BSc (Hons) Business Management (Top-up)




Royal Agricultural University Campus


1 Year (Full-time/Part-time)

Academic Year

30 September 2024 to 30 May 2025

Businesses need ever more skilled and highly adaptable personnel to face the challenges of a rapidly changing rapid global economic climate. The BSc (Hons) in Business Management is designed for students who want to level-up their existing qualifications to access opportunities in new careers or existing places of work.

Course overview

The BSc (Hons) in Business Management is a one year top-up for people who already have a Foundation degree or other HND-Level qualification and want to gain a full undergraduate degree.

This innovative degree is firmly rooted in your own experience. Across the programme you will investigate how organisations think and work, how they’re managed, and how they are affected by the external world in which they operate. leading you to achieve your career aspirations across a wide range of industries. Modules are designed in consultation with employers, so you will always be able to see the relevance of what you are studying to your future career.

This programme is available as both a full time over one year or part time over two years.

Accreditations and partnerships

We are delighted to work with a wide range of businesses, partners, and accreditation organisations, some of which are shown below:

Course content

Building on your prior studies or experience, we will guide you as you gain knowledge of strategic management, changing consumer behaviour and managing innovation. You will also develop critical inquiry and research skills that support your work and enhance its quality.

You will complete a research project which will give you an opportunity to study, in-depth, a subject of specific interest or of direct relevance to your future employment. The successful completion of this leads to the BSc (Hons) classification.


Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and societies activities.


Across the programme Employability Standards are built into every module. These are designed in consultation with employers, so you will always be able to see the relevance of what you are studying to your future career.     

All full-time academic programmes at the RAU are constructed using a selection of modules, each of which requires engagement with a variety of learning activities. Successful completion of module assessments will result in the award of credits, and students are required to achieve a total of 120 credits. Part-time students are required to achieve a 60 credits per year over two years.

Each module represents a value of 15 credits or multiples thereof. Each 15-credit module represents a minimum of 150 hours of student learning, effort and assessment. To achieve the award of BSc (Hons) in Business Management, a student must achieve a minimum of 120 credits. For this BSc (Hons) Top-up course, your grade is calculated entirely on this course's modules. 

The modules available for this degree are shown below. They may change for your year of study as we regularly review our module offerings to ensure they’re informed by the latest research and teaching methods.      

  • 3242 Negotiation in Business: Explore the process of negotiation as a form of persuasion and problem-solving within professional and personal communication contexts
  • 3300 Research Project / Dissertation: Develop a detailed research proposal that presents a well-developed research aim supported by clear research objectives
  • 3314 Strategic Management: Understand how to translate strategic objectives into actionable initiatives
  • 3315 Managing Innovation: Investigate the theoretical models and frameworks which facilitate innovation
  • 3316 Changing Consumer Behaviour: Interpret consumer behaviour using concepts from diverse disciplinary perspectives including psychology, sociology, anthropology and consumer culture

Plus a choice of TWO electives, examples given below:

  • 3041 Corporate Finance: Explore how finance affects the corporate world and the individual
  • 3323 Food Ethics and Governance: Explore different ethics frameworks and how they inform decision making about food
  • 3325 Rural Entrepreneurship: Gain the skills needed to successfully launch a business
  • 3332 Specialist Study Module: Undertake a self-directed study within the chosen specialist area

The availability of electives to individual students will be dependent on timetabling considerations and on sufficient students electing to take part.

Disclaimer information

The University has established various rules and regulations that you must agree to and follow if you accept an offer to study with us. View our full disclaimer notice.

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Careers and graduate destinations

Our graduates have gone on to pursue careers within companies worldwide and within the following areas:
  • International project manager
  • Business strategy manager
  • Sales executive
  • Distribution manager

The University and the School of Business and Entrepreneurship has links with a wide range of businesses, through our local Growth Hub, Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise partnership and over 175 years of successful Alumni.

"To see our students going to work at some real top-notch UK and international companies is absolutely phenomenal."

Dr Matthew Rogers-Draycott, Lecturer

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Entry requirements

Typical offers

  • A Foundation Degree or an HND in a related subject, achieving 240 credits overall and gained in the last five years
  • Depending on previous studies, you may be required to complete additional ‘bridging’ studies prior to enrolling on the Honours course in order to cover identified gaps in previous learning

Flexible entry

The University welcomes interest from applicants who may not have the standard entry requirements. A wide range of qualifications and experience are accepted in order to join University degree programmes. The University always considers evidence of personal, professional (APL) and educational experience, (APEL), which show an ability to meet the demands of their intended programme of study.

Further information

Read more general information about our entry requirements.

International students will also need to achieve IELTS Academic or equivalent at the appropriate level for your programme of study. English language requirements for international students.

For any further help, please contact our admissions team:  

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Tuition fees cover the cost of a student’s academic studies. This usually includes teaching costs, registration and examination fees (not repeat or trailing modules, re-sit fees or coursework resubmission). Any costs associated with work placements will be the student's responsibility. 

2024-25 Applicants

For the academic year 2024-25 the tuition fees for this course are: 

  UK International
Full-time £9,250 per year £15,300 per year

For part-time study, please contact for further information.

Please also refer to the funding your time at university page.

Tuition fees may be subject to an inflationary increase each year as set out in our Access and Participation Plan 2019/20.

If you are an Irish national you can check if you meet the requirements for Home Fees. Please visit the UKCISA website and consult the pdf guide “England HE – who pays Home Fees”. First check category ‘3 years in Republic of Ireland/UK/Islands, settled in UK’ or ‘Brexit temporary offer for courses starting before 2028: Irish citizens with residence in Europe or overseas territories’. You will possibly need to be fee assessed when you submit an application for study to the RAU.


The University offers a wide range of generous fee waivers and bursaries. To find out more about the these, please visit the bursaries, awards and scholarships page.

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Ready to take the plunge? Apply now

Applications to study at the Royal Agricultural University must be made through the UCAS system. This applies to all undergraduate courses.

Applications should be made by the UCAS deadline to ensure we are able to offer you a place on your first choice course. However, if you have missed the deadline please contact as there are usually places available.

If you would like to apply during UCAS Extra or Clearing, please check that we have places available.

Applicants wishing to study on a course on a part-time basis will need to apply directly to the RAU.

Please contact to discuss your requirements and obtain an application form