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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 developed by Teesside University and offered at Gateway Graduate School as an internal qualification under franchise, 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.

Duration of The Programme and Intakes

The standard duration of the BA (Hons) Business Management programme is three years.
There will be two intakes every year: January and September

Modules Offered (Degree Year One)

Module Title
Credit Weighting
1. Understanding Organisations
20 Credits
This module is designed to provide a basic introduction to some of the general principles of business management subjects; particularly in the context of structure, culture, leadership, organisational behaviour and the business environment.
2. Organisational Theory and Research
20 Credits
The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the competing perspectives that underpin organisational theory. This module provides an overview of the history of the development, how this has influenced the alternative realities that exist in the discipline, and the impact that these developments have had on business management.
3. Personal Development and Self Awareness
20 Credits
This module will help students develop their personal and professional effectiveness. Key skills developed will include: being aware of themselves and others and managing that awareness; communicating effectively through a variety of channels; reflection and reflective writing.
4. The Market Environment
20 Credits
This module introduces basic economic theories of markets and competition along with aspects of the wider business environment, including government policy and the macro-economy.
5. Business Finance
20 Credits
This module develops and equips learners with the financial knowledge and techniques required by all managers. It provides an understanding of the way in which accounting is used in the external evaluation of organisations.
6. Business Design and Development
20 Credits
This module will provide students with an understanding of the different types and sectors of businesses and the varying industries in which they operate.

Modules Offered (Degree Year Two)

Module Title
Credit Weighting
1. International Business and Management
20 Credits
This module has been designed to give students an understanding of the main issues that affect international businesses in the global economy.
2. Agile Management
20 Credits
This module focuses on introducing students to the specifics of a) acquiring and managing talented people in order for organisations to be agile in the 21st Century and b) the concept and management of business agility.
3. Principles and Practices of Marketing
20 Credits
This module aims to extend existing knowledge and comprehension of marketing concepts and tools into the marketing management area with a view to the creation of a marketing appraisal.
4. Enterprise and Practice
20 Credits
Enterprise and Practice balances theory and practice enabling students to apply their learning directly to a real enterprise. Students work in small groups with a local business on a live consultancy brief in the Business Clinic.
5. Research Methods
20 Credits
This module will provide students with an understanding of the principles underpinning ethical and rigorous research methods.
6. Global Business Dynamics
20 Credits
This module expands on some approaches adopted by organizational theorists to position organizations as active dynamic structures.

Modules Offered (Degree Year Three)

Module Title
Credit Weighting
1. Dissertation
40 Credits
Undergraduate Dissertation is a 40 credit module featuring across undergraduate programmes, which fulfils the need for each student to produce a substantive submission.
2. Strategic Management and Responsible Leadership
20 Credits
This module is designed to equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills in effective Strategic management and responsible leadership in the wider context of business and enterprise.
3. Current Issues In Business Ethics and CSR
20 Credits
This module is design to explain how companies of all sizes are increasingly aware of the new marketplace and seeing the growing importance of being (or at least appearing to be) seen embracing business ethics and corporate social responsibility.
4. Innovation In Action
20 Credits
This module is drawing on innovation management theories combined with Contemporary technology management and linking them up to changes in the organizational environment and organizational structures.
5. Contemporary Issues in Business Management
20 Credits
The purpose of this module is to develop an understanding of the challenges faced by organisations in a complex and dynamic environment and it explores the controversies and dilemmas of contemporary management thinking and practice.


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.

Entry Requirements

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

Academic Progression Opportunities

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.

Teesside University is ranked within the top 10% of the universities worldwide by the prestigious Times Higher Education ranking system. It is also a reputed public university in the UK. As such, a degree qualification from Teesside University will enable you to gain admission at some of the leading universities in the UK, Australia, US, Canada and Singapore for postgraduate studies. Teesside University is recognised by the University Grants Commission of Sri Lanka. Hence, students will also be eligible to progress onto postgraduate programmes of Sri Lankan state and private universities.

Career Opportunities

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.


Teesside University which will award the BA (Hons) Business Management qualification offered at Gateway Graduate School, is an accredited public university in the UK. It is recognised by the University Grants Commission (UGC) of Sri Lanka since it is listed in the International Handbook of Universities (http://www.ugc.ac.lk/en/recognition-of-foreign-universities.html).
* Subject to final approval by Teesside University