Business Management and Geography 

(2018 Entry)

BA (Hons)

At Keele, studying a combined honours degree will include some modules from both of the single honours degrees. In this case, your programme will be made up of a combination of modules from both Business Management and Geography.

Combined Honours
Study abroad
Learn a language
International year
3 years/ 4 years with international year

UCAS code: LN79

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Course Overview

For the Business Management element of the course, you will reflect critically on what you learn about business, to challenge received wisdom, and to think for yourself about the theories you encounter. There’s a specialist approach to Business Management at Keele which distinguishes it from traditional business studies. It emphasises independent thinking, and examines those places where business comes into contact with social-scientific and philosophical disciplines. You’ll explore concepts and debates in organisational behaviour, accounting, marketing, and human resource management, including decision making behaviour across the private and public sectors. You’ll learn to reflect broadly on situations and to contextually apply what you know.

For the Geography element of the course, you will develop a core foundation in the first year from which you will have the flexibility to pursue a diverse range of specialisms and interests in the second and third years, allowing you to explore your interests within the subject. You'll learn to access and engage with the latest research in which the majority of our staff are engaged; undertake effective fieldwork; utilise a range of methods to collect and analyse qualitative data; plan and undertake research; and use specialist software such as GIS to address geographical problems. We offer a range of local field excursions, which for many students are the highlight of their learning experience. Our campus provides an ideal venue for some of our work, whilst field courses run locally and overseas provide an opportunity to broaden your horizons. We provide field course routes that incur no additional costs with only some optional trips involving additional charges. You will also have access to excellent computing and laboratory facilities, and the chance to study abroad at a partner institution, either for a semester or an entire international year.

What will this mean for my future?

This combined honours programme could be very successfully combined with law, computer science, media, criminology, politics or psychology. You’ll graduate as a confident, analytical thinker – a skill very much in demand among employers. You’ll be interested in this course if you’d like to pursue a career in management or self-employment. You could choose a career in the commercial, public or charitable sectors. With or without further study, you might eventually work as a management or IT consultant, investment analyst, chartered management accountant, banker, financial advisor or statistician, or in the civil service or in marketing or sales.

Keele enjoys high rates of graduate employment, where in 2016, were recognised nationally as 1st for employability in the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey. As a geographer, you'll develop a wide range of transferable and subject specific skills that are highly valued by employers. Your interdisciplinary perspectives, problem-solving skills and the ability to research, evaluate and synthesise information from diverse sources are relevant to a broad range of careers including those in transport and planning and the environmental and retail sectors. They also provide an ideal training for postgraduate study and research.



Indicative modules

First Year

  • Geographical Skills
  • Fundamentals of Physical Geography
  • Human Geographies
  • People and the Environment
  • Management in Context I and II

Options Include:

  • British and Global Economy
  • Marketing Principles
  • Business Law
  • Accounting Principles
  • Introductory Microeconomics
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Multinational Enterprise Business Perspectives
  • Introduction to International Business
  • Foundations of Human Resources Management

Second Year

  • Dynamic Geographies
  • Geographical Research Training
  • Practical Physical Geography*
  • Practical Human Geography*
  • Regional Landsystems*
  • Space and Society*
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Business Ethics
  • Operations and Quality Management

*Two modules to be selected

Options Include:

  • Business Research
  • Enterprise and Alternative Organising
  • Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility

Third Year

  • Dissertation
  • Glaciers and Glacial Geomorphology*
  • Global Environmental Change*
  • Water Resources*
  • Coastal Environments*
  • Applied GIS*
  • Inspirational Landscapes*
  • Postcolonialism in South Asia*
  • Economic Development and Environment Transformation*
  • Geographies of Children and Youth*
  • Rural Geographies*
  • Business Strategy
  • Contemporary Issues in Management

*Select modules from list

Options Include:

  • Managing Diversity ISP
  • Leading Change and Entrepreneurship
  • Indentity, Culture and Organisation
  • Comparative Business Cultures
  • SME Live Project
  • Enterprise Business Plan
  • International Business Strategies
  • Managing International Projects

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Chloe Dawson

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Mark Dinnage

Mark Dinnage

"The modules and teaching at Keele helped me shape a career path I hadn’t even considered when I was 18."

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