Postgraduate taught 

MBA (Master of Business Administration) MBA

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The Glasgow MBA will empower you with the skills and tools needed to become a successful manager. An investment in your future, our MBA matches an ancient tradition of academic excellence with exposure to contemporary business practice.

Key information

Why this programme

The Adam Smith MBA
  • This programme will help you to think critically. You will begin to question what you already know, stripping away preconceived ideas to develop better approaches to life and to business.
  • You will benefit from the experience of world-class teaching. Our academics are invited to consult and research with organisations around the world, giving them first-hand insight into how organisations work.
  • Teaching on the Glasgow MBA is at the cutting edge of business knowledge.
  • The Glasgow MBA, which was founded in 1976, is AMBA accredited, and the School is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).

Programme structure

The MBA is structured to enhance your personal and academic development. The programme includes orientation and induction sessions ahead of the core courses to address your individual needs as you set out on the MBA programme.

The core courses are followed by specialist optional courses, allowing you to focus on the areas of learning that are most suited to your future career path. You will have the opportunity to follow one of three specialist tracks in Finance, Strategy or Marketing.

The programme finishes by offering you the considerable practical benefits of a consultancy project, as well as the in-depth and applied analysis of a dissertation.

In addition, a range of social, networking and guest speaker events run throughout the year to enhance your learning experience and to help you get the most out of your MBA.

An important part of the MBA is the team consulting project: an opportunity for you to put the theories you’ve learned during the programme into action.

Core courses

1. Decision making under uncertainty

This course will introduce you to the intellectual perspectives and methods that underpin the practice of making decisions essential for business management. In this course you will explore the many different disciplinary and methodological traditions that should inform effective analyses of the business world. You will also learn how informed thinking and analysis will assist you in making decisions and delivering better business outcomes.

2. Business strategic management

This course integrates all key business disciplines with courses such as dynamic strategic management, developing leadership skills with people and resources, strategic marketing, financial analysis and decision-making, and global economics. You will develop the skills expected of senior managers and be capable of developing a career in any leading organisation.

3. Strategic foresight

You will be presented with first-hand experience of business leaders, many of them our alumni, of how to face an uncertain future. This course includes guest lectures from successful organisations that will introduce you to key issues in business, including:

  • Is globalisation playing out as expected?
  • What degree of control do managers really have over their organisations and their people?
  • To what extent are innovation and diversity really present in contemporary organisations?
  • How is technology and innovation changing the shape and scope of organisations?
  • How should managers react to a more uncertain world?

Previous speakers include Tom Purves, former CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars; Brian McBride, former Managing Director of Amazon UK and current Chairman of ASOS; Kate Armstrong, founder of Confused.com and Admiral; and Mike Reid, Chairman and founder of Care Vision.

  • Political contexts (geopolitics, corporate responsibility, scenario planning)
  • Economic contexts (regulation and international markets, risk management, social and environmental accounting)
  • Social contexts (the importance of place, personal and corporate ethics, cross-cultural management)
  • Technological contexts (innovation, ICT and global communications)
  • Environmental contexts (climate change, energy)
  • Legal contexts (changing roles of the state, citizen and consumer rights).

Optional courses

Following the core courses, you have the choice of five optional courses. These will give you the choice to follow three specialist tracks: Finance, Strategy or Marketing. The courses on offer vary each year and are taught by a range of leading academics and practitioners, based on their research or personal experience of the corporate world. Previous courses have included:

  • Business scenarios for consulting
  • Business to business relationship management
  • Company and market failure
  • Corporate image, branding & communication
  • Credibility & networks - Selling yourself and your organisation
  • Entrepreneurial finance
  • International financial analysis
  • International strategy for multinational enterprise
  • Project leadership & control
  • The role of technology in innovative organisations
  • Strategic human resource management
  • Supply and logistics management.

Personal and career development

This element runs in parallel to the rest of the programme, beginning immediately after Leadership Foundations. It is made up of five interconnected components: mentorship in leadership and employability; personal development planning; research techniques training and the primary research project of the dissertation. In this course you will undertake a group project to test the skills and techniques you have accumulated through the programme.

Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Legal statements: Disclaimer.

Career prospects

Our dedicated MBA Careers Manager supports students throughout the MBA programme and will help you plan your post-MBA career and equip you with the tools and strategies to compete effectively within the global job market.

As an MBA graduate you join the ranks of successful and influential professionals making a mark on organisations around the world. Some recent first destinations of our graduates include: Senior Consultant, Ernst & Young; Accountant, Bilcake Research; Business Representative, Clydesdale Bank; Commercial Director, University of Glasgow; Assistant Vice President, Telekomunikasi (Indonesia); Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Georgia State Chamber of Commerce (USA); Finance Support Manager, Unilever (Thailand); Marketing Manager, DKSH (Thailand); Social Media and Digital Specialist, Percepta (Glasgow); Manager, EY, (Germany); Key Account Manager, Halyard Health (China); Business Development Manager, Newstel Media Ltd (Glasgow).

MBA careers support 

Entry requirements

2.1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent (eg, a GPA of 3.0 or above) in any subject and a minimum of 3 years managerial work experience. You must also provide a personal statement and a detailed CV describing your work experience with specific emphasis on the managerial roles and responsibilities.

International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of pre-Masters courses.

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • ibTOEFL: 90; no sub-test less than:
    • Reading: 20
    • Listening: 19
    • Speaking: 19
    • Writing: 23
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English):  176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

FAQs

What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's English for Academic Study Unit offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact the Recruitment and International Office: pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk


 

For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office: pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2017-18

MBA

Home and EU
Full time fee£15750
International
Full time fee£23350

Fees are subject to change and for guidance only

Additional fees

  • Fee for submission by a research student: £460
  • Fee for re-assessment of a dissertation (PGT programme): £300
  • Submission for a higher degree by published work: £1,000
  • Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed: £200
  • Submission by staff in receipt of staff scholarship: £680
  • Research students registered as non-supervised Thesis Pending students (50% refund will be granted if the student completes thesis within the first six months of the period): £260
  • Registration/exam only fee: £110
  • General Council fee: £50

Funding opportunities

MBA Scholarships

The University of Glasgow has a number of MBA awards available for 2017 entry for students who demonstrate academic excellence. The Award is available to students entering the Adam Smith Business School on our MBA programme and  awarded as a tuition fee discount.

If you study here you will benefit from our extensive  knowledge and studying at Glasgow will prepare you for a wide variety of careers that are globally in demand

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Huazhong University of Science and Technology

The University of Glasgow offer a 20% discount to Huazhong University of Science and Technology graduates who have completed a Masters Preparation Programme run by UKEC and their host university.

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Chang An University discount

The University of Glasgow offer a 20% discount to Chang An graduates who have completed a Masters Preparation Programme run by UKEC and their host university.

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Adam Smith Business School Excellence Award Egypt

The University of Glasgow has a number of Adam Smith Business School Excellence awards available for 2017 entry for students who demonstrate academic excellence. The Award is available to students entering the Adam Smith Business School and are awarded as a tuition fee discount.

If you study here you will benefit from our extensive  knowledge and studying at Glasgow will prepare you for a wide variety of careers that are in demand internationally.

more information

Adam Smith Business School Excellence Award Malaysia

The University of Glasgow has a number of Adam Smith Business School Excellence awards available for 2017 entry for students who demonstrate academic excellence. The Award is available to students entering the Adam Smith Business School and are awarded as a tuition fee discount.

If you study here you will benefit from our extensive  knowledge and studying at Glasgow will prepare you for a wide variety of careers that are in demand internationally.

more information

Adam Smith Business School Excellence Award Lebanon

The University of Glasgow has a number of Adam Smith Business School Excellence awards available for 2017 entry for students who demonstrate academic excellence. The Award is available to students entering the Adam Smith Business School and are awarded as a tuition fee discount.

If you study here you will benefit from our extensive  knowledge and studying at Glasgow will prepare you for a wide variety of careers that are in demand internationally.

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Adam Smith Business School Welcome Award

The University if offering a £1,000 award to the first 100 students who accept their offer of a place on one of our Adam Smith Business School Postgraduate Taught Masters programmes.  The Award will be made after registration has been completed

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Adam Smith Business School Excellence Award Thailand

Adam Smith Business School Excellence Award Thailand

The University of Glasgow has a number of Adam Smith Business School Excellence awards available for 2017 entry for students who demonstrate academic excellence. The Award is available to students entering the Adam Smith Business School and are awarded as a tuition fee discount.

If you study here you will benefit from our extensive  knowledge and studying at Glasgow will prepare you for a wide variety of careers that are in demand internationally.

more information

Adam Smith Business School Excellence Award Indonesia

The University of Glasgow has a number of Adam Smith Business School Excellence awards available for 2017 entry for students who demonstrate academic excellence. The Award is available to students entering the Adam Smith Business School and are awarded as a tuition fee discount.

If you study here you will benefit from our extensive  knowledge and studying at Glasgow will prepare you for a wide variety of careers that are in demand internationally.

more information

Adam Smith Business School Excellence Award India

The University of Glasgow has a number of Adam Smith Business School Excellence awards available for 2017 entry for students who demonstrate academic excellence. The Award is available to students entering the Adam Smith Business School and are awarded as a tuition fee discount.

If you study here you will benefit from our extensive  knowledge and studying at Glasgow will prepare you for a wide variety of careers that are in demand internationally.

more information

University of Glasgow/Glasgow International College Achievement Award

In conjunction with GIC we are pleased to reward our best-performing students who finish the Foundation or Pre-masters course with excellent grades and attendance. This is awarded as a one off tuition fee discount of £3,000

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University International Leadership Scholarship

The University of Glasgow has  20  International Leadership Scholarships available to international (non-EU) students starting a postgraduate taught Masters programme in any discipline in September 2017. The scholarships is awarded as a tuition fees discount of £10,000.

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The scholarships above are specific to this programme. For more funding opportunities search the scholarships database

How to apply

We ask that you apply online for a postgraduate taught degree. Our system allows you to fill out the standard application form online and submit this to the University within 42 days of starting your application.

You need to read the guide to applying online before starting your application. It will ensure you are ready to proceed, as well as answer many common questions about the process.

Guide to applying online

Do I have to apply online for a postgraduate taught degree?

Yes. To apply for a postgraduate taught degree you must apply online. We are unable to accept your application by any other means than online.

Do I need to complete and submit the application in a single session?

No. You have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process. You may save and return to your application as many times as you wish to update information, complete sections or upload additional documents such as your final transcript or your language test.

What documents do I need to provide to make an application?

As well as completing your online application fully, it is essential that you submit the following documents:

  • A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s) (if you have already completed your degree)
  • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
  • Official English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s)
  • Two supporting reference letters on headed paper
  • Evidence of your English Language ability (if your first language is not English)
  • Any additional documents required for this programme (see Entry requirements for this programme)
  • A copy of the photo page of your passport (Non-EU students only)

If you do not have all of these documents at the time of submitting your application then it is still possible to make an application and provide any further documents at a later date, as long as you include a full current transcript (and an English translation if required) with your application. See the ‘Your References, Transcripts and English Qualification’ sections of our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Do my supporting documents need to be submitted online?

Yes, where possible, please upload the supporting documents with your application.

How do I provide my references?

You must either upload the required references to your online application or ask your referees to send the references to the University as we do not contact referees directly. There is two main ways that you can provide references: you can either upload references on headed paper when you are making an application using the Online Application (or through Applicant Self-Service after you have submitted your application) or you can ask your referee to email the reference directly to pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk. See the 'Your References, Transcripts and English Qualifications' section of the Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

What if I am unable to submit all of my supporting documents online?

If you cannot upload an electronic copy of a document and need to send it in by post, please attach a cover sheet to it that includes your name, the programme you are applying for, and your application reference number.

You may send them to:

Postgraduate Admissions
Marketing, Recruitment & International Office
71 Southpark Avenue
Glasgow
G12 8QQ
Fax: +44 141 330 4045

Can I email my supporting documents?

No. We cannot accept email submissions of your supporting documents.

What entry requirements should I have met before applying? Where can I find them?

You should check that you have met (or are likely to have met prior to the start of the programme) the individual entry requirements for the degree programme you are applying for. This information can be found on the ‘entry requirements’ tab on each individual programme page, such as the one you are viewing now.

What English Language requirements should I have met before applying? Where can I find them?

If you are an international student, you should also check that you have met the English Language requirements specific to the programme you are applying for. These can also be found on the ‘entry requirements’ tab for each specific programme.

Further Information

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions for more information on applying to a postgraduate taught programme.

Guidance notes for using the online application

These notes are intended to help you complete the online application form accurately, they are also available within the help section of the online application form. If you experience any difficulties accessing the online application then you should visit the Application Troubleshooting/FAQs page.

  • Name and Date of birth: must appear exactly as they do on your passport. Please take time to check the spelling and lay-out.
  • Contact Details: Correspondence address. All contact relevant to your application will be sent to this address including the offer letter(s). If your address changes, please contact us as soon as possible.
  • Choice of course: Please select carefully the course you want to study. As your application will be sent to the admissions committee for each course you select it is important to consider at this stage why you are interested in the course and that it is reflected in your application.
  • Proposed date of entry: Please state your preferred start date including the month and the year. Taught masters degrees tend to begin in September. Research degrees may start in any month.
  • Education and Qualifications: Please complete this section as fully as possible indicating any relevant Higher Education qualifications starting with the most recent. Complete the name of the Institution (s) as it appears on the degree certificate or transcript.
  • English Language Proficiency: Please state the date of any English language test taken (or to be taken) and the award date (or expected award date if known).
  • Employment and Experience: Please complete this section as fully as possible with all employments relevant to your course. Additional details may be attached in your personal statement/proposal where appropriate.
  • References: Please provide the names and contact details of two academic references. Where applicable one of these references may be from your current employer. References should be completed on letter headed paper and uploaded on to your application.

Standard application deadlines

  • International applications (non-EU): 21 July 2017 
  • UK and EU applications: 25 August 2017

Classes start September 2017 and you may be expected to attend induction sessions the week before.

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One-to-one visits will give you the opportunity to meet with the programme director, administrator, current and former students, and to take a guided tour of our campus. You will be able to ask any questions and see first-hand where you will be studying. To find out more and to book your visit contact: business-mba-enquiries@glasgow.ac.uk.