Business and Management BA (Hons)

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Develop strong skills and knowledge in all areas of business. Undertake a paid placement. Start a rewarding career in management.

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Overview

BA (Hons) Business and Management is our most popular undergraduate business degree, and will give you a broad foundation in management, marketing, finance, operations and marketing in a digital world. When you graduate from this course you will have excellent skills and knowledge in all areas of business and management. 

Why us?

  • 'World-leading' research in Business, according to the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF)
  • 95% of our BA (Hons) Business and Management graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduating, according to DLHE 2015/16 (based on UK students)
  • The Sunderland Business School is a member of ‘The Association of Business Schools’
  • Our Business courses were ranked 3rd overall in the UK in the 2018 UK Engagement Survey
  • Our Business courses were ranked 4th in the UK for Assessment and, 2nd in the UK for Retention and Progression, and 3rd in the UK for Employability in the 2018 UK Engagement Survey

Course structure

The focus throughout this course is on innovative teaching and learning by doing and reflecting. One technique is problem-based learning, where you’ll work within a small team to explore issues or decide how to manage a situation. This helps you to dissect, challenge and debate issues.

Other learning techniques include company visits, guest speakers and cutting-edge e-learning technologies. These are in addition to a combination of lectures, seminars, debates, tutorials and workshops.

Your progress will be assessed by coursework, assessed case studies and business simulations, presentations, reports, essays, tests and time-constrained assessments.

Year 1 (national level 4):

  • Essential Study and Employment Skills (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Marketing (20 credits)
  • Introduction to HRM and Talent Development (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Accounting and Finance (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Managing and Leading People (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Business Operations and Services (20 credits)

 

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

Please note: After Year 1, if you decide that you would prefer your studies to be more specialised, it’s possible to transfer to other business-related courses such as Business and Financial Management or Business and Marketing Management.

Year 2 (national level 5):

Topics covered will include subjects such as:

Core

  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Management Thought
  • Quality Management for Organisational Excellence
  • Business Ethics, Sustainability and Responsibility (ESR)

 

Optional

  • Management Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Creativity
  • Contemporary Developments in HR
  • Employment Cycle
  • Financial Reporting for Business
  • Management Accounting for Business
  • Digital Marketing
  • Marketing Management and Metrics
  • Innovation Management

Year 3:

  • Work placement (optional)


Final year (national level 6):

Topics covered will include subjects such as:

  • Strategic Management
  • Developing the Reflexive Practitioner
  • Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Strategic Corporate Finance
  • Managing and Leading Change
  • Marketing in a Digital World

The Reg Vardy Centre,
Sir Tom Cowie Campus,
Sunderland,
SR6 0DD

54.912052,-1.374524

  • 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.

    Added to this, you’ll benefit from a wide range of journals and periodicals in the St Peter’s Library, many of them in an online format. To help you make the most of the wealth of resources, there’s a full-time librarian who is dedicated to the Business and Tourism sections.

    Further resources are available at the main Murray Library, which has a total of over 430,000 books with many more available through the inter-library loan service.

    Library Services - business and tourism

Facilities

You’ll be based at The Reg Vardy Centre, at 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

Our typical offer is


  • GPA 3.0 or above from High School Diploma along with one of the following at the required grade - SAT I and SAT II, ACT or Advanced Placement


If your qualification is not listed above, please contact the Student Administration team at admissions@sunderland.ac.uk for further advice.

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

If English is not your first language we will require an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with an overall score of 6.0 and at least 5.5 or higher in each component: reading, writing, listening and speaking. An alternative approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) can also be considered if the applicant's element scores are equivalent to those required for IELTS.

Fees and finance

The annual fee for this course is:

  • £9,250 if you are from the UK / EU
  • £10,750 if you are an international student

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

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

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Student at the graduation ceremony

Employment

When you graduate from this course you will have excellent skills and knowledge in all areas of business and management. You'll understand how businesses create success, how to manage business operations, how to make informed decisions, and how to lead change in organisations.

You will be ready to step into a leadership or management role in a wide variety of industries across the world. Some of the companies which employ our Business graduates include: IBM, Procter & Gamble, BT, Nissan, Marriott Hotels, PricewaterCoopers and Adidas.

Paid placements

We encourage you to undertake a 48-week paid placement to further enhance your employability between your second and final year. It effectively becomes a third year of a four-year course, and you’ll earn an average salary of £14,000-£18,000 a year depending on your location.

Placements are an excellent opportunity to put your learning into practice and understand the context for your new knowledge. The contacts made during placements can also be valuable for future job offers.

Recent placement employers include IBM, Procter & Gamble, BT, Nissan, Marriott Hotels, PricewaterCoopers and Adidas.

Guest speakers

Our invitations to guest speakers allow you to listen to people who are already in the type of management position that you may one day hold. Recent speakers include Maurice Duffy, CEO of Global Blackswan, Mike Johnson, CEO of Castrol and Executive Vice President of BP, Uday K. Dholakia, Senior Partner of Global Consulting, Neil Stephenson, CEO of ONYX, James Ramsbotham, CEO of the North East Chamber of Commerce, as well as other representatives from a number of our region’s largest employers.

Visiting speakers help you relate academic learning to the real experience of people who have already progressed in their careers. It’s all part of broadening your learning so that you’re prepared not just for exams but for life.

Student Business Society

The University supports student-led initiatives that help you gain practical experience of management. The Business Student Society organises events and guest speakers, as well as attending tours of various companies. With its professional approach, it’s a great way to put into practice the lessons about how to make organisations function effectively. There is something for every student who is studying a subject related to business.

  • The University helped develop my knowledge and skills thanks to its amazing tutors.
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    Ahmed N. Al-Nasr

  • The course gave me the chance to learn and develop in all areas of business.
    Nathan Ward

    Nathan Ward

  • Since leaving University I’ve worked for Channel 4, Turner Broadcasting and Sky Sports.
    Peter Daire

    Peter Daire

  • Sunderland is a beautiful part of the world with sandy beaches and a great, modern University.
    Richard Hammond

    Richard Alexander Hallimond

  • I strongly recommend studying at the University of Sunderland.
    Tom Husmann, Business and Management graduate

    Tom Husmann

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