Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons)

Get ready for the world of business with this three-year, industry-focused programme

KEY FACTS

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Faculty:
School of Business

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Study Options:
Full/Part Time

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Start Date:
Sept 2024

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Level:
Undergraduate

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Course Length:
3/6 Years

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Fees:

All Students Full-time: £9,250* per annum
All Students Part-time: £4,625* per annum

*(Annual fees will remain the same price for the duration of your studies) 

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About this programme

The Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons) is a practically orientated degree, designed to provide you with a grounding in all key aspects of business; including, the development of leadership skills, critical thinking and decision-making.
At the end of your first year, you will be asked to select your preferred major:
i.   Accounting and Finance
ii. Management and Marketing
Throughout the 3-year degree, you will be provided with opportunities to apply the knowledge you develop in-class to real-world environments, in the form of internships (referred to as ‘work placements’ in the programme specification) relevant to your choice of major.
This degree is offered on a full-time (3-years) and part-time (6-years) basis.
Read the programme specification here
SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
PLACEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Choose your major

You have until the end of your first year to choose your preferred major. This gives you the opportunity to develop an understanding of all key aspects of business before selecting your preferred option.

Accounting and Finance

The ‘Accounting and Finance’ major is designed to provide you with a strong foundation in financial management, accounting principles, and investment analysis. You will learn how to analyse financial data, prepare financial statements, and develop investment strategies that maximise returns while minimising risk.
Graduates who choose this major can pursue careers in accounting**, financial analysis, investment banking, corporate finance, and other related fields. With their combined skills in accounting and finance, graduates are well-equipped to take on leadership roles in the business world and help organisations make informed financial decisions.

Management and Marketing

The ‘Management and Marketing’ major will provide you with a strong foundation in leadership, communication, problem-solving, and critical analysis. You will also learn how to effectively manage diverse teams, conduct market research, and create marketing strategies/ campaigns that meet the needs of varied audiences.
Graduates who choose this major can pursue careers in advertising, marketing, brand management, sales, public relations, and other related fields. With their combined skills in management and marketing, graduates are well-equipped to take on leadership roles in various industries.
**Graduates who wish to pursue a career as a professional accountant will also be eligible to apply for professional exemptions from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).
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Professional Exemptions

The University of  Gibraltar’s BBA programme is recognised by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (“ACCA”) as an accredited programme. Those who major in accounting and finance and decide to pursue their professional accounting qualification with the ACCA will be able to obtain a number of exemptions from the applied knowledge and applied skills level of exams.
The University of Gibraltar has been granted Partner in Learning status by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (“ICAEW)”. Those who major in accounting and finance and who decide to pursue their professional accounting qualification with the ICAEW will therefore be able to obtain a number of exemptions from both the certificate level and professional level of exams.

Placement Opportunities

We understand the importance of real-world experience in shaping the future leaders of business. That’s why we’ve collaborated closely with industry-leading placement providers to offer our students unparalleled opportunities for professional growth and development. Our placement providers represent a diverse array of industries, from finance and marketing to technology and entrepreneurship. Through these partnerships, our students gain access to hands-on learning experiences, mentorship from industry experts, and the chance to apply classroom knowledge to real-world challenges.

Career-ready graduates

The following are examples of just two of our graduates who are now in full-time employment thanks to their Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons) internships:

“During my first year of my BBA (Hons) I had the opportunity to do a placement with PwC Gibraltar, which gave me an early exposure to the financial industry and the Gibraltarian business environment. As well as having the opportunity to learn the job on a practical level very early on, I had the opportunity to do summer internships and continue to experience other departments until I finally discovered Audit, which is the area I like the most and feel most comfortable in. I am now employed full time at PwC Gibraltar and am pursuing the ACCA qualification.”

Jose Miguel Herrera RivasBBA (Hons) Valedictorian | PwC Gibraltar employee

“The work placement I undertook throughout the BBA (Hons) was fully applicable to the course in all aspects, whilst it also helped me get an understanding of the local professional workplace environments. I undertook my placement at BetVictor, a locally based, international iGaming company.

Needless to say how useful the placement was, so much so that upon finishing the placement they offered me full time employment!”

Andrew HernandezBBA (Hons) Graduate | BetVictor employee

If somebody is thinking of coming here, I would say that they should definitely join as there is something for everyone and the lecturers are brilliant!

Alex Zelikov, Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons) student

Meet some of our BBA (Hons) students

  • "Our class is very mixed and we get on really well! We have students from India, Russia, Sweden, Spain, UK, America and Morocco on the course so it’s a real cross section!"

    Amelia Lewis-Berry

    Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons)

  • "We have quite a social class and do lots of activities together. Most of us live in the accommodation – it’s very convenient to live that close to campus."

    Reda Harma

    Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons)

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  • "At first, I was planning to go to London, but eventually, I chose Gibraltar because it seemed to be the best of both worlds for me. With the language, it is convenient to be able to speak in Spanish too if I need to, and the UK education system makes it a perfect combination to start my studies and professional career."

    Manuel Sanchez

    Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons)

  • "If somebody is thinking of coming here, I would say that they should definitely join as there is something for everyone and the lecturers are brilliant"

    Alex Zelikov

    Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons)

  • Amelia Lewis-Berry

    Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons)

    “Our class is very mixed and we get on really well! We have students from India, Russia, Sweden, Spain, UK, America and Morocco on the course so it’s a real cross section!”
    read full profile
  • Reda Harma

    Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons)

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    “We have quite a social class and do lots of activities together. Most of us live in the accommodation – it’s very convenient to live that close to campus.”
    read full profile
  • Manuel Sanchez

    Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons)

    “At first, I was planning to go to London, but eventually, I chose Gibraltar because it seemed to be the best of both worlds for me. With the language, it is convenient to be able to speak in Spanish too if I need to, and the UK education system makes it a perfect combination to start my studies and professional career.”
    read full profile
  • Alex Zelikov

    Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons)

    “If somebody is thinking of coming here, I would say that they should definitely join as there is something for everyone and the lecturers are brilliant”
    read full profile

Modules

Delivered by expert teaching staff and industry experts, the full-time BBA (Hons) is a three-year programme that typically requires a commitment of sixteen hours class time a week. The part-time study mode is offered over a period of up to six years and typically requires a commitment of eight hours class time a week. The schedule below outlines a typical study plan:

Semester 1

Business Data Analysis

This module is designed as a first formal course in basic statistical methods. It aims to provide recognition of situations where statistical analysis may be of benefit and the range of methods that may apply to a given situation. Students will learn to use statistical methods to extract useful information from a set of data, and to utilise the information gathered appropriately in the business decision making process.

Accounting for Managers

This module introduces the basic concepts and principles of accounting with an emphasis on their use in business decision-making. As a minimum, understanding the basic format of financial statements, the development of financial budgets and costing of products and services is essential to being an effective business decision maker and manager. The module focuses on the practical and functional nature of business decisions from the perspective of financial accounting; managerial costing and budgetary policies; profit-planning; capital investments and management; and financing of business operations.

Principles of Management

The module seeks to ensure that all graduating students have an understanding of broad management concepts and their inter-relationships in a global context. Effective management is essential for the success of all private, not-for-profit and public organisations no matter where in the world they are located. A pre-requisite for effective management is an understanding of the origins of management and its main theoretical perspectives; how to plan and make decisions, organise, lead and control, how to motivate staff, and manage change in different business environments.

This module provides students with a general introduction to organisations and the functions of management. Topic areas will address issues related to organisations, management, and society. The module will cover the core management functions of leading, planning, controlling and organising.

Management Information Systems

This module provides the theoretical framework that will allow students to understand the importance of management information systems in an organisation and how this moulds future strategic decisions.

Semester 2

Business Economics

Economic factors can play a vital role in influencing individuals, businesses and governments’ decision-making process. This module aims to provide students with an understanding of such roles by providing students with the basic principles and concepts of macroeconomics and building upon microeconomic foundations.

Principles of Marketing

This module provides knowledge and practice in the analytical, creative and strategic functions of marketing.

It presents a set of approaches and frameworks centred upon the “4Ps” (Product, Price, Place, and Promotion), to develop the student’s competence to create a marketing plan, one of the major tools of business. Marketing starts with understanding consumer’s preferences for products and services and attempts to satisfy their different wants and needs in a profitable manner.

Principles of Finance

An understanding of finance principles is an essential component of operating or managing a successful business. This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the basic principles of finance contextualised with real-life case studies.

Employment Project

This module gives year 1 students the opportunity to undertake a group placement project whereby they will analyse a company (either a local company or quoted company), based on their learning from the various modules they will have studied up to this stage. The project is designed to assist students to build their levels of employability and their commitment to continuing professional development. Prior to undertaking the project, students will have the opportunity to enhance and apply their skills, ensuring that they make the most of their potential.

Semester 1

Organisational Behaviour

Managers need to develop their interpersonal or people skills if they are going to be effective in their jobs. Organisational behaviour is a field of study that investigates the impact that individuals, groups, and structure have on behaviour within an organisation, and then applies that knowledge to make organisations work more effectively. Specifically, Organisational Behaviour focuses on how to improve productivity, reduce absenteeism and turnover, increase employee citizenship and job satisfaction and can offer guidance in creating an ethically healthy work climate.

Introduction to International Business

This module focuses on the study of international business in a cross-cultural environment. It provides a survey of the key issues and relationships in the field of international business and provides students with the basic foundations to deal with specialised modules in trade, economics, international marketing and finance, in a dynamic international business environment.

Furthermore, the module offers guidance to conceptual frameworks covering public policy perspectives on international trade, direct foreign investment and external debt, functions and forms of the global monetary system, the impact of multilateral institutions and trade blocs on international business, and the management of multinational companies.

Entrepreneurship

This module provides students with an in-depth understanding of the entrepreneurial process. It includes how to recognise new business opportunities, screen these for commercial and/or social viability, unlock market potential, and assess the potential customer demand in the context of competitive environments and financial constraints. This module requires students to identify a market opportunity and to develop ideas using a variety of tools to assess the viability of new business ideas.

Major Module

Depending on your Major, you will be studying one of the following modules:

  • Human Resource Management

  • Investment Analysis & Corporate Finance

Semester 2

Business Law

The module will cover an introduction to Gibraltar and UK law, including company and insolvency law; the impact of civil, criminal and general law on businesses and professional services; and will also introduce students to employment law and practices in the Gibraltar context.

Consumer Behaviour

Successful marketing decisions require a sound understanding of consumer behaviour, whether in the context of commercial firms, non-profit organisations, or government departments.

This core module provides students with a thorough appreciation of the complexities of consumer decision-making to ensure that their future marketing decisions achieve their objectives in their target market. This module is based on the premise that the consumer is the key to the success of any marketing effort and, hence, marketers need to know how and why consumers behave the way they do towards marketing-related stimuli.

Placement with employability skills

This module gives year 2 students the opportunity to conduct a six-week work placement/ internship, either within the local business community or internationally. The placement is within or closely related to their field of study and is in support of the employability aims of the BBA (Hons). It is designed to assist students to build their levels of employability and their commitment to continuing professional development. Prior to undertaking the work placement, students will have the opportunity to enhance their skills, ensuring that they make the most of their potential and will then have the opportunity to apply these skills in their workplace organisation.

Major Module

Depending on your Major, you will be studying one of the following modules:

  • Market Research

  • Financial Accounting and Reporting

Semester 1

Management Strategy

Strategy, both at the level of corporations and that of strategic business units, provides the framework within which business operates by setting goals and establishing the means (tactics, plans, policies, and actions) to achieve those goals. As organisations and their environments are continually changing, this requires the mastery of a wide range of topics and the ability to analyse, synthesise, and integrate information and concepts quickly to ensure effective management decision-making.

This module addresses the practice of strategic decision-making through an intensive examination of key topics including the nature of strategy; competitive strategies and frameworks for analysis; strategies in different industry environments, including mature and new or innovative industries; strategy and organisation; and strategy in an international competitive environment.

Business Ethics and Corporate Governance

Ethics is more than a descriptive study of morality. Rather, this module considers ethics as a normative study of morality that requires people to make judgments. When a person begins questioning their own, or society’s, moral standards they begin to engage in ethical decision making. Students will be introduced to ethical and governance issues in the context of business ethics, and will learn how to use ethical theories and frameworks to better support their analysis of ethical issues and subsequent conclusions/decisions.

Major Modules

Depending on your Major, you will be studying one of the following modules:

  • Advanced Corporate Finance

  • Intercultural Management

Major Modules

Depending on your Major, you will be studying one of the following modules:

  • Auditing and Assurance

  • Digital and Social Media Marketing

Semester 2

Placement with employability skills

This module is designed to assist students to successfully transition from university to the workforce and aims to guide student’s application of knowledge gained through previous modules to the work environment.  A key focus of the module will be to assist students with their career development and preparedness through a combination of personal, professional and career enhancement activities. The module will specifically cover job search and interviewing skills which will help students prepare for employment, and future career advancement. This module also gives year 3 students the opportunity to conduct an eight-week work placement/ internship within or closely related to their field of study, either within the local business community or internationally.

Dissertation

Students will carry out an independent research study on a topic of their choice relevant to their field of study.

*You can choose to major in one of the following areas: ‘Accounting and Finance’ or ‘Management and Marketing’.

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Internship with Employability Skills

In your first year, you will undertake a project on an active trading organisation, where you will get the opportunity to apply your knowledge to develop a plan and recommendations, which will then be presented to the organisation.
During your second and third years, you will complete internships with Gibraltar-based companies. The internships are related to your choice of major, and are designed to assist you in building your levels of employability and commitment to continuing professional development.

Accounting and Finance

Students who have opted to major in ‘Accounting and Finance’ have benefitted from internships with companies such as:
– Advantage Insurance Company Ltd
– Atlantic Financial Group
– Clairvaux Limited
– Deloitte
– EY
– KPMG
– PwC Gibraltar
– Sovereign Trust (Gibraltar) Ltd

Management and Marketing

Students who have opted to major in ‘Management and Marketing’ have benefitted from internships with companies such as:
– Bassadone
– BetVictor
– The Bulb
– Gibraltar International Bank
– Gibtelecom
– Lottoland
– Playtech
– The Sunborn

QAA Global Accreditation

The University is delighted to have achieved global accreditation from the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), the UK’s independent quality body and a global leader in quality assurance for higher education. All our degrees are globally recognised.
“In achieving QAA’s global accreditation, the University has displayed its compatibility with international best practice.”
Vicki Scott, UK Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) Chief Executive.

Entry Requirements

Typically, all applicants should have:

  • BCC at ‘A level’ (104 UCAS) points or international equivalent

All applicants should have:

  • 5 GCSE’s grade 4 or above (A*– C pre 2017) including English Language and Mathematics (or international equivalent).
  • Strong communications skills with the ability to communicate your ideas effectively in discussions, presentations and writing.
  • Basic IT skills, such as word-processing, email and Internet.
English Language Requirements:
  • An overall IELTS test result of 6.5, including a minimum of 6.0 in all sub-tests. Equivalent awards will be considered (e.g. Pearson’s Test of English, Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English, Duolingo English Test, City & Guilds International ESOL 8984, or the TOEFL- IBT test of English proficiency). If you do not meet our entry requirements, you can still apply as we will consider your application.
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Offers are based on a combination of qualifications or predicted grades, the applicant’s personal statement and references. For guidelines on personal statements and references please click here.

Access to Higher Education Programme

Should you not meet the entry requirements for our Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons) programme, our Access to Higher Education programme may be recommended to you by the admissions team.
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Fees

Programme Fee (per annum) Years
Home Full-Time £9,250 3
Home Part-Time £4,625 6
International and EU £12,500 3 (For 2024, international and EU fees will be the same as Home fees)

Note: the above fees are for the Academic year 2024/25 and are subject to indexation.

Bursaries and Scholarships

The University of Gibraltar hosts or directly offers a limited number of scholarship programmes to support your studies. These scholarships are highly competitive; they are available to support undergraduate, Master’s degree and PhD programmes and are made available to students based on certain criteria.

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