Business and Management

Our degrees combine global management principles with real-world business challenges, preparing you for a broad range of career opportunities.

Real-world insight

Gain a solid understanding of how organisations and managers operate in a global environment. Learn from academics using real-life research so you can apply theory to real business challenges.

Bright future

Learn to think critically and independently and benefit from tailored careers support. Leave us with the knowledge, skills and experience highly sought after by today's employers.

Global outlook

Succeed in today's rapidly changing environment with our international approach to business and management. Our partnerships with universities worldwide provide opportunities to study, work or volunteer overseas.

Business and Management at Bristol

We want to inspire the next generation of managers and leaders who can respond to the changing needs of society and the biggest challenges of our time. We prepare our students with a solid academic foundation and the life skills to succeed in the real world.

Not only will you gain a solid understanding of how organisations operate in a global environment, but we offer the flexibility for you to tailor your course around your own interests and career goals.

We also offer International Business Management and Marketing courses.

The people are lovely, the city is beautiful and there's lots to get involved with. Management combines theoretical study with practical applications to produce a learning experience that is truly valuable.

Saakib, BSc Management

Career prospects

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With a combination of relevant theory, analytical skills and quantitative techniques - as well as our tailored careers support - a degree in business and management from Bristol will prepare you for opportunities in a variety of sectors. 

Many of our students join graduate management schemes in both the public and private sectors, while others opt to study at master's level or pursue professional careers in finance, marketing or management consultancy.

Recent graduate employers include KPMG, Goldman Sachs, UK government, Amazon and the NHS.

Bristol is a hub for startups, and some of our graduates go on to create and run their own businesses. 

What our students do after graduating

Course structure

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We offer a structured foundation supported by a flexible programme of study across our courses, allowing you to build your skills and knowledge while keeping your personal interests and career goals firmly in mind.

In the first year, you will explore important concepts and ideas in the fields of management, accounting, and statistics, as well as the global business environment. Second-year teaching will enhance your understanding of core research methods alongside optional units. If you opt for BSc Business Analytics you’ll study specific units on the subject in first and second year. In the final year you’ll put your skills and knowledge into practice and take a choice of specialist units. Most students will complete a dissertation, conduct a consultancy project or write a business plan.

Sample units may include:

  • Consumption and Consumer Behaviour
  • International Business Management
  • The Digital Economy
  • Project Management
  • Digital Marketing
  • Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence for Business
  • Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability.

If you have chosen BSc Business and Management you will have the option to tailor your degree pathway through taking a combination of specialist units. Pathways include Management Consulting, Digital Business and Human Resource Management.

If you have opted for a course with Study Abroad, you will spend year three studying at a partner institution overseas either in English or in a modern language. Find out more about studying abroad at Global Opportunities.

Employability support

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While employability and professional skills development are embedded throughout our degrees, you can also benefit from events and initiatives organised by our Professional Liaison Network, such as a professional mentoring scheme, visiting speakers from relevant organisations, student visits to companies, student internships and consultancy projects with external partners.

Further support is provided by our dedicated University Careers Service. Our Basecamp Enterprise team support entrepreneurs and their ideas with skills workshops, networking events, funding and support programmes.

These opportunities will help you to enhance your employability, develop professional networks and explore different career paths.

Business and Management

Our management degrees:

  • combine rigorous theory with real-world relevance, drawing on the latest case studies from our own research;
  • have a strong international dimension;
  • feature a wide choice of optional units, allowing you to personalise your degree.

Why study Business and Management at Bristol?

At Bristol we offer you a challenging yet supportive learning environment. We will help you become an innovative and resilient graduate with the confidence to find creative solutions to organisational problems.

You will be taught by academics and management practitioners who are experts in their fields. Our courses are current and exciting, informed by internationally renowned research.

Current members of the department have expertise in:

  • business ethics and sustainability;
  • group dynamics and learning;
  • internationalisation of business;
  • marketing;
  • innovation and digitisation;
  • organisational culture, values and organisational identity;
  • strategic management;
  • third-sector and non-profit management.

Your final year at Bristol may include a dissertation based on a piece of original research. Many students choose a theme that matches their personal career interests, and use their dissertation to showcase their talents to prospective employers at interview.

We equip you with skills to support you in your dissertation, such as research design, use of interviews and surveys, data collection and data analysis.

We offer opportunities for our students to engage with employers through our Faculty Professional Liaison Network. Initiatives include a professional mentoring scheme, visiting speakers from relevant organisations, student visits to companies, student internships, and student consultancy projects with external partners. These opportunities provide an excellent chance to improve employability and explore different career paths.

What kind of student would this course suit?

Our management courses will be of interest to you if you are considering a career in business or in the public or not-for-profit sectors, and want to retain a broad and balanced approach to your studies.

There will be lots of opportunities, as the course progresses, to tailor the course to reflect your personal interests. You will benefit from an international dimension to your studies, as a member of the vibrant and diverse student community here at Bristol.

You will also enjoy studying management with us if you like a variety of approaches in your learning.

How is this course taught and assessed?

We use a range of teaching methods. As well as lectures introducing new material to a large group of students, we run exercise lectures demonstrating the application of material. Our small-group teaching enables valuable interaction and discussion with tutors and peers.

You will prepare assignments during the year and receive feedback to help you learn from your work. Degree classifications are determined primarily by examinations, although some units include a coursework element as part of the final assessment. You may also complete a dissertation.

What are my career prospects?

With a combination of relevant theory, analytical skills and quantitative techniques, a degree in management from Bristol will equip you for a career in any sector.

Many of our students join graduate management schemes in both the public and private sectors, while others opt to study at master's level or pursue professional conversion courses for law or teaching. Bristol is a hub for startups, and some of our graduates go on to create and run their own businesses. Others have pursued careers in management consultancy, marketing or HR.

Recent graduate employers include Accenture, Amazon, the NHS, JP Morgan and PwC.

Find out more about what our students do after graduating.


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