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BBA Hons Business Administration


Key facts

  • UCAS Code: N101
  • Accreditation: Strathclyde Business School is triple accreditated (AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA)
  • Top 10 in the UK for Business & Management Studies (Complete University Guide League Tables 2022)

  • Accelerated entry: degree is taken over 3 years instead of 4

Study with us

  • learn at a pioneering internationally-renowned academic organisation
  • Winner of the Times Higher Education UK Business School of the Year 2016
  • top 10 in the UK for Business & Management Studies in the Complete University Guide League Tables 2022


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Why this course?

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 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

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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

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)

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.

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.


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.

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

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 shown in brackets.

Deferred entry is not normally accepted.

Advanced Highers

Standard entry requirements*:


(Higher English B, Maths National 5 B)

Minimum entry requirements**:


(Higher English B, Maths National 5 B)

A Levels


(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

IB Diploma: 34-30

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


Relevant HND, A in Graded Units

International students

View the entry requirements for your country.

*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'll 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.

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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 2022-23, 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.



Available scholarships

Take a look at our scholarships search for funding opportunities.

Additional costs

International students may have associated visa and immigration costs. Please see student visa guidance for more information.

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 right in the very heart of Glasgow. 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.

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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.

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Start date:

Business Administration (2 year entry)

Start date: Sep 2022

Business Administration (2 year entry)

Start date: Sep 2022

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

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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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