Business and Retail Management BSc (Hons) or MBus (Hons) – 2018 entry

The chance to be taught by lecturers and tutors who have been in the world of business first-hand creates a pleasant learning environment; something I feel could not be matched by other business schools.

Why Surrey?

Our Business and Retail Management programme was one of the first of its kind when it was introduced in 1989 and remains at the forefront of the sector. Equipping you with a combination of specific retail industry knowledge and essential business management skills, this comprehensive programme provides you with a thorough education in the art and science of retailing. This programme achieved 100 per cent overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2017.

Programme overview

Along with the core business and management topics around which the programme is based, you will study specialist modules that develop your understanding of the working realities of retail management and operations.

You will learn to apply and evaluate appropriate techniques and frameworks that lie at the heart of successful retailing, while a range of optional modules gives you the opportunity to specialise in areas of particular interest to you.

Study tours, guest lectures and regular visits from senior­-level alumni now working in the retail industry keep our programme up-­to-­date and as relevant and applicable to real-­world business situations as possible.

Programme structure

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specification documents which include further details such as the learning outcomes. Please be aware that these specifications are applicable to the current academic year.

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.

Year 1 (FHEQ Level 4)

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 5)

Professional Training placement (optional)

Many of our students opt to do a Professional Training placement. These normally begin at the end of the second academic year and finish in time for you to begin the third year of study.

Professional Training placements offer students the opportunity to gain access to the world of work, including meeting employers, developing job search skills and acquiring the employability skills that employers look for. Find out more about Professional Training placements.

Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6)

Year 4 (FHEQ Level 7)

The graduate employment market increasingly demands the highest qualifications and the ability to hit the ground running when taking up a new position. At Surrey, we have responded to this demand by creating our new MBus qualification.

Working under the personal supervision of top Surrey Business School staff, the MBus offers you a stimulating intellectual challenge, alongside exposure to real business issues.

Thanks to Surrey Business School’s location in the vibrant economy of the South East and its commitment to business engagement, there are abundant opportunities to be involved in a variety of diverse real­life projects in the local area and beyond.

During the MBus year you will, in addition to taking advanced classes, undertake a substantial piece of applied research, demonstrating your ability to put theory into practice and providing you with a showcase project to impress future employers.

A further advantage of the MBus is that you graduate in June, giving you a head­start in the postgraduate job market where graduation is normally in October. It also makes you more experienced and better qualified than Bachelors students graduating in  June.

You can apply directly for the full MBus programme or transfer into it during your BSc studies ­ providing you achieve high grades in your key modules. Either way, the MBus is covered by the student loan scheme – potentially saving you thousands of pounds you may have to spend upfront on a separate Masters degree.

As with our Bachelors degrees, the MBus also offers you the chance to study abroad in your second year and undertake a Professional Training placement in your third year.

Indicative modules:

Professional recognition

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

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Teaching

Each of our modules is designed to involve 150 hours of student work. This time will be spent in lectures, laboratories and tutorials, and includes private study on your own or in small study groups.

You will also write essays and assignments 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.

Assessment

Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports.

Contact hours

Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's Module Catalogue. See the programme structure section for more information.

Academic support

You are allocated a personal tutor to guide you through the programme and advise on your option choices and future career, helping you to get the most out of your time at Surrey.

Global opportunities

We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad. In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV. To check where you can go, visit our Global Exchanges pages.

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, including Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand and Ryerson University in Canada, which is particularly suited to students studying retail management. Our partners complement our commitment to excellence in teaching and research and enable students to enhance their international outlook.

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

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

Careers and Professional Training

We are very proud of our track record for graduate employability. One of the main reasons for our graduate employability success is our Professional Training placement programme which is one of the largest in the World, with over 2,300 partner organisations in the UK and overseas. To find out more visit our Careers and Professional Training pages.

At Surrey Business School, we encourage our students to be entrepreneurial and innovative, providing opportunities to engage with real­world business problems in both our programmes and our renowned Professional Training placements.

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:

  • Aldi
  • Fortnum and Mason
  • John Lewis Partnership
  • L’Oréal
  • LK Bennett
  • Majestic Wine Warehouses
  • Marks & Spencer
  • Sony

Graduate prospects

There is great demand for our Business and Retail Management students.

Thanks to a degree programme that examines the most up­-to­-date issues in retail commerce, ample opportunities to learn from and interact with ‘real’ retail practitioners and the work experience gained during the Professional Training placement year, many of our students have undertaken successful careers within the retail sector.

Our graduates are working in areas ranging from marketing and PR, buying and merchandising, and consumer analysis to supply chain, store operations and location planning.

Others have gone into banking, accounting and consulting. Overall, graduates of this degree have proven to be highly employable across a wide range of organisations, not just limited to retail.

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

  • Aldi
  • Burberry
  • House of Fraser
  • Monsoon/Accessorize
  • Tesco
  • Waitrose

Our marketing graduates who enrol with the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) as an Affiliate can study CIM qualifications without having to complete all of the modules. For most qualifications, students will only need to take two assessments instead of the usual three and therefore, students will add an individual award to supplement their degree. There is a fee to join CIM.

2018 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?

A-level

Overall

BSc (Hons): ABB.

Applicants taking an A-level science subject with the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass the practical element.

MBus: AAB.

Applicants taking an A-level science subject with the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass the practical element.

GCSE or Equivalent

BSc (Hons): GCSE English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade C (4) (or equivalent).

Applicants must have achieved these grades at the time of making their application.  

MBus: GCSE English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade C (4) (or equivalent).

Applicants must have achieved these grades at the time of making their application. 

Access to HE Diploma

Overall

BSc (Hons): QAA recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits overall including 30 at Distinction and 15 at Merit.

MBus: QAA recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits overall including 39 at Distinction and 6 at Merit.

GCSE or Equivalent

BSc (Hons): GCSE English Language at Grade C (4) and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent).

Applicants must have achieved these grades at the time of making their application.

MBus: GCSE English Language at Grade C (4) and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent).

Applicants must have achieved these grades at the time of making their application.

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

Overall

BSc (Hons): DDD.

MBus: DDD.

GCSE or Equivalent

BSc (Hons): GCSE English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade C (4) (or equivalent).

Applicants must have achieved these grades at the time of making their application.  

MBus: GCSE English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade C (4) (or equivalent).

Applicants must have achieved these grades at the time of making their application.  

European Baccalaureate

Overall

BSc (Hons): 78%. 

MBus: 82%.

GCSE or Equivalent

BSc (Hons): Maths 6 and either English Language (1/2) 6 or English Language (3)7.

MBus: Maths 6 and either English Language (1/2) 6 or English Language (3)7.

International Baccalaureate

Overall

BSc (Hons): 32. 

MBus: 34. 

GCSE or Equivalent

BSc (Hons): English HL4/SL4 and either Maths HL4/SL4 or Maths Studies HL4/SL4.

MBus: English HL4/SL4 and either Maths HL4/SL4 or Maths Studies HL4/SL4.

Science Practical Certificate

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

Scottish Highers

Overall

BSc (Hons): AABBB.

MBus: AAABB.

GCSE or Equivalent

BSc (Hons): English Language - Scottish National 5 - C Maths - Scottish National 5 - C.

Applicants must have achieved these Scottish National grades at the time of making their application.

MBus: English Language - Scottish National 5 - C Maths - Scottish National 5 - C.

Applicants must have achieved these Scottish National grades at the time of making their application.

Welsh Baccalaureate

Overall

BSc (Hons): Pass overall with ABB from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels.

Applicants taking an A-level science subject with the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass the practical element. 

MBus: Pass overall with AAB from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels.

Applicants taking an A-level science subject with the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass the practical element. 

GCSE or Equivalent

BSc (Hons): GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent).

Applicants must have achieved these GCSE grades at the time of making their application.  

MBus: GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent).

Applicants must have achieved these GCSE grades at the time of making their application.  

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, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

Select your country:

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

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each element.

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

Course Options

Qualification Course Length Professional Training UCAS code KIS code
BSc (Hons) 3 years N240 View KIS data set
BSc (Hons) 4 years N241 View KIS data set
MBus (Hons) 4 years N242 View KIS data set
MBus (Hons) 5 years N244 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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The Full Surrey Award 2018 entry

The University will identify eligible students, so there is no application form for this scheme.

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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Disclaimer

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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