BSc Management

The 2022/2023 academic year

Our BSc Management course is extremely flexible. You can choose in your second and final year to study one of our course pathways in Digital Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Finance or Marketing which will be reflected on your transcript upon graduation, adding even more value to your degree when applying for work in the sector. If you choose to study the BSc Management with Placement Year you will complete your work placement within your third year.

Year One:

Term 1: Study four core modules that will introduce the key areas of business such as accounting, and marketing. You will take exams for Term 1 modules in January.

Term 2: Study two more core modules and then choose between Business Analytics (required if you choose to study the Finance pathway), Digital Ventures, Management of Global Risks, or a language for your eighth module.

Term 3: Revision and exams.

Year Two:

Terms 1 and 2: Study three core modules and five electives.

Term 3: Revision and exams.

Final Year:

Terms 1 and 2: Study one year-long core module, Critical Issues in Management, and seven electives.

Term 3: Revision and exams.

How will I be assessed? 

Throughout the study programme you will be assessed by a mix of examinations, essays, reports, case study analyses and group work.

Study Abroad

We also support student mobility through study abroad programmes and all students have the opportunity to apply for an intercalated year abroad at one of our partner universities.

Course Pathways

We have developed our course pathways to enable you to focus your studies around a particular subject. Each pathway has been developed to build your knowledge within that subject area and upon graduation, your recognised pathway will be added to your transcript. Our pathways add real value to your CV when starting your career.

Pathway modules start in Year 1 with the Term 2 elective, and there is lots of information, advice, and guidance available to help you make your choice. Our Module Fair in Term 2 showcases a wide range of information for each pathway, and all of our elective modules, with academic and student guidance complementing our online materials to help you throughout the Module Application process.

We offer pathways covering the following subjects:

  • Digital Business
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Marketing

In your second year, you will really start to specialise in your chosen topic, and in your final year you will have access to advanced level specialist modules (current examples are: Investment Management, Derivatives and Risk Management, Global Issues in Marketing, Developing and Communicating Powerful Brands, Innovation Management, Building a Venture, Managing Strategy in the Digital Era and Artificial Intelligence in Business).

Year 1

CORE: Foundations, Skills and Debates

Foundations, Skills and Debates is a pivotal module for all first year students which supports the transition from formal education to the business school environment. Engage with other students and develop essential WBS attributes that are not only fundamental for your time here, but sought after by top employers. You will work on creativity, presentation and teamwork skills as well as negotiation, complex problem solving and debate.

Accounting for Business

Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of financial and management accounting and its broad range of users. They will develop the ability to prepare financial information in-line with accepted accounting principles and understand the uses of accounting information as a business tool in decision-making, planning and performance assessment.

Foundations of Financial Management

Critically appraise the value added by a capital project by calculating the present value of expected future cash flows, and estimating the cost of capital. Describe how inflation and tax impact project appraisal. Compare and contrast the main sources of financing for a company. Explain the importance of financial planning over both the short term and long term.

Economics for Business

Apply analytical techniques to real world problems, especially in the business context, gain an understanding of fundamental concepts in micro and macroeconomics; and develop a range of appropriate analytical skills, including descriptive, graphical and elementary mathematical methods.

Management, Organisations & Society

Explore the historical emergence of large organisations, management and of the 'organisational society'.  Be introduced to key social science concepts for understanding Management, Organisation and Society.  Learn about topics such as: motivation, knowledge and learning, leadership and change, culture, and identity.

Principles of Marketing

Define markets and evaluate: why markets exist; how corporations evolved; and how understanding customers and competition became key priorities for marketing and strategy decision makers.

Foundations of Data Analysis for Management

The ability to use and make sense of quantitative information is an essential skill for any student taking a business or management degree. Foundation of Data Analysis for Management provides you with the basic knowledge of statistics and probability.

After completing the module, you will be able to carry out analysis of data as well as be critically assess reported quantitative information. These skills are essential for any career in business and management.

Business Analytics, Management of Global Risks, Digital Ventures or a Language

Business Analytics

Business Analytics is used by companies committed to data-driven decision-making. It is the practice of methodical and intelligent exploration of an organisation’s data to gain insight and drive business strategy and operational decisions. Extend your understanding of probability and statistical concepts and further develop your competence in the use of a variety of quantitative tools and techniques. Apply these tools and techniques to solve real-life problems using case study material.

Management of Global Risks

This module enables you to recognise and understand differing forms of governance within a wider political environment of business activity and the constraints and opportunities this presents.

Digital Ventures

This module offers a broad perspective on digital start-ups and the role of digital entrepreneurship in the transformation of the business landscape. Students will develop an understanding of best practices in making digital ventures grow and of business value.


Year 2

CORE: Global Environment of Business

Understand the business responses of global firms to the features and influences of the business environment. Appreciate the importance and impact of political, economic, social and cultural factors. Read, analyse, and compare different theoretical perspectives on globalisation, convergence and varieties of capitalism, strategic management, and the role and influence of multinational corporations in both the developed world and in developing countries.

CORE: Entrepreneurial Mindset

This module will facilitate students in developing an entrepreneurial mindset, attitude and skills through a combination of lectures, case study and creativity exercise sessions. Learn the practical steps needed to establish a new business venture and enable valuable creation.


Operations Management

Consider four aspects of Operations Management: design operations, delivering operations, directing operations and the link between operations management and operations strategy. This module looks at the challenges that organisations face in effectively managing their operations.

Elective modules x 5

In Year 2 you will choose five elective modules from a range of subject areas such as: marketing, digital innovation, strategy, entrepreneurship, human resources, customer service management, industrial relations, law as well as accounting and finance. Alternatively, you can choose from modules offered through other University departments such as Economics or a language.

Placement Year

If you choose to study BSc Management with Placement Year you will complete your work placement within your third year.

Our new BSc Management with Placement Year course enables you to put your studies into practice while learning about a particular industry. Employers often look for workplace experience as part of their recruitment process and many make graduate offers to students as a direct result of placements so this can be a great way to kick start your career!

With established links to employers across all business sectors both in the UK and abroad, our dedicated CareersPlus team are on hand to support you through the process.

The advantages of taking a placement year

  • Professional placements are valued by employers
  • You have the chance to try out a career
  • You can gain essential workplace skills
  • You can potentially secure a graduate-level role
  • You have the opportunity to gain an advantage in a competitive job market.
  • You can begin professional training*

*Through our Undergraduate Partnership Programme you can start your professional ACA qualification on your placement year with the ICAEW by taking a 12-month work placement with an ICAEW member organisation. Depending on the organisation, you may also be able to take professional ACA exams during the placement which will form the first year of the ACA training contract. You can work in the UK or overseas, before returning to WBS for the final year of the course. The programme forms 10% of the overall degree classification.

Finding the right placement for you

As part of the BSc Management with Placement Year course, you will spend your third year doing a work placement and our CareersPlus Team will help you:

  • Find the right placement
  • Complete your applications
  • Prepare you for interviews and assessment centres.

Whether you want to ask a question about writing applications or wish to explore your placement year options our dedicated careers team are here to offer their support both online and in person.

Through our online careers platform (which you gain access to once you enroll) you will be able to book onto workshops, webinars, and events which will give you an overview of all aspects of the placement year application process, from creating your CV to preparing for interviews and assessment centres.

The team can also help with your personal development such as how to make a great impression with employers, career decision making, and how to get the most out of your university experience when applying to placement year opportunities. Where possible, we will also help you to access advice from returning placement year students, our ‘Placement Pros’, to share their tips for success.

Improving your employability

Our undergraduate courses are designed to give you the skills you need to succeed in the business world. By completing our BSc Management with Placement Year course you can put your skills to the test and make your mark by demonstrating yourself as a stand-out candidate for future career opportunities.

Many of our students who have successfully undertaken a placement year have gone on to either secure a graduate role with the same company or elsewhere with another organisation.

Here are some examples of the companies our students have worked at while on their placement as part of their BSc Management course:

  • Accenture
  • Adidas
  • BNP Paribas Personal Finance
  • Danone
  • Deloitte
  • EY
  • General Electric
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Gymshark
  • HSBC
  • IBM
  • L’Oréal
  • LVMH
  • Microsoft
  • Pink Shirtmaker
  • Toyota
  • The Walt Disney Co.

Final Year

CORE: Critical Issues in Management

This module will present you with a range of contemporary business-related issues and problems in the management of modern organisations with a particular focus on situations which are relatively unstructured and where there is no "one right answer". You will work in syndicate groups to deliver presentations or critically discuss the presentations of other groups.

Elective modules x 7

In your final year, you will choose six elective modules from a range of subject areas such as: marketing, digital innovation, strategy, entrepreneurship, human resources, customer service management, industrial relations, law as well as accounting and finance. Alternatively, you can choose from modules offered through other University departments such as Economics or a language.

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