Graduate Apprenticeship in Business Management

This is a project-based degree, combining employment with University-based learning

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Our BSc (Hons) Business Management Graduate Apprenticeship is designed to provide you with:

  • an understanding of business/organisations and their key functions and processes.
  • an understanding and consideration of environment, organisational strategy, markets and processes – and how these work together.
  • knowledge and understanding of organisational strategy and models and how to apply them.
  • understanding of approaches to project management and the ability to apply them.
  • knowledge of financial models and how to use them to analyse performance.
  • understanding of how technology can enhance business.
  • ability to communicate effectively using a range of media.
  • knowledge and understanding of leadership styles and organisational culture.
  • knowledge and understanding of how to manage people and teams effectively.

University-based learning

Teaching will take place one day a week in the University over 42 weeks a year. This will allow a two week break at both Christmas and Easter and a six week break in the summer.

Work-based learning

Graduate Apprenticeships at the University of Dundee are project-based degrees. We engage with employers to find projects that apprentices can undertake as part of their employment and apply the skills and knowledge acquired through their study.


  • The Graduate Apprentice must be a resident in Scotland at the start of their programme.
  • Their usual place of work must be in Scotland.
  • They should not already have a qualification at the same level in the same subject.
  • They should also meet the University’s entry requirements.

Learning outcomes

Year 1

  • Digital business and new technologies
  • Communication
  • Political context
  • Sales and marketing strategies
  • Planning
  • Communicating and sales
  • Conducting business
  • Cultural awareness and understanding
  • Communicating in an international context
  • Globalisation
  • Business Strategy and Management

Year 2

  • Project management
  • Business finance and accounting
  • Leading People
  • Managing People
  • Developing collaborative relationships
  • International trade theory
  • Management of self
  • Change management in an organisational context
  • Collaboration and relationship building

Year 3

  • Administration and implementation
  • Decision making
  • Human resources theory and concepts
  • Human resource management
  • Procurement and supply chain strategy & management
  • Procurement
  • Awareness of self and others

Year 4

  • Organisational strategy and operations
  • Relationships and communications within change management
  • Legal requirements
  • Performance and reputation management
  • Customer behaviour
  • Customer experience and satisfaction

Entry requirements

Candidates should have one of:

  • a Modern Apprenticeship (SCQF Level)
  • a Foundation Apprenticeship and two Highers (English and maths are preferred)
  • BBBB at Higher (English and maths are preferred)

If you have candidates who you would be interested in sending on this Graduate Apprenticeship, but do not have any formal qualifications they can:

We will work closely with you on the admission process. For example, if you are hiring a new employee as a Graduate Apprentice, we will happily discuss their qualifications prior to you hiring them so that we can check they are eligible to apply.