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Ranked first in London, and second in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2013), the BSc (Hons) Business Studies degree equips you with the broad-based knowledge, skills and training for a career in the global business world.

At Cass Business School, our BSc (Hons) Business Studies course is well known for being rich in the provision of problem solving skills, something that will set you apart with employers. You will learn both 'hard' skills, dealing with technical or administrative procedures related to organisational core businesses and 'soft' skills such as communicating, listening, giving feedback, teamwork, solving problems, self-reflection and self-awareness. These skills are highly prized by employers in management, consulting, finance and business.

The course deals with a variety of international and global issues and prepares students for the changing needs of the labour market. Distinctive in its flexibility, the degree allows you to specialise in either finance or marketing in the second year.

Typically, students who undertake the Cass BSc Business Studies degree are pro-active and inquisitive. They can adapt to the bigger picture and do not need a prescriptive brief. Many graduates progress to rewarding careers with internationally renowned organisations - both in the City of London and worldwide.


Alumnus Edouard Larpin talks about why he chose Cass Business School for his BSc (Hons) Business Studies degree course.

Course content

Year 1

In year one, you will be introduced to some of the essential tools needed to function effectively in the business world, including accounting, statistics, microeconomics and the functions of organisations. Other modules build on 'soft' skills such as effective business communication, teamwork and leadership.

Six modules (five core and one elective)

Core modules:

  • Introduction Financial Accounting for Business
  • Introduction to Microeconomics
  • Financial Mathematics & Business Statistics
  • Functions of Organisations: Concepts, Understanding & Strategy (FOCUS)
  • Management Practice & Skills

Elective modules - choose one from:

  • International Business Environment
  • Introduction to Business Law
  • Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • Introduction to Management Accounting for Business
  • Introduction to Visual Basic
  • Management Science
  • The Reflective Practitioner

Read the full programme specification

Year 2

Year two will continue to develop your knowledge of the concepts and analytical tools of business and management, including business statistics, operations management and marketing. You have the option to specialise in marketing or finance or stay in a general group choosing three electives.

Core modules:

  • Business Statistics 2
  • Management of Human Resources
  • Principles of Finance
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Operations Management

If you are taking the Finance or Marketing specialisations, then you are required to take the set electives:

Finance electives:

  • Financial Accounting for Business
  • Financial Markets 

Marketing electives:

  • Branding and Advertising
  • Consumer Behaviour 

General electives - choose three from:

  • Asset Management
  • Business and Industrial Economics
  • Chinese Management
  • European Business Culture
  • European Studies
  • Intellectual Property Management
  • Introduction to Python
  • IT for Business 
  • Management Accounting for Business
  • New Venture Thinking
  • Personal Finance
  • Qualitative Market Research

Read the full programme specification

Final year

In the final year you will study two core modules and five electives enabling you to tailor the course to your ambitions and talents. The core modules are Business Strategy and a Final Year Project, which involves the analysis of a business situation or management problem of your choosing. This individual research project, apart from providing opportunities for researching the newest management literature will teach you self-management and motivation.

Core modules:

  • Final Year Project
  • Strategy for Business

Students who are taking the Finance or Marketing specialisations are required to take the set electives:

Finance electives:

  • Corporate Finance
  • Financial Services Regulation 

Marketing electives - choose two from:

  • Applied Market Research
  • Branding and Advertising
  • Contemporary Topics in Marketing
  • Strategic Marketing
  • Social Media Theory and Practice

Students who are specialising in either finance or marketing are required to take a further three electives from the list of General Electives. Students who do not chose to specialise must choose five electives:

  • Advanced Strategic Management
  • Bank Strategy and Management
  • Climate Change and its impact on the World Economy
  • Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Emerging Markets
  • Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice
  • European Business Seminar
  • Integral Innovation and Practice
  • International Financial Management
  • International Human Resources Management
  • Technical Analysis
  • Virtual Organisations

Read the full programme specification

Placements and internships

BSc (Hons) Business Studies students have recently completed placements at a range of organisations including Morgan Stanley, the Bank of England, Unicef, Dior, Universal Pictures, IBM, Nintendo, Bentley Motors Ltd and Warner Bros..

During their placements, Cass Business Studies students are typically involved with real-world projects such as the development of marketing events and promotional materials, financial modelling and development of plans, assisting in research, project management and database analysis.

Study abroad

Available study abroad programme structure and partner institutions

1. Replacement 2nd Year Abroad

You can spend the second year of your three year degree course studying abroad at one of our partner institutions.

During your time abroad you will cover all core material of your second year Cass programme, taking equivalent courses at the host institution. Teaching is in English, but subjects are taught from a different perspective. Elective modules will enable you to focus on the specialist areas of the partner institution, or the business practice of the country in which you are studying. You can study at one of our partner universities listed below:


Host institution (Replacement 2nd Year, Business Studies)


Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario

With a history dating back to 1841, Queen's has long enjoyed a reputation as Canada's "Ivy League" university and is consistently ranked among Canada's best universities. It is the only Canadian business school to be consistently ranked among the world's top 30 business schools by Bloomberg BusinessWeek.

University of British Columbia, Vancouver

UBC was ranked 22nd in the Times Higher Education World Rankings 2012. Their Sauder School of Business is accredited by EQUIS and AACSB.

Hong Kong

Chinese University of Hong Kong

CUHK is ranked fifth in the QS Asian University Rankings 2011.The 137 hectare campus overlooking Tolo Harbour houses a range of facilities such as world-class libraries, art museums, music halls, a swimming pool, sports fields, tennis courts, squash courts, a water sports centre and gymnasiums.

University of Hong Kong (HKU)

HKU is ranked second in the QS Asian University Rankings 2011 and is one of the top 40 world ranked universities (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2011/12).

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST)

HKUST is ranked first in the QS Asian University Rankings 2011. HKUST Business School was the first school in Asia to be awarded dual accreditation by AACSB and EQUIS. It offers 10 undergraduate business programmes.


Singapore Management University

SMU was founded in 2000 by the government of Singapore, modelling itself on an American style university structure. SMU has over 180 exchange partner universities around the world.


Stockholm University, Stockholm

The School of Business is EQUIS accredited. The university is situated in the middle of the first national city park in the world, close to the Brunnsviken lake and only a few minutes' journey from the city centre.

United States

Emory University, Atlanta

2. Sandwich Year Abroad

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

Increasingly, host universities offer courses taught in English, although in some cases you will need appropriate foreign language skills.  You can also choose to combine your study overseas with a work placement, which involves spending six months studying and the remaining six months working. You would be expected to organise your own placement, although some of our partner schools may be able to help you.

This additional year of study will not count towards your degree classification. However, your degree title will state that you have studied abroad and the partner university will give you a transcript of the modules you have studied there.


Host institution (Sandwich Year, Business Studies)


Universität Wien, Vienna

The University of Vienna was founded in 1365 and is the oldest university in the German-speaking world. You will be studying classes in the Faculty of Business, Economics and Statistics.


HEC, Montréal

Like Cass, HEC is triple accredited (EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB) and was the first school in North America to achieve this. There are opportunities to study in French or English.


ESCP Europe, Paris

Like Cass, ESCP is triple accredited (EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB) The Paris campus is located in the centre of the city. The Masters in Management, from which you will take classes, is currently ranked 3rd in the Financial Times rankings.


Technische Universität Berlin, Berlin

Located in the capital of Germany, you will need appropriate German language skills to study here and will take classes from the School of Economics and Management.

Technische Universität Münchcn, Munich

TU Munich is ranked in the top 100 world universities (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2011/12).


LUISS Guido Carli, Rome

LUISS Guido Carli is a private Italian university located in the heart of Rome. You are able to study in either Italian or English and there is an intensive Italian language course available before the start of term.

The Netherlands

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University

RSM is consistently ranked in the top 10 business schools in Europe and has 'triple crown' accreditation (AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS). You will study all modules in English.


BI Norwegian School of Management, Oslo

Located in the business district in Oslo, BI is EQUIS accredited. It is a self-owned, not-for-profit foundation whose sole focus is education and research.


National University of Singapore

NUS is ranked 3rd in the QS Asian University Rankings 2011 and is one of the top 40 world ranked universities (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2011/12). More than 1,000 exchange students visit NUS each year.


Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona

The UPF campus is located in the heart of Barcelona. You would be taking classes from the Faculty of Economics and Business Sciences where delivery is in English, Spanish or Catalan.

IE Business School (Madrid and Segovia)

Situated in the heart of Madrid's financial district, IE Business School is ranked 1st in Europe (FT European Business School rankings 2012)


The BSc Business Studies provides exemption from some of the professional examinations of the following professional bodies:

Specific marketing modules lead to direct entry to the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing.

Entry requirements

Qualification Requirement
'A' level AAA
BTEC NND Distinction Distinction Distinction
IB 35 points overall including 6 in all Higher Level subjects and 5 in all Standard Level subjects. Consideration will be given to 1 bonus point.

In addition we also ask for the following GCSE requirement:

  • GCSE Mathematics (grade A) or
  • GCSE Mathematics (grade B) only if you are studying Chemistry, Physics, Accounting or Economics at A level.
  • English Language (grade C) or equivalent

If you are studying General Studies, Critical Thinking or a native language 'A' level, these subjects will not be included in any offer condition.

International students

We accept a wide range of international and other UK qualifications at Cass.

If you do not qualify for direct entry, INTO City University London offers an International Foundation programme. Successful completion to the required standard of the International Foundation Programme in Business and Economics with Accounting at INTO City University London means guaranteed progression to this degree. Please note, there are limitations on the number of places available on undergraduate courses offered by Cass Business School at City University London

English language requirements

If your first language is not English, we will require evidence of English language proficiency.  Minimum requirements are:

Qualification Requirement
IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6 in any unit
GCSE English language grade C

View further information about the minimum acceptable English language requirements for Tier 4 students.

Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

English Language Programmes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner, INTO City University London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree. Please click the links below for more information.

English for Undergraduate Study

Pre-sessional English

Application and fees

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

Institution code: C60 (Cass Business School and City University London)
Course code: N100

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

More information about applying to Cass

Fees 2014/15

  • UK/EU students: £9,000 per annum
  • Non-EU international students: £15,000 per annum

Start date

Pre-sessional Mathematics: 10 September 2014

Induction / Welcome Week: 22 September 2014

Autumn term: 29 September 2014

Your career after Cass

BSc (Hons) Business Studies graduates embark on careers across a variety of business disciplines, including finance, marketing, operations and human resources. Many students also set up their own start-up companies.

Students securing first-time employment after graduating from BSc (Hons) Business Studies receive an average salary of £27,500 (accurate as of January 2013). Recent graduates have found jobs with internationally renowned companies such as Goldman Sachs, Ernst & Young and the BBC.