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

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  • Business & Management MA(SocSci) (Hons): N200 4 year degree
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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

Year 1

You will take four courses: Organisational behaviour; Introduction to marketing; Principles of management; Foundations of finance.

Year 2

You will take four courses: Fundamentals of human resource management; Business decision analysis; Entrepreneurship; Service operations management.

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. 

In your final year of study, as a single honours or joint honours student, you will carry out a substantial piece of research into your area of interest in business and manegement, in the form of your final year dissertation.

Course details

Year 1

Year 2

Years 3 and 4

Economic and Social History Courses for Single Honours Students

The following courses are available to students on a Single Honours Business and Management plan as outside options even if they have not previously studied Economic and Social History. Students should be aware though that these courses are worth 20 credits each.

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.

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.

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.

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 2022

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

Applicants to subject-combinations with Law must meet the Law degree programmes entry requirements.

Summary of entry requirements for Business & Management

SQA Higher Entry Requirements (by end of S6 - no entry from S5)

  • AAAAAA Higher or AAAA + BB Advanced Higher (AAABB S5 minimum for consideration)
  • Additional requirements: Higher English and a Higher Humanities subject or Mathematics.

SQA Higher Adjusted Entry Requirements* (by end of S5 or S6)

  • MD20 – BBBBB (also other target groups*)
  • MD40 – AABBB* (minimum requirement of ABB in S5)
  • Additional requirements: Higher English and a Higher Humanities subject or Mathematics. 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.

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

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)

  • 6.5 with no sub-test under 6.0.
  • Tests must have been taken within 4 years 5 months of start date. Combined scores from two tests taken within 6 months of each other can be considered.

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission to this programme:

TOEFL (ib, my best or athome)

  • 90 with minimum R 20, L 19, S 19, W 23.
  • Tests must have been taken within 4 years 5 months of start date. Combined scores from two tests taken within 6 months of each other can be considered.

PTE (Academic)

  • 60 with minimum 59 in all sub-tests.
  • Tests must have been taken within 4 years 5 months of start date. Combined scores from two tests taken within 6 months of each other can be considered.

Glasgow International College English Language (and other foundation providers)

  • 65%.
  • Tests are accepted for academic year following sitting.

University of Glasgow Pre-sessional courses

  • Tests are accepted for academic year following sitting.

Cambridge English Qualifications

  • Cambridge Advanced English (CAE): 176 overall, no subtest less than 169
  • Cambridge Proficiency in English (CPE): 176 overall, no subtest less than 169

School Qualifications

  • iGCSE English or ESOL 0522/0500, grade C
  • International Baccalaureate English A SL5 or HL5
  • International Baccalaureate English B SL6 or HL5
  • SQA National 5 English or ESOL, grade B
  • SQA Higher English or ESOL, grade C
  • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education, English Language grade 4
  • West African Examination Council, Senior Secondary School Certificate, English grade C6

Alternatives to English Language qualification

  • Undergraduate degree from English speaking country (including Canada if taught in English)
  • Undergraduate 2+2 degree from English speaking country
  • Undergraduate 2+2 TNE degree taught in English in non-English speaking country
  • Masters degree from English speaking country
  • Masters degree (equivalent on NARIC to UK masters degree) taught in English in non-English speaking country.

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed 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.

All single honours students on the Business & Management degree are eligible to obtain a qualification from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). As the only chartered professional body in the field of management and leadership, CMI qualification offers international recognition.

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


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.

Undergraduate Excellence Scholarship

The University of Glasgow has a number of Undergraduate Excellence Scholarships available to new International and EU students for 2022 entry. The scholarship is awarded as a tuition fee discount of £7,000 per year of study and is subject to satisfactory progress for consecutive years of study.  

RUK Excellence Scholarship

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). 

RUK Access Bursary

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 2021/22, as being domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and paying annual tuition fees of £9,250 per annum.

James McCune Smith Scholarship

The University of Glasgow has up to 30 undergraduate scholarships available for students of African/African-Caribbean backgrounds. The scholarship supports students who could face financial difficulties taking up their place to study at the university. The value of the scholarship is £2,000, paid in instalments for year one of undergraduate study. The scholarship is open to new applicants to the university only. 

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.

Undergraduate Talent Scholarships

The University of Glasgow awards c.50 undergraduate Talent Scholarships each academic year to support students who could face financial difficulties in taking up their place to study at the University. The value of each scholarship is typically £1,500 p.a. for each year of the degree programme, subject to satisfactory progress. Talent Scholarships are available to students entering any of the University's Colleges.

Dental School students are eligible for a Talent Scholarship in their first year of study only. They are eligible for the NHS Dental Student Support Grant in the following years.


Republic of Ireland (RoI) Access Bursary

Glasgow has a long and proud tradition of providing financial support to talented students who, for reasons of financial hardship, might not be able to take a place at university. Our RoI Access Bursary is part of our commitment to continue to attract and support students from a diverse range of backgrounds. The RoI bursary will be up to £2,000 for your first year of study and £1,000 for continuing years.

Payments of the RoI Access Bursary will be detailed in your Award Letter.

  • The RoI Access Bursary will be awarded as a cash payment.
  • The RoI Access Bursary will be paid in 10 instalments from October until July; this award is based on household income
  • The RoI Access Bursary will only be awarded in years where tuition fees of £9,250 apply (i.e. Normally Years 1,2 and 3. Bursary is not paid in Year 4 where no tuition fees are due).

Republic of Ireland (RoI) Excellence Scholarship

The RoI Excellence Scholarship of £1,000 for each year of study will be awarded to first degree entrants who have attained at Irish Higher grades A1, A1, A1, A1 from the Irish Leaving Certificate.  Dentistry, Medicine and Veterinary Medicine applicants are not eligible for this award.


  • The RoI Excellence Scholarship will be processed as a cash payment.
  • The RoI Excellence Scholarship will be paid in 2 instalments.
  • The first payment will be in October and the second payment will be in February.

These payments will be credited to the UK bank account held on your MyCampus profile; therefore, it is vital that this is up to date at the start of the session. By submitting your bank details on the MyCampus system, you are confirming that you agree with the terms and conditions of the award.

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 2022/23. 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 Clan Gregor Society Prize

The Clan Gregor Society are offering an award to new entrants to the University of Glasgow who descend from Clan Gregor. Prospective students will be asked to submit an application highlighting areas of consideration such as academic excellence and financial need. The award is open to both Undergraduate and postgraduate applicants.

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). 

SQA applicants who are eligible for our Widening Participation programmes are encouraged to participate in one or more of these programmes, including Summer School, to support your application and the transition to higher education.

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
  • 26 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.

Due to high demand, if you wish to be considered for Business & Management you must apply and be admitted using a UCAS code for Business & Management. It will not be possible to transfer to Business & Management, or progress to Years 3 or 4 of a Business & Management degree, unless you apply using a Business & Management specific UCAS code.

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