Business Management BA

Year of entry

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UCAS code
Start date
September 2025
Delivery type
On campus
3 years full time
Work placement
Study abroad
Typical A-level offer
Typical Access to Leeds offer
Full entry requirements

Course overview

Collaborative Teaching Suite

You’ll study your Business Management degree at our world-renowned Leeds University Business School. This dynamic course combines a comprehensive understanding of how to manage organisations with the practical knowledge top employers are looking for. You'll learn directly from business leaders at guest lectures and events, giving you valuable insights into a range of career paths and sectors.

Through compulsory modules, you’ll cover the core concepts and techniques of management and develop the skills required to lead. You’ll learn about organisational behaviour and the wider business environment, as well as important business functions such as accounting, marketing and supply chain management.

Diverse optional business management modules will focus on topics such as human resource management, management consulting, marketing strategy, and managing digital information and technology.

Whether you see yourself working in large private sector organisations, in the public sector or starting your own business, you’ll develop the analytical, quantitative, digital, presentation and other transferable skills required by the business world.

Shape your learning with pathways

This course offers pathways which allow you to tailor your course to your specific interests or professional aspirations. The majority of the pathways start from year 2, once you have established the foundations of your subject. Pathway modules can be taken in particular areas and can be followed through to your final year. This unique level of personalisation and self-direction provides you with flexibility to meet your career goals, whilst helping you stand out from the crowd when you graduate.

The pathways available on this course are: 

  • Analytics
  • Consulting
  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Human Resource Management
  • Enterprise and Innovation
  • Ethics and Sustainability

Course highlights

  • Choose to take an optional year in industry to gain valuable practical experience, or immerse yourself in a new culture by spending a year studying in a different country at one of our many partner universities across the world.
  • Prepare for success in your future career by learning directly from leaders at guest lectures and events, designed to develop your understanding of how managers apply theory to overcome real business problems.
  • Take part in discussion and debates with business leaders at our Leaders in Residence events, an annual highlight of your first and second year. Develop your networking skills and practical knowledge, whilst gaining insight into a range of career paths.
  • The optional Contemporary Management Consulting module gives you the opportunity to gain the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Level 5 Certificate in Professional Consulting.

Supporting your personal development

Throughout your studies, you'll benefit from the support of your Academic Personal Tutor who will work in partnership with you to maximise your personal and professional development.

You’ll also have access to support from the Business School’s Employability and Opportunity team who will help you explore opportunities to develop your professional network and gain work experience.

Read more about personal development support within the Business School.


Leeds University Business School has triple accreditation from the three leading bodies AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS

Course details

Our degrees have a modular structure. This means that the theoretical and applied content within our compulsory modules provide you with the core knowledge and skills that you need. 

Alongside these compulsory modules, you’ll also have the opportunity to shape your course through optional, pathway and discovery modules. They’re a great way to tailor your study around your interests or career aspirations and help you stand out in a competitive graduate job market. 

  • Optional modules are related to the field of business management enabling you to deepen your knowledge and skills within this area.  
  • Pathways are optional modules themed around key business disciplines, designed to complement your core knowledge and skills in business management and broaden your expertise. You can choose to study modules from up to two pathways during each year, with the opportunity to continue, choose a different pathway* or return your focus to business management optional modules as you progress between years. 
  • Discovery modules give you opportunities to expand your intellectual horizons outside your subject area. They are categorised into Discovery Themes ranging from arts to sciences, and from theory to practice.  

Whether you choose optional, pathway or discovery modules, you’ll be shaping your course to suit your personal interests and career aspirations. In all years, you will be able to choose from a selection of modules that reflect the research interests and expertise of staff at Leeds. 

*Subject to prerequisites in year 1 and/or year 2.

Year 1

Compulsory modules in your first year will cover the broad foundations of management. You’ll build knowledge of organisational behaviour and accounting to understand the contemporary business environment. You’ll also learn about the theory and practice of setting up a business and explore your own potential as a manager. You’ll have the opportunity to explore management issues in more depth through your choice of optional business management modules or you can choose to study other subjects available in Leeds University Business School via pathway modules and discovery modules from the wider University. 

Year 2

In your second year you’ll study the fundamentals of marketing and how to manage people and operations effectively. Through compulsory modules you will develop your research and analytical skills and learn to understand the importance of research, digital information management and corporate social responsibility in business decision-making. You can also continue to develop your personal leadership skills and learn how to demonstrate these to potential employers.

Optional business management modules will allow you to focus on specialist areas including organisational behaviour and business analytics. You’ll also have the opportunity to study pathway modules exploring topics such as human resource management, enterprise and innovation and ethics and sustainability. A choice of discovery modules will also be offered. 

Final year

When you reach your final year, you’ll further develop your management skills with compulsory modules in innovation, strategic management, and leadership. Through your choice of optional business management modules, you could explore topics such as decision making, business and the legal environment and managing social media. You’ll also have the option to continue to study topics via pathway modules in areas such as analytics, consulting, accounting, economics, human resource management. You’ll also have a choice to select discovery modules.

If you choose to study the optional Contemporary Management Consulting module, you’ll have the chance to register with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), and if you successfully complete the module, you’ll gain the CMI Level 5 Certificate in Professional Consulting.

The course culminates with your dissertation, an independently researched project that you submit in your final year, allowing you to apply your research and analysis skills to a management topic of your choice.

Course structure

The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.

For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Business Management BA in the course catalogue

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Exploring Your Potential (20 credits)
  • Accounting for Managers (10 credits)
  • The Contemporary Business Environment (20 credits)
  • Organisational Behaviour (20 credits)
  • Starting Your Own Business (10 credits)

Optional modules

  • Introduction to Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (10 credits)
  • Understanding Social Enterprise (10 credits)
  • Principles of International Business (20 credits)
  • Business and Society: Organisation Theory (10 credits)
  • Business and Society: Social Theory (10 credits)

Pathway modules

Economics pathway

  • Mathematics and Statistics for Economics and Business 1A (10 credits)
  • Mathematics and Statistics for Economics and Business 1B (10 credits)
  • Economics for Management (20 credits)

Accounting pathway

  • Introductory Management Accounting (10 credits)

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • How Managers Make Decisions (10 credits)
  • Marketing (20 credits)
  • Management Research and Analysis (20 credits)
  • Corporate Social Responsibility (10 credits)
  • Managing Operations, Supply Chains and Digital Technologies (20 credits)

Optional modules

  • From Study to Work (10 credits)
  • Skills for Management Professionals (10 credits)
  • Advanced Management Decision Making (10 credits)
  • Business and the Legal Environment (20 credits)
  • Organisational Behaviour in Practice (10 credits)
  • Business Analytics in a Global World (10 credits)
  • Experiencing the World of Work (10 credits)

Pathway modules

Analytics pathway

  • Visualising and Analysing Data Effectively (10 credits)

Consulting pathway

  • Evidence Based Consultancy (10 credits)

Accounting pathway

  • Intermediate Management Accounting (20 credits)

Economics pathway

  • Intermediate Microeconomics (10 credits)

Human Resource Management Pathway

  • Management, Work and Organisations (10 credits)
  • Contemporary Industrial Relations (10 credits)

Enterprise and Innovation pathway

  • Leading and Managing Small Businesses (10 credits)
  • Entrepreneurship in Theory and Practice (10 credits)
  • Managing Innovation in Business (10 credits)
  • New Enterprise Planning (20 credits)

Ethics and Sustainability pathway

  • Sustainability in Business (10 credits)

Final year

Compulsory modules

  • Strategic Management (20 credits)
  • Dissertation/Project in Management (40 credits)
  • Leadership in Organisations (10 credits)
  • Innovation Thinking and Practice (10 credits)

Optional modules

  • Managing Social Media and Digital Work (20 credits)
  • International Marketing (10 credits)
  • Advertising and Promotional Management (10 credits)
  • International Business Management (20 credits)
  • Marketing Strategy (20 credits)
  • Current Issues in Decision Making (20 credits)
  • Managing Global Value Chains (10 credits)
  • Managing Innovation and Technology (20 credits)

Pathway modules

Analytics pathway

  • Data Analytics for Business (20 credits)
  • People Analytics: Strategy and Practice (20 credits)

Consulting pathway

  • Enterprise Consultancy (20 credits)
  • Contemporary Management Consulting (20 credits)

Accounting pathway

  • Forensic Accounting and Finance (10 credits)

Economics pathway

  • The Political Economy of Work (10 credits)
  • Economics of Business and Corporate Strategy (20 credits)

Human Resource Management Pathway

  • Gender and Equality at Work in Comparative Perspective (20 credits)
  • Global Perspectives on HRM and Employment Relations (20 credits)
  • Strategic Human Resource Management (20 credits)

Enterprise and Innovation pathway

  • Critical Perspective in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (20 credits)

Ethics and Sustainability pathway

  • Diversity Management (20 credits)
  • Business Ethics (20 credits)

Learning and teaching

You’ll be taught using a range of methods including lectures, tutorials, seminars and workshops. The rest of your time will be spent in independent learning, which allows you to develop your skills in research and analysis. Our Virtual Learning Environment will help to support your studies: it’s a central place where you can find all the information and resources for the School, your course and modules.

On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.


We use a variety of assessment methods to help you develop a range of transferable skills that you’ll need in professional life. These are likely to include coursework, exams, oral presentations, group reports and dissertations.

Specialist facilities

At Leeds University Business School, you’ll have access to specialist facilities including state-of-the-art lecture theatres, collaborative learning and teaching spaces with the latest interactive technology and modern study spaces with dedicated computer clusters. Read more about our Business School facilities.

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Entry requirements

A-level: AAA

GCSE: 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or higher including Mathematics grade B/5 and English Language grade B/6 or equivalent, or an appropriate English language qualification.* *If you have a B/6 in GCSE English Literature we will accept a Grade B/5 or C/4 in GCSE English Language.

Other course specific tests:

Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications for this course.

Alternative qualification

Access to HE Diploma

Typically, we consider the Access to Higher Education Diploma to be suitable for UK applicants who will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Applicants must complete a Business-related diploma of 60 credits with 45 credits at Level 3. A minimum of 30 Level 3 credits must be awarded at Distinction level and 15 at Merit. Applicants are expected to meet the GCSE Maths and English Language minimum requirements for their chosen degree programme.

Please note that applicants presenting this qualification may be called for interview (where they must also present a recent piece of academic writing for review) - this requirement is assessed upon receipt of the application.


We will accept the RQF BTEC National Extended Diploma in Business with Distinction* Distinction Distinction (an academic A Level is not required). For the QCF BTEC National Extended Diploma in Business, or other BTEC qualifications alongside academic A-levels, please see our BTEC entry requirements.

Cambridge Pre-U

D3, D3, M1. Please note that this requirement excludes the Cambridge Pre-U Certificate in Global Perspectives and Independent Research. We also consider applicants who offer a combination of Pre-U and A-Level qualifications. Please contact for further advice.

International Baccalaureate

35 points overall including 5 in Standard level Maths courses or 4 in Higher level Maths courses, and 5 in English (Standard or Higher Level), with 17 points from Higher Level subjects.

For those candidates who meet our Maths or English requirements through another qualification, these minimum points for Maths or English in the IB Diploma do not apply. If you are presenting Literature and Performance as one of your International Baccalaureate subjects, you will need to present a separate English qualification.

Irish Leaving Certificate (higher Level)

Applicants must obtain 6 H2 grades in the Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher Level). Maths and English Language will be accepted at Ordinary level in lieu of GCSEs. A grade of O3 is required for GCSE B/5 (Maths) or GCSE B/6 (English).

Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

Scottish Highers and Scottish Advanced Highers are acceptable for entry onto our degree programmes in the following combinations: six Highers at AAAAAA (taken across Levels 5 and 6) or one Advanced Higher at A with five Highers at AAABB, or two Advanced Highers at AA with five Highers AABBB. We will also accept three Advanced Highers at AAA. National 5 Maths and English are acceptable in lieu of GCSE requirements on a grade for grade basis.


We welcome applications from candidates offering T levels. Applicants would be expected to achieve an overall Distinction from one of these subjects; Digital Business Services, Digital Support and Services, Accounting, Finance, or Management and Administration (the subject Human Resources may be considered in the future).

Applicants are expected to meet the GCSE Maths and English Language minimum requirements for their chosen degree programme.

Welsh Baccalaureate

Applicants offering the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (SCC) must obtain a grade A alongside AA at A level (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking).

Alternative entry

We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is a contextual admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

Find out more about Access to Leeds and contextual admissions.

Typical Access to Leeds offer

A level: ABB

GCSE: 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or higher including Mathematics grade B/5 and English Language or English Literature grade C/4

Access to Leeds: Pass


We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. Read more about International Entry Requirements for Leeds University Business School on our Entry Requirements page.

International Foundation Year

International students who do not meet the academic requirements for undergraduate study may be able to study the University of Leeds International Foundation Year. This gives you the opportunity to study on campus, be taught by University of Leeds academics and progress onto a wide range of Leeds undergraduate courses. Find out more about International Foundation Year programmes.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English
If you're an international student and you don't meet the English language requirements for this programme, you may be able to study our undergraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.


UK: To be confirmed

International: To be confirmed

Tuition fees for UK undergraduate students starting in 2024/25
Tuition fees for UK full-time undergraduate students are set by the UK Government and will be £9,250 for students starting in 2024/25.

The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation only, as a consequence of future changes in Government legislation and as permitted by law.

Tuition fees for UK undergraduate students starting in 2025/26
Tuition fees for UK full-time undergraduate students starting in 2025/26 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. When the fee is available we will update individual course pages.

Tuition fees for international undergraduate students starting in 2024/25 and 2025/26
Tuition fees for international students for 2024/25 are available on individual course pages. Fees for students starting in 2025/26 will be available from September 2024.

Tuition fees for a study abroad or work placement year
If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Additional cost information

All students who choose to take the final year optional module Contemporary Management Consulting will have the opportunity to register with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). By paying this fee you will be registered with the CMI and if you successfully complete the module you will receive the CMI Level 5 Certificate in Professional Consulting.

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more on our living costs and budgeting page.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

Leeds University Business School awards a generous range of scholarships.


Apply to this course through UCAS. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

The deadline for international students to apply to Leeds University Business School courses is 30 June.

This course is not accepting applications for deferred entry.

We typically receive a high number of applications to our courses in Leeds University Business School. The number of applicants exceeds the number of places available so, to ensure that we treat all applications fairly and equitably, we wait until after the UCAS equal consideration application deadline has passed before making a final decision on applications.

If we put your application on hold for review after the UCAS application deadline, we will send you an email to let you know. Although you may have to wait longer than usual to receive a decision, you will hear from us by mid-May at the latest, in line with the deadline that UCAS sets universities for making decisions on applications submitted by the January UCAS deadline.

Offer decisions are made based on an overall review of applications including predicted grades, breadth of knowledge demonstrated through qualifications, personal statement, extra-curricular and work experience, and contextual information. We look for enthusiastic and talented students who have the potential to succeed in their studies with us and contribute to our community.

Please see our How to Apply page, under “Application decisions” for details.

International applicants

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

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Career opportunities

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This course is an academically-oriented general business course, which aims to provide you with a broad understanding of key managerial functions.

If you choose to select a specialist pathway, this will enable you to refine your knowledge and skills within a more focussed area, such as, accounting, analytics, consulting, economics, human resource management, enterprise and innovation, and ethics and sustainability. This can demonstrate to potential employers your commitment to and skill in a particular area of management.

Plus, the University of Leeds is the 4th most targeted UK university by graduate recruiters, according to High Fliers’ The Graduate Market in 2024 report, meaning our graduates are highly sought-after.

Where will your Business Management degree take you?

Graduates from our management courses have typically used these flexible degrees as a pathway into a wide range of career choices, such as Human Resources Management, Consultancy, Advertising Executive, Business and Solution Analyst, Purchasing Manager, Brand Management Trainee, and Business Process Specialist.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers. Leeds University Business School is one of the few universities in the UK with a dedicated Employability and Opportunity team. You’ll be supported throughout your studies with one-to-one support, workshops and events from graduate employers, helping you develop the professional skills and experience that top employers are looking for.  

Find out more about the Business School’s Employability and Opportunity support.   

Nurturing Talent Mentor Scheme 

You’ll also have the opportunity to apply for our competitive Nurturing Talent Mentor Scheme, exclusive for Business School students. We’ll connect you with an industry professional who will support you on your career path as you are mentored on a one-to-one basis for one academic year.   

The Careers Service work with a large network of experienced professionals from companies such as Santander, M&S and KPMG, who volunteer as mentors on our Nurturing Talent Mentor Scheme.    

During your time at Leeds, you’ll have full access to the University Careers Service and Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Studies.  

Study abroad and work placements

Study abroad

On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend an additional academic year studying abroad. The University has partnerships with more than 300 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include the USA, Canada, Australia, countries in Asia and countries in Europe.

You can also apply to take part in a short-course summer school at one of our overseas partner institutions. A summer school can be taken as part of a three-year degree, or in addition to a study year abroad or year in industry.

Read more about studying abroad.

Work placement

Work placements can help you decide on your career and improve your employability prospects. You’ll have the opportunity to put theory from your course into practice whilst gaining practical work experience and transferable skills sought after by graduate employers. 

On this course you have the option to apply to spend a year in industry working within an organisation in either the public, private or voluntary sector, in the UK or overseas. If you take this option, your degree will be extended to a four-year course with the third year spent on placement. 

Support to find shorter summer internships and part-time or voluntary work is also available. 

Learn more about work placements.

Student profile: Isaac Crawford

After studying a Management degree, I feel there are a lot of options I could peruse, either working in a firm or starting my own business is definitely a possibility too!
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