BSc Business Management

Start date
September
Duration
3 years
UCAS code
N200
Course Type
Undergraduate, Single Honours
Fees
For 2023/24:
£9,250 (UK students)
£23,460 (International students)

More fees and funding details.

Our BSc Business Management programme equips you with the expertise to understand the changing world of business on a national and global scale. Our graduates are highly sought after by diverse employers for their critical and analytical skills, as well as their in-depth knowledge of current business practices.

Why study this course

The BSc Business Management degree at Birmingham is constantly evolving to reflect the changing world of business. Combining academic theory and practical teaching, we focus on developing your knowledge and understanding of Business Management while providing you with a range of practical skills to enable you to succeed in the workplace.

  • We are ranked 17th in the top 20 Universities (Complete University Guide, 2023).
  • You will study at one of the handful of business schools in the UK that holds the prestigious ‘triple-crown’ accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS).
  • Your employability options are vast and varied, our strong links with industry mean that rigorous undergraduate academic study is combined with a real practical focus, leading to excellent job opportunities.
  • We are the 4th most targeted university of top UK employers (High Fliers Research 2022).

Your programme of study

Your first year is a compulsory foundation year, introducing you to key areas in the study of business. In your second and final years you will have the freedom to explore the themes of the programme. The modules offered may change from time to time to better reflect developments in the world of business. In your final year you also have the opportunity to take a work experience module in a charity or not-for-profit organisation.

Depending on the options you choose you may be able to gain partial exemption from the examinations of professional bodies such as ICAEW, CIMA and ACCA.

Dubai Campus

Study at the University of Birmingham Dubai campus

The Business School now offers the BSc Business Management degree at our campus in Dubai International Academic City (DIAC). Our leading academic staff teach to the same standards as our UK based programmes and you will graduate with the same BSc degree from the University of Birmingham; a qualification that is internationally respected and recognised. Dubai is a rapidly developing, cosmopolitan city that offers an exciting experience and a world of opportunity to students. 

Study BSc Business Management in Dubai

Birmingham Business School has allowed me to both discover and enhance my skills set...This has included communication and interpersonal skills, through the group modules of my degree. Equally important, my written and oral skills have been enhanced, through individual presentations and assignments

Sadia Rahman , Final Year, BSc Management

Modules

Unless indicated otherwise the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2023.

First Year


Core modules

Second Year


Core modules

Optional modules

Semester One

You must choose one of the following optional modules:

Semester Two

You must choose 3 of the following optional modules:

Third Year


Core modules

You must complete a 40 credit Dissertation 

Optional modules

Semester One

You must choose two options from the following:

Semester Two

You will choose two modules from the following options:


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. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Fees

Fees for students starting in 2023/24

UK students

Full-time £9,250

International students 

Full-time Band 2 £23,460

Visit our tuition fees page for more information.

Scholarships

At Birmingham we ensure that fears about finance do not constrain prospective students from considering university and that excellence is rewarded.

The University offers a range of additional financial support for students studying at Birmingham in the form of bursaries, grants and scholarships.

Learn more about our scholarships and awards. 

How To Apply

Apply through the UCAS website using code N200.

UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.

View further information on how to apply for undergraduate courses, including advice for UK and overseas applicants.

Standard offer

International Requirements



Number of A levels required:
3
Typical offer:
AAB
Required subjects and grades:
GCSE Mathematics at grade 7/A and English at grade 6/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 

Only the following subjects can be considered: Applied Science, Business, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship.

BTEC Diploma 

Only the following subjects can be considered in combination with 1 A level): Applied Science, Business, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship.

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma 

Only the following subjects can be considered (in combination with 2 A Levels): Agriculture, Applied Human Biology, Applied Law, Applied Psychology, Applied Science, Business, Computing, Construction and the Built Environment, Countryside Management, Creative Digital Media Production, Creative Media Production, Engineering, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, Environmental Sustainabilty, Forensic and Criminal Investigation, Health and Social Care, Hospitality, Information Technology, Land-based Technology, Music, Music Technology, Operations and Maintenance Engineering, Performing Arts, Personal and Business Finance, Pharmaceutical Science, Production Arts, Public Services, Sport, Sport and Exercise Science, Sport and Outdoor Activities, Sports Coaching and Development, Travel and TourismSports Coaching and Development, Travel And Tourism

Pathways to Birmingham and contextual offer requirements

Our typical Pathways to Birmingham offer is BBB with GCSE Mathematics at grade 6/B and English at grade 6/B.  The typical contextual offer for this programme is ABB GCSE Mathematics at grade 6/B and English at grade 6/B.

International Students

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.

How you will learn

The main way you will learn is by attending lectures, but in some modules these are supplemented with classes which allows you to meet with a tutor in small groups to further your understanding of the material covered in lectures. You will also have the opportunity to work in groups and make presentations – both skills that are highly valued by employers.

Contact hours

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.

How you will be assessed

Your progress is assessed through coursework and exams. Coursework takes a variety of forms, including reports, essays, group presentations and computer assignments, which will be dependent on the modules you choose.

Your personal tutor

From the moment you begin your economics degree you will have a personal tutor who will help to guide your academic progress and support your general wellbeing. They will meet you on a regular basis either individually or in a small group throughout the year.

Professional Development Module

Our Professional Development Module is an option that offers a learning experience that will help bridge the gap between your studies and your future professional life.

Worth 20-credits in your final year, the module includes a work placement and is a great opportunity to learn in a professional setting related to your interests and your degree. You will have access to support from our dedicated Placements Team to help identify the best opportunity for you.

We pride ourselves on our graduates’ high levels of employability. We will help you to plan, manage and achieve your career goals, giving you the competitive edge when it is time to start job hunting. The University of Birmingham has ranked in the top 5 Universities Targeted by the Largest Number of Top Employers for the past 5 years, according to the Highfliers.co.uk Graduate Market reports (2017-2022). 

Our business degrees are highly regarded by employers and our graduates are very successful in the job market. There is no single type of business that our students go in to.

The nature of our degrees is such that you’ll be prepared for and capable of adapting to a diverse range of jobs. Many employers visit the Business School to run seminars for our students. In fact, companies such as IBM, BP, Deloitte and L’Oreal see these sessions as an opportunity to look for suitable candidates for their summer internship programmes and graduate training schemes.

Highly sought after by diverse employers around the world, our BSc Business Management graduates go on to have successful careers in advertising, banking, law, accounting, marketing, consulting, telecommunications, Human Resources, and distribution/logistics working for employers such as L’Oreal, Deloitte, EY, KPMG, PwC, Accenture, McCann, Meta, Capgemini, Unilever, JLR, HSBC,IBM, Microsoft, and Disney to name a few.

BBS Careers and Careers Network

As a Birmingham Business School student, you benefit from two award-winning Careers teams.  

Careers Network is the University of Birmingham careers and employability team offering: career fairs, employer events with top firms across the UK, start-up and entrepreneurial activities, and support. Internships and bursaries are also available exclusively to University of Birmingham students.   

BBS Careers is a dedicated service for Birmingham Business School students. The team provides guidance, support, and work experience opportunities, tailored to business school students, to help you succeed during and after university. We offer workshops, alumni & employer events, and 1-to-1 consultations. These will help you to develop your skills and learn how to submit high-quality internship, placement, and graduate applications.  

BBS Careers is one of a few, if not the only business school career service to offer life-long support.  

We are here to support you! Whether you are applying for a summer internship, a third-year sandwich placement, a graduate job, or applying for a management role five years after graduation. 

Visit the BBS Careers website for more details

 

Work Experience, including Placement Year

You will have the chance to gain work experience, including year placements, summer internships, voluntary work, work shadowing, insight programmes, and part-time work.  

All BSc Business Management students can apply for a placement year during their 2nd year and undertake a year-long placement during their third year. If you successfully secure a placement you will be moved on to the four-year BSc Business Management with Year in Industry degree.   

Students can apply for any paid placement opportunity from multi-national, third sector, and SME employers in the UK and internationally. BBS Careers also source exclusive opportunities that are only available to BBS students. 

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.

Professional Development Module

The Professional Development Module (PDM) is an award-winning 20-credit module that is optional for students in their final year who don’t undertake a placement year. The module includes a minimum of 40 hours of work placement in the summer or during term time.   

The module aims to help you bridge the gap between your academic life at Birmingham and your future professional life after graduation. The module is flexible, so you can use it to extend your experience into a specific area of work that interests you.

Extra-curricular activities

Our employer-endorsed Personal Skills Award (PSA) recognises your extra-curricular activities, and provides an accredited employability programme designed to improve your career prospects. There are also a vast number of student groups and volunteering opportunities offered by the Guild of Students, our students’ union, which cover a wide variety of interests across drama and the arts. With over 300 societies and groups at The Guild, there is something for everyone – and if your interest does not yet have a group, then The Guild will support you to set it up and find likeminded individuals to join you.

Exclusive to Birmingham - the Capgemini Challenge

Global consultancy firm Capgemini works exclusively with us to deliver a second-to-none consultancy training experience that you won’t find at any other UK university. Taking place over one week at Capgemini’s world-renowned facilities, this is an amazing opportunity to make a difference by engaging in projects for charitable organisations. 

Learn more about the Capgemini Challenge

Professional Accreditation

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.

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