This flexible course is rooted in real-world business practice and will help you relate your own experience to your studies. You will investigate how organisations think and work, how managers work successfully, and the external circumstances in which businesses operate and succeed. You will gain a solid understanding of key, transferable business skills and explore more specialised areas, including accounting, economics, leadership, innovation and marketing. We will help you get to grips with all of the key elements you need to succeed in business. This degree will prepare you for a career in the corporate world, or to set up your own business, but the range of transferable skills you will gain are also greatly value by a wide range of employers in diverse sectors.
We take a genuinely interdisciplinary approach to the subject, offering you an innovative way of learning about topics that cannot be pigeonholed 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.
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 and part-time evening study in central London and Stratford.
How to apply
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.
In addition to compulsory modules, you also 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 and 60 credits in Year 3, and undertake a research project in Year 3.
To find out more, read our programme handbook.
Department of Management option modules for Stratford
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 system has changed for courses starting in September 2017 and is now calculated using a new number system. This means applicants applying for courses from October 2016 will see entry requirements and offers expressed using the new tariff.
The UCAS tariff score is applicable to you if you have recently studied a qualification that has a UCAS tariff equivalence.
Alternative entry routes
The 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: £
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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.