Hartpury University expands portfolio with new business management degree


Hartpury University has unveiled a brand-new BSc (Hons) Business Management degree that is now open for September 2024 applications. As Hartpury adds a new subject area to its portfolio, this degree will become its first higher education qualification outside of the traditional land-based and sport specialisms. It will be complemented by a new Top-Up MBA, also launching in 2024, for those wishing to top-up existing postgraduate qualifications and progress their business career.

The new business pathway is targeted at those students who want to become confident business professionals and pursue a career in a multitude of national and international sectors in roles such as business analysts, supply chain managers, project managers, or investment bankers.

Developed in consultation with leading business professionals, this new undergraduate degree will equip students with an in-depth understanding of the core principles of business and leadership, as well as essential transferable skills and applied industry experience. While this is the first standalone business degree offered by the Gloucestershire institution, Hartpury has a reputation of delivering high-quality business degrees within its specialist subject areas, including sport, equine, and racing.

Students will study a series of core modules that have been developed exclusively for this degree, including the Essentials of Business Management, Being a Business Leader, Marketing Business Consultancy, Business Analytics and Finance, Project Management and Managing Change, Live Business Consultancy, and Global Business Environment.

There are many reasons to consider studying business management at Hartpury.

Students can develop real-world experience, having access to 11 commercial businesses on site and identifying ways in which their projects would be commercialised. As part of their studies, students can take on business briefs with Hartpury’s Sports Academies and professional teams or engage with the Digital Innovation Farm and Tech Box Park to explore sustainability and agri-technology. Alternatively, they’ll be able to explore the commercial operations of canine and equine therapy and hydrotherapy centres or hone their event management skills at the international equestrian events. The Hartpury Sports Business Hub has already gained a strong reputation for linking students with business, placing individuals to carry out consultancy projects and research placements with clubs and organisations including Sport Wales, Bream RFC, Gloucestershire County Cricket Club and Active Gloucester. 

In recent years, Hartpury’s  highly regarded Innovation, Careers, and Enterprise (ICE) Centre has bolstered its regional, national, and international links, giving students an opportunity to connect with more than 3,000 employers for work placements or graduate job opportunities, as well as offering CV and interview preparation. Guest speakers from industry will also contribute to the programme.

For those students wishing to put their knowledge and skills into practice sooner, an optional integrated placement year between the second and final year is available, as well as the opportunity to study a semester or full year internationally at a partner institution.

Dr Steve Butts, Academic Dean: Teaching, Learning & Student Experience at Hartpury University said:Our new business management degrees build upon Hartpury’s externally-recognised excellence in teaching and learning, as well as capitalising on our powerful links with industry. Both the BSc and MBA offer an exciting alternative pathway for those seeking broader options away from the land-based and sports degrees for which we’re so well known.”

Recent investment in campus facilities will also benefit BSc (Hons) Business Management students including the addition of a £12.75m state-of-the-art University Learning Hub set to open its doors during the 2023/24 academic year. The two-storey sustainable building is the first to be built solely for use by higher education students, serving both study and social needs as well as providing access to support and guidance.

In the latest data released by HESA’s Graduate Outcomes Survey 2023, 97% of Hartpury graduates are in employment, further study, or other purposeful activity, placing the Gloucestershire institution first in the South West and in the top 10% of UK universities for graduate employability. Hartpury was named the number one university in England for academic support, and a top 10 university for teaching, learning opportunities, and assessment and feedback (National Student Survey 2023, English Universities).

Hartpury also ranks 1st in the South West and 6th in the UK for Teaching Quality, according to The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide for 2023.

The BSc (Hons) Business Management degree will welcome its first cohort of students in September 2024. 

Once launched in 2024, the MBA Top-Up will offer start dates of either September or January, studied part-time over one year. The postgraduate programme can be studied from anywhere in the world, and is based around a work-based project. Students will be supported to identify, investigate and find solutions that make a positive difference in their industry.

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