• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 4 years
  • School: Business
  • Study Abroad: Yes
  • Study Mode: Full Time

An accredited path to a business and management career providing you with the ‘next gen’ skills you need to do business in a changing world

We offer two business management degree pathways. They are the only degrees of this kind in the UK to be accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM).

These progressive courses look forward to new practices. Both are taught by leading experts in business and management who have strong links with companies and professional bodies. They both allow you to visit financial institutions helping you understand how business management issues are handled in practice.

Business Management BSc (Hons) is designed for the commercial world of today and tomorrow. Responding to changing priorities of businesses around the world, this course focuses on sustainable, ethical and socially responsible approaches to business and management, and to wider society.

In addition to the study of ‘traditional’ business management subjects, we offer opportunities to explore alternative, but increasingly important, areas such as Managing Human Rights, Understanding Organizational Space and Managing Change. 

Lectures, tutorials and workshops are supplemented by contemporary approaches such as drawing, photography, film-making and video-narratives. In this way students are encouraged to explore the dynamism of current and future business approaches.  This course encourages greater reflexivity and understanding of the complexity of managing organizations both locally and globally.

During their guest lectures business leaders and area specialists will be sharing with you the real-time challenges they face. In addition, as a BSc Business Management student, you’ll have the opportunity to do a short placement with a local firm to gain practical experience. 

The following are the minimum, up-to-date entry requirements.

Courses starting 2017
Qualification Level 1 Entry Advanced Entry to Level 2
SQA Higher/Advanced Higher BBBB (minimum) - AABB (typical) at Higher plus English and mathematics (Standard Grade at 2 or National 5/Intermediate2 at C) AAB including business management or a related subject at Advanced Higher, plus English and mathematics (Standard Grade at 2 or National 5/Intermediate2 at C)
GCE A-Level BCC (minimum) - BBB (typical) at A-Level, plus GCSE English and mathematics at B BBB including business management or a related subject plus GCSE English and mathematics at B
Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC) ABBB at Higher Level, plus Ordinary Level English and mathematics at B Level 2 entry is not possible with this qualification
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma 30 points including 5, 5, 5 at Higher Level, plus Standard Level English and mathematics at grade 5.
A combination of IB Certificate plus other qualifications, such as A-Levels, Advanced Placement Tests or the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP), will also be considered.
34 points including business management or a related subject at grades 6, 6, 5 at Higher Level, plus Standard Level English and mathematics at grade 5
Graduate Entry
BTEC A relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with DDM A relevant HND with Merits in appropriate modules
SQA Higher National (HNC/HND) A relevant HNC with B in the Graded Unit A relevant HND with BB in the Graded Units
Scottish Baccalaureate Pass with CC at Advanced Higher Level 2 entry is not possible with this qualification
SWAP Access
Advanced Diploma Grade B with ASL-A Level at B Level 2 entry is not possible with this qualification
Welsh Baccalaureate Pass with A-Levels at BB Level 2 entry is not possible with this qualification
European Baccalaureate 70% overall Level 2 entry is not possible with this qualification
Other Qualifications

 EU and International qualifications

English Language Requirement

For non EU students

IELTS Overall 6.0
Listening 5.5
Reading 5.5
Writing 6.0
Speaking 5.5

 Equivalent grades from other test providers


English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.

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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 don’t need any prior knowledge of business or management. 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 subsequent modules reflect this.

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

You can study for these degrees in three years if you have the required grades and subjects as listed in the Entry Requirements section. This will reduce your study time by a year enabling you to start working and earning earlier.

How you will be taught

Our programmes are delivered using a variety of lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and hands-on computer labs. In Level 1, three subjects are delivered per semester - each having around five hours of classes. You’ll be expected to undertake a minimum of an additional 20 hours of individual study per week.

We regularly have guest speakers from businesses and other organizations, including: Social work; Police Scotland; Scottish Ambulance Service; NHS Scotland; Play Scotland; local accountancy firms. 

How you will be assessed

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

What you will study

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

Course Content

Level 1 - In the first year you’ll develop an appreciation of the global business context and acquire basic skills in accounting, finance, statistics and marketing.  This provides the bedrock for understanding how businesses and other organisations ‘work’ in contemporary society. 

Level 2 - Building on material covered in year one, you’ll go on to explore management in contemporary contexts and study entrepreneurship.  You’ll undertake a short internship putting your learning into practice in the workplace and gaining the experience sought by employers. 

Level 3 - The core components in year three are Strategic Management and Leadership, and in preparation for an independent research project in fourth year, you’ll undertake an innovative course in Research Methods.  Additionally, there is a range of modules you can choose from to ‘personalise’ and tailor your degree.

Level 4 – Your fourth year is structured with two core modules – Managing Human Rights, and Change Management - plus a range of options.  Here, you are encouraged to continue developing your spirit of inquiry and critical writing skills.  Building on the innovative pedagogical and research approaches featured in the programme, we appeal to your sociological and moral imaginations to continue developing your research skills, refining your business acumen and improving your career prospects.  


Year 1 is the same for Business Management BSc and Business Management (Accounting and Finance) BSc

Level 1 - Compulsory modules

International Business Environment 

Introduces you to the relationship between firms and their local and global environments, as well as discussing aspects of managerial theory and material relating to personal financial planning.

Foundations of Economics Analysis 

Introduces 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 bookkeeping and the production of external financial reports.

Introductory Management Accounting 

Introduces students to the foundations of costing and accounting for planning and control.

The first year of Business Management, Business Management (Accounting and Finance) and Bachelor in Accounting degrees are identical so 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.

Level 2 – Compulsory Modules

Business Law (BU22001)

Focuses on the main legal principles that affect companies' commercial activities by covering aspects of modern contract and company law as well as relevant aspects of delict, agency and commercial law.

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.


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.

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.

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.

Management Concepts in Context (BU21003)

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.

Level 3

Performance in the first two levels helps determine whether students can study for the Honours version of the degree (awarded after four years) or the non-Honours version (awarded after three years). Students doing the non-Honours degree take 120 credits at Level 3, most of which build directly on those taken at earlier levels. Students choosing, and able, to progress to Honours Level take 240 credits over Levels 3 and 4.

Two compulsory modules

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.

Strategic Management and Leadership 

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, and the role of effective leadership in this respect.


Plus 3 optional modules from the following:

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.

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.

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 practices 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. 

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.

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.

Practical Language (French, Spanish or German) 

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 takes a language in 3rd and 4th years, they will be unable to dip down to any other 3rd year module in 4th year. 

One of the optional modules 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.

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 (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 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.

Students elect to take either the Business Management Project or the Business Dissertation. 

Social Responsibility 

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.

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.

This module is only available to students who have taken Advanced Financial Management in their third year. 

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. 

Students elect to take either the Business Management Project or the Business Dissertation. 

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.

This module is only available to students who have taken Advanced Financial Management in their third 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.

Graduates from this course have gone on to successful careers in both the private and public sectors. The type of job roles typically open to people with our degrees include: recruitment and talent management; human resource management; database management; budget coordination; account research; financial analysis; retail analysis; project management.

Our students have gone on to take up positions on management training schemes with companies and organisations such as Sky TV, Hollister, Morgan Stanley, Enterprise Car Rental, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Insights, Argos, brightsolid, Frame Digital, Marsh, Sainsbury’s Bank, Sellafield Ltd., Amazon UK, FourM Chartered Accountants, VodaPhone Greece and Tesco plc. In addition, students have continued in education onto BEds, or to higher degree levels including both Masters and PhD study.

You’ll be able to make use of the university's dedicated careers service to help you to confidently prepare for your next career step.


Suzie Cattigan

I joined the University of Dundee in 2012 as a direct entrant into second year. The three years I spent studying Business Management fully prepared me for a career in business. The degree course provided me with vital knowledge about business functions and the necessary steps to becoming a successful manager through both management theory and real life case studies of large corporations.

Suzie Cattigan
Business Management BSc (Hons)

Ricky Shek

The Information Systems modules in the BSc Business Management degree were incredibly helpful as my current role is very database orientated. Problem solving is also a major part of my role which the degree gave many opportunities to practice.

Ricky Shek
Business Management BSc (Hons)

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.

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Fees for students starting 2017/18

Fee categoryFees for students starting 2017/18
Scottish and EU students £1,820 per year of study (for Sept 2016 entry). Fees for September 2017 will be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2017.
Rest of UK students £9,250 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.
Overseas students (non-EU) £14,950 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.

  Degree UCAS Code KIS Data
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