Management Studies

BA, 3-4 years

This is for you if... you are fascinated by the way society is organised, in particular, the ways human beings relate to one another, and the ways in which people, persuade, encourage and expect others to do what they want.

Course Description

Organisations have an enormous impact on all of us, whether we are customers, employees or citizens. We are born in, educated in, work in, and die in organisations. These organisations are all managed to a greater or lesser degree.

This degree in Management Studies offers you a programme of learning which will expose you to the realities of management and the managerial experience in both the public and private sectors. The course covers the relevance of both management theory and practice for the solution of problems in international, national and local contexts. It also explores situations in which management has failed and in which management failures have actually contributed to social, economic, political or environmental problems.

At Leicester we approach management and organisation so far as it affects not only upon the lives of managers, but also the lives or more or less everyone. We are known for the ‘Leicester Model’ of management studies – an approach that challenges the status quo and seeks to give voice to those individuals, groups and societies who are traditionally overlooked in global management and organisational processes. With our distinctive approach to the study of management, you can be certain that we will provide you with a wealth of exciting learning experiences.

Our courses will provide you with an in-depth understanding of contemporary management techniques, and will allow you to develop the skills to become an effective and socially responsible manager in local and global arenas, whether in public, private or third sector organisations and enterprises.

What's the difference?

All four of these degrees have a common first year so that you get a solid grounding in management theory and practice. You will also study the same core modules in each of these degrees but the specialisation takes place in your second and final year when you will choose specifically finance, marketing or organisation studies related topics for your option modules and dissertation, according to the degree/pathway that you are studying.

If you choose to specialise in either finance, marketing or organisation studies, four out of your six option modules must be from that specialist pathway. Your dissertation must also be on a topic related to your specialism.


Key Facts
Typical offer
UCAS code
Start date
September 2017
School of Business

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Why Leicester?

Our multi-disciplinary approach to management draws on anthropology, cultural studies, economics, sociology, politics and psychology – as well as traditional management theories.

We are a member of the Chartered Association of Business Schools and hold a Small Business Charter Award in recognition of our role in helping to kick-start British enterprise.

Throughout the programme there is an emphasis on the demands of employers for critical and analytical problem-solving skills that you will require to keep pace with rapid changes in the workplace.

You will have the opportunity to gain a global outlook and real-world experience through our year abroad and placement year opportunities.

Course Structure

Year 1

Year 1

Your first year modules will introduce you to the three core areas that make up management studies: accounting and finance, marketing and consumption, and organisation studies. You will learn about the political-economic environment in which organisations exist, and the way in which ethical questions and the history of management education shape our understanding of management practice.


  • Economics for Management
  • Foundations of Knowledge
  • Foundations of Management
  • Information Management
  • Introduction to Accountancy
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Understanding and Using Statistical Information

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 2

Year 2

In the second year you will deepen your understanding of the core areas of management through modules covering organisational behaviour, financial management and the business environment. Modules in research methods will help prepare you for your final year dissertation, whilst two option modules (selected from a wide range) will allow you to focus on subjects that particularly interest you. At this point you may choose to specialise in finance, marketing or organisation studies.

Core modules

  • The Business Environment
  • Consumer Research
  • Financial Management
  • Dissertation Preparation
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Research Methods

Option modules

Choose two option modules from:

  • Corporate Social Responsibility: Theory and Practice
  • Crisis Management
  • Global Branding: Theory and Practice
  • Human Resource Management
  • International Marketing Communications
  • International Finance
  • Managing Diversity
  • Operations Management
  • Stock Market Analysis and Equity Valuation

Work placement

If you choose the final year option module, 'Critical Management in Practice', you will undertake a six-week work placement in the summer between your second and third years. This placement gives you the opportunity to critique management practice by grounding arguments in your own observations of professional management practice.

Previous students have been placed in a variety of sectors including marketing, finance, accounting, operations, procurement, sales, or even shadowing directors. Recent host employers have included DHL, Enterprise and Argo.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year Abroad or Placement Year (optional)

Year Abroad or Placement Year (optional)

You have the option of spending a year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions or working in an industrial placement. Alternatively, you can opt to continue studying at the University and complete your degree in three years. 

Placement Year

A placement year is a fantastic opportunity to gain experience of a working environment within the sector of your choice.  It is normally a paid position, more than offsetting the additional cost of your extra year.

Eligibility is dependent on your academic performance in Years 1 and 2. If you are accepted onto the programme you will be responsible for securing your own placement, with support from the School. Please note that being accepted onto the programme does not guarantee you a placement. 

During your placement year you will be supported by the School of Business Placement Team. This will include communication with you and your manager and a visit to your place of work. You will also undertake written work to capture your learning from the placement experience which will include reflection on your personal and professional development and your academic understanding.  This work will be assessed to allow you to gain recognition for your placement year.

Your placement effectively begins in Year 1 when you will be introduced to various opportunities to develop your skills, your understanding and experience.  In Year 2 you will be supported through guided sessions, such as:

  • Introduction to the placement year scheme
  • Researching placement opportunities
  • Making successful applications
  • Effective interview techniques
  • Preparing for my placement

A placement year is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the types of professions you can choose after you graduate, and can also point you towards postgraduate studies that may help you on the path to your chosen career.

Year Abroad

If you want to, you can spend your third year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions. Eligibility is dependent on your academic performance in Years 1 and 2. Alternatively, you can opt to continue studying at the University and complete your degree in three years.

Studying abroad is not just for people who are interested in travelling and meeting new people. It is about acquiring life skills that are becoming increasingly significant for a wide range of jobs in our modern globalised society. Whether you go on to work in the private sector, the state sector, a non-governmental organisation or become self-employed you will find the experience invaluable. Find out more from our International Office.

Please note that a year spent abroad still incurs a tuition fee, but this is much lower than for a normal year at Leicester. See our Fees and Funding section for details.

The School of Business has links with European universities, administered through the European Erasmus scheme. If you attend one of these, you may be eligible for an Erasmus grant if you comply with European Commission rules and regulations. If you are eligible for a loan from Student Finance you can apply for a travel grant from them. During your second year at Leicester you will receive appropriate language training.

  • For the latest information on the future of the Erasmus scheme at UK universities please see our Brexit microsite 

We have links with the following universities:

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Final Year

Final Year

In your final year, there are two compulsory modules. One will further extend your understanding of key debates in issues around strategy. The second will allow you to look at business from an international context. The dissertation – a major piece of independent research supported by one-on-one supervisions with a member of faculty – and four option modules will give you the chance to explore in more depth the subjects and issues that most interest you.

Core modules

  • International Business
  • Strategy
Plus your Dissertation

Option modules

Choose four option modules from:

  • Analysing Quantitative Data for Management and Research
  • Business Ethics
  • Consumer Culture: Globalisation, Materialism and Resistance
  • Corporate Finance
  • Critical Analysis for Management
  • Critical Management in Practice
  • Cultural Producers of Taste
  • Cyberpsychology at Work
  • Derivative Pricing 1
  • Derivative Pricing 2
  • Doing Qualitative Research: Analysing Qualitative Data
  • Doing Qualitative Research: Collecting Qualitative Data
  • Ecology and Sustainability
  • Management and Shaping of Innovation
  • Managing Knowledge in Organisations
  • Organisations in Economic Context
  • Survey Research for Management Studies


Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Major/Minor Degrees

Major/Minor options allow you to create your own degree. You can concentrate on one subject as your Major (75% of your course) while broadening your knowledge with a Minor subject (25% of your course).

Why not complement your Major with a subject that you enjoyed before, or which has vocational elements that can boost your career prospects? Alternatively, you may want to try something completely new that you’ve always been interested in, like a language.

Find out more

Teaching and Assessment

During your first year you will have 9-10 hours each week of timetabled sessions. These typically consist of 6 hours of lectures and 3-4 hours of seminars or small group work.

A variety of teaching methods are used with the aim of creating a stimulating environment in which you are encouraged to develop your learning skills and to actively participate in the learning process.

Assessment varies from one module to another and ranges between a mixture of coursework and examination in some modules, to others that are 100% coursework or project-based.

We are a vibrant and reflective School and the enthusiasm you will find in the lecture theatre and seminar room comes from our commitment to our subject and our attempts to develop and energise it.

Research Stories

Entry Requirements

  • A/AS-levels: ABB. Two AS-levels may be considered in place of one A-level. General Studies accepted.
  • EPQ with A-levels: BBB + EPQ at grade B. Two AS-levels considered in place of one A-level. General Studies accepted.
  • GCSE: Mathematics and English Language at grade C.
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass relevant diploma with some credits at distinction.
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 30 points, with grade 4 in SL Maths.
  • BTEC Nationals: Full Diploma with DDM, plus GCSE requirements as above.

Other national and international qualifications considered.

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course, you can apply for either the International Year One or the International Foundation Year run by our dedicated International Study Centre. The ISC provides academic and English language support to help you progress to your chosen undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester.

Second Year Entry may be possible with suitable qualifications.

Selection Process

Applicants are not normally interviewed. If you receive an offer you will be invited to visit the School of Business.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

International Qualifications

Find your country in this list to check equivalent qualifications, scholarships and additional requirements.

Countries List

Fees and Funding

  • Starting in 2016

    • £9,000 per year
    • The fee for a year abroad is £1,250, rather than £9,000.
    • The fee for a placement year is £1,000 rather than £9,000

    Starting in 2017

    An inflationary increase (2.8% based on RPIX*) in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Government for 2017. This is still subject to formal parliamentary approval however, if approved, fees for 2017/18 entry could rise to £9,250 in 2017/18.
    After 2017/18, the tuition fee you pay may increase annually in line with inflation (RPIX) and is subject to government regulations.
    (*RPIX is a measure of inflation in the UK, equivalent to all items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.)
  • Starting in 2017

    • £15,290 per year
    • If you take a Year Abroad or Year in Industry, your fee will be £2,293.50 which is 15% of the full-time tuition fee.

Career Opportunities

Alongside your academic work we recognise that it is also important that you gain experience and develop your skills.

The final year option module Critical Management in Practice offers you the chance to take a six-week summer placement. The module is designed to encourage students to critique management practice by grounding arguments in their own observations of professional management practice. Placements take place between the second and third year of study. Students have been placed in a variety of sectors ranging from marketing, finance, accounting, operations, procurement, sales or even shadowing directors and learning to become a valued team member. Alongside your academic work we recognise that it is also important that you gain experience and develop your skills. The School’s dedicated in-house Career Development Manager works closely with the University’s Career Development Service to make sure you get support to achieve your aspirations.

Whether you want to make a difference in the voluntary sector, start your own business or reach the top in an organisation, there are specially designed programmes and activities here at Leicester that can support you in the getting the right skills, experiences and exposure you need.

Careers that our graduates have pursued include roles within management, consultancy, HR, research, finance and accounting and higher education.


Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Course Qualification Duration UCAS Code Availability
Management Studies BA 3 years full-time N200 Apply Now
Management Studies with Year Abroad BA 4 years full-time N200 Apply Now
Management Studies
3 years full-time
Management Studies with Year Abroad
4 years full-time

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