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Why study a business administration degree?

Posted 30 June 2020
Progressed Strathclyde ISC student - Alaa

If you see yourself working in a fast-paced business environment and using your skills to make strategic decisions, then a business administration degree could be one to add to your shortlist. Not least because it is a subject that offers a broad business perspective and can lead to high-powered leadership careers in the public and private sectors. To help you make up your mind, this article explores more about business administration and reasons to choose it. 

What is business administration?

Business administration is a broad field, so you could find yourself working in any number of areas such as finance, human resources, public relations or market research. A business administrator’s tasks ensure the smooth running of an organisation. Depending on your function, you could work on budget forecasting, goal setting or reviewing sales trends.

A business administration degree can also provide a great first step for those hoping to reach an executive position and get involved with top-level decisions. 

Reasons to study business administration

Below are just some of the reasons for choosing business administration at university. 

Wide range of career paths

Gain the foundational business knowledge you need for a range of employment options with long-term prospects. As a graduate you may look for opportunities to start your own company or pursue a career as a business analyst, consultant, sales executive, project manager or business development manager, for example.

Natural progression to further study

Many students go on to study an MBA (Master of Business Administration) after completing their undergraduate degree. A challenging and prestigious degree, an MBA gives you the opportunity to increase your earning potential and take the next step in your career.

Broad business perspective

Courses are flexible with specialisms across a range of business disciplines from finance and operations to human resources and marketing. You will analyse different companies around the world to understand challenges, trends and consumer behaviour in a real life context.

Confident communication skills

Teaching and learning is designed to develop your management and communication skills, all of which are highly sought-after by employers. Team projects and presentations combined with modules such as Contemporary Trends in Management Practice at Strathclyde will give you the competitive edge.

Critical thinking and creative decision-making 

A Business Administration degree will develop your ability to approach problems with critical thought and creative solutions. At Strathclyde you can choose modules such as ‘Consumer Behaviour in a Global Context’ and ‘Entrepreneurship: Opportunities and Ventures’ to give you a broad range of tools to call upon when faced with business challenges

Why study Business Administration at the University of Strathclyde?

If you’re thinking, ‘why should I study business administration?’ and ‘where will that take me in my career?’, here are five reasons to pursue this degree at the University of Strathclyde.

1. Become a subject specialist

You can choose to specialise in a subject as part of your degree, selecting classes that build up your knowledge in one of these areas:

  • Business Analysis & Technology Business Enterprise Economics
  • Human Resource Management
  • Hospitality & Tourism Management
  • Marketing

2. Build a professional career

A highly-rated university for employability, Strathclyde offers the best start to your career with industry connections, careers support and practical degrees. For the last four years the University has been rated 5 stars for employability (QS Stars University Ratings 2017-20), a ratings category based graduate employment and level of careers support.

International student in Strathclyde Business School wearing graduation gown

“I am planning on going back to Singapore and perhaps joining a start-up and getting some experience before I start my own business. The reason why I wanted to study business was because my vision is to start my own business, my own social enterprise in the future. Because of university I feel much more prepared than before.”

Estelle from Singapore, studied Undergraduate Foundation in Business and Social Sciences 

3. Boost your leadership potential

Degrees that focus on developing skills for your future career, such as Strathclyde’s Leadership Development Programme (a feature of their BBA degree), are valuable in today’s competitive job market. With programmes such as this you can move beyond being a subject matter expert. You can build skills that future employers are looking for, from leadership and negotiation to strategic management and research methodology. 

4. Be part of a renowned university

The University of Strathclyde is a pioneering internationally-renowned academic organisation. Over the years it has won many awards, most recently the University of the Year 2019 (Times Higher Education) and Scottish University of the Year 2020 (The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide).

5. Benefit from ‘triple crown’ accreditation

Strathclyde Business School is one of only 90 business schools in the world to hold triple accreditation status (MBA Today News, 2019). This stamp of quality means the school and its programmes are internationally accredited by the three most important accreditation organisations, AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS.

How can I study business administration in the UK?

If you are looking into how to study business administration at a UK university, the University of Strathclyde offers a number of preparation programmes for international students. These programmes help you gain the necessary English language skills and academic knowledge for a university degree.

The Undergraduate Foundation in Business and Social Sciences will prepare you for a range of business-related undergraduate degrees at the University of Strathclyde, including Business Administration BBA (Hons). As part of an international classroom, you will learn new skills, become familiar with how UK universities work and what you need to do to succeed. This programme leads to the first year of your chosen undergraduate degree. Alternatively, for those with higher academic and English language ability, the International Year One BBA leads to the second year of a Business Administration degree at the University.

If you still haven’t made up your mind, see one of our Business and Social Sciences alumni as she graduates from the University of Strathclyde and looks forward to starting her business career.

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