Postgraduate taught 

International Management & Design Innovation MSc

Designers working on plans

This programme has been developed to help you understand how design in practice operates and to examine its importance to a modern international company. This degree is offered as a partnership between the Glasgow School of Art (GSA) and the Adam Smith Business School, with your time spent equally between the two institutions. If your degree background is in design and you want to expand your horizons into business, or you have a degree in management and you want to develop your design skills, then this Masters is for you.

  • MSc: 12 months full-time

Why this programme

  • International Management & Design will provide you with a detailed understanding of how design is relevant to the industry. You will learn how design drives social and economic development and innovation.
  • You will engage with classmates and staff who have a range of experience and expertise to help you tackle complex problems, and view issues from a variety of angles, such as the economic, socio-cultural and behavioural factors that play into successful innovation.
  • You will develop decision-making and problem solving skills around management and design through a range of group and individual activities. Your critical and strategic thinking will also be enhanced through case studies and opportunities to engage in critiques used to generate peer/academic debate.
  • You will be equipped with the ability to initiate, manage and deliver innovations in a collaborative and user-led manner, with the consideration of the business environment.
  • This Masters also offers a Winter School, which is a custom designed course taught in the Glasgow School of Art’s centre in the North of Scotland. This is part of an international programme with students from design schools in France, Italy and Germany.

Adam Smith Business School is triple accredited

Programme structure

The emphasis is on learning by doing and requires a lot of collaborative work with your fellow students to simulate a real work environment. You will take eight core courses, and complete a substantial independent piece of work in the form of a project or dissertation. Teaching is through a combination of lectures, seminars, project work and classes in study skills. The business and management lectures will take place at the University of Glasgow and the Glasgow School of Art will provide you with practical design workshops and studio sessions. 

Core courses

  • Business finance
  • Contemporary issues in human resources
  • Contextual practices (GSA)
  • Collaborative practices (GSA)
  • Managing strategic change
  • Marketing management
  • Operations management
  • Service design: User-led service innovation (GSA).

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.

Career prospects

This programme will allow you to pursue careers in either new small companies or international businesses. Recent graduates have found jobs in smaller and less established companies such as Flemingo International and Lavastorm in the UK whilst others have returned to their home countries to roles in international businesses. We have a dedicated careers and employability team who provide 1-2-1 support and advice, group workshops, employer events on campus and networking opportunities throughout the year to help you with your career prospects.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2019-20

MSc

Home and EU

  • Full-time fee: £11250

International

  • Full-time fee: £21020

For applicants starting in 2018 please refer to the 2018-19 fees table.

Fee information is subject to change and is for guidance only

Additional fees

  • Fee for re-assessment of a dissertation (PGT programme): £360
  • Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed: £320
  • Registration/exam only fee: £150

Funding opportunities

Sichuan University

The University of Glasgow offer a 20% discount to Sichuan University 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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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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Adam Smith Business School Excellence Scholarships

The University of Glasgow has a number of Adam Smith Business School Excellence Scholarships available for 2019 entry to students entering the Adam Smith Business School. The scholarship is awarded as a tuition fee discount. 

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Adam Smith Business School Excellence Scholarships (Global Study)

The University of Glasgow is offering 2 Adam Smith Business School Excellence Scholarships for 2019 entry to students who have been supported in their application by our representative Global Study. The scholarship is available to students entering the Adam Smith Business School and are awarded as a tuition fee discount.

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Adam Smith Business School Excellence Scholarships (IDP)

The University of Glasgow is offering 10 Adam Smith Business School Excellence Scholarships for 2019 entry for students who have been supported in their application by our representative IDP. The scholarship is available to students entering the Adam Smith Business School and are awarded as a tuition fee discount.

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Adam Smith Business School Excellence Scholarships (Inova)

The University of Glasgow is offering 2 Adam Smith Business School Excellence Scholarships for 2019 entry to students who have been supported in their application by our representative Inova. The scholarship is available to students entering the Adam Smith Business School and are awarded as a tuition fee discount.

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Adam Smith Business School Excellence Scholarships (McDucation)

The University of Glasgow is offering 2 Adam Smith Business School Excellence Scholarships for 2019 entry to students who have been supported in their application by our representative McDucation. The scholarship is available to students entering the Adam Smith Business School and are awarded as a tuition fee discount.

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Adam Smith Business School Excellence Scholarships (Nigeria)

The University of Glasgow is offering 4 Adam Smith Business School Excellence Scholarships for 2019 entry to students from Nigeria entering the Adam Smith Business School. The scholarship is awarded as a tuition fee discount. 

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Adam Smith Business School Excellence Scholarships (SI-UK)

The University of Glasgow is offering 6 Adam Smith Business School Excellence Scholarships for 2019 entry for students who have been supported in their application by our representative SI-UK. The scholarship is available to students entering the Adam Smith Business School and are awarded as a tuition fee discount.

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Adam Smith Business School Excellence Scholarships (The Chopras)

The University of Glasgow is offering 2 Adam Smith Business School Excellence Scholarships for 2019 entry to students who have been supported in their application by our representative the Chopras. The scholarship is available to students entering the Adam Smith Business School and are awarded as a tuition fee discount.

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Adam Smith Business School Excellence Scholarships (UKEAS)

The University of Glasgow is offering 2 Adam Smith Business School Excellence Scholarships for 2019 entry to students who have been supported in their application by our representative UKEAS. The scholarship is available to students entering the Adam Smith Business School and are awarded as a tuition fee discount.

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ESRC SDS Collaborative Studentship: Explaining employer engagement with apprenticeships

Available to study a PhD in the Adam Smith Business School in the College of Social Sciences under the supervision of Professor Melanie Simms (Management, Adam Smith Business School)

Level of Study PhD (or 1+3 – Masters then a PhD)

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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 of Glasgow Chancellors Award

The University of Glasgow has a total of 20 Chancellors Awards available. The Award is available to students entering any of the University’s Colleges and are awarded as a tuition fee discount.

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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. The scholarship is awarded as a tuition fees discount.

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University of Glasgow African Excellence Fee Waiver

For September 2019 academic session we are offering 10 scholarship worth the full tuition fee of a one year Masters programme to to academically excellent students from Africa. 

If you study here you will benefit from our extensive  knowledge, state-of-the-art facilities and pioneering teaching methods. Studying at Glasgow will prepare you for a wide variety of careers that are in demand internationally and also for future research and study.

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African Excellence Scholarship (UKEAS)

The University of Glasgow is offering 1 exclusive scholarship to students from either Nigeria or Ghana who have been supported in their application by our representative UKEAS.  The scholarship is available to students entering any of the University’s Colleges to undertake a one year Masters programme.

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Postgraduate Talent Scholarships

The University of Glasgow awards Postgraduate Talent Scholarships each academic year to support students who could face financial difficulties in taking up their place to study at the University. The value of each scholarship is £2,000 and they are for students undertaking a one or two year Taught Masters programme, in any of the University’s Colleges. For two year Taught Masters programmes, the scholarship is available in year one only. 

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PGT Excellence Scholarship

The University of Glasgow has a total of 28 PGT Excellence Awards available to UK and EU Students. Scholarships are available to students entering any of the University’s colleges and are awarded as a tuition fee discount.

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African Excellence Scholarship (Uniserv)

The University of Glasgow is offering 1 exclusive scholarship to students from either Kenya, Tanzania or Uganda who have been supported in their application by our representative in these countries – Uniserv Ltd.  The scholarship is available to students entering any of the University’s Colleges to undertake a one year Masters programme.

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Glasgow Kerala Scholarship

Following the severe floods which impacted the Indian state of Kerala, the University of Glasgow is offering 4 exclusive scholarships to students from this area and who are facing challenges in progressing onto postgraduate education. The scholarship is available to students entering any of the University’s Colleges to undertake a one year Masters programme in 2019-2020.

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Alumni Discount

The University offers a 10% discount on all Postgraduate Research and full Postgraduate Taught Masters programmes to its alumni. This includes University of Glasgow graduates and those who have completed a Study Abroad programme or the Erasmus Programme at the University of Glasgow. The discount applies to all full-time, part-time and online programmes.

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Master's Loan England only

If you’re starting a master’s degree, you could get a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,609 to help with course fees and living costs. You have to repay your Postgraduate Master’s Loan at the same time as any other student loans you have. You’ll be charged interest from the day you get the first payment.

If you’re studying by distance learning, you can also apply.

Examples of postgraduate master’s qualifications include:

  • MSc (Master of Science)
  • MA (Master of Arts)
  • MPhil (Master of Philosophy)
  • MRes (Master of Research)
  • LLM (Master of Law)
  • MLitt (Master of Letters)
  • MFA (Master of Fine Art)
  • MEd (Master of Education)
  • MBA (Master of Business Administration)

If you plan to study for Master of Architecture (MArch) or an Integrated Master’s qualification, you should apply for undergraduate support

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

Entry requirements

2.1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent in business and management, design, or a related discipline. Your degree must contain at least 20% of undergraduate credits in business and management and/or economics or design. Consideration may be given to graduates with design experience. Those who do not have such a background who would like to pursue further studies in the area of management are advised to apply for MSc Management.

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.

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

International students

We are proud of our diverse University community which attracts students and staff from over 140 different countries. Find out more about visa requirements, and the support we offer:

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.

Documents

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.

Application deadlines

International applications (non-EU) deadline

  • Application phase 1 deadline: 15 December 2018
  • Application phase 2 deadline: 31 March 2019
  • Application phase 3 deadline: 30 June 2019

Please note that applications in each application phase are normally considered up to the dates noted above, however the programme may close early if all available places for that phase are taken.

As we receive a great number of applications, prospective students are only allowed to apply once per year.

UK and EU Application deadline

  • 25 August 2019
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