• UCAS Code: N100
  • Status: Fully Approved
  • Start date: October 2016
  • Duration:

    3 years full-time

  • Attendance:

    2-3 evenings a week

    October to July

  • Location:


Programme overview

This highly flexible course is designed both for students who want to obtain a general knowledge of business studies and students who want to focus on one of the main business disciplines. In the second year you choose to either remain on the BSc Business or opt to specialise with a pathway, while also developing core skills in fundamental business management. Business is life and the study of business is valued by employers.

We take a genuinely interdisciplinary approach to the subject, offering you an innovative way of learning about topics that cannot be pigeon-holed into one particular area. Because our students come from such a variety of backgrounds and range in age and experience, you will find our class discussions a stimulating arena in which to explore new ideas and topics.

You can choose between a general BSc Business degree or BSc Business and a pathway in either accounting, management, human resource management, information systems, French, German, Spanish or Portuguese (lower entry level) or marketing.

This programme attracts students from both the public and private sectors, including administrators, clerical workers and managers, as well as the self-employed. Because it is taught entirely by evening study, you are able to combine your academic studies with daytime commitments.

The majority of our students work or care for a family, so you will be learning with people from a wide range of backgrounds and with a wide range of experiences. This creates a stimulating and supportive learning environment. Our tutorial/seminar sessions give you a chance to interact with your peers and develop insights into analysing and interpreting a wide and varied subject matter.

We engage in significant collaborative research and have excellent contacts with many public and private sector organisations, professional bodies and researchers at other academic institutions.

This course is also available for full-time evening study over 3 years in central London and part-time evening study over 4 years in central London and Stratford.

How to apply

If you are applying for a 3-year, full-time undergraduate degree at Birkbeck, you have to apply through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). To apply, go to the UCAS homepage and click on 'Apply and Track'. You will have to register, giving UCAS a few personal details, including your name, address and date of birth, and then you complete an application form.

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Application deadlines and interviews

15 January is the first UCAS deadline and the majority of university applications through UCAS are made by then. We welcome applications outside of the UCAS deadlines, so you can still apply through UCAS after 15 January, depending on the availability of places. We also take late applications via the UCAS Clearing system in August.

Read more about key dates for UCAS applicants.

Why study this course at Birkbeck?

  • This programme provides an understanding of the different functional areas of business and a solid foundation in business management.
  • The business degree is distinctive in its flexibility and the range of pathways offered (see above), giving you the option to major in accounting, management, human resource management, information systems, French, German, Spanish or Portuguese (lower entry level) or marketing.
  • The first 120 credits of the degree, which focus on generic business study skills, are common across all students in the programme. The degree is designed to provide you with a basic understanding of the business environment and business functions, which paves the way for future development and progression within the degree.
  • Based in the School of Business, Economics and Informatics, the Department of Management is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in teaching, research and consultancy in the broad field of management. Our academic staff are active researchers as well as enthusiastic teachers, and regularly publish cutting-edge articles in the world's leading journals.
  • We have particular research strengths in international business and strategy, the management of innovation and entrepreneurship, human resource management, corporate governance, sport management and marketing, as well as financial management and accounting.
  • We offer students of all ages and backgrounds a chance to study either part-time or full-time in our department and to gain an internationally recognised University of London qualification.
  • You will have access to Moodle, our online learning resource, where all information and materials relating to your programme of study and modules are available. You will also have access to the Birkbeck Library and e-Library where you can obtain books and journal articles required for your studies.
  • We offer a range of student support services.

Course structure

In addition to the compulsory modules, you take option modules - which may include other approved business modules offered by the School of Business, Economics and Informatics - and a research project.

For the BSc Business, you take 105 credits of option modules in Year 2, 60 credits in Year 3 and undertake a research project in Year 3.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Department of Management option modules for Stratford

Sample timetable

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Entry requirements

We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We may waive formal entry requirements based on judgement of academic potential.

Applicants will normally be expected to have grade C in GCSE-level English and mathematics. Applicants who do not hold this level of qualification may be required to carry out a skills audit at a selection evening, which comprises mathematics and English. This audit assesses an applicant’s potential to cope with, and benefit from, a particular programme of study.

UCAS tariff points


    The UCAS tariff score is applicable to you if you have recently studied a qualification that has a UCAS tariff equivalence.

      Certificates of Higher Education

      Birkbeck's Certificate of Higher Education in Management offers an entry route, with exemption, of up to 90 credits of the degree if you successfully complete designated modules to an appropriate standard, although you will still need to complete modules from the first year of the degree programme that are not covered by the certificate.

      International entry requirements

      If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

      If you don’t meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

      Visit the International section of our website to find out more about ourEnglish language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country.


      Full-time home/EU students: £ 9000 pa
      Full-time overseas students: £ 13000 pa

      Payment and Fees Discounts

      Flexible finance: pay your fees in monthly instalments at no extra cost. Enrol early to spread your costs and reduce your monthly payments.

      Fees discount: Birkbeck offers a generous package of fee reductions and cash bursaries for new undergraduates and Certificate of Higher Education students. Also, if you are a member of a union that is recognised by the Trades Union Congress (TUC), you may apply for a 10% discount off your tuition fees.

      Funding and Financial Support

      With a student loan, you will pay nothing upfront: find out about loans, cash bursaries and fee reductions and check if you are eligible.

      Careers and employability

      Graduates can pursue careers in business, management, accounting or human resources management. This degree may also be useful in becoming a human resources officer, management consultant, corporate investment banker or marketing executive.

      Find out more about these professions.

      Find out more about the destinations of graduates in this subject.

      We offer a comprehensive Careers and Employability Service to help you advance your career, while our in-house, professional recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, works with London’s top employers to help you gain work experience that fits in with your evening studies.

      Teaching and assessment


      For each module you will typically come for 1 evening a week during the autumn, spring and summer terms, with examinations at the end of each term.

      Teaching is mostly through face-to-face lectures and small group seminars. The modules are taught by academic staff who are research-orientated and enthusiastic teachers. There is also an effective personal tutor system and a learning coordinator for additional support. Some modules have a computing component, and this involves sessions in workstation rooms for which the class is usually split into smaller groups.


      Most modules are assessed by an unseen formal examination and coursework at the end of each term.

      Our research

      Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research-intensive institutions. Our cutting-edge scholarship informs public policy, achieves scientific advances, supports the economy, promotes culture and the arts, and makes a positive difference to society.

      Birkbeck’s research excellence was confirmed in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which placed Birkbeck 30th in the UK for research, with 73% of our research rated world-leading or internationally excellent.

      Read about Birkbeck research offering insights and expertise to inform business, contribute to economic success and develop ground-breaking technologies.

      Further study opportunities

      We offer a wide range of Master's programmes in business studies.

      Download a copy of our progression routes to find out more.

      Not ready to do a degree?

      We can support you to get on to the undergraduate course that’s right for you.

      If you are not ready to study an undergraduate degree, check out our Certificates of Higher Education and short courses for another way into study.

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