BA (Hons) Business Studies

Undergraduate, Full-time

Business Studies BA (Hons)

Businesses don’t stand still. Our business studies course helps students become confident graduates ready to adapt to the needs of business


We are a top 15 UK modern university for Business Studies (13th of 59) - The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020

Our four year Business Studies sandwich degree has been designed to meet the specific needs of businesses and to provide you with the skills and understanding to excel in your career.

On this course you'll learn about the internal functions and structures of business organisations and the external drivers that impact on them. You'll then have the opportunity to apply this learning within your year-long placement in third year.

You may wish to combine your study of business with entrepreneurship, finance, human resource management or marketing management.

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4 years

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Course details

In preparation for your placement you'll be provided with a thorough grounding in key disciplines, and business processes and functions. The analytical and problem solving skills you'll develop will allow you to produce business plans, carry out market analysis and provide you with other key competencies which employers seek.

You'll also expand your learning with a chance to study abroad for one trimester.

You'll develop excellent transferable skills in communication, presentation, group working and analysis. All of which will prepare you for a number of careers in business.

This is a full-time course studied over four years. You'll learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials and through independent study.

  • calendar How you’ll be taught You will be taught by a series of lectures, tutorials, workshops and independent study.
  • note and pen Assessments There will be a variety of assessment methods that may include: coursework, exams & practical assessments.
  • briefcase Work placement

    Several of our programmes include a one-year industry placement in year three. Our Business School Placement team support our students to apply for placements and work with businesses to develop placement opportunities.

  • study abroad Study abroad There is an option on this course to study abroad in year 2 trimester 1.

Popular modules

Year 1

  • Principles of Economics
  • Accounting for Business
  • Research and Study Skills
  • Behavioural Studies
  • Marketing

Year 2

  • Business and Management Challenges
  • Introduction to Human Resource Management
  • Strategic Appraisal
  • World Economy

Year 3

  • Work-based Learning (48-week placement)

Year 4

  • Leadership in a Changing Environment
  • Business Strategy and Sustainable Development
  • International Business
  • Dissertation


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

Full information on this 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.

Minimum year 1

SQA Higher

Standard Entry Requirement


National 5 grade C in Maths and English.

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

Pre-2017 Grading System:

B1, B1, B3, B3 at Higher Level and grade C2 in Ordinary Level Maths and English.

New Grading System:

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.

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.

Scottish HNC

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

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.

International students

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

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

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 2019/20 2020/21
Scotland/EU £1,820 £1,820
England Wales and Northern Ireland (RUK) £9,250 £9,250
Overseas £12,845 £13,360
RUK Students starting in 2018/19 will be invoiced the 2018/19 fee for 3 years of their 4 years of study. Students starting in 2019/20 will be invoiced the 2019/20 fee for 3 years of their 4 years of study.
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.

Frequently Asked Questions about Fees
Information of Bursaries and Scholarships


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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
  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • Human resources
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Bright Red Triangle

At Edinburgh Napier University, we encourage entrepreneurial spirit. If you have a business idea, Bright Red Triangle is the place for you. Our start-up incubators offer a one-stop shop for extra-curricular innovation and enterprise activities. It's open to our students, staff and graduates, as well as local businesses and community organisations. Put your learning into practice and experience the business world hands-on.