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

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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.

Course details

You study 12 courses to earn the BSc degree.

There are four degree pathways you can choose from:

Application deadline30 September
Registration deadline21 October

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 offers access to a range of learning and information resources.
  • receive notices and other programme related information
  • ask questions regarding the administration of the programme


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.

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?

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.

More about Accreditation of Prior Learning.

The fees below apply if you begin during the 2019-2020 session. These may be increased by up to 5% per year.

Academic year


Application fee (non-refundable)

£ 97

Initial registration fee

£ 1,500

Examination fee (12 courses)


Continuing registration fee (2 years)


Indicative total: BSc Business Administration


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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).

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.

We accept most traditional payment methods, including debit/credit card, international money order, and Western Union.

How to pay your fees.

On 1 July 2017 a Goods and Services Tax (GST) [external website] was introduced in India which applies to online services. From 1 August 2019, the University will be required to add GST at the statutory rate of 18% to its programme fees for new and continuing students resident in India.

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.

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.

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.

Can I get sponsored?

If you're employed, your employer may be willing to cover part/all of the programme fee if you can make a compelling case as to how this programme will boost your contribution to the workplace.

Our courses are ideal for employers because they get to retain you as an employee and benefit from your learning from the moment you begin.

How can I get sponsored by my employer?

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."