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Course details

Study options

Full-time: 1 year, Part-time: 2 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2019/20)

International fee

£13,250 per year (2019/20)

UCAS code

Part-time: N206, Full-time: N200

Course level



BA (Hons)

Start dates

January, September


Derby Campus

Course description

Option choices will be limited for those undertaking the part-time route. Please contact us for up to date part-time option modules


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Covering global and strategic management issues, and advancing your knowledge to full honours level, this top-up course puts you in the shoes of a decision-maker and asks how you’d do business. Armed with the practical know-how you’ll gain, you’ll be confident that you’d decide wisely.

Relevant, respected, rewarding

The course expertly guides you as you top up your HND or Foundation degree in business to a full honours degree. You’ll have the tools, knowledge and insight to confidently approach employers in a highly competitive and dynamic business management environment.

You don’t just learn about business: we’ll prepare you for the workplace through developing your teamwork, presentation and report writing skills. Our lecturers and tutors are behind you all the way, ready to lend their expertise and encouragement throughout your studies.

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It’s not too late to secure your place for September. Call our Clearing hotline on +44 (0)1332 592019 to secure your place for 2019.

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What you will study

To complete the BA (Hons) Business Management (Top-up), you will cover modules such as:

You will also choose two optional modules, such as:

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

A number of modules use real live organisations as the basis for study. This will involve visits to companies, interviewing key staff, completing projects and presenting findings. There are numerous opportunities to attend networking events and guest lectures

Part-time students will study on Thursday evenings from 6pm-9pm, as well as three Tuesday evenings per semester.

Full-time students will receive their study timetable at enrolment.


Assessment is almost exclusively via coursework which can take a variety of forms – reports, presentations, posters, computer-based assessments.

Entry requirements

Typical entry requirements

Entry requirements

You need to have an HND or Foundation degree in a relevant subject.

Relevant subjectsN/A

When you apply, please send us a transcript of the modules you have already studied so that we can make sure that the HND or Foundation degree is compatible with the top-up programme.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

Fees and funding

2019/20 Fees


£9,250 per year

£1,155 per module


£13,250 per year


Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

How to apply

UK/EU students

UK/EU Students

  • Full-time students applying in September should apply for this course through UCAS and state on your application you would like to enrol at stage 3, or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.
  • Part-time students should apply directly to the University


Guidance for EU students post-Brexit

International students

International students

  • Full-time students applying in September should apply for this course through UCAS and state on your application you would like to enrol at stage 3, or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

Information for international applicants

Applying for an undergraduate degree

Guidance for international applicants applying for an undergraduate degree


Setting sights on your future

This astute business focus and depth of insight offered by this course means you emerge prepared for a career in a variety of areas, such as operations manager, business analyst, business development manager, HR officer and many, many more.

Past students now work for a wide range of companies from multinationals like Barclays and Shell, to small independent businesses. Others have gone forward alone and established their own business venture.

On completion, you could go straight to a Masters degree, which is just one more year of full-time study, and you’ll be eligible for an alumni fee discount as a Derby graduate.

Contact us

If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.

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† Additional information about your studies

September and January - Takes 18 months

January start takes 2 years

January start - part-time only and subject to personal discussion

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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