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BBABusiness Administration

Why this course?

If you’re seeking an exciting and successful career, Strathclyde Business School (SBS) is one of largest business schools in Europe.

When you choose to study with us, you’ll join an internationally rated school with an excellent reputation around the world for teaching and research.

We are also one of the few business schools in the world to have triple accreditation for the quality of our degree course. This accreditation makes your degree valuable to employers worldwide.

The Bachelor (Honours) of Business Administration (BBA) is a variant of our flexible BA (Honours) programme. It is a three-year Honours degree, similar to those offered in English universities.

The first year of the BBA is an intensive combination of Years 1 and 2 of the four-year BA degree. Second and third year correspond directly to Years 3 and 4 of the four-year BA. The BBA degree allows you to specialise in a named subject depending on the classes chosen in Years 1 and 2.

Named awards include Bachelor (Honours) of Business Administration with:

  • Business Analysis & Technology
  • Business Enterprise
  • Economics
  • Human Resource Management
  • Hospitality & Tourism Management
  • Marketing

What you’ll study

Year 1

You’ll study the compulsory Leadership Development Programme 1 and Business Economics with Finance, plus a choice of three classes from a range of business subjects which includes:

  • Business Analysis and Supporting Technologies
  • Business Enterprise
  • Hospitality and Tourism Mangement
  • Human Resource Management
  • Marketing

To specialise in one principal subject, you would also take one additional specialist class in that subject area. If you don't wish to specialise you would take four classes from the list above. Subject specialisms are Business Analysis and Supporting Technologies, Business Entreprise, Economics, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Human Resource Management and Marketing.

Year 2

Compulsory classes are Leadership Development Programme 2, New Venture Planning and Contemporary Trends in Management Practice. You'll also choose three other business classes. If you want to specialise in a particular area, you’ll need to take at least two classes in that subject in Year 2.

Year 3

You’ll study the compulsory class Issues and Trends in Business and Management, plus a dissertation and three optional classes, at least two of which must be in your subject specialism.

Leadership Development Programme (LDP)

A particular feature of the BBA is the compulsory Leadership Development Programme (LDP) which runs during Years 1 and 2. This is the equivalent of the Management Development Programme (MDP) undertaken in our other degree programmes. On the LDP you will cover areas such as leadership, negotiation, entrepreneurship, ethics and strategic management, as well as honing your practical skills in areas of IT, numeracy and research methodology.

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Course content

Year 1

Compulsory classes
Leadership Development Programme 1

On the LDP you will cover areas such as leadership, negotiation, entrepreneurship, ethics and strategic management, as well as honing your practical skills in areas of IT, numeracy and research methodology.

Elective classes

Choose four from this list

Business Analysis & Supporting Technologies
Business Economics
Consumer Behaviour in a Global Context
Entrepreneurship: Opportunities & Ventures
Organisational Behaviour
Subject specialism

Choose one from this list

Macroeconomics 2 (Economics)
Work Psychology for HRM (Human Resource Management)
Managing Business Processes & Information Systems (Management Science)
Services & Retail Marketing (Marketing)
Destination Positioning & Management (Marketing)
New Venture Planning (Entrepreneurship)

Year 2

Compulsory classes
Leadership Development Programme 2
New Venture Planning
Contemporary Trends in Management Practice
Elective classes
Elective classes
Choose classes chosen from any of the second or third year undergraduate classes offered by the Strathclyde Business School, with at least two of those being in your chosen specialism. If you've already taken New Venture Planning in the previous year, you will take 4 (rather than 3) of these classes.

Year 3

Compulsory classes
Issues & Trends in Business & Management
To be taken in your principal Business subject if you choose o specialise, or in any area of business if you take the BBA without specialism.


Elective classes
Elective classes
You'll take 3 classes from the level 4 (Honours year) set of classes offered by the Strathclyde Business School. If you choose the BBA degree with specialism in a particular subject field, then two of those classes must be in that chosen specialism.



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

Due to the accelerated nature of this degree, entry requirements are defined at a higher level than the four-year BA (Honours).

Required subjects are indicated following the minimum accepted grades.

Advanced Highers

AAB (plus Higher English B, Maths National 5B/Intermediate 2B)

A Levels

Typical entry requirements: AAB (GCSE English Language 6/B or Literature 6/B; GSCE Maths 6/B)

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

International Baccalaureate

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


Successful completion at first attempt with A passes in all Graded Units.

Additional information

Deferred entry

Deferred entry is 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.

Degree preparation course for international students

We offer international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for an undergraduate degree at Strathclyde the option of completing an Undergraduate Foundation or Advanced Foundation year programme at the International Study Centre. To find out more about these courses and opportunities on offer visit or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future.

You can also complete the online application form, or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

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.

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: £16,800

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.


Our graduates are in high demand in both the public and private sector and can choose from a wide range of business careers.

Roles related to your degree include corporate investment banker, management consultant and risk manager.

Contact us


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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