Management BA (Hons)

Distance learning, part-time undergraduate (4 years)

Distance learning

May, September, January

Intermediate awards: CertHE, FdA

Please note: this course is currently under review and subject to change. If you’d like to know more about the course and register your interest, email


Develop your career with an online Management degree from Anglia Ruskin University, accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). With the full range of business skills, including managing people, marketing, finance, planning and strategy, leadership and sustainability, you will learn how companies operate and compete - and how, by applying these management skills, you can help them achieve their strategic ambitions. Study while you work on our distance learning degree course, and take your career to the next level.

Full description



Our course will give you the management skills and knowledge to make an increased contribution at work. It features a Work-Based Major Project that's your chance to focus on a topic of relevance to you and your employer, and to make recommendations for improved business performance.

Modules & assessment

Core modules

  • Foundation degree students undertaking a work-based programme will need specific study skills to enable them to maximise their learning potential and take advantage of opportunities available both academically and in the workplace. This module is therefore intended to provide the academic and professional skills essential for successful HE study. It also is intended to be both preparatory and supportive, building a strong foundation for the development of academic and professional skills. This module is designed to develop analytical, technological, communication and learning skills. These will be developed in an appropriate vocational context by focusing on the key features of successful management in the relevant industry sector(s). This will include consideration of the types and characteristics of the organisations within the sector and the internal and external factors and constraints which influence their activities. Delivery of the module aims to meet the needs of a diverse student profile and will therefore adopt a flexible approach centred around the personal development planning (PDP) process. The module will be delivered through. The module will be delivered through face to face workshops, and weekly e-tivities via the Virtual Learning Environment. An online learning community will be encouraged through a café forum for social time, online discussions, use of wikis and the creation of a personal blog - this will also provide an integrated induction of the VLE for students. Action Learning Groups within the cohort will be identified to support one another to develop effective skills for work based learning, and they will work together in these smaller groups on online activities and discussions towards the learning outcomes and assessment. The assessment consists of two parts, firstly a presentation, which will be prepared and delivered in the workplace, using video it will be recorded and submitted for assessment. Secondly, the creation of a portfolio in which students tackle a number of tasks that support the development of their HE study skills. One of the main pieces in this portfolio will be a written business report that analyses the internal and external factors and constraints on your organisation.
  • This module is designed to provide you with a fundamental understanding of organisations and the importance of effective management of people, customers and marketing. These areas will be explored with an emphasis on the understanding and use of appropriate theories to explain the ways in which business organisations respond to issues and problems. The module will introduce the role of an organisation, its size, structure, and culture. It will also consider the role of the manager and nature of managerial work and the effect on people within the organisation. Notions of markets, an appreciation of customers, and an introduction to supply chain management will also be examined. This module will provide a fundamental appreciation of managing people and marketing, and upon completion of Financial Management and Financial Forecasting, you will have a strong foundation in these business functions. The assessment for this module will consist of 2 distinct assignments, the first analysing people management processes in the organisation, and their links to theoretical concepts, and the second, a critique of an organisational marketing campaign.
  • The external environment in which organisations operate is no longer stable and predictable, but is increasingly dynamic, complex and uncertain. This module allows you to examine, analyse and evaluate the forces in the external environment which impact on organisations. A combination of case studies, historical analysis and 'live' business problems will be employed to allow the application of theoretical frameworks. You will be encouraged to examine different approaches and to formulate strategic responses, which take account of ethical issues and environmental sustainability and their implications for managers .This module will make reference to the introductory PESTLE analysis undertaken in the Level 4 module Understanding Work Based Learning and the Sector, and enable you to analyse and evaluate the external environmental impacts .It is anticipated that guest speakers will enhance the delivery of this module to deliver sector specific sessions regarding external constraints with regard to environmental sustainability and ethical considerations .The assessment will require you to examine the relevance and importance of the concept of 'Sustainability' to your organisation or a specific business issue. This will be achieved through an assignment and a poster.
  • The work environment provides a rich setting for exploration and discovery of a range of knowledge, skills and understanding. This module is the first part of a work-based learning strand, to explore the relationships between the world of work and the academic discipline, and to apply the learning so far in a work based setting, through a negotiated project. In this module you will undertake the preparatory work for the project, with a strong emphasis on the project proposal. You will develop employability skills, reflective practice, and problem solving, both individually and in groups. You will consider the links between theory and practice, and be introduced to business research skills. You will also be expected to reflect on your work practice, critically appraise your own performance and report on their experience of work based learning.
  • This module focuses on the skills and knowledge associated with delivering a successful business project. Projects often bring change, so the module also examines strategies and practical tools to manage change within organisations.
  • The Work Based Major Project module allows you to engage in a substantial piece of individual work-based research project on a topic of your choice within the business, and management field that will inform and contribute to the effectiveness of your workplace, and personal professional interests. The project topic will be assessed for suitability to ensure sufficient academic challenge and satisfactory supervision by an academic member of staff, and it must also have the support of your workplace/employer. The main focus of this module is the furtherance, and development of, transferable skills, which include the ability to manage a complex project, to introduce change within the workplace, presentation and negotiation skills. The project will provide theoretical underpinnings that will involve an in depth review of the literature specific to the aims, objectives, and questions of the work-based research. This will require you to consider, and select, a variety of relevant literature, identifying key concepts that have been synthesized from a variety of sources. This will help you to consider an appropriate research design and methodology, its operational and ethical implications in the workplace. Completion of the university ethics approval form will be required for all projects. Multiculturalism has been considered during the design of this module and will be considered when the assessment brief is written.
  • This self-managed, experience-based module requires you to engage with, and subsequently reflect upon and assess, your own learning and development in an on-going manner as demonstration of your commitment to continuing professional development as a leader. This module will investigate and evaluate classical and contemporary approaches to leadership theory, focusing on leadership at supervisory, middle and senior management level. There will be a strong emphasis on applying the theory to your own personal leadership with a view to enhancing leadership performance or potential for leadership/promotion to more senior management roles within the organisation. Developing leadership in others through coaching and mentoring will also be discussed and explored to build on the learning partnerships that were developed in the first year modules. The assessment requires you to critically reflect on your own effectiveness as a leader or potential leader, and to produce recommendations for your own personal leadership development. Feedback will be provided throughout the delivery to allow formative assessment of the emerging leadership competencies and evaluations. This will happen through the e-tivities and will be a mix of tutor, self and peer assessment. One of the main focuses for the design of this module has been the further development of relevant employability and professional skills. Such skills are implicit in the learning outcomes. Multiculturalism has been considered during the design of this module.
  • A core element of all business activity is the management of finance. Regardless of professional background or discipline all managers, senior, middle, junior, become accountable for using corporate resources and today senior management and directors expect a level of financial skill and knowledge to be applied. The module covers a range of skills and knowledge expected by employees who don’t have a financial background and therefore focuses on the operational. The first part of the module will cover issues such as budgets, budgetary control, and applying financial data to make decisions. From this information organisations will decide whether tighter controls are required or expansions plans are feasible. The second part of the module will focus on the financial forecasting element of bid writing to increase income for new projects and or maintain competitive advantage. Hospitality and Tourism in many economies is a developing sector and initiative funding is often available for organisations who wish to lead on or develop a new strategy. The skills learnt in this section would also help students write the financial component of business plans should they wish to become self-employed. Assessment involves analysing and interpreting a financial report along with the preparation of a financial bid.
  • Strategic Management is a fascinating discipline that studies the long-term purpose and direction of organisations, by looking at how to achieve a sustainable competitive advantage. The first part of the module focuses on core frameworks and analytical techniques that will enable you to assess the resources and capabilities of organisations in relation to the conditions of the industry and the macro environment, and stakeholder pressures. The module concludes with the evaluation of business-level and corporate-level strategies, providing a springboard to the Advanced Strategic Management module in the final year, focused on strategic implementation.
  • This module allows you to develop transferable skills such as the ability to manage a complex project, to introduce change within the workplace, presentation and negotiation skills. You will engage in a work-based research project on a topic of your choice within the business and management field that will inform and contribute to the effectiveness of your workplace, and personal professional interests. The project topic will be assessed for suitability to ensure sufficient academic challenge and satisfactory supervision by an academic member of staff, and it must also have the support of your workplace/employer. Multiculturalism has been considered during the design of this module and will be considered when the assessment brief is written.
  • You will disseminate the findings of your major work based project to collect feedback. Having completed the project and having written about your work, in the module Work Based Major Project, you will prepare materials for dissemination of the findings to a relevant audience. You will gather evidence of the impact of implementing the project, and this module provides the opportunity to present key findings and assess the impact of this. You will also extend the review and dissemination to an academic audience and will focus on the reaction this generates. The review is in the form of an exploration of the approach used and some of the key ideas developed; in addition key questions posed by the audience will be answered. You will evaluate and reflect on the project and dissemination processes. The module is designed to develop a process of review by using commentary drawn from multiple sources such as the public, clients, peers, managers or employers and academic colleagues. The information collected will be drawn together and analysed. Module content is appropriate to the student work setting, and agreed project topic choices. Transferable employment skills developed in this module include the ability to defend and argue findings and conclusions with peers and managers, the ability to measure impact of innovation in the workplace and the ability to use peers to review work done. Multiculturalism has been considered during the design of this module and will be considered when the assessment brief is written.
  • This module will encourage you to identify, organise and provide evidence of the range of transferable skills developed through undergraduate study of work based learning. The university generic graduate learning outcomes, relevant occupational standards and professional body requirements, will provide the framework against which you will identify your personal portfolio of skills achievement. You will reflect upon career paths, ongoing career development, and further learning of a professional or equivalent nature. The intention of this module is to enhance your capability and employability by reflecting on and planning for your own development. It should also provide the vehicle for you to reflect upon the experience of work based learning and evaluate your experiences of learning from, in and through the workplace. The module assessment will be a reflective review which requires you to evaluate your own leadership and practitioner skills and to produce a personal development plan (PDP) to support your review. You will draw upon your knowledge and experience from the reflective and self evaluation elements of all your other modules.


We'll assess you in a number of ways, including written reports, presentations, and a Major Project in your final year.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

You have a highly active mind and see opportunity everywhere. Now you need theory and life-changing skills to sharpen your approach to management. At the Faculty of Business & Law, you will immerse yourself in a multicultural environment where technology blends with teaching to create a dynamic and innovative learning environment. An environment to help you gain those skills.

Where can I study?

Distance learning
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Study at a time that suits you, using our online learning management system.

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Fees & funding

How do I pay my fees?

Tuition fee loan

UK students can take out a tuition fee loan, which you won’t need to start repaying until after your graduate. Or there's the option to pay your fees upfront.

Loans and fee payments

International students

You can pay your tuition fees upfront, in full or in two instalments. We will also ask you for a deposit of £4,000 or a sponsorship letter. Details will be in your offer letter.


We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Some of these cover all or part of your tuition fees.

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Funding for UK students

Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes EU, EEA and Swiss students who have citizens' rights following Brexit.

Government funding includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.

Funding for international students

We offer a number of scholarships, as well as an early payment discount. Explore your options:

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Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email for further information.

You'll need a computer and reliable internet access to successfully engage with your course. Before starting a course, we recommend that you check our technical requirements for online learning. Our website also has general information for new students about starting at ARU.

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