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MBAMaster of Business Administration, UAE

Why this course?

Strathclyde Business School has been delivering the Strathclyde MBA on an executive (part-time) basis via our international centres since 1988. We’ve successfully offered and developed the MBA in the UAE since 1995.

A pioneering and experienced MBA provider, we update and review our MBA to reflect the current business environment. Strathclyde’s MBA is strategy-focused and blends theoretical and practical business learning. Our MBA is flexible, and responsive to the needs of working individuals. Our wide choice of electives can help you personalise the programme to suit your business interests. These elective classes can be studied in UAE, as well as in Glasgow or at our other international centres, to give you an international learning and networking experience.

The MBA project gives you an opportunity to examine in depth a managerial, organisational or environmental issue of your choice over an extended period of time.

Our Executive MBA allows you to study whilst continuing with your career and allows you to implement your learning into work.

What is the programme format?

The programme is designed for busy executives who need to combine career and family commitments with the demands of MBA studies. The flexibility of the part-time approach enables most participants to graduate within two years. However, study may be spread over a longer period if necessary, to a maximum of six years.

Typically, your MBA studies will be made up of:

  • monthly intensive seminars delivered by Strathclyde academics at our Dubai centre
  • regular tutorials with our locally based counsellors
  • off-campus learning and support via our virtual learning environment

You’ll work in an international environment alongside like-minded classmates and be part of our long-established network of students and alumni from our international postgraduate centres.

A highlight of the Strathclyde calendar is the annual MBA Summer School which takes place in Glasgow, over May and June. The summer school is open to all study routes of the MBA who have reached the elective stage of the programme. It's a great way to accelerate your studies, and network with a large group of international colleagues.


Strathclyde Business School is triple-accredited by the three international accrediting bodies – AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB. 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 of which we're proud.

The MBA has been accredited by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research.

Course content

The Strathclyde MBA is based on collaborative learning. You share work experience, knowledge, understanding and skills.

Our purpose is to help to develop you 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:

  • Learning Manager
  • Comparitive Corporate Governance
  • Entrepreneurial Management & Leadership

More information on The Learning Manager

Here's a short introduction to the Learning Manager module of the MBA.

More information on Comparitive Corporate Governance

Here's a short introduction to the Comparitive Corporate Governance class of the MBA.

More information on Entrepreneurial Management & Leadership
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.

The module has six classes:

  • Finance and Financial Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Analytical Support for Decision Making
  • Operations Management
  • Managing People in Organisations
  • Financial & Management Accounting

Finance & Financial Management

Here's a short introduction to the Finance & Financial Management module of the MBA.

Marketing Management

Here's a short introduction to the Marketing Management module of the MBA.

Operations Management

Here's a short course introduction to Operations Management.

Managing People in Organisations

Here's a short introduction to the Managing People in Organisations module of the MBA.

Financial & Management Accounting

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
  • Making Strategy
  • 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.

Exploring the International Business Environment

Here's a short introduction to the Exploring the International Business Environment module of the MBA.

Making Strategy

Here's a short introduction to the Making Strategy module of the MBA.

Strategic Consulting in Practice

Here's a short introduction to the Strategic Consulting in Practice module of the MBA.


Personal Development

As you progress through the Strathclyde MBA we work with you to help you personalise your learning and development.  We do that through two routes – Elective Classes and the final MBA Project.

Online Class - Information and Technology Management
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.
Elective classes

We have over 120 academic experts across a wide range of specialist departments in Strathclyde Business School (SBS). We offer more than 25 different electives all taught by our subject specialists.

There’s a range of study routes open to you – full-time, weekend classes and classes in the international centres.

A major advantage of these elective classes is the opportunity to learn about the chosen subject alongside a group of like-minded international colleagues.

To reflect both the latest challenges facing business and the latest insights from our world-leading research, the range of electives is revised every year.

For a full list of the latest selection of electives on offer please ask our admissions office.

MBA Project

The MBA project gives you an opportunity to examine in-depth a managerial, organisational or environmental issue of your choice over an extended period of time.

The project allows you to put into practice the knowledge and skills that you have developed throughout the Strathclyde MBA.

We have close links with industry and can offer a number of company sponsored projects across different sectors. These may focus on:

  • Supply Chain
  • Change Management
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Market Entry Strategy
  • Brand Management
  • Social Media/Strategic Change Management
  • Operations/CRM Strategy

Many of these projects are likely to lead to internships.

The final project is an integral part of the Strathclyde MBA and can be done on an individual basis or as part of a group.

Interaction with real companies

There will be a number of opportunities during the core classes to undertake mini-consulting projects with real companies presenting you with real issues and challenges. You’ll form groups who will analyse the information given. Using tools and techniques taught in class, you’ll present a strategy to the company on how to move forward.

Learning & teaching

The Strathclyde International MBA is a face-to-face taught programme.

All classes are held on weekends and evenings at the Dubai campus and include:

  • seminars on Fridays & Saturdays from 09:00 to 18:00 which are led by academics from the University of Strathclyde approximately once a month
  • tutorial sessions of three hours, held once a week, either in the evening or on weekends. They are led by local counsellors who have been approved and appointed by Strathclyde.

The programme is structured over four semesters. There are two semesters a year and each semester is approximately five and a half months long.

October intake

If you start the programme in October, you’ll undertake the programme in this order:

Semester 1: October

  • Marketing Management (E)
  • Financial & Management Accounting (E)
  • Finance & Financial Management (E)
  • Exploring the International Business Environment
  • Programme Seminar (Workshop)

Semester 2: April

  • Operations Management (E)
  • Analytical Support for Decision Making (E)
  • Managing People in Organisations (E)
  • Comparative Corporate Governance
  • The Learning Manager (Workshop)

Semester 3: October

  • Entrepreneurial Management & Leadership
  • Strategy Analysis & Evaluation
  • Making Strategy
  • Strategic Consulting in Practice (Workshop)
  • Project Methodology (Workshop)

Semester 4: April

  • Elective subject 1
  • Elective subject 2
  • Project

Note: The (E) in the tables above means that the subject has an examination.


Assessment throughout the programme involves a combination of:

  • course work
  • workshops
  • examinations
  • group work
  • presentations

As far as possible, coursework will be related to your work environment. The examinations and assignments are set, marked and validated by the University of Strathclyde academic staff. They're identical to and assessed on the same basis as students undertaking the programme in the UK.


There are two examination schedules each year:

  • August
  • March

All examinations are available at each sitting and you choose which is most appropriate for you.

Entry requirements

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 potential
  • 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 also encourage you to visit the school or centre you’re applying to and to ask as many questions as you need.

Qualifications & experience

For entry to the MBA 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 24 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.

Admissions testing

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 in IELTS (general or academic) or TOEFL 550 or iBT 79 is required if your first language is not English. We may consider applicants who fall slightly below these standards if they're willing to undertake pre-sessional study.

You can be exempt from the English Language Proficiency test if you meet one of the following conditions stipulated by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research in the 'Graduate Education Admission Regulations for Licensed Non-Federal Institutions':

  1. You’re a native speaker of English who has completed your undergraduate education in an English medium institution in a country where English is the official language
  2. You graduated from an English medium institution in a country where English is the official language. You can also provide evidence of having achieved a TOEFL score of 500 or its standardised equivalent approved by the Ministry, upon admission to the undergraduate program.

No matter how fluent your written and spoken English is, unless you meet one of the above criteria, as a UAE accredited programme, we cannot exempt you from the English Language Proficiency requirement.

Computer competence

In order to undertake the Diploma/MBA you need to be competent in word processing, the use of spreadsheets and in report writing.

We strongly recommend that you have access to your own computer. Guidelines for software and hardware are available from our UAE partner.

The application process

Completed application forms are considered by the Admissions Committee as they are 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.


Some exemption may be available from subjects in the ‘Making the Business Work' Module and will be considered on a case by case basis. For further information contact the admissions team.

Fees & funding

How much will my course cost?

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

Please note

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.


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 offer a dedicated careers service for MBA students. This consists of 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 proactive job search efforts. We help you use your own particular career background and strengths to help with your next career move too.

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 core professional development programme is delivered in four modules throughout the year. Each lasts for a week and are 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)
  • Supporting resources


  • 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

Further information

Go to our dedicated Career Management section to get information on:

  • Career planning
  • Preparing your CV
  • The job market
  • Interview advice
  • Entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Employers
  • Alumni
  • Projects and client consultancy
  • Overseas support


There are hundreds of MBA and MSc alumni who have passed through the Dubai centre. These graduates comprise an active core of the University of Strathclyde UAE Alumni Association. This also includes Strathclyders from other programmes and campuses who now live in the UAE.

The alumni group has a LinkedIn page and coordinates regular events and initiatives to allow networking, continued education, career progression, and community outreach.

Get more information about some of the recent Strathclyde UAE alumni events and contacts for details about the planning committees for your local alumni chapter.

To ensure that you are on the appropriate alumni mailing list to hear about such activities, please update your details with the university.

Contact us

If you think the right programme for you is an MBA, we would encourage you to meet with our Postgraduate Programme Coordinators in the UAE to discuss the structure and practical aspects of the programme we offer, as well as your options.

Campus location

Strathclyde Business School’s Dubai location is located within the following HCT campus.


The Strathclyde Dubai campus is located at Dubai Women’s College Dubai.

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Once inside the campus, please enter through security and inquire about / follow signs to the Al Reyada building’s far side


You’re more than welcome to visit our campus office in Dubai to discuss the programme and application procedure with one of our staff. You can also collect print copies of brochures.

Please contact Sheena in Dubai to make an informational appointment.

There are two intakes a year starting in April and October. You can join either intake. We generally limit each intake to around 35 to 40 students at each centre.

We suggest that you should apply as soon as you can to ensure yourself of a place on the programme for the intake of your choice.

Business Administration Executive Intn'l Centres October Intake

Qualification: MBA, Start date: Oct 2019, Mode of delivery: distance learning, part-time

Business Administration Executive Int'l Centres October Intake

Qualification: PG Diploma, Start date: Oct 2019, Mode of delivery: distance learning, part-time

Business Administration Executive Intn'l Centres October Intake

Qualification: MBA, Start date: Oct 2020, Mode of delivery: distance learning, part-time

Business Administration Executive Int'l Centres October Intake

Qualification: PG Diploma, Start date: Oct 2020, Mode of delivery: distance learning, part-time

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