Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

Degree level: Undergraduate

Business Management

Course options

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Course summary

More and more employers require business management graduates who can join their companies and hit the ground running. This degree will give you both the theoretical business knowledge and, crucially, the practical experience you need to make your professional mark from day one. You’ll also have the opportunity to study abroad. Let’s talk business. When you study for a degree in business management at QMU you’ll gain a deep understanding of the nature and core functions of businesses. How do successful companies manage their resources? What’s the best way to make an organisation environmentally sustainable? What marks out a successful entrepreneur? You can study a broad business management degree or (after two years of general study) decide to focus your learning on the enterprise, finance or marketing elements of business management. People do business with people. If you have first-class management skills and practical expertise, people are going to want to be in business with you. The best companies will want you. That’s why our business management options are designed to give you the knowledge and skills that you need to thrive as a business leader and manager in the fast-moving marketplaces of tomorrow. All students enrol on the general business management degree for Years One and Two. This is when you’ll build a strong foundation in core business management areas – marketing, economics, finance, human resource management, entrepreneurship, digital business and law. In Year Three you’ll choose which of the four named routes you wish to specialise toward. You can study for a general business management degree or focus on one particular area such as enterprise, finance or marketing. This will allow you to graduate with a specialist award, for example in BA (Hons) Business Management with Enterprise. Whichever business management path you take, you’ll be equipped with the skills employers are looking for – negotiation, project management, problem solving, critical thinking and team working. Your practical business expertise will be honed by placements, guest speakers from the business world, business projects and the creation of your own business plan. You’ll also have the opportunity (subject to availability) in Years Two or Three to study for one semester at a university overseas in North America, Canada, Hong Kong, Europe, New Zealand or Australia.

Course details


Year One Year One is designed as an introductory year, which will not only introduce you to key subject matter in business, but will allow you to develop the skills and learning techniques required in university level education. Modules are: Introduction to Marketing Introduction to Economics Introduction to Business in Society Introduction to Finance and Accounting Introduction to Management Entrepreneurship Year Two Operations Management Business Law Live Business Event Human Resource Management Digital Business and E-Commerce Management Negotiation Years Three and Four From Year Three you can choose which route in business management you wish to specialise in. Modules are tailored to each route – see below the course page for more information.

Assessment method

You’ll be taught in lectures, seminars and practical workshops. Outside these formally timetabled sessions you’ll be expected to continue learning through self-study. You’ll be assessed by a range of methods such as written exams, reports, poster presentations, business plans, live pitch, group presentations and negotiation role play.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeN100
Institution code Q25
Campus nameQueen Margaret University
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

Successful completion of your HNC Business Management with a B in the graded unit can allow entry in to year 2 Successful completion of your HND Business Management with CB in the graded units can allow entry in to year 3 We can consider applications to level 2 or 3 with suitable qualifications. Agreed articulation routes from Scottish HNC and HND programmes can be found here: https://www.qmu.ac.uk/study-here/access-to-higher-education/college-leavers-and-mature-students/

Entry requirements

Standard Qualification Requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level BCC Maths and English at GCSE level grade C or 4
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMM
Access to HE Diploma Various Access Courses are accepted: Access to Community, Education & Humanities Access to University Study Access to Arts, Social Sciences & Primary Teaching Access to Languages, Arts and Social Sciences Access to Languages with Business Access to Humanities/Primary Education Access to Degree Studies Access to Arts & Social Science Access to Humanities Access to Social Sciences Access to Teaching
Scottish Higher BBBC National 5 in Maths and English at grade C.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 28 points To include Maths at Standard level
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H2, H3, H3, H3 Maths and English at Ordinary level grade O4 or H5.
Scottish HNC Pass Successful completion of your HNC in any subject with a C in the graded unit. Must also show Maths at Nat 5 grade C.

We accept many different qualifications, but cannot list them all here. Please contact the Admissions Team for further information or advice if you are thinking of taking a course of study. We welcome applications from international and EU applicants and you can find information on specific entry requirements by country here: https://www.qmu.ac.uk/study-here/international-students/information-for-your-country/. We also welcome applications from mature students, or people holding qualifications such as Access courses or OU modules. The Scottish Wider Access Partnership (SWAP) offers a range of local Access courses and those that are accepted for entry are listed here: https://www.qmu.ac.uk/college-qualifications

Minimum Qualification Requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
Scottish Higher BCCC Grade C or above at National 5 in Maths and English.

English language requirements

IELTS with an overall score equivalent to 6.0 and with no individual component less than 5.5.

QMU English Language Requirements


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Scotland £1820 Year 1
International £13500 Year 1

Additional fee information

The Scottish Government confirmed that, as a result of Brexit, students from the EU starting their studies from academic year 2021-22 will no longer have the costs of their tuition fees met by the Scottish Government. As a EU student, you will be classified as an international student for the purposes of tuition fees. Future arrangements for Irish students from academic year 2021-22 under the Common Travel Area are subject to on-going discussions with the Scottish, UK and Irish Governments and are yet to be confirmed Students from England, Northern Ireland and Wales Full-time Rest of UK fees will be charged for the first three years of study. The fourth year is free.
Business Management at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh - UCAS