Loughborough University
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Loughborough University

School of Business and Economics

Undergraduate study

Management Sciences student profile

Management Sciences student profile

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Management Sciences - 2016 entry


BSc (Hons) DPS/DintS* 4 years full time sandwich
UCAS code - N201

*Diploma in Professional/International Studies

  • About the course
  • Course structure
  • Career opportunities
  • Entry criteria
  • Next steps

Management Sciences is a broad based business degree with a long and very successful track record of producing innovative decision-makers who are highly sought-after in the business world.

Successful modern organisations depend upon people with a good understanding of business who are capable of handling and analysing huge volumes of information, in order to make effective and timely decisions.

Flexibility is a key element of the course, allowing you to explore all aspects of management whilst keeping your career options open. In the first two years, as well as helping you to develop your numeracy and computing skills, you will be introduced to the organisational, marketing, financial and economic environments within which managers and organisations must operate. We will help you to develop your communication and interpersonal skills and your ability to work in groups, developing practical skills essential for working in today’s businesses.

About the course

Our Management Sciences course is a four year degree and includes a placement year as an integral part of the course. Our final year students regularly comment on how the placement year aids their understanding of the material we teach in the final year, as well as their employability.

By studying the main management functions of accounting, finance, human resources management, information management, marketing and operations management you will be able to make an informed choice from the entire spectrum of business placements for your third year.

In the final year you will be able to apply the practical experiences from your professional placement to your studies. You will pursue a small number of core management subjects in further depth, but the majority of the final year is chosen by you from a wide range of options, allowing you to tailor the course to match your own particular interests and career aspirations.

4-year degree including professional placement or study abroad

Our Management Sciences course is a four year degree, including a placement year as an integral part of the degree. Our final year students regularly comment on how the placement year aids their understanding of the material we teach in the final year and their employability. 

Whilst most students choose to undertake a professional placement, students can also choose to spend the year studying abroad at one of our partner universities around the world; either for a full year instead of going on placement or for six months plus a six month placement.

Recent placements for Management Science students

Accenture (Analyst)
adidas UK Ltd (Financial Planning Analyst)
Bank of England (Human Resources Recruitment Associate)
Barclays (Senior Administrator)
Caterpillar (Human Resources Intern)
Fujitsu (Sales and Marketing Account Manager)
GE Healthcare (Customer Care Process Intern)
GSK (Acting Communications Manager)
Kimberly-Clark (Marketing Services Co-ordinator, Europe)
KPMG (Auditor)
Mars (Supplier Development Analyst)

Microgen (Business Analyst)
Nomura International (Financial Controller)
PwC (Assurance Department Associate)
Toyota (GB) Plc (Lexus Strategy and Planning)
Tui Travel Plc (Commercial Assistant)
UBS (New Business Development)
Volkswagen Group UK Ltd (Marketing
Communications Assistant)
Waitrose Ltd (Supplier Management Administrative Assistant)
Warner Brothers (International Television Marketing Intern)

The core subjects and options may vary from year to year. For the latest information please email us.

Year 1

  •  Quantitative Methods for Business
  •  Business Modelling
  •  Microeconomics for Business
  •  Financial Framework
  •  Marketing
  •  Organisational Behaviour
  •  Skills for Study, Placement and Employment
  •  Organisations in the International Context

Plus two modules from a list of options including: Introduction to Law, Introduction to Management, Sociology of Work, Introduction to Banking, Macroeconomics, Retailing Environment, and French, German or Spanish.

Year 2

  •  Decision Making Analysis
  •  Data Analysis for Management
  •  Accounting for Management Decisions
  •  Human Resource Management
  •  Brand Management
  •  Operations Management
  •  Business Information Management
  •  Information Systems Development

Plus four modules from a list of options including: Sales Management, International Economics, Macroeconomics, Business Lending, International Business, International Management, Consumer Behaviour, and French, German or Spanish.

Year on placement or studying abroad (or 6 months of each)

For most students your third year will be spent on a professional placement. TThis is usually in a management-trainee situation with one of a broad range of major UK companies. However, there is considerable flexibility in the nature of the placement year.

Alternatively, many of our students choose to take the opportunity to expand their horizons and enhance their employability by studying abroad at one of our partner universities around the world; either for a full year instead of going on placement or for six months in addition to going on placement for six months.

Year 4

  • Technology in Business and Society
  • Strategic Management

Plus nine modules from a wide range of options including: Analytics for Management, Business Optimisation, Career Management, Project Management, Corporate and Wholesale Banking, Marketing Communications, International Marketing, International Human Resource Management, Small Business Issues, Business Planning for New Ventures, Business Ethics, Knowledge Management, Business Forecasting, Marketing Strategy and Planning, Retail Location, Services Marketing, Enterprise Resource Planning, and French, German or Spanish.

Teaching and learning

Our extensive and regular interaction with major companies around the world ensures all our teaching is commercially relevant. Find out more about how you will be taught and assessed at Loughborough to give the very best learning experience.

Career opportunities for Management Science graduates

Our great all-round student experience develops well-rounded graduates. Indeed, our graduates are so highly regarded by a wide range of employers that in the 2015 Graduate Market Review (High Fliers) Loughborough was listed as the 15th most targeted university by recruiters.*

91% of our 2014 Business graduates were in work or further study 6 months after graduating, and earning on average £26,800 as a starting salary (DLHE 2014/15). 

Management Sciences graduates are highly regarded by major employers and go on to follow a wide range of careers. As a result we achieve an exceptionally high graduate employment rate with starting salaries well above the national average. Career destinations include consultancy, banking, marketing and human resource management.

Example graduate destinations: Accenture (Business Analyst); Microsoft (Project Support Manager); Warner Brothers (Research Analyst); L'Oréal (Trainee Marketing Manager); Rolls-Royce (Buyer).

*Source: High Fliers Research, ‘The Graduate Market in 2015’, January 2015

Entry criteria – 2016 entry

Information about the entry requirements for this course are below. 
A-level AAB/ABB (General Studies, Critical Thinking and Communication and Culture are not normally accepted). In some circumstances we may ask applicants to achieve specific grades in certain subjects.
SQA AH AB Advanced Highers plus AAB Highers
IB 34 points minimum
Other BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDD profile in relevant subjects
Additional Strong GCSE profile including minimum grade B in Maths and English (or equivalent)

All applications must be made through UCAS. To find out what to do next, please read our how to apply section.

 = Scottish Qualifications Authority Advanced Highers 
IB = International Baccalaureate Diploma 
BTEC = Business and Technology Education Council (UK)

Next steps

If you are interested in studying our Accounting and Financial Management BSc please follow the links for further useful information:

Contact details

To enquire about any of undergraduate courses please contact:

Charlotte Connor
Undergraduate Admissions and Recruitment Officer
Tel: +44 (0)1509 223393 
Email: sbe.ug@lboro.ac.uk 


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