Business Management and Human 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 Human Geography.

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

UCAS code: LNR9

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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 Human Geography element of the course, you will add to your growing skills in understanding and influencing the way humans relate to the environment. In the lab, the field and the archive, you’ll explore the characteristics, diversity, interdependence and changing nature of places. You’ll understand the applications and possibilities Human Geography provides in solving problems, creating wealth and improving quality of life. You’ll collect and analyse spatial, social and environmental data, and become familiar with industry standard GIS software for analysing, visualising and integrating that data. Human Geography at Keele was ranked in the top 10 nationally for overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey.

What will this mean for my future?

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. In addition to providing very specific human geography skills, this course will enhance your abilities in communication, make you proficient in various methods such as GIS or primary data collection, and develop your creativity in problem solving. This will all be invaluable as you address social, environmental, ethical and global problems as part of your studies or in the world of work. You might go on to work as a planning and development surveyor, logistics manager, residential surveyor, town planner, international development worker, transport planner or market researcher.

Indicative modules

First Year

  • Human Geographies
  • Geographical Skills
  • Practising Human Geography
  • 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
  • Practical Human Geography
  • Geographical Research Training
  • Space and Society
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Business Ethics
  • Operations and Quality Management

Options Include:

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

Third Year

  • Dissertation
  • Applied GIS*
  • Inspirational Landscapes*
  • Postcolonialism in South Asia*
  • Economic Development and Environmental Transformation*
  • Geographies of Children and Youth*
  • Rural Geographies*
  • Business Strategy
  • Contemporary Issues in Management

*Modules Selected 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