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.

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Overview

Digital technology has revolutionised how we do business. Big data, analytics, cyber security, AI and automation offer some of today’s biggest opportunities and challenges.

Understanding technology and being able to apply this in a business setting is invaluable. Employers around the world need graduates with these skills.

The future of business 

Businesses can’t operate without technology. Some of the most successful companies in recent years have been built on it. Airbnb, Facebook, Google and Uber are among them. 

On this degree you’ll develop the skills you need to get ahead in a sector that’s always evolving.

This course explores current and future technologies to prepare you for work in this fast-moving industry. It also covers the fundamentals of business technology, including how it’s integrated into organisations. 

You’ll develop essential practical skills like problem solving and management techniques for digital projects.

Technology in action

Technology is everywhere. Companies use it for everything from their back office operations to their customer service.

Learn how digital media and systems affect organisations at every level. Develop your technical skills, knowledge and experience.

Graduate with the knowledge and skills to benefit any business and provide you with varied career options.

Features and Benefits

  • Business technology experts – Manchester Met was the first university to offer a business technology programme over 20 years ago. This course is well respected by businesses around the world.
  • Experience the world – choose the four-year degree to undertake a work placement or study abroad. We have excellent links to prestigious companies such as BUPA, IBM and Microsoft.
  • Modern facilities – our Business School is equipped with the latest technology to ensure you’re at the cutting edge of the field.
  • A business hub – Manchester is home to businesses of all sizes. Learn in our award-winning Business School, surrounded by a thriving tech scene.
  • 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.
  • Industry links – we’ve established close ties with big tech employers that inform our teaching.
  • Varied career options – this degree opens up a host of career opportunities in business analysis, IT and project management, and web development, among others.
  • Experienced teaching team – learn from teachers who are carrying out cutting-edge research, shaping policy and consulting organisations.  Use Innospace to find a mentor and make your business plans a reality.
“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

There’s no escaping technology in today’s world. It’s an area that’s experiencing significant growth and there’s always an appetite for graduates who can combine business acumen with technological knowledge.

Organisations in every sector and of every size understand the need for employees who are tech savvy. From physical hardware to the digital world, there are opportunities for work everywhere. 

You’ll graduate with the skills you need to thrive in this fast-paced environment. You’ll also understand the importance of professional development to stay up to date with the latest technology trends.

Our graduates work in a range of exciting careers, including business analysis, project management, IT management and app or web development. They have roles in national and global organisations such as IBM, Microsoft and the NHS.

You’ll also be ready to set up your own business or consultancy. Use our incubator, Innospace, to help get your business off the ground.

Learn more about graduate careers

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points/grades required

104-112

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.

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

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

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Core Units

Business Effectiveness

Prepares students for their working environment and academic studies by exposing them to contemporary relevant issues and developing skills to allow them to operate effectively in a modern organisation.  Students will also learn how to identify usability and functional needs of business software and then develop and apply tests to ensure those needs are met.

Technology Project

This unit provides you with the opportunity to actively study a business context of your choice by picking topics from the other units and investigating how the topics apply to your chosen context. You will learn to audit your own skills set, and develop professional development plans in conjunction with a tutor.  You will undertake personal development activities and evaluate and reflect on your progress. This will allow you to tailor the skills and knowledge you acquire in response to organisational needs.

Web and Mobile Technology

Introduces web and mobile solutions from initial design to implementation of solutions in a range of development environments.

Introduction to Business Systems

Develops awareness of information systems development methods and an appreciation of the need for appropriate methods and tools.

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

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Core Units

Customer Information Management

This unit examines customer information and its impact on stakeholder relationships from a variety of perspectives to improve business performance. Topics covered include customer information from a variety of perspectives, including the customer, the organisation and wider stakeholder relationships. It will introduce factors to consider when evaluating Customer Relationship Management (CRM) solutions for example, integration with the organisation, practical implementation, support for data analytics, and utilisation of web technologies. 

Digital Technology Design and Build

Using a case study, you will analyse, then design and build a new web or mobile business application for PC, tablet or mobile phone.

Technology Management

Students identify needs and establish skills in the development, procurement, deployment and maintenance of technology to support business.

Emerging Technologies in Organisations

Considers the impact of a wide range of emerging technologies and issues affecting organisations and their stakeholders.

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

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Core Units

Developing a Digital Business

Students learn about  the strategic and practical aspects of digital businesses, and develop a website/business case for a digital business.

Business Intelligence and Strategy

Considers strategic aspects of information systems and business intelligence in organisations and the ideas related to practice.

Option Units

Consultancy Project

This unit enables you to solve a business problem for a client business. The objective of this unit is to develop your analytical, reporting, team-working and individual skills and knowledge related to a consultancy project. You will also prepare an individual presentation (or equivalent) and an individual critical academic reflection. This unit will develop your professional and commercial awareness through the solving of a business problem for a client organisation. You will liaise with a real organisation which draws on communication and decision making skills as well as analytical skills. You will use qualitative and quantitative research methods to assist in solving a specific problem as outlined by the client. You will also use presentation skills along with academic knowledge and employ critical reflection skills. 

Integrated Marketing Communications

This unit covers the planning, development and implementation of integrated marketing communications strategies for a range of target audiences. Current trends within the industry are also explored, in addition to subjects covering marketing communications theory, marketing communications planning; brand theory in the context of communications; targeting and brand positioning; communications strategies & tools; integrated marketing communications, including integrating on-line and off-line, media planning; monitoring, control & evaluation; ethics, legal controls & codes of conduct and current trends within the communications industry.

Contemporary Issues in Retailing

Different aspects of, and challenges to, retailing and consumption in the 21st century in local, national and international environments.

Digital and Social Media Marketing Communications Management

This unit allows you to develop strategies using digital marketing and social media campaigns.  The unit discusses the relationships between digital marketing and social media, and organisational communications and business strategy, before exploring the opportunities available in the digital and social media marketplace. 

Strategic Operations for Business Development

Explores strategic drivers, structural and infrastructural pre-requisites for the management of operations and logistics within the context of the external strategic environment and the extended value chain.

Principles of Business Analytics

This unit will equip you with skills and knowledge relating to the handling and analysis of a variety of information generated by organisations. The overarching theme of the unit will be to consider principles of business analytics, such as the use of big data, before exploring data warehousing, how organisations can leverage data to aid the decision making process,  the study and practice of visualisation and analysis techniques utilising appropriate software.

Project Management

The unit aims to develop knowledge and skills in project management, employing a practitioner and academic perspective.

Strategic Communications and Advertising Planning

This unit aims to develop your expertise in the planning, development and implementation of integrated marketing communications strategies for a range of target audiences. Current trends within the industry and key ethical factors are also explored. In addition, the unit will allow you to consider target audiences and profile development; communications tools; ethics, legal controls and codes of conduct; how to evaluate campaigns; current campaigns and trends within the communications industry.

International and Global Marketing

This unit examines global marketing principles and demonstrates the complexities of marketing planning in divergent cultural markets. It also examines the impact of new internet technologies on international and global marketing.

Research Project

In this unit you will undertake a substantial project based on work experience or academic research that is related to your degree. You will set research objectives, carry out research, analyse your research findings and critically reflect on these to discuss implications and recommendations of your findings to your chosen area and the industry to which it relates to. 

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
Optional foundation year

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 – an economic success story written even while other areas of the country struggle. 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.

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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

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. We have a dedicated Placement Team to support you in securing a placement with a professional employer. Fees for the Placement Year are substantially reduced. Additionally, you will incur costs including travel/living costs in securing and undertaking a placement.

Funding

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

Money Matters

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS.

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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.

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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.

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