Business Management BSc (Hons) or MBus (Hons) – 2017 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:

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:

Optional modules (two from the following):

Professional Training 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
  • Pricewaterhouse Coopers
  • 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 will be designated pathway modules.

Compulsory modules:

Optional modules (four from the following):

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 per cent 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
  • Networking and Knowledge Transfer
  • Applied Research Methods
  • Applied Research Project

Optional modules:

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.

Teaching and assessment

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.

Contact hours

The following represents an indicative estimate of how you can expect your time to be split on these programmes, based on the information available at the time of publication (February 2016):

  • 4.25 per cent personal tutorial/small group teaching
  • 2.21 per cent medium group teaching
  • 14.54 per cent large group teaching
  • 79 per cent studying and revising in your own time

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
  • Panasonic

Graduate prospects

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

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

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:

  • University of Sydney
  • University of Wollongong
  • Monash University
  • Seoul National University
  • University of Hong Kong
  • University of Manheim

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.

Learn more about the Erasmus programme or discover where our global opportunities can take you.

2017 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?




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

Access to HE Diploma

BSc: QAA recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits at Distinction - QAA recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 39 Level 3 Credits at Distinction and 6 Level 3 Credits at Merit.

MBus: QAA recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits at Distinction.

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma


MBus: D*DD

European Baccalaureate

BSc: 76 per cent-75 per cent

MBus: 76 per cent

International Baccalaureate

BSc: 36-35 points

MBus: 36 points

Scottish Highers


Scottish Advanced Highers AAA/Scottish Highers AAAAB-Scottish Advanced Highers AAB/Scottish Highers AAABB


Scottish Advanced Highers AAA/Scottish Highers AAAAB

Welsh Baccalaureate


Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma and A-level AA


Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma and A-level AA

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.

Select your country:

Required subjects

GCSE English Language at grade C/4 or above and GCSE Mathematics at grade C/4 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 the International Foundation Year, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

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

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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 (Hons) 4 years N209 View KIS data set
MBus (Hons) 5 years N208 View KIS data set

Tuition fees

View a complete listing of all ongoing fees for our undergraduate programmes.

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.

Bursaries and scholarships

We're committed to making sure that we offer support for students who might need it.

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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.

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Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

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