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Management with Sustainability (Year in Business) BSc

UCAS code N191
Year of entry 2017
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Course Length
4 years full time
Department Management »


Our School of Management has a fresh and intellectually challenging approach to management research and education. Studying Management with Sustainability at Royal Holloway means that you will learn from internationally renowned experts who will share their research and experience so that you gain current and relevant management skills and knowledge.  Your specialist knowledge in sustainability, combined with interpersonal and transferable skills and business experience, will lead to excellent career prospects in management.

You gain skills and abilities in all the key areas of management, including strategy, international business, marketing and consumption.  You will also explore the key aspects of sustainability, including: sustainability reporting, environmentally sustainable management, environmental economics, the role of business in society (corporate social responsibility and business ethics). By electing to spend a year in business you will also have ample opportunities to integrate theory and practice.

Our balanced approach to research and teaching guarantees high quality teaching from subject leaders, cutting edge materials and intellectually challenging debates.  You will receive individual attention and flexibility to acquire, if desired, expertise within a specialist field.

This course will allow you to develop a creative approach to problem solving that produces effective management results along with how to provide direction, assess progress, and adapt your approach to changing circumstances. 

  • Competitive edge in pursuing your career having gained real business experience, which has been secured by the student with the support of Royal Holloway, University of London.

  • Quality research publications are judged as 14thout of 101 UK business and management schools (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

  • Innovative and effective Management School; 81% student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2015) and Marketing ranked 4th (Complete University Guide 2017).

  • Inspiring international community; 60% of our Management students come from overseas and the 8,500 students at Royal Holloway are from 130 countries.

Core modules

Year 1

Quantitative Methods

In this module you will develop an understanding of quantitative studies and how they are employed in Management and Economics. You will look at how quantitative studies relate to differences, associations and relationships in groups and populations, and examine a range of statistical techniques. 

Interpreting Management

In this module you will develop an understanding of key management concepts, theories and practices. You will learn about the development and shifting of key paradigms in management, and how management knowledge can be regarded as a social construct. You will also consider how you can enhance your employability through skills in critical analysis.

International Business

In this module you will develop an understanding of the formal economic, political and legal institutions, as well as cultural, religious, and linguistic differences that must be taken into account when conducting business across borders. You will look at how the global context in which companies operate has evolved over time, considering the role of foreign direct investment and internationalisation strategies. You will examine the motivations for entering a foreign market, the factors determining whether a company enters on their own or in partnership, the risks of entry and how they are analysed, and how companies negotiate with governments.

Markets and Consumption

In this module you will develop an understanding of how marketing can be seen as both an academic discipline and as a business practice. You will look at the role of the consumer as a stakeholder in an organisation, examining how they make consumption decisions. You will assess marketing as a business practice, considering how it has penetrated all sectors of the economy (private, public, and not-for-profit). In addition, you will learn about the sustainability of marketing practices in an increasingly globalised consumer society.


In this module you will develop an understanding of the basic concepts of accounting, examining its role in organisations and society. You will consider the basic components of financial statements, including income statement, balance sheets, and cash flow statements, and the procedures and techniques for the preparation of these. You will also look at the principles of financial decision making and how to analyse accounting information. 

Information Systems

In this module you will develop an understanding of information systems and how they have become the backbone of contemporary businesses. You will consider how they are used by business managers as a tool for achieving operational excellence, developing new products and services, improving decision making, and achieving competitive advantage. You will also examine the broader organisational, human and information technology dimensions of information systems and how they can be used to provide solutions to challenges and problems in the business environment.

Organisation Studies

In this module you will develop an understanding of organisation as a process and the organisation as an entity. You will look at key managerial activities, examining classical ideas about organisation with the context of nationalisation and humanisation. You will see how these ideas reappear, albeit in a modified form, in contemporary organisations, looking at organisational forms and modern management techniques such as culture management, emotional labour, and charismatic leadership. You will also consider Max Weber’s distinction of formal and substantive rationality and Anthony Giddens’ formulation of the duality of action and structure.

Year 2

Strategic Management

In this module you will develop an understanding of the theories of strategic management. You will consider these theories in the context of contemporary business operations, including the political and regulatory frameworks, in response to technological change, financialisation, the development of new business models, and changes in the way corporate performance is assessed. You will look at key concepts and debates in the theory of corporate and business strategy, and examine the changing context in which corporate strategy is formulated and implemented.

Marketing Strategy in Context

In this module you will develop an understanding of the marketing strategies used by organisations. You will look at the elements of the marketing mix and their critical interrelationships, examining the competitive environment, customer insights, market information systems, business models, enterprise competencies, control, evaluation and innovation. You will also consider the sustainability of marketing practices in an increasingly globalised consumer society.

Managerial Accounting

In this module you will develop an understanding of the technical and non-technical aspects of management accounting. You will look at traditional costing methods and techniques, such as contribution volume profit analysis (CVP), budgeting, responsibility accounting, transfer pricing, and decision-making, alongside more innovative management tools, including activity based costing (ABC), activity based management (ABM), and the balanced scorecard. You will examine the issues underlying pricing and product offering and consider the importance of quality and cost control as strategic objectives for improving organisational performance.

Operations Management

In this module you will develop an understanding of the design, planning and control of operating systems for the provision of goods and services. You will look at the tools and techniques used in the development of operational systems and the factors that affect the choice of operating methods. You will consider approaches to the planning cycle, inventory management, and production control techniques, including capacity planning, and the merits of push and pull systems. You will also examine quality control and its management in practice.

Human Resource Management

In this module you will develop an understanding of the significance of human resource management in organisations. You will look at the links between product market and human resourcing strategies, the role of human resources planning in workforce management, and polices such as employee participation and involvement, including the role of trade unions in employment relationships. You will examine the regulation of labour markets, employment discrimination and conflict and resistance at work. You will also consider specific human resources practices, such as recruitment and selection, training and development and pay and performance management. 

Management and Environmental Sustainability

In this module you will develop an understanding of environmental sustainability in relation to business and management. You will look at local, regional, national and global issues for various aspects of the natural environment that business activities may have an impact on, including climate change, soil, air, and water pollution. You will consider the implications of these environmental issues on business functions, such as strategy, logistics, production, and marketing, and the legal frameworks surrounding them. You will also examine sustainable management practices and the role of environmental regulations.

Business in Society

In this module you will develop an understanding of the role of business within a moral and social context. You will look at corporate social responsibility and business ethics within key functional areas such as marketing, human resource management, and accounting, and how these relate to sustainability. You will consider the key theoretical and practical perspectives surrounding the complexities of business in society, and compare and contrast different approaches taken to ethical issues. You will also examine environmental issues and how they affect business, including regulations and emissions tariffs.


In this module you will develop an awareness of the challenges associated with gaining employment in the contemporary workplace. You will learn about work experience, internships, and part-time employment opportunities, and receive guidance on how to complete applications, become familiar with what to expect from an assessment centre, and develop your interview technique. You will participate in a range of activities including business games, quizzes, coaching exercises, and hear from industry speakers offering insights into what it’s like to work in a particular sector or company.

Year 3

This year will be spent on a work placement. You will be supported by the School of Management and the Royal Holloway Careers and Employability Service to find a suitable placement. However, Royal Holloway cannot guarantee that all students who are accepted onto this degree programme will secure a placement, and the ultimate responsibility lies with yourself. This year forms an integral part of the degree programme and you will be asked to complete assessed work. The mark for this work will count towards your final degree classification.

Year 4

Accounting for Sustainability

Corporate Governance

Responsible Entrepreneurship

Marketing Ethics and Society

Integrating Management -Business in Context

Integrating Management - Leadership and Innovation

Optional modules

In addition to these mandatory course units there are a number of optional course units available during your degree studies. The following is a selection of optional course units that are likely to be available. Please note that although the College will keep changes to a minimum, new units may be offered or existing units may be withdrawn, for example, in response to a change in staff. Applicants will be informed if any significant changes need to be made.

Year 1

Business Law

Business Analysis and Decision Making

Management Communication Skills

Economic and Social Foundations for Sustainable Organisations

Year 2

Only core modules are taken

Year 4

International Financial Accounting

Consumer Behaviour

Emerging Markets

Asia Pacific Business

European Business

Accounting for Corporate Accountability

The Globalisation of Work

International Human Resource Management

The Individual at Work

Business in International Comparative Perspective

Brands and Branding

Global Marketing

Strategic Management Accounting

Strategic Finance

Advertising and Promotion in Brand Marketing

Clusters, Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Business Data Analytics

Digital Innovation Management

Enterprise Systems Management

Project Management

Small Business Management and Growth

Entrepreneurship Theory and History

Corporate Entrepreneurship

Innovation, Strategy and the Corporation


Your course will be assessed by a combination of examinations and in-course assignments in the form of essays or presentations. Your understanding of the key management subjects will be achieved by the following learning methods:

  • Lectures introduce the key subject areas, themes and frameworks through a larger teaching group format

  • Group work will provide you with the opportunity to meet and learn to work with other people. This is important for your development when considering a management role in your future career.

  • Case-studies will be integrated throughout your course. This will reflect the reality of decision-making and problem-solving activities in today’s business environment

  • Independent Learning is a key skill that will benefit you in the workplace and life in general, as well as study. You will need to conduct your own research to find out more about the subject areas you are interested in.

  • Seminars and Workshops are an opportunity to explore the themes raised in lectures in more detail. Seminars are comprised of small interactive groups, with discussion between staff and students.

  • Formal examinations take place in May/June

  • Placement Assessment

Typical offers

Typical offers


Required/preferred subjects

Five GCSEs A*-C including English and Maths

Other UK Qualifications
International Baccalaureate 6,5,5 at Higher Level subjects with a minimum of 32 points overall. 
BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction, Distinction, Distinction in a relevant subject
BTEC National Extended Diploma Distinction, Distinction in a relevant subject plus 1 A level grade B
BTEC National Extended Certificate Distinction plus A levels grade BB 
Welsh Baccalaureate Requirements are as for A-levels where one non-subject-specified A-level can be replaced by the same grade in the Welsh Baccalaureate Adv Level Core.
Scottish Advanced Highers AB plus Higher requirements
Scottish Highers AABBB plus Advanced Higher requirements
Irish Leaving Certificate H2,H2,H3,H3,H3
Access to Higher Education Diploma Pass with at least 30 level 3 credits at Distinction and 15 level 3 credits at Merit in a relevant subject.

Other UK qualifications

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International and EU entry requirements

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English language
IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.0 in reading and writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other subscores. For equivalencies please see here.

For more information about entry requirements for your country please visit our International pages. For international students who do not meet the direct entry requirements, we offer an International Foundation Year, run by Study Group at the Royal Holloway International Study Centre. Upon successful completion, students can progress on to selected undergraduate degree programmes at Royal Holloway, University of London.

A Management with Sustainability degree at Royal Holloway can lead into a variety of career paths.  It is highly regarded by employers because of the advanced understanding of both modern business and sustainability combined with valuable interpersonal and transferable skills that can be taken direct into the work place.  By spending a year in business you will also have the real business experience that employees highly value, as well as having created valuable business connections. We will help students to recognise their own strengths, skills and abilities so that they can make strong applications for their chosen job or further study.

  • Full time employment or further study achieved by 79% of graduates within six months of graduation (Unistats 2015).
  • Graduates entered prominent organisations in roles such as: PR and Communications Officer at L’Occitane, Business Development Manager at Hitachi Capital, National Field Sales Co-ordinator at Britvic Soft Drinks, Management Trainee at British Airways and Electronic Group Purchasing at VW Group.

Home and EU students tuition fee per year 2017/18*: £9,250

International students tuition fee per year 2017/18**: £15,600

The fee for the Year in Industry will be 20% of the tuition fee for that academic year

Other essential costs***: Costs incurred by students while on a Year in Industry / Business will vary depending on the nature and location of the placement. For further information please contact the School of Management.

How do I pay for it? Find out more.

*Tuition fees for UK and EU nationals starting a degree in the academic year 2017/18 will be £9,250 for that year. This amount is subject to the UK Parliament approving a change to fee and loan regulations that has been proposed by the UK Government. In the future, should the proposed changes to fee and loan regulations allow it, Royal Holloway reserves the right to increase tuition fees for UK and EU nationals annually. If relevant UK legislation continues to permit it, Royal Holloway will maintain parity between the tuition fees charged to UK and EU students for the duration of their degree studies.

**Royal Holloway reserves the right to increase tuition fees for international fee paying students annually. Tuition fees are unlikely to rise more than 5 per cent each year. For further information on tuition fees please see Royal Holloway’s Terms & Conditions.

***These estimated costs relate to studying this particular degree programme at Royal Holloway. Costs, such as accommodation, food, books and other learning materials and printing etc., have not been included.

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