Business and Management BA (Hons)

Course code NN21

What is special about this course?

This programme is a high-quality, broad-based qualification which provides the fundamental knowledge and skills required for the contemporary business environment.

In this ambiguous global economy, this programme will enable students to not only consider business holistically but also undertake complex problem solving: comprehending the interconnectedness of decision making and effectively communicating those decisions to a wide range of internal and external stakeholders.

In years one and two, a programme of core modules is followed to ensure that a solid foundation is laid down. In years three and four you can choose to study for a generic degree in business and management, or you can focus on one particular aspect, such as: human resource management; finance; marketing; enterprise; or tourism. This will allow you to exit at the end of the fourth year with a themed award, for example, Business Management with Human Resource Management.

Special features

  • Due to strong links with employers, there are numerous opportunities for experiential learning, such as: placements; research projects; live case studies; and guest speakers. All of which enable students to apply their learning in a relevant business context
  • The programme offers flexibility for students to develop specific knowledge and expertise in key business areas such as: marketing; enterprise; human resources management; and finance
  • In the final year, as an alternative to a dissertation, students can undertake a critically evaluated business plan which can be used to launch a business venture
  • The honours year offers flexibility of delivery for those students wishing to take up employment opportunities at the end of year three, by offering on-line supported modules
  • Upon completion, students will be eligible to apply for Associate membership of the Chartered Management Institute


We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

  • 3 Scottish Highers at grade C or above OR
  • 2 A levels at grade C or above
  • Alternatively, completion of a Foundation Apprenticeship in Accountancy, Financial Services or Business Skills, PLUS an additional Scottish Higher at Grade C or above
  • Prospective students without the standard entry requirements but with considerable relevant work experience are encouraged to apply

Advanced entry to year 2

Advanced entry to year 3

Access routes

SWAP Access courses
If you are eligible to undertake Scottish Wider Access Programmes (SWAP), please visit our SWAP access list for further information on grade profiles and available subjects.

Year 1 - CertHE

Core modules include:

  • Economics for business
  • Introduction to business law
  • Introduction to enterprise and marketing
  • Introduction to financial accounting
  • Introduction to human resource management
  • Introduction to operations


Year 2 - DipHE

Core modules include:

  • Business contractual relationships
  • Management accounting
  • Marketing fundamentals
  • Management information systems
  • Professional skills for managers
  • The contemporary workplace


Year 3 - BA

All students are required to take the research skills module.

In addition, depending on which pathway you have chosen, there will be a number of core and option modules from the following list:

  • Collaborating in a digital economy
  • Critical thinking in management
  • Digital Marketing
  • Employment law in an human resource context
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Financial management
  • Marketing communications
  • Niche tourism
  • Project planning and management
  • Quality management
  • Scotland's visitor attractions
  • Small business planning
  • Strategic human resource management
  • Understanding visitor behaviour
  • Work placement: industry specific skills

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

All students will be required to complete a dissertation, or research and plan a new business venture (generic degree and enterprise stream).

In addition, depending on which pathway you have chosen, there will be a number of core and option modules from the following list:

  • Business strategy
  • Corporate financial decision making
  • Corporate responsibility in a global environment
  • Emergent tourism trends
  • Employee relations
  • Global management
  • Innovation and enterprise
  • International and export marketing
  • Social and environmental accounting
  • Strategic marketing
  • Work placement: professional practice

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)
  • You will learn through a combination of face-to-face and video conference lectures and tutorials, and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE) which is supported by your tutors and classmates in online discussions
  • Years three and four of the degree see an increase in online delivery with the opportunity to study year four wholly online, subject to choices

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 4 years @ 40 hours per week:
  • Part-time (structured): 8 years @ 20 hours per week:
  • Part-time (unstructured): 15 weeks per module 

Number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent in lectures and your own time spent on individual study and research.

Where can I study my course?

  • Argyll
  • Inverness
  • Moray
  • North, West and Hebrides - online only
  • Orkney College UHI
  • Perth
  • Shetland

The structure of this course varies according to location: 

  • Inverness: CertHE, DipHE, BA, BA (Hons) 
  • Perth: HNC Business, HND Business, BA, BA (Hons)
  • Argyll; Moray; North, West and Hebrides; Orkney; Shetland: HNC Business, DipHE, BA, BA (Hons)

Start date

  • September


Find out more about fees, fee waivers and funding options.


UHI has a number of scholarships, bursaries, awards, and discretionary fund opportunities available to new and current students. Please use the A-Z of funds or use the filter to see which ones may be relevant to you. All students are welcome to apply.

Further information on funding your studies is also available, please see the attached link or contact the relevant UHI partner.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed your business and management degree, you might like to consider careers in the following areas:

  • Graduate management positions
  • Public and private sector management
  • Administrative positions
  • Voluntary organisations
  • Self-employment
  • Postgraduate study

Can I progress into further study?

You may be able to progress from the BA (Hons) Business and Management to:

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I chose this university as it allowed me to study in my home town and I also liked the idea of being able to create relationships with potential local employers through placements.

This course starts off broad and allows you to learn about all aspects of business management so you can decide on the area you wish to pursue.

I enjoyed the marketing modules, so in my third year I took a part-time placement with a local digital marketing agency, teclan.  I was taken back on a temporary contract and they offered me a full-time position at the end of my degree!

Jessica Stirling graduated from the BA (Hons) Business and Management at Inverness Collage UHI.

One of the highlights of the course was my involvement in running 'Moray Soup'. My role involved building relationships with local businesses and initiating sponsorship.

The skills I gained helped me to secure a graduate position with Purplebricks the day after I finished my dissertation. I love working for them because they support my learning and believe in me. I hope to progress onto a masters in business psychology which will lead to me becoming an occupational psychologist.

Studying here was one of the best decisions I've ever made. The whole experience was fantastic.

Faith Fitzgerald graduated with a BA (Hons) Business and Management from our UHI Moray campus in 2018.

My advice would be to take your time when deciding what to study and find something that you know you’ll be able to enjoy until the end. After high school I had no idea what I wanted to do and it took me a few years to work it out, but it was worth it in the end to find a course I enjoy. This was the right course for me as I find business a subject I actually enjoy learning more about and it will help me in achieving my goal of running my own business.

Sean Frame is from Caithness and is studying the BA (Hons) Business and Management at UHI North Highland.

Apply for Business and Management BA (Hons)

  • Applications to this course are now closed for September 2023 entry. Applications for September 2024 will open in September 2023. Please revisit this page then to apply.

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