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Business and Management BA (Hons)

Explore all areas of business and management in this flexible degree with optional placements and study abroad. Tailor your degree to the specialisms that interest you as you gain broad skills in sustainable, ethical and global management that you can apply to any sector. 

University of Portsmouth Connected Degree - 3 year course with 4th year placement

Key information

UCAS code:

NN21

Typical offer:

112-120 UCAS points from 3 A levels, or equivalent

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Overview

Stand out in the job market with a BA (Hons) Business and Management degree that gives you the skills and knowledge you need to excel in today’s evolving global business landscape, as well as a professional qualification from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

Starting with a detailed core curriculum including marketing, finance, managing people and operations, this degree gives you strong foundations on which to build your business knowledge. After your first year you’ll choose which direction to take your learning.

Our six specialist pathways in business intelligence, operational excellence, financial management, people management, business transformation, and enterprise, are specifically designed to prepare you for a graduate career in key areas that employers are looking for.

You'll build your professional skills as you learn by working on live client projects and real industry problem-solving tasks throughout your course.

You’ll have support in every step of your journey with initiatives such as our mentoring scheme with industry professionals, and grow your confidence with client work and optional industry placements — including a paid placement year — so you’ll graduate ready to make an immediate impact in the workplace.

With opportunities to hear from industry guest speakers, join networking events, and take part in our 'Big Business Convo' topical discussions, you'll set yourself up for success in your career every step of the way.

Business and management studies at the University of Portsmouth is ranked 4th of the modern universities for research quality

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021

Read more about our business and management research

Focusing on your interests

With a wide range of optional modules to choose from, you can tailor this degree to your interests. Module options cover a wide range of subjects, from new product development, to event planning, to public sector economics.

Dione Vengai on placement at IBM

One thing I have liked about studying at the Faculty of Business and Law is the great amount of support I have received, from study support to placement search. I feel strongly supported at every stage of my degree.

Dione Vengai, final year student, BA (Hons) Business and Management

Course highlights

  • Take your learning in the direction that suits your interests — with specialist pathways in business intelligence, operational excellence, financial management, people management, business transformation, and enterprise
  • Graduate with a professional qualification from the Chartered Management Institute alongside your degree, to really make your CV stand out
  • Feel workplace ready with dedicated professional skills development and practical learning opportunities throughout your course
  • Get hands-on experience such as offering advice to local small businesses as part of our Business Consultancy Project
  • Take a paid placement year with a business such as L'Oreal or BAE Systems, or take a study abroad year
  • Benefit from a range of support, through initiatives such as our industry mentoring scheme
  • Grow your own network by joining extra-curricular events with industry professionals  
  • Get support for setting up your own business from our Entrepreneurs in Residence
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Accreditation

We have partnered with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) so that you can gain a value added professional qualification alongside your degree. Students on our BA (Hons) Business and Management can be awarded a CMI Level 5 Certificate in Management and Leadership upon successful completion of their degree programme. Upon joining their degree course, students become members of the CMI and are able to access a range of benefits, resources and events to support their professional development.

The University of Portsmouth has earned business accreditation from the AACSB in recognition of the outstanding quality of its business and management education. Less than six percent of the world's schools offering business degree programs hold AACSB business accreditation.

Graduate stories: Meet Hannah

Hannah's story

Hannah graduated in 2019 with BA (Hons) Business and Management, and is now HR Business Partner with telecommunications giant BT. Hannah discusses her placement year at BT group and how she's applying the skills learned during her time at Portsmouth.

Hannah: My name is Hannah Ensley and I'm a HR business partner at BT. I studied business management at the University of Portsmouth. 

Uni was a journey of Discovery for me. I think it made me more confident because it pushed me out of my comfort zone.

I chose to study at the University of Portsmouth because of multiple reasons — one of them was the location. I loved the fact of being in a city but also near the beach.

I also was sold on the course. When I went there for my open day I really enjoyed how they presented the course it really resonated with me and I was excited to join.

My light bulb moment was probably in my second year when I focused a bit closer to HR. I was excited to get my essays done, I was interested in learning about the different topics it was just very different to what I'd ever done before, touching on the different theories and the different Behavioural Sciences, understanding well-being and diversity and mental health. 

I chose to do a placement year at BT and I focused on HR and corporate affairs, and it taught me so much, gave me so many transferable skills and opened my eyes to the business world. 

Since graduating from the University of Portsmouth I have been working for BT. I love the variety of being a HR business partner but I love being close to the business, helping the team be the best they can be, helping to instil a great culture.

I think my passion is people. What drives my passion is being able to help people bring their best selves to work. It's all about empowering other people to be able to deliver and be the best person that they can.

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Entry requirements

BA (Hons) Business and Management degree entry requirements

Typical offers

  • A levels - BBB-BBC
  • UCAS points - 112-120 points from 3 A levels, or equivalent (calculate your UCAS points)
  • T-levels - Merit
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) - DDM-DMM
  • International Baccalaureate - 29

You may need to have studied specific subjects – find full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept.

English language requirements

  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications.

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Typical offers

  • A levels - BBB-BBC
  • UCAS points - 112-120 points from 3 A levels, or equivalent (calculate your UCAS points)
  • T-levels - Merit
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) - DDM-DMM
  • International Baccalaureate - 29

You may need to have studied specific subjects or GCSEs - see full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept.

English language requirements

  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications.

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Worried about your grades?

If you're not sure you meet the entry requirements, or need some help to get uni-ready, then we offer this course with a foundation year to bring you up to speed. When you successfully finish, you'll get a guaranteed place on this course.

Explore BA (Hons) Business and Management with Foundation Year

Ideal skills and qualities for this course

In addition to meeting the course's entry requirements, we’re looking for good written, IT and analytical skills.

During this course your assessment will include problem-solving, good presentation techniques and the ability to work well in a team. But don’t worry, we’ll help you develop these abilities throughout the course.

We’re looking for an interest in business and management, so we’d encourage you to read the business sections of a quality newspaper and get some work experience (of any kind). 

I have had some superb tutors and because they’ve been so committed to the subject, they’ve given additional support beyond what I’d ever expect and I’m really grateful for that.

Amanda Nye, BA Hons Business and Management

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Careers and opportunities

This degree will open doors to a wide variety of careers in the business world.

Previous graduates of this course have secured jobs as:

  • business transformation consultant
  • marketing manager
  • project manager
  • army officer - squadron operations
  • business development executive
  • product marketing executive
  • account manager
  • personal banker
  • compliance analyst
  • supply chain manager

Graduates of this course have gone on to work for companies such as:

  • Tesco
  • British Telecom
  • Deloitte
  • HM Government
  • IBM
  • Disney
  • BAE Systems
  • NHS
  • John Lewis Partnership
  • Estée Lauder
  • Volkswagen Group UK 
  • Microsoft

(Data taken from HESA Graduate Outcome surveys)

This degree also offers options to improve your business research skills. You could go on to do a postgraduate qualification in a business-related area such as project management, digital marketing or human resource management.

You could also choose to set up your own business with the help and support of the University.

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Business Consultancy Project

Work for a client on a real brief in this optional Business Consultancy module. 

Students work in teams of 3-4 to bid for a business project from local organisations, before working directly with the organisation to execute the project. 

Clients range from small to medium sized organisations who could be from the private, public or third sector (such as charities, not-for-profits and community organisations). 

Each project is different, but the tasks you compete could include: 

  • Using marketing theory to develop social media strategies
  • Conducting competitor analysis
  • Drafting sustainable business plans based on the UN's Sustainable Development Goals
  • Conducting staff interviews
  • Evaluating customer feedback

You’ll give your client regular updates on the project, and get feedback from them, other students and staff as you progress. 

Past students have worked with Santander, local facilities management firm Inovolt, the Instant Kitchen Company startup, Solent Recovery College, and local radio station Express FM.

At the end of your project, you'll be invited to a celebratory event where you can network with representatives from the client organisations.

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Ongoing career support – up to 5 years after you graduate

Get experience while you study, with support to find part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities, and work experience.

Towards the end of your degree and for up to five years after graduation, you’ll receive one-to-one support from our Graduate Recruitment Consultancy to help you find your perfect role.

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Why do a business management degree?

Read our blog to find out why a business management degree is a good idea and how it opens doors to lots of different careers.

Read the blog

Work placement year

You can boost your employability by taking an optional paid placement after your second or third year of study. Previous students have had placements in organisations such as:

  • IBM
  • SAP
  • Hewlett Packard
  • Lockheed Martin International
  • Oracle
  • Goldman Sachs

Many of our students are offered a graduate job by their placement employer.

Daniella smiling

I worked within a small team to review and contact clients. I felt really proud to have so much responsibility within this team, it gave me a massive boost of confidence in my abilities.

Daniela Faulkner, BA (Hons) Business and Management

Read about Daniella's placement experience

The average salary for a 12-month paid placement is £19,800 for students in the Faculty of Business and Law. It could be more or less than this amount depending on your placement. You'll only pay a very small percentage of your tuition fee for this year.

You could also set up your own business, or take a voluntary placement.

If you don't want to take a whole placement year we offer plenty of other ways to get great work experience whilst you study, from summer internships to entrepreneurial support.

James' story

Find out more about James' experience at University of Portsmouth, and where he hopes his BA (Hons) Business and Management will take him.

The course looked fantastic and when coming here for one of the open days the lecturers really sold it to me. I could actually see myself being part of the Portsmouth community.

I was on placement last year at Bosch near London where I was working with in the marketing department and specifically trade marketing, dealing with the automotive parts for cars, lorries and motorcycles.

I look to start my own company in the future.

Ways to enrich your study

Entrepreneurs in Residence Programme (EiR)

Entrepreneurs in Residence Programme (EiR)

We have over 20 experienced business entrepreneurs on our free EiR programme who can help you develop your business idea.

"I have a business idea, but I was not too sure about it. After this meeting, I felt so encouraged and positive about it! I felt so motivated to pursue my business venture. He gave me real life advice and helped me how to approach my ideas."

Rabab El Habchi Mahir meeting EiR Mark Smith

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Study abroad year

Between your second and third year, you can choose to study abroad at one of our partner universities in Europe, Asia, Australia or North America. All classes are delivered in English and you'll still be able to get both your tuition fee and maintenance loans. You may also qualify for a government travel grant.

 

"Students that go abroad are more likely to obtain first-class honours [and] more likely to be in graduate employment than their non-mobile peers."

 

Universities UK International: 'Gone International, Rising Aspirations', 2019

Modules

What you'll study

Foundation year

If you're not sure you meet the entry requirements, or need some help to get uni-ready, then we offer this course with a foundation year to bring you up to speed.

  • You'll study on the University of Portsmouth campus with access to all facilities, support and societies
  • When you finish your foundation year successfully, you get a guaranteed place on BA (Hons) International Development
  • Get used to how lectures, seminars and tutorials work, so you can move on to your degree ready for success
  • Learn how to meet the demands of taking on a bachelor's degree at university

Explore BA (Hons) Business and Management with Foundation Year

Core modules

By using interactive seminars focused on real company cases, you’ll actively apply concepts from budgeting to cost-benefit principles — directly informing decisions with bottomline impact. You’ll interpret complex annual statements, understanding how accounting conventions communicate performance from the perspective of the investor. This module prepares you to guide strategy, operations and new opportunities with financial clarity and confidence. You'll grow the skills you need to produce data driven results, whether you're an entrepreneur or aspiring manager.

Concepts, principles, decision frameworks and practices are studied in relation to major aspects of operations management, including: process design, capacity and resource management, supply chain management, inventory management, lean, quality management, systems in business, project management, operations improvement, and the sustainability of operations. Any changes to this module should also be made to the following modules U24493, U24494, U24495, U24496, U24497, U24498, U24499. This module has a partiuclar focus on developing Hallmark 1; Have a critical and reflective knowledge and understanding of their subject, with elements of Hallmark 7; Be effective team players, able to provide leadership and to support the success of others, and 8; Be able to communicate clearly and effectively, in a range of forms and to different audiences.

Through lectures, seminars, and hands-on computer labs, you'll analyse data and interpret results with tools such as Excel. 

By the end of this module you'll be able to demonstrate descriptive, predictive and prescriptive analytics and communicate insights to various audiences. 

This practical experience equips you with valuable analytics and communication abilities that are sought-after in the world of business.

Moving beyond theory, you’ll develop a practical understanding of the core concepts underpinning people management and be equipped to apply models to address real workplace challenges. Through lectures, discussion groups and reflective activities, you'll analyse topics like equality, diversity, ethics and sustainability. Assessments will include contemporary case studies and build your diagnostic skills, challenging you to provide evidence-based recommendations that balance individual and organisational goals. By the end, you'll not only explain key issues in organisational behaviour, but also know how to implement best practices in leadership and change management. With a rich learning experience focused on real-world relevance, this module develop transferable skills to unlock your potential as a responsible, values-driven manager.

Discover marketing's vital role in organisational strategy and decision-making. You'll explore concepts like environmental analysis, segmentation and positioning, and learn how to identify opportunities and issues in a company's situation. With assessments that focus on applying models to real companies, you'll get hands-on practice conducting audits, developing plans and advising on marketing activity

Boost your critical thinking and communication skills through assignments, and reflect on your strengths and development opportunities to expand your personal employability. 

This module prepares you for your professional career by identifying your strengths and skills.

Core modules

You’ll develop your employability by improving your applications, interview and workplace readiness, all while developing core skills in in research, analysis and critical thinking. With personal tutoring and academic activities that focus on intellectual growth, you’ll build the transferable abilities to excel academically and unlock professional opportunities. By reflecting on progress with a self-critical eye, you'll formulate ongoing development plans to help you achieve your full potential.

You’ll analyse how organisational purpose connects with strategy, governance and outcomes, and explore ways to consider stakeholder needs alongside profit. Evaluating concepts like corporate social responsibility and circular economics, you’ll recommend how leaders can account for community and environmental issues. By using real modern cases, you'll assess business models and strengthen critical faculties to balance complex imperatives. By the end of this module you’ll be ready to champion organisational development in an ethical, responsible and sustainable manner.

Develop core skills in financial and non-financial analysis, and learn how to critique everything from financial statements to market reports. You’ll interpret intricate data sets and learn to identify meaningful insights to inform strategy and planning. By blending lectures with seminars and completing coursework focused on real companies, you’ll evaluate data, identify issues and improve decision quality. With regular feedback, you’ll bridge the gap between theory and practice. You'll finish this module ready to tackle problems with an analytical eye.

You'll explore the major factors, issues and forces that shape trade and operations across borders. Using current affairs coverage, you'll participate in discussions to demonstrate your appreciation for the socioeconomic, cultural and institutional contexts that impact the international marketplace. By the end of this module you'll have a crucial perspective on how global businesses navigate complex realities while sustaining success, so that you're ready to enter today's international firms.

Optional modules

Combining world-class research with real entrepreneurial experiences, you’ll develop business ideas within teams, evaluating concepts and building executable models. You'll work together to examine issues in venturing, from opportunity recognition to scaling. With an emphasis on personal employability, you’ll identify your strengths while refining your presentation and networking skills. This module fuels your entrepreneurial spirit and helps you turn ideas into realistic propositions — so that you'll graduate with portfolio pieces to showcase your business knolwedge and experience.

Discover corporate financial management as you analyse real-life financial issues to refine your career skills. By blending authentic case studies with workshop activities focused on real companies, you’ll evaluate data, identify issues and improve decision quality. With regular feedback, you’ll bridge the gap between theory and practice. You'll explore how digital transformation and new technologies are changing finance in business, so that you graduate ready to excel as an agile financial manager

Blending theory with real-world case studies, you’ll explore core activities like talent attraction, development, engagement and retention, and understand how to add value through evidence-based practices. With assessments that focus on applying concepts to workplace scenarios, you’ll strengthen your ability to critically evaluate policies, identify issues, and propose relevant solutions that uphold ethics and equality. When you finish this module, you’ll champion employee experience as an HR expert, and be ready to lead and collaborate effectively as a self-managing people leader who drives team and organisational success.

You’ll examine issues affecting the development of new products and services — from intellectual property protection to forming strategic alliances. Using case studies, you’ll contrast private sector and public sector innovation, and determine how to ensure financial viability. By the end of this module you’ll be able to critically appraise how the successful management of innovation enables organisations to build a sustainable competitive advantage over time.

This module will address the following Hallmarks of a University of Portsmouth graduate through learning and assessment: - Think independently, analytically and creatively, and engage imaginatively with new areas of investigation within and across discipline boundaries. - Be able to synthesise new and existing knowledge to generate ideas and develop creative solutions of benefit to the economy and society. - Be informed citizens, with a sense of responsibility allied to a commitment to ethical practice and social justice issues, such as equality, respect and sustainability.

You'll analyse real case studies and interpret information with supply chain risk frameworks to evaluate prevention strategies. Working individually and in groups, you'll define risk categories and explore core principles for building resilience. By compiling data on recent risk events, you'll be in a position to comment critically on supply chain practices. You'll enhance your communication, teamwork and critical thinking skills — preparing you to lead efforts in responsible, transparent procurement.

The module will be delivered by means of lecture, independent work, analysis, group and individual problem solving, case studies and discussion. All the identified skills in the LO's will be developed through seminar activities and will be utilised in tackling the assessments for this module.

The module will seek to outline a range of business modelling techniques that allow for improved operational designs under conditions that usually require the allocation of scarce resources using case studies.

Explore emerging technologies from artificial intelligence to cryptocurrencies — and analyse models and strategies for online sales, marketing and operations. You'll discover the intricate development processes, innovative models, and cutting-edge applications reshaping modern business landscapes. By engaging in critical discussions on business-to-business and business-to-consumer e-commerce, you'll prepare to navigate the social, legal, and ethical dimensions shaping digital transactions. You'll finish this module with an entrepreneurial spirit as you embark on hands-on projects by crafting dynamic websites that are tailored to real-world clients.

This module will be delivered twice weekly in 2-hour workshops. The emphasis of this module will be on student centred learning activities, problem solving case studies and computational aspects. Employability skills are embedded throughout the course which requires communication skills to be used weekly both verbally and written, time management and research skills are paramount to progression whilst reflection is encouraged at key stages of the course.

You'll critically analyse external trends alongside theories and practical techniques for enhancing employee skills, engagement and organisational adaptability. By examining real-world cases, you'll understand the role of learning and development activities in shaping HRM practices and explore innovations in areas such as e-learning and data-driven capability building. This module provides crucial context for advancing your HRD expertise.

You'll develop a robust understanding of the key principles and theories in managerial economics, including the tools you need to make decisions under uncertainty. You'll explore public policy around private organizations, helping you grasp real-world applications. By reviewing academic literature, you'll make your own policy recommendations and compare theories managers use when making choices. And through assessment and discussion, you'll interpret the effectiveness of these theories in an international business setting. You'll learn trending tools such as network analysis tools and finish this module well-trained in highly-relevant policy tools.

Gain hands on experience putting theory into practice, and using product management tools and frameworks to develop your own creative new product idea. With assessments centered on analysing real organisations, you’ll evaluate decisions related to resourcing, positioning and launch - leaving you equipped to prepare watertight business cases for investment. Upon completion, you'll have the strategic vision and product innovation skills to help brands create a portfolio of profitable new products.

You'll analyse case studies to build practical skills for decision making, planning and control in global networks. Working in a diverse team, you'll review key principles from sourcing to delivery while developing skills like communication, autonomy and adaptability. You'll apply a range of techniques to critically evaluate purchasing issues and present effective solutions. You'll finish this module ready interpret the information, tools and frameworks that support ethical, resilient supply chains.

Core modules

By appraising issues at business and corporate levels, you'll develop expertise in applying strategic frameworks to identify options. You'll examine theory, weigh evidence and propose strategies as you develop practical skills for issue resolution and driving strategic change. By the end of this module you'll be ready to evaluate propositions critically, and to recommend implementations to real-world challenges.

Optional modules

You'll develop analytical abilities and critical thinking as you dive deep into an academic or industry topic. With structured support, such as workshops, seminars and 1:1 appointments, you'll formulate intriguing research questions, engage meaningfully with literature, and select appropriate methods. This module cultivates an enterprising spirit as you tackle new territories beyond textbook learnings. The highlight is conceiving and executing your own investigation to derive impactful conclusions. You'll reflect on each step while adhering to research ethics, ultimately producing a dissertation that demonstrates intellectual curiosity and creativity. Join us to showcase your passion through an inspiring piece of work!

It requires critical engagement with appropriate literature, sound choice of research methods and carrying the planned approach into practice to produce a piece of independent research.

Students will be supported through a mix of large group sessions, workshops and individual appointments to support them to develop a research idea and to realise it as a piece of written work. Individual appointments will be arranged between supervisor and student.

It requires critical engagement with appropriate literature, sound choice of research methods and carrying the planned approach into practice to produce a piece of independent research.

Students will be supported through a mix of large group sessions, workshops and individual appointments to support them to develop a research idea and to realise it as a piece of written work. Individual appointments will be arranged between supervisor and student.

This empowering module develops your analytical abilities as you investigate a topic linked to industry trends or academic interests. With workshops and 1:1 support, you'll formulate intriguing questions, engage with literature, select robust methods and collect insightful data. We cultivate an enterprising spirit, applying knowledge in innovative ways. The highlight is conceiving and executing your own ethical study. You'll reflect critically on the research process, ultimately producing a dissertation demonstrating intellectual curiosity.

Examples of past projects are: developing options for a bank for use of their banking halls for community financial education; creating a strategy for a facilities management firm to improve their marketing; helping a social enterprise to find ways to grow their user base with new service offerings. You'll develop skills in teamwork, project management, design thinking and consultancy, and learn to practically apply business concepts from across your degree studies. After an introduction to the organisation, your client will provide ongoing direction and guidance, and you'll be giving them regular progress updates. For most of the time, you'll be part of an independent, diverse team, managing priorities to achieve the project aims. You'll be supported throughout the module by your seminar tutor. Much of your learning will be off-campus, meeting key stakeholders and conducting tasks such as customer surveys and interviews. We encourage an experimental and entrepreneurial approach, and you'll learn key skills in the seminars and online lectures. The coursework is a mix of 60% group work and 40% individual assessment.

You’ll critically evaluate traditional and contemporary leadership models, analysing debates around topics like management versus leadership. By blending theory and practice, you'll use leadership activities to strengthen your awareness of your own abilities and identify your development areas. You’ll compare approaches and learn how to apply ideas contextually with real-world cases. And with assessments that build your personal leadership plans, you’ll leave well-equipped to motivate, empower others and handle modern challenges.

The assessment includes a presentation, an individual report and 90 minute exam.

Completion of this module will allow students to reach an informed opinion on the basis of the empirical findings of their independent business research.

Exploring the models and best practices related to ideation, development and launch, you’ll understand the processes that bring ideas to market. Analysing factors from sustainability to globalisation, you’ll tackle the contemporary issues impacting development in the modern landscape. This module will equip you with understanding to give you a cutting edge in the jobs market. With assessments focused on addressing real-world cases, you'll boost your strategic skills to manage initiatives smoothly from vision to rollout, leaving you prepared to champion disruption responsibly across industries ahead.

The module will be delivered by means of lecture, debate, analysis, group and individual problem solving, case studies and discussion and independent work. All the identified skills in the LO's will be developed through seminar activities and will be utilised in tackling the assessments for this module.

You'll explore configuration considerations, relationship dynamics and ethical imperatives to discover how aligned flows of information, goods and finances enable organisational success. By evaluating real chains that span multiple geographies, you'll assess decision trade-offs to boost productivity, agility and sustainability. You'll finish this module ready to lead enterprises to new heights and lead on value creation.

Explore how brands, communications and incentives can alter behaviours from sustainability to social justice. With a focus on ethical issues, you'll evaluate tactics to encourage conscious consumption and civic action, and learn to develop hard-hitting campaigns that confront to some of society's most pressing challenges. This module empowers you to pursue purpose as well as profit, and prepares you to use your marketing skills as a force for good.

The Module makes use of case examples to review applicable theory and frameworks to illustrate the combined roles of Continuous Improvement (CI), Organisational Learning (OL), Change Management, and the importance of a Creative Environment (CE) as a springboard for innovation. This module will develop your knowledge and understanding in the application of ideas, methodologies, processes, and techniques for improving and sustaining organisational performance. The module emphasises the operationalising of business and functional strategy and focuses on how to facilitate and sustain successful change. The module evaluates the cultural, behavioural and human elements, and considers the role ¿people¿ have in leading and being part of successful and sustainable improvement.

The module takes an applied approach, focussing on contemporary issues within the sports industry through the lens of economics, finance and governance. Topics covered include: Competitive balance in sporting contests, demand for live events, cross subsidisation between leagues, match outcome forecasting, financial sustainability, return on investment, streams of income, corruption, and governance.

You'll critically examine the factors driving discrimination while evaluating methods to reduce imbalance. With social justice as a cornerstone, you'll actively apply perspectives from psychology and sociology to examine workplace cultures and identify meaningful change opportunities. Using real-world cases, you'll explore nuances in power dynamics and discuss the barriers facing disadvantaged groups. You'll finish this module with a heightened awareness of inclusion issues, both systemically and interpersonally, and be prepared to positively shape your future organisation and drive towards equitable participation and belonging.

Use flexible project management tools that meet industry standards, and learn to differentiate between transformative initiatives and business-as-usual processes. By evaluating real-world cases, you’ll analyse the contextual factors and stakeholder dynamics that position certain projects as strategic investments. With an outcome-oriented mindset, you’ll appreciate how disciplined planning, communication and risk mitigation leads teams to mobilise resources for impactful delivery. This module equips you with a versatile project management toolkit and a strategic perspective that is highly valued across sectors.

It explores the responsibilities and boundaries of businesses in a range of contemporary environmental and social issues and in the context of differing ethical frameworks. In this module we will also investigate how areas ranging from business ethics, law, politics, economics, strategy and management affect our understanding and practice related to responsible and sustainable business. Topics addressed in this module include, but will not be restricted to: foundation in business ethics, stakeholder theory, definitions and conceptions and practical applications of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and sustainability.

Topics will be introduced through the use of tutor led discussion and directed, referenced material. The sessions will utilise a mixture of case studies, problems and discussion themes (elements of which will be undertaken in a group setting). The module is assessed through a 90 minute exam and 10 minute group presentation.

Discover another culture as you grow your subject knowledge or refine your foreign language skills at one of our partner universities. You'll enhance your worldliness, self-awareness and cross-cultural communication abilities as you build your international network and meet people from across the world. At the end of the module you’ll evaluate your development and return to Portsmouth prepared to use your new cultural awareness and maturity to thrive in globalised workplaces.

Successful completion of the placement will be recognised in the transcript of achievement and the degree certificate will state `in the sandwich mode¿. In addition, students may choose to receive a Certificate of Professional Practice from the Faculty of Business and Law. The placement year is a vital tool in preparation of the University¿s hallmarks of a Portsmouth graduate that will be knowledgeable, informed, intellectually curious, responsible, self- aware and self- motivated, independent learners. The Placement Office (PO) acts as the initial point for students on Placement. Placement Tutors responsibility it is to liaise with the student for the duration of the work Placement and arrange a visit around the mid-point. The visit will evaluate the learning activities undertaken in the Placement, appraise future learning activities and attend to any welfare matters arising. The learning and teaching strategy is that of work-based learning, including reflection, networking, evaluating progress and using the portfolio and visits to develop skills as an independent, critical and reflective learner. In addition, the visiting tutor may discuss preparation for the final year study project and end of placement assessment. Students undertaking Placement outside the UK may receive a virtual visit via telephone or eMail. Placement students are expected to complete the Placement Portfolio for the duration of the placement outlining the key learning activities undertaken. During the placement year students will be invited back to attend a ¿Placement Student Day¿ normally, at which students will be able to discuss their placement experience with the PO or course leader.

Trends In Technology module

Take a look at one of the modules you can take on this course, exploring how AI and robotics are changing the world of business.

Social robotics is everything that we've been expecting from science fiction. Address such things as loneliness in old age.

More robotic and AI assistance is going into business, people who are entering the business and marketing world today have an understanding of and can see how it can be utilised for the benefit of the business.

Isabel George

Without the Marketing, Sales and Advertising units that I undertook at the University, I do not believe I would be on my current career path. I was able to discover the world of business-to-business marketing and understand why my skills were suited to this route. I got to attend my sessions with some extremely incredible speakers. 

Isabel George, BA (Hons) Business and Management 2017 graduate, Marketing Executive at Survitec Group Ltd.

Changes to course content

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry. If a module doesn't run, we'll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Teaching

Around 20% of your timetabled teaching will be online.

The majority of your timetabled teaching will be face-to-face and will include:

  • lectures
  • workshops
  • seminars
  • one-on-one tutorials
  • practical sessions
  • group discussions

We pride ourselves on the academic support we offer our students. In addition to our dedicated teaching team, you'll have a personal tutor, student engagement officers and study support staff to help you throughout your studies.

Assessment

How you're assessed will depend on the modules you choose.

As well as online assessments and coursework you may be assessed using:

  • practical exercises
  • written reports
  • presentations
  • portfolios
  • research proposals

How you'll spend your time

One of the main differences between school or college and university is how much control you have over your learning.

We use a blended learning approach to teaching, which means you’ll take part in both face-to-face and online activities during your studies.  As well as attending your timetabled classes you'll study independently in your free time, supported by staff and our virtual learning environment, Moodle.

A typical week

We recommend you spend at least 35 hours a week studying for this degree.

In your first year this is what your week may look like:

  • timetabled teaching activities (lectures, seminars, tutorials, classes and workshops) = about 14 hours a week
  • independent study (research, reading, coursework and project work, alone or in a group) = about 21 hours a week

You'll probably do more independent study and have less scheduled teaching in years 2 and 3, but this depends on which modules you choose.

Term dates

The academic year runs from September to June. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter.

See term dates

Supporting you

The amount of timetabled teaching you'll get on your degree might be less than what you're used to at school or college, but you'll also get support via video, phone and face-to-face from teaching and support staff to enhance your learning experience and help you succeed. You can build your personalised network of support from the following people and services:

Types of support

Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to independent study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.

As well as regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor, they're also available at set times during the week if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next meeting.

In addition to the support you get from your personal tutor, you'll also have access to our student engagement officers. They can give you confidential, impartial advice on anything to do with your studies and personal wellbeing, and refer you to specialist support services if you need extra help or support.

You'll have help from a team of study support tutors. Based within the Faculty of Business and Law, these tutors are familiar with the specific requirements your assignments and work closely with faculty academics. This means they can give you focused support with the specific study skills you need to be successful on your course. They're available face-to-face, by phone, email, and by video call.

They can help with:

  • Academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations, projects and literature reviews)
  • Reflective writing skills
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Delivering presentations (including observing and filming presentations)
  • Understanding and using assignment feedback
  • Managing your time and workload
  • Revision and exam techniques

If you're a mature student, specialist support to help you return to learning is available.

As well as support from faculty staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University's Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

Library staff are available in person or by email, phone, or online chat to help you make the most of the University's library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from librarians who specialise in business and law.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

Our online Learning Well mini-course will help you plan for managing the challenges of learning and student life, so you can fulfil your potential and have a great student experience.

You can get personal, emotional and mental health support from our Student Wellbeing Service, in person and online. This includes 1–2–1 support as well as courses and workshops that help you better manage stress, anxiety or depression.

If you require extra support because of a disability or additional learning need our specialist team can help you.

They'll help you to

  • discuss and agree on reasonable adjustments
  • liaise with other University services and facilities, such as the library
  • access specialist study skills and strategies tutors, and assistive technology tutors, on a 1-to-1 basis or in groups
  • liaise with external services

If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.

Course costs and funding

Tuition fees

  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 a year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • EU students – £9,250 a year, including our Transition Scholarship (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £17,200 a year (subject to annual increase)

You won't pay any extra tuition fees to another university for taking part in a study/work abroad activity if you choose to do it for the whole academic year. During a year abroad you'll only have to pay a reduced fee to the University of Portsmouth.

  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 a year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • EU students – £9,250 a year, including our Transition Scholarship (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £17,200 a year (subject to annual increase)

You won't pay any extra tuition fees to another university for taking part in a study/work abroad activity if you choose to do it for the whole academic year. During a year abroad you'll only have to pay a reduced fee to the University of Portsmouth.

Funding your studies

Find out how to fund your studies, including the scholarships and bursaries you could get. You can also find more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.

Additional course costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

If you take a placement year or study abroad year, tuition fees for that year are as follows:

  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £1,385 a year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • EU students – £1,385 a year, including Transition Scholarship (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £2,875  a year (subject to annual increase)

Apply

How to apply

To start this course in 2024, apply through UCAS. You'll need:

  • the UCAS course code – NN21
  • our institution code – P80

Apply now through UCAS

 

If you'd prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.

You can also sign up to an Open Day to:

  • Tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
  • Speak with lecturers and chat with our students 
  • Get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join

If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

Looking for this course with a foundation year?

Take a look at BA (Hons) Business and Management with Foundation Year

To start this course in 2025, apply through UCAS. You'll need:

  • the UCAS course code – NN21
  • our institution code – P80

Apply now through UCAS

 

If you'd prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.

You can also sign up to an Open Day to:

  • Tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
  • Speak with lecturers and chat with our students 
  • Get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join

If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

Looking for this course with a foundation year?

Take a look at BA (Hons) Business and Management with Foundation Year

Applying from outside the UK

As an international student you'll apply using the same process as UK students, but you’ll need to consider a few extra things. 

You can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

Find out what additional information you need in our international students section

If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.