BA (Hons) Business Management

Key information

Why choose this course?

  • The opportunity for membership of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and exemptions
  • AA sought-after degree by employers with graduate schemes in Business, Marketing and HR
  • Employability results of 91.7% of students in employment or further study(2019/20 Graduate Outcomes)

Be your own boss, climb the career ladder in a corporate, make a difference in a charity. Our Business Management degree will prepare you for your next steps wherever your journey takes you.

Developed hand –in hand with leading companies, our all-rounder course is a perfect launchpad to kickstart your business management career or be an innovative business leader.

Develop a personal toolkit of essential business knowledge and skills, backed up by practical experience. All taught by a range of experts and specialist practitioners.

Assessments give you a head start to stand out in your career, as they’re modelled on what you’ll face in the real-world (no live exams!). They include business reports, presentations, speed pitches, online tests and case studies.

HBS maintains strong relationships with professional bodies and business connections. Meet entrepreneurs–in–residence, business ambassadors and industry leaders at networking events or in guest lectures through our Business Academy.

Our collaborations with business partners, and a strong alumni network, enable us to bring in many industry experts, giving you a chance to learn and benefit from their experience.

A caring and friendly university, you get excellent support to overcome challenges and fulfil your potential.

We pride ourselves on our pastoral support if you encounter unprecedented circumstances. We will help you to overcome challenges and make sure they don’t stand in the way of getting your degree.

Graduates have landed successful roles in BT, Computacenter Disney, Ford, GlaxoSmithKline, IBM, KPMG, Ocado and Tesco as well as gone on to run their own successful businesses.

Our Staff 

You will be taught by a diverse group of specialists who will be either leading academics or successful commercial leaders each one a subject expert sharing their expertise with you.   

Alongside your teaching team, you will benefit from a dedicated academic support team, a well-being team and a personal tutor to help you adjust to the demands of university learning & living. 

What's the course about?

Explore practical business topics ranging from the global business environment, finance, marketing, technology and organisational behaviour before delving deeper into more specialised topics of interest.

Learn what it takes to run a successful business in our modern and changing world. Get to the heart of the latest challenges dominating businesses such as sustainability, leadership, digital innovation and organisation psychology.

Develop your professional skills, learning how to communicate, present and work with people, building your confidence and improving your CV.

We actively support you to go out on an industry placement, study abroad or do an internship (including the latest online bite-sized digital experiences) to help you find your direction and boost your CV to secure your first graduate role.

Above all, you are mentored and supported, to aim high to achieve future personal and professional success.

Where you'll study

Your teaching is on our modern de Havilland campus, with our 24/7 Learning Resources Centre, offering open and private study spaces. You also get online self-study materials to further support you.

There are dining options, a bar, and a recreational space on campus (shoot some pool or play video games). It also houses Hertfordshire Sports Village, featuring a gym, swimming pool, coffee shop, and climbing wall. Discover the Enterprise Hub , a vibrant destination where local firms and students work and learn in comfort.

The student union bar and additional facilities are only a 20-minute walk (or short bus ride) away at our second campus. Student housing is available at both campuses.

What will I study?

Become a well-rounded, informed business professional with a solid grounding in business management.

There are four modules in each semester. Each module has a good mix of theoretical knowledge and useful, transferrable, skills taught in-person and using self-study materials.

In your first year, discover introductory business topics covering the essential elements of business management. A great way to explore your options and get a taster for what is involved.

In your second year, enjoy the flexibility of optional pathways in Business Management with Information Systems or Business Management with Leadership as well as the core degree, each offering a broad choice of specialist modules whichever path you choose.

In your final year, really explore your passions, as you undertake your applied business project. This is your opportunity to research a business area of your choice and can prove a key differentiator when it comes to interview.

You’re encouraged to be innovative and forward thinking. Previous student projects have been on topics such as ethical financing in sport, the metaverse and the sustainability of cryptocurrency.

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Alumni Stories

Alan Chu

Meet Alan Chu who utilised the placement year on his course to gain valuable work experience enabling to land his dream job. He is currently the Finance and Operations Director at Beechbrook.

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Current job roleFinance and Operations Director
Year of graduation1999
Course of studyBA(Hons) Business Studies

University experience

Alan grew up in London and was looking for a university which wasn’t too far away from home but would also enable him to live independently. The University of Hertfordshire was perfectly located for him. Alan loved the sense of freedom he had and felt secure knowing he could still travel home easily. He enjoyed student life and made good friends, which he’s still in contact with today. Alan also met his wife while studying with us.

Alan applied to his chosen course because the variety of modules allowed him to keep his options open as he hadn't decided the area of business he wanted to work in. Our course was ideal because Alan could discover his interests and strengths along the way. A work placement year was another big deciding factor. Alan had little work experience before starting his degree and was highly motivated to change this. His sandwich year with the Audit Commission in London gave him the chance to learn essential office and IT skills. He became more confident and his insight into business was a valuable talking point at interviews.

Career progression

Alan joined the graduate audit trainee scheme with PricewaterhouseCoopers and qualified as a Chartered Accountant. He then worked as a Financial Controller at a mid-market private equity house, Graphite Capital. After spending seven years in the finance industry he joined a private debt fund manager, Beechbrook, as the Finance and Operations Director. This has given Alan the opportunity and responsibility to provide loans and equity solutions to small and medium-sized businesses across northern Europe.

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Alumni Stories

Abies Iriowen

Meet Abies Iriowen who has applied her degree to improve diversity and equality in businesses. She currently works as a Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator at Goldman Sachs

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Current job roleDiversity and Inclusion Coordinator
Year of graduation2018
Course of studyBA (Hons) Business and Event Management
Abies Iriowen

University experience

Abies has fond memories of her time at the University of Hertfordshire and is grateful for all of the opportunities she had within and outside of her studies.

She stresses the importance of joining societies, going on trips and taking advantage of tutors. She says, that her studies gave her ‘the push to get practical work experience as they taught me great organisation skills and how to work well in a team.’

As part of her degree, Abies secured a placement at FDM group who then asked her to come back after she graduated. ‘I got to this point in my career by getting as much work experience as possible. I completed two summer internships before securing my placement.’.

Current career and future

As a Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator at Goldman Sachs, her role involves ‘managing school engagement programmes across the UK, supporting external conversations and diversity and inclusion, and delivering all Diversity and Inclusion Events across the country.’

In the future, she hopes to work her way up in an organisation to promote and support inclusive working environments.

I got to this point in my career by getting as much work experience as possible. I completed two summer internships before securing my placement.