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BA (Hons) Business Management

It has never been more important for companies to employ highly qualified staff with good management skills as well as sound professional expertise in the field. This course aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to survive and succeed in today’s business environment, whether it is in the public or voluntary/ community private sector. Providing a broad management base, this course produces graduates with a wide business knowledge who can operate successfully in the modern business world.

The course is structured around the two key themes of management and personal skills. You will develop a range of key core business skills, such as marketing, human resource management, finance and entrepreneurship. You will also acquire a range of transferable skills such as presentation techniques, research skills, interpersonal communication skills and knowledge of various IT packages.

The course content has been designed in response to the needs of business and to help further your career, which could be in areas such as buying and merchandising, marketing, sales management, financial services, HRM, running a small business or research.

You can opt to study for an Honours degree over four years or an Ordinary degree over three years. Year one and two of the course will be delivered at Edinburgh College. On achievement of the HND at Edinburgh College you can then progress to the 3rd year of the BA (Hons) Business Management degree course at Queen Margaret University (QMU).

Year 1- Edinburgh College
You will take core units including management, communication, accounting, economics, marketing and information technology applications. Options include: law and personal enterprise skills

Year 2- Edinburgh College
You will study core units including: information technology, law, business information management, international economics and statistics. In addition, you will choose study options from basic communication in French or German, international marketing, customer care, accounting software, and preparing business plans.
 
Year 3- Queen Margaret University
Your study will now take on a more strategic emphasis, and you will study themes such as:
Exploring Strategy, New Enterprise Creation, Organisational Behaviour, Business Research Methods, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, plus an elective choice
 
Year 4: Queen Margaret University
Your final honours year includes modules in Management insight and Consultancy, Leading Change, Critical Issues in Management plus a dissertation on a subject of your choice.  Your dissertation can increase your skills and help you gain employment following completion of your degree.
 
BA (Hons) International Hospitality and Tourism Management (incorporating HND Hospitality Management)  

An explosive growth of leisure, travel and tourism over the past decade has led to an inevitable expansion of the hospitality and tourism industries which has made a significant contribution to national and global economies. This, in turn, has identified the need for well-educated and innovative managers. The hospitality and tourism industries have evolved in many ways and are characterised by growth, diversity, vitality and volatility within an ever-changing world.
 
This course offers you an understanding of the nature of the product itself; an understanding of the political, economic and social context, within which the production and consumption of these products and services take place; an understanding of the management and organisation involved in the provision and consumption of the hospitality and tourism products and services; and a range of specialist applications and skills such as law and understanding of the research process.
 
Year one and two of the course will be delivered at Edinburgh College; on achievement of the HND at Edinburgh College you can then progress to the 3rd year of the BA (Hons) International Hospitality and Tourism Management degree course at QMU.
 
Year 1 - Edinburgh College
You will be introduced to a range of Hospitality subjects in the areas of: Food Service, Food Production, Food Hygiene, Accommodation, Finance and Customer Care.

Year 2 - Edinburgh College
You will study tourism and marketing and its role within Hospitality. There will also be an introduction to basic management skills which will be developed further in the 3rd and 4th years of the course.

Year 3 - Queen Margaret University
We anticipate that you will study a broad range of management techniques that are contextualised to the successful operation of a hospitality or tourism business.

Year 4 - Queen Margaret University
We anticipate that you will study strategic issues and contemporary challenges for managers and complete a dissertation in the area of your choice.

BA/BA (Hons) Events Management

Recently, the number, scale and complexity of events taking place have increased enormously. Events are organised to promote and market products or to reward and motivate staff, but are also increasingly used to support a range of policy objectives, such as encouraging tourism, regenerating communities and stimulating local economies, as well as arousing civic pride and celebrating sporting and cultural occasions. However, with the increasing scale of the events business and the diversity and range of the dimensions of events operations, the industry has required an increasingly professional approach. The professional events manager requires an understanding of planning, management, logistics, legal issues, budgeting, staging, marketing, promotions and evaluation, as well as understanding the impact of events on the host communities.

This course will give you unique opportunities to get hands-on experience of planning and organising events, as well as understanding the nature and characteristics of event design and management. You will gain experience of working in a team, helping prepare you to lead events and other sporting and cultural organisations.

Year 1 - Edinburgh College
You will study a range of events related subjects including an overview of industry legislation, budgeting and funding, marketing and IT.

Year 2 - Edinburgh College
Subjects include: Managing an Event, Conferences: an introduction, Food & Beverage Events, Behavioural Studies, Marketing in Travel and Tourism, Business Planning and Presentation. You will also study optional units which include topics such as Public Relations, Digital Culture: Online Communication, and Entrepreneurship.

Year 3 - Queen Margaret University
We anticipate that you will explore how events relate to national and international strategic issues, and topics such as Recreating the City and Events and Regeneration will look at how cities use events for image and investment purposes, for example London 2012 or Glasgow 2014. You will also study New Enterprise Creation, Trends and Developments in Planned Events, Business Research Methods plus an elective choice.

Year 4 - Queen Margaret University
Continuing to develop your understanding of Event Management, study themes will include: Management Insight & Consultancy, Conceptualising Events, Social Justice and Global Events. You will also complete a dissertation in an area of your choice.

Please see links below for information on the degree courses at Queen Margaret University:

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