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UWS's School of Business & Creative Industries offers professionally-focused business courses designed to equip you for career success. Our creative industries range of courses are practitioner-focused and prepare you to make an immediate impact to the sector.

About the School of Business & Creative Industries

UWS Business & Creative Industries courses are tailored to suit the needs of modern-day businesses, professionals and practitioners, meaning that studying with UWS will give you a sought-after skillset which will:

  • enhance your future chances of employability
  • boost your chances in career success

Our courses are recognised for quality and flexibility, attracting both national and international students. Our strong links with industry and world-class research underpin our courses which are delivered on each of our five campuses and through many partners across the globe. Our courses are:

  • professionally-recognised - many of our courses are aligned to professional bodies
  • work- and practitioner-focused – designed with real-world employment firmly in mind
  • tailor-made – choose specialist, job-based topics or a general degree
  • flexible – study part time, full time, or online
  • outward-looking – international opportunities so you’re ready for any role, anywhere

of Business students in work and/or study 6 months after graduating


of Creative Industries students in work and/or study 6 months after graduating


Accounting Top in Scotland for Student Satisfaction, Complete University Guide, 2020

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Our Professional Recognition

All our business degree courses are professionally accredited or working towards accreditation

  • Professional accreditation through institutions including: Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy (CIPFA), Chartered Management Institute (CMI), Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS)

Some of our creative industries courses hold professional recognition, including:

  • Creative Skillset, Avid, JAMES (Joint Audio Media Educational Support)
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Don't take our word for it

All our courses are tailored towards careers in business and are highly regarded for producing practical, business graduates in Scotland, the United Kingdom, Europe and across the globe. Many graduates from the School of Business and Enterprise have been successful in multinational companies across the globe. Recent graduates include:

Due to the variety of guest speakers and lecturers who came to campus, my eyes were opened to the wide range of jobs that my BAcc qualification could lead to

Fatima Jamshed, BAcc (Hons) Accounting graduate, Fund Accountant at BNP Paribas

I entered a number of film festivals and competitions and won a BAFTA Scotland New Talent Award for a collaborative project! This has helped my CV to stand out and has given me the chance to meet people who are useful contacts for the future. It’s given me a great kick-start to a media career and now I am part of the BBC Production Talent Pool

Gavin Grant, MA Creative Media Practice Graduate

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Continuing Professional Development courses

We understand that you are a busy professional. We understand that as an ambitious, self-motivated, business achiever and influencer you are seeking to enhance your competences, skills, and knowledge and maybe those of your your colleagues/staff. UWS's School of Business & Creative Industries can help you as an individual in enhancing your career or help your organisation in its continuing professional development aspirations.

In addition to our part-time and online Masters provision, we develop and deliver bespoke training programmes in a variety of specialisms on a part-time, flexible, or online-only basis. Businesses and public sector organisations across the world benefit from our courses designed for real-world impact.

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Research with purpose

The School is respected at home and abroad for its research and consultancy which focuses on the economic development of communities, enterprise and innovation, and leadership and organisational performance.

Research areas within Business

Research areas withinCreative Industries

  • Popular music, theatre, and visual culture
  • Community regeneration and public art
  • The future of journalism and social media
  • Cultural policy, cultural practice and cultural economy
  • Independent film and transmedia practice
  • Dementia, mental health and the arts

Fresh angles on Africa

Economic development, not aid, is the focus for research in the School’s Centre for African Research on Enterprise and Economic Development. Inspiring ideas range from banking efficiency to the Ethiopian commodity exchange. The Centre builds on the University's decades of experience in Africa and exceptional links with business and government leaders throughout the continent.

Green shoots

We’re part of a world-leading pilot to investigate boosting rural Scottish economies by using renewable energy to produce micro-algae. The School is leading on business strategy, financial, economic and market analysis expertise for the ASLEE (Algal Solutions for Local Energy Economy) project. 

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Creative Media Academy

UWS's Creative Media Academy (CMA) is one of only three suych academies in Scotland to be endorsed by Creative Skillet.

Our CMA facilitiates the coming together of students, staff and practitioners within the subject groupings of film, television, radio, music, performace, journalism and digital art.

Directed by award-winning Professor Nick Higgins and Paul Tucker, the CMA has strong links with industry and the public sector which support; skills and talent development, business growth and the knowledge economy. It has established a Glasgow Creative Enterprise Cluster, a locus for industry facing, multidisciplinary projects and public events at the Centre for Contemporary Arts and projects at Film City Glasgow.

We offer a range of short courses for pratitioners from writing press statements to media interview techniques. We also have access to state-of-the-art professional facilities, including recording and editing suites as well as two fully-equipped TV studies.

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Within a highly international university, our School has the biggest proportion of international students. Our global outlook generates opportunities for study or work experience abroad. Many School staff are working as consultants on international projects. We draw participants from across the world to conferences, workshops and seminars. As a student, you can gain from our links with partners in China, India, Russia, Europe and the Persian Gulf States.

Information for International Students
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Companies that we work with

Staff from the School work with leading organisations for research and consultancy projects and our students gain practical work experience and guest lectures from leading multinational organisations