Golf Management BA (Hons)

UCAS code N290
UHI information line 0845 272 3600

What is special about this course?

Scotland is known as the ‘home of golf’ which is now a £1 billion industry, directly contributing £496 million to Scotland’s gross domestic product (GDP) annually. It is estimated that one in every 125 jobs in Scotland are dependent on golf.

The BA (Hons) Golf Management, based in Dornoch close to the world-renowned Royal Dornoch Golf Club and the first Honours degree of its kind in the UK, is aimed at those aspiring to a career in the golf industry, and offers the opportunity to work in various roles, with a particular focus on all aspects of managing within a golf context.

The degree provides a balance of golf-specific and management subjects to give graduates the range of skills necessary to take advantage of excellent employment opportunities.  Our strong links with the industry provide opportunities for work placements, guest lectures from leading industry figures and study trips.

You will work alongside our BA (Hons) Professional Golf students.

Special features

  • You will benefit from our strong industry links, including the Royal Dornoch Golf Club; the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews; and Castle Stuart; as well as top clubs in the UK and abroad
  • You will gain event management experience at various venues eg Dunhill Links Championships (Ryder Cup 2014) and the Scottish Open
  • Work placements can be arranged locally, across the UK and internationally, including an international internship programme.
  • We have a full-time member of staff who is a PGA Professional
  • You will enjoy a unique student experience and can participate in activities such as running the student golf club; individual coaching; personalised training and development; regular play; and competition, including Scottish Student Sport and British Universities and College Sport events.

Entry requirements

  • 3 Scottish Highers at grade C or above OR
  • 2 A levels at grade C or above
  • You may be able to enter year two of the degree if you have an HNC in a relevant subject
  • You may be able to enter year three of the degree if you have an HND in a relevant subject
  • Applicants with other qualifications and/or relevant experience are welcomed and will be considered on an individual basis

Year 1 - CertHE

Core modules are:

  • Introduction to Golf Management
  • Introduction of work-related learning
  • Introduction to customer-centred business

Option modules include:

  • Performance and skills
  • Essential skills for business and leisure
  • Introduction to business finance and accounting
  • Introduction to enterprise and marketing
  • Introduction to people management

Year 2 - DipHE

Core modules are:

  • Contemporary industry issues
  • Event planning and organisation
  • Principles of coaching and development
  • Golf course maintenance and design

Option modules include:

  • Strength and conditioning
  • Management accounting
  • Contemporary marketing
  • Management of business information
  • work placements

Year 3 - BA

Core modules are:

  • Research skills
  • Research project or work placement
  • Niche tourism

Option modules include:

  • Financial management
  • Strategic human resource management
  • Marketing communications
  • Entrepreneurship and social enterprise
  • Sports science: a critical analysis
  • Understanding visitor behaviour

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

Year four can be studied online via the UHI Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) with support from your tutors and brings your management and business skills into sharp focus.

You will complete a dissertation, or research and present a plan for a new business; and study the module PGA professional: business analysis and planning.

Option modules include:

  • Strategic marketing
  • Work-based learning: international placement
  • Corporate financial decision-making
  • E-business
  • Innovation and enterprise
  • Strategic planning
  • Tourism event planning

How will I study my course?

  • Full time
  • Part time (structured)
  • Part time (unstructured)
  • You will learn through a combination of face-to-face tutorials and lectures, enhanced by field trips and practical tuition, and online study via the UHI Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
  • This is enhanced by field trips, guest lectures from leading industry figures, regular practicals, on-site tuition, and assisting in the running of the students’ own UHI Golf Club

How long will my course last?

  • Full time: 4 years @ 40 hours per week
  • Part time (structured): 6 or 8 years @ 20 hours per week
  • Part time (unstructured): 8 years @ 10 to 20 hours per week

Number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent in lectures and your own time spent on individual study and research.

Where can I study my course?

Start date

  • September
  • January (part-time study only)

How much will my course cost?

For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Degrees 2016-17
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £645
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £215

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply:

Level 2016-17
Year 1 CertHE £8,000 p.a.
Year 2 DipHE £8,000 p.a.
Year 3 Degree £8,000 p.a.
Year 4 Honours free**

*4th year free only for students studying full-time who have paid for the previous 3 years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Part-time (per 20 credit module) -  £1,340 (2016-17)

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.


International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £10,000
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year*** £5,040
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)*** £1,680

***There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.

Further information on international course fees.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time RUK and International undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.

What funding can I apply for?

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact North Highland College UHI for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed your golf management degree, you might like to consider careers:

  • As a golf club secretary / manager
  • As a golf resort director of golf / golf operations manager
  • In golf course design and maintenance
  • In the management of other leisure / sports facilities
  • As a local authority parks and recreation operative
  • In golf tourism / entrepreneurship

Can I progress into further study?

You can progress to the PgCert Leadership and Management, but you must be in employment to do so.

Is there more information available online?

You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.

Apply for Golf Management BA (Hons)

I want to start in Jan/Feb 2017 or Aug/Sep 2017 or Jan/Feb 2018

International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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