MBA Master of Business Administration with a Specialisation in Sustainable Energy Futures

Key facts

  • Start date: September
  • Study mode and duration: Part-time in Glasgow, over 3 years
  • Triple-accredited business school: AMBA, AACSB & EQUIS

  • Over 50 years: Delivering our prestigious MBA programme

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  • supports progression from a technical specialism to leadership positions, preparing participants for higher-level strategic positions
  • exposes participants to practices from multiple industries and operating contexts, offering networking opportunities, advancing interpersonal, and communication skills
  • provides a greater understanding of strategy, market dynamics and future energy developments
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Why this course?

Developed jointly by Strathclyde Business School and industry partners from the energy sector, the MBA with Specialism in Sustainable Energy Futures, builds on the highly successful Strathclyde MBA and sees leading academics work with industry partners to tackle some of the key issues facing the industry right now. Exploring future trends and development and preparing the workforce of the future.

The programme will help decision-makers to develop a systems-thinking perspective for their organisations, mindful that place-based approaches can support collaborations towards net zero and a just transition towards more resilient communities.

Participants will have the opportunity to work alongside other leaders in their industry, across sectors and siloes, to develop holistic propositions and polices that can create policy change, social impact and social innovation.

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Course content

The course is delivered by expert faculty academics in conjunction with key industry partners. It's delivered via a blended approach utilising our virtual learning environment and executive education on-campus facilities.

Strategic Leadership Development

This module will enable you to understand multiple perspectives of what constitutes an effective strategic leader. You will explore and become conversant in methods, thinking and changes to cutting-edge strategic leadership practice. You will enhance your professional development network and engage with a broad range of stakeholders. Having taken the module you will be able to identify effective leadership practices for addressing organisational change, risk management and sustainable performance outcomes.

The Sustainable Energy Organisation

This module is a core building block for the MBA Sustainable Energy Futures.  You will explore the current situation within the energy sector, key concepts, developments and future planning whilst analysing how to build sustainability across the sector.  The module explores the multi-agency approach to sustainably and how to work together to tackle some of the great energy challenges. You'll continue to return to the module’s learning throughout the MBA and ensuring that the professional knowledge, skills and behaviours you develop are against the energy landscape.

Grand Challenges of Corporate Governance: Energy, Policy & Sustainability

Having taken this module, you will understand the key organisational implications of macro-economic factors and grand challenges. The module examines macro-economic source data, analysis and trends and their application to organisational decision-making. The module also discusses the characteristics and role of governance in the life of an organisation.

Leading a Sustainable Organisation

This module will focus on managing organisational behaviour as a leader in an organisation. You will examine the concept of organisational culture and the extent to which it can be evaluated and purposefully changed including the implementation of innovative methods to deliver workplace change and improvement. Having taken the module, you will be able to critique organisational design approaches.

Operations & Project Management

This module is concerned with the importance of the principles of operations management to the survival and success of organisations. Students will appraise the value of structured approaches to project management to the adaptiveness and strategic relevance of organisations. Having taken the module, you will be able to appraise operational performance using key frameworks, compare and evaluate different project management approaches and evaluate tensions and opportunities for managing change and efficiency in organisations using these approaches.

Business Intelligence & Data Analytics

The focus of this module is on the appraisal of the value of data and access to methods of analysis for organisations. Having taken this module, you will be able to apply problem structuring to organisational situations. You will be able to source and manage data sets required to generate business intelligence.

Accounting & Financial Practice of Energy Transitions

This module enables students to discuss, interpret and react to information in financial statements and reports. Having taken the module, you will be able to explain key accounting and financial management concepts and their application to organisational financial performance. You will be able to appraise the strategic and operational value of accounting and financial functions to organisational leadership teams and performance.

Partnerships, Stakeholder Relationships & Business Development in a Digital Age

This module examines the principles, practice and strategic value of marketing management in different contexts. Concepts, issues and strategic value of branding across organisational settings, markets and territories are discussed. Value-creating potential, options, risks and issues for marketing practitioners arising from macro trends in digital, sustainability, globalisation and demographic change are evaluated. Having taken this module, you will be able to appraise the marketing and brand management approach of an organisation and identify strategic marketing and branding initiatives to improve performance.

Entrepreneurial Thinking & Practice

This module focuses on personal entrepreneurial skills and competencies, the difference between traits and mindsets and the role of growth mindsets in entrepreneurial thinking and action.  We will explore the role of ambiguity and uncertainty in the entrepreneurial journey and your personal response to these.  You will have the opportunity to identify your current frames of reference, communication styles and the relationship between empathy and trust. Understanding your own styles and approach in order to analyse the impact and role this has on the entrepreneurship of your organisation.

Digital Transformation & Technical Innovation

Focusing on digital disruption and digital technological trends, you will explore how to analyse an organisations digital maturity and readiness to engage in transformation and innovation. You will develop strategic decision making, business planning and influencing skills in relation to driving, appraising and recommending digital transformation and technological options.

Energy Supply & Trading

This module explores the unique position of pricing, supply and trading within the energy sector. You will explore how the product is traded, the impact of multifaceted factors on the pricing of the product and undertake analysis on forecasting for the sector.

Economic Analysis for Strategists within the Energy Sector

This module will enable you to understand the key influencers of profit in a business: production conditions on the supply side and the nature of demand. You will be able to explain the impact of market structure and competition on profitability, and related impacts on strategic management decision making, appraise the implications of various organisational forms and modes of entry for engagement in international activity and explain the impact of the policy environment on business activity and long term decision making.

Applied Strategic Management

During this module you will learn to critique a number of strategic theories and concepts, design and engage with a strategy and scenario planning process to evaluate a range of options for an organisation within the energy sector. You will explore strategy from a human-centred, inclusive approach and evaluate the impact of this on strategic planning.


The capstone project is the culmination of the learning across the MBA programme.  You will apply your management and strategic leadership knowledge, skills and behaviours to design and carry out an academically informed project to tackle a management project specific to the sector and your organisation.

Learning & teaching

Learning methods include:

  • face-to-face teaching by University staff and industry leaders
  • regular executive coaching, mentoring and action learning sets led by our global practitioners and academic mentors
  • home/private study with specially prepared core learning materials
  • assignments set, marked or validated by University staff


Assessment throughout the programme involves a combination of:

  • course work
  • workshops
  • group work
  • presentations
  • portfolio

Coursework will be related to your work environment and the energy sector. The assessments and assignments are set, marked and validated by the University academic staff.

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MBA entry requirements

Our selection process is designed to identify talented professionals from the Energy sector. Students come from a wide range of academic, business and cultural backgrounds and we encourage those who are part of the wider Energy eco-system to apply.

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 outline 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.
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.

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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 (or studying standalone modules) 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.

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Tuition fees


There are no additional costs. These fees include all tuition materials

Please note that fees can be paid in instalments and apprenticeship funding can be utilised for eligible applicants.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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International students

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.

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We recognise that career development is one of the main reasons why people invest in an MBA. You will work with our Academic Mentor to explore how the knowledge, skills and behaviours developed throughout your MBA journey will enable you to progress your career.

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.

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
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For information and guidance on the application process, take a look at our How to Apply web page.

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Contact us

Mary Galbraith

Programme Director


Strathclyde MBA study routes

Our MBA is offered through various modes of study, both in Glasgow and in our international centres.