Business Management BA

2025-26 entry
Management School

Gain a comprehensive understanding of a range of core business topics, combining academic study with practical skill development. With a wide array of optional modules, you can specialise in an area of interest or keep your options open, gaining insight into a range of different disciplines.

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    Course description

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    Expand your career options with a solid understanding of business and management disciplines and how they influence an organisation’s success.

    From a first year covering the essentials such as behaviour at work, accounting, quantitative methods, marketing and ethics, we expand your core knowledge and your possible career paths in year two, with optional modules that vary from the creative to the technical.

    Whether you choose international marketing or organisational psychology, decision sciences or entrepreneurship, you’ll be taught by leaders in their fields using real-world examples – absorbing ideas invaluable to the modern workplace.

    Later, you can choose to specialise in a particular area of business, or keep your options open. You’ll also have the option to take a flexible placement year between your second and third year, and of course make the most of our strong relationships with businesses and alumni – learning from, and networking with, professionals in a range of sectors.

    Why study this course?

    • Triple Crown accredited - Sheffield University Management School is accredited by AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB. You can also gain exemptions from certain exams in the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting and CIMA Professional Qualification.
    • Dedicated employability team - based in the department, they support you to get placements and internships, work with industry to ensure you develop the most in-demand skills, and support you with career planning and CV workshops.
    • Community and wellbeing - the department runs a series of Balance and Belonging events, providing you with the opportunity to get to know your peers and students on other courses, and feel a sense of belonging within the Management School.

    The Management School is Triple Crown accredited by AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB. On completion of the BA Business Management course, you will have gained exemptions from certain exams in the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting and the CIMA Professional Qualification.

    Modules

    A selection of modules are available each year - some examples are below. There may be changes before you start your course. From May of the year of entry, formal programme regulations will be available in our Programme Regulations Finder.

    Choose a year to see modules for a level of study:

    Title: Business Management BA course structure
    UCAS code: N200
    Years: 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024
    First year

    Core modules:

    Business Economics in a Contemporary Society

    This module is intended to provide students with a grounding in a range of business economics concepts that have immediate relevance to modern day businesses, society, and the economy. It will introduce theoretically diverse concepts that include and contend with mainstream business economics thought, so that students from disparate backgrounds are able to openly debate and engage with business economics topics. It is designed to challenge students' understanding of the economic environment in which businesses are embedded so that they become more cognizant with diverse ways of thinking about and understanding real world business economic issues.

    10 credits
    Business Management in Context

    This module introduces students to the impact that society has on business and vice versa. It seeks to develop students' awareness of the importance of considering and understanding the social context within which businesses and managers operate. Through a critical exploration of contemporary issues, it highlights the importance of socially responsible work practices and challenges participants to reconsider their preconceived notions of how business should operate.

    20 credits
    Introduction to Behaviour at Work

    This module is an introduction to psychological and behavioural approaches to the study of work and organisations. The major aim is to introduce students to some of the basic analytical tools and concepts from work psychology that encourage an understanding of the behaviour of individuals and groups in the workplace. The syllabus contains the following: Introduction to Organisational Behaviour, Individual Differences, Perception, Learning, Human Motivation, Job Satisfaction and Work Attitudes, Conformity and Obedience, Leadership, Groups at Work, the formal and informal organisation.

    10 credits
    Management Themes and Perspectives

    The module introduces students to some of the key themes and perspectives within a number of different subject disciplines within management. Through a series of 4 two-week 'packages' the module will introduce students to key issues within marketing, sustainable development, operations management and strategic management. The module is designed to help students to start to identify the interconnections between the different disciplines within management and to see how differing perspectives tackle key contemporary challenges. The module will be delivered through a series of 2-week subject 'packages' by experts in the different disciplines. While the lectures will provide the foundation for student learning, this will be supplemented by guest speakers from within industry to apply concepts to actual business settings. Seminars will provide space for more detailed discussion of issues and topics covered during the module. Key skills sessions will also be interspersed between the different subject packages so that students will be able to develop these generic skills which they can utilise in the various assessments components and for which they will receive feedback.

    20 credits
    Futures First: Professional Self Management

    This module is intended to provide a structured and supported process for students to reflect upon their own learning, performance and/or achievement, and to plan for their personal, educational and career development. It is designed to ensure students are fully prepared to gain the most from their academic studies and to be better placed to continue their development throughout and beyond their degree studies.

    20 credits
    Accounting and Finance for Managers

    The aim of this module is to provide students with an understanding of the basic concepts used in the preparation of financial information and to introduce them to the forms of financial statements that managers need to be familiar with. In addition, the module will introduce learners to appropriate forms of finance and the means of raising money to fund new enterprises, the financial planning this entails and forms of feedback and accountability to actual and potential fund providers. The module seeks to achieve all of the above in the context of start-up or growth firms. It is deliberately non-technical in nature, in other words it tries, as far as possible, to avoid unnecessary technical jargon or complexities.

    20 credits

    You will take one of the following:

    Analysis for Decision Making A

    This unit will enable students to develop competencies in those quantitative techniques and tools which are essential for the collection, analysis and interpretation of data in a business context. Focusing on a variety of business problems, the unit will demonstrate how quantitative techniques can be used to support effective business decision making.

    20 credits
    Analysis for Decision Making B

    This unit will enable students to develop competencies in those quantitative techniques and tools which are essential for the collection, analysis and interpretation of data in a business context. Focusing on a variety of business problems, the unit will demonstrate how quantitative techniques can be used to support effective business decision making. The teaching is aimed at those who have not taken mathematics beyond GCSE or its equivalent.

    20 credits

    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.

    Learning and assessment

    Learning

    Throughout the programme, your learning experience will be shaped by a variety of teaching methods.

    Lectures will introduce you to key topics, while seminars and workshops will provide you with the knowledge to explore the course content more deeply in a supportive learning environment with smaller group sizes.

    Our variety of teaching styles means that you will learn practical skills to help you land the right job, as well as gain the rigorous academic knowledge that you require to progress throughout your degree.

    Our courses are based on world-leading research and our staff, many of whom have extensive industry experience, produce impactful research that influences policy and informs public debate.

    We invest to create the right environment for you. That means outstanding facilities, study spaces and support, including 24/7 online access to our online library service.

    Study spaces and computers are available to offer you choice and flexibility for your study. Our five library sites give you access to over 1.3 million books and periodicals. You can access your library account and our rich digital collections from anywhere on or off campus. Other library services include study skills training to improve your grades, and tailored advice from experts in your subject.

    Learning support facilities and library opening hours

    You'll be supported throughout your degree by your module leaders, tutors, personal tutors and our wider learning and teaching support such as the 301 Academic Skills Centre.

    You’ll also benefit from our Balance and Belonging events - informal, social events that give you the opportunity to meet your peers and coursemates.

    Assessment

    Your lecturers are here to support your development, which is why you’ll be given extensive feedback on your work to help you progress and reach your potential.

    You’ll be assessed through a range of methods, including exams, online tests, group and individual presentations and course work.

    Programme specification

    This tells you the aims and learning outcomes of this course and how these will be achieved and assessed.

    Find programme specification for this course

    Entry requirements

    With Access Sheffield, you could qualify for additional consideration or an alternative offer - find out if you're eligible.

    Standard offer

    The A Level entry requirements for this course are:
    AAB

    A Levels + a fourth Level 3 qualification
    ABB + A in a social science related EPQ; ABB + A in Core Maths
    International Baccalaureate
    34
    BTEC Extended Diploma
    DDD in a relevant subject
    BTEC Diploma
    DD + A at A Level
    Scottish Highers
    AAAAB
    Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels
    B + AA at A Level
    Access to HE Diploma
    Award of Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject, with 45 credits at Level 3, including 36 at Distinction and 9 at Merit
    Other requirements
    • Native Language A Levels can be accepted if taken alongside an acceptable A Level subject

    • GCSE Maths grade 6/B

    Access Sheffield offer

    The A Level entry requirements for this course are:
    ABB

    A Levels + a fourth Level 3 qualification
    ABB + A in a social science related EPQ; ABB + A in Core Maths
    International Baccalaureate
    33
    BTEC Extended Diploma
    DDD in a relevant subject
    BTEC Diploma
    DD + B at A Level
    Scottish Highers
    AAABB
    Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels
    B + AB at A Level
    Access to HE Diploma
    Award of Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject, with 45 credits at Level 3, including 30 at Distinction and 15 at Merit
    Other requirements
    • Native Language A Levels can be accepted if taken alongside an acceptable A Level subject

    • GCSE Maths grade 6/B

    English language requirements

    You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course, we require: GCSE English Language at grade 4/C; IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification

    Pathway programme for international students

    If you're an international student who does not meet the entry requirements for this course, you have the opportunity to apply for an International Foundation Year in Business, Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Sheffield International College. This course is designed to develop your English language and academic skills. Upon successful completion, you can progress to degree level study at the University of Sheffield.

    If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.

    Graduate careers

    The flexibility of our courses means a huge range of career options are available. Employers recognise and value the practical, work-ready skills that our students develop.

    Recent graduates are working for Grant Thornton LLP, Jurys Inn, Barclays Bank plc and Accenture plc.

    Meet our Management School alumni

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    We have a dedicated employability team who offer careers support, and can help you to find jobs or placement opportunities, and develop essential skills through workshops with industry experts. You're supported throughout your course and after graduation.

    We work with businesses and organisations to ensure the content of our courses are up-to-date and relevant, and that the skills and experience you'll gain meet the demands of future employers

    Sheffield University Management School careers and employability support

    alumna stephanie massey

    My lecturers' experience and passion for business made my experience at the Management School exciting and insightful

    Steph Massey BA Business Management

    Steph Massey graduated with a degree in Business Management in 2022. She is now working on an HR graduate scheme at TikTok.

    Aaron Probert wearing a black fleece.

    I studied a module that enabled me to create a business of my choice, a social enterprise

    Aaron Probert BA Business Management

    Since graduating in 2019, Aaron has been hard at work bringing together his social enterprise, Labre’s Hope. He has partnered with leading charitable organisations Crisis and South Yorkshire Housing Association and won £500,000 of UK Government funding through the Community Renewal Fund.

    Management School

    We are a world leading management school with Triple Crown accreditation (AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS).

    These awards have been achieved through the outstanding quality of our programmes, research output, support for students and alumni, and links with industry. We have a world-class reputation for high quality teaching, ground-breaking research and cutting-edge thinking.

    You’ll be part of a dynamic and engaging management school that puts you and your future at the heart of everything it does. We balance a rigorous academic foundation with practical skills to ensure you are ready for the world of work.

    We want you to develop skills so you can apply course content in a company setting. Our close links with organisations keep us in tune with the changing demands of the workplace. We know what employers are looking for.

    You'll learn from experts - many of our academics are former industry professionals and they work closely with businesses. Because our academics are world-leading researchers, your education will draw on the most current management theories.

    We want you to engage with the academic content, be conscientious and take an independent approach to study.

    We'll help you to be informed, innovative and proactive and do everything we can to support and enhance your career, steering you in the right direction with all the knowledge and skills you require.

    You'll benefit from tailored on-site and online professional careers support, dedicated skills sessions and events with experts from world-leading organisations and professional bodies. These activities will help guide your personal and professional development to help you secure the right work experience for you.

    Management School students are based in our building on Conduit Road.

    Facilities

    The Management School building includes learning facilities such as lecture theatres, seminar rooms, trading and computer rooms, our academic and professional staff, the Courtyard Café, and our Employability hub and Student Experience Office. Teaching takes place at various venues across campus.

    Explore facilities in the Management School

    The Management School has invested in an impressive, fully-equipped financial trading room, built around Bloomberg and Refinitiv Eikon.

    These terminals are used by traders, banks and multinational companies to trade financial securities, gain market insights and undertake research. You will also have the opportunity to gain certification that demonstrates competence in these systems, which will add real value to your CV.

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    Why choose Sheffield?

    The University of Sheffield

      Number one in the Russell Group
    National Student Survey 2023 (based on aggregate responses)

      92 per cent of our research is rated as world-leading or internationally excellent
    Research Excellence Framework 2021

      Top 50 in the most international universities rankings
    Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023

      Number one Students' Union in the UK
    Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023, 2022, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017

      Number one for teaching quality, Students' Union and clubs/societies
    StudentCrowd 2023 University Awards

      A top 20 university targeted by employers
    The Graduate Market in 2023, High Fliers report


    Management School

    Triple Crown accredited

    AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS

    90% of management school undergraduates are in employment or further study 15 months after completing their course

    Graduate Outcomes 2020-21

    Student profiles

    Hamza Aamir

    The Employability Hub’s services is supplementing my learning, helping me to develop my professional profile

    Hamza Aamir BA Business Management

    Hamza explains how his university experience and the employability support offered helped him to secure internships.

    An image of two students working in the Courtyard Cafe

    There are 300 societies that you can join at Sheffield, from sport to baking to games.

    Josephine Gibson BA Business Management

    Josephine, a BA Business Management student, is the President of the Management Society committee and works part-time for the university.

    Fees and funding

    Fees

    Additional costs

    The annual fee for your course includes a number of items in addition to your tuition. If an item or activity is classed as a compulsory element for your course, it will normally be included in your tuition fee. There are also other costs which you may need to consider.

    Examples of what’s included and excluded

    Funding your study

    Depending on your circumstances, you may qualify for a bursary, scholarship or loan to help fund your study and enhance your learning experience.

    Use our Student Funding Calculator to work out what you’re eligible for.

    Placements

    You may have the opportunity to add an optional placement year as part of your course, converting the three year course to a four-year Degree with Placement Year. 

    A placement year will help you to:

    • gain an insight into possible careers
    • develop a range of transferable skills
    • build a professional network
    • get a feel for what you do and don’t like doing
    • add valuable work experience to your CV
    • gain experience of applying for jobs and interview practice
    • apply elements of academic learning in the workplace

    Previous students have undertaken placements at GSK, Unilever, Aldi, BMW, L’Oreal, IBM, PwC, Nissan, Walt Disney and Primark, as well as smaller local companies. They go into roles in consulting, project management, HR, sales, marketing, supply chain and distribution, talent acquisition, operations and logistics. 

    Hear from our students about their placement experiences.

    Visit

    University open days

    We host five open days each year, usually in June, July, September, October and November. You can talk to staff and students, tour the campus and see inside the accommodation.

    Open days: book your place

    Subject tasters

    If you’re considering your post-16 options, our interactive subject tasters are for you. There are a wide range of subjects to choose from and you can attend sessions online or on campus.

    Upcoming taster sessions

    Offer holder days

    If you've received an offer to study with us, we'll invite you to one of our offer holder days, which take place between February and April. These open days have a strong department focus and give you the chance to really explore student life here, even if you've visited us before.

    Campus tours

    Our weekly guided tours show you what Sheffield has to offer - both on campus and beyond. You can extend your visit with tours of our city, accommodation or sport facilities.

    Campus tour: book your place

    Apply

    Make sure you've done everything you need to do before you apply.

    How to apply When you're ready to apply, see the UCAS website:
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    Not ready to apply yet? You can also register your interest in this course.

    The awarding body for this course is the University of Sheffield.

    Recognition of professional qualifications: from 1 January 2021, in order to have any UK professional qualifications recognised for work in an EU country across a number of regulated and other professions you need to apply to the host country for recognition. Read information from the UK government and the EU Regulated Professions Database.

    Any supervisors and research areas listed are indicative and may change before the start of the course.

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    2025-2026

    Make sure you've done everything you need to do before you apply.

    How to apply When you're ready to apply, see the UCAS website:
    www.ucas.com

    Not ready to apply yet? You can also register your interest in this course.

    Gain a comprehensive understanding of a range of core business topics, combining academic study with practical skill development. With a wide array of optional modules, you can specialise in an area of interest or keep your options open, gaining insight into a range of different disciplines.