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

Triple-crown accreditation puts the Adam Smith Business School in the top league of international business schools.

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

What our students say

Business & Management students

Constanze Ahlreep, Swiss & German
Business & Management/ Economics undergraduate

"I decided to come to Scotland to study because of the great dual degree system you have here which has allowed me to study for a double degree in Business and Management with Economics.

Studying for a joint degree has allowed me to develop a greater breadth and depth in my chosen fields. The subjects also complement each other very well. Economics allows me to develop a more technical, mathematical, and theoretical understanding of the world, the economy and industry, while Business is more practical and actionable.

What I have enjoyed most about my degree so far has been the tutorials and working together in small groups and classes. My classmates are so diverse in backgrounds, beliefs and thought which brings out interesting and fun discussions among us.

One of my most memorable experiences at university has been participating in the group projects for Business and Management. I have always had fantastic teams and enjoy collaborating with teammates and sharing the burden on assignments. Whether we're getting together for a four-hour long Zoom session, or an afternoon at the library, it's always fun and productive.

The University of Glasgow is gorgeous. The first time I visited the university campus, I fell in love with it. It is such a privilege and a joy to be able to come on campus and use all the facilities. Glasgow has a rugged and humble charm. It is a city with character, and it grows on you. The longer I live here and the more I explore and experience the city, the more I love it. It has a great music and culinary scene, and the nightlife is also great. The people are so friendly. I am constantly finding new little cafes, bookshops, pubs, parks, or cute roads. It is ideal for student life.

One of Glasgow universities’ biggest strengths is its extra-curricular activities. I participate in the marketing society and a variety of sports societies. It is a fantastic way to meet people, build your CV and develop practical skills. There is such a wide variety of different societies. All the societies I have been part of have been so enjoyable and easy-going. They are also generally very well organised and run.

If I could give any advice to anyone considering joining the university of Glasgow Adam Smith Business School, I would say do it."

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.
  • Foundations of Finance gives the basic principles of finance and an understanding of the finance world. You will also study other subjects in years 1 and 2.

Year 2

You will take four courses:

  • Fundamentals of Human Resource Management introduces the theory and practice of human resource management.
  • Business Decision Analysis uses quantitative and qualitative data for decision making.
  • Entrepreneurship introduces the fundamentals of entrepreneurship and the role it plays in society.
  • Service Operations Management outlines the theory and practice of operations management.

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

Years 3 and 4

If you progress to Honours (years 3 and 4), 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.

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.

Find out more

Entry requirements

for entry in 2024

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

  • AAABB at S5 will be considered. Typically S6 entrants will have AAAAAA Higher or AAAA + BB Advanced Higher
  • Additional requirements: Higher English and a Higher Humanities subject. Higher Mathematics recommended.

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

  • MD20: ABBBB (also other target groups*)
  • MD40: AAABB (ABB S5 minimum for consideration)*
  • Additional requirements: Higher English and a Higher Humanities subject. Higher Mathematics recommended. 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.

Note: You do not need to have studied business or management previously to enter the first year of this programme.

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.

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.

Further information about English language: School of Modern Languages & 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
  • 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 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 (CIPD).

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)
Apply to CN82
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.

College of Social Sciences Deans' Award

The College of Social Sciences is offering two scholarships worth £10,000 each towards tuition fees for academically excellent students wishing to study an Undergraduate programme within the College’s programme portfolio for 2023 entry. 

The scholarships will be awarded to applicants from Malaysia, India, Italy, Pakistan and South Africa.  

EU Welcome Award

The University of Glasgow continues to be committed to ensuring a strong relationship with our existing and future EU students, and supporting EU talent to make their home at the University of Glasgow. 

We appreciate the challenging financial implications that have arisen for our European applicants, and are therefore delighted to offer the EU Welcome Award to new incoming EU students starting an undergraduate programme for Academic Session 2023-24. The scholarship is awarded as a tuition fee discount of £5,000 for every year of study and is subject to satisfactory progress for consecutive years of study. This discount cannot be combined with another University scholarship.

Applicants that completed a Study Abroad year, Exchange programme or International Summer School at the University of Glasgow and therefore eligible for the Alumni discount could be granted the EU Welcome Award as well.

Undergraduate Excellence Scholarship

The University of Glasgow has a number of Undergraduate Excellence Scholarships available to new International and EU students for 2023 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) for 2023 entry.

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 2023/24 as being domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and paying annual tuition fees of £9,250 per annum.

James McCune Smith Undergraduate 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 for 2023 entry. Current students who have previously been in receipt of the award may reapply, however, preference will be given to applicants entering their first year of study.

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.

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. For 2023 entry, 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 for 2023 entry. 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.

Undergraduate Talent Scholarships

The University of Glasgow is awarding c.50 undergraduate Talent Scholarships to support students who could face financial difficulties in taking up their place to study at the University for 2023 entry. 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.

University of Glasgow Scholarships for Turkey and Syria

Following the devastating earthquake which struck Turkey and Syria, the University of Glasgow is offering 6 exclusive full tuition fee waivers to students from this region, who are facing challenges in progressing on to Higher Education. The scholarship is available to students entering any of the University’s Colleges to undertake an Undergraduate or Postgraduate Taught (one-year Masters) programme in 2023-2024.

Sanctuary Scholarships

The University of Glasgow is offering up to 20 Sanctuary Scholarships for applicants to the University, who have been forced to travel to the UK for humanitarian reasons and are facing challenges in progressing onto Higher Education. The scholarship is open to prospective undergraduate and postgraduate taught students at the University of Glasgow applying for entry in September 2023/24. Please note that you must have applied to the University before submitting an application for this scholarship.

The scholarship will meet the cost of tuition fees for the duration of your programme, for applicants who are unable to access mainstream funding through Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) or Student Finance. The Sanctuary Scholarship also provides a £5,000 per year stipend, to assist with study costs. In addition, if the eligibility criteria for university accommodation is met, this will also be provided for the duration of your degree, if required. For more information on the accommodation criteria, please see the Accommodation Services section on the website.

Undergraduate students with refugee status (or equivalent) and access to funding, are eligible to apply for the scholarship and would receive the £5,000 stipend towards study costs only, if successful.

Postgraduate Taught Masters students with refugee status (or equivalent) and access to funding, are eligible to apply for the scholarship and would receive the £5,000 stipend towards study costs and a partial tuition fee waiver, to cover any shortfall not met by your Postgraduate Masters tuition fee loan.

The Clan Gregor Society Prize

The Clan Gregor Society is 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 for 2023 entry.

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
  • 31 January: all other UK applicants (unless otherwise stated on the UCAS website)
  • 30 June: international 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.

Apply via UCAS

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