Business Management BSc (Hons) or MBus – 2016 entry

What you'll study

Our Business Management degree programme gives you the chance to explore how organisations of all sizes start, run and thrive.

This essential education is now combined with the option to specialise in one of three management ‘pathways’ – in EntrepreneurshipHuman Resource Management or Marketing – which allow you to pursue a specific aspect of business management. Alternatively, you can continue with our core Business Management programme, which offers the largest choice of elective modules and will appeal to those who wish to gain a general management degree.

Programme overview

The modular structure of the programme gives you a wide range of potential topics to study, allowing you to choose the courses that are most relevant to your interests and future career. The ability to enhance your management education in this way means you will graduate well equipped to take advantage of a wide range of career opportunities open to you.

Your first year of study focuses on learning the foundations of effective business management, with modules that provide you with a strong base of knowledge in the essentials of the subject. From there, your further two years of study offer a wide selection of optional modules based on a variety of topics, including business, entrepreneurship, marketing, finance, project management and information systems.

The MBus option

Our MBus (Master of Business) programme offers highly academic students a direct route to a Masters qualification by extending your BSc for a further year. Graduates of the programme will be able to meld theory and its application in the real world and are therefore likely to be highly attractive to employers as future strategic leaders and senior business managers.

Discover more about the many benefits of the MBus.

Programme structure

Year 1 (FHEQ Level 4)

The programme starts with a common first year across all Business Management pathways. This will allow students to make an informed decision about either confirming the pathway chosen on entry or switching to an alternative.

Compulsory modules:

  • Business Skills
  • Operations Management
  • Economics for Business
  • Financial Accounting
  • Marketing Principles
  • Organisational Behaviour and Analysis
  • Business Ethics
  • Business Decision Making

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 5)

Students take a number of compulsory modules, an equal number of pathway modules and two optional modules. Any students leaving with a subsidiary award at either FHEQ Level 4 or 5 would not include the pathway in the title.

Compulsory modules:

  • Human Resource Management
  • Business Finance
  • Management Information Systems
  • Management Accounting

You will also choose from four elective modules. These include:

  • Sociology of Work
  • Marketing Communications
  • International Business
  • Introduction to Management Science
  • Business/Organisational Psychology
  • Employee Relations
  • Consumer Behaviour
  • International Fashion Marketing
  • Comparative Country Studies
  • Issues in International Business
  • Business Law
  • Entrepreneurship in the Digital Domain

Professional Training and placements

At Surrey Business School, our close links with national and international businesses of all sizes and across all sectors are reflected in the companies for which our students have worked on their placements, including 3M, Ernst & Young, HP, Microsoft, L’Oréal, Sony, LK Bennett, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Xerox.

Your Professional Training placement, if selected, would be taken within your chosen pathway.

Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6)

If students exit at the end of FHEQ Level 6 they will have 360 credits, of which 90 credits will be designated pathway modules.

Compulsory modules:

  • International Business Strategy
  • Entrepreneurship and Business Planning
  • Project Management
  • Marketing Strategy

You will also choose from four elective modules. These include:

  • Leadership
  • Research in Marketing
  • The Role of Trust in International Business Relations
  • Ethics, Responsibility and Citizenship
  • Managing People Across Cultures
  • Employment Law
  • Managerial Decision Making
  • Advanced HRM
  • Marketing in the Digital Environment
  • Marketing Analytics
  • Globalization of Emerging Markets
  • International Trade
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Contemporary issues and debates
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation: A business model approach
  • Supply Chain Management

Year 4 (FHEQ Level 7)

This year is only for students on the MBus. Students do two compulsory modules, two pathway modules, an applied research project in their chosen pathway and one optional module.

Students exiting at the end of FHEQ Level 7 will have achieved 480 credits of which 195 will be in the designated pathway. To maintain their place on the MBus programme students must achieve a minimum of 60% at each level of the programme. Students registering on the BSc programme will be allowed to transfer to the MBus programme if they achieve this level.

Compulsory modules:

  • Research Methods
  • Applied Research Methods

Professional recognition

Surrey Business School is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the Association of MBAs (AMBA). The School is also a member of the Academy of Marketing.

Graduate prospects

Recent Business Management graduates have entered employment with organisations such as:

  • Accenture
  • Fujitsu
  • JP Morgan
  • Marks & Spencer
  • Samsung
  • Aldi


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.

Global opportunities

We encourage you to add an international experience to your degree by studying overseas for one semester during your second year (typically the autumn semester).

Surrey Business School currently has 23 exchange agreements spanning four continents. Our international partners include the University of Sydney in Australia, Seoul National University in South Korea and University of Hong Kong. Partnerships with European institutions include the University of Manheim in Germany, Linkoping University in Sweden and Grenoble Ecole de Management in France.

Our partners complement our commitment to excellence in teaching and research and enable students to enhance their international outlook. If you choose to study at one of the European partners, you will be eligible for an Erasmus grant.

Taking part in the exchange programme is an invaluable experience that will expand your knowledge of the global business world, broaden your horizons, enhance your CV and enrich your life on a personal and professional level.

In your third year you might then want to think about spending your Professional Training placement abroad. Students have worked in many places, both in Europe and beyond; if working in Europe you will again be eligible for an Erasmus grant. This is an excellent opportunity not only to acquire valuable work experience but also improve or learn another language.

2016 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?


For BSc programme: Grades required - AAA-AAB

For MBus programme: Grades required - AAA

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

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

For BSc programme: Grades required - D*DD-DDD

For MBus programme: Grades required - D*DD

European Baccalaureate

For BSc programme: 76%-75% mark required

For MBus programme: 76% mark required

International Baccalaureate

For BSc programme: 36-35 points required

For MBus programme: 36 points required

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 C or above (or international equivalent – see relevant country page).

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

6.5 IELTS minimum overall

6.0 IELTS minimum in each sub-skill

If you are an international student and you are concerned that your English is not to the required standard, you may benefit from our International Foundation Year.

Please note that the University of Surrey offers English language programmes and is also an IELTS Test Centre.

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
MBus 4 years N209 View KIS data set
MBus 5 years N208 View KIS data set

Tuition fees, bursaries & scholarships

Bursaries & Scholarships

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Fees for UK/EU students

Tuition fees are currently set at £9,000 per year for UK/EU undergraduates starting in 2015. Fees for 2016 entry will be available in the autumn.

Fees for overseas students

Fees for students classed as overseas for fees purposes are as follows: £14,900 for 2015 entry. Fees for 2016 entry will be available in the autumn.

The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.

Professional Training placement fees

Programmes marked with a tick in the table above include a Professional Training placement.

A reduced fee is charged for Professional Training placements.

Fees will not have to be paid up front for those eligible students who decide to take up the Government's loan for higher education fees. The Professional Training placement is a key factor in the high employability rates achieved by students with Surrey degrees.

View a complete list of all fees for our undergraduate programmes.

International students

Experienced staff in our International Student Office are available to help from the moment you consider studying at the University. We offer professional advice on immigration, visa issues, entry qualifications, pre-departure information, employment regulations and international student welfare.

How to apply

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Professional Training Placement

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Why Surrey?

  • Business and management programmes at Surrey are ranked seventh in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2016
  • Surrey is ranked 15th in the UK for business and management programmes by The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015 and the Complete University Guide 2016
  • The National Student Survey 2014 ranked business and management programmes at Surrey in the top ten nationally for student satisfaction
  • Our Business Management pathways allow you the flexibility to specialise in your own particular areas of interest
  • Our MBus programmes offer you a direct pathway to a Masters qualification

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