Our aim is to develop directors and high-potential managers into outstanding leaders in their own specialist business fields. The programme is valuable for those in the private, public and voluntary sectors.
Good leadership skills are essential for directors and senior managers to run their businesses effectively. With the challenges of the 21st century, these skills are now even more in demand.
The course structure combines an understanding of business functions, strategy and strategic thinking with an understanding of the leadership process and the practical development of leadership skills.
You’ll enhance your self-awareness, self-control and self-confidence through personal experience of practical leadership and teamwork situations.
We provide you with an innovative range of learning approaches to suit your own circumstances and you’ll gain a unique mix of practical leadership skills from one of Europe’s foremost leadership development organisations.
We offer the academic depth and rigour expected of a top university business school.
Benefits of the MBA with a specialism in Leadership Studies
You’ll gain a better understanding of yourself and how others perceive you in your leadership role.
Exposed to key business management and leadership theories and practices, you'll have an unparalleled opportunity to develop your strategic and behavioural leadership skills.
You’ll gain a greater understanding of business management and will be able to lead your people more effectively, and will have the opportunity for networking through an outstanding international alumni network.
We have thousands of members worldwide, many of whom have reached the highest positions in their fields.
For your organisation
By supporting your directors or managers on the MBA in Leadership programme, you'll be helping determine the long-term success of your organisation.
A survey conducted by an independent consultancy on behalf of The Leadership Trust Foundation found that strong leadership qualities are the most important factor for achieving optimum performance at board and senior management levels.
Flexible study routes
The MBA with a specialism in Leadership Studies can be taken as part of the Flexible Learning route. It’s designed to fit with your demanding work responsibilities.
Usually, you'll take the course part-time on a modular basis over three years but it can also be taken from between two years and six years.
Based on the core curriculum of the Strathclyde MBA, the programme uses a combination of formal courses, self-study through supported distance learning, practical training and project work.
Ms Karen McMillan, MBA Office, Strathclyde Business School
Programme Administrator (Experiential Courses)
Mrs Sandra Jordan, The Leadership Trust Foundation
Less than 1% of business schools in the world hold "triple accreditation", and Strathclyde is one of them. The three international accrediting bodies are:
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
The European Quality Improvement System
The Association of MBAs
To gain accreditation by one of these bodies is an achievement in itself. To gain accreditation by all three bodies is a truly outstanding accomplishment and one we're proud of.
Association of Masters of Business Administration (AMBA)
You’re eligible to join AMBA after enrolment on an MBA course.
The Strathclyde MBA is based on collaborative learning. You'll share work experience, knowledge, understanding and skills.
Our purpose is to help to develop you're skills in diverse areas of management.
The MBA will shape and guide you as reflective, open-thinking, adaptive learners.
The Reflective Practitioner
This module is designed to help you respond to the increasing emphasis in the business world about corporate social responsibility, stakeholder expectations and the professional practice of management. It provides you with the foundations to become an adaptive manager open to life-long learning. There are three classes within this module:
The aim of this class is to enable participants to experience and reflect on entrepreneurial skills and practices that are appropriate to managing and leading organisations in competitive, uncertain and fast-changing environments. There is a filming session scheduled for December on this.
Making the Business Work
This module helps you understand the management fundamentals and processes vital to business success and that are operated by specialist functional teams in an organisation.
By becoming aware of these disciplines you’re more able to appreciate each function as well as the relationships and tensions between them.
Here's a short introduction to the Financial & Management Accounting module of the MBA.
Strategic Management for Sustainable Success
This module is designed to help you integrate the classes in the 'Making the Business Work' module.
The classes are designed to help you explore, understand and confidently manage internal and external ambiguity, complexity and uncertainty. The Strathclyde MBA is renowned for its reputation in these aspects of management.
There are four classes in this module
Exploring the International Environment
Strategy Analysis and Evaluation
Strategic Consulting in Practice - This provides you with an opportunity to work with a live organisational issue in conjunction with a client organisation. The client will feature significantly in the evaluation of the class. Designing the class in such a way provides you with many insights into the uncertainties of managing yourself, the task of strategising and meeting the expectations of the client.
This module develops an in-depth understanding of the nature of leadership in organisations and the opportunity to develop self-awareness, self-control and self-confidence through personal experience of practical leadership and teamwork situations.
In everyday discussions about technology, IS and ICT, people generally are referring to computers. In this class the focus is not on computers but on the picture we have about computers. By doing this we will examine the ‘big picture’ of IS/ICT, and technology more generally, in order to gain a better understanding of what computers can do for us, and when we should switch off our computers, smartphones, tablets, and wearable technology and take matters back into our human hands. Delivered online to mirror the subject matter, this class covers fundamental concepts of technology and IS/ICT although students should be aware that overall this is not a technical course.
Learning & teaching
A mix of teaching and learning methods are used. There is distance learning via texts, case studies, exercises and tutor support. There's also residential days at the Leadership Trust Foundation and intensive seminars at Strathclyde Business School.
The whole programme requires about 1,800 hours of course and workshop attendance, private study and project work over three years. You should allow five to ten hours a week for private study.
Your performance will be continuously assessed by coursework, assignments, formal written examinations, and the leadership project.
Progress to the MBA with a specialism in Leadership Studies degree is governed solely by your performance in the formal examinations and coursework assignments.
Our selection process is designed to identify talented professionals from a wide range of academic, business and cultural backgrounds.
While there are formal requirements for entry listed below, we take into consideration:
your interpersonal and team working qualities
the range and nature of your managerial experience
In order to assess these skills we ask you to complete a number of essays outlining your experience and aspirations alongside references supporting your work experience and academic record.
We may ask you to undertake a formal interview to discuss your achievements and aspirations. We would encourage you to visit the school or centre you’re applying to and to ask as many questions as you need to clarify your decision.
Qualifications & experience
For entry to the MBA with a specialism in leadership studies programme you must:
hold a degree from a UK university, or equivalent academic qualification from a comparable non-UK institution. If you studied for your undergraduate degree at a non-UK institution we will need a copy of your degree transcript. Professional qualifications will also be considered.
be at least 28 years of age.
have a minimum of three years' full-time postgraduate experience where the management of people and resources has played a significant role.
Although the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) is not a standard requirement of our admissions process, strong verbal reasoning and numerical abilities are critical for the MBA and we may ask you to undertake such a test.
Competence in English
The MBA programme is highly interactive and requires a high level of competence in English speaking, writing, reading and understanding.
A minimum score of 6.5 in IELTS is required for applicants whose first language is not English. We may consider applicants who fall slightly below these standards if they're willing to undertake pre-sessional study.
In order to undertake the Diploma/MBA you need to be competent in word processing, the use of spreadsheets and in report writing.
The application process
Completed application forms are considered by the Admissions Committee as they're received.
You’re encouraged to submit your application form and all the supporting documentation as soon as possible. Once all the details are with us you should receive a decision within three or four weeks of application.
If you've undertaken courses at The Leadership Trust Foundation that are common to the MBA with a specialism in Leadership Studies programme within the past three years, you may be granted exemptions provided you fulfil the course requirements for written assignments.
If you have completed a Strathclyde Diploma in Business, DMS, CNAA Diploma in Management Studies or a CIMO or Open University qualification, you may also be eligible for exemptions.
If you've completed the Strathclyde MSc in Business and Management (MBM), you may upgrade to the MBA with a specialism in Leadership Studies.
Applications for exemptions, which carry fee reductions, will be considered on an individual basis and the final decision will rest with the Exemptions Committee.
Fees & funding
How much will my course cost?
All fees quoted are per academic year unless otherwise stated.
2017/18 - £12,500 (fees are payable over two years – total fee £25,000)
The fee includes:
intensive seminars at SBS
all books and programme materials
charges for accommodation and meals while attending course at The Leadership Trust Foundation
Please allow an additional £1,500-£2,000 for all travel costs to and from The Leadership Trust Foundation and Strathclyde Business School, and accommodation and meal charges when attending courses at Strathclyde Business School.
How can I fund my course?
Deciding to study the MBA is a considerable financial investment. We ask you to research how you're going to finance this as early as possible.
The majority of students on the full-time programme are self-funded. UK students can apply to loan schemes to fund their studies and non-UK usually raise their own finances through bank loans or scholarships.
We recognise that career development is one of the main reasons why people invest in an MBA. The MBA job market offers plenty of global opportunity but can be complex and challenging.
That's why we also offer a dedicated careers service for MBA students. You'll get career planning and skills development as well as unlimited access to personal advice and coaching. Our careers service is delivered in-house and by a team of top consultants.
We work with you to complement your own proactive job search efforts too. We help you use your own career background and strengths to progress to your next career move.
You’ll gain the understanding and tools to develop your personal, strategic career plan, as well as the self-marketing and communication skills to make effective applications and impress at interview.
You’ll have the knowledge of the global job market and a range of contacts to make it work for you.
Career & Professional Development Programme
Our professional development programme is delivered in four modules throughout the year. Each is a week long and they're held in October, November, January and February. The programme includes:
Introduction to strategic career planning and how to get the job you want
Creating a personal profile (to be published on our profile site)
Presentation skills workshop
Networking skills, including social media
The Glasgow Challenge
Personal skills audit
Setting career development goals
Self-branding/self-presentation (CVs, cover letters and applications)
Company visits and industry presentations, including alumni
The Scottish MBA Careers Event
Practical interview and assessment centre sessions
Throughout the year, there will be additional workshops, master classes and company presentations.
Dedicated careers resources
You’ll have access to a library of MBA-specific information and resources through our Careers Portal. This offers:
company and market information, both UK and global
vacancies all over the world
links to top MBA sites
Where are they now?*
MBA graduates' job titles include:
Business Development Manager
Change Project Manager
Head of Operations
Senior Accounting Manager
Regional Finance Manager
Glasgow City Council
Scottish Power Renewable
Thermo Fisher Scientific
*Based on the results of the national Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey (2014/15 and 2013/14).
If you want to discuss anything before you apply please contact our admissions team. They can arrange for you to visit SBS and discuss the programme with either the MBA academic director or admissions staff.