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  • QS Global RankQS Global Rankings
    Position in the QS World University Rankings: Global MBA Rankings 2020
  • GMATRange of average GMAT scores across all MBA programs at the institution
    550-650 - Low
    651-700 - Medium
    701-800 - High
  • DemographyAge range of students across all MBA programs at the institution.
    32-37 Yrs.
  • ScholarshipIndication as to whether the institution provides scholarships for MBA programs.


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 programme 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.

Many routes - one MBA

The Strathclyde MBA is a very flexible programme. We offer a variety of study routes, allowing you to choose a programme which suits both your work and/or personal circumstances.

  • Full-time (12 months intensive study in Glasgow)
  • Part-time (evening and weekend classes in Glasgow over 2-3 years)
  • Flexible learning (combination of off-campus, self-paced study, interspersed with workshops and seminars: 3-5 years)
  • Executive MBA – International (study your MBA locally in Singapore, Malaysia, Switzerland, Greece, Bahrain, UAE, Oman)

Flexibility of study choice

We offer you the flexibility of transferring between various study routes, and to undertake units or modules from different routes. For example, part time students can catch up with missed work via flexible learning seminars or by taking part in selected modules of the full-time programme. Full-time MBA students who miss out on elements of the programme for whatever reason can also take advantage of flexible learning seminars

Strathclyde Business School

Strathclyde Business School (SBS) was founded in 1948 and is a pioneering, internationally renowned academic organisation with a reputation for research excellence. One of four faculties forming the University of Strathclyde, SBS is a triple accredited business school (AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB) and was the first business school in Scotland to achieve this accolade in 2004. The Business School is home to seven subject departments and a number of specialist centres, all of which collaborate to provide a dynamic, fully-rounded and varied programme of specialist and cross-disciplinary courses.

With 50 years' experience in developing the best MBA programme, SBS is a major innovator in the field of business and management. SBS was the first UK business school to offer a full-time 1-year MBA programme (1966), part-time MBA programme (1976), distance learning programme (1983), DBA (Doctor of Business Administration) programme (1988).

This pioneering spirit brought the Strathclyde MBA into many new countries via the establishment of international centres. These centres meant, for the first time, local managers could study for a UK MBA in their own country. As a result, there are approximately 1,500 course members currently enrolled on the Strathclyde MBA around the world.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the admissions process for the Strathclyde MBA?

Our selection process is designed to identify talented professionals from a wide range of academic, business and cultural backgrounds who might gain from, and contribute to, our learning community. While there are formal entry requirements, our concern is with the potential of individual candidates, their interpersonal and team working qualities, and the range and nature of their managerial experience. In order to assess these skills we ask you to complete a number of essays outlining your experience and aspirations along with references supporting your work experience and academic record. We may ask you to undertake a formal interview to discuss your achievements and aspirations. 

Qualifications and experience

For entry to the MBA programme you must

  • hold a first degree (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.

Applications should be made online at strath.ac.uk/mba. Completed application forms are considered by the Admissions Committee as they are received. You should receive a decision within two weeks of application.

How much does it cost?

Tuition fees per academic year for 2019/20

Full-time Glasgow - £31,450

Part-time Glasgow - £6,683 (total fee: £20,050)

Flexible learning - £6,683 (September intake); £3,342 (April intake) (total fee: £20,050)

Executive - Fees are in the local currency and vary by location. See our website for details.

If you are studying via the part time or flexible learning MBA route fees stay at the same rate from when you started the programme.

How do I raise the funds?

Deciding to study the MBA is a considerable financial investment. You should research how you are 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 students 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.

The Strathclyde MBA is a well-recognised qualification among international, national and local employers. On average, 50% of course members on the part-time and flexible learning routes obtain full or partial sponsorship from their employer.

Each year, the business school provides a range of scholarship opportunities for those students who are self- funding their MBA studies. If a student is in receipt of funding or a scholarship from an organisation such as the British Council or a corporate body, then it is unlikely that they will be eligible for financial assistance via our scholarship schemes. 

How is the course assessed?

Assessment throughout the programme involves a combination of assignments, workshops, examinations, group work and presentations. There are three examination schedules each year for UK- based study routes – December, March and July/August, and two in August and March for study via international centres. It is possible for flexible learning course members to sit examinations off-campus. 

Does the University provide accommodation

The University has a large student village with a variety of accommodation both on-campus and nearby. All successful applicants for the full-time programme will be sent on- campus accommodation details.

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