Business Studies University of Manchester

91% of students on our BA Economic and Social Studies (Business Studies) are satisfied with their course (National Student Survey 2016)
Are you interested in examining the roles, structures and functions of business from a broad social science perspective?
Are you looking for a flexible course that it delivered in part by the Alliance Manchester Business School?
Do you want to develop transferable skills that will prepare you for a wide range of roles or further study?
Would you like a chance to study abroad for a semester?

The Business Studies pathway of the BA(Hons) Economic and Social Studies degree - or BA(Econ) for short - is a flexible and innovative course that brings together research-led teaching from Accounting, Business, Economics, Finance, Politics and Sociology and offers in-depth insight into the business world.

Business doesn't work in isolation and at Manchester neither does the study of it.

Only by understanding the environment in which businesses function can you understand commercial behaviour. For example:
Politics explores the effects of government policy, regulation and public spending and how these would impact on businesses and the wider economy.
Economics encourages you to study the nuances of labour and finance markets and the microeconomic and macroeconomic factors that affect all of us.
Sociology gives you a framework to understand how employees and consumers are organised and how they behave. It also explores the demographic changes that will affect how firms must adapt to a changing population.

Each of your course units has been developed from the research of specialists in their fields from both the School of Social Sciences (Economics, Politics and Sociology) and the Alliance Manchester Business School (Accounting, Finance, Business Law, Marketing and Human Resource Management).

Business Studies (N100), Business Studies and Economics (NL11), Business Studies and Politics (NL12), Business Studies and Sociology (NL13) all share a common first year. In some cases it's possible to swap to a different pathway after the first year.

Please only apply for one of these courses to start with.

At the end of your course your degree title will be: BA (Hons) Economic and Social Studies, Business Studies.

Special features

This degree's broad-based foundation year, means that you don't need to have a social science qualification to apply.

A chair in political economy was founded at the University in 1854 making it one of the oldest centres for the study of Economics in the UK. Since then many famous names in Economics have worked here, including three Nobel Prize winners.

Our students

Business Studies BA (Econ) students in figures (2014):
Students on the course came from 24 countries
Their ages ranged from 17 - 28
The male / female ratio was 60 : 40

  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts in Economics (with Honours) - BA Eco (H)

  • Study mode

    Full-time

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Start date

    September 2018

  • Duration

    3 years


How to apply

Application deadlines

To guarantee the university or college will consider you for this course, you must apply by:

15 January

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code N100
Institution code M20
Campus name Main Site

Points of entry

This means the year in which you would like to start the course.

‘Year 1’ means you will start in the first year.

‘Year 0’ means you will enter onto a foundation year.

You may be able to start some courses in the second or third years, if you meet certain criteria. You will need to discuss this with the university or college directly.

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level AAB We do not accept two A/S Levels grades in place of one A-level.

Applicants must be studying at least one of the following A-level subjects: Accounting, Anthropology, Business Studies, Classics, Economics, English Language/Literature, Further Mathematics, Geography, History, Law, Mathematics, Modern Languages, Philosophy, Politics, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Use of Mathematics and World Development.
General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted for entry
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma DMM The School accepts Pearson BTEC Level 3 qualifications for entry as long as it is in a relevant subject and are offered along with A levels.
National Extended Diploma - accepted with grades DMM, alongside an A level at grade A in a different subject area to the diploma.
Access to HE Diploma D: 39 credits
M: 6 credits
Typical applicant - A mature student returning to education after a number of years.
Typical offer - Pass Access to HE Diploma with 45 level 3 credits (39 Distinctions/6 Merits).
Scottish Higher AAAAB AAAAB in Scottish Highers. Applicants taking a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers should contact socialsciences@manchester.ac.uk. Applicants not taking English Language or Mathematics at Higher level must achieve grade C in English Language and Grade B in mathematics at SCQF Level 5.
Advanced Subsidiary (AS) Not accepted
Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate The Welsh Baccalaureate is accepted as equivalent to an A-level on a grade-for-grade basis.
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate – Principal subjects Applicants are expected to achieve D3, D3, M1 in the Cambridge Pre-U. Applicants can either take three Pre-U qualifications or study them in conjunction with A Level subjects.
Extended Project Qualification The University recognises the benefits of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. Although the Extended Project will not be included in the conditions of your offer, we strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your personal statement and at interview. A number of our academic Schools may also choose to take your performance in the EPQ into account should places be available in August for applicants who narrowly miss the entry grades for their chosen course.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 Minimum grade C in English Language and grade B in Mathematics. In the newly reformed GCSEs in England you will require a grade 5 in English Language and grade 6 in Mathematics.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 35 points 6,6,5 at Higher level, 35 points overall. Applicants offering Mathematics or Maths Methods at standard or higher level must achieve a minimum of grade 5.

Applicants not holding GCSE English Language or equivalent must achieve grade 5 in standard or higher level English Language.
Irish Leaving Certificate - Higher Level H2, H2, H2, H2, H3
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma DM Alongside an A level at grade A in a different subject area to the diploma.
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate M Alongside two A levels at grades AA in different subject areas
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma DMM Alongside an A level at grade A in a different subject area to the diploma.
OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma DM Alongside an A level at grade A in a different subject area to the diploma.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate Not accepted
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma DM National Diploma - accepted with grades DM, alongside an A level at grade A in a different subject area to the diploma.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate M National Extended Certificate - accepted with grades M, alongside two A levels at grades AA in different subject areas.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma DM National Foundation Diploma - accepted with grades DM, alongside an A level at grade A in a different subject
Scottish Advanced Higher AAAAB in Scottish Highers. Applicants taking a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers should contact socialsciences@manchester.ac.uk. Applicants not taking English Language or Mathematics at Higher level must achieve grade C in English Language and Grade B in mathematics at SCQF Level 5.


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.5 With no lower than 6 in any component.
TOEFL (iBT) 92.0 92 overall with a minimum of 21 in Listening and Speaking, 22 in Reading and 23 in Speaking.

All applicants are expected to have a minimum of Grade C in GCSE English Language or equivalent. For international students equivalent qualifications would be: iGCSE English (First Language) - Grade C. iGCSE English (Second Language) Grade B. If you have other English language qualifications and want to enquire about whether you meet our English language requirements then please contact socialsciences@manchester.ac.uk


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Whole course
EU £9,250 Whole course
International £22,000 Whole course
England £9,250 Whole course
Northern Ireland £9,250 Whole course
Scotland £9,250 Whole course
Wales £9,250 Whole course

Additional fee information

http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/student-finance/

Sponsorship information

The University is committed to supporting students from low-income households through our financial support packages detailed below. Full-time UK students do not need to apply for Manchester’s bursaries separately but should ensure that they consent to share their financial details with the University when making an application to Student Finance England. http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/student-finance/2018/