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Prepare for a career getting the best out of people with a degree in business management. You will learn how to combine an interest in people with an interest in numbers, becoming expert in both business strategy and human behaviour.

This degree, offered by Norwich Business School (NBS), in the Social Sciences Faculty at UEA, will prepare you to work within businesses, start your own company or work as a consultant. This is a highly flexible course that you can tailor to suit your interests and goals as they develop. If you know you want to work in business, but you want to explore the different options within the field, this course is a great choice that lets you deepen your understanding while keeping your options open.

You don’t need to have studied business before to excel on this degree. You just need to be interested in business, have a curious, entrepreneurial mind, and be ready to work hard.

Overview

At NBS we believe that exceptional management is all about balancing hard and soft skills. That means understanding numbers and how to use them, and how to finance an organisation. It also means understanding people, how they behave and why they behave as they do. On this course you will become adept at this difficult balancing act. We also believe that anyone can become a great manager, no matter what their background is, so our course is inclusive and welcoming to all.

You’ll begin with a broad first year where you’ll explore a wide range of business roles and skills. In your second and third years you’ll have a lot of freedom to choose optional modules that let you delve deeper and specialise in the areas that fascinate you most. For example, modules such as Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management will prepare you to start your own business or continue on to Master’s level study.

You will have the chance to hone your qualitative and quantitative capabilities, at the same time as learning how to work with people, building your reflective skills, and your ability to look at yourself and your own work critically.

At UEA we focus on evidence-based management. You’ll learn to pose questions and challenge assumptions, as well as how to use evidence to make your own decisions and then back them up. You will develop quantitative and qualitative skills, learning how to deal with numbers and accounts, and how to interpret statistics, as well as how to manage people and resources. You’ll also gain experience working with others and presenting your findings and ideas – invaluable practice for your career, when you’ll need to not only develop solutions to problems but also persuade people of their validity.

NBS is a friendly and supportive school, with a lively and international cohort. We are in a region that’s safe and welcoming, with a thriving business innovation and enterprise community. All our teaching is informed by our world-leading research and real-world business experience. That means you’ll gain knowledge of the latest issues and debates facing industry and employers.

In the Guardian University League Tables 2020, we were ranked in the UK top 10 for Accounting and Finance and top 15 for Business, Management and Marketing. Analysis of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) ranked UEA ninth in the UK for the quality of its research output in Business and Management Studies (Times Higher REF 2014 Analysis).

Our current research interests include finance, accounting, employment systems and institutions, responsible business regulation, marketing, entrepreneurship and business strategy, and innovation, technology and operations management.

Course Structure

All our undergraduate degrees share a common first year. This structure means you’ll get a broad view of business, and can be confident you are on the right course for you. As you progress through your degree you will be able to specialise and tailor your studies to the areas that you find most interesting and that are most relevant for your career goals.

Year 1

Across six fascinating core modules you’ll explore the essentials of modern business. This will give you an excellent grounding – not just in management areas such as organisational behaviour, human resources management, supply chain management, and operations management – but also in economics, marketing, accounting and finance. By the end of your first year, you won’t just have a firm foundation of your chosen subject, you’ll understand all the key disciplines of business. Throughout your future career you are likely to work closely with these disciplines so this understanding is extremely valuable – being able to communicate with and understand other disciplines is a crucial part of management. And should you discover during your first year that your true passion lies with one of these other subjects, you are welcome to change pathways in order to focus on it – an option roughly 25% of our students take advantage of.

Year 2

After a first year spent discovering the fundamentals of business, you will focus on core business management functions like HR management (managing people), operations management (managing technology and processes), and managing information systems. You’ll also have the flexibility to choose optional modules, allowing you to try different things, explore your interests and discover where your talents, interests and ambitions lie. For example, if you’re interested in marketing you could take the Marketing Communications module, where past students have visited BBC East to learn how to make TV ads. Or if you are interested in the legal side of the business then you could study Business and Company law or Practical Law for Management.

Year 3

In your third year, you will develop your understanding and strategic analysis and study Strategic Management. You will also complete a Final Year Project that can take the form of a dissertation or more applied work-based project. 

Beyond that there are no compulsory modules, giving you even more flexibility to build a degree that suits you. For example if you’re interested in starting your own business you could take the Entrepreneurship and Small business module or if you’re interested in consultancy, either working for a consultancy firm or learning the skills of how to be an effective internal consultant, you could take the Management Consultancy module. The annual NBS Modules Fair will help you choose the right options for you. Some third year options are only available if you’ve taken specific second year modules, but we can advise you on this. 

 

Teaching and Learning

Teaching

Throughout your degree you will hone your skills and build your knowledge through a mix of lectures, seminars and workshops.

All our teaching is informed by the latest research and real-world business experience. That means you benefit from the latest thinking in the industry. Many of our lectures are interactive, and across all our teaching you’ll use using a rich selection of source material, including text books, articles, academic research papers, videos, and business articles from publications such as the Financial Times and the Economist. Business is ever-changing, so you won’t just learn to understand, evaluate and utilise the leading theories of today, you’ll develop the critical skills needed to examine and put to use any new theories and methods that come to the fore during your career.

Independent study

You will also learn through self-directed study – a skill that’s highly prized by employers. You’ll undertake IT lab work, using online resources to practice text book questions. You’ll also have the option to take part in various projects, including solving a live business problem for a real company. In addition you can choose to enhance your studies by getting involved in the various student-led, extracurricular business related societies.

Team work and communication

During your first year and some of your second and third year modules you will work alongside students from other NBS degrees. You’ll also have the chance to deepen your understanding of topics through discussion with your peers in seminars. This will build your teamwork and communication skills, as well as helping you gain insight into other business disciplines. To be a successful manager you must be able to understand and work with the whole spectrum of business specialists. Working alongside other NBS students during your degree is a great way to develop this skill. We also attract students from the UK and all over the world, so the relationships you build here are invaluable if you aspire to an international career, or to working for a multi-national company.

Guest speakers

During your time at UEA you’ll have the chance to gain unique perspectives from leading industry figures, with opportunities to hear guest speakers from the business world, including UEA alumni. Past speakers from Goldman Sachs, PwC and EY have given students valuable insights into the transition from student to business life, sharing their unique experiences and advice about how to succeed in business.

Employability

Your career is our priority, and employability is embedded in our degrees in all sorts of innovative ways, from guest speakers from industry and projects with real businesses, to accreditations and exemptions from key professional bodies, to our flagship Employability Week. During this annual event you can meet potential employers and speak to successful UEA alumni about how they got where they are now.

Assessment

Throughout your course you’ll be assessed through a mix of presentations, reports, essays and written exams. The balance is approximately 50/50 between examination and coursework, depending on the optional modules you choose.

Study abroad or Placement Year

Choose BSc Business Management with a Year Abroad and spend your third year abroad before returning to UEA for your final year. You can choose from several European universities, or go further afield to one of our partner institutions in Australia, North America or Asia. A year abroad is a unique, fulfilling experience that will help you develop skills that you’ll use throughout your career, and that are coveted by employers.

After the course

In an ever-changing and increasingly complex world one thing is certain, Norwich Business School is where great business careers begin. Our degrees have a proven track record of leading to successful careers in management.

Whether you want to excel within a large organisation or bring big ideas to a small business, your business management degree will provide you with the grounding of hard and soft skills required for a successful career in any number of management roles.

You could work in any industry, from manufacturing, to retail, to the service industries, media, arts, entertainment, sport and more, at multinational and major companies such as Sky, Unilever, Manchester United and British Airways. All businesses need the skills you will develop here, so the list is endless.   

Graduate Trainee Management Scheme

After you graduate you could secure a nine-month paid graduate trainee placement as part of our Graduate Trainee Management Scheme (GTMS). Created in partnership with local employers, every year the GTMS features a number of exciting placements that are ring-fenced for our graduates. Our best students are then put forward for those positions. This is your chance to gain industry experience in a salaried position. Placements often lead to employment, so it’s also a chance to kick start your career. All students that are eligible to work in the UK and meet a certain level of academic achievement during their studies are eligible to apply for the GTMS.

Career destinations

Career destinations related to your degree include:

  • HR manager
  • Operations manager
  • Supply chain manager
  • Marketing manager
  • Project Manager
  • Business Analyst

Course related costs

Please see Additional Course Fees for details of additional course-related costs.

Course Modules 2019/0

Year 2

When selecting modules from an option range, please ensure that you satisfy the rule requirements to take that module i.e. having taken a pre-requisite module.

Compulsory Modules ( 60 credits)

Description Credits
INFORMATION SYSTEMS FOR MANAGEMENT 20
OPERATIONS STRATEGY AND MANAGEMENT 20
HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT 20

Options Range A

Students will select 40-60 credits from the following modules:

Description Credits
FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING 20
BUSINESS AND COMPANY LAW 20
QUANTITATIVE METHODS FOR BUSINESS 20
BUSINESS ETHICS 20
MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING 20
BUSINESS FINANCE 20
DIGITAL MARKETING 20
EMPLOYABILITY, CREATIVITY AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT 20
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS 20
PRACTICAL LAW FOR MANAGEMENT 20
MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS 20
AUDITING AND ASSURANCE 20

Options Range B

Students are required to select a further 20 credits, which may be from Option Range A above or from the defined choice of modules included in Option Range B.
Students will select 0-20 credits from the following modules:

 
Description Credits
SYSTEMS ANALYSIS 20
PROGRAMMING FOR NON-SPECIALISTS 20
STRATEGIC THINKING 20
THE EUROPEAN ECONOMY 20
BEGINNERS' FRENCH I - A1 CEFR 20
BEGINNERS' FRENCH II - A2 CEFR 20
BEGINNERS' FRENCH I - A1 CEFR (SPRING START) 20
BEGINNERS' GERMAN I - A1 CEFR 20
BEGINNERS' GERMAN II - A2 CEFR 20
BEGINNERS' SPANISH I - A1 CEFR 20
BEGINNERS' SPANISH II - A2 CEFR 20
BEGINNERS' SPANISH I - A1 CEFR (SPRING START) 20
BEGINNERS' CHINESE I 20
BEGINNERS' CHINESE II 20
BEGINNERS' ITALIAN I - A1 CEFR 20
BEGINNERS' ITALIAN II - A2 CEFR 20
BEGINNERS' JAPANESE I 20
BEGINNERS' JAPANESE II 20
BEGINNERS' JAPANESE I (SPRING START) 20
INTERMEDIATE FRENCH II - A2/B1 CEFR 20
INTERMEDIATE GERMAN II - A2/B1 CEFR 20
INTERMEDIATE SPANISH II - A2/B1 CEFR 20
INTERMEDIATE FRENCH I - A2 CEFR 20
INTERMEDIATE GERMAN I - A2 CEFR 20
INTERMEDIATE SPANISH I - A2 CEFR 20

Year 3U

When selecting modules from an option range, please ensure that you satisfy the rule requirements to take that module i.e. having taken a pre-requisite module.

Options Range A

Students are required to select at least 40 credits from Option Range A. Under Option Range C a further 20 credits may be selected from Option Range A or B.
Students will select 40-80 credits from the following modules:

Description Credits
STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT 20
ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND SMALL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT 20
MANAGEMENT CONSULTING AND DEVELOPMENT 20
PROJECT MANAGEMENT 20
 

Options Range B

Students are required to select at least 40 credits from Option Range B. Under Option Range C a further 20 credits may be selected from Option Range A or B.
Students will select 40-80 credits from the following modules:

 
Description Credits
ADVANCED FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING 20
PERSONAL AND CORPORATE TAXATION 20
INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL SERVICES 20
CORPORATE SUSTAINABILITY 20
ADVANCED MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING 20
FINANCIAL MODELLING 20
CONSUMER BEHAVIOUR 20
MARKETING: SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND THE LAW 20
INNOVATION MANAGEMENT 20
SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT: STRATEGY AND DESIGN 20
INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT 20
BUILDING STRENGTHS AT WORK 20
STRATEGIC BRAND MANAGEMENT 20
ORGANISATIONAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS 20
COMPETITION AND CONSUMER POLICY FOR MANAGERS 20
SHOPPER MARKETING 20
DEVELOPING ORGANISATIONS CAPABILITY, ADAPTIVITY AND AGILITY 20
DEVELOPING TALENT; MANAGING YOUR CAREER 20
PROFESSIONAL VALUES 20
EUROPEAN BUSINESS: BRUSSELS, BUSINESS, BREXIT AND BEYOND 20

Options Range C

Students are required to select a further 20 credits, which may be from any Option Range referred to above or from the defined choice of modules included in Option Range C.
Students will select 0-20 credits from the following modules:

 
Description Credits
SYSTEMS ANALYSIS 20
PROGRAMMING FOR NON-SPECIALISTS 20
STRATEGIC THINKING 20
THE EUROPEAN ECONOMY 20
QUANTITATIVE METHODS FOR BUSINESS 20
BUSINESS ETHICS 20
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS 20
AUDITING AND ASSURANCE 20
INTERMEDIATE FRENCH II - A2/B1 CEFR 20
INTERMEDIATE GERMAN II - A2/B1 CEFR 20
INTERMEDIATE SPANISH II - A2/B1 CEFR 20
INTERMEDIATE FRENCH I - A2 CEFR 20
INTERMEDIATE GERMAN I - A2 CEFR 20
INTERMEDIATE SPANISH I - A2 CEFR 20

 

Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

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Entry Requirements

Entry Requirement

Year 2 entry will be assessed by Norwich Business School at UEA on a case by case basis.  Year 2 entry will also be considered by reviewing previous studies alongside our minimum Year 1 entry requirements. 

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

Applications from students whose first language is not English are welcome. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading):

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in all components)

We also accept a number of other English language tests. Please click here to see our full list.

If you do not yet meet the English language requirements for this course, INTO UEA offer a variety of English language programmes which are designed to help you develop the English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study:

 

 

Interviews

Most applicants will not be called for an interview and a decision will be made via UCAS Track. However, for some applicants an interview will be requested. Where an interview is required the Admissions Service will contact you directly to arrange a time.

Intakes

The annual intake is in September each year.

GCSE Offer

You are required to have Mathematics and English Language at a minimum of Grade C or Grade 4 or above at GCSE.

Course Open To

UK and overseas applicants.

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support

Tuition Fees

Information on tuition fees can be found here:

UK students

EU Students 

Overseas Students

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. 

The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.

How to Apply

How to apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The UCAS code name and number for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14.

Further information

Please complete our Online Enquiry Form to request a prospectus and to be kept up to date with news and events at the University. 

Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515

Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

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