Business Management with Enterprise

  • UCAS code N2N1
  • Duration Up to 4 years
  • Delivery type Full Time
  • Study location Edinburgh
  • Number of places 100 across all programmes


The Course

In the first two years, students on all Business Management degrees follow a common programme, which provides a strong grounding in the principles of modern business management and examines entrepreneurship, enterprise and their importance and value in the modern economy.

During third and fourth year MA (Hons) Business Management with Enterprise students take a range of specialist Enterprise courses such as Innovation Management; Business Venturing; Social Enterprise and High Growth Companies..  This specialisation allows students to tailor their degree to meet their career needs and aspirations.

Career Prospects

This degree equips students for employment in the business support sector, and for enterprising careers in self-employment, business ownership, or as entrepreneurial employees in existing firms. Enterprise skills are important for innovative start-ups, and also to bring local, national and global competitiveness to existing organisations.

Programme content

Level 1

Semester 1Semester 2
Management in a Global ContextEnterprise and its Business Environment
Introductory MicroeconomicsBusiness Skills
Introduction to AccountingIntroductory Macroeconomics
ElectiveIntroduction to Finance

Level 2

Semester 1Semester 2
Fundamentals of MarketingOperations Management
Human Resource ManagementEnterprise Concepts & Issues
Commercial LawOption
Option or electiveOption or elective

Optional courses available include Business Entities, Organisational Behaviour, Marketing Perspectives.

Level 3

Semester 1Semester 2
Business Research MethodsStrategic Management
innovation ManagementBusiness Venturing
Option or electiveOption or elective

Optional courses available include Project Management, Employment Law, Employment Relations, Consumer Behaviour, Marketing Communications.

Level 4

Semester 1 Semester 2
Business Project
International BusinessApproved Enterprise Option
Approved Enterprise OptionOption

Approved Enterprise options include Business Ethics; High Growth Companies; Marketing & Management in SMEs; Social Enterprise; Changing Trends in Employment.

Optional courses available include Logistics; International Business Law; Diversity Management; Management Science; Digital Marketing; and Company Law.

Your career

Graduate profiles

    Rachael Sugden

    • School St Thomas of Aquin's, Edinburgh
    • Degree MA (Hons) International Business Management
    • Present job 4 Social Work
    Rachael Sugden

    "I strongly believe that the International Business Management MA offered by Heriot-Watt was the best undergraduate degree choice for me. Studying at Heriot-Watt gave me a comprehensive understanding of business management, giving me the confidence to believe in my capabilities when finding a job after graduation. Having to take a compulsory 3rd year abroad definitely enables graduates to stand out from peers, something which is very important given current market conditions. My 3rd year was spent studying at Sciences Po University in Paris which was the best year of my life. I found myself outwith my comfort zone, having to embrace a new culture and way of teaching. This experience broadened my business knowledge at an international level through studying diverse business subjects with peers who had a different interpretation and understanding of business management. I can now say I have friends from all over the world.

    "I feel that a major advantage of studying business management at Heriot-Watt is that courses have a strong practical focus and are tailored to ensure that teaching is relevant to current business conditions rather than outdated theory.

    "Additionally, having to study a broad range of business subjects in first year gives students a strong core understanding of each aspect of business and enables a sound basis from which to tailor their degree to particular interests, something which I found very simple to do when I came back for my 4th year. Furthermore, I find the lecturers at Heriot-Watt very approachable and unlike at some universities they actually take the time to get to know students as individuals. During my final year in particular I got a lot of support from my marketing lecturer, dissertation supervisor and mentor who really took the time to explore with me the options available to me after I finished.

    "Now my first job after graduation is as a Marketing Executive at 4Social Work, a social care recruitment agency based in London. My workload is varied and exciting, I am currently organising a client event, creating a candidate loyalty scheme and coordinating social media marketing. Our company is expanding to Australia this year and I very much look forward to the challenge of developing an internationalisation strategy for the company’s further expansion into Canada next year."

    Oliver Redpath

    • School Royal Grammar School
    • Degree MA in International Management
    • Present job Director, Judd Farris Property Recruitment, Australia

    "I've worked in recruitment since graduating. Originally I worked for a niche search firm sourcing front office personnel for the world's leading investment banks. From our London base, this involved covering the UK, Parisian, Hong Kong and New York financial markets. I then joined TMP Hudson in Sydney, specialising in property finance and accounting.

    "In 2004 I was asked to join Judd Farris to assist in the launch of their Australian practice. Due to its success I've been made responsible for opening our Hong Kong office, which will be used as a platform for expansion throughout Asia, and I'm now a Director of our Australian and Asian businesses."

    Entry requirements

    The University offers as its normal entry routes:

    • entry at Level 1, mainly for students with Scottish Highers (or similar)
    • entry at Level 2, mainly for students with A-levels (or similar).

    There is nevertheless considerable flexibility, depending on the level of qualifications, for entrants with A-levels to opt to enter at Level 1 and for Scottish students to enter at Level 2. Direct entry into Level 3 is also possible for students who already have certain HE qualifications.

    Level 1 entry

    • Highers AAAB
    • A-Levels BBB
    • HNC B in a graded unit
    • Int. Baccalaureate 29 points
    • Additional information Standard Grade or GCSE English and Mathematics are required for all Business Management courses.

    Level 2 entry

    • A-Levels ABB in relevant subjects.
    • Advanced Highers BB in relevant subjects, plus AAAB at Higher.
    • HNC Relevant HNC. Entry to second year will be considered for exceptional candidates.
    • HND BB in graded units, relevant HND.
    • Int. Baccalaureate 34 points

    Level 3 entry

    • HND Relevant HND. Entry to Level 3 will be considered for exceptional candidates.

    Tuition fees

    Tuition fees for 2016 entry (by residency status)
    Status*Scotland / EU**England / Northern Ireland / WalesInternational
    FeePaid by SAAS£9,000£13,500

    * Your residency 'status' is usually defined as the country where you have been ordinarily resident for the 3 years before the start of your programme. Find out more about tuition fees.

    ** European Union countries, not including England, Northern Ireland or Wales.

    Scholarships & bursaries

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    Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales starting undergraduate degree programmes in 2016

    In addition to government maintenance loans and grants towards the costs of fees and living costs, we are offering generous financial support to attract and support eligible students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales:

    View our full range of undergraduate scholarships.