Business Management

Choose this CMI-accredited Business Management degree with outstanding business links and valuable work placements.

Course detail

Start Date



4 years (full-time) or 3 years (accelerated)

Award Title

BA (Hons)



Why Study Abertay's BA (Hons) in Business Management?

What are the organisational challenges presented by shifting markets, ever-changing business models and emerging technologies? Prepare to gain a clear understanding of the ways in which complex organisations work by choosing a fascinating degree designed to give you a head start in the business world.

Whether your ambition is to start your own business or become a manager, advisor or business analyst, it’s crucial that you’re equipped with the underpinning knowledge and analytical skills to implement relevant business solutions.

This degree has been created with employability in mind. It prepares you for work by developing the knowledge you need and combines it with the skills required to meet the business and management needs of any organisation.

By going beyond the classroom and using extra-curricular activities such as international competitions like the IBM Business Challenge, you’ll be furnished with a greater understanding of the complexities of business management.

Even in your first year, you’ll be providing national organisations – Guide Dogs for the Blind and the Scottish Blood Transfusion Service, for instance – with solutions to contemporary and real-world business problems.


Missed the 15 January UCAS deadline or changed your mind about where you want to apply? Don't panic, we are still taking applications through UCAS for September 2019 study.

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Entry Requirements

Please note: All applicants must have passes in English and Maths/Lifeskill Maths - National 5 grade C or GCSE grade C/4 or equivalent.  National 5 ESOL is accepted in lieu of National 5 English.

Below are the literate subjects we accept for entry on this course:

  • Business Management
  • Classical Studies
  • Economics
  • English
  • ESOL
  • Geography
  • History
  • Media Studies
  • Modern Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Psychology
  • Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies
  • Sociology

If there is a subject that does not appear, please contact our Admissions Office ( who will be able to confirm whether or not it would be considered for entry.

Please visit our Entry from College pages for suitable College courses.

Qualification Type Grade Requirements Essential Subjects
Higher BBBB Literate subject
A-Level CCC Literate subject
Irish Highers H3H3H3H3 Literate subject
International Baccalaureate 28 Points Literate subject at S5 or H4
BTEC Extended Diploma MMM Business (all pathways), Enterprise & Entrepreneurship, IT (Business), Travel & Tourism
AHEAD - Successful completion of the relevant stream of our AHEAD programme
SWAP Access BBB Access to (one of the following):- University Study, Community, Education & Humanities, Arts & Social Science and Primary Teaching, Languages with Business, Languages, Arts & Social Science, Humanities & Primary Education, Arts & Humanities, Humanities, Humanities (Teaching), Degree Studies
Qualification Type Grade Requirements Essential Subjects
Advanced Higher BBB Business Management
A-Level BBB Business Studies
BTEC Extended Diploma DDD Business, Business Management or Business Marketing
HNC - Our Entry from College pages list approved HNC courses
Qualification Grade Requirements Essential Subjects
HND - Our Entry from College pages list approved HND courses

Not sure if you're eligible for entry?

If you have the potential and motivation to study at university, regardless of your background or personal circumstances, we welcome your application.

We understand some people have faced extra challenges before applying to university, which is why we consider the background in which your academic grades have been achieved when making an offer.

If you expect to receive passes in three Scottish Highers (grades A-C) and have either ...

  • been in care
  • participated in a targeted aspiration-raising programme such as LIFT OFF, LEAPS, FOCUS West, or Aspire North
  • no family background of going to university
  • attended a school or lived in an area where not many people go to university

... we encourage you to submit an application.

Your Journey Starts Here

Prepare yourself for the world of business where change is the only constant. If you're keen to learn about the issues facing organisations and gain the skills required to find solutions, this is the degree for you. 

Information for International Applicants

Please provide certified proof of your English language level. Our accredited International English Foundation Course can help. To further enhance your academic English, Intensive English for Academic Purposes can help you achieve your potential.

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About Your Modules

The module information shown here describes the modules our students are taking this year. The modules do change over time to keep our programmes up-to-date and relevant. This means the exact modules you take could be different. If you receive an offer to study with us, you will receive a Programme Information document that sets out exactly which modules you can expect to take as part of your Abertay University degree programme.

Please note: As well as Key Modules outlined below, you may also be required to choose Elective Modules. 

Key Modules (2018/19)

Introduction to Accounting (ANF101)

An introduction to the disciplines of financial and management accounting. Module content includes: accounting theory and practice; the key concepts in financial accounting and the regulatory framework of financial accounting; basic financial accounting practice.

Nature of Management (BMT101)

An introduction to the key theories, concepts and functions of management. Module content includes: organisational structure and work design; management theories; leadership theories; management in practice.

The Business Environment (BMT102)

An introduction to a range of contemporary business issues and challenges that take place within national and global contexts. Module content includes: the business environment- the nature of the external environment, PEST; the economic environment; the competitive environment; stakeholder management; CSR and ethics.

Understanding the Customer (MKT101)

Provides students with an understanding of consumer behaviour and highlights the importance of consumer orientation to businesses in today’s economy. Module content includes: an introduction to the consumer oriented economy; approaches to consumer behaviour; concepts of market segmentation and customer profiling.

Managing People and Ideas (BMT103)

An introduction to the management of people and ideas and how different theories and practices can be used to enhance individual and organisational performance. Module content includes: management in context; people management; ideas management; using research in management practice.

Business Economics (ECN201)

An analysis of microeconomic structures and market failures and an introduction to macroeconomic indicators and theory to support business planning and decision making. Module content includes: demand-supply analysis; market structure and potential failure; the macroeconomic environment; strategic business decisions.

Researching Business (BMT203)

An introduction to research methods for real world research. Provides students with an understanding of the principles of research methodology, the methods and processes for conducting research in business, and the skills to undertake an independent investigation.

Operations and Supply Chain Management (BMT301)

Provides students with key knowledge and examples of operations and supply chains in many different settings and markets. Students have the opportunity to apply their analysis skills to a variety of operations and supply chain management problems in both the product and service industries.

Global Competitiveness (BMT405)

An examination of the principles of competitiveness and the strategic decision-making that is undertaken by firms in relation to it. Provides students with a critical understanding of various business and competition management perspectives and an ability to develop effective interpretation, analysis and decision-making processes of firms of any size.

Practice-based Innovation (BMT404)

Students undertake practical research in response to a current business need of a real company and produce a management report with recommendations. This develops advanced skills to support innovation and problem solving in real world business problems.

International Business and Management (BMT406)

Provides an understanding of the different approaches to management of organisational resources in different international settings and of the practical challenges of cross-cultural management.

Managing Transformational Change (BMT403)

An overview of organisational change and transformation in times of uncertainty. Students are provided with a conceptual framework for understanding how transformational change can be delivered for long term organisational improvements in complex operating environments.

How the Course Works


Learning and Assessment

You’ll be assessed via a combination of traditional and innovative methods throughout the programme, including portfolio projects, presentations, examinations, group work, simulation, and at work assessments.

Teaching, learning and assessment will be used to develop both your ability to understand the complexities of modern business and management, and the skills necessary to compete in an increasingly competitive graduate job market.

We make sure of this by involving private and public sector employers, providing guest lectures, and posing real-world business problems that require solutions, which all combine to maintain the employability focus of the degree.

You’ll be expected to actively engage in your studies. Learning at Abertay is not just about passing exams and coursework, but also immersing yourself in the programme, contributing to the knowledge of others and gaining from them.

We also have international partner institutions, from the US to Asia, and all stops in between, where you can study in English for a term or a year. This is an excellent opportunity to boost your CV, as it shows a willingness to experience different cultures and methods of working.

For more information on the course content, please download the Programme information - BA with Honours in Business Management.

Accelerated Degree

If you’re keen to undertake the accelerated degree, you’ll complete the first two years of the degree programme alongside those students following the non-accelerated route.

Acceleration starts in May at the end of second year. The table below illustrates the difference between the two routes.

Academic Year Term Dates Accelerated Route Non-Accelerated Route
Year 1 Sept-Dec Term 1 Term 1
Year 1 Jan-May Term 2 Term 2
Year 1 May-Aug - -
Year 2 Sept-Dec Term 3 Term 3
Year 2 Jan-May Term 4 Term 4
Year 2 May-Aug Term 5 -
Year 3 Sept-Dec Term 6 Term 5
Year 3 Jan-May Term 7 Term 6
Year 3 May-Aug Term 8 (Honours degree completed) -
Year 4 Sept-Dec - Term 7
Year 4 Jan-May - Term 8 (Honours degree completed)
Year 4 May-Aug - -

Innovation for Global Growth

Students are asked to come up with solutions to real business problems set by organisations from a range of business sectors, including food and drink, banking, textiles, and telecoms. Working in small teams, students have to apply their studies to practical problems currently being faced by those businesses, before pitching their solution back to the company. 

Entrepreneurial Initiatives

In addition to developing solutions to live business problems, in many of your modules you'll be encouraged to take part in entrepreneurial initiatives to gain additional experience of group working and industry exposure. This is also a great opportunity to work with students from other programmes of study.

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Entrepreneurial Brains Made on Campus (EBMC)

In association with Stuttgart Media University in Germany, students are tasked with identifying a social or economic challenge and finding a solution to this which they then present back to former students and industry professionals. The top teams are invited to Germany to participate in the final.

IBM Universities Business Challenge

Sponsored by IBM, this UK-wide initiative sees our students competing against other UK universities in hope of winning recognition for the best solution to a social enterprise challenge through simulation activities. We've had five teams in the final over the past nine years!

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Programme Fees for 2019

Scottish & EU students


Fees shown are payable annually and may be subject to increase each year.

Please see our Undergraduate Fees and Funding page for further details. 

English, Welsh & Northern Irish Students


Fees shown are payable annually and may be subject to increase each year.

Please see our Undergraduate Fees and Funding page for further details. 

International Students


Fees shown are payable annually and may be subject to increase each year.

Please see our Undergraduate Fees and Funding page for further details. 


Rest of UK Abertay Scholarship - £2,300 per year for four years

This scholarship is intended to support students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland to study at Abertay. Scholarship is paid directly into your bank account in two instalments each year to support you with living and travel costs. No application necessary.

International Abertay Scholarship - £2,300 per year for four years

This scholarship is intended to support students from international countries (outside of the EU) to study at Abertay. Scholarship is paid directly into your bank account in two instalments each year to support you with living and travel costs. No application necessary.

In addition, we offer a range of corporate/philanthropic scholarships shown below, which are available to all students to support your studies with us. 

The Lothian Family

A £5,000 award for undergraduate students with financial or social difficulties which may prevent them from studying at Abertay.

The Robert Reid Bursary

Two £500 awards for students who have overcome challenges to attend university.


When you graduate with a Business Management degree, you can expect to enter careers in a wide-range of sectors. Graduates from our business school have enjoyed graduate trainee success in organisations such as BT, while others have gone on to work for household names such as:

  • Rolls Royce
  • Alliance Trust
  • Scottish Government
  • NCR
  • Atlas Copco
  • Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE)


Choose Your Path

The roles our graduates have taken range from Human Resource Manager, Project Planning and Risk Officer, Business Analyst and CEO of their own company. Others have taken a different route into primary and secondary education, teaching the business professionals of the future.


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Industry Links

The Dundee Business School (DBS) has a rich history of working with employers from a range of backgrounds at all levels of study. The capstone to this is the Innovation for Global Growth (IGG) initiative in the final year of your degree.

This provides a unique opportunity for you to test your employability skills with significant industry, commerce and public sector employers. Previous client organisations have included Heineken, Michelin, Tokheim, NCR, RBS, NHS Scotland, Harris Tweed and Thorntons.

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Unistats collates comparable information in areas students have identified as important in making decisions about what and where to study. The core information it contains is called the Unistats dataset (formerly the Key Information Set (KIS)).

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