Entry year
Start date
September 2023
3 years
Duration with placement
4 years
Application deadline
25th Jan 2023
Northampton Square
N132 / N123 with professional placement


Who is it for?

Society needs future leaders who care. From charities and social enterprises, to multinational corporations, government departments and start up businesses. They all need leaders who pay attention to socio-economic and environmental issues. If you want to be a Change Maker, this course is for you.

Graduates of the Business Management with Social Purpose pathway will have the skills, experience and knowledge necessary to lead and manage projects, movements and organisations in the public, private or non-profit sectors.

Our expertise in business management and charities, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), corporate social responsibility, volunteering and social enterprise gives our graduates the knowledge, skills and necessary experience that is attractive to employers.

You’ll also benefit from our outstanding connections with industry professionals and employers. Many of our academics themselves are practitioners, therefore giving you multiple opportunities to meet and network with leaders from the charities sector and the business world.


By learning the fundamentals of business management and having an in-depth understanding of local and global socio-economic issues, you’ll be part of the next generation of change makers and leaders.

You’ll learn about strategy, human resources, operational management, finance and accounting, marketing, corporate reputation management, social entrepreneurship and enterprise, corporate social responsibility and investment, non-profit management and the management of culture, values and business ethics.

You’ll also apply the principles you learn to real-world scenarios. In your third year, for example, your final project involves working with major firms and enterprises to assess their engagement with social enterprise and corporate social responsibility. You also have a number of electives to choose from like our Mentoring & Coaching for Leadership module.

Bayes Business School is ranked 3rd best in London, 6th in the UK, 23rd in Europe (Financial Times European Business School ranking 2021).

*QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021

*(Complete University Guide 2022)

Course Director

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Dr Li Cunningham

Senior Lecturer

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What will I learn?

  • On the Business Management with Social Purpose Pathway you will:
  • Gain an overview of the concepts, theories and techniques that contribute to an understanding of business management
  • Learn a range of practical skills that you will be able to apply as a manager within a range of organisations
  • Understand analytical and problem-solving techniques that you will be able to use in a management context
  • Learn about a range of management functions and understand how these are interconnected within an organisation
  • Appreciate the implications of future changes in the business landscape
  • Prepare to work in an environment that could change in fundamental and unforeseeable ways
  • Recognise the ethical issues surrounding business and be able to practise responsible management
  • Understand the issues involved in structuring and leading non-profit organisations and NGOs and social enterprise and ‘for purpose’ companies
  • Recognise the role of social business within the broader environment

Assessment methods

Most modules on the Business Management degree are assessed by a combination of exams and coursework.

The balance of assessment by coursework (assessed essays and assignments) unseen examinations and a final year project will to some extent depend on the optional modules you choose.

The first year of your programme contributes 10% to your final degree classification, the second year 30% and the final year 60%.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The approximate percentage of the course assessment, based on 2021/22 entry is as follows:

Year 1

55% written, 45% coursework

Year 2

70% written, 30% coursework

Year 3

53% written, 47% coursework.

Overall workload

Most contact hours will take the form of lectures, interactive sessions, practical workshops and small group classes, supported by a personal tutorial system. The number will decrease as you progress and you become more able to direct your own learning.

Approximate study time based on 2018/19 entry is as follows:

Year 1

20% scheduled learning, 80% independent learning

Year 2

18% scheduled learning, 82% independent learning

Year 3

11% scheduled learning, 89% independent learning.

Term dates

Academic year

For a full breakdown of the current and forthcoming academic year view our term dates page.


Course timetables are normally available from July and can be accessed from our timetabling pages. These pages also provide timetables for the current academic year, though this information should be viewed as indicative and details may vary from year to year.

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Please note that all academic timetables are subject to change.


How to apply

All applications should be made through UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. Applications are made via Apply, UCAS's online application system.

UCAS Institution code: C60 (Bayes Business School and City, University of London)
UCAS Course code: N132 / N123 with professional placement.

You can find more information at UCAS and in the UCAS Handbook.

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Terms and conditions

Students applying to study at Bayes Business School are subject to City, University of London's terms and conditions.

Entry requirements

Below is a list of countries with information on each about which qualifications we accept.

English language requirements

Information for international and EU applicants

For international applicants requiring a Student Route visa we accept any of the below English language proficiency qualifications at the grades listed.

Please note, the Official Certificate must be awarded OR the qualification must be verifiable online. Statement of Results will not be accepted.

The English Language qualification or test needs to have been taken no longer than two years from the date that the CAS is generated.

English Language Tests:

  • IELTS (Academic, UKVI or IELTS Indicator): 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in any sub test.
  • Language Cert International ESOL: Language Cert B2 Communicator High Pass
  • TOEFL (Test centre or iBT Special Home Edition): 92 overall (24 Writing, 23 Reading, 22 Speaking, 21 Listening)
  • Pearson Academic Online / Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: 59 overall with minimum of 59 in each sub test
  • Cambridge English Advanced (also known as Certificate in Advanced English): Grade C (180 overall) at CEFR Level C1 with minimum 170 in each sub test
  • Cambridge English Proficiency (also known as Certificate of Proficiency in English): Pass qualification (all grades accepted)
  • Oxford Test of English 130 overall with minimum 120 in each sub test

English Language Qualifications:

  • IGCSE: English as a First Language (Syllabus 0500 & 0522) or English as Second Language (Syllabus 0510 & 0511) at Grade B or above
  • International Baccalaureate: Grade 5 at Standard level or Grade 4 at Higher level
  • Trinity College (Integrated Skills): ISE III – pass in each area
  • INTO City Pre-sessional English: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in any sub test (NB. Must be the 6 or 8 week Bayes-specific course)
  • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE): English Language Examination grade 4 or above
  • GCSE English Language Grade C/5 or above but 1) Qualifications must be issued by Ofqual, SQA, Qualifications Wales or CCEA regulated body in the UK; 2) Education must be undertaken in a UK school.
  • A Level English Language Grade C or above but 1) Qualifications must be issued by Ofqual, SQA, Qualifications Wales or CCEA regulated body in the UK; 2) Education must be undertaken in a UK school.
  • Vitnemal English grade 5
  • French Baccalaureat: 14/20 in English
  • Malaysian GCE O Level (SPM-1119 syllabus only): grade A

An exception to the above criteria applies to Student Route visa applicants from the below majority English-speaking countries for whom we can accept a wider range of English qualifications:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • The Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • Malta
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America

Don’t meet the English language requirements? INTO City, University of London offers English language programmes to help prepare you for study at university. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to degree courses.

Information for home applicants

In addition to the above English language proficiency qualifications accepted for International applicants, as a Home or EU applicant we can also accept any of the below English qualifications:

  • GCSE: Grade C or 4
  • O-Level: Grade C
  • A-Level: Grade C
  • Cambridge English First (also known as Certificate of First in English): Grade A (180-190) at CEFR Level C1

Study abroad

Bayes Business School gives you the opportunity to spend a term or a year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions, which are located around the world in Australia, Europe, Asia and the Americas.

*Please note that the partner universities available is dependent on the study abroad programme you apply for and on your degree. The list of partner universities is also subject to change.

Replacement Term Abroad

Spend the first term of your 2nd year studying abroad in English at one of our partner universities. You would take modules to the value of 60 credits abroad and return to Bayes in the 2nd term to complete your 2nd year.

*Please note that the partner universities available abroad for the replacement term abroad programme vary from degree to degree and are more limited than for the sandwich year abroad programme. If you would like to check the current available partners for your desired degree, please email bayes-ug-outgoing@city.ac.uk.

Sandwich year

You can spend a year of your degree course studying at one of our partner institutions, between your second and final year of study. This would add a year to your degree so you would complete your degree in four years.

Above is a full list of our partner universities. The options available to you from the full list of partner institutions will depend on the study abroad programme you select. For more detailed information on this, please contact the Student Exchange Team.

Student Exchange Team

Our dedicated Student Exchange Team are available to offer advice to students who wish to explore their study abroad options. They will also support students throughout the application process and during their study abroad year or term. To contact them, email: bayes-ug-outgoing@city.ac.uk.


Work Placements and Summer Internships at Bayes

The practical experience of a professional placement, (typically 9-12 months duration) in addition to strong academic achievement, gives graduates a distinctive edge in the job market. Find out more about Internships and Placements at Bayes.

A key part of a Bayes degree is the opportunity to gain professional work experience. BSc Business Management with Social Purpose students are eligible to undertake a one-year paid work placement during the third year of a four-year sandwich degree programme.

The experience of working for a leading institution is not only exciting, but can be invaluable in terms of your future career. It will enable you to increase your confidence and maturity, expand your network of contacts, earn a competitive salary, and acquire the skills and competencies sought by graduate employers, giving you a competitive edge in the graduate market.

BSc Business Management with Social Purpose students could enjoy a wide range of professional placement opportunities in business areas such as corporate social responsibility, finance, marketing and human resource management.

Students enjoy a wide range of placement opportunities in business areas such as project management, finance, marketing and human resource management. Bayes students have taken up placements roles within many leading corporate organisations including BA, Bosch, Deloitte, EY, Goldman Sachs, GSK, IBM, L’Oreal and many others. A number of placement students have gone onto secure graduate roles with these companies as well.

Recent Placements

  • EY
  • Goldman Sachs
  • IBM
  • L'Oréal
  • GSK
  • Morgan Stanley
  • UBS
  • Unicef UK
  • Warner Bros

Work placements are not guaranteed, however, our reputation, achievements and successful graduates have helped us to develop close relationships with a diverse range of companies, who recognise that Bayes students can add significant value to their workforce. Our dedicated Placement team are in regular contact with these and many more companies, and will support you to find placements and ensure you are work ready.

Support from the Placements Team

A dedicated placements team will support you through the placements process. The team advertise a number of work placement and summer internships annually, and invite businesses to Bayes to meet with you and discuss the roles available. The team offers 1-2-1 advice on CV's and covering letters, as well as organising workshops to help you enhance your skills and competencies with applications and interviews. Also the team support students throughout your placement year including offering advice, guidance and monitoring your progress.


UK £9,250* per year Tuition fees are subject to annual change
EU £22,000** per year Tuition fees are subject to annual change
International £22,000** per year Tuition fees are subject to annual change

UK students

* Fees for students commencing study in 2023/24 were £9,250 for each year of study.

EU students and Non-EU international students

** Fees for students commencing study in 2023/24 were £22,000 for each year of study.

Fees for each subsequent year of study are subject to an annual increase to take account of City's increased costs of delivering educational services. This increase will be 5% for each subsequent year of study. You should expect your fee to increase by this amount and budget accordingly.


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