Undergraduate Course

Business Management, Supply Chain and Logistics

BA (Hons)

Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 years, Part-time: Up to 6 years

UK fee

£9,250 per year (2023/24)

International fee

£14,900 per year (2023/24)

UCAS points

112-120 (September 2023 entry)

UCAS code


Course level



BA (Hons)

Start date



Course description

This BA (Hons) Business Management, Supply Chain and Logistics will put you on the fast track to career success. Ensuring the right goods get to the right place at the right time and in the right condition is vital to any organisation, as recent crises such as the Covid-19 pandemic, Brexit and the HGV driver shortage have underlined. The logistics and supply chain management industry is undergoing massive expansion and graduates who can demonstrate both business management and logistics skills, will be in high demand.

You will gain a solid business management education, covering all the key areas such as economics, finance, HR and marketing, and then dive deeper into supply chain and logistics from the second year onwards. You will cover topics such as the importance of managing a business' assets and creating value from them, how to create and manage sustainable supply chains, and the principles and practices of the international supply chain. 

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Choose the pathway to suit you

Our Business Management degrees offer you lots of flexibility. In the first year, you will study the same modules as other Business Management students, so you gain crucial insights into the major business disciplines.

Then in your second year, you can choose to follow this specialist pathway in Supply Chain and Logistics or – if your interests have changed – you can easily transfer to one of our other pathways in Entrepreneurship, HRM, Marketing, or Finance. Alternatively, you could opt to take the general Business Management route and choose from our extensive list of optional modules to develop a broader skillset.

This course is offered as a four year degree which includes a placement year. However, you can choose to study on a three-year full-time basis, with opportunities for internships in the summer breaks. 

Professionally accredited

This course is accredited by the premier professional body for managers, the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), and it's 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. 

You won’t need to do extra work to achieve the Diploma, thanks to our combined module and CMI assessments. This professonally-recognised 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. 

While you're studying, you will become an affiliate member of the CMI at no extra cost. This membership brings a host of benefits that can enhance your employability, such as access to the CMI's networking events and online resources.

Experienced mentors

Thanks to the CMI accreditation, we can introduce you to an exclusive network of business mentors. You’ll have the opportunity to be supported by a CMI mentor at every stage of your degree. Your mentor would 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, showing how the management and supply chain theory you are learning can be applied directly to the workplace.

Hands-on learning

Derby has a reputation for providing hands-on learning. Thanks to our excellent industry links and relatively small class sizes, you will get the chance to work with employers at every stage of this course; employers such as DHL, JCB and Clipper.

We'll bring the theories to life, asking you to put them into practice in real-world scenarios, using business simulations, topical case studies and employer-led projects. For instance, there is a live consultancy project, where you will help an employer improve business performance. This will build your specialist skills in logistics and supply chain, as well as your research, project management, problem-solving and decision-making skills.

We encourage and support you to take an optional placement year or summer internship. You could also benefit from fieldtrips to see businesses in action; for instance, students recently visited Sony's manufacturing and customer service base in Wales.

Global thinking

You will hear international perspectives on business throughout this programme. This BA attracts students from all over the world and is also delivered at educational institutions across Europe and Asia. You may get an opportunity to take part in inter-country debates, seminars and guest lectures delivered online, as well as 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. This School is our partner and runs the same degree, taught in English. You could also take advantage of other optional overseas visits: for instance, a recent trip to Copenhagen saw our students investigating issues such as art fraud.  

Expert teaching

You’ll be taught by a highly qualified team with industry experience, an impressive track record for research, and a national reputation for excellence. They have extensive contacts in the business, logistics and supply chain community, and you can draw on those connections for advice and inspiration.

There are regular guest lectures which bring an extra dimension to our teaching and bring a variety of perspectives. You’ll have the chance to take part in high-profile events like our annual Logistics Week, where some of the sector’s major names showcase the latest developments and technology. In the past, speakers have covered topics such as supply chain management at John Lewis, the development of the Eurotunnel, and the future of the rail industry.

Your learning will also be enriched by our research expertise. Our Centre for Supply Chain Improvement and Centre for Business Improvement devise business solutions for clients large and small, and work at the cutting edge of the profession in areas including green-lean logistics, artificial intelligence, the low carbon economy, accountability and ethics. 

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What you will study

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

We take a ‘scaffolded’ approach to learning, which 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 greater 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.

We're also committed to helping you become a responsible business leader with a strong moral compass. Therefore throughout the course, you will look at the role of business in wider society, exploring issues ranging from environmental sustainability to child labour, ethical governance and responsible innovation.

You’ll learn through different methods including:

How you are assessed

You will mainly be assessed by coursework, which could include:

Personal academic tutoring

Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.

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Who will teach you

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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Entry requirements

2023 entry

These are the typical qualification requirements for September 2023 entry.

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points112-120
T LevelMerit
GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade 4/Grade C (or above) or equivalent qualification
Access to HEPass Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits: 45 at Level 3 with a minimum of Distinction: 15, Merit: 24, Pass: 6

English language requirements

IELTS: 6.0 (with at least 5.5 in each skills area)

2024 entry

These are the typical qualification requirements for September 2024 entry.

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points112-120
T LevelMerit
GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade 4/Grade C (or above) or equivalent qualification
Access to HEPass Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits: 45 at Level 3 with a minimum of Distinction: 15, Merit: 24, Pass: 6

English language requirements

IELTS: 6.0 (with at least 5.5 in each skills area)

Fees and funding



£9,250 per year

£1,155 per 20 credit module


£14,900 per year


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

How to apply

Please look at our application deadlines before you apply.

UK students

Full-time students should apply for this course through UCAS.

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Students wishing to join at stage 2 or stage 3 should apply directly to the University.

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International students

This course is now closed to new international student applications for September 2023.

To apply for January 2024 and September 2024, please keep checking for updates


This course prepares you to excel in business, anywhere in the world. Your qualification will help you stand apart as a forward-thinking professional who can work competently and ethically in global and cross-cultural environments.

Our former students have secured graduate-level jobs with a wide range of companies, including major international names such as HSBC, Enterprise, Gleneagles and Pattonair.

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 high-quality masters programmes, including the MBA Global and MBA Global Finance, MSc International Business, MSc International Business and Finance, MSc International Business and HRM, and MSc International Business and Marketing. You may be entitled to an alumni discount on your fees if you decide to extend your time with us by progressing from undergraduate to postgraduate study.

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† Additional information about your studies

3 years (4 with a placement year). 

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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