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Business Studies (3 Years) [BAEcon]

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UCAS course code
UCAS institution code
Degree awarded
3 years
Number of places/applicants
In 2013 there were approximately 1300 applications for 85 places on the Business Studies pathways of the BA(Hons) Economic and Social Studies course.
Typical A-level offer
Typical International Baccalaureate offer

35 points overall. 6,6,5 at Higher Level. No lower than 5 in any subject.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS . You can find out more information about the application process on the our how to apply webpage .

Course description

The Business Studies pathway of the BA(Hons) Economic and Social Studies degree - or BA(Econ) for short - is a flexible and innovative course which brings together research-led teaching from Accounting, Business, Economics, Finance, Politics and Sociology into a focused core of subjects which would give you knowledge and insight into the business world.

Business doesn't work in isolation and at Manchester nor does the study of it. Only by understanding the environment that businesses function in can you understand their behaviour and with the flexibility of studying on the BA(Econ) you will be able to focus on the elements that most appeal to you. As a student on Business Studies you would learn more about disciplines such as Politics which would explain the effects of government policy, regulation and public spending and how these would impact on businesses and the wider economy. Through Economics you would study the nuances of markets including those for labour and finance and the microeconomic and macroeconomic factors that affect all of us. Sociology gives you the framework of how employees and consumers are organised and behave, as well as how to understand the demographic changes that will affect how firms must adapt to a changing population.

Each of your course units has been developed from the research of specialists in their fields from both the School of Social Sciences where your Economics, Politics and Sociology courses are based and Manchester Business School who teach your Accounting or Finance courses as well as other Business related courses such as Business Law, Marketing and Human Resource Management.

As the Business Studies course has a unique and flexible structure that allows you to pursue your own areas of interest you can find more information about the courses that you would study on the 'Course Details' tab above.

You will have a great deal of flexibility as part of your course to follow the pathways and subjects that you find the most interesting and relevant, this means that if you apply to any of: Business Studies (N100), Business Studies and Economics (NL11), Business Studies and Politics (NL12) and Business Studies and Sociology (NL13) as these all share a common first year which you can switch between at the end of your first year you should only apply for one of these courses.

You can apply to spend one semester studying abroad during the second year of your degree. You can find more information about this on the Study Abroad website.

Open days

If you are thinking of applying to us, The University of Manchester runs several open days per year, in which the School of Social Sciences takes part. In 2014 these are:

  • Friday 21st June
  • Saturday 22nd June
  • Saturday 27th September
  • Saturday 4th October

For further information about these open days and how to register please visit the University's open days webpage.

If you are made an offer to study at the School of Social Sciences you will be invited to attend a post-offer visit day in Late January, February or early March, A typical visit day would start at approximately 1:30pm and would be finished by 4pm. You will be invited to book onto these via email. There will be a chance to see University accommodation in the morning prior to your visit.

If you cannot attend the University or post-offer open days you would still be welcome to visit the School of Social Sciences. The University runs guided visits on Wednesday afternoons during the year. These are tours of the south campus with a student ambassador who can tell you all about life at The University of Manchester.

It may also be possible for you to meet with admissions staff (subject to staff availability) either before or after the tour.

To find out more information about the tour and to register then please visit the guided visit webpage . If you were intending to visit the admissions office then please let us know in advance by calling +44 (0)161 275 4470/1473 or email


Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2015 will be £9,000 per annum. Tuition fees for international students will be £19,000 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate fees pages.


The University of Manchester offers a range of Scholarships and Bursaries to Home/EU students including the Manchester Bursary, which is available to any student who is registered on an eligible first undergraduate degree course at Manchester and who has had a full financial assessment carried out by Student Finance. This bursary is additional to the government package of maintenance grants. You can find out more information about these on the Manchester Student Finance webpage

International Students can find country specific funding opportunities on the University's  international country profiles

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School of Social Sciences
Contact name
Social Sciences Undergraduate Admissions
+44 (0)161 275 1473
+44 (0)161 275 4751
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