Undergraduate BSc (Hons)

Business Management

Salford Business School



With placement


Three year

Four year

Next enrolment

September 2024


In a nutshell

This programme is available with professional placement or study abroad year. 

What will the business of the future be like? And what skills will you need to study to be successful in it?

On our BSc Business Management degree, you will develop the range of leadership and management skills necessary for business whilst learning how to identify opportunities and cultivate adaptability for the future.

Our business management course is dual accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), the only chartered professional body in the UK dedicated to promoting the highest standards in management and leadership. We have also worked with industry partners to ensure the programme is highly practical, career-focused and industry-informed, preparing you for a successful management career. Our student panel ensure our teaching is relevant, inclusive and respectful for all.

"Salford Business School and my course definitely helped me achieve my ambitions, I am very happy and proud of my achievements and where I am today." - Joseph Pritchard, BSc Business Management Graduate and Corporate Banking Manager

Our goal is to prepare you for a fulfilling life and professional career. Along the way, you’ll learn to be curious, adaptable and confident, ready to meet the digital, ethical and sustainability challenges of the 21st century. Find out more about our commitment to our students.


Placement Year Option

Studying at Salford Business School means that you automatically have the chance to complete a paid placement year. Carrying out a placement not only demonstrates to employers that you can apply the skills, knowledge, and understanding you have gained to the workplace, but also boosts your confidence and gives you experience to add to your CV. Added to this, you will receive payment for your time on placement and there will be no university fees to pay during this period.

Placement providers our students have worked for:

BUPA, Peninsula, the NHS, MHA Moore and Smalley, TalkTalk, IBM, and many more

Learn more about placement years, internships and study abroad 

Not ready to choose your career yet? Business management is an excellent introduction to the world of business, you get a chance to explore different topics in your first year and, if you know then what you want to specialise in – and you’ve passed your exams – you can choose to join one of our specialist pathways. 

This programme is also delivered in Bahrain by our partner, the British University of Bahrain; visit their website to find out more. 

Find out more about our business management courses

You will:

  • Study the fundamental principles that underpin a career in business management.
  • Build your own personal portfolio to enhance your CV and demonstrate your knowledge to future employers.
  • Study in a dynamic environment and learn practical management skills from business simulations and live projects.

options available


students accepted

Course accreditations

This is for you if...


You are eager to develop sought-after skills through work placements, study abroad schemes, and real-world learning


You are looking for a practical, expert-led and industry-informed business education, preparing you for future success


You want to explore different areas of business and management before specialising in your chosen sector/career journey

Course details

All about the course


Right from the start, the business management programme is all about supporting you to develop the practical skills that employers look for.

By working on live projects and business simulations, you will learn the fundamental basis of business management, as well as core skills such as problem-solving, leadership, communication, and data analysis. In this way, you will learn to find creative, sustainable, and ethical solutions to business problems.

    1. In your first year, you will start to develop an understanding of how organisations work, looking at key business concepts and the core skills you need for any management career. You will be learning by doing through working on exciting and innovative business simulations or real-world projects. You will also have the opportunity to try out subjects you haven’t studied before and perhaps find out that you want to specialise in them.
    2. The second year is all about exploring more specialised theories and learning skills that will be transferable across multiple business functions.  With core and optional modules, you can start to shape your own learning. The Professional Development module is designed for you to practise the skills you need – CV writing, being interviewed, assessment centres - to apply for and get a placement year and, ultimately, your dream job on graduation. 
    3. By your final year, you are becoming a professional, developing the skills needed for responsible leadership and understanding how to think strategically.  Core modules increase your in depth knowledge and continue your career development while the optional modules allow you to specialise in your areas of interest. 

    As a Salford Business School student, you'll have access to opportunities that enhance your practical experience, employability, and entrepreneurial skills. This includes a paid placement year, study abroad, live projects with industry, VR body swap interview practice and much more. To learn more visit our employability page.

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      Year one

      Digital and Business Skills

      The Digital and Business Skills module introduces a range of digital tools for academia and the workplace. Important business skills such as management, collaboration and teamwork are fundamental to the module. Regular engagement with online platforms provides tasks to improve digital competency. Also, cocreation work presents self-reflection and confidence building opportunities.  Gaining the inspiring digital enterprise award (iDEA), completing LinkedIn learning assessments for Microsoft software applications, and completing collaborative video creation tasks will increase your digital and business skills as you progress towards the completion of this module. Digital Business is here to stay, so it is vital to improve these 21st century skills.

      Understanding Organisations

      This module provides you with an introduction to the key functions of business and is an opportunity to see how they work. You will get an understanding of functions including people management, accounting, marketing and operations, and how they underpin business success. This is illustrated through the lens of some of the successful businesses from across the Greater Manchester region that Salford Business School work with: we will look at a range of businesses including startups, family businesses and large scale enterprises and multinationals from different industry sectors. It is a first opportunity to see what makes businesses tick and will help you think about your future learning and employment journeys.

      Creative Problem Solving and Decision Making

      How do we get inside the problems that businesses face, and reach the decisions that will solve them and support the future development of the organisation? This module will introduce you to systems thinking, providing an approach that helps you examine complex problems and develop holistic solutions. You will be encouraged to think creatively, developing the skills you need for creating innovative solutions that will help you with your studies and future career.

      Data Analysis for Business

      In this module you will be introduced to a variety of data analysis methods, which will be practiced on real world data sets. Regular formative assessment will be set for practice, with timely feedback given to aid learning and personal development.

      You will have an opportunity to formulate your own research questions before analysing data to draw reasonable conclusions. The module will predominantly utilise real data and include a mixture of computer-based questions, calculations, interpretation and drawing conclusions.

      The Future of Business

      What are the opportunities for business in the future? Starting with a grounding in the business context you will gain an understanding of economics and the digital environment, including the role of the digital economy. We will explore some of the key challenges that are on the horizon such as the impact of massive digitisation and industry 4.0, inclusive growth, food security and the climate emergency, and look at the opportunities for business to provide responsible and sustainable solutions

      Business Finance in Practice

      This module is designed to provide you with practical experience of key aspects of business finance. Using a business simulation tool, you will have the opportunity to apply these concepts in a practical context. The module embeds group working skills and the experiential approach provides the opportunity to gain experience of defining, planning and delivering a project.

      Year two

      Professional Development

      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. 

      Watch this video to hear what students say about the module.

      Operations Management

      This module will enrich your knowledge, appreciation and detailed awareness of the means required to operationalise and manage the resources of a business.

      It will establish and focus on the key operational processes using an underpinning of theoretical frameworks, supported by a range of examples from service, manufacturing or a combination of these from industry. This course also benefits from guest lectures and, where possible, field trips for you to gain ‘live’ experience and support learning.

      This module will provide systematic understanding of operations management and the skills relevant to the development and sustainability of regional, national and international business.

      Project Management

      During this module we take a detailed look at various aspects of Project Management through a variety of means such as lectures and practical seminars informed by research and industrial collaborations. We will focus on theoretical approaches, tools and techniques of planning and controlling projects.

      We will discuss project management as an important and integral part of a business whether this is product or service based.

      Marketing to Consumers in the Digital Age

      The module will introduce you to key issues in marketing and the impact that this has on consumers as well as their behaviour. It draws upon key theories in marketing and consumer behaviour and reflects on the relevance to marketing practice in the digital age.

      Live Project for Business

      10 credit modules

      In the first term, you have the opportunity to choose a short (10 credit) module in an area you might be interested in or that you've never tried before. Alternatively, you can secure a short work placement and get credit for it in your results. Choose one from the options below:

      Business Intelligence and Dashboards

      Students will be introduced to a variety of methods of analysis for management decision making, which will be practiced on real data sets aligned to students’ named degree titles. Formative assessment will be set for practice, with timely feedback given to aid learning and personal development.

      The decision making techniques introduced in the module can be applied to a wide range of settings, such as interpreting market performance, forecasting growth, make or buy decisions, optimisation of scarce resources etc.

      The Digital Workplace

      The digital workplace is here to stay. This module helps you gain an understanding of the application of digital technologies in organisations. You will develop a critical awareness of the relationship between people and the workplaces of the future. You will also explore the issues around implementing a digital strategy.

      Contemporary Issues in International Marketing

      On this short module, you'll look at the issues affecting current marketing in a global setting and the impact this has on the wider business environment. You'll look at different marketing niches from a social, economic and environmental perspective, considering the importance of minority group affiliations associated with Black Lives Matter, LGBTQ+, social inclusion, ethics, sustainability and the marketing-savvy green consumer. You'll also gain an understanding of the ethical, moral and legal requirements that managers must appreciate when engaging in international marketing activities.

      Business Accounting

      You will be introduced to some fundamentals of basic financial and management accounting, learning to understand the content of financial statements and the accountancy practices required to prepare these statements. You will learn to analyse and interpret financial statements and use the data to make informed management decisions. With cost (and its impact on profit) a key factor in an organisation’s success, you will learn to communicate financial information both in writing and speaking.

      Legal Aspects of Business

      On this module, you will learn about some of the key aspects of law and how these impact upon business. You will be introduced to the outline of the English Legal System, Contract Law, Employment Law and Company Law. You will develop a critical understanding of legal issues that may arise in business situations and be able to use your knowledge of the law in relevant business practices.


      A short internship, whether paid or unpaid, is invaluable for you to develop and demonstrate your skills in the real-world. This modules allows you to gain credits for work you do that is relevant to your degree and contributes to your employability. The Business School will provide support and guidance when you are looking for internship opportunities. This may be done during the summer period between the end of level 4 and the start of level 5 but other opportunities may be possible provided the relevant amount of work-based learning is undertaken. During term time, you will work on a reflective report to demonstrate what you learned during the internship.

      Applied Econometrics

      This module aims to equip you with the analytical skills required to handle and analyse business, financial and economic data using basic econometric methods, including simple and multiple linear regression models, inference and hypothesis testing. As part of this module, you will get hands-on experience with the Data Analysis Toolkit within Excel and the Econometric/Statistical software package Stata. You will also undertake an applied empirical project where you are expected to demonstrate your understanding of data analysis and econometric methods.

      Young Enterprise

      Students will be introduced to a variety of methods of analysis to inform decision making which will be practised on real data sets to support a new business venture as part of the Young Enterprise programme. Formative assessment will be set, with timely feedback given to aid learning and personal development.

      The decision making techniques introduced in the module can be applied to a wide range of settings, such as interpreting market performance, forecasting growth, make or buy decisions, optimisations of scarce resources, marketing planning etc.

      Optional work placement year

      Professional Placement

      All of our BSc 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 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.

      Year three

      Business Ethics and Sustainability

      This module equips you with an appreciation and in-depth understanding of the implications of Business Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability within national and international organisations. This module will also develop your knowledge with respect to the importance of the balance between shareholders, stakeholders and the purpose and values of the organisation. It will explore the roles of social and technological innovation in global ethical organisations in order to prepare you for future employability.

      Supply Chain Management and Digital Transformation

      How do you make sure your products reach your customers where and when they want them? What systems make it easy for customers to buy? How will you deliver to multiple customers around the country through rain and snow?

      The main aims of the module are to evaluate the concepts of supply chain management, to consider how those strategically connect to company objectives and to provide a critical awareness of digital transformation within the context of procurement and supply chain management.

      You will systematically interpret and apply theories, skills and research aiming to make defendable judgements about complex issues in supply chain management, taking into account organisational settings and cognitive biases in contexts of uncertainty, disruption and volatility.

      You will learn to critically evaluate and advise on supply chain management issues at a strategic level of organisations and analyse the impact of digital transformation on different interconnected supply chain elements eg, forecasting, planning, facilities, inventory, transportation, sourcing and information exchange.

      Leadership and Management in Business

      This module offers a unique in-depth knowledge and understanding of the key practical and theoretical aspects of leadership and management in contemporary organisations. There is a focus on specific individual leaders, leadership styles and traits and offers an insight into how leaders operate in an organisational context. The module also explores personal leadership, the development of leadership and how leadership occurs at all levels. Practically the module will invite you to develop your own leadership style and experience, enhancing  employability.

      This module enables you to explore your own leadership styles and traits and evaluate how these impact on the management of people.

      Innovation and Entrepreneurship

      Employers tell us that they are looking for employees with an entrepreneurial mindset.  Or perhaps you're thinking of setting up your own business.

      In this module you have the opportunity to undertake an enterprise project for an internal or external sponsor on a topic of common interest.  Alternatively, you can use this opportunity to undertake in-depth research for your own project, for example, a business plan if you are wanting to start up a company after you graduate. The nature of the project will be negotiated by yourself, the module leader and the sponsoring company. 

      Strategic Management

      This module will provide a detailed understanding of business strategy, so that you acquire an organisation-wide perspective through exploring strategy techniques and processes within the global environment. You will draw together your knowledge from across the programme, and apply this to real world organisational problems, deploying accurately established techniques of analysis and enquiry, some of which are at the forefront of strategic research and practice. The module prepares you for a career in business and management, developing the next generation of managers, and you will work on industry problems drawn from your pathway specialism.

      Optional modules:

      Choose between Business Entrepreneurial Simulation Project or Business Dissertation


      Business Entrepreneurial Simulation Project

      In this module, you will work as part of a team in an online business simulation. Acting as the management team in a competitive business environment, you will solve business problems and learn about the relationships between different areas of business. This modules gives you a chance to test your entrepreneurship, business planning and your ability to manage change in an uncertain environment.

      You can choose between this and the dissertation option

      Business Dissertation

      If you choose the dissertation, you will identify and focus on a specialist area of research related to an aspect of your degree programme. Through this module, you will carry out a substantial piece of independent research and produce a scholarly and critical dissertation as a result. As well as being a great way to prepare you for postgraduate study, your dissertation can also support your CV and be presented to potential employers as evidence of your analytical and research skills.

      You can choose between this and the Business Entrepreneurial Simulation Project option.

      10 credit modules

      This is a further opportunity for you to choose a short (10 credit) module in an area you might be interested in or that you've never tried before. Alternatively, you can secure a short work placement and get credit for it in your results. Choose one from the options below:

      Big Data Analytics

      Modern businesses derive significant insight from applying advanced analytical techniques to massive volumes of data. In the module, you will learn a range of established Big Data and analytics techniques and the value they provide to organisations. On successful completion of the module, you will not only be able to collect and analyse data to underpin business decisions but also be able to apply them within the business context, looking at strategy, business goals and organisational competitive advantage.

      Technology Innovation

      Technology innovation is concerned with developing your awareness and understanding of the use of digital technologies and their role in digital transformation. We will examine contemporary issues in this area and explore the impact that digital technology had had on business and will have in the future. On completion, you will have a critical awareness of the digital industry and have considered the application of technology to business problems. This module links with and is supported by Launch@ Salford, the University’s incubation centre.


      A short internship, whether paid or unpaid, is invaluable for you to develop and demonstrate your skills in the real-world. This modules allows you to gain credits for work you do that is relevant to your degree and contributes to your employability. The Business School will provide support and guidance when you are looking for internship opportunities. This may be done during the summer period between the end of level 5 and the start of level 6 but other opportunities may be possible provided the relevant amount of work-based learning is undertaken. During term time, you will work on a reflective report to demonstrate what you learned during the internship.

      Climate Change and Sustainability in Business

      Climate change is a fundamental stressor which erodes past development and threatens future developments in vital areas of the well-being of humans. The sustainable use of energy is important in the 21st century due to our dependence on energy for transportation, business and heating which is the main factor behind climate change and the key to its solution. Therefore, energy and climate change are inextricably linked. The import of this module is to provide you with a background on issues pertaining to climate change from a multidisciplinary lens. You will study the science and policy of climate change, international climate finance, energy policy, business and sustainability and environmental policy.

      Investment Management

      The module will provide an introduction to the investment environment. The module will explain risk and how investors can manage risk. Furthermore, the module will explain about time value of money, portfolio management and the relationship between risk and return. 

      Information Security Management

      The aim of this module is to understand the management and protection of digital information across various technologies. The module also concerns managing data security risk, cybersecurity risk, data policy in contemporary digital technologies, the strategic aspects of information security management and digital forensics and the legal, ethical ad professional concerns in data security.

      Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

      What Will I be Doing?


      Employability focused


      Our teaching is focused on supporting you to gain hands-on experience for your career.  Right from the start you will develop the practical skills as well as the theoretical knowledge that you will need when you begin working. 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. 

      You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials using a wide range of learning activities such as business simulations.


      Don’t bypass the Clifford Whitworth library, it really is a beneficial resource for you. The friendly library team will help you develop the skills you need to be successful in your studies and in your work. 


      We use different forms of assessment in different modules and wherever possible these will reflect the types of work you will do in the ‘real world’ for example, report writing, presentations and business pitches. Exams will only be used when it is a requirement for professional accreditation.

      At the beating heart of it all

      Based at our picturesque Peel Park campus, just a five-minute journey from central Manchester, Salford Business School sits at the heart of Greater Manchester's thriving business and digital sectors, with close links and a campus at MediaCity. 

      Our student space on the sixth floor of the Maxwell Building offers dedicated areas for collaborative and independent study and break-out spaces like our student kitchen. Additionally, here you can find our in-school progression and careers teams to support your journey. 

      CMI dual accredited

      Our business management programmes are dual accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), the professional body dedicated to promoting the highest standards in management and leadership. You will receive complimentary CMI student membership and benefits throughout your degree. 

      When you graduate, you will also receive a CMI Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership. This qualification signifies your expertise in leadership and management, equipping you with comprehensive knowledge for success across various management areas. 

      Dedicated support

      Our in-school Student Progression Assistants ensure a smooth journey throughout your course. For non-course matters, our university-wide support service, askUS, is on hand.

      Our Careers and Employability team, along with in-school advisors, support your career journey with one-on-one appointments, drop-ins, industry events, networking opportunities, and more.

      Business in Greater Manchester

      Greater Manchester’s dynamic business and digital sectors play host to over 290,000 enterprises, providing you with rich real-world learning opportunities and industry-informed teaching. 

      Our diverse business collaborations - from start-ups to leading multinationals - drive local and global productivity and growth, positioning Greater Manchester as an internationally renowned business and digital hub. 

      Employment and stats

      What about after uni?


      A postgraduate degree is a great option if you want to take your knowledge and skills to the next level. Salford graduates and alumni also receive significant fee discounts. Learn about our postgraduate courses


      When you graduate, you will have transformed yourself from an ambitious individual into a skilled and business-minded graduate. You will have gained valuable new skills which prepare you for work and graduate entry into business and management training programmes. We have used our close links with industry partners to make sure the programme is highly practical, career-focused and industry-informed so you are ready for a successful career. We are proud to work closely with our student panel to ensure our teaching is relevant, inclusive and respectful for all. 

      The skills and knowledge gained by studying business and management are practical and applicable across a wide range of business functions. IBM, Bank of New York Mellon, HSBC, RBS and Manchester United are just a few of the organisations that our students have gone on to secure positions with. 


      If you have a great idea for a business, we want to help you build it. During your studies, you'll have access to our dedicated incubation centre for start-ups - Launch @Salford. With Launch@Salford, you'll have access to a team of experts and their wealth of knowledge, as well as the chance to pitch for funding and grants. Learn more about Launch@Salford

      We asked our industry contacts what they look for when employing graduates. Here’s some of the advice they gave:

      “Soft skills – the communication, the listening, the team working - are really, really key. Graduates need to demonstrate how they’ve acquired some soft skills whether that’s been undertaking a project or demonstrating time management.” - Vivine Cameron, Education Partnerships Executive, The Chartered Insurance Institute 

      Learn more about how industry has shaped our programmes 


      A taste of what you could become

      A Business Manager

      An Entrepreneur

      A Risk Manager

      A Business Advisor

      And more...

      Career Links

      As a Chartered Management Institute (CMI) accredited business school, we teach the skills that employers need, and as a result, our graduates enjoy excellent international career prospects. 

      Mercedes-Benz Cars UK Limited, CEVA Logistics, Tata and JCB all had input on the content delivered on BSc Business Management during its development.



      What you need to know


      This degree offers excellent scope for any student wanting to start a career in management, finance, marketing and a variety of other different business areas. Knowledge and expertise in business are highly sought after by employers across a wide variety of sectors.

      If you know you love business but aren’t sure which direction to go in, the Business Management course is an ideal introduction to some core areas of business. 


      All of our courses are taught and assessed in English, so as an applicant you must meet our minimum English language entry requirements. If you are an international student and not from a majority English speaking country, you will need IELTS 6 with no element below 5.5.

      We also accept a range of other English language qualifications. If you do not have the English language requirements, you could take the Pre-Sessional English course, or the International Foundation Year to gain entry onto this degree.

      Standard entry requirements


      Maths and English at grade C or grade 4 or above.

      You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.

      UCAS Tariff points

      104 - 112 UCAS Tariff points

      A level

      BCC - BBC with a minimum of two A2 passes

      BTEC National Diploma


      T levels

      Pass (C in Core subject) or Merit

      If applying to start from September 2024, you will need a Merit.

      Access to HE

      104 UCAS Tariff points – Pass with a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2

      If applying to start from September 2024, you will need 104 - 112 UCAS Tariff points.

      International Baccalaureate

      30 points for International Baccalaureate Diploma

      Scottish Highers

      104 - 112 points with a minimum of two Advanced Highers

      Irish Leaving Certificate

      104 - 112 points with a minimum of two A2 passes

      European Baccalaureate

      Pass Diploma with 60% or above

      International Students

      We accept qualifications from all around the world. Find your country to see a full list of entry requirements. If you do not meet the entry requirements, you could take the International Foundation Year to gain entry onto this degree.

      Alternative entry requirements

      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.

      How much?

      Type of study Year Fees
      Full-time home 2024/25 £9,250.00per year
      Full-time international 2024/25 £15,720.00per year

      Additional costs

      You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

      Scholarships for international students

      If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our scholarships. Explore our international scholarships.

      Apply now

      All set? Let's apply

      Still have some questions? Register for one of our Open Days or contact us:

      By email: enquiries@salford.ac.uk
      By phone:  +44 (0) 161 295 4545

      Business Management UCAS Course ID - N100

      Business Management with Placement Year Course ID - NN12

      Enrolment dates

      September 2024

      September 2025

      UCAS information

      Course ID N100

      Institution S03