Business Management BSc (Hons) – 2014 entry

The chance to be taught by lecturers and tutors who have been in the world of business first-hand creates a pleasant learning environment; something I feel could not be matched by other business schools.

What you'll study

Our Business Management degree draws on our proven experience in providing management education. You will study organisations, their management and the changing global environment in which they operate, alongside the applied skills needed for a successful career.

You will learn how businesses operate and the fundamentals of professional management practice, from accounting and economics to human resources, marketing and business ethics. You will explore the increasingly complex global political, social and legal environment within which businesses operate and be brought face-to-face with the challenges of managing people, finances, operations and customers.

The Business Management degree aims to provide you with a broad, analytical and integrated grasp of business management. It is designed to appeal to those who wish to gain a general management degree whilst also having the option of specialising in key areas of management.

Programme overview

The programmes consist of compulsory and optional modules which you study to earn credits towards your final degree.

The modular structure of the programme gives you a wide range of choice and allows you to enhance your management education with industry-specific studies. The programme consists of compulsory and optional modules, with options allowing you to focus on particular subject areas such as finance, marketing, ethics and human resources.

Year 1 (FHEQ Level 4)

In Year 1, all of the modules are compulsory. Your study is focused on learning the foundations of effective business management. The modules will provide you with a strong base of knowledge in essential topics.

Compulsory modules:

  • Business Communication Skills
  • Business Environment
  • Business Information Skills
  • Financial Accounting
  • Marketing Principles
  • Operations Management
  • Organisational Behaviour and Analysis
  • Quantitative Methods

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 5)

Years 2 and 3 offer you a wide selection of optional modules based on a variety of topics, including business, entrepreneurship, marketing, finance, project management and information systems, which allows you to specialise in your area of interest in combination with compulsory modules that are central to management.

Compulsory modules:

  • Business Delivery Skills
  • Business Finance
  • Business Law
  • Management Accounting
  • Management Information Systems
  • Managing People in Context

Two optional modules

Professional Training placement (optional)

Our excellent global links with industry provide you with outstanding opportunities to enhance your employability on our renowned Professional Training placement year. Many of our students gain their first graduate employment position as a direct result of their Professional Training placement. Previous students have worked for companies such as IBM, Microsoft, Ernst & Young, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Xerox, 3M and HP.

Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6)

In the final year, you will be introduced to business strategy through real-life examples, allowing you to consolidate the skills you have learnt throughout the programme. You will have a number of optional modules from which to choose particular aspects of business management that interest you and fit best with your career aspirations.

Compulsory modules:

  • Business Strategy
  • Issues in the Management of Human Resources
  • Project Management
  • Research in Marketing

Four optional modules

Optional modules

Optional modules in Years 2 and 3 include:

  • Consumer Behaviour
  • Contemporary Employee Relations
  • Corporate Finance
  • E-Business
  • Entrepreneurship and Business Planning
  • Ethics, Responsibility and Citizenship
  • Financial Management
  • International Retailing
  • International Trade
  • Introduction to Management Science
  • Leadership
  • Managerial Decision Making
  • Managing Retail Locations
  • Marketing Communications
  • Marketing in the Digital Environment
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Organisational Psychology
  • Organisational Theory
  • Retail Buying
  • Supply Chain Management

Professional recognition

We are one of only 14 business schools in the UK to hold accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the Association of MBAs (AMBA).

This programme has been approved and accredited by The Chartered Institute of Marketing to provide entry onto The CIM’s Professional Diploma in Marketing.

Professional Training

The optional Professional Training placement year allows you to consolidate the management education you have acquired and provides a platform to build on when you return to your studies. It gives you a valuable opportunity to put your learning into practice in real organisations in the UK, with some placements available overseas.

Surrey Business School has many years’ experience of helping students to secure a one-year paid placement appropriate to their degree programme or career direction. Previous students have worked for companies such as IBM, Microsoft, Ernst & Young, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Xerox, 3M and HP, amongst others.


Each 15-credit module is designed to involve 150 hours of student work. This time will be spent in lectures, computer labs and tutorials, and includes your own study time, both individual or in small groups. You will also write essays, assignments and projects individually and in groups that draw on your understanding of a particular area.

Our staff members are innovative in delivering engaging learning sessions that bring together theory and practice for your intellectual and professional development.

Career opportunities

The ability to select the modules most relevant to your chosen career means you will graduate well equipped to take advantage of all of the career opportunities open to you. Surrey Business School has an excellent track record of graduate employment. Our Business Management graduates are already putting into practice the experience, skills and knowledge they gained on our programme in companies such as Accenture, Hays Recruitment, Marks & Spencer and Panasonic.

Graduate prospects

Recent graduates have entered employment with organisations such as:

  • Accenture – Business Analyst
  • Fujitsu – Project Manager
  • IBM UK – Business Consultant
  • JP Morgan – Marketing and Sales Adviser
  • Marks & Spencer – Commercial Graduate
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers – Graduate Scheme
  • Samsung – European Product Manager
  • UBS – Government Operations Analyst

2014 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?



We do not include General Studies or Critical Thinking in our offers.

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma


European Baccalaureate

75% (including 6 in Mathematics)

International Baccalaureate

35 points (including Mathematics grade 4 at SL/HL)

Other international qualifications

If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year.

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Required subjects

GCSE English Language at grade C or above and GCSE Mathematics at grade B or above (or equivalent).

Selection process

Offers are normally made in terms of grades. Suitable candidates will be invited to an Applicant Day. During the visit to the University the candidate can find out more about the programme and meet staff and students.

English language requirements

Non-native speakers of English will normally be required to have IELTS 6.5 or above, with a minimum of 6.0 in each sub-skill (or equivalent).

We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

See 2015 entry information

Course Options

Qualification Course Length Professional Training UCAS code KIS code
BSc (Hons) 3 years N200 View KIS data set
BSc (Hons) 4 years N201 View KIS data set

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Professional Training Placement

Professional Training placement at Admiral's Cove, Florida

Robert Griffiths talks about his placement at The Club at Admiral's Cove in Florida.

Why Surrey?

  • Surrey Business School has an excellent established worldwide reputation
  • Outstanding record of employability
  • Excellent levels of student satisfaction, as evidenced by the National Student Survey
  • Business Management at Surrey was ranked in the UK’s top 20 for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2013
  • Professional placements with leading UK and overseas companies
  • A truly multicultural environment in which to learn, including international staff with strong industry links
  • Dedicated student support networks and state-of-the-art teaching resources
  • A strong practical and entrepreneurial culture
  • The opportunity to focus on international business and emerging markets
  • Our programmes offer international student exchange opportunities in various global locations

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