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.
This course helps you to develop skills essential for a career in modern business and management
This course achieved 85% student satisfaction in the most recent National Student Survey
Would you like to work in a business environment? This course provides you with an essential understanding of the functions and structures of organisations.
Our focused, yet flexible, approach to learning means you can undertake one of a number of combined degree courses, which include Business Studies and another subject. However, those students intending to specialise in Business Studies are encouraged to take modules in related subject areas, such as Accountancy, Business Law, Economics, Computing Science Psychology or Sociology.
Whichever route you choose, the knowledge, skills and competencies you will acquire offer a firm foundation on which to continue developing your management expertise.
Our teaching staff are active in various areas of current management research both within the UK and internationally. This informs their teaching, making it relevant to current debates within business.
A research-based prize of £200 is open to all students undertaking the Business Studies dissertation and is awarded to the student who submits the best undergraduate dissertation. The prize may be shared if more than one dissertation achieves the highest mark.
A prize of £200 is awarded to the graduating student with the best overall academic performance on the BA Honours Business Studies course. Rob Ball was Professor of Public Service Management and worked at the University of Stirling for many years. This prize is kindly funded by Professor Ball's family.
Studying for a degree means learning in different ways; managing your own time; conducting research; mastering new computer skills. We have the facilities and advice on hand to help you do all this - and do it well.
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INTO University of Stirling offers an International Foundation programme for those international students who do not meet the required academic and English-language criteria. These courses offer a route to study at the University of Stirling through an excellent teaching and learning experience located in the high-quality study facilities on campus.
Successful completion of the International Foundation in Business, Finance, Economics and Marketing to the required standard provides direct entry to year two of this degree.
If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
More information on our English language requirements
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.
|Overseas students (non-EU)||£ 11,555.00|
|Scottish and EU students||£ 1,820.00|
|Students from the rest of the UK||£6,750 per year for a maximum of 4 years|
|Overseas students (non-EU)||£ 11,845.00|
|Scottish and EU students||£ 1,820.00|
|Students from the rest of the UK||£6,750 per year for a maximum of 4 years|
Please note: Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish government. Students from the rest of the UK can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loan Company.
You should expect to pay fees for every year you are in attendance and be aware fees are subject to revision and may increase annually. Students on programmes of study of more than one year should take this into account when applying.
Please note there is an additional charge for the conferral of your degree. This will be charged at the rate applicable when you complete your studies. View more information
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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 also be undertaken by 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.
Year 3 entry is available for suitably qualified applicants who can expect a seamless transition into Semester 5.
From Semesters 5-8 the Business Studies Degree is structured to ensure that students follow a programme of interlinked core modules which 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 which may include 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.
Teaching is by lectures, tutorials, seminars and workshops. 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.
|Film and Media||NP13|
|Human Resource Management||NN16|
This programme combines two languages with Business Studies
|Professional Education/Computing Science||NX21|
This programme comprises advanced modules taken from Business Studies and Management Science
|International Management Studies||N2R9|
(For a Combined Honours degree the higher entrance requirements of the subjects usually apply.)
The timetable below is a typical example, but your own timetable may be different.
|Year||Semester||Subject 1||Subject 2||Subject 3|
||1||The Global Business Environment: An Introduction||Any module||Any module|
|2||The Management Challenge: An Introduction||Any available module at the appropriate level||Any available module at the appropriate level|
||3||Fundamentals of Business and Management||Any available module at the appropriate level||Any available module at the appropriate level|
|4||The Organisation of Business||Any available module at the appropriate level||Any Level 9 or 10 module|
||5||International Business||Level 10 module from Management School options||Level 9 or 10 module from Management School options|
|6||Entrepreneurship||Responsible Business||Level 9 or 10 options in Management or Marketing|
||7||Strategic Management||Level 10 options in Management or Marketing||Dissertation|
|8||Professional Development and Practice||Dissertation||
In REF2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.
The reputation of our research at Stirling Management School was recognised in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), where the School was placed in the UK’s top 25 institutions for Business and Management, out of 101 business schools. In Scotland, the School was ranked in the top five. 64% of our research outputs were classified as world-leading and internationally excellent in terms of their originality, significance and rigour and we were ranked 14th in the UK in terms of research impact with over 60% of our research impact judged to have outstanding reach and wide-ranging impact on the policies of public, private and governmental organisations.
The University of Stirling welcomes applications from all countries.
You have the opportunity to study abroad through Stirling's well-established connections with several international universities in the European Union and wider afield including Hong Kong, Canada and the USA.
At least 94% of our graduates are in work or further studies within six months of graduating. Many of our alumni are now working in leading organisations across the world
Here is what some of our alumni have to say about their experiences at the University of Stirling Management School and life after graduation.
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:
Recent graduates from Stirling’s Business Studies degree started their careers in the following roles:
Graduates who left Stirling up to ten years ago have now forged careers in the following areas:
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:
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:
For more information, discover other ways in which our alumni get involved with our students.
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: