BSc Business Management (Operations and Supply Management)

2018 Clearing and Adjustment Availability

We have places available for Late, Clearing and Adjustment applicants for 2018. 
For up to date information on vacancies and applying through Clearing or Adjustment, visit our dedicated 2018 Clearing and Adjustment pages

Course Overview

The BSc Business Management is the largest and most established programme within the School of Management. The programme provides students with a broad range of expertise across the areas of business and management (such as marketing, operations management, finance, accounting, strategy and human resource management) as well as offering a range of cutting edge specialist optional modules. This programme is designed for the student who wants to excel and reach the top level of global business management practice.

The BSc Business Management (Operations & Supply Management) is for students with a clear interest in understanding how things (be it products or services) are made and in improving this transformation process. The pathway offers students the opportunity to focus on modules relating to operations management, supply chain management and project management.

Key Features

  • UK Top 15 for Course Satisfaction (Guardian University Guide 2018)
  • UK Top 5 for Value Added (Guardian University Guide 2018)
  • All modules are taught by our world-class faculty who have a breadth of industrial and academic knowledge
  • Swansea is 1st in Wales for world-leading impact - 60% at 4-star level (REF 2014)
  • Opportunity to undertake work placements in both three year (single week or summer internship) and four year (year in industry) variants
  • 93% of Swansea students in employment six months after graduating
  • High contact time – our modules come with a lecture (in class sizes capped at approximately 150 students) and seminar/tutorial (in class sizes capped at 30) every single week. Interested in the facilities? Take a look at them here
  • Scholarships available for outstanding students – click here for more details. 

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

FHEQ 4 Degree / HECert
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
MN-1003Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Accounting for Business
MN-1006Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Managing People
MN-1016Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Marketing
MN-1017Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Essential Analytic Skills for Business
MN-1501Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Finance for Business
MN-1517Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Personal Skills Development for Business
MN-1518Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Operations Management
MN-1520Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15The Global Context of Organisation

Year 2 (Level 5)

FHEQ 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
MN-2017Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Management Science 1
MN-2040Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Strategic Analysis
MN-2506Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Maths 2 for Business
MN-2513Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Supply Chain Management
Optional Modules
Semester 1 

Choose Exactly 30 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students should select 30 credits from the following list for Semester 1. Optional modules will be offered subject to demand, availability and timetable constraints. Students should note and check BEFORE selecting whether modules have any special requirements, such as pre-requisites, co-requisites or incompatibles. NOTE: Pre-reqs need to have been taken in a previous year and co-reqs have to be selected in the current year

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MN-2003Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Corporate Governance and Ethics
MN-2004Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Corporate Finance 1
MN-2007Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Strategic Marketing Planning
MN-2008Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Digital MarketingPre-reqs: MN-1016 Marketing or MN-1505 Marketing or MN-1007 Marketing and Strategy
MN-2009Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Change Management (with Fujitsu)
MN-2010Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15International Marketing
MN-2011Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Information Systems
MN-2013Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Organisational Behaviour
MN-2021Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Micro-economics 2Students must have completed one of the following pre-reqs: MN-1015 or MN-1014 or MN-1511 or MN-1519
MN-2023Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Economic History and Industrial Development
MN-2029Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Environmental and Resource EconomicsStudents must have completed one of the following pre-reqs: MN-1011 or MN-1015 or MN-1014 or MN-1511 or MN-1519
MN-2031Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Principles of Financial AccountingStudents must have completed one of the following pre-reqs: MN-1003 or MN-1515
MN-2035Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Global Business Environment: International Political Economy
MN-2054Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Business PlanningCo-requisite module for MN-2559 and needs to be taken and passed in order to proceed to TB2 module
MN-2055Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Theory of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
MN-2058Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Contemporary Issues in Tourism
MN-2059Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Marketing Places
MN-2060Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Business and Employment Law
MN-N001Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)0English for Management 1This is a non-credit bearing module aimed at School of Management Students whose first language is not English and who wish to improve their English language skills.
AND
Semester 2 

Choose Exactly 30 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students should select 30 credits from the following list for Semester 2. Optional modules will be offered subject to demand, availability and timetable constraints. Students should note and check BEFORE selecting whether modules have any special requirements, such as pre-requisites, co-requisites or incompatibles. NOTE: Pre-reqs need to have been taken in a previous year and co-reqs have to be selected in the current year

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MN-2502Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Financial Markets and Institutions
MN-2505Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Investments: Assets; Equities and Bonds
MN-2508Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Human Resource Management
MN-2509Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Management Consulting 1
MN-2510Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Consumer Behaviour
MN-2511Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15International Business
MN-2514Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Business Information Systems
MN-2517Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Statistics 2 for BusinessOnly available to Business students. This module is not available for students who have previously undertaken MN-1012 or MN-1503 (A&F and Economics). Students must have previously completed MN-1017
MN-2518Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15e-Business
MN-2520Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Business Analytics
MN-2522Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Social Marketing
MN-2527Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Macro-economics 2Students must have completed one of the following pre-reqs: MN-1014 or MN-1015 or or MN-1519 or MN-1511
MN-2529Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15European Economic IntegrationStudents wishing to select this module will need to have also selected MN-2021 Micro-economics 1 as a co-requisite module.
MN-2530Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Economic PolicyStudents must have completed one of the following pre-reqs: MN-1014 or MN-1015 or MN-1511 or MN-1519
MN-2534Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Principles of Management AccountingThis module is not available to A&F students.
MN-2544Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Economic DevelopmentStudents must have completed one of the following pre-reqs: MN-1014 or MN-1015 or MN-1511 or MN-1512 or MN-1519
MN-2549Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Decision Analysis
MN-2551Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Social Aspects of Organisation
MN-2559Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)30Applied EntrepreneurshipStudents must have also selected and passed MN-2054 in order to proceed to this module.
MN-2562Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Managerial EconomicsPre-reqs: MN-1011 or MN-1014 or MN-1015 or MN-1511 or MN-1519
MN-2563Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Entrepreneurship for Tourism Experiences
MN-2564Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Tourism in Practice
MN-N002Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)0English for Management 2Students must have completed MN-N001 or MN-N003 English for Management 1 in order to select this module.
MN-N003Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)0English for Management 1 (TB2)This is a non-credit bearing module aimed at School of Management Students whose first language is not English and who wish to improve their English language skills (repeat of MN-N001 taught in TB1)

Year 3 (Level 6)

FHEQ 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
MN-3000Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Final Year Project
MN-3019Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Project Management
MN-3023Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Lean Operations
MN-3521Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15International Standards
Optional Modules
Semester 1 

Choose Exactly 15 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students need to select exactly 15 credits from the following list for Semester 1. Optional modules will be offered subject to demand, availability and timetable constraints. Students should note and check BEFORE selecting whether modules have any special requirements, such as pre-requisites, co-requisites or incompatibles. NOTE: Pre-reqs need to have been taken in a previous year and co-reqs have to be selected in the current year.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MN-3002Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Financial Market EfficiencyStudents must have completed one of the following pre-reqs: MN-1503 or MN-1012 or MN-2517
MN-3004Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Investment BankingStudents must have completed one of the following pre-reqs: MN-2004
MN-3005Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Financial ServicesStudents must have completed one of the following pre-reqs: MN-2004
MN-3012Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Marketing Research
MN-3013Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15International Human Resource Management
MN-3014Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Marketing Communications
MN-3015Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Power and Organisation
MN-3016Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Innovation Management
MN-3018Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Sales and Sales Force Management
MN-3022Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Pioneers of Entrepreneurship 1
MN-3024Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Data Mining
MN-3026Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Application Development
MN-3031Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Labour EconomicsStudents must have previously completed MN-2021 in order to select this module. Non-req: MN-2546
MN-3035Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Monetary Economics 1Pre-reqs: MN-2021 AND MN-2527.
MN-3042Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Global Shift: Globalization and Transnational Corporations
MN-3047Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Strategic Implementation
MN-3048Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Advanced Economic AnalysisPre-reqs: MN-2021 AND MN-2527.
MN-3055Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Rheoli Prosiectau (Project Management)Co-taught with MN-3019 and allows students to have seminars through the medium of Welsh.
MN-3057Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15International Economic PolicyPre-reqs: MN-2021 AND MN-2527.
MN-N001Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)0English for Management 1This is a non-credit bearing module aimed at School of Management Students whose first language is not English and who wish to improve their English language skills.
AND
Semester 2 

Choose Exactly 30 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students have to select exactly 30 credits from the following list for Semester 2. Optional modules will be offered subject to demand, availability and timetable constraints. Students should note and check BEFORE selecting whether modules have any special requirements, such as pre-requisites, co-requisites or incompatibles. NOTE: Pre-reqs need to have been taken in a previous year and co-reqs have to be selected in the current year

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MN-3501Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Financial EconomicsStudents must have completed one of the following pre-reqs: MN-2004 or MN-1509 or MN-2028 or MN-2057. NOTE: This module requires a high level of mathematical ability
MN-3502Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Auditing 2Students can only select this module if they have previously completed and passed MN-2548
MN-3503Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Financial Innovation and Risk ManagementStudents must have completed one of the following pre-reqs: MN-2004
MN-3505Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Asset ManagementStudents must have completed one of the following pre-reqs: MN-2004
MN-3506Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Derivatives and Risk ManagementStudents must have completed one of the following pre-reqs: MN-2004
MN-3507Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Risk Management in BankingStudents must have completed one of the following pre-reqs: MN-2004
MN-3512Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Business EthicsThis module cannot be taken with either MN-3517 or MN-3516.
MN-3513Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Leadership
MN-3516Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Marketing EthicsThis module cannot be taken with either MN-3517 or MN-3512.
MN-3517Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Corporate Social ResponsibilityThis module cannot be taken with either MN-3512 or MN-3516.
MN-3519Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Information Technology Service Management
MN-3522Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Environmental Management for Business
MN-3526Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Spreadsheets and Databases for Business AnalysisStudents cannot select this module if they have previously completed MN-2523
MN-3531Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Public ChoiceStudents must have previously completed MN-2021 in order to select this module.
MN-3533Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Economies of the Middle and Far East
MN-3534Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Monetary Economics 2To select this module, student must also have selected MN-3035 in TB1
MN-3542Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Business and Employment LawNon-reqs: MN-2504 or MN-2519
MN-3551Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Law of International Corporate Governance
MN-3553Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Sales and Personal Selling
MN-3555Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Forensic Accounting
MN-3561Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Social Media MarketingStudents must have previously completed MN-2008 in order to select this module.
MN-3566Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15History of Economic Thought
MN-3567Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15International Economics and TradeStudents must have previously completed both MN-2021 AND MN-2527 in order to select this module.
MN-N002Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)0English for Management 2Students can only select this module if they have previously completed MN-N001 or MN-N003
MN-N003Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)0English for Management 1 (TB2)This is a non-credit bearing module aimed at School of Management Students whose first language is not English and who wish to improve their English language skills (repeat of MN-N001)

Description

On our BSc Business Management programme the first year is the same for all students and serves as a core foundation that covers all areas of business and management. You will study a range of business topics that include: marketing, operations management, accounting, finance and strategy. In addition, we provide a range of modules that cover the basics for all areas of business, including quantitative methods and statistics as well as academic and professional skills.

 

After the first year, students pursue either a specialist pathway (which pre-selects half of the modules to be studied but still allows students to pick from a wide range of optional modules for the remainder or the time) or a generalist pathway (giving students complete freedom to choose optional modules for the remainder of their studies).

Entry Requirements

A-level Qualification

Offers for programmes in the School of Management are usually within the range of  ‘ABB-BBB’ or equivalent. All applications are considered on an individual basis, with GCSE grades, AS Level subjects and grades, work experience, references and personal statement taken into account. Variable offers are made dependent on subjects studied.

No A-level in Business, Economics, Maths or Accounting/Finance is required. We do not however consider General Studies as an A-level subject for offer purposes. Students may combine A-levels with other qualifications below. GCSE Maths and English minimum grade C is also required

International Baccalaureate 

The School of Management will make offers to students with predicted (or achieved) IB of 32-33 or higher.

BTEC (18-unit)

The School of Management will make offers to students with predicted (or achieved) BTEC results of DDM or better.

English Language

Non-native English speakers must achieve 6.0 overall with no component less than 5.5 in IELTS or equivalent tests.

For students who fall short of only the English language requirement we offer a range of pre-sessional training programmes that you may take before starting your degree programme. Further details can be found here.

International Qualifications

View the international qualifications that we accept, and the level required, for International Students (non EU) and EU Students.

How To Apply

If you are a UK or EU student, you should apply here.

Students from outside the UK or EU should apply here.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BSc (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £15,000

Fees for full time Undergraduate UK/EU students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government.

Fees for full time Undergraduate International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

Recommended textbooks for this course are available in the library. All software needed for the course is available on the School of Management network, for use within our PC rooms at Swansea University.

Free wireless internet access is available across the whole of the University campus and halls of residence.

4 Year Degree Options

Study abroad opportunities are managed in conjunction with Swansea University's Go Global Team. You can find out more about your study abroad opportunities here.

The School of Management offers a variety of placement schemes (year in industry) which are coordinated by our in-house Employability Team. Click here to access detailed guidance on the placement process, including recent student success stories.

Scholarships

Swansea University offers a range of scholarships to help fund your studies, including: 

Excellence Scholarship - awarded to students achieving AAA or above at A-Level (or equivalent) - £3000 over 2 years. 

Merit Scholarship - awarded to students achieving AAB at A-Level (or equivalent - £2000 over 2 years. 

For more information on scholarships and other funding opportunities available at Swansea, please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Developing Futures Scholarship - The School of Management also offers the Developing Futures Scholarship package, which encourages students to develop a number of professional skills whilst working with the School throughout the academic year.

  • Undergraduate scholarship of £2000 towards tuition fees. Available to non-EU (International) students holding an offer to study at the School of Management. 
  • Postgraduate scholarship of £3000 towards tuition fees. Available to all UK/EU and International students holding an offer to study at the School of Management. 

More information on Developing Futures Scholarships, including how to apply, can be found here.

Professional Accreditation

To find out more about if this course has a professional accreditation and what that means, visit our professional accreditation page.

Location and Facilities

The Bay Campus is situated in an outstanding location on the eastern approach into Swansea, with direct access onto the beach and its own seafront promenade. The campus features modern and bright student accommodation, including standard, premium, twin and wheelchair accessible rooms.

Bay Campus buildings and resources include:

  • Central support services for students housed within the Tower Information Centre.
  • State of the art library and resource centre.
  • Students’ Union.
  • The Great Hall – incorporating the Stanley Clarke Auditorium, lecture theatres and a cafe offering magnificent views across Swansea Bay.

Extensive catering and grocery provision including cafeterias, bar, supermarket, launderette and cash points. All of this will be in addition to recreational sporting facilities and a beach for all to enjoy.

For more information on what's available to you on the Bay Campus visit our Location and Facilities page.

Careers and Employability

We have an excellent track record of placing our graduates with major multinational companies.

From the moment you arrive at the School of Management we will work with you to help you build your skills and experience to enhance your career prospects.

During your time with us you’ll have the chance to:

  • Get unlimited one to one bespoke careers advice from our dedicated careers team.
  • Undertake a work placement or internship through the Swansea Paid Internship Network (SPIN) or ‘Week of Work’ initiative.
  • Attend our Careers Fair and network with employers.
  • Join our Employability Mentoring scheme and get mentored by an employer who can help you with the transition from student to working professional.
  • Work and network with employers from a range of national and multi-national companies through our seminars and events.
  • Boost your skills and meet employers during our Employability Module, which is run twice a year.
  • Complete the Swansea Employability Award.
  • Participate in our Business in the Bay competition and compete against other university students.
  • Join our Alumni community and meet graduates from previous years who can offer the benefit of their experiences.

Discover how our in-house Careers Service has supported our students:

Graduate Destinations

Some of our recent graduate destinations:

  • Advanced Analytical Modelling Consultant, AC Neilsen
  • Assistant Tax Consultant, PriceWaterhouseCoopers
  • Business Analyst, Bloomberg
  • Commercial Graduate, Tata
  • Finance Analyst, Cable and Wireless Worldwide
  • Finance Graduate Trainee, Tate & Lyle plc
  • Finance Graduate, Ford Motor Company
  • Financial Accounts Controller, Airbus UK
  • Financial Management Trainee, L'Oreal
  • Foreign Exchange Trader, HSBC
  • Graduate management scheme, Enterprise Rent- a-Car
  • Graduate Trainee programme, Barclays
  • Investment Banker, Julian Hodge
  • IT Consultant, Capgemini
  • Management Consultant, Accenture
  • Management Trainee, Marks and Spencer
  • Management Trainee, Shell UK
  • Marketing Assistant, Alfa Romeo
  • Recruitment Consultant, Microsoft
  • Share Dealer, OSTC
  • Trainee Accountant, Deloitte
  • Trainee Auditor, PriceWaterhouseCoopers

Contact

For more information on this programme, please contact us:

Telephone: +44 (0)1792 205678

Email: study@swansea.ac.uk

Final Year Project

The Final Year Project scheme connects students with external organisations from all areas of Business, helping translate ideas learnt in the classroom into real-world impact, whilst providing an opportunity to impress potential employers.

You’ll undertake a group project in collaboration with a business, commercial or other organisation, conducting market research and providing recommendations to solve a problem set by the project provider.  You’ll receive consistent supervision and support throughout the process, from a team of highly experienced academic and professional services staff.  

Over the past 3 years, more than 90 businesses have engaged with the School through the Final Year Project scheme, facilitating over 250 students each year with change management projects.

'The group of students assisting us was first class. I would have absolutely no problem giving any of them a personal recommendation for either further education or a job in their chosen profession.' - Fossitt Tremlow Consulting

'The group hit the ground running and were happy to get stuck in with doing the physical parts of the project as well as the marketing and research elements.' - Discovery, a Swansea-based volunteer-led charity.