2023/24 entry

BSc (Hons) Business Management top-up

Start date:
September 2023
Study mode:
Full time
Course Duration:
1 year
Mt Pleasant

Tuition fees (per year)

Home (full-time):
International (full-time):
All figures are subject to yearly increases.
Tuition fees are subject to parliamentary approval.

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Why study Business Management top-up at Liverpool John Moores University?

  • Top up your knowledge and achieve an honours degree in just one year
  • Prepares you for multiple business roles through the use of business simulation tools and live projects
  • Gain technical business skills through practical application of business theory
  • Option to undertake a live business project

About your course

This one year, full time, top-up degree is ideal for students who already hold a HND, Foundation degree or Diploma and want to top-up their qualification and boost employment prospects by gaining an honours degree. This programme combines learning about contemporary business theory with the practical application of skills.

This one year, top-up degree programme offers a wide variety of optional modules.  This provides you with the flexibility to tailor your learning to specialist business areas of interest to you.  Modules on offer have been designed to meet the needs of today’s businesses and provide you with the skills and knowledge required to pursue a business career. There are also options to gain accreditations in specialist areas.   

You will join the existing BSc Business Management programme in their final year (level 6) and graduate with the same course title as those who have completed the three year BSc (Hons) Business Management degree.   Upon graduation, students will be well prepared for the increasing challenges of global business and its environment.  

Hear what current Level 6 students from our Human Resource Management, Marketing, Business and PR, Accounting and Finance and Business Management degrees say about their courses:

"This top-up degree has been designed to recognise existing study and enable students to boost their career prospects by gaining an honours degree as well as experience of real business projects."

Adam Shore, Director, School of Business and Management

Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund study for home and international students


The fees quoted above cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)
  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)


  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)


There are many ways to fund study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist funding pages.


Liverpool Business School has historically had an excellent employment record with graduates securing graduate-level positions with leading employers in public and private sectors.  These include Everton Football Club, Kellogg company, Santander and Deloitte.

In the last Destination of Leavers in HE survey (2016/17 data), 95.2% of our graduates had secured employment or were in further study within 6 months of graduating. 

Graduates can expect to enjoy varied career opportunities both in the UK and overseas. Many graduates may establish their own consultancies or businesses.

The degree opens up a wide variety of career opportunities for graduates in marketing, digital analytics, purchasing, human resources, management, finance and sales.

Student Futures - Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service

We are committed to ensuring all our students experience a transformation in their employability skills and mindset and their career trajectory. A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course.

Every undergraduate curriculum includes Future Focus during Level 4, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop your talents, passion and purpose. It will enable you to become more proactive, adaptable and resilient in your awareness and approach to career possibilities.

Every student has access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU’s state-of-the-art suite of online tools, resources and jobs board. There are opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, LJMU’s in-house recruitment service, ensuring students can build experience whilst they study.

One-to-one careers and employability advice is available via our campus-based Careers Zones to accelerate your job search and applications, CV and interview technique. Themed careers and employability workshops, a programme of employer events and recruitment fairs run throughout the year and students have the opportunity to hear from a range of alumni who openly share their own onward experience.

Student Futures work with businesses to create opportunities for fully funded internships which help students increase their network within the Liverpool City Region and beyond. Our Start-Up Hub can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business or become a freelancer.

A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan. You can access LJMU’s Careers, Employability and Enterprise Services after you graduate and return for one-to-one support for life.

Go abroad

LJMU aims to make international opportunities available to every student. You may be able to study abroad as part of your degree at one of our 100+ partner universities across the world. You could also complete a work placement or apply for one of our prestigious worldwide internship programmes. If you wanted to go abroad for a shorter amount of time, you could attend one of our 1-4 week long summer schools.

Our Go Citizen Scheme can help with costs towards volunteering, individual projects or unpaid placements anywhere in the world. With all of these opportunities at your feet, why wouldn’t you take up the chance to go abroad?

Find out more about the opportunities we have available via our Instagram @ljmuglobalopps or email us at: goabroad@ljmu.ac.uk.

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What you will study on this degree

Please refer to guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Further guidance on modules

Modules are designated core or option in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations.

Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules are also included to provide you with an element of choice within the programme. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Where changes to modules are necessary these will be communicated as appropriate.

Level 6

Core modules

Strategic Management
20 credits

This module provides you with an integrative and contemporary approach to the study of strategic management. It examines the role that this plays within the overall performance of a corporation across a range of geographical, organisational and industrial contexts.

Optional modules

Project Dissertation
40 credits

This module enables final year students to apply their knowledge and skills to a properly researched business problem or issue. 

Business Plan Consultancy
40 credits

This module aims to enable you to understand business problems and issues, particularly at strategic level. In the process you will acquire the skills and knowledge to formulate a business plan of sufficient robustness and rigour to be acceptable to business executives. 

Corporate Governance (CG) and Intellectual Property Rights
20 credits

This module provides you with the knowledge and understanding of how companies face the central challenge of delivering best practice corporate governance in the face of constant media scrutiny and increasing stakeholder demands. Focusing upon the UK Corporate Governance Code and placing this within a global context, the module combines the key components of boardroom structures and performance with a strong focus on current issues related to governance. 

Risk and Resilience in a Changing World
20 credits

The aims of this module are to introduce you to the principles and concepts of risk and to assess current drivers of risk in order to equip you with an appropriate framework for supporting an organisation in strengthening its resilience at an operational and strategic level to face current, emerging and future risk. 

Personal and Professional Ethics
20 credits

This module is designed to enable you to gain an awareness of personal and professional conflicts arising through day-to-day activities. Adopting a tool-kit approach as to how to respond to such challenges the module will provide you with the necessary concepts, tools and theories for the challenges they will face in the workplace in understanding how ethical decision-making works. 

Project Planning, Monitoring and Control
20 credits

Careful planning and project control are essential to the success of any project. This module provides you will an opportunity through applied practice to plan, schedule, monitor and control a case study project using core techniques and the latest software packages.

Contemporary Project Management and Practice
20 credits

This module provides a focus on transferable soft skills. Through a focus on problem solving, this module allows you to investigate and diagnose using a range of applicable models, project issues and solutions that lead to improved project performance.

Strategic Corporate and Project Finance
20 credits

The aim of this module is to enable you to evaluate corporate financial decisions that form an essential part of strategic decision making and a project business case – funding, financial investment appraisal, financial control, risk management and performance evaluation. 

Applied Business Entrepreneurship
20 credits

The aims of this module is for you to develop an understanding of business problems and issues particularly at the strategic level and provide you with the opportunity to apply key academic theories and models in the development of a solution that meets with the client’s needs.

Internationalisation of Small Businesses
20 credits

This module aims to provide you with a theoretical and practical baseline of international small business management. You will learn to appreciate, reflect on and understand the complexities of the internationalisation process, strategies required and implemented in this process, and the significance of internationalisation for small firms’ survival and/or success.

Social Enterprise
20 credits

This module will allow students to critically examine the social enterprise business model and the reasons for its growth; to provide an understanding of social enterprises' contribution to society and position within the economy; to explore current opportunities and barriers to the continued growth of social enterprise; and to assess the support requirements of a social enterprise and suggest improvement strategies.

Contemporary Economic Policy
20 credits

This module introduces you to the exciting areas of economic policy controversies. This module captures the essence of economics and real-world issues and assesses how policy decisions impact on people and firms.

Corporate Governance and Finance
20 credits

The aim of this module is to enable you to evaluate corporate financial decisions that form an essential part of strategic decision making and a project business case – funding, financial investment appraisal, financial control, risk management and performance evaluation.

National Business Systems and Global Capitalism
20 credits

This module provides you with the important idea that modern business is characterised by the interaction of global processes and local embeddedness. You will learn to understand the institutional features of national business systems that influence firm strategy and structure – i.e. corporate governance and financial systems and the market for corporate control (takeovers, skill formation and education systems).

Global Strategy in Practice
20 credits

This module enables you to apply knowledge and skills gained from requisite/core units taken in Level 4, and apply that learning to an organisational issue.

Strategic HRM
20 credits

The aims of this module is for you to develop an understanding of the models and theory underpinning strategic decision making in Human Resource Management (HRM) and the contribution of strategic HRM to organisational success.

Employment Law
20 credits

This module provides you with an understanding of the purpose of employment regulation and its role in management decision making. You will learn to manage contemporary human resource issues strategically and lawfully with particular regard to unfair dismissal law.

20 credits

This module enables you to develop an understanding of the challenges faced by those involved in leading organisations in today's increasingly complex and dynamic global business environment. You will be introduced to models, concepts and theories. Techniques for critically analysing leadership within organisations and the many facets of interrelations will be introduced and developed over the course of the module.

Integrated Marketing Communications
20 credits

This module provides you with a comprehensive overview of global marketing issues and instils an appreciation of the international business and marketing environment.

Global Marketing
20 credits

This module enables you to analyse the principles and techniques involved in marketing strategically within the global context for business. Emphasis is placed on the identification of challenges presented by international marketing to equip you to deal with differences, opportunities and threats emerging from diverse economic, demographic, political/legal, cultural, technical and competitive environments. 

Strategic Branding
20 credits

This module provides you with the tools and engagement in Strategic Branding of self to support long-term wider personal impact.

Logistics and Transportation
20 credits

This module aims to develop your understanding of logistics and transportation systems. It forms an integral part of the Operations and Supply Chain Management pathway and builds on concepts introduced in the Level 5 modules in this pathway. It will enable you to assess different transport modes and to propose appropriate capacity planning and control approaches.

Sustainable Supply Chains
20 credits

This module will develop your understanding of key concepts, theories and principles of sustainable supply chain, as part of the core modules taken in Level 4. You will engage with wide-ranging issues and ideas relating to sustainability, and how they apply to supply chain management processes such as Plan, Source, Make, Deliver and Return, and all other critical value chain activities.

Lean Operations
20 credits

This module develops your understanding regarding the application of methodologies within business quality management. You will be introduced to the concepts of Six Sigma and Lean and their associated tools and techniques as means to improve process performance.

Teaching and work-related learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources

We adopt an active blended learning approach, meaning you will experience a combination of face-to-face and online learning during your time at LJMU. This enables you to experience a rich and diverse learning experience and engage fully with your studies. Our approach ensures that you can easily access support from your personal tutor, either by meeting them on-campus or via a video call to suit your needs.

Subjects are delivered via a balance of formal lectures, informal workshops, online activities and seminars.  These allow students to discuss, develop and practice their understanding of particular theories and principles. Additionally, professional speakers from industry share their own experience and perspectives with students, enabling them to gain invaluable insight into the workplace.   

Practical off-site visits, to organisations such as  Jaguar Landrover, Typhoo, Vauxhall Motors and  CAT (Centre for Alternative Technologies), allow students to observe how theory is put into practice. This helps provide context to theoretical underpinnings and can also help students select their future career pathway.   

The programme uses business technology to support learning.  This includes simulation, digital analytics, ‘live’ textbooks, use of the Bloomberg information centre, visits to our sensor city campus and case studies supported by our Canvas virtual learning environment. 

Work-related Learning

You will gain valuable work-related experience when you work as part of a team of 'student consultants' on your live business project if you choose to complete this assessment. 

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor, plus study skills support


​The programme team provides a supportive environment in which to study.  The 'student-centred' approach of your tutors will ensure that you are provided with the individual support and guidance needed.  A personal tutor will be assigned to help you with your personal development and career planning.

In addition, each module leader offers drop in opportunities for you to clarify your understanding and, if needed, provide further detailed feedback on a piece of work.


Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.

We understand that students perform differently depending on the type of assessment they are given and so a range of assessment methods are used on the programme. These include written assignments (essays/reports, individual/group), exams, practical assessments, individual and group presentations, portfolios, reflective logs and a dissertation. There could be up to three assessments per module, for example a presentation, report and exam.

Written feedback is provided within 15 working days of submission, but you can also get face-to-face feedback from your Module Tutor. We believe that constructive feedback is vital in helping you identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to develop further.


What you can expect from your School

The School is based in the Redmonds Building, in the heart of the bustling Mount Pleasant Campus and Liverpool’s growing Knowledge Quarter. The building is home to high quality lecture theatres and seminar rooms, social spaces, a café and a roof terrace with far reaching views of the cityscape and welsh hills. It is only a short walk from LJMU’s Aldham Robarts Library, which contains all the resources you will require for your studies, and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications:

GCSE and equivalents

Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained Grade C or Grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below:

  • Key Skills Level 2 in English/ Maths
  • NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading
  • Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English
  • Higher Diploma in Maths/ English
  • Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths/ English
  • Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
  • Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number

T Levels

  • T Level requirements: 112 UCAS points in a related subject

Reduced Offer Scheme

As part of LJMU’s commitment to widening access we offer eligible students entry to their chosen course at a reduced threshold of up to 16/8 UCAS points. This applies if you are a student who has been in local authority care or if you have participated in one of LJMU’s sustained outreach initiatives, e.g. Summer University. Please contact the admission office for further details.

6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent English language proficiency test.

International entry requirements

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Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check.

Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

Applications  are welcomed from students with the following qualifications

  • A Higher National Diploma (HND) in a relevant Business subject. Applicants are expected to have achieved an average of merit standard 
  • Foundation Degree in a relevant Business subject. Applicants are expected to have achieved an average of 60% 

International Students

English Language Requirements

All International and EU students must meet the following minimum English Language requirements

IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.

Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.