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BA/BA (Hons) Business Management

More and more employers require business management graduates who can join their companies and hit the ground running. This degree will give you the theoretical business knowledge and, crucially, the practical experience you need to make your professional mark from day one. You will also have the opportunity to study abroad*.

Let’s talk business. When you study for a degree in business management at QMU you will gain a deep understanding of the nature and core functions of businesses. How do successful companies manage their resources? What is the best way to make an organisation environmentally sustainable? What marks out a successful entrepreneur?

You can study a general business management degree or (after two years of general study) decide to focus your learning on the enterprise, finance or marketing elements of business management.

Our BA/BA (Hons) Business Management route will give you 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 electives 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 general business management degree will allow you more flexibility to take advantage of the wide range of career options open to graduates in this field.


  • Placements give you the optimum balance of practical and theoretical learning.
    Smaller class sizes mean you will get close support and guidance from staff who get to know you.
  • Graduate with a range of transferable business skills which are highly sought after by employers.
  • Tailor your degree in Years Three and Four and study business management with another subject – enterprise, finance or marketing – and make your skills stand out.

About the course

People do business with people. If you have first-class management skills and practical expertise, people are going to want to be in business with you. The best companies will want you. That is why our business management options are designed to give you the knowledge and skills that you need to thrive as a business leader and manager in the fast-moving marketplaces of tomorrow.

All students enrol on the general business management degree for Years One and Two. This is when you will build a strong foundation in core business management areas, marketing, economics, finance, human resource management, entrepreneurship, digital business and law.

In Year Three you’ll choose which of the four named routes you wish to specialise towards. You can study for a general business management degree or focus on one particular area such as enterprise, finance or marketing. This will allow you to graduate with a specialist award, for example in BA (Hons) Business Management with Enterprise.

Whichever business management path you take, you will be equipped with the skills employers are looking for, negotiation, project management, problem solving, critical thinking and team working.

Your practical business expertise will be honed by placements, guest speakers from the business world, business projects and the creation of your own business plan. You will also have the opportunity (subject to availability) 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.


You can 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.

Teaching, learning and assessment

You will be taught in lectures, seminars and practical workshops. Outside these formally timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning through self-study. You will be assessed by a range of methods such as written exams, reports, poster presentations, business plans, live pitch, group presentations and negotiation role play.

Below you can read about Teaching and Learning Activities and Assessment Activities. We believe this will give you a good indication of what the course will be like, but the exact balance of activities may differ depending on the academic year and on the modules you choose.

Teaching and learning activities

Our Teaching and Learning Activities are focused on building your confidence, developing your problem-solving skills and preparing you for a successful career. Here you can read about how much time you should expect to spend undertaking these activities for this course along with a general description of the activity for all courses.


You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and in some cases practical workshops or laboratories. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

  • Year One: 16%
  • Year Two: 15%
  • Year Three: 15%
  • Year Four: 12%

Independent Learning

When not attending lectures, seminars, practicals or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the Learning Resource Centre, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. You independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities, including the Learning Resource Centre and the Hub.

  • Year One: 84%
  • Year Two: 85%
  • Year Three: 85%
  • Year Four: 89%


Courses with placements give you the opportunity to put what you are learning into practice and to observe and work with a wide range of individuals and groups of people in diverse settings. Some courses offer placement opportunities in the UK and overseas.

  • Year One: 0%
  • Year Two: 0%
  • Year Three: 0%
  • Year Four: 0%

Assessment Activities

Assessment Activities provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject and receive feedback on your performance. Here you can read about how much of your final mark is based on each type of formal assessment for this course along with a general description of the activity for all courses.


Assessment by written examinations normally takes place at the end of each module or semester, but they may also happen during modules.

  • Year One: 50%
  • Year Two: 10%
  • Year Three: 23%
  • Year Four: 53%


Coursework assessments take place in a variety of ways, including assignments, essays, reports, portfolios, project output and your level 4 Honours project. We aim to provide you with feedback on your assessment within 20 working days of the submission date.

  • Year One: 18%
  • Year Two: 72%
  • Year Three: 62%
  • Year Four: 40%


Practical assessments can include oral presentations, performance, practical skills assessment, costume design and construction, film making, lab work or clinical practical skills depending on the nature of the course.

  • Year One: 32%
  • Year Two: 18%
  • Year Three: 15%
  • Year Four: 7%

NB This data is based on activity undertaken by students during academic year 2018/9. Updates will be made shortly.  



Year One is designed as an introductory year, which will not only introduce you to key subject matter in business, but will allow you to develop the skills and learning techniques required in university level education.

Year One

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

Year Two

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

Year Three 

  • New Enterprise Creation
  • Research Methods and Skills
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Project Management
  • Two elective modules

Year Four 

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

The modules listed here are correct at time of posting (April 2021) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2022. Please check back here for any updates.


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 students with hosts offering placements.

Exchange Opportunities

In Years Two or Three you have the opportunity (subject to availability) to study for one semester at a university overseas, in Europe, North America or Australia. Learn more about studying abroad.  

On December 24th 2020, the UK Government announced that as an outcome of Brexit negotiations, the United Kingdom would not be seeking to participate in the Erasmus+ successor programme.

From 2022/23 Queen Margaret University will no longer operate under the Erasmus+ scheme. Over the coming year we will be working with new and existing partners on study abroad and exchange opportunities for the 2022/23 academic year and beyond.


This is a degree that works. In general management, marketing, sales management, logistics, financial services, operations management and human resources management, our graduates are proving their worth to companies in the UK and internationally. Graduates have also set up their own businesses or taken their learning even further as postgraduate students. 

Case study of QMU Business Management graduate entrepreneur Lauren Leask on BBC Bitesize

Entry requirements

Scottish Higher: Standard - BBBC, Minimum - BCCC

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: English Required and Maths preferred at Nat 5/GCSE

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

For more information on related HNC and HND courses, visit our Advice for College Leavers and Mature Students page.

Direct Entry:

Year Two

  • 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 in a related subject with CB in the graded unit

For details of related HNC and HND courses, visit our Advice for College Leavers and Mature Students page.

Associate student places


Industry links

We are a member of the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS).

Teaching staff, class sizes and timetables

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

Awarding body

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

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Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2022/23 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate)

Teaching staff may be subject to change.

Course Overview

On campus
3 or 4 years full-time
Start Date
September 2022
Study Abroad
School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management
Fees & Funding

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