Management BA (Hons)

Undergraduate Degree (4 years)


January, May, September

Intermediate awards: FdA, Cert HE

Develop your career with an online Management degree from Anglia Ruskin University, accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

Application Deadline:
Wed, Aug 1st, 2018

£4,700 per level

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Accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI)With the full range of business skills, including...

  • Managing People
  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • Planning and strategy
  • Decision Making
  • Leadership
  • Sustainability

...and more, you will learn how companies operate and compete. You'll understand how, by applying the management skills you acquire, you can help them achieve their strategic ambitions.

Full Description

We blend leading theory with relevant, practical learning. This will enable you to improve your personal performance and make a real difference in your day-to-day role, and to your employer, as you progress through your management career.

Designed for you

This degree is for you if you are new to a management role. It will benefit you if you wish to enhance your managerial experience with new knowledge and abilities. It is designed to be completed in less than four years whilst you are working, and is delivered entirely online.

Course Details

Core modules

Through this course you will develop key management skills.

Part 1

Understanding Work Based Learning And Your Sector
You will gain an understanding of work-based learning and develop analytical, technological and communication skills. You will focus on the key features of successful management in your sector, applying tools such as SWOT and PESTLE analysis.

Managing People, Customers and Markets
This module focuses on key elements of management. You will examine organisational structures, the role of the manager within the organisation, and the practical skills of managing people. You will also analyse markets, internal and external stakeholders and supply chain management.

Managing a Sustainable Business
How do organisations respond to a rapidly changing world and build sustainable business? How do environmental and ethical issues impact upon business and can these issues present opportunities to organisations?

Part 2

Work Based Practice
Working in pairs or individually, you will plan a project focused on a specific topic relevant to your work. Throughout the project you will have the support of Anglia Ruskin staff, and you will present your findings as a written report and verbal presentation.

Managing Projects and Organisational Change
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.

Work Based Project
Building on the plan developed in Work Based Practice, you will be given the opportunity to undertake this work-based project in your organisation. This project may relate to any of the major business disciplines including marketing, human resource management, accounting and finance, IT or business strategy.

Part 3

Leadership in Practice
This module examines theories of leadership and practical leadership skills, along with the values and behaviours necessary to manage and lead projects, situations, self and teams. You will critically assess your leadership practice or potential for leadership.

Financial Management and Financial Forecasting
Managing finance is a core element of any business activity. This module is designed for people with a non-financial background, covering issues such as budgets, budgetary control, and applying financial data to make decisions. It then goes on to focus on financial forecasting to increase income for new projects and maintain competitive advantage.

Strategic Management
This module addresses strategy and examines an organisation within its strategic and competitive context. You will consider the strategic options open to an organisation and evaluate the practical impact of strategic choices, especially on people, resources and systems.

Part 4

Work Based Major Project
This final project module enables you to build on your learning throughout the course to carry out an in-depth project dealing with an issue that is relevant to you and your work.

Work Based Project Impact and Review
Following on from your Work Based Major Project, this module is designed to measure the impact of your work. Having completed your project, you will assess its impact, evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your recommendations and gather feedback from colleagues, peers and academics.

Reflections on Practice and Career Progression
In this final module, you will assess your progress through the course, evaluate your practical and leadership skills and plan your future personal and career development.

Other options

Not ready to study the full BA yet?

Good news, this course can also be taken as a Certificate or Foundation Degree:

FdA Management - this can be completed in just 30 months and costs £9,400 in total.

Cert HE Management - this can be completed in just 18 months and costs £4,700 in total.

Upon completion of the Cert HE you have the option to top-up to the FdA, and on completion of the FdA you have the option to top-up to the full BA (Hons). Please contact us for more details.

What our students say:

"Nothing I have experienced can deliver the same return on investment as completing a Degree in Management.”

Allan Gibson


Accredited by the CMI

Accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI)CMI accreditation means you will automatically receive a second professional qualification upon successful completion of your programme. By adding this CMI qualification to your University qualification, you’re really on the road to success:

  • You instantly become more employable when you receive a CMI professional qualification that is industry-recognised.
  • You will gain access to exclusive CMI networking events.
  • CMI’s qualifications sit on the RQF framework and are recognised by the European Credit Framework.
  • CMI qualifications fast-track students into the next stage of training to become Chartered Managers.
  • During your studies you will become a CMI Affiliate member, giving you a host of additional benefits to support your development and employability. This includes:
    • ManagementDirect: Get access to a plethora of research and tools to support your studies.
    • Mentoring: Experienced managers and leaders will share their skills and experience to help you develop your management skills.
    • Career Development Centre: Our comprehensive online portal allows you to develop your interview skills, polish your CV and start approaching employers.


Anglia Ruskin University has extensive modern campuses in Cambridge and Chelmsford. All students can use facilities on both campuses, as well as University Centre Peterborough, College of West Anglia and Harlow College.

Our friendly and expert ARU library staff are always on hand to offer guidance and support. We have a team of subject librarians who not only provide a comprehensive programme of study and information skills training, they also work closely with our tutors and tailor services to meet your needs. We've a huge online collection of e-journals, e-books and databases, and they’re all available 24/7.

All in all, we have everything you need to make your study time with us as enjoyable and as easy as possible.


Throughout the course there are opportunities for you to investigate themes relevant to your work. In particular, there is a major project which enables you to study one particular area of interest relevant to you and your employer.

Our students have carried out a wide range of projects, including a report on comparable organisations’ customer service policies, an analysis of a specific logistical issue within the company and a study of e-marketing opportunities available to their employer. This project gives you a specialist understanding of a particular area of activity, while your employer gains not only from the final report that you produce, but also from the in-depth knowledge that you can then apply to your work.

Learning Management System

The course is delivered using Anglia Ruskin's Learning Management System (LMS). This is a web-based facility that manages students learning and enables you to communicate with your tutor and with your fellow students. Through the LMS we are able to deliver support at times that suit you, and students are able to share ideas and feedback with each other, work on collaborative projects and receive guidance from their tutors.

What our students say

"It will definitely help my career."

Matthew Weekes

Matthew Graduated from Anglia Ruskin University with an FdSc in Management of Social and Affordable Housing and is now using that degree to top-up to the BA (Hons) Management.

Meet your Tutors

Jackie Stafford
MBA, PG Cert ODE (Open), BA (Open), MCMI

Jackie StaffordJackie is an enthusiastic and supportive Learning and Development tutor skilled at facilitating, tutoring, encouraging and motivating individuals and groups. As a specialist in business skills development and change management her management career portfolio spans both public, commercial and higher education sectors. Recent employers include; The Open University, Derby University and Northumbria University.


Tim Williams
MA, B.Ed (Hons), FHEA, CMALT

Tim WilliamsTim is a highly experienced teacher and lecturer, and has taught at Anglia Ruskin University for over 14 years. He is at the forefront of innovative elearning practice, and has provided his expertise in the subject to journals and at conferences.



John Jackson
MA, M.Ed, PGCE, BA (Hons)

John JacksonJohn is an experienced educator, leader and manager who has worked in both the public and private sectors. He is an Associate Lecturer for the Open University Business School, and has worked for organisations including Volvo, Borough of Westminster and Bennetts Retail.


Dr Martin Spaul
PhD, MA, MSc

Martin SpaulMartin has taught at Anglia Ruskin University for over 30 years, lecturing in subjects such as computing, information systems, planning and sustainability. He holds an MA and PhD in Philosophy from the University of Cambridge and an MSc in Town Planning from Anglia Ruskin. Martin has been widely published on a number of subjects including systems analysis, sustainability, planning, tourism and history.


Dr Konstantinos Samiotis
PhD, MSc, BA

Konstantinos SamiotisKonstantinos has extensive industry and academic experience, and has worked and lectured for the University of Liverpool, University of Roehampton and Aston Business School. He currently teaches Project Management at Anglia Ruskin University. His professional activities concentrate on educational management, organisational development and project management, carrying strong experience on international co-operation and EU-funded projects. Konstantinos holds a PhD and an MSc in Information System from the Athens University of Economics and Business.


Jo Walter

Jo WalterJo has a rich academic background, with experience working at the University of London, Canterbury Christ Church University, Thanet College, Dorton College and the Open University. She is interested widening participation and overcoming barriers to learning and is Panel Chair for ForsterCare UK.



Dr Kristyna Bicikova
PhD, MSc, BSc

Kristyna BicikovaKristyna has lectured in a variety of subjects including business and management, tourism and sustainability, and has been widely published on these subjects. She has taught at the University of Exeter Business School, Munich University of Applied Sciences and Karlshochschule International University.


Career Development
The content and delivery of this Management degree has been designed to equip students with the core management skills and knowledge to make an increased contribution at work.

The work-based project provides the opportunity to focus on a topic of relevance to the student and their employer, or client organisation, and to make recommendations for improved business performance.

Career Advice

Our Employability Service is here to help give you the best chance of landing the job you want. We’ll help you improve your skills and bulk up your CV to improve your career prospects.

As a distance learning student, you’ll still benefit from help and advice on CV writing, interview techniques, job hunting, and general careers advice.

To find out more please visit our careers advice page.

What our students say:

"My work is being used as a basis for decision making and the future strategy of the company.”

Oli Minett

Entry Requirements

You’re expected to have at least 80 UCAS Tariff Points at A level or NVQ level 3 (or equivalent), and Maths and English GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade C or above.

If you have relevant work experience but no traditional qualifications, or if you have other professional qualifications (e.g. ILM, CMI), we still encourage you to apply as all applications are considered on an individual basis.

As a distance learner, you’ll also need a suitable computer with internet connection, together with sufficient IT competence to make effective use of word processing, internet and email.

If English is not your first language, you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.

What our students say:

"This University’s staff and admin people are brilliant, which is why I chose Anglia Ruskin.”

Cheryl Oldroyd

Fees & Funding

This course costs just £4,700 per level (Cert HE, FdA, BA (Hons), which is £14,100 in total.

Government-backed part time student loans are also available to cover the cost of studying this course. These are subject to eligibility and terms and conditions, check out our student loan information for more details.

We also offer payment by instalments, so you can spread the cost of studying with us. Please contact us to discuss your options.

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