Business Management BSc (Hons)

  • For Entry: September
  • Duration: 4 years
  • School: Social Sciences

We offer two BSc degrees: Business Management and Business Management (Accounting and Finance). Both are taught by staff with plenty of real-life business experience.

The career prospects of our students are excellent. At Dundee, we aim to help you develop the skills and techniques needed to enter a variety of rewarding careers in the business and management area.

Why study this course at Dundee?

The content of our two business management degrees is topical and relevant. We want you to understand the nature, power and limitations of various business and management techniques; how management and non-management workers can influence a business' performance; how business and other types of organisations can help society to function and address society's problems. 

Our teaching staff are leading experts in the areas of business and management. In addition, they are committed to providing a stimulating, supportive, friendly and well organised environment for students. 

Most of our staff have business experience as well as an academic background. They have strong links with companies as well as professional bodies. Thus, the degree content is informed both by innovations in practice and developments in academic thinking.

What is so good about this course?

Throughout the degree guest lectures are given by managers and specialists from a variety of businesses and other organisations to help you appreciate how business management issues are handled in the real world.

In addition, students on the BSc Business Management degree have the opportunity through the Business Management Internship Module, to participate in a short placement with a local firm in order to see how the business management skills that they have studied can be used in practice. You will also have the opportunity to use this experience as material for an elective Dissertation module in your final year of study.

Student visits

Outside visits are also organised to help you appreciate how business management issues are handled in practice.

For example, depending on your module choices you might visit financial institutions in Edinburgh and London or companies within the Tayside area.

Degree Combinations

  • Business Management (Accounting & Finance) BSc (Hons)

Related Courses

Your degree will include a good grounding in professional knowledge and skills. It will give you exposure to many of the latest developments in business, management and organisational research to which Dundee's staff make a major contribution. The optional modules available in Levels 3 and 4 allow specialist business management areas to be studied in greater depth.

You do not need any prior knowledge of business or management to be accepted. Both business management degrees follow the same curriculum at Level 1; however, the BSc Business Management (Accounting & Finance) is structured for students who are more numerically confident, and the modules reflect this.

Our programmes are delivered using a variety of lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and hands-on computer labs. Assessment is by a mixture of coursework (for example, an essay), computer labs, projects based on group assignments and exams.

In Level 1, three subjects are delivered per semester - each having approximately 5 hours of classes. We expect students to undertake a minimum of an additional 20 hours of individual study per week to prepare for classes and revise material covered in lectures or tutorials.

Honours Degree

An honours degree normally takes four years, full time, you study Levels 1-4, as described below.

Advanced Entry Honours Degree

It is possible to study for most of our honours degrees in 3 years if you have the required grades and subjects as listed in the Entry Requirements section. There are definite advantages to considering this route as the time needed to study is reduced by one year which enables you to start working and earning earlier.

Typical Degree Programme

Level 1

  • International Business Environment - introduces to the relationship between firms and their immediate environment, as well as discussing aspects of managerial theory and material relating to personal financial planning.
  • Foundations of Economics Analysis - introduces students to the tools needed to analyse how an economy works. It helps students to understand consumer choice, how prices are set, the way firms and markets operate, whether monopoly is efficient, why governments might choose to regulate industry or provide services such as health and education. Issues such as the determination of national income are examined along with policy options available to governments to reduce unemployment and inflation.
  • Business Statistics - introduces statistical methods such as probability theory and regression analysis, as well as other quantitative techniques relevant to modern business activity.
  • Business Information Systems - provides hands-on experience of the modern software applications relevant to accounting and business as well as introducing students to some of the theoretical concepts relevant to the processing of information in large organisations.
  • Introductory Financial Accounting - introduces students to the basic concepts of accounting practices, including book-keeping and the production of external financial reports.
  • Introductory Management Accounting - introduces students to the foundations of costing and accounting for planning and control.

Because the 1st year of our Business Management, Business Management (Accounting and Finance) and Bachelor in Accounting degrees are identical, students on either of the BSc Business Management degrees can, if they wish, transfer into another degree in the School after successful completion of Level 1.

The Level 2 modules are designed to build on and develop the theoretical and practical material covered at Level 1.

  • Intermediate Financial Management - builds on Level 1 material by introducing students to techniques used in practice to appraise financial and capital investments as well as discussing working capital management and long-term fund raising.
  • Financial Decision Analysis - introduces students to the modern techniques used in financial decision analysis, including linear programming, queuing and inventory modelling.
  • Business Law - focuses on the main legal principles that affect firms' commercial activities by covering aspects of modern contract and company law as well as relevant aspects of delict, agency and commercial law.
  • Management Concepts in Context - explores the development and application of management and organisational theories over time with the aim of enhancing students' appreciation of business management and organisational knowledge and skills needed for practice.
  • Enterprise – introduces students to the concepts and practices of entrepreneurship, through team and individual work, helping them students to understand what is required to enable enterprise and enterprising ideas and practices as required in contemporary business.
  • Business Management Internship Module - provides students with meaningful work experience through an Internship Placement, whilst also developing project management, report writing and a range of career management skills including CV writing, interview performance and presentation training.

Level 3

Performance in the first two Levels helps determine whether students are offered the chance to study for the Honours version of the degree (awarded after four years) or the non-Honours version (awarded after three years). Students may choose to take the non-Honours version of the degree take 120 credits at Level 3, most of which build directly on those taken at earlier Levels. Those students choosing, and able, to progress to Honours Level take 240 credits over Levels 3 and 4, with 40-60 credits being selected from a wide range of degree-appropriate subjects (dependent on options taken).

 

In Year 3 students will take:

2 compulsory modules as follows:

  • Strategic Management and Policy - explores the practical applications, implications of the principles, concepts, theories and frameworks of strategic management in order to obtain an insight into why strategy and business policy is important for organisations.
  • Research Methods in Business Management - aims at developing understanding of the methodologies and methods appropriate to conducting research in Business Management and develops the student's ability to write a robust dissertation research proposal.

Plus 3 optional modules from the following:

  • Managing Human Resources - addresses issues in human resource management such as recruitment and selection, human resource development, performance appraisal and rewards management. The problems for the firm are placed within the wider context of the firm's overall objectives and strategy, and links are developed between this and wider issues of labour economics.
  • Advanced Financial Management - introduces students to modern theories of corporate financial management and further development of analytical techniques in financial management that were previously introduced. It covers topics such as dividend theory, capital structure, asset pricing at the efficient market hypothesis.
  • Introduction to Marketing - introduces students to the principles of marketing and provides the opportunity to gain a practical understanding of modern marketing methods. Through the extensive use of case studies, the module examines the history of marketing, consumer behaviour, the nature of the marketplace and the key elements of the marketing mix.
  • Examining Business Information Systems –aims to develop the learning abilities and critical faculties of students by exposing them to recent developments in information systems and management research and practice.  Students’ understanding of the environment in which management practises operate and change will be developed.  The module also seeks to develop students’ understanding of strategic and operational issues relating to the management of information in organisations. 
  • 1 Practical Language (French, Spanish or German)*

One of the optional modules may be substituted by the choice of one Level 4 module (20 credit module), however, such a choice is subject to the approval of the Programme Director

* Students interested in taking a language will need to discuss the implications fully with the second year coordinator or the Programme Director.  Normally a language option is only appropriate for students who have reached a reasonable standard in the language already.  Choosing such a module implies that one of the student’s 4th year modules would also be a language.  If a student take a language in 3rd and 4th years, they will be unable to dip down to any other 3rd year module in 4th year. 

 

Level 4

  • Change Management - develops in students a critical appreciation of the processes associated with change as it operates at the societal, organisational and individual employee Levels, and the complex challenges they pose to the successful management of organisations and those responsible for such tasks.
  • Managing Human Rights - develops students' critically engaged understanding of ethics and Human Rights Issues within Social and Business contexts, both nationally and internationally.

 

Plus 3 optional modules from the following (only two options if electing to take the 40 credit Business Dissertation module):

  • Understanding and Managing Organisational Space –seeks to develop students’ abilities and critical faculties by exposing them to recent developments in management research and practice with regard to the management of organisational space.  Students will also develop an understanding of the environment in which management practices operate and change thereby developing an understanding of the strategic and operational issues relating to the management of organisational space. 
  • Issues in Management Accounting Research – introduces students to a number of the key research foci within the management accounting sub-discipline, and how their role within broader management practices are best understood by embracing an interdisciplinary perspective rather than the more familiar technical emphasis of accounting practice.
  • Business Management Project (20 Credits)* - allows students to demonstrate their ability to work intensively and independently on a focused literature-based project, meet deadlines and produce a coherent and critically engaged topic-focused literature review appropriate for a Level 4 submission. 
  • Business Dissertation (40 credits)* -  aims to enhance students’ opportunity to undertake supervised, independent research into a topic of their choice, relevant to their degree subject, and to apply the full range of associated research skills required to produce a dissertation.  In doing so, they will develop enhanced research based and transferable skills applicable in most areas of employment after graduation. 
  • Social & Environmental Accounting & Reporting - takes a critically engaged and socially aware perspective, this module provides a theoretical foundation for understanding developments in social and environmental accounting, auditing and reporting, extending beyond the discipline of accounting to encompass the wider frameworks of business and management.
  • Security Analysis and Portfolio Management** - explores the range of techniques and models that are used by investors in analysing both security and portfolio performance, to further develop students' understanding of security analysis and portfolio management and to introduce students to both the theoretical and the applied literature which investigates how securities should be priced and how investors appraise securities in practice.
  • Financial Management Theory** –outlines some of the most advanced theories of financial management and critically scrutinises the views of leading exponents in this field.  The module aims to further develop students’ understanding of topics covered in the Level 3 Advanced Financial Management course by examining the material in greater depth, paying special attention to modern theories of corporate finance.  Students will also be introduced to a number of new topics in the area of corporate finance.  Students will be directed and encouraged to undertake independent reading of the related literature.
  • 1 language from French, German, Spanish (if taken a language in 3rd year).

One of the optional modules could be substituted by the choice of one Level 3, 20 credit module but such a choice must be subject to the approval of the Programme Director. 

*students elect to take either the Business Management Project or the Business Dissertation. 

**only available to students who have taken Advanced Financial Management in their third year. 

Honours Degree

An honours degree normally takes four years, full time, you study Levels 1-4, as described below.

Advanced Entry Honours Degree

It is possible to study for most of our honours degrees in 3 years if you have the required grades and subjects as listed in the Entry Requirements section. There are definite advantages to considering this route as the time needed to study is reduced by one year which enables you to start working and earning earlier.

Typical Degree Programme

All students on the BSc Business Management (Accounting & Finance) degree take a set of modules at Level 1 that are similar to those taken by students on the BAcc, BFin and BSc International Business and BSc Business Management degrees. Thus, at the end of Level 1, students can transfer between degrees if they want to specialise in certain areas such as Accountancy, Finance or International Business (Economics).

Level 1

  • International Business Environment - introduces to the relationship between firms and their immediate environment, as well as discussing aspects of managerial theory and material relating to personal financial planning.
  • Foundations of Economics Analysis - introduces students to the tools needed to analyse how an economy works. It helps students to understand consumer choice, how prices are set, the way firms and markets operate, whether monopoly is efficient, why governments might choose to regulate industry or provide services such as health and education. Issues such as the determination of national income are examined along with policy options available to governments to reduce unemployment and inflation.
  • Business Statistics - introduces statistical methods such as probability theory and regression analysis, as well as other quantitative techniques relevant to modern business activity.
  • Business Information Systems - provides hands-on experience of the modern software applications relevant to accounting and business as well as introducing students to some of the theoretical concepts relevant to the processing of information in large organisations.
  • Introductory Financial Accounting - introduces students to the basic concepts of accounting practices, including book-keeping and the production of external financial reports.
  • Introductory Management Accounting - introduces students to the foundations of costing and accounting for planning and control.

 

 

Level 2

The Level 2 modules are designed to build on and develop the theoretical and practical material covered at Level 1.

  • Intermediate Financial Management - builds on Level 1 material by introducing students to techniques used in practice to appraise financial and capital investments as well as discussing working capital management and long-term fund raising.
  • Financial Decision Analysis - builds on the Level 1 Business Statistics module introducing students to the modern techniques used in financial decision analysis, including linear programming, queuing and inventory modelling.
  • Business Law - focuses on the main legal principles that affect firms' commercial activities by covering aspects of modern contract and company law as well as relevant aspects of delict, agency and commercial law.
  • Management Concepts in Context - explores the development and application of management and organisational theories over time with the aim of enhancing students' appreciation of business management and organisational knowledge and skills needed for practice.
  • Enterprise – introduces students to the concepts and practices of entreprenuership, through team and individual work, helping them students to understand what is required to enable enterprise and enterprising ideas and practices as required in contemporary business.
  • Intermediate Management Accounting - builds on Level 1 material by introducing higher Level concepts in costing and managerial reporting in general.

 

Level 3

Performance in the first two Levels of the degree helps determine whether students are offered the chance to study for the Honours version of the degree (awarded after four years) or the non-Honours version (awarded after three years). Students taking the non-Honours version of the degree take 120 credits at Level 3, most of which build directly on those taken at earlier Levels. Honours students take 240 credits over Levels 3 and 4, with 60 credits selected from a wide range of degree-appropriate subjects.

 

In year 3 students will take:

2 Compulsory modules:

  • Strategic Management and Policy- explores the practical applications, implications of the principles, concepts, theories and frameworks of strategic management in order to obtain an insight into why strategy and business policy is important for organisations.
  • Research Methods in Business Management - aims at developing understanding of the methodologies and methods appropriate to conducting research in Business Management and develops the student's ability to write a robust dissertation research proposal.
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Plus 3 optional modules from the following:

  • Advanced Management Accounting - builds on the student's understanding of Management Accounting principles such as the use of internal accounting information in planning, control and decision making processes. It also emphasises on the competencies required for professional management accounting examinations, emerging roles of accountants and provides practical applications of some of the theoretical issues in management accounting.
  • Advanced Financial Management - introduces students to modern theories of corporate financial management and further development of analytical techniques in financial management that were previously introduced. It covers topics such as dividend theory, capital structure, asset pricing at the efficient market hypothesis.
  • Examining Business Information Systems –aims to develop the learning abilities and critical faculties of students by exposing them to recent developments in information systems and management research and practice.  Students’ understanding of the environment in which management practises operate and change will be developed.  The module also seeks to develop students’ understanding of strategic and operational issues relating to the management of information in organisations.
  • Managing Human Resources - addresses issues in human resource management such as recruitment and selection, human resource development, performance appraisal and rewards management. The problems for the firm are placed within the wider context of the firm's overall objectives and strategy, and links are developed between this and wider issues of labour economics.
  • Introduction to Marketing - introduces students to the principles of marketing and provides the opportunity to gain a practical understanding of modern marketing methods. Through the extensive use of case studies, the module examines the history of marketing, consumer behaviour, the nature of the marketplace and the key elements of the marketing mix.
  • 1 Practical Language (French, Spanish or German)*

One of the above electives may be substituted by the choice of one Level 4, 20 credit module, but such a choice is subject to the approval of the Programme Director

* Students interested in taking a language will need to discuss the implications fully with the second year coordinator or the Programme Director.  Normally a language option is only appropriate for students who have reached a reasonable standard in the language already.  Choosing such a module implies that one of the student’s 4th year modules would also be a language.  If a student take a language in 3rd and 4th years, they will be unable to dip down to any other 3rd year module in 4th year. 

 


 

Level 4

Compulsory Modules

  • Change Management - develops in students a critical appreciation of the processes associated with change as it operates at the societal, organisational and individual employee Levels, and the complex challenges they pose to the successful management of organisations and those responsible for such tasks.
  • Managing Human Rights - develops students' critically engaged understanding of ethics and Human Rights Issues within Social and Business contexts, both nationally and internationally.

 

Plus 3 optional modules from the following:

  • Understanding and Managing Organisational Space –seeks to develop students’ abilities and critical faculties by exposing them to recent developments in management research and practice with regard to the management of organisational space.  Students’ will also develop an understanding of the environment in which management practices operate and change and also develop an understanding of the strategic and operational issues relating to the management of organisational space.
  • Issues in Management Accounting Research –introduces students to a number of the key research foci within the management accounting sub-discipline, and how these are best understood by embracing an interdisciplinary perspective rather than the more familiar technical emphasis of accounting practice.
  •  Security Analysis and Portfolio Management** - explores the range of techniques and models that are used by investors in analysing both security and portfolio performance, to further develop students' understanding of security analysis and portfolio management and to introduce students to both the theoretical and the applied literature which investigates how securities should be priced and how investors appraise securities in practice.
  • Social and Environmental Accounting & Reporting - taking a critically engaged and socially aware perspective, this module provides a theoretical foundation for understanding developments in social and environmental accounting, auditing and reporting, extending beyond the discipline of accounting to encompass the wider frameworks of business and management.
  • Business Dissertation (40 Credits)* - aims to enhance students’ opportunity to undertake supervised, independent research into a topic of their choice, relevant to their degree subject, and to apply the full range of associated research skills required to produce a dissertation.  In doing so, they will develop enhanced research based and transferable skills applicable in most areas of employment after graduation.
  • Business Management Project* – allows students to demonstrate their ability to work intensively and independently on a focussed literature-based project, meet deadlines and produce a coherent and critically engaged project-topic focused literature review which is fit for a Level 4 submission. 

 

  • Financial Management Theory** –outlines some of the most advanced theories of financial management and critically scrutinise the views of leading exponents in this field.  The module aims to further develop students’ understanding of topics covered in the Level 3 Advanced Financial Management course by examining the material in greater depth, paying special attention to modern theories of corporate finance.  Students will also be introduced to a number of new topics in the area of corporate finance.  Students will be directed and encouraged to undertake independent reading of the related literature.
  • 1 language from French, German, Spanish (if taken a language in 3rd year). 

One of the optional modules could be substituted by the choice of one Level 3, 20 credit module but such a choice must be subject to the approval of the Programme Director. 

*students elect to take either the Business Management Project or the Business Dissertation. 

**only available to students who have taken Advanced Financial Management in their third year. 

Assessment is by a mixture of coursework (for example, an essay), computer labs, projects based on group assignments and exams. The weightings allocated to assessed coursework and the final examinations vary from module to module.

Our degrees are designed to prepare you for a wide variety of careers in the areas of business and organisational management. They provide a business management education emphasising analytical, decision-making and communication skills. These skills are needed in organisations of all types and sizes – both in the UK and internationally.

Your career is important to us and the practical relevance of our business management degrees is kept under careful review. We liaise with employers and the university careers service to ensure that they continue to meet the needs of the graduate employment market. In Level 2, you will have the opportunity to go on a short placement in a local business which will further increase your employability after graduation.

Our graduates are to be found working all over the world in a variety of interesting and challenging jobs. Many are employed by large multi-national firms or with smaller firms in the UK including manufacturing companies and financial institutions – some as managers in specialist positions and some as accountants; some operate in the public sector, while others are running their own businesses.

Professional Accreditation

The Business Management degree now has professional accreditation with the Institute of Leadership and Management.

The following are the minimum requirements, please note qualifications have to be obtained at the first sitting of examinations.

Please note that the entry requirements in our printed prospectus may be subject to change. The entry requirements listed below are up to date and should be referred to in case of any discrepancy.

Courses starting 2015

Qualification Minimum Grade Typical Grade
SQA Higher BBBB AABB
GCE A-Level BCC BBB
ILC Higher AABB
IB Diploma 30 points (including 5, 5, 5 at Higher Level)
Essential Subjects English and Mathematics at Standard Grade (Credit Level 2), National 5/Intermediate 2 (Grade C), GCSE (Grade B), ILC Ordinary (Grade B), IB Subsidiary Level (Grade 5)
EU & International Visit our Your Country webpages for entry requirements tailored to your home country
Other Qualifications
SQA A relevant HNC with B in the Graded Unit
Scottish Baccalaureate Pass with CC at AH (Level 1 entry)
SWAP Access
EDEXCEL A relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with DDM. A relevant HND with Merits in appropriate modules
Advanced Diploma Grade B with ASL-A Level at B (Level 1 entry)
Welsh Baccalaureate Pass with A-Levels at BB
European Baccalaureate 70% overall
Qualification Grade
SQA Advanced Higher AAB
GCE A-Level BBB
IB Diploma 34 points (including 6, 6, 5 at Higher Level)
Essential Subjects Business Management or a related subject, (SQA Advanced Higher, GCE A-Level or IB Higher Level) and English and Mathematics at Standard Grade (Credit Level 2), National 5/Intermediate 2 (Grade C), GCSE (Grade B), ILC Ordinary (Grade B), IB Subsidiary Level (Grade 5)
EU & International
Other Qualifications
SQA A relevant HND with BB in the Graded Units
Scottish Baccalaureate
SWAP Access
EDEXCEL
Advanced Diploma
Welsh Baccalaureate
European Baccalaureate

Courses starting 2016

Qualification Minimum Grade Typical Grade
SQA Higher BBBB AABB
GCE A-Level BCC BBB
ILC Higher AABB
IB Diploma 30 points (including 5, 5, 5 at Higher Level)
Essential Subjects English and Mathematics at Standard Grade (Credit Level 2), National 5/Intermediate 2 (Grade C), GCSE (Grade B), ILC Ordinary (Grade B), IB Subsidiary Level (Grade 5)
EU & International Visit our Your Country webpages for entry requirements tailored to your home country
Other Qualifications
SQA A relevant HNC with B in the Graded Unit
Scottish Baccalaureate Pass with CC at AH (Level 1 entry)
SWAP Access
EDEXCEL A relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with DDM. A relevant HND with Merits in appropriate modules
Advanced Diploma Grade B with ASL-A Level at B (Level 1 entry)
Welsh Baccalaureate Pass with A-Levels at BB
European Baccalaureate 70% overall
Qualification Grade
SQA Advanced Higher AAB
GCE A-Level BBB
IB Diploma 34 points (including 6, 6, 5 at Higher Level)
Essential Subjects Business Management or a related subject, (SQA Advanced Higher, GCE A-Level or IB Higher Level) and English and Mathematics at Standard Grade (Credit Level 2), National 5/Intermediate 2 (Grade C), GCSE (Grade B), ILC Ordinary (Grade B), IB Subsidiary Level (Grade 5)
EU & International
Other Qualifications
SQA A relevant HND with BB in the Graded Units
Scottish Baccalaureate
SWAP Access
EDEXCEL
Advanced Diploma
Welsh Baccalaureate
European Baccalaureate

There have been many changes to the arrangements for funding students entering higher education in recent years, yet a degree from the University of Dundee, with its high rate of employment success, remains a cost-effective option.

The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application. Find out more about fee status.

Fee categoryFees for students starting 2015
Scottish students £1,820 per year of study (for Sept 2014 entry). Fees for September 2015 will be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2015.
Rest of UK students £9,000 per year, for a maximum of 3 years, even if you are studying a four year degree. See our scholarships for rest of UK applicants.
EU students £1,820 per year of study (for Sept 2014 entry). Fees for September 2015 will be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2015.
Overseas students (non-EU) £12,950 per year of study. See our scholarships for international applicants.

Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish Government.

Rest of the UK students can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loans Company.

Tuition fees for Overseas (non-EU) students are guaranteed for the length of your course. This means that the tuition fee you pay in your first year (shown above) is the same fee you will pay for each year of your course. We guarantee that this will not increase while you are studying with us. The only exceptions to this are our MBChB Medicine, BSc Medical Sciences and BDS Dentistry degrees which charge a different tuition for the clinical years.



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