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About the course

Develop the insight, confidence, management skills and sustainability perspective to succeed in modern business or set up your own business on this professionally-focused degree, accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

Ranked in the UK top 25% for business, management and marketing (Guardian UK University Guide 2021), Solent Business School offers the skills and confidence you need to progress a successful career in business and international management – or even to start up your own business.

With a range of option choices to help you focus your personal career path, this challenging course will prepare you for the ever-changing business environment – teaching you to analyse future trends, identify local and broader impacts, and recommend sustainable, ethical solutions to contemporary business challenges.

Hone your skills through interactive learning sessions and a variety of practically focused assessments – giving you not just essential knowledge of business and management, but the understanding to apply that knowledge in real-world contexts.

Our talented teaching team offer a wealth of experience in varied national business and marketing environments and cultures, giving you an exceptional range of expertise to call upon. 85% of our students say our courses are intellectually stimulating and 95% highlight our staff are good at explaining things (National Student Survey, DiscoverUni 2020).

Meanwhile, accreditation from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) means you can also graduate with an additional professional leadership and management award (level 5).

If you apply for this course with a placement year, you have the opportunity to undertake a year in industry between your second and third years.
Placement year
This course offers additional qualifications for you to obtain with your degree.
Additional qualification
This course has been accredited by a professional body.
Professional accreditation
If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years.
Foundation year available
You have the opportunity to obtain a professional membership as part of this degree.
Professional memberships
As part of your studies you will have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement.
Built in work experience placement
After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies

Dual accredited with Chartered Management Institute; on graduation, you will also receive a level 5 professional diploma in leadership and management.

What does this course lead to?

A Solent business management degree gives you the specialist business knowledge and broad transferable skills to find business-focused roles in any industry. Recent graduates have gained professional and managerial positions across the world, for example:

  • Graduate scheme, TK Maxx
  • HR graduate scheme, Randstad
  • Graduate Scheme, EY
  • HR, B&Q
  • Assistant manager and graduate manager trainee, Enterprise Rent-a-Car
  • Resource partner, Roke
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Saudi Arabia
  • Investment Manager, Black Coat Group
  • Digital Credit Controller, Penguin House
  • Team Senior, BMW
  • Chief Marketing Officer, Kaspas Desserts
  • Project Manager, Olay Trans Ltd (Cyprus)
  • Business Systems Analyst, Meridian Corp Finance
  • Consultancy graduate, CISCO
  • HR, NHS Southampton
  • Financial Coordinator, De Vere Group (Malta)
  • Sales Executive, EE
  • Operations Assistant, Marks and Spencer
  • Accounts Controller, Wallenuis Wilhelmsen Logistics
  • Other graduates have used the knowledge and skills gained to start their own businesses. Examples include:
  • Ben Michaelis – Managing Director, ThinkEngine
  • Daisy Hatfield – Managing Director, New Forest Polo School
  • Liam Saunders – Managing Director, VIP IT

Who is this course for?

Solent’s business management degree is ideally suited if you want to develop strong business skills and prepare yourself for a successful career in a range of business industries – studying a curriculum that is not just about theory, but focused on real-world application.

You may not be sure yet which area of business will suit you, but all avenues are open - social enterprise, charity, government, big local, global business or a smaller entrepreneurial firm or start-up.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £13,800 per year
UK, EU and Channel Island placement year fee: £1,425
International placement year fee: £1,850

Following the UK government's confirmation that EU students will no longer be eligible for home fee status benefits, we've made the decision to keep EU tuition fees the same as UK tuition fees for 2021 entry.

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact

Optional costs

Whilst the CMI qualification is included within the course fees, undertaking the Project Fundamentals Qualification for the Association of Project Management will require an exam fee to be paid, which is normally around £200.

Bursaries and scholarships

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

104-120 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D or equivalent qualification, or a combination of qualifications which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 104 UCAS points.
  • Alternative entry to this course is available through the Business and Law Foundation Year
  • Direct entry into year two or three may be considered for this course.
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 20 in each individual component
  • Duolingo English Language Test - 100 overall with minimum of 90 in each component
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

Pre-Sessional English programme

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Solent team:

If you are a UK, EU or EEA applicant please contact 023 8201 5066 If you are an international applicant please contact 023 8201 5066

How to apply

Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website:

Your application should reach UCAS by 15 January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until the end of June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Please click the links below to apply through UCAS:

Mode of study
Full-time 3 years Apply
Placement Year 4 years Apply

Business and Law Foundation Year route:

Mode of study
Full-time 4 years Apply
Placement Year 5 years Apply
How to apply

What you'll study

Year one

Core modules

  • Positive Psychology for Success
    Lay strong foundations for study and employment success. Build your academic, employability and independent learning skills, and put together a personal professional development (PPD) plan to stay agile, adaptable and future ready.
  • Contemporary Management Theory
    Expand your understanding of key managerial concepts, including organisational purpose and structure, leadership, corporate culture, ethics, strategic decision-making, diversity and employment law - through case studies from today’s business environment.
  • Data Analysis, Tools and Application
    Explore how digital technology has fundamentally reshaped traditional business, and how businesses try to keep up. Learn to collect, analyse, and interpret data, and to present your findings effectively.
  • Marketing, Sales and Negotiation Skills
    Discover the critical role of marketing in business, from understanding customers’ motivations to engagement to measuring effectiveness. Learn key marketing concepts and terminology, explore digital and content marketing, and more.
  • Business Finance for Managers
    Get to grips with finance and accounting, an essential part of any management role – exploring financial controls, budgeting, profit and loss, financial statements and more – through practical problem-based interactive sessions.
  • Creative Enterprise and Innovation
    Explore strategies and cultures that promote creativity, enterprise and innovation, and examine leading individuals and organisations – developing your own entrepreneurial capacity, and learning to be creative, enterprising and innovative for others.

Year two

Core modules

  • Project Management in Business
    Informed by Association for Project Management (APM) standards, this module will teach you best practice including stakeholder engagement, communications and leadership – as well as exploring contemporary challenges in project management.
  • Operations Management
    This module examines processes, tools and techniques used in operations management to ensure customer satisfaction and analyse delivery issues, and provides opportunities to apply your knowledge in practice.  
  • Values Driven Leadership
    To manage others, you need to reflect on self-management too. This module explores your self-management, personal values and journey, interweaving the essential management and leadership skills to successfully manage teams.
  • Community Enterprise
    This module will explore the role, legal status and challenges of social and community enterprise – letting you show employers you are values motivated and socially responsible, and understand ethical business.


  • Financial Management
    A practical appreciation of financial management is essential for any accountant or manager. This module will introduce the function, principles, and techniques of financial management, and explore the relationship between companies seeking finance and the investors who provide it.
  • Capital Market Trading
    Understand money and the markets in our globalised economy. Explore the language of finance; test and observe diverse investment strategies; and learn how key information can dramatically affect share prices.
  • Integrated Marketing Communications
    Exploring the complexities of integrated marketing communications theory, you will research, plan and develop an integrated campaign from brief to execution, understanding consumers and appropriate media channels, and developing messages to help position a product or service.
  • Global Challenges
    Explore some of the most important contemporary business issues as a future manager, including urbanisation, demographic and social change, global economic shifts, technological advances, resource scarcity and climate change.
  • Study Aboard/Placement
    A placement boosts your employability and lets you ‘test drive’ a career to see if it’s right for you. Enhance your professional skills, get practical experience, and build your network.

Please note: Not all optional modules are guaranteed to run each year.

Year three

Core modules

  • Sustainable Strategic Management
    Learn how senior managers and chief executive officers identify, select and manage strategy. Critically evaluate a wide range of strategic management theories and models, and learn how to apply and implement them.
  • Developing the Professional Manager
    Evaluate your aspirations and create a career development plan to start your own business or secure a graduate position – exploring digital profiles, job hunting, how to stand out, and more.
  • Research Methods
    Develop your research and analytical skills, designing research in a way that is valid, and reliable, and apply it in business – impacting product development, customer service, strategy and more.
  • Final Major Project
    Apply research and analytical skills to your chosen topics of business. Carry out primary research, interpret your findings using relevant tools and techniques, formulate options and draw conclusions and recommendations.
  • Ecological Economics
    Business needs to change – fast. As a future manager and leader, you will consider climate change and the underlying economics, critically evaluating proposed solutions and their ecological and economic impacts.


  • Business Start Up
    Develop the knowledge to overcome barriers to entrepreneurism, from lack of capital to fear of failure; explore planning, development and management techniques to take your business from aspiration to reality.
  • International Financial Reporting and Analysis
    Keep up to date with financial reporting practices in an ever-changing global environment. Explore contrasts between regional accounting styles, and investigate challenges in business performance analysis across national boundaries.
  • International Marketing
    This module explores how key concepts and theories of marketing can be applied to new markets and countries. You will analyse international markets, learn to understand cultural differences, and examine how businesses adapt marketing strategies for new markets.
  • Intercultural Competence for 21st Century Managers
    Globalisation is making workplaces more diverse. On this module you will develop your emotional intelligence (EQ) and intercultural competence (ICC), explore cultural differences such as attitudes towards time, risk, authority or negotiation, and examine they affect individuals and organisations.
  • International Law and Human Rights
    What is a state, and what are the limits of their legal powers? Explore how the law in England is affected by international concerns, with specific focus on obligations such as human rights.
  • UX Strategies
    Discover user experience (UX) and the principles of user-centred design. Develop skills in planning, design, prototype and test for web, mobile and more; explore information architecture and content strategy; and learn to analyse and work to client budgets and objectives.

Please note: Not all optional modules are guaranteed to run each year.


Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

Claire Hughes academic profile Claire Hughes Course Leader View profile
Paul Summers academic profile Paul Summers Senior Lecturer View profile
Harjinder Virdee academic profile Harjinder Virdee Senior Lecturer View profile
Sian Campbell academic profile Sian Campbell Senior Lecturer View profile
Maria Hutchinson academic profile Maria Hutchinson Lecturer View profile
Jackie Campbell academic profile Jackie Campbell Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


We provide a stimulating learning environment and access to state-of-the-art resources to help you make the most of your time with us. Flexible spaces, Wi-Fi facilities and learning zones all contribute to our lively and contemporary study environment at Solent.

A Small Business Charter awarded business school, with access to a range of successful small and medium sized businesses.

Your future

The business management degree enables you full flexibility of career options including:

  • Management consultancy
  • Social enterprise
  • Public sector
  • Teaching/training
  • Marketing
  • Trading
  • Chartered accountancy
  • Marketing
  • Advertising
  • PR
  • Retail buying/Retail careers
  • HR
  • Investment banking
  • Recruitment consultancy
  • Bank management
  • Sales
  • Distribution and logistics
  • Project management
  • Operations management
  • Starting your own business
  • Digital tech
  • Insurance
  • Business analysis
  • Consumer products
  • Financial analysis
  • NGOs
  • Further master’s study

Industry links

The course team works with a wide range of employers, from international companies such as KPMG, Nationwide, Carnival UK, B&Q and Enterprise Rent-a-Car, to large UK companies such as Southern Co-Op Group.

We also work with the public sector, including Hampshire County and New Forest District Councils. As a holder of the Small Business Charter award, we work across a range of SMEs and charities such as: Limewood Group & Home Grown Hotels, Rees Leisure, Marwell Zoo, Paultons Park, Active for all, Yellow Door, Age UK and Naomi House.


Work experience is an essential part of the degree, and a key part of what employers want from graduates. That’s why we offer options to undertake a short-term placement in the second year, or for a full year between the second and third years. 

While students are expected to source their own work placements, support is provided as tailored to your aspirations. You can undertake work placement anywhere in the UK or even study abroad, in any business-related role. Previous work placements include roles in France, Cyprus, Australia, South Africa and the USA. Many of our student receive graduate job offers or further part time work as a result of their placements.

Further study

Enhance your career prospects by continuing your study at Solent.

Get ready to find your place

You can still experience life at Solent at a virtual open day! Hear from course tutors, take virtual campus and accommodation tours, and chat to us live.

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