MBA with a specialism in Leadership Studies

University of Strathclyde Business School

Program Description
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MBA with a specialism in Leadership Studies

University of Strathclyde Business School

Why this course?

The MBA with a specialism in Leadership Studies has been developed by Strathclyde Business School (SBS) and the Leadership Trust Foundation (LTF).

Our aim is to develop directors and high-potential managers into outstanding leaders in their own specialist business fields. The programme is valuable for those in the private, public and voluntary sectors.

Good leadership skills are essential for directors and senior managers to run their businesses effectively. With the challenges of the 21st century, these skills are now even more in demand.

Specialist features

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.

We offer the academic depth and rigour expected of a top university business school.

Benefits of the MBA with a specialism in Leadership Studies

For you

You’ll gain a better understanding of yourself and how others perceive you in your leadership role.

Exposed to key business management and leadership theories and practices, you'll have an unparalleled opportunity to develop your strategic and behavioural leadership skills.

You’ll gain a greater understanding of business management and will be able to lead your people more effectively, and will have the opportunity for networking through an outstanding international alumni network.

We have thousands of members worldwide, many of whom have reached the highest positions in their fields.

For your organisation

By supporting your directors or managers on the MBA in Leadership programme, you'll be helping determine the long-term success of your organisation.

A survey conducted by an independent consultancy on behalf of The Leadership Trust Foundation found that strong leadership qualities are the most important factor for achieving optimum performance at board and senior management levels.

Flexible study routes

The MBA with a specialism in Leadership Studies can be taken as part of the Flexible Learning route. It’s designed to fit with your demanding work responsibilities.

Usually, you'll take the course part-time on a modular basis over three years but it can also be taken from between two years and six years.

Based on the core curriculum of the Strathclyde MBA, the programme uses a combination of formal courses, self-study through supported distance learning, practical training and project work.

Teaching staff

MBA Academic Director (UK)

Dr Sean Ennis, Strathclyde Business School

Leadership Development Consultant

Mr Mike King, The Leadership Trust Foundation

Programme Administrator (Flexible Learning)

Ms Karen McMillan, MBA Office, Strathclyde Business School

Programme Administrator (Experiential Courses)

Mrs Sandra Jordan, The Leadership Trust Foundation


Less than 1% of business schools in the world hold "triple accreditation", and Strathclyde is one of them. The three international accrediting bodies are:

  • The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
  • The European Quality Improvement System
  • The Association of MBAs

To gain accreditation by one of these bodies is an achievement in itself. To gain accreditation by all three bodies is a truly outstanding accomplishment and one we're proud of.

Association of Masters of Business Administration (AMBA)

You’re eligible to join AMBA after enrolment on an MBA course.


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

  • The Learning Manager
  • Corporate Governance

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.

  • Elective classes
  • MBA Project
  • Interaction with real companies


  • Leadership in Organisations
  • Leadership Project

Learning & teaching

A mix of teaching and learning methods are used. There is distance learning via texts, case studies, exercises and tutor support. There's also residential days at the Leadership Trust Foundation and intensive seminars at Strathclyde Business School.

The whole programme requires about 1,800 hours of course and workshop attendance, private study and project work over three years. You should allow five to ten hours a week for private study.


Your performance will be continuously assessed by coursework, assignments, formal written examinations, and the leadership project.

Progress to the MBA with a specialism in Leadership Studies degree is governed solely by your performance in the formal examinations and coursework assignments.

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 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 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 if your first language is not English. We may consider applicants who fall slightly below these standards if they are 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.

Fees & funding

How much will my course cost?

All fees quoted are per academic year unless otherwise stated.

MBA Leadership

£10,000 The fee includes:

  • intensive seminars at SBS
  • LTF courses
  • all books and programme materials
  • charges for accommodation and meals while attending course at The Leadership Trust Foundation

Please allow an additional £1,500-£2,000 for all travel costs to and from The Leadership Trust Foundation and Strathclyde Business School, and accommodation and meal charges when attending courses at Strathclyde Business School.

How can I fund my course?

Deciding to study the MBA is a considerable financial investment. We ask you to research how you're going to finance this as early as possible.

The majority of students on the full-time programme are 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. Details can be found at

Career Development Loans

The Career Development Loan Scheme is run in partnership with the UK Government's Department of Education and Employment. It's available at the following banks:

  • Barclays
  • Co-operative
  • The Royal Bank of Scotland.

For further information on eligibility visit the web-pages at


There are 10 scholarships of £1,000 available that have been funded by our partner organisation, The Leadership Trust Foundation.


We recognise that career development is one of the main reasons why people invest in an MBA. The MBA job market offers plenty of global opportunity but can be complex and challenging.

That's why we offer a dedicated careers service for MBA students. This consists of career planning and skills development as well as unlimited access to personal advice and coaching. Our careers service is delivered in-house and by a team of top consultants.

We work with you to complement your own proactive job search efforts. We help you to use your own particular career background and strengths to help with your next career move.

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.

Career & Professional Development Programme

Our core professional development programme is delivered in four modules throughout the year. Each lasts for a week and are held in October, November, January and February. The programme includes:


  • Introduction to strategic career planning and how to get the job you want
  • Creating a personal profile (to be published on our profile site)
  • Presentation skills workshop
  • Networking skills, including social media
  • The Glasgow Challenge


  • Personal skills audit
  • Setting career development goals
  • Self-branding/self-presentation (CVs, cover letters and applications)
  • Supporting resources


  • Company visits and industry presentations, including alumni
  • The Scottish MBA Careers Event


  • Practical interview and assessment centre sessions

Throughout the year, there will be additional workshops, master classes and company presentations.

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

Where are they now?

94.9% of our MBA graduates are in work or further study:**

Job titles include:

  • Business & International Development Manager
  • Chief Executive
  • Commercial Director
  • Consulting Manager
  • Digital Manager
  • Director of Customer Relations
  • Finance Director
  • Investment Manager
  • Senior Project Manager
  • Technical Director

Employers include:

  • Accenture
  • Barclays Plc
  • Deloitte
  • Devere Group
  • JP Morgan
  • Morgan Stanley
  • National Australia Bank
  • Rolls Royce
  • Scottish Southern Energy
  • Scottish Power

Based on the results of the national Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey (2010/11 and 2011/12)**.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated November 9, 2015
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