Faculty of Business, Law and Politics

Business Management

UndergraduateBA (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: N100

What you'll study

Study at an accredited business school on this highly flexible programme which prepares future managers, leaders and entrepreneurs to succeed in the business world.

Besides the three-year option, there are more specialised versions of this course. 

  • You can add a year’s work placement
  • You could study abroad for a year
  • A foundation year boosts your skills and knowledge if you don't quite meet our academic entry requirements

First year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Compulsory modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Accounting and Finance

    This module delivers essential basic accounting and finance knowledge. You'll study topics including measuring financial performance; analysing and interpreting financial statements; capital investment appraisal decisions; financing decisions; working capital management; cost behaviour; cost-volume-profit analysis; absorption costing; variance analysis and budgeting.

  • Marketing

    This module introduces you to core marketing theories and concepts such as segmentation, targeting and positioning, consumer behaviour, and marketing mix. You'll have the opportunity to apply your understanding of these different concepts in a real-life business project.

  • Personal and Professional Skills for Contemporary Organisations

    This module introduces the organisational behaviour and HRM concepts that you'll need for the course. Areas of focus include individual difference, personal development, people management and leadership. You'll also concentrate on effective communication and information; skill evaluating; and strategy, culture, and referencing.

  • Business Environments

    This module introduces you to the wider environments - economic, political, social, legal, cultural - that businesses operate in and in turn help shape. You'll examine the tools for assessing how various market structures and changes in these environments may impact upon the conduct and performance of business.

  • Operations, Supply Chain and Business Practices

    You will explore how modern businesses are developing their operations management and supply chain practices to enhance their competitiveness. You will learn new tools and techniques that can help you to understand, analyse and evaluate the complexities inherent in today's organisations.

  • World Economy

    This module provides an introduction to the world economy. You'll study the nature of, and change in, the world economy from an economic perspective complemented by a social, political and institutional understanding. You'll develop insights into key contemporary issues associated with international trade, international finance, regional groupings such as the European Community, climate change and others.

Second year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Compulsory modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Responsible Business in Society

    Examine the challenges to business practice from the social and environmental responsibility agenda. You'll explore concepts like responsible business, corporate social responsibility, business ethics and sustainable development. And you'll learn to understand them in a global context.

  • Organisational Management

    You will explore different approaches to organisational management and be given the opportunity to integrate theory and practice. You'll consider a variety of organising practices, the assumptions that underpin them, ranging from the highly mechanistic to more holistic, systemic perspectives, and the outcomes achieved in complex, dynamic operating environments.

  • European Business

    This module enhances your understanding of the EU, both in terms of internal policy and its commercial relations with the rest of the world, including the US and emerging nations.

  • Decision Making for Managers

    You will explore decision making and a range of factors that can impact upon decision makers in organisational settings. You'll consider the potential for decision making to be compromised by, amongst other things, bias and overly narrow consideration of complex situations, as well as looking at ways to improve the effectiveness of decision making.

Optional modules

Optional modules let you tailor the course to your interests. Please note, the availability of optional modules can vary each trimester. And some modules may require prior study (taking an earlier module, for example).

  • Information Management and Principles of Data Science

    The module examines the role of data science within contemporary consulting and explores its management dimensions. You'll develop an understanding of how to establish a better connection between data and business value.

  • Internet, e-Commerce and Emerging Technologies

    Discover exciting digital technologies that are emerging and affecting the dynamics of e-commerce. You will learn to develop a website or mobile-app without any coding and to communicate its requirements effectively from a business perspective.

  • The Organisational and Environmental Context of HRM

    This module aims to develop your understanding of how organisational and environmental context informs human resource management in terms of its design, organisation, leadership, ethics and practice.

  • Learning and Development

    This module focuses on the practice and theory of learning and development. Illustrating how to critically evaluate its role and influence on organisational success.

  • Understanding Entrepreneurship

    Learn about entrepreneurship and SMEs from a policy and research perspective. You'll develop an understanding of the factors which contribute to successful and unsuccessful entrepreneurship, how entrepreneurship differs around the world, how governments encourage entrepreneurship and how one researches entrepreneurs.

  • Engaging with Entrepreneurial Organisations

    Working with a local  SME, you'll have the opportunity to solve a problem or produce a plan for the organisation. Projects will depend on the SMEs we work with, but this module is highly practical and hands on, allowing you to apply what you have to a real SME problem or opportunity.

  • Sustainable Business and Innovation

    Develop insights into the major trends, challenges and innovative concepts relating to business sustainability and corporate responsibility. You will be introduced to alternative business models, innovations and practices, exploring business-focused solutions to pressing challenges.

  • Management Systems and Standards for Sustainability

    You will be introduced to the field of sustainable operations and management systems, standards and certifications for business and product sustainability. You'll learn how to develop and implement a sustainability management system and how to report on it using common industry standards.

  • Procurement and Supply Management

    This module explains how procurement ensures the effective supply of the materials that businesses need. Core concepts include managing business relationships, planning operations and problem solving.

  • Supply Chain Information Management and Big Data

    This module discusses the role that information management and big data can play for the supply chain. It will introduce you to the use of qualitative and quantitative methods for big data, text mining and social media mining analysis.

  • Consumer and Business Buyer Behaviour

    The consumer should be at the heart of any marketing activity. In this module, you'll build a deeper understanding of consumer behaviour, learning how to use this information to develop effective marketing plans and communications, as well as developing products and services to satisfy unmet needs.

  • Integrated Marketing Communications and Branding

    Develop your critical understanding of the role integrated marketing and communications plays in building and sustaining brand identity and equity.

  • Research Methods

    This module offers the exciting opportunity to prepare and undertake a small action research project. It will introduce you to research methodology, the need for ethical approval, how to find and analyse data and how to use literature to support the formulation of a research question. The module will also help you to become better critical readers of others’ research.

  • Summer School

    Broaden your experience in an international setting and study in one of our partner institutions for up to three weeks over the summer. This module can count towards your degree.

  • Passport Languages

    The Passport Foreign Language scheme provides you with the opportunity to develop your language skills. You can join a module to learn a new foreign language or to improve your existing language skills and intercultural competence.

Final year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Compulsory modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • International Business

    This module focuses on the core concepts and practical applications of cross border business activities. You will explore the controversies and complexities surrounding international business issues and environments.

  • Business Strategies

    This module considers business strategy and strategic decision making in diverse organisational contexts. You'll learn to use strategic analysis to make choices that create stakeholder value and strategic advantage in the complex business world.

Choose one of the following

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Dissertation or Research Project

    You can choose to complete a dissertation worth 40 credits (across two modules) or a shorter research project at 20 credits (for one module) on a subject relevant to your degree.

  • SMART: Problem-Solving for Complex Systems

    Learn to evaluate complex problems – taking into account multiple dimensions and stakeholder perspectives – to anticipate consequences and make appropriate decisions.

Optional modules

Optional modules let you tailor the course to your interests. Please note, the availability of optional modules can vary each trimester. And some modules may require prior study (taking an earlier module, for example).

  • Passport Languages

    The Passport Foreign Language scheme provides you with the opportunity to develop your language skills. You can join a module to learn a new foreign language or to improve your existing language skills and intercultural competence.

  • Employee Relations and Engagement

    Explore the strategies adopted by employers to manage their employees. The workplace is the site of potential mutuality of interests but also of potential conflict. You will study how this is understood and managed through individual and collective practices.

  • Critical Concepts in HRM

    Develop a critical appreciation of the core theoretical ideas and assumptions underpinning human resource management (HRM) policy and the pursuit of best practice within organisations.

  • Assessing Entrepreneurial Opportunities

    You'll work in a team to come up with the idea for a start-up, analysing the concept from a variety of perspectives and eventually deciding whether to pursue the idea by exploiting your opportunity. After this module you will take the Creating the New Venture module to begin planning to set up your business.

  • Creating the New Venture

    Following on from your work in the Assessing Entrepreneurial Opportunities module, your team will create a business plan for your start-up. You'll learn how to complete cash flows and other accounting procedures relevant for start-ups and decide how to set up your business considering issues such as management, strategy, HR, culture and marketing. Finally, your team will pitch in front of a Dragons’ Den style panel of entrepreneurs for a final prize and possible investment at the end of the module.

  • Organisation in the Digital Economy

    The internet and emerging digital technologies present business and society with all kinds of opportunities and challenges. Here's your chance to engage with the new management mindsets needed to address them.

  • Cybersecurity and Organisational Resilience

    Discover core principles of cybersecurity from a management perspective and develop insights into managing a company's cybersecurity programme. Cyber-awareness, security standards and tackling insider threats are some of the core themes you will explore.

  • Sustainability Reporting and Communication

    Increasingly, society expects companies to report what their impacts are and explain how they are addressing them. In this module, you'll explore the questions of what companies should report on, as well as why and how to communicate it effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

  • Supply Chain Sustainability and the Environment

    Explore sustainability practices in various manufacturing and service organisations, covering issues like responsible procurement and fair trade, humanitarian logistics and disaster relief.

  • Global Logistics and Port Management

    On this module, you’ll learn about the structure of global supply chains, international procurement and transport, supply chain security, and the complexity of decision making.

  • Services Marketing

    Businesses are linked to their customers through services. This module is concerned with managing customer experience and ensuring the organisation is service-centric so that higher outcomes such as loyalty and customer satisfaction can be realised.

  • Digital Marketing and Social Media

    Social media and the internet have transformed marketing. Working with real businesses, you'll develop cutting edge insights to help you understand, evaluate and apply new concepts, tools and models in the digital landscape.

  • Business Project Management

    This module addresses project management, covering a range of concepts, tools, techniques and approaches. You’ll explore factors affecting project success and failure.

  • Managing Your Money – Personal Financial Planning

    Prepare for the financial challenges and opportunities of life after university. Discuss the monetary issues of being a third year, and cover topics including tax, student loans, credit, debt, pensions, insurance, savings and investments.

  • Comparative International Human Resource Management

    Consider complex workplace dynamics and cross-cultural and multinational factors. You’ll learn the strategies and practice of human resource management in international contexts.

“I knew I wanted to study at Hull because of the business school’s great reputation for having some of the best lecturers and offering excellent support.”

Maria Goodley

More about this course

This course prepares you for the challenge of staying up to date with the unpredictable, fast-paced business world. You'll develop into a confident, competitive and responsible business professional, capable of growing into any role. Or you could become an entrepreneur with your own business.

  • Work on real life projects with local companies right from the first year of your course. Past students have benefited from experience with top firms like Pipers Crisps, Tesco and McCain Foods
  • We connect you to world-leading brands. Hull has links with major international businesses. Get real industry experience on placement with the likes of Bosch, BMW, Siemens and Disney – just think how that’ll look on your CV.
  • Keep your studies general, to develop a well-rounded set of skills, or choose to focus on one of a wide range of specialisms including accounting, economics, entrepreneurship, financial management, HRM, ICT , marketing, supply chain management and sustainability
  • 94% of our graduates are in work or further study within six months (UK domicile full-time first degree leavers; Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey for the academic year 2016/17, published by HESA 2018)
  • Choose to study abroad in exciting locations, from Spain, France and Germany to Hong Kong, South Korea and Mexico, in our International Summer School programme

Study a range of business functions and gain experience of various areas across an organisation. You'll learn to appreciate the impact of the outside world. And you'll discover how gathering and examining information from a range of sources helps to develop business policies and strategies.

Teaching and learning

Throughout your degree, you’re expected to study for 1,200 hours per year. That’s based on 200 hours per 20 credit module. And it includes scheduled hours, time spent on placement and independent study. How this time’s divided among each of these varies each year and depends on the course and modules you study.

Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions. The types of scheduled lessons you’ll have depend on the course you study.

Placement hours typically include time spent on a work placement, studying abroad, or field trips.

Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently. This typically involves coursework, assignments, reading, preparing presentations and exam revision.

Assessment
Written
Practical
Coursework

First year

47%

3%

50%

Second year

8%

92%

Final year

100%


Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Our teaching staff

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Tailor your course by studying business as a core subject with one of four complementary specialist areas.

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Study abroad and gain valuable and life-enriching experience as part of your degree.

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Entry requirements

2019 Tariff points: 112 points. Points can be from any qualification on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 80 points from 

  • A levels
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Scottish Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
  • or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications

UCAS has changed the way that qualifications earn points under the Tariff system. Please click here to work out your estimated points and to find out more about how the University of Hull considers qualifications.

Alternative qualifications

  • IB Diploma: 28 points.
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass with minimum of 15 credit at distinction and 15 credits at merit.

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations shown above. Please contact the University’s Admissions Service for individual guidance.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £9,250 per year*
  • International: £14,000 per year

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation - but capped to the Retail Price Index (RPI).

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examination).

There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary.

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the library, but you may want to buy your own copies
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (including travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (including travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want to buy your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 

Future prospects

This degree opens up a wide variety of career opportunities in the private, public and voluntary sectors. Our graduates find employment in areas ranging from marketing and HR management to retail management, within organisations such as Accenture, HSBC and local governmental authorities, while others have chosen to become entrepreneurs.

We have close links to regional, national and international organisations, including our corporate partners, who offer opportunities including placements, projects, case studies, company visits, guest lectures and online mentoring in your chosen field.

Our dedicated Centre for Professional Success connects you with businesses and keeps you up to date with relevant work placements, company projects and job opportunities. It also hones general marketable skills to help give you the edge in the employment market.