Why this course?
If you’re seeking an exciting and successful career, Strathclyde Business School (SBS) is one of largest business schools in Europe.
When you choose to study with us, you’ll join an internationally rated school with an excellent reputation around the world for teaching and research.
We were recently rated top for research in Scotland and equal seventh in the UK.
We are also one of the few business schools in the world to have triple accreditation for the quality of our degree course. This accreditation makes your degree valuable to employers worldwide.
The Bachelor (Honours) of Business Administration (BBA) is a variant of our flexible BA (Honours) programme. It is a three-year Honours degree, similar to those offered in English universities.
The first year of the BBA is an intensive combination of Years 1 and 2 of the four-year BA degree. Second and third year correspond directly to Years 3 and 4 of the four-year BA. The BBA degree allows you to specialise in a named subject depending on the classes chosen in Years 1 and 2.
Named awards include Bachelor (Honours) of Business Administration with:
... Business Analysis and Technology
... Business Enterprise
... Human Resource Management
... Hospitality and Tourism Management
What you’ll study
You’ll study the compulsory Leadership Development Programme 1 and Business Economics with Finance, plus a choice of three classes from a range of business subjects which includes:
- Business Analysis and Supporting Technologies
- Business Enterprise
- Hospitality and Tourism Mangement
- Human Resource Management
To specialise in one principal subject, you would also take one additional specialist class in that subject area. If you don't wish to specialise you would take four classes from the list above. Subject specialisms are Business Analysis and Supporting Technologies, Business Entreprise, Economics, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Human Resource Management and Marketing.
Compulsory classes are Leadership Development Programme 2, New Venture Planning and Contemporary Trends in Management Practice. You'll also choose three other business classes. If you want to specialise in a particular area, you’ll need to take at least two classes in that subject in Year 2.
You’ll study the compulsory class Issues and Trends in Business and Management, plus a dissertation and three optional classes, at least two of which must be in your subject specialism.
Leadership Development Programme (LDP)
A particular feature of the BBA is the compulsory Leadership Development Programme (LDP) which runs during Years 1 and 2. This is the equivalent of the Management Development Programme (MDP) undertaken in our other degree programmes. On the LDP you will cover areas such as leadership, negotiation, entrepreneurship, ethics and strategic management, as well as honing your practical skills in areas of IT, numeracy and research methodology.
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Compulsory classesLeadership Development Programme 1
On the LDP you will cover areas such as leadership, negotiation, entrepreneurship, ethics and strategic management, as well as honing your practical skills in areas of IT, numeracy and research methodology.
Choose four from this listBusiness Accounting & Finance
Business Analysis & Supporting Technologies
Consumer Behaviour in a Global Context
Entrepreneurship: Opportunities & Ventures
Management in a Global Context
Choose one from this listMacroeconomics 2 (Economics)
Work Psychology for HRM (Human Resource Management)
Managing Business Processes & Information Systems (Management Science)
Services & Retail Marketing (Marketing)
Understanding Change in Organisations (Strategy & Organisation)
Portfolio Management & Security Analysis (Finance)
Destination Positioning & Management (Marketing)
New Venture Planning (Entrepreneurship)
Compulsory classesLeadership Development Programme 2
New Venture Planning
Contemporary Trends in Management Practice
Elective classesElective classes
Choose classes chosen from any of the second or third year undergraduate classes offered by the Strathclyde Business School, with at least two of those being in your chosen specialism. If you've already taken New Venture Planning in the previous year, you will take 4 (rather than 3) of these classes.
Compulsory classesIssues & Trends in Business & Management
To be taken in your principal Business subject if you choose o specialise, or in any area of business if you take the BBA without specialism.
Elective classesElective classes
You'll take 3 classes from the level 4 (Honours year) set of classes offered by the Strathclyde Business School. If you choose the BBA degree with specialism in a particular subject field, then two of those classes must be in that chosen specialism.
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.
Due to the accelerated nature of this degree, entry requirements are defined at a higher level than the four-year BA (Honours).
Due to the accelerated nature of this degree, entry requirements are defined at a higher level and the four-year BA (Honours).
Required subjects are indicated following the minimum accepted grades.
AAB (plus Higher English B, Maths National 5B/Intermediate 2B)
Minimum entry requirements: BBB (GCSE English Language B or Literature B, or an essay-based A Level B may be considered in lieu of English; GCSE Maths B)
Typical entry requirements: AAB (GCSE English B; GSCE Maths B)
34 (no subject below 5 and including English SL5, Maths SL5/Maths Studies at SL5)
Successful completion at first attempt with A passes in all Graded Units.
Deferred entry is 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.
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 or Advanced 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.
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.
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
Our graduates are in high demand in both the public and private sector and can choose from a wide range of business careers.
Roles related to your degree include corporate investment banker, management consultant and risk manager.
How much will I earn?*
Your salary will depend on the individual role and the industry you work in. However the average starting salary for Business Administration graduates is £16,000 to £23,000.*
*Information is intended only as a guide.