Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year* (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

120 (September 2020 entry)

UCAS code


Course level



BA (Hons)

Start date



Derby Campus

This course is available as a Joint Honours degree.

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If you do not achieve the typical entry points required, you may want to consider studying this course with foundation year.

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Course description

^ includes BA (Hons) Business Management, BA (Hons) Business Management (Marketing) and BA (Hons) Economics for Business.

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If you would like to study part-time, you may be interested in Business and Mangement HND and BA (Hons) Business Management (top-up)

Top10Business and Management at Derby ranked Top 10**The Guardian University Guide 2020
91%overall satisfaction for Business courses^**National Student Survey 2019
This video shows you how you can discover our innovative portfolio of Business Management courses that offer true flexibility and choice

This is your opportunity to combine a highly regarded Business Management degree with an internationally recognised professional qualification – and stand out from the crowd in a competitive graduate job market.

We give you plenty of choice in charting your route to a high-flying, high-achieving career. Flexibility is a cornerstone of the BA (Hons) Business Management so there is ample scope to focus on the areas that reflect your interests and career ambitions.

Choose your ideal route to success

All students take the same core modules in the first year to give them a solid grounding in the key business disciplines. After that, you can opt to transfer to one of our specialist pathways, combining Business Management with MarketingHRMFinance or International Business. Alternatively, you can continue on the core Business Management route, developing a broader, rounded skillset while drawing on our extensive list of optional modules.

The BA (Hons) Business Management is offered as a four-year degree to include a placement year. You can, however, study on a three-year full-time basis, with opportunities for internships in the summer breaks.

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Derby graduate named CMI Student Ambassador of the Year

Graduate Danielle Keeling explains how choosing Business Management at Derby has enabled her to become the University's CMI Student Ambassador

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We have developed the BA (Hons) Business Management in close consultation with the premier professional body for managers, the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). It is one of the few degrees in the country where you can graduate with the CMI Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership alongside your degree.

The Diploma is the benchmark qualification for full CMI membership and takes you a step towards Chartered Manager status, signalling to prospective employers that you’re suited for senior leadership roles and rapid promotion. You won’t need to take extra exams or coursework to achieve the Diploma: our combined module and CMI assessments offer a smooth route to both qualifications.

Throughout the degree, you’ll become an affiliate member of the CMI, at no extra cost, with access to networking events, online resources and additional benefits to support your career development and enhance your employability.

If you aspire to a career with a financial focus, the course also features an optional module offering exemptions from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) papers. It gives you a head start if you would like to qualify as a chartered management accountant eventually.

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Professional Mentoring

Thanks to the CMI accreditation, we can introduce you to a privileged network of contacts. Ours was the first degree in the country to offer every student the chance to receive support and guidance from an external CMI mentor at each stage of the course.

Your mentor will be a senior business person, either a Chartered Manager or Fellow of the CMI, with a wealth of experience and insights to share with you. From day one, they will advise and coach you from a business perspective, showing how the management theory you are learning can be applied directly to the workplace.

Hands-on learning

You’ll take the theories off the page and put them into practice in real-world scenarios. You can test your ideas through business simulations, topical case studies and employer-led projects. A live consultancy project, where you help an employer to improve business performance, will build your research, project management, problem-solving and decision-making skills.

We encourage and support you to take an optional placement year or summer internship. Our students have gained invaluable experience with major names like Rolls-Royce, DHL, Wincanton, Enterprise and GE. You could also benefit from fieldtrips to see business in close-up: one recent example was to the Sony UK Technology Centre, the company’s manufacturing and customer service base in Wales.

I have been able to spend a year working in a Project Management Internship for Rolls-Royce between my second and final year. This has offered great insight into working for an organisation with a reputation for truly world class business.

Jonathan Storer
BA (Hons) Business Management (CMI accredited)

Global thinking

Your learning will be enriched by international perspectives. Ours is a global student community and the BA (hons) Business Management not only attracts students from all over the world to Derby, but is also delivered for our educational partners across Europe and Asia. It means there is a lot of potential for inter-country debates, seminars and guest lectures delivered online, international case studies and joint projects.

In your second year, you’ll have the option to spend an exchange week in Barcelona studying at the EU Business School, one of our academic partners which runs the same degree and where teaching is in English. You could also take advantage of other optional visits overseas: previous trips have included a trip to Copenhagen which saw our students investigating issues such as art fraud.  

Expert teaching

You’ll be taught by an experienced and highly qualified team with an impressive track record for research and a national reputation for excellence. They have received recognition in the CMI Higher Education Awards, including runners-up places for the Outstanding Innovation and Delivery Award and the International Award in 2018 and winner of Student Ambassador of the Year 2019.

The team has extensive contacts in the business and professional community regionally, nationally and internationally – and you can draw on those connections for inspiration and insight.

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What you will study

  • Business Economics
  • Understanding People in Organisations
  • Marketing Fundamentals
  • Finance and Business Performance
  • Understanding the Global Business Environment
  • Developing an Enterprising Mindset

You can choose to take an optional internship between stages one and two. You can also opt to transfer to one of our specialist degrees.

  • Quantitative Skills for Business
  • Applied Operations Management
  • Principles of Responsible Management
  • Managing Performance through People

And you will choose two options from:

  • Asset Management
  • Sustainable Supply Chains
  • PR and Media Management
  • Digital and Social Media
  • People Resourcing and Talent Planning
  • Employee Development
  • Enterprise Management
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Managing Financial Resources
  • Project Strategy
  • Public and Third Sector Economies
  • Applied Intermediate Macroeconomics

You can choose to take an optional placement year or an optional internship between stages two and three. There may be the opportunity to transfer to one of our specialist degrees for the final stage of the course.

You will study modules such as:

  • Global Business and Strategy
  • Developing Leadership and Management
  • The Business Consultancy Project (double module)

And you will choose two options that may include:

  • International Purchasing and Supply Chain Management
  • Supply Chain Strategy
  • Marketing Across Cultures
  • Brand Impact and Popular Culture
  • Comparative International HRM
  • Managing the Evolving Employment Relationship
  • The Lean Business Venture
  • International Entrepreneurship
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • International Business Economics
  • Economics of Sustainable Business Growth

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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Find out more about Business Management (CMI accredited)

The best way to find out if studying at Derby is right for you is to experience an Open Day. Get a feel for the city and campus, tour our first-class facilities and see where you could be living.

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How you will learn

Our ‘scaffolded’ approach to learning provides a smooth transition so that you can ease your way into both university-level study and business management practice. It means that you’ll have full support in the early stages of the degree but will gradually move towards greater independence as your knowledge deepens and you start to immerse yourself in the wider business community. By stage three, you will be able to take more charge of your own learning, with module tutors advising and directing your studies.

Thanks to your contact with personal tutors, engagement with CMI mentors and participation in University events, you’ll become more attuned to professional behaviour and build your skills in critical thinking, creativity and self-reliance.

Another of our priorities is to foster a new generation of responsible business leaders with a strong moral compass. Throughout the course, you will therefore look at the role of business in wider society, exploring issues ranging from environmental sustainability to child labour, ethical governance to responsible innovation.

You’ll learn through different methods including: 

How you are assessed

Assessment is mainly via coursework which can take forms such as:

Entry requirements

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points120 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-level

No specific subject requirements

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
IELTS6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)
Interview / AuditionN/A

 Alternative entry qualifications:

We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

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

2020/21 Fees


£9,250 per year*



£14,045 per year


* The fees stated above are for the 2019/20 academic year; fees for 2020/21 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. We will update this information as soon as it is available.

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

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS 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.

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Guidance for EU students post-Brexit

International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS 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.

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Guidance for international applicants applying for an undergraduate degree


When combined with the CMI Diploma, the BA (Hons) Business Management makes a powerful statement about your leadership potential. It marks you out as an ambitious self-starter with the capacity for rapid promotion to senior positions in any area of business and management, from sales and marketing to HR and operations.

We pride ourselves on developing graduates who can work competently and ethically in global and cross-cultural environments, excelling in roles as varied as operations manager, business analyst, business development manager, sales executive, marketing officer and HR advisor.

Our former students now work for prominent employers including Deloitte, PwC, DHL, Barclays, Tata, Mott MacDonald, Reckitt Benckiser and IBM. Others have drawn on the entrepreneurial skills they gained during their degree to set up their own businesses after graduating.

Our Careers and Employment Service will provide you with support from day one of your course to ensure you leave Derby as a ‘work-ready’ graduate – industry aware, motivated and enterprising. Throughout your studies, you’ll also benefit from our Personal Development Planning (PDP) scheme which enables you to reflect on your learning and develop your career ambitions.

The support continues once you’ve completed your course too: you are entitled to further help and guidance from the Careers and Employment Service for up to three years after leaving the University.

Further study

You can choose to continue your studies at Derby with one of our far-reaching masters programmes, including the MBA Global and MBA Global Finance, MSc International Business, MSc International Business and Finance, MSc International Business and HRM

Christine Harrop-Griffiths

Christine Harrop-Griffiths
Programme leader

Christine Harrop-Griffiths is a Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader on the BA (Hons) Business Management programmes. Her passion is in enhancing the student experience to develop employable and caring individuals, and seeing students realise their potential and go on to achieve success they never thought possible.

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Contact us

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† Additional information about your studies

4 with optional placement year

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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.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

Included in your fees

Optional costs not included in your fees

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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