Teaching and assessment will take different formats throughout the course of your four-year degree.

Teaching and Learning 2021–22

For the academic year starting in September 2021, we currently plan to deliver a mix of in-person and digital teaching. Our teaching model will depend on the Covid-19 restrictions in place at the time but we are planning on the basis that all students will be with us in Edinburgh.

If you are a student on a joint degree programme ensure you refer to the latest information for that school. The information below is specific to the Business School.

Digital Teaching 2021–22

It is very likely that physical distancing measures will still apply when the academic year starts in September 2021. This will mean that larger classes (many lectures, for example) will be online. Where teaching is online, it will often be delivered in real-time as well as recordings being available.

On-campus Teaching 2021–22

The amount of on-campus teaching you will receive will vary depending on your programme of study. However, smaller group teaching, such as seminars, tutorials, and workshops, is most likely to be delivered in-person and on campus.

Further Information

We appreciate that this information is not very detailed, but hope it provides an insight into what you can expect next academic year. We will share more information with you as soon as we can.

Additional guidance for all new students can be found on the University’s Undergraduate Study pages:
Teaching In 2021–22

Please be assured that your safety and that of our staff remain paramount. We continue to monitor government guidance on Covid-19 prevention measures and we will adjust our 2021–22 plans in response to any relevant changes.


In first and second year teaching is mostly conducted in large lectures and small groups called tutorials, where you will have the chance to discuss topics in greater detail. Lectures comprise up to 330 students and tutorials normally comprise around 15 to 20 students. Usually you will have around 12 to 14 contact hours per week.

In third and fourth year, the emphasis shifts to more specialised, seminar-based courses (typical average class sizes are between 30 and 80 students) and independent study.


In first and second year you will be assessed by a mix of continuous assessment, essays, group work, and exams.

In third and fourth year you will be assessed by a mix of essays, group work, and exams. In your final year you will conduct your own research and produce a 15,000-word dissertation, with one-to-one supervision from a member of academic staff.


You will be assigned a personal tutor who can offer assistance and advice throughout your academic journey, including advice on choosing your courses, what to do when you need to take time out, or need advice when personal circumstances affect your work.

The Business School actively works with a number of business-focused student societies, which every year recruit new members and put on a range of events and competitions to help students develop their professional skills and networks. Our BizPALS (peer-assisted learning support) scheme goes from strength to strength in supporting new students' academic skills development and transition into university life.


The Business School is based on Buccleuch Place, close to the University Library and Students' Association buildings. Your teaching will take place in the heart of the city in the central campus where you'll have 24-hour access to state-of-the-art computer equipment. The Business School has its own café and social space where you can relax with friends or study over a coffee.