Frequently asked questions for Management

We asked the Department of Management some questions about what it's like to study with them. Here's what they said.

We are adapting our teaching methods and spaces in accordance with the latest COVID guidelines and therefore the information below may be subject to change.

What makes this department at the University of Bristol unique?

Our students learn to think critically and creatively about business, management and marketing.

Our courses are flexible, allowing students to gain a broad knowledge of management, marketing and the global business environment before specialising in units such as marketing for social impact, data analytics, or consultancy.

Our Professional Liaison Network will help prepare you for your career through placements, mentoring schemes and insight talks from industry experts.

Our graduates are the fourth most targeted by the UK's top 100 employers (High Fliers 2020).

How does the research at the school benefit the experience of the students at the school?

The school scored highly in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) with almost 80% of its research rated as 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent'. Its ongoing focus is to address the significant global and societal challenges that face individuals, organisations, communities and policymakers in the 21st century, and this is reflected in our curriculum.

The school has 6 research themes:

• Inclusive Economy
• Sustainable Consumption & Production
• Innovation and Digitalisation
• Public Services Governance and Management
• Global Political Economy
• Work Futures.

The research brings networking opportunities and industry connections for our students, with guest lectures from leaders across sectors such as government, charity and consultancy.

What does the school do to welcome students when they first start at Bristol?

Last year we hosted a Welcome event for all new first year students in Goldney Hall. The event was preceded by a treasure hunt competition. We also have various welcome sessions including with the Head of School, Director of Undergrad Studies and Course Directors, where you’ll have the opportunity to meet fellow students and lecturers. 

There are around 400 clubs and societies at our Student Union, including the newly formed Management Society, which is for students of all disciplines within the School of Management. The Management Society offers a 'family scheme', where you are matched with students in second and third year who will help provide support, guidance and socialising opportunities tailored to your tastes. There’s also the EFM (Economics, Finance & Management) Society, Women in Leadership and Bristol Consulting Society.

What is the first year timetable like for this course?

See our webpage for an example of timetables.

Where can I find out more about the detailed structure and content of the degree programmes?

On the University's Management course pages

What support does the school offer to new students?

Every student will be allocated a personal tutor who will support your personal and academic journey throughout your time at Bristol. We also have a wonderful student admin team who are there for you if you have questions about assignments, units and the practical side of your studies.

We have dedicated wellbeing advisers across the school and faculty. We also have a Careers Service who will help you to become career ready, and the Professional Liaison Network who help build your skills and connections with industry.

How will the course set me up for my future career?

We make sure all our units include content and activity that will help set you up for your future career. You'll learn skills including teamworking, data analysis, presentation and project management.

You may choose to do a consultancy project, or an in-industry project for some units, where you get to work on solving real business problems. We also hold guest lectures by leaders across industries.

Are there any employers or other initiatives that the school works with for industry placements?

We have a special team called the Professional Liaison Network who build industry connections for the purpose of helping you to find industry placements and mentors.

What do graduates go on to do after studying this course at Bristol?

This degree can take you into any industry – all organisations need management and marketing! Our graduates have gone on to work for public sector, charities and FTSE 100 corporations.

The list of our alumni roles ranges from CEOs, to Marketing Directors, to Business Analysts and Operations Managers at companies varying from Amazon to the United Nations.

What opportunities are there to study abroad as part of this course?

All our undergraduate courses offer the option to study abroad for a year. In addition to this, our Global Opportunities team usually has summer schemes available so you can gain international experience without taking a year out.

What are the facilities like on campus that students will use to study this course?

We have modern, fully IT-equipped lecture halls, plus smaller breakout rooms for tutorials. In addition to this there are excellent library facilities with nine libraries across campus supported by over 150 staff, including a dedicated library for Social Sciences and Law and libraries with extended opening hours.

We’re situated a two-minute walk from the Sports Centre and Senate House, which has dedicated student spaces with comfy social areas, study zones, refreshment facilities and even table football and ping pong.

The campus itself is based within the city, with many cafes and eateries nearby. The School of Management is in close proximity to leafy Clifton Village and Royal Fort Gardens, with the green space and inspiring views of Brandon Hill Park only a 10-minute walk away.

How many hours (on average) are required outside of lectures for additional work and study?

For every hour of lectures and tutorials, double the hours of independent study are required. Reading will be set in preparation for the sessions and you’ll need to set aside time for assignments and research.

As there are typically three units per semester, nine hours of tuition per week (comprising a two-hour lecture and a one-hour tutorial per unit), students will be expected to undertake 18+ hours of independent study per week.

How do assessments work for the department?

You will be assessed in a variety of ways:

  • Individual and group written assignments (essay, report, compilation, blogging)
  • Individual and group oral assignments (presentations, videos, podcasts or leading a webinar).

These can be formative assignments, put in place to provide developmental feedback, or summative assignments, where you get a specific mark that counts toward your grade. Lecturers will let you know when they set the assessment whether it’s for development or if it counts toward your grade.

What would you say are the main differences between studying at school and study at university?

You’ll be encouraged to work independently and be responsible for your own work and pace. Class sizes for lectures may be larger than you have experienced at school, and there’s a greater variety of learning modes. For example, in lectures you’ll be taught and presented to by the lecturer. Tutorials take place in smaller groups where you’ll be expected to give your input and contribute to critical discussion.

Although you’ll have fewer classes than at school, lecturers provide office hours and can arrange appointments to discuss anything you need extra help with. Personal tutors are also on hand to provide support.

The flexibility of our courses in second and third year means you’ll be able to follow your passion and choose topics you enjoy from our wide range of optional units. We also have open units where you can study outside the programme, for example, business law.

What are examples of final year projects/dissertations that students have worked on when they study this course?

The dissertation unit enables you to combine your personal and academic interests. Here are some examples of topics covered by our students:

  • Effects of social media on relationship between rugby fans and their sport (relationship marketing and sport)
  • CSR: motivations of students to purchase goods from companies that actively test on animals
  • Stress management strategies of employees in high stress environments
  • The rise of power bloggers in S.Korea
  • Attitudes of female students to entering the finance industry
  • Marketing of healthy foods on social media and childhood obesity
  • Small business responses to disaster management planning (hurricanes)
  • Trust and authenticity of social media influencers
  • Gender, motivation and entrepreneurship in the fashion industry
  • Impact of blockchain / cryptocurrency on the football industry
  • Impact of Foreign Direct Investment on economic growth in Macedonia
  • Internet privacy, governance and the rise of populism.

Anything else I should know about?

It’s our school’s mission to help you to develop as the next generation of global citizens and leaders. We’re very happy you’re considering joining us, and hope you’ll make Bristol your firm choice!

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