Business Management and Mathematics


UCAS code: NG21
Typical offer:
Three years

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See also: Maths courses

About the course

Great businesspeople need to know how to handle and interpret numbers and data. This course, led by the Sheffield University Management School, is designed to teach you how successful businesses operate, and includes modules taught by mathematicians here in the School of Mathematics and Statistics, so that you understand the fundamental principles behind success.

In first year, your Management School modules will cover topics including human behaviour in the work place, and key management skills such as marketing, strategy and sustainable development. In second year, you'll study marketing, strategy and work behaviour in more depth, before looking at issues such as corporate social responsibility in third year. You'll also have a wide range of optional Management School modules to choose from in third year, from digital marketing and consumer psychology, to industrial relations and the leisure industry.

Learn more: Business Management at Sheffield University Management School

Your mathematics modules will cover a range of topics across pure mathematics, applied mathematics, and probability and statistics. You'll start by building on your existing knowledge, studying subjects including calculus, differential equations, geometry and algebra. In second year, you'll continue to build a powerful toolbox of mathematical techniques, which you can apply to increasingly complex problems. As well as advanced calculus and algebra, you can study topics including statistical inference, probability modelling, and how the tools of mathematics and statistics can be applied to real-world problems.

There is a wide range of optional mathematics modules for you to choose from in third year. Topics range from number theory and Bayesian statistics, to codes and cryptography and the history of mathematics. This gives you the freedom to focus on the topics that interest you the most and develop specialist knowledge for your chosen career. Lots of modules include project work, so that you get the chance to put your mathematics skills into practice in lots of different scenarios.

Course structure

Below are some examples of topics covered in this degree from the current academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course.

You can find module descriptions on our webpages for current students: Module list

For descriptions of the accounting and finance modules, visit the Sheffield University Management School website:

BA Business Management: Modules

First year

Compulsory mathematics modules:

  • Mathematics Core I
  • Mathematics Core II
  • Introduction to Probability and Statistics

Compulsory business management modules:

  • Business Economics
  • Business Management in Context
  • Introduction to Behaviour at Work
  • Management Themes and Perspectives

Second year

Compulsory mathematics modules:

  • Advanced Calculus and Linear Algebra
  • Mathematics and Statistics in Action
  • Probability Modelling
  • Statistical Inference and Modelling

Compulsory business management modules:

  • Business Strategy
  • Essentials of Marketing
  • Organisational Behaviour

Third year

Compulsory modules:

  • Corporate Social Responsibility

Optional mathematics modules:

  • Applied Probability
  • Bayesian Statistics
  • Codes and Cryptography
  • Combinatorics
  • Complex Analysis
  • Financial Mathematics
  • Graph Theory
  • History of Mathematics
  • Linear and Generalised Linear Models
  • Machine Learning
  • Medical Statistics
  • Operations Research
  • Practical and Applied Statistics
  • Sampling Theory and Design of Experiments
  • Time Series
  • Topics in Number Theory
  • Undergraduate Ambassadors Scheme in Mathematics

Optional business management modules:

  • Consumer Psychology
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Digital Marketing
  • Industrial Relations
  • Integrated Marketing Communications
  • International Business
  • International Marketing
  • Language and Organisation
  • Socially Responsible Marketing and Consumption
  • Strategy Practice
  • The Leisure Industry 
  • Work-related Health and Wellbeing

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Degree with Employment Experience

If you're studying this degree programme, you can join the University of Sheffield's Degree with Employment Experience programme and do a year-long work placement between your second and third year. This makes the degree four years long, rather than three. You'll pay reduced fees for the year you're on placement and you'll still have access to your tutor and the support you need from the university. Most students earn salaries during their placements too.

It isn't something you apply for before you get here and placements aren't guaranteed – it's your responsibility to secure one but we'll do everything we can to help. 

Complete your placement successfully and we amend your degree title to reflect your experience: BA Business Management and Mathematics with Employment Experience.

Our students have done placements at organisations that include:

  • Unilever
  • IBM
  • Virgin
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • Department of Work and Pensions

Placement years and employment experience

Nicola, pictured, spent a year of her course working for the Department for Work and Pensions as an Operational Researcher.

Nicola Brant

"I have built on the analytical skills that I have learnt in my degree so far... I am now a lot more aware of what I am looking for in my future career, whether I apply back for this position or explore another opportunity."

Nicola Brant, Bsc Mathematics  READ MORE