Our principal subjects
Accounting concerns the preparation, presentation and interpretation of financial information to enable investors, lenders, management, employees, government and others to make effective decisions. You'll learn how to read and interpret accounting information in the annual reports of businesses and the financial information within the public sector and become familiar with the principles and practice of presenting information to those who manage all types of organisations.
Accounting at Strathclyde is fully accredited for entry to the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland in the majority of study combinations, as well as offering possible exemptions to other professional bodies, such as the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
Many of our graduates go on to qualify as Chartered Accountants through one of the major accounting bodies. Some graduates enter branches of commerce such as banking, stockbroking and fund management, while others hold positions of responsibility in industry, commerce and the professions.
Business Analysis & Technology
Business analysts not only need an excellent general awareness of how businesses work, they also need to be able to apply advanced analytical methods to deal with specific management issues.
Technology is at the heart of all modern business; organisations need business graduates who are able to bridge this gap with skills in business technology.
The career prospects for business analysis & technology graduates are excellent. You'll find business analysts in organisations as diverse as Procter & Gamble, The Royal Bank of Scotland and Tesco. The combination of business and practical software use and modelling skills is also highly attractive to consultancy companies.
Business enterprise is about the creation of wealth, the practice of creativity and resourcefulness and the exploitation of change. It focuses on the ability of entrepreneurship to challenge accepted ways of doing things and disrupt established markets and organisations through new venture creation. It lies at the heart of Scotland’s future economic and social prosperity and its ability to compete.
Business enterprise is designed for students with three broad career interests:
- those who want to start a new enterprise
- those who wish to take over the management of an existing organisation or business
- those who see themselves taking up leadership positions in a wide variety of business settings
The programme will enable you to gain an awareness of both academic and practitioner perspectives. Emphasis is placed on developing an understanding of the specific sectors within which the realities of business and organisational life take place.
Graduates develop a range of skills and expertise to enable them to set up their own business, as well as succeed in existing organisations. You'll have the potential to work in all sectors of industry in organisations of various sizes and from SMEs to large corporate companies.
Decisions on money, banking, interest rates, taxation and government spending affect us all, with global consequences. At the level of the individual consumer and producer, economics also helps us to understand what is meant by 'rational' economic behaviour.
The Economics department offers the BA single and joint Honours as well as the BA (Honours) in Economics, Maths & Statistics.
Strathclyde economics graduates are successful in obtaining employment in a wide range of areas, including the Government Economic Service, management, investment analysis, business systems analysis, stockbroking, auditing, production control, banking, health boards, the Tax Inspectorate, the BBC and other media outlets, research, and higher and further education.
Our finance degree is unique in Scotland in terms of the range and depth of issues covered. Subjects include the principles of investment and value, business finance and decision-making and the analysis of securities such as bonds and shares.
Employers tell us that they particularly value the range of subject combinations available at Strathclyde, ensuring that our students have in-depth understanding of a second subject to complement their finance studies.
Our finance graduates go on to be financial analysts or investment managers with a range of financial institutions such as merchant banks, pension funds, insurance companies and stock brokers. Recent employers include Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Standard Life Investments and Morgan Stanley.
Hospitality & Tourism Management
A degree in Hospitality & Tourism management prepares you for leadership roles in a dynamic industry which generates more than £5 billion for the Scottish economy.
We'll ensure that you have the necessary skills to manage operations and businesses across a diverse range of contexts including hospitality, tourism, cultural heritage, festivals and events.
The Hospitality & Tourism Management degree is accredited by the Institute of Hospitality. On graduation you can apply for membership of leading professional bodies such as the Chartered Management Institute and the Institute of Hospitality.
Graduates who have specialised in hospitality & tourism management have a combination of practical and business skills with a strong emphasis of identifying, understanding and responding to the needs of consumers. The course is internationally-focused to mirror the industry and students also find employment internationally.
Human Resource Management
Human Resource Management (HRM) is concerned with acquisition and utilisation of the ‘human resource’ or people as employees and the nature of the employment relationship.
This covers key processes such as:
- recruitment and selection
- rewarding and managing performance
- influencing employee behaviour, including securing cooperation and commitment, but also recognising and managing conflict at work
The Department of Human Resource Management is a Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) approved centre and students who complete a Postgraduate Diploma/MSc in Human Resource Management are eligible for CIPD Associate Membership.
Our graduates are among the most successful in both the private and public sectors. Some follow careers in the specialist area of HRM. Others go on to find general graduate-entry management posts where people management knowledge and skills are increasingly important.
Management is sometimes defined as the achievement of results with, and through, others. Studying management will help you understand the theory underpinning this subject area and will help you to develop the skills required to translate the theory into practice.
Whether the challenge is developing profitable new products or improving the health of our nation, the answer often comes down to management.
The breadth of opportunities that you'll be qualified for is a real benefit of this course and you will be able to make a positive contribution in a range of settings. Our graduates are employed in SMEs as well as large multinational companies, the public sector or in their own business.
Marketing is a constantly evolving discipline and its wide-ranging scope will equip you for a variety of marketing and management careers.
The Department of Marketing at Strathclyde is highly regarded by employers and is widely recognised as the leading centre of marketing education and research in the UK.
Marketing recognises the importance of understanding customer needs, communicating availability of products and creating customer satisfaction.
Marketing graduates have an excellent understanding of customer requirements and how essential that is for organisations striving to be more competitive and profitable. They have business awareness, can analyse and present information and communicate well, and our recent graduates have been recruited into a broad range of sectors.