Business Management BSc with Integrated Foundation Year (Dubai Campus)

Our Foundation Pathways combines the highest standards of one of Britain’s leading global universities with a fully integrated student experience. 

The Business Management BSc (Hons) with Integrated Foundation Year equips you with the expertise needed to lead, change and understand business and management on both a national and global scale.

It is structured to reflect the changing world of business. This degree combines the latest research and thinking with the philosophy that future leaders of industry should have a sound, broad-based business education. We advocate an enquiry-based learning approach, from the outset you will be encouraged to become an independent and self-motivated learner. No matter what the sector, organisations all require good leaders and this degree is aimed at students looking to take up leadership roles. Our graduates are highly sought after for their critical and analytical skills, as well as their in-depth knowledge of current business practices.

James Ellis

Business Management student

“As a student that had never even studied business, having such a diverse curriculum 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 you will become a well-rounded individual, which will also help massively when you come to find a graduate job.”

The programme aims to develop the intellectual, analytical and communication skills of students by providing them with a breadth of knowledge of business management, together with  the transferable skills (for example in group and team working) that are necessary to apply this knowledge in new and challenging contexts.

Given the fact that business is conducted today in a global environment and that it is necessary to be able to interact with other markets and cultures, an international underpinning is to be found in most modules. In addition, an appreciation of other contemporary issues such as digital marketing, international entrepreneurship and management strategy is provided throughout the programme, which will also endeavor to impart a sense of corporate social responsibility.

Foundation year

Designed for international students who require a preparatory year prior to undergraduate study, the foundation programme is equivalent in learning to year 13 of the UK education system.

Successful completion of the foundation year will also guarantee you progression onto the Business Managemement BSc (Hons) programme. *You will need at least 100 credits, an average of at least 60%, at least 60% in Academic English and Study Skills and at least 65% in Quantitative Methods for Business and Economics.

We will ensure you're fully prepared for your undergraduate programme, immersing you in the university environment and giving you dedicated support in your first year in Dubai.

Year one

Year one introduces the key themes of the programme. e.g. marketing, organisational behaviour, accounting and finance. Students are given a thorough grounding in the subject areas that they continue in later years. The modules studied will mirror the UK programme.

Year two

In year two we adopt a generalist approach although modules begin to become more focused and specialised; students must take at least 10 credits from each key themes. The modules on the programme mirror those modules already offered in the UK based programme. The modules have been chosen as the most appropriate modules for the coherence of the programme, and the most suitable for the Dubai market.

Year three 

Year three features modules that are increasingly focused. The year is underpinned by a compulsory dissertation which allows the student to investigate in-depth an area of personal interest.


All modules listed for this course are compulsory. 

Foundation year

  • Politics in a Changing World (20 credits)
  • Critical Introduction to Law and Legal Skills  (20 credits)
  • Business and the Market (20 credits)
  • Quantitative Methods for Business and Economics (20 credits)
  • Academic English and Study Skills or Advanced Academic English and Study Skills or (40 credits)

Year one

  • Business Accounting (10 credits)
  • Introduction to Financial Reporting (10 credits)
  • Developing Entrepreneurial Opportunity (10 credits)
  • Principles of Marketing (10 credits)
  • Economics for Business (10 credits)
  • Competitiveness in the Global Economy (10 credits)
  • Introduction to Business Strategy and Supply Chain Management (10 credits)
  • Understanding Organisations and Management (10 credits)
  • Critical Analysis in Management (10 credits)
  • Organisational behaviour (10 credits)
  • Analytical Techniques for Business (20 credits)

Year two

  • Intermediate Business Economics and the Macroeconomy (20 credits)
  • International Marketing (10 credits)
  • Consumer Behaviour (10 credits)
  • Services and Relationship Marketing (10 credits)
  • Change Management (10 credits)
  • Event Management (10 credits)
  • Fundamentals of Leadership (10 credits)
  • Operations Management (10 credits)
  • International Entrepreneurship (10 credits)
  • Strategy and Finance (10 credits)
  • Managerial Finance (10 credits)

Year three

  • Advanced Business Economics (20 credits)
  • Digital Marketing (10 credits)
  • Retail Marketing (10 credits)
  • Research Skills (10 credits)
  • Marketing Analytics (10 credits)
  • International Business Management (10 credits)
  • International HRM (10 credits)
  • Crisis Management (10 credits)
  • Global Business Ethics (10 credits)

Students will also undertake a dissertation in their third year, worth 20 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 2018. 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.

Fees and funding

The foundation year of your programme will be charged at 77,030 AED for 2018/19 entry.

Following successful completion of your foundation year we charge an annual tuition fee which is set at 89,970 AED per year of study.


We have a number of scholarships available for 2018 entry. Find out more.

Entry requirements

How to apply

To find out more information about our application process please visit our 'How to apply page' before starting your application.

Learning and teaching methods will take the form of lectures, classes, case study work, online assignments and quizzes, presentations and self-directed study.

Work will be assessed via exams, coursework, presentations and a dissertation.

As the University of the Year for Graduate Employment in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015-16, Birmingham is the UK’s number one university for securing a graduate-level job.

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.

Joe Cainé“Studying the Business Management programme provided me with practical analytical and finance skills which have helped enormously when a significant part of my job is spent in Excel trying to get to grips with managing part of a large IT estate and delivering monthly business reviews for such a large service with a high turnover.”

Joe Cane, BSc Business Management, Service Delivery Manager, Fuijitsu

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