Online course details

Study options

Part-time: 3-6 years

UK fee

£15,750 (2021/22)

International fee

£15,750 (2021/22)

Course level



BSc (Hons)

Start dates

January, September, May



Online course description

Designed for students who are enterprising, entrepreneurial and managerial in spirit, this Chartered Management Institute (CMI)-accredited online Business and Management BSc (Hons) degree provides a comprehensive, holistic view of business and management, focusing on both large business and SMEs. As a student on this online Business and Management programme, you will develop a global view of the challenges and opportunities in the world of international business, giving consideration to multi-functional aspects of management across finance, human resources, marketing and sales activities.

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 programme. This can be proved either by relevant academic and/or professional qualifications and/or business experience. The experience of work in a business environment can be taken into consideration for admissions purposes. Significant proven managerial experience can make an applicant eligible for the direct entry at Stage 3 (Level 6) and complete the course in one year on the accelerated route or in two years following a standard route. The Admissions Tutor would consider the supporting documents (e.g., CV, personal statement, recommendation letters, etc.) to ascertain the relevance of your work experience and suggest an appropriate entry level.

An accredited business and management degree

This online Business and Management BSc (Hons) degree is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

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Learning on a global stage

Learning alongside a global online network of fellow students creates a fertile ground for the interchange of cultural ideologies, allowing you to develop the knowledge, skills and aptitude to work across local, regional and international boundaries, with an opportunity to attain unique cross-cultural insights from your peers.

Throughout this online Business and Management degree, you will use sophisticated and authentic scenarios, industry employer participation events and applied case studies to critically evaluate creative and sustainable solutions to contemporary international business issues. Solutions are researched in association with key stakeholders and you will also consider cultural, legal, ethical and professional practice across a range of international contexts. This will prepare you to plan for and react to issues regularly faced by multinational organisations.

Achieve an accredited double qualification

In addition to the Business and Management BSc (Hons), students will also be awarded with the CMI Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership upon graduation, providing successful achievement of CMI-mapped modules*:

With a CMI professional qualification on top of a bachelor’s degree, you become more marketable. A dual qualification speaks volumes to prospective employers, giving you the advantage when looking for your next career move.

Obtaining this double qualification provides various advantages to your professional career, such as CMI membership, providing you access to professional development events, networks, mentoring support, structured continuing professional development (CPD) and a jobs board showcasing the very latest management vacancies. You will also be supported in pursuit of becoming a chartered manager, a status coveted and prized by most employers.

*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 modules as part of RPL (recognition of prior learning) process/progression routes, you will not qualify for the CMI diploma. Depending on the exemption, you may qualify for the CMI Level 5 Certificate or CMI Level 5 Award.

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Develop essential employability skills

Learning, teaching and assessment of this programme is designed to provide highly engaging means of enhancing and refining your graduate employability skills and confidence. Working in groups and teams will challenge you to critically evaluate equality, diversity and inclusive practices that are embedded in international businesses and organisations.

Cultivating your existing skills and competencies to become graduate level attributes will place you at a competitive advantage when seeking career progression opportunities and will considerably augment your employability.

Flexible and supported learning

Studying this course online enables you to enhance your abilities through part-time, online learning while still focusing on what’s important. This means you can fit your studies around any existing work or personal commitments. Alongside tutoring from our expert academics, who bring a wealth of experience and specialist knowledge to enrich your learning further, you will be assigned a dedicated online learner adviser who will assist with any non-academic queries, helping you to achieve a recognised university qualification and advance your career.

Apply for module exemptions from prior learning

If you have already completed a Level 6 diploma in one of the following courses, you may be eligible for exemptions for specific modules on the Business and Management BSc (Hons):

Further details can be found in our Exemptions section.

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

For undergraduate courses you can apply for credits up to 50% of each stage. Further information about applying for credits for prior learning can be found 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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A talk from our academic

Our Programme Leader for Business and Management, Dr Valentina Gorchakova, talks about the online Business and Management course in this video.

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View our online Business and Management BSc course video transcript

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 a 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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How you will learn

Pace of study

The academic year is made up of three 10-week terms, known as trimesters. We recommend about 20 hours of study per week to complete one 20-credit module over a 10-week trimester.

If you opt to undertake the accelerated study plan whereby you will study two modules in one trimester, we recommend 40 hours of study per week.

Should you decide to study on the accelerated rate you should ensure that you have the capacity to fully engage with your studies and achieve the best grades and final award. If you choose to study on the accelerated rate, you will need to balance approximately 40 hours of study per week alongside your professional and personal life and commitments.

It may be useful to consider studying one module at the standard rate of study before deciding whether to then increase to the accelerated rate of study.

Assessment method

This course is assessed through 100% coursework with a range of methods, such as essays, research reports, presentations, group work and practical reports.

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Tyra Johl talking about her online learning experience at the July 2019 graduation reception

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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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Get a taste of the course content

Our Business and Management BSc (Hons) course taster will give you an idea of how online learning works. It includes a selection of content from a course module so you can see what some of our learning material looks like.

You will need to complete a short form to access the course taster.

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Entry requirements

You will need A-levels or equivalent qualifications 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.


If you have already completed a relevant Level 6 ABE business and management diploma, an ATHE Level 6 diploma or extended management diploma or a Qualifi Level 6 Diploma in Business Administration you will be eligible for module exemption on this Business and Management BSc (Hons) course.

ABE qualification exemptions

QualificationModule Exemptions
ABE Level 6 Diploma in Business Management Strategy in the Global Marketplace (6BM505)
ABE Level 6 Diploma in Business Management and Marketing Strategy in the Global Marketplace (6BM505) and Strategic Marketing Management (6MK517)*
ABE Level 6 Diploma in Business Management and Human Resources Strategy in the Global Marketplace (6BM505) and Management and Leadership-Challenges and Practice (6BM502)*
To be eligible for exemption of this module (Management and Leadership-Challenges and Practice 6BM502) you will have completed the following two optional modules in the ABE Level 6 course: Strategic Human Resource Management and Organisational Design Development and Performance.

*Note: Students with this module exemption will not be eligible for the CMI Level 5 Diploma but will be eligible for the CMI Level 5 Certificate.

Qualifi qualification exemptions

QualificationModule Exemptions
Qualifi Level 6 Diploma in Business Administration Strategic Marketing Management (6MK517)*

*Students will not be eligible for the CMI Level 5 Diploma but for the CMI Level 5 Certificate

ATHE qualification exemptions

QualificationModule Exemptions
ATHE Level 6 Diploma in Management Management and Leadership-Challenges and Practice (6BM502)*
ATHE Level 6 Extended Diploma in Management Management and Leadership-Challenges and Practice (6BM502)* and Strategy in the Global Marketplace (6BM505).
To be eligible for exemption of this module (Global Marketplace 6BM505) you will have completed the following 3 optional modules on the ATHE course: Economics for Business, Factors Determining Marketing Strategies and Managing Change

*Note: Students with this module exemption will not be eligible for the CMI Level 5 Diploma but will be eligible for the CMI Level 5 Certificate.

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:

*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

2021/22 Fees for new entrants

Starting between September 2021 and August 2022.

 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:

Flexible payment plans available

Choose from three payment plan options:

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:

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

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.


After graduating from this online Business and Management degree, you will be well prepared for a career in Business and Management, with both theoretical and practical knowledge that can be applied in any industry worldwide.

Careers in management typically involve recruitment, training and organisation of staff, ensuring company standards are met, making strategic decisions that affect your department or the company as a whole, maintaining awareness of competitors and the macro environment, and communicating with business stakeholders such as customers, investors and staff.

You may also be required to manage and oversee projects within your career. This degree will provide you with a sound knowledge of business concepts, enabling you to:

Upon completion of this programme, you will also have the opportunity to apply to progress onto higher level awards such as the MBA GlobalMSc Finance or MSc Strategic Management. These will enable you to develop a higher level of academic knowledge surrounding global business concepts, preparing you to move into senior and C-level (chief officer) roles within diverse multinational organisations.

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