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Why this course?

The flexible BA Business degree structure allows you to tailor your studies to your needs.

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.

Course content


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.

Entry requirements

Required subjects are indicated following typically accepted grades.


Standard entry requirements

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)

A Levels

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)

International Baccalaureate

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)

Other Qualifications

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.

Additional information

Advanced Highers

An Advanced Higher and a Higher are given equal credit and the grades for each qualification count towards the total grades required.

Deferred entry

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)

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.

International students

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.


  • 2019/20: £1,820

Rest of UK

  • 2019/20: £9,250


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.


  • 2019/20: £14,650

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.

Available scholarships

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

Many graduates also have successful careers in teaching and research.

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How to apply – 10 things you need to know

  1. All undergraduate applications are made through UCAS
    Go to the UCAS website to apply – you can apply for up to five courses.
  2. It costs £12 to apply for a course
    The cost is £23 for two to five courses.
  3. The deadline is 15 January each year
    This is the application deadline for most courses. However, please check the details for your particular course. View a full list of UCAS key dates.

    Applications are still welcome from international students (non-EU) and those living in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  4. You might be asked to attend an interview
    Most of our courses make offers based on the UCAS application. However some might ask you to attend an interview or for a portfolio of work. If this is the case, this will be stated in the prospectus entry requirements.
  5. It’s possible to apply directly to Year 2
    Depending on your qualifications, you might be able to apply directly to Year 2 - or even Year 3 - of a course. Speak to the named contact for your course if you want to discuss this.
  6. There’s three types of decision
    • unconditional – you’ve already met our entry requirements
    • conditional – we’ll offer you a place if you meet certain conditions, usually based on your exams
    • unsuccessful – we’ve decided not to offer you a place
  7. You need to contact UCAS to accept your offer
    Once you’ve decided which course you’d like to accept, you must let UCAS know. You don’t need to decide until you’ve received all offers. UCAS will give you a deadline you must respond by.

    You’ll choose one as your firm choice. If the offer is unconditional or if you meet the conditions, this is the course you’ll study.

    You’ll also have an insurance choice. This is a back-up option if you don’t meet the conditions of your first choice.
  8. You don’t need to send us your exam results (Scotland, England & Wales)
    If you’re studying in Scotland, England or Wales, we receive a copy of your Higher/Advanced Higher/A Level results directly from the awarding body. However, if you are studying a different qualification, then please contact us to arrange to send your results directly.
  9. We welcome applications from international students

    Find out further information about our entry and English language requirements.

    International students who don’t meet the entry requirements, can apply for our pre-undergraduate programmes.

    There’s also an online application form.

    For further information:
  10. Here’s a really useful video to help you apply

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