Business and Management Studies (with placement year)

BSc (Hons)
Entry 2017: BBB / 120 UCAS points
Duration: 4 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: BSc (Hons)
UCAS code: N101
Placement: Placement year available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Management & Law
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Our Business and Management Studies degree is ideal if you want to follow a broad business management course rather than specialise in a particular area at this stage.

The course equips you with the broad range of knowledge required for managers working across a variety of business environments including the private, public, not-for-profit and small to medium-sized enterprise sectors.

Professional Accreditation/Recognition

A number of professional accountancy bodies give exemptions for examinations taken at different stages of their professional qualification, including ICAEW, ACCA, AIA and CIMA, and CPA Australia. Depending on specific accounting modules taken, this programme may entitle students to be eligible for exemptions.


"Studying subjects such as Operations Management, Strategic Management and Human Resource Management have all lent themselves to my work experience when managing both people and different types of operation as well as looking for improvements. My degree gave me the chance to put good solid learning into practice once I was working full time."

BSc (Hons) Business and Management Studies, 2014

Why Bradford?

This is a flexible programme of study providing you with the scope to develop the wide-ranging business and management knowledge which employers value and demand.

People who can combine a clear understanding of core business and management functions, and good problem-solving and decision-making skills are in demand throughout the economy.

It is our expert academics who will equip you with these important transferable skills to help set you apart in the competitive job marketplace.

Our undergraduate courses in Business and Management Studies, Marketing, Accounting and Finance, International Business and Management, Operations and Information Management, and Human Resource Management share a common first year, so you may transfer to another degree at the end of your first year if you’d like to specialise in a certain area of business.

You can also choose to take the course over three continuous years or over four years with a year of practical work experience.

You can also combine your passion for learning and travelling by studying abroad at one of our partner institutions in Europe, Canada, Australia, North America or Hong Kong.

Business and Management at Bradford was given 93% overall satisfaction by students in the National Student Survey 2016.

Entry requirements

Typical offer: BBB / 120 UCAS points

New UCAS tariff

We use the UCAS tariff system to help us compare different qualifications. For courses starting from September 2017 onwards, the way points are calculated is changing.

The number of points you get for each qualification and grade will be lower, for example, an A* grade at A level will be worth 56 points from 2017 onwards, instead of 140 in 2016. Despite the lower points, you will still need to achieve the same grades. The only exception to this is that AS Levels will now be worth 40% of an A Level, instead of 50%.

All qualifications that are currently on the UCAS Tariff will continue to attract points under the new system. More qualifications are also being brought into the UCAS tariff system for the first time, including Access to Higher Education courses.

Work out your UCAS tariff points using the UCAS Tariff Calculator (link opens in a new tab).

A levels:

There are no specific subject requirements.

BTEC Extended Diploma:

DDM — there are no specific subject requirements.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

Meet UCAS Tariff of 120 — there are no specific subject requirements.

Plus minimum of:

GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).

Additional entry requirements:

If you do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our Foundation Year in Social Sciences and Management or our International Certificate of Foundation Studies.

English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.



Module name Type
Year 1
Business Economicscore
Foundations of Marketingcore
Introduction to Accountingcore
Operations and Information Systems Managementcore
People, Work and Organisationscore
Quantitative Methods in Information Managementcore
Student Self-Developmentcore
Year 2
Business Lawcore
Employability and Enterprise Skillscore
Business Information Systems option
Capital Markets, Investment and Finance option
Company Law and Administrationoption
Consumer Behaviouroption
Econometrics and Business Forecastingoption
Economics of Industry option
Employee Relationsoption
Financial Accountingoption
Financial Managementoption
Fundamentals of Decision Support option
Integrated Marketing Communicationsoption
Management Accountingoption
Management of Service Operationsoption
Marketing Management and Strategy option
Marketing Research option
Organisational Analysisoption
Organisational Designoption
Principles of Personal Financeoption
Resource Planning for Operationsoption
The Transformation of Work option
Year 4
You in the Workplace (4-year programme only)core
Applied Strategic Management option
Brand Managementoption
Contemporary Issues in Accounting option
Corporate Marketing option
Corporate Reporting option
Creativity and Innovation option
Creativity in Marketingoption
Decision Support Aoption
Decision Support Boption
Electronic Commerceoption
Enterprise and Innovation in Practiceoption
Ethics in Business and Societyoption
Final Year Project (Undergraduate Ambassadors Scheme)option
Global Business Environment option
Human Resource Developmentoption
Human Resource Managementoption
International Accountingoption
International and Comparative Employment Relationsoption
International Business Strategyoption
International Finance option
International Marketing option
Managing Business in Europeoption
Marketing and Entrepreneurship option
Organisational Changeoption
Personal Financial Planningoption
Portfolio Investment Management option
Retail Marketingoption
Services Marketingoption
Strategic Information Systemsoption
Sustainable Operations Management option
The Financial Services Sector and its Environmentoption
Understanding Strategic Managementoption
World Class Operations option

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.


All our four year programmes offer you the opportunity to take a year's work placement in industry during the third year of the course, and this is assessed as 20 credits of your degree.

Placements are real, paid jobs in a wide variety of organisations in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors and offer you a valuable opportunity to experience firsthand how business and management concepts are applied in practice and to give you direct exposure to real issues in the workplace.

The placement year is a vital part of your learning and will add significantly to your personal development, self confidence, planning, communication and business acumen skills. Statistics show that students who have undertaken a placement year benefit from a better graduate job, higher graduate starting salary and a better degree outcome.

In a competitive graduate market, valuable experience and employability skills gained from a year’s work placement will differentiate you from the thousands of other graduates seeking work. We find that students return from their placement year with their confidence and personal skills enhanced and ready to implement their focused plan for the future.

The School of Management has an excellent network of organisations that offer placements including IBM, Vauxhall, NHS, GE Money, Pace, Enterprise Rent A Car, Cummins and Peugeot.

Together we ensure your placement is appropriately challenging and that you can make a real and positive impact on the business.

Your experience will be monitored and assessed through a credit bearing work based learning module that will count towards your final degree.

This module is portfolio based and will develop your ability to reflect on professional work related experiences and recognise the impact on your career development planning.

Placements are not guaranteed, and students will have to invest considerable time and effort in their 2nd year in securing one, with the support of the dedicated Careers team.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Additionally, the School of Management has its own dedicated careers team based on the Emm Lane Campus, with support including:

  • One-to-one support
  • Careers workshops
  • Opportunities to meet employers and recruiters
  • Online resources
  • Job opportunities

Employment statistics

87% of our 2015 Business and Management Studies graduates found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.

Career prospects

Our Business and Management Studies degree prepares you for management roles in industry and commerce, as well as public and not-for-profit sectors.

Among the organisations to have recently employed our graduates are Calderdale Council, Pace, Lovell Partnership and Tesco.

Salary expectations

The average starting salary for our 2015 Business and Management Studies graduates was £21,256.

Study Support

The Effective Learning Service (ELS) is a dedicated facility within the School of Management, established to support our students to maximise their academic learning (eg assignments and examinations) as well as help overseas students adapt quickly to UK academic requirements. The ELS is run by Martin Sedgley, supported by Amy Allhouse, and provides a huge range of services, including various workshops run during term time, 1-1 consultations and vast printed and online resources to cater for every possible development area.

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • Home/EU, sandwich placement year fee: 10% of the applicable full-time fee
  • International: £14,250
  • International, sandwich placement year fee: £1,430

* Home/EU fees will be subject to an annual increase, set in line with government policy. A percentage of any additional higher fee income will be used to support student opportunity through increased expenditure on access, student success and progression activities.

See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

See our Fees and Financial Support website.

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