Key facts

Options: MA Business and Management, PG Dip Business and Management
Bath Business School
Campus or location
Newton Park
Course length
MA full-time (three trimesters - one calendar year). MA part-time (six trimesters). PG Dip full-time two trimesters. PG Dip part-time (four trimesters). PG Cert full-time (one trimester).

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for our postgraduate courses vary. We are generally looking for a good honours degree or equivalent. Some courses also require an interview or the submission of a portfolio of work.

Please contact our admissions team for more information: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk.

Develop your career in business and management with a focus on creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship.

  • Thorough grounding in the principles and practice of business and management.
  • International curriculum, with a focus on creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • Professional accreditation and work-based learning opportunities.

Bath Business School embeds creativity, enterprise and entrepreneurial education into its suite of MA programmes, which are designed to enable our graduates to be ethically aware, socially engaged and globally connected.

This MA in Business and Management will develop your understanding of business and management in a rapidly changing, increasingly globalised world. Through business links, and professional and industry networks, our MA offers you professional career development, underpinned by practice-based interdisciplinary research and teaching.

What you'll learn


You’ll be able to tailor your degree content to match your academic interest and future career development. You’ll take a mix of taught modules (120 credits) and complete a dissertation/consultancy project (60 credits). You’ll need 180 credits to complete the MA.

In addition to the general MA in Business and Management, there are also specialist pathways available:

The specialist pathways in Marketing and Enterprise are accredited by The Chartered Institute of Marketing as meeting the qualification criterion for entry into the Professional Diploma in Marketing.


Core modules

  • Marketing Management
  • Managing People
  • Financial and Management Accounting
  • Governance, Ethics and Risk Management
  • Research Methods and Project Management *
  • Dissertation/Consultancy Project

Optional modules

  • Marketing Communications
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Creative Enterprise: A New Business Venture
  • Events and Festivals Management *
  • International Business Environment
  • International Business Practice
  • International Financial Management
  • Advanced Academic and Business Skills

* Modules subject to approval for 2017

How will I be assessed?

On this course you are assessed by a variety of assessment methods that may include some or all of the following across the various modules on the course:

  • Reports on work-based assignments
  • Research project reports
  • Portfolios
  • Reflective learning and work-experience journals
  • Reviews
  • Proposal papers for projects, funding or events, business plans, or strategy documents
  • Project progress reports
  • Project evaluations
  • Presentations

How will I be taught?

You’ll learn through a variety of activities including lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, online activity and discussion, work-based learning, and research projects.

Staff on this course offer you access to a wide range of academic and practical expertise in arts and cultural management. You’ll benefit from one-to-one tutorials, workshops, peer-support and shared learning. We’ll work with you to ensure that what you learn on the course develops into effective practice in the workplace.


Work experience and industry links

We use simulated work experience strategies that require you to operate as if in a real-world work environment. The curriculum is enriched by links with industry. For instance, assessments may be formed around live briefs provided by local, national or international organisations, who will work collaboratively with you to develop solutions to existing business problems or needs.

While you have the option of doing a traditional postgraduate dissertation, on the MA in Business and Management you also have the option of doing a Consultancy Project for your final 60 credit module. If you choose this option, you’ll work with an existing or nascent business to undertake research related to an issue posed by the business; providing ideas, information and management advice. This complements traditional academic and research skills but gives you real world experience invaluable for your own careers development.


Careers team

The University’s Careers and Employability team, provide regular career and placement-specific workshops, as well as one-to-one, dedicated advice sessions, to help you source and secure formative work placement experiences throughout and after your studies at Bath Spa University.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

The majority of module workshops, seminars and tutorials are held at our Newton Park campus.


Our library offers a wide range of business materials. There is also a wealth of material available via electronic sources. These include Business Source Complete, Mintel, Newsbank and an increasing range of e-books. This online material can be accessed on and off campus enabling you to work at times that suit you.


UK and EU students full time

Course fees
2017/18 entry £6,800
2018/19 entry Published Jan 2018
2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019

UK and EU students part time

Fees shown below are for part time study over two years, although some courses may be available over longer periods.

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £3,400
Year 2 Published Jan 2018

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2018
Year 2 Published Jan 2019

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020

International students full time

Course fees
2017/18 entry £12,500
2018/19 entry Published Jan 2018
2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

We’re looking for enthusiastic, intelligent, hard-working individuals who have a thirst for knowledge and skills. You’ll need to be a self-starter, and be able to work effectively individually and within teams.

Prior work experience and a Business and Management degree are not essential. However, you should be able to critically consider complex theories and apply these to real-world scenarios.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the "apply now" button in the centre of this page.

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Admissions service
+44 (0)1225 876 180
Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk

Bath Business School Graduate Course Director
Dr Kristin Doern 
Email: k.doern@bathspa.ac.uk

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