The Department of Business Management has over fifty full-time academic staff, as well as a number of part-time and guest lecturers, many of whom also work in business and industry.


Our undergraduate degree programmes in Business Management are focused on providing understanding of business organisations and their key elements, but also of wider considerations such as environments, markets and processes, and how all these work together. Flexible pathways allowing you to specialisation in the functional areas such as marketing or HRM. There is also an opportunity to spend a year studying abroad.

Our postgraduate degree programmes in Business Management include specialist programmes such as Logistics and Supply Chain Management, International Marketing, and Leadership & Organisational Performance. We also offer a broad based International Business Management programme where students are able to choose one of eight specialist pathways, allowing the opportunity to study key areas of business management in more depth.


We have a strong and diversified research culture in the Department of Business Management with expertise across the full range of business subjects, but with particular expertise reflected by two of our research centres:

Our third research centre, Intercultural Research Centre (IRC), is a joint collaboration with our colleagues here in the School's Department of Languages and Intercultural Studies, and aims to address key intercultural issues arising from the changing global context.

We welcome applications from suitably qualified candidates and projects may be proposed at any time.



Business Management

League Table Heriot-Watt ranking
National Student Survey 2016 2nd in Scotland
24th in UK
The Guardian University Guide 2017 2nd in Scotland
17th in UK
The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016 5th in Scotland
31st equal in UK
The Complete University Guide 2017 8th in Scotland
37th in UK