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The Strathclyde MBA - an excellent investment

With so many MBA programmes on the market, your choice of school is crucial. An MBA from the University of Strathclyde Business School is the best investment you can make in your career as a professional manager. Strathclyde’s international reputation, combined with its high academic and selection standards, is your guarantee that your MBA will retain its value in the years to come.

The Strathclyde MBA in Abu Dhabi and Dubai

The Strathclyde MBA programme has been available outside the UK since 1988. Over 2000 participants have now graduated, and over 1500 students are currently studying the programme in their own country. This success is due to the unique delivery structure developed with the local partner, incorporating elements of full-time, part-time and open learning study methods. The Strathclyde MBA Programme has been available in the UAE since 1995.

How does the programme work?

The study route to your part-time MBA is flexible with most participants taking between two to two and a half years to complete. Each year is divided into two semesters starting in October and April. Students are provided with a range of text books, course workbooks, core learning materials, and online access to the Strathclyde University library along with physical and online access to the HCT libraries.

In terms of teaching, for each subject students attend a two day intensive seminar delivered by academics from Strathclyde University and scheduled over weekends. These seminars are mainly based around the core learning elements of each subject but also contextualised to cover the business environment specific to the region. Additionally, throughout the programme, students attend a range of workshops and simulations to enhance and develop their managerial skills and competencies.

Supporting all of this, participants attend weekly (evening and/or weekend) counselling (tutorial) sessions delivered by locally appointed counsellors. The intensive seminars, workshops and counselling sessions ensure that all MBA students have the same learning experience and reach the same standards as participants attending the MBA programme in the UK. Students enrolled on the programme can attend the intensive seminars, workshop and counselling sessions in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, or any of the other international centres.

How is the course assessed?

The course is assessed by a combination of written coursework, in-class presentations and examinations. As far as possible, coursework will be related to your work environment and the examinations are scheduled twice a year prior to the end of each semester. The examinations and assignments are set, marked and validated by the University of Strathclyde academic staff, and are identical to and assessed on the same basis as students undertaking the programme in the UK. Thus the MBA programme offered in the UAE is the same as the full-time mode in the UK in all aspects except delivery.


Your Strathclyde MBA degree

While offered in partnership with the HCT-CERT in the UAE, responsibility for academic quality control resides with Strathclyde and is the same as for the United Kingdom programme. Successful MBA students (via international centres) will be awarded the same Strathclyde University MBA as all UK students.

How long will it take?

The Strathclyde MBA – International, has been specifically designed for busy executives who need to combine career and family commitments with the demands of MBA studies. This flexibility enables participants to graduate within two years. However, your studies may be spread over a longer period to a maximum of six years.

Subject to availability, those students wishing to accelerate their studies may be able to join the full-time MBA programme at Strathclyde University at the elective stage during May, June and July each year. This enables you to complete your electives within a shorter period, as well as experience working with participants from all over the world.

When can I start?

There are two intakes for the Strathclyde MBA – October and April. Finalised course dates and timetables will be provided by the MBA administrator


Applicants should note that the Strathclyde MBA is distinctive in that all MBA students must have a Bachelor’s degree, several years’ relevant business experience and be a minimum age of 25.


Details of fees and payment by instalments are available from your local MBA administrator.

The Partnership

Strathclyde offers its MBA in Abu Dhabi and Dubai in association with the Higher Colleges of Technology and the Centre of Excellence for Applied Research and Training (HCT-CERT), after an agreement was signed between the two organisations in 2004.

Strathclyde has offered the MBA in Dubai since 1995 and our new agreement with HCT-CERT sees the MBA being offered in both Abu Dhabi and Dubai. The Higher Colleges of Technology is one of the largest, most progressive and innovative places of higher learning in the United Arab Emirates, with 11 campuses throughout the country.

How does the partnership work?

The HCT-CERT is responsible for promoting the Strathclyde MBA in the UAE, handling enquiries, providing information and receiving applications. To maintain high standards of consistency throughout the world, all admission decisions are made by the University of Strathclyde.

The HCT-CERT provides local administrative services, as well as holding counselling sessions, intensive seminars and examinations. Strathclyde Business School provides core learning materials and sends Strathclyde University faculty members to the UAE to run intensive seminars. All assessment is the responsibility of Strathclyde and successful participants will be awarded a University of Strathclyde Master of Business Administration.

Facilities at the HCT-CERT

The HCT-CERT offers a wide variety of facilities including Specialist Management Resource Centres and fully-equipped Training Rooms. The HCT-CERT also offers professional development courses and general and specialised English language.

Our credentials speak for themselves


Accreditation is a good guide to how a business school is regarded by its peers. Strathclyde has gained full international accreditation, with all three accrediting bodies around the world - EQUIS (Europe), AMBA (International MBA quality assurance) and AACSB (North America) - approving the school as offering excellent management education.

As one of only 68 business schools in the world with this standing, and the only business school in Scotland to be accredited so highly, Strathclyde continues to lead the way in high quality business education.

We also hold excellent ratings for both our research and the quality of our teaching.

AMBA (The Association of MBAs)

All Strathclyde MBA programmes are accredited by AMBA and all students are eligible to join after enrolment on an MBA course. 

EQUIS (European Foundation for Management Development)

Strathclyde is one of only 24 UK business schools to receive EQUIS accreditation. 

AACSB (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business)

Strathclyde received accreditation from this prestigious body in December 2003.

Contact details

 Undergraduate admissions
 +44 (0)141 548 4114 

 Postgraduate admissions
 +44(0)141 553 6116/6105/6117


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