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BA (Hons) Business Studies

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Kick-start your future with a Business Studies degree from the University of Stirling, and combine your course with over a dozen complementary subjects.

Business Studies

Key facts

  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Start date September or January
  • Duration 48 months or 36 months
  • Mode of study Part-time, Full-time, Campus based

Equip yourself with a rich breadth of knowledge in business and management with our flexible Business Studies course.

When you choose Business Studies at Stirling, you won’t just be stepping into a leading UK business school – you’ll also open the door to a world of opportunities thanks to the freedom to combine your course with one of 17 different subjects. From Spanish to Sports Studies, Politics to Professional Education, our flexibility can become your strength as you pair your passion with an in-depth grounding in business.

This course will grow your managerial expertise and put foundations in place to ensure you continue developing through your professional life. You’ll also learn how organisations are structured, and gain insight into what makes them function best. Speakers from industry visit regularly to complement our own research-led teaching – giving you a well-rounded, real-world knowledge of business and the tools needed to succeed in it.

  • Top reasons to study with us
  • Prizes or awards

    Business Studies Undergraduate Dissertation Prize
    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.

    Professor Rob Ball Memorial Prize
    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.

  • Year 1 entry – Four-year honours

    SQA Highers
    ABBB – one sitting
    AABB – two sittings 

    GCE A-levels

    IB Diploma

    BTEC (Level 3)

  • Year 2 entry – Three-year honours

    SQA Advanced Highers

    GCE A-levels

    IB Diploma

  • Other qualifications

    Scottish HNC/HND
    Year one Minimum entry – Bs in graded units

    English, Welsh and Northern Irish HNC/HND
    English, Welsh and NI HNC/D – Merits and Distinctions

    Foundation Apprenticeships
    Considered to be equivalent to one Higher at Grade B
  • Advanced entry

    Advanced entry may be possible with an HNC/D in Business. Please consult our Advanced Entry pages for more information.

  • Additional information

    General entrance requirements apply

    If you’ve taken exams over two sittings, repeated an exam, or been upgraded, the entrance requirements may be higher.

    Mathematics Standard Grade (3), National 5 (C), 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.

  • Other routes of entry

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

    INTO University of Stirling offers an International Foundation programme for international students who don’t meet the required academic and English-language criteria. This course offers a pathway to study at the University of Stirling through an excellent teaching and learning experience in the high-quality study facilities on campus.

    International Foundation 

    Successful completion of the International Foundation in Business, Finance, Economics and Marketing to the required standard provides direct entry to year two of a range of BA Honours programmes, including Accounting (either as single honours or as combined honours with Business Law, Business Studies, Economics, Finance or Marketing).

    Subject to additional entry qualifications. year 3 entry to the BA Honours in Accounting and the BA Honours in Finance and Investment is also available to INTO International Foundation students via the Integrated International Year Two pathway.

    For more information, and to apply, visit INTO University of Stirling.

  • English language requirements

    If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

    • IELTS - 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
    • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
    • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C
    • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component
    • IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17

    More information on our English language requirements

    Pre-sessional English language courses

    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.

    Find out more about our pre-sessional English language courses

You can complete your Business Studies course as a four year single honours degree, or combine it with one of 17 different subjects to fine-tune your focus. Your first year will give you a broad grounding in business and management, covering areas such as the history of management, decision-making for business, and management practice.

Your second year of study will focus in on fundamentals that include the organisation of business, business economics and accounting and finance for business. Years three and four are structured to ensure you follow a programme of interlinked core modules, which range from entrepreneurship to strategic management, and business ethics to business research methods.


The module details given below are subject to change as the University regularly revises and refreshes the curriculum of our taught programmes. The modules outlined below represent those offered in 2018/19 on this course of study.

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Course details

  • Teaching

    Our research-led teaching and close links to the business world shape everything you’ll learn on your Business Studies course. Teaching is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars and workshops. In the advanced modules, a special emphasis is placed on the acquisition of skills as well as knowledge, and you’ll give presentations in various formats to help enhance your abilities in up-front communication.   

  • Assessment

    Assement will be by exams and coursework.

  • Study abroad

    You’ll have the opportunity to broaden your horizons and study abroad through our well-established connections with several international universities.

    Find out more about studying abroad.

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  • Fees and costs

    Fees shown are per year (Fees are different for each course)

      2018/19 2019/20

    Scottish/EU Students

    Although you’re liable for annual tuition fees, students domiciled in Scotland or the EU will be able to apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish government on their behalf. If you’re unsure of your fee status, you can check your eligibility online.

    You will be liable to pay tuition fees for every year you’re in attendance, and your fees will be held level upon entry. Please note if you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for an additional fee.

    Important note for EU students

    The Scottish Government has confirmed that EU students enrolling in the 2018 and 2019 academic year will be entitled to free tuition fees in Scotland. EU Students will retain that status for the duration of their four year degree. The future fee status of EU students enrolling in UK universities will depend on the timing and terms of the UK’s exit from the European Union. The University will make decisions on fee levels for EU students enrolling in 2020 when further guidance is available from the Scottish and UK governments, and will publicise information about fee levels and financial support available on the University website.

    While students should be aware this may mean a change from the current position where EU students are treated with equivalence to Scottish students, it is also important to note that any changes would also require changes to existing UK and Scottish legislation. Current indications are that the UK would leave the EU at the earliest in 2020, so any changes would not take effect before the academic year 2020/21.


    *This tuition fee is set by the Scottish Government, and may be subject to change.


    Students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland

    If you’re domiciled in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, you’ll be able to apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of your tuition fees, from your relevant funding body.

    You will be liable to pay tuition fees for every year you’re in attendance, and your fees will be held level upon entry. Please note if you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for an additional fee.

    If you successfully complete Years 1-3 of your course, you will also be eligible to receive an Honours Year Scholarship valued at £9,250 to cover the tuition fee costs of your fourth and final year of study. Learn more about the Honours Year Scholarship.

    There is additional funding available for students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland – please see Funding opportunities below.

    £9,250 £9,250

    Overseas (Non-EU) Students

    You will be liable to pay fees for every year you’re in attendance, and your fees will be held level upon entry. Please note if you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for an additional fee.

    £12,140 £12,450

    You should expect to pay fees for every year you attend. 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.

  • Funding opportunities

    Students domiciled in Scotland and the EU

    The University of Stirling offers undergraduate funding opportunities for students domiciled in Scotland or the EU. To find out if you’re eligible to apply for an award, use our scholarship finder.

    Students domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (RUK)

    Eligible students domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will be able to receive the University’s Undergraduate Choice Scholarship, which offers a £1,000 cash award for Years 1-3 of study to eligible students coming to us with a minimum of AAB at A-level or equivalent

    Alternatively, the Undergraduate Merit Scholarship offers a £1,000 cash award for Years 1-3 of study to eligible students coming to us with a minimum of AAB at A-level or equivalent.

    You don’t need to apply for these awards - we’ll automatically identify your eligibility as part of the admissions process.

    To explore other scholarships and learn more about funding opportunities, use our scholarship finder.

    Students domiciled overseas

    The University of Stirling offers generous undergraduate funding opportunities for overseas students. To find out if you’re eligible to apply for an award, use our scholarship finder.

  • Additional costs

    If you choose to attend your graduation ceremony, you will be liable for an additional charge. There is no charge if you wish to graduate in absentia. Learn more about additional fees.

  • Cost of living

    If you’re domiciled in the UK, you can typically apply to your relevant funding body for help with living costs. This usually takes the form of student loans, grants or bursaries, and the amount awarded depends upon your personal circumstances and household income.

    EU and overseas students won’t normally be able to claim living support through SAAS or other UK public funding bodies. You should contact the relevant authority in your country to find out if you’re eligible to receive support.

    Find out about the cost of living for students at Stirling.

  • Payment options

    We aim to be as flexible as possible, and offer a wide range of payment methods - including the option to pay fees by instalments. Learn more about how to pay.

What can I do with a Business Studies degree?

A business degree ensures you’re well placed for a variety of jobs across many different sectors. Stirling Management School seeks to directly enhance your opportunities through a range of specialist career services, and we’ve been awarded the Small Business Charter in recognition of our active participation in supporting start-ups, small businesses and student entrepreneurship – connections that directly benefit you as you build towards your future.

Find out more about how we prepare you for the world of work.

  • 91% of our Business Studies graduates are in work or further studies within six months of graduating. (UNISTATS 2017)
  • Business Studies graduates from Stirling are working in 20 different countries for companies including Ernst and Young, the Scottish Government, EMI Music Publishing and many more.
  • The ability to pair Business Studies with 17 other courses can broaden your expertise and give you a competitive edge in the job market.

Our Business Studies graduates have gone on to work in communications, banking, insurance, human resources, information management, advertising, retailing international trade, and research and development. They are contributing to the performance of a range of private, public and third sector organisations in 20 countries around the world, including Norway, Kenya, Singapore, Australia and the USA.

Recent Stirling graduates have started their careers in some of the following roles:

  • Associate, PwC
  • Commercial and Performance Analyst, SSE
  • Audit Associate, Deloitte UK
  • Graduate Finance Analyst, Aston Martin

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

  • National Marketing Manager, BT
  • Partner Relationship Manager, Hewlett-Packard
  • International Recruitment Consultant, Solutions Driven
  • HR Business Partner, Forth Valley College
  • Employability skills

    Your employability is one of our highest priorities, and we want to make sure you have every possible advantage when you enter the job market. Visits and guest lectures from business leaders and innovative thinkers ensure your skills are always in tune with the business world. You also have the opportunity to take our Professional Development and Practice module, which helps you develop the 'softer skills' that are sought by employers. 

    Your course will equip you with skills in the following, plus much more:

    • Broad understanding of business
    • Decision-making
    • Presentation and communication
    • Analytical techniques
    • Research methods
    • Problem solving and analytical thinking
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