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MBAMaster of Business Administration, Flexible Learning

Why this course?

We know not everyone can, or indeed wants to study full-time or by evening classes. That's why our flexible learning route allows you to vary the pace and order of study to suit your personal circumstances. This route combines the best of full-time, part-time and self-study.

This study method is ideal if you value face-to-face contact with tutors, visiting specialists and fellow students, but can’t attend fixed weekly classes.

How does flexible learning work?

On joining the programme you’ll be given a recommended study timetable which would allow you to complete the Strathclyde MBA within three years. It aims to provide you with an ideal balance of home study and attendance at intensive seminars delivered here in Glasgow.  These intensive seminars require compulsory attendance and we would expect our students who follow the standard three-year timetable to attend around five seminars per year. 

Our suggested timetable will give you a firm idea of commitments well in advance, which will allow you to plan your year ahead at work and home.

If you wanted to fast-track and complete the Strathclyde MBA in less than three years, our MBA team can suggest an alternative study schedule. Alternatively, if you'd like to take a longer to complete your MBA, we can accommodate your studies up to a maximum of six years.

Prior to the induction weekend you will also receive access to the online course materials and key eBooks required for your first year classes.

When can I join the programme?

There are two intakes per year (April and October). For further information on induction dates and the schedule of classes please contact the Admissions team on

How much time do I need to commit to studying?

We do our best to schedule inductions and weekend intensive seminars together throughout the year, to ensure that you have every opportunity to maximise your stay in Glasgow. Therefore, to attend a half-day induction class, which runs into your first weekend seminar, 'The Learning Manager' you will only have to attend Friday, Saturday and Sunday. A total of three days.

As exams will always take place on weekdays and weekend seminars run either on Friday to Sunday or Friday & Saturday, students should expect to be away from the office for around 20 days throughout the three-year programme.

We also appreciate that there may be some occasions when work or family commitments will clash with weekend seminars, and therefore we schedule each class to run several times over the programme duration to enable our students to attend at the next available date. Your Programme Administrator can advise on an appropriate study plan to suit your schedule. In terms of time commitment and planning your studies, you can expect to invest around 15 hours a week in addition to weekend seminar attendance.


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.

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

Core learning materials

The core learning materials are extensive study guides for each subject. They provide both direct tuition and commentaries on the recommended text books.

We’ve invested heavily in developing these study materials. They’re constantly revised to keep them up-to-date.

Text books

Unlike most other MBA providers, core text books are included as part of the tuition fee.

These are the recommended books you require to complete your Strathclyde MBA. The majority of them are written by Strathclyde academics.

For some subjects, you’ll also receive reprinted articles and CDs that provide additional instruction.


Margaret English and Julie Bakewell will be your main points of contact and can be easily contacted by e-mail or telephone.

Margaret and Julie will deal with your day-to-day issues, but also provide advice on timetabling your studies, and how best to tackle flexible learning.

You’re allocated a tutor for each subject studied. They can guide and support your work by telephone and email and will be happy to provide detailed feedback on marked assignments.

Online support

We provide an on-line intranet service that is easily be accessed via the internet.

The intranet allows you to remotely access our Business Information Service. There you'll find a wide range of electronic databases so that you can easily carry out all your research and desk-work.

The intranet allows us to update you with current news and relevant information about SBS and provide you with supplementary information about your study subjects. It allows you to contact study and group colleagues via bulletin boards.


Flexible learning has the same assessment criteria as our other study methods. Assessment throughout the programme involves a combination of:

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


There are three examination schedules each year:

  • December
  • March
  • August

It’s also possible for our flexible learning course members to take examinations out of Glasgow.

You may be able to take exams at one of our international centres or a local British Council office, British Consulate or a University.

The venue will normally charge a room hire plus invigilation fee (this will vary) and you’ll also be asked to pay £40 per exam payable to the University of Strathclyde.

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 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 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.

Entry at Diploma level may be offered to applicants who do not hold sufficient recognised degree level qualifications, but who do:

  • hold non-degree/professional qualifications plus at least five years' varied management experience.
  • have no formal qualifications but extensive and varied management experience (10 or more years).
  • are exceptional candidates over the age of 24 with a minimum of two years' managerial experience. This is available only to candidates applying to routes other than full-time.

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 6.5 in IELTS is required for those applicants whose first language is not English. We may consider applicants who fall slightly below these standards if they are willing to undertake pre-sessional study.

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.

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.


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?

All fees quoted are per academic year unless otherwise stated.

Flexible learning - September intake

  • MBA (entering Year 1 in 2019/20) - £6,683 1
  • MBA (entering Year 2 in 2019/20) - £6,500
  • MBA (entering Year 3 in 2019/20) - £6,167
  • MBA (Years 4 to 7 re-registration fee) - £100
  • PGDip Business (entering Year 1 in 2019/20) - £5,850 2
  • PGDip Business (entering Year 2 in 2019/20) - £5,667
  • PGDip Business (entering Year 3 in 2019/20) - £4,667
  • PGDip Business (re-registration fee for those entering Years 4 to 7 in 2019/20) - £100
  • PGDip Business to MBA conversion (entering Year 4 in 2019/10) - £2,500
  • MSc Business & Management to MBA conversion (September) - £9,000
  • MSc Business & Management to MBS conversion (re-registration fee for those entering Years 2 to 7 in 2019/20) - £100
  • MBA with Specialism in Leadership Studies (re-registration fee for those entering Years 3 to 7 in 2019/20) - £100 

Flexible learning - April intake

  • MBA (entering Year 1 in 2019/20) - £3,342 3
  • MBA (entering Year 2 in 2019/20) - £6,500
  • MBA (entering Year 3 in 2019/20) - £6,167
  • MBA (entering Year 4 in 2019/20) - £2,667
  • MBA (re-registration fee for those entering Years 5 to 7 in 2019/20) - £100
  • PGDip Business (entering Year 1 in 2019/20) - £2,925 4
  • PGDip Business (entering Year 2 in 2019/20) - £5,666
  • PGDip Business (entering Year 3 in 2019/20) - £5,000
  • PGDip Business (entering Year 4 in 2019/20) - £2,667
  • PGDip Business (re-registration fee for those entering Years 4 to 7 in 2019/20) - £100
  • PGDip Business to MBA conversion (entering Year 4 in 2019/20) - £2,500

You should also budget for additional costs such as travel and accommodation expenses in Glasgow.


Fees for part-time and flexible MBA courses may vary between years of study. For students first registered in 2017/18, the payment profiles are as follows:

1 Year 1: £6,883/Year 2: £6,683/Year 3: £6,684 (Total fee: £20,050)

2 Year 1: £5,850/Year 2: £5,850/Year 3: £5,850 (Total fee: £17,550)

3 Year 1: £3,342/Year 2: £6,683/Year 3: £6,683/Year4: £3,342 (Total fee: £20,050)

4 Year 1: £2,925/Year 2: £5,850/Year 3: £5,850/Year 4: £2,925 (Total fee: £17,550)

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.

The University's Finance Office administers instalment plans for tuition fee payments by self-funded students. Details can be found at


There are scholarship opportunities available for students applying for this course. Opportunities include:

Check our Scholarship Search for more help with fees and funding.

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 own proactive job search efforts. We'll also help you use your own career background and strengths to help with 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 core professional development programme is delivered in four modules throughout the year. Each last 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 Careers 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

Contact us


Business Administration - Flexible Learning (September)

Qualification: MBA, Start date: Sep 2019, Mode of delivery: open learning, part-time

Business Administration (MBM Conversion April Intake)

Qualification: MBA, Start date: Apr 2020, Mode of delivery: open learning, part-time

Business Administration - Flexible Learning (April Intake)

Qualification: MBA, Start date: Apr 2020, Mode of delivery: open learning, part-time

Business Administration - Flexible Learning (September)

Qualification: MBA, Start date: Sep 2020, Mode of delivery: open learning, part-time

Business Administration - Flexible Learning (April Intake)

Qualification: MBA, Start date: Apr 2021, Mode of delivery: open learning, part-time

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