Every business needs effective management to flourish. From marketing, accounting and networking, to public relations and human resources, 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.
This broad-based degree offers a combination of academic theory and practical teaching on topics of interest and relevance to employers in a wide range of business areas. Rather than simply imparting knowledge, we focus on developing the mind, encouraging you to exchange ideas in order to promote stimulating debate.
No matter what the sector – public and commercial organisations all require good leaders and this degree is aimed at students looking to take up leadership roles. Our broad based first year provides a solid foundation for you to shape years 2 and 3 to suit your interests and career aspirations. Depending on the options you choose you may also be able to gain partial exemption from the examinations of professional bodies such as ICAEW, CIMA and ACCA.
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Final Year, BSc Management
“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”
The BSc Business Management 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 need a sound and broad-based business education.
New modules around leadership and change management ensure future employers will recognise that you chose a degree from a premier UK institution that recognised these often overlooked skills. Placements and Internships are individually selected to suit your interests and career aspirations.
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 considerable choice within the themes structure of the programme. The actual modules offered changes from time to time in order to best reflect changes 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.
Exclusive to Birmingham - the Capgemini Challenge
Global consultancy firm Capgemini works exclusively with Birmingham Business School every year to create and deliver a second-to-none consultancy training experience that you won’t find at any other UK university. All our undergraduates have the opportunity to apply to take part in the unique Capgemini Community Challenge in your first or second year. This takes place over one week at Capgemini’s world-renowned client-solutions facilities, with students carrying out tangible solutions-based consultancy projects for actual third-sector clients. Participation will enhance your CV, professional development and work experience. It’s also an amazing opportunity to make a real difference to the charitable organisation you’re assigned to help.
Learn more about the challenge here
The BSc Business Management course at Birmingham is constantly evolving to reflect the changing world of business. This degree combines the latest research and thinking with the philosophy that future leaders of industry need a sound and broad-based business education. No matter what the sector – public and commercial organisations all require good leaders and this degree is aimed at students looking to take up leadership roles.
- If you don’t already have a placement element in your degree our Professional Development Module (in final year) is a placement-based module providing a learning experience that will help bridge the gap between your current academic life at Birmingham and your future professional life.
- Birmingham Business School is consistently found in international ranking tables and accredited by leading bodies, AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB. The triple-crown accreditation confirms our position within an elite group.
- Our strong links with industry mean that rigorous undergraduate academic study is combined with a real practical focus, leading to excellent job opportunities for our students.
Please note the modules listed below are for the 2019/20 academic year.
You can view all modules for the 2018/19 academic year here.
- Managing Financial Resources (20 credits)
- Introduction to Marketing and Communications (IMAC) (20 credits)
- Economics for Business (A) or Economics for Business (B)* (20 credits)
- Organisations, Management and Entrepreneurship (20 credits)
- Personal, Professional and Academic Development (20 credits)
- Widening Horizons Module (20 credits)
*Depending on prior learning
- Research Methods (20 credits)
- Responsible Business (20 credits)
Students must choose a further 80 credits of optional modules from a minimum of three themes. Equal numbers of credits must be taken in each semester:
Accounting and Finance theme
- Accounting, Management & Accountability (20 credits)
- Managerial Finance (20 credits)
- Public Relations and Reputation Management (20 credits)
- Event Management and Destination Marketing (20 credits)
- Consumer Behaviour (20 credits)
- Services and Retail Strategy (20 credits)
Business Economics theme
- Business, the Economy and Government (20 credits)
- Intermediate Business Economics and the Macroeconomy (20 credits)
- Models of Business (20 credits
Organisations & Entrepreneurship theme
- Managing in Business to Business Networks & Markets (20 credits)
- Managing Operations and Projects (20 credits)
- Human Resource Management (20 credits)
- Organisational Behaviour (20 credits)
Strategy and International Business theme
- Change Management (20 credits)
- Contemporary Capitalism (20 credits)
Students must complete either a Dissertation (40 credits) or Extended Essay (20 credits).
Accounting and Finance theme
- Accounting, Decision-Making & Governance (20 credits)
- Entrepreneurial Finance (20 credits)
- Strategic Global Communications (20 credits)
- Contemporary Issues in Marketing (20 credits)
- Marketing Society and Sustainability (20 credits)
Business Economics theme
- Economics of Labour Markets (20 credits)
- Advanced Business Economics (20 credits)
- Britain and the EU (20 credits)
- Globalisation, Innovation and Competitiveness (20 credits)
Organisations & Entrepreneurship theme
- Organisation Studies: Past, Present and Future (20 credits)
- Small Business and Entrepreneurship (20 credits)
- Fundamentals of Leadership (20 credits)
- Crisis Management (20 credits)
Strategy and International Business theme
- International Human Resource Management (20 credits)
- International Employment Relations (20 credits)
- Business Strategies in Developing Countries (20 credits)
- Professional Development Module (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 2019. 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.
Undergraduate Home/EU student fees 2019-20
Overseas students entering in 2019-20
Overseas students entering in 2019-20
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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.
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- Number of A levels required:
- Typical offer:
- Required subjects and grades:
- GCSE Mathematics 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 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
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.
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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 you'll learn
The main way you’ll 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’ll also have the opportunity to work in groups and make presentations – both skills that are highly valued by employers.
The timetable for lectures and classes covers around 22 hours a week, allowing time for you to do your own reading and learning.
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'll be assessed
Your progress is assessed through coursework and exams. Coursework takes a variety of forms, including reports, essays, group presentations, class essays and computer assignments. Exams are held in May/June. You must achieve satisfactory results to proceed to the next year. Your final degree is based on marks gained in the second and third years and credits which you build up throughout the whole programme.
Your personal tutor
From the moment you begin your studies, you’ll be allocated a personal tutor who is a member of the academic staff. He or she will take an interest in your general wellbeing and academic progress, meeting you on a regular basis either individually or in a small group throughout the year.
Professional Development Module
This is an optional 20-credit final-year module which includes a work placement and aims to bridge the gap between your academic studies and your future professional life. It is an excellent opportunity to learn in a professional setting related to your interests and/or degree programme, supporting your professional and personal skills development, and consolidating your learning through reflection on your placement experiences.
The placement must be of at least 40 hours’ duration and can be taken during the summer vacation or in the Autumn Term. Your placement could take place at a wide variety of organisations, such as a summer internship with a major employer or an unpaid voluntary project at a charity. You will have access to support from our dedicated Placements Team, to help you to identify the most appropriate opportunity for you.
Resources and facilities
The Business School has a number of PC clusters with wireless connectivity and data projection. We also use a virtual learning environment to support our teaching, which can be accessed from any internet-connected computer and is used to provide electronic copies of lecture materials, links to online resources, multiple choice quizzes and discussion areas. It’s also used for a range of administrative tasks such as online submission of assignments and the provision of programme news.
The University Library houses over 2.5 million volumes and boasts extensive data retrieval services. The Library offers a range of valuable services to help you during your degree programme, including library-training sessions, subject guides and database skills. You’ll also have access to e-Library, a vast online collection of text books that can be accessed free of charge from other libraries.
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.
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.
We feel proud and privileged that our students have chosen to put their fledgling careers in the hands of Birmingham Business School. So we want to make sure you achieve your full potential throughout your studies and gain the best career opportunities to fulfil your ambitions. We pride ourselves on our graduates high levels of employability and will help you to plan, manage and achieve your career goals, giving you the competitive edge when it’s time to start job hunting.
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, such as advertising, banking, law, accounting, marketing, management consulting, telecommunications, personnel and distribution. Many employers visit the Business School to run seminars for our students. In fact, companies such as Procter & Gamble, 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.
The University offers advice through our award-winning Careers Network. They have specialists who can advise you on what the possibilities are on graduating. Joining one of the Department’s student societies is also a good way of finding out about future careers. Local firms often sponsor events for our students (such as business games, seminars on interview techniques and how to write a CV, and, of course, more social events) so that they can get to know you and vice versa. This is a further indication of the attractiveness of our students to prospective employers.
Visit the Careers Network website for more details
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.
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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