BA (Hons) Business Management

Strategic leadership. Commercial acumen. Entrepreneurial ambition. They’re not just vital to any organisation. Whatever career path you follow in business, they’ll be central to your future too.

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Every organisation across the planet, no matter what its size, sector or purpose, needs people with strong business skills. By the time you finish our course, you’ll be the kind of person they want – a business professional with a global mindset, confident about running teams, managing operations, developing strategies, aware of key sustainability challenges, and making the kind of decisions that come with leadership.

We’ll teach you how to spot opportunities, adapt to change, assess impact on stakeholders, and understand when and how to take risks. You’ll gain a broad understanding of the business world, together with fundamental skills like team-working and problem-solving. Later, you’ll have the opportunity to specialise, looking into the areas that interest you most, such as marketing, finance, people, technology, start-up and consultancy.

It’s a degree that also includes the chance to spend a year gaining valuable experience – whether studying abroad in Europe, Asia, Australia or the USA, or developing real-world skills on a placement with an employer – before returning for your final year.

Features and Benefits

  • Location – study in the engine room of the Northern Powerhouse. Manchester has one of the fastest growing economies in Europe and is home to a range of global businesses and innovative start-ups.
  • Add to your degree – gain experience in the business world through our extensive network of industry connections, study abroad, or choose to study a foreign language in your final year.
  • Placement or study abroad flexibility – you will enrol on the three year course and decide if a placement or overseas study is right for you once you have started your studies, so you don’t have to decide now.  
  • Business expertise – learn from teachers who carry out cutting-edge research, inform policy and consult organisations. We’ve also set up Innospace, our base for new ventures, so you can find a mentor and make your business plans a reality.
  • Regular industry events – attend guest lectures and networking events, take part in the Young Enterprise competition, or join the Business and Management Society for social events throughout the year.
  • Employability – develop the skills employers are looking for. You’ll be ready for business roles in a range of industries. Employers know our graduates can hit the ground running.
  • Path for entrepreneurship - engage with our entrepreneurship (IOEE) and sustainability (SEEG) centres - you can also join both as a student member. 
                “You get masses of support and guidance from industry professionals and you learn a great deal around how to set up a business.” Andrew Lenk, BA (Hons) Business Management

                Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

                “Integrated Marketing Communications is my favourite unit, due to the fact that we are given the opportunity to rebrand a real business.”

                Emma Finney, BA (Hons) Business Management.

                Career Prospects

                Business Management can give you a huge range of skills that you can apply in almost any industry.

                This degree has been developed with our industry partners to prepare you for real business leadership and enable you to progress quickly.

                With its broad business focus and wide range of specialisms it provides the perfect start to a career in business management, whatever your aspirations.

                You’ll find our graduates working in banking, finance, management and the public sector. They have roles with organisations such as BNY Mellon, KP Snacks and O2. Others are on graduate training schemes with the likes of BMW, Credit Suisse and IBM.

                Your career could take you anywhere in the world – we have graduates working in management positions in countries across the globe. The option to learn a language, study overseas or take a placement year abroad can give you a great head start, if that’s your ambition.

                Another exciting option is launching a new business or consultancy. Our incubator, Innospace, provides support and ideas to get you started.

                Learn more about graduate careers

                Entry requirements

                UCAS tariff points/grades required


                104-112 UCAS Tariff Points at A2 (Grades BCC-BBC) or acceptable alternatives e.g. BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma, Extended Diploma at Level 3 (Grades DMM).

                Specific GCSE requirements

                GCSE grade C or grade 4 in English Language and Mathematics. Level 2 Functional Skills English and Mathematics also accepted.

                Non Tariffed Qualifications

                Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with a minimum 106 UCAS Tariff Points.

                International Baccalaureate points

                26 IB Diploma Points

                IELTS score required for international students

                6.0 with no element below 5.5

                There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

                Course details

                Our business degrees focus on how organisations operate - what they do, the differing styles of management and business strategies.

                We look closely at understanding the internal and external business environment - from the psychology of managing people to how the economic, social, technological and political climate impacts particular sectors.

                Business is no longer just about making money and ruthless takeovers. It's about improving ethical and environmental processes, so expect to see relevant units emphasising how to do business ethically and sustainably. 

                Our excellent links with industry are embedded into this degree through guest speakers, networking opportunities and the chance to really apply your learning in a practical environment, through placements and consultancy projects.

                Studying business at our multi-award winning Business School allows you to develop the essential skills you need to become an effective business leader and explore a range of possible career paths through practical, creative learning.

                Entrepreneurship is central to the degree and you'll have the opportunity to take part in enterprise competitions, business start-up boot camps, strategy workshops and consultancy projects that test your team working, communication, pitching and problem solving capabilities.

                You'll also develop skills in how to manage people, lead teams and how to make informed decisions about business strategy and operations.

                Foundation year

                This course has a foundation year available. For more information visit the foundation year page.

                During this year, you will study a variety of units. Please see below:

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                Core Units

                Managing People in a Contemporary Economy

                The aim of this unit is to provide students with an understanding of the wider world of work. It introduces students to tools for analysing the external environment (e.g. PESTLE, SWOT etc.) in order for them to understand how social-economic factors influences organisational and HR strategies. It examines features of the contemporary economy such as labour markets, changes in workforce demographics, changing composition of the economy (rise in service and knowledge work, decline of manufacturing) and the global economy. It explores the implications of specific contexts of the contemporary economy for managing people; for example, service workers, knowledge workers, precarious workers, an international workforce, social care, and differences in public/private sector work.

                Understanding and Managing People

                This unit aims to enable you to develop a broad understanding of the human aspects of understanding and managing people through the study of organisational behaviour concepts. It develops an appreciation of the importance of people within modern business organisations and an understanding of the major influences on human behaviour at work.  You will study themes related to the individuals, groups and social interaction, organisation and management, as well as personal and professional development.

                Finance and Accounting Information for Managers

                This unit provides you with an introduction to the concepts of financial accounting including recording fundamental transactions and preparing simple financial statements with their analysis. Your studies will cover topics such as: management accounting techniques including costing, budgeting and investment appraisal and financial accounting fundamentals and concepts such as accruals, going concern and the preparation of an income statement, statement of financial position and statement of cash flows and finally IT laboratory sessions will be used to demonstrate how transactions can be recorded and processed using Excel models packages.

                Personal and Professional Development (Dept of Management)

                This 15-credit unit has been developed to assist you with the transition from further to higher education and aims to address your personal, professional and academic needs as a new undergraduate student. The unit aims to provide a holistic approach to developing your employability skills and attributes by supporting you at the first stage of your transition from university entry to professional entry level. During this unit, you will explore your own personal development via the emergent Life Skills or Soft Skills perspective. The unit seeks to develop your personal attitudes and behaviours towards the concept of Professional Development via the Faculty of Business and Laws Early Career Professional skills framework, which includes thinking critically, communicating effectively, professional and commercial awareness, and being able to demonstrate values. The unit has been designed to offer a potential parallel route for students to register for and gain the University's Futures Skills Award within the period of study.

                Ideas, Creativity and Entrepreneurship (15 credits)

                This 15-credit unit is all about developing your entrepreneurial and creative thinking and talent. This unit introduces you to behavioural traits, skills and attributes associated with entrepreneurship and creates an awareness of entrepreneurship as a career path using creativity exercises and the building of a business ideas portfolio. 

                During this year, you will study a variety of units. Please see below:

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                Core Units

                Responsible Enterprise

                This unit examines the nature and shape of business structure resulting from the responsible business initiatives and approaches enshrined in corporate governance/legal frameworks and implied by the growth/rise of corporate social responsibility and sustainability consciousness. You will explore the identification and analysis of the drivers in the general business environment of sustainability and ethical business practice. You will evaluate business responses to these drivers focusing initially on the business strategy, then more specifically, on individual organisation policies practices.

                Marketing and Operations

                This unit will introduce the marketing and operations functions, and the related underpinning theory. It will address the critical links between these two functions and their relationship to other parts of an organisation and the organisations overarching strategy. It will address marketing and operations strategy, product/service development, operational and marketing planning, consumers and culture, supply chain management, and, quality and improvement.

                Managing People, Technologies and Organisations

                This 15-credit unit builds your knowledge in organisational behaviour and the practices of managing complex organisational systems. The unit will aim to develop your skills in the areas of collaborating and working with others in organisations. Core themes of the unit include: interpersonal capabilities required as managers and leaders; national culture and leadership; ethics and decision making; how do we manage?; how to manage other’s expectations; how is the technology used to help organisations manage themselves? The unit will also build core skills needed for final year projects, and professional life.

                Business Research Methods

                This 15-credit unit is designed to draw upon a range of research methodologies appropriate to Business School undergraduates and which have application in the workplace. The unit aims to provide you with the critical intellectual tools and the technical skills required to for project management and business and management research. The unit will recognise the strong link between theory, method and data. The unit will provide an understanding of quantitative and qualitative techniques for data analysis, including statistics.

                Option Units

                Enterprise in Action

                This unit has been developed to build on the entrepreneurial skills developed in the Ideas, Creativity and Entrepreneurship unit in the first year. You will be introduced to a range of entrepreneurship theories and use these alongside creativity exercises to take enterprising action, developing an idea into a sustainable business model. You will demonstrate your learning via presentations and a portfolio of work.

                Work Based Learning (Procedures, Policy and Practice)

                When you join any organisation, you are made aware of their workplace procedures and policies. Using current practice from different organisations, this unit examines how policies and procedures reflect the expectations employers have of their employees, how they use them to set standards, manage behaviour and instigate a positive work-based culture.

                Ideas, Creativity and Entrepreneurship

                Develops enterprising behaviours, skills, attributes, and a reflective approach to the business start-up process. Introduces entrepreneurial career paths, responsible entrepreneurship and international aspects of the start-up process.

                During this year, you will study a variety of units. Please see below:

                Read more about this year of study

                Core Units

                Global Strategy

                This unit provides a comprehensive assessment of the strategic challenges faced by organisations operating in an increasingly global business environment.  You will examine strategic management concepts and theories and apply them to a wide range of case studies on contemporary multinational firms. This will deepen your understanding of complex management problems and enhance your analytical skills in finding solutions to them.

                Assessment weightings and contact hours

                10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises of 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

                Optional foundation year

                Placement options

                You will enrol on the three year course which will give you the flexibility when you start your studies to choose a year on placement or to study abroad in year two, so you would complete your degree over four years if you chose this option.

                Most of our business degrees offer the chance to spend a year getting a taste of professional life. It not only gives you the opportunity to develop your core skills and learn about how business really operates in your industry, but also shows employers that you’re ready to get to work.

                The Business School Placement Team is ready to help. They offer a wide range of services, including employer presentations, advice and placement fairs. But it’s also up to you – the more proactive you are about applying for placement opportunities, the better.

                Find out more about what a placement can do for you. Visit our placements page.

                Study Abroad

                Many of our courses offer the opportunity to spend up to a year overseas, studying with one of our partner institutions across Europe, or beyond. Go abroad in the third year of your degree, and you’ll not only learn about other cultures, improve your language skills and discover more about yourself – you’ll also boost your career prospects. Having first-hand knowledge of another country’s cultures and traditions can take you far in a range of careers. And, by going abroad you’ll also demonstrate the kind of independent spirit and adaptability that many employers want.

                Working Abroad

                Gaining work experience with an international flavour offers a double benefit. While you’ll learn valuable professional skills in a real-world workplace, you’ll also experience different cultures, ways of working and new perspectives. Whether it’s a summer exchange, holiday internship or year-long international placement, global experience can make a world of difference to your career prospects.

                A City of Opportunities

                Manchester is the engine room of the Northern Powerhouse. Here, business thrives in districts like Spinningfields, which is home to more than 150 financial and commercial services organisations, while initiatives like the Start-up Factory and the Sharp Project help forge the next generation of commercial enterprises. For today, that puts us in the perfect place to offer an education rooted in the real world – with relevant skills, useful experience and valuable connections to support your entrepreneurial ambitions. For tomorrow, that puts you in a city with a wide range of employers and a growing demand for ambitious graduates.

                Department of Strategy, Enterprise and Sustainability

                Our Strategy, Enterprise and Sustainability Department delivers innovative programmes rooted in industry, driven by the global environment and reflective of evolving business trends.

                The department develops courses in close collaboration with industry practitioners, focusing on entrepreneurship and employability skills, and using dynamic teaching practices that include live projects run in conjunction with industry and innovative classroom techniques.

                More about the department

                Taught by experts

                Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

                Meet our expert staff


                Foundation Year students

                UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £9,250 per year for the foundation year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

                Non-EU international students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £16,000 per year. When progressing from the pre-degree foundation year to the linked degree. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study)

                UK, EU and Channel Island students

                UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

                Non-EU international students

                Non-EU international students: Full-time fee: £16,000 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

                Additional Information

                A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

                Additional costs

                Specialist Costs

                All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing.

                Placement Costs

                There may be the opportunity to attend visit days with local business organisations, the cost of which will usually be covered by the University. These trips are optional.


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                How to apply

                This course is no longer available through clearing.

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                You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.


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