BA (Hons) Business Studies

  • You can tailor your studies around your core strengths and interests
  • Learn from staff with industry and research rich backgrounds
  • Feel supported in your learning with our dedicated Programme Team

About the course

Indicative course structure

This course is ideal if you want a business degree that can lead to a wide range of careers. Business Studies has been Hertfordshire Business School’s flagship undergraduate programme for over 50 years, and continually evolves to meet current business and industry needs. The First Year gives you a solid foundation, while the Second and Final Years allow you to choose optional modules from across business disciplines including marketing, human resource management, finance, accounting and management. You also have the opportunity to study a language. This course is aligned to several professional bodies for students to work towards achieving professional body recognition.

You can also study a language with this course. You can be awarded the degree ‘with language’ in the title if you choose to study a foreign language in all years of study.

Why choose this course?

  • Study at a leading business-facing university.
  • Get a powerful understanding of how businesses operate today.
  • Tailor your studies around the areas that interest you most or follow a generalist business route.
  • Gain valuable experience by studying abroad for a year or taking a practical work placement.
  • Combine business studies with one of five languages, adding a stand-out skill to your CV.

What will I study?

You will be studying four 15 credit modules in each semester (this may vary between double modules) and your contact time varies between modules, but usually you will have two sessions per week for each module, a one-hour lecture following by a one-hour seminar/tutorial. Typically, a new topic or theory will be introduced in each lecture and will be followed up with class discussion and feedback in the subsequent seminar. In addition, as part of your study time, you will be collaborating with your peers on tasks and group assignments. Module leaders also offer weekly drop in and feedback sessions, usually 2 x 1 hours per module as well as revision sessions.

The University’s ‘online learning environment’ means you can access all your course resources, literature and timetables from anywhere in the world.

Usually, assessment is split between coursework and examinations. The style of coursework can vary from presentations to business reports, essays depending on the taught topics.

Professional Accreditations

We’ve developed our BA Business Studies in close collaboration with several leading professional bodies, making sure our modules meet their rigorous requirements.

These include the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) and Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). Depending which modules you choose, you can apply for exemptions from these organisations’ professional exams.


Employability is at the heart of every Hertfordshire degree and we’re pleased to say that 93% of graduates from the BA Business Studies go into work or further study within 6 months of graduating.

They go into a whole range of business roles, including finance officer, HR manager, key account administrator, management consultant, marketing executive, purchasing officer, project manager, quality consultant, recruitment consultant and trainee accountant. 

Our graduates launch careers with all sorts of organisations, including leading names like British Airways, Citibank, Ernst and Young, GlaxoSmithKline, KPMG, IBM, PWC, Rolls-Royce, Royal 

What job can I get?

Around 93% of our graduates have gone on to work or further study within six months of finishing this course. Our graduates have worked at Disney, Ford, GlaxoSmithKline, IBM, KPMG, Marks and Spencer and Xerox. You can also spend time studying abroad in Europe, North or South America, the Far East or Australia.