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The Strathclyde MBA - an excellent investment

With so many MBA programmes on offer, 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. In addition, the Strathclyde business faculty is famous for Strategic Management, led by renowned researchers and authors in the field.

The Strathclyde MBA in Switzerland

The Strathclyde MBA Programme has been available outside the United Kingdom since 1988. Over 2000 course participants have graduated, and over 1500 are currently studying in their own country.

This success is due to the unique delivery structure developed with the local partner. In Switzerland the programme incorporates elements of part-time and open learning modes of study. It requires an attendance of one to two weekends per month.

The programme has been available in Switzerland since 1996. It is taught through our centre in Zurich which is conveniently located at Zurich Airport.

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 access to the SMF library.

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.

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 Switzerland 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 SMF, responsibility for academic quality control resides with Strathclyde, and is the same as for the United Kingdom programmes.

Successful MBA students (via international centres) will be awarded the same Strathclyde University MBA as all UK students and will be invited to attend the graduation ceremony held annually at Strathclyde University, Glasgow.

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.


Applicants should note that our MBA is distinctive in that Strathclyde insists that all MBA students, in addition to a first degree or professional qualification, must have several years relevant business experience.


Contact SMF for details on fees.

The Partnership

SMF is a provider of management consultancy and training for the corporate sector in German speaking Europe. SMF has specialised in three main areas: international business development and cross-cultural management, sustainability management, and education programme management.

Coming from the corporate sector, SMF is fully aware of the expectations and requirements of MBA participants both in terms of quality and delivery, and of the capabilities participants need to develop to be able to contribute more to their companies.

How does the partnership work?

University of Strathclyde Business School provides all the core materials for the programme and conducts all seminars with a selected team of leading professors from their staff in the UK. The UK staff members are also responsible for subject matter queries and support. All admission and assessment procedures are the responsibility of Strathclyde and successful participants will be awarded a University of Strathclyde Master of Business Administration.

SMF is responsible for individual participant support in Switzerland as well as the organisation of seminars, and co-ordination of operations with University of Strathclyde staff in the UK. SMF is also responsible for promoting the MBA in Switzerland.

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 6105 / 4590


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