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Business Management

Prepare yourself for the world of business where change is the only constant. A clear understanding of the ways in which complex organisations work will give you a head start in any industry where business graduates are in high demand all over the world.

Next Start Date: September

Degree type: BA (Hons)

UCAS Code: N1N2

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


Why choose this course?  

  • The focus on employer engagement in aspects of teaching and learning gives the programme a contemporary feel and relevance.
  • Even in your first year, it is expected that you will provide local organisations with solutions to contemporary problems - organisations such as Guide Dogs for the Blind and the Scottish Blood Transfusion Service, have benefited from interactions with students and their creativity in areas as broad as events management to operations management.
  • The course goes beyond the classroom, using extra-curricular activities such as international competitions like the IBM Business Challenge, to contribute towards a greater understanding of the complexities of business management.
  • The course uses innovative techniques in business simulation and employer engagement in assessment. This is done through the use of 'live' business projects and work placement opportunities, both here and abroad.
  • We 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 a great opportunity to boost your CV, as it shows experience of different cultures and methods of working, which indicates you are ready for working in a global business environment.

In an increasingly globalised context, businesses are looking for graduates who appreciate the challenges presented by shifting markets, ever changing business models, new social trends and emerging technologies; and who possess the analytical skills to develop business solutions.  This applies no matter whether your ambition is to start your own business, or become a manager, advisor or business analyst.  The course, designed with employability as an objective, helps prepare you for that through a combined approach to knowledge development and skills acquisition relevant to contemporary business and management needs.

The course offers an innovative combination of study - including opportunities for in-work learning and through employer engagement activities, the chance to demonstrate your potential to employers from a range of sectors within the Scottish economy and beyond. 


What you study

What you study
Key themes include Business and Society, Innovation, Digital Business, Project Management, International Management and Strategy, and associate support topics such as accounting, finance and economics.

In the early years you will gain a broad appreciation of business in its different forms, and the challenges faced in an ever changing environment.  Team-working will be a strong element of the learning experience in early years, leading to more independence as the years progress.  To be able to provide a solution to an organisational problem, you first need to be able to accurately analyse the situation, and, in year 2, you will use a range of tools and techniques to provide a systematic way of working.  Professional practice is a key theme running through the programme in year 3.  This is achieved through work placement experience and real-client project working.  Year 4 highlights innovation and change as a fundamental factor affecting the ability of organisation to compete and remain sustainable.  By this point, you should be confident in your ability to produce professional consultancy level solutions.

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

How you learn and are assessed
Throughout the programme, 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 ever tighter graduate job markets.  We ensure this by incorporating the involvement of private and public sector employers; providing guest lectures, problems that require solutions, opportunities to learn with them, which helps maintain the employability focus of the degree.

You will be expected to actively engage in your studies; testing ideas in a low risk environment.  Learning at Abertay is not just about passing exams and coursework, but making your contribution to the knowledge of others, and gaining from them.

Examination techniques
Teaching, learning and assessment combine a range of traditional and innovative approaches.  It's not all about exams: portfolio projects, presentations, groupwork, simulation and at work assessments are all key features of the programme.



Entry routes

Minimum Entrance Requirements

English and Maths: 
All applicants must have passes in English and Maths/Lifeskills Maths in any of the following: National 5 grade C or GCSE grade C/4

 BBBB; A Level CCC; Irish Highers H3H3H3H3; BTEC Extended Diploma MMM; International Baccalaureate 28 Points to include a literate subject at S5 or H4
Essential subjectsliterate subject
AHEAD - successful completion of the relevant stream of our AHEAD programme
SWAP - our Coming from College pages list approved SWAP courses 

Advanced Higher: BBB (to include Business Management)
A Level: BBB (to include Business Studies)
BTEC Extended Diploma: DDD  Business, Business (Management) or Business (Marketing)
HNC - our Coming from College pages list approved HNC courses

HND - our College Leavers pages list approved HND courses

Not sure if you are 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 know that some people have faced extra challenges before applying to university and that 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 3 Scottish Highers (grades A-C) and have:

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

We encourage you to submit an application.

International Applicants

You must provide certified proof of your English language level (minimum requirements are listed here).  Our British Council accredited International English Foundation Course can help you reach that level or, if you would like further develop your academic English, Intensive English for Academic Purposes can help you achieve your full potential.

EU applicants:  Entry requirements can be found on our Europe pages.  Overseas (non-EU) applicants:  We're currently developing your country pages, so please email us details of your entry requirements.

Alternative Entrance Requirements
Please email us if you have other qualifications/experience not listed here.

Fees and scholarships

Fee Category Tuition Fees
Scholarships & Bursaries
Scottish and other EU students

Current fees

Other forms of support
English, Welsh and Northern Irish

Current fees

Bursaries & Scholarships
Overseas (non EU) students

Current fees

Overseas Scholarships

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

Accelerated Degree

Students who wish to undertake the accelerated degree will 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   Non-accelerated Route  Accelerated Route
 Year 1  Term 1 (Sept-Dec) Term 1  Term 1
   Term 2 (Jan-May) Term 2  Term 2
   Term 3 (May-Aug)     
 Year 2  Term 1 (Sept-Dec) Term 3  Term 3
   Term 2 (Jan-May) Term 4  Term 4
   Term 3 (May-Aug)      Term 5
 Year 3  Term 1 (Sept-Dec) Term 5  Term 6
   Term 2 (Jan-May) Term 6  Term 7
   Term 3 (May-Aug)     Term 8
 (Honours degree completed)
 Year 4  Term 1 (Sept-Dec) Term 7  
   Term 2 (Jan-May) Term 8
(Honours degree completed) 
   Term 3 (May-Aug)    

Further info

Career prospects
Graduates of Business Management can expect to enter careers in a wide-range of sectors of the economy.  Graduates from business have gone on to work for Alliance Trust, Scottish Government, NCR, Atlas Copco, Rolls Royce, Scottish Enterprise, Scottish & Southern Electricity and to third sector organisations such as the Dundee Social Enterprise Network.  The roles they have taken are broad ranging from Human Resource Manager, Project Planning & Risk Officer, Business Analyst and CEO of their own company.  Others have taken a different route into primary and secondary education, teaching the business professional of the future.

The programme helps with employability in many ways: working with others in teams; developing professional communication skills through written, electronic and oral presentations; harnessing technology and having the confidence to generate innovative business-facing solutions to real problems.

Industry links
The Dundee Business School has a long 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' initiative in the final year of study.  This provides a unique opportunity for students to test 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.  

Want to know more?
Student Recruitment Office
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"Studying business got me thinking more about the issues society faces today. How to find alternative solutions to them is something I want to engage in over the years to come."

Susanna Waerther

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