- 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 2022
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 programme structure has three distinct ‘pillars’ at its core:
- Responsible Leadership
- Building Capabilities
- Strategy in Practice
The pillars comprise a series of 10 credit modules and one 20 credit module, which clearly embrace the specific leadership challenges and responsibilities impacting business leaders.
Our Building Capabilities module provides you with a solid foundation in the management of key functional areas found in today’s business organisations.
A number of electives will be on offer each year, led by subject specialists from across the Business School which has a wide pool of academic experts offering a wide range of classes.
To reflect both the latest challenges facing business and the latest insights from our world-leading research, the range of electives is revised annually.
A highlight of the Strathclyde MBA 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 study stage, and is a wonderful opportunity to study your elective choices alongside a group of like-minded international colleagues.
Your MBA journey concludes with the capstone MBA project. You'll be able to choose the MBA project that suits you best. You can opt for a research dissertation, entrepreneurial project or consultancy project.
Business engagement activities
Throughout your studies, module and programme-level business engagement activities ensure that your MBA journey is a highly experiential one, and reflective of current issues impacting the business world.
Strategic Leadership Development
Strategic Leadership Development is designed to be a reflective leadership journey for each MBA student, in which a personal portfolio is constructed to track and action-plan personal strategic leadership development outcomes arising from the MBA experience.
You'll explore the trends and future directions of strategic leadership in organisations through expert speakers, cases, careers and development initiatives, industrial visits and engagement activities.
- understand multiple perspectives of what constitutes effective strategic leadership from practitioners across organisational type, history and international location
- explore and become conversant in methods, thinking and changes in cutting edge strategic leadership
- enhance your professional development network and practice engaging with a broad range of stakeholders interested in strategic leadership theory and practice
- identify effective strategic leadership practices for addressing organisational change risk
management and sustainable performance outcomes in modern organisational contexts
- critique your strategic leadership identity based on self-reflection and observations gained from the MBA
experiences and the views of those around you
Leading a Sustainable Organisation
This module will explore the nature of organisations from multiple perspectives and how to nurture a high-performance organisation by addressing:
- structure and design
- politics and processes
- organisational behaviour
- the role of the workforce
Organisational studies, organisational behaviour and human resource management will be examined through the perspective of sustainability.
You'll consider the role of the leader in setting the vision, shaping the environment and supporting change. You'll also explore how to create sustainable workplaces that attract and retain talent and ensure the health and wellbeing of employees.
- discuss the challenges in leading organisations that nurture employee health, wellbeing, commitment and high performance
- demonstrate awareness of key concepts, considerations and methods of managing organisations through understanding and application of theory in organisational studies, organisational behaviour and human resource
- critique contemporary perspectives on organisational design, culture, politics and processes, and the workforce
- examine theories and practical considerations relating to planned organisational change and what these mean across the four perspectives of organisational design, culture, politics and processes and the workforce
- understand where sustainable practice sits in relation to organisational design, culture, politics and
Grand Challenges of Corporate Governance
This module takes a systems approach to corporate governance. It examines at an institutional level the culture, context and compliance to global and regional governance best practice and the benefits thereof.
The module examines the key contemporary factors that are challenging boards of directors and the options for dealing with them to help create sustainable organisations that have a positive impact on shareholder and wider stakeholder groups.
You'll be asked to critically analyse the implications for organisations of governance ‘grand challenges’ – specifically related to:
- social and environmental impact
- options for quantifying impact, sustainability, and globalisation
- develop an understanding of the issues that organisations face when designing a corporate governance system
- critique the tools, principles and practices used to measure adherence to governance standards both externally mandated and internally agreed
- discuss the characteristics and role of governance in the life of an organisation, and the impact of governance philosophy/ approach on organisational culture, performance, ethics & sustainability
- critique an organisation’s governance approach relative to expectations and measures particularly related to environmental and social impact
- critically analyse the standards, codes and measures that ensure boards and senior leaders are performing effectively
Applied Strategic Management
Most strategic decisions are made in the face of uncertainty about the future. The module introduces ways of making decisions under uncertainty about the future business environment and evaluates and provides practical experience in scenario thinking as a team-based method.
The module presents the Intuitive Logics scenario method and gives students practical experience. Developing the skills of scenario thinking is a strong underpinning practical part of the class.
- identify the key principles of scenario methods, specifically the Intuitive Logics method
- develop practical skills in the application of the Intuitive Logics scenario method
- appraise the domain of application of scenario methods
- develop a critical understanding of scenario methods
- review the process of anticipating the future in organisations
Digital Transformation & Technological Innovation
In this module, you'll examine the role of digital disruption, digital maturity, and digital initiatives in shaping organisational outcomes. You'll also learn how technological innovation can create value through digital transformation.
- develop an understanding of the organisational and institutional implications of digital disruption and digital technological innovation trends
- analyse an organisation’s digital maturity and organisational readiness to engage in digital transformation and technological innovation
- demonstrate a capacity to innovate business processes, business models and operational approaches through the application of digital technologies and organisational change methods > Build a personal capacity in communicating with, and educating others, about digital transformation at strategic and operational levels, and with a variety of stakeholder groups
- demonstrate strategic decisionmaking, business planning and influencing skills in relation to identifying, appraising and recommending digital transformation and technological options
Economic Analysis for Strategists
Markets can often be highly complex and judgement can be clouded by this complexity. By taking an approach based on microeconomic analysis, you'll learn to undertake a rigorous and “emotionless” approach to analysing opportunities in existing and new markets, and the potential these hold.
This provides an alternative but complementary perspective on the assessment of business activity, looking externally, rather than internally, at the consequences which are influenced by the nature of demand and the behaviour of competitors.
- understand the key influences of profit in a business: production conditions on the supply side; and the nature of demand
- learn about a range of decisions businesses face in a market environment
- understand the impact of market structure and competition on profitability
- gain command of the issues associated with entering foreign markets
- appreciate the impact of competition policy on business activity
- develop an ability to apply this thinking to contemporary business issues
Entrepreneurial Thinking & Practice
This module will examine the entrepreneurial mindset and ways to bring creativity to bear in pursuit of new sources of value creation.
You'll compare attitudes and practices across national and organisational cultures. Entrepreneurial Thinking and Practice may be delivered online or in-person depending on programme variant.
- differentiate between traits and mindsets and recognise the role of growth mindsets in entrepreneurial thinking and action
- consider ambiguity and uncertainty in the entrepreneurial journey and examine your personal responses to these conditions
- identify your personal frames of reference and appraise the impact of these on your creative thinking and action
- assess your ability to communicate with empathy and consider how to foster trust and psychological safety to support entrepreneurial thinking and practice for yourself and those around you
- reflect on your entrepreneurial skills, competencies and linked behaviours and how these have developed over the course of the class
Business Intelligence & Data Analytics
This module will teach methods for collecting data, how to conduct quantitative analysis and translate the outcomes into actionable insights that might inform business decision making, resource allocation and investment choices.
You'll consider a range of data from market, financial and customer analysis to operational performance factors, and learn how to present information in accessible formats for different audiences.
Marketing & Brand Management
In this module you'ill examine the concept of marketing and how it operates within consumer, business-to-business, service and public organisations. You'll examine the underlying concepts and frameworks that help organisations to design appropriate strategies.
- understand the principles and practice of marketing in different business sectors: consumer, business-to-business and services
- evaluate theories of buyer behaviour and assess their relevance in different contexts: consumer, business-to-business, services, public and private sector
- discuss the central concepts, issues, and strategic value of branding across organisational settings, markets and territories
- examine the value-creating potential in areas such as product development, omnichannel management, communications and pricing strategy in an environment which recognises changes in technology, social media and a focus on long-term sustainability
- assess the challenges of managing the customer journey in the digital environment
- appraise the marketing and brand management approach of an organisation, and identify strategic marketing and branding initiatives to improve performance
- understand the relevant responses from marketing to the issues of corporate social responsibility and sustainability
Operations & Project Management
You'll explore the principles of contemporary operations and project management in this module. In doing so, you'll evaluate the inherent tension between managing ‘business as usual’ and change. You'll also examine how these systems of management can contribute to the strategic success of their organisation.
- deploy operations management principles and techniques to support the strategy of the organisation
- use project management principles and techniques to support the strategy of the organisation
- explain how project management and operations management can be effectively integrated within organisations
- evaluate how the implementation of these systems of management might vary between new value creation and support of ongoing operational activity
- generate strategy from both operational and project perspectives
Accounting & Financial Management
This module will teach you the language and methods of managerial and financial accounting. You'll learn about the key processes and criteria of financial decision-making.
- demonstrate an ability to discuss, interpret and react to information in financial statements and reports
- explain key accounting and financial management concepts and how they can be applied in the evaluation of organisational financial performance
- appraise the strategic and operational value of accounting and finance functions to organisational leadership teams and performance
- critique the challenges of matching actual practice to ideal standards of ethics, audit activity, regulation and compliance in organisational governance, managerial behaviours and decision-making
- apply accounting and financial management, principles, concepts and methods in conducting a review of financial strategy, performance and governance for an organisation
The capstone element of the Strathclyde MBA is the project, which will showcase your learning and allow you to examine an issue of your choice over an extended period of time.
You can opt to write a research dissertation, put together an entrepreneurial business plan or undertake a consultancy project.
The MBA project will enable you to put into practice the knowledge and skills you have developed throughout the MBA experience, and allow you to showcase the learning you have gained.
Option A: Management Research Thesis
You'll complete a traditional research project and identify implications for practice. Assessment for this option is based on a dissertation.
Option B: Consultancy Project
With this option, you'll undertake a project that delivers operational cost improvement, enhanced customer experience or a transformed business model within an existing organisation. Assessment is based on an extensive client project report and final client presentation.
Option C: Entrepreneurial Business Project
You'll undertake an entrepreneurial project, leading to the submission of a business plan as part of the final assessment.
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
Global Practitioner initiative
At Strathclyde we recognise the pace of change in higher education has accelerated, disrupting traditional operating models and driving innovation in the design and experience of the learning journey.
In this shifting context, Strathclyde Business School has introduced the Global Practitioner initiative – this is an organisational innovation aimed at placing practical expertise and content relevance alongside academic knowledge and intellectual challenge at the heart of a high-quality, transformative student experience.
Bridging theory and practice, Global Practitioners play a crucial role in stimulating and facilitating learning for our MBA, executive education and specialist Masters students. Our Global Practitioners are a new class of colleagues from a diverse range of industries and backgrounds, reflecting the broad nature of subjects addressed in our general management programmes and the rich variety of students and colleague profiles in our learning environment.
30 Global Practitioners have joined the Business School to support the development and delivery of the MBA and specialist Masters programmes from September 2022.
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.
I knew an MBA would be a useful way of gaining new skills whilst giving myself time to decide on a new career direction.
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
Fees may be subject to updates to maintain accuracy. Tuition fees will be notified in your offer letter.
All fees are in £ sterling, unless otherwise stated, and may be subject to revision.
Annual revision of fees
Students on programmes of study of more than one year should be aware that tuition fees are revised annually and may increase in subsequent years of study. Annual increases will generally reflect UK inflation rates and increases to programme delivery costs.
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.
Graduation gown hire.
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.
Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.
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.
Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.
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.
Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.
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.
Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.
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
Glasgow is Scotland's biggest & most cosmopolitan city
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
For information and guidance on the application process, take a look at our How to Apply web page.
Start date: Sep 2023
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Strathclyde MBA study routes
Our MBA is offered through various modes of study, both in Glasgow and in our international centres.