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?

Additional information for course delivery in 2021-22

From September 2021, it is our intention that physical campuses will be open to all students for access to study facilities, support services and social activities, subject to Scottish Government guidance. Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We will continue to review government guidance as restrictions shift and will inform you of any further changes to the information provided below about your course. You will study the course through our blended learning approach. From September, where practical and safe to do so, on-campus practical delivery will be prioritised and placements will be introduced in line with the Scottish Government guidance, including social distancing, where this is not possible alternative options will be available. The theory elements may be delivered online through a combination of tutor-supported study, video-based seminars and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You can access your online and video-based classes from home however it is our intention to provide on-campus space for individual students where required as far as possible. Further information will be provided by your home campus. You will have an opportunity to attend an online, face to face or blended induction at the start of the course. International students requiring a Student Route visa to study with us must access scheduled classes on-campus.
  • 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 College UHI - First year is HNC Business
  • Inverness College UHI
  • Lews Castle College UHI - First year is HNC Business
  • Moray College UHI - First year is HNC Business
  • North Highland College UHI - First year is HNC Business
  • Orkney College UHI - First year is HNC Business
  • Perth College UHI - First year is HNC Business
  • Shetland UHI - First year is HNC Business
  • West Highland College UHI - First year is HNC Business

Start date



For students normally domiciled in Scotland, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes

  • EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK,
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with settled status in the UK
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £1,820 £1,820
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £645 £645
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £215 £215

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply:

Year 1 CertHE £9,000 £9,000
Year 2 DipHE £9,000 £9,000
Year 3 Degree £9,000 £9,000
Year 4 Honours free free

4th year free only for students studying full-time, on continuous study, who have paid for the previous three years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Part-time (per 20 credit module) - £1,500.

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living while studying.

EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK

Following the UK’s departure from the European Union, the Scottish Government has confirmed that EU/EEA and Swiss nationals starting their study in Scotland from academic year 2021-22, who do not have settled or pre-settled status, will be considered as international for fee purposes. For 2021-22, students will get an automatic scholarship of £3,000 per annum and the 4th year of study will be free for those studying full-time, on continuous study, who have paid for the previous three years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

This includes EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are not self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.

Year Level 2021-22 Full-time With scholarship
Year 1 HNC £12,360 £9,360 
Year 2 HND £12,360 £9,360 
Year 3 Degree £12,360 £9,360
Year 4 Honours Free Free

Students will need Student Route visa sponsorship to study on the UK.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £12,000 £12,360
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year** £6,000 £6,180
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)** £2,000 £2,060

Part-time study is not open to international students requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.

Further information on international course fees.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time rest of the UK, EU and international undergraduate students for continuous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact your enrolling college for more information.

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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What our students, graduates and staff say

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 Moray College UHI 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 North Highland College UHI.

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