In the Glasgow Master of Global Business (MGB) programme, you will study, travel and explore the world. Designed for recent graduates with an undergraduate degree in business, commerce or management, the MGB programme offers you a truly global learning experience at three leading business schools across three continents.
Why this programme
- Living, working and studying in three countries, you will discover how business is done in an international environment and develop career skills you can apply across the world through an immersive, culturally-focused graduate programme.
- You will develop an acute awareness of your own culture and the cultures of your classmates – all of which helps them understand how business is done differently in different parts of the world.
- You will be equipped with a global mind-set and a high level of cultural awareness and cross-cultural communication that increase effectiveness in international contexts.
- You will acquire the skills and confidence to implement an organisation-based, action learning consulting project with multinational firms.
- In addition to the core courses, you will have the choice to complete an international internship or undertake a thesis research project.
- Introductory language courses (Chinese or French) will provide you with the competency in communicating at a basic level in a language other than your mother tongue or English.
- The three business schools you will study at are:
- Adam Smith Business School (University of Glasgow, United Kingdom)
- Peter B Gustavson School of Business (University of Victoria, Canada)
- Chulalongkorn Business School (Chulalongkorn University, Thailand)
You will study among a diverse cohort of students (in terms of nationality, culture, language, previous international experience) which enhances your cross-cultural learning experience and makes the “global” element of this degree real. The MGB classroom is literally without walls or borders. In each semester, you learn about the business context of the region and you have the opportunity to learn a new language throughout the programme. Moreover, you also cumulatively learn about ‘doing’ global business, from fundamentals to opportunity recognition to actual application and consulting methods.
The MGB is taken over 16 months. You will spend the first four months in Glasgow. Together with students from Glasgow’s partner institutions (University of Victoria and Chulalongkorn University) you will then study and travel as a close-knit group for eight months. In the final four months you will conduct a global research project. For the project, you can collaborate with a multinational enterprise as part of a global internship.
Throughout the MGB programme you will develop practical, intellectual and transferable skills through a range of group and individual activities. You will also complete a major consulting project for an external organisation on an international business issue (in Bangkok).
The majority of teaching will be delivered via lecturers, tutorial, seminars and interactive workshop-style sessions. Some courses include active multi-cultural group learning, involving collective analyses and discussion of real cases. Summative assessment will be primarily through coursework essays, report and examinations. Formative assessment will be provided through verbal and/or written feedback on individual/group reports and presentations, and via written comments on individual essays/reports.
Teaching on the MGB is structured around four semesters:
Global Business Fundamentals 1 (September – December, Glasgow)
In this semester, you will put theory into practice by combining your learning from two main subject areas, international business and entrepreneurship, to develop a start–up plan for a business with international potential.
- Entrepreneurial finance for SMEs
- Global business environment
- International corporate finance
- International entrepreneurship and innovation
- International strategic management
- Market analysis
Global Business Fundamentals 2 (January – March, Victoria)
This semester will provide you with a deep understanding of both doing business in a global environment and the unique characteristics of the international business context. It integrates international finance, strategy, marketing, global logistics and supply chain management with an appreciation of North American legal, economic and social factors. You will progress through an organisation's stages of internationalisation: exporter issues, followed by international firm issues, and lastly concerns related to multinational organisations.
- Communication and global business 1
- Global leadership and cultural intelligence 1
- International finance
- International logistics
- International marketing and strategy
- Language course 1
- North American business context
Global Business Opportunities (April – July, Glasgow)
In this semester, you will receive an overview of how industries deal with opportunity recognition, global innovation and business development in a global setting as well as in the European business context. In addition, this semester deals with the analyses and knowledge needed for successful global new business ventures as well as with global innovation and entrepreneurial environment.
- Communication and global business 2
- European business context
- Global innovation and business development
- Global leadership and cultural intelligence 2
- Language course 2
Global Business in Action (June – September, Bangkok)
With a focus on exploring the Asian business context, you will be prepared to apply your knowledge and global perspective to solving business and industry issues and challenges. This module will introduce you to the various stages of consulting methods. You will also receive an overview of the corporate governance structures, legal and economic systems and the environmental sustainability issues in the Asian or Europe-based organisation with global reach, and will be given the opportunity to provide consulting advice to the company.
- Asian business context
- Communication and global business 3
- Consulting methods and practice*
- Global leadership and cultural intelligence 3
- Language course 3.
*During Consulting Methods and Practice, you will work in teams under academic supervision and maintain a consulting/client relationship with a corporate sponsor. Your team examines a problem of current interest to the sponsor that is consistent with the international nature and goals of the programme and prepares detailed written analyses and recommendations.
Global Research Project (September to November)
In the final part of the MGB programme, you will conduct a Global Research Project. The project is a systematic exploration of a global business issue; it requires using academic frameworks and apply tools & theories covered in the MGB programme to enhance understanding of a global business issue. The global business issue can originate in the academic literature (for which a Dissertation is delivered) or in business practice (for which an Internship Report is delivered). You therefore have the choice between academic research (in Glasgow) and a global internship (anywhere around the world*). Irrespective of the origin of the research problem, the same criteria will be applied to test your ability to derive generally-relevant insights and knowledge based on a specific global business issue.
*Visa regulations apply. If you wish to do a global internship, you need to independently organise this internship.
Please note: Travel and living expenses are not included in the tuition fees and students will be responsible for booking their flights and accommodation.
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: Student contract.
Upon completing the programme, graduates will have a range of new opportunities open to them for entering the employment market. Our alumni have either set up their own business, worked in SMEs, consultancy or multinational, in a management capacity. We have a dedicated careers and employability team who provide one-to-one support and advice, group workshops, employer events on campus and networking opportunities throughout the year to help you with your career prospects.
Fees & funding
Tuition fees for 2020-21
Home / EU: £11,800
Fee information is subject to change and is for guidance only
International applicants (from beyond the EU) are required to pay a deposit of £2000 when an offer is made.
Deposits terms & conditions
The University requires a deposit to be paid by International (beyond the EU) applicants in receipt of an offer to this programmes and who require a Certificate of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) from the University in order that they can apply for a student visa. This is required where the programme is competitive and the deposit is required in order to demonstrate your commitment to attend the programme should you meet all the conditions of your offer.
If you are made an offer for this programme the University will write to you and request a deposit with information on how to pay your deposit and the deadline for making the deposit payment. Please note that if you are unable to pay a deposit because you are planning to fund your studies through an official financial sponsor then you should upload a copy of your scholarship application or award letter to your application by the deadline date.
The following guidelines will apply in determining whether or not a deposit will be refunded. Where the deposit is refunded, a 10% handling fee will be deducted.
Deposits WILL be refunded to applicants under the following circumstances:
- Where the University is unable to offer you a place.
- Where the applicant has personal circumstances such as illness, bereavement or other family situations that has prevented them coming to the UK. Medical or other proof may be requested.
- Applicant can prove that they have applied for a visa to attend the University of Glasgow, but the VISA has been refused. The applicant must have shown ‘real intent' to study at the University of Glasgow but has been unable to obtain their visa.
- Applicant does not meet his / her conditions of offer: this may be academic or language test requirements. Satisfactory evidence must be uploaded to the student’s online application to prove that they have not met the conditions of their offer (note that applicants who do not meet the language condition of their offer must show reasonable attempt to meet this, i.e. they must provide a language test which was taken after the date that the deposit was paid).
Deposits WILL NOT be refunded to applicants under the following circumstances:
- Applicant decides to go to another institution.
- Applicant cannot be released from work to study at the University of Glasgow.
- Applicant does not send completed documentation as requested in the condition of the offer: this may be required in order to prove that the offer has not been met for academic or language test conditions - failure to respond to requests for this information will result in no refund.
- Applicant has not secured funding to attend the University of Glasgow: this may be as a result of not being successful in applications for scholarships, OR simply not having sufficient funds in bank at time of visa application. This condition will apply unless it can be proven that there are clear mitigating circumstances which have significantly changed the applicant’s position since the time of application.
- Applicant has decided to defer – in this situation the University will retain the deposit and credit it against the applicant’s account for securing their place for the following year of entry.
Refund requests must be made within 60 days of the programme start date stated on your offer letter: requests made after this date will be subject to discretion.
- Fee for re-assessment of a dissertation (PGT programme): £360
- Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed: £340
- Registration/exam only fee: £160
Adam Smith Scholarship (International)
The University of Glasgow has a number of Adam Smith Scholarships available for September 2020 entry to students entering the Adam Smith Business School. The scholarship is awarded as a tuition fee discount.More Information
Adam Smith Scholarship (UK/EU)
The University of Glasgow is offering a number of Adam Smith Scholarships for September 2020 entry to UK and EU students. Scholarships are available to students entering the below Adam Smith Business School full-time postgraduate taught programmes and are awarded as a tuition fee discount.More Information
Banco de Mexico
The Mexican National Bank (Banco de Mexico) provides special loans for students who wish to undertake a programme of postgraduate study. The University of Glasgow in partnership with Bank of Mexico FIDERH is offering a fee discount to holders of a Bank of Mexico FIDERH loan. See the FIDERH website for further information.More Information
Colfuturo Fundacion para el Futuro de Colombia
The University of Glasgow offer discounts to all successful Fundacion para el Futuro de Colombia (Colfuturo) scholars who enrol at the University of Glasgow to complete a postgraduate programme.More Information
The University of Glasgow is offering 4 scholarships (one per college) for applicants to the University who are staying in the UK on humanitarian grounds and are facing challenges in progressing onto Higher Education. The scholarship is open to prospective undergraduate and postgraduate students of the University of Glasgow applying for entry in 2019. The scholarship meets the full cost of tuition fees for the duration of your programme as well providing an additional £4,000 per year stipend, if the eligibility criteria for university accommodation is met this will also be provided for the duration of your degree. For more information on the accommodation criteria please see the Residential Services section on the website.
We are also offering 4 scholarships to students who hold refugee status. This scholarship is awarded as a £5,000 per year stipend toward living costs per year of study.More Information
CONICyT (La Comsion Nacional de Investigacion Cientifica y Tecnologica de Chile)
The University of Glasgow offers a 25% discount to all successful CONICyT scholars who enrol at the University of Glasgow to complete a postgraduate programme.More Information
CONACyT (Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia) / FUNED Agreement
CONACYT offers a non-refundable scholarship, a monthly stipend and medical insurance of an approximate total of $20,000 USD (in the case of the UK, no medical insurance grant is given since students are already covered by the National Health System) The University of Glasgow offer a 30% discount to all successful CONACyT scholars who enrol at the University of Glasgow to complete a postgraduate programme.More Information
The scholarships above are specific to this programme. For more funding opportunities search the scholarships database
2.1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent in business administration, commerce or management, with at least one course in each of the following six areas:
- HRM/organisational behaviour
At least 25% of your previous degree credits should be in marketing, business strategy and statistics.
When applying for this programme, you should also submit a personal statement of around 300 words.
This should cover two areas:
- the degree to which your previous educational and professional experiences and interests make you a suitable candidate for the programme.
- the motivation for applying for this programme specifically - and how the methods and insights offered by global business will help you in the development of good management skills and practice.
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
- two sub-tests no less than 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.
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:
- School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study
- BALEAP guide to accredited courses
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 using our enquiry form
For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office using our enquiry form
We are proud of our diverse University community which attracts students and staff from over 140 different countries.
How to apply
To apply for a postgraduate taught degree you must apply online. We cannot accept applications any other way.
Please check you meet the Entry requirements for this programme before you begin your application.
As part of your online application, you also need to submit the following supporting 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)
- One reference letter 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)
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 supporting documents such as your final transcript or your language test.
For more information about submitting documents or other topics related to applying to a postgraduate taught programme, check Frequently Asked Questions
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.
Reference: Please provide one reference. This should typically be an academic reference but in cases where this is not possible then a reference from a current employer may be accepted instead. Certain programmes, such as the MBA programme, may also accept an employer reference. If you already have a copy of a reference on letter headed paper then please upload this to your application. If you do not already have a reference to upload then please enter your referee’s name and contact details on the online application and we will contact your referee directly.
Standard application deadlines
- International applications (non-EU): 21 July 2020
- UK and EU applications: 25 August 2020
Classes start September 2020 and you may be expected to attend induction sessions the week before.Apply now