Undergraduate study - 2019 entry

Subject area: Business

Why choose Business at the University of Edinburgh?

  • In addition to being part of a world renowned university, the University of Edinburgh Business School also holds accreditations 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 business, 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, such as our very popular #makeyourmark social impact hackathon, and who support and facilitate sponsored dissertations, co-host public lectures, and offer internship and shadowing opportunities.

  • 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 or the USA.

  • 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. You will have the option to undertake a study aboard exchange (subject to academic performance) with an accredited set of global partners.

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 2nd year MA (Hons) Business Management
Shreya Bhalla 2nd year MA (Hons) Business Management

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 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.

Disclaimer

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 from 2019/20. Please check online for the latest information.

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 study an accounting for business course.

If you are interested in continuing with accounting in Year 2 you must choose Accountancy 1A and Accountancy IB instead of the accounting for business course. You may also choose up to three option courses in other subject areas of your choice.

If you are studying on an international business programme you will instead choose up to four option courses in other subject areas of your choice. If you are studying international business with a language you will instead choose up to two option courses in other subject areas of your choice.

Year 2

You will study Business Research Methods I: Introduction to Data Analysis and Career Development Planning.

You will choose a minimum of two options from the following business 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, Organising for Social Change: Creating Value and Impact.

You may also choose up to three option courses in other subject areas of your choice.

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 Year 3 abroad at one of our partner universities. If you are studying international business with a language you will spend your year abroad at a partner university in the country of that language, with the majority of business courses being taught in that language.

If your chosen language is Arabic, Chinese, Japanese or Russian you will normally spend one semester developing language skills and one semester studying business courses taught in English.

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 on level 11 of David Hume Tower.

Study abroad

Our exchange programme offers students on all business programmes 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 Year 1.

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 management, consulting, finance, marketing and human resources.