Digital and Business Skills
Salford Business School
In a nutshell
What will the business of the future be like? And what skills will you need to study to be successful in it?
On the BSc Business Management degree, you will develop the range of leadership and management skills you need for business now and learn how to recognise opportunities and be adaptable for the future. You will also build your personal portfolio of professional evidence which will enhance your CV and help you in job applications and interviews. This course is taught at our University of 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?
Find out about our commitment to our students.
BE INDUSTRY READY
We have 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.
As a business management student, you will develop a good knowledge of international management theory and learn how to apply it to business scenarios. With modules such as Business Ethics & Sustainability and Digital & Business Skills, the focus is very much on developing you as a rounded business professional. You’ll not only graduate with an advanced knowledge of management theory, but with the experience, professional skills and industry insights to start an exciting career across multiple sectors.
Entrepreneurship and innovation are integral parts of our teaching; these are essential if your dream is to set up your own business, but future employers also value an entrepreneurial mindset. Launch@ Salford is the Business School incubation centre that supports business start ups.
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.
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, British University of Bahrain; visit their website to find out more.
- Study the fundamental principles that underpin a career in business management
- Build your own personal portfolio to enhance your CV and demonstrate your knowledge and skills to future employers
- Learn practical management skills from business simulations and live projects
- Study in a dynamic and exciting city full of business opportunities
This is for you if...
You are looking for a business education that prepares you for a future career
You are looking to develop a range of highly employable skills through experiences such as work placement, study abroad and other opportunities to gain work experience
You want to explore different areas of business before you specialise in one
All about the course
In 2021, 89% of Business Management students asked agree the IT resources and facilities provided have supported their learning well (University of Salford analysis of unpublished NSS 2021 data).
CAREER FOCUSSED, HANDS ON LEARNING
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 salary for the work that you do. Read about Katie Wood’s experience on work placement with Nissan.
- 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.
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.
This innovative module has been nominated for the Course and Curriculum Design award in the 2018 Guardian University Awards. One participant commented “It was thanks to this module that I gained a much better understanding of what employers are looking for and where I stand in comparison to that from the marks and feedback received… This proves to me I do have the experience and competencies sought after by employers. Realising this has really boosted my confidence.”
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.
Analysis for Management Decision Making
You will be introduced to a variety of methods of analysis for management decision making, which will be practiced utilising real world data sets relevant to your chosen pathway structure. 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.
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 a 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 Business 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.
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; further options will be announced in December.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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; further options will be announced in December.
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.
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.
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 at the heart of the University’s Peel Park campus and just minutes from Manchester city centre. Teaching facilities include Maxwell, 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. It'll be an important place for you; in 2020, 100% of students asked agreed that the library resources have supported their learning (University of Salford analysis of unpublished NSS 2020 data).
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.
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. Read about our impact in the Greater Manchester area.
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?
98% of our Business Management graduates were in work or further study according to Graduate Outcomes survey, 2017-18 graduates (the most recent survey)
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.
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 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 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, BNY Mellon, HSBC, RBS and Manchester United are just a few of the organisations that our 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 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.
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 points
BCC - BBC with a minimum of two A2 passes
BTEC National Diploma
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 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.
|Type of study||Year||Fees|
|Full-time home||2021/22||£9,250per year|
|Full-time international||2021/22||£14,400per year|
|Full-time home||2022/23||£9,250per year|
|Full-time international||2022/23||£14700per 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.
We have a range of scholarships available for students applying for courses in 2020-2021 and 2021-2022. Our Global Gold Excellence Scholarship is worth £3,500 and our Global Silver Excellence Scholarship is worth £3,000 - both are available for students studying in our 2021/22 intakes.
We also offer the Salford International Excellence Scholarship which offers up to £5,000 discount on tuition fees. As this is a prestigious award we have a limited number of these scholarships available.
See the full range of our International Scholarships.
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