Digital and Business Skills
Business Management with Economics
Salford Business School
In a nutshell
A degree that gets to the heart of the most significant business and economic challenges faced by governments and international organisations across the globe. Our BSc Business Management with Economics undergraduate course equips you with highly employable skills and prepares you for a career in a variety of industries covering key aspects of business and economics. You will study at our Salford campus close to Manchester city centre.
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.
How will we - together - achieve this?
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BE INDUSTRY READY
Economics is a central topic of media discussion and, throughout the programme, you will study real examples and examine the implications of the theories explored in the real world of economics. With a curriculum that is career-focused and industry-informed, you’ll learn how to translate insights from economic models into business management strategies and economic policies.
Our Business Management with Economics 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 excellence. We have also worked with industry partners to make sure the programme is highly practical, career-focused and industry-informed to prepare you for a successful management career. We are proud to work with our student panel to ensure our teaching is relevant, inclusive and respectful for all.
You'll also have access to a wide range of opportunities that help you develop your real-world skills, such as live projects, a year's paid work placement and study abroad.
This programme is also delivered in Bahrain by our partner, British University of Bahrain; visit their website to find out more.
Want to find out more about our Business courses? Sign-up to an Open Day or attend a campus tour. Explore the Salford campus on our virtual tour. Our supportive course enquiries team can also help you with any general questions you may have.
"There are great facilities here and if you’re the kind of person who wants to grow, Salford will really help you out. Everything’s gone well for me, so why can’t it happen for someone else?" - Adam Ball, BSc Business and Economics (now called Business Management with Economics)
- Study real examples and examine the implications of the theories explored in economics
- Build the skills that employers look for such as project planning, team working and self-presentation
- Develop the business experience required for general management positions
This is for you if...
You want to learn how economics plays a vital role in business
You are interested in the issues facing governments and global organisations
You want to learn from looking at real-world examples
All about the course
In the Complete University Guide's Economics for 2022, Salford ranks 10th in the UK for Student Satisfaction.
CAREER FOCUSSED, HANDS ON LEARNING
Right from the start, the Business Management with Economics programme is all about supporting you to develop the practical skills that employers look for.
- In your first year, you will start to develop an understanding of the business and economics environment as well as how the sector operates. You will also look at wider business areas and how economics integrates with them. You will be learning by doing through working on exciting and innovative challenges or real-world projects.
- The second year is all about exploring more specialised theories and learning skills that will be transferable across multiple functions. Modules are designed so that you can start to shape your own learning. The Professional Development module has been created for you to practise the skills you need – CV writing, being interviewed, assessment centres - to apply for and get your dream job.
- 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.
BUILD YOUR CV
When you study a business programme at Salford Business School, you will have access to opportunities that will help increase your practical experience, employability and entrepreneurial skills.
- Take a placement year, where you will learn on the job whilst being paid for your time
- Internship opportunities
- Mock assessment centres
- Professional presentations
- Business challenges
- Business simulations
- Mock interviews and practice networking
WORK PLACEMENTS / STUDY ABROAD
We strongly encourage you to develop your personal skills and your confidence by taking a year-long work placement in your third year and/or studying abroad for a term or a year.
- A work placement really enhances your CV and shows future employers that you can apply the skills, knowledge and understanding you have learned. You will not pay fees to the University and will earn a wage for the work that you do. Read about Molly Marshall's experience on work placement with GSK.
- Find out more about the range of International Opportunities such as Erasmus, Turing Scheme and International study exchanges.
Interested in starting your own business? At Salford Business School we value entrepreneurial minds and aim to provide the support and resources needed for anyone wishing to build on a great business idea. Launch@ Salford is the incubation centre for business start ups providing a reception area, hot desk office space, private meeting rooms – and a networking lounge where you can grab a coffee and make those business connections. Launch@Salford also provides specialist support in the runnings of a start-up as well as opportunities to receive financial support
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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.
Data Analysis for Business
Using data effectively is central to business success and this module will provide a grounding in the key skills you will need to understand and use data. You will develop an understanding of the concepts required for the use and interpretation of the quantitative methods used to analyse business data. You will practice your essential Excel skills and learn to use Minitab, a statistical software package used by companies to spot trends, solve problems and use data to gain insight.
This module prepares you for more advanced studies dealing with quantitative analysis in business and economics.
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.
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
This module introduces you to the key concepts of modern economics, including how markets function as the foundation of contemporary economies
Business Finance in Practice
This module is all about practical experience: using a business simulation tool you will have a chance to get into the heart of an organisation. Working in a group you will see what it is like to be the decision makers regarding all things finance and influence the success of your business. This is hands on learning which will teach you the fundamental principles of a specific organisational function relevant to your pathway area.
In the first semester, 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. Details of what these are will be announced in December.
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.
This module enables you to study the application of microeconomic theory to issues and problems, including the decision-making of individuals, households and firms, strategic behaviour, and market failures.
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.
This module provides you with analytical skills and an ability to develop simplifying frameworks for studying macroeconomics. It explores the economic principles used to design, guide and interpret commercial, economic, social, and environmental policy.
Live Economics Project
This module is a chance to get hands on experience inside a real organisation. Working in teams, reflecting your future working environment, you will help one of our partner organisations develop a solution to a current business problem. This is a chance to apply people, project and time management in practice and to see how your solutions can apply in practice. Our employers tell us that experience of live briefs is important to them, and this is your chance to apply the knowledge you have gained on the course in that context.
Analysis for Economics
Analysing and understanding data is at the heart of business decision making. In this module you will build on the data analysis skills that you learned in your first year, looking specifically at economic analysis and getting practical experience of using data to inform management decisions. You will work with data used every day by professionals and develop the skills you will need for your future career.
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;
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.
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.
L5 Internship SBS
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.
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.
Being able to communicate effectively with your key markets and target audiences is an important part of business success. This module gives you an effective introduction to the key aspects of marketing communications theory and practice.
You will design and develop an efficient integrated marketing communications plan and strategy, and study key topics including: advertising, public relations, direct marketing, sales promotion, personal selling, point-of-purchase and e-communications.
Analysis for Enterprise
In the digitally-enabled world, there is a huge amount of information available from a range of sources. Being able to analyse data and use it to inform your business decisions is a useful and valued skill. You will learn to select the relevant data and draw conclusions to support your business decisions while developing your skills in spreadsheets and other relevant software.
By developing a new business venture as part of the Young Enterprise programme, you will work with real data and use a variety of methods of analysis to inform your decision-making. The techniques that you learn can be applied to a wide range of business problems, such as interpreting market performance, forecasting growth and make or buy decisions as well as optimisation of scarce resources, marketing planning.
[this module is an alternative to the Analysis for Economics module]
Professional Experience Year
At the end of year 2, you may choose to undertake either a paid placement or study abroad for a year. If you choose to study abroad you will spend your academic year at one of our partner universities, enhancing your language skills and international business knowledge
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 over the last five years, 90% of Salford Business School 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.
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 over the last five years, 90% of Salford Business School 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.
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.
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 Economic 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.
This module develops your knowledge of the core economic principles relevant to the analysis of competition and competition policy. You will analyse and critically evaluate models of competitive markets and apply economic principles to problems and policy issues related to competition
Applied Game Theory
You will critically appraise the economic concept of uncertainty and explore the methodology of game theory to integrate uncertainty into economic analysis. You will also analyse real-world conflict situations and explore their resolution in diagrammatic and mathematical formats.
Leadership and Management in Economics
This module will help you to develop your leadership skills and prepare you for your future career. You will explore theory, behaviour, people management and leadership within an organisational context, apply this in your specialist context. This is an opportunity to develop the skills you have gained in the early part of your degree and apply them to prepare you for the responsible and authentic leadership that future business requires
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; further options will be announced in December.
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.
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.
L6 Internship SBS
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.
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?
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.
SKILLS FOR LEARNING
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.
Throughout your studies, the work you produce will help to build your personal portfolio of professional evidence that you will be able to use in job applications and interviews.
Be part of our Business School community
Salford Business School aims to foster the next generation of leaders and create a new vision of innovative and entrepreneurial leadership. We are integrated into the local business community as a hub for knowledge creation and exchange. We are proud that our industry collaborations and partnerships benefit students, businesses and the community.
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.
Where will I learn?
Salford Business School is located in the Maxwell building overlooking the University’s beautiful Peel Park campus and just minutes from Manchester city centre. Teaching facilities include Lady Hale and Chapman buildings, which offer stylish modern spaces with lecture theatres equipped with the very latest technology and large screen displays. Lady Hale is also the home for the mock courtroom where the mooting team hone their skills in case presentation and debate.
The University library isn’t just for reading books. The ‘library in the park’ is a fresh, modern learning space with PC suites, Mac computers, bookable working rooms and café. It's open 24/7 everyday of the year (except Christmas Day!) so you can study when it suits you.
A dedicated Employability team will help you with work placements and access to work skills.
Throughout campus, there is a choice of individual study areas, communal learning and breakout spaces, plus a selection of food outlets.
CMI dual accredited
Our Business Management with Economics 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 excellence.
When you graduate, you will gain a CMI Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership, as well as your degree. This CMI award is for practising or aspiring managers and leaders and shows you have developed the skills needed to lead and manage individuals and teams as well as the broader knowledge to help you be more effective in specific management areas.
You will receive complimentary CMI student membership as you work towards your degree, which will enhance your learning experience and improve your employability in a number of ways. As part of your membership, you will benefit from:
- Access to CMI’s online portal, ManagementDirect – featuring thousands of resources to support your learning
- Access to the CMI Career Development Centre with online training, job search engine and CV services
- Access to other CMI members, providing the opportunity to network and make connections with management professionals
- Webinars and sessions on a wide range of management related topics such as the impact of Covid on supply chains
Business in Greater Manchester
Greater Manchester is a dynamic business hub and centre for the northern powerhouse. With a wide range of business – small, medium, large – based around the region, students have access to a huge number of opportunities for networking and work experience. It is particularly a centre for finance, retail and digital businesses.
Salford is the fastest growing economy within Greater Manchester and is home to almost 12,000 businesses employing 120,200 people. Salford’s business community is predominately made up of small to medium enterprises (SMEs) which account for 99% of the business base though a number of large firms have also made Salford its home. The University of Salford is proud to be at the heart of this community and works in close partnership with Salford City Council to support the community.
We hold a Small Business Charter mark, one of the first universities to receive this accreditation, and continue to work to enhance growth and productivity in SMEs.
We want you to enjoy your time studying here, but we understand that there may be times you need a little extra support to help you. The Business School student progression team is here to help you progress through your courses as smoothly as possible.
University-wide, askUS is at the core of our student support service, offering information and advice on matters such as finance, wellbeing and counselling, accommodation and more. If you have any worries, concerns, or need advice on a particular topic, visit askUS on campus.
Find out more about Student Support Services at Salford.
If you’re planning on commuting, both our MediaCityUK and Peel Park campuses are perfectly placed. Whether by bus, rail, bike or car, we’re easily accessed from all over Greater Manchester, Lancashire and beyond.
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 a significant fees discount.
Our comprehensive range of business management undergraduate degree course 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.
The focus of this course is to ensure you graduate with employable skills that will help you in gaining a job after you graduate. With opportunities to take part in a year-long paid work placement, a dedicated Professional Development module and support from the University’s careers team and our Launch entrepreneurship experts, we ensure you are equipped with the skills and experience employers are looking for.
Our graduates go on to enjoy careers in insurance, corporate planning, applied research, systems analysis, banking and wealth management with organisations such as NatWest, PricewaterhouseCoopers and KPMG.
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
The University of Salford grew out of the institutes of the late 19th century that provided a talented, technically proficient and professional workforce to support the UK’s rapidly growing industries. In the 21st century, this still holds strong. Whilst industry has changed significantly, the need industry-focussed education is equally relevant today.
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.
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.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS
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.
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 tariff points
BCC-BBC with a minimum of two A2 passes.
BTEC National Diploma
Pass (C in Core subject) or Merit
Access to HE
104 Points – Pass with a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2
30 points for International Baccalaureate Diploma
104 - 112 points with a minimum of two Advanced Highers.
Irish Leaving Certificate
104 - 112 points with a minimum of two Higher Level Subjects.
Pass Diploma with 60% or above
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.
For entry in the 20/21 academic year, EU students will be charged the Home rate in the fees table below. From September 2021 onwards, EU students will be charged the International fee shown in the table.
|Type of study||Year||Fees|
|Full-time home||2023/24||£9,250per year|
|Full-time international||2023/24||£15,120per year|
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.
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