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Business and Marketing

International experience

Take advantage of International study abroad options

Industry recognised

Gain a professional qualification alongside your degree

Workplace learning

Work placement opportunities on every course

Get the skills you need to jump straight into a great career and be a success in the world of business. 

Our business courses have all been completely re-written. We’ve worked with employers and professional bodies to make sure our degrees are cutting edge and provide you with the skills to be a 21st century manager.  You will be joining Staffordshire Business School as we build on our success of last year in the league tables and as we continue to grow our portfolio of digitally led business courses.

We're passionate about giving you real business experience. So, you won't just learn from us - you'll hear from industry guest speakers and visit global organisations and events. Throughout your course you will be asked to solve problems, create plans, analyse data and develop innovative solutions to real life business problems.  JCB, The BBC, and Porsche are just a few groups our students have met with recently.

You can also choose to study our BA (Hons) Business Management  or BA (Hons) Marketing Management degree over two, three or four years and from 2019 we are also offering a new BSc (Hons) International Business Management degree which includes an option to study overseas at one of our partner universities. If you’ve already completed a foundation degree or HND then why not join us for one year on our part-time top-up route where you’ll get a full BA (Hons) at the end.

We’ve teamed up with the Institute for Leadership and Management (ILM) and with the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) to offer you added value.  This gives you access to loads of networking events, online resources and membership to the professional body plus additional qualifications and exemptions from their professional exams.


Work experience and careers

Whatever you choose to study at Staffordshire University you will have the opportunity of a work-placement, where you’ll gain experience and connections to give an edge in your future career.

This work experience may link to your study, or it could be a broader experience. Our commitment will give students the best possible mix of knowledge and experience.

You'll benefit from excellent opportunities in industry, and we've spent many years establishing our connections with businesses including Enterprise Cars, First Group Travel, Staffordshire Police, the NHS, Merck Sharp Dohme (MSD), and Banner.

Work Experience Opportunities

We'll encourage and support you to find work placements in the UK and overseas. These can range from a few weeks to an academic year, and you'll have dedicated support before and during your stay. Students can also study with our partner organisations across the world and in some cases students can get funded placements and work experience across Europe.

Our students

Ben & Michael Dyer
Business Management graduates

Our Business Management degree gave cousins Ben and Michael Dyer everything they were hoping for, from approachable, experienced lecturers, to accessing a huge network of businesses in the wider community.

Their business, The National Enterprise Challenge, launched in 2012 and now employs 10 staff. They've worked with Theo Paphitis (pictured) and Lord Sugar, and have recently won the Social Entrepreneurs of the Year award.

Craig Holdcroft
BA (Hons) Business Management (two-year accelerated) (Full-time)

Joining Staffordshire University Business School has turned out to be the best decision I’ve made in relation to my career and future prospects. The team at the business school have been amazing and continue to offer me all of the encouragement I could ever want to aim towards a first class degree. Something I couldn’t have even imagined a year before in the world of sales management.

Idris Alsharaff
Business Management

Taking a placement has given me the opportunity to develop my skills and the confidence to explore the career path that I would like to follow. My confidence and communication skills have definitely grown throughout the year.

Kate Fenton

Although I was working at the time, my degree showed me which way I wanted to go with my career. The lectures were great and I still use what I learned now - such as employment law. We learned about HR, finance, marketing - it was a great, well-rounded course.

Jack Haynes
Business Management & Entrepreneurship

My degree allowed me to take a management position with a retailer in Norfolk, where I practiced a lot of the techniques and processes I developed at Staffs. Within one year I was being promoted up the management structure.

Simon Whitehouse

Simon Whitehouse is one of the youngest CEOs inside LVMH, the world's largest luxury goods group, with a revenue of over €40 billion. The Staffordshire University graduate and Stoke-on-Trent local has risen through the fashion industry at lightning pace, achieving his career goal by the age of 37.

Fleur Robinson
Commercial Director, Burton Albion Football Club

When Fleur joined Burton Albion, its business side was almost non-existent, but she has overseen huge changes. Last season alone, the club welcomed 105,000 spectators, 8,000 people enjoyed match day hospitality and around 30,000 guests attended a conference or event.

Our staff

Hazel Squire
Hazel SquireCourse Leader

Hazel is a member of the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) and has expertise in management within an education setting, leadership and management, and organisational behaviour.

Her research interests include leadership and management, and the ageing workforce.

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Vicky Roberts
Vicky RobertsSenior Lecturer in Marketing

Vicky's background was originally banking and finance, where she worked in numerous roles throughout the UK, including corporate finance, securities, mortgage lending and international trade.  

Her interests have grown and developed over the years and she still retains an active interest in professional areas of business, following her transfer to the teaching and lecturing profession.

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Dr Tolu Olarewaju
Dr Tolu OlarewajuLecturer

Tolu currently lectures on a range of topics primarily focused around the areas of economics, business strategy, entrepreneurship and international business.

Tolu has industry experience both as a banker and an entrepreneur. He holds a BSc in Economics, MSc in International Economics, and a PhD in Management (Economics).

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Our graduates

Jonathon MacAllan Business Management, 2016

After graduation Jonathon went straight into a management trainee role, he is now a marketing manager handling the digital presence of a successful company.

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Calvin Ip Advertising and Brand Management, 2015

Achieving his degree meant that Calvin had marketing and business skills to bring to his fourth generation family’s battery manufacturing company in China.

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Nick Peng Advertising and Brand Management, 2015

Austrian-born Nick took advantage of a specialist creative institution partnership with Staffordshire University to complete a third year of study in the UK.

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Jessica Laramy Business Management, 2014

Business graduate Jessica is the UK Marketing Manager for Boon Edam Limited, the leading global manufacturer of prestigious revolving doors.

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Laura Allen BA(Hons) in Entrepreneurship for the Creative and Cultural Industries., 2012

Laura is our Social Media Officer, who manages all our social channels. Her passion for her job, and Stoke-on-Trent, won her a Proud to be Staffs Award.

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Jack Haynes Business Management & Entrepreneurship, 2011

After applying his business knowledge in his first management position, Jack fulfilled his dream of opening his own business called ‘Flavours of Flora’.

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Chris Austin Business Management, 2010

An advocate for all things Stoke-on-Trent, Chris spent 12 years working to promote the city before becoming Business Development Director for Edenfield.

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Lee Buckley Business Management, 2009

Lee is working as a technical assistant, on a three-year graduate management programme, at international insulation manufacturer Recticel Insulation.

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