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Key facts

  • UCAS Code: NN38
  • Accreditation: Accredited by the Institute of Hospitality
  • Complete University Guide 2022: 1st in UK for Accounting & Finance and Top 10 in UK for Business & Management Studies

Study with us

  • study Hospitality & Tourism Management in the context of management, strategy, marketing, enterprise, economics and ethics
  • be part of a dynamic industry which generates £5 billion to the Scottish economy and creates 1 in 10 jobs
  • gain skills for a career in banking, investment management, pension fund management and insurance
  • our Finance degree is recognised for the IMC Advantage

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Why this course?

Our finance degree is unique in Scotland in terms of the range and depth of issues covered.

Subjects include the principles of investment and value, business finance and decision-making and the analysis of securities such as bonds and shares.

A degree in Finance will give you the skills for a career in financial services such as banking, investment management, pension fund management and insurance.

Through Hospitality & Tourism Management, you will be given the chance to study this subject in the context of management, strategy, marketing, enterprise, economics and ethics.

This degree will prepare you for leadership roles in this dynamic industry which generates £5 billion to the Scottish economy and creates one in 10 jobs. You’ll have the skills to manage operations and business across a range of industries including hospitality, tourism and events.

On graduating, you may be able to apply for membership of professional bodies such as the Institute of Hospitality, the Institute of Travel & TourismTourism Society or the Royal Geographical Society.

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Create your own course

Modern business is too complex to be covered by a single subject: modern managers need to have a broad outlook.

You will follow a broad-based Year 1 curriculum which will introduce you to a wide range of business disciplines, alongside the Business School’s core modules for business knowledge and skills (the Management Development Programme), and academic skills support.

This provides you with the opportunity to try new subjects, some of which you won’t have experienced at school or college. At the beginning of Year 2, you choose two subjects to continue studying in Years 2 and 3, plus further MDP modules in Years 2 and 3.

What you’ll study

Finance

Year 1

You’ll be introduced to the basic principles of Finance and Accounting and accounting methods.

Year 2

Core classes include international financial decision making and statistical and spreadsheet methods of analysing financial problems. Optional classes will allow you to develop your understanding of financial statements or deepen your knowledge of financial markets.

Year 3

You’ll study core subjects such as the valuation of bonds and shares plus a choice of optional classes covering financial statements or financial markets.

Year 4

You can specialise in Finance as a single Honours subject or continue to a joint Honours degree. Students taking single Honours will do a research dissertation in Finance while joint Honours have the choice of either subject.

Hospitality & Tourism Management

Year 1

You’ll be introduced to the basic concepts, issues and features of hospitality, tourism, cultural heritage, festivals and events.

Year 2

Classes include Service Encounter Management and Destination Positioning & Management.

Year 3

You’ll have the chance to put theory into practice planning and executing a corporate, entertainment or charitable event.

Year 4

The core class is Tourism Analysis & Case Studies as well as a choice of other classes. You’ll also undertake a dissertation on the hospitality and tourism topic of your choice.

Progression requirements

Please note: competitive progression requirements are in place for entry to the Honours year – currently this is a 55% average in the Year 2 and 3 subject modules.

Financial markets simulation experience

You can gain invaluable practical experience of the factors that drive today’s financial markets as part of your course.

Amplify, a global financial trading and training company, in collaboration with Strathclyde Business School, delivers a financial markets simulation experience during the academic year. This provides you with the opportunity to experience a real-life trading simulation, covering multiple roles in the process.

Amplify is a leading provider of training programmes to the financial industry, and they offer our students the same analyst-level practical training they deliver to their clients. Amplify’s clients include:

  • Bank of China
  • Goldman Sachs
  • HSBC
  • Bank of America

Note: the provider of this boot camp may be subject to change.

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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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Learning & teaching

Teaching is over 2 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. 

Assessment

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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Course content

In Year 1 you'll study a range of business disciplines across four subject modules, plus three core integrating modules in international business, business knowledge and skills (via the Management Development Programme) and academic skills. This will provide you with a foundation in business and enable you to appreciate how your chosen specialism fits with other business subjects.  From Year 2 you'll take modules in the subjects in which you choose to specialise.

The Management Development Programme (MDP) is a central element of the undergraduate programme in the Strathclyde Business School. The programme runs for the first three years of the BA degree and is driven by real business problems. The approach to learning is active problem-based, with students working in project teams.  The MDP provides an opportunity to integrate the knowledge and experience gained from your business subjects. Each year of MDP focuses on different aspects of business and the content of MDP is constantly evolving and being updated and enhanced.

Alongside the MDP you'll also take an Academic Skills module which will equip you with essential key skills to support your studies.

Introduction to International Business

This module introduces learners to the field and practice of international business and management.

Drawing on classical and recent debates in theory and practice including, but not limited to commercial concerns, learners will be equipped with an understanding of the foundational principles and developments of the subject.

In the module, we consider how international business and management is researched, and facilitate a critical understanding based on real-life case studies in international contexts. This module gives learners the capacity to look at the past, present and future in organisations and provides the foundations for intellectual progression in the subject, and broadly, for year two and beyond.  

Introduction to Finance & Accounting

This module will provide you with an introduction to finance and accounting, covering the basic concepts and practicalities of corporate finance, the principles of valuation, financial management and business investment, the role and purpose of company accounts and their usefulness, security analysis, risk and returns from investments, and personal finance.

At all times the module content will be linked with financial behaviour and events in the real world.

Introduction to Marketing & Entrepreneurship

The aim of this module is to provide you with a solid foundation and understanding of the theories and principles underlying marketing and entrepreneurship. A combination of the subjects will be taught to enhance understanding of the way the two disciplines address issues related to both the macro and micro-environment contexts of markets and entrepreneurship.

Marketing is a complex process involving many different skills and activities, but it is based upon simple principles: understanding what customers want and need, being able to collect and process information relevant to the marketing environment and being able to put together and implement plans to take the business forward.

In this module, you will be exposed to concepts and ideas from economics, sociology, psychology, geography and other social sciences, all in the context of the competitive business environment.

Entrepreneurship too is a complex process involving many different skills and activities, though it is based upon a 'mindset and process by which an individual or group identifies and successfully exploits a new idea or opportunity. For this part of the module, you'll be working in teams to learn about the ideation process, which forms the foundations of new venture creation, in our Creative Challenge.

Introduction to Economics and Business Analysis & Technology

The module will provide you with a balanced introduction to economics which will be based on a programme of systematic directed reading, supplemented by experiments and exercises undertaken in tutorials.

The module uses the innovative COREecon resources, which provides a complete introduction to economics and the economy. COREecon teaches about the economy and economics by starting from a question or a problem about the economy - why the advent of capitalism is associated with a sharp increase in average living standards, for example - and then teach the tools of economics that contribute to an answer. This innovative approach ensures that students understand how the tools of economics can help us understand the modern economy.

The second half of the module is the study of how analytical thinking, scientific method and associated tools can be used to help decision making. This Business Analysis element of the module will provide an overview of where methods and tools are widely used across a large range of industries including the manufacturing, retail, healthcare, financial services, travel, and electronics industries, as well as in local and national government.

Examples of where Business Analysis is put into practice are:

  • the management of new building projects
  • the design of efficient transport systems and plant layouts
  • personnel scheduling
  • allocation of resources and financial modelling and forecasting

This area of expertise can help to reduce costs, increase revenues, improve customer service, increase efficiency and can even save lives.

Introduction to Tourism Studies and Managing People

This module includes two thematic parts which run in parallel across the semester. One part, Introduction to Tourism Studies, introduces tourism management as both, international business and as a global cultural phenomenon.

It provides insights into key concepts and theories to understand the intricacy of this industry in commercial, cultural and environmental terms. The other part, Managing People, focuses on the contemporary and practical issues of how people are organised and managed in the workplace and examines different theoretical perspectives which help our understanding of the complex relationship between the employer and the employee in the contemporary business environment.

Management Development Programme 1

The ICE Pathway - “Innovation, Commercialisation & Entrepreneurship”, where you'll learn about the Foundations of 'What is Business’.  Alongside:

  • Personal & Professional Development: Who am I? How Do I learn? How do I lead & work in a team?
  • Knowledge & Practice: What is a business/organisation? Why does this matter? How does this affect society?
  • Experiential Learning: Real-world cases & clients; team-based and student-centered Learning approaches
Academic Skills

This class aims to support you in developing key skills that are important to both your academic and future career. These include skills associated with:

  • research
  • data analysis
  • critical writing
  • team working
  • communication
Management Development Programme 2

Topics

Semester 1 topics include:

  • Working in Business Organisations
  • Working Business Research & Consultancy
  • Working Internationally
  • Working in the Third Sector
  • Rhetorics & Oratory

Semester 2 is about developing the proposal of MDP3; with a presentation and a final report.

Class description

The second year concentrates on developing understanding through industry-specific contextualisation. Sessions are weekly and three hours in length.

The sessions are thematically linked to the pathways for individualised experience in third year whilst also drawing on the theoretical knowledge developed in MDP 1. In order to develop understanding, organisations will deliver a half-day session. This consists of a one hour plenary introduction where the company and case study are introduced. This is followed by the group sessions where you undertake activities in relation to the case study set by the company.

Finance

Course summary

Second year classes cover:

  • investment and financial decision-making and policies in business
  • risk and return and the pricing of company shares
  • portfolio selection and the efficiency of financial markets
  • the valuation of bonds and bond portfolio management
  • equity trading strategies
  • statistical and spreadsheet methods of analysing financial problems and strategies

Hospitality & Tourism

Service Encounter Management

In the hospitality and tourism sector, much of the customer engagement and value delivery takes place within the service encounter. In this class you'll learn how the management of this dynamic environment requires an integrated approach where customers, employees and the service setting itself require to be managed.

Destination Marketing Management

Nations, regions and cities: destinations are products for Hospitality and Tourism, inward investment and higher education. You'll explore challenges in managing and marketing destinations across organisational and product boundaries using a range of industry contexts. 

Management Development Programme 3

The third year of centres on individualised experience in an organisational context through one of the following pathways:

  • Internship/Charities - gain practical experience in a private or third sector organisation. You need to negotiate and locate your own organisation and experience – this is one of the key learning points of the pathway.
  • Research and consultancy - a facility for local small businesses to gain from the experience and expertise of those within SBS. You work on two live business consultancy projects (one in each semester) and, as a team of 6, develop solutions and strategic initiatives for the local SME economy.
  • International experience – only available for students who are undertaking an international exchange for either one semester or full year.
  • Vertically Integrated Projects - working on a cross-faculty basis to research longitudinal projects (including the ‘Bill Gates Toilet Challenge, Solar Panels for Gambia and Enterprise in Schools) you work with a team of students from all levels of study (first year undergraduate to final year PhD) to further the work of the project.

In addition, you’re required to undertake a social responsibility element (this accounts for one quarter of the overall workload).

These have been designed to provide support to the Curriculum for Excellence and the Widening Access to Higher Education programme. There are no formal classes for MDP3 although there is pathway support with the pathway leads and tutor support.

Finance

Course summary

Areas covered in third year classes include:

  • advanced corporate finance and financial markets issues
  • valuation of derivatives, such as options and futures and swaps
  • the operations of derivatives markets
  • hedging strategies
  • treasury and international financial risk management in business

Advanced methods of empirical analysis, such as event studies, and access to historic and live data are also included.

Hospitality & Tourism

Industry Placement

You have the opportunity to gain experience working with industry professionals, to develop practical skills and reflective practice and to build networks for possible future employment. You'll reflect upon and evaluate not only your own performance, but also the organisation, its output or key activities, and broader social, cultural and economic role.

Events Management

In this class you'll work in a team to design, organise, run and evaluate your own event for charity. Through this practical exercise, you'll be exposed to the realities and challenges of events management and teamwork. This class adds to the experiential content of the Hospitality & Tourism Management programme whilst retaining rigorous theoretical underpinnings and strong coverage of events management at an advanced level.

Internationalisation of Tourism Products and Services

The distinctiveness of this class is based on its specific focus on exploring the international dimension of the hospitality and tourism industry. It brings together insights from International Business and Hospitality & Tourism Management literatures to explore how the industry has become increasingly global in its operations, and analyse the new type of players that have entered the industry. The class will enhance the current curriculum and educational structure and show developments in terms of internationalisation and the various ways technology is used in necessitating certain changes in the industry.

Finance

Course summary

You can either specialise in Finance as a Single Honours subject or continue to a Joint Honours degree in Finance and your other principal subject. In order to gain entry to Honours year, you must meet specified performance criteria in Years 2 and 3.

Students taking Single Honours in Finance will do a research dissertation in Finance, while Joint Honours students typically have the choice of doing their dissertation in either Finance or their other subject. Honours classes cover advanced topics in the following areas:

  • corporate investment
  • corporate financing
  • asset pricing
  • portfolio analysis
  • derivatives
  • international financial management
  • behavioural finance
  • international corporate governance
  • financial quantitative methods

Hospitality & Tourism

Hospitality & Tourism Analysis: Case Studies & Case Histories

This class uses case studies from Hospitality & Tourism and challenges aspects of learning in previous classes. It'll further your understanding and appreciation of the nature of hospitality and tourism too. It encourages reflection on some realities of hospitality and tourism which do not fit neatly into theoretical boxes. 

Being an Ethical Manager

The nature and application of business ethics in contemporary management are explored in this class. It raises key ethical issues from both cultural and stakeholder perspectives and balances them with philosophical and pragmatic considerations. It'll provide you with a clear understanding of the dichotomy between philosophical idealism and the pragmatic considerations of ethical leadership for practical management.

Management, Enterprise & the Rise of the Global Economy

Inspired by the Harvard approach to management education this class explores three principles of management:

  • business strategies are understood through reflection on the complex realities faced by enterprises in competitive arenas
  • firms can only be understood within the context of market dynamics
  • the contemporary situation can never be divorced from the past
Strategy & Leadership

This class will develop your knowledge of strategy and provide insights as to how current and aspiring business leaders can manage strategically. You'll have an enhanced understanding of how individuals within an organisation can effectively lead and manage strategy in a complex and challenging world.

Family Business: Theory & Practice

The hospitality and tourism industry has a large number of family businesses. Given the prevalence of family businesses – estimates suggest that almost 80% of new ventures are born as family firms and about 60% of the UK’s 4.2 million enterprises are family firms – graduates employed within the SME sector are likely to be employed by family-owned firms. The class examines the distinctive advantages and unique challenges that face family firms.

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Entry requirements

Required subjects are shown in brackets.

Highers

Standard entry requirements*:

  • 1st sitting: AAAA/AAABB
  • 2nd sitting: AAAABB

(Higher English B; Higher Maths B; Higher Maths A for combinations with Accounting or Maths & Statistics)

Minimum entry requirements**:

  • 1st sitting: AABB/ABBBB

(English B; Maths B)

A Levels

ABB-BBB

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

International Baccalaureate

32-30

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

HNC/HND

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

+44 (0)141 548 4114
sbs-adviser@strath.ac.uk

International students

View the entry requirements for your country.

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.

My time at the University of Strathclyde has been extremely rewarding - it has allowed me to realise my full potential and further develop my skills as an individual and an academic.

The course has provided me with fantastic learning opportunities, enlightening our visions of the business world as well as the world in general. I enjoyed being challenged to critically think about controversial topics. 

Katie Devnani, BA Hospitality & Tourism Management

Katie Devnani

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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Fees & funding

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

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Scotland

£1,820

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

£9,250

Assuming no change in 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.

International

£16,000

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.

Additional costs
Course materials & costs

Textbooks do vary in price from around £40 to £100. The majority are provided free in the library or via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) platform. For budgeting purposes, we recommend allowing £200 per academic year for books.

Other costs

Students may be required to make hardcopy submissions for some assignments and will cover the cost of printing. Students are required to print and bind their dissertation. The cost will depend on the length of dissertation but an average cost would be in the region of £40.

Study abroad

Strathclyde Business School Exchange (compulsory for IBML (one year) and IB (one semester) and optional for BA)

Typically the cost of one semester abroad could be £6-8,000 depending on the destination and currency exchange rates. Tuition fees are not paid to the exchange institution but continue to be paid to Strathclyde University in the usual way, however, students are responsible for their own travel and living expenses ie flights, insurance, visa application, accommodation, food, textbooks etc.

Students are eligible to apply for a student loan as usual but must let the award agency (eg SAAS) know that they will be on a compulsory exchange. Students with an exchange place in Europe are eligible for Erasmus funding (subject to the outcome of Brexit negotiations) and full details of this process will be provided by the University. Students with an exchange place outside Europe are eligible to apply to the Neil Hood Memorial Fund for a scholarship. Full details of the application process are provided to all eligible students. Other scholarship opportunities may be available through the Alumni & Development department.

Available scholarships

We have a wide range of scholarships available. Have a look at our scholarship search to find a scholarship.

Please note: All fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

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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.

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Careers

Our Finance graduates go on to be financial analysts or investment managers with a range of financial institutions like merchant banks, pension funds, insurance companies and stockbrokers.

Well known organisations who look for our Finance graduates include Blackrock, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and PricewaterhouseCoopers, The National Australia Group and Morgan Stanley.

The course is also useful if you're considering a more general business career, while a number of our graduates also pursue careers with accountancy firms and further study for professional accounting qualifications.

Graduates who specialise in Hospitality & Tourism Management have a combination of practical and business skills. They can understand and respond to consumer needs.

Our graduates find jobs in the hotel industry and the service sector with job titles such as graduate trainee, manager, restaurant supervisor and trainee accountant.

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Start date: Sep 2022

Finance and Hospitality & Tourism Management (1 year entry)

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Start date: Sep 2022

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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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Contact us

General enquiries

Business School Admissions

Telephone: +44 (0)141 548 4114

Email: sbs-adviser@strath.ac.uk

Course-specific enquiries

Finance

Telephone: +44 (0)141 548 3261

Email: accfin@strath.ac.uk

Hospitality & Tourism Management

Telephone: +44 (0)141 553 6101

Email: weo-ug-htm@strath.ac.uk