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
  • 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


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.
Degrees 2023-24 2024-25
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £1,820 £1,820
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £915 £915
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £305 £305

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:

Full-time Level 2023-24 2024-25
Year 1 CertHE £9,250 £9,250
Year 2 DipHE £9,250 £9,250
Year 3 Degree £9,250 £9,250
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) - £1,542.

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 confirmed that EU/EEA and Swiss nationals, who do not have settled or pre-settled status, will be considered as international for fee purposes. 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 2023-24 Full-time With scholarship 2024-25 Full-time
With scholarship
Year 1 CertHE £13,980 £10,980 £14,988 £11,988
Year 2 DipHE £13,980 £10,980 £14,988 £11,988
Year 3 Degree £13,980 £10,980 £14,988 £11,988
Year 4 Honours £13,980 Free £14,988 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:

  2023-24 2024-25
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £13,980 £14,988
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year** £6,990 £7,494
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)** £2,330 £2,498

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.


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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The course is enjoyable it presents diverse ideas and opportunities I love it. It is all I have ever wanted to do. The lecturers are amazing! They are so enthusiastic passionate and committed to their work they make the course so interesting.  

UHI is the place to make your dreams come true. From the diverse range of courses; clubs and societies; friendly lecturers and staff; to a well-equipped library. The campus is very welcoming, diverse and inclusive. If UHI ever crosses your mind, never doubt it. 

Winnie studied the BA (Hons) Business and Management with Human Resource Management at UHI Perth. 

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 studied the BA (Hons) Business and Management at UHI Inverness. 

I decided to study at UHI so I could learn locally and the organisation, patience and communication from my lecturers was brilliant! All of the teaching staff work so hard, and they are always so friendly and willing to help. I love how flexible UHI is, and I always found UHI MyDay and Brightspace so useful. 

During my studies, I had a placement with a events and marketing agency, and helped coordinate two large events- Halloween Event at Brodie Castle and the Inverness KnitFest. Helping at these events gave me a much better understanding of how to prepare and put on a large event, and also gave me the chance to network and grow my confidence. 

I spotted the job I am doing now on MyDay, and applied straight away! I am now an Information Systems Graduate in the third sector. Having studied at UHI was a great advantage, I was so fortunate being able to walk straight into such a flexible and varied job which was so relevant to my studies. 

The best thing about living here is that we have the best of both worlds, being in a city- but also so close to amazing walks, hills, beaches and gorgeous scenery.   

Lauren studied the HNC Events Management before progressing onto the Business and Management BA (Hons) at UHI Inverness.  

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