Teaching and learning

Our teaching is research-led - in other words, you will be taught by leading academics who conduct international-standard research in fields such as business, accounting and finance, marketing and HRM (human resource management). You will enjoy learning from passionate, enthusiastic experts who are at the forefront of the study of management.

We focus on teaching skills and expertise that employers want, which you can put to practical use after you graduate. Our aim is to prepare you for real-world professional management.

Our courses are designed to encourage you to take responsibility for your own learning and development, but with all the support you need available from our academics.

Teaching methods

We use a wide range of teaching methods to suit different learning styles, including:

  • Lectures
  • Small-group seminars, including some led by students
  • Activity-based workshops
  • Group projects
  • Individual projects

Business projects will be a key part of your study. Working individually and as a team, you will gain experience of business planning, presentations, negotiating and the everyday decision making and creative thinking that employers value most. Project working will develop your teamworking and entrepreneurship.

Management is an ever-changing field - both in industry and academia - so what we teach and how we teach it is constantly reviewed to stay relevant and practical. Part of this approach is our use of current events in our teaching, which brings the concepts and theories to life.

Your individual programme of study

First year

All our undergraduate degrees share a common first year, giving you a broad base of knowledge to prepare you for more specialised study in Years 2 and 3.

Second and Final years

You have the opportunity to shape the final year of your programme by selecting a number of optional modules to match your career goals and interests.

Students enrolled on the BSc (Hons) Actuarial Science or BSc (Hons) Marketing programmes can also select a number of optional module in their second year.

You can also choose to add a placement in industry before your final year.

Personal attention and support

You will be assigned a personal supervisor for the course, who takes a special interest in your academic and personal progress and wellbeing. Your supervisor will be an academic in the York Management School and will be your first point of contact within the department. Your supervisor can assist with academic skills, discuss problems that may affect your studies and in some cases act as your representative.


Find out more

Each of our programmes has a course page on this website, which describes the course content, teaching methods and assessment methods. Visit this link to find the course pages:

I liked the mixture of skills learned in the classes and the way they were applied to 'real world' scenarios. Some management theories can be quite abstract, so it was great that they were related to case studies, and that we got to apply them ourselves in team projects.

Ian, graduate of The York Management School

Our primary goal is to prepare you to be a professional manager.
We regularly review what we teach - and how we teach it - against this goal.