Online course details

Study options

Part-time: 3-6 years

UK fee

£15,750 (2022/23)

International fee

£15,750 (2022/23)

Course level



BSc (Hons)

Start dates

January, May, September



Online course description

The highlights

  • Gain the knowledge and skills you will need to pursue a career in business management, in any sector and in any country
  • The curriculum has been updated so it covers the most recent trends, opportunities, and challenges in business management
  • If you already have a foundation degree in business or have significant managerial experience, you may be able to take our shorter Top-Up route
  • It’s accredited by the CMI and enables you to gain an extra professional qualification in addition to the BSc, for no extra work or cost
  • It attracts students from all over the world, with a wide range of professional and cultural backgrounds, so you will hear multiple perspectives on the issues we discuss
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97%feel confident that they will succeed at university**University of Derby Survey 2021

A future-focused BSc

If you are an aspiring manager looking for a modern, online business degree that can fit around your existing commitments, this BSc would suit you. We welcome people from all walks of life and all professions, including those with experience rather than formal qualifications - we just need to be confident that you have what it takes to complete the course.

With a curriculum that has been recently refreshed, this BSc is future-focused and covers the latest trends and challenges affecting businesses across the globe. For instance, as well as core business management theory and practice, we will cover highly relevant topics such as:

  • agility, resilience, and leadership during the time of change
  • moral choices in management
  • creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship
  • marketing concepts and techniques, including the latest digital trends
  • responsible management, sustainable operations, and the circular economy
  • pursuing shared purpose while creating value for stakeholders, as well as for the wider society

Blending theory and practice

We encourage you to continuously apply the theory you learn on this course to real business environments, including your own, if you are working. We will look at real-life business case studies and scenarios, the latest research, and learn about the individual experiences of other students on the course. This will strengthen your understanding of the subjects and encourage you to consider situations and issues from different perspectives.

Global insights for global careers

As well as enabling you to learn from your new global network of fellow students, the course content itself encourages an international outlook. We’ll explore contemporary international business issues, and consider cultural, ethical, and professional practice across a range of international contexts.

This will enable you to work for businesses operating in a range of cultural and economic contexts, from small enterprises to large multinationals.

Two qualifications from one course

This online business and management degree is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI): a professional body in the UK dedicated to promoting the highest standards in management and leadership.

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This online business and management degree is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI): a professional body in the UK dedicated to promoting the highest standards in management and leadership.

This accreditation provides a dual award, which means that you will gain the CMI Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership when you graduate, as well as the BSc (Hons) Business and Management. This is subject to you passing the following three modules*:

  • Leadership and Management
  • Strategic Marketing
  • Independent Research Project

This combination of academic and professional qualifications will give you the advantage when looking for your next career move. It also enables you to access a range of CMI benefits. You can find out more about the benefits of dual accreditation here.

*Please note, only the modules studied on this course are counted towards the CMI accreditation. If you have been granted an exemption for any of the three modules listed as part of RPL (recognition of prior learning), you will not qualify for the CMI Diploma. Depending on the exemption, you may qualify for the CMI Level 5 Certificate.

Previous learning or experience

Have you already studied at another institution, completed a training course, or does your work experience appear equivalent to one or more modules of this course? If so, you may be able to translate this prior learning into credits towards your course modules, so you don’t have to study them again.

For this BSc, you can apply for credits of up to 50% for each stage. You can find out more in our recognition of prior learning section.

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Achieving great things

Online student Tyra Johl achieve a First in her Business and Management BSc (Hons), while juggling getting married, having two children and living in two different countries.

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What you will study

We will advise you of your study plan - the running order and availability of the modules - when you are invited to enrol.

If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered. In addition, where demand is high, some modules may be subject to a cap.

To achieve this degree, you will need to complete 120 credits at each award stage, totalling 360 credits to achieve the BSc. If you are studying to achieve an online Business and Management top-up degree, you will need to complete a total of 120 credits made up from the core modules and optional 20-credit modules at stage 3 only.

Credits will be made up from the following core modules and optional modules.

    Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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    Wednesday, 7 December 2022 16.30 - 17.00

    If you're interested in joining the online BSc (Hons) Business and Management course and wish to find out more, join the live Q&A to hear from Dr Valentina Gorchakova, Programme Leader, and get your questions answered.

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    How you will learn

    This course is delivered entirely online, so you can study from anywhere in the world and fit your studies around your existing work or personal commitments. We use a Virtual Learning Environment to deliver this course, which offers you a highly interactive experience.

    You will learn through:

    • Your own online study and research, which you can choose to do at times that suit you
    • Live, interactive sessions delivered by a module tutor, which are also recorded and available to watch later
    • Pre-recorded videos delivered by members of the academic team, which are available to watch at any time
    • Discussion boards, which enable you to work with other students on activities, or discuss a particular topic with fellow students and tutors
    • Guest lectures delivered by industry specialists, alumni, or CMI representatives, which will provide you with current insights

    Support for your learning

    You will get plenty of support, so if you are new to online learning or haven’t studied for a while, you don’t need to worry. You will be taught by our expert academics, who bring a wealth of experience and specialist knowledge to enrich your learning. There will also be a team of online learning advisors who will help you with any non-academic queries.

    Pace of study

    The academic year is made up of three, ten-week terms, known as trimesters. We recommend doing about 20 hours of study each week to complete one, 20-credit module over a trimester.

    If you want to complete the course faster, you can choose to take our accelerated study plan. For this, you will need to study two modules in one trimester, which would mean about 40 hours of study each week. Think carefully before you choose the accelerated rate - it’s important that you have enough time to fully engage with your studies and produce the best work that you can. We often advise that you start by studying one module at the standard rate, before deciding whether to then increase to the accelerated rate of study.


    All your assessments will be coursework. Assignments vary so that you can develop a range of skills, but they may include essays, reports, projects, answering questions or various combinations of these submitted as a portfolio of work. Wherever appropriate, we try to ensure assignments bring in real-life business case studies or your own professional experiences.

    Assignments may involve discussions with fellow students, but you will always be assessed individually.

    All the resources you need to complete these assessments will be available electronically via our library, such as ebooks and journal articles.

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    Student support and guidance

    Whilst we encourage our students to become independent, life-long learners, we also recognise that offering the right support and guidance will help you to achieve your goals. There is a wealth of support available to you at the University, from your dedicated Personal Tutor and Online Learner Advisor, through to our:

    All these services, and more, are available to you as an online student at the University of Derby.

    Who will teach you

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    Dr Valentina Gorchakova
    Programme leader

    Senior Lecturer in Business and Management, Dr Valentina Gorchakova, returned to academia after a number of years working in business, including running a start-up company in marketing and events, and for the UN Development Programme. Valentina joined the University of Derby Online Learning in 2017 and became a Programme Leader of the BSc (Hons) in Business and Management in 2018.

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    Entry requirements

    You will need A-levels or  such as a BTEC certificate or diploma, an international baccalaureate, OU credits, an access to HE diploma, Scottish highers or Irish leaving certificate.

    We’ll also consider all the information that you include in your application, including evidence of any relevant experience which demonstrates you have the potential to succeed on this online learning degree.


    We welcome applicants from all backgrounds, origins, countries of residence and walks of life, as long as you can be considered adequately prepared to complete the course. This can be proved either by relevant academic and/or professional qualifications and/or business experience.

    If you have experience of working in a business environment, we can take this into account. For example, you may be eligible for the direct entry at Stage 3 (Level 6) if you have significant proven managerial experience; this enables you to complete the course in one year on the accelerated route, or in two years following a standard route. Our Admissions Tutor would consider the supporting documents (e.g., CV, personal statement, recommendation letters, etc) to determine how relevant your work experience is and suggest an appropriate entry level.

    English language qualifications

    If English is not your first language you will need an English language qualification. For this course you will need at least one of the following:

    • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) 6.0*
    • TOEFL 550 (paper based) 213 (computer based) or 80 (internet based)
    • Pearson Test of Academic English: 51
    • Cambridge Advanced Certificate: Pass
    • London Tests of English: we accept level 4 for undergraduate courses
    • International GCE O-level English Language: Grade C
    • International GCSE English/English as a Second Language: Grade C*

    *If you have a minimum of IELTS level 4.5, you can study our Certificate of Credit in English for Academic Purposes, which we will accept as evidence that you are able to perform at a suitable level of IELTS 6.0. We will also accept the Certificate of Credit as evidence that you can perform at GCSE level.

    If you are unable to take an English Language Test locally, you may wish to consider our Derby English Language Test (DELT), which is an online test in two parts: reading and writing, and listening and speaking. Take a look at our Derby English Language test (DELT) page for full course details, online exam dates and how to book.

    Fees and funding

    2022/23 Fees for new entrants

    Starting between September 2022 and August 2023.

     Per 20 creditsModulesCost
    UK/EU/International £875 17 (16 20-credit modules and one 40-credit module) £15,750

    2023/24 Fees for new entrants

    Starting between September 2023 and August 2024.

     Per 20 creditsModulesCost
    UK/EU/International £875 17 (16 20-credit modules and one 40-credit module) £15,750

    About your fees

    This figure would be the total cost of this course in the current academic year. However, please note that fees normally increase in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees, which is reviewed on an annual basis. The total fee you pay may therefore increase if your course lasts longer than one year.

    However, please also note that you can receive a 5% discount if you either:

    • Pay your full course fees upfront, or
    • When enrolling in September, pay for all of your modules to be studied in that academic year upfront

    Flexible payment plans available

    Choose from three payment plan options:

    • Pay monthly and only for the modules you are studying

    • Pay your full course fees upfront, receive 5% discount and avoid annual increases

    • Pay for all modules studied in the year and receive a 5% discount (September enrolment only)

    Undergraduate funding options

    Depending on where you are from in the UK or EU, and on your pace of study, you may be eligible for an undergraduate student loan. Accessible through Student Finance, this is a non-income based loan to meet the cost of tuition fees.

    If you already hold an honours degree, and you are looking to re-skill or up-skill, you may still be eligible for a loan to study this course.

    How to apply

    Please look at our application deadlines before you apply.

    Students should apply directly to the University.

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    For support with completing your application, view our guide to the application process.

    Documents to support your application

    In order for your application to be assessed, you will need to provide the following documents when you apply:

    • Photo ID – this could be your passport or driving licence
    • Current CV
    • Copies of certificates and transcripts or a letter of testimony for previous qualifications*

    *Documents not in English or Welsh must be accompanied by a certified translation by a professional translator/translation company. Each translation must contain:

    • Confirmation from the translator that it is an accurate translation of the original document
    • The date of the translation
    • The full name and signature of the translator, or an authorised official of the company
    • The translator’s contact details

    A list of approved translators can be found on the UK Government website.

    Please note: failure to submit any documentation when requested, may result in your application being withdrawn.

    Application deadlines

    All of our online courses have set start dates throughout the year. We require time to review your application and get back to you with a response before your course starts. Take a look at information regarding applying for an online course to see full details of deadlines and term dates.


    This online BSc (Hons) Business and Management is designed for people who aspire to be managers in any industry and in any country. You will gain essential knowledge and skills in all the key business areas, including management, marketing, strategy, leadership, human resource management, and finance.

    You will also develop a good understanding of the latest thinking and trends in business and management, such as responsible and ethical management; agility and resilience; creativity and innovation. This will mean you are fully equipped for current and future business environments.

    We will help you develop a wide range of transferable skills, including:

    • information literacy and digital literacy skills
    • learning, team working, and innovation skills
    • awareness of multiple worldviews and business cultures
    • self-direction and the ability to adapt to change

    In addition, the extra CMI qualification you could gain will enable you to take a fast-track route to Chartered Manager status: the highest status possible for managers and leaders in the UK.

    If you want to progress onto postgraduate qualifications afterwards, online courses such as the MBA Global, MSc Finance, MSc Strategic Management or MSc Sustainability and Environmental Management will be open to you.

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