Study mode and duration: MBA/PgDip: full-time - 12 months
Start date: September
Why this course?
If you choose to study your MBA full-time in Glasgow over 12 months, you can expect a stimulating and challenging experience.
Your year with us is an opportunity to stretch yourself to the maximum, to be challenged and inspired by the faculty and your colleagues and to make lasting friendships around the globe.
At the end of the year you’ll have gained skills and abilities to help you realise your career aspirations. Studying full-time allows you the opportunity to focus on the course rather than trying to juggle study and work.
The full-time course is 12 months - 10 months are spent taking part in classes, group-work and personal development processes, and two months completing the MBA project
It allows you to take time to embark on life planning and in many cases reinventing or re-planning your career
There are a number of classes designed to identify your personal strengths and weaknesses
The course is intensive and relies heavily on teamwork throughout – encouraging cooperation rather than competition
As the full time MBA route of study is normally undertaken by those changing careers or considering starting up their own business, the programme has a more formal, integrated careers development element.
Benefits of the full-time programme
As we require a minimum of three years' work experience (the average is over nine years) you’ll find your colleagues have a wealth of experience which is a powerful resource that will prove invaluable.
Students come from a wide variety of industries, public service and voluntary agencies. Typically this has included accounting and financial managers, consultants, engineers, IT specialists, and marketing managers but also some people with very different perspectives, such as medical professionals, civil servants and military officers.
The class has a maximum intake of around 60 course members from a variety of countries. Our strong belief is by limiting the class size, you’ll interact more with academic staff and class-mates, making the overall MBA experience highly participative and engaging.
Less than 1% of business schools in the world hold "triple accreditation", and Strathclyde is one of them. The 3 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.
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:
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.
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
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.
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.
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 MBA is not just a business programme. It’s a stimulating, challenging and potentially life-changing experience, which will make you question, re-think and re-evaluate how you do business.
The Strathclyde MBA is highly experiential and based on collaborative learning. You share your varied work experiences, knowledge, understanding and skills.
The MBA will shape and guide you as a reflective, open thinking, adaptive learner.
Assessment throughout the programme involves a combination of:
There are three examination schedules each year:
All examinations are available at each sitting and you choose which is most appropriate for you. It’s possible for flexible learning course members to sit examinations off-campus.
Full details, including current locations, are available from our programme administrators.
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 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 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'll 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.
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're willing to undertake pre-sessional study.
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
Tuition fees are:
How can I fund my course?
Deciding to study the MBA is a considerable financial investment.
You should research how you're going to finance this as early as possible. The majority of students on the full-time programme as 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. Find out more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 compliment your own proactive job search efforts. We help use your own particular 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 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)
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