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Business Management and Geography

BA (Hons)

Key facts

UCAS code


Start dates

September 2023 / September 2024



Course length

Full time: 3 years, or 4 if a work placement is chosen

Part time: up to 8 years

UCAS Tariff Points



This degree enables you to gain an understanding of both business management and geography, drawing on expertise from both the Business School and the Department of Social Sciences

The course combines study of the fundamentals of both subjects with the opportunity to focus on individual areas of interest through specialist option modules. Students will also develop their employability and personal self-awareness. 

An integral part of the programme is the opportunity to undertake a work placement, and in the final year of study, students have the opportunity to complete an interdisciplinary dissertation. Geographical fieldwork is undertaken locally in the first year, and on a residential trip (typically overseas) in the second year of the programme. 

Graduates of this course will have a broad and interdisciplinary education, equipping them for a wide range of careers, combining knowledge of the practices of business and management, with geographical understanding of contemporary world issues such as environmental change, globalisation, urbanisation, and sustainability. 

Students studying together

How to apply

Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. The combination of A-level grades listed here would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

Standard offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 112

A Level: BBC

IB Points: 30


Contextual offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 88

A Level: CCD

IB Points: 27


Further offer details

Applications are also welcomed for consideration from applicants with European qualifications, international qualifications or recognised foundation courses. For advice on eligibility please contact Admissions:

If you don’t achieve the required tariff points you can apply to join a foundation course, like Foundation in Business or an international foundation course to help to reach the required level for entry onto this degree.

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences


English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Many of our courses consider applications for entry part-way through the course for students who have credit from previous learning or relevant professional experience.

Find out more about transferring to Brookes. If you'd like to talk through your options, please contact our Admissions team.

Application process

Full time Home (UK) applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home (UK) applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time international applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)

International full time

International sandwich (placement)

Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)

International full time

International sandwich (placement)

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2022 / 23
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)

International full time

International sandwich (placement)

2023 / 24
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)

International full time

International sandwich (placement)

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

+44 (0)1865 483088

Please note tuition fees for Home students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course are detailed below.

Learning and assessment

Learning takes place through a variety of means and modes of delivery, including online, and in lectures, seminars, workshops, case studies, problem-solving activities and fieldwork. 

In Year 1 your core modules introduce you to key elements of business, management and both human and physical geography, in preparation for more specialised study in years 2 and 3. 

In Years 2 and 3 you can specialise further in the areas that interest you most and continue to develop your employability skills. In your final year, you will take both the business and management synoptic - which allows you to focus deeply on an area of personal interest and develops key employment skills - and either an interdisciplinary or geography dissertation. You also have a range of option modules to tailor your studies to reflect your interests or aspirations. 

Students in seminar

Study modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Accounting and Financial Information

Introduction to Business and Management

Introduction to Human Geography

Introduction to Physical Geography

Introduction to Geographic Skills and Techniques

Optional modules

Choose 1 module from this list

  • Digital Technology and Maths for Business
  • Foundations of Marketing
  • The Entrepreneur
  • Sustainability and Development

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Business Strategy for Competitive Advantage

Organisational Behaviour and Management

Developing Professional Practice

Geographical Enquiry and Field Research

Optional modules

Cities: Geographies of the Urban Experience

Earth Systems

Environmental Hazard Management

Environmentally Sustainable Business

Evaluating Options for Entrepreneurial Organisations

Independent Study

Independent Study: Work and Community Related learning

International Markets & Competition

Introduction to People Management

Placement and Placement Search and Preparation

Year 3 (optional placement year)

Optional modules

Business Management

You can spend your third year on a work placement.. You will gain commercial and practical experience, and many students are offered graduate positions by their placement employer. Our students have enjoyed exciting and challenging positions at Microsoft, IBM, Aldi, BMW, Dyson, Ernst & Young, GlaxoSmithKline, Nestlé, PayPal and a host of other global organisations. We encourage you to study abroad for a semester during the course at our partner institutions in North America, Europe, Asia or Australia. During your placement there is a fee which is paid to the university. It covers the cost of your placement tutor, and the support we provide whilst looking for a placement position and during your placement role. Whilst on your placement you will still be classed as a student. You will be paid a financially sustainable salary which will vary depending on your role, company and location. Learn more about how Oxford Brookes Business School supports students secure a work placement.


Geographers have undertaken work placements at a variety of NGOs, sometimes as part of their own research projects. These include management support roles with Oxfordshire's Wychwood Volunteers and participation in the International Citizenship Service programme with Operation Raleigh on a community project in India. The module Independent Study: Work and Community Related Learning provides opportunities for students to develop an academic programme of study alongside work experience, community work or volunteering.

Year 4 (or year 3 if no placement)

Compulsory modules

Business and Management Synoptic (Double)

Geography dissertation OR Interdisciplinary Dissertation (Double)

Optional modules

Arid Zone Environments

Business Accountability and Responsibility

Business Ethics

Future Cities

Geographical Futures

Independent Study

Leading and Managing Change

Oceans and the Marine Environment

Perspectives on International Management

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

We have a reputation for innovative development of course content and learning takes place through a variety of means and modes of delivery, including online, and in lectures, interactive seminars and workshops, debates, case studies, group-working, problem-solving activities and fieldwork. In geography, you’ll have the opportunity to develop your research skills through involvement in laboratory analysis and field investigations. 

In Years 1 and 2 you’ll have locally-based fieldwork. In Year 3 you’ll write up the results of your research and submit them to our UK-wide research journal Geoverse.

Field trips

Field work is one of the cornerstones of Geography at Oxford Brookes. We provide a range of opportunities for field investigations in the Oxford region, other parts of Britain and abroad.

During the first two years of your degree, you are introduced to geographical research techniques through practical and field courses. These courses provide training in research design, use of IT, and quantitative and qualitative methods that form the basis of geographical investigations.

You will participate in a number of local field trips in your first year, providing an introduction to aspects of human and environmental geography. In your second year, a one-week residential field course gives you the opportunity to apply your research skills. In your final year, you may undertake independent fieldwork if you choose to write a dissertation. The optional Expedition module offers further opportunities to undertake overseas fieldwork.

Where will I go?

Destinations for the second year compulsory field trip vary from year to year, but in recent years students have visited Malta, Gibraltar and Spain.

For field trip costs see the Tuition Fees section.


Assessment methods used on this course

Students on this course will experience a rich variety of assessment forms designed both to evaluate and support student learning. We will usually assess you through coursework, but a few modules involve examinations. Individual coursework and small-group assignments include;

  • project investigations
  • working in virtual teams
  • presentations
  • brief papers
  • project and business reports 
  • critical essays
  • learning journals.

You will use dedicated software for data analysis such as Geographical Information Systems (GIS).

After you graduate

Career prospects

A degree in Business Management and Geography from Oxford Brookes will equip you with a very wide range of skills with which to enter further study or future employment.

This course will enable you to pursue a career in environmental management, conservation, leisure and tourism, consultancy, geography teaching, or secure a position in a range of settings, such as a multinational business, a major charity, education, health care or government, nationally or internationally. Many of our students go on to graduate training schemes in international companies such as Aldi, AC Nielsen, IBM, Virgin Mobile, Intel, Yell Ltd, O2 and Dell. In addition,  our graduates find that their broad skills base makes them attractive candidates for posts in various professions such as advertising, banking, the Civil Service, the arts and media, and services management. Our Careers Centre will support you in finding the right job for you.

Further study

Many students continue on to postgraduate study at Oxford Brookes or other universities in the UK or overseas, on courses ranging from Archaeology, Environmental Hazard Management, and River and Coastal Engineering, to International Management, Brand Communications, and International Finance.

Our academics support a small group of research students studying for master's and doctoral qualifications, and encourage new applicants. Recently two graduates have gone on to do Masters in International Disaster Management and Climate Change. 

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Programme Changes:

On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.

For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.