Programme

ESSAM 2020 Male student speaking at ESSAM presentation day

ESSAM 2020 will be led by Dr Javier Yanez-Arenas, the Director of the Glasgow MBA. The teaching process is an intensive mix of lectures, group work, presentations, discussions and individual study. ESSAM 2020 has a central theme of Development and Growth at a Regional, Industry and Business level. 

An exciting, challenging and engaging programme awaits our 2020 participants:

  • A Core based around the central theme and equipping participants to leverage their resources
  • Choose from 3 Electives based around entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Team-based consultancy projects working with local businesses
  • A Scottish cultural and social programme  

"Thank you for the best highlight of my MBA journey" - Chirag Bansal Loughborough University

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Theme

Development and Growth at a Regional, Industry and Business Level

The Core theme will unpack the opportunities and challenges at a regional, industry and business level, while the Electives will provide both a theoretical and practical underpinning - enabling entrepreneurial flair and creativity. 

Through both its entrepreneurial focus and its engagement with local businesses, ESSAM will provide you with the tools and insights to support you to lead and deliver development and growth.

Glasgow is one of Europe's most vibrant and dynamic cities, with the fastest-growing major city economy in the UK and a diverse business, finance and industry base. Dumfries, in the southern Scotland region of Dumfries and Galloway, provides a strong growth agenda as does its industry and commerce. Both centres deliver a challenging backdrop for an explorative, productive and intensive MBA international summer school.


Core & Electives

Core and Electives will be delivered by leading academics, predominantly from ESSAM consortium schools, and will address entrepreneurial issues around the central theme and equipping participants to leverage their resources. The Electives together with Core sessions, provide a context and platform for both personal and business development.

Students choose one of three Electives:

  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Corporate Entrepreneurship as Strategy  

Team-based consultancy project

The team-based consultancy project is a highlight for many of our students. Working in teams, you will respond to a challenging client brief centred around ESSAM’s central theme. Guidance and support are provided by faculty, and the whole experience is facilitated by local industry partners. At the end of the programme, each team will produce a consultancy report and present to the company and faculty, with a panel of judges determining who will win the ESSAM 2020 grand prize.


ESSAM Credits & Assessment

The assessment of ESSAM 2020 has three components:

  • Individual written assignment on the Core – 40%
  • Individual written assignment on the chosen Elective – 40%
  • Group Project – 20%

Credits

National credits and grades are awarded by the individual participant's home university based on the ECTS credits and grades achieved (ECTS = European Course Credit Transfer System). The University of Glasgow will provide the grades based on its own marking system and each individual’s home university may adjust as required by their system. 

ESSAM suggests 10 ECTS for the full programme.


Social & Cultural Programme

During ESSAM 2020 students will have the opportunity to join in several social and cultural activities, including semi-formal dinners, an Awards Dinner, Ceilidh - Scottish traditional Scottish music and dancing - and cultural excursions.

We encourage students to join in with these opportunities as they are an excellent way of getting to know other ESSAM participants and to experience Scotland.