Business and Retail Management BSc (Hons) – 2019 entry
Why choose this course
At Surrey Business School, we’re renowned for our world-class research, dynamic learning environment and strong industry links.
Our BSc Retail Management programme was one of the first of its kind when it was introduced in 1989, and it remains at the forefront of the sector.
Equipping you with a combination of specific retail industry knowledge and essential business management skills, our academically rigorous and practically relevant programmes provide you with a thorough education in the art and science of retailing.
What you will study
You’ll study core business and management topics as well as specialist modules that will develop your understanding of the working realities of retail management and operations.
You will learn to apply and evaluate the techniques and frameworks that lie at the heart of successful retailing, while a range of optional modules will give you the opportunity to specialise in areas of particular interest to you.
Study tours, guest lectures and regular visits from senior-level graduates now working in the retail industry keep our programme up-to-date, relevant and applicable to real-world business situations.
|Qualification||Course length||Foundation year||Professional Training||UCAS||KIS code|
|BSc (Hons)||48 months||N241||View KIS data set|
|BSc (Hons)||36 months||N240||View KIS data set|
|BSc (Hons)||48 months||N246||View KIS data set|
|BSc (Hons)||60 months||N245||View KIS data set|
Professional Training placements
As part of this course you have the option to complete a Professional Training placement. These will give you the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, equipping you to be adaptable, resilient, globally minded, confident, entrepreneurial and digitally savvy in the workplace. These qualities are widely recognised by employers and a significant proportion of placement students at Surrey are offered graduate-level jobs or go onto postgraduate study.
Find out more about Professional Training placements and discover how these have transformed our students’ lives and career choices.
Business and Retail Management placements
At Surrey Business School, we encourage our students to be entrepreneurial and innovative, providing opportunities to engage with real-world 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:
- Electronic Arts
- TJX Europe.
Applying for placements
Professional Training placements are usually applied for and secured via an open and free-to-all process, within which students can select and apply for numerous opportunities. Placement providers use their own recruitment and selection procedures and the majority of students will secure their placement in this way. However, support is also provided to students wishing to source their own placement, subject to university requirements being met.
Students are generally not placed by the University, however they are given thorough support and guidance alongside access to a vacancy portal representing thousands of placement opportunities each year. Please be aware there may be travel costs incurred when attending interviews and assessment centres at the placement provider’s premises.
BSc (Hons) - Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
Careers and graduate prospects
We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.
There is great demand for graduates of our BSc Business and Retail Management course.
Thanks to degree programmes that examine the most up-to-date issues in retail commerce, lots of opportunities to learn from and interact with ‘real’ retail practitioners, and the work experience gained during Professional Training placements, 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 course have been proven to be highly employable across a wide range of organisations, not just limited to retail.
Recent business and retail management graduates have secured roles such as:
- Customer Account Manager, Unilever (Future Leader Programme)
- Graduate Management Trainee, Enterprise Rent-A-Car
- Regional Supply Inbound Team Leader, Deliveroo
- Trainee Commercial Manager, Marks & Spencer
- Trainee Merchandiser, Primark
- Manager in Training, Hollister
- Operations Coordinator, Ocado.
Our business and retail management 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, you’ll only need to take two assessments instead of the usual three and therefore be able to add an individual award to supplement your degree.
Study and work abroad
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. Visit our global exchanges pages to check where you can go.
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 exchange agreements spanning four continents, including Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, Illinois State, North Carolina Wilmington and Cincinnati in the US, Hong Kong Baptist University in Hong Kong, and Ryerson University in Canada, which are 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.
Terms and conditions
When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions as a guide as to what to expect.
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.
This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.
"The biggest change I have seen in myself since I started at Surrey is my self-confidence. I started here quite shy and unsure of my capabilities, but now I feel confident in what I can achieve in my future."
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Campus locationStag Hill
Stag Hill is the University's main campus and where the majority of our courses are taught.
As part of this course you have the option to complete a Professional Training placement which would require attendance off campus, depending on where you secure your placement.