MSc Business & Management

January 2021 entry now available

Key facts

  • Start date: January & September
  • Accreditation: Association of MBAs (AMBA) as a Pre-Experience Masters in Management
  • Study mode and duration: MSc: 12 months full-time
  • Ranked: Top 10 in the UK for Business & Management Studies (Complete University Guide 2021)

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Studying an MSc in Business & Management at Strathclyde Business School, you'll be learning at a pioneering internationally-renowned academic organisation that shapes and develops the business minds of tomorrow.

A 5-star QS-rated institution, we won Times Higher Education University of the Year 2019 - the only university to be awarded the UK-wide award for a second time!

On the programme you'll experience a broad, yet specific exploration of general management, and develop skills in management theories and practices.

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Why this course

The MSc Business & Management (MBM) draws together the best that Strathclyde Business School has to offer. By combining the School’s research expertise with its understanding of personal and professional development, the MBM provides a springboard for those looking to pursue careers in management, in business analysis, in consultancy, or even in starting a business. 

It is accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) as a Pre-Experience Masters in Management. As a result, you can be sure the course will develop the business acumen you need to operate effectively across different industries and operating environments. 

The mission of the MBM instils in you the personal qualities and critical thinking skills that will see you emerge as a self-directed learner, capable of dealing with the ambiguous and complex task of managing.

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THE Awards 2019: UK University of the Year Winner

What you’ll study

The curriculum builds your understanding of organisations and the context in which they operate, and helps you explore where you might fit within them. Classes fall within four focal areas:

  1. Understanding the business – through a sequence of classes you'll gain a managerial overview of the major functional areas of most organisations. You'll explore what they do and learn the language and techniques they employ.
  2. Developing the business – building on your growing understanding of organisations, this group of classes explores how businesses are responding to their contexts and analyse how they might evolve in the future.
  3. Professional development – in this area you will identify and develop a plan to enhance the key strengths and skills that will mark you out in your management career.
  4. Building a careers focus – as you move towards the next stage of your career, the elective classes and the final project/dissertation provide a wide range of options that allow you to customise your learning towards your career direction or development needs.

A programme focussed on practice

The MBM provides a developmental process that builds your knowledge and confidence in understanding and undertaking hands-on analysis of management issues. Throughout the year you'll engage in:

  • learning about practice – from the outset, the course focuses on the application of knowledge through case studies, group-based analysis, and guest speakers
  • learning through practice – through working with real-life businesses you'll gain hands-on experience of the complexities involved in managing organisations
  • practice as learning – by examining how you get things done in practice, you'll build confidence in identifying what you need to do to take your skills to the next level

A programme focussed on careers

The MBM’s commitment to help you identify and enhance the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in your career begins on day one and extends beyond the end of the course. As a cohort member you'll:

  • develop a personalised plan for learning and development, that identifies your strengths and the activities that will enhance your career prospects
  • engage with resources that provide support and advice on career choices, and how best to exploit opportunities as you progress in your career
  • join our active alumni group that complements the extensive Faculty and University alumni programme
  • have the opportunity to convert your MBM qualification to the prestigious Strathclyde MBA (Master of Business Administration) degree once you've acquired sufficient work experience. To take advantage of this opportunity you must apply within five years of graduating.

A programme focused on the international

The MBM will underpin your ability to operate in organisational contexts across the globe. Both within, and outside the classroom, the programme’s international focus enriches the ability to understand and respond to local customs and business practices. Specifically, the international features as an:

  • embedded part of the class experience where examples, case studies, and guest speakers explore how companies operate in different cultures across geographical regions
  • explicit focus of the techniques and models you'll be exposed to in our classes on management practice, and the elective class on International Trade
  • lived-experience if you choose to take up the opportunity to study the ‘Managing in Europe’ elective in Toulouse
  • implicit part of working the wide range of nationalities, religious, and cultural backgrounds found in each cohort. Learning from each other is the very essence of the course, forming friendships that endure for years.

A programme focused on personal attainment

The MBM is a degree focussed on helping you translate your unique talents into the strengths that will help you realise your potential. Working with us you'll identify bespoke development activities that might draw from:

  • the comprehensive programme of learning and skills enhancement activities to available through the syllabus and across the University
  • the lively programme of events offered by the career service, the business faculty and the wider University
  • a spectrum of extracurricular activities and associations course members participate in, including; international assemblies, competitions, Strathclyde Business Network and clubs and societies (students’ union)
  • the opportunities for industrial engagement, volunteering and adventure that comes from being in the industrial capital of Scotland

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Strathclyde Business School

Strathclyde Business School was founded in 1948 and is a pioneering, internationally renowned academic organisation with a reputation for research excellence.

One of four faculties forming the University of Strathclyde, SBS is a triple-accredited business school (AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB) and was the first business school in Scotland to achieve this accolade in 2004.

The Business School is home to seven subject departments and a number of specialist centres, all of which collaborate to provide a dynamic, fully-rounded and varied programme of specialist and cross-disciplinary courses.

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The MBM has consistently featured in the Financial Times Global Masters in Management ranking for over ten years.

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Course content

The MBM’s curriculum is continuously reviewed in order to keep pace with the rapidly evolving business landscape. You may find there are changes from the current list of classes.

Understanding the business

Analytical Support for Decision Making

This class develops skills in the effective practice of business analysis through the application of tools and techniques and to develop an appreciation of the issues which may require careful management if the decisions made are to be based upon valid data and models.

Managerial Accounting

This class develops your ability to understand the nature and limitations of the information provided in the external, and internal, financial reports. It introduces some of the accounting techniques underlying business activity, and builds your awareness of the financial implications of strategic and operational decisions.

Managing People in Organisations
With organisations increasingly becoming global and interconnected, understanding the challenges for managing those employed by firms is vitally important. This class provides insight into how organisations function and the impact on individual behaviour. It will also help you understand the key theories leading to a more effective manager and leader.
Business Operations

This class considers the key aspects of design, planning and control of operating systems in a global context. By examining the practice of leading organisations it will help you understand how organisations configure their operations and the challenges involved in managing them.

Finance & Financial Management

This class will introduce you to the principles of financial markets and institutions, corporate financial theory and financial decision making. It examines the core concepts and valuation models involved in pricing securities, the choices firms make over how to fund themselves and the techniques used to evaluate internal investment proposals.

Marketing Management

This class examines contemporary international practice, exploring the major concepts and techniques involved in the marketing planning process. It will help you analyse what companies are offering, how customers behave, and ultimately identify what they need to do next to deliver on their objectives.

Developing the business

Leadership for Change & Innovation

The central premise of this class is that while prudent management is essential, it is not sufficient to assure sustainable business success. Leadership in any sector involves using creativity and vision to navigate a unique path through problems and times of uncertainty.

This class draws together the latest theories and practices in order to develop your skills and understanding for effective leadership in the context of change. You'll also gain an understanding of the practices of leadership in innovative project teams.

Business Strategy

This class provides opportunities to explore, understand and apply the language of strategy and strategic management. By examining real-life organisations, you will develop your understanding of the forces within their contextual and transactional environments that influence their strategy, and by applying different strategic frameworks, develop the ability to critically analyse the strategic direction being adopted.

Consultancy in Practice

As the final class in the degree program the Consulting in Practice class is aimed at developing effective and reflective practitioners/managers. This class provides students with the opportunity to deploy many aspects of their learning by engaging with a live issue provided by a client company. It commences with a review of key theories and tools that students have studied as part of their degree with consideration given on how to use these in this exercise. This is followed by analysis of material provided by the client which describes the issue to be addressed and the outcome expected by the client.

This then leads into a group activity which applies particular techniques for addressing aspects of the client’s issue. More detailed client input is provided at certain points in the process often through direct interface with the client. This allows students to gain a more in-depth understanding of the issue and to try out various solutions. Further analysis is carried out by the groups and the class concludes with students presenting their thinking to their client. The client presentations are then followed by a reflective session where the tutor, client and students are encouraged to explore the process of the class and develop the learning gained.

Managing Innovation

Innovation has become a core management capability for those organisations that want to succeed in today’s tough business climate.

The class focuses on the management of technological innovation in contemporary business firms with a strong emphasis on the key role of people and organisations in creating, developing and transferring new knowledge, products, processes and services. By drawing from the state of the art innovation literature as well as a wealth of original, in-depth, real world case study materials, the course analyses the opportunities and challenges related to creating, sustaining and managing innovation in the 21st century.

Professional development

Professional Management Practice

This class develops your awareness and capabilities as a manager using a Personal Development Plan (PDP) process to help you critically evaluate the skills and attributes needed to be effective. Over the course of the year, workshops and exercises will help you identify and move towards fulfilling your potential.

Building a career focus


The project provides the opportunity to apply what you have learned to a practical situation. Working under the supervision of a member of faculty, you'll spend time working individually, or in a group, on a topic of central interest to you in the area of Business and Management. You'll learn the skills needed to develop a proposal and conduct an effective enquiry into your topic area, producing a report that is both informed and practical.

The projects are diverse, with a vast array of industries and disciplines being undertaken. Many projects are undertaken with organisations and the business school may be able to assist in identifying appropriate clients.

Choose two:

New Venture Creation

In New Venture Creation, students will learn to develop and validate winning business models. Students will cover a broad range of topics that critically examine various approaches to establishing and operating a venture, supported by frequent guest lectures from successful entrepreneurs.

International Trade Theory & Policy

In this class you will gain an understanding of the essential economic issues in international trade, market structure, and the role of international institutions in promoting trade liberalisation and disciplining international commercial interaction. You will analyse the distribution of the gains from trade, identifying the circumstances where trade liberalisation is mutually beneficial and those where there are winners and losers at the international or national level. The class will also address current issues facing the world trading system – such as Brexit – and how these might be resolved.

Managing Talent and Succession Planning

This will seek to address a range of inter-related themes and issues centred on the concept of ‘talent’ – What are the talents that we require? Who are the ‘talented’? How do we source them? How do we develop them? How do we retain them and provide opportunities that meet their aspirations? How do we manage ‘talent’? How do we motivate those employees who are not labelled as part of the talent community?

The class will combine broad strategic talent themes with a practical approach to the management and development of talented or high potential employees within an organisational setting.

The class will encourage the development of a critical view of Talent Management theory and practice to develop capabilities as professional managers who are able to think critically about Managing Talent and are, therefore, better problem-solvers and decision-makers in this key area.

Global Operations Strategy

The purpose of this course is to provide course participants with a perspective on global operations strategy that is underpinned by an attitude of enquiry.  There is no one “right” way of designing and running international operations. A company’s global operations strategy will be developed based on a number of choices. These choices are subject to the differences across national boundaries, which can be significant. Geographical and national boundaries may bring different trading conditions due to varying trade rules, different legal frameworks, different skills profiles and capabilities, presence of new competitors, volatile exchange rates, labour costs and labour law etc. 

We learn from experience as well as from academic knowledge. In this module, much of the learning will come from case studies - looking at what worked in certain situations and what didn’t and digging deeper into the reasons why. The aim of this course is to learn about the choices faced by managers running operations in multiple countries. Through investigating goal operations strategies adopted by well-known companies and discussing the choices made by managers, students will develop capability in developing global operations strategies.

Project Management

This module aims to provide students with skills and knowledge relating to the use of practices in Project Management with particular respect to the project triple constraint: time, cost and quality.

Brand Management & Strategy

The mission of this elective is to provide a solid understanding and application in the strategies of global brand management. Key skills and theories of brand management will be presented and discussed in order to equip the learner to operate effectively in a global brand management environment. Students will gain a clear appreciation of the role of brand strategy within the corporation’s operating plan.  This will entail consideration of environmental factors causing changes to the structure and composition of the brand portfolio as well as discussion of conceptual issues surrounding the strategic roles of brand management.

Blockchain in Technology Services

This course introduces the student to the blockchain technology and its applications in services. This course will provide an initial understanding of what blockchain technology is, how it works, and what are its applications in services marketing. Specifically, it will explore the application of blockchain in travel and tourism, loyalty programmes and consumer well-being. Further, it considers the benefits as well as the limitations and challenges of implementing blockchain solutions among service organisations.

Strategic Financial Management

The class will consider a number of financial decisions of strategic importance, ranging from capital expenditure decisions to those concerned with the evaluation of the terms of a merger. These decisions will be explored through lectures, exercises and most importantly, case studies. The preparation of the case studies and the discussion of the analysis will provide the focus of the class.

Service Operations Simulation

This class provides MSc students with insights into ‘Service’ Operations Management, an area of study that is increasingly relevant to our graduates as compared with traditional/manufacturing operations management. Emerging concepts such as ‘services science’ emphasize the need to understand operations management within the service sector as a whole, while providing specific examples from different service sectors to illustrate the wide range of challenges within service industries. Aiming to be as practically useful as possible, the class provides both conceptual and technical perspectives on services. The technical perspective utilises discrete event simulation (DES) as a powerful tool to analyse service operations and facilitate decision making for service operations managers.

Family Enterprise

In this class, participants explore aspects of governance, work ethics and succession as well as family dynamics, conflict on gender issues. The class gives students insights into effective and professional work with and within family firms.

Managing in Europe (Toulouse)

The aim of this module is to:

  • sensitize students to the basic skills involved in managing people in Europe with a focus on cultural and knowledge issues as well as managing cross-cultural differences
  • understand the European context in terms of HRM and employment relations and manage effectively in this context
  • be able to adapt to different cultural environments and to manage effectively in an intercultural European context as well as a global context

Learning & teaching

Classes on the course differ significantly from traditional formal lectures. Academic staff maximise opportunities for class discussion and debate about how organisations are tackling real-life business issues and whether their approaches are appropriate in other contexts. You'll often be given individual or group-based research tasks to be fed back in class. This emphasis upon practical skills gives you a greater understanding of what is happening in a wide range of organisational contexts. It also helps you to be able to formulate relevant, practical, responses to the complex issues. 

Our teaching helps you develop the high level of personal and interpersonal skills that employers are looking for. You'll find that, from your very first day, we'll be there helping you to find effective ways to manage yourself while getting the best from those you're working with.


The course is assessed through written assignments, group and individual projects, exams and presentations. Exams will take place at the end of each semester in December and March.

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Entry requirements

Academic requirements

Minimum second-class Honours degree, or overseas equivalent (see our country pages for further information on overseas academic requirements) in a non-business or management-related subject. The MSc Business and Management is primarily designed for those with non-business related degrees and is not suitable for those with general business degrees such as BA/BSc Business Studies or Bachelors in Commerce.

English language requirements

For students whose first language is not English, you must have a minimum of 6.5 IELTS score with no individual score lower than 5.5. Get more information about the English language requirements for studying at Strathclyde.

There’s no requirement for prior work experience, although many students on the course have worked for a couple of years. The course is not suitable for those who have extensive experience.

As the course involves work on word processing and spreadsheet packages, a reasonable level of competence in both is recommended.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course held at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre, for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the academic entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

Upon successful completion, you will be able to progress to this degree course at the University of Strathclyde.

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Fees & funding


All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.



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Please note: the fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

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Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students may be able to apply for support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). The support is in the form of a tuition fee loan and for eligible students, a living cost loan. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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Students coming from England

Students ordinarily resident in England may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance England. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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Students coming from Wales

Students ordinarily resident in Wales may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance Wales. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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Students coming from Northern Ireland

Postgraduate students who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland may be able to apply for support from Student Finance Northern Ireland. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

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International students

We've a large range of scholarships available to help you fund your studies. Check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Strathclyde Business School Masters Scholarships - January 2021

Strathclyde Business School is delighted to be able to offer a number of Masters Scholarships for January 2021. Candidates for all our January 2021 Full Time MSc programmes in Glasgow will be automatically considered for these scholarships so no separate scholarship application is necessary.

Scholarships will be awarded on a rolling basis up to the final deadline of 30 November 2020, so early application is advised.

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The degree opens up a range of exciting career possibilities. For many of our graduates, it's the combination of their first degree, or work experience, and the MBM that distinguishes them from the competition. Many have taken up an opportunity within their family’s business, developing the business to take advantage of the opportunities presented by today’s environment. Others are pursuing their dream of becoming an entrepreneur and building their own successful business.

Where are they now? 

Typical alumni job titles include:

  • Founder/Owner
  • Vice President/Director
  • Consultant
  • Business Analyst/Advisor
  • Manager – Project/Risk/Finance/BI/Operations

Recent graduates have found employment within national and multi-national organisations including roles in the following sectors:

  • Finance – Barclays Bank, Cathay United Bank, Lloyds Banking Group, Clydesdale & Yorkshire Bank, Consulting - Ernst & Young, PwC, KPMG
  • Manufacturing – Pine Chemical Group, Rajeev Metal Industries
  • Business support – Transport for London, GSK, Zapplon
  • IT services – IBM, Italy-China E-commerce Sales Center, Toyota Tsusho Network Integration
  • Start-ups – Scorace, Nuvven, To Be Healthy Foods

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Our campus is based in the very heart of Glasgow, Scotland's largest city. National Geographic named Glasgow as one of its 'Best of the World' destinations, while Rough Guide readers have voted Glasgow the world’s friendliest city! And Time Out named Glasgow in the top ten best cities in the world - we couldn't agree more!

We're in the city centre, next to the Merchant City, both of which are great locations for sightseeing, shopping and socialising alongside your studies.

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Business and Management (January start)

Qualification: MSc
Start Date: Jan 2021
Mode of Attendance: full-time

Business and Management

Qualification: MSc
Start Date: Sep 2021
Mode of Attendance: full-time

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Telephone: +44 (0)141 553 6105 / +44 (0)141 553 6116


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