BSc (Hons)


  • UCAS code(s): N204
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September 2020
  • Course duration: Three years full-time

This innovative, internationally focused programme will help you develop the necessary business acumen to pursue a successful career as an entrepreneur, or in a multinational organisation. We provide a diverse, dynamic, well-connected environment where you will learn from industry experts as you prepare to launch a global career in business and management.

You will learn about the building blocks of business and management alongside the specialist fields of marketing, accounting and finance, data analysis, economics and entrepreneurship. The course is delivered in a unique way using problem-based learning and innovative teaching and coaching methods, allowing you to experience the dynamics that define the world of business and management.

You will study three modules in each half year and use the insight from theories to develop your understanding in practice. You will learn how to leverage this insight to build powerful relationships in the corporate world.

Your first year of study will take a problem-based learning approach. You will work individually and in groups to solve challenges, alongside business simulations, data insight and project work, equipping you for your compulsory summer internship, where you will put your learning into practice.

In the second year of study the focus is on design-thinking, and using this approach to solve challenges and build a more entrepreneurial mindset. You will explore numerous techniques including the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® methodology, an innovative process designed to enhance innovation and business performance. In the second half of the second year you can choose to study abroad at one of our partner institutions or to work on live business challenges in our unique business lab. You will then undertake a compulsory global summer internship.

The final year of study is future-focused and you, alongside your academic mentor, will undertake reverse mentoring with our NBS alumni, further personalising and deepening your insight and learning. You will also be involved in mentoring the first year students and setting up and running our unique NBS Challenge module.

Nottingham Business School have both EQUIS and AACSB accreditation.

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What you'll study

We are currently reviewing the content of our courses to ensure that they remain relevant and current to our students’ future ambitions and society. Please continue to check this course webpage for the latest developments.

The course begins in September 2020. Take a look at the academic calendar for term dates. The academic calendar will apply throughout your course, aside your placement year (if you have chosen to undertake one).

  • Year One

    Personal and Professional Development I

    Supports you to make the transition to university and lays the foundations for success in your degree studies and future career aspirations. The focus on this module is your learning and development and to enable you to acquire the core competencies and discipline-related skills to realise your full potential.

    Business Analytics

    Focuses on how organisations use data to develop their insight, product ranges and stay competitive. This module explores the role of information systems in organisations and their impact and contribution to competitive advantage.


    Provides you with an understanding of the essential marketing concepts and frameworks, including the role of marketing within business segmentation, targeting and positioning, creating customer value, satisfaction and loyalty.

    Principles of Management

    Provides you with an understanding of organisations as human systems that underpin their operations. You will be introduced to the key applications, policies and practices involved in operations and management.

    Accounting and Finance

    This module will develop the skills and competencies necessary to make effective use of accounting information, especially for control and decision-making purposes. You will develop your skills in exploring, interpreting and summarising data.

    Digital Literacy

    This module will introduce you to programming tools and techniques and the potential for technology to be transformative in application. You will develop your digital literacy through web design, smart and mobile phones, and their applications.

  • Year Two

    Entrepreneurship and Innovation

    This module explores the development of successful products and services, and the dependency on how well the research, design and innovation activities are integrated within an organisation.

    Global Economic Forecasting

    Introduces you to a range of key economic concepts, ideas and skills which allow you to understand how the international economy works. You will develop an understanding of the link between economics, finance, business and international development through trend analysis and forecasting techniques

    Personal and Professional Development II

    You will build and further reflect on your personal and professional skills, attributes and behaviours. You will begin to mentor others, as well as being mentored, alongside opportunities to explore your learning style and entrepreneurial mindset. The module will introduce you to the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® methodology.

    In the second half year of the course you will have the opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner institutions or work in our unique business lab solving live business challenges.

  • Final year

    International Management

    Influences of culture on management, and managing within and across diverse cultures are integral to today’s business world. This module addresses the issues of cultural differences and practical implications of the internationalisation of management, the organisation and its’ people.

    Transformative Business Models

    Examines the factors that characterise transformative business models, drawing on examples of organisations who have successfully devised new business models and reshaped and disrupted the industries and sectors within which they operate. As a result of studying the module you will be able to critically evaluate the ways in which new business models transform customer experiences, supply chain relationships and work and employment.

    Mastering Metrics

    This module presents the role of metrics within the organisation, establishing how an understanding of measurement techniques can enable organisations to achieve insights and support strategic decision making.

    #NBS Challenge

    This unique module will see you working to solve business challenges within an international setting, drawing on the tools and techniques you have developed within your learning. You will challenge yourself and others in providing innovative solutions to the challenges set.

    Personal and Professional Development III

    As you have developed yourself and supported others you will now be encouraged to shadow a leader and /or undertake reverse mentoring so you can further own your professional and personal insight into management. This module will bring together your reflections and learning from your personalised academic journey.

    Corporate Social Responsibility

    Value-based and responsible leadership is at the heart of this course and in this module you will use this learning to develop your understanding of the key issues affecting global business, exploring unique insights into the most current and pressing business and managerial topics, specific to different regions.

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

How you’re taught

On average you will receive minimum 12 – 15 hours of teaching per week from a combination of lectures and seminars. You'll then be expected to increase your understanding of the subject area through independent study for each module.

We use a mixture of teaching methods including traditional lectures and seminars, IT workshops, guest lectures, problem-based learning and group discussions. In addition to this you will also be involved in a variety of practical work such as individual and group presentations, student-led seminars, role play, industry-sponsored competitions and project work.

These are included to help you develop a range of practical skills such as time management, effective presentation, communication, customer focus, analytical, entrepreneurial and team working. All students will attend lectures and seminars at NTU’s City Campus, in the impressive Newton building, home to Nottingham Business School.

You will also have a number of one-on-one tutor sessions during each year, which will allow you to:

  • discuss your personal and professional development
  • discuss and gain feedback about your work
  • ask questions about the projects you're working on
  • raise any difficulties you are experiencing relating to your work, personal circumstances or your University experience.

You'll also use our virtual learning environment, NOW, which is a flexible web-based system that gives you 24-hour access to module learning materials and reading lists. It allows you to discuss work with tutors and submit coursework electronically from anywhere in the world.

Assessment methods

This course comprises a broad range of assessments including business reports, presentations/posters, digital outputs, theoretically focused papers, and reflective pieces. Class-based assessments might include individual or group presentations, phase tests and seminar tasks, while individual assessments will include on line self-tests, written responses to case studies, short articles and essays.

Many of your tasks will be experiential in nature, drawing on real world business issues and problems and some of them will relate directly to experience you undertake in the workplace.

Assessment methods:

This course is assessed with 100% coursework. Assessment figures are based on core modules and the most popular optional modules. Assessment for other optional modules may differ.

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

Full time version of the course (3 years)

  • Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (30%) and independent study (70%).
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (30%) and independent study (70%).
  • Year 3 lectures/seminars/workshops (20%) and independent study (80%).

Ranked 11th in the UK for Business, Management and Marketing (The Guardian League Table 2020)

Careers and employability

This course has been specifically designed to ensure that when you graduate you will leave with a set of practical skills and abilities designed to enhance your employability and enable you to perform effectively in your chosen role whether this is in the UK or internationally.

You will complete two compulsory summer internships, one of which will be taken abroad. You will also have the option to study abroad or complete a business lab project in the second half of your second year, where you will work to solve real-life problems set by global organisations. Your practical experience and knowledge of the industry will prepare you for a career in business and management, consolidating your theory and understanding.

This course will prepare you for a wide variety of roles in business and management in the UK or internationally. Graduates build careers in specialist roles such as logistics, human resources, marketing and finance, as well as entering graduate training schemes in a range of multi-national organisations. Graduates also excel in small and medium enterprises (SMEs) due to their broad experience.

Entry requirements

You will need one of the following:

  • A-levels – AAA, excluding General Studies; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DDD; or
  • 144 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications, excluding General Studies; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade B / 6.

We will consider equivalent qualifications and combinations, please see UCAS Course Search for details.

The UCAS Tariff

We have created this calculator to help you work out how many UCAS points your qualifications relate to.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Pre-masters and foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation or pre-Masters course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you are already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation and pre-Masters courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English Language tests.

  • For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.
  • If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our international team for advice.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It’s your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You’ve got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you’re applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Keeping up-to-date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

You can apply directly to the University for an Undergraduate Course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year. If you are applying to more than one UK University you must apply through UCAS.

Apply as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

  • For a step-by-step guide on making an application to the University please visit our how to apply page.
  • For advice on applying for a visa please visit our visa information page.
  • For advice on how to write a good personal statement please visit our personal statement page.

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Keeping up-to-date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Good luck with your application!

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

International fees and scholarships

For international and EU fees for all courses together with advice on how to pay, please visit our international fees information.

We offer prestigious scholarships to our international students holding offers to study here. For details and an application form please visit our international scholarships information.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

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