Industry 4.0 – technologies like AI and robotics – is disrupting everything. Now there’s such a huge amount of data available, businesses are striving to make the most of it to get a competitive advantage.
But to make better decisions and improve their operations, organisations need skilled professionals in these new technologies.
Our BSc (Hons) Business Technology gives you the skills to identify business challenges, find technological solutions, manage technology projects and services, and analyse business data. This is an area that’s always evolving, so we’ll also give you the tools to adapt to new ideas and new ways of working.
Discover your talents
With a wide range of topics, and the choice of optional units in other areas, you can really explore your interests. Business analysis, big data, app development, e-commerce – whatever you want to specialise in, you’ll have the chance to develop a strong knowledge base.
As well as vital business skills, you’ll also learn about some of the biggest technologies of today. Cloud computing with AWS, enterprise resource planning with SAP, programming languages, and databases all feature on the course.
Develop in areas that are in demand
Many organisations are struggling to make the most of digital technology. They know it can transform their business, but they don’t know how. We designed this programme so you can support and have the potential to eventually lead them through the digitisation process.
There is also opportunity to specialise in routes with more emphasis on technology development and data analytics, which continues to be in high demand in organisations.
Features and Benefits
Start from scratch – you don’t need existing business or technology qualifications or skills to join us.
Business technology experts – we were the first university to offer a Business Information Technology course, more than 25 years ago - and we've been innovating ever since.
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.
Modern facilities – our Business School is equipped with the latest technology to ensure you’re at the cutting edge of the field.
Practical projects – take on practical projects, including building a web or mobile app and a prototype ecommerce system. You can also tackle a consultancy project for a live client.
Specialise in your area of interest - specialise further with our targeted routes through the programme, such as technology development or data analytics, and through your choice of optional units.
Varied career options – this degree opens up a host of career opportunities in business analysis, IT and project management, and web development, among others.
“This is an excellent degree as it incorporates both the IT and business sides of the technology world. Its relevance to the industry is highly attractive to prospective employers.” Cliff Cartman, BSc (Hons) Business Technology Graduate Project Manager.
Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements
Accreditation The Association for Project Management, the chartered body for the project profession, is committed to developing and promoting project and programme management in the UK. They have over 26,000 individual members and 500 corporate partners.
Accreditation The Business School is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. This means we are internationally recognised for meeting global standards of excellence in business and management education.
Endorsement The BSIS scheme is designed to determine the extent and nature of a Business School’s Impact upon its local environment. BSIS has given us the tools to capture the enormous added value and impact that Manchester Metropolitan's Business School brings to businesses and communities.
"It’s the ‘Technology and Digital Information Age’ so being a part of that and having a Business Technology degree on your CV is going to set you apart from other graduates."
Sam Reedy, BSc (Hons) Business Technology.
From Airbnb to Uber, the world’s most successful companies are using technology to change the business landscape. And with everyone competing for talent, business-savvy tech experts are in high demand.
We’ve designed the course to give you a broad range of knowledge and skills valuable for any modern company. If you do the optional placement year too, you’ll already have work experience when you graduate.
Our graduates are working with companies like:
JP Morgan Chase
With the broad range of topics we cover, you’ll have the right skills to look for work in many roles, from digital transformation consultant to web development. You might also like to consider postgraduate study or research in a specialised area like business analytics or supply chain management.
“The courses we have at the business school have a real-world application. Manchester's a global city, so one of the fantastic things about studying here…”
Listen to what Dr Julie Hardman, Head of Department, has to say about studying at Manchester Metropolitan University…
You’ll learn important skills during the core units on the course, including programming, system analysis, and data visualisation. You’ll even get to develop your own prototype e-commerce system. As well as the technical side of things, you’ll develop a real understanding of the business environment and how you fit in to the industry.
With units focusing on project management, strategy, or ethics, we want to make sure you become a well-rounded professional – and a valuable asset to any company.
Towards the end of the course, you’ll complete your own project. You could act as a consultant for a client. Or do some original research around an issue you’ve discovered. You could even develop a technological solution to an industry challenge.
With optional units you can specialise in a particular area – whether that’s web application development or data analytics.
During this year you will study a variety of units. Please see below:
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Most programming languages have similar basic constructs for building logic within them. In this unit, students will learn some of these constructs or concepts - including, variables, data types, decision and looping structures, basic algorithms, arrays, structured programming and reuse of code. Students will use the C# language because its syntax is similar to Java and C++ which are popular languages used in industry.
Web Application Development
Business Information Systems
Information systems are basically processors of data into information for specific business uses. It is important to understand the role of stakeholders in influencing system requirements and technology adoption. This unit introduces fundamental concepts of data, information, knowledge, systems and information systems. Students develop appreciation of businesses working as sociotechnical systems in their business environment, and how to evaluate these to identify technical requirements.
System Analysis and Design
System analysis and design involves planning the development of information systems through understanding and specifying in detail what a system should do. This unit introduces tools and techniques for analysing identified 3 business requirements of Information Technology and Information Systems and translating these into Information Technology Systems requirements.
Global Business Landscape
Businesses today are operating in a highly complex and dynamic landscape. This unit introduces students to contemporary business/e-business and the factors that shape the nature of businesses operating in an increasingly complex global market. Students will be exposed to a range of relevant tools and frameworks to analyse the impact of dynamic business landscape and volatile global markets on a business’s ability to compete successfully.
Introduction to Industry 4.0
The field of technological advancements and societal development is largely driven by the Fourth Industrial Revolution, or Industry 4.0. This unit introduces students to contemporary developments in this area and reviews the disruptive and transformative technologies, which are driving technological change and underpinning Industry 4.0. It also takes account of the changing and developing landscape for new socio-economic, political and societal models.
Data is considered to be the "new oil" in today’s digital world. This unit examines the nature of data and introduces students to current methods as well as new models used to effectively and safely maintain and manage the various types of data. We evaluate how data management provides insights through data analytics, which in turn leads to competitive advantage.
The Technology Professional
It is important for students in this programme to engage with employers from a variety of sectors to gain insight into future career in the field of business technology. The unit will enable students to identify and develop specific skills and attributes required to gain employment and succeed within their chosen profession.
During this year you will study a variety of units. Please see below:
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Cloud Computing with AWS
Cloud Computing is a metaphor for internet-based delivery of computing resources on a scalable basis. It is a model which provides on-demand access to shared resources. This unit introduces students to various cloud service and deployment models, such as AWS, cloud infrastructure and cloud reference models.
Decision Support Systems and Data Visualisation
Decision-making in today’s digital era is a complex task: decision-response speed has increased, data overload is common, and information distortion hinders effective 4 decision-making. As a result, there is a greater emphasis on evidence-based decision-making. This unit assesses how computerized decision support systems (DSS) support business and organizational decision-making activities. DSS help decision makers compile useful information from raw data, documents, personal knowledge, and/or business models in order to identify and solve problems and make the right decisions.
Managing Technology Projects
Technology managers face unique challenges and risks when leading technical project teams to deliver solutions that address strategic needs and provide stakeholder value. This unit introduces students to the general principles of managing technology projects and focuses on the tools, techniques, and skills required to apply the IS/IT success strategies to managing tech projects. In this context students will undertake teamwork involving application of relevant employability and professional skills and will further reflect on and plan their own personal and professional development.
Technology Lifecycle Management
Rapid technology changes are becoming more evident in everyday business operations. This unit introduces students to technology lifecycle management approaches that encompass the planning, design, acquisition, implementation, and management of all the elements comprising the IT infrastructure.
Technology Regulations, Ethics, Sustainability and Security
The rapid pace in technological development has created ethical dilemmas for organisations and poses significant challenges for regulatory bodies. This unit introduces students to some guiding principles around technology regulations, ethics, sustainability and security that influence how both individuals and businesses make decisions in relation to technology adoption.
Structured Query Language (SQL)
Databases are widely applied in the querying and construction of complex datasets. This unit introduces students to structured query language (SQL), which is largely used for manipulating data in contemporary relational database management systems and describes how to craft simple and complex queries for analysing and transforming data.
During this year you will study a variety of units. Please see below:
Read more about this year of study
Digital Strategy for Business Transformation
Organisations across the globe are digitally transforming as they are challenged to improve business processes and develop new capabilities. This unit aims to build on previous units and expose students to the intricacies of managing complex business operations and supporting these with strategically orientated information systems.
Digital Business Development
We live in a digital era in which anything and everything can be discovered online within seconds. This unit introduces students to entrepreneurial thinking in the context of digital business. This further enhances their employability and professional skills by challenging students to develop their personal brand, to execute their own ideas to develop a new digital business or transform an existing business or process.
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:
Year 1 25% lectures, seminars or similar; 75% independent study
Year 2 25% lectures, seminars or similar; 75% independent study
Year 3 20% lectures, seminars or similar; 80% independent study
Year 1 85% coursework; 15% examination
Year 2 85% coursework; 15% examination
Year 3 100% coursework
Our BSc (Hons) Business Technology degree offers 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 a 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.
Many of our courses offer the opportunity to spend up to a year 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.
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. The city plays host to many global and national HQs of some of the biggest names in business, from biopharmaceuticals to banking, and transport to television. In some employment measures, it has outperformed London and is set to be the UK’s strongest performing city for years to come.
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 every ambition. For tomorrow, that puts you in a city with a wide range of employers and a growing demand for ambitious graduates.
Department of Operations, Technology, Events and Hospitality Management
Our Operations, Technology, Events and Hospitality Management Department combines technology with creativity in a state-of-the-art learning environment.
The department stays closely linked with professional institutes, associations and businesses, as part of its founding principle of education working with industry to produce career ready graduates.
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.
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: £16,500 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).
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).
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. Total optional cost: £600
Find out more about financing your studies and whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships.
University isn’t just about learning. It’s about living. Find out all you need to know about accommodation here.
Being at university isn’t just about learning. It’s about living. Before you arrive, we’ll make sure you know where to go and what to do. And once you’re settled in, our team’s ready to support you during your stay.
From apartments and eco-friendly townhouses, to en-suite and standard rooms, we have all sorts of accommodation on (or near) campus. Whichever option is right for you, you’ll have a room complete with desk, heater, and storage, together with a shared kitchen, laundry facilities and free WiFi.
And in such a handy location, you’ll never be more than a few minutes from the library, Students’ Union, your next lecture or a bite to eat in one of the many nearby eateries.
We’re incredibly proud to be part of such a distinctive global city – and we think you will be too.
Manchester is a city of enterprise and sport, culture and diversity. Here, connections are formed and futures begun. Art, science and business coexist and collaborate. Actors and accountants, lawyers and linguists – they’ve all found a home for their ambitions.
We have sporting excellence, culinary creativity, digital innovation and thriving commerce. Entrepreneurs and entertainers. Theatre and music. A rich and distinctive culture. We have character, spirit and personality.
Here, you’ll find people of every type, making leaps in technology, taking strides in industry and creating art in every form. We have a proud heritage to look back on, and a vibrant and diverse future to look forward to, full of possibility and promise.
From advice and support to a fantastic Union and sports clubs, we’ve got your time here covered..
Whether you’re coming to Manchester from another continent or down the road, we’re here to help. As well as our Student Hubs, where you can get all sorts of information and advice, we offer a range of professional support services and social groups for our students.
Being part of our community, you’ll find societies, teams and groups that will help you make the most of your time here. This means you’ll have the chance to pursue your passions, but also to meet people with the same interests.
The Students’ Union is your voice in the University. Through the officials that you elect, the Union supports its members and stands up for your issues. And, with its building at the heart of the campus, it also provides you with a bar, shop, café, and event venue.
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