Business Management BA (Hons)*

Gain the essential skills to work effectively, confidently and responsibly within a wide range of business organisations and corporate functions.


This highly practical course gives you an excellent grounding in how businesses are run and managed. You’ll develop vital employability and communication skills, explore creative ideas, and gain a deep awareness of business.

You can tailor your degree to reflect your interests and career ambitions by specialising in topics such as accounting and finance, human resource management, and marketing.

The modules we offer are continually reviewed, considering contemporary issues, to make sure you are equipped with the knowledge and skills that employers need – such as our Business and Sustainability module, which covers sustainability challenges and explores how managers can successfully balance their economic, social and environmental impacts.

A Business Management degree at DMU can open up an exciting career path in a wide range of areas. Previous graduates from this degree have gone on to successful careers in world-renowned organisations, including Amazon, Goldman Sachs, Caterpillar, HP and The Body Shop.

Key features

  • Our DMU Fox’s Lair initiative will help to prepare you for the business world, with an opportunity to work in groups to generate and present a business plan to local entrepreneurs and executives, competing for a financial investment prize. 
  • Benefit from DMU’s careers and employability team, who have been named the Best University Careers/Employability Service at the National Undergraduate Employability (NUE) Awards 2021.
  • Students have recently secured placements at leading companies such as BMW, Jaguar Land Rover, Triumph, Phillips 66 and Siemens, working in areas such as supply chain and logistics, digital marketing, purchasing, and research and development.
  • DMU has a modern, fully resourced 24-hour library with access to thousands of online books and journals, including news, analysis and commentary from leading global business publication the Financial Times, and marketing insight from WARC. 

Please note, the title for this degree programme changed from Business and Management BA (Hons) to Business Management BA (Hons) for students starting in September 2021. 



DMU offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships and bursaries to help you realise your academic ambitions.

International student scholarships

Find out about available international scholarships or visit our fees and funding page for more information.


  • UK
  • EU/International

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: NN12

Duration: Three years full-time, four years with a placement.

Fees and funding: 

2023/24 tuition fees for UK students: £9,250

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

Contact us: For more information call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: NN12

Start date: January 2022 and September 2022

Duration: Three years full-time, four years with a placement.

Fees and funding:

2023/24 tuition fees for international students: £15,250.

Find out more about available funding for international students.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

Contact us: For more information call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Entry criteria

Entry criteria

  • A typical offer is 112 UCAS points. You need to study at least two subjects at A Level or equivalent (eg BTEC)

Plus, five GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English Language and Maths

Alternative qualifications include:

  • Pass Access with 30 Level 3 credits at Merit (or equivalent)

English (Language or Literature) and Maths GCSE required as separate qualifications at grade 4

We will normally require students to have had a break from full time education before undertaking the Access course

  • International Baccalaureate: 26+ Points

Mature students

We welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications and recognise all other equivalent and international qualifications.

English language

If English is not your first language, an IELTS core of 6.0 (including a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent is normally required.

UCAS tariff information

Students applying for courses starting in September will be made offers based on the latest UCAS Tariff.

Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessment

Teaching contact hours


Year 1

  • Financial Decision Making
  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Enterprise
  • Global Business and Finance
  • Introduction to Work and Organisations
  • Understanding Business
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Academic Development and Professional Practice

Year 2

  • Contemporary Management
  • Business and Sustainability

Plus option modules from the following indicative list:

  • Performance Measurement in Organisations
  • Business Research Issues and Analytics
  • European Business Issues
  • The Creative Art of Selling and Negotiation
  • HRM in the Workplace
  • International Marketing
  • Government and Business
  • Business and Finance Essentials
  • Progressive Franchising
  • Global Operations and Supply Chain Management
  • Business Law

Year 3

  • Global Contemporary Business Issues
  • Global Strategic Management

Plus option modules from the following indicative list:

  • International Developments in Accounting
  • Service Operations Management
  • Crisis and Business Continuity Management
  • Creative Management and Marketing
  • Globalisation and International HRM
  • Managing Change and Innovation
  • Critical Analysis of Organisations*
  • Customer Management
  • Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Ethics
  • Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Reflective Business Practice*
  • Strategy and Management Dissertation

See detailed module information

Note: All modules are indicative and based on the current academic session. Course information is correct at the time of publication and is subject to review. Exact modules may, therefore, vary for your intake in order to keep content current. If there are changes to your course we will, where reasonable, take steps to inform you as appropriate.

Note: These modules are indicative and based on the current academic session. Exact modules may vary in order to keep content current. Course information is correct at the time of publication and is subject to review.

*Please note that the module options ‘Critical Analysis of Organisations’ and 'Reflective Business Practice' are not currently available for the academic year 2020/21 due to issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Teaching and assessment

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (presentations, essays and reports) and usually an exam or test, which is typically weighted as follows in your first year:

  • Exam: 33%
  • Coursework: 67%

These assessment weightings are indicative only. The exact weighting may vary depending on option modules chosen by students and teaching methods deployed by the academic member of staff each year. Indicative assessment weighting and assessment type per module are shown as part of the module information. Again these are based on the current academic session.

Teaching contact hours

This is a full-time course. Each module is worth 30 credits. It is expected that student will spend a total of 300 hours of study for each module. You should be prepared to devote approximately 10 contact hours a week to your studies and additional independent hours of study in order to succeed. Teaching is through a mix of lectures, tutorials, seminars and lab sessions and the breakdown of these activity types is shown in each module description.

Other: In addition, each module provides a two-hour surgery each week for individual consultation with the lecturer. You will also have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor and careers and/or subject meetings scheduled throughout the year.

Self-directed study: In order to prepare for, and assimilate, the work in lectures and seminars you will be expected to use our on-line resources, participate in flipped or virtual classroom discussions on our virtual learning environment (VLE) and engage in personal study and revision for approximately 25 hours per week.

Facilities and features

Hugh Aston Building

You will have access to our purpose-built Hugh Aston Building, equipped with lecture theatres and classrooms, break-out spaces for group work, quiet study zones for individual work and IT labs. Wherever possible, students will be given home access to specialist software.

You’ll also have access to the building’s new £5.5 million extension called The Yard, which provides more than 22,000 square metres of extra space. This is designed to facilitate your learning experience with large and airy breakout spaces, a new Student Advice Centre, and a balcony on the top floor. The Yard also features more comfortable classrooms and self-study spaces, allowing you to carry out independent study as well as group work.

Library services

On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available. 

As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our Library website, e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose. 

We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including Blackboard, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub. 

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live LibChat, online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our Learning Services, and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.

More flexible ways to learn

You'll benefit from Education 2030 DMU’s new way of delivering courses, focusing on ensuring the best possible experience for our students. You will study in a ‘block’ mode, focusing on one subject at a time instead of several at once. A focused block approach allows you to better manage your studies around your other life commitments, whether that is work, caring responsibilities, sport, or hobbies and socialising. The streamlined approach supports your study/life balance. 

Block learning and teaching benefits include:


  • Achieving better outcomes/grades
  • Focused learning
  • Dedicated teacher contact time
  • Regular assessment and quicker feedback
  • A stronger learning community
  • Supports study life balance and wellbeing needs
  • More opportunities to develop your skills

We also offer an equitable and inclusive approach to learning and teaching for all our students. Known as the Universal Design for Learning (UDL), our teaching approach has been recognised as sector leading. UDL means we offer a wide variety of support, facilities and technology to all students, including those with disabilities and specific learning differences.

Just one of the ways we do this is by using ‘DMU Replay’ – a technology providing all students with anytime access to audio and/or visual material of lectures. This means students can revise taught material in a way that suits them best, whether it's replaying a recording of a class or adapting written material shared in class using specialist software.

Opportunities and careers

Find the people who will open doors for you

DMU's award-winning careers service provides guaranteed work experience opportunities DMU Works


As part of this course you will have the option to complete a paid placement year which offers invaluable professional experience.

Our students have taken placements with companies including BMW, Rolls Royce, Triumph, Warner Bros, Walt Disney and Nike.

Our exciting careers programme DMU Works can help you secure a placement through activities such as mock interviews and practice aptitude tests, and you will be assigned a personal tutor to support you throughout your placement.

We advertise posts in all locations in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, including some international posts.

Luke did a placement at EY, one of the top four Audit firms. They were so impressed, they offered him a graduate role after completing his degree. Find out more here.


DMU Global

This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through DMU Global, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

Business Management has a strong international focus: you learn about global business issues, International Marketing and global strategic management and are tutored by a diverse set of people. Students have taken opportunities to visit Hong Kong, Berlin, San Diego and New York.


Graduate careers

A degree in Business Management opens up a wide range of career opportunities as you develop a broad base of skills that are in great demand with employers.

After completing this course students will be prepared to go into many areas, such as:

  • General business management 
  • Project management
  • Corporate responsibility
  • Sustainability
  • Supply chain management
  • Digital business
  • Business analysis
  • Innovation management
  • Strategic management
  • Crisis management
  • Risk management
  • Business consulting
  • Business operations

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