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bachelor in business and management

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Online or at the UK Cambridge Campus

September / February

7,900€ / year

12,200€/year with specialization

Having completed the L4 and L5 Diplomas in Business at ESEI, students can choose to study an L6 top-up year with ESEI's university partner in the United Kingdom: Anglia Ruskin University. This 1-year programme is delivered assessed and issued through ARU - ESEI provides the pathway onto the programme.

The top benefits of applying through Esei Business School are:  

1. Direct Entry to the ARU programme
2. Continued support from ESEI's Academic and Administration teams
3. Continued access to ESEI events including workshops, guest speakers, career fairs & social events
3. Career services will still be available for you
4. Combine work and online study by doing your internship in Barcelona
5. Become part of our community & professional network 

the Anglia Ruskin University l6 top-up programme

Bachelor of Management*
*Bachelor of Business and Management from September 2022 intake onwards

Study mode:
This top-up can be studied fully online (meaning you can stay living in Barcelona), OR you can go to the UK (Cambridge campus) and study face-to-face.

If you wish to go to the UK, you also have the option of the Bachelor of Business Administration top up.


L4 & L5 Diplomas in Business from ESEI (or equivalent qualifications that achieve 120 ECTS credits).

How it works:
You can study 4 modules which cover an array of business areas. All assessment is done online, there is only coursework (no exams) and a high level of self-study is required.

There are live tutoring sessions available on the ARU study platforms as well.


“After studying the first two years of my bachelor at ESEI in Barcelona, I went to Anglia Ruskin University to finish my bachelor degree in their top up program, which was in Cambridge (UK) and lasted a year. The University was much larger than ESEI but there was a good combination between lectures and seminars. In the lectures there were large groups and in seminars it was focused on small working groups. I really liked the "UPCD modules" the school offers, which are are extra non-core courses you can follow. I took one in Leadership and Negotiation and learnt a lot. Aside from the academic programme, it was easy to find a room because ARU has many different campus accommodation options. Furthermore, there are over ten different kinds of sports teams you can join and during the first two weeks of university you can try out what you like. I joined the rowing team which was a lot of fun and a great way to meet people. I would definitely recommend the ARU Business Administration top up year over in the UK because the level of education is very good and there are so many additional opportunities.”

Ole Kramer


October – January

Strategic Management

Credits: 15 ECTS

Learning Outcomes

  1. Critically analyse the importance of strategic resource capabilities and competitive environment of business organisations, the organisations’ strengths and their environmental threats and opportunities
  2. Critically evaluate the strategic issues and choices facing business and organisations; and the resource implications of the strategic management process, bearing in mind recent developments in strategic thinking
  3. Critically examine the implementation issues facing business organisations; and the role of leadership and innovation in the management of change
  4. Undertake a detailed analysis and evaluation of the resource capability and competitive environment of business organisations, with a particular focus on the strategic fit of such organisations
  5. Undertake a detailed analysis and evaluation of the strategic options available to a business organisation
  6. Interpret complex analysis correctly and then report and present those findings in an appropriate manner

Work Based Major Project

Credits: 30 ECTS

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate understanding of the nature of research and different research methods
  2. Identify and critically review literature from a variety of sources and organise this information
  3. Demonstrate the broad methodological knowledge and practice skills required for the planning of research, data collection, and analysis, with an appreciation of how methods link to topics
  4. Communicate research effectively and in a professional manner

Project Impact and Review

Credits: 7,5 ECTS

Learning Outcomes

  1. Plan and present an impact study to a critical audience demonstrating systematic, coherent, and detailed knowledge, skills, and understanding addressing complex problems relevant to work-based practice
  2. Devise and sustain arguments in defence of your work whilst showing an appreciation of the uncertainty, ambiguity, and limits of knowledge
  3. Critically evaluate evidence to justify and support conclusions / recommendations from your major project dissemination
  4. Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the major project through critical reflection and the analysis of the systematically collected feedback from the dissemination audience

Reflections on Practice and Career Progression

Credits: 7,5 ECTS

Learning Outcomes

  1. Present a critical evaluation of the career pathways and development opportunities available to a work-based management graduate, in relation to an inappropriate context.
  2. Reflect critically on personal strengths and weaknesses against the achievement of the University’s generic graduate learning outcomes and appropriate occupational standards.
  3. Systematically establish progression routes for employment and further learning of equivalent nature.


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Level 4 and Level 5 Diplomas will be awarded by ESEI, though these are also fully recognized and authorized by the Catalan department of education. This ensures that students, parents, teachers and employers worldwide can be confident that qualifications and assessments meet rigorous quality standards.

For students who have completed Level 4 and 5 ESEI diplomas, they will have the opportunity to go on to complete an official bachelor top-up programme (1 year) that will give them a degree in Business and Management with the Univeristy of Anglia Ruskin in the UK, thanks to a pathway partnership between this prestigious university and ESEI. This programme is delivered, administred and issued by ARU, not ESEI.

If students decide to take this pathway, they will receive a valid UK degree, which is recognized and accepted by employers and institutions around the world.
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Frequently Asked Questions

What if I apply and Covid precludes my arrival?

Do you offer scholarships?

Please refer to our Scholarship page

Do you offer internships?

Job opportunities hugely depend on your qualifications, skills and experience. Around 10 offers are provided by ESEI / month, and we are in direct contact with more than 20 companies and 2 HR agencies for offers each semester. We offer assistance with all of this through our dedicated career services.
You can find more information about our Career Services through the following link
You can read more about career opportunities for international students in the following post

Do you have dorms?

Student Accommodation Options:
1) we provide a list of student accommodation agencies that help our students find their ideal home in barcelona, with attractive promotional codes specific to our students.
2) there is a relocation package with an accommodation agency, you will pay a certain fee and they will send you the accommodation letter you will need for the visa, and they will do the apartment hunt for you and find you the specs you want. More details on both option can be accessed

What is the application deadline?

Non-EU citizens needing a student visa to study in Spain, should make sure to secure admission at least three months before the start of the courses to avoid delays in arrival to Barcelona. Late applications received one month prior to the start date of the course will be considered based on the available places left in the programme. Because of the limited number of places available in our programme, we advise you to start your application as early as possible. Applications are being received for the upcoming intake.

Will I receive administrative support from the school...

Will I receive administrative support from the school for my residency documents?

ESEI has guidelines on all administrative processes undertaken by students and the school’s staff supports students with this on a one-to-one basis.

More Questions?

Let us know! We would be happy to advise you!