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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 2012 there were approximately 1300 applications for 105 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 University's how to apply webpage.

Course description

The Business Studies pathway of the BA(Hons) Economic and Social Studies degree - or BA(Econ) for short - and is a modern interdisciplinary programme focused around relevant topics found in the Economics, Accounting, Finance, Politics and Sociology subject areas. This combination of disciplines, unique to the BA(Econ) offers you an understanding of the role and operation of business organisations in relation to the broader economic, political and social enviroment.

The Business Studies pathway provides not only theoretical and practical knowledge and understanding relevant to a career in business, but is also rich in transferable personal, management and analytical skills, all of which are highly valued by employers.

Your time on this degree would combine research led teaching from specialists from both the School of Social Sciences and Manchester Business School. As part of this, you study a range of different disciplines: Economics, for example, is essential in understanding business. Mathematics and Statistics are useful for analysing business performance. Knowledge of Politics ensures you have an understanding of the political and institutional contexts in which business operates and studying other social sciences such as Sociology gives you a greater appreciation of the organisational and behavioural dimension of business. You would also choose from units taught by Manchester Business School, such Accounting or Finance or other Business related courses such as Business Law, Marketing and Human Resource Management.

You can find more information about the structure of the Business Studies  course on the 'Course Details' tab above.

As Business Studies (N100), Business Studies and Economics (NL11), Business Studies and Politics (NL12) and Business Studies and Sociology (NL13) all share a common first year you should only apply for one of these courses as it would be possible to change between these at the end of your first year.

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. The next of these are on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd June 2013 and Saturday 5th October 2013. For further information about these open days and how to register please visit the University's open days webpage.

If you are made of offer to study at the School of Social Sciences you will be invited to attend a post-offer visit day,  A typical visit day would start at approximately 1:30pm and would be finished by 4pm.

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 or +44 (0)161 275 1473  or alternatively email


Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2015 will be approximately £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 details

Academic department
School of Social Sciences
Contact name
Amanda Grimshaw
+44 (0)161 275 1473
+44 (0)161 275 4751
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