Undergraduate BSc (Hons)

Digital Business with Foundation Year

Salford Business School



With placement


Four year

Five year

Next enrolment

September 2020


In a nutshell

In recent years, advancements in information technology have had a massive impact on the way that business operates, creating a huge number of new challenges and opportunities for organisations. The BSc Digital Business programme looks at how future managers can grasp the advantages of technology to run the business of the future. You will study your degree at our Salford campus close to Manchester city centre.

This course achieved a 100% overall student satisfaction rate in 2020 (University of Salford analysis of unpublished NSS 2020 data)

The degree combines practice-based use of digital tools with a challenging academic curriculum bringing together modules from IT, computing and management degrees.  It is delivered by an academic team who are actively developing digital solutions. 

Our academic and professional services teams are here to support you throughout your degree and prepare you for your future career. In 2020, 93% of students asked agreed that teaching on this course is good; 94% agreed the course is well organised and running smoothly and 100% agreed the course has challenged them to achieve their best work (University of Salford analysis of unpublished NSS 2020 data collected from BSc Business Information Technology students. Course now named BSc Digital Business.)

Find out more, register for one of our Open Days

You will:
  • Learn how a 21st century business runs
  • Learn from digitally active academics and industry partners
  • Develop skills on the multi-level business project working with students from all levels on a live client project
  • Study on a programme that got 100% overall student satisfaction (University of Salford analysis of unpublished NSS 2020 data)

options available

Course accreditations
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This is for you if...


You want to understand how Uber, Airbnb and other digitally-powered businesses work


You want to learn from working on live briefs


You want to develop a mix of business and technical skills

Course details

All about the course

The course is for people who want to understand contemporary developments in the digital industry and the future part they can play in this exciting growth area. Supporting your learning and development is a priority at the University of Salford and overall satisfaction for BSc Digital Business was 94.74% in 2019 (University of Salford analysis of unpublished NSS 2019 data collected from BSc Business Information Technology students. Course now named BSc Digital Business).

You will study the application of technology and examine key business functions through the use of digital tools and modules that develop an understanding of key business management concepts. Case studies on the emergence and impact of disruptive businesses like Uber and Airbnb will be referenced throughout. Designed to meet the needs of employers seeking high-calibre employees, your academic and industry knowledge as well as your practical and professional skills will be enhanced and fine-tuned throughout the programme.

Following your foundation year, you’ll build up an understanding of key business concepts. As the course progresses you’ll have the opportunity to specialise according to your interests. To encourage entrepreneurship and put your skills into practice, you’ll have the chance to get involved with the Multi-level Business Project. This unique offering allows you to collaborate with first, second and third year students on a live project briefed by one of our industry partners.

You’ll have the opportunity to enhance your industry knowledge and improve your employability through a professional experience year.

This programme was previously called Business Information Technology. The programme was reviewed, updated and the name changed for September 2018.

Find out what our students think: read about Tom and Laura’s experiences of the programme.

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Find out more, book now for our online Open Day on 20 June

Foundation year

Economics for Business

Economics for Business is designed to give you an understanding of the economic basis of business. You will learn about how businesses operate in the UK and internationally, explore the economic principles behind government industrial policies and analyse macroeconomic policy and its effect on businesses.

Foundations of Business

This module will introduce you to key concepts of business and management. You will develop an understanding of the key functions used within contemporary businesses and learn about the tools and techniques used in business to conduct analysis and plan. 


Foundations of Human Resource Management

Foundations of HRM provides you with a basic introduction to Human Resource Management. You will learn about the five key areas of the HRM discipline: employee resourcing, employee reward, performance management, employee relations and employee training and development.

Academic and Personal Skills

Academic and Personal Skills is delivered with your future in mind. This module takes you through how to get to grips with the technology you need to succeed, as well as using the library, how to reference and how to produce the different styles of academic writing.

It also helps you to develop yourself; you will create a CV, learn how to write a cover letter and find out what your learning style is. The module has guest speakers who share their expert knowledge and experience with you.  All the skills covered in this module will help you to succeed in your chosen degree.

Digital Business

Digital Business introduces the different systems that are commonly used in business and develops your knowledge of the digital tools used for business. 

Year one

Information Systems

You will learn about professional, business and societal issues in the planning and developmental process of information systems.

Data Analysis for Business

In Data Analysis for Business, you will develop an understanding of the concepts required for the use and interpretation of the quantitative methods used to analyse business data. You will practice your essential Excel skills and learn to use Minitab, a statistical software package used by companies to spot trends, solve problems and use data to gain insight.

This module prepares you for entry to more advanced studies dealing with quantitative analysis in business and economics.

Digital and Business Skills

The Digital and Business Skills module introduces a range of digital tools for academia and the workplace. Important business skills such as management, collaboration and teamwork are fundamental to the module. Regular engagement with online platforms provides tasks to improve digital competency. Also, cocreation work presents self-reflection and confidence building opportunities.  Gaining the inspiring digital enterprise award (iDEA), completing LinkedIn learning assessments for Microsoft software applications, and completing collaborative video creation tasks will increase your digital and business skills as you progress towards the completion of this module. Digital Business is here to stay, so it is vital to improve these 21st century skills.

Principles of Systems Development

This module will introduce the key principles relating to the development of robust, reusable and appropriate information systems. It will introduce the Systems Development Lifecycle to you and the Principles of Systems Analysis. On top of this you will be introduced to the development of web-based software artefacts and their integration with existing popular web-based systems such as blogging, micro-blogging and other contemporary social media.

Multi-level Business Project (year one)

The Multi-level Business Project is a unique module that gives you the opportunity to work collaboratively with students from different stages of the programme on a client project. Through this module, you will develop your critical thinking and use the knowledge and skills gained on the course to produce practical solutions for a client.

Year two

Professional Development

This module will enable you to plan and carry out appropriate professional development activities to increase your employability and performance. These include self-presentation, professional networking, project planning and implementation, team working, influencing and multimedia communication. You will gain all the necessary experience required to take advantage of global employment opportunities.

This innovative module was nominated for the Course and Curriculum Design award in the 2018 Guardian University Awards. One participant commented “It was thanks to this module that I gained a much better understanding of what employers are looking for and where I stand in comparison to that from the marks and feedback received… This proves to me I do have the experience and competencies sought after by employers. Realising this has really boosted my confidence.”

Project Management

Project management is an important and integral part of a business whether this is product or service based. This module will help you develop knowledge and critical understanding of the principles of effective project management in a global business context.  

We will look at various aspects of Project Management through a variety of means such as lectures and practical seminars with input from our industry connections and the latest in research. We will examine the subject using theoretical approaches as well as the industry-recognised tools and techniques for planning and controlling projects

Multi-level Business Project (year two)

In your second year of the Multi-level Business Project, you will adopt a more senior role within the multi-level group you are working in. You will be expected to make supportive suggestions regarding the techniques for scoping the project and identifying project objectives.

Optional modules: choose one in semester one and one in semester two

Mobile Application Development

You will learn to create robust, reliable and appropriate cross platform mobile applications, along with skills in the evaluation, design, development and testing of dynamic mobile applications and web pages. You will also examine the key technologies required for cross-platform mobile application, such as CSS, JQuery and HTML5.

The Digital Workplace

The Digital Workplace develops your understanding of the application of digital technologies in organisations. The module helps you to develop a critical awareness of the relationship between people and workplaces in the future, together with the opportunity for exploration of implementation issues of digital strategy.

Sport in a Digital World

In Sport in a Digital World you will be introduced to the concepts that underpin digital technologies in sport, in addition to contemporary issues in the rapidly changing areas of digital practice, research and development. The module gives you the knowledge to critically appraise and respond to future technological developments applicable to sport.

Legal Aspects of Business

This module introduces you to the operation of global legal systems and the areas of law that underpin the practice of effective business management. You will develop a working knowledge of law relating to contracts and their effective negotiation in different business environments.

Applied Business Research and Analysis

You will develop your understanding of the sourcing, evaluation and application of available business information in a variety of formats, while also improving your skills in the design and analysis of primary research methodologies. In particular, the module aims to develop your capacity to evaluate published business research and consultancy and prepare viable proposals for future research-based business consultation.

Optional placement year

Professional Experience Year

All of our BSc students can apply for a one year professional placement, which takes place between your second and last years of study.

This is an excellent opportunity to take advantage of and over the last five years, 90% of Salford Business School undergraduates taking a one year placement secured a 2:1 or 1st class Honours degree.

We will help you find out about vacancies and make the right connections with high profile employers through regular events and presentations.

Here is just a small selection of the companies our students have enjoyed placements with so far: NatWest, Barclays and the Cooperative Bank; BP, Esso and Shell; IBM, Hewlett Packard and Compaq; Ford, Vauxhall, Jaguar and Nissan; Marks & Spencer, Selfridges and Sainsbury’s; Eli Lilly, Glaxo and ICI; Fujitsu, Marriott and Virgin.

Year three

Business Ethics and Sustainability

This module equips you with an appreciation and in-depth understanding of the implications of Business Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability within national and international organisations. This module will also develop your knowledge with respect to the importance of the balance between shareholders, stakeholders and the purpose and values of the organisation. It will explore the roles of social and technological innovation in global ethical organisations in order to prepare you for future employability.

Strategic Management

This module offers an organisational perspective by exploring strategy techniques and processes. You will apply your knowledge and understanding of strategy to a variety of real world organisations, using analysis and enquiry techniques at the forefront of strategic research and practice. This will prepare you for a career in business and management and enable you to reach your potential as a next generation manager.

Business Model Generation

This module equips you with an appreciation of the fundamentals of business modelling via the process of critiquing existing concepts, assumptions and theories of business modelling. The module provides insights into how disruptive business models are radically transforming established business sectors, generating value, creating new markets and changing consumer behaviour.

Business IT Project

The Business IT project will run across two trimesters. It is designed to allow you to scope, define, design and implement your own research project. As part of your work, you will research and analyse current practice and explore innovations in a business technology-related field.

You will work under the guidance of an allocated advisor to complete an in-depth piece of work.  You will produce a business proposal, literature review and research poster to showcase your work together with a scholarly and critical report. This is a practical module; you are encouraged to demonstrate innovative thought in the business field and the ability to structure knowledge in a manner that will improve understanding.  You’ll be able to use the digital portfolio that you create for job applications to demonstrate your employability.

Optional modules: choose one

Technology Innovation

In this module, you will analyse the impact of digital technologies on organisations and critically appraise a range of technologies in the rapidly changing areas of digital practice, research and development. Technology Innovation gives you the requisite skills and knowledge to respond to future technological developments personally and for organisations.

Search and Social Media Marketing

This modules provides an introduction to search and social media marketing and its strategic benefits to organisations. Through Search and Social Media Marketing, you will develop a critical understanding of the strategies, theories, trends and techniques used in Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) and Social Media Optimisation (SMO) as well as the practical skills required for the implementation and evaluation of these activities.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?


Our teaching is industry-led, inspired by contemporary practice and developed in partnership with business leaders. Our academics are experts in their field and work closely with industry to ensure that our courses reflect the needs of business and provides you with that extra edge when it comes to securing a job.

Teaching is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials. You will experience small group tutorials during your first and second year module studies. This ensures you will be highly skilled in time for your placements, year abroad experience and final year studies.

Throughout the three years of the programme, you will have the opportunity to work on a live brief provided by a partner organisation through the Multi-level Business Project. Collaborating with students from all stages of the course, you will have chance to put theory into practice and develop solutions to real-world organisational challenges.

You will get hands-on experience with a number of different web development, video, app development and digital marketing tools. These include the following:

  • Wordpress
  • Brackets
  • Handbrake
  • iMovie
  • draw.io
  • MIT App Inventor
  • Yoast
  • Google Analytics


Over the duration of your course a range of assessment techniques will be used. Types of assessment include:

  • Essays
  • Assignments
  • Exams
  • Multiple choice tests
  • Online tests
  • Group reports
  • Portfolio work.

The weighting between exams and coursework varies between modules and years, but exams still play a major role.

Salford Business School

Salford Business School aims to be the most business-informed, industry-relevant business school in the UK. Industry shapes everything we do, from informing our students’ learning to providing work placements, driving our research and influencing our academic staff.

We want you to gain the best academic and personal experience possible. As a student here, you’ll have access to a range of experiences and opportunities, including internships and work placements in the UK or internationally so you graduate with much more than a degree.

Our facilities

Salford Business School is located at the heart of the University’s Peel Park campus and just minutes from Manchester city centre. Teaching facilities include Lady Hale and Chapman buildings, which offer stylish modern spaces with lecture theatres equipped with the very latest technology and large screen displays. A dedicated Employability team will help you with work placements and access to work skills.

Throughout campus, there is a choice of individual study areas, communal learning and breakout spaces, plus a selection of food outlets.

Student Support

We want you to enjoy your time studying here, but we understand that there may be times you need a little extra support to help you. The Business School student progression team is here to help you progress through your courses as smoothly as possible.

University-wide, askUS is at the core of our student support service, offering information and advice on matters such as finance, wellbeing and counselling, accommodation and more. If you have any worries, concerns, or need advice on a particular topic, visit askUS on campus.

Find out more about Student Support Services at Salford.

Getting Here

If you’re planning on commuting, both our MediaCityUK and Peel Park campuses are perfectly placed. Whether by bus, rail, bike or car, we’re easily accessed from all over Greater Manchester, Lancashire and beyond. 

Get more information about your options for commuting, or hear about the experience from current students

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

Studying digital business equips you with an extremely desirable set of skills. Not only will your practical and academic knowledge be enhanced, over the duration of the programme your team working, project management, presentation and interpersonal skills will all be developed.

Graduates of this course have gone on to enjoy managerial careers in a wide variety of organisations, from software houses to local government.

The breadth of knowledge acquired over the course of the programme opens doors to high-level careers across multiple sectors. By exploring innovative businesses and encouraging entrepreneurship throughout the programme, this course equips graduates with the skills and ambition to embark on their own ventures. 

We work alongside companies like Apadmi, Wakelet, Salford Red Devils and Manchester City to ensure you graduate with the practical skills and knowledge employers are looking for.

Ramal’s professional experience year landed her a graduate job at IBM. Read about her experience on the programme in our Made in Salford blog.

A taste of what you could become

A digital business expert

An entrepreneur

A business analyst

A project manager

And more...

Career Links

Industry experts are involved in the design and delivery of the programme. Guest talks are delivered by some of the leading digital organisations from across the country, from cutting edge small companies to large businesses.

Digitangle, MEC Global, Training 2000, Sigma and MediaCom are just a few of examples of the industry relationships you will benefit from as a Digital Business student.

Mobile app development and user experience companies also provide guest lectures and share their experiences of app project development, user interface design, user experience, promotional video design and much more.

Briefs on the Multi-level Business Project are provided by external clients and involve everything from initial planning through to presentation of agreed deliverables.


What you need to know

This course isn’t suitable for international students. If you are an international student and interested in studying a foundation year, please visit our International Foundation Year course page.


BSc Digital Business is a programme for future digital business managers, those who want to support traditional business and move into the digital business world. You should be focused, interested in how digital technologies can support business and how people utilise technology. You should be hard-working, prepared to engage in individual and group study, and dedicated to becoming a high profile digital business professional.

Please note: The entry criteria below are related to entry onto this course in the 2020/2021 academic year. If you’re interested in a future intake year, please check the course entry on UCAS.

Standard entry requirements


Maths and English at grade C or grade 4 or above (applicants who do not have the equivalent of grade C or above, GCSE Mathematics and GCSE English will be considered on a case by case basis).

UCAS tariff points

64 points

A level

64 points from a minimum of one A2 pass

BTEC National Diploma

MPP (BTEC Extended Diploma), MM (BTEC Diploma)

Access to HE

64 Points – Pass with a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2 

Scottish Highers

64 points from a minimum of one Advanced Higher

Irish Leaving Certificate

64 points from a minimum of one Higher Level subject

International Baccalaureate

26 points 

European Baccalaureate

Pass Diploma with 60% or above

Alternative entry requirements

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home/EU 2020/21 £8,250 for Foundation Year and £9,250 for subsequent years.
Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

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Enrolment dates

September 2020

UCAS information

Course ID N195

Institution S03

Start this course in September. Call 0300 555 5030 to apply through Clearing.

Our phone lines are open during the following hours:

  • 13 August: 07:30 – 19:00
  • 14 August: 08:00 – 18:00
  • 15 August: 10:00 – 16:00