Business (CMI) BA (Hons)

This course is delivered and awarded by Arden University in Berlin.

This CMI-accredited degree will provide you with a range of skills and the core knowledge needed to succeed in today’s ever-changing business world.

Students will be prepared to enter a range of different sectors through learning key aspects of the interconnected business world. Core topics that will be covered include management skills, the principles of marketing, business analysis and managing change. You will analyse various business and management disciplines within a local, national and global context. This form of multidisciplinary teaching will ensure that upon completion of the course, you are fully prepared to enter the job market as an ‘all-rounder’ in business.

You will also benefit from the blended learning aspect of this course which allows you to fit your studies around daily work and family commitments. This flexible study mode means you can develop your business knowledge by combining online study with lectures only two days a week

Whether you are looking to progress in your current career, switch jobs or pursue a career in this field, this is the course for you!

Flexible payment plans available* - please see the fees and funding tab.

About Arden

This programme is designed, delivered and awarded by Arden University, a UK university regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for England (QAA) and the UK government. Arden has helped 50,000 students succeed over 26 years of providing higher education to students around the world. 96% of graduates are in employment or further study 6 months after graduating.*

*2016/17 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE)

4.2 out of 5 stars - Arden University are highly rated by their students.

Who should take this course?

This course is ideal for those looking to develop the practical skills required to enter professional or managerial positions within the business sector. Upon completion of the course, graduates will be workplace ready to enter a range of commercial and non-commercial sectors.

Throughout the course, you will learn the best practices to enhance business performance, as well as developing your decision-making skills to generate solutions to complex business problems. Both of these critical skills will ensure you stand out to employers as a valuable asset to their companies.

How will you learn?

You will learn using a combination of face-to-face and online learning. Arden University's innovative distance learning techniques mix traditional face to face classes with the flexibility of online studying. You will also have access to online study materials and resources 24/7 to support independent study, as well as online lessons, tutorials, forums and virtual classrooms and libraries. Assessment methods consist of assignments, essays, presentations, case studies, portfolios and exams.  In addition, you will receive regular academic support from Arden’s expert tutors and your own student support coordinator for any administrative, technical, or motivational help. 

Programme Structure

Arden’s BA in Business will cover fundamental topics such as business analysis and marketing, ensuring you develop a strong understanding of the current challenges modern businesses face. You will also have the opportunity to specialise in a certain area of business through your independent dissertation project.

Year 1

  • Developing Personal and Management Skills
  • Understanding the Business Environment
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Introduction to Finance
  • People in Organisations
  • Management Information Systems

Year 2

  • Managing Across Cultures
  • Business Processes
  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
  • Business Analysis
  • Managing Knowledge
  • Managing Change in Organisations

Year 3

  • Contemporary Management Issues
  • Strategic Management
  • Managing Self and Others
  • International Management
  • Research Methods and Dissertation

Course objectives

  • Gain a solid understanding of how businesses operate within a local, national and global context.
  • Analyse the internal functioning of organisations, including their functions, structures and management.
  • Learn how to apply theoretical management concepts and processes in order to solve and plan for industry sector issues.
  • Assist students in becoming expert problem solvers and confident communicators within a business setting.

Career direction

This course will provide you with the transferable skills needed for a business and management career, or to pursue further studies.

Upon graduation you will be prepared for a range of professional roles in multiple sectors. Potential roles for graduates could include Business Developer or Analyst, Digital Marketing Specialist or Project Manager.

Why study in Berlin?

  • Voted 7th best city in the world for student living by Top Universities in 2018
  • Option to apply for a 18-month post-study residence permit**
  • Excellent employment prospects
  • Learn from world-class international faculty in an international environment
  • Reasonable cost of living in comparison to many other European countries
  • Attractive to international students pursuing an education abroad
  • Rich in culture, history and entertainment
  • A vibrant start-up entrepreneurial city
  • Study in Germany – the most popular option for international students^

** For more information please visit our section for International students

^ Based on an annual survey by ICEF.

Fees and funding

In addition to the qualification, fees cover a range of student support services, including visa application support, as well as German language classes for international students. 

Scholarships for this course will soon be available. To find out more, contact a programme advisor.

Tuition fee - €8,000 / Year

Flexible payment plan

Arden University offers flexible payment plans* that allow you to spread the cost of your programme fees across multiple instalments.

More information on the flexible payment plans available can be found here.

*Terms and conditions apply

Entry requirements

Standard entry requirements: 

  • Two subjects at GCE A level or equivalent, plus passes at grade C or above in three subjects at GCSE level or equivalent; or
  • Completed a recognised Access Programme or equivalent.
  • Personal statement 

For students whose prior learning was not taught in English

  • IELTS 6.0 or equivalent (no less than 5.5 in any element)

Non-standard entry:

Applicants should be able to demonstrate that they have a strong motivation to study the programme. A personal statement will be needed if you do not meet the standard entry requirements. This statement should be between 350-500 words and should include your references, relevant prior experience and qualifications.

Furthermore, we will ask for references and evidence of a minimum of 2 years’ work experience.  

A completed application form is required for all entry routes.

Career statistics you need to know

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Germany has the 2nd best unemployment rate in the EU, at 3,4%*

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Berlin was voted 7th best city in the world for students by Top Universities

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4th Best Graduate starting salary at £40,650**
in Europe, with a growing economy

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  • Full-time
  • Arden Study Centre Berlin, Germany
  • 3 Years
  • Jun, Sep, Nov
  • € 8000 per year.

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Students satisfaction on this course*

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years of support by Arden University


Of students employed or in further study 6 months of graduating*


Of students saw their career improve as a direct result of their studies*

Studying in Berlin has provided me with the exposure I needed to think outside the box. I choose to pursue a postgraduate degree as it will take me one step further towards my goal of becoming a professor.

Benedictus Agbelom, MSc Project Management