Digital and Business Skills
Business Management with Entrepreneurship
In a nutshell
This programme is available with professional placement or study abroad year.
Are you looking to start up your own company? Want to learn how to be an entrepreneur? Thinking of building a social enterprise? Or do you look to develop the creative mindset and business innovation skills that employers look for?
Gain comprehensive knowledge and develop a range of skills vital for setting up your business. As well as the theories and practices of managing a business, you will learn how to identify opportunities, develop your ideas, and raise start-up funds. Even if self-employment is not for you, these skills are welcomed by employers looking for creative and innovative thinkers who can look ahead to develop future business.
As a business management student, you will develop a good knowledge of management theory and learn how to apply it to a variety of business scenarios. You’ll not only graduate with an advanced knowledge of management theory, but with the experience, professional skills and industry insights to start up your own business or build a career across multiple sectors.
This course is taught at our green Peel Park campus close to Manchester city centre with a wide range of dedicated flexible study spaces and resources to support your learning.
Be Industry Ready
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:
- Touch Solicitors
- MHA Moore and Smalley
- Northern Care Alliance
- BIP Solutions
- Salford City Council
- Develop a range of skills vital for setting up your business and use business models to help develop your ideas.
- Study the fundamental principles of entrepreneurship and business management.
- Learn to understand data and how it informs your business decisions.
- Study in a dynamic environment and learn practical management skills from business simulations and live projects.
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 to start up your own business or hope to play an integral role in supporting growth and development
You are a creative and innovative thinker, able to look outside the box and identify unique opportunities for success
All about the course
Right from the start, the business management with entrepreneurship programme is about supporting you to develop the practical skills and entrepreneurial mindset employers look for. By working on live projects and business simulations, you will learn the fundamental basis of entrepreneurship management as well as core skills such as problem-solving, leadership, communication and data analysis. In this way, you will learn to find creative, innovative and sustainable solutions to business problems. Throughout your time with us, you will build your own portfolio of professional evidence which you will be able to use to help you get a rewarding job when you graduate, and access to the Business School incubation centre Launch@ Salford which supports business start-ups.
- In your first year, you will start to develop an understanding of how organisations run, 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.
- 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 upon graduation.
- By your final year, you are becoming a professional and equipped to start up a business. Core modules continue your career development and the optional modules allow you to specialise in your areas of interest.
BUILD YOUR CV
As a Salford Business School student, you'll have access to opportunities that enhance your practical experience, employability, and entrepreneurial skills:
- Optional paid work placement year in your chosen field and internship opportunities
- Mock interviews, assessment centers, and networking sessions
- Utilisation of virtual reality body-swap technology to practice interview skills, allowing you to review and learn from the experience
- Engage in live projects with industry, tackle business challenges, and utilise business simulation sessions
- Benefit from Launch @Salford, our dedicated incubation center for startups, supported by experts
WORK PLACEMENTS / STUDY ABROAD
We strongly encourage you to enhance your personal skills and confidence by undertaking a year-long work placement in your third year and/or study abroad for a term or a year.
- A work placement boosts your CV and demonstrates to future employers that you can apply the skills, knowledge, and understanding you have gained. During this time, you will not incur fees to the University and will earn a salary for the work you undertake. Read about Jill Arkoh Otabil's placement experience with Happski & Company.
- Explore the various international opportunities available, such as Erasmus+, the Turing Scheme, and international study exchanges.
Interested in starting your own business? At Salford Business School, we value entrepreneurial minds and strive to offer the necessary support and resources for those looking to develop a promising business idea. Launch @Salford serves as our incubation centre for startups, providing a reception area, hot desk office space, private meeting rooms, and a networking lounge where you can connect and collaborate. Additionally, Launch @Salford extends specialised support for startup operations and opportunities to secure financial assistance.
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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.
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.
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.
Innovation Skills for Enterprise
This module will enrich your knowledge on how to generate and validate business ideas using a range of creative thinking tools. The primary focus of this module is to enable you develop your own business idea for a target market by exploring models of innovation, using practical business models, live case studies and robust market research. You will have the opportunity to apply your creative skills by designing a feasible business idea, conducting your research and interpreting your findings to justify the viability of the business ideas.
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.
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
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.
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.
Contemporary Model for New Business Creation
This module provides an engaging opportunity for you to learn how to use contemporary business models to create new business ideas. You will be supported to use various business model tools to create new business idea, evaluate your ideas, reflect on the viability of the ideas and their implications to the new or targeted markets. You will apply components of the Business Model Canvas (e.g., value proposition, revenue streams, customer segments and customer relationships) to design your individual business idea. We will use a blended learning environment, mixing face-to-face and online learning.
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.
Launching and Growing your Business
This module is designed to provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate your learning from previous years. You will enhance your knowledge and develop techniques to create and bring a business idea to life. We will focus on exploring what is needed to be an entrepreneur and provide an understanding of the business creation process. The primary focus of this module is to enable you to develop a start-up strategy for an identified business idea by exploring models, tools, approaches, live case studies and robust market research. You will be provided with an opportunity to apply your creative and entrepreneurial skills in planning and designing a business plan for start-up.
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 is an 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 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.
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?
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.
At the 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.
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 to assist across a range of topics.
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. Interested in starting a business? Our start-up incubator, Launch @Salford, offers expert insight and support.
A global community
As a hub for knowledge exchange within the local business community, our collaborations benefit students, businesses, and the community. We aim to equip you with the skills to thrive in life and your career, fostering curiosity, adaptability, and confidence to tackle 21st-century challenges.
Our goal is to prepare you for future career success. 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.
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.
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 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 business or management career. We are proud to work 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 business school students have gone on to secure positions with.
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.
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
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.
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 UCAS 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 - 112 UCAS Tariff points – Pass with a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2
30 points for International Baccalaureate Diploma
104 - 112 UCAS Tariff points with a minimum of two Advanced Highers
Irish Leaving Certificate
104 - 112 UCAS Tariff points with a minimum of two A2 passes
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.
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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.