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 will 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 and Technology
Technology is at the heart of all modern business and organisations need business graduates who are able to bring skills in Business Technology and Analysis to ensure the effective operation of business processes. Business Analysts need an excellent general awareness of how businesses work and in particular the roles that technology, in its many forms, plays in that. They also need to be able to apply advanced quantitative and qualitative analytical methods to support decision making at all levels in any organisation.
The career prospects for business analysis & technology graduates are excellent. You will find business analysts in large organisations as diverse as Procter & Gamble, The Royal Bank of Scotland and Tesco, in local and national government and in a wide range of small and medium enterprises. 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. It places emphasis 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 will have the potential to work in all sectors of industry in organisations of various sizes and from SMEs to large corporate companies.
Economics is the study of almost everything we care about in society. At its heart, economics focuses on how societies use their resources to produce things of value, and then how they distribute these among different people.
This isn’t straightforward. Take a look around the world today and you’ll see major challenges which have economics at their core, whether that be rising income inequalities, globalisation or climate change.
As part of a university that prides itself on ‘useful learning’ – and which is home to the highly influential Fraser of Allander Institute - you’ll have plenty of opportunities to apply what you learn to real-world issues.
A degree in economics will give you a set of transferable skills to help address the world’s toughest societal problems.
Our economics graduates have gone on to make major contributions in areas as diverse as healthcare, education, consultancy, investment analysis, public policy, banking and environmental regulation.
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 stockbrokers. Recent employers include Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Standard Life Investments and Morgan Stanley.
Hospitality and Tourism Management
A degree in hospitality and tourism management prepares you for leadership roles in a dynamic industry, which generates more than £5 billion for the Scottish economy. We will 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.
Our graduates have a combination of practical and business skills with a strong emphasis of identifying, understanding and responding to the needs of consumers. The course’s is international focus mirrors the industry and enhances our students’ employability.
Human Resource Management
Human Resource Management is about the relationship between employers and employees and the ways in which people are managed in the workplace. This covers areas such as recruitment and selection, training and developing and managing conflict at work.
The Department of Work, Employment & Organisation has a broad focus on human resources, organisational behaviour, organisations (including sector studies such as hospitality and tourism) and industrial relations. It undertakes research and wider academic collaborating with a wide range of international and UK public, private and voluntary sector organisations. Members of the department advise a variety of business, government and civil society organisations (Scottish and UK Governments), international bodies (United Nations, European Union, World Bank), trade unions, and a wide range of private and third sector organisations.
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.
Marketing is a constantly evolving discipline and its wide-ranging scope will equip you for a variety of marketing and management careers. Marketing recognises the importance of understanding customer needs, communicating availability of products and creating customer satisfaction. The Department of Marketing is highly regarded by employers and is widely recognised as the leading centre of marketing education and research in the UK.
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.