Plymouth Business School

BSc (Hons) Business Management

Learn how to become an organisation’s best asset by successfully coordinating people, projects and resources. Acquire the skills to become an effective manager. While learning about management in the context of economics, marketing, entrepreneurship, sustainability, ethics, corporate social responsibility and globalisation, you also get the chance to put theory into practice during consultancy projects.

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NSS results for BSc (Hons) Business Management

In the 2018 National Student Survey (NSS), 85% of students agreed staff were good at explaining things and 90% were in work/study six months after graduating*

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Careers with this subject

Graduates follow careers in a wide range of sectors including investment and finance, technology, health, utilities, manufacturing, media, and in management roles including: human resources, marketing, operations, supply chain and procurement, and project management.

All businesses and enterprises need managers 

Studying Business Management at Plymouth will stand you in good stead no matter what career path you follow. Our students graduate ready to face business challenges in all sorts of settings – from investment and finance to logistics, data and marketing.

Find out where BSc (Hons) Business Management at Plymouth could lead you.

Advice from graduate Christopher Cleves 

"Read around the subject you’re studying as widely as you can, watch the news and make as much use as you can of all the employability and skills development facilities at the University. What’s being reported in mainstream media can seem a little far away when you’re studying but coming to interview with a good knowledge of current affairs can help to bridge the gap between university and full-time work."

Read more from Christopher in his case study.

Key features

  • Choose to specialise in your preferred area of interest during your final year and graduate with a named degree in Business Management with: Marketing, Leadership and Human Resource Management, Leadership Practice, International Management, Entrepreneurship or Project Management.
  • Join the Devon Junior Chamber and receive training and professional mentoring.
  • Complete this Chartered Management Institute-accredited course and graduate with a full honours degree and a CMI Diploma in Leadership and Management.
  • Gain the skills, knowledge and experience needed to build your career in the competitive world of business.
  • Boost your employability with paid, real-world experience during an optional work placement year.
  • Learn within a supportive environment where you’ll be mentored by a community of experienced academics.
  • Study full-time over three years or choose the two-year, fast-track route to get ahead of the competition. 

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Gain a solid understanding of management in a business and enterprise context, focusing on areas such as organisational behaviour, economics, accounting, entrepreneurship and marketing. You’ll also look into the ethical and sustainability issues of business, and complete a consultancy project.
    Core modules
    • ACF103 Business Accounting

      Business Accounting introduces accounting as the measurement, recording and communication of financial information for the purpose of business decision making in the context of risk, sustainability and liquidity. Business Accounting exposes the practical application of a range of relevant accounting techniques which enable effective decision making process. On successful completion of the module students should be able to prepare, report and analyse the key financial statements for decision making purposes.

    • ECN1013 Introduction to Business Economics

      This module provides an introduction to economics in a business context. It explores some basic concepts and techniques involved in economic analysis at an introductory level, and considers the relevance of economics and the economic environment, to business decision-making.

    • ENT101 Entrepreneurial Thought and Action

      The module will provide participants with an introduction to the theme of Entrepreneurial Thought and Action, allowing students to explore theory associated with Entrepreneurship before putting it into action through a practical exercise. It will develop a range of academic and professional skills around this theme including: consulting, research; feedback and reflection; professional presentation skills; team working, leadership and project management.

    • HRL100 Organisational Behaviour

      This module introduces you to the study of individuals and groups within the organisational context.

    • MKT110 Essentials of Marketing

      Aimed at Business students this module examines the philosophy and functional activities that comprise the business area known as Marketing. It considers the application of this concept across a range of organisations and markets, focusing on achieving competitive advantage through the development of a marketing mix based around customer centrality.

    • PBSCDP100 Career Development Programme 1

      The module will make use of practical evaluation tools, exposure to role models and information sources, and will focus on self awareness, esteem and aspiration, opportunity awareness, and career adaptability. The concepts of the resilient and thriving individual and competent and confident professional will be introduced and provide context to career development and facilitating improved student competitiveness in the labour market.

    • STO100 World of Enterprise

      This module will introduce students to the key concept of enterprise. There will be a consideration enterprise in the form of organisations, entrepreneurial activity, initiative and resourcefulness and projects. The module will provide the foundation knowledge of how organisations work with a focus on people, process and outputs. The changing global context and digital nature of information will be covered as will emerging models of business. There will be an emphasis on people in organisations and sustainability.

  • Year 2
  • Develop your employability skills further by focusing on the practical techniques for managing people, operations, resources and projects, and your own career. You’ll also develop your understanding of professional development and employment planning, and hone vital decision making and research skills.
    Core modules
    • EPIE200 Placement Preparation

      This module is aimed at students who will be undertaking an industrial placement in the third year of their degree. It is designed to build on skills learned in Stage 1 and helps students in their search for a placement, and in their preparation for the placement itself.

    • HRL200 People Management

      The aim of the module is to provide you with knowledge and understanding of the core activities concerned with managing people, including an appreciation of the work and social context in which those activities take place. The module covers a range of people management practices, as well as introducing important contextual factors such as legislation which play a key role in shaping the employment landscape. The module consists of a combination of lectures, case studies, activities and self-directed learning. This module contributes to the CMI accreditation of the Business Management programme, and you must ensure that you complete all aspects, including attending and participating in class activities in order to be eligible.

    • HRL201 Professional Development Planning

      This module attempts to develop students¿ employment related and research skills, in order to prepare them to undertake a final year research project and to manage their future careers.

    • HRL203 Project Management

      The module introduces students to projects and project management in contemporary organisations. It show cases and allows students to practice a selection of recognised best practice tools and techniques, both hard and soft. Students will be required to participate in a real-live project and produce an output. They will evaluate both deliverable(s) and process and communicate their findings.

    • STO200 Introduction to Operations Management

      Operations, the activity of producing, delivering and supporting goods and services, lies at the heart of businesses. This module introduces the major themes of how this can be done in practice, describing the challenges faced across the goods-services range of industries. It further develops an appreciation of organisational responses to operational issues and the decisions, techniques and technologies which are used to meet them.

    • STO202 Management Decision Making

      Evidence has clearly shown that excellent business performance can only be achieved based on the right decisions. Bad decisions often cost the firms dearly and cannot provide enterprise sustainability. The ability to make good decisions is the mark of successful and promotable managers. This module introduces the major themes of management decision making (processes, models, analytical analysis and information support), describing the challenges of decision making with uncertainty, risk and complexity. It further develops an appreciation of Management Science responses to decision making which needs to meet multiple criteria, and the techniques and technologies which can be used to support the multi-criteria decision analysis.

    Optional modules
    • ELC203 English for Academic Purposes

      This module develops students' level of English in order to operate effectively in an academic context at stage two.

    • ENT200 Enterprise and Innovation

      The purpose of this module is to develop the students’ knowledge of enterprise and the key role of innovation. The module explores key issues impacting a growing business, highlighting the importance of innovation to sustainability and competitive advantage.

    • MKT215 Marketing Fundamentals

      Aimed at Business students this module examines the philosophy and functional activities that comprise the business area known as Marketing. It considers the application of this concept across a range of organisations and markets, focusing on achieving competitive advantage through the development of a marketing mix based around customer centrality.

    • STO204 Business Ethics

      An introduction to ethical issues relating to corporate strategy, social responsibility, organisational structure, finance and human resource management, capitalism, markets, international business, the environment, advertising, and trends such as ethical consuming, ethical investments

    • STO205 An Introduction to International Business

      This module explores the changes in the world economy because of globalization and the strategic choices that a multinational corporation must make in such a globalized world. It examines the role of international trade and foreign direct investment in creating a more integrated world economy. Further it addresses the risks associated with foreign exchange transactions as also the advantages of regional economic integration such as European Union. Finally it deals with the firm level issues such as supply chain management, human resource management and financial management in the global context.

    • STO206 Shaping the Future: creating sustainable organisations

      This interdisciplinary module develops students' ability to assess how organisations can adapt, innovate and thrive in response to the macro social, economic and environmental forces impacting society and organisations. The module develops an awareness of the key physical, structural, social and moral challenges faced and encourages students to develop innovative systems thinking approaches to how organisations can adapt to, mitigate against and capitalise on this unprecedented period of intense and unpredictable change.

  • Optional placement year
  • Gain valuable on-the-job experience through an optional placement year. Supported by a dedicated team, you can undertake a paid position within a public or private sector organisation relevant to your interests. 
    Core modules
    • EPIE300 Placement Year

      The placement year consists of an extended period of appropriate professional experience in a business or organisation. It allows the student to gain relevant experience to consolidate their studies and prepare for final stage study and employment after graduation.

    • EPIE301 The Placement Project

      This module requires students to produce a project relating to their placement experience.

  • Final year
  • The final year provides you with a lot of choice and the opportunity to study topics you are really interested in and/or want to specialise in. By choosing from a wide range of modules, you can tailor your degree and graduate with a specialist qualification. Modules and specialisms available include: entrepreneurship, marketing, international business and management, human resource management and leadership, and project management. You have the opportunity to complete a research or consultancy project which is also in an area of your choice.
    Core modules
    • STO305 Project (Management Report)

      The module builds upon skills developed in the Project Management and Professional Development Planning modules and knowledge gained throughout the programme. Students are required to undertake independent research into a management issue. Use should be made of appropriate research methodologies techniques.

    • STO306 Current Issues in Management

      This module exposes students to current debates within the field of business and management. The content will be fluid as it will draw on contemporary case studies, technological innovation, government legislation and philosophical, ethical or environmental debates.

    • STO313 Strategic Management: Theory and Practice

      The purpose of this module is to develop an understanding of strategic management in facilitating enterprise sustainability and growth. The module provides an integrative perspective on business development and experience of this through the use of an online simulation game. The module introduces key strategic issues and frameworks and develops students¿ abilities in applying appropriate analytical techniques used in strategic decision-making.

    Optional modules
    • ECN3013A International Trade and International Finance

      This module explores the economic implications of globalisation by investigating current trends in international trade and international financial markets.

    • ENT300 Enterprise Creation

      The module offers the opportunity to develop the skills and understanding necessary to write a professional business plan and bid for venture capital funding.

    • HRL300 Organisational Leadership

      This module examines the role of leadership in relation to structural, social, political, cultural and psychological processes at individual, team, organisational and national levels, adopting multiple perspectives. The ethical and moral responsibilities of corporate leaders are critiqued as is the inter-relationship between leadership, governance, decision-making and change.

    • HRL301 Managing Change

      The module provides a broad understanding of equality and diversity in the workplace. The module considers the paradigms underpinning regulation and voluntarism, organisational equality and diversity at the levels of strategy and operational practice, and how group and individual identities are constructed in the workplace.

    • HRL305 Human Resource Management

      Consideration of HR strategy and current developments in the management of human resources in modern organisations operating within complex environments

    • HRL306 Leadership Practice

      Through study, reflection and exercises, this module seeks to develop knowledge and embed the practice of doing leadership. You will explore four different ‘practice’ realms essential to leading: 1) self practices (understanding one’s self as a leader), 2) presentational practices, 3) relational practices and 4) strategic practices. Although theoretical perspectives will provide the substance of lectures, seminars will use arts-based methods to create spaces in which students can experiment with the significance of these ideas for their own enactment of leadership.

    • HRL314 International Human Resource Management

      Students are introduced to: the implications of globalisation for HRM and labour, the particular human resource management problems confronted by Multinational organisations and human resource management systems in a range of different national contexts.

    • MAR325 International Supply Chain Management

      This module provides a comprehensive understanding of the principles and practices of international supply chain management and the complexities involved in managing, planning and coordinating international supply chains.

    • MAR330 Procurement Management Processes

      This module explores the concept of strategy from theories of strategy to models of the strategic process, relating these models to strategy in the procurement function through the use of SCM relevant strategy analysis tools such as PESTLE, SWOT, Portfolio Analysis. As procurement is an important element of an institutions corporate strategy plans the relevance will be examined.

    • MKT310 International Marketing

      The module introduces students to the key concepts of international marketing. It provides students with an understanding of the environmental factors, international marketing strategies and the international marketing planning process.

    • MKT315 Marketing Management

      The module is designed to provide business students with an understanding of the essential elements of the marketing management process. It explores the way in which marketing strategies can be developed and implemented in business organisations, and the relationship between marketing and other functional areas of management.

    • STO300 Global Enterprise

      A module providing advanced study of contemporary international business and theory.

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:

BSc Business Management programme specification 4359

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff

88 - 96

  • Including a minimum of two A levels.
  • 18 Unit BTEC Extended Diploma: MMM in any subject. 
  • Pass a named Access to HE Diploma in any subject with at least 33 credits at merit/distinction. 
  • 24–26 overall to include 4 at in any subject at Higher Level.
  • All applicants must have GCSE (or equivalent) mathematics and English at grade C or above. 
  • 14–19 Diplomas: accepted – please enquire.

Other combinations and non-A level qualifications also considered.

BTEC National Diploma modules
If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. Without this information, we may be unable to process your application quickly and you could experience significant delays in the progress of your application to study with us. Please explicitly state the full list of modules within your qualification at the time of application.

Short of the entry requirements for this course? Don’t worry you may be eligible for a foundation year to prepare you for possible entry onto this course for the following year.


For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

English language requirements

Fees, costs and funding

EU applicants should refer to our dedicated Brexit webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.

New Student 2019 2020
Home/EU £9,250 To be confirmed
International £13,400 To be confirmed
Part time (Home/EU) To be confirmed To be confirmed
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Undergraduate scholarships for international students

To reward outstanding achievement the University of Plymouth offers scholarship schemes to help towards funding your studies.

Find out whether you are eligible and how you can apply

Additional costs

This course is delivered by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and more details of any additional costs associated with the faculty's courses are listed on the following page: Faculty of Arts and Humanities additional costs.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

Progression routes

International progression routes

The University of Plymouth International College (UPIC) offers university foundation, first-year degree and pre-masters pathways to a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. With 96% of all students progressing on to their chosen University of Plymouth degree, the UPIC pathways are an excellent alternative entry point for international students.

Find out more about your study opportunities with UPIC

Assessment breakdown

  • c 21% exams
  • T 79% coursework

Advice from our Business Management graduates

Christopher Cleves - BSc (Hons) Business Management graduate

If I could give any advice to prospective students, it would be to get involved in everything you can whilst at Plymouth Business School; learn a new language, join societies and sports clubs and meet as many people as you can.

Having joined start-up business intelligence firm Alva, in 2013, Christopher now deals with clients across the UK, Australia and South Africa.

Christopher talks about the demands and rewards of working for a small company

Nadine Mashingaidze on maximising opportunities

Studying at Plymouth opened my mind up to the opportunities available. I thought I could only stay in a specific field however I was able to branch out, receive career guidance and understand that I don’t have to be confined.
Nadine Mashingaidze talks of the path to her HR career

Megan Newstead's inspiration

Studying at Plymouth helped me to realise that having a job and a career doesn’t have to be a chore. I met people that were incredibly passionate about their subject areas and it really inspired me to find something that I love.
Megan talks of her Plymouth experience

Meet your lecturers

Plymouth Business School partnership with CMI

Chartered Management Institute membership for PBS students

Chartered Management Institute (CMI) is the only chartered professional body dedicated to promoting the highest standards in management and leadership, being at the forefront of all aspects of management training and thinking. Plymouth Business School engages in a partnership with CMI to offer students free membership, enabling them to use ManagementDirect - the online multimedia knowledge base providing instant answers to every managerial challenge you can think of.

Find out more about our partnership and how to join CMI

*The results of the National Student Survey (NSS) and the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey (DLHE) are made available to prospective students and their advisors through the Unistats website.