Year in Management

Business is everywhere, right? From the corridors of a hospital to the skyscrapers of the city. Whatever you’re studying at Kent, having know-how in business and management helps you stand out when it comes to finding your dream job.

What will I learn?

This year can take place either between Stage 2 and Stage 3 of your degree or at the end of Stage 3. You’ll study at Kent Business School within the sleek, multi-award-winning Sibson Building on our Canterbury Campus.

The year will cover:

  • Leadership and management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Operations and supply chain management
  • Human resource management
  • Project management
  • Business strategy
  • Accounting and financial decision making
  • Digital and traditional marketing

The thing that surprised me the most about studying at Kent Business School was the amount of support and opportunities for students to develop their knowledge and employability skills."

Betzy Moore

Am I eligible?

Yes, if you are a University of Kent undergraduate student who:   

  • is currently in Stage 2 or Stage 3 of your degree
  • averaging 50% or above in your current degree programme

Students are not eligible:

  • students currently studying at Kent Business School

If your degree is accredited with a professional body e.g. Psychology, you will need to confirm with your home Division that this can include the option of a Year in Management.


Students who successfully complete the Year in Management and their home degree will graduate with the addition of ‘with a Year in Management’ to their main degree title. The full transcript of your degree results will include your marks for the Year in Management, as evidence of your achievement for potential employers.

Your degree classification will depend on your main degree subject and not the Year in Management which is a pass/fail year. If you pass the year, you will get ‘with a Year in Management‘ added to your degree title. If you fail, your degree title will remain as your current degree. You do not risk your current degree classification by doing the Year in Management.

Please talk to staff in your home School about whether adding a Year in Management will affect any accreditation you may be eligible for.

The Year in Management should be viewed simply as an additional year of study, making a three-year degree into a four-year degree. If you pay your own tuition fees, then you will have to pay for an extra year. For those eligible, student loans should normally be available for all four years. However, it is your responsibility to check with the Loan Authority that they will continue to give you financial support on the new programme.  

International students wishing to add the Year in Management will be approved on a case-by-case basis in accordance with UK immigration regulations and the University’s Tier 4 policy on Academic Progression and Change of Course.

We know that different students excel in different areas and that different students need different support to develop the skills that they’ll need to succeed in the world of work. As such, the course has some exams, some individual reports, some essays and, some group presentations. We think that a good mix is necessary to be a good student. 

Students can opt to take one of our conversion MScs if they have obtained a good degree in another subject. However, the content you study and the way each course is funded are quite different. The Year in Management isn’t a substitute for doing a Master's degree but it will give you an introduction to the world of business and management – and is a good option for those worried about postgraduate funding or looking for a different way to stand out on your CV. 

Unfortunately not. The programme is only open to current Kent undergraduates, not Master’s or PhD students. 

Unfortunately, no. This course is only available to students who studied outside of Kent Business School on degrees where significant proportions of the provision are not serviced by Kent Business School. However, we do also offer a range of Progression Masters courses that might be better suited to you. 

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