MBA Master of Business Administration

Key facts

  • Accreditation: Triple-accredited business school: AMBA, AACSB & EQUIS
  • Study mode and duration: MBA / PgDip: full-time / part-time options available
  • International: study in Glasgow or in seven centres throughout the world

  • Over 50 years: Delivering our prestigious MBA programme

Study with us

  • gain an internationally-recognised qualification
  • learn in a cross-cultural environment
  • study strategy with internationally-acclaimed academics
  • develop confidence as a manager and leader
  • improve your career prospects or change career direction
  • study at Strathclyde Business School, founded in 1948

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Why this course?

Studying an MBA degree at the University of Strathclyde you'll be learning at a leading international technological University.

The University won Times Higher Education University of the Year in 2019 - the only institution to win the accolade twice. Strathclyde Business School is also one of only 102 business schools in the world hold triple accreditation from the most sought-after international accreditations: AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS (MBA Today, August 2020).

The Strathclyde MBA is not just a business programme, it's a stimulating, challenging, 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. Students share their varied work experiences, knowledge, understanding and skills.

The MBA programme will shape and guide you as a reflective, open- thinking, adaptive learner. This is facilitated through an enhanced understanding of the interplay of theory and practice in management. In particular it:

  • provides the skills required for progression to higher level policy-forming positions
  • allows you to make successful career transitions
  • facilitates the move from technical specialism to general management
  • polishes the skills and enhances the abilities of people working for themselves or about to set up in business

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THE Awards 2019: UK University of the Year Winner
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    Triple-accredited
    One of only 102 business schools in the world - MBA Today (August 2020)
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    Study at eight locations throughout the world
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    Relationships with world-leading organisations
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    Learn from world-leading academics

At Strathclyde, we are exceptionally proud to have delivered a renowned MBA programme since 1966. Over the years we have pioneered developments in the MBA, such as offering the first one-year full-time MBA programme in the UK, the first part-time route, and the first distance learning programme.

As a world-class business school in a leading international technological university, we continue to innovate with our MBA and other programmes to ensure they are completely relevant and impactful to today’s business world.

Professor David Hillier
Associate Principal, Executive Dean

Professor David Hillier.

What are the benefits of the Strathclyde MBA?

Benefits for you

Self-development

  • a broad understanding of business and management issues
  • strategic orientation and the ability to successfully implement the strategies formulated
  • development of management skills and techniques
  • self-awareness as a manager and leader
  • increased confidence in all areas of business

Career development

  • enhanced promotion prospects
  • new career opportunities
  • access to the extensive Strathclyde alumni network

Benefits for employers & sponsors?

Improved corporate performance

  • greater understanding of corporate goals
  • more knowledgeable and successful management
  • advanced communication through mutual understanding
  • greater awareness of external influences and recognition of the need for a quality customer focus and market orientation
  • increased potential for the effective utilisation of valuable corporate, human and other resources

Human resource development

  • greater ability to attract and retain high potential managers
  • flexible approach to management education
  • structured development of individual managers
  • integral part of succession planning and development of tomorrow’s leaders
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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.

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.

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.

 

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.

 

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.

Triple-accredited business school

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

Assessment throughout the programme involves a combination of:

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

Examinations

There are three examination schedules each year:

  • December
  • March
  • August

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.

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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 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.
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're 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.

Exemptions

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.

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Careers

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.

Where you'll find our recent graduates

Consulting 26% 
Financial Services 18%
Engineering 10% 
FMCG 10%
Professional Services 10% 
Public Sector/NGO 10%  
Manufacturing 4% 
Media/Entertainment 4%  
Pharma 4% 
Technology 4% 

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

Doing an MBA in the time of COVID-19

As COVID-19 changes our ways of working, studying and living, MBA student Ryan Mahindapala provides an account of doing an MBA during the pandemic and how he feels we will come out the other side with new attitudes.

Read Ryan's blog

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Further Information

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Telephone: +44(0)141 553 6118 / +44(0)141 553 6119

Email: sbs.admissions@strath.ac.uk

University of Strathclyde Business School
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Glasgow
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