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Strathclyde Executive MBA - International

The Strathclyde MBA has been available outside the UK since 1988, with thousands of MBA course participants now graduated and many more currently studying in their own country.

The Strathclyde MBA has many study routes, but we emphasise our 'one MBA' approach. The executive MBA you study via one of our international centres is exactly the same programme as you would study in Glasgow, and the academics who deliver the core elements of the programme in your country also deliver the MBA in Glasgow.

The programme format is especially 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 participants to graduate within two years. However, study may be spread over a longer period if necessary, to a maximum of six years.

The Strathclyde Executive MBA is offered on part-time basis through our international centres in:

  • Bahrain
  • Abu Dhabi and Dubai
  • Greece
  • Malaysia
  • Oman
  • Singapore
  • Switzerland

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 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 also encourage you to visit the school or centre you’re applying to and to ask as many questions as you need.

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 will 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. This is available only to candidates applying to routes other than full-time.

Admissions testing
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 if your first language is not English. We may consider applicants who fall slightly below these standards if they're willing to undertake pre-sessional study.

The application process
Completed application forms are considered by the Admissions Committee as they are 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.

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.

Course modules

The Reflective Practitioner
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
  • Comparitive Corporate Governance
  • Entrepreneurial Management & Leadership

Making the Business Work
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

Strategic Management for Sustainable Success
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
  • Strategic Consulting in Practice – This provides you with an opportunity to work with a live organisational issue in conjunction with a client organisation. The client will feature significantly in the evaluation of the class. Designing the class in such a way provides you with many insights into the uncertainties of managing yourself, the task of strategising and meeting the expectations of the client.

Personal Development
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
  • Elective classes
  • MBA Project
  • Interaction with real companies

Assessment methods

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

As far as possible, coursework will be related to your work environment. The examinations and assignments are set, marked and validated by the University of Strathclyde academic staff. They're identical to and assessed on the same basis as students undertaking the programme in the UK.


Please contact the learning centre you'd like to study at for more details on course fees.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
PgDip Part-time 2 6 Years
MBA Part-time 2 6 Years

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