The Strathclyde MBA

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 will shape and guide you as a reflective, open- thinking, adaptive learner. This is facilitated through 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.

Entry requirements

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 (available only to candidates applying to routes other than full-time).

English language requirements

The MBA programme is highly interactive and therefore requires a high level of competence in English speaking, writing, reading and understanding. A well balanced 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.

Course modules

The Strathclyde MBA is a 180-credit programme following the EU guidelines as set out by the Bologna Process. The programme is designed around four modules, and the MBA project.

Module 1: The Reflective Practitioner
The Reflective Practitioner is designed to help students respond to the increasing emphasis in the business world on corporate social responsibility, stakeholder expectations and the professional practice of management. It comprises three component classes.

  • The Learning Manager
    Analysing and developing self-awareness as a manager and how you interact with others is crucial to becoming more effective, at any level within an organisation. The Learning Manager explores these issues and increases your ability to analyse and develop how you learn, to become ultimately a more reflective learner. Collaborative learning between students, and between students and staff is central to The Learning Manager.
  • Comparative Corporate Governance
    To promote good corporate management in today’s complex international environments, MBA graduates need to understand the importance of corporate governance in a free market system. This class will enable you to understand organisational structures and carry out analyses on key organisational stakeholders.
  • Entrepreneurial Management & Leadership
    Competitive, uncertain and fast-changing environments demand a new breed of manager, and more entrepreneurial leaders. Entrepreneurial Management and Leadership allows you to experience and reflect on entrepreneurial skills and practices that are appropriate to managing and leading in a corporate context.

    The Learning Manager, Governance and Entrepreneurial Management & Leadership provides you with the foundations to become an adaptive manager open to life-long learning.

Module 2: Making the Business Work
To become a highly effective general manager, it's crucial to understand the management fundamentals and processes that are vital to business success and that are operated by specialist functional teams in an organisation.

By becoming aware of these disciplines students are better able to appreciate each function as well as the inter-relationships and tensions between them.

During this second module of the Strathclyde MBA, you'll undertake the following classes:

  • Finance & Financial Management
  • Financial Management Accounting
  • Operations Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Analytical Support for Decision Making
  • Managing People in Organisations

Module 3: Strategic Management for Sustainable Success
The Strathclyde MBA is renowned for its reputation and excellence of research in the area of Strategy and Strategic management. The three inter-related classes within this module are:

  • Exploring the International Business Environment
  • Strategy Analysis & Evaluation
  • Making Strategy

Initially, you'll learn to explore and fully understand internal and external ambiguity, complexity and uncertainty in international business environments. Building on this understanding, you'll then develop your ability to manage in these environments. You'll be armed with structured opportunities to explore the major management and economic theories, alongside the language of strategy and strategic management in the Strategy, Analysis & Evaluation Class.

Finally, in the Making Strategy class you'll learn to negotiate strategy in a small management team, putting into practice the management theories acquired in the preceding classes This will involve developing an effective statement of strategic intent, including purpose, competitive advantage and strategic priorities.

Module 4: Personal Development
As you progress through the Strathclyde MBA academics work with you to help you ‘personalise’ the learning and development, and ensure that the overall experience is highly experiential and relevant to current business practice.

Strategic Consulting in Practice is an opportunity to put into practice all that you've learned from the preceding Strategic Management module. Working as a consultant for a client organisation, you, as part of a small team, will be tasked to work on a live organisational issue for that particular organisation. The client will feature significantly in the evaluation of the class and your team’s performance. This session, normally run over a weekend, will offer you many insights into the uncertainties of managing yourself, working with a small team, the task of strategising and meeting the expectations of the client.

In the final instructional phase of the Strathclyde MBA, the “personalised” element is realised via a range of possibilities and choices in our elective classes, and the final MBA project.

Elective classes
With a pool of over 120 academic experts across a wide range of specialist departments in Strathclyde Business School we're able to offer more than 20 different electives all taught by subject specialists.

A highlight of the Strathclyde MBA calendar is the annual MBA Summer School, which takes place in Glasgow in May and June.

The summer school is open to all study routes of the MBA who have reached elective study stage. It's a wonderful opportunity to study your elective choices alongside a group of like-minded international colleagues.

For those unable to attend the summer school elective classes are also offered at our international centres.

To reflect both the latest challenges facing business and the latest insights from our world-leading research the range of electives is revised annually.

MBA project
The capstone element of the Strathclyde MBA is the MBA project. It gives you an opportunity to examine in depth a managerial, organisational or environmental issue of your choice over an extended period of time. The design of the MBA project enables you to put into practice the knowledge and skills that you've developed throughout the Strathclyde MBA. Wherever possible we'll assist you in identifying appropriate organisations and supervisors.

The primary aim is to reinforce your learning and development in an area of your choice and, with our encouragement, to undertake your project in a host organisation. The project is an integral part of the Strathclyde MBA. The final project report will be 13,000 to 16,000 words, depending on whether it's an individual or group project.

Assessment methods

Assessment throughout the programme involves a combination of assignments, workshops, examinations, group work and presentations.

Sponsorship information

A number of MBA scholarships are available.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
PgDip Full-time 12 Months
MBA Full-time £ 28,000 () Home/EU 12 Months
MBA Full-time £ 28,000 () International 12 Months

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