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BA (Hons) Business Management

UCAS code: 
Institution code: 


Three years full-time.

Four and a half to nine years part-time.

Typical Offer: 

2018 entry: 112 UCAS tariff points (or above)

BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC).

Please see Entry Requirements below.

  • Our vibrant culture and superb teaching standards attract students from around the world.
  • Achieve academically while learning essential employability skills.
  • Tailor your course to prepare for the future you want.
  • Our business connections offer placements at home and abroad, making you ‘career ready’.
  • Explore entrepreneurship with Ipswich’s flourishing innovation and start-up scene.
  • Find inspiration from our respected guest speaker programme.


The Suffolk Business School’s vibrant atmosphere, personalised courses and high standards help you achieve your ambitions and create lifelong friendships.

The Suffolk Business School gives you a chance to be involved and be an active participant both within your course and within the University's community. For example, many of our SU presidents have come from the Business Management course, and there are plenty of opportunities to get involved in clubs and societies to further develop your experience. 

Our academic staff work with you to develop your knowledge, skills and practical experience, preparing you for a successful career across a range of sectors. If you are already working, the programme provides you with the expertise and confidence to advance in your career.

Across modules including business strategy, finance, marketing and HR, our approach is highly flexible. You get to focus on topics that interest you the most, and we support you with one-to-one tutorials and study in small groups.

Subject to eligibility, you can also benefit from a sandwich year, which offers fantastic opportunities to study or work abroad, or both. You can potentially also learn Spanish to build your business skillset.

Thanks to our excellent industry connections, we offer trips to various places and have previously visited the Houses of Parliament and the Bank of England, which provide insight into national institutions that underpin business. This year students also visited local organisations such as Adnams and BT, and local SMEs.

Part of our course is a respected guest speaker programme; Larry Sullivan of the COINS Foundation recently spoke to students about enterprise as a force for good, for instance.

To support you after graduation, helping you develop employability skills and making you ‘career ready’. You also learn how to adapt to a constantly changing world of work. Plus, we inspire entrepreneurship through a specialist module and encourage you to work with the Ipswich Waterfront Innovation Centre (IWIC).

For further practical experience, you can participate in an internship or get involved in exciting live projects. The Business School hosts the Suffolk BME Business Awards, and our students are involved in the marketing for the region’s new heritage centre, The Hold.

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Course modules

You study core modules in your first year to build a solid foundation in key aspects of Business Management. You then choose your preferred subjects, tailoring your degree and delving deeper into subjects as you progress through the second and third years.

Download the Definitive Course Record for more course information.

Introduction to Management (Mandatory)

This module provides vital knowledge that you will draw on throughout your degree. You will get to know the core functions of managers and how their performance affects the success of their organisations. You will also learn how to understand internal and external environments impacting businesses, and how some have responded to these demands.

Finance and Data Analysis (Requisite)

This module provides you with an understanding of the basic principles of finance and accounting, enabling you to communicate with specialists and use basic tool to support decision-making in an organisation. You will learn how to present and interpret financial information, and how to use it to solve management problems.

Business Economics (Requisite)

Key economic principles impact how all businesses function. This module introduces you to core concepts in both microeconomics (consumers, firms and markets) and macroeconomics (economic systems and policy), and encourages you to consider how they affect different types of business.

Business Law (Requisite)

This module examines legal issues that affect individuals, particularly as consumers, and businesses. You will look at how laws are developed and changed, and investigate key principles such as tort and contract law, consumer protection, the supply of goods and services, and forms of business organisation.

Marketing Fundamentals (Requisite)

Marketing is an essential business activity. In this module, you will discover basic marketing principles and, later in the course, you will build on this when studying optional modules. Also, you will look at the marketing mix and segmentation then apply this knowledge to the analysis of an organisation’s marketing activities.

Entrepreneurship (Optional)

This module recognises the importance of entrepreneurship to stimulating and sustaining economic growth. You examine what makes for a successful entrepreneur and how ideas can be evaluated and then turned into successful businesses. This will include business planning, financing and risk assessment.

Language and Culture in a Business Context I (Optional)

Most businesses find themselves operating in an increasingly global environment. This module helps to prepare you for employment by supporting you in learning Spanish while gaining insight into a different culture. 

Contemporary Issues in the Business Environment (Requisite)

This module builds and extends upon earlier modules in relation to the changing economic, social and political environment that organisations operate in. The module aims to extend your knowledge of the dynamic interrelationship that exists between government, markets, organisations and individuals in relation to the changing business environment.

Managing People (Requisite)

This module considers the nature of organisational behaviour, and the ways in which the study of it may inform the design and delivery of HR practices in organisations. Topics studied include motivation, leadership, teamwork, and learning and development.

Topics in Business Research (Mandatory)

This module will provide insight into topics, methods and functions of business-related research projects. Each week focuses on a different research study, run by a member of academic staff or a visiting professor, senior fellow or fellow. The module also helps you develop the academic skills required for your final year, particularly for the dissertation.

Business Ethics (Requisite)

The ethics of business has attracted growing attention in the past few decades. In an increasingly consumer-driven market, entrepreneurial and managerial success is based on a robust understanding of these ethics. This module introduces you to theoretical perspectives on ethical business, with opportunities to discuss and debate cases of both principled and questionable practice.

Managing Innovation and Creativity (Optional)

Innovation and creativity is a critical factor of economic competitiveness and other positive social outcomes. This module equips you with creative thinking skills to encourage divergent thinking in different business settings. You also learn how a business or social entrepreneur is dependent on innovation and risk, and an opportunity-seeking attitude.

Intermediate Financial Accounting (Optional)

This module develops the foundation knowledge and skills, covered in Finance and Data Analysis, with particular emphasis on how various aspects of financial accounting relate to the business world. Topics covered include preparation of financial statements, professional ethics, corporate governance and audit.

Corporate Reputation Management (Optional)

In this module, we look at how the strategic role of corporate reputation is a key corporate asset, and how company communications develop and protect it over time. You will learn specialist skills and knowledge of theoretical, strategic and operational issues that are critical to an organisation’s stakeholder relationships with customers, investors, employees, media, suppliers, distributors, etc. 

Employment Law (Optional)

This module provides a broad study in employment law – a subject relevant to employers and anyone pursuing careers in management or human resources.

Business Management in Practice (placement) (Optional)

Usually taking place in summer break between the first and second years, this module offers an opportunity for a placement. We expect you to make connections between the topics you have studied in the classroom and the practice of organisations 'in the real world'. It’s also a chance to enhance skills and knowledge, ready for employment after graduation.

Dissertation (Mandatory)

Your dissertation will be an independent, small scale, research project. In doing so, you will develop skills in data and information gathering, evaluation, analysis and communication in a business-related area of your choice. You can explore an issue from a theoretical or practical perspective, or carry out 'consultancy' with a sponsor organisation.

Strategic Management (Requisite)

In this module, you will develop an academic understanding of the strategic context of business, along with analysis and problem-solving skills. You will learn to adopt a multi-disciplinary approach to finding solutions and strategic thinking, drawing on skills developed.

Leading and Managing Change (Requisite)

This module will explore the nature of organisational culture and its impact on employees, and enable students to develop a critical awareness of organisational theory and practice. It will enable you to deal with the problems, choices and constraints involved in organisational change. It will encourage you to develop your own intellectual framework of values, attitudes and practice.

Human Resource Strategy (Optional)

This module focuses on the role of HR strategy as a key constituent of a business strategy. It builds on concepts first introduced in Introduction to Management and Managing People, exploring ways in which organisational performance is enhanced by maximising the contribution from employees.

Strategic Marketing Planning and Management (Optional)

Marketing is largely responsible for delivering core corporate objectives by offering value to targeted segments. This module links with and develops knowledge from Marketing Fundamentals and Corporate Reputation Management, providing advanced knowledge and skills to understand, evaluate and apply contemporary strategic approaches and techniques.

Financial Strategy (Optional)

This module gives you an appreciation of a number of financial issues and how they relate to the business world. Initially the module concentrates on the application of financial tools and techniques, before progressing to a more strategic perspective. It will encourage you to see the financial implications of the decision-making process.

Seminars in Advanced Management (Optional)

An opportunity to develop learning from previous modules and to explore subjects in much more detail, this module will focus on topics reflecting the research interests of the Business School staff and current debates. You will apply knowledge and expertise to complex management problems. 

The Enterprising Graduate (Optional)

This module provides specific Level 6 provision for students that wish to focus on entrepreneurship and the study of entrepreneurial practice. It also provides students with the chance to synthesise learning through supported study on a topic or idea of interest to them, supported by academics, enterprise professionals and SME owner/managers.

Career opportunities

The skills and knowledge you acquire during your degree are transferrable to a whole range of roles – not just business management jobs. So you can study for your degree without limiting your options; we will help you define the kind of career you would like to pursue.

Our graduates find employment with major corporates, in the public sector, in small businesses and start-ups and for charities locally, around the UK and overseas.

If you decide stay in Suffolk – a county attracting significant investment – you will have access to opportunities in booming industries.

For instance, Tech Nation 2017 reveals Ipswich as one of the UK’s tech clusters, where the average industry salary is a very attractive £41,000. BT’s global research and development campus is here, as are technology giants Cisco and Huawei.

Wherever you choose to work, we help develop your CV so it showcases your skills, strengths and experience.  

What our students say

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the University of Suffolk. Throughout my experience here my lecturers knew me by name, and have been supportive and approachable in all aspects of my studies. This made the experience more personal, something that was important to me when deciding on where to study. There are numerous opportunities over the three years to work alongside and network with multi-national organizations; the University are incredibly helpful in relation to employment opportunities. Many of us including myself have been able to secure graduate schemes and jobs from making the most of these opportunities. I would definitely recommend the University of Suffolk to anyone individual considering further education." Emma, third year Business Management student.

While studying for my BA (Hons) Business Management degree, I was given an array of opportunities to further my knowledge and experience. The lecturers and tutors kept us up to date with internships and jobs that would help us with our degree, as well as, having regular workshops wi...

Fees and finance


  • Full-time Tuition fee: £9,250 p.a.
  • Part-time Tuition fee: £1,454 per 20 credits (Please contact the Infozone for further information).
  • International Tuition fee: £10,080 p.a.


Subject to approval of maximum fee by parliament                    

  • Full-time Tuition fee: £9,250 p.a.
  • Part-time Tuition fee: £1,454 per 20 credit module (Please contact the Infozone for further information).
  • International Tuition fee: £11,500 p.a.

Further Information                                                       

  • Detailed information about Tuition Fees.
  • Find out more about Financial Support eligibility.
  • Also see Loans and Grants.
  • At University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with your course that you will need to budget for. See Course Costs.

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

2018 entry: 112 UCAS tariff points (or above), BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC).

Plus GCSE Mathematics at grade A-C (or equivalent) or new GCSE grade 4-9.

Also see How to Apply.

Non-Academic Requirements

Applicants may be expected to attend an interview as part of the application process.

International Requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) where English is not the students' first language.

Also see International and EU.




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Facilities and Resources

The Waterfront Building and the Atrium Building, which houses the Ipswich Waterfront Innovation Centre (IWIC), will be your bases during your degree.

The Waterfront Building on Ipswich marina is home to lecture theatres fitted with state-of-the-art AV equipment, and is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week during the open period.

The recently opened IWIC is a hub for start-ups and technology enterprises. As an undergraduate you have access to its modern facilities, expertise and networking opportunities with other students and business owners.

Our well-resourced library offers extensive print and digital resources, with plenty of study space and pods for extra privacy.