Study this programme anywhere in the world and receive a fully accredited University of London degree

Business Administration


Available to study anywhere in the world

The BSc Business Administration equips you with critical and creative decision-making skills to help boost your career.

Study the BSc Business Administration from wherever you are in the world.

By studying this degree you will:

  • Gain a systematic understanding of management-related problems, and conceptual tools for analysing and evaluating management issues.
  • Understand more about the historical, political, cultural and institutional forces shaping modern business.
  • Engage with case material in a stimulating learning environment.
  • Gain the skills and competencies necessary for the development of your creative and decision-making capabilities.
  • Receive excellent preparation for careers in business and management.
  • Be able to tailor the degree in line with your future career aspirations by choosing a specialist pathway.

Study this programme at a teaching centre near you

You can receive local support from a local teaching centre, use the dropdown to find your nearest centre.

Programme details

Programme structure, courses and specification

You study 12 courses to earn the BSc degree.

There are four degree pathways you can choose from:

We also offer a Business Administration CertHE for which you must complete four courses. This is a qualification in its own right that also provides an entry route to degree-level study.

Key dates

November 2020 intake
Application deadline 28 September
Registration deadline 26 October
Programme starts November

How you study

Independent study

The BSc Business Administration is available online. You will have access to a significant range of online resources, including a fully supported Virtual Learning Environment and online library.

Local teaching support

In order to benefit from face-to-face interaction with academics and other students, many students choose to pay for teaching support at a local independent institution. So that you can rely on the standards of teaching, support and administration that you receive, the University of London has established a network of Recognised Teaching Centres to offer study support to our students.

Find a local teaching centre for the programme.

Online support

When you register, we will give you access to your Student Portal. You can then access your University of London email account and other key resources:

  • The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Here, you can access electronic copies of all printed study materials, resources including audio-visual and revision guides, and forums to discuss course material and work collaboratively with others.

Through the VLE you will be able to:

  • access your online course materials which include bite-sized learning activities specifically designed to aid your learning.
  • access specifically selected articles and e-texts to develop your learning.
  • take part in discussions with your tutor and other students.
  • receive support for the examinations and coursework.
  • complete automated self-test exercises and submit assignments.
  • access the Student Guide and Programme handbook. These contain information about examinations, University contacts and important dates.
  • access the University of London Online Library. The Online Library provides access to over 100 million academic electronic items comprising E-books, E-journals, conference proceedings, etc. In addition, students can request items which are not held in the library via the library's Inter-Library loans service with the British Library.
  • access to Senate House Library. Senate House Library provides free reference access for all registered distance and flexible learning students
  • receive notices and other programme related information.
  • ask questions regarding the administration of the programme.

Student Support

We are committed to delivering an exceptional student experience for all of our students, regardless of which of our programmes you are studying and whether you are studying independently or with a Recognised Teaching Centre.

You will have access to support through:

  • The Student Advice Centre – provides support for application and Student Portal queries.
  • TalkCampus – a peer support service that offers a safe and confidential way to talk about whatever is on your mind at any time of day or night.


Each course is examined by one written examination and one piece of coursework. You can sit examinations at any of our 400 examination centres around the world. Conversely, the coursework is submitted in the Virtual Learning Environment.

More about exams.

Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?

For access to the BSc Business Administration degree, you will usually meet the following criteria:

Even if you don’t meet the standard requirements, we will consider each application on its own merits. Our Admissions Panel will consider whether any alternative/incomplete qualifications or work experience you have are suitable for entry to the programme.

I don’t meet the entry requirements. What can I do?

CertHE Business Administration

If you are not eligible for this programme, you may be able to study the CertHE Business Administration before progressing with credit onto this programme. This must be studied at an approved local teaching centre.

Alternatively, you might be interested in our International Foundation Programme. This pre-university programme is equivalent in standard to qualifications studied in Year 13 (i.e. A levels) and must also be studied at an approved local teaching centre.

English Language requirements

You need to demonstrate a good level of English to be admitted to our programmes. We accept a range of evidence, including proficiency test scores. If you don’t have evidence but believe you can meet the standard, we may consider your case.

Do I meet the language requirements?

Computer requirements

We set minimum basic computer requirements because your study resources are accessed via the Student Portal and it is vital that you can access this regularly. For this degree, you will also need Adobe Flash Player to view video material and a media player (such as VLC) to play video files.

More about computer requirements.

Can I transfer credits from other awards?

If you have studied material as part of a previous qualification that is comparable in content and standard, you might be exempted from the equivalent course for the University of London degree. This is known as Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL), Credit Transfer or Exemption. You may apply for recognition for up to four Level 1 courses and four Level 2 courses.

Please note if you wish to be considered for discretionary recognition of prior learning for the October 2020 session then you must formally apply and submit your request by: 01 September 2020.

More about Accreditation of Prior Learning.


The fees below apply if you begin during the 2020-2021 session. These may be increased by up to 5% per year.

Academic year 2020-2021
BSc: Recognised Teaching Centre based learner
Application fee (non-refundable) £101
Registration fee £1575
Assessment fee (per course) (x12) £378
Continuing registration fee (x2) £787
Indicative total* £8137
BSc: Independent learner
Application fee (non-refundable) £101
BSc Registration fee £1575
Continuing registration fee (x2) £1470
Assessment fee (per course) (x12) £378
Indicative total* £9607
Registration fee £787
Assessment fee (per course) (x4) £378
*The indicative totals given represent the amount you would expect to pay if you were to complete the BSc degree/CertHE in the minimum period of the time (three years BSc/ one year CertHE), without resits, and with a year-on-year increase of 5%. These totals do not reflect the cost of any additional tuition support you may choose to take or the fee levied by your local examination centre.

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You pay for your degree as you progress rather than in a single payment. This indicative total is a guide to what you would pay if you allow for fee increases and complete the degree in three years (with no exam resits).

More about programme fees.

Additional Costs

You will also need to budget for:

  • Tuition costs (if you choose to study at a local teaching centre).
  • Exam centre fees, which are paid directly to the venues where you sit your exams.

How to pay your fees.

Please note: all student fees shown are net of any local VAT, Goods and Services Tax (GST) or any other sales tax payable by the student in their country of residence. Where the University is required to add VAT, GST or any other sales tax at the local statutory rate, this will be added to the fees shown during the payment process. For students resident in the UK, our fees are exempt from VAT.

Further information on GST.

Career opportunities

When you graduate from the programme, you will be well-equipped for careers in business, management, consultancy and beyond, as well as for advanced academic study (including the Global MBA).

Dr Paul Dudley, Programme Director:

The programme has specifically been designed to provide a platform to develop both essential knowledge and skills required to succeed in today’s business environment. In practice this means that as well as providing the core business administration learning elements, the programme focuses on key skill sets including the ability to analyse and evaluate current issues facing organisations in a global setting.

What do employers think of our graduates?

University of London graduates are among the most employable in the world. Our rigorous courses provide not only subject specific knowledge but also important transferable skills that are valuable to your career progression.

In some countries, qualifications earned by distance and flexible learning may not be recognised by certain authorities or regulators for the purposes of public sector employment or further study. We advise you to explore the local recognition status before you register, even if you plan to receive support from a local teaching centre.

Academic leadership

Founded in 1879, Royal Holloway is one of the University of London’s six largest member institutions and is home to more than 9,000 students.

The BSc in Business Administration is led by academics within the School of Management. Now one of Royal Holloway’s largest departments, the School gives high priority to original research in international business, and the deep understanding of the subject that follows is reflected in its teaching of management studies. All staff members are active researchers, and the publication of their findings in books and journals is a key part of their professional work.

Programme Director

Dr Paul Dudley is a Senior Lecturer in Strategy with a focus on teaching methods and approaches to strategy development. He is passionate about education and the student experience, whether this be in the classroom or online. Paul's experience of Higher Education straddles UK State and Private Universities, commercially orientated Higher Educational providers, alongside European and non-European settings. His interests revolve around strategic decision making and how an understanding in this area can aid a range of stakeholders including employers, employees and most significantly our students. Paul is currently writing a book on Global Strategy to be published by Sage.

Funding your study

Without the cost of moving to London, studying for your University of London degree anywhere in the world represents excellent value for money. However, there are additional sources of support depending on where you live and how you choose to study.

More on funding your study

Isabelle Morin BSc (Hons) Business Administration (Marketing), Seychelles

Isabelle Morin, BSc Business Administration (Marketing)

"I was able to develop and enhance my skills such as decision-making, writing, presentation and team work....also the opportunity to study from my own home."