Finance is a strategic and crucial component of all businesses and the ability to understand and decipher the ever-growing complexity of the world of finance is more important than ever before. During the Bachelor of Arts in Business Management & Finance program in Barcelona, students will be introduced to the main concepts of accounting and will expand their knowledge of financial analysis and projections allowing them to enter the dynamic financial world of business.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Participants of this program will learn how to critically evaluate strategic business issues and apply financial theories to real life business situations through our business simulation module. This module will present students with a problematic scenario in a virtual environment.

 

During this program, students will:

 

  1. Develop in depth skills to analyze the finances of a business and project for the future
  2. Learn how to relate the local and global financial environment to a company
  3. Hone problem solving skills with regards to finances
Program Duration
3 years
Credits
180
Teaching Language
English
Start Dates
October, February
You can do it in
Barcelona, Munich
Schedule
Full-time
DEGREE AWARDED
  • A U.K. state-accredited Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Business Management & Finance degree awarded by the University of Derby.

 

  • The Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Business Management & Finance has the additional benefit of being accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), which gives students the possibility of achieving an additional qualification - CMI's Diploma in Leadership and Management.
PROGRAM
First Semester (30 ECTS)
  • This module explores how markets work and how firms develop pricing strategies from an economic perspective. This subject forms part of the Chartered Management Institute accreditation and part of the business subject benchmarks required in all U.K. business degrees. The module develops students’ understanding of the economic information found in news reports and economic and marketing reports and develops their ability and confidence to create independent analyses.

  • Employees may well hold the key to sustainable competitive advantage. This course helps students develop their knowledge of psychology and organizational theory to understand the factors which influence the way people behave within companies. They participate in information, exploration and application sessions, including practical management and leadership exercises; guest lectures from employers; and organizational visits. They also investigate the policies and practices used to manage these behaviors; learn how to choose appropriate leadership and management solutions; and develop skills to put this knowledge into practice.

  • Key to a successful career in business and the ability to make an impact is having an understanding of how different business departments and functions work and how they can impact each other, such insight can be termed as having business acumen. Parallel to business acumen is having the ability to communicate effectively, network with people and demonstrate appropriate professional behaviour, this can be termed as having business etiquette. This module will act as a foundation in developing your knowledge, skills and professional behaviour to allow you to make the desired impact when seeking your professional career. Over 12 weeks you will be introduced to key business subject areas, and through a simulation apply your learning to a business scenario (or series of scenarios). The application of the key subject areas will further develop your business knowledge and level of acumen. In addition to the business subject areas you will be introduced to concepts, techniques and skills development opportunities to enhance your communication and personal presentation skills, these activities will give you more confidence in business scenarios such as networking and interviews, and are designed to give you knowledge and awareness of appropriate business etiquette. As this is such an important area when meeting employers and in the place of work, the assessment strategy takes attendance into consideration as part of the grading.

Second Semester (30 ECTS)
  • Enterprising individuals are necessary within the economy as they create jobs, wealth and value. These individuals do this through applying an enterprising mindset, an individual and unique combination of enterprising behaviours, attributes and skills which can be used in a variety of contexts. For instance, this could be in starting and growing a business (i.e. in an entrepreneurial context) or applying to existing organisations, whether large companies, SME’s or not-for-profit organisations (i.e. in an intrapreneurial context). Being able to apply an enterprising mindset is highly desirable in today’s fast moving business environment where reacting to gaps in the market or competitor actions, dealing with uncertainty, being able to make decisions and take action will all extend your commercial awareness and business acumen. Therefore, this module is all about developing your enterprising mindset and then applying it in a real life situation. Building on and integrating the other first year business function modules, this module will overlay elements such as funnelling your creative energy, recognising the difference between a business idea and a business opportunity, deciding which approach is most beneficial, and then designing and implementing an appropriate plan of action. The aim of the module to help you understand the relevance and interaction of these elements within a business context, and to give you transferable skills you can apply in any organisational situation. Moreover, strong emphasis will be placed upon you to demonstrate these skills and to reflect upon your progress.

  • This module assumes no prior accounting knowledge. Students learn how to prepare accounts for small businesses and then apply that knowledge to larger organizations. They examine accounting statements to assess just how well a business is performing; identify and analyze business costs to aid decision making relating to the control and viability of projects; and identify and discuss sources of finance.

  • This introduction to the “fundamentals of marketing” module will provide you with a basic understanding of the current and emerging marketing principles and techniques within the business environment. It seeks to establish that sustainable market success within a highly competitive environment can only be achieved by developing products or services based upon an understanding of the external environment and customers’ needs and wants. During the module you will not only consider how to add value for customers and other stakeholders but also learn to assess the impact that marketing activities have on consumers’ lives. Your assessment is coursework-based, designed to enable you to demonstrate your ability to approach a business challenge as a marketer and business manager. The assessment methods used on this module will also help you to develop key skills desired by employers, (who will be involved in the setting and grading of your assessment) for example digital and visual communication and presentation skills, and business report writing. This module can also contribute to achieving the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) level 5 Diploma under the dual accreditation arrangement. Enhanced employability is just one widely recognised outcome of membership of professional membership.

Third Semester (30 ECTS)
  • The concept of employability has traditionally been viewed from a skills perspective; however, more recent thinking has suggested that it is also important for graduates to develop their own graduate identity. Students must develop the relevant skills and practices in order to then position themselves in the graduate labor market. This module aims to prepare students for their future careers, as well as more immediate work placements. Students examine the theory of graduate identity and employability, work on their leadership skills and, through a range of exercises and activities, develop their own identities. They also examine enterprise skills; vital for all modern-day graduates.

  • This two-semester module is based on traditional quantitative analysis techniques which are applied using Excel. Students familiarize themselves with relevant computer programs and develop key skills. They learn how to first analyze data, and then both interpret and communicate the results of their analyses; fundamental competencies required by the Chartered Management Institute. These then enable students to use data to inform business decisions or underpin business strategies, and can also be used for analysis activities in other modules.

  • This module equips students with the skills needed to evaluate the financial data used to produce company financial statements. Participants learn the importance of choosing the correct form of finance for a given business and gain an appreciation of both the value of corporate governance and of the responsibility of good managers to wider stakeholders in the business.Students examine common pitfalls in performance management and how to avoid them, and also develop relevant skills, such as the ability to understand, analyze and interpret financial, management and non-financial information in the context of modern business.

Fourth Semester (30 ECTS)
  • This module will enhance students’ understanding of the business macroeconomic environment by building on previously-developed concepts. Students examine the role of government in the economy, how economic policies can improve the performance of the national economy and how they affect businesses; whether they lead to further efficiency or more constraint. Topics covered include the competitiveness of the U.K. economy, the policies necessary to foster economic growth and the future of European economic integration. The analysis of these issues gives students the opportunity to develop critical practical skills related to selecting and interpreting data; analytical reasoning; and decision making that are required by professional accreditation bodies such as the Chartered Management Institute. This module forms part of the business subject benchmarks required for all UK business degrees.

  • Creativity and innovation are the basis of both new and existing businesses, and are key ingredients for on-going success which must be applied to various sectors; from raw materials and production to marketing and staff development. New employees, or those with different mindsets to others, can bring fresh insight to a business by asking the simple questions that employees forget to ask after a while. This module enables students to generate better ideas and gain personal competitive advantage by leveraging their own intellectual abilities. They research business innovation through unique and experiential case studies; explore and engage with some of the theories and principles of problem-solving and innovation; and discuss learning methods, theories and concepts that enable them to bring their own personal creativity styles to organizational activity, across all business disciplines. The module requires participants to be open-minded, with a willingness to explore and apply innovative thought processes in order to create a competitive advantage.

  • The Business Simulation module gives students a real insight into the challenging, stimulating and exciting experience of managing a business. Participants have the opportunity to practice and evaluate realistic decision-making in a simulated business environment, using up-to-date simulation software. They work both individually and in groups, making decisions and then evaluating the impact of those decisions from HRM, marketing, finance, information and operations perspectives.

Fifth Semester (30 ECTS)
  • The analysis of financial statements can tell us a great deal about the health of a company and its ability to deal with future challenges; a key skill in any business environment, whether profit is the primary motivation or not. This module concentrates on using the financial, economic and non-quantitative information available to assess the relative strengths of entities and their ability to react to the impact of outside forces on their performance.

  • The International Purchasing and Supply Chain Management business field is expanding and going global; opening up new career paths and new opportunities. Students complete this module with a comprehensive analysis of the principles and practices of the international supply chain and the strategic impact decisions can have on an organization. They understand the move toward consolidation of global production and the improvements in communication and transportation systems, and explore the supply chain concept and general global business trends.

  • Over recent decades there has been a fundamental shift in the world’s economy. Once self-contained national economies now partake in cross-border business activities and are thus much more inter-dependent on each other. This module unites elements of the global business environment with the strategy-making process and encourages students to both study and critically evaluate the global business environment. Participants graduate with an awareness of the relevance of theory; an appreciation of the differing cultural and political systems; and an understanding of how they impact upon the way international business is conducted.

Sixth Semester (30 ECTS)
  • This module brings together major themes from economics, finance and psychology in order to develop awareness of financial market issues and to expand understanding of investment decision making, investor behavior, regulation and financial markets in crisis. Students are introduced to behavioral aspects of investor activity and examine the underlying issues in financial markets that lead to crisis and failure using traditional and behavioral economic theory. Participants learn to analyze issues like asset bubbles, bank failures and the problems of regulating financial activity in domestic and global markets, giving them a head start in their career.

  • Operations Strategy is vital to the sustained success of any organization. This module develops participants’ skills in finding patterns in and interpreting data, to then establish areas of improvement through both qualitative and quantitative analysis. Students are introduced to a number of theoretical, methodological and practical approaches and techniques used to improve facilitation and implementation. They develop key skills and familiarize themselves with relevant computer programs such as MS Project; a tool used daily in numerous organizations to plan and control projects.

  • Over recent decades there has been a fundamental shift in the world’s economy. Once self-contained national economies now partake in cross-border business activities and are thus much more inter-dependent on each other. This module unites elements of the global business environment with the strategy-making process and encourages students to both study and critically evaluate the global business environment. Participants graduate with an awareness of the relevance of theory; an appreciation of the differing cultural and political systems; and an understanding of how they impact upon the way international business is conducted.

EMPLOYABILITY

The Business Management & Finance program in Barcelona teaches specialized skills that will enable students to take up a position in the finance industry and find opportunities in the following areas:

 

  • Financial analysis
  • Financial consultancy
  • Corporate finance
  • Financial advisory
EXCHANGE OPPORTUNITIES

Some of our courses are available across all five of our campuses. We encourage students to diversify their education by participating in our campus exchanges. Choose the perfect location for you and gain international experience while expanding your global network.

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