- Start date: April & September
- Study mode and duration: Part-time, 2 years
Triple-accredited business school: AMBA, AACSB & EQUIS
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
Why this course?
We know the commitments of being a working manager means you need a programme that fits around your career.
Our part-time Executive MBA offers you the opportunity to gain a valued and well-established management qualification in a way that's best suited to your professional and personal circumstances.
Strathclyde Business School has been delivering the Strathclyde MBA in Glasgow on a part-time basis since 1976.
A pioneering and experienced MBA provider, we update and review our MBA to reflect the current business environment. Strathclyde’s MBA is strategy-focused and blends theoretical and practical business learning.
Our MBA is flexible, and responsive to the needs of working individuals. Our wide choice of electives can help you personalise the programme to suit your business interests. These elective classes can be studied at the school in Glasgow, or at one of our international centres, to give you an international learning and networking experience.
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. Our Executive MBA allows you to study whilst continuing with your career and allows you to implement your learning into work.
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What is the programme format?
The programme is designed for busy executives who need to combine career and family commitments with the demands of MBA studies. The flexibility of the part-time approach enables most participants to graduate within two years. However, study may be spread over a longer period if necessary, to a maximum of six years.
Typically your studies will be made up of:
- weekend intensive seminars delivered at the Business School in Glasgow, students can expect to attend around 7 or 8 of these scheduled classes per year if following a two-year timetable.
- off-campus learning and support facilitated by our virtual learning environment.
You’ll work in an international environment alongside like-minded classmates and be part of our long-established network of students and alumni from our international postgraduate centres.
A highlight of the Strathclyde 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 stage of the programme. It's a great way to accelerate your studies and network with a large group of international colleagues.
There are two intakes per year for the Strathclyde Executive MBA in Glasgow, in October and April.
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
More information on The Learning Manager
Here's a short introduction to the Learning Manager module of the MBA.
More information on Comparative Corporate Governance
Here's a short introduction to the Comparative Corporate Governance class of the MBA.
More information on 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
Finance & Financial Management
Here's a short introduction to the Finance & Financial Management module of the MBA.
Here's a short introduction to the Marketing Management module of the MBA.
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
- Exploring the International Business Environment
Exploring the International Business Environment
Here's a short introduction to the Exploring the International Business Environment module of the MBA.
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
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
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 Executive (part-time) 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 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:
Direct entry to the MBA may also 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
Fees & funding
Over 2 years
Over 3 years
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.
Fees for part-time MBA courses may vary between years of study. For students first registered in 2021-22, the payment profiles are as follows:
- *MBA (Year 1) - October Entry: Year 1 £10,025/Year 2 £10,025 (Total fee £20,050). For April Entry fees are payable over 2½ years: Year 1 £5,013 (payable April on registration), Year 2 £10,025 (payable on first re-registration in October), Remainder £5,012 (payable on second re-registration in October) (Total fee £20,050)
- ** Year 1: £6,683/Year 2: £6,683/Year 3: £6,684 (Total fee: £20,050)
- *** Year 1: £8,775/Year 2: £8,775 (Total fee: £17,550)
Please note: the fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year.
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 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.
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.
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 in the very heart of Glasgow, Scotland's largest city. National Geographic named Glasgow as one of its 'Best of the World' destinations, while Rough Guide readers have voted Glasgow the world’s friendliest city! And Time Out named Glasgow in the top ten best cities in the world - we couldn't agree more!
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.
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Business Administration (Executive) - October intake
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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.