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Each year an international consortium of outstanding business schools from around the world organise a summer school for advanced management (ESSAM). Every summer ESSAM attracts MBA students from all over the world for a two-week intensive programme consisting of lectures, workshops, a consulting project and company visits.

Date: Sunday 23 June 2019 - Saturday 6 July 2019
Location: Crichton Campus, Dumfries, DG1 4ZL
Category: MBA summer school open to registered MBA students only


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.
• 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.

ESSAM theme

The Dumfries and Galloway region provides a challenging backdrop for an explorative and productive 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, industrial 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 project. 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 school 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

Electives will be drawn from leading academics predominantly from ESSAM consortium schools and will address entrepreneurial issues around regional, industrial 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 2019 fee for registered MBA students is 4050 GBP however students from Consortium universities and business schools pay a reduced fee. The fee includes accommodation for one person, most meals, course materials and visits. Further information on fees is available on request.

How to apply*

Registration will open in November 2018. If you wish to register your interest, please email business-essam@glasgow.ac.uk

*please note there are only limited spaces available