Golf Management BA (Hons)

UCAS code N290

What is special about this course?

Known as the 'Home of Golf' Scotland's golf industry is worth £1 billion and annually directly contributes £496 million to Scotland’s gross domestic product (GDP). Estimates suggest that one in every 125 jobs in Scotland are dependent on golf.

The BA (Hons) Golf Management course is based in Dornoch close to the world-renowned Royal Dornoch Golf Club. It is the first honours degree of its kind in the UK and is aimed at those aspiring to a career in the golf industry.

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. You will have the opportunity to work in various roles, with a particular focus on all aspects of managing within a golf context.

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, St Andrews Links Trust 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 and the Scottish Open.
  • Work placements can be arranged locally, across the UK and internationally, including an international internship programme.
  • We have full-time members of staff who are PGA professionals.
  • 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.


We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

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 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-based and placement learning
  • Introduction to the customer-centred business
  • Introduction to business
  • Activity performance and skills acquisition

Option modules include:

  • Introduction to financial accounting
  • Introduction to enterprise and marketing
  • Introduction to people management and organisational behaviour

Year 2 - DipHE

Core modules are:

  • Contemporary issues in management
  • Event planning and organisation
  • Applied coaching and instruction
  • Golf course maintenance and design
  • Retailing

Option modules include:

  • Work placement: Management accounting
  • Contemporary marketing
  • Team-working and communication
  • Business economics

Year 3 - BA

Core modules are:

  • Research skills
  • Developing entrepreneurial effectiveness
  • Understanding visitor behaviour
  • Niche tourism

Option modules may include:

  • A critical analysis
  • Strategic human resource management
  • Industry-specific skills
  • Marketing communications
  • Sports and exercise science
  • Project planning and management
  • Work placement

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

Year four can be studied online via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE) with support from your tutors and brings your management and business skills into sharp focus.

Core modules are:

  • Niche professional: a business analysis
  • Work placement: professional practice
  • You will also complete a dissertation, or research and present a plan for a new business

Option modules include:

  • Strategic marketing
  • Corporate financial decision-making
  • E-business
  • Innovation and enterprise
  • Social and environmental accounting
  • Corporate responsibility in the global environment
  • Employee relations
  • Business strategy
  • Global management

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 university's 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 university 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?

  • North Highland College UHI - Dornoch campus

Start date

  • September
  • January (part-time study only)


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:

Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £1,820 £1,820
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £645 £645
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £215 £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:

    Full-time Full-time
Year 1 CertHE £9,000 £9,000
Year 2 DipHE £9,000 £9,000
Year 3 Degree £9,000 £9,000
Year 4 Honours free** 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) - £1,500 (2018-19 and 2019-20).

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:

  2018-19 2019-20
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £11,100 £11,650
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year** £5,550 £5,820
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)** £1,850 £1,940

**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.


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

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What our students, graduates and staff say

I considered other universities but chose to study here as the degree relates to what I want to be in the future: a director of a top class facility abroad. The placement opportunities were also attractive: I worked at The Royal Sydney in Australia and Fairmont St Andrews which has helped me gain practical experience of how to run a golf facility.

Jack Harling is in the fourth year of the BA (Hons) Golf Management at our North Highland College UHI campus close to Royal Dornoch Golf Club.

Apply for Golf Management BA (Hons)

I want to start in Jan/Feb 2020 or Aug/Sep 2020 or Jan/Feb 2021

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