How to apply

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ESSAM 2020 is cancelled due to the latest guidance regarding Covid-19. Registration is therefore closed for ESSAM 2020.

To transfer your existing booking to ESSAM 2021, or receive notification when ESSAM 2021 registration is open, please contact Ela Zych-Watson at

ESSAM 2021 will be open to both full-time and part-time currently registered MBA students. To apply when registration opens, you will need to complete an online application form and provide a personal statement and a CV (two pages maximum) describing your managerial roles and responsibilities. Please note a minimum of three years management experience is required for ESSAM. 

Contact us for further information on ESSAM 2021


• Consortium Universities students £3,080 (GBP)
• Friends of ESSAM Universities students £3,520 (GBP)
• Standard ESSAM fee £4,200 (GBP)

Your fee includes the two-week programme tuition, shuttle bus transfer from and to Glasgow and Edinburgh airports, transfer from Glasgow to Dumfries, ensuite accommodation for one person, meals, course materials, company visits, cultural and social activities and excursions.

Please contact the ESSAM team to check if you qualify for Consortium Universities or Friends of ESSAM Universities reduced rate fees. Please note the fees listed above are for 2020 and may change for 2021. 


English language requirements

If your MBA is not taught at an English language-speaking Business School, please note the University of Glasgow sets a minimum English language proficiency level for ESSAM and you must provide proof of:

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