BSc (Hons) Business Technology

Today, business and technology are impossible to separate. Understanding both opens up a wealth of career opportunities and helps you develop future-proof skills.

Attend an open day How to apply
Attend an open day How to apply

Overview

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

"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.

Career Prospects

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:

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.

Learn more about graduate careers

Entry requirements

These typical entry requirements apply to the 2019 academic year of entry and may be subject to change for the 2020 academic year. Please check back for further details.

UCAS tariff points/grades required

104-112

A levels ­– BCC-BBC

Pearson BTEC National Extended Diploma – DMM

Equivalent qualifications and combinations will be considered, including Extended Project (EPQ) at grade C or above. Other AS levels (or qualifications equivalent to AS level) are not accepted.

Please contact the University directly if you are unsure whether you meet the minimum entry requirements for the course.

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE grade C/4 in English Language or Level 2 Functional Skills English

and

GCSE grade C/4 in Mathematics or Level 2 Functional Skills Mathematics

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with a minimum of 106 UCAS Tariff points

International Baccalaureate points

26 IB Diploma Points

IELTS score required for international students

6.0 overall with no individual element below 5.5

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

MEET THE EXPERTS

“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…

Course details

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.

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:

Read more about this year of study

Core Units

Programming Fundamentals

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

HTML, JavaScript and CSS are core technologies used in building most websites. They are platform-independent and browser-independent. In this unit, students will learn how to use these technologies to develop responsive websites. The programming language used will be the same as what they used in the Programming Fundamentals unit.

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 Management

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:

Read more about this year of study

Core Units

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

Core Units

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:

Study
Assessment

Placement options

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.

Study Abroad

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.

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. 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.

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

Fees

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: £16,500 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).

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

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

Funding

Find out more about financing your studies and whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships.

Money Matters

Want to know more?

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS.

Apply now

UCAS code(s)

3 years full-time: 2W49

4 years with placement: 8B07

4 years with overseas study: 2L11

Remember to use the correct institution code for Manchester Metropolitan University on your application: our institution code is M40

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.

MANCHESTER IS YOUR CITY. BE PART OF IT.

Programme Review
Our programmes undergo an annual review and major review (normally at 6 year intervals) to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. For further information on when we may make changes to our programmes, please see the changes section of our Terms and Conditions.

Important Notice
This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate. Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us to access the most up to date information for your chosen course of study.

Confirmation of Regulator
The Manchester Metropolitan University is regulated by the Office for Students (OfS). The OfS is the independent regulator of higher education in England. More information on the role of the OfS and its regulatory framework can be found at officeforstudents.org.uk.

All higher education providers registered with the OfS must have a student protection plan in place. The student protection plan sets out what students can expect to happen should a course, campus, or institution close. Access our current Student Protection Plan.

Top