Business & Management MA(SocSci)/BSc/LLB/MA

Business & Management students

The study of business and management offers you a structured insight into both the theoretical and practical dimensions of organisations and management.

You will benefit from a wide range of diverse expertise within Business & Management, as well as our collaborative ties with local industry and commerce which make significant contributions to the degree programme. Theory and practice are taught through a variety of innovative learning methods and opportunities.

Adam Smith Business School is triple accredited

  • September start
  • Session dates
  • Business & Management MA(SocSci) (Hons): N200 4 year degree

What our students say

Business & Management students

“My decision to accept the University of Glasgow as my firm choice came when I attended the Open Day. No summary of activities or description of the quality of work can do complete justice to what this university really is. I am studying Business & Management because I would like to be a Human Resources Manager; the Organisational Behaviour course is particularly interesting to me. It considers the “human element” of organisations by combining different subjects such as psychology, social science and political science. Glasgow is a vibrant city, and the best for students who want to combine their studies with their social life. In my opinion, our university is one of the best things about Glasgow.”

Ambra, Business & Management Senior Honours student, Italy

“Our Business & Management degree is truly international. Being able to study with and be taught by people from all over the world has given me the opportunity to learn about and appreciate a whole variety of cultures. You learn from lecturers who have vast amounts of practical experience in their field. They are able to clearly and comprehensively explain concepts, add interesting practical examples from real life. Dr Thomas Anker, for example, is a great lecturer who complements his teaching with up-to-date examples and is always available to discuss any concerns we may have or get involved with ideas or initiatives that are brought to him. Whichever aspect of Business and Management you are interested in, The Adam Smith Business School has something for you and from personal experience I can tell you that everywhere you go, you will find friendly and understanding staff who will help you pursue your goals”.

Jan, Business & Management graduate, Czech Republic


Programme structure

Year 1

You will take four courses:

  • ORGANISATIONAL BEHAVIOUR: provides the context in which organisations exist.
  • INTRODUCTION TO MARKETING: introduces marketing communications, consumer behaviour, digital marketing, sales and pricing, product development and marketing strategy.
  • PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT: describes today’s managers and what constitutes an effective manager.
  • [[[ACCFIN1018]]]: gives the basic principles of finance and an understanding of the finance world.

Year 2

You will take four courses:

You will also study other subjects of your choice in years 1 and 2: see Flexible degrees.

Years 3 and 4

In the Honours programme, you will study five core classes including Strategic management, Global business, Ethics and business, Research methods and an integrative experiential learning course. Optional courses are offered from a range of disciplines including entrepreneurship, marketing, human resource management and organisational behaviour, international business, service operations and finance.

Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Course details

Level 1

Foundations of Finance
Introduction to Marketing
Organisational Behaviour
Principles of Management

Level 2

Business Decision Analysis
Fundamentals of Human Resource Management
Service and Operations Management

Years 3 and 4: Honours

Business Start Up
Cases in Operations Management
Contemporary Employment Relations
Contemporary Issues in Consumer Behaviour
Design and Implementation of New Business Models
Development of International Business
Digital Marketing Strategy
Economic Crises and Depressions
Entrepreneurial Selling
Entrepreneurial Ventures, Management and Growth
Ethics and Business
Financial Management
Human Resource Management
Innovation and Participation at Work
International Marketing Consultancy
Management in the Voluntary and Community Sector
Managing Complex Change
Managing Diversity in Organizations
Managing in the Public Sector
Marketing Communications
Project Management
Research Methods
Services Marketing
Social and Community Entrepreneurship
Strategic Management
Strategic Marketing
The Art of Influencing
Uneven Development and the Global Economy

Level 3: non-Honours

These courses are available to students who are completing an MA (Social Sciences) Ordinary Degree, for which 60 credits of level 3 courses are required.

Business and Management 3: Business Competition
Business & Management 3: Marketing Campaign Development: Research and Tactics
Business & Management 3: Project Management

Service courses

These courses are primarily available to students studying engineering degrees, though some are suitable for exchange students visiting Glasgow who do not study Business and Management at their home institution.  See course pages for details.  The courses cannot be taken by MA students.

Entrepreneurship 1A: Corporate Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Entrepreneurship 1B: New Venture Planning
Professional Practice 5

Our international links

There are opportunities for you to go abroad for up to a year as part of your undergraduate studies.

You can apply to spend part or all of your third year at another university. We currently have links with partners across Europe, the United States, Canada, South America, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Singapore. Courses taken overseas through our exchange programmes form part of your degree.

There are no additional tuition fees and you get support and recognition for your time abroad through the programme.

You don’t need to speak a foreign language

Many of our partners teach in English. You can also take free language classes to prepare for your time abroad as part of the University’s Learn a Language initiative.

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Entry requirements

for entry in 2021

Applicants to subject-combinations with Psychology must meet the Psychology degree programme entry requirements.

Summary of entry requirements for Business & Management

SQA Higher Entry Requirements (by end of S6) 

  • AAAAB (AABB S5 minimum for consideration)
  • Additional requirements: Higher English or Higher Humanities subject.

SQA Higher Adjusted Entry Requirements* (by end of S6)

  • Additional requirements: Higher English or Higher Humanities subject. Successful completion of Top-Up or one of our Summer Schools.

* See Access Glasgow for eligibility.

A-level Standard Entry Requirements

  • AAB – BBB
  • Additional requirements: A-level English or Humanities subject.

IB Standard Entry Requirements

  • 38 (6,6,6 HL) – 32 (6,5,5 HL)
  • Additional requirements: HL English or Humanities subject.

2021 Admissions Policy and further information about entry requirements

Glasgow International College

International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of foundation certificates.

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

English language requirements

Important information for entry in Autumn 2020 and January 2021

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*: 90; no sub-test less than: Reading: 20; Listening: 19; Speaking: 19; Writing: 23
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • IGCSE: English as a First Language (0500/0522): C in Reading and Writing, plus 1 in Listening, 2 in Speaking, where applicable. All four components (listening, writing, speaking, reading) must be examined and detailed on results slip
  • IGCSE: English as a Second Language (0510/0511): A in Reading and Writing, plus A in Listening, 2/B in Speaking, where applicable. All four components (listening, writing, speaking, reading) must be examined and detailed on results slip
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit 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 School of Modern Languages and Cultures 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 External Relations

If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:

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 see School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study.

Career prospects

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, market research managers and analysts with Procter & Gamble and managers in financial services including HBOS and Morgan Stanley.


The Adam Smith Business School has specialised international accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Our teaching provision is also accredited by the Association of Business Schools and the Association of MBAs (AMBA). We have also been awarded accreditation under the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS), operated by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD). The triple-crown accreditation puts us in the top league of international business schools.

Students can take a route in Human Resource Management on the MA programme, accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development.

Degrees and UCAS codes

When applying you will need to know the UCAS code for the subject or subject-combination that you wish to apply to:

MA(SocSci) (Hons)

Business & Management: N200 (4 years)
Business & Management/Business Economics: LNC2 (4 years)
Business & Management/Computing Science: GN42 (4 years)
Business & Management/Economic & Social History: NV23 (4 years)
Business & Management/Economics: LN12 (4 years)
Business & Management/Geography: LN72 (4 years)
Business & Management/History: NV21 (4 years)
Business & Management/Mathematics: GND2 (4 years)
Business & Management/Philosophy: NV25 (4 years)
Business & Management/Politics: LN22 (4 years)
Business & Management/Psychology: CN82 (4 years)
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Applicants must meet the Psychology requirements
Business & Management/Social & Public Policy: LN42 (4 years)
Business & Management/Sociology: LN62 (4 years)

BSc (Hons)

Business & Management/Computing Science: NG24 (4 years)
Business & Management/Mathematics: NG21 (4 years)

LLB (Hons)

Business & Management/Common Law: MN19 (4 years)
Business & Management/Scots Law: MN12 (4 years)

MA (Hons)

Business & Management/Digital Media & Information Studies: GN52 (4 years)
Business & Management/English Literature: QN32 (4 years)
Business & Management/French: NR21 (5 years)
Business & Management/Gaelic: QN52 (4 years)
Business & Management/German: NR22 (5 years)
Business & Management/History: NVF1 (4 years)
Business & Management/History of Art: NVF3 (4 years)
Business & Management/Italian: NR23 (5 years)
Business & Management/Latin: NQ26 (4 years)
Business & Management/Music: NW23 (4 years)
Business & Management/Philosophy: NVF5 (4 years)
Business & Management/Portuguese: 9K7B (5 years)
Business & Management/Russian: NR27 (5 years)
Business & Management/Spanish: N1R4 (5 years)

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you’re from: see Tuition fees for details.


The University is committed to supporting students and rewarding academic excellence. That's why we've invested more than £1m in additional scholarship funding in recent years.

RUK Access Bursary 2020 Entry

The bursary supports talented students who might not be able to take a place at University for reasons of financial hardship. It is available to new entrant full-time, undergraduate students of the University of Glasgow who are fully registered for Session 2020/21, as being domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and paying annual tuition fees of £9,250 per annum.

RUK Excellence Scholarship 2020

The RUK Excellence Scholarship of £1,000 for each year of study will be awarded to first degree entrants who have attained AAA or better in one sitting at A Level (or equivalent). 

Beaconhouse Schools

The University of Glasgow offer a 15% discount on the first year of tuition fee to students from Beaconhouse Schools and who enrol on an undergraduate programme at the University of Glasgow. The discount does not apply to Veterinary Medicine, Medicine and Dentistry programmes.

Humanitarian Scholarships

The University of Glasgow is offering four scholarships (one per college) for applicants to the University who are staying in the UK on humanitarian grounds and are facing challenges in progressing onto Higher Education. The scholarship is open to prospective undergraduate and postgraduate taught students of the University of Glasgow applying for entry in 2021/22. The scholarship meets the full cost of tuition fees for the duration of your programme as well providing an additional £5,000 per year stipend, if the eligibility criteria for university accommodation is met this will also be provided for the duration of your degree. For more information on the accommodation criteria, please see the Accommodation Services section on the website.

We are also offering eight scholarships to students who hold refugee status. This scholarship is awarded as a £2,500 stipend towards study costs, per year of study.

The scholarships above are specific to this programme. For more funding opportunities search the scholarships database

How to apply


Full-time students must apply through the Universities & Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). 

International students to Arts, Engineering, Law, Nursing, Science, and Social Sciences can also apply using The Common Application: however, if applying to more than one UK university, we recommend using UCAS. Applications to Dentistry, Education, Medicine, and Veterinary Medicine must be made through UCAS.

Application deadlines

  • 15 October: if including Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or also applying to Oxford or Cambridge
  • 15 January: all other UK/EU applicants (unless otherwise stated on the UCAS website)
  • 30 June: international (non-EU) students

We do not usually accept any applications after these deadlines.

It's your responsibility to ensure the accuracy of your application before submission. Requests to correct application content, change degree programme or change college of entry, will not be accepted after these deadlines. This policy is in place to ensure fairness and consistency to all applicants, and no exceptions will be made.

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