The University of Southampton
Southampton Business School

N104 BSc Business Philosophy with placement year (4 years)

Study BSc Business Philosophy with a minimum 30 weeks on an industrial placement in a business organisation.

Introducing your degree

This course structure is consistent with other undergraduate programmes in the pathway portfolio, with the inclusion of a placement year. You will study eight modules in each year of the degree, divided equally between the semesters. In Part 1, you will study a common year, to provide you with a basic overview of analytical techniques, skills, theory and knowledge relevant to a business degree. In Part 2, you will be able to choose two optional modules each semester to provide you with flexibility in your study. The remaining four modules will include three compulsory modules that focus on business and philosophy. The fourth is a core module that focuses on research methods to prepare you for the dissertation. In Part 3 you will undertake a placement for a minimum of 32 weeks and complete a reflective log. If you are unable to complete a placement, you will be transferred to BSc Business Philosophy. In the final year of the programme, you will submit a double-weighted project that gives you scope to investigate a topic of interest in depth. The dissertation will be complemented by six optional modules (three per semester).



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The University of Southampton's BSc Business with Philosophy responds to the view that philosophical modes of analysis afford the finest way to develop the cognitive skills most relevant in today's highly uncertain and constantly changing socioeconomic landscape. This courses covers everything you would expect from a Southampton Business School degree - accounting, financial management, corporate governance, strategy and entrpreneurship - along with modules on business ethics, and philosophical approaches to organisations and their management. Besides the business-centred modules, students also study a variety of philosophy modules of their choice.

This course gives you the opportunity to reflect on the 'big questions' and places strong emphasis on analytical thinking and critical reasoning. In addition, the wide range of modules offered by the highly acclaimed Philosophy department of the University of Southampton will enable you to deepen your understanding of the philosophical topics that interest you. Students can choose from more traditional (such as philosophy of mathematics or the philosophy of knowledge) to more contemporary subjects (such as the philosophy of happiness or feminist philosophy).

This course is ideal for students interested in more intellectually rigorous and stimulating academic approaches but also seeking all the required business skills and experience. Moreover, the BSc Business Philosophy provides an ideal foundation for students interested in pursuing a research postgraduate degree or interested in an academic career.

During the second year, students have the opportunity to study abroad. This includes the Erasmus scheme as well as the Business School's own exchange opportunities, where students can undertake a period of study in an overseas university.

This course incorporates an added placement year in an approved industrial setting, giving you a chance to understand how the theoretical side of the qualification is applied in a real business scenario. Find out more about the placement year.

View the programme specification for this course.

Programme Director

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

GCSEGCSE Mathematics minimum grade B and GCSE English Language minimum grade C or equivalent. If you are taking an alternative Mathematics GCSE please contact our admissions team via
A Levels:
GCE A-level

AAB or ABB with A in Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

Most subjects are acceptable with the exception of General Studies.

Restricted subjects

The School has a list of restricted subjects and one subject on the following list can be accepted if combined with other academic subjects:



  • Applied subjects (single Applied Business & Double Applied Business are acceptable)
  • Art: including Design, Fine Art, Photography, Textiles (Product Design is acceptable)
  • Communication Studies
  • Creative Media
  • Creative Writing
  • Critical Thinking
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Film Studies
  • Health & Social Care
  • Home Economics
  • Hospitality and Supervision
  • ICT/IT (excludes Computing & Computer Studies)
  • Leisure Studies
  • Media Studies
  • Music Technology
  • Outdoor Education
  • PE
  • Performing Arts
  • Public Services
  • Sports Studies/Science
  • Theatre Studies
  • Travel & Tourism



International Baccalaureate34 points, 17 at higher level
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business

Distinction, Distinction, Distinction

If you are studying a Level 3 BTEC or OCR Cambridge qualification in Business then this can be accepted. However, if another subject area is being studied we would advise you to check with us prior to applying to ensure this is acceptable. A level Restricted Subjects list also applies to BTEC/OCR Cambridge Qualifications.

Contextual offers

The University of Southampton is committed to widening participation and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data supports our admissions teams to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students who are highlighted in this way will be made an offer that is lower than the typical offer for that programme.

A typical contextual offer is ABB from three A levels or the equivalent from alternative qualifications (the restricted subjects above will still apply). 

Please see our contextual admissions pages for more information.

International Foundation programmes

We welcome applications from overseas students offering foundation programmes with a substantial amount of academic study. Less than half the programme should be English language tuition and you will be expected to reach a high standard in your programme comparable to our A level requirements. For more details on the suitability of you programme please contact the Admissions Team at

Other qualifications

We welcome students with other qualifications eg European or Welsh Baccalaureate, Scottish Advanced Highers and Irish Leaving Certificates. You will be expected to attain an equivalent standard to the A level applicant.

If you have professional experience, or credit through prior learning at another institution, you may be eligible to use this experience against some of the programme requirements for period of study. You will need to present evidence that you have met the learning outcomes of the programme. Full details can be found in the University’s Policy on the Recognition of Prior Learning. If you think this may apply to you, please contact the Faculty's Undergraduate Admissions Team.

Mature applicants

Age 21 and over: recent evidence of study in last two/three years - applicant could be interviewed.

Qualifications from other countries

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Language requirements

In accordance with University regulations, applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of competency in English by offering one of the recognised tests in English. Alternatively, you should supply evidence that you have undertaken formal study in English at an institution that teaches award-bearing programmes in English.

The following test scores are accepted for direct entry:

  • IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in all bands

See a complete list of the other English language qualifications we accept.

Test results should be less than two years old at the time of expected registration at the University of Southampton and must be verified before admission.

If you do not meet the University’s English language entry requirements for direct entry onto our BSc programmes, you may be eligible to study on one of the University’s pre-sessional English language courses. For further information on these pre-sessional programmes, please visit the Centre for Language Studies website.

Selection process:

Your application will be carefully considered and we will weigh up many factors – not only your academic achievements, interests and aptitudes, but also your motivation and your academic reference.

We make our decisions in most cases on the UCAS form alone. Candidates who require special consideration (eg on grounds of age, disability or non-standard entry qualifications) may be invited for an interview.

International Foundation Year

International students who do not currently meet our entry requirements may be able to join this course on successful completion of our International Foundation Year. For more information visit the International Foundation Year course page.

Visit our International Office website or the NARIC website for further information on qualifications.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.


Typical course content


Year 1

Semester One

Either MANG1019 Foundations of Business Analytics OR MANG1007 Management Analysis (if no A level Mathematics)

Ideas that Shaped the Business World 1: Government and Society
Financial Accounting 1

Year 2

Semester One
Management and Organisation Theory
Reason and Argument

Students can only choose a maximum of 7.5ECTS (15CATS) option modules; Students must select at least 7.5ECTS (15CATS) of Philosophy option modules, however, this does not need to be in any particular semester.

Principles and Practice of Management Science
Digital Business Models
Introduction to Political Philosophy
Moral Philosophy
Appearance and Reality

COMP1202 Programming 1 (Req Maths) or COMP1215 Foundations of Computer Science LANGXXXX or UOSMXXXX

Semester Two
Business Research
Philosophy of Management and Organisations

Students can only choose a maximum of 7.5ECTS (15CATS) option modules; Students must select at least 7.5ECTS (15CATS) of Philosophy option modules, however, this does not need to be in any particular semester.

Problem Structuring Methods
Operations Management
Innovation, Technology and the Environment
Knowledge and Mind
Ancient Greek Philosophy
Faith and Reason
Philosophy of Science

COMP1056 Web Design or HIST2093 or LANGXXXX or UOSMXXXX

Year 3

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Course fees for 2017/18 full-time UK and EU undergraduate students are typically £9,250 per year. Tuition fees for international students differ between each course. Most part-time courses cost 50% of the full-time fee.

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Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However, due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items (eg pens, pencils, notebooks, etc). Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
OtherApproved calculators: Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved models are Casio FX-570 and Casio FX-85GT Plus. These may be purchased from any source and no longer need to carry the University logo.
Printing and copyingIn most cases, written coursework such as essays, projects and dissertations are submitted online and by hard copy. The costs of printing a hard copy for submission of such coursework will be the responsibility of the student. The cost of photocopying will also be the responsibility of the student. For more information about University printing costs visit:
PlacementsAccommodation/travel costs: Students will be expected to cover travel and accommodation costs (including the costs of travelling to interviews, which some employers may reimburse). Insurance: If you choose to take a placement outside of the UK, you will need to pay for adequate insurance to cover both your travel and your work on placement. Medical insurance: If you choose to take a placement outside of the UK, you will need to pay for adequate medical insurance cover. Immunisation/vaccination costs: If you choose to take a placement outside of the UK you may need to pay for immunisations and vaccinations. Disclosure and Barring Certificates or Clearance: For certain placements, your employer may request you undergo a Disclosure and Barring check. Your employer may or may not pay for this.
TravelSome modules may include optional visits. You will normally be expected to cover the cost of travel and admission, unless otherwise specified in the module profile.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

Career Opportunities

You will have access to a wide range of future career opportunities in different industry sectors, due to the programme’s focus on core business subjects, in addition to the philosophical focus. It is expected that students will find employment in private, public and third sector organisations. The placement year could create opportunities for continued employment in the same organisations after students' graduation. Also, this programme will provide an excellent foundation for postgraduate research degrees in business studies.

Learning & Assessment

A range of learning and teaching methods are used on this programme, including:

  • lectures, seminars and student-led presentations
  • directed reading
  • group assignments
  • revision for written examinations
  • case studies
  • class debates and discussions
  • use of online material
  • staff and post-graduate supervision of research dissertation
  • industrial placements

In addition, all students have the opportunity to contact academics during term time to discuss matters relating to the learning, teaching and assessment on a module.



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