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Published: 15 June 2020

University of Sunderland in London students in a business class

Business is one of the most popular subject areas students at the University of Sunderland in London choose to study. It’s easy to understand why. The world is run on business, from the largest multinational to the smallest start-up. It’s hard not to be inspired to work in business when you’re studying a stone’s throw from Canary Wharf, one of the world’s largest business and financial hubs.

But whether you choose to study for your BA (Hons) Business and Management, MSc in International Business Management or your Master of Business Administration (MBA), it’s important to take some time to think through what you’re going to do with your business degree after you graduate.

The traditional route

For many business graduates, the appeal of the degree is the access it gives you to work in the banking and financial sectors. It’s an industry that’s estimated to be worth up to $26.5 trillion by 2022 so it’s understandable that you’d want to be a part of that. If you’re interested in this area, you might want to think about things like consultancy, human resources and marketing, all of which play a huge part in the success of all the world’s major businesses. 

Out on your own

You might be less interested in joining a company than starting your own. A degree in business can be the exact thing you need to get the experience, knowledge and confidence to start a successful company. It’s a tough thing to do, with over 660,000 new business starting in the UK each year. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t pursue your passion. There is loads of help and advice out there for people thinking of starting their own company. One great place to start is the University’s Careers and Employability service. You can book a consultation with them at It’s also worth thinking about applying for our BA (Hons) Business Management and Entrepreneurship (Top-Up) course.

Accounting and finance

All of our business degrees cover finance to some level. But if you’re especially interested in entering the fast-paced world of corporate finance, take a look at our BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance, MSc Finance and Management or MBA (Finance) courses. If you end up in this sector, you could find yourself advising clients on taxes, managing records and business transactions, working on mergers and helping to stop bad practices and fraud. 


It’s tough being the boss, with long hours and lots of responsibility. But the other side of that is higher salaries and better career progression. Of course, every company in the world has a manager or two. They’re the ones that make the big decisions and are responsible for the work, and wellbeing, of their employees. Because of how hard the role is, you’re likely to need higher degrees, including an MBA or MSc in International Business Management as well as some experience to reach that level. 

There are hundreds of different career options you could take with a degree in business from the University of Sunderland in London. Whether you want to work in some of the areas we’ve mentioned above, or others including marketing, human resources, supply chain management, hospitality, cybersecurity or more, there is a degree for you at the University of Sunderland in London. To get more advice about your career options, get in touch with the Careers and Employability team at

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