The University of Southampton
Southampton Business School

N107 BSc Business Innovation (3 years)

Everyone needs good ideas. Discover how businesses are seizing the initiative by encouraging and supporting innovation.

Introducing your degree

This course structure is consistent with other undergraduate programmes in the pathway portfolio. 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 models that focus on business and innovation. The fourth is a core module that focuses on research methods to prepare you for your dissertation.

In the final year of the programme, you will submit a double-weighted project that gives you scope for investigating in depth an innovation topic of interest. This covers one compulsory module in the first semester and one compulsory in the second. This final year provides more of a specific focus on the pathway topic, and subsequently, there is only one optional module per semester. Two compulsory modules in each semester focus on innovation-focused topics.

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Overview

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At Southampton Business School, we strive to make our courses both intellectually challenging and practical, and the BSc Business Innovation degree is no exception. Giving you the tools to think critically and creatively, this course will help you to solve the complex problems at the heart of contemporary business.

With an emphasis on the role of innovation in the success of a variety of organisations, this programme mirrors the latest theoretical and practical developments in the business world, including digital business models, technological innovation, service and sustainable innovation.

You’ll be working closely with students studying other subject areas at the University to solve real-world problems, including engineering, biosciences, humanities, social sciences and health sciences. The course offers a lot of flexibility and choice to allow you to carve out your own business path with the support of your lecturers and peers.

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

This course is also available with 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 setting.

View the programme specification for this course.

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Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

GCSEs:
QualificationGrade
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 ugapply.FBL@southampton.ac.uk.
A Levels:
QualificationGrade
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

 

 

IB:
QualificationGrade
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 admissions

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 UGapply.FBL@southampton.ac.uk.

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. Find out more about the Foundation Year.

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.

Modules

Typical course content

   

Year 2

Semester One
Compulsory
MANG2058
Digital Business Models
MANG2061
Organisational Effectiveness
Optional

Choose 15ECTS (30CATS) No more than 15ECTS across the year can be taken as level 4 modules

MANG2011
Human Resource Management
MANG2039
Strategic Marketing Decisions
MANG2003
Financial Accounting 2

COMP1215 Foundations of Computer Science

COMP1202 Programming 1

LANGXXXX or UOSMXXXX

Semester Two
Core
MANG2064
Business Research
Compulsory
ENTR2004
Innovation, Technology and the Environment
Optional

Choose 15ECTS (30CATS) No more than 15ECTS across the year can be taken as level 4 modules

MANG2021
Operations Management
MANG2005
Management Accounting 2
MANG2057
Philosophy of Management and Organisations

COMP1056 Web Design

LANGXXXX or UOSMXXXX

Year 3

Semester One
Compulsory
MANG3025
Dissertation
MANG3072
Technological Innovation
MANG3069
Service and Organisational Innovation
Optional

Choose 7.5ECTS (15CATS)

MANG3008
Strategic Management
MANG3065
Information, Organisation and Accountability from a Historical Perspective

LANGXXXX or UOSMXXXX

Semester Two
Compulsory
MANG3075
Future Horizons for Enterprise
MANG3070
Social and Responsible Innovation
Optional

Choose 7.5ECTS (15CATS)

MANG3066
Managing High-Growth Businesses
ENTR3002
New Venture Development

LANGXXXX or UOSMXXXX

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.

View the full list of course fees

Funding

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:

TypeDescription
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: www.southampton.ac.uk/isolutions/students/printing
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 www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

Career Opportunities

The career opportunities are wide and varied in this discipline, covering almost any organisation that is investing in data and data usage. In addition, many consultancy companies as well as government agencies need competent business analysts. Considering the shortage of skilled workers in the area of business analysis both in the UK and internationally, it is expected that students will be attracted by the industry soon after graduation.

Learning & Assessment

You will learn through a range of teaching and learning methods including:

  • lectures and seminars
  • group assignments
  • case studies
  • class debates and discussions
  • private study
  • use of online materials
  • assignments involving ‘real world’ organisations
  • simulations

Class activities and problem-solving exercises will enable you to gain feedback about your knowledge and understanding, prior to any formal summative assessments. Learning activities that involve working with real organisations will enable you to see how innovation operates in a commercial context, while providing the opportunity to practise workplace-relevant skills. 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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