MA Business and Management with Integrated Placement – Bath Spa University

Business and Management with Integrated Placement


Postgraduate degree

    Key facts

    MA Business and Management with Integrated Placement
    Bath Business School
    Campus or location
    Newton Park
    Course length
    18 months full time. Part time available.

    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:

    Enhance your industry networks and develop your professional career with our integrated MA Business and Management.

    • Apply your knowledge and gain practical experience with an integrated placement or project.
    • Discover current business and management in practice to develop your professional career.
    • Use our industry connections to source a placement that suits your goals for the future.

    Due to Covid-19, we have made changes to teaching and learning for the 2020-21 academic year.

    Please see the 2020 Postgraduate Programme Changes page for information about specific changes to this course.

    Please note the changes are for the 2020-21 academic year only.

    The 'Programme Document' beneath the main image on this course page shows you the programme specification as normally delivered.

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     This programme provides you with a broad introduction to the fundamental principles of business and management in a rapidly changing, increasingly globalised world.

    Supported by practice-based interdisciplinary teaching and research, you’ll develop your business expertise alongside the practical and professional skills needed to effectively manage the challenging issues affecting organisations today.

    This extended version of our Master's in Business and Management offers you the opportunity to do an industry placement or work-based independent project. You'll be able to apply the skills and learning you develop on the first part of the course in a practical environment – enabling you to gain further insight into current business and management practice, enhance your industry networks, and further develop your professional career.

    What you'll learn


    Our courses are designed to allow you to tailor your programme of study to your academic interests and career aspirations. You’ll take a mix of taught modules (core and optional) and complete a major dissertation/consultancy project.

    In addition to the University’s English Language Unit, further support is offered to international students whose first language is not English via the Advanced Academic and Business Skills module. This module works in conjunction with your other modules to develop your employability, business and academic English language skills, and to help you build confidence in your own ability to work at postgraduate level in international, cultural and professional contexts.

    Course modules

    This course includes or offers the following modules. Please check the programme document (below the main image on this page) for more information on which modules are core, required or optional.

    • Introduction to Social Science Research Methods
    • Advanced Academic and Business Skills
    • International Business Environment
    • International Business Practice
    • Marketing Management
    • Marketing Communications
    • Financial and Management Accounting
    • International Financial Management
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Creative Enterprise: A New Business Venture
    • Managing People
    • Governance, Ethics and Risk Management
    • Dissertation / Consultancy Project

    How will I be assessed?

    You're assessed in a variety of 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
    • Essays
    • Exams.

    How will I be taught?

    We combine academic study with practice-based teaching. 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 access to a wide range of academic and practical expertise in business and management. You’ll benefit from one-to-one tutorials, workshops, peer-support and shared learning.

    We work with you to ensure that what you learn on the course translates into effective practice in the workplace, and develops your professional potential. 


    Gain experience in the sector

    The work placement / work-based project provides networking opportunities and access to current practice, supporting your research into the wider theoretical and academic contexts of business and management today.

    While you're expected to secure your own placement or work-based learning project, Bath Business School has links with a wide network of organisations who offer our students opportunities and experience. You'll undertake the placement module after the first two taught modules, and before your final dissertation / consultancy project.


    This Master’s programme is designed to prepare you for a wide range of occupations in general management across all industry sectors and the international environment.

    It delivers practical skills and techniques applicable to business and management careers in marketing, enterprise and business start-ups, accounting management and international business.

    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. This online material can be accessed on and off campus enabling you to work at times that suit you.

    Ways to study Business and Management

    Arts Management

    MA Arts Management adapts to the ever changing world of culture and the arts. It will expand your theoretical understanding and professional knowledge of arts and cultural management, through hands-on experience and work-based learning.

    Business and Management

    Develop your career as a socially and ethically engaged, globally connected professional who is creative, enterprising, resilient and innovative with our MA Business and Management.

    Business and Management (Accounting)

    Within the broader contexts of general business and management, the Accounting pathway develops your understanding of how accounting and financial management are crucial across all businesses, and in increasingly interconnected international contexts.

    Business and Management (Entrepreneurship)

    Engaging with a diverse range of organisations and considering the rapidly changing environments in which they operate, the Entrepreneurship pathway develops your understanding of how creative enterprise is at the heart of businesses and professional management in a challenging and increasingly competitive market.

    Business and Management (International Business)

    Increasingly, an understanding of international business environments is crucial for organisational decision making and is critical to business success. The International pathway develops your understanding of the political, legal, economic and financial systems for business and management in international and multicultural contexts.

    Business and Management (Marketing)

    Effective marketing plays a central role in building brand awareness, growing businesses of any size, engaging customers and expanding impact and reach. The Marketing pathway explores why marketing is strategically important, how it relates to other management processes, and the elements that make up modern integrated marketing communications.


    UK and EU students full time

    Course fees

    September 2019 entry £8,400*
    September 2020 entry £8,640*
    September 2021 entry Published Jan 2021

    *The total course fee is paid over two years, meaning that you'll pay 50% of the full-time fee during each academic year of study. In 2020, you'll pay £4,320, and in 2021, you'll make a second instalment of £4,320.

    International students full time

    Course fees

    September 2019 entry £17,700
    September 2020 entry £18,270
    September 2021 entry Published Jan 2021

    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.

    Typical offers

    You'll normally have a good undergraduate degree in any academic subject. You may be considered without an undergraduate degree, if you can demonstrate considerable relevant experience. You may be asked to attend an interview.

    If English is not your first language, you'll need to provide evidence of proficiency in written and spoken English. A minimum language level of IELTS 6.0 (with 5.5 in each component) or equivalent is required.

    How do I apply?

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

    Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply pages.

    Want to apply for this year? 

    Many of our postgraduate courses have a limited number of student spaces. To avoid the disappointment of the course being full, we recommend that you apply now.

    Late applications (generally those made after 31 July) will only be considered if places remain on the course.

    Need more information or still have questions? Contact us to discuss your situation.

    Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
    Course leader: Dr Kristin Doern

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