- Start date: January & September
- Study mode and duration: MBA/PgDip: 12 months full-time
Triple-accredited business school: AMBA, AACSB & EQUIS
Over 50 years: Delivering our prestigious MBA programme
Ranked: Corporate Knights Better World MBA 2021
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
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.
Association of Masters of Business Administration (AMBA)
You’re eligible to join AMBA after enrolment on an MBA course.
Triple-accredited business school
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
- Comparative Corporate Governance
- Entrepreneurial Management & Leadership
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
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
- Exploring the International Business Environment
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
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.
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 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:
- course work
- group work
MBA 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 to our MBA 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:
Entry at Diploma level may be offered to applicants who do not hold sufficient recognised degree-level qualifications, but who do:
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.
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.
We've a thriving international community with students coming here to study from over 100 countries across the world. Find out all you need to know about studying in Glasgow at Strathclyde and hear from students about their experiences.Visit our international students' section
So far, all the modules have given me a better understanding of businesses by bringing together academic theories and real-life experiences.
Fees & funding
All materials including Digital books included in the cost of the course
Electives - student pays own travel but elective is included in the course cost
Potential cost per credit if student on one route chooses to take core class at a more expensive centre. There are a few variations.
A one-week summer school option is available to students in Toulouse every year. Students would cover own travel (students arrange this themselves) and accommodation costs (approx 100 euros per week) but no cost associated with teaching.
Visa & immigration
International students may have associated visa and immigration costs. Please see student visa guidance for more information.
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 about fees.
Scottish postgraduate students
Scottish 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Go to our dedicated Careers section to get information on:
- Career planning
- Preparing your CV
- The job market
- Interview advice
- Entrepreneurship and innovation
- Projects and client consultancy
- Overseas support
It was a unique opportunity to work hands-on with a client and apply the theoretical learning of my MBA courses to a real world business problem.
Full Time MBA 2019 and programme participant
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Our campus is based right in the very heart of Glasgow. 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.Life in Glasgow
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.
Start date: Sep 2022
Business Administration (full-time)
Start date: Jan 2023
Business Administration (full-time) - January intake
Strathclyde MBA study routes
Our MBA is offered through various modes of study, both in Glasgow and in our international centres.