BA (Hons) Business Management (September start)

Southwark Campus and Croydon Campus

Mode: Full-time


Show them who’s boss

Are you ready for a career in business?  This undergraduate course could take you to the starting line. You’ll develop knowledge and skills across several business disciplines, focusing on the study of organisations, management and the changing environment in which they operate.

We offer the opportunity for all undergraduate Home/EU students to undertake a work placement, internship or work experience while studying a full-time course starting in September 2021.

Why Business Management at LSBU?

No.2 in London for satisfaction with courses across Business, Management and Marketing (Guardian University Guide 2019).
1st overall for career prospects among Modern London universities (Guardian University League Tables 2020)
Professional accreditation - The School has Centre of Excellence status with the IOEE, in recognition of our entrepreneurial culture and leading-edge practice.
Outstanding facilities and access to the software widely used in industry: Bloomberg, SAGE, FAME, Nvivo and SPSS.
The opportunity to complete your third year in a paid professional work placement.
You could study in Europe during the second semester of the second year, with semester abroad opportunities in the USA or Australia too.

Study at LSBU Croydon

This course is also available to study at our new campus in the heart of Croydon from September 2021. LSBU Croydon will play a key role in our mission to transform lives, communities, businesses and social through applied education. Find out more or apply now.


Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
3 years
Start Date
Southwark Campus; Croydon Campus
4 years
Start Date
Southwark Campus; Croydon Campus
Full-time (with placement)
4 years
Start Date
Southwark Campus; Croydon Campus


The course has been created to combine theory with current industry practice. This way, you can develop an understanding of the relevant knowledge and skills you need to apply for business management roles.

Year 1

  • Finance and the Economy Introduces students to a range of economic and financial topics and shows how these can be applied to understand the world around us. The module develops students understanding of the external environment businesses face, and aspects of finance relevant to the business context.
  • Principles of Marketing Aims to provide students with an introduction to the nature and scope of marketing. It provides them with an understanding of the fundamentals within the marketing discipline and to be introduced to the understanding of marketing as a management tool. Students will also be introduced to the role of marketing within the general marketplace and society.
  • LSBU Discovery Project In this module students will be utilising business project frameworks, problem solving skills and ideas generation techniques that will support them through the key stages required to complete a business small business project from concept to delivery. Throughout the stages of their project, and by incorporating a facilitated coaching process, students will be supported to develop key skills vital to successful leadership and management.
  • Data for Decision Making The module examines a range of ways of handling, analysing and presenting quantitative information.  The underlying theme is to look at data in a variety of forms, to determine the ‘story’ that this data is telling, and to use that ‘story’ to justify decisions.
  • Management and Organisations This module introduces students to the basic concepts of management in organisations. It provides students an appreciation of the complexities of organisations that affect employee behaviour within them. It introduces them to human resource management strategies to manage people in organisations. The module incorporates key management, organisational behaviour and people management theories and practices.
  • Principles of Strategy This module aims to equip students with the knowledge of skills of basic strategic analysis. Students will be exposed to the use of simple strategic tools to evaluate the business and its wider environment. They will also be able to identify creative strategic solutions to simple organisational issues. The module further aims to develop students’ ability to make decisions between different strategic alternatives.

Year 2

  • The Business Professional
    This module provides comprehensive insights into graduate employability and career development for Business Management students. It teaches students essential techniques of self-awareness building, career exploration, job search, succeeding in recruitment and selection processes and teamwork, enabling them to secure employment and thrive in the world of work.
  • Operations, Logistics and Supply Chain Management
    This module demonstrates the importance of operations, logistics and the supply chain while also considering procurement and negotiation strategies and techniques within business services, retail and manufacturing environments. Students will analyse best practice in logistics and supply chain management and the effects of disruptive technological and communication developments on business operations.
  • Effective Business Negotiations
    Negotiation is a core business skill integral to some degree in the vast majority of commercial and even non-commercial business activities. Successful negotiation is a process that involves a number of essential soft skills including effective questioning, effective listening, critical thinking and empathy. In addition, planning, situational analysis and the ability to recognise and evaluate the shared, differing and conflicting interests of the parties involved is key.
  • Responsible Business
    The corporate responsibility agenda of the 90s was about ticking boxes. Now, companies are more progressive with a shift in focus towards social value, and understanding that responsibility is a commercial imperative, embedded in strategy to provide a competitive advantage.  This module outlines some of the resources and strategies adapted from management and leadership across industries. With a focus on sustainable development the module introduces students to sustainability narratives and challenges stemming from the scarcity of resources, and the inherent concerns from the complexity of the leadership issues involved towards an adaptive and assimilated sustainability planning.
  • Digital Transformation
    This module introduces students to the basic theory, concepts, and techniques of digital business transformation. It focuses on developing the thought processes and practical skills needed to identify, analyse, evaluate and apply digital technologies in order to address real-world business problems.

Plus options from:

  • The Digital Economy
  • Entrepreneurial Mindset: Business Discovery and Development
  • Finance in a Digital World
  • Learning and Talent Development
  • Media Relations
  • Fundamentals of Project Management
  • Practical Analytics

Year 3

If you study the full-time BA (Hons) Business Management Degree you'll have the option to undertake a work placement as part of the 4-year sandwich course.

Year 4

  • Leadership, Strategy and Change
    This module examines the scope and nature of leadership, strategic management and change and approaches to establishing organisational objectives. It demonstrates the link between strategy, resources, markets, innovation, technology and finances available. The impact of the size and structure of organisations as well as external factors impacting strategy including globalization and sustainability are also considered.
  • Comparative International Management
    In an ever broadening set of interdependent relationships among countries, the need to recognise the opportunities and restrictions presented by different world markets has gained significance. This module is designed to impart students with the analytical skills to assess the socio-economic differences between countries, and to identify how these differences impact business and management behaviour across countries through comparative studies. It is based on the rationale that students understanding as managers will be expected to analyse and compare market and business environments in different countries to attain business success.  The module develops students’ understanding of business practice in different regions and acquaints students to apply analytical management tools and qualitative research methodologies to critically evaluate and gain an understanding of comparative international management practices.
  • Small Business Management
    Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) represent a large share of our economies and a leading force in economic development. This module focuses on such enterprises and explores the distinctive features of management in the SME environment. The module covers the fundamentals of managing SMEs and family owned small businesses in relation to leadership, strategy implementation, product development, innovation management, domestic growth and internationalisation strategies. Students will develop an understanding of the theoretical foundations of entrepreneurship. Students will also look at the roles and contributions of entrepreneurs and SMEs to economies, and will consider debates around the provision of hard and soft government support for entrepreneurship and SMEs.  The module examines the application of entrepreneurship across different domains, including the role of women, family businesses, ethnic minority businesses, and corporate ventures.
  • Research Project
    This final year module allows students to consolidate their learning over the whole of their degree by undertaking an independent small-scale research project, with a business or management focus.
  • Applied Project
    This final year module allows students returning from their undergraduate placement year to consolidate their learning on their degree and industrial experience by undertaking an applied project.

Plus options from:

  • Business Intelligence
  • New Technology Innovations
  • Global Finance and Technology
  • Contemporary Issues in HR
  • Strategic Market Channels
  • PRINCE2® - Methodologies for Project Management
  • Retail Boutiques and Shopper Behaviour
  • Volunteering


    All the way through the course, employability skills are promoted – with guest speakers from industry, business insights, graduate start-up and entrepreneur schemes.

    Jobs directly related to a degree in Business Management include:

    • Retail manager
    • Chartered management accountant
    • Corporate investment banker
    • Human resources officer
    • Insurance underwriter
    • Management consultant
    • Operational researcher
    • Risk manager
    • Human resources officer
    • Logistics and distribution manager
    • Marketing executive
    • Sales executive
    • Systems analyst

    The employment record of our business graduates is excellent.

    Recent graduates have gone on to work as:

    • Local Business Development Manager at Audi
    • Consultant at JCW
    • Administration Assistant  at NHS
    • Talent Intelligence Manager at Talent Intelligence
    • Account Assistant at ABC Accountancy
    • Operations Manager at Patisserie Chocolat Limited
    • CEO at BoxUp Crime
    • Financial Market Trader
    • HR Advisor at UK National Audit Office
    • Finance Intern at Eversholt Rail Group
    • Operations and Administration at The Rose Theatre
    • Assistant Events Officer at Birkbeck, University of London
    • Freelance Web Developer
    • Customer Service at Santander UK Corporate & Commercial
    • Administration Assistant at Mars Capital
    • National Manager at Elevation Networks
    • Sales & partnership manager at HomeRez
    • Business Controller at L'Oréal Luxe Travel Retail Monde
    • Global Strategic Partnership Manager, Trailhead (Salesforce training division)

    Employability Service

    We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.

    At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

    • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
    • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

    Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

    In recognition of the School’s entrepreneurial culture and leading-edge practice, it has Centre of Excellence status: the IoEE’s (Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs) flagship organisational accreditation for organisations that promote and deliver enterprise skills development.

    IoEE Centre of Excellence logo
    Centre of Excellence status is the IoEE’s (Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs) flagship organisational accreditation for organisations that promote and deliver enterprise skills development – and is in recognition of the School’s entrepreneurial culture and leading-edge practice.


    One of the most exciting parts of this course is the opportunity to undertake a one year work-placement in your third year.

    Year-long placements enable you to evidence your theoretical knowledge is applied to the world of work. You will develop your soft, transferable and IT skills, which will increase your employability at the end of your degree and set you apart from other graduates.

    The course team work closely with our Business School Careers and Employability Team to ensure you are placed in suitable working environments. You'll be given guidance and assistance with respect to finding a placement, CV preparation and the application process. Most placements are within the London area.

    Students have completed placements in a variety of organisations, including the NHS and Nissan, as well as working for smaller businesses across the capital in the digital, commercial and marketing sectors.

    Or, if you have an idea for a new business you’d like to work on, you can spend your third year developing this in our Enterprise Centre.

    Teaching and learning

    Your learning materials are available on the Virtual Learning Environment so you can access them any time. Seminars make use of group-work and discussions, workshops and computer lab work.

    Read more about our student services.

    Your learning materials are available on the Virtual Learning Environment so you can access them any time. Seminars make use of group-work and discussions, workshops and computer lab work.

    Read more about our student services.

    Percentage of time spent in different learning activities
    Lectures and seminars Self-directed study
    Year 1 30% 70%
    Year 2 30% 70%
    Year 3 30% 70%  

    Extra Curricula Activities

    Business students benefit from a number of facilities and software available within the School of Business, but are also host to a whole number of extracurricular activities that help prepare students for the world of work.

    Below is a list of extracurricular activities which students can get involved in, utilising the facilities which we have available, to make the learning process at LSBU much more practical and hands-on.

    • Institute of Directors (IoD) – our close relationship with the IoD results in regular networking events with senior IoD members, entry into the Young Director of the Year award, membership with the IoD, and access to all of their great resources.
    • Business Solutions Centre - Students of LSBU’s School of Business offer a free drop-in service to local businesses.
    • Live Projects – students benefit from live projects with real businesses who present problems and students have to suggest solutions.
    • Hackathons – an event, which brings students together to solve a business problem over a short period, you will need to think fast and work as a team to come up with an innovative solution!
    • ILX courses – We provide a number of accredited courses, which prepare students for project management, a crucial skill respected within the business sector.
    • Learn a language – students will have the opportunity to learn another language, an invaluable skill in a global city. Another language is just another skill we can support you with, supporting you for future career success.

    Find out about our HEAR programme in the School of Business

    Personal Tutoring

    As an undergraduate student in LSBU Business School, your personal development and wellbeing is very important to us, so we have developed a personal tutoring system that is tailored to your individual and group needs.

    Firstly, you will be allocated a personal tutor who will be available to you on a 1:1 basis as well as facilitating group personal tutoring sessions which will be designed to enhance your academic and personal development within your degree programme.

    In addition to an allocated personal tutor, there will also be a personal tutor available ‘on call’ in a designated room, called ‘Talk’, for confidential 1:1 pastoral care meetings every day of the academic semester from 9am to 8pm. This personal tutor can be seen by appointment or within a few minutes in order to assist you with any concerns that you may have.

    Our personal tutoring motto is that we want you to "Achieve, Succeed & Excel".


    Students in their first year of an undergraduate degree will also benefit from our BE programme.  This programme is a proactive approach to student development that draws out our students' potential through a process of self-analysis, reflection, planning and action, enabling students to discover and decide upon their required needs.


    Entry requirements

    • A Level BCC or:
    • BTEC National Diploma DMM or:
    • Access to HE qualifications with 9 Distinctions and 36 Merits or:
    • Equivalent Level 3 qualifications worth 112 UCAS points
    • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English, or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).
    • We welcome equivalent qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.

    Visit UCAS for guidance on the tariff.

    Advanced entry

    If you have already completed some studies at another university, we may be able to consider you for advanced entry. Please see our advanced entry page for more information.

    Advanced entry

    If you have already completed some studies at another university, we may be able to consider you for advanced entry. Please see our advanced entry page for more information.

    How to apply

    International students

    International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

    Home/EU applicants

    Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
    3 years
    Start date
    Application code
    Application method
    4 years
    Start date
    Application code
    Application method
    Full-time (with placement)
    4 years
    Start date
    Application code
    Application method

    All full-time undergraduate students apply to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) using the University's Institution Code L75. Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply webpage for undergraduate students.

    All part-time students should apply directly to London South Bank University and full details of how to do this are given on our undergraduate How to apply webpage.

    Choose your campus

    On your UCAS application for an Business Management course you will need to choose which LSBU campus you wish to study at: Southwark or Croydon.

    LSBU is located in Elephant & Castle, the heart of London with access to everything the city has to offer, including strong partnerships with the industries that surround us. To study at our Southwark campus please put an S on your UCAS application.

    LSBU Croydon is our new campus opening in September 2021 with a mission to transform lives and communities. Croydon is home to many businesses, from household names to start-ups, giving our LSBU Croydon students loads of opportunities. To study at our Croydon campus please put a C on your application.


    Students should apply for accommodation at London South Bank University (LSBU) as soon as possible, once we have made an offer of a place on one of our academic courses. Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.


    It's a good idea to think about how you'll pay university tuition and maintenance costs while you're still applying for a place to study. Remember – you don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as an undergraduate student.

    Prepare to start

    Applicant events

    After you’ve received your offer we’ll send you emails about events we run to help you prepare for your course.

    Welcome Week

    Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Welcome Week pages.

    Fees and funding

    For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for undergraduate students.

    Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a Home, EU or International student for fee-paying purposes and for our regulatory returns, by reading the UKCISA regulations.

    See our Tuition Fees Regulations (PDF File 160 KB) and Refund Policy (PDF File 102 KB).

    Possible fee changes

    The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions.

    The fees for international students are reviewed annually and the University reserves the right to increase the tuition fees in line with the RPIX measure of inflation up to 4 per cent.


    We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on our scholarships page.

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