Business and Management
BSc (Hons)

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Salford Business School

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Industrial Placement
Overseas study available
Work placement opportunity
International Students can apply

3 good reasons to study Business and Management at Salford


Take advantage of paid placements, often with world-leading organisations such as American Express, British Airways and KPMG


81% of our graduates are in work or further study six months after completing their business and management studies (source: UNISTATS)


Study a degree that prepares you for a wide variety of management careers, graduate entry into management training, or further study

Course Summary

This course will provide you with the necessary skills to compete in today’s competitive global markets. You will gain a wide and varied business education, preparing you for opportunities across a range of managerial careers.

All business and management students study the same modules in their first year. In your second and final year modules you will specialise and focus on the subjects which most interest you.

This course is also available with a Professional Experience Year, giving you the opportunity to apply the skills, knowledge and understanding you have gained in the first two years of the course. There are different entry requirements and course codes for the Professional Experience Year option.

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Course Details

This course allows you to either specialise or follow an integrated programme and the modular design gives you considerable choice.

Course Structure

Year 1

Provides a foundation in business disciplines necessary to support the subjects studied in the second and final year. Students from a wide variety of education backgrounds are taught subjects to a common standard during this first year. This allows us to accept students without specific subject requirements.

Year 2

The second year focus is on the management of business operations and functional areas; this will develop and deepen your understanding of the subjects in which you choose to specialise. You will take modules relating to core areas of management and continue to enhance your management skills as the programme unfolds. You may also continue to study a language.

Year 3

You may wish to study a range of modules covering a number of major management functions.


Year 1

All business and management students study the same modules in the first year, after which you are given the flexibility to review and change your options depending on which subjects interest you the most. This approach gives you a vital foundation in key business disciplines to support the subjects you go on to study in your second and final years. It also means that all students achieve the same level of business and management knowledge at the end of their first year.

You will learn how to present, evaluate and interpret data as a basis for making business decisions. This will include an introduction to using mathematics, statistics and analysis to develop lines of argument and propose solutions to important business problems.
This module gives you a theoretical and practical introduction to the basics of accounting, including how to prepare financial statements.
You will learn about the important contribution of Human Resource Management policy and practice to employee and organisational success in the UK and internationally.
This module introduces you to the key concepts of modern economics, including how markets function as the foundation of contemporary economies.
You will receive an introduction to the theory and practice of marketing - an essential service to the long-term prosperity of organisations and businesses - and apply these principles to real life situations.


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This module will introduce you to the functional nature of organising and organisations in a global context.


You will develop your knowledge and competence in a foreign language, while also learning more about the countries where it is spoken for professional purposes.

Year 2

In your second year, you will start to take specialist modules and build your knowledge in these areas. You also have the option to change your specialism and original choice of degree, or switch to any of the following degrees:

  • BSc (Hons) Business and Financial Management
  • BSc (Hons) International Events Management
  • BSc (Hons) Business and Economics
  • BSc (Hons) International Business
  • BSc (Hons) Business Management with Sport
  • BSc (Hons) Business and Tourism Management
  • BSc (Hons) Marketing
  • BSc (Hons) Human Resource Management


This module focuses on developing your understanding of relationships and behaviour in organisations between individuals and in groups. You will also explore the nature of personal, social and professional relationships across a broad range of businesses, public and voluntary organisations.
This module introduces you to the use of costing techniques in manufacturing and business environments. You will explore the use of management accounting information for decision making and performance measurement, and current issues in information technology.
This module helps you develop a systematic understanding of the management of resources and operations worldwide. You will focus on functions and processes in organisations, and their impact on external environments.
This module introduces you to the operation of global legal systems and the areas of law that underpin the practice of effective business management. You will develop a working knowledge of law relating to contracts and their effective negotiation in different business environments.
This module will enable you to plan and carry out appropriate professional development activities to increase your employability and performance. These include self-presentation, professional networking, project planning and implementation, team working, influencing and multimedia communication. You will gain all the necessary experience required to take advantage of global employment opportunities.


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This module will develop your ability to initiate, implement, review and appraise management objectives and decisions in a dynamic and competitive market environment.


You will continue to strengthen your knowledge of a foreign language and its use for professional purposes in the countries where it is spoken.

Optional Year

On completion of Year 2 you may choose to undertake either a paid placement or study abroad for a year.

All of our BSc and BA students can apply for a one year professional placement, which takes place between your second and last years of study.

This is an excellent opportunity to take advantage of and over the last five years 90% of Salford Business undergraduates taking a one year placement secured a 2:1 or 1st class Honours degree.

We will help you find out about vacancies and make the right connections with high profile employers through regular events and presentations.

Here is just a small selection of the companies our students have enjoyed placements with so far: NatWest, Barclays and The Cooperative Bank; BP, Esso and Shell; IBM, Hewlett Packard and Compaq; Ford, Vauxhall, Jaguar and Nissan; Marks & Spencer, Selfridges and Sainsbury’s; Eli Lilly, Glaxo and ICI; Fujitsu, Marriott and Virgin.

You can choose to undertake a study exchange abroad for one semester or one year during your second year. We provide you with extensive support through workshops, personal guidance, tests and interview practise to help this opportunity become a reality.

Graduates with international experience are increasingly sought by employers because they gain highly valuable skillsets living and studying in a different country.

Salford Business School study abroad opportunities are available across Europe and the rest of the world. Don’t miss out on this exciting chance to learn while exploring new places and making friends from all over the world!

Year 3


You will consider how strategy is implemented in business and management and apply your knowledge and understanding in a variety of real world business scenarios.
This module allows you to examine in detail the internationalisation of business environments while evaluating concepts and theories of global trade and investment.
This module gives you an in-depth understanding of the implications of Business Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability in national and international organisations. You will also explore the roles of social and technological innovation in ethical organisations worldwide.
You will improve your skills and knowledge in using and reviewing secondary and primary research to solve business problems and prepare viable proposals for future research or consultancy.
This module will help you consider the nature of services in business, beginning with a detailed review of the marketing processes used by public and private sector organisations.


Choose one from:

This module provides an insight into the contribution of International Human Resource Management policy and practice and how it impacts employee and organisational success. You will review the effective management of human resources and employment relations across different national circumstances using real-life case studies and expert analysis of international human resources management.
You will learn about the complexity behind international marketing and relevant theory and consumer markets. This will prove particularly important in developing your knowledge of strategic marketing practice across different social environments.
Looking at the operation of foreign exchange markets and their significance to business, you will focus on the rationale for trade and investment, as well as international risk management.
You will continue to strengthen your knowledge of a foreign language and its use for professional purposes in the countries where it is spoken.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
GCSE Minimum of five at grade C or higher, to include English language and maths
UCAS tariff points BSc: 260-300 points
With Professional Experience: 280-320 points
GCE A level BSc: BCC with a minimum of two A2 passes
With Professional Experience: BBC with a minimum of two A2 passes
BTEC National Diploma DMM/DMM - DDM with placement
International Baccalaureate indicatively 24 points for International Baccalaureate Diploma (25 with experence year)

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

English Language Requirements

For admission to programmes of study at the University an applicant whose native tongue is not English must possess a current qualification deemed acceptable by the University as evidence of proficiency in the English Language. For entry to level 4, 5, 6 such a qualification must equate to a minimum average score of 6 or above (and for each component 5.5 or above) from the Cambridge/British Council English Language Testing Service (IELTS) or alternative examinations as recognised by the University.

Applicant profile

This course offers excellent scope for any student wanting to learn how management plays a vital role in business. Knowledge, expertise and the ability to discuss and contribute to solutions around these issues are highly sought after skills by employers across a wide variety of sectors. This course will appeal to a range of applicants and there is no need to have studied these subjects before to be successful.

Each application will be considered carefully and judged on its own merits.

Equivalent qualifications will also be considered please contact admissions for further information.


Teaching is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials using a wide range of learning activities. You will experience small group tutorials during your First and Second year module studies. This ensures you will be highly skilled in time for your placements, year abroad experience and final year studies.


Over the duration of your course a range of assessment techniques will be used. Types of assessment include; essays, assignments, exams, multiple choice tests, online tests, group reports, and portfolio work. The weighting between exams and coursework varies between modules and years, but exams still play a major role.


Our comprehensive range of business and management undergraduate degree courses are highly respected by leading employers and have been designed to maximise your opportunities for embarking on a career with organisations seeking high calibre business graduates.

You will gain valuable new skills which prepare you for work, graduate entry into management training programmes, or further study. Our recent graduates have gained employment with leading companies including:

  • Ernst & Young
  • Dixons Group plc
  • British Airways
  • Cooperative Insurance Services
  • BMW
  • American Express
  • BBC
  • Citibank
  • Ladbrokes
  • Numberica
  • Office of the Legal Services Ombudsman
  • KPMG
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Premier Travel Inn
  • BUPA
  • Thomson Holidays
  • BT
  • DTS Logistics
  • Greater Manchester Police
  • The NHS

Links with Industry

Our course team maintains excellent relations with local and national businesses and management organisations, commentators and employers.

Our teaching is industry-led, inspired by contemporary practice and developed in partnership with business leaders. Our academics are experts in their field and work closely with industry to ensure that our courses reflect the needs of business and provide you with that extra edge when it comes to securing a job.

We teach the skills that employers need and as a result, our graduates enjoy excellent international career prospects.

The curriculum across our undergraduate courses balances academic teaching and professional experience, allowing you to apply theory in practice in a way that has been proven to produce highly employable, articulate business professionals who have forged the contacts that will help develop their future careers.

Placement Opportunities

Taking a placement between your second and final year helps to further develop your management skills and enhances your CV and employment prospects. A placement also provides a real context for the subjects studied on the course and helps in the preparation for your final year.

Students at Salford have been placed in a large number and wide variety of organisations, from global corporations to small enterprises, from financial services to manufacturing. You will receive considerable assistance from the industrial placements tutor and team in obtaining a placement.

Current and recent students have enjoyed placements with: NatWest, Barclays and The Cooperative Bank; BP, Esso and Shell; IBM, Hewlett Packard and Compaq; Ford, Vauxhall, Jaguar and Nissan; Marks & Spencer, Selfridges and Sainsbury’s; Eli Lilly, Glaxo and ICI.

Other placements have included the NHS, the education sector, environmental, arts and cultural organisations.

Further Study

Fees and Funding


Salford Business School is located at the heart of the University’s Peel campus in the newly refurbished Lady Hale Building, and the Chapman Building, offering state-of-the-art facilities for the Business School’s student learning community and just minutes from Manchester city centre.

Chapman is a stylish modern space with six lecture theatres equipped with the very latest technology and large screen displays, a series of communal learning and breakout spaces, plus a Fairtrade café with panoramic views across the campus.

Lady Hale is the home to all dedicated business school student support including the school office, an employability hub, a base for the Business School society, and several open study spaces.