MBA (Master of Business Administration) MBA

MBA (Master of Business Administration) [MBA]

The Glasgow MBA will teach you the skills and tools needed to be a successful manager, which is only the beginning. The Glasgow MBA matches an ancient tradition of academic excellence with exposure to contemporary business practice. The international experience that our MBA provides will give you a broader perspective on the challenges facing future leaders and managers working in an ever changing world.

Key facts

Why Glasgow

  • The MBA programme at the University of Glasgow 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. This means that teaching on the Glasgow MBA is at the cutting edge of business knowledge.
  • You will join an international community built on the foundation of Scottish hospitality. Participants are welcomed from all over the world to learn from each other and to gain a truly international perspective. No matter where you are from, or in which industry you have worked, you will feel at home in Glasgow. Through shared experiences and multi-cultural teamwork you will develop life-long friendships.
  • The University of Glasgow Adam Smith Business School celebrates the legacy of Adam Smith by producing world-leading business and economics research and enlightened graduates.
  • 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).
  • Part-time Pathway: We are now offering a modular part-time option for the MBA programme. For further details please download the Glasgow MBA Part-time Pathway Flyer or contact the programme convener.

  

Programme structure

The Glasgow 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 development. 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.

Mentoring, personal development, reflective practice and leadership sessions are provided throughout the programme to help you reflect on your progress and enhance your potential. 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 Glasgow MBA is the Consultancy Week - an opportunity for you to put the theories you’ve learned during the programme into action.

What do we mean by Modularity?

Both Decision Making Under Uncertainty and each of the components of Business Strategic Management can be taken independently. This can be done by students either seeking to expand on existing knowledge or as a taster for students who are unsure whether to start the full MBA. We offer courses in the following subjects:

  • Decision making under uncertainty
  • Business strategic management
  • Dynamic strategic management
  • Financial analysis and decision making
  • Developing leadership skills with people and resources
  • Global economy
  • Strategic marketing

In turn, taking subsequent courses will lead to a part time MBA. Alternatively, all elective courses comprising the Finance, Strategy and Marketing tracks can be offered independently when prerequisite knowledge can be demonstrated.

Core courses

1. Leadership foundations
Introduces the practice and concept of leadership and provides an introduction to the MBA, its learning objectives, methods of delivery and support services such as the library that together form a key part of the MBA programme.

  • Introduction to the MBA
  • Learning objectives
  • Methods of delivery
  • Support services

2. 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.

  • Understanding the external environment
  • Introduction to research methods
  • Decision-making tools
  • Developing creativity and criticism.

3. 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.

  • Dynamic strategic management
  • Financial analysis and decision making
  • Developing leadership skills with people and resources
  • Global economy
  • Strategic Marketing

4. 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:

  • 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 specialist electives. These will give you the choice to follow three specialist tracks: Finance, Strategy or Marketing. The electives 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 electives have included:

  • Business scenarios for consulting
  • Business to business relationship management
  • Change management
  • Company and market failure
  • Corporate image, branding & communication
  • Creative management & development
  • Credibility & networks - Selling yourself and your organisation
  • Crisis management
  • Future trends in marketing
  • Human resource management
  • International financial analysis
  • International financial management & corporate finance
  • Project leadership & control
  • Public sector organisation & management
  • Role of technology in innovative organisations
  • Srategy dynamics
  • Supply and logistics management.

Mentoring, personal development, reflective practice and leadership

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; consultancy project or exchange; 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. A choice will be offered between two options: you will either spend time analysing a real business problem for the benefit of a partner organisation, or you will travel to one of our partner Schools abroad to learn about business in an international context (this option is at extra cost).

Accreditations

What our students say

Industry links and employability

Guest speakers and events

Entry requirements

for entry in 2014

Entry requirements for postgraduate taught programmes are a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (for example, GPA 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject.

Applicants must also have a minimum of three years managerial work experience.

Further information regarding academic entry requirements: student.recruitment@glasgow.ac.uk

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 (see below)

Common equivalent English language qualifications:

  • ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): B minimum
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): C minimum
  • PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59

Pre-sessional courses
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the Language Centre 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 Language Centre 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

If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:

Visa requirements and proof of English language level

It is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:

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

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2014-15 (subject to change and for guidance only)

MBA

Home and EU

  • Full time fee: £14500
  • Part-time 20 credits: £1650

International

  • Full time fee: £21500

Funding opportunities

Career prospects

We know that career prospects and the development of transferable skills are important factors in choosing your MBA, particularly in the current economic climate. That’s why we have developed Consultancy Week. Whether you want to change fields, advance in your current role, or move into consultancy, the Consultancy Week projects help you cut your teeth in new areas while providing tangible benefits to local organisations.

Our MBA creates leaders who can think critically, and who have the ability to lead companies and organisations and their people at the highest level.

Our graduates are in constant demand and find jobs in senior management or consultancy roles very quickly. Companies and organisations that have recently hired our graduates include American Express, Amazon, Morgan Stanley, Pepsi, Lloyds TSB, JP Morgan, British Gas, Nationwide Building Society, General Motors, IBM, among many others. Our graduates use their experience on the MBA to move ahead in their organisations, move into consultancy, or to make a major career change. Within 6 months of graduation, 93% of graduates find their career path or go on to further education.

The University Careers Service and the School’s own Postgraduate Support Officer aim to enhance the employability of our students and graduates, and help them to develop and make appropriate use of career management skills, thereby enhancing their ability to identify options most appropriate to them.

In addition to personal development and CV workshops, the School offers networking opportunities throughout the year, which attract students, alumni, staff, entrepreneurs and business leaders from the public and private sectors engaged in debates on important current issues, such as the economic downturn, innovation and technology, and managing high performance teams.

As a Glasgow MBA participant, you will have free membership of AMBA. Membership of the Association of MBAs will give you access to a suite of careers, networking and knowledge services that go beyond what any one individual business school can provide. AMBA has extensive links with MBA employers and executive recruitment agencies and the career and networking resources they offer will allow you to develop highly-effective job search strategies – even in an economic downturn.

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 essential documentation should I have available before I start my 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)
  • 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)

Do my supporting documents need to be submitted online?

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

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:

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.

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. 

  • 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) 25 July 2014
  • UK and EU applications 29 August 2014

Classes start September 2014 for most courses and you may be expected to attend induction sessions the week before. 

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