Management Science BSc (Hons) 2020 entry
The BSc (Hons) in Management Science will introduce you to organisations in all sectors and teaches you to understand techniques which draw from the subject including marketing, organisational behaviour, managing in diverse and challenging situations, and analysing financial data.
Management Science is particularly suited for those who want to give most of their attention to Management and acquire the skills to apply mathematics to Management. It includes advanced training in quantitative techniques, such as operational research, that are relevant to the analysis of managerial problems.
In the School of Management, you learn from a team of international scholars whose teaching and research are based on the concept of responsible enterprise, which entails an ethical approach to managing organisations and their social and environmental impacts.
Bachelor of Science (single Honours degree)
Four years full time
- Start date: 7 September 2020
- End date: 30 June 2024
Information about all programmes from previous years of entry can be found in the archive.
These grades are the overall standards required to consider you for entry. Find out more about Standard, Minimum and Gateway entry requirements using academic entry explained and see which entry requirements you need to look at using the entry requirements indicator.
- Standard entry grades: AAAAB
- Minimum entry grades: AABB
- Gateway entry grades: BBBB
- Standard entry grades: AAA
- Minimum entry grades: ABB
- Standard entry grades: 38 (HL 6,6,6)
- Minimum entry grades: 36 (HL 6,5,5)
We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry on to our programmes, please see our entry requirements for more information.
For degrees combining more than one subject, the subject with the higher entry requirements determines the grades you need. You will also need to meet any further subject specific entrance requirements as outlined on their pages.
If English is not your first language you will need an overall IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum score of 6.0 in each component (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking), or an equivalent English Language qualification.How to apply
Do I need to have studied this subject before?
No previous knowledge of this subject is required.
General entry requirements
All applicants must have attained the following qualifications, or equivalent, in addition to the specific entry requirements for individual programmes.
More information on how to apply via other entry routes or accreditation of prior learning and experience can be found on the University’s entry requirements web page.
St Andrews students must meet with their Adviser of Studies at the beginning of Semester 1 in September to complete advising – a compulsory part of the matriculation process. After module choices have been decided, a timetable will be allocated indicating the dates and times of classes.
The School of Management at St Andrews was ranked first in the UK (overall and for graduate prospects) by the Complete University Guide 2020. The School was also ranked first in Scotland (overall) and second in the UK (satisfied with teaching) for business, management and marketing by the Guardian University Guide 2020.
The School is also known for its research impact and was ranked second in Scotland for research quality by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, with over 78% of its research rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.
The University of St Andrews as a whole was voted top in the UK for student academic experience in The National Student Survey 2019 as 95% of St Andrews final year students were satisfied with the quality of the learning and teaching experience.
The University as a whole was awarded second in the UK and first in Scotland by the Guardian University Guide 2020.
The University has secured a TEF Gold Award for the quality of teaching and the undergraduate experience.
Find out more about studying management at St Andrews.
In the first two years of your degree (known as sub-honours) you will take the required modules in Management Science and Mathematics alongside modules in at least one other subject.
Typically, you will take one to two Management Science and Mathematics modules per semester during your first two years, and three to four modules per semester during your third and fourth year (known as Honours). Find out more about the modular Scottish degree system.
Students will take the following compulsory first-year modules:
- Mathematics: covers the ideas, methods and techniques needed to apply mathematics and for taking the study of mathematics further.
- Organisations and Analysis: examines some of the main analytical approaches and techniques required by managers and provides an introduction to financial accounting concepts and techniques.
- Organisations and Society: introduces students to three key aspects of management in the external and internal environment - understanding the business environment, people and organisations, and economic principles.
Students will take the following compulsory second-year modules:
- Management and Society: examines the conceptual frameworks and techniques of marketing and organisational behaviour.
- Management and Analysis: examines some of the alternative perspectives on management and the changing policy and business environment for organisations, and engages with accounting from a broader sociological perspective.
- Mathematics (second year): extends the knowledge and skills gained by students in first-year Mathematics, and in particular enhances skills in the theory and application of: differential and integral calculus of several real variables; limiting processes; linear mathematics.
If you decide to take Management Science in your third and fourth years, you will take three compulsory modules in Management alongside compulsory modules taught by the School of Mathematics and Statistics. The compulsory Management modules from previous years have been the following:
- Contemporary Issues in Management
- Corporate Finance and Control
- Organisation Studies.
In addition, you will take optional modules chosen from a wide range which reflects the expertise of staff in the School of Management and the School of Mathematics and Statistics. Here is a sample of Honours modules which have been offered in previous years:
- Financial Markets and Investments
- Leadership Development
- Mathematical Programming
- Scenario Thinking
- Time Series Analysis.
In fourth year, you also have the option of undertaking a research project and submitting a dissertation.
The compulsory modules listed here must be taken in order to graduate in this subject. However, most students at St Andrews take additional modules, either in their primary subject or from other subjects they are interested in. For Honours-level, students choose from a range of Honours modules, some of which are listed above. A full list of all modules available for the current academic year can be found in the module catalogue.
“In the School of Management we engage practically with the material whilst also being afforded the ability to engage with key texts, allowing us to become critical evaluators of information.”
Morgan (Angus, Scotland)