BA (Hons) in Business Studies


Program Description


Equip yourself with a rich breadth of knowledge in business and management with our flexible Business Studies course.

When you choose Business Studies at Stirling, you won’t just be stepping into a leading UK business school – you’ll also open the door to a world of opportunities with the freedom to access subjects from all over the University and, if you wish, combine your degree with one of 17 different subjects. From Spanish to Sports Studies, Politics to Professional Education, Psychology to Law, Computing to Accountancy, our flexibility is your strength as you pair your passion with an in-depth grounding in business.

This course will grow your managerial expertise and put foundations in place to ensure you continue developing through your professional life. You’ll also learn how organisations are structured, and gain insight into what makes them function best. Speakers from industry visit regularly to complement our own research-led teaching – giving you real-world and rounded knowledge of business and the tools needed to succeed in it.

Top reasons to study with us

#1 We're ranked 3rd in Scotland and top 20 in the UK for Business Studies (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021)

#2 In the UK’s top 25 institutions for the quality of our Business and Management research (REF 2014)

#3 Combine your course in Business Studies with one of 17 complementary subjects

Course details

You can complete your Business Studies course as a four year single honours degree, or combine it with one of 17 different degree subjects. Your first year will give you a broad grounding in business and management. You'll cover areas such as the internal and external business environment and the nature of business and markets, the nature and functions of Operations, Marketing, HRM, Finance and ICT and the importance of competitiveness.

Your second year of study focuses on fundamentals including the nature of organisations, the variety of their management objectives, and the organisation of business.

Years three and four covers international business,  entrepreneurship, responsible business and ethics, strategic management and business research methods.

Finally, under academic supervision, you will complete an individual research project of your choice or you may be selected to take part in a consultancy style project working with a client organisation, often from North America, to help solve a real business problem. This is done through our relationship with Riipen.

Affiliate memberships of the Chartered Management Institute or The Institute for Consulting (or other relevant Professional bodies) are strongly encouraged. Please ask the Programme Director for information.


Our research-led teaching and close links to the business world shape everything you’ll learn on your Business Studies course. Teaching is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars and workshops. In the advanced modules, a special emphasis is placed on the acquisition of skills as well as knowledge, and you’ll give presentations in various formats to help enhance your abilities in up-front communication.   


Assement will be by exams and coursework.

Work Placement Opportunities

From year two you can apply for a Stirling University internship, working for a client organisation which may be anywhere in the world, which typically last for around four weeks over the summer and provide you with vital experience and, sometimes, even job offers. These are highly desirable and make a great contribution to your CV. 

Study abroad

You’ll have the opportunity to broaden your horizons and study abroad through our well-established connections with several international universities.

Find out more about studying abroad.


Dr Michael Walsh, Course Director

+44 (0)1786 467322

Fees - 2021/22

  • Overseas students (non-EU): £ £15,100
  • Scottish students: £ 1,820
  • Students from the rest of the UK: £9,250
  • EU Students: £15,100*

*For EU students starting studies in academic year 2021/22, we will award an automatic scholarship of up to £30k over the duration of your course. This is subject to eligibility criteria

Last updated Oct 2020

About the School

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