BA/BA (Hons) Business Management

Business management is the study of the nature and functions of businesses. A degree in business management at QMU examines key approaches that businesses can take to ensure that scarce resources are managed in the most efficient and effective manner possible to ensure optimum resource allocation. Our business management degrees are centred on the need for businesses and organisations to be economically, socially and environmentally sustainable. We offer a number of business management options at QMU. You can either study a generic business management degree or add an enterprise, finance or marketing dimension to focus on a specialised area of business management.

There is a growing demand for graduates who have a strong foundation in business management, combined with relevant practical experience. As such, a key feature of our business management routes is the focus on employability and experiential learning.


Why QMU?

  • You will gain a solid grounding in key business skills at the theoretical and practical levels.
  • 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.
  • Module choice in Years Three and Four allows you to tailor your degree and study business management with another subject.

About the course

It has never been more important for organisations to employ highly qualified staff with good management skills, as well as sound professional expertise in the field. Our business management options will provide you with the fundamental knowledge and skills that you need to survive and succeed in contemporary business environments — whether it be in the private, public or voluntary sectors. Providing a broad management base, our course produces employment-ready graduates with a wide business knowledge who can lead and manage organisations in a turbulent environment.

All students will enrol on the broad business management degree for Years One and Two. These first two years provide students with a strong foundation in core business management areas such as: marketing, economics, finance, human resource management, entrepreneurship, digital business and law.

In Years Three and Four, you will then be able to decide which of the four named routes which you wish to specialise in. You can choose to study a broad business management degree or focus on one particular area such as enterprise, finance or marketing. This will allow you to exit at the end of Year Four with a specialist award, for example in Business Management with Enterprise.

The course has been designed to enable students to develop a range of employability skills which are highly sought after by employers, such as negotiation, project management, problem solving and team working. In addition, there are numerous opportunities for experiential learning throughout the course through placements, guest speakers from the business world, field trips, business projects and developing a business plan, which allow students to apply their learning in a relevant business context. You will also have the opportunity in Years Two or Three to study for one semester at a university overseas in North America, Canada, Hong Kong, Europe, New Zealand or Australia.

Graduates of all routes will have a broad knowledge base of business management and be able to operate successfully in the modern business world. The tailored routes will enable graduates to focus on a range of specific career related professional pathways in enterprise, finance or marketing.



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 each year as outlined.



Year One modules

  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Introduction to Economics
  • Introduction to Business in Society
  • Introduction to Finance and Accounting
  • Introduction to Management
  • Entrepreneurship

Year Two modules

  • Operations Management
  • Business Law
  • Live Business Event
  • Human Resource Management
  • Digital Business and E-Commerce Management
  • Negotiation

Years Three and Four

Our Business Management programme is a broad business management course which provides you with a solid foundation in the core principles of business management including marketing, human resource management, finance, economics and operations management. Years Three and Four examine business themes at a more strategic level and you can choose three elective modules from a range of modules on offer. In Year Four, you will undertake a placement and a practical, business-focused piece of independent work in an area of your choice. Studying a broad business management degree will allow you more flexibility to take advantage of a wide range of career options open to graduates in this field.


Year Three modules

  • New Enterprise Creation
  • Research Methods and Skills
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Project Management
  • Two Elective Modules

Year Four modules

  • Strategy as Practice
  • Business Management Placement
  • Critical Issues in International Management
  • One Elective Module
  • Dissertation or Business Project

Following a re-validation in May 2018, the modules listed here are slightly different to those in our printed UG prospectus 2019 entry.  



You will complete a four-week placement in Year Four. Students are responsible for sourcing a placement host organisation, which can be in the UK or abroad. To help with the process, we hold a speed interview event on campus to match hosts offering placements with students.


Exchange opportunities*

In Years Two or Three, you have the opportunity to study for one semester at a university overseas, in Europe, North America or Australia. For more information, see www.qmu.ac.uk/study-here/international-students/exchanges-and-study-abroad/.

*subject to availability



Business graduates are highly sought after and you will be in a position to choose from a wide range of interesting and challenging careers in areas such as: general management; marketing; sales management; logistics; 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.


Entry requirements

Scottish Higher: BBBC

A Level: BCC

Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H3 H3 H3

International Baccalaureate: 28 points

International: IELTS of 6.0 with no element lower than 5.5

Required subjects: Maths and English at S/Int2/N5/GCSE.

Mature/Access: See related Access courses. We welcome applications from mature students with relevant qualifications and /or experience.

Direct Entry:

Year Two

  • HNC: HNC in a related subject 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 Three

  • HND: HND in a related subject with CB in the graded unit

 For details of related HNC and HND courses, see www.qmu.ac.uk/college-qualifications


Associate student places

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


Professional registration/ accreditation


Teaching staff, class sizes and timetables

For more information, please see ‘How we teach and how you’ll learn’.

Awarding body

QMU. For more information, please see ‘External Review’ section on the ‘How we teach and how you’ll learn’ page.

Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2019/20 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate).

Teaching staff may be subject to change.

Special Information for EU Applicants The Scottish Government has confirmed that undergraduate EU students enrolling in the 2019/20 academic year 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 2019
On campus
Study Abroad
School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management
Subject Area
Fees & Funding

A Student Story - more at foot of page

Stephanie da Costa - BA (Hons) Business Management "Over the next three years I shall rotate to different parts of Capita Asset Services, one of the ten divisions that make up Capita. My first placement began in October 2015 with the project management team in Shareholder Solutions. Not only have I been given responsibility for a number of high profile projects and smaller projects, I am also getting project management training." read my story...

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