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BSc (Hons) Business and Management with a Year in Industry

Develop your analytical, problem-solving and decision-making skills at the cutting edge of effective and ethical business management.

2018/19 entry

UCAS code


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4 years full-time

Typical offer

AAB (full entry requirements)

Start date

September 2018 (term dates)

UK/EU fees

£9,250 per year (2018/19)

International fees

£16,620 per year (2018/19)

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In an increasingly cutthroat global economy, we aim to create reflective, socially and ethically aware specialists in operations management. 

You’ll learn to identify problems, gather relevant information and analyse your data to make decisions and take action.

More mathematically rigorous than the equivalent BA, the BSc in Business and Management is a well-balanced degree that will prepare you to make complex decisions in a volatile global marketplace. Your year in industry will give you the chance to put your skills into practice at the cutting edge of management theory, then draw on your first-hand experience to inform your final year of study.

This course is available as a three-year degree, without a year in industry: Business and Management (BSc).


Year in industry

Gain management-related experience, apply your academic knowledge and improve your employability with an integrated year in industry.

World-leading research

Our modules are taught by leading researchers in the field.

Business projects

Gain experience of business planning, presenting, negotiating and the everyday decision-making and creative thinking that employers value most.

I absolutely loved my placement year. Not only did I meet a lot of great people and have some incredible experiences, but the skills and knowledge that I have gained from the year have been invaluable.
Becci, Management School student. Read about Becci's placement at Experian

Course content

Our business and management, accounting and finance degrees share some common elements in Year 1 to introduce you to the core concepts underpinning these key disciplines.

As you progress, you'll develop the knowledge and skills acquired in your first year, giving both depth and breadth to your learning, with an emphasis on mathematical skills and statistical analysis. You'll be able to choose optional modules to widen your knowledge or bring your specialism into focus.

In your third year, you'll undertake a 12-month paid placement in industry. You'll develop your understanding of business and management, apply the theories you've learned and enhance your employability.

Study abroad

Summer abroad

Immerse yourself in another culture for a few weeks or the whole summer on a short course, volunteering programme, or career-related summer school.

Year 1

Year 1 introduces you to some of the key concepts and techniques used in business and management.

Solving International Management Problems gives you a broad overview of key concepts that you may choose to specialise in later. You'll use creativity and teamwork to develop key academic skills including presentation, resilience, reflection research and problem-solving.

Foundations of Business Ethics explores the theories and practices of business ethics and social responsibility in national and global contexts. You'll also investigate the personal ethical dilemmas which people may face in business.

Financial Accounting will enable you to prepare and interpret financial statements and consider how these may be used in practice.

Management and the Business Environment: Theory and Practice will introduce you to the different economic approaches to organisations and markets. You'll discover how these approaches can be applied to organisational problems.

Quantitative Methods will teach you methods of empirical enquiry into accounting, finance and management. You'll develop your statistical research skills and learn about the advantages and limitations of quantitative techniques.

Behaviour in Organisations I explores how people manage and organise in work contexts. You'll get a critical introduction to leading theorists, theories and studies. You'll engage with concepts such as motivation, rationalisation, power and control.

Management Accounting will introduce you to the key concepts underpinning management accounting. You'll learn about the tools managers use to inform financial decisions, and how they are used in practice.

Academic integrity module

In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module.

Year 2

In Year 2 you'll develop your understanding further, and explore some new areas of study.

Autumn modules

Advanced Quantitative Methods further develops the quantitative skills you encountered in Year 1. You'll learn how to use quantitative methods to solve research problems and to improve decision making.

Marketing Principles and Practice combines academic study and practical work. You'll gain an understanding of marketing principles, and be guided through the marketing planning process.

Spring/Summer modules

Business Planning asks you to apply your learning to develop an idea for a new business venture. Working with colleagues, you'll prepare and present a detailed business plan.

Knowledge Information Systems explores the significance of knowledge management in the knowledge economy of the 21st century. You'll develop your understanding of the generation, formulation, dissemination, retention, storage, measurement, application, distribution, archival and disposal of corporate information and knowledge.

Project and Operations Management investigates the differing techniques used for managing temporary projects and ongoing operations. You'll come to understand the role of the operations manager and plan and execute a complex project.

Strategic Management explores the theories and practical approaches to strategic management and change in the context of a globalised economy. You'll focus on how public and private organisations develop strategy, and on the skills and techniques which managers use.

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

Year 3

A year in industry gives you the opportunity to apply your academic learning to a real-life business. Salaries for these placements are typically £14,000 - £18,000, but have been as high as £45,000.

Our dedicated Placements Office advertise hundreds of vacancies each year. You can find placements in all sorts of industries, all over the world. If you have an idea of where you'd like to work, our team can support you in finding a suitable position. In recent years placements have included:

  • Morgan Stanley
  • Intel
  • GSK
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Ernst & Young
  • The Walt Disney Company
  • Tech Data

Year 4

In your final year you'll take three core modules. You can then choose optional modules to develop new skills, take a closer look at topics you're familiar with, or investigate an interesting subject in detail.

You can take three optional modules, or one optional module plus a dissertation based on an original research project.


The dissertation is completed over the whole year. If you undertake a dissertation this counts as one of your Autumn choices and one of your Spring/Summer choices.

A dissertation draws on the knowledge and skills you have developed throughout your degree. You'll collect and analyse empirical data to illuminate or solve a complex issue or problem in the field of business and management. You'll write a longer and more complex document, sustaining a well-reasoned argument and drawing sound conclusions.

Autumn modules


Supply Chain Management covers the major issues surrounding the flow of goods and services from supplier to consumer. You'll learn to conceptualise supply chain designs, configure logistics networks, design strategies and evaluate constraints.

One of the following options:

Critical Management Studies encourages interdisciplinary thinking, drawing on concepts from management, organisation theory, psychology, gender studies, cultural theory, sociology and philosophy. You'll engage with advanced research, and critically examine emergent theories to extend your understanding of key themes.

International Competitiveness, Strategy and Innovation explores strategy formulation in complex international environments. You'll develop your ability to define strategic issues, to critically reflect on existing theories, and to creatively combine or develop conceptual models.

International Business Environment develops your knowledge and understanding of business and management by exploring how theory and practice has responded to the internationalisation of economic and social activity.

Employment Relations unpacks the fundamentals of the British employment relations system. You'll examine trade unions, state regulation, collective bargaining and conflict resolution, and develop your understanding of contemporary work and employment.

Spring/Summer modules


Business Consultancy Project
This module gives you the opportunity to put the knowledge you've developed over the past three years into practice. Your team will work with a real business to define and investigate a problem, before presenting your recommendations in a final report.

Decision and Information Analysis gives you an overview of the tools, operational research, information systems and intelligent systems used to support effective decision making. You'll consider theories of decision making, investigate case studies, identify managerial biases, and design and evaluate decision support systems.

Two of the following options:

Human Resource Development explores training and development practice, its underlying pedagogical assumptions and models and the sociology and politics of learning at work.

International and Comparative Employment Relations introduces theoretical perspectives and concepts used to compare and analyse employment relations. You'll apply your knowledge to compare the nature of employment relations in different countries.

Management of Technology looks at a wide range of technologies and organisations. You'll develop your understanding of the role and importance of technology, learn how technology and innovation relate to one another, and learn to evaluate technologies and their management.

Managing and Leading Change deconstructs the concept of change as it relates to management areas such as organisational behaviour, strategy and operations. You'll develop deeper and more challenging ways of understanding and critically evaluating organisational change.

Corporate Governance and Social Accountability examines corporate governance from a number of theoretical perspectives. You'll analyse the role of the corporation in modern society, critique the nature and process of socially responsible management, and evaluate the effectiveness of accountability structures.

Strategic Management of Risk will develop your understanding of the strategic role of risk management. You'll learn about the organisational and cultural aspects of risk perception, communication and assessment, and critically evaluate key approaches to the management of risk in a global context.

Company Law looks at some principles of English law which have an impact on business. You'll be introduced to the English legal system, consider different legal structures which business organisations can adopt, and examine aspects of employment law, contract law and negligence.

Managing for Diversity addresses exclusionary practices, prejudice and exploitation found in the workplace. Using a range of intellectual approaches, you'll consider how different groups may be marginalised, identify structural barriers to equality, and reflect on the implications for you own future practice as a manager.

Cyber Security for Managers investigates the issues which companies face in their information and security departments. You'll study systems security, ethical issues and regulatory systems, and explore how organisations respond to information leaks and cyber attacks.

Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.

Learning by design

Every course at York has been designed to provide clear and ambitious learning outcomes. These learning outcomes give you an understanding of what you will be able to do at the end of the course. We develop each course by designing modules that grow your abilities towards the learning outcomes and help you to explain what you can offer to employers. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • promote reflective, internationally-, socially-, and ethically-aware approaches and principles to complex business situations and planning; 
  • identify and diagnose problems in business and management by applying management and operations theory to specific cases;
  • manage business, management and operational information by assessing the quality of the evidence base, identifying gaps and inadequacies, and using suitable methods to collect and collate relevant data; 
  • make robust, evidence-based strategic and operational decisions by critically analysing textual and numerical information and data using appropriate qualitative and quantitative techniques; 
  • argue for specific management and operational proposals and recommendations by presenting relevant, appropriately detailed information, coherently, articulately and confidently; 
  • assess the impact at an operational level of putting managerial decisions into practice, taking into account time and resource constraints; 
  • liaise and work with others on team projects in a professional and collegial manner; 
  • adapt to different business and management situations by evaluating personal strengths and weaknesses, and keeping up-to-date with relevant business ideas and practices.
The business project gave me a valuable insight into the running of a business and the input from businesses such as IBM and Davis Langdon was extremely useful.
Selina, BSc Management

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees

UK/EU International
£9,250 £16,620

Additional costs

You may find it useful to buy textbooks, and for some modules this may be required. Textbooks usually cost around £30 - £60 each.

UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK, EU or international student.

Fees for subsequent years

  • UK/EU: further increases within the government fee cap will apply in subsequent academic years. We will notify you of any increase as soon as we can.
  • International: fees for international students are subject to annual increases. Increases are currently capped at 2% per annum.

More information

For more information about tuition fees, any reduced fees for study abroad and work placement years, scholarships, tuition fee loans, maintenance loans and living costs see undergraduate fees and funding.


We offer a number of scholarships to help cover tuition fees and living costs.

Home/EU students

International students

Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers accommodation costs and estimated social costs.

“Students from all backgrounds achieve consistently outstanding outcomes”

The TEF Panel, Office for Students, June 2018

Our Gold Teaching Excellence Framework award demonstrates our commitment to the delivery of consistently outstanding teaching and learning for our students.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Teaching format

We focus on teaching the skills and expertise that employers want. We use practical problems and case studies from our industrial partners to ensure our modules are relevant to modern industry. Our passionate tutors' research-led teaching puts you at the forefront of current issues in business and management.

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

  • Lectures
  • Small-group seminars
  • Activity-based workshops
  • Group projects
  • Individual projects

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.

Overall workload

As a guide, students on this course typically spend their time as follows:

Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4
Lectures and seminars168 hours132 hours0 hours132 hours
Placement0 hours0 hours1200 hours0 hours

The figures above are based on data from 2016/17.

The rest of your time on the course will be spent on independent study. This may include preparation for lectures and seminars, follow-up work, wider reading, practice completion of assessment tasks, or revision.

Everyone learns at a different rate, so the number of hours will vary from person to person. In UK higher education the expectation is that full-time students will spend 1200 hours a year learning.

Teaching location

You will be based in the Management School on Campus East. Most of your teaching will take place in the Law and Management building, with additional contact hours elsewhere on Campus East.

Course location

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

You will be assessed using a mixture of essays, projects and examinations. For some modules you'll produce reports, strategy documents or group presentations.

In your final year you will have some scope to choose forms of assessment that you prefer through selection of optional modules. You can pick modules which emphasise presentation skills, essay writing or exams. You could choose to work on an extended dissertation based on your own research and analysis of a current issue or problem in management.

Percentage of the course typically assessed by coursework and exams

Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4
Written exams50%33%0%30%
Practical exams0%2%100%12%

The figures above are based on data from 2016/17.

Careers and skills

Our bespoke employability sessions help you identify and improve your skills. Our dedicated support team will help you to build an employability portfolio and to present yourself at your best for the next step of your career.

Our graduates go on to careers in all aspects of business and management. Many progress to postgraduate degrees at York and other leading universities.

Career opportunities

Recent graduates' positions include:

  • Graduate Buyer
  • Assistant Manager
  • Business Consultant
  • HR Analyst
  • Marketing Services Executive
  • Strategic Content Manager
  • Volunteering and fundraising Coordinator
  • Client Manager

Transferable skills

  • Critical thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Communication, presentation and reporting
  • Numeracy and data analysis
  • Time management
  • Teamwork and leadership
  • Negotiation and persuasion
My degree in Business and Management has provided me with an extremely strong skill set to enter the world of work and compete with talented graduates from other top institutions.
Recent graduate

Entry requirements

Qualification Grade
A levels

AAB. We don't ask for specific combinations of A levels. We accept General Studies.

GCSEs Mathematics grade 5 (B). We do not accept adult numeracy in lieu of GCSE Maths.
Access to Higher Education Diploma 36 credits at Distinction and 9 credits at Merit or higher.
BTEC BTEC National Extended Diploma DDD
Cambridge Pre-U D3, D3, M2
International Baccalaureate 35 points
Irish leaving Certificate H2,H2,H2,H2,H3,H3
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers AAAAB at Higher level and AB at Advanced Higher level

English language

If you're a non-native English speaking applicant you must provide evidence of your English language ability.

  • IELTS 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component
  • Pearson 61, with a minimum of 55 in each component
  • CAE and CPE (taken from January 2015) 176, with a minimum of 169 each component
  • TOEFL 87 overall, with a minimum of 21 in Listening, 21 in Reading, 21 in Speaking, 21 in Writing
  • Trinity ISE III Merit in all components


To apply to York, you will need to complete an online application via UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

If you have faced obstacles to higher education, or you are returning to education after a long absence, you may benefit from the York Access Scheme.

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