five elective modules You will select a number of elective modules from subjects that fall outside the remit of your major. These include: Art History, English, Film Studies, History, International Relations, Journalism, Media & Communications, Political Science, Psychology and Public Relations.

Year 2 (Core Modules)

Module Title Overview
People, Management and Organisations This module builds on the premise that people are at the very heart of successful organisations. It explores the tripod relationship between people, management practice and organisations by drawing on the fields of Organizational Behavior (OB) and Human Resource Management (HRM). Core module for Business & Management majors.
Business Ethics This module introduces students to fundamental moral questions which are relevant to business – such as, how can we bridge the gap between shareholder and stakeholder interests in business operations and long-term strategy. Students explore the various ethical theory frameworks (e.g. utilitarianism, deontological views, and virtue ethics) and learn how to use them in solving ethical dilemmas that arise in business, such as when managers struggle to maintain their moral integrity while trying to fulfil their duties as agents of an organisation. Students also explore the concept of corporate social responsibility and evaluate different ways in which business can fulfil its role in society. Core module for Business & Management majors.
Principles of Marketing The basic objective of the module is to provide students with a broad introduction to marketing concepts, the role of marketing in an organization, and the various factors that influence marketing decision-making. Core module for Business & Management majors.
Operations and Supply Chain Management Businesses buy and sell. They have inputs and they have outputs. The object of this module is to introduce students to the transformation processes that convert – at a profit – those inputs into outputs. To achieve this goal, the module covers three broad areas. The first is operations management: how to structure and to run the internal workings of an organization, including planning for production and/or service provision. The second area is supply chain management: extending operations management beyond the boundaries of the organization to include suppliers and customers. The third area is project management: dealing with discrete, time-limited projects instead of on-going and repeating activities. This module provides students with concepts, techniques and tools to design, analyze and improve the operational capabilities of an organization. Core module for Business & Management majors.
Business Finance This module integrates accounting concepts with time value of money and risk concepts in the understanding of and application to: security valuation and capital market theory, capital budgeting, short and long-term financing and working capital management. Value maximisation and risk/return trade-offs in financial decision making are employed as integrative concepts throughout the module.Core module for Business & Management majors.
Five elective modules You will select a number of elective modules from subjects that fall outside the remit of your major. These include: Art History, English, Film Studies, History, International Relations, Journalism, Media & Communications, Political Science, Psychology and Public Relations.

Year 3 (Core Modules)

Module Title Overview
International Business and Management This module examines the issues confronting international companies (“business”) and the tools and approaches for dealing with those issues (“management”). It aims to provide students with an understanding of (a) the development and structure of the global political economy within which businesses operate, (b) the issues, problems and complexities confronting businesses and their managers, (c) tools and concepts for approaching those issues, and (d) an appreciation of likely future developments.Core module for Business & Management majors.
Creative Leadership ‘Creative Leadership’ is a an inter-disciplinary, reflective and experiential module designed to inspire learners to explore leadership from a holistic perspective as it recognizes that leaders interact concurrently with a variety of stakeholders in multiple, complex and dynamic settings. Core module for Business & Management majors.
Strategic Management This is an integrative module for the Business and Management major and its aim is to bring all the core disciplines together which, coupled with specific strategic management skills taught in this module, will provide the student with the knowledge and practice to develop a credible strategic plan for a business or company. Core module for Business & Management majors.
Major Capstone (Dissertation) The purpose of this module is to bring together the breadth of a Liberal Arts student’s learning and experience to bear on a major project. Starting from the student’s major area of study the project will reach out to incorporate elements from the totality of learning on the programme and the realisation of the breadth that a Liberal Arts graduate has achieved. The Capstone can take the form of a reflective practice-based project or a traditional written dissertation subject to meeting the word-length equivalencies below. The Capstone will run over two semesters and will be supervised by a minimum of one supervisor although two may be allocated depending on the nature of the work.
Three elective modules You will select a number of elective modules from subjects that fall outside the remit of your major. These include: Art History, English, Film Studies, History, International Relations, Journalism, Media & Communications, Political Science, Psychology and Public Relations.

How to apply

Applying to study at Regent's University London is quick and easy. We have put together some helpful information to guide you through the process. We accept direct applications and there is no application fee.

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Step 1: Apply

You can apply in the following ways:

If you have not uploaded the relevant supporting documents during the online application process, you should ensure that we have the below supporting documents as soon as you have completed your application. These can be sent to the Regent’s Admissions Department via email to [email protected].

  • Copies of academic transcripts and certificates from all previous studies (i.e. secondary school and/or university certificates)
  • One academic letter of recommendation
  • A 300-500 word personal statement outlining the reasons for applying to your chosen programme, how you feel you will benefit from the programme of study, what contributions you will make to the University and how this will help your future career aspirations
  • A copy of your passport photograph (ID) page
  • If you are not a native English speaker, proof of your English proficiency

Credit Transfer

  • If you’ve already studied part of a degree course elsewhere, you may be able apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and join the programme at an advanced entry point. If you’d like to request entry part-way through a programme, make sure you state this clearly in your statement of purpose and provide us with the transcripts and module descriptions for the relevant study.

 Step 2: Receive a response to your application

You can expect to receive a decision on your application within 10 working days of receipt of your completed application and supporting documents.

We will assess whether you meet our entry requirements and will notify you of the decision via email. UCAS applicants will also receive official notification via the UCAS system.

For some of our programmes, the selection process may include an interview or audition. Interviews/auditions can take the form of a one-to-one interview, group interview or portfolio review which may be conducted by telephone or as a Skype call. Arrangements of these are made between the Admissions Department and the applicant.

Step 3: Accepting your offer

If you wish to accept the offer you must pay the advance tuition fee deposit (non-refundable) to confirm your place.

Please see here for information on how to pay.

Step 4: After you have accepted your place

Closer to the start of the term, the Admissions Team will send information regarding the registration process. This will include information on completing your online enrolment prior to your arrival as well as a checklist of documents you will need to bring with you to fully register onto the programme.

Information for international students

If you are an overseas student requiring visa sponsorship to study in the UK, our team will be in touch with information on applying for your student visa and the documents you will need. More information can be found on our visas and immigration page.

Scholarships and funding

There are a wide variety of funding and scholarship opportunities to help you finance your studies.

For further information, please visit our scholarships and funding page.

 

Fees

Tuition fees

1st level course fee for September 2020 entrants: £18,000

1st level course fee for January 2021 entrants: £18,000

1st level course fee for September 2021 entrants: £18,500

Non-refundable advance deposit

Home/EU students: £1,000

Non-EU students: £4,000

Non-EU students in receipt of US Federal Loans: £1,000

What do fees include?

Fees cover the cost of all tuition and access to the University’s IT infrastructure and library learning resources. Fees are presented for the first level of study which equates to two terms.

What other costs should I budget for?

Fees cover the cost of tuition. You will need to budget additional funds for accommodation and living expenses, travel, and any additional trips, visits, activities or courses that you choose to participate in outside of the tuition offered as part of the programme.

The library hold a limited number of copies of core text books and where possible in e-format. You will be encouraged to purchase your own text books and will need to budget approximately £80-£100 per year, depending on your programme of study.

When are fees paid?

Fees are payable in the following instalments:

  • An initial non-refundable advance deposit paid when you accept your offer of a place
  • The advance deposit is allocated against the first term’s fees
  • Tuition fees (including fees for subsequent terms) are due two weeks in advance of classes commencing

Calculating fee increases

  • The University sets tuition fees on an annual basis in line with the University's financial year which runs from 1 August to 31 July
  • The fees quoted here are for one academic year of study commencing in September
  • For students starting their programme in January the programme spans two separate financial year accounting periods. Fees for the different teaching terms are calculated separately in line with fees charged in each financial year
  • Fees for subsequent years of study are subject to fee inflation
  • The University aims to keep annual fee increases in line with the University’s cost inflation. The expectation is that this will be no greater than UK consumer price inflation (CPI) plus 3%. There are occasionally variations to this dictated by the costs of running specific programmes or facilities required for our programmes
  • As a registered charity, all fee increases are subject to approval of the Trustee Board thus ensuring that affordability for our students remains a primary concern in any decisions regarding fee increases

Study Period Abroad (SPA)

Some programmes at Regent’s University London offer an optional or mandatory Study Period Abroad, for one or two semesters. Students receiving Federal Student Aid are required to attend a school deemed “eligible” by the US Department of Education, or a “deferment only” school with which Regent’s has a consortium agreement. No SPA can be undertaken in the United States. Students who have American citizenship or are Eligible non-citizens who do not currently have US financial aid, are also subject to these terms and conditions if they wish to have Federal funding during any future part of their programme. 
 
A student who wishes to attend an “ineligible” school, which includes any school in the USA, will forfeit all funding from that semester going forward and all current loans will become due with immediate effect. For any questions regarding these terms and conditions, please email the US Loans Advisor at [email protected]. For questions regarding what an “eligible” or “deferment only” school is, please  email the IPO office, [email protected] or [email protected] before applying for a programme with an SPA module.

Teaching and assessment

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, teaching and assessment will take place online for the Autumn 2020 Term. See Returning to Regent's and our FAQs for more information.

Teaching takes place in small classes of 20 people or less, in order to allow a more individual approach to learning.

You will be assigned a personal tutor who will help you to build a bespoke programme that reflects your passions, or your preferred future career.

Academics will use a variety of approaches to help you learn and get the most out of your degree. The teaching methods include seminars, study groups, role plays, tutorials and external guest speakers. You will learn through analysis, discussion and debate, practical work, problem-solving, presentations, portfolio building, research projects and team work, all of which are designed to help you develop key skills of independent critical thinking and confidence in decision-making.

Teaching staff

All classes on our Liberal Studies programmes are taught by experts in their respective disciplines. The teaching staff for the Business & Management major are as follows:

Maria Charalambous
Kit Barton
Ana-Maria Pascal
Philip Benjamin

Contact hours and expected workload

Contact hours in Year 1 and Year 2 are 15 hours per week. In Year 3, students receive around 12-13 hours per week on average per term, as the capstone project is a supervised module, rather than a classroom-based one.

You will receive a minimum of 10 hours one-on-one time with a supervisor to agree the scope and direction of your capstone project. We also offer research skills lectures and drop-in sessions.

Assessment

Students are assessed through a mix of presentations, journals, essays and exams. Assessment is both practical and theoretical and is designed to ensure that you acquire the knowledge and skills to adapt to a variety of professional environments.

In Year 3, you will also be asked to complete a liberal studies capstone project. The project will reflect what you have learned in your major, but also the knowledge you have gathered from your elective subjects.

This could be:

  • An essay or dissertation
  • A practical project
  • A report
  • A creative work, plus reflection
  • A portfolio of work , plus reflection
  • Another format (subject to supervisor approval)

Disability Support

We welcome and support students with a wide range of disabilities and health concerns. This includes learning difficulties, visual and hearing impairments, mental health difficulties, autism spectrum conditions, mobility difficulties, and temporary or chronic health conditions.

Our dedicated Disability Officer is here to support you. We ask that you speak with Student Registry and our Disability Officer as early as you can to enable us to support you. Find out more about our disability support and contact us.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

A Regent’s education provides you with a high level of personal attention, and this begins from the moment you apply to study with us. We want to understand who you are and what your skills and interests may be – we are interested in your potential, as well as your prior achievements. We review each application comprehensively and on its individual merit, considering all of your skills, interests and attributes.

Typically, we will make an offer to a student holding at least 5 GCSEs at grades A-C / 9-4 or international equivalent including Mathematics. Regent’s receives applications from over 170 countries and assesses all international qualifications, for example, we would make an offer of minimum 2.5 GPA for the American High School Diploma.

English Language requirements

We require proof of English Proficiency. For example, we ask for:

  • IELTS: Overall score of 5.5, with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • GCSE/IGCSE English, grade C / 4 (for IGCSE certificates, please provide the Supplementary Certifying Statement with the breakdown of component grades).

This list is not exhaustive, we will review the English qualifications you have as part of your application and be in contact if we require anything further.

For applicants who wish to improve their English language proficiency, please see our English language courses.

Regent's English Password Test (REPT)

We provide an online English diagnostic test known as the Regent’s English Password Test (REPT). This test must be booked in advance. To find out more information and to book a test, please visit the REPT page. The REPT test is currently free of charge.

Careers

This unique degree programme will provide you with the specialist knowledge and broad-based business skills to thrive in almost any professional environment.

You will have the ability to apply critical analysis to key organisational issues and have an awareness of the social, environment and economic responsibilities that employees, employers and organisations have.

This programme will open doors to you in a wide variety of positions in the private, public and charitable sectors.

Liberal studies graduates are suited to a broad range of career options, including:

  • Academia
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Law
  • Management
  • Politics

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BA (Hons) Liberal Studies (Business & Management) with Integrated Foundation

Annouska Ruparell

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"A liberal arts education is by nature, broad, flexible and diverse. Studying various disciplines gave me a wider and more useful education that best suited my interests." Annouska Ruparell