Why this course?
On our BA (Honours) Business you choose subjects to study in your first year. This offers you the chance to try new subjects, some of which you'll not have experienced at school or college.
At the beginning of second year, you’ll decide which two subjects you’ll continue studying into Years 2 and 3. You might find that you want to specialise in subjects other than those you applied for. Our flexible degree structure allows you to do this.
You’ll take elective classes from other departments in Strathclyde. There’s also the opportunity to study abroad.
The subjects that you can combine within the BA (Honours) degree are:
- business analysis & technology
- business enterprise
- hospitality & tourism management
- human resource management
Management Development Programme
Our Management Development Programme (MDP) runs through Years 1 to 3 and covers skills that employers look for. You’ll develop knowledge and skills in key areas of management such as team-working, communication and decision-making.
The majority of classes involve a final unseen exam which is normally at the end of the semester. This is normally supplemented by individual and/or group coursework.
In some cases, you can get exemption from the final exam if you achieve a specific mark for your coursework (and satisfying attendance requirements).
Learning & teaching
Teaching is over two semesters in blocks of 12 weeks. Classes are taught through lectures, tutorials, and seminars alongside team-based projects, online materials, and interactive sessions using personal response systems.
External contributors from partnership corporate organisations are involved in teaching and/or assessment of student presentations.
Required subjects are indicated following minimum accepted grades.
1st sitting: AAAB or AABBB; 2nd sitting: AAABBB (English B, Maths National 5B/Intermediate 2; Higher Maths B for combinations with Finance)
Minimum entry requirements: BBB (GCSE English B; Maths GCSE B/A Level B for combinations with Finance)
Typical entry requirements: ABB (GCSE English B; GCSE Maths B/A Level B for combinations with Finance)
33 (no subject below 5 and including English SL5, Maths SL5/Maths Studies 5)
Irish Leaving Certificate
AAABBB at Higher level, including English and Maths
- English: Higher level B
- Maths: Ordinary level at B or Higher level at B for combinations with Finance
- Maths for combinations with Mathematics & Statistics: Higher level A
An Advanced Higher and a Higher are given equal credit and the grades for each qualification count towards the total grades required.
Deferred entry not accepted.
Admission to Honours
All students will be admitted as potential Honours students. Students may exit with a Bachelor of Arts degree at the end of year three of the Honours programme if they have accumulated at least 360 credits and satisfied the appropriate specialisation requirements. For admission to the final year of the Honours course, a student must have qualified for the award of the Bachelor of Arts degree and achieved an approved standard of performance.
English language requirement
A pass in an English language qualification is normally required from applicants outside the UK whose first language is not English. The following provides information on the main qualifications considered for entry to the Business School undergraduate degree courses.
IELTS: Minimum overall band score of 6.5 (no individual test score below 5.5)
We want to increase opportunities for people from every background. Strathclyde selects our students based on merit, potential and the ability to benefit from the education we offer. We look for more than just your grades. We consider the circumstances of your education and will make lower offers to certain applicants as a result.
Find out if you can benefit from this type of offer.
Find out entry requirements for your country.
Degree preparation course for international students
We offer international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for an undergraduate degree at Strathclyde the option of completing an Undergraduate Foundation year programme at the International Study Centre. To find out more about these courses and opportunities on offer visit isc.strath.ac.uk or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future.
You can also complete the online application form, or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.
Fees & funding
How much will my course cost?
All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.
Rest of UK
Bachelor degrees at Strathclyde will cost £9,250 a year, but the total amount payable will be capped at £27,750 for students on a four-year Bachelors programme. Students studying on integrated Masters degree programmes – for example MSci, MEng and MPharm – will pay £9,250 for the Masters year.
Please note: All fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.
How can I fund my studies?
Students from Scotland and the EU
If you're a Scottish or EU student, you may be able to apply to the Student Award Agency Scotland (SAAS) to have your tuition fees paid by the Scottish government. Scottish students may also be eligible for a bursary and loan to help cover living costs while at University.
For more information on funding your studies have a look at our University Funding page.
Students from England, Wales & Northern Ireland
We have a generous package of bursaries on offer for students from England, Northern Ireland and Wales
The Strathclyde BA (Honours) degree is held in high regard by employers.
Our graduates find jobs as trainee accountants, stockbrokers, investment analysts and management consultants.
They are employed by companies such as The Royal Bank of Scotland, Deutsche Bank, Santander, Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst & Young, the Stock Exchange, ScottishPower, Harrods, Scottish Enterprise, British Airways, IBM, Guinness and the University of Strathclyde itself.
Many graduates also have successful careers in teaching and research.
How much will I earn?
The average starting salary for a business graduate is £16,000 to £23,000.*
Recent job titles include:*
- Import Officer
- Project Engineer
- Sales Manager
- Trainee Accountant
Recent employers include:
- Aspirare Recruitment
- Bae Systems
- Jacobs & Turner Ltd T/A Trespa
*Information is intended only as a guide.
**Based on the results of the national Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education.