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Southampton Business School

N104 BSc Business Philosophy with placement year (4 years)

This unique BSc in Business Philosophy offers you the opportunity to apply philosophical approaches to current business and management issues. You’ll develop advanced reasoning skills, learn about key areas of business and management and gain real-world experience – a combination that will be attractive to employers.


Introducing your degree

This BSc in Business Philosophy, with placement year is one of a few degrees of its kind in the UK and is ideal for students who want to gain essential business management skills and knowledge and experience while satisfying their intellectual curiosity. It covers key aspects of business, such as accounting and finance, corporate governance, strategy and project management, along with modules from the University’s highly regarded philosophy department. A unique module, Philosophy of Management and Organisations, combines both fields, applying philosophical concepts to gain insights into real-world business problems and organisational phenomena. You’ll be able to develop your business and analytical thinking skills on a year-long industry placement – a great opportunity to enhance your CV The course is extremely flexible, enabling you to pursue your interests, and you’ll be taught by research-focused academics including world-renowned leaders in their field.




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This degree gives you the opportunity to reflect on 'big questions' in business, management and society, and places strong emphasis on analytical thinking and critical reasoning. and offers practical workplace experience providing a firm foundation for a managerial career, or for further study at postgraduate level with a view to working in academia.

View the programme specification for this course.

Programme Structure

This is a four-year, full-time course comprising core, compulsory and optional modules and a dissertation, plus an industry placement in year three. The first-year modules are shared across a number of our degrees, giving you the flexibility to move to another business management programme after year one should you wish to.

The first year comprises a set of distinctive core and compulsory modules that will introduce you to contemporary business and management practice, and enable you to explore business from an interdisciplinary perspective.

In the second year you’ll study a number of compulsory modules on business and philosophy topics, including a unique module – Philosophy of Management and Organisations – that brings both disciplines together. This module looks at the practical applications of seemingly abstract ideas. You’ll explore business, management and organisational issues through the lens of different philosophical approaches, and critically reflect on taken-for-granted views on management.

Personalise your learning 

In the second and fourth years the course offers a high level of flexibility. You’ll be able to choose from a wide range of business and philosophy modules to advance your knowledge and professional skills in areas that interest you

  • On the business side, these cover topics such as human resource management, strategic marketing, digital business models, risk management, new venture development.
  • Philosophy modules cover more traditional aspects of the subject, such as the philosophy of mathematics or the philosophy of knowledge, as well as more contemporary subjects, including the philosophy of happiness and feminist philosophy.
  • You could also study a language or choose from a diverse set of interdisciplinary modules.   

In the final year you’ll undertake a dissertation on a business or philosophy topic of your choice, supported by an academic supervisor.

Your industry placement

In the third year you’ll spend a minimum of 32 weeks on an industry placement. The placement is a superb opportunity to apply your business management, problem solving and analytical thinking skills in a real-world context and enhance your CV. You’ll gain relevant work experience, learn new skills and have the chance to develop your professional networks. In addition, students currently earn an average of £17,000 on placement. 

Our placement partner organisations, which range from large multinational companies to smaller, local organisations, include:


  • IBM
  • SAP
  • JP Morgan
  • L’Oréal
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Blue Chip Markets
  • Xerox
  • BMW Group
  • Nissan
  • The Walt Disney Company
  • Panasonic
  • Fresh Relevanc 

Outstanding academics

You’ll be taught by academics at the forefront of business and philosophy research, who bring the latest concepts and research findings to your learning.

  • Programme leader Dr Stratos Ramoglou uses philosophical methods of inquiry to address business issues. His cutting-edge theories on entrepreneurship have been published in world-class scientific journals.
  • Professor Ray Monk is a world-renowned philosophy academic and writer. His research interests include the history of analytic philosophy, the philosophy of mathematics, and philosophical issues arising from the practice of biography. He has published award-winning biographies of Wittgenstein and Russell and has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
  • Dr Mark Gatenby, who leads the programme’s distinctive first-year modules, studies roles, hierarchies, networks and policies as spaces for individual and group action. His work draws on theoretical and methodological perspectives from a range of disciplines. He also leads an innovative co-design programme, in which students take an active role in shaping the year one modules.
  • Recent studies by Professor Mine Karatas-Ozkan include research on the sustainable growth of high-tech companies, and corporate community involvement in developed and developing economies. She has published numerous books and articles on the social and diversity aspects of entrepreneurship.

Key Facts

One of the only UK undergraduate degrees to offer a blend of business management and philosophy studies.

Gain key skills in business and management as well as advanced critical and analytical thinking skills that will enhance your career prospects.

Put your knowledge into practice, gain invaluable workplace experience and develop your professional networks on a one-year industry placement.

Taught by expert academics, including Professor Ray Monk, a world-leading authority on Wittgenstein.

Personalise your learning by choosing from a wide range of optional modules from business and philosophy in the second and third years.

Our innovative use of self-managed learning, an approach that develops independent thinking, has been recognised by the British Academy of Management.

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Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

GCSESouthampton Business School requires all applicants to achieve at least a Grade 4 in English and Grade 6 in Mathematics GCSEs (taken in England) or a Grade C in English and B in Mathematics (where taken in Northern Ireland or Wales). If you are taking an alternative Mathematics qualification please contact our admissions team via
A Levels:
GCE A-level



ABB with A in Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

General Studies is not accepted.

The below subjects are considered as restricted. This means that we can accept one subject from the following list if combined with other academic subjects:

Applied subjects
Art: including Design, Fine Art, Photography, Textiles
Communication Studies
Creative Media
Creative Writing
Critical Thinking
Film Studies
Health & Social Care
Home Economics
Hospitality and Supervision
Leisure Studies
Media Studies
Music Technology
Outdoor Education
Performing Arts
Public Services
Sports Studies/Science
Theatre Studies
Travel & Tourism

Please note: Computing, Computer Studies, Product Design and Applied Business (single and double awards) are not considered to be restricted subjects.

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.

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.

View the full list of course fees


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

Your knowledge of contemporary business concepts and techniques, practical workplace experience combined with your enhanced capacity for critical and analytical thinking, will make you highly employable. You will be equipped for a management or consultancy role in a wide range of sectors. For students considering a career in academia, this degree is also an excellent foundation for postgraduate study.


Learning & Assessment

You’ll learn through a mix of lectures and seminars, computer lab sessions and independent study. Our academics use a range of methods to create a stimulating and interactive learning environment, including group work, case studies and problem-solving exercises, as well as training in practical management techniques. You’ll learn about current issues in business from industry guest speakers, and there is an opportunity to visit a company in year one and talk to managers about its operations and strategy.javascript:iw_wizard_doNext()

Class activities will also develop transferable skills, such as team working, communication and time management, which are essential in the workplace. 

Innovative learning approaches 

Early in the course you’ll be introduced to self-managed learning. This approach will encourage you to ask questions and conduct your own research, equipping you with independent thinking skills that will be invaluable for your studies and your future career. Business School academics are at the forefront of developments in self-managed learning; recently Dr Stefan Cantore’s work in this area was recognised in the British Academy of Management education practice awards. 

In addition, the first-year modules are co-designed by a group of students and academics, who meet weekly to discuss improvements to the course and develop initiatives to enhance your learning experience. For example, students have designed an interface through which you can personalise your online learning tools, integrating the University’s Blackboard virtual learning environment with relevant social media feeds.

Assessment methods vary, but will include exams, individual and group assignments, multiple-choice tests and your dissertation. You’ll also be required to complete a reflective learning report on your industry placement

Student support

Every student is allocated a personal academic tutor, who acts as a point of contact for any course and pastoral care related queries.

The Business School also runs a ‘peer assisted learning scheme’ to help you settle in. You can talk to friendly second-year or final-year students who are trained to give advice on many aspects of university life and can guide you to the best place for academic support.

Supporting your placement

You’ll benefit from a comprehensive placement preparation programme that has been developed with input from top employers, as well as support from our dedicated placement officers. While you are on placement, you’ll continue to receive support from the placement officers through regular visits, phone calls and emails, and via social media.


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