BA Business Management

Choose a career-driven degree and do real business from day one at Hull University Business School. Here’s how…

Key information

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Course length

3 years

Typical offer

112 points

A Level grades: BBC

UCAS code


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Course overview

How is Hull University Business School different from other business schools?

For starters, our independent accreditations (including AMBA and AACSB) are held by fewer than 5% of the world’s 13,000 business programmes. That places us, and you, in an exclusive club. But it’s our approach that really sets us apart…

Here, you’ll tackle real problems, find real solutions and do real business from day one. Through live projects, placements and internships for the likes of Team GB, Pepsi, Tesco, Microsoft, Marks & Spencer and Jaguar Land Rover, to name a few. Or by helping SMEs with their challenges via our Business Clinic

First, you'll gain a rock-solid grounding in how to run a successful and sustainable business.

Then you get the option to switch direction after your first year, and delve deeper into a specialism that could be your career: marketing, entrepreneurship, human resource management, logistics…

There's also the options to study abroad thanks to our partnerships with leading business schools and universities across the world, or to spend a year on placement gaining valuable CV-boosting experience.

Plus, you’ll have even more opportunities than ever before to make connections that will help you in your future career, from our many links with industry, as well as meeting with like-minded entrepreneurs, organisations and corporate partners in our recently enhanced Business Lounge.

Conveniently located within the Business School, it’s a vibrant hub for organisations to collaborate and work creatively, and is also a great space for our students to meet, learn from, and make an impression on decision-makers, laying the foundations for your future career – all on campus. Studying at Hull University Business School gives you a unique learning experience and places you as part of an exclusive club.

That way, you leave here as a well-rounded, responsible business graduate and a future professional with standout international experience.

Six reasons to study Business Management at Hull

  1. Access facilities like our vibrant business lounge
  2. Gain real experience with the likes of Team GB
  3. Spend a year in industry on placement 
  4. Leading industry accreditations
  5. Rated 94.9% for graduate employability¹ 
  6. Study abroad for a year, a semester or a summer

What you'll study

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.

First year modules

  • Compulsory

    Accounting and Finance

    Delve into topics such as financing decisions, cost behaviour, cost-volume-profit analysis, absorption costing, variance analysis and budgeting.

    Developing Self & Others

    Assessing your human skills and developing good habits is central to your professional development. This module allows you to gain a better understanding of what is needed from the wider business perspective and apply theories of positive habit development in practice. 

    Business Ecosystems and Environmental Analysis

    Advance your analytical skills and understanding of macro- and micro- influencing shapers of business enviroments and ecosystems, and apply them to real-world business challenges. 


    Marketing is an exciting, dynamic, and creative environment to work in. It places brands in the consumers' mind and shapes their decisions. Marketing is a critical management function that is essential to business success. This module allows you to work with an organisation on a live marketing project based on a real-life challenge. 

    Operations, Supply Chain and Business Practices

    Explore how businesses develop their operations management and supply chain practice. You'll learn the techniques to understand, analyse and evaluate the complexities in today's organisations.

    World Economy

    Study the changing world economy, developing insights into issues related to international trade, international finance, regional groupings and climate change.

Second year modules

  • Compulsory

    Organisational Management

    Explore approaches to organisational management and integrate theory and practice. You'll consider the knowledge, interest, and abilities of different groups, some having a need (customers), others having an answer (product/service creators), or having the resources (investors and suppliers) that can be used to provide a solution to the customers' needs. 

    Procurement and Supply Management

    Learn how procurement ensures the effective supply of the materials that businesses need. Addressing negotiation, contracts, expediting, receiving goods and managing capacity, you'll learn core skills that are essential to a broad variety of organisations. 

    Responsible Business in Society

    The influence large organisations have to both postively contribute to, or potentially harm society, can be greater than the power of states. You'll reflect on challenges to business practice looking at issues such as corporate social responsibility, globalisation, sustainable development and climate change, and human rights and exploitation. 

    Managing and Innovating in the 4IR

    Data and technology is disrupting every party of the economy and our lives. This modile links to the four components of industrial strategy identified by the UK government - artificial intelligence, ageing society, clean growth, and mobility. 

  • Optional

    The Organisational and Environmental Context of HRM

    Develop an understanding of how organisational and environmental context informs human resource management in terms of its design, organisation, leadership, ethics and practice.

    Understanding Entrepreneurship

    Working with a local entrepreneurial firm, you'll get first-hand experience of exploring concepts around entrepreneurship. You'll gain insight into the real-life challenges and how local entrepreneurs overcome/negotiate those issues brining into play their individuality, commitment, and desire to make real change. 

    Consumer Behaviour & Insights

    Explore the contemporary issues in consumer behaviour, and the challenges these may pose marketing managers. Working with an organisation, you'll apply conceptual and theoretical ideas in psychology to analyse, evaluate and improve marketing strategies. 

    Disruptive and Emerging Technologies

    On this module, you'll have the flexibility to select a technology-theme that you are excited about (e.g. cryptocurrencies, blockchain, artificial intelligence, augmented reality etc.), and explore their managemement and socio-economic implications. 

    Sustainable Business and Innovation

    Develop insights into the major trends, challenges and innovative concepts relating to business sustainability and corporate responsibility.

    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.

    Learning and Development

    Critically evaluate the theories, different practices, and role that learning and development plays in delivering, influencing and achieving organisational success.

    Engaging with Entrepreneurial Organisations

    Working in a collaborative team, you'll design and deliver innovative solutions for entrepreneurial companies. This hands-on module allows you to apply what you've learned to a real business problem or opportunity.

    Global Logistics and International Trade

    Explore the complexity of the internal and external connections of modern international supply chains, and gain the tools and techniques to manage it. You'll learn how businesses manage their global supply chains and how these align with their corporate strategy. 

    Integrated Marketing Communications and Branding

    Working on a live project, you'll creatively integrate various marketing communications tools (advertising, PR, personal selling, sales promotion, direct marketing) to develop an integrated marketing communications campaign. 

    Disruptive Marketing Innovations

    Gain the skills and knowledge to be the 'disruptors' of the future. The face of business and marketing is changing with rapid digitalisation, creating new opportunities. You'll explore key topics such as big data application, user generated content, AI in marketing, and AR & VR.

Year abroad modules

You spend a year studying at one of our partner institutions in Europe, Asia, North America or Australia. This is an outstanding opportunity to broaden your horizons within a different culture and environment, learn new skills and develop valuable international contacts while continuing your studies.

Placement year modules

Your placement is your opportunity to get some real-world work experience under your belt.

Just like in the real world, you’ll be responsible for finding and applying for opportunities, with the added benefit of help and support from university services.

The Centre for Professional Success is a dedicated team within the faculty who provide tailored support to students who are seeking a placement or internship.   You'll also benefit from the University's Careers and Employability service based in Student Central.   

Final year modules

  • Compulsory

    Business Strategies

    Working on a simulated consulting project, you'll explore the complexity, uncertainty, and diversity of contemporary environments and their influences on strategy making. You'll also consider the notions of creativity, stakeholder expectations and sustainable competitive advantage. 

    Research and Consultancy Skills

    On this module, you'll develop a critical understanding of the research process within the field of business and management research. You'll evaluate a range of literature and data needed to solve a specific research problem. 

    International Business

    Focus on the core concepts and practical applications of cross-border business activities. You'll explore the controversies and complexities surrounding international business issues.

  • Choose one

    Individual Research Project

    Engage in an academic study of a particular topic that is of interest to you over a sustained time, with elements of original work. You'll develop an advanced ability to locate, extract, analyse and interpret data from multiple sources. 

    Consultancy Project

    Building on the Research and Consultancy Skills module, this project allows you to put the theory into practice. Working in a small team, you'll work on a real-world project for a locally-based business. 

    Problem-Solving for Complex Systems

    Learn to evaluate complex problems – taking into account multiple dimensions and stakeholder perspectives – to anticipate consequences and improve decision-making under uncertain context, where decisions are not straight-forward. 

  • Optional

    Employee Relations and Engagement

    Explore the strategies adopted by employers to manage their employees. You'll study how potential commonalities and conflicts are understood and managed in the workplace.

    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.

    Supply Chain Analytics

    Supply chain analytics acts as the bridge between business ideas and business capabilities. On this module, you'll develop expertise to make sense of supply chain data, interpret it, and uncover hidden patterns and important insights.

    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.

    Services Marketing and Customer Experience Management

    You'll consider the challenges faced in managing a range of different services and service offerings and gain an understanding in how to manage customer expectations through all their ineractions with the organisation as part of a journey. 

    Cybersecurity for Managers

    Discover the fascinating ways in which companies get cyber-attacked by cybercriminals and how they get compromised from within (e.g. insider threats like malicious employees). You'll explore the management challenges of tackling cybersecurity and the actions that managers can take to increase cybersecurity awareness. 

    Business Project Management

    Whatever its size, all organisations run projects - study the skills, concepts, tools and techniques to manage them effectively, and learn about the factors affecting project success and failure.

    Ethical Management for Positive Impact

    The increasing complexity of current and future societal challenges pose new ethical questions and a need for future professional to think 'outside the box' and find more sustainable solutions. You'll be challenged to think critically about such ethical challenges and explore approaches for the planning and design of responses that promote positive societal impact. 

    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.

    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.

    Creating the New Venture

    Following the Assessing Entrepreneurial Opportunities module, you'll create a business plan for your start-up. Ultimately, you'll pitch to a Dragons' Den style panel for possible investment.

    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.

    Digital & Social Media Marketing Strategy

    Digital and social media marketing are amongst the fastest growing disciplines in business. You'll cover topics like social media, influencer marketing, content marketing, and online advertising. You'll apply your theory working with an organisation on a real-life challenge. 

    Emerging Markets

    Examine the strategic role of emerging markets in the global economy: the opportunities, benefits and risks for organisations operating in and expanding to those markets.

    Leadership and Change Management

    Consider perspectives on organisational change and analyse change management techniques, including how to manage resistance as well as ethical issues, culture and diversity.

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

How you'll study

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.

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Business Students Siemens Gamesa

See our students on a work placement at Siemens Gamesa in Hull

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Entry requirements

Typical offer

  • A level grades BBC

  • BTEC grades DMM

  • Points required 112

Work out your estimated points

Don't meet our requirements?

We offer a Foundation Year to boost your skills and knowledge – it’s a great way to make your way into higher education.

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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

Alternative qualifications

  • IB Diploma: 28 points
  • Pass Access to HE Diploma overall with a minimum of 112 UCAS tariff points

Worried you don’t quite meet our entry requirements?

We consider experience and qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations above.

But it’s not just about the grades – we’ll look at your whole application. We want to know what makes you tick, and about your previous experience, so make sure that you complete your personal statement.

If you have any questions, our admissions team will be happy to help.

Don't meet our requirements?

We offer a Foundation Year to boost your skills and knowledge – it’s a great way to make your way into higher education.

Switch to the foundation year

If you require a 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. See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by this University.

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.

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Fees and funding


£9,250 per year*


£15,400 per year

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

UK students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course and a maintenance loan of up to £9,978 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

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

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. 

An affordable city for students

From bills, to meals, to pints – you’ll find that your money goes a lot further in Hull.

Your future prospects

  • Business development executive
  • e-Commerce manager
  • Management consultant
  • Product manager
  • Project manager
  • Corporate responsibility manager

IBM, Red Bull, Siemens, Morrisons, Next, Rolls-Royce, HSBC…

Our graduates go on to successful careers working with all kinds of brands, not-for-profit businesses and public sector organisations.

Some have even set up and grown their own businesses. 

Want to join them? Apply now and we’ll help you make it happen.

Graduate Stories

You can read more about Josh's journey from Siemens to Seafood here.

Or, learn about Ben Mackay's placement year at Pagabo here.

And in this video, you’ll meet some of our graduates who have benefited from our ten-year relationship with Summit Media.

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A place where we stand up to kings, do deals with the world and take a wrecking ball to the slave trade. A place where culture stands out and the phone boxes are a different colour. A place where we're free-thinking, independent and proud of it.

¹ Percentage of students from this subject area in work or further study within 15 months of graduating: UK domicile full-time first degree leavers, Graduate Outcomes survey for the academic year 2018/19, published by HESA July 2021.