Business Management BA (Hons)

This flexible course allows you to study Business Management and specialise in the area that interests you the most.


This course provides you with opportunities to discover how organisations are managed whilst developing your business mindset. 

You'll explore the internal structures and strategies which businesses adopt in response to key external drivers for change that impact upon them.
This part-time course is studied at a pace determined by an individualised programme that best suits you. You’ll study alongside full-time students but there is a flexibility in the number of modules you choose to study each trimester. 

The course provides modules that give you real-world experience and the option to undertake a work placement. The practical knowledge and wide range of skills you will acquire through studying the programme will enable you to pursue a broad range of career opportunities upon graduation. 

For those who wish to start their own business whilst studying or after graduating, The Bright Red Triangle – our start-up incubator with certified and experienced business advisors and a sleek co-working space in central Edinburgh – is available to make use of. 

We are a Top 10 UK Modern University for Student Satisfaction according to the Sunday Times Good University Guide, 2022.

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Mode of Study:

Part-time (available as full-time)


6 years



Study Abroad:


Course details

Our Business Management course includes the option to undertake a work placement. This gives you valuable industry experience which will enhance your CV and could lead to further employment on graduation.

This course offers you excellent employability skills including professional presentation, team working, leadership, communication and problem solving.

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    How you’ll be taught

    You'll learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials and through independent study.
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    Work placement

    There is an optional six month work placement in Year 3. 

    Placement and Study Abroad opportunities are subject to UK and Scottish Government health and travel advice.

Popular modules

Year 1

  • Academic Skills for Business Management
  • Behavioural Studies
  • Accounting for Business
  • Marketing
  • Principles of Economics
  • Exploring Entrepreneurship

Year 2

  • Research Skills and Data Analysis
  • Introduction to Human Resource Management
  • Marketing Research & Communications
  • World Economy
  • Creativity, Innovation and Enterprise

Year 3

  • Strategic Management in an International Context
  • Live Project
  • 1 Option

Year 4

  • Business Strategy and Sustainable Development
  • Digital Business and Innovation
  • Dissertation


Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information is available in our disclaimer.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Our entry requirements indicate both Standard and Minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

The University does not sponsor students to study on part-time programmes in the UK under the Student Visa route. International Applicants must therefore have other valid immigration leave to study on this programme.

Minimum year 1

SQA Higher

Standard Entry Requirement


National 5 grade C in English.

National 5 Maths recommended.

Minimum Offer Entry Requirement


National 5 grade C in English.

National 5 Maths recommended.

You may be given an adjusted offer of entry if you meet our specified minimum entry requirements within our widening participation criteria, and outlined in our Contextual Admissions Policy. Click here for further information about our entry requirements and admissions policies.

A Level


GCSE grade C/4 in English.

GCSE Maths recommended.

Irish Leaving Certificate

H2, H2, H3, H3 at Higher Level and grade O4 in Ordinary Level Maths and English.

BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3

Minimum grades DMM (Distinction, Merit, Merit).

GCSE grade C/4 in English.

GCSE Maths recommended.

BTEC (QCF) National Diploma Level 3 plus A Level

Minimum grades DM (Distinction, Merit).

A Level grade C

GCSE grade C/4 in English.

GCSE Maths recommended.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Award of Diploma with 28 points overall with three HL subjects at grades 6, 5, 4.

Grade 4 in SL Maths and English.

European Baccalaureate

Pass at 70% or above with grade 7 in three subjects.

Grade 6 in Maths and English.


Unrelated HNC subjects may be considered for year 1 entry where a C in the graded unit is achieved.

Minimum year 2


Pass HNC in Administration and IT, Business, Business & Finance, Human Resource Management, Management (not Retail), Marketing or Marketing Communication with grade C in the graded unit.

SQA Advanced Higher


A Level



Successfully complete CMI Diploma in Management and Leadership at Level 7


Successfully complete ILM Certificate/Diploma in Leadership and Management at Level 5/SCQF Level 9


Minimum year 3


Pass HND in Administration and IT, Business, Business & Finance, Human Resource Management or Marketing with grades CC at SCQF Level 8 in the graded unit(s).


Successfully complete CMI Diploma in Management and Leadership at Level 8


Successfully complete ILM Certificate/Diploma in Leadership and Management at Level 5/SCQF Level 9

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English. Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MSc Nursing (Pre-registration) (Adult, Mental Health, Child, Learning Disabilities)
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery
  • All Graduate Apprenticeship courses.

See who can apply for more information on Graduate Apprenticeship courses.

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2023/24 2024/25
Scotland *£305 *£tba
England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland *£1,157 *£tba
Overseas and EU *£2,530 *£tba
Fees for modules are calculated according to the number of credits (multiples of 20). The rate shown in the table is for 20 credits*.
Please note tuition fees are subject to an annual review and may increase from one year to the next. For more information on this and other Tuition Fee matters please see Frequently Asked Questions about Fees Click this link for Information of Bursaries and Scholarships
If additional compulsory costs other than the tuition fees are applicable, these will be detailed in the course details.
Please note that the tuition fees liable to be paid by EU nationals commencing their studies from 1 August 2021 will be the Overseas fee rate. The University offers a range of attractive Tuition Fee bursaries to students resident in specific countries. More information on these can be found here.


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The broad course opens up more employment opportunities in commercial business and the public sector. Possible areas include:

  • Graduate training schemes
  • Financial services
  • Sales and marketing
  • Human resources
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