Business Management (Logistics and Operations) (BSc)

We offer a range of programmes for students who want to pursue a career in business and management, reflecting the breadth of research expertise of the Business School‘s academics and current developments in the business world.

Business-related degrees at Cardiff University focus on developing a solid core of knowledge in the area of business management. Students then build on this strong foundation to specialise in areas they find interesting and which reflect their career aspirations. The School also offers the opportunity to combine the study of Business with German, French, Spanish or Japanese, with a year spent abroad at a partner institution.

The BSc Business Management three-year courses share a first year and there is a relative amount of flexibility in their structure, so students may apply to transfer programme at the end of their first year if they discover a particular aptitude for a specialism during their studies.

Key facts

UCAS CodeN291
Entry pointSeptember 2016
Duration3 years
AccreditationsChartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT)
Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Typical places available
Typical applications received
Typical A level offerAAB from any combination of A-levels, excluding General Studies, Critical Thinking and Citizenship Studies
Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offerGrade A in the Core and grades AB from two A-levels OR Grade B in the Core and grades AA from two A-levels
Typical International Baccalaureate offer35 points, including Maths and English (Standard level) with scores of 5
Other qualificationsApplicants will also require GCSE English grade C and GCSE Mathematics grade B. Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Specific admissions and selection criteria for this degree programme can be found online.

Detailed alternative entry requirements are available for this course.
QAA subject benchmark

General Business and Management

Admissions tutor(s)

Dr Eleri Rosier, Admissions Tutor

Important Legal Information: The programme information currently being published in Course Finder is under review and may be subject to change. The final programme information is due to be published in June 2016 and will be the definitive programme outline which the University intends to offer. Applicants are advised to check the definitive programme information after the update, to ensure that the programme meets their needs.

This programme allows students to specialise in the broad area of Logistics and Operations Management. The programme reflects the evolution of the study of logistics from its original context of transport to its present setting of business logistics. The subject is now well established with a solid basis in theory and research. The programme also reflects developments in the business world where the mode of transport is considered less important than the process involved in managing the supply chain.

Year one

Module titleModule codeCredits
Principles of Business ManagementBS153010 credits
People in OrganisationsBS152920 credits
Introduction to AccountingBS150320 credits
Introduction to EconomicsBS154720 credits
Statistical Analysis and Research MethodsBS150820 credits
MarketingBS152820 credits
Business EnvironmentBS162910 credits

Year two

Five compulsory double modules and one double module from the optional section.
Module titleModule codeCredits
Purchasing and Supply Chain ManagementBS254120 credits
Marketing and StrategyBS254020 credits
Logistics and Distribution ManagementBS258120 credits
Organisational BehaviourBS253020 credits
Operations ManagementBS258220 credits

Module titleModule codeCredits
International ManagementBS253720 credits
Managing PeopleBS254220 credits
Business Information SystemsBS254320 credits
Cross Cultural ManagementBS252420 credits
Performance and Financial ManagementBS251720 credits
Business, Government and SocietyBS251820 credits

Year three

Four compulsory double modules, two double modules from the optional section.
The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

Cardiff Business School's teaching is heavily informed by research and combines academic rigour with practical relevance. Our faculty consists of academics who are at the forefront of knowledge within their field. They bring the lessons from their most recent research into the classroom, giving students access to the latest information and critical business thinking.

You will find that the phrase 'learning and teaching' is commonly used in UK universities. This phrase emphasises the two-way nature of the process in which you will be taking part. You, we hope, will be doing the learning; we will be providing not only teaching, but also many other things which contribute to a good environment for learning, such as computer resources, a  well-stocked library, suitable lecture rooms, and so on.

The Business School and University will provide good quality teaching and learning resources, and will be responsive to the needs and views of you, our students. For your part, you will need to put in the necessary amount of work both during and outside formal teaching sessions, and to make good use of the facilities provided.

Methods of teaching

Most modules involve a mixture of lectures and small group teaching (classes/seminars/workshops/tutorials). 

In the lecture, the lecturer will mainly be giving an overview of an aspect of the module content (as well as giving opportunities for the student to ask questions and be reflective), while in classes and workshops you will have an opportunity to practice techniques, discuss ideas, apply concepts and consolidate your understanding in the topic

Independent study

All modules will require a considerable element of independent study alongside the formal scheduled teaching. Independent study is designed so that you can expand on the knowledge given to you during lectures, seminars and tutorials. Independent study is an important component of Higher Education because it helps you to develop the ability for enquiry and critical evaluation, which in turn leads to you developing transferable skills, helps you to learn how to respond to change and it is key to ensuring that you have sufficient understanding of the subject you are studying. The amount of independent study you are expected to undertake will increase throughout the duration of your degree as your expertise also increases.

Office hours

All academic staff in the Business School have designated office hours when they are available to meet with students and these are posted on their office doors along with their contact details. Office hours provide an important source of contact with your lecturers and enable you to ask questions you may not wish to ask in a large class setting. This time can help you to clarify anything you have been taught that is unclear or can give you advice on further reading or preparation for assignments.

Personal tutors

You will be allocated a personal tutor at the beginning of your studies. Normally, your personal tutor will teach on your own degree programme and you will keep the same personal tutor throughout your course.

Your personal tutor will be able to give you advice on academic issues, including module choice and assessment. If you encounter any problems which affect your studies, your personal tutor should always be your first point of contact; she/he will be able to put you in touch with the student support services provided by the University and the Students' Union as appropriate. It is normally the personal tutor who writes references for job applications and therefore you should keep your personal tutor informed about how you are getting on. Students are required to meet with their personal tutors at three points during the year but you are also encouraged to get in touch with them at any other point if you need help or advice.

In 2013/14, 95% of the School's graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation. Our business degrees give students a broad range of skills which are valued by a range of employers in the private and public sectors.

In addition to the University Careers Service, we have invested in our own, dedicated Careers Centre to help students find internships, job opportunities and access business industry specific advice and guidance.


  • Accountant
  • Business Analyst
  • Economist
  • HR Manager
  • Lecturer
  • Marketing Executive
  • Production Manager
  • Stockbroker

BSc Business Management with Integrated Work Placement.

If you achieve a 60% average in your first year you are eligible to apply for our BSc Business Management with Integrated Work Placement. This new programme provides a combination of theoretical ideas and practical techniques which gives a thorough grounding for a variety of careers in a range of management functions such as marketing and human resource management, as well as in general management. The programme includes a 20-week work placement, affording students the opportunity to explore and evidence the core business management disciplines in a real life work setting.

The placement includes:

  • Placements in organisations such as Admiral, Arriva Trains, Deloitte,HSBC, Network rail, Proxima, Welsh Water.
  • 5 month work placement in second semester of year 2
  • Credit-bearing experience
  • Local business experience
  • Paid placement (£250/ week on average)
  • Practical work-based experience
  • A contract that can be extended by mutual consent


3 Year(s)

Next intake

September 2016

Places available

Typical places available

The School admits 550 students each year to its undergraduate degree programmes

Applications received

Typical applications received



QAA subject benchmark

QAA subject benchmark

General Business and Management

Overview and aims of this course/programme

The overall aim of the programme is to provide students with the necessary business management skills and knowledge to take on responsible positions early in a variety of careers in various sectors of industry and commerce and in various functional areas within organisations. The University and Business School are committed to research-led teaching and the Business School possesses a large number of high quality and experienced researchers whose teaching is naturally informed by research.  

More specifically the Programme (Scheme) aims to:

i)       Develop both a theoretical knowledge of business management and the skills needed to succeed within business management;

ii)      Develop skills of analysis, application, synthesis and decision-making which are essential to those wishing to pursue a career in business management;

iii)     Develop evaluative skills in order to recognise the wider societal implications of business practice and processes;

iv)      Provide contemporary insights into business management via research-informed teaching;

v)       Allow students either to focus their studies within relevant themed ‘routes’ or to provide for study of a wider range of business and management study;

vi)      Develop core skills in computer literacy, numeracy, problem solving, team working, and written and oral communication; and

vii)     Encourage initiative, self-reliance, independent learning and commitment to scholarship of the highest quality.

What should I know about year five?

Students will be expected to attend all timetabled sessions and are also expected to engage in independent study.

Students are expected to adhere to the Cardiff University policy on Dignity at Work and Study.

How is this course/programme structured?

Details of the Programme (Scheme) structures and requirements, courses and awards are available in the Module Catalogue.

In summary, the Programmes (Scheme) are offered in full-time (3year) mode.  All Students take a common Year 1, which does not count towards the final degree classification.  At the end of Year 1, students confirm whether they wish to continue with the generic BSc Business Management Degree or opt to continue with one of the four named routes.  In Years 2 and 3, compulsory modules are determined by the choice already made but students also choose option modules from approved lists, to a total of 120 credits. 

Criteria for assessment are published in the Module Catalogue.  Years 2 and 3 contribute to the final award, weighted at 40/60 respectively.

What should I know about year four?

No specific equipment required

What should I know about year three?

Please see Learning Outcomes.

What should I know about the preliminary year?

A  Knowledge and Understanding

Core knowledge and understanding is acquired via lectures, seminars and other small group teaching and guided study.

More advanced knowledge and understanding is acquired by independent study, computer aided learning and group work.

B  Intellectual Skills

Intellectual Skills are promoted via lectures, seminars and group discussions, tutorials, group work.  Application of these skills is developed through presentations, research assignments and case studies.

C Transferable Skills

Key Study Skills are introduced to students in the first year by means of a newly-established non-credit bearing module.  Other skills are embedded in the curriculum (see also module descriptors).

What should I know about year one?

A  Knowledge and Understanding

Knowledge and understanding is assessed summatively through a combination of coursework and examination as detailed in module descriptors.

Formative feedback is provided by a variety of methods including small-group interaction, problem-solving exercises etc

B  Intellectual Skills

Intellectual skills are assessed summatively through a combination of coursework and examination as detailed in module descriptors.

C Transferable Skills

Assessment of Transferable Skills is embedded within the curriculum. 

Other information

Students obtain support materials either via Learning Central (Cardiff University’s Virtual Learning Environment) or from study packs specially developed for selected modules. All students are allocated a personal tutor. Additional support and advice is available where necessary from the School’s Senior Personal Tutor for Undergraduate Taught Students. 

Distinctive features

Students who gain the award will have demonstrated achievement of the following Learning Outcomes:

A  Knowledge and Understanding

Intended Outcomes:  Upon completion of the scheme a typical* student will be able to:

A1      A detailed knowledge of the academic fields of logistics, distribution and operations management;

A2      A practical knowledge and understanding of the main skills required for successful supply chain management.

B  Intellectual Skills

Intended Outcomes:  Upon completion of the scheme a typical student will be able to:

B1      Analyse and evaluate concepts and theories that underpin understanding of business and management;

B2      Solve problems in business and management contexts;

B3      Exhibit balanced and informed critical arguments in both written work and presentations;

B4      Apply relevant theories and approaches to practical business and management contexts;

C Transferable Skills

Intended Outcomes:  Upon completion of the scheme a typical student will be able to:

C1      Communicate ideas, principles and theories effectively by oral and written means;

C2      Exercise initiative, self reliance and time management skills and work independently;

C3      Exercise co-operation skills and work effectively in a team;

C4      Appreciate alternative viewpoints;

C5      Exercise numeracy, problem solving and IT skills;

C6      Access and utilise information from a variety of research resources.

How will I be taught?

Admissions tutors

Dr Eleri Rosier, Admissions Tutor

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