Business and Management (with placement year)
Duration: 4 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: BSc (Hons)
Placement: Placement year available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Management & Law
Develop the skills you need for a managerial career in any sector, both in the UK and internationally.
You’ll build a broad foundation of knowledge on all aspects of business and management, ensuring you graduate as a well-rounded professional with excellent commercial awareness.
The programme covers core business concepts in the first year of study, including:
- business economics
- operations and information systems management
You can then tailor your studies to emerging areas of interest or career aspirations through a wide range of specialist modules.
A sandwich placement year, taken in year three of the programme, enables you to develop your skills and professional confidence - and boosts your employability on graduation.
There is a strong emphasis on teaching that is informed by the latest research and commercial best practice, as well as a focus on employability, sustainable development and global corporate responsibility.
We are proud to be in an elite group of business schools (less than 1% in the world) to hold the triple accreditations of Equis, AMBA and AACSB, often referred to as the "Triple Crown".
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.
The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) accredit this programme. This means that, by successfully completing your degree, you are eligible for exemptions from some ACCA fundamental level examinations.
"I believe a placement year is a learning experience, it gave me the opportunity to develop graduate skills and apply what I have learnt at university in the workplace."
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.
Our undergraduate programmes in Business and Management Studies, Marketing, Accounting and Finance, and International Business and 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.
We offer excellent facilities, a highly experienced teaching faculty, and comprehensive support services.
You will be taught by staff who are pushing the boundaries of subject knowledge and application through research and professional innovation.
This means that the teaching you receive reflects the latest thinking in the subject. Our programmes are shaped by our strong business links, and focus strongly on relating academic study to the real world of employment.
They are continually updated on the basis of our discussions with leading employers locally and nationally, and our visiting lecturers include directors from well-known companies who provide first-hand experience of management decision-making at a strategic level.
Business and Management at Bradford was given 93% overall satisfaction by students in the National Student Survey 2016.
Typical offer: ABB / 128 UCAS points
There are no specific subject requirements.
BTEC Extended Diploma:
DDM — there are no specific subject requirements.
Applicants on Access Programmes:
Meet UCAS Tariff of 128 — 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.
The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.
Find more information on our module descriptors page.
The programme aims to equip future leaders and managers with the essential knowledge, skills and professional standards necessary to work effectively within the contemporary global business environment.
- Business Economics (20 credits) core
- Foundations of Marketing (20 credits) core
- Introduction to Accounting (20 credits) core
- People Work and Organisations/Work in Context (20 credits) core
- Principles of Management (20 credits) core
- Operations and Information Systems Management (20 credits) option
- Sustainability and Social Responsibility (20 credits) option
- Introduction to Finance (20 credits) option
- Principles and Practice of International Business (20 credits) option
- Employability and Enterprise Skills (20 credits) core
- Human Resource Management (20 credits) core
- Business Law and Ethics (20 credits) core
- Strategic Management (20 credits) core
- Financial Management (20 credits) option
- Financial Accounting (20 credits) option
- Marketing Management and Strategy (20 credits) option
- International Business Strategy (20 credits) option
- Understanding Consumers (20 credits) option
- Organisational Design and Analysis (20 credits) option
- Management Accounting (20 credits) option
- Multinational Finance and Investment (20 credits) option
- Auditing (20 credits) option
- Integrated Marketing Communications (20 credits) option
- Entrepreneurship Creativity and Innovation (20 credits) option
- Management of Information Systems (20 credits) option
- World Class Operations (20 credits) option
- Logistics and Supply Chain Management (20 credits) option
- Project/Dissertation (40 credits) core
- Business Ethics and Social Responsibility (20 credits) core
- Empirical Methods in Accounting and Finance (20 credits) option
- Current Issues in International Business (20 credits) option
- Risk Management and Derivatives (20 credits) option
- Consumer Insight (20 credits) option
- International Accounting and Reporting (20 credits) option
- Leading and Managing People (20 credits) option
- Product and Corporate Brand Management (20 credits) option
- Interactive Services Marketing (20 credits) option
- Contemporary Development in Employee Relations (20 credits) option
- Services Operations Management (20 credits) option
- Multinationals in Emerging Economies (20 credits) option
- Cross Cultural Management (20 credits) option
- Project Management (20 credits) option
- Innovation in Logistics and Supply Chain Management (20 credits) option
- European Business and Management (20 credits) option
Learning activities and assessment
For all taught modules your learning will be directed, supported and reinforced through a combination of lectures, tutorials, small group seminars, virtual learning environment activities and guided private studies.
The School of Management is committed to demonstrating the relevance of taught material to real business problems, and you can expect to see guest industry lectures and the use of real industry sponsored business problems for assessment purposes.
Generally, for each module, you will attend one lecture and one tutorial each week, during which you will be in direct contact with teaching staff.
Your learning will be supplemented by private and group study (as appropriate) following the direction of module teaching staff. All teaching will be supported by information and activities provided through the University’s virtual learning environment.
In addition, the School offers an Effective Learning Service, which helps with the development of study skills both in group sessions and through individual coaching. Methods of assessment vary according to the learning outcomes of particular modules and the stage of study.
Accordingly, a mixture of closed and open book examinations, essays, portfolios, computer assisted assessment, group work and presentations and other methods will form your assessments.
Throughout the programme your learning will be supported using various methods of formative assessment and feedback. This is to help you progress your studies and support your continuing development.
This 4-year programme offers you the opportunity to take up a placement year working in business in your third year.
Placements are real, paid jobs in a wide variety of organisations in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors and offer you an invaluable opportunity to experience first-hand how business and management concepts are applied in practice, and to give you direct exposure to real issues in the workplace. It can also be done abroad.
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. Evidence suggests that students participating in work placements attain higher degree classifications and improved graduate employment prospects. You will be responsible in finding a placement opportunity; you will be fully supported by our dedicated work placements team who will advertise potential work placements, help you with applications, CV writing, interview techniques and in preparing for your time at work
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:
- GE Money
- Arris (formerly PACE)
- Enterprise Rent A Car
Together we ensure your placement is appropriately challenging and that you can make a real and positive impact on the business.
As a student at University of Bradford School of Management you'll have the opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner institutions around the world.
This gives you international experience, exposure to a different culture and opportunities to network with students and academics at other leading business schools.
Students have an opportunity to broaden their international experience by taking part in study tours embedded alongside our programmes throughout the year. These tours are provided by the Faculty where all expenses are covered. Previous tours have included trips to Bahrain (Ahlia University) and Qatar (Qatar University).
These tours help our students to gain knowledge about international business and entrepreneurship, as well as providing opportunities to practice and develop communication and interpersonal skills. Students are given a hands-on opportunity to apply the knowledge they have gained in class, all whilst becoming more aware of diverse cultures and strengthening international relationships.
Students take part in a dynamic mix of both theory and practice-related activities including: interactive problem-solving workshops, company visits, talks by guest speakers (from the public and private sector), cultural visits, and social activities
Career support and prospects
During your time studying at the Faculty of Management and Law you will have the opportunity to take part in our distinctive career booster programme throughout the duration of your course. The programme is designed to equip you with the necessary skills and graduate attributes to be job-ready when seeking employment with leading innovative organisations. The Career Booster Programme offers you the opportunity to gain certificates in:
- The European Computer Driving License (EDCL) - the benchmark for digital literacy
- Sage 50 Accounting and Sage 50 Payroll - training that will allow you to develop leading accounting and payroll software skills
- Project Manager Professional certificates - giving you the edge when seeking to become a Certified Project Manager
- Big Data analysis and reporting skills - using Software and Services (SAS) that will lead to certification.
In addition, the programme will also include activities to promote teamwork, confidence, communication and many other skills sought by employers.
Developing a portfolio of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Certificates will demonstrate to employers that you are not only ambitious but also take responsibility for your own professional development.
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 Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.
89% of our 2016 Business and Management Studies graduates found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.*
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. Our expert academics will equip you with these important transferable skills to help set you apart in the competitive job marketplace. Graduates of the programme have successfully secured employment opportunities with major employers from across the range of private, public, not-for-profit and small to medium-sized enterprise sectors.
The average starting salary for our 2016 Business and Management Studies graduates was £20,964.*
*These DLHE statistics are derived from annually published data by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), based on those UK domiciled graduates who are available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.
You'll be allocated a Personal Academic Tutor, who will provide you with personal guidance and support. Module leaders and tutors are accessible, providing office hours and appointments in order to support your learning beyond class contact.
The use of a virtual learning environment as part of the programme further enhances the accessibility of your teaching team, enabling you to interact when you are off-campus. The Effective Learning Service (ELS) is a dedicated facility within the Faculty of Management and Law, established to support our students to maximise their academic learning (e.g assignments and examinations) as well as help overseas students adapt quickly to UK academic requirements.
The ELS 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 These are in addition to the wide range of students support that are offered by the University of Bradford at the City Campus.
There is a strong emphasis in delivering teaching that is informed by current research. Academics draw on their own research experiences and activities in informing teaching during lectures, focusing on the link between theory and practice.
Fees, Finance and Scholarships
- Home/EU: £9,250*
- Home/EU, sandwich placement year fee: 10% of the applicable full-time fee
- International: £14,950
- International, sandwich placement year fee: £1,500
* Fees going forward have been capped by the Government at £9,250 in October 2017..
See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.
See our Fees and Financial Support website.
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