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Business Administration (Leadership Studies)

The course structure combines an understanding of business functions, strategy and strategic thinking with an understanding of the leadership process and the practical development of leadership skills. You'll enhance your self-awareness, self-control and self-confidence through personal experience of practical leadership and teamwork situations. We provide you with an innovative range of learning approaches to suit your own circumstances and you'll gain a unique mix of practical leadership skills from one of Europe's foremost leadership development organisations.

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 would 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 with a specialism in leadership studies 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 28 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.

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 for 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.

Computer competence
In order to undertake the Diploma/MBA you need to be competent in word processing, the use of spreadsheets and in report writing.

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

If you've undertaken courses at The Leadership Trust Foundation that are common to the MBA with a specialism in Leadership Studies programme within the past three years, you may be granted exemptions provided you fulfil the course requirements for written assignments.

If you have completed a Strathclyde Diploma in Business, DMS, CNAA Diploma in Management Studies or a CIMO or Open University qualification, you may also be eligible for exemptions.

If you've completed the Strathclyde MSc in Business and Management (MBM), you may upgrade to the MBA with a specialism in Leadership Studies.

Applications for exemptions, which carry fee reductions, will be considered on an individual basis and the final decision will rest with the Exemptions Committee.

Course modules

Modules: The reflective practitioner; making the business work; finance and financial management; marketing management; operations management; managing people in organisations; financial and management accounting; strategic management for sustainable success; exploring the international business environment; marketing strategy; strategic consulting in practice; leadership in organisations; leadership project; online class- information and technology management.

Assessment methods



The course fees for 2018/19 are £12,500 (fees are payable over two years – total fee £25,000).


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MBA Mixed mode October 2017 GBP 25,000 (Whole course) Home/EU 6 6 Years
MBA Mixed mode April 2018 GBP 25,000 (Whole course) Home/EU 6 6 Years

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