Why this course?
We know the commitments of being a working manager means you need a programme that fits around your career.
Our part-time MBA (evening study) offers you the opportunity to gain a valued and well-established management qualification in a way that's best suited to your professional and personal circumstances.
Benefits of the part-time course
To your classes and groups, you'll bring issues you deal with on a day-to-day basis along with in-depth knowledge of current practice in your industry.
This dynamic brings great value to both you and your employers as new possibilities and ways of working are opened up at both an organisational and personal level.
As the vast majority of our participants live and work in the central belt of Scotland, studying part-time at Strathclyde gives you the opportunity to get to know people from across the broad spectrum of Scottish industry. Currently the part-time route includes representatives from sectors such as:
- financial services
- public and not-for-profit organisations.
This provides you with the unique opportunity to establish a powerful network amongst Scotland's up and coming managers.
A major advantage of the Strathclyde MBA is its flexibility and responsiveness to your needs. If you change your job or move away from the area, we’ll be happy to discuss which study options might best fit with your circumstances.
How does the part-time programme work?
When you join the part-time programme you’ll join a group of like-minded individuals with whom you’ll progress through the programme.
You’ll attend two sessions in the evening each week from October to June. Course participants often get together at other times to work on course material.
There are also four compulsory weekend schools spread over the period of study. These focus on the skills and knowledge we consider crucial for successful managers.
We also offer a range of other study options including intensive seminars to aid your study of specific subjects and a selection of elective classes which run over the weekend.
Typically, part-timers complete their degree in around three years although some choose to accelerate the programme to complete in a little over two years.
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 Strathclyde MBA is based on collaborative learning. You share work experience, knowledge, understanding and skills.
Our purpose is to help to develop you in diverse areas of management.
The MBA will shape and guide you as reflective, open-thinking, adaptive learners.
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.
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
Learning & teaching
The Strathclyde MBA is not just a business programme. It’s a stimulating, challenging and potentially life-changing experience, which will make you question, re-think and re-evaluate how you do business.
The Strathclyde MBA is highly experiential and based on collaborative learning. You share your varied work experiences, knowledge, understanding and skills.
The MBA will shape and guide you as a reflective, open thinking, adaptive learner.
Assessment throughout the programme involves a combination of:
- course work
- group work
There are three examination schedules each year:
All exams are available at each time and you can choose which is most appropriate for you. It’s possible for flexible learning course members to sit examinations off-campus.
Full details, including current locations, are available from our programme administrators.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Fees & funding
How much will my course cost?
Tuition fees are:
- MBA (students first registered in 2015/16) - £5,334 ¹
- MBA (students first registered in 2014/15) - £5,333
- MBA (students first registered in 2013/14) - £5,000
- PGDip Business (students first registered in 2015/16) - £7,000 ²
- PGDip Business (students first registered in 2014/15) - £7,000
- Conversion from PGDip to MBA (year 3) - £2,000
Fees for part-time MBA courses may vary between years of study. For students first registered in 2015-16, the payment profiles are as follows:
Year 1: £5,334/Year 2: £5,333/Year 3: £5,333 (Total fee: £16,000)
Year 1: £7,000/Year 2: £7,000 (Total fee: £14,000)
How can I fund my course?
Deciding to study the MBA is a considerable financial investment. You’re advised to research how you're 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 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 http://www.strath.ac.uk/finance/student/tuitionfees/
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:
- The Royal Bank of Scotland.
For further information on eligibility visit the web-pages at www.lifelonglearning.co.uk/cdl/index.htm
Details of university scholarships are available at www.strath.ac.uk/search/scholarships/
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
- Barclays Plc
- 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)**.
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Last updated October 23, 2017