Study business management

Students studying business management

Business is one of the biggest influences on the world today. Study business management at the University of Sheffield and learn about the big decisions that build or break companies.

Business management at the University of Sheffield

Sheffield University Management School is among the global elite of business schools, having been awarded Triple Crown accreditation by the three most influential accreditation bodies - AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB.

Business degree options at the University of Sheffield

Undergraduate degrees

International Foundation Year students can progress to degrees including:

  • BA (Hons) Accounting & Financial Management
  • BA (Hons) Accounting & Financial Management and Economics
  • BA (Hons) Business Management
  • BA (Hons) Business Management and Economics
  • BA (Hons) Business Management and Japanese Studies
  • BA (Hons) International Business Management with Study Abroad

Postgraduate degrees

Pre-Masters students can progress to degrees including:

  • MA Cultural Data Management & Communications
  • MA Cultural Heritage Management
  • MA Music Management
  • MBA Business Administration
  • MSc Business Finance and Economics
  • MSc Creative and Cultural Industries Management
  • MSc East Asian Business
  • MSc Finance and Accounting
  • MSc Human Resource Management
  • MSc Human Resource Management with CIPD Pathway
  • MSc Information Management
  • MSc Information Systems Management
  • MSc International Management
  • MSc International Management and Marketing
  • MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • MSc Management
  • MSc Management (International Business)
  • MSc Marketing Management Practice

Places are limited on some degree courses, so you are advised to apply and confirm your place as soon as possible.

Degree preparation at the International College

The University of Sheffield International College offers specialist university preparation for international students. On our pathway programmes, you will study key subject modules to prepare you for your degree, while also building confidence in your English language and study skills. Whether you are aiming for undergraduate or postgraduate study, you will have the confidence to succeed once you progress to the University of Sheffield.

Why study business?

Business is a broad field that will help you develop a broad range of transferrable skills for your career. Some of the benefits include:

Communication skills

Studying business, you will learn to work as part of a team, develop your leadership skills and build confidence in presenting ideas.

Problem solving

Business is all about coming up with solutions to maximise profit, within the confines of time and budget.

Project management

Project managers are at the centre of all good businesses. Learn how to make sure projects are completed on time and manage the expectations of stakeholders.

What can I do with a business degree?

When you graduate from the Sheffield University Management School, you’ll have an exciting choice of career or further study options. Sheffield is in the top 10 of universities targeted by top employers (High Fliers Graduate Market Research 2022).

Business careers include:

  • accountant
  • management consultant
  • actuary
  • entrepreneur
  • business analyst
  • project manager
  • stockbroker.

Related careers include:

  • marketing executive
  • human resources officer
  • retail manager
  • sales executive
  • UX researcher.

Business management FAQs

What is the study of business management?

Business management is the study of how to generate profit. You will learn how to create and refine products and services that are attractive to consumers and other businesses. There are a number of specialities within business – including accountancy, finance, marketing and human resources management.

How can I study business management?

To study a degree in business management you need to meet certain requirements which vary between universities. At the University of Sheffield, you can study business management with three A Levels with good grades. As an international student, you’re also able to meet the entry requirements with the International Foundation Year in Business, Social Sciences and Humanities, which will give you the necessary requirements and prepare you to study in the UK.

How much money can you make in business management?

There are a variety of careers with a range of salaries you can pursue with a business management degree. You could follow a career as a stockbroker where you could eventually be earning in excess of £100,000 or you could earn up to £40,000 as a business advisor and work to become an economic development adviser where you can earn significantly more.

How long is a business management degree?

A business management degree typically takes three years, but at some universities, it can take four.

What subjects do I need to study business management?

Entry level requirements and what subjects you need generally depend on the university you are applying to, but for business management universities typically do not have specific subject requirements. However, there are a number of subjects that can prove beneficial if you want to study a business management degree. Subjects such as Business Studies, Economics and Maths are good subjects to help you on a business management degree.

Do you need maths for business management?

Maths is typically not required to study a business management degree at university. However, it can help you with certain business areas such as accounting and finance.

Is business management or business administration better?

Business management and business administration are both really good degrees for those wanting to pursue a career in business. Neither is better than the other but one could be more beneficial to you depending on what career you want to pursue. Business management is tailored for those who want to manage staff or operations of a business, while business administration allows you to have broad options and then specialise in a specific area.

Andy from China

Born in China. Made in Sheffield.

I like the teaching style here. We have a large population in China, so in each room, even in university, we have lots of people, so the teacher cannot take responsibility of each of you. You have to study by yourself, but here the teacher tells you have to work in a group, so this is what's important.

Andy from China
Studied Pre-Masters in Business, Social Sciences and Humanities
Progressed to MSc Finance and Accounting