Management (inc. Business, Events and Festival and International Hospitality and Tourism)

In the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022, we are ranked in the top 20 UK universities for Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation and Tourism (15th out of 56) 

Responsiveness, dynamicism and innovation – these characteristics are key to success in business and management and our courses will enable you to develop your natural talents into sought-after management expertise.

Why QMU?

QMU’s small scale allows the Queen Margaret Business School’s own responsive, dynamic and innovative delivery of high-quality management courses to be coupled with a close student-tutor working relationship where students’ interests, aspirations and concerns are central to our activity. Our fundamental belief is that profitable business and effective management must have a positive impact on people and on our planet, and this ethos is to be found in all that we teach and in the way that we teach it. Our caring approach begins with the engagement we have with our students.

Our full range of undergraduate management degrees are:

  • BA/BA (Hons) Business Management
  • BA/BA (Hons) Business Management with Enterprise
  • BA/BA (Hons) Business Management with Finance
  • BA/BA (Hons) Business Management with Marketing
  • BA (Hons) Business Management (Graduate Apprenticeship)
  • BA/BA (Hons) Events and Festival Management
  • BA/BA (Hons) International Hospitality and Tourism Management

Many of our students go on to create their own businesses. Uniquely, we have our own BIZ (which hosts start-ups) and Business Gateway on-campus at QMU. These resources, with first-class professional advice they offer, will help you turn your entrepreneurial idea into a reality, and that applies equally to all of our undergraduate degrees.

Students in Years Three and Four of our courses benefit from QMU’s Employer Mentoring programme, which offers the opportunity to meet with experienced professionals who have a wealth of industrial insight relating to all our degrees. The mentee-mentor relationship allows students to develop networks and increase their confidence and employability in their chosen field of study.

We are a member of the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS), and all of our our (Hons) Business Management options are accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).

Business Management

Business is one of the cornerstones of society. Equipping graduates to interact with a variety of business sectors remains key to the development of both individual careers and economic prosperity at a national level.

The UK will need 1.9 million new managers by 2024, according to the 2016 Working Futures report. Our Business Management degrees are designed to equip students to become these managers of tomorrow: leaders who will make a positive contribution in the public, private and third sectors. In Year Two or Three of your programme, you have the opportunity to spend a semester studying abroad. In Year Three you can choose modules that inspire you and tailor your degree for the final two years by undertaking a specialism in, Enterprise, Finance or Marketing and make your skills stand out.
Invaluable work experience will be gained on placement in Year Four, where you will be operating in the best possible environment to learn those higher-level management skills required by tomorrow’s companies, and to consolidate the knowledge acquired throughout your programme of studies.

Events and Festival Management

The UK events industry is an area of growth: it is worth £39.1bn, 35% of the UK visitor economy, and employs 530,000 people in 25,000 events businesses. Conferences and meetings, exhibitions and trade fairs, corporate events, outdoor events, sporting events, music events, cultural events and festivals as well as a plethora of emerging smaller and community-based events are all booming.

Our Events and Festival Management programme has given students in-demand events expertise for over 10 years, and continues to update it is practical and academic elements to stay on the pulse of contemporary developments. With a strong emphasis on management, the course will prepare you to lead, plan and deliver a live event, and to evaluate its outcome. It offers a four-week work placement in Year Four where you will gain valuable applied experience. Events and Festival Management students have an opportunity to undertake a semester abroad as part of Study Abroad in Year Three.

International Hospitality and Tourism Management

International hospitality and tourism is a fast-moving and thriving industry where you can make a name for yourself. There are fabulous opportunities, many of them on our doorstep! In Scotland alone the sector is worth more than £11 billion and employs more than 218,000 people. Its success has created a growing demand for highly qualified professionals, at all levels, to continue to develop the sector. Hospitality and tourism is a global industry and a QMU IHTM degree opens doors for our students across the world including a high-quality 20-week hospitality and tourism management internship.

We have links with many different hospitality and tourism organisations worldwide including the Institute of Hospitality, the Tourism Society, the Scottish Tourism Alliance and the Hospitality Industry Trust. These connections offer opportunities to attend conferences and workshops, and to apply for scholarships to spend time abroad.

Our approach to learning and teaching

Our degrees are modular. In Years One and Two core modules in each degree will give you a grounding in your chosen area. As you progress, you will begin to learn more about your particular area and all of our courses offer the opportunity to select modules in which you have a particular interest in later years. With all our degrees you can tailor some of your programme of study in the later years, choosing electives from across the undergraduate suite in the Business School.

You will participate in stimulating learning environments from lectures, seminars and workshops, to field trips and study abroad options. Our courses include workplace experience, and, as industry is extremely supportive of our courses, you will benefit from hearing guest lectures from a range of practitioners and visiting professors. You will gain insights into high-profile companies such as Bacardi, Social Bite, Skyscanner, Google and Edinburgh Airport, whose representatives have joined us as visiting speakers recently. Developing contacts and networks is key to gaining an understanding of the industry, to securing work experience, and to gaining employment on graduation.

Assessment methods vary and include a balanced combination of examinations, written reports, essays, presentations and peer assessment. Some of our modules specifically utilise group work to develop team working skills and others focus on you as the individual. You will get formative feedback as you study, to provide you with an early indication about the progress you have made and can use this feedback to inform your summative assessments.


You will be taught by active academics who are doing research in their own right. Some colleagues have recently completed their doctoral studies, and others are publishing in mainstream academic journals. Such engagement is key to the relevance of our courses, and helps equip staff and students with the background to make intelligent decisions about their future.
You will have contact with our growing number of PhD students as you progress through your chosen route of study. This will allow you the opportunity to interact in an informal and collegiate way with those engaged in the highest levels of academic activity and perhaps to discover that their enthusiasms accord closely with your own. At QMU the door to academic advancement is an open one!

As you reach the later stages of undergraduate study, there are opportunities to develop individual pieces of research through the Honours project, depending on your programme of study, and those students who choose further study at master’s or doctoral level are encouraged to pursue these interests.


Our IHTM graduates have gone on to successful careers in a variety of public sector organisations such as Disney World, VisitScotland and EventScotland. Many others are carving a career pathway with Sheraton, Gleneagles, Malmaison and Hotel du Vin, Hilton, RF Hotels, as well as many smaller privately owned companies in tourism and hospitality. Some students have started up their own hospitality or tourism business.

Our Business Management graduates are proving their worth to companies in the UK and internationally and have left QMU to embark on a wide range of successful careers in various sectors such as the financial sector in organisations such as Royal Bank of Scotland, Capita, Standard Life Investment and Lloyds Bank. Many of our graduates enter management training programmes in companies such as Diageo, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, John Lewis and Marks and Spencer. Others have set up their own businesses, entered teaching or taken their learning further as postgraduate students.

Graduates from our Events and Festival Management programme have gone on to participate in a wide range of professional environments: running their own event agencies; working for prestigious international event companies; becoming wedding and event planners at luxury venues; managing international events such as the Commonwealth Games; leading in events technology organisations; shaping event policy at EventScotland and Edinburgh City Council or pursuing postgraduate degrees in this emerging research field.

Some students decide to undertake further academic study, perhaps at QMU on our MSc International Management and Leadership, MSc International Marketing, MSc Accounting and Finance with CIMA or MSc Gastronomy, to enhance their business career or as a prelude to doctoral research.

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