Undergraduate study - 2020 entry

Subject area: Business

Why choose Business at the University of Edinburgh?

  • Alongside being part of a world renowned university, the University of Edinburgh Business School also holds accreditation from three of the most influential business accreditation bodies: AMBA, AACSB and EQUIS.

  • Across a range of courses, including bespoke student consultancy projects, you will have exciting opportunities to work closely with for profit, public and third sector organisations, developing professional experience before you graduate.

  • We have an extensive network of corporate, public sector, political, and third sector partners who work actively with us on course design and delivery, career development planning, and bespoke engagement events and who support and facilitate sponsored dissertations, co-host public lectures, and offer internship and shadowing opportunities. Our very popular #makeyourmark two-day social enterprise challenge gives you the chance to create something that can make a positive social impact.

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

  • Our staff produce research of international and world-leading quality. Our teaching ethos is one of research-led teaching that embeds state-of-the-art business research into the courses and programmes we deliver.

  • We actively engage with industry, policy makers and wider society, on our courses and through guest speakers and local, regional, national and international treks.

Study abroad

I love how involved you can be. There are so many opportunities to make new friends and establish yourself within the University.

Shreya Bhalla 3rd year MA (Hons) Business Management
Shreya Bhalla 3rd year MA (Hons) Business Management

Introducing Business

Contemporary global business, be it for profit or not for profit, is fraught with complexity, tensions, and socio-political, economic and cultural challenges. Our business-related programmes will prepare you intellectually and practically to embrace these complexities, negotiate tensions and address the wider socio-political and cultural challenges facing contemporary businesses, governments and not for profit organisations.

The main focus of our business programmes is on the management of organisations and their relationship, and responsibility, to employees, customers, wider stakeholders (shareholders; media; government) and society at large. They examine the theories and methods behind contemporary management practice, exploring the relationships between people, organisations and their environment from a local, national, regional and global 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 analytics, 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.


While every effort has been made to ensure that the information given here is accurate, we anticipate some of our programmes may be modified or changed from 2020/21. Please check online for the up-to-date information.