Business and Management

  • Award: MA, PGDip
  • School: Bath Business School
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  • Course length: MA full-time three trimesters (one calendar year); MA part-time 32 months; PGDip full-time two trimesters; PGDip part-time four trimesters
  • Campus: Newton Park
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How to Apply

Become a business leader of the future with this MA Business and Management course.

Why study Business and Management?

Gain a career-enhancing postgraduate management qualification through Bath Business School. This course is for individuals looking for a credible postgraduate Business and Management qualification.

Prior work experience and a first degree in Business and Management are not essential; we explore fundamental principles of business and management with a focus on your employability.

Course structure

At an advanced level, you’ll study of a range of organisations and the rapidly changing environments in which they operate both nationally and internationally.

Expect to enhance your academic research skills and practical management skills. You’ll need these in order to manage human resources, use complex organisational systems and face the challenging issues affecting business in a rigorous, pragmatic and effective manner.


Introduction to Social Science Research Methods15 credits
Advanced Academic & Business Skills* 15 credits
International Business Environment* 15 credits
International Business Practice* 15 credits
Marketing Management 15 credits
Marketing Communications*15 credits
Financial & Management Accounting15 credits
International Financial Management*15 credits
Entrepreneurship*15 credits
Creative Enterprise: A New Business Venture* 15 credits
Managing People15 credits
Governance, Ethics & Risk Management15 credits
Dissertation/Consultancy Project60 credits

*Optional modules

Course assessment

We use a range of assessment tasks, including essays, reports, exams and presentations. You’ll work independently and as part of a team, including for assessments.

Field trips

Where appropriate, we’ll organise field trips to enrich your learning.

Work placements, industry links and internships

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.

We give the choice to work on a Consultancy Project, rather than writing a traditional dissertation. This means 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 will naturally further practical, work engagement skills alongside traditional academic, research skills.


We encourage you to compete in a variety of University and external competitions, for example the University’s Business Plan Competition, the Bath Spa Award and CIMA’s Global Business Challenge.

Teaching methods

While independent study is key at Master’s level, Bath Spa University is a leading, teaching-focussed University, so we support you throughout your degree. You’ll learn through lectures, seminars, practical workshops, assessments, guided study and individual and group tutorials with your lecturers.

We make significant use of real-life case studies and examples, enlivening, enriching and contextualising your learning, and bring in external industry speakers wherever possible.

Application method

This programme offers two entries in a year. One starts in October and the other one starts in February.

Telephone: (01225) 875624.

International students should visit our international pages for more information about our entry requirements, fees and scholarships, and student support.

Course enquiries

For all enquiries about the course please contact Course Director, Mark Coombs.

Telephone: +44 (0)1225 875501


Entry requirements

Applications from a variety of backgrounds are welcomed. Normally a good honours degree in any academic discipline or a relevant professional qualification. Applicants who do not meet the academic entry standard, but who have relevant work experience, will be considered on their individual merits by the Course Director. Previous experience and learning can be taken into consideration.

Career opportunities

This programme is designed to prepare participants for a wide range of careers in general management across all industry sectors. It will prepare you for entry level into management and ready you for progression to middle management positions. The advanced learning that it provides delivers practical management based skills and techniques that are directly applicable to a wide range of occupations.

Study within the specialist pathways allows for further concentration of skills and techniques in marketing and in business start-up and small and medium size business management. The content of the programme is also directly applicable those participants who wish to work in a self-employed capacity in the creative and performing arts sectors.

List of current alumni careers

  • Assistant Manager at Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • Case Manager at London and Country Mortgages
  • Planner and Account Manager at Siemens

Careers Team

The University’s Careers and Employability team, provide regular career and placement-specific workshops, as well as 1-to-1, dedicated advice sessions, to help you source and secure formative work placement experiences throughout and after your studies at Bath Spa University.

What students say...

"I thoroughly enjoyed the MA Business and Management course because it enabled me to put theory into practise and link theories to real life scenarios.  Modules of particular interest were Service and Relationship Management, Marketing Management and Marketing Communications. The course moulds you into an independent academic by providing you with plenty of free time to conduct your own research whilst being able to contact your lecturers if you need the support".

Alex Peter, graduated in 2012, previous supervisor at White Stuff Ltd.


"I choose the course because I wanted to increase my academic expertise further in a business related field. I felt that the course content was very practically applicable to real business scenarios at a strategic level and offered a good range of business topics within the modules. I found it particularly impressive that the course lecturers have significant industry experience, are genuinely interested in their students’ success and were exceptionally supportive. Additionally, having the option to conduct the research project as a consultancy piece was an attractive option from an employability angle after graduating. I believe that having a post graduate qualification increased my employability prospects. I would highly recommend the course to anyone looking to further their academic business knowledge. Whether from a business related background or looking to change their specialism, the course is equally beneficial. Just be prepared for the intensity of course, as modules are run over short periods. You do need to be organised to manage the workload but this also means the course content is very varied and interesting and topics stay fresh".

Harriet Formby, 2013 Graduate, Finance Trainee at FDWORKS


'I enjoyed my time and experience at Bath Spa University. I decided to study the MA business and Management course to improve my knowledge and understanding of business practice. Having previously studied at a different university in a different subject I was impressed with the structure of the course and found the advice from the tutors helpful during the research dissertation project. I would thoroughly recommend this course whether or not you have a background in business management. In my personal experience I grew in confidence as a result of the course because for me it was a subject I had not previously studied. I acquired new knowledge and understanding of commercial awareness from the various modules I chose. The course is intensive and requires an amount of commitment and organisation, which is especially important during the research/consultancy project. However the university provides an excellent and tranquil environment in which to study.'

James Macdonald, 2013 Graduate, Business Development intern at Sally Narrowboats