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About the course

Study at one of the UK’s leading business schools and prepare yourself for the fast-paced, competitive job market while developing a firm grounding in how organisations work internally. A focus on ethical practices is something on which the University is proud to lead and is part of our commitment to preparing you for the future of business. Your degree will be underpinned by international accreditations such as AACSB – held by fewer than 5% of the world’s business programmes.

There are four options available for studying Business at Hull. Students who do not have the qualifications and experience to enter the first year directly can study the foundation year in Business and Management before progressing on to the full course. The Business degree offers a three-year study option, as well as two four-year options for students who decide to boost their employability through a professional experience year or studying abroad for a year at one of our partner institutions.

You will acquire a broad business knowledge and skill set; analysing the ever-changing dynamic business environment from practical and vocational perspectives. In addition, you’ll develop knowledge and understanding of the main functional areas of business, the management process, as well as why and how organisations initiate or respond to changes in their internal and external environments.


Foundation Year

You will cover a total of six modules over the Foundation Year covering the core competencies for degree level study, and will also have a choice of subjects including business, law and politics; arts, media and social sciences; global development; society, culture and ethics; and key skills in academic English.

On successful completion of the Foundation Year, you will be able to progress to a range of business degree courses offered at the Business School, as well as selected courses from other departments in the University including law, social sciences, education and English.


You will spend year a studying at one of our partner institutions in Europe, Asia, North America or Australia. This is an outstanding opportunity to broaden your horizons within a different culture and environment, learn new skills and develop valuable international contacts while continuing your studies.

Professional Experience

This is a fantastic opportunity to gain valuable skills and experience while you earn. Spend a year working in industry, gaining invaluable experience, creating potential contacts and developing your employability.

Our professional experience programme provides the opportunity to spend work with companies like IBM, Boots, BP, Microsoft UK, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and the Walt Disney Company

Common First Year*

  • Academic and Professional Skills
  • Business Environments
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Marketing
  • One elective from:
    • Logistics and Supply Chain Management
    • World Economy
    • Marketing Research
    • Financial Accounting 
    • Human Resource Management
    • Global Business Issues
    • Any University free elective

*The common first year structure enables students to transfer to different courses within the School at the end of Year 1. Students wishing to transfer to a more mathematics-led pathway such as Accounting, Financial Management, Business Economics or Economics must have started on a similar pathway, or upgrade their skills prior to the start of Year 2.

Year 2

  • Research Methods
  • European Business in its Global Context
  • Business Law and Ethics
  • One elective from
    • Business in Asia
    • Business Project Management
    • Company law
    • Cross Cultural Issues in Business
    • Development Economics
    • Everybody Manages
    • Personal & Management Development
    • Relationships & Direct Marketing
    • Digital Marketing & Social Media
    • Starting a New Business
    • Summer School
    • University Free Elective

Final Year

  • Independent Study OR
  • Dissertation
  • Strategic Management
  • International Business
  • Entrepreneur and the Small Firm (Specialising)
  • Business Decision Making (Specialising)
  • One elective from
    • Sustainable Business: Principles and Practice of Green Management
    • Industrial Economics
    • Social and Not-For-Profit Marketing
    • Managing Your Money
    • Management Consulting
    • Comparative & International Human Resource Management
    • Business Strategy for Accountants
    • Internet & eCommerce
    • Sex & Work
    • Summer School
    • University free elective

Entry Requirements

  • Tariff points: 280 points, can be from any qualification on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 200 points from two or more A levels, or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications.
  • IB Diploma: 30 points.
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma: DMM in relevant subject(s).
  • Access to HE Diploma: pass with minimum of 15 credits at distinction and 15 credits at merit.

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations shown above. Please contact the University’s Admissions Service for individual guidance.

Foundation Year entry requirements:

  • Appropriate for those returning to study after a minimum three-year break, or those with non-UK qualifications unsuitable for UK level 4 entry.
  • We expect applicants to demonstrate an experience of, or interest in, a related subject and an aptitude for academic work which may be determined by an essay and/or interview alongside the application.
  • Candidates with A-level qualifications in subjects other than those key to the degree will usually require a minimum of 200 points.

International students (language requirements)
If your first language is not English, you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency.

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Future prospects

A variety of employment possibilities are open to our graduates, including starting a new business. Recent graduates have joined prestigious graduate management programmes with HSBC, BT and Young’s Seafood. Others have taken roles in the specific functional areas of marketing, logistics or finance within organisations such as Corus, ASDA or deVere & Partners. Notable graduates of Hull University Business School include Jeremy Darroch, Chief Executive of BskyB, and Robert Elstone, CEO of Everton FC.

Our unique ‘connected thinking’ approach means that you learn how a business really works; combine this with real world experience in this country or overseas and you’ll emerge with a skill set that is highly sought-after by employers.

We have close links to regional, national and international organisations, including our corporate partners, who offer opportunities such as placements, projects, case studies, company visits, guest lectures and online mentoring in your chosen field.