What is business management?

Business management is the study of the nature and functions of businesses. This course examines key approaches businesses can take to ensure that scarce resources are managed in the most efficient and effective manner possible to ensure optimum resource allocation.

About the Course

It has never been more important for companies to employ highly-qualified staff with good management skills as well as sound professional expertise in the field. This course aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to survive and succeed in today’s business environment - whether it be in the private, public or voluntary sectors. Providing a broad management base, this course produces graduates with a wide business knowledge who can operate successfully in the modern business world.

The course is structured around the two key themes of management and personal skills. These themes are developed through a variety of teaching and learning methods, including field trips and presentations by visiting speakers from the business world.

If you are interested, you also have the opportunity to participate in an exchange programme operated with North American and European universities. The course content has been designed in response to the needs of business and to help further your career.

You will develop a range of core business skills, including marketing, human resource management, finance and entrepreneurship. In addition you will also acquire a range of transferable skills such as presentation techniques, research abilities, interpersonal communication skills and knowledge of various IT packages.

Years One and Two have a strong emphasis on management, marketing, economics and human resource management. These years provide a foundation for future study. Years Three and Four examine business themes at a more strategic level. If you continue to Year Four, you will also complete a dissertation in an area of your choice. Students frequently use their dissertation as a vehicle to increase their skills and gain employment.

Course Structure

You can opt to study for an honours degree over four years or an ordinary degree over three years. You will complete a range of modules, as outlined, each year.

Entry Requirements

Scottish Higher: BBBC

A Level: BCC

Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H3 H3 H3

International Baccalaureate: 28 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

Advanced Entry:

Year 2

  • HNC Business or other relevant HNC with B in the graded unit
  • Scottish Higher: BC at Advanced Higher in relevant subjects plus BB at Higher
  • A Level: BBB in relevant subjects

Year 3

  • HND Business or other relevant HND with CB in the graded units

International: IELTS of 6.0 with no element below 5.5


Year One

Foundations of Marketing/ Economics/ Introduction to Business/ Foundations of Management/ Entrepreneurship/ Introduction to Finance and Accounting

Year Two

Human Resource Management/ Business Law/ Operations Management/ Customer Experience/ Marketing in Practice/ Work-Based Learning

Year Three

Exploring Strategy/New Enterprise Creation/ Organisational Behaviour/ Business Research Methods/ Logistics and Supply Chain Management/ Elective module

Year Four

Management Insight and Consultancy/ Leading Change/ Critical Issues in Management/ Dissertation

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: merchandising; marketing; sales management; financial services; operations management; and human resource management. In addition, graduates have also gone on to set up their own businesses or have continued in academia as postgraduate students.

Quick Facts

  • You will gain a solid grounding in key business skills at the theoretical and practical level.
  • Students will gain a range of transferable skills which are highly sought after by employers.
  • There is a great opportunity for self development through work-based learning, study abroad and elective choice.

Learning and Teaching

In Year One, you will typically spend nine hours per week in a classroom setting. This decreases in latter years where there is more independent learning. Year Two includes a module which requires students to reflect on acquired work experience, which can be obtained through a concentrated placement or through part-time working.

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Study Abroad

In Year Two or Three you have the opportunity to study for one semester at a university overseas in Europe, North America or Australia.

Professional Registration

The opportunity exists in Year Four to acquire a Chartered Management Institute qualification.

Associate Student Places

You can study this course as an associate student completing the first year at Edinburgh College.

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 / 4 years
Start Date
September 2018
Study Abroad
School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management
Subject Area
Fees & Funding