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BBA (Hons) Bachelor of Business Administration

Key information

UCAS code
Delivery type
Full Time
Degree qualification
BBA (Hons)
Mode of delivery
4 years
Start date

Our BBA (Hons) Bachelor of Business Administration degree has been designed to offer you a broad coherent programme of study in the area of Business Studies, including Business Management, Accounting, Finance, and Economics. 

During this degree, you’ll develop your understanding of the area of business administration and management. You’ll gain practical skills that will prepare you for a successful career in any aspect of business. You’ll develop knowledge, understanding, and subject skills related to the principles and practice of modern business administration. You’ll be prepared for employment in a variety of business-related careers and will have opportunities to gather experience and develop links with industry. You’ll gain a firm foundation in key areas of accountancy and finance, economics and business management to suit your interests and career aspirations.  

Each course included in the programme will equip you with highly employable expertise and skills in Business, from fundamentals of marketing, human resource management, organisational behaviour and business analysis and consultancy. This programme is informed by recent developments in research and will enhance your professional and transferrable skills that will support your transition into employment upon graduation.  

Your student experience

Our BBA (Hons) Bachelor of Business Administration programme is taught with a clear industry focus by experienced professionals and respected academics. They are accredited by the professional bodies and will introduce you to professional-standard software in our state-of-the-art Bloomberg Trading Room

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Course content

September Intake - Edinburgh

All Year 1 students at the School take the same subjects

Mandatory September

  • Introduction to Accounting and Finance
  • Management in a Global Context
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Academic Skills

Mandatory January

  • Discovering Business
  • The Economy
  • Becoming a Professional

Fees and funding

ScotlandPaid by SAAS
England / Wales / N Ireland / Rep of Ireland£9,250
  • Status: Your residency status is usually defined as the country where you have been ordinarily resident for the three years before the start of your course.
  • International: 'International' includes applicants from European Union countries who do not hold Pre-Settled or Settled status in UK. (This does not include students from the Republic of Ireland - see above).

Scholarships and bursaries

Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales

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

  • Heriot-Watt University Bursary (up to £3,100 per year)
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Entry requirements

We have standard entry requirements for all of our courses that you will have to meet.

Standard entry requirements

  • Highers AABB (over two sittings)
  • A-Levels BBC - ABB
  • Int. Baccalaureate 29 points
  • BTEC DDM (Business preferred)
  • HNC B in graded unit (Business preferred)
  • HND BB

Minimum entry requirements*

  • Highers BBBC
  • A-Levels BBC - ABB

* Minimum: under our Fair Access Policy, we will relax our standard entry requirements for Scottish students depending on their circumstances. Our minimum requirements will apply if you:

  • live in an area within the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation lowest 20% (SIMD20), or
  • are care experienced.

We can also make exceptions for some Scottish students with grades above minimum but below standard. Read more about our Minimum and standard entry requirements

Why Heriot-Watt

We're the top university in Scotland for graduate outcomes which means that more of our graduates are employed or in postgraduate education than any other institution in the country and we ranked 5th in the UK.

We're also rated number one in the UK for CEO or MD roles, meaning more of our graduates go on to become CEOs or MDs than any other university in the whole of the UK. On top of that, we have beautiful campuses, across the globe, so you'll get a truly international education. Our Edinburgh Campus is home to Oriam, Scotland's National Sports Performance Centre combined with plenty of wellbeing resources, prioritising fitness and mental health for all students. Our Global Research Institutes look at solving real world issues such as climate change and saving our oceans as well as working on the next medical technological breakthrough and the future of AI and robots.


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Potential career paths

  • Business and public service associate professionals
  • Managers, directors and senior officials

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