Why this course?
Excel in the business world with our flexible BA Honours Business degree
The University of Strathclyde Business School is a pioneering internationally-renowned academic organisation. Winner of the Times Higher Education UK Business School of the Year 2016, we're also ranked 6th in the UK for Business & Management Studies in the Complete University Guide Subject Tables 2019.
The four-year structure of the BA (Honours) Business/BA (Honours) Business with Accounting 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 study abroad in Year 3.
In Year 1 you'll study classes in business and other disciplines, alongside our compulsory Management Development Programme (MDP) in Years 1 to 3 (see below). You continue two of your first-year subjects into Years 2 and 3 and select a third minor subject. Year 4 could be single or joint Honours and includes an Honours dissertation. Please note the current degree structure is under review.
We're ranked 6th in the UK for Business & Management Studies in the Complete University Guide Subject Tables 2019
The subjects that you can combine within the BA (Honours) in Business degree are:
The following subjects are offered to joint Honours only:
- Business Law
- Psychology (offered by the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences)
- Mathematics & Statistics (offered by the Faculty of Science)
Management Development Programme
Our innovative and highly-acclaimed Management Development Programme (MDP) 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.
Through working on real business problems with other students in project teams, 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.
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:
- Morgan Stanley
- Link Group
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 (AAAA for Accounting);
2nd sitting: AAABBB (English B, Maths National 5B/Intermediate 2; Higher Maths A for combinations with Accounting; Higher Maths B for combinations with Finance)
Typical entry requirements: ABB (GCSE English Language 6/B or Literature 6/B or an essay-based A Level B may be considered in lieu of English; Maths GCSE 6/B; A Level Maths A for combinations with Accounting; A Level Maths B for combinations with Finance)
Minimum entry requirements: BBB (GCSE English Language 6/B or Literature 6/B; Maths GCSE 6/B; A Level Maths A for combinations with Accounting; A Level Maths B for combinations with Finance)
36 (38 for Accounting) (no subject below 5 and including English SL5, Maths/Maths Studies SL5; Maths HL 6 for combinations with Accounting; Maths/Maths Studies SL6 for combinations with Finance)
We also consider qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificates, and European/International Baccalaureates. Some overseas school-leavers may require a foundation course. Please contact Business School Admissions. We expect you to have similar levels of ability in such qualifications as Higher/A Level standard, for example the equivalent of a B pass (or an average of 60 per cent). You also need to show ability in any specific subjects required for a particular degree programme, for example,
a higher level of ability in Maths, or a level of proficiency in Modern Languages.
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 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.
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
Assuming no change in Rest of UK fees policy over the period, the total amount payable by undergraduate students will be capped. For students commencing study in 2017/18, this is capped at £27,750 (with the exception of the MPharm and Integrated Masters courses); 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.
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
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
International Students (Non UK, EEA)
We have a number of scholarships available to international students. Take a look at our scholarship search to find out more.
We have a wide range of scholarships available. Have a look at our scholarship search to find a scholarship.
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:
- Deutsche Bank
- Scottish Enterprise
- British Airways
Many graduates also have successful careers in teaching and research.