Business and Retail Management BSc (Hons) or MBus – 2016 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.

What you'll study

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, from food to fashion, consumer goods to financial services.

Programme overview

Retailing is a dynamic industry, comprising a vast variety of sectors and home to some of the world’s biggest companies. Our Business and Retail Management programme cultivates the skills you need to kick-start your career as a retail business specialist.

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.

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 and your career.

The programme includes study tours to retail stores and warehouses, guest lectures by senior retail managers and regular visits from senior-level alumni now working in the retail industry.

This keeps our programme up-to-date and ensures that your education is as relevant and applicable to real-world business situations as possible.

The MBus

Our MBus 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 managers.

Programme structure

Year 1 (FHEQ Level 4)

In Year 1, all of the modules are compulsory. They will enable you to develop fundamental and retail-specific management skills and knowledge. A compulsory module, fundamental to management, such as Business Communication Skills, looks at a wide range of communication channels at work and how we interact with people and organisations effectively using modern technology. A retail-specific compulsory module, such as The Retail Industry, facilitates your understanding of the fundamentals of retail activity.

Compulsory modules:

  • Business Skills
  • Operations Management
  • Economics for Business
  • Financial Accounting
  • Marketing Principles
  • Retail Marketing
  • Business Ethics
  • Business Decision Making

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 5)

In Years 2 and 3, you will study a combination of compulsory modules based on fundamental management topics, such a Consumer Behaviour and Business Strategy, and retail management-specific topics such as Managing Retail Locations and Retail Buying. You will be able to choose from a wide selection of optional modules based on a variety of management topics, including marketing, entrepreneurship, finance and international trade.

Compulsory modules:

  • Management Accounting
  • Marketing Communications
  • Consumer Behaviour
  • International Fashion Marketing
  • Human Resource Management
  • Managing Retail Locations

Optional modules include:

  • Business Finance
  • Management Information Systems
  • Introduction to Management Science
  • Employee Relations
  • Comparative Country Studies
  • Issues in International Business Management
  • Business Law
  • Entrepreneurship in the Digital Domain
  • Sociology of Work

Professional Training and 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 Aldi, Fortnum and Mason, John Lewis Partnership, L’Oréal, LK Bennett, Majestic Wine Warehouses, Marks & Spencer and Sony.

Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6)

Compulsory modules:

  • International Business Strategy
  • e-commerce in Retail
  • Project Management
  • International Retailing
  • Retail Buying and Merchandising
  • Supply Chain Management

Optional modules include:

  • Retail Consultancy Project
  • Leadership
  • Research in Marketing
  • Ethics, Responsibility and Citizenship
  • Managing People Across Cultures
  • Employment Law
  • Managerial Decision Making
  • Advanced HRM
  • Marketing Analytics
  • Globalisation of Emerging Markets
  • International Trade
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Contemporary Issues and Debates
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation: A Business Model Approach

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 real-life 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 head-start 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.

Compulsory modules:

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

Optional modules:

  • Contemporary Issues in Retailing and Marketing
  • International Trade Theory
  • Corporate Law
  • International Trade Law
  • EU Business Regulations
  • Foundations of Sustainable Development
  • International Marketing Management
  • Human Resource Development
  • Employment Law
  • Management of Human Resources
  • Entrepreneurial Business Planning

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

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


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.

Career opportunities

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.

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, including 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.

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 - 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 -DDD

For MBus programme: Grades required -D*DD

European Baccalaureate

For BSc programme: 75% mark required

For MBus programme: 76% mark required

International Baccalaureate

For BSc programme: 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.

Select your country:

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 N240 View KIS data set
BSc (Hons) 4 years N241 View KIS data set
MBus 4 years N242 View KIS data set
MBus 5 years N244 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.

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Professional Training Placement

Red Shoes

A short thought-provoking film following Olivia Cameron, an undergraduate Business and Retail Management student who undertook her placement year at Marks and Spencer in Camberley.

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
  • We offer exciting learning opportunities in the real business world, including study tours to retail stores and warehouses
  • Our academics have expertise in a range of areas, including international retailing, planning and marketing of retail space, retail buying and merchandising, shopping centre marketing and management, fashion marketing, and shopper psychology
  • We organise a large number of seminars for students, giving you the chance to learn from visiting academics, industry experts and senior-level alumni

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