Business Management with Human Resource Management at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh - UCAS

Course summary

Along with theoretical business knowledge, our Business Management degree routes will give you the practical experience you need to make your professional mark from day one. People are an organisation's most important asset. Are you interested in a career which facilitates and maximises the contribution of people? Our BA(Hons) Business Management with Human Resource Management will provide you with the expertise to align organisational goals with people, values and culture. Why QMU? Tailor your degree in the direction you want your career to go: In Years One and Two core modules provide a solid foundation of knowledge. As you progress, you can select modules that particularly interest you, or opt for a specialist degree route (eg Human Resource Management or Analytics). Workplace experience: All of our Business Management routes include workplace experience. Gain great industry insights and contacts: You will gain insights into high-profile companies such as Bacardi, Social Bite, Skyscanner, Google and Edinburgh Airport, whose representatives have joined us as visiting speakers recently. Excellent support from staff: Smaller than average class sizes mean you will get close support and guidance from staff who get to know you. We will help you develop your passion, ranging from supporting student start-ups in our Business Innovation Zone to helping you pick the right dissertation project to kickstart your career. Staff expertise: You will be taught by staff who are active researchers, and who share the latest research insights in their teaching. Stimulating learning environment: Benefit from a variety of learning experiences such as lectures, seminars, workshops, field trips, exchanges**, guest lectures from a range of practitioners and visiting professors. Some of our modules focus on group work to develop team-working skills and others focus on you as the individual. Gain in-demand practical skills: Our courses are designed to ensure you graduate with a range of transferable business skills that are highly sought after by employers What you will gain from this course On our business management routes you will: Gain a solid foundation in the core principles of business management, including marketing, human resource management, finance, economics, entrepreneurship, strategy, law and operations management. Hone your practical business expertise with placements, guest speakers and project opportunities. Examine business themes at a more strategic level in Years Three and Four. Choose electives from a range of modules on offer. Have the opportunity to apply for an exchange at a university overseas in North America, Canada, Europe or Australia**. The course in brief Let’s talk business. When you study for a degree in Business Management at QMU you will gain a deep understanding of the nature and core functions of businesses. How do successful companies manage their resources? What is the best way to make an organisation environmentally sustainable? What marks out a successful business? People do business with people. If you have first-class management skills and practical expertise, people are going to want to work with you. Our Business Management degree routes are designed to give you the knowledge and skills that you need to thrive in the fast-moving marketplaces of tomorrow. All students enrol on our general Business Management degree for Years One and Two which will give you a solid foundation in the core principles of business management. At the end of Year Two we’ll discuss the route options with you and help you make you decide whether to stay on our general Business Management degree for maximum flexibility or if you want to, you can move onto one of our named routes.


Year One You will: develop a foundational understanding of key areas of Business Management, including leadership, finance, marketing and digital business; build your analytical and data visualisation skills in readiness for more advanced analytical modules as you progress through the course; and focus on your personal development through enhancing self-reflection and creative thinking skills. Modules Introduction to Management and Leadership Development of Professional Skills in Business and Management Marketing and Consumer Behaviour Introduction to Finance and Accounting Digital Business and Innovation Data Management Year Two You will: focus on operational aspects of managing businesses in an ethical and fair manner across a range of business environments; explore concepts linked to sustainability, ethics and social justice to gain an understanding of ethical, responsible and sustainable approaches to managing businesses and organisations; and enhance your analytical skills even further using analytical methods and software valued by employers. Modules Human Resource Management Operations Management Economics, Financial Institutions and Markets Digital Marketing and E-Commerce Management Business Law Ethics, Social Justice and Sustainability Year Three You will: examine business and management themes at a more strategic level, choosing electives from a range of modules on offer; develop valuable project management skills and experience in the application of project management techniques through a client brief; gain a legally grounded, and informed, insight into the legal and practical implications of the employment relationship; and acquire management-related experience, through completion of an ‘experience’ semester, to enhance your career prospects when you graduate. You can opt to undertake an organisational placement; study for one semester at a university overseas; create a fully costed business plan for a new business venture; or develop a new web-based application. Modules Project Management Employment Law Social and Developmental Psychology Research Methods (Online) Choose from one of the following experience options: Placement; Semester Abroad; New Enterprise Start-up; or Web-based Application Year Four You will: deepen your understanding, and awareness, of contemporary issues and challenges facing organisations at a strategic level; complete an independent piece of research in an area of your choice in the form of a dissertation or a consultancy project; and develop a range of practical skills necessary for management roles such as hard and soft leadership skills alongside negotiation, collaboration, conflict resolution and change management skills. Modules Strategy Negotiation Theory and Practice Organisational Behaviour Leading and Managing Change Dissertation or Consultancy Project NB The modules listed here are correct at time of posting (Feb 2023) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2024. Please check back here for any updates.

Assessment method

Teaching, learning and assessment You will be taught in lectures, seminars and practical workshops. Outside these formally timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning through self-study. You will be assessed by a range of methods such as written exams, reports, poster presentations, business plans, live pitch, group presentations and negotiation role play. You will have the iterative support of Academic Development (AD) throughout your course to enable you to confidently manage the purely academic challenges of your study, and address the diverse technical requirements of your assignments. AD will be available not only as a regular taught component of your study timetable, but in the form of self-study materials available via your module hubs/websites etc. and as ad hoc one-to-one or small group sessions, which can usually be arranged at short notice.

How to apply

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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. HNC/HND in Administration and Information Technology cannot be considered for advanced entry. 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:

Entry requirements

Standard Qualification Requirements

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: 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:

Minimum Qualification Requirements

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6with no individual component below 5.5

Student Outcomes

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Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Scotland £1820 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
International £8000 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students from England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Republic of Ireland: full-time Rest of UK fees will be charged for the first three years of study. The fourth year is free.
Business Management with Human Resource Management at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh - UCAS