The AMBA-accredited Stirling MBA is designed to transform capable managers into successful business leaders. Our MBA qualification is unique in the way it focuses on the practices, processes and outcomes of managing in a range of contexts, from a large multinationals to small enterprises. There’s an emphasis on responsible leadership, sustainable strategy, creativity and change that helps inform contemporary debates about how to effectively manage limited resources with maximum impact.

This sought-after qualification will give you a thorough understanding of the functional areas of business and management including:

  • accounting and finance
  • marketing
  • economics
  • operations management
  • human resource management

By completing this course, you'll gain the confidence and resilience to respond to continually developing circumstances, the skills to build and lead a team, and the theoretical and practical knowledge to successfully manage the challenges of the modern business environment.

You’ll have the chance to go on regular site visits with senior executives and industry experts, as well as the opportunity to undertake a consultancy project with a business or organisation across the public, private and non-profit sectors. This allows you to integrate the knowledge and skills from your MBA to solve a real business challenge.

Learn from the experts

You’ll be taught by internationally recognised subject experts. They all have extensive business and consultancy experience. Throughout the course you’ll also be able to engage with senior executives from the private, public and third sectors, as well as entrepreneurs. This provides you with a practical perspective on contemporary business topics. We have a series of guest lectures and workshops which provide many networking opportunities with potential employers.

The University of Stirling Management School

At the University of Stirling Management School, the principle of responsible business, policy and practice is central to everything we do. This vision helps us to equip our students effectively with the skills to act as global citizens, capable of addressing the needs of society.

As a member of the Chartered Association for Business Schools, we have strong links with industry and were recently awarded the Small Business Charter for engagement with local and regional enterprise.

We’re in an elite group of business schools globally – and one of only 14 in the UK – to hold accreditation from the Association of MBAs (AMBA) for both our MBA and MSc Business and Management (MBM) courses.

Top reasons to study with us

#1 The course is accredited by the Association of MBAs – the international impartial authority on postgraduate business education

#2 You’re taught by expert academic staff who have extensive business and consultancy experience

#3 Senior executives from across the private, public and third sectors regularly engage with our MBA students, providing a practical perspective on contemporary business topics

Course objectives

Understanding the practices and processes of business in terms of inclusion, environmental, cultural, social and economic sustainability is central to the course. These concerns and perspectives are explored in the context of a wide range of industries and economies. Throughout the world, such issues are increasingly being taken more seriously, as a response to the current financial crisis. This course is the first MBA in Scotland specifically designed to cater to this important agenda.

Professional accreditations

AMBA accreditation

The Stirling MBA is accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA), the international impartial authority on postgraduate business education. Established in 1967, AMBA aims to raise the profile of business education and the MBA qualification in the UK, Europe and the rest of the world.

Chartered Management Institute (CMI) HE Partner

Our MBA students have automatic student/affiliate membership of the CMI. You may also be awarded the Level 7 Strategic Management and Leadership Diploma (dependant on modules studied) upon completion of the MBA, which will give you guaranteed full membership of the Institute upon graduation.

Course details

Personal and professional development is a key feature for the duration of our course. There’s a focus on self-awareness and personal capability. We’ll help you identify, develop and practice key skills that contribute to a successful managerial career. It includes handling conflict in groups, managing group dynamics, assertiveness, facilitation, critical reasoning and argument building.

The range of our classes ensures that you’ll gain an insight into each important management function, such as accounting and finance, marketing, human resource management, operations management. This gives you the rare opportunity to understand all aspects of business and management. We also help you to understand how these functions are integrated through our strategy classes, enabling you to see the big picture along with the detail and work comfortably with both at the same time.


Teaching is carried out through lectures, group work, case studies, role-play simulations, workshops, guest speakers, master classes and presentations. Our master classes are delivered by world-renowned academics and industry leaders, and practitioners who are responsible for shaping management thinking today. We also have excellent links with local, national and international organisations. Senior executives from across the private, public and third sectors regularly engage with our MBA students, providing a practical perspective on contemporary business topics through a series of guest lectures and workshops.

If you successfully complete the taught element of this course, you'll receive the Diploma award and then you can continue on the course for the MBA award. To receive an MBA award you'll complete a 10,000-word dissertation based on an original research question agreed by yourself and your supervisor, or a consultancy project on behalf of an external client organisation.


You’ll go on field trips and industry visits where you can gain an insight into the workings of specially selected successful Scottish companies. Visits will include an overview of the company's history and culture, as well as understanding their approach to strategy development.


You’ll be assessed by a mixture of coursework (individual and group-based), including written assignments, class tests and presentations.

Course director

Professor George Burt

+44 (0)1786 467407


Fees - 2018/2019

  • Overseas: £18,500
  • Home/EU: £14,800
Program taught in:
  • English
Last updated November 14, 2018
This course is Campus based
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12 - 24 months
14,800 GBP
Overseas: £18,500 - Home/EU: £14,800
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