The study of business and management offers you a structured insight into both the theoretical and practical dimensions of organisations and management.
In your first year you will take two courses:
- People at work – introduces you to issues of the context in which organisations exist and considers individual variables such as personality and motivation.
- Marketing – introduces the fundamentals of competitive analysis, customer/buyer behaviour, marketing research and marketing mix decisions.
You will also study two other subjects of your choice in year 1: see Degrees in Arts, Science and Social Sciences.
In your second year you will take two courses: Operations and financial decision management and Organisations and management.
You will also study two other subjects in year 2: see Degrees in Arts, Science and Social Sciences.
Years 3 and 4
If you successfully complete the courses in first and second year, you may progress to Honours (years 3 and 4). At Honours level you will have the opportunity to undertake a more detailed analysis of the core areas of business and management from a variety of specialist options in four pathways:
- human resource management
- finance, operations and logistics.
It will also be possible for you to undertake live case studies and consultancy.
Our Business School has gained specialised international accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Our teaching provision is also accredited by the Association of Business Schools and the Association of MBAs.
You will benefit from our collaborative ties with local industry and commerce. Major employers make significant contributions at every level of the programme and some of our courses involve live case studies with organisations, providing you with valuable practical experience.
Students have many study abroad exchange opportunities, including three specifically designed for Business students at Akita International University (Japan), McGill University (Canada) and Ningbo Campus of University of Nottingham (China).
At Honours, it is possible to do this degree together with a language. It usually involves spending a year abroad between the second and third years of the programme. This type of degree is particularly useful if you hope to develop a career overseas.
Our recent graduates have gone on to a vast array of jobs in public and private sector organisations, taking on roles such as
- IT consultants with Prudential
- managers in Sainsbury’s
- market research managers and analysts with Procter & Gamble
- managers in financial services including HBOS, Bank of Ireland, Morgan Stanley and Royal Bank of Scotland
- civil servants and project executives with the Scottish Government
- marketing assistants with, for example, First Transport and University of Essex.
For international students entry to this programme is supported by courses from GIC.
You do not need to have studied business or management previously to enter the first year of this programme.
Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2014
Highers: AAAAB (including English or a humanities subject/language) in first sitting = unconditional offer.
Applicants who achieved AAAA or AAABB at their first sitting may receive a conditional offer dependent upon them attaining enough Highers and/or Advanced Highers to bring their total attainment to six or more Highers/Advanced Highers by the end of their second sitting. English or a humanities subject/language at grade A or B, if not attained at first sitting, will be required.
Additional offers, either conditional or unconditional, MAY be made to applicants who achieved AAAB, AABBB or AABB at their first sitting. A decision re these applications will be made in March 2014 once all applications have been reviewed.
Higher applicants to Social Sciences MA (Soc Sci) degrees must attain, or have attained, EITHER English Higher OR another humanities/language Higher subject to have their application considered. The accepted humanities/languages Higher subjects are listed below.
- Art & Design
- Business Management
- Chinese Language and Culture
- Classical Greek
- Classical studies
- English for Speakers of Other Languages
- Media Studies
- Modern Studies
- Personal and social education
- Religious Education
- Religious Moral and Philosophical Studies
A-levels: Applicants will receive an offer conditional on attaining AAB. Applicants who achieve AAB are guaranteed entry. Applicants who achieve grades less than AAB but higher than BBB will be considered for entry once all results have been received and reviewed in August 2014.
IB: A minimum of 34 points is required to be considered for an offer. Actual offers will specify subjects and grades to be attained at Higher Level.
If you have exceptional A-level or Advanced Higher grades it's possible to gain exemption from Year 1 study and enter directly into Year 2 or follow a faster route advanced entry programme, both of which allow you to complete your degree in one year less than usual. See: Advanced entry
English language requirements
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):
- overall score 6.5
- no sub-test less than 6.0
- or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)
Common equivalent English language qualifications:
- ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20
- CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): B minimum
- CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): C minimum
- PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the Language Centre Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:
What do I do if...
my language qualifications are below the requirements?
The University's Language Centre offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.
my language qualifications are not listed here?
Please contact the Recruitment and International Office: Elaine.Shortt@glasgow.ac.uk
If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:
my academic qualifications are below the requirements?
Glasgow International College offers Foundation courses to upgrade your academic qualifications.
Visa requirements and proof of English language level
It is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements.
For further information about English language, please contact the Language Centre.