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Business Management

NN12 BSc (Hons) 3 years


This wide ranging and inspiring programme will develop your ability to make critical analysis and evaluations relevant to management. This is achieved by building an understanding of the forces at work in business alongside knowledge of management techniques. You will study key strategic issues including financial management, human resource management, marketing, management and organisational innovation. This strategic focus means our students are up to date with new developments and possibilities across many business sectors.

Our emphasis on the interconnected nature of business management and society often leads us to consider questions that are not traditionally considered to be within the remit of a business school, for example critical and postmodern theories of organisations, and social dynamics in societies. We believe that this interconnected approach is central to the scholarship and teaching that needs to take place in a modern business school.

There is currently a huge demand for new business leaders who can see the big picture of the relationship between business and society, and who can understand the centrality of sustainability, human development, democracy and accountability in business practices. This programme will prepare you to take up the challenge of addressing complex business and management issues in your future work.

Why study Business Management at Queen Mary?
We have built a strong reputation for our distinctive approach, in particular our focus on the interdisciplinary nature of business and management. In the government’s most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2008), the School demonstrated outstanding success and ranked joint 25th out of 90 business schools in the UK. This means that you will be learning from people who are experts in their field, and who regularly contributing to our understanding of the subject.

Our School’s unique culture promises students an inspiring educational experience. The study of Business and Management at Queen Mary draws on, and intersects with, a huge range of disciplines, from Economics, Philosophy and Psychology to social Geography, Politics and History. These feed into a deeper understanding of business and management practices and how they shape society as whole.

We concentrate on developing your communication and presentation skills, as well as your ability to offer insightful analysis and creative thinking. We draw on a long history of human thought, working on the principle that a truly practical business education teaches you to think beyond textbooks, management fads, and memorised formulas for success.

The School also offers a free leadership development course for third year students. This four-day course provides students with practical leadership skills training in a non-classroom environment.



Year 1 (Level 4)

All first year modules are compulsory

Semester ASemester B

Compulsory modules:

  • BUS101 Introduction to Marketing & Communications
  • BUS107 Business and Society
  • BUS108 Economics for Business & Society
  • BUS118 Management Studies & Skills

Compulsory modules:

  • BUS005 Quantitative Research Methods
  • BUS106 Accounting for Business
  • BUS124 Work & Employment
  • BUS127 Organisational Behaviour 



Year 2 (Level 5)

Choose and complete eight options for the whole year; four in each semester.

Semester ASemester B

Elective modules:

  • BUS002 Operations Management
  • BUS007 Research Methodology
  • BUS204 Strategy
  • BUS205 Business Law
  • BUS206 Coordination & Social Dynamics
  • BUS208 Microeconomics for Managers
  • BUS212 Ethics & Business
  • BUS220 Persuasive Strategies in Marketing
  • BUS223 Technologies in the Workplace
  • BUS230 Entrepreneurial Learning

Elective modules:

  • BUS014 Human Resource Management
  • BUS213 Advertising
  • BUS215 Occupational Psychology
  • BUS216 Advanced Accounting for Business
  • BUS222 Strategic Management
  • BUS233 Creative Industries
  • BUS235 International Business Finance
  • BUS236 Psychology of Leadership
  • BUS237 Corporations & Social Responsibility


Year 3 (Level 6)

Choose and complete eight options for the whole year; four in each semester or three in each semester if you have selected the dissertation module.

Semester ASemester B

Elective modules:

  • BUS305 Managing Diversity
  • BUS306 Financial Management
  • BUS311 Social Networks
  • BUS314 Dissertation (both semesters)
  • BUS317 Organisational Change & Development
  • BUS318 Consumer Psychology
  • BUS320 Employment Relations
  • BUS326 Global Supply Chains
  • BUS328 Managing Public Services
  • BUS330 Macroeconomic Modelling & Policy
  • BUS338 Firm Governance & Strategy in the Institution Context

Elective modules:

  • BUS300 Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • BUS304 International Business
  • BUS314 Dissertation (both semesters)
  • BUS316 Social & Political Marketing
  • BUS322 Managing Knowledge-based Organisations
  • BUS327 Gender, Management & Leadership
  • BUS329 Corporate Law & Governance
  • BUS331 Company Valuation
  • BUS335 Business to Business & Relationship Marketing
  • BUS336 Social Reporting & Accountability
  • BUS337 Business Computing
  • POL380 Utopia & Dystopia: Political, Economic & Literary Dreamworlds



Entry requirements


Typical tariff or grades required: AAA–AAB from three A-Levels.

Additional information: You must also have five GCSEs at grade A*–C including B in English and B in Maths.

Excluded subjects: General Studies and Critical Thinking.

International Baccalaureate

Subjects and grades required: 36–34 points overall, with 6,6,6-6,6,5 in higher level subjects, including at least 5 in higher level English or 6 in standard level English, and at least 4 in standard level maths.

Vocational and other qualifications

We accept a wide range of qualifications such as: Access and Foundation programmes, vocational awards, Irish Leaving Certificate, Scottish Highers and other Baccalaureates. Please visit our further information page below.

Further information on our entry requirements

Admission is based on academic merit and on the proven ability of the applicant to achieve success on their chosen programme of study. Every application to Queen Mary is considered on its individual merits with personal statement and reference taken into consideration.

Information for applicants from outside the United Kingdom, including English language qualifications


Learning and teaching

Learning and Teaching:
Typically, each module runs for one semester (12 weeks) and normally features a one/two hour lecture and a one hour seminar per week. A lecture is led by an academic who lectures to a large group of students all of whom are taking the same module. Seminar groups have approximately 20 students. Seminar teaching involves a variety of student-centred activities which also include (but not exclusively) individual and group presentations, group work, and discussion groups.

Independent Study:
For every hour spent at University you will be expected to complete a further 2 - 3 hours of independent study.  Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations. 

The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments.  However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability. 

Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area.  This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.

The BSc in Business Management is a three-year degree, taught within the College’s modular system. You are expected to take eight modules per year, each of which is normally assessed by a combination of coursework (group reports, presentations, assignments) and/or an examination in May or June. You will therefore normally have taken twenty-four modules in completing your degree. The modular system allows much more flexibility than the traditional system. Subject to meeting a module’s prerequisites, you may in principle choose from modules taught in the School of Business and Management, as well as those from all other schools and departments in the College (except the School of Medicine and Dentistry). You will need to make sure, however, that your choice of modules is consistent with the structure of the Business and Management degree, and modules taken outside the School should be complementary to your main studies. Your Academic Adviser will guide you through this process.

Fees and finance

Tuition fees

Fees are charged at a Home/EU rate for UK and EU nationals, and an overseas rate for International students - find out more about how your tuition fee status is assessed.

You can either take out a Tuition Fee Loan (see Funding section below) to pay your fees or, if you are paying them yourself, you can pay in instalments.

Tuition fees for a year abroad or placement year on a full time undergraduate course will be a proportion of the full fee for the year in which you commence your time abroad or placement.

For information on field trip and other course related costs which are not included in your tuition fee, please contact the relevant Department/School.

See more general information about fees.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 7676


Queen Mary has a substantial package of scholarships and bursaries which will benefit around 50 per cent of our undergraduate student body.

Scholarships and Bursaries available at Queen Mary for Home/EU Students

There are a number of scholarships and bursaries available each year for home students. Visit our Bursaries and Scholarships page for more information.

Visit our Advice and Counselling website for more information about financial support.

Scholarships available at Queen Mary for International Students

There are a number of Scholarships available each year for International Students including bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas.

Find out more about international scholarships.

Some International students may also be eligible for a fee reduction.

Loans and Grants available to help with tuition fees and living costs

Student Finance England administers all grant and loans for your studies if you normally live in England.

If you live in WalesScotland or Northern Ireland you have an equivalent Student Finance department for your region.

Through Student Finance England, you can apply for (figures relate to programmes starting from September 2016):

  • A Tuition Fee Loan of up to £9,000 to pay all or part of your fees
  • A Maintenance Loan of up to £10,702 to help pay your living costs like rent, food and travel
  • Extra grants if you have a disability or you have children or an adult dependant
  • You might get a grant to cover some travel expenses if you normally live in England but study away from home. If you’re a medical or dental student you might also qualify for help with the costs of attending clinical placements in the UK.

Visit Student Finance Information to find out more about:

  • How to apply for student finance
  • What eligibility rules apply, including if you already have a degree or previous higher education study
  • What the income thresholds are and how much you might personally get for each element of Student Finance
  • What to do if you have problems getting your Student Finance

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

  • Additional sources of funding
  • Planning your budget and cutting costs
  • Part-time and vacation work
  • Money for lone parents

For more information visit the Advice and Counselling service website, or call +44 (0)20 7882 8717.

Graduate Employment

Graduates from Queen Mary’s School of Business and Management go on to work in a wide variety of careers. Some apply their degree knowledge directly, entering careers such as business analyst or marketing and sales manager, whilst others transfer skills gained during study into areas such as media, law or finance.

The national 2013 destination survey confirmed that 86% of BSc Business Management graduates were in employment or study six months after graduation. Graduates from this School have a strong earning power, with a median salary of £23,000.

The broad range of skills gained through this course, coupled with multiple opportunities for extra- curricular activities and work experience, has enabled students to move into careers such as:

  • Graduate Trainee Manager - Enterprise Rent a Car
  • HR Assistant - Westminster Kingsway College
  • Commodity Derivatives Analyst - Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Credit Analyst - Western Union Travelex
  • Recruitment Consultant - Hays Education
  • Associate Auditor - Deloitte
  • Trainee Manager - Majestic Wine Warehouse
  • Graduate Trainee - KPMG
  • Membership & Sales Coordinator - Queen Mary, University of London
  • Assistant Manager - Best Western Hotel
  • Business Development Executive - Unilever

Throughout the course, students have access to an annual QM Careers and Enterprise Centre programme, to prepare them for internships and graduate level work. This includes employer led workshops on job applications and interviews as well as over 70 employer events to facilitate networks and help students to explore their options.

Recent careers activities in the School of Business and Management include QConsult, a 6 week project where groups of students act as consultants for real clients, on-site visits to RBS finance department, HR and banking mentoring from professionals, in-curriculum CV training, and fortnightly workshops training students in job search and recruitment skills. Students also have access to the QM Business and Finance Fair and 3 week ‘Focus on Finance’ programme.

Opportunities for work experience are substantial given Queen Mary’s location between Canary Wharf, the City and the Olympic Village. Students are encouraged to build their work experience throughout their period of study. Opportunities can be found through QProjects, a local work experience scheme, QRecruit, which advertises internships and temporary work, Experience Works, a part time work fair, and volunteering with QMSU Provide. There are also over 1400 vacancies to browse on the QM JobOnline vacancy site.

Queen Mary’s extensive campus also provides over 1200 on-campus job and volunteer opportunities ranging from E-learning Assistant to Gym Instructor and from Society President to Student Mentor.

Read more about our careers programmes and range of work experience opportunities on the QM Careers and Enterprise Centre pages.


Name: Mohammed Arslan Saeed
Studied: BSc Business and Management, graduated 2011
Currently: Financial Analyst Al-Rajhi Bank (KSA)

Why did you choose Queen Mary?
It had a great reputation among my peers, both for the atmosphere on campus and teaching quality.

How did you find out about your current job?
I grew up in the Middle East. Coming back to work here was always on the cards. My interviewers (and later colleagues) were impressed with my educational credentials, and I have become acquainted with a great many people who have studied at one of the University of London colleges.

What does your current job involve day-to-day?
As part of the International Banking team for the largest Islamic Bank in the world, I manage the financial trends, risks and reporting for all of Al- Rajhi’s International Branches. I am also currently being trained in the areas of Portfolio and Credit Risk Management.

Name: Prinz Sindac
Studied: Business Management

"I chose to study at Queen Mary for academic and personal reasons. Academically, I knew that the university was going from strength to strength and I was correct – Queen Mary will now be part of the Russell Group. I was also attracted by the prospects of gaining a degree from the University of London. Personally, the location of Queen Mary is ideal for me as I live in east London. What’s more, it is located near London’s financial and business districts and is only twenty minutes by underground to London’s entertainment life in the West End."

"The inter-disciplinary nature of the course has enabled me to develop critical thinking and analytical skills. This made me view the world differently and also fuelled my interests in politics, sociology and philosophy."
"I enjoy meeting new people in different seminars. Working with different people on group assignments has improved my team-working skills."

"I would advise new students not just to work hard but to work smart too. They should also utilise the opportunities available to be involved in the Queen Mary community. For example, I am a Student Ambassador, a Student Demonstrator, and a Course Representative. I get to network with many wonderful individuals through these roles."


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