What is a fast-track business management degree?

With the global business environment changing at a rapid pace, QMU has developed an innovative new course structure which allows you to complete a Scottish honours degree in three years instead of the customary four.


IMPORTANT: this three year fast track course is no longer available for entry in 2018.  You might like to consider our four year Business Management course instead.

About the Course

This three year fast-track degree aims to give you all the necessary knowledge and skills to achieve a rewarding career across a wide range of business sectors and organisations. Using innovative teaching approaches, students can access cutting-edge research and practice to meet contemporary business and management challenges facing organisations locally and globally.

You will study the exact same subjects alongside the students on the four year Business Management degree, but will take four modules per semester instead of the usual three. The entry requirements are therefore higher than the four year course to reflect the higher workload. It is the only fast-track degree at QMU, but if you are up for a challenge and looking to embark on your career more quickly, this is the degree for you.

Like our four year course, you will develop a range of key core business skills including management, marketing, human resources, finance and entrepreneurship. You will also acquire a range of transferable skills such as presentation techniques, research abilities, interpersonal communication skills and knowledge of various IT packages.

Course Structure

You will adhere to the standard academic calendar. You will complete a range of modules, as outlined, each year. Fast-track students will complete eight modules per year as opposed to the six completed in the four year degree.

Entry Requirements

Scottish Higher: ABBB

A Level: BBC

Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H2 H2 H3

International Baccalaureate: 30 points

Required Subjects: Maths and English at S/Int2/N5/GCSE

Mature/Access: SWAP Access to Humanities/ Arts/ Business. We welcome applications from mature students with relevant qualifications and /or experience.

Interviews: You will be required to attend an interview to assess your suitability for the fast-track option.

International: IELTS of 6.0 with no element below 5.5.


Year One

Foundations of Marketing/ Economics/ Introduction to Business/ Business Law/ Introduction to Finance & Accounting/ Foundations of Management/ Entrepreneurship/ Marketing in Practice

Year Two

Human Resource Management/ Operations Management/ New Enterprise Creation/ Organisational Behaviour/ Customer Experience/ Work-Based Learning/ Business Research Methods/ Elective

Year Three

Strategy/ Critical Issues in Business/ Management Insight & Consultancy/ Dissertation/ Logistics & Supply Chain Management/ Leading Change

NB The modules listed here are correct at time of the printing of our Undergraduate Prospectus 2018 (Feb 2017) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2018. Please check the website for any updates.


Business graduates are much sought after and you will be in a position to choose from a wide range of interesting and challenging careers in areas such as: buying and merchandising; marketing; sales management; financial services; operations management; human resource management; running a small business; accountancy; and research. In addition, many students progress to study for a higher degree (MSc, MBA and PhD).

Quick Facts

  • You will progress to a Scottish honours degree in three years . one year faster than the norm!
  • This is the only fast-track degree on offer at QMU.
  • You will gain a range of transferable skills which are highly sought after by employers.
  • There is no formal placement as such for this course, but the Work-Based Learning module in Year Two requires you to reflect on acquired work experience gained across public, private or voluntary sectors.

Learning and Teaching

In Year One, you will have contact time of 12 hours per week for 12 weeks per semester, to participate in a mix of tutorials, lectures, and other work. Years Two and Three continue in a similar format, but with more emphasis on independent learning.

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Study Abroad

We offer the opportunity to study for a single semester at an overseas institution.

Professional Registration

Institute of Management qualification as part of the Management Insight and Consultancy module.

Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2018/19 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate).

Special Information for EU Applicants: The Scottish Government has confirmed that undergraduate EU students enrolling in the 2017/8 and 2018/9 academic years will be entitled to free tuition fees in Scotland for the duration of their course. Those assessed as eligible will remain so for the duration of their course. You must apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for funding. For guidance on eligibility and funding please visit the SAAS website.



Course Overview

3 years
Start Date
September 2018
Study Abroad
School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management
Subject Area
Fees & Funding