Business Management - BA (Hons)

Along with theoretical business knowledge, our Business Management degree routes will give you the practical experience you need to make your professional mark from day one.

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 business?

People do business with people. If you have first-class management skills and practical expertise, people are going to want to work with you.

Flexible routes

We offer the following five business management routes:

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. The business management degree routes are designed to give you the knowledge and skills that you need to thrive in the fast-moving marketplaces of tomorrow.

Why QMU?

  • Be part of a Business School that aims to provide you with an exceptional teaching and learning experience designed to help you succeed: The QMU Business School's courses provide students with hands on experiential learning with an optimum balance of theoretical and practical approaches. The Business School has strong industry links and our courses are developed with close consultation with industry leaders. Our courses have embedded entrepreneurism and employability to make you market ready when you graduate. We recognise the need for ethical, social and ecological responsibility in business and we are a signatory member of The Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME).
  • Tailor your degree in the direction you want your career to go: In Years One and Two core modules provide a solid foundation of knowledge in key areas of Business Management. As you progress, modules will be tailored to your chosen route.
  • Workplace experience: All of our Business Management routes include workplace experience.
  • Gain great industry insights and contacts: Through our strong industry links, you will gain insights into high-profile companies. Representatives of companies such as Bacardi, Social Bite, Skyscanner, Google and Edinburgh Airport have joined us as visiting speakers recently.
  • Excellent support from staff: Smaller than average class sizes mean you will get close support and guidance from staff who get to know you. We will help you develop your passion, ranging from supporting student start-ups in our Business Innovation Zone (BIZ) to helping you pick the right dissertation or consultancy project to kick-start your career.
  • Staff expertise: You will be taught by staff who are active researchers, and who share the latest research insights in their teaching ensuring that, as a future leader, you are at the forefront of the latest developments in business and management areas.
  • Stimulating learning environment: Benefit from a variety of learning experiences such as lectures, seminars, workshops, field trips, exchanges*, guest lectures from a range of practitioners and visiting professors. Some of our modules focus on group work to develop team working skills and others focus on you as the individual.
  • Gain in-demand practical skills: Our courses are designed to ensure you graduate with in-depth subject knowledge and a range of transferable business skills that are highly sought after by employers.
  • Professional links: We are a member of the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS) and a University partner of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

* Subject to availability

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Business Management - BA (Hons): The course in brief

On our BA (Hons) Business Management routes you will:

  • Gain a solid foundation in the core principles of business management, including marketing, human resource management, finance, economics, digital business, strategy, law, and operations management;
  • Hone your practical business expertise with placements, guest speakers and project opportunities;
  • Choose electives from a range of modules on offer. You will gain the maximum possible flexibility in Years Three and Four by being able to select modules from any of the specialised routes for your electives;
  • Have the opportunity to apply for an exchange at a university overseas in North America, Canada, Europe or Australia**; and
  • Gain a degree that has a strong focus on employability, supporting you to develop your project management, problem solving, communication, innovation and other transferable skills valued by employers.

** Subject to availability

How will I be taught?


Students across the business management routes share the first two years of the course at which point they confirm their chosen pathway or continue on the general Business Management degree. 

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.

You will have the iterative support of Academic Development (AD) throughout your course to enable you to confidently manage the purely academic challenges of your study, and address the diverse technical requirements of your assignments. AD will be available not only as a regular taught component of your study timetable, but in the form of self-study materials available via your module hubs/websites etc. and as ad hoc one-to-one or small group sessions, which can usually be arranged at short notice.

Experience Semester (placement, exchange opportunity or business plan development)

Placement: In the second semester of Year Three you will undertake an ‘experience’ semester. You will have the opportunity to undertake an organisational placement, study abroad or you can develop your own business plan with a support from our expert academics. Placements are an excellent opportunity to put your learning into practice. Some of our graduates have secured a graduate role within the organisation they undertook their placement. Students are responsible for sourcing a placement host organisation, which can be in the UK or abroad. We support you to find a placement host.

Exchange opportunities: Studying abroad through our exchange programme can be one of the most exciting and rewarding challenges for a student to experience. The opportunity to travel and live in another country, learn different customs and traditions, meet new people and future career draws many students into the exchange programme. The tuition fees are covered in the reciprocal arrangements and there are other funding support available to cover other costs. Many of our students get additional funding support through grants and other funding schemes. We help you to apply for funding support in pursuing these opportunities. 

Develop a business plan: If you are keen to set up your own business in the future, then this is an excellent option.  Expert advice and guidance is available to help you with planning your business – all designed to give you the skills to succeed.

Teaching staff, class sizes and timetables

You can read more about the teaching staff on this course at the bottom of this page. Please note that teaching staff is subject to change.

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

What will I learn each year?

Year One

You will:

  • Develop a foundational understanding of key areas of Business Management, including leadership, finance, marketing and digital business;
  • Build your analytical and data visualisation skills in readiness for more advanced analytical modules as you progress through the course; and
  • Focus on your personal development through enhancing self-reflection and creative thinking skills.


  • Introduction to Management and Leadership
  • Development of Professional Skills in Business and Management
  • Marketing and Consumer Behaviour
  • Introduction to Finance and Accounting
  • Digital Business and Innovation
  • Data Management

Year Two

You will:

  • Focus on operational aspects of managing businesses in an ethical and fair manner across a range of business environments;
  • Explore concepts linked to sustainability, ethics and social justice to gain an understanding of ethical, responsible and sustainable approaches to managing businesses and organisations; and
  • Enhance your analytical skills even further using analytical methods and software valued by employers.


  • Human Resource Management
  • Operations Management
  • Economics, Financial Institutions and Markets
  • Digital Marketing and E-Commerce Management
  • Business Law
  • Ethics, Social Justice and Sustainability

Year Three

You will:

  • Examine business and management themes at a more strategic level, choosing electives from a range of modules on offer;
  • Develop valuable project management skills and experience in the application of project management techniques through a client brief; and
  • Gain management-related experience, through completion of an experience semester, to enhance your career prospects when you graduate. You can opt to undertake an organisational placement; study for one semester at a university overseas; create a fully costed business plan for a new business venture; or develop a new web-based application.


  • Project Management
  • Two optional modules
  • Research Methods (Online)
  • Choose from one of the following experience options: Placement; Semester Abroad; New Enterprise Start-up; or Web-based Application

Year Four

You will:

  • Deepen your understanding, and awareness, of contemporary issues and challenges facing organisations at a strategic level;
  • Complete an independent piece of research in an area of your choice in the form of a dissertation or a consultancy project; and
  • Develop a range of practical skills necessary for management roles such as hard and soft leadership skills alongside negotiation, collaboration, conflict resolution and change management skills.


  • Strategy
  • Negotiation Theory and Practice
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Leading and Managing Change
  • Dissertation or Consultancy Project

NB The modules listed here are correct at time of posting (Feb 2024) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2025. Please check back here for any updates.


Studying a business management degree can open the door to a wide range of exciting career options and opportunities and as a QMU Business Management graduate you will be well-prepared to enter the world of work. Our graduates are highly employable, internationally recognized and desired by employers. Some employers that our graduates have secured graduate level employment after the organisational placement includes BlackRock, Enterprise Rent a Car, Turner & Townsend and others. The structure of our Business Management courses ensures that our graduates are ready to hit the ground running when they graduate. 

This is a degree that works. In general management, marketing, sales management, logistics, financial services, operations management and human resource management, our graduates are proving their worth to companies in the UK and internationally. Our courses open up doors for a variety of jobs. A few examples of our recent graduate roles include Partnership Manager at Amazon; Analyst at HMRC, JP Morgan Chase Baillie Gifford, and Whyte and Mackay; Project Manager at Thales, Area Manager at Aldi, Audit Associate at Grant Thornton and so on.

With initial help from QMU’s on campus Business Innovation Zone, many new graduates also go on to set up their own business. See the one of the case studies at the foot of this page.

Many graduates also choose to pursue postgraduate study, whether it be with us here at QMU or elsewhere. Our MSc International Management and Leadership and MSc International Marketing courses are very attractive to graduates who want to further their studies.

Business Management - BA (Hons): Entry requirements and application information

Entry requirements

Scottish Higher: Standard - BBBB, 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

T-Level: Management and Administration Full T-Level Passing Grade A*- C

Required subjects: English Required and Maths preferred at Nat 5/GCSE. We can also accept National 5 Application of Maths or Life skills at the same grade.

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 College Leavers and Mature Students Advice 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 College Leavers and Mature Students Advice page.

Am I a Widening Access student?: We apply the minimum entry criteria to applicants who meet one or more contextual factor. To see if this would apply to you, please refer to the access and application page.

Disability/health conditions

If you have a disability, long-term physical or mental health condition, or learning disability, it should not stand in the way of your studying at QMU. However, if you are not sure whether your disability might be a barrier in your studies or in relation to the professional standards, please contact the disability service who will be able to have a conversation with you about reasonable adjustments and supports available to you.

Other fees

The additional costs associated with placement travel and accommodation are the responsibility of the student. Students who receive SAAS funding may be able to claim for some of these expenses to be reimbursed.

Terms and Conditions

  • The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2025/26 Entry Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate).
  • The course information on this page is correct at the time of posting (Feb 2024) but may differ slightly for 2025 entry. Please check back here for updates.

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Interview with Lauren Leisk

Interview with Jasmine Branch

Course Overview

On campus at QMU
4 years full-time
Start Date
September 2025
Study Abroad
School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management
SCQF Level

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Marcel Strangmueller My favourite thing about this course was the close relationships I had with my tutors and teachers and the experience of doing my dissertation. My supervisor always knew what he needed to say to motivate me and get me going! Without him I would not have done as well as I did. He really pushed me to get a first class honours.