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BA Hons Business


Key facts

  • UCAS Code: N100
  • Accreditation: Strathclyde Business School is triple accreditated (AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA)
  • Top 10 in the UK for Business & Management Studies (Complete University Guide League Tables 2021)

  • Flexible degree: study variety of subjects in Year 1 and confirm two subjects in Year 2

  • Second-year entry: may be available for suitably-qualified students

Study with us

  • learn at a pioneering internationally-renowned academic organisation
  • Winner of the Times Higher Education UK Business School of the Year 2016
  • ranked in the UK top 10 for Business & Management Studies in the Complete University Guide League Tables 2021
  • the only Business School to hold the Small Business Charter Gold Award
  • degree allows you flexibility in subject choice, tailoring the course to your interests and career aims
  • develop skills in key areas of management, teamworking and communication, which are highly valued by graduate recruiters, through our innovative Management Development Programme

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Why this course?

Studying a BA Hons in Business at the University of Strathclyde, you'll be learning at a multi-award-winning academic institution. 

The University is ranked in the UK top 10 for Business & Management Studies in the Complete University Guide Subject Tables 2021.

The four-year structure of the course allows you to choose the ideal combination of courses for your chosen career path. You also have the opportunity to apply for a period of exchange in Year 3.

Exterior of Strathclyde Business School with students walking past

THE Awards 2019: UK University of the Year Winner

What you'll study

Year 1

The first year provides an opportunity to undertake a wide variety of business (and some non-business) subjects. You will choose four main subjects. These will form the basis of your degree. You will also choose an elective subject to enhance your understanding of your main subjects in the overall context of the world of business. The elective can be from any faculty (timetable permitting).

Years 2 & 3

At the end of Year 1 you choose the two principal subjects that you will take forward as your chosen specialisms in Years 2 and 3. These may be the subject(s) you intended to take when you applied, or you can change your mind without losing any time/taking a year out. You will also choose a minor third subject. The minor can be a new subject or a subject already studied.

Study abroad

In Year 3 you have the opportunity to spend the second semester at one of our partner business schools across the world. This study counts towards your degree. Selection is competitive and you must be able to demonstrate a strong academic record to be considered. We also have a range of short study trips/summer school opportunities at locations across the globe.

Management Development Programme

Throughout the first three years of the degree, you will undertake the Management Development Programme, which is designed to develop your business skills and competencies. The third year of this programme is practical in nature, enabling you to undertake a real-life business project.

Year 4

Also known as the Honours year, your fourth and final year allows you to undertake Single or Joint Honours in either or both of your principal subjects*. Your final choice of subject(s) will be written on your degree parchment and transcript (e.g. BA (Hons) Accounting & Marketing).

*Progression requirements may be in place for high demand subjects. You can choose not to complete an Honours year, which will result in you being awarded with a BA Pass degree in your two named principal subjects.

Business subjects

Non business subjects (Joint Honours only)

  • Business Law
  • Psychology
  • Maths & Statistics

**You may only study Accounting if you have been admitted to do so. Separate entry requirements apply.

The Times / The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021. University of the Year shortlisted.
The Times / The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021. University of the Year shortlisted.
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Course content

For full details on course content, see individual subject pages.

Business subjects

Non business subjects (Joint Honours only)

  • Business Law
  • Psychology
  • Maths & Statistics

**You may only study Accounting if you have been admitted to do so. Separate entry requirements apply.

Triple-accredited business school

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.

The innovative and highly acclaimed Management Development Programme (MDP) is at the core of our undergraduate degrees in the Business School and comprises a series of classes which you take throughout Years 1 to 3.

You develop knowledge and skills in key areas of management, and team-working, communication and decision-making skills, all of which are highly sought-after by employers.

Major employers and alumni from all sectors are involved in the MDP, participating in group sessions, observing student presentations, and providing feedback. Organisations involved include Barclays, Deloitte, Procter & Gamble and Ernst & Young. In first year the best teams are selected to present to senior staff in one of the sponsoring organisations, and there are prizes for the best projects.

The programme builds your confidence and entrepreneurial capabilities, and promotes awareness of globalisation and ethical issues in personal and business decision-making. In Year 3, you develop your own pathway from internships, involvement with business projects, engagement in interdisciplinary activities and business clinics.


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 an exemption from the final exam if you achieve a specific mark for your coursework (and satisfying attendance requirements).

Students normally have one opportunity to be re-assessed for a failed class. Exam resits normally take place during the summer.

A range of assessment techniques are used including business reports, case studies, essays, presentations, individual and group projects, learning journals and peer assessments.

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Entry requirements

Required subjects are shown in brackets.


Standard entry requirements*:

  • 1st sitting: AAAA/AAABB (English Higher B, Maths National 5 B or Higher A for Accounting)
  • 2nd sitting: AAAABB (English Higher B, Maths National 5 B) or AAAABBB for Accounting (English Higher B, Maths Higher A)

Minimum entry requirements**:

  • 1st sitting: AABB/ABBBB (English Higher B, Maths National 5 B) or AAAB/AABBB for Accounting (English Higher B, Maths Higher A)
  • 2nd sitting: AABBBB (English Higher B, Maths National 5 B) or AAABBBB for Accounting (English Higher B, Maths Higher A)
A Levels

ABB-BBB (GCSE English Language or Literature 6/B, (an essay-based A Level B may be considered in lieu of English) GCSE Maths 6/B)


AAA for Accounting (GCSE English Language or Literature 6/B, (an essay-based A Level may be considered in lieu of English) A Level Maths A)

International Baccalaureate


(no subject below 5 and including English SL5, Maths/Maths Studies SL5; Maths HL5 for combinations with Accounting or Maths & Statistics)


36 for Accounting

(no subject below 5 and including English SL5, Maths/Maths Studies HL5)


Relevant HNC/HND, A in Graded Units; for advice on entry to Year 2 contact Business School Admissions:

+44 (0)141 548 4114

International students

Find out entry requirements for your country by visiting our country pages

Deferred entry

Not normally accepted

*Standard entry requirements

Offers are made in accordance with specified entry requirements although admission to undergraduate programmes is considered on a competitive basis and entry requirements stated are normally the minimum level required for entry.

Whilst offers are made primarily on the basis of an applicant meeting or exceeding the stated entry criteria, admission to the University is granted on the basis of merit, and the potential to succeed. As such, a range of information is considered in determining suitability.

In exceptional cases, where an applicant does not meet the competitive entry standard, evidence may be sought in the personal statement or reference to account for performance which was affected by exceptional circumstances, and which in the view of the judgement of the selector would give confidence that the applicant is capable of completing the programme of study successfully.

**Minimum entry requirements

Find out if you can benefit from this type of offer.

Widening access

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.

Degree preparation course for international students

We offer international students (non-EU/UK) who do not meet the academic entry requirements for an undergraduate degree at Strathclyde the option of completing an Undergraduate Foundation year programme at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre.

Upon successful completion, you will be able to progress to this degree course at the University of Strathclyde.

International students

We've a thriving international community with students coming here to study from over 100 countries across the world. Find out all you need to know about studying in Glasgow at Strathclyde and hear from students about their experiences.

Visit our international students' section

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Fees & funding

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.

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Fees for students who meet the relevant residence requirements in Scotland are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Funding Council. Scottish undergraduate students undertaking an exchange for a semester/year will continue to pay their normal tuition fees at Strathclyde and will not be charged fees by the overseas institution.

England, Wales & Northern Ireland


*Assuming no change in RUK fees policy over the period, the total amount payable by undergraduate students will be capped. For students commencing study in 2021-22, this is capped at £27,750 (with the exception of the MPharm and integrated Masters programmes), MPharm students pay £9,250 for each of the four years. Students studying on integrated Masters degree programmes pay an additional £9,250 for the Masters year with the exception of those undertaking a full-year industrial placement where a separate placement fee will apply.



University preparation programme fees

International students can find out more about the costs and payments of studying a university preparation programme at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre.

Available scholarships

Take a look at our scholarships search for funding opportunities.

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?

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Students from Scotland

Fees for students who meet the relevant residence requirements in Scotland, 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.

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Students from England, Wales & Northern Ireland

We have a generous package of bursaries on offer for students from England, Northern Ireland and Wales:

You don’t need to make a separate application for these. When your place is confirmed at Strathclyde, we’ll assess your eligibility. Have a look at our scholarship search for any more funding opportunities.

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International Students

We have a number of scholarships available to international students. Take a look at our scholarship search to find out more.

Glasgow is Scotland's biggest & most cosmopolitan city

Our campus is based in the very heart of Glasgow, Scotland's largest city. National Geographic named Glasgow as one of its 'Best of the World' destinations, while Rough Guide readers have voted Glasgow the world’s friendliest city! And Time Out named Glasgow in the top ten best cities in the world - we couldn't agree more!

We're in the city centre, next to the Merchant City, both of which are great locations for sightseeing, shopping and socialising alongside your studies.

Find out what some of our students think about studying in Glasgow!

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Our graduates find jobs as trainee accountants, stockbrokers, investment analysts and management consultants.

They are employed by companies such as:

  • Deutsche Bank
  • Santander
  • Deloitte
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • EY
  • Scottish Enterprise
  • British Airways
  • IBM
  • Guinness

Many graduates also have successful careers in teaching and research.

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Business (1 year entry)

Year of Entry: 1 year

Business (1 year entry)

Start Date: Sep 2021
Mode of Attendance: full-time
Year of Entry: 1 year

UCAS Applications

Apply through UCAS if you are a UK applicant. International applicants may apply through UCAS if they are applying to more than one UK University.

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Direct Applications

Our Direct applications service is for international applicants who wish to apply to Strathclyde University at this time.

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Contact us

Business School Admissions

Telephone: +44 (0)141 548 4114

Email: sbs-adviser@strath.ac.uk

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