BA (Hons) Business Management

A general degree qualification in Business Management from an international university will always be in demand as leadership, interpersonal skills, entrepreneurship and a global orientation are the differentiators in the age of Blockchain technology, digitization, automation and machine learning. Most of the jobs and business opportunities of the future can be related to the skills and competencies acquired by Business Management graduates.

Developing practical knowledge and skills with a futuristic outlook in a wide range of Business subjects in a world-class learning environment will enable you to develop the edge for a rewarding professional and/or entrepreneurial career. The BA (Hons) Business Management programme provides you with the opportunity to focus on developing your business thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills such that you can apply them to both theoretical and simulated business cases as well as to real-time business settings. You will get to study subjects ranging from Business Finance to Enterprise and Strategy.

Module Title
Credit Weighting
1. Business Mathematics
15 Credits
This unit enables students to develop skills pertaining to a range of mathematical and statistical techniques and concepts as applicable to different business scenarios.
2. Communications for Business
15 Credits
Through this unit students will be able to learn different types of business communication techniques and approaches (written, oral and non-verbal).
3. e-Business
15 Credits
This unit explores the various concepts and models of e-Business, including the strategies and planning processes concerning business-to-consumer and business-to-business aspects of e-Business.
4. Essentials of Management
15 Credits
This unit provides a strong foundation in the essentials of management; it particularly covers the function of management, the management decision-making process, management and organisational strategies, management’s influence on individual and group performance as well as the theories of leadership and control.
5. Fundamentals of Economics
15 Credits
This unit will develop an understanding of the fundamentals of microeconomics and macroeconomics to aid the process of business decision-making.
6. Introduction to Finance
15 Credits
Through this unit students will be able to develop a fundamental understanding of the accounting processes within business organisations; they will also acquire the basic skills required for carrying out financial analysis to support business decision-making.
7. Principles of Marketing
15 Credits
This unit enables students to develop an understanding of the key concepts and principles of marketing that can be used as strategic and operational tools to meet organizational goals and objectives in dynamic business environments.
8. Understanding Business Organisations
15 Credits
Through this unit students will get the opportunity to evaluate various types of organization and the different forms of organizational structure; they will also examine and assess the key concepts of organizational change, communication processes within organizations, monitoring of organizational performance and the role of IT systems on the performance and structure of an organization.
Module Title
Credit Weighting
1. Business Economics
20 Credits
This module examines how an organisation can achieve its objectives most efficiently through the application of micro-economic theory and the tools of analysis of decision science, such as statistics and quantitative methods. It demonstrates how economic analysis can be used in formulating business policies.
2. Marketing in Business
20 Credits
This module highlights the need for managers to view the role of marketing as critical to their organisation. The crucial role of marketing in contributing to the success of organisations is emphasised.
3. Human Resources in Business
20 Credits
This module explores the dynamic role of human resource management policies and practices in contemporary organisations and their contribution to the goals of those organisations. It defines and critically examines the major philosophies, policies, procedures and practices related to the management of human resources.
4. Understanding Consumer Behaviour
20 Credits
This module provides an understanding of customers’ needs and the complexity of the decision making process customers undertake in both consumer and industrial markets.
5. Principles of Business Operations
20 Credits
This module explores the operations management function and its basis in creating and sustaining effective and efficient operations which deliver the products or services in a manner which achieves the objectives of the organisation. You will analyse this with respect to cost, quality, flexibility, dependability and speed.
6. Information Systems and Organisations
20 Credits
This module introduces the subject of information systems and technology in organisations, taking a broad management perspective. Students will gain an understanding of the current and future role of information systems in modern organisations, including an appreciation of the social, cultural and political aspects that are important to the successful adoption of technology.

In a competitive job market graduates need to seek ways to stand out from the crowd. Employers today are looking for experience as well as academic qualifications. Internships enable students to gain experience while pursuing the academic qualifications and increase their employability. An internship within industry is invaluable because it will enable you to apply your skills in a real working environment, test out your chosen career path and develop contacts in the industry. Students who have been on internship will return to their degree studies with improved confidence in their abilities and are much more likely to gain graduate employment when they complete their degree studies.

As part of your degree studies, you will have the opportunity to undertake internships with reputed organisations in Sri Lanka. Internships are available for periods of 8 to 12 weeks during the annual summer holidays from June to September. Students who start their academic year in early October will be able to do a maximum of two internships (one per year in each of the first two years of studies) during their degree studies. However, students who start their academic year in January will be able to do a maximum of three internships (one per year in each of the three years of studies) during their degree studies.

The Gateway organisation is well-connected with the industry and we have provided internship opportunities to our students in the past at leading firms in Sri Lanka such as the Hatton National Bank. However, internships cannot be guaranteed as they are always competitive. The final decision on the selection of interns will be taken by the employers. As such, students are encouraged to be proactive in seeking and obtaining their own placement and show flexibility with their target companies. If you choose to undertake an internship you will be provided with an internship tutor. These members of staff are there to provide support and guidance if you are thinking about this option.

Candidates must meet one of the following requirements to gain admission for the first year of degree studies:

  • A minimum of two Advanced Level subjects (UK/Local) along with a minimum of grades C for the subjects of Mathematics and English at OLs/IGCSEs.
  • OR
  • The NCC Level 3 International Foundation Diploma in Higher Education Studies offered by Gateway Graduate School

The BA (Hons) Business Management programme will provide a sound platform for pursuing academic and professional qualifications in multiple fields related to Business and Management. These include fields such as Finance, Banking, Investment, Marketing, Digital Media and Communications, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Business Innovation and Business Information Technology/Management. Students will be able to gain a broad understanding of a range of subjects pertaining to Business and Management, before specializing.

Due to the diverse nature of the BA (Hons) Business Management degree, students will be able to progress to a range of businesses and sectors securing roles from general business manager to digital business executive, international business representative to social entrepreneur, and retail manager to new business adviser.

We provide an environment that allows you to develop the ‘extra’ practical employability characteristics that will make you more interesting to employers in the job market in the years to come.

Our staff utilise their extensive business connections to provide many and varied opportunities to engage with potential employers through fairs, guest lecture sessions, live projects, internship assignments and site visits. In addition we offer a series of workshops and events in the first, second and third year that ensure all students are equipped with both degree level subject knowledge PLUS the practical skills that employers are looking for in new graduate recruits. Our careers service work with prestigious local and multinational organisations with the view of guiding our students towards suitable employment destinations.


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