Study 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

Pre-Masters students can progress to degrees including:

* Due to the high level of demand for this programme, applications are predicted to close early. Please check with your agent or student enrolment adviser for availability.

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.

Your pathways to studying at the University of Sheffield:

Triple Crown Accredited


95% of graduates

in work or further study six months after graduation Destination of Leavers of Higher Education survey 2016/17

Top 10

most targeted UK university by top employers

(High Fliers Research 2022)

World Top 150 for Accounting and Finance

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023

Undergraduate pathways

The International Foundation Year in Business, Social Sciences and Humanities prepares you for an undergraduate degree at the Sheffield University School of Management. Choose the Business and Management pathway and progress to a  business degree at the University of Sheffield.

Postgraduate pathways

The Pre-Masters in Business, Social Sciences and Humanities at the International College prepares you for a postgraduate degree at the University of Sheffield. Choose the Business and Management pathway and progress to your chosen masters programme at the University of Sheffield.

Entry requirements

International Foundation Year 

  • 2 semester programme: Academic IELTS for UKVI 5.0 with minimum 5.0 in writing (minimum of 4.0 in other skills)
  • 1.5 semester programme: Academic IELTS for UKVI 6.0 (minimum 5.0 in all skills)


  • 2 semester programme: Academic IELTS for UKVI 5.5 (minimum 5.5 in all skills)
  • 1.5 semester programme: Academic IELTS for UKVI 6.0 (minimum 5.5 in all skills)

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:

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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