Undergraduate study - 2018 entry

Subject area: Business

Why choose Business at the University of Edinburgh?

  • Our highly sought-after programmes are accredited by a wide range of leading business education organisations and professional bodies.

  • We are in the top one per cent of business schools worldwide to hold triple accreditation from international ranking bodies AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA.

  • The quality and breadth of our research was ranked 16th in the UK in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 power index. We increased the amount of our research rated world-leading or internationally excellent to 77 per cent.

  • You can combine the study of business management with a specialism in a range of business subjects or other subject areas, such as economics, geography or law. International business may be combined with a language.

  • Leading graduate employers are involved across the curriculum.

Study abroad

The Business School is great at organising events for meeting employers and networking opportunities. It has been great at providing me with the skills that I need for future employment.

Lauren Bennet MA (Hons) Business Management graduate
Lauren Bennet MA (Hons) Business Management graduate

The main focus of our business programmes is on the management of organisations. They examine the theories and methods behind management and explore the relationships between people, organisations and their environment with an international perspective.

You will study organisational policies, strategic planning, HR management, finance, marketing, business analysis and decision analytics, and technology.

You have the opportunity to take a broad approach or to focus on more specialist areas. Subject pathways allow you to combine business management with a wide range of specialisms, including accounting, finance, marketing, HR management, decision sciences, enterprise and innovation, and strategic economics.

You can study international business with or without a language.

The structure of our programmes means that during the early years of study there is often the flexibility to change from one subject pathway to another.


Our Business School programmes are currently under review. While every effort has been made to ensure that the information given here is accurate, we anticipate that some of our programmes may be modified or changed. We will update our information as soon as detail is available.

Year 1

You will study Global Challenges for Business and The Business of Edinburgh which introduce key concepts of management and business including strategy, finance, marketing and the management of people. You will also take accountancy courses, computing courses and an option course of your choice. If you are studying on an international business programme you will study economics and an option course of your choice.

Year 2

You will study Business Research Methods I: Introduction to Data Analysis and Career Development Planning. You can also choose from the following courses: Organisational Behaviour; Business Economics; Principles of Finance; Applications of Finance; HR Management; International Business; Marketing; Business Analytics and Information Systems; Business Simulation; Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Year 3

You will study Strategic Management and Business Research Methods II: Applications and Analysis. In addition, you will choose more specialist courses in business. If you are studying on an international business programme you will spend your third year abroad at one of our partner universities.

Year 4

You will study further specialist courses and will complete a dissertation on a topic closely linked to your programme. MA (Hons) International Business students choose some courses in international business and strategy.

Are there additional costs?

If studying abroad in Year 3, your costs will vary by country. In Year 4 you will undertake a dissertation and, depending on the field of study you choose, there may be costs associated with undertaking surveys and conducting interviews.

Our facilities

Teaching takes place in the Central Area of the University. Honours students have access to the Business School's Undergraduate Resource Centre at 16 Buccleuch Place.

Study abroad

Our Business School exchange programme offers exciting opportunities to study abroad in Year 3 at one of our partner universities in Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Canada, the USA or across Europe.

Exchange opportunities with European business schools are through the Erasmus programme.

You may also study abroad through the University's international exchange programme.

If you are on an MA International Business programme you will spend Year 3 on a business school exchange. To participate in an exchange programme you need a strong academic performance in your first year.

How will I learn?

Courses are taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, practical exercises and computer-based learning.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed on presentations, reports, essays, exams and individual and group projects.

A key aim of our programmes is to combine academic knowledge with transferable skills in order to enhance employability.

Business graduates are highly valued by employers across the world. You will have a choice of careers open to you, including accountancy and taxation, management, consulting, finance, marketing and human resources.