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

Please note: This information is relevant for students starting in 2021/22. If you are a student joining us in September 2020, please see the main University website for information relevant to your studies.
Information for New Students

Teaching

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.

Assessment

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.

Support

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.

Facilities

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.