About the course
What makes an effective manager? How does management theory relate to practice?
On this course, you learn what’s involved in managing organisations in an increasingly complex world. We look at the enduring patterns in how people, groups, organisations, economies and societies function and interact. By understanding these behaviours, you can manage them effectively in times of significant change.
With BSc Business Management, you gain a rich understanding of how organisations operate – what they do, how they develop strategies and why.
- management, innovation and new technologies
- the international business environment
- organisational behaviour
- operations and supply chain management
- human resource management
Your first year also introduces you to accounting, finance, marketing and economics to provide you with the essential business knowledge needed for a successful career.
This course is taught at Essex Business School, ranked in the UK’s top 25 for research excellence (REF, 2014).
We champion responsible management and ethical business practices; you join a school not just committed to excellence in business education and social science research, but an intellectual community working to make business better. We don't just prepare you for a successful career; we'll help you shape the kind of world you want to live in.
BSc Business Management can also be taken with an optional study abroad or placement year.
"Essex challenged my thoughts and helped me to think critically. I gained a summer internship and have been accepted to all of my top choices for postgraduate study."
Nikoline Torlei, BSc Business Management (2015)
The four-year version of our BSc Business Management enables you to spend your third year studying abroad, while otherwise remaining identical to the three-year course. You will not be charged tuition fees during your year abroad.
We give you the opportunity to study abroad with one of our exchange partners in the United States, Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, the Middle East, Hong Kong and Japan.
By studying in another country, you can show future employers that you are outgoing, dedicated and flexible by taking the time to experience other cultures and languages.
Alternatively, you may prefer to take on a placement during your third year to gain relevant work experience within an external organisation. A placement can provide you with valuable experience to add to your CV.
The Essex Business School Placements Manager can offer bespoke support throughout the process of researching, applying and interviewing for placements. However, it is your responsibility to apply, prepare for and secure your own role. You will not be charged tuition fees during your placement year. In recent years, our students have gained placements with organisations such as BMW, Samsung and Cummins.
Our expert staff
Our highly qualified and enthusiastic team blend strong academic backgrounds with industry experience. Our academics have a wide-range of research interests. Their teaching is informed by research to ensure your education is always up-to-date with the fast-changing world of business.
Our staff join us from all over the world and specialise in areas including:
- historical aspects of management
- issues of diversity, such as gender and ethnicity
- cultural production
Our BSc Business Management is based at our Colchester Campus.
You experience the UK’s first zero carbon business school building. Set around a lush winter garden, the Eden-style dome gives the building its own micro-climate.
Our superb facilities and services include:
- a state-of-the-art trading floor with Bloomberg Financial Market Labs, giving you hands-on experience of dealing in stocks and securities
- modern lecture theatres
- study pods and innovation booths for group working
- networking opportunities with visiting businesses
- a café with an adjacent sun terrace
- academic writing and study skills services
Our Colchester building is located on the University’s Knowledge Gateway, home to a cluster of innovative SMEs operating from our on-campus Parkside Office Village. As well as providing start-up space for student entrepreneurs, the Knowledge Gateway can provide valuable opportunities for business networking, placements and internships.
A degree from the University of Essex can help you to secure your dream job by providing you with the business skills employers are looking for; in 2015, 84% of Essex Business School undergraduates and 98.6% of our international (non-UK/EU) undergraduates were in graduate level work or study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2015 leavers).
Our students progress to work in a range of sought-after careers, including financial analysis, management, public administration and accountancy.
Our recent graduates are employed by high-profile companies including:
- Bank of England
- John Lewis Partnership
Whether you’re looking for a job or placement to combine with your studies, a voluntary position, or are seeking a graduate job, the University’s Employability and Careers Centre can help. Essex Business School also offers a range of employability support, including advice on securing placements.
Studying at Essex is about discovering yourself, so your course combines compulsory and optional modules to make sure you gain key knowledge in the discipline, while having as much freedom as possible to explore your own interests. Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore to ensure your course is as relevant and up-to-date as possible your core module structure may be subject to change.
For many of our courses you’ll have a wide range of optional modules to choose from – those listed in this example structure are just a selection of those available. The opportunity to take optional modules will depend on the number of core modules within any year of the course. In many instances, the flexibility to take optional modules increases as you progress through the course.
Our Programme Specification gives more detail about the structure available to our current first-year students, including details of all optional modules.
Discover the nature and role of accounting, discussing who uses accounting information and for what purposes. You learn about the processes used to record, summarise and present accounting data, using the computerised accounting package MyAccountingLab. You also investigate the development and role of regulation in governing accounting practice.
Discover the applications of quantitative techniques in accounting, finance and management. You explore maths revision, the time value of money, rates of change, probability and statistics, making extensive use of Excel for applying statistical techniques. You also study the financial system, instruments and markets and ideas about finance concepts and problems. The topics covered include investment companies, return and risk, and behavioural finance.
Explore the most significant issues in management theory and practice. You draw out some of the connections and disjunctures between management theory and management practice. You also consider the ethics of managing, and how to balance a business’s priorities with the organisation's wider responsibilities to society and other stakeholders.
How are firms organised? What are the economic implications of this? And how does it affect the markets in which they operate? Develop an understanding of the central concepts of economics, then learn how to apply these principles to economic problems.
This module encourages you to become an active, independent learner, with the ability to reflect on business situations and form your own opinions. We cover areas designed to help you adjust to a university business education so you can perform to your full academic and professional potential. We explore the importance of referencing, constructing a coherent argument and developing writing skills for a variety of purposes, such as academic essays, exams and reports. We develop your analytical skills, critical thinking, presentation and communication skills to help you get the most from your time at university.
Management accounting enables you to provide three key areas of information to any business: costing, decision-making, and planning and control. In this module you focus on costing, but also see how this area overlaps with the other two, as all three areas always interact. You also develop your knowledge and understanding of management accounting and the context in which it operates.
This module builds on your understanding of management, work and organisation, exploring how these concepts have evolved over time and how they are understood now. You look at how management theory relates to organisational practice, examine the social dynamics underpinning the field of organisation studies and analyse some of the most important themes affecting management today.
Operations Management is concerned with how organisations produce goods and/or services. Since the production of goods and/or services is the reason why organisations exist, it is clear that the effective and efficient management of operations is a central concern for all managers, regardless of the size or sector location of their organisation.
Gain a more advanced understanding of the international context which helps to shape the strategies and operations of organisations, and explore some of the current issues and challenges facing organisations within the international business environment. In particular, you focus on international political economy, covering the major economic systems in the world, and tracing the historical evolution of the global order.
This module builds on your understanding of marketing concepts to highlight the role of marketing managers within organisations. You explore the essential stages and tools in crafting successful marketing strategies. You look at how marketers identify target audiences, differentiate and position products/services and manage communication and distribution channels. You then apply these concepts as you develop your own marketing strategy.
This module introduces quantitative and qualitative methods used in management and marketing research and demonstrates how they are applied in different settings. We explore the methodological, ethical and practical elements of designing business research and learn how to gather, review and analyse data from a variety of sources. You develop your presentation skills and learn how to plan, organise, manage and share research projects.
The business world is increasingly global, complex and fast changing. While some organisations are consistently successful over a long period of time, many fail and are forgotten forever. In theory it should become consecutively easier to imitate the strategies of winning companies and dissipate their profits. In practice, however, only a few firms become long-term leaders. In this course, you explore why that is.
This module links subject understanding to employability, ensuring you’re prepared to take advantage of graduate opportunities at the point they’re advertised. You gain an understanding of the graduate labour market and recruitment processes, as well as timelines for recruitment and interview and assessment centre techniques. You also learn about options for postgraduate study.
This module introduces key theories, principles and practices of retail management, using real-world case studies to explore current issues in the retail industry. Topics include ownership types, merchandising, consumer behaviour, the retail life cycle and customer communications. You gain a broad introduction to both e-retailing and physical retail outlets, including their relationships with consumers and the infrastructure underpinning the industry. We also explore the trends shaping the future of retail, such as virtual realities and product rental.
This module aims to develop your understanding of leadership in organisations. You explore a range of traditional and current leadership theories and relate these to business and managerial practice. You also examine business ethics and develop your team working, critical thinking and problem solving skills.
Since the 1980's, Human Resource Management (HRM) has promoted the view that it is the people (rather that the technology, products or marketing strategies) of the organisation that are the key to organisational success. You question the assumptions made within HRM as a philosophy and practice, and how this approach has implications for the way that employees are conceptualised, managed and treated within organisations.
Gain an insight into the relationship between management, the innovation process and the development, application, and use of new technologies. You focus primarily on process innovations, building upon your knowledge of operations management and the process of producing and delivering goods and services.
This module builds on your understanding of management and organisation by considering the ethics of business activity. You are introduced to the origins, practice and theory of business ethics and corporate social responsibility (CSR). You consider a range of perspectives and use business literature to critically examine organisational ethics and analyse its constraints.
Gain an understanding of the main quantitative and qualitative methods used in business, management and marketing research, and an appreciation of the practical application of these skills within a variety of research settings. You explore the methodological, ethical and practical considerations in the design of business research, and the collection, analysis and dissemination of research data.
This module aims to give you an insight into UK and EU law. You explore the criminal and civil court structures, contract law, how to apply Legal Method and conduct legal research. You acquire essential information needed to ensure that your business operates within the law and satisfies professional accounting body requirements.
This module evaluates the opportunities and challenges of conducting businesses online. You develop your critical and analytical skills by exploring key concepts in ecommerce and electronic business and examining their effects on society and the economy. Topics include e-business infrastructure, online revenue, payment systems, digital marketing and online security. You also debate the ethical, moral and legal issues of trading online, including areas such as spatial unboundedness, ‘the digital divide’, privacy and security breaches.
Discover the psychology of organising. You investigate the role of the individual in the organisation, the construction of meaning, bureaucratic and technological consciousness, organisational socialisation and secondary adjustments, and the significance of organising principles such as time, gender and motive. Use film and video material to explore the issues raised and to provide contextual support for the ideas, including feature films such as GI Jane, She Stood Alone and Vertigo.
On a placement year you gain relevant work experience within an external business or organisation, giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market and providing you with key contacts within the industry. The rest of your course remains identical to the three-year degree.
On your year abroad, you have the opportunity to experience other cultures and languages, to broaden your degree socially and academically, and to demonstrate to employers that you are mature, adaptable, and organised. The rest of your course remains identical to the three-year degree.
- Teaching includes a combination of lectures, seminars and computer-based lab sessions
- Modules delivered by experts in the field as well as guest speakers
- Contribute and interact in lectures through the use of smart technology
- Lecture presentations and notes are uploaded online beforehand to help you prepare in advance
- Complete your final-year project in consultation with a personal supervisor
- Assessed through traditional methods of end-of-year exams and multiple choice questions in class tests and essays
- Plus more innovative and creative assessments include laboratory work, poster presentations, real-business case problems and group presentations
- Your first year marks do not count towards your final degree
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IELTS entry requirements
English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall. (Different requirements apply for second year entry.)
If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.
If you are an international student requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications.
Other English language qualifications may be acceptable so please contact us for further details. If we accept the English component of an international qualification then it will be included in the information given about the academic levels required. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications.