The University of Southampton
Southampton Business School

N107 BSc Business Innovation (3 years)

Focusing on digital and technological innovation and underpinned by cutting-edge research, this degree will equip you to bring fresh thinking to complex business problems.

Introducing your degree

Innovation is crucial if organisations are to respond to changing business environments and customer demands, and therefore maintain a competitive edge. This degree will give you the skills and knowledge to bring innovative approaches to business in a range of sectors, as well as providing a foundation in essential areas of business management. It has a particular focus on emergent digital business models and technological innovation, alongside the latest developments in sustainable, service and organisational innovation. The mix of core, compulsory and optional modules give you the flexibility to follow your interests; you could focus on particular areas of innovation in more depth, enhance your management skills, or explore aspects of entrepreneurship. And you’ll be taught by academics who are at the forefront of research into innovative practices and digital business trends. 



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This degree covers the creative and practical aspects of innovation, giving you the tools to implement and evaluate innovative practices and manage the associated risks and challenges. It is ideal if you are interested in working for a dynamic technology-driven or digital businesses, or would like to add value within an established organisation in any sector.

View the programme specification for this course.

Programme Structure

This is a three-year, full time degree. It includes a combination of core, compulsory and optional modules and a dissertation.

In year one, a set of distinctive modules will introduce you to contemporary business and management practice, and enable you to explore business from an interdisciplinary perspective. The 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.

In the second and third years you will study a mix of core, compulsory and optional modules. The core and compulsory modules cover core aspects of business innovation. You’ll gain an understanding of digital business models, and learn about technological and sustainable innovation, how to bring innovative thinking to services and organisational management, and the potential of innovation to address societal challenges.

You’ll also have the opportunity to practise your management skills by taking part in a sophisticated simulation exercise that replicates a fast-moving, competitive business environment. You’ll work in teams to assimilate information, negotiate and make strategic operational decisions, and evaluate your impact on company performance.

The optional modules will enable you to pursue your interests further.

  • You could learn more about the entrepreneurial side of innovation by taking modules on high-growth business management or new venture development.
  • You could enhance your technology skills by taking programming or Web design.
  • You might decide to strengthen your business management practice in areas such as financial or management accounting, human resources management or strategic marketing.
  • Modules on the history and philosophy of organisational management offer an interdisciplinary perspective.
  • You can choose to study a language or take one of the University’s innovative interdisciplinary modules.

In the third year you will also choose a research topic for your dissertation. A module on business research in year two will equip you with the skills you’ll need to carry out and write up your research, and you will have the support of an academic supervisor.

Informed by specialist research

The course is shaped by the specialisms of our research-focused academics, who are leaders in aspects of innovation, enterprise and entrepreneurship research. In particular, the Business School’s research expertise in the digital and sharing economies is unmatched in most other UK universities.

  • Dr Vadim Grinevich is at the forefront of research into the digital sharing economy and has led projects on upscaling in the sharing economy and business-to-business sharing economy models. 
  • Professor Michelle Lowe is examining the spread of innovation in the UK hospitality industry, and has investigated the innovative dimensions of Tesco’s entry to the US market.
  • Dr David Baxter’s research interests include the application of novel methods within the innovation process, public sector innovation, and knowledge and learning in innovation.
  • Dr Katia Pina has managed an international European Commission-funded research project that explored and analysed the role of creativity in innovation and economic growth in Europe.

Key Facts

Understand the role of innovation in organisational success and learn how to implement innovative practices.

The course has a strong focus on contemporary digital business models and technological innovation.

You’ll benefit from the unrivalled expertise of our academics, who are at the forefront of research into aspects of innovation and e-business.

In addition, you’ll gain a thorough grounding in core areas of business management, giving you a wide choice of career options.

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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 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

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.


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
Digital Business Models

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

Financial Accounting 2

COMP1215 Foundations of Computer Science

COMP1202 Programming 1


Semester Two
Business Research
Innovation, Technology and the Environment

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

Operations Management
Management Accounting 2
Philosophy of Management and Organisations

COMP1056 Web Design


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:
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

This degree is an excellent foundation for a career in a digital or high-tech business, or for a managerial role in any organisation that values innovative thinking. Alternatively, you might decide to start your own business venture when you graduate.

Learning & Assessment

You’ll learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and independent study. Some subjects also involve using the Business School’s computer labs. Our academics use group work, case study discussions and problem-solving exercises to help you to apply your knowledge. You’ll also receive training in practical management techniques. Successful innovators and entrepreneurs will be invited to give guest lectures, bringing insights into current business issues, and during the first year there is an opportunity to visit a company and talk to managers about its operations and strategy.

We recognise the importance of transferable skills for your future career prospects, and these are embedded in our module design. When you graduate you’ll be able to demonstrate essential skills such as team working, communication and time management.

Assessment methods vary by module, which may include exams, coursework and group assignments. Your dissertation is also a significant part of your assessment.

Innovative learning approaches

In the first year you’ll be introduced to self-managed learning, an approach designed to equip you with independent thinking skills that will be invaluable for your studies and 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, an innovative co-design group comprising students and academics meets weekly to discuss improvements to the course and develop initiatives to enhance your learning experience. For example, students have designed an interface that allows you to personalise your online learning tools, integrating the University’s virtual learning environment with relevant social media feeds.

Student support

You’ll be allocated a personal academic tutor, who acts as a point of contact for any course-related queries and pastoral care throughout your studies. In addition, the Business School 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.

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