Undergraduate study


Management Sciences

Business and Economics

Award Course length Course code Typical offer Start date End date
BSc (Hons) DPS/DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich N201 AAB 1 October 2018 22 June 2022

Top 10

for all subject areas

The Times Good University Guide 2018

Among 1%

of Business Schools in the world

to hold AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA accreditation


of employed 2016 graduates

in professional or managerial roles six months after graduating


Average starting salary

DLHE 2016

Management Sciences course overview

Management Sciences is a flexible, broad-based course that prepares you for a career in any area of business and management. It equips you with the essential analytical and decision-making skills demanded by today’s dynamic business environment.

Successful modern organisations depend upon people who are able to handle, analyse and make effective and timely decisions based on the huge volume of information available. To maximise your capability as an effective decision maker, you will gain a broad understanding of different management processes and styles, and the context in which business decisions are made.

Flexibility is a key element of the course. In the first two years we will provide you with a broad introduction to key business and management subjects and develop your key decision-making and analytical skills. 

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 suit your career aspirations.

This course has a strong reputation amongst employers; producing innovative decision-makers who are highly sought-after in the business world.

Teaching and learning methods

We are committed to helping you stand out in an increasingly competitive graduate job market and many of our graduates go on to enjoy rewarding careers with major international companies.

Our high quality courses develop skills valued by employers including independent learning and research, analytical skills, group work, presentation skills, project work, computer skills and numeracy. Our wide variety of optional modules enable you to focus on areas related to your career aspirations.

Lectures are supported by online resources, tutorials, workshops, seminars and discussion groups. Some tutorials are streamed according to prior qualifications in mathematics.

Enterprise ethos

Enterprise is a key part of the Loughborough experience and can really boost your job prospects. All our business degrees include a module to develop our students’ enterprise and employability skills. There are also specific modules in entrepreneurship for those with aspirations to start their own businesses.

Student Enterprise thrives on campus with a range of extra-curricular activities including business planning competitions, events, and support services for students with real business ideas.


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.

By studying all the main management functions of accounting, finance, human resource 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/career aspirations.

Alongside these subject specific skills, we will help you to develop practical skills essential for working in today’s businesses, by focusing on your communication and interpersonal skills and your ability to work in groups.

Year 1

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

Plus two modules from a list of options (including other introductory management subjects and languages).

Year 2

  • Management Science Methods
  • Data Analysis for Management
  • Brand Management
  • Accounting for Management Decisions
  • Human Resource Management
  • Operations Management
  • Business Information Management
  • Information Systems Development

Year 3

Salaried professional placement. Alternatively you can choose to study abroad at an overseas partner university, or a mixture of professional placement and study abroad.

Year 4

  • Technology in Business and Society
  • Strategic Management

Plus nine modules from a wide range of options including:

  • Consulting for Decision Making
  • Business Forecasting
  • Decision and Efficiency Analysis
  • Analytics for Management
  • Marketing Strategy and Planning
  • Career Management
  • International Marketing
  • Business Planning for New Ventures
  • Strategic Information Management
  • Project Management
  • Advanced Interpersonal Skills

Please note: optional modules are subject to availability and timetable permitting.

For indicative information on modular weight, content and assessment type please see module specifications.


The assessment of modules is very much dependant on the nature of the subjects, with some modules assessed by a mixture of coursework and examination (for example 25% coursework and 75% examination), whilst other modules are assessed by 100% coursework or 100% examination.

Coursework is based on a variety of tasks including individual essays, projects, contribution in tutorials, group work, presentations, business reports, problem-sheets and computer-based exercises.

For an indicative overview of the aims, learning outcomes and structure of this course please see the programme specification.

The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. Please see Terms and Conditions of Study for more information

N201 Management Sciences - BSc (Hons) DPS/DIntS

AAB (excluding General Studies, Critical Thinking, Communication and Culture and Citizenship Studies). In some circumstances we may ask applicants to achieve specific grades in certain subjects.
35 (6,6,5 HL) with 5 in Mathematics and English at SL
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate: Distinction plus two A Levels (one of which should preferably be an academic subject) at grades AB. National Diploma: DD plus one A Level at grade B (academic subject preferred). National Extended Diploma: DDD Preferred subjects: Business
Majority A/B (7/6) grades at GCSE including minimum grade B/6 in Mathematics and English Language (or equivalent)


Applicants are usually selected solely on the basis of their UCAS application.  If applicants are made an offer of a place, they will be invited to visit the department giving them the opportunity to meet staff and students, see facilities and get an insight into what it is like to be a student at Loughborough.

Preferred subjects

While no specific A Level (or equivalent) subjects are required, we strongly prefer combinations drawn from traditional (academic) subjects to demonstrate a range of numerical, analytical and discursive abilities. These A Levels include: Maths/Further Maths, Economics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, History, Geography, English Language/Literature, Languages (non-native) Government and Politics, Law, and Statistics.

If studying a BTEC qualification then Business is preferred, although other BTEC subjects may be considered when offered in combination with one or more academic A Levels outlined above.

Graduate destinations

Management Sciences course will prepare you for employment in a wide range of careers, from general management trainee positions in the private or public sector to specialist roles, including consultancy, financial analysis, or as a functional specialist (e.g. brand/marketing’ procurement; sales).

The School has close links with a large number of major employers. Consequently, our students have enjoyed great success in finding employment, and are quickly given high levels of responsibility. Many organisations specifically target our graduates for their graduate recruitment schemes, and surveys show that starting salaries of our graduates are above average. 

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This is a four year degree and includes a year on placement or studying abroad as an integral part of the course. You can opt for either a year on placement or study abroad, or six months on each.

Our final year students regularly comment on how this experience aids their understanding of the material we teach in the final year and their employability prospects. On successful completion, you will be awarded either a Diploma in Professional Studies or a Diploma in International Studies in addition to your degree.

Professional Placements

A salaried Professional Placement helps you test drive a career and stand out to employers. Typically your placement is in a management-trainee situation with one of a broad range of major UK companies.

Our dedicated Placements Office help you secure a placement and work with over 400 leading employers of all sizes around the world who regularly target our students for salaried placement positions. Typically around 1/3rd of placement students are offered a graduate job by their placement employer.

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Studying Abroad

Studying Abroad boosts your employability and helps you develop intercultural skills highly prized by employers.

It presents an opportunity to immerse yourself in a new culture, improve your language skills (though you will be taught in English) and enhance your self-confidence.  Our dedicated International Relations Office offers extensive support throughout the process. We have a wide range of partners in Europe, North and South America, East Asia and Australasia. 

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Department / School Key Information Sets

BSc (Hons) DPS/DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: N201