The Business Studies course at Stirling provides a flexible yet focused learning experience. You will build a strong knowledge base and master the skills and competencies to form a foundation from which managerial expertise can develop throughout your working life. The curriculum develops understanding of the internal functions and structures of organisations. You may also undertake one of a number of combined degree courses that include Business Studies and another subject. Academic teaching is augmented by a number of guest speakers from industry.
Our teaching staff is international in character and active in various areas of current management research. Research, therefore, informs their teaching, making it relevant to current debates within business.
BBBB - one sitting.
ABBB - two sittings.
SQA Adv. Higher:
General entrance requirements apply
Mathematics Standard Grade (3), Intermediate 2 (C), GCSE (C) or equivalent.
If examinations are taken over two sittings, or there are repeats or upgrades, the entrance requirements may be higher.
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Semesters 1 and 2 are designed to provide students with a broad grounding in the subjects of Business and Management and include the history of management, management practice, organisational behaviour, decision-making for business, change and business innovation. Analytical techniques that underpin business activity and management are also introduced. Modules will be taught alongside students from Human Resource Management, Management, Marketing and Retail Marketing.
Year 2 entry is available for suitably qualified candidates who can expect a seamless transition into Semester 3.
Semesters 3 and 4 focus on the fundamentals of Business and Management including the organisation of business, business economics and accounting and finance for business.
From Semesters 5-8 the Business Studies Degree is structured to ensure that students follow a programme of interlinked core modules which may include International Business, Entrepreneurship, Business and Ethics, Strategic Management and Business Research Methods, so providing an excellent grounding in the subject of Business. These are studied alongside a selection of elective modules including HRM, Project Management, Marketing, Retail Studies, Operations Management, and Public Sector Management.
You will have numerous opportunities to develop appropriate work-related skills at every stage of your studies, culminating in the Professional Development and Practice module in Semester 8 which helps you prepare for entering the workplace.
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Teaching and assessment
Teaching is by lectures, tutorials, seminars and practical 'hands-on' sessions. In the advanced modules, great emphasis is placed on the acquisition of skills as well as knowledge. You will deliver presentations in varying formats and formality, helping you to acquire the skills to present yourself as a competent and accomplished individual. Essays and reports help you develop effective written communication skills and the ability to argue a point of view effectively. A variety of seminar formats and projects also allow you to perfect your ability to work in teams.
Finally, the dissertation in the final year lets you conduct research in a business or public sector organisation and apply your academic knowledge to a problem encountered there.
Business Studies can be studied with:
|Film and Media
|Human Resource Management
This programme combines two languages with Business Studies
|Professional Education/Computing Science
This programme comprises advanced modules taken from Business Studies and Management Science
|International Management Studies
(For a Combined Honours degree the higher entrance requirements of the subjects usually apply.)
94% of University of Stirling 2012 graduates have found work, or are in a
further programme of study within 6 months of graduation. The Telegraph
ranks Stirling in the top 12 UK universities for getting a job.
Where are our graduates now?
Business Studies graduates are currently working in 20 countries around the world including: Norway, Kenya, Canada, Singapore, Australia, USA, Germany and Hong Kong. They are contributing to the performance of a range of private, public and third sector organisations including:
- HM Revenue & Customs
- Natural History Museum
- Royal Bank of Scotland
- Kimberley-Clark Professional
- Land Rover
- Scottish Government
- Lloyds Banking Group
- Gillette UK Ltd
- EMI Music Publishing
- Ernst & Young
- Local authorities across the UK
Recent graduates from Stirling’s Business Studies degree started their careers in the following roles:
- IT Co-ordinator, Component Sense 24
- Sales & Marketing Executive, Grants Foods Ltd
- Operational Management Trainee, Radisson Blu Hotel
- Recruitment Consultant, Inspired Edge Limited
- Business Development Executive, 2e2
- Customer Advisor, Bank of Scotland
Graduates who left Stirling up to ten years ago have now forged careers in the following areas:
- Teachers (either primary or Business Studies)
- Key Account Manager, Sitekit Solutions Ltd
- HR Business Partner, Forth Valley College
- Information Security Manager, Kwik-Fit Financial Services
- National Marketing Manager, BT
- Partner Relationship Manager, Hewlett-Packard
- Leasing Manager, The Brandspace Group
- International Recruitment Consultant. Solutions Driven
The grounding that a Business Studies degree provides you with in demonstrated in the wide range of professions that some of our more established graduates are currently working in:
- MD/CEO of own firm
- Business Analyst, Inveresk plc
- Head of Business Support, Stirling Council
- Strategy Manager, Britannia
- Finance Manager, Proctor & Gamble
- Head of Individual Fundraising, Natural History Museum
- Retail Operations Manager, Bass Leisure Retail
- Information Policy Manager, The National Archives
Stirling Management School’s Careers Mentoring Scheme
The Careers Mentoring Scheme is open to all 3rd and 4th year students across Stirling Management School. Mentoring is widely recognised as an effective tool for enhancing your career prospects and of ensuring informed choice, and this scheme is designed to provide additional support as you progress through your studies, as well as preparing your for progression into your desired professions. Mentors are all former students of Stirling Management School who know what it is like to be unsure about your future career plans. They are keen to pass on tips relating to potential careers and applying for jobs.
The benefits of the scheme include:
- Improving your employability skills
- Building your confidence and self-esteem when applying for jobs
- Searching and applying for suitable jobs, writing CVs, interview skills
- Providing an insight into the world of work and a particular industry
For more information, and to discover other ways in which our alumni get involved with our students, visit:
Internship – What they are and why you should consider doing one?
An internship is an opportunity offered by an employer to students (or interns) over a fixed period of time, which enables the student to gain practical experience. The Career Development Centre has details of internships available around the world with large private sector organisations, as well as opportunities with smaller local businesses which are promoted through both the Third Sector Internship Scheme, the Saltire Foundation, and our very own Stirling Internship Programme. As a student, you will automatically be registered onto the University’s Vacancy & Events System which means that you will receive regular updates regarding new opportunities as they become available.
Six reasons why you should consider an internship:
- Boost your CV and stand out from the crowd in order to have an edge in the graduate job market.
- Make professional connections which may lead to the offer of a job upon graduation
- Test your career choices – internships can ease your transition into future careers or alternatively, help you decide that you don’t want to work in that area after all
- ‘Real world’ business experience, enabling you to put theory into practice
- Develop transferable skills such as communication, team working, problem-solving, decision-making, initiative and creativity
- Help fund your studies by earning a full-time salary during the vacation periods