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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 2014 there were approximately 1277 applications for 103 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.

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How to apply

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Course description

  • Are you interested in examining the roles, structures and functions of business from a broad social science perspective?
  • Are you looking for a flexible course that it delivered in part by the Alliance Manchester Business School?
  • Do you want to develop transferable skills that will prepare you for a wide range of roles or further study?
  • Would you like a chance to study abroad for a semester?

The Business Studies pathway of the BA(Hons) Economic and Social Studies degree - or BA(Econ) for short - is a flexible and innovative course that brings together research-led teaching from Accounting, Business, Economics, Finance, Politics and Sociology and offers in-depth insight into the business world.

Business doesn't work in isolation and at Manchester neither does the study of it.

Only by understanding the environment in which businesses function can you understand commercial behaviour. For example:

  • Politics explores the effects of government policy, regulation and public spending and how these would impact on businesses and the wider economy.
  • Economics encourages you to study the nuances of labour and finance markets and the microeconomic and macroeconomic factors that affect all of us.
  • Sociology gives you a framework to understand how employees and consumers are organised and how they behave. It also explores 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 (Economics, Politics and Sociology) and the Alliance Manchester Business School (Accounting, Finance, Business Law, Marketing and Human Resource Management).

Business Studies (N100), Business Studies and Economics (NL11), Business Studies and Politics (NL12), Business Studies and Sociology (NL13) all share a common first year. In some cases it's possible to swap to a different pathway after the first year.

Please only apply for one of these courses to start with.

At the end of your course your degree title will be: BA (Hons) Economic and Social Studies, Business Studies.

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Post-offer visits

If you are made an offer we will send you an invitation via email to visit us in late January, February or early March.

These afternoons are organised by the School of Social Sciences and will include a tour, a talk, refreshments and a chance to talk to students, lecturers and recruitment staff. There will also be an optional accommodation tour in the morning.

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Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2016 will be £9,000 per annum. Tuition fees for international students will be £20,000 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate fees pages.


Scholarships and bursaries are available to eligible Home/EU students, including the Manchester Bursary . This bursary is in addition to the government package of maintenance grants.

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School of Social Sciences

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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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