International Study Centre

Study Business and Management

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What is business and management studies?

Business and management studies is the study of economics and management. It covers all aspects of businesses and business processes and combines other subject areas, including: 

  • Accountancy
  • Finance
  • Economics
  • Marketing

By studying these different areas you will gain a good understanding of how businesses work, the management skills to help with the running of businesses and the knowledge to set up your own.

Why study business and management?

Studying business and management at university has a number of benefits:

You will gain key communication skills from studying business and management at university that will help advance your career. You will learn how to effectively communicate in the business world, through a range of different techniques, that will help you succeed in a global environment. From creating assignments and important documents, to developing your presentation skills, you will improve both your written and spoken communication skills.

You will also acquire other transferable skills, useful for your career, such as:

  • Problem solving
  • Decision making
  • Project management
  • Presentation skills
  • Numeracy

With the range of skills and breadth of knowledge you will gain from studying business and management, you will gain a complete view of how a business really works. From studying how they are formed, how they operate and how they make money, you will learn how to start your own business venture and make it successful.

With business and management studies, you can often combine your degree with another subject, to create an education experience tailored to your own interests. Once you graduate from university, you will have the skills necessary to pursue job opportunities related to your interests.

Studying business and management studies provides a pathway to a wide range of opportunities. You will have the knowledge and skills to work a number of different industries, different job roles and different departments within an organisation – whether you are employed or run your own business.

26th in the UK

for Business and Management studies in the Complete University Guide 2020


Degree preparation at the International Study Centre

You can study Business and Management Studies at Sussex through one of our pathway programmes. At the International Study Centre you can prepare to study for a business and management-related degree and develop the key academic, study and English language skills you will need at university.

Which course should I study for Business and Management Studies?


Degree options at the University of Sussex

There are a variety of degrees you can study at the University of Sussex once you have completed the relevant pathway at the International Study Centre.

Degree progression from the International Foundation Year

  • Accounting and Finance BSc
  • Accounting and Finance (with a professional placement year) BSc
  • Finance BSc
  • Finance (with a professional placement year) BSc
  • Finance and Business BSc (Hons)
  • Finance and Business (with a professional placement year) BSc (Hons)
  • Business and Management Studies BSc
  • Business and Management Studies (with a professional placement year) BSc
  • International Business BSc
  • International Business (with a professional placement year) BSc
  • Marketing and Management BSc
  • Marketing and Management (with a professional placement year) BSc
  • Marketing and Management with Psychology BSc
  • Marketing and Management with Psychology (with a professional placement year) BSc
  • Economics BA
  • Economics (with a professional placement year) BA
  • Economics BSc
  • Economics (with a professional placement year) BSc
  • Economics and Finance BSc
  • Economics and International Development BA
  • Economics and International Relations BA
  • Economics and Management Studies BSc
  • Economics and Politics BA

Degree progression from the International Year One

  • Business and Management Studies BSc (Hons)
  • Business and Management Studies (with a professional placement year) BSc (Hons)
  • International Business BSc (Hons)
  • International Business (with a professional placement year) BSc (Hons)
  • Marketing and Management BSc (Hons)
  • Marketing and Management (with a professional placement year) BSc (Hons)

Degree progression from the Pre-Masters Programme

  • Banking and Finance MSc
  • Development Economics MSc
  • Economics MSc
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation MSc
  • Global Supply Chain and Logistics Management MSc
  • Human Resource Management MSc
  • International Accounting and Corporate Governance MSc
  • International Business Economics MSc
  • International Finance and Economics MSc
  • International Management MSc
  • International Marketing MSc
  • Management and Finance MSc
  • Management MSc
  • Marketing and Consumer Psychology MSc
  • Project Management MSc
  • Strategic Innovation Management MSc

Why study Business and Management Studies at the University of Sussex?

If you choose to study a business-related degree at Sussex, you will be part of the innovative University of Sussex Business School. You will benefit from top of the range facilities including:

  • Flexible working spaces, including study pods and small seating areas
  • Seminar rooms
  • Specialist resources including a new Behavioural Lab  
  • Undergraduate social study space with computers
  • Two postgraduate social spaces
  • Large lecture theatres.

Studying Business and Management at Sussex will allow you to develop key career skills and confidence with the opportunity for a professional placement that will see you working in industry for a year.

Sussex is ranked 8th in the UK for Graduate Prospects in Business and Management (The Complete University Guide 2020), so you can expect to benefit from extensive career support that takes a flexible approach to help boost your employability prospects.

Outside the classroom you will be able to join the University’s StartUp Sussex programme. You can receive guidance on developing business ideas, access to workshops and even the chance to receive funding for your own startup. You can also join the University’s Business Society, where you can meet and network with fellow business students.

The University of Sussex Business School is a member of the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS), and the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD).

Studying business at Sussex

Hai Anh (Alice) travelled from Vietnam to study Business and Management Studies at the University of Sussex. She talks about her experience during her placement year and putting her knowledge into practice

Business and Management graduate job prospects

A degree in Business and Management Studies will give you access to a variety of job opportunities. Thanks to the transferrable skills you can learn and develop, you will be a desirable asset to any organisation.

After graduation, there are a wide range of strong career prospects, with roles including:

  • Business analyst
  • Chartered management accountant
  • Project manager
  • Economist
  • Corporate investment banker
  • Data analyst
  • Forensic accountant
  • Supply chain manager
  • Management consultant
  • Risk manager
  • Marketing executive
  • Sales executive.

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A University of Sussex ISC student

“The School of Business, Management and Economics building is pretty awesome with advanced technology devices and first-class expertise, and the campus is really beautiful.”

 Kelu Hu from China studied International Year One Business and Management