Study Management and graduate with a university degree

Management equips you with two things: a broad understanding of business today and the practical management skills with which to become an effective manager.

You’ll gain an understanding of the internal functions and structures of organisations, as well as the contexts within which business operates. You’ll develop the analytical skills needed both to solve a range of management problems and to competently use a number of management software packages.

You will also develop your individual skills of critical thinking, teamwork and leadership; be competent in analysing data; and have the communication skills vital for translating good ideas into action.

Entrance requirements

Four-year Honours degree

SQA Higher:
BBBB - one sitting.
ABBB - two sittings.

GCE A-level:

IB Diploma:
32 points.

Three-year Honours degree

SQA Adv. Higher:

GCE A-level:

IB Diploma:
35 points.

Other qualifications

Year one minimum entry
Scottish HNC/D - Bs in graded units
English, Welsh and NI HNC/D - Merits and Distinctions.
Advanced entry
Advanced entry is possible with an HNC/D in Business. Please consult our Advanced Entry pages for more information.

Access courses:
Access courses and other UK/EU and international qualifications are also welcomed.

Additional information

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.

INTO University of Stirling offers an International Foundation programme for those students who do not meet the required criteria. This course offers a route to study at 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 standard required provides guaranteed progression to this degree.

English language skills

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.

Modes of study

Full-time (three modules per semester).
Part-time (one or two modules per semester).
January entry also available - see semester dates

Course contact

Dr Gerry Edgar University of Stirling
+ 44 (0) 1786 467371

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Degree course

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 Business Studies, Human Resource Management, Marketing and Retail Marketing.

Year 2 entry is available for suitably qualified candidates who can expect a seamless transition into Semester 3.

In Semesters 3-7 compulsory core modules provide theory and applications of management. Core modules may include Fundamentals of Management, Operations Management, Leadership and Management, Responsible Business/Ethics, Project Management and Strategic Management. Students are encouraged to take electives in Accounting & Finance for Managers and Economics for Managers.

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.

This course is not available as a Combined Degree.

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Teaching and assessment

Lectures, seminars, tutorials, computer-based workshops and case studies are supplemented by occasional industrial visits. A feature of the final Honours Semester 8 is that the project can be based on a ‘business’ firm or service, in which you are encouraged to investigate a particular management problem and write a dissertation about it for assessment.

Example timetable

The timetable below is a typical example, but your own timetable may be different.

YearSemesterSubject 1Subject 2Subject 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 Operations Management Any available module at the appropriate level Any available module at the appropriate level

5 Leadership and Management Management School option at Level 10 Honours option in Business and Management
6 Responsible Business Project Management Year 3 Honours option in Business and Management

7 Strategic Management Year 4 Honours option in Business and Management Dissertation
8 Professional Development and Practice Dissertation  

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Study abroad

You may spend Semester 6 studying abroad under the ERASMUS European exchange programme, and are also eligible for exchanges administered by the University’s Study Abroad Office to destinations in the USA, Canada, Australia and elsewhere.


Top 25 in the UK for Business and Management Research

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.

Teaching provision in Business and Management has been assessed by the Scottish Funding Council and rated as ‘highly satisfactory’.

Our students

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.

94% of our students are in employment or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education, 2012/13).

Career opportunities

Management can provide entry into a large variety of careers.  Our Management graduates have progressed to a variety of careers.  Some have taken up general line management, planning or business analysis roles, while others have joined consultancies offering specialist skills.

Management graduates are currently working in a wide range of countries around the world including: Ireland, India, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Vietnam, Russia, Oman, Norway, Hong Kong, South Africa and New Zealand.

Our graduates are contributing to the performance of a range of private, public and third sector organisations including:

  • Hewlett Packard
  • PriceWaterhouseCoopers
  • Visa
  • Sun Microsystems
  • NHS
  • HM Revenue & Customs
  • Barclays Capital
  • Scottish Government
  • BT
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • First Direct
  • Nestle
  • Accenture
  • Rolls Royce
  • Royal Bank of Scotland 

Recent graduates from these degrees have secured positions as:

  • Analyst, Black Rock Financial Management
  • Marketing & Business Development Executive, Imorph Limited
  • Assistant Manager, Crocojet Sarl
  • Website Assistant – Despatch, Browns Fashion

Graduates who left Stirling up to ten years ago have now forged careers in the following areas:

  • Supply Chain Analyst, Field Group plc
  • Performance Analyst, Skills Development Scotland
  • Associate Consultant, PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Actuarial Assistant, HBOS
  • Forecasting Planning Manager, BskyB
  • Senior IT Auditor, Morrisons
  • Bid Manager, Palmaris Services Ltd
  • Business Analyst, Royal Bank of Scotland

The grounding that a Management degree provides you with in demonstrated in the wide range of professions that some of our more established graduates are currently working in:

  • Operations Support Manager, McDonalds Restaurants Ltd
  • E-Learning Development Consultant, AEGON
  • Head of Business Performance Management, BT
  • Supply Manager – UK Region, Rolls Royce
  • Director of Communications, Scottish Water
  • Policy Advisor, Scottish Executive
  • Business Systems Manager, Arcadia Group Ltd
  • Strategy & Quality Development Advisor
  • Head of Financial Reporting, Aviva plc
  • General Manager, Nestle UK Ltd

Stirling Management School’s Careers Mentoring Scheme

The Careers Mentoring Scheme is open to all Year 3 and Year 4 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:

  1. Boost your CV and stand out from the crowd in order to have an edge in the graduate job market. 
  2. Make professional connections which may lead to the offer of a job upon graduation
  3. 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
  4. ‘Real world’ business experience, enabling you to put theory into practice
  5. Develop transferable skills such as communication, team working, problem-solving, decision-making, initiative and creativity
  6. Help fund your studies by earning a full-time salary during the vacation periods

Fees 2016/7

Overseas students (non-EU) £ 11,555.00
Scottish and EU students TBC
Students from the rest of the UK £6,750 per year for a maximum of 4 years


Fees 2015/6

Overseas students (non-EU) £ 11,275.00
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.

Please note: 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.

  • Degree award BSc, BSc (Hons)
  • UCAS Code N200
  • Type Full-time, Part-time
  • Start date September / January
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