Graduates with both academic abilities and practical experience in a real business environment are much in demand and can have a significant advantage in today’s competitive employment market. This four-year programme offers you the opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge of a range of business topics, combined with a year in industry putting into practice what you’ve learned.
What's it like to study on the BSc Business Management Year in Industry programme?
Students from Birmingham Business School offer their own insight into the process and discuss their experience on placement in our video profiles.
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Final Year, BSc Business Management (Year in Industry)
“As a student that had never even studied business, having such a diverse curriculum of twelve different modules each term has meant that I have experienced a range of business activities and processes which have now given my future a clear vision and pathway. I believe that by not limiting yourself to one discipline of business will make you a well-rounded individual, which will also help massively when you come to find a graduate job.”
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Employers are looking for graduates who have both academic ability and practical experience in a real business environment. This business management course offers you the opportunity to gain an in-depth knowledge of a range of business topics combined with a year in industry with a leading employer, putting into practice what you have learned.
This is a broad-based degree, based on our successful BSc Business Management programme, where you will spend three years studying themes found in the actual arena of business, graduating with a firm foundation for the real world of work. One of the advantages of this degree is that it allows you to keep your options open which is something that employers find attractive.
Students studying this course enjoy above average contact hours with academic staff. As well as time with your lecturers and personal tutor, academic and professional services staff (like our dedicated Careers Network team) will be available to offer individual and group support throughout your time here at Birmingham.
This year lays a foundation for the study of business. You study the same themes as students on the BSc Business Management.
In this year you have some choice within the themed structure of the programme. The modules offered will change from time to time, as they are developed to reflect the ever-changing world of business. This ensures that your degree remains sufficiently generalist to give you a wide choice of career options on graduation. During the second year you will be helped by our Year in Industry office or the University Careers Centre to identify a placement for your third year.
Your third year will be spent working in an organisation. You will be paid for this (typically around £14,000, although it may be more). Placements are available throughout the UK in companies such as IBM, Marks and Spencer, Warner Bros, Accenture and L’Oreal. Please note that your placement year is conditional upon the achievement of at least a 2:1 (60%) in your second year. If at the end of your second year you decide you do not want to take up the placement year you can choose to transfer to the three year programme.
As with the second year, your fourth year of study will continue to give you choice within the themed structure of the programme, ensuring that your degree remains sufficiently generalist to give you a wide choice of career options on graduation.
Based on our successful BSc in Business Management, you’ll spend three years studying disciplines with direct relevance to the business world, such as finance, marketing and human resources management. You will also undertake a professional development and research skills theme which will put your academic studies into context, and of course you will have a chance to spend an additional Year in Industry.
- 95% of our graduates go on to work or undertake further study
- 84% of those going into professional or managerial careers
- Average graduate starting salaries of £22,000
Choose one of the following modules:
One of the following modules must also be taken, depending on prior qualifications:
A Widening Horizons Module worth 20 credits must be taken.
Students must choose a further 90 credits from the options below. Equal numbers of credits must be taken in each semester.
- Event Management, 10 credits
- Managing in B2B Markets: Contracts, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, 10 credits
- Public Relations, 10 credits
- Crisis Management, 10 credits
- International Entrepreneurship, 10 credits
- Business, Economy and Government, 10 credits
- Competitiveness in the Global Economy, 10 credits
- Consumer Behaviour, 10 credits
- Critical Analysis in Management, 20 credits
- Fundamentals of Leadership, 10 credits
- Human Resource Management, 10 credits
- Intermediate Business Economics and the Macroeconomy, 20 credits
- Internal and External Communications, 10 credits
- International Marketing, 10 credits
- Law for Accountancy and Business, 20 credits
- Managerial Finance, 10 credits
- Models of Business, 10 credits
- Operations Management, 10 credits
- Project Management, 10 credits
- Service and Relationship Marketing, 10 credits
- Strategy and Finance, 10 credits
- Organisational Behaviour, 10 credits
Students must choose a further 100 credits from the options below. Equal numbers of credits must be taken in each semester.
- The Russian Economy: From Plan to Market A, 10 credits
- The Russian Economy: From Plan to Market B, 10 credits
- Advanced Business Economics, 20 credits
- Advanced Managerial Finance, 10 credits
- Brand Marketing, 10 credits
- Business to Business Marketing, 10 credits
- Change Management, 10 credits
- Contemporary Capitalism, 10 credits
- Economics of Labour Markets, 20 credits
- Employee Relations, 10 credits
- Employment & Business Development and Policy in the EU (A), 10 credits
- Employment & Business Development and Policy in the EU (B), 10 credits
- Global Business Ethics, 10 credits
- International Business Management, 10 credits
- International Corporate Governance, 10 credits
- International Human Resource Management, 10 credits
- Knowledge and Creative Economies, 10 credits
- Knowledge, Innovation and Global Business, 10 credits
- Marketing Communications, 10 credits
- Organisation Studies: Past, Present and Future, 10 credits
- Professional Development, 20 credits
- Small Business and Entrepreneurship, 20 credits
- Social Marketing and Societal Issues, 10 credits
- Strategic Management, 20 credits
- Strategic Stakeholder Communications, 10 credits
- eMarketing, 10 credits
Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2017. We aim to publish any changes to compulsory modules and programme structure for 2018 entry by 1 September 2017 and recommend you refer back to this page shortly after that date for any changes. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules after that date; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.
For UK students beginning their studies in September 2017, the University of Birmingham will charge the maximum approved tuition fee per year. The fees for your first year of study will therefore be £9,250.
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Undergraduate Home/EU student fees 2017-18
Overseas students entering in 2017-18
Overseas students entering in 2017-18
Fee Band (Undergraduate)
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The University offers a range of additional financial support for students studying at Birmingham in the form of bursaries, grants and scholarships.
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- Number of A levels required:
- Typical offer:
- Required subjects and grades:
- GCSE Mathematics and English at grade B
- General Studies:
- not accepted as one of three A2s, but a good performance may be taken into account if you fail to meet the conditions of the offer and have General Studies as a fourth A2
BTEC Extended Diploma in Business is accepted with grades DDD, other BTEC subjects are considered on a case by case basis.
BTEC Diploma in Business accepted in combination with an acceptable A level.
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Business accepted in combination with two acceptable A levels.
The year in industry is conditional upon an acceptable level of performance in your first-year examinations. If you do not achieve this, you will be transferred to the BSc Business Management.
International Baccalaureate Diploma: 6,6,5 at Higher Level with a minimum of 32 points overall.
Standard English language requirements apply.
Learn more about international entry requirements.
Depending on your chosen course of study, you may also be interested in one of our foundation pathways, which offer specially structured programmes for international students whose qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to UK universities. Further details can be found on Birmingham International Academy web pages.
Apply through the UCAS website using code N201.
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As a Birmingham student you are part of an academic elite and will learn from world-leading experts. At Birmingham we advocate an enquiry based learning approach, from the outset you will be encouraged to become an independent and self-motivated learner, qualities that are highly sought after by employers. We want you to be challenged and will encourage you to think for yourself.
How will I be taught?
During your time at the Business School you will experience teaching through a mixture of lectures and tutorials. Small-group tutorials/personal tutorials run alongside our lectures, addressing any individual problems you may have and allowing you to consolidate lecture material, as well as test your understanding through problem-solving exercises.
Self study is an essential part of the programme and requires self motivation and enthusiasm for your subject and allows you to pursue your own lines of enquiry and become an independent thinker.
With the exception of your placement year, undergraduate students can expect around 15 contact hours per week, depending on year of study and optional module choices made. The remainder of the working week consists of self-guided study based on degree programme content and requirements of specific modules.
Your learning will take place in a range of different settings, from scheduled teaching in lectures and small group tutorials, to self-study and peer group learning (for example preparing and delivering presentations with your classmates).
You’ll find academic and professional staff involved in the delivery of your BSc Business Management (Year in Industry) degree here at Birmingham located in University House. Set in landscaped gardens this multi-million pound home to Birmingham Business School is equipped with the latest facilities and technology to ensure your studies are inspired by their surroundings, with lectures and teaching taking place in a variety of versatile lecture theatres and breakout rooms.
To begin with you may find this way of working challenging, but rest assured that we’ll enable you to make this transition. You will have access to a comprehensive support system that will assist and encourage you, including personal tutors and welfare tutors who can help with both academic and welfare issues. During your first year it is important that you have a smooth transition into University. You will be able to talk to your tutors about this and discuss if there are particular areas where you need support.
Our Academic Skills Centre also offers you support with your learning. The centre is a place where you can develop your mathematical, academic writing and general academic skills. It is the centre’s aim to help you to become a more effective and independent learner through the use of a range of high-quality and appropriate learning support services. These range from drop-in sessions with support with mathematics and statistics based problems provided by experienced mathematicians, to workshops on a range of topics including note talking, reading, writing and presentation skills.
Virtual and enquiry based learning
Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) is an excellent tool for supporting our academic courses, allowing you to share thoughts on assignments with other students via the discussion group facilities, and even submit your work electronically.
Enquiry Based Learning (EBL) is a group activity which requires you to work in a team, with a variety of assessment methods; in either a group or individually, by written reports and sometimes as a presentation. Based on techniques used in research-led organisations like the University of Birmingham, EBL gives you a research-orientated approach to a problem and helps you to gain essential skills that are highly valued by employers.
We constantly talk to existing students and BSc Business Management alumni to ensure the right balance of assessment tools and techniques are available.
Studying at degree-level is likely to be very different from your previous experience of learning and teaching. You will be expected to think, discuss and engage critically with the subject and find things out for yourself. We will enable you to make this transition to a new style of learning, and the way that you are assessed during your studies will help you develop the essential skills you need to make a success of your time at Birmingham.
You’ll be assessed in a variety of ways, and these may be different with each module that you take. You will be assessed through coursework which may take the form of essays, group and individual presentations and formal exams.
During your first year it is important that you have a smooth transition into University. You will be able to talk to your tutors about this and discuss if there are particular areas where you need support. This is in addition to the personal tutor who is based in your school or department and can help with any academic issues you encounter.
At the beginning of each module, you’ll be given information on how and when you’ll be assessed for that particular programme of study. You’ll receive feedback on each assessment within four weeks, so that you can learn from and build on what you have done. You’ll be given feedback on any exams that you take; if you should fail an exam we will ensure that particularly detailed feedback is made available to enable you to learn for the future.
Our business degrees have long been recognised by major employers across all sectors of the economy. Our students find employment in areas as diverse as retail management, financial services, accountancy, motor manufacturing, management consultancy and pharmaceuticals; some become self employed.
The BSc Business Management degree enables you to undertake unique work experience opportunities to enhance your employability and rise above the competition. Work experience provides an ideal opportunity to gain invaluable skills and knowledge that will help further your career plans. With generous support from Alumni, undergraduate students (excluding those in their final year) can apply for funding to cover their incurred costs whilst they are working:
- Global Challenge Bursary (apply for one of our sourced opportunities) - up to £9000 available
- Gateway Bursary - up to £2000 available
- International Bursary - up to £800 available
- UK professional Bursary - up to £800 available
- Research Experience Bursary - up to £500 available
This funding can help you pay for accommodation costs, travel expenses and living costs.
Birmingham Business School also works closely with top graduate recruiters, hosting careers fairs, interactive skills sessions, workshops, presentations, specialist skills programmes and events in conjunction with employers such as Deloitte, Accenture, PWC, KPMG, Ernst & Young and many more.
Meet our BSc Business Management (Year in Industry) Scholars
Our Business Management (Year in Industry) BSc Scholars talk about why they chose the Birmingham Business School and their Year In Industry experience.
Sophie Burt - GTO Corporate Technology COO - Deutsche Bank
Harley Medlock - Student Recruitment Assistance - PwC
Amrit Bains - Product Management Intern - Allegion
Your Birmingham degree
Your Birmingham degree is evidence of your ability to succeed in a demanding academic environment. Employers target Birmingham students for their drive, diversity, communication and problem-solving skills, their team-working abilities and cultural awareness, and our graduate employment statistics have continued to climb at a rate well above national trends. If you make the most of the wide range of services you will be able to develop your career from the moment you arrive.
Preparation for your career should be one of the first things you think about as you start university. Whether you have a clear idea of where your future aspirations lie or want to consider the broad range of opportunities available once you have a Birmingham degree, our Careers Network can help you achieve your goal.
Our unique careers guidance service is tailored to your academic subject area, offering a specialised team (in each of the five academic colleges) who can give you expert advice. Our team source exclusive work experience opportunities to help you stand out amongst the competition, with mentoring, global internships and placements available to you. Once you have a career in your sights, one-to-one support with CV’s and job applications will help give you the edge. In addition, our employer-endorsed award-winning Personal Skills Award (PSA) recognises your extra-curricular activities, and provides an accredited employability programme designed to improve your career prospects.
We also offer voluntary work which complements your studies by helping you gain practical experiences in occupational settings while contributing back to society. This can bring new skills that will be useful throughout your future and can make a positive impact on your learning whilst at university. Volunteering enables you to develop skills such as communication, interpersonal skills, teamwork, self-confidence and self-discipline all of which can be transferred into your studies.
Visit the University of Birmingham Careers pages for further information on how we are 'Investing in your future'.
Depending on the options you choose, you may be able to gain partial exemption from the examinations of professional bodies such as CIM, CIMA and ACCA. This will depend on the options chosen in your second and final years.