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ESSAM 2019



The ESSAM 2019 programme will once again be based at the Crichton Campus in Dumfries, Scotland. Drawing upon the resources and contacts of both the School of Interdisciplinary Studies and the Adam Smith Business School, ESSAM will be led by Dr Javier Yanez-Arenas, the Director of the Glasgow MBA. An exciting, challenging and engaging programme awaits our 2019 participants:

  • A Core based around development and growth at the regional, industry and business level, delivering innovative and entrepreneurial outcomes. 
  • A choice of three bespoke ESSAM Electives around a general theme of entrepreneurship and innovation linked to growth and development.
  • A unique opportunity to work alongside local enterprises on a consultancy basis to deliver development and growth.
  • A truly Scottish cultural programme designed to build an affinity with the Adam Smith Business School, the region and your cohort.


The Dumfries and Galloway region provides a challenging backdrop for an explorative, productive and intensive summer school. The region has a strong growth agenda as does its industry and commerce. ESSAM, through both its entrepreneurial theme and its engagement with local enterprises, will provide you with the tools and insights to inspire, lead and deliver development and growth. 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 flare and creativity.  Both will combine to produce meaningful outcomes for locally-based businesses.

Team-based Consultancy Project

A central feature of ESSAM is the team-based consultancy projects. Participants are assigned to a project team and provided with a challenging brief.  Guidance and support is provided by faculty, and the whole experience is facilitated by sponsoring enterprises. Each client expects to see well-informed solutions to development and growth agendas that are entrepreneurial, achievable and sustainable. At the end of the programme, each team will present a consultancy report to the sponsoring enterprise and faculty.  A 'dragons den' format will determine who will walk away with the ESSAM 2019 grand entrepreneurial prize.

Core & Electives

Core and Electives will be drawn from leading academics, predominantly from ESSAM consortium schools, and will address entrepreneurial issues around regional, industry and business level development and growth. The Electives together with Core sessions, sourced from internationally-renowned academics and regional, national and international entrepreneurs, provide a context and platform for both personal and business development.

The assessment of ESSAM 2019 has three components:

1. Individual written assignment on the Core – 40%
2. Individual written assignment on the chosen Elective – 40%
3. Group Project written report – 20%




The 2019 fee for registered MBA students is £4,000 GBP however students from Consortium universities and business schools pay a reduced fee. The fee includes accommodation for one person, meals, course materials and visits. Further information on fees is available on request by emailing

Who Can Apply?

ESSAM 2019 is open to both full-time and part-time currently registered MBA students. 

How To Apply

Registration is now open for ESSAM 2019. To apply, 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. 

The final deadline for applications is 5 April 2019. Limited places are available, therefore early registration is strongly recommended. 

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For enquiries, please email

Visa Requirements for International Students

If you are a non-EU national, you will require a Short-term Study visa in order to take part in ESSAM 2019.  You should refer to University of Glasgow International Student Support and Visas (select Short-term Study visa) for the latest information regarding student visas to ascertain if you require a visa and the criteria you will have to fulfill.

English Language Requirements

If your MBA is not taught at an English Language-speaking MBA school, please note the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level 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 

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.


Privacy Notice

Privacy Notice for European Summer School of Advanced Management (ESSAM)

Your Personal Data
The University of Glasgow will be what’s known as the ‘Data Controller’ of your personal data processed in relation to your attendance at the European Summer School of Advanced Management (ESSAM) on the 23 June - 6 July 2019. This Privacy Notice will explain how the University will process your personal data.

Why we need it
We collect your basic personal data in order to process your ESSAM application and for further administration. If your application to ESSAM 2019 is successful, we will collect your basic personal data in order to promote ESSAM for marketing and promotional purposes in the ways which are specifically detailed in a Media Consent Form which we will give you and ask you to complete, sign and date. We will only collect data that we need in order to fulfil and oversee this.

Legal basis for processing your data
We must have a legal basis for processing all personal data. In this instance, the legal basis is ‘Consent’.

What we do with it and who we share it with
All the personal data you submit is processed by ESSAM staff at the University of Glasgow in the UK. We will contact you for feedback after ESSAM has finished.

How long do we keep it for
Your data will be retained by the University for up to three years. After this time, data will be securely deleted. However, I understand that some images, recordings or written comments may be kept permanently once they are published and be kept as an archive of University life.

What are your rights?
You can request access to the information we process about you at any time. If at any point you believe that the information we process relating to you is incorrect, you can request to see this information and may in some instances request to have it restricted, corrected or, erased. You may also have the right to object to the processing of data and the right to data portability.

As we are using ‘Consent’ as the legal basis to process y`our personal data, you also have the right to withdraw your consent at any time.

If you wish to exercise any of these rights, please contact

If you wish to raise a complaint on how we have handled your personal data, you can contact the University Data Protection Officer who will investigate the matter. Our Data Protection Officer can be contacted at

If you are not satisfied with our response or believe we are not processing your personal data in accordance with the law, you can complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)

Contact details
If you have any questions relating to this consent form or the way we are planning to use your information please contact: Ela Zych-Watson

Terms and Conditions

ESSAM 2019 Terms and Conditions

  1. Payment must be received in full by The University of Glasgow by 30 April 2019 at the latest.
  2. In the event that payment is not received from a student (or their institution), the reservation will be cancelled. 
  3. In the event of cancellation or withdrawal before 1 May 2019, 50% of the total fee will be refunded. 
  4. In the event of cancellation or withdrawal after 1 May 2019, no refunds will be granted (except in exceptional circumstances - subject to the organiser’s discretion).
  5. Applicants are advised to include this contingency in their insurance.