Applied Management BA (Hons)

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Learn in a professional environment - Sunderland Business School. Embark on the opportunity to gain a full honours degree while working. Undertake work-based tasks to develop degree-level skills in knowledge and management.

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This BA (Hons) Applied Management course will give you the opportunity to earn a full honours degree while continuing to work. You’ll gain a broad and detailed understanding of the principles of applied management, with particular emphasis on your own self-development and self-management.

This course is ideal for current and aspiring managers to take the next step in their career.

Why us?

  • Makes use of your experiences at work by connecting your academic study to your own workplace
  • Allows the sharing of best practice with others in a range of workplace environments

Course structure

Your face-to-face teaching will take place in a workshop format, with additional lectures and tutorials. Workshops take place once a month, on a Saturday, and you’ll need to attend approximately ten workshops throughout the year. Staff teaching on this programme are actively engaged with a wide variety of local businesses.

Independent study and e-learning are important elements of the course, and you will also be allocated a mentor. Assessments are based on work-related tasks, portfolio evidence and project tasks. All assessed work will have some relevance to your workplace environment.

Final year (national level 6):

Modules on this course include

  • Personal Development Planning 3 (40 credits)
  • Applied Management 3 (40 credits)
  • Applied Business 3 (40 credits)


Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.

  • You can access free Wi-Fi throughout the University campus, so you can work from anywhere. If you don't want to carry a laptop around, just use one of the University’s PCs or Apple Macs. We have hundreds of computers for you to use in the Murray Library, St Peter's Library, and the David Goldman Informatics Centre. If you ever have any technical problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

    IT provision
  • The St Peter’s Library contains over 31,000 books related to business, economics, management, human resources, marketing, strategy and tourism, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals so you can access the most reliable and up-to-date academic and industry articles.

    Library Services - St Peter's Library
  • The Student Learning Space is designed for business students, and it includes a boardroom as well as bookable areas to hold meetings and to meet with staff and clients from outside the University. There are also areas to facilitate group work and collaboration.

    Student Learning Space
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For most of the time, you’ll continue in your usual workplace. All workshops will take place at The Reg Vardy Centre, The Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s. This is home to the Sunderland Business School and the St Peter’s Library with thousands of books related to business, economics, management, human resources, marketing and strategy.

Entry requirements

To apply you should have a job with responsibility for people/processes so that you can complete work-based projects that earn credits towards a degree. It is essential to have the support and commitment of your employer.

You are required to have an HND in a Business related subject area or the equivalent, or a Foundation Degree in Leadership and Management or equivalent. Other professional qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.

We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.

If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.

Fees and finance

The annual fee for this course is: £6,935 per 120 credits if you are from the UK/EU.

Different fees may apply for applicants with an existing higher education qualification. 

Please note that part-time courses are not available to international students who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.

If you currently serve (or have recently served) within the Armed Forces, then the Ministry of Defence's ELCAS scheme may be able help cover your funding for this course. For more information, see our Funding for Armed Forces personnel page.

Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.

Use our scholarships calculator to see what you may be entitled to.

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This course allows current and aspiring managers to take the next step in their career by gaining a full BA (Hons) degree in Management with one one year of study.

We encourage you to plan your future contributions to your employer and how your career will progress, and by the end of the course, you will be well-equipped to manage people and resources using up-to-date theories and knowledge, with a proven record of applying them to real-world projects. Many of our graduates work within companies and organisations such as Nissan, Procter and Gamble, IBM, NHS, and Local Councils.

The Enterprise Place

If you have a good idea for a new business and have the dedication and motivation to make it happen, then we want to hear from you. The Enterprise Place, based on-campus at St Peter's Gate Business Centre, is the perfect environment for entrepreneurial students and graduates to turn their business ideas into reality. You will have access to free hot desk space, IT facilities, specialist advice and support and business mentors and networking opportunities.

To find out more about how we can help you start a business, please contact the University's Enterprise Team:

0191 515 3751

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