This degree gives students the knowledge and understanding of a wide range of management issues, including harnessing technology effectively, leading people, managing change, fostering creativity and innovation, using markets and resources, developing strategy, and working in teams. There is an integrated placement year which allows students to get practical experience of working in a business.
Business Management with Placement Degree highlights
Our graduates have found work with world-leading companies such as PWC, M&S, Diageo, Microsoft and Unilever.
- The Management School invites guest speakers from industry to talk to students about latest trends and to apply theory to practice. Students also get the opportunity to work on consulting type projects preparing them for employment.
- During the third year of the degree, students complete a 9 to 12 month placement in a business. This provides excellent experience, and a competitive edge when seeking graduate employment.
Internationally Renowned Experts
- Many of our staff are leading international experts in their fields of research.
- Queen’s is one of the 24 world-class universities that make up the Russell Group in the United Kingdom, and is the only Russell Group University in Northern Ireland.
- Students can join the Student Managed Fund, a student run
organisation which aims to educate its members on trading and investing through guest speakers, competitions and educational seminars.
"To complement the academic side of student life, my lecturers have helped me to develop at a personal level through the peer mentor program, public speaking opportunities and their encouragement in my travels abroad to help develop other young entrepreneurs globally. I am proud to be a management student at Queen’s as it has helped in shaping me into the creative, inquisitive and ambitious individual that I am."
Jennifer Murphy, Ballymena 3rd year BSc Business Management student
Year 1 Students take six compulsory introductory modules, which set the context and foundation for the remainder of the degree. The focus will be on organisations, their structures, behaviours and the changing external environment within which they operate. Modules will cover accounting, economics, the history and philosophy
of management, marketing principles, organisational behaviour and how business, government and society interact.
Year 2 Students take six compulsory modules covering issues such as, leadership, decision-making through effective
data analysis and interpretation, internationalisation, the digital business, managing human resources,
and operations management.
Year 3 (Placement Year) The four-year degree includes a compulsory placement year between Stages 2 and 3. Year 4 The final year of the programme will see students taking modules that cover business ethics and strategic management. Students will also be afforded a choice of modules where they can focus on innovation management, consumer behaviour, supply chain management or public sector management. Students will
also be afforded the opportunity to conduct a consultancy or business start-up project.
People teaching youDr Stephanie Graham
Programme Director for BSc Business Management
Queen’s Management School
Stephanie's research interests are in the area of environmental operations and supply chain management. Within this area, she has conducted research on the link between environmental strategy, practices and performance outcomes using survey data collected from manufacturing companies within the UK food industry.
Contact Teaching Times
Large Group Teaching 6 (hours maximum)
hours of lectures
Medium Group Teaching 3 (hours maximum)
hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week
Personal Study 25 (hours maximum)
25- 30 hours studying and revising in your own time each week, including some guided study using handouts, online activities, etc.
Small Group Teaching/Personal Tutorial 2 (hours maximum)
hours of tutorials (or later, project supervision) each week
Learning and Teaching
On the BSc Business Management programme we provide opportunities for our students to engage with subject experts including academic staff and industry guest speakers, develop skills, attributes and perspectives that will equip them for life and work in a global society and make use of innovative technologies and a world-class library that will enhance their development as independent, lifelong learners. Examples of the opportunities provided for learning on this degree programme are:
- Adviser of Studies
To assist with the choice of modules at the beginning of each academic year
- Computer-Based Practicals
These provide students with the opportunity to develop technical skills and apply theoretical principles to real-life or practical contexts.
- E-Learning technologies
Information associated with lectures and assignments is often communicated via a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) called Queen’s Online. A range of e-learning experiences are also embedded in the degree programme through the use of, for example, interactive support materials, podcasts and web-based learning activities.
Formalised induction for all undergraduate students. For Stage 1 students, this includes several half-day sessions the week before the programme begins to allow students to familiarise themselves with the campus and the degree programme. During Stage 1 there are a number of follow-up sessions throughout the year. Topics such as academic writing, referencing, plagiarism, communication skills, examination preparation and managing time effectively are all covered in these practical sessions.
These introduce key information about new topics as a starting point for further self-directed private study/reading. As the module progresses this information becomes more complex. Lectures, which are normally delivered in large groups to all year-group peers, also provide opportunities to ask questions and seek clarification on key issues as well as gain feedback and advice on assessments. Additional lectures are also delivered by employer representatives and staff from a number of organisations are involved in the delivery of workshops and problem solving sessions. In addition to the academic content of the lectures and workshops, employers impart their valuable experience to QMS Business Management students.
- Peer Mentoring Scheme
Students in the second and final year of their degree programme volunteer to mentor Stage 1 students to aid with the transition to university life. Developing the programme themselves, with support from academic staff in QMS, the mentors organise informal meetings, regular contact and a series of events ranging from ice-breaker type events to employer-led sessions with the Stage 1 students.
- Personal Development Planning
To encourage students to engage in independent learning.
- Self-directed study
This is an essential part of life as a Queen’s student when important private reading, engagement with e-learning resources, reflection on feedback to date and assignment research and preparation work is carried out.
A significant amount of teaching is carried out in small groups (typically 20-25 students). These sessions are designed to explore, in more depth, the information that has been presented in the lectures. This provides students with the opportunity to engage closely with academic staff who have specialist knowledge of the topic, to ask questions of them and to assess their own progress and understanding with the support of their peers. During these classes, students will be expected to present their work to academic staff and their peers.
- Student Support Systems
QMS has an active and co-ordinated student support system to assist students in making the transition from school to university.
- Work placements
Students on the BSc Business Management programme will take a placement year between the second and final year of the degree programme. The School has a dedicated Placement Office which facilitates students in sourcing and securing appropriate placements which will augment their classroom-based learning experience. In addition, the School encourages students to seek other work-based and/or educational related experiences, whether that is through the summer placement programme (a 3-4 month internship in a local organisation working on a very specific project), Erasmus programmes with other European Universities, or studying abroad in universities with which the School and/or University has an existing relationship.
Details of assessments associated with this course are outlined below:
- The way in which students are assessed will vary according to the learning objectives of each module. Details of how each module is assessed are shown in the Student Handbook which is provided to all students during their first year induction. Business Management modules are typically assessed by a mix of continuous assessments and final written unseen examinations. Continuous assessment consists of: class tests, computer generated practical experiments, real life case study research and analysis, academic essays exploring specific current issues such as innovation, consumer behaviour, managing change etc. and individual and small group project and presentations.
As students progress through their course at Queen’s they will receive general and specific feedback from a variety of sources including lecturers, module co-ordinators, placement supervisors, advisers of study and peers. University students are expected to engage with reflective practice and to use this approach to improve the quality of their work. Feedback may be provided in a variety of forms including:
- Feedback provided via formal written comments and marks relating to work that you, as an individual or as part of a group, have submitted.
- Face to face comment. This may include occasions when you make use of the lecturers’ advertised “office hours” to help you to address a specific query.
- Placement employer comments or references.
- Online or emailed comment.
- General comments or question and answer opportunities at the end of a lecture, seminar or tutorial.
- Pre-submission advice regarding the standards you should aim for and common pitfalls to avoid. In some instances, this may be provided in the form of model answers or exemplars which you can review in your own time.
- Feedback and outcomes from practical classes.
- Comment and guidance provided by staff from specialist support services such as, Careers, Employability and Skills or the Learning Development Service.
- Once you have reviewed your feedback, you will be encouraged to identify and implement further improvements to the quality of your work.
- Adviser of Studies
In addition, to the entrance requirements above, it is essential that you read our guidance below on 'How we choose our students' prior to submitting your UCAS application.
Applications are dealt with centrally by the Admissions and Access Service rather than by Queen's University Management School. Once your application has been processed by UCAS and forwarded to Queen's, an acknowledgement is normally sent within two weeks of its receipt at the University.
Selection is on the basis of the information provided on your UCAS form, which is considered by a member of administrative staff from the Admissions and Access Service and, if appropriate, the Selector from the School. Decisions are made on an ongoing basis and will be notified to you via UCAS.
Applicants for the BSc Honours in Business Management must be able to satisfy the University's General Entrance Requirement and in addition all applicants must have GCSE Mathematics at grade B or above. There are no specific subjects required at A-level. Offers are normally made in terms of grades rather than UCAS Tariff points.
Demand for places differs from course to course and for Business Management, past performance at GCSE is taken into account when deciding whether or not to make conditional offers. For last year’s entry, the threshold was a minimum of 3A and 2B grades at GCSE. Please note that this changes from year to year depending on the demand for places. The final threshold is not usually determined until late in the admissions cycle, so there may be a delay in processing applicants who do not meet the initial requirements. Where applicants do not cash-in AS-level examinations results at the end of year 13 (Year 12 England and Wales), it is helpful if the equivalent grades are given in the personal statement or academic reference, since this will speed up the decision-making process.
Offers are normally made on the basis of 3 A-levels. Two subjects at A-level plus two at AS would also be considered. The offer for repeat applicants is set in terms of 3 A-levels only and is one grade higher than that asked from first time applicants. Grades may be held from the previous year.
Applicants offering other qualifications, such as BTEC Extended Diplomas, Edexcel Higher National Certificates and Diplomas, the International Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificate or an Access course, will also be considered.
The same GCSE profile is usually expected of those applicants taking a BTEC Extended Diploma qualification or a Higher National Certificate (HNC).
The current entrance requirements for applicants offering a BTEC Extended Diploma are successful completion of the BTEC Extended Diploma (180 credits at Level 3) with 120 credits at Distinction and 60 credits at Merit. For applicants offering a HNC, the current requirements are successful completion of the HNC with 2 Distinctions and remainder Merits.
For those offering a Higher National Diploma, some flexibility may be allowed in terms of GCSE profile but, to be eligible for an offer, at least half of the units completed in the first year of the HND must be at Merit level and remainder Passes. Applicants must successfully complete the HND with Merits in all units assessed in the final year. Any consideration would be for stage 1 entry only.
Applicants offering Access/Certificate in Foundation Studies courses will be considered individually on their own merits and for last year the standard was an overall average of 70% in Level 3 modules including 70% in all Mathematics modules (which must be equivalent to GCSE standard).
In addition to the academic requirements above, the information provided in the personal statement section and the academic reference together with predicted grades are noted, but these are not the final deciding factors as to whether or not a conditional offer can be made. However, they may be reconsidered in a tie break situation in August.
A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking will not normally be considered as part of a three A-level offer and, although they may be excluded where an applicant is taking 4 A-level subjects, the grade achieved could be taken into account if necessary in August/September.
If you are made an offer then you may be invited to an Open Day organised by Queen's University Management School, which is usually held in the second semester. This will allow you the opportunity to visit the University, to find out more about the degree programme of your choice, the facilities on offer together with a flavour of the academic and social life at Queen's.
For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.
English Language Requirements
An IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component or an equivalent acceptable qualification, details of which are available at: http://go.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be offering Academic English and Pre-sessional courses online only from June to September 2020.
- Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
- Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.
International Students - Foundation and International Year One Programmes
INTO Queen's offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare international students for undergraduate study at Queen's University. You will learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre on campus, and will have full access to the University's world-class facilities.
These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry.
The INTO progression course suited to this programme is
- International Year One
The INTO progression course suited to this programme is
INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
This degree provides graduates with the knowledge and skills to secure employment in a wide range of occupations in the public, private and voluntary sectors. Those pursuing a career in business management
should enjoy working with people and should be effective communicators, able to engage with a range of stakeholders including senior management, consumers and consumer groups, government representatives and policy makers.
Employment after the Course
Typical career destinations of graduates include:
new venture creation
supply chain and quality,
advertising, business development, marketing, market research, export marketing,
human resources, recruitment, training and development,
new product development, accounting, finance,
inward investment, exporting
Graduate employers include: PwC, Randox, Deloitte, BDO, Bombardier, Google, Microsoft, Unilever, Mercer, Accenture, KPMG, Diageo, M&S, Tesco, Bank of Ireland, Local Government including Councils, Health Trusts, College and Universities and Invest Northern Ireland.
"I was attracted to Queen’s because of its reputation as a leading Russell Group University, the quality of its teaching and the close knit student body you become apart of. I found my lectures to be not only interesting, but relevant and applicable - now as a Management Consultant at Deloitte, I find myself referencing a number of techniques and authors (Scientific Management, PESTEL, Porter, Maslow etc.) on a near daily basis with clients. Further to this the opportunities for further development are second to none including the clubs and societies (e.g. I was the Management Society chair) and unique alliances like the William J. Clinton Leadership Institute, where I undertook Inspiring Leader training. I attribute all of these things in helping me land a top graduate job. Many of the employers, clients and peers are amazed at the wealth of opportunities Queen’s offered me as an undergraduate student."
Matthew Juden, Crowthorne, UK
BSc Business Management Graduate (2016)
Currently a Management Consultant at Deloitte
Additional Awards Gained
Year in Industry
Prizes and Awards
A number of prizes and awards are made on an annual basis from local employers including CIMA Ireland, PwC, Bombardier Aerospace, and Allen and Overy, plus the Sir William Crawford Prize. Foundation Scholarships are also available.
Degree plus award for extra-curricular skills
In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.
Fees and Funding
Northern Ireland (NI) £4,395 England, Scotland or Wales (GB) £9,250 Other (non-UK) EU * £4,395 International £16,900
Tuition fee rates are calculated based on a student’s tuition fee status and generally increase annually by inflation. How tuition fees are determined is set out in the Student Finance Framework.
* The tuition fees that EU students starting courses at UK universities following the agreed transition period are required to pay will depend on what is agreed as part of the UK's exit negotiations. Please refer to www.qub.ac.uk/brexit-advice/information-for-students
Additional course costs
Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.
Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library.
If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. A programme may have up to 6 modules per year, each with a recommended text.
Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.
Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.
If a final year includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.
Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.
There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.
Business Management with Placement costs
Students who undertake optional study tours are expected to make a contribution, of approximately £150.
How do I fund my study?
There are different tuition fee and student financial support arrangements for students from Northern Ireland, those from England, Scotland and Wales (Great Britain), and those from the rest of the European Union.
Information on funding options and financial assistance for undergraduate students is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/Undergraduate/Fees-and-scholarships/.
Each year, we offer a range of scholarships and prizes for new students. Information on scholarships available.
Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.
How and when to Apply
How to Apply
Application for admission to full-time undergraduate and sandwich courses at the University should normally be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Full information can be obtained from the UCAS website at: www.ucas.com/students.
When to Apply
UCAS will start processing applications for entry in autumn 2020 from 1 September 2019.
Advisory closing date: 15 January 2020 (18:00). This is the 'equal consideration' deadline for this course.
Applications from UK and EU students after this date are, in practice, considered by Queen’s for entry to this course throughout the remainder of the application cycle (30 June 2020) subject to the availability of places.
Applications from International (non-UK/EU) students are normally considered by Queen’s for entry to this course until 30 June 2020. If you apply for 2020 entry after this deadline, you will automatically be entered into Clearing.
Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as is consistent with having made a careful and considered choice of institutions and courses.
The Institution code name for Queen's is QBELF and the institution code is Q75.
Further information on applying to study at Queen's is available at: http://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/Undergraduate/How-to-apply/
Terms and Conditions
The terms and conditions that apply when you accept an offer of a place at the University on a taught programme of study. Queen's University Belfast Terms and Conditions.
Additional Information for International (non-EU) Students
- Applying through UCAS
Most students make their applications through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) for full-time undergraduate degree programmes at Queen's. The UCAS application deadline for international students is 30 June 2020.
- Applying direct
The Direct Entry Application form is to be used by international applicants who wish to apply directly, and only, to Queen's or who have been asked to provide information in advance of submitting a formal UCAS application. Find out more.
- Applying through agents and partners
The University’s in-country representatives can assist you to submit a UCAS application or a direct application. Please consult the Agent List to find an agent in your country who will help you with your application to Queen’s University.
Fees and Funding
- Applying through UCAS