Careers and employability

Join a Business School with innovative approaches to management, and research excellence in areas such as the future of work, sustainable supply chain management and organisational psychology.

You’ll develop the skills and confidence to succeed in business and become a leader of tomorrow. Our courses fully prepare you for a management career while offering a wide range of options so you can tailor your degree to your career path. Whether you want to work in general or specialist management roles, marketing, social enterprise, human resources or start your own business, our flexible approach will boost your employability prospects.

“If you’d spoken to me two years ago, I wouldn’t have thought I’d be where I am now.”

Alexander Little, British Army Reservist and Manager in Risk Advisory at Deloitte, talks about how the Sussex MBA helped him stand out and build invaluable connections – leading to him securing his dream role.

Read Alexander's story.

Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME)

The School is a member of the United Nations Global Compact network, committed to creating a sustainable and inclusive global economy. We follow the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), which means we incorporate global social responsibility and sustainability values into our teaching and research. We collaborate across disciplines to shape global issues in business, management and society, making an impact on policy, practice and people. Our strength is in managing innovation at the interface of business and society while focusing on sustainable strategies and policies.

“Our Masters course enjoyed a wonderful trip to Shoreham Port. It inspired me to think about how theories can be applied in real life, and reminds me of the reason why I pursued my course at Sussex – to find applicable solutions for managing supply chains.” Kathy Ng Uyen
Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc

Professional placements and venture creation

All our undergraduate courses give you the opportunity to apply for a year in industry, where you can put your knowledge into practice. We have a wide range of well-established partnerships with businesses including local, London-based, and international companies.

If you want to develop your entrepreneurial skills and explore business or social enterprise start-up, Business School undergraduates can apply to take a Venture Creation Year. You’ll be expected to set up and run your own startup or social enterprise, developing practical skills and experience in the process. During the year you’ll have the support of the University, with access to one-to-one coaching, specialist workshops, networking and mentor access, funding competitions and online resources.

A placement student smiles in front of the Microsoft sign

University is an incredible opportunity to develop as a person and discover potential career paths. And, completing a professional placement year opens up many possibilities for early careers.MATT CHAPELLE
Business and Management Studies (with a professional placement year) BSc


StartUp Sussex

StartUp Sussex is an initiative run between the Sussex Innovation Centre and the University of Sussex to give budding student entrepreneurs the chance to develop their business idea, gain new skills and pitch to an expert panel for prizes. Their efforts can win up to £10,000 worth of funding for further support and business development.

William Roberts
“It was an amazing process and one of the things that really helped is being introduced to a community with so many like-minded individuals from all over the world. The support from our mentor Helena has been amazing in helping us develop our business plan.” William Roberts (BSc Business and Management) 
StartUp Sussex 2020 winner and co-founder of West Pier Drinks

Business Challenge

Open to all first years in the School, the Business Challenge tasks entrants with analysing case studies and presenting their recommendations to a panel of industry experts  testing participants’ teamwork and ability to work under pressure, as well as their communication and analytical skills.

My motivation behind my participation of the Business Challenge was to gain invaluable experience whilst building upon a range of skills, such as: presenting, working in a team and time keeping. My experience of the night was very enjoyable due to how we were working in a unique and dynamic environment.Kayley Johnson
Business and Management Studies BSc


The University of Sussex Students' Union supports over 180 student-led societies, where you can meet other students with shared interests and connect with the University community. They include Sussex Entrepreneurs Society, Business Society, and ENACTUS Society.

“Our aim with the society is to connect people as much as possible.” Jonathan Mendes
Business Society President

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