The University of Southampton
Southampton Business School

N203 BSc Business Management with placement year (4 years)

Learn to think creatively and lead organisational change on this innovative degree. BSc Business Management offers a distinctive interdisciplinary perspective that will give you a comprehensive understanding of today’s business world, as well as the opportunity to gain real-world experience on a one-year industry placement.

Introducing your degree

Designed to create leaders who can take forward change and drive initiatives within organisations, this degree will encourage you to think differently about business and management. As well as covering contemporary concepts and practices, modules in year one offer an interdisciplinary perspective on business and management that you won’t find on similar courses elsewhere. Drawing from economics, history and the social sciences, these modules will give you a more integrative view of today’s business world and enable you to put your learning into a wider context. You’ll develop your skills and knowledge during an industry placement in year three and in the second and fourth years you can design your own course by choosing modules that interest you. The wide range of options includes areas such as accounting and finance, strategy, entrepreneurship, marketing and project management. Whichever modules you choose, you’ll be taught by research-focused academics who are leaders in their field, as well as benefiting from the Business School’s close links with industry.



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This comprehensive and flexible business management degree will prepare you for a career in a wide range of organisations, including start-ups, large corporations, social enterprises and the not-for-profit sector. 

View the programme specification for this course.

Programme Structure

This is a full-time, four-year degree course. The first-year modules are shared across a number of our degrees, giving you the flexibility to move to another business programme after year one should you wish to.

In year one you’ll study a set of distinctive core and compulsory modules that introduce you to current concepts and offer an interdisciplinary perspective on business. You will learn about core management accounting and financial accounting, and develop practical management skills. You’ll also study the development of commerce, industry and technology, enabling you to understand today’s business world within a broader social and historical context.

Years two and three include core and compulsory modules on management and organisation theory, strategic management and project management. You’ll also gain the research skills you will need to complete your dissertation in the fourth year.

You can shape the rest of the course by choosing from a wide range of optional modules, enabling you to explore your interests.

The optional modules cover a wide range of business topics, including human resources management, risk management and digital marketing, entrepreneurship and innovation.
You could choose to advance your studies in financial and management accounting.
Modules on programming, computer science and Web design provide an opportunity to develop your technological skills.
There are also modules examining ethical, philosophical and historical perspectives on business.
You can study a language or choose from a diverse range of innovative interdisciplinary modules.

In your final year you’ll also undertake independent research on a topic of your choice for your dissertation, supported by an academic supervisor.

Your industry placement

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

BSc Business Management students have undertaken placement years at:

  • JP Morgan
  • IBM
  • The Walt Disney Company
  • Pladis
  • Enterprise Rent A Car
  • Aldi
  • Coty

Self-managed learning

The first-year modules incorporate a self-managed learning approach. This 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.

Designed in partnership with students

The first year of the course is co-designed by students from the Business School and other disciplines. They meet weekly with academics to discuss and implement initiatives that enhance students’ learning experience. For example they have:

  • designed an interface through which students can personalise their online learning tools, integrating the University’s Blackboard virtual learning environment with relevant social media feeds
  • worked with students to organise field trips and guest speakers

Co-Design offers a fantastic opportunity for students to be involved in shaping their own course, through working with lecturers to develop new module approaches, forms of assessment and extra curricular activities. The group has represented the University at international conferences and is actively involved in research.

Industry links 

Many of our modules include guest lecturers from the retail, manufacturing and financial sectors, as well as from the public and charity sectors, so you’ll hear first hand about current business issues. Recent speakers have included representatives from JP Morgan, Southampton Football Club, Grant Thornton, Kitson, and The Big Issue, as well as a Southampton MP. There are also field trip opportunities.

In addition, many of our academics have close links with industry through collaborative research projects. They bring their expertise and research insights to your education.

Research-informed learning

Your education will be informed by the expertise of our academics. Their active involvement in research enables them to bring the latest ideas in business and management to their teaching.

For example:

  • Programme leader Dr Fabian Homberg research interests are public service motivation and incentives in private and public sector organizations. He has also been involved in research projects on top management team diversity, motivation, and recently small scale corruption.

Key Facts

Learn about contemporary business and management concepts and gain insights into emerging markets and current trends.

Unlike most business degrees, this course offers an interdisciplinary perspective on business and management, enabling you to put your learning into a broader context.

The one-year industry placement is a great opportunity to put your learning into practice, gain invaluable workplace experience and develop your professional networks .
A high level of flexibility enables you to shape the course to suit your career goals or explore different areas to help you decide on a career path.

Specially created first-year modules, co-designed by students, offer a valuable integrative view of business and management, offering fresh perspectives and the chance to put your studies into a broader historical and social context.

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

You’ll have the opportunity to visit a business and hear from senior staff about aspects of its operations on a first-year field trip.

Programme Director

Dr Fabian Homberg
Thumbnail photo of Amy Morgan

“Overall I would say Southampton is a place of opportunity.”

Amy Morgan - BSc Business Management with Placement Year

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


Innovation modules outside of your subject area

Learn a language

Year 1

Semester One

Either if you have A level Maths or confident in Maths

OR if no A level Maths:

MANG1007Credit: 15
MANG1001Credit: 15

Year 2

Semester One

Choose 22.5ECTS (45CATS)

MANG2011Credit: 15

Req Financial Accounting 1 & Maths [Management Analysis; Yr1 ECON Maths module; Maths A level] for Financial Accounting 2 module:

MANG2003Credit: 15
MANG2041Credit: 15

Req Introduction to Management or Ideas that Shaped the Business World 1: Government and Society & Ideas that Shaped the Business World 2: Markets and Consumers for Entrepreneurial Management module:

ENTR2001Credit: 15

Business Analytics Programming also available in Part 3 – can only be taken once

MANG2070Credit: 15

Language or Curriculum Innovation module

Semester Two
MANG2064Credit: 15

Choose 22.5ECTS (45CATS)

MANG2021Credit: 15
MANG2005Credit: 15

Req Introduction to Management or Technologies that Shaped the Business World 1: Mechanical Age & Technologies that Shaped the Business World 2: Digital Age for Innovation Technology & the Environment module:

MANG2069Credit: 15
COMP1056Credit: 15

Language or Curriculum Innovation module

Year 3

Students can refer but not repeat the placement year hence any student failing the placement will be offered a transfer to the BSc Business Management 3yr programme.

Semester One
Semester Two

Year 4

Semester One

Req Business Research for the Dissertation module:

MANG3025Credit: 30
MANG3008Credit: 15

Choose 15ECTS (30CATS)

MANG3010Credit: 15

Req Innovation, Technology and the Environment for Technological Innovation module:

MANG3072Credit: 15

Req Financial Accounting 1 for Information, Organisation & Accountability from a Historical Perspective module:

Business Analytics Programming also available in Part 2 – can only be taken once:

Req Financial Accounting 2 for Financial Accounting 3 module:

MANG3003Credit: 15

Language or Curriculum Innovation module

Semester Two

Req Business Research for the Dissertation module:

MANG3025Credit: 30
MANG3034Credit: 15

Choose 15ECTS (30CATS)

Req Management Accounting 2 for Management Accounting 3 module:

MANG3006Credit: 15

Req MANG2039 or Marketing in the Digital Age for Digital Marketing: Engaging with the Customer module:

MANG3032Credit: 15

Language or Curriculum Innovation module

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

NameYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
BSc Business Management (with Placement Year)2018Full-time£9,250£16536
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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

The breadth of options available on this degree and the experience you gain during your placement will enable you to prepare for a wide range of career paths in business and management. You could choose to go into the financial sector or follow a career in industry, retail consultancy or the public sector. Many of our graduates successfully gain places on graduate recruitment programmes at organisations such as JP Morgan and PwC.


Learning & Assessment

You’ll learn through a mix of lectures, seminars and private study. At the start of the course you’ll be introduced to self-managed learning, an approach that encourages you to take ownership of your studies and think independently.

Our academics ensure that the course is interactive and engaging, for example through the use of simulations, problem-solving exercises, group assignments and discussion of case studies. In addition, you’ll benefit from guest lectures from industry leaders, a field trip opportunity in year one and innovative activities developed by the staff and student Co-Design group.

The different teaching and learning methods are designed to give you a thorough understanding of the subject matter, but also to enhance your employability by developing essential skills such as team working, planning and communication.

We use a range of different assessment methods; these include exams, individual assignments and group coursework. The dissertation is also an important part of your final mark, and you’ll be required to write a reflective learning report on your industry placement.

Student support

Every student is assigned a personal academic tutor who can advise on course-related and provide pastoral care matters throughout your degree. For more informal support, the Business School runs a 'peer assisted learning scheme'. You can talk to trained, friendly second-year or third-year students who can direct you towards any additional support services you might need.

Supporting your placement 

We run a comprehensive placement preparation programme, which has been developed with input from top employers, to help you get the most out of your placement year. You’ll also be able to access dedicated support from our placement officers.

The placement officers will continue to support you during the placement year itself through regular visits, phone calls, emails, and via social media.


Breakdown of study time and assessment

Proportion of time spent in scheduled learning, teaching and independent study
Learning, teaching and assessment stage1234
Scheduled learning & teaching study23%23%0%20%
Independent study77%77%0%80%
Placement study0%0%100%0%
Proportion of assessment by method
Learning, teaching and assessment stage1234
Written exam assessment38%41%0%69%
Practical exam assessment0%4%0%0%
Coursework assessment62%55%100%31%

Study Locations

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