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MBA Master of Business Administration


Course Description

Introduction

Transform your ambitions. Advance your career.
The Stirling MBA is unique in the way it focuses detailed attention on the practices, processes and outcomes of managing in a range of contexts: from a large multinational to a small enterprise, from local to global. An emphasis on Responsible Leadership, Sustainable Strategy, Creativity and Change helps inform contemporary debates about how to effectively manage limited resources with maximum impact. Classes are founded on cutting edge research and will challenge how you think about the world and how you can make a positive difference in a range of organisational settings.
Established in 1985, the Stirling MBA combines academic theory with real-life business case study analysis which will equip students with the awareness, knowledge, tools and techniques that are essential for dealing with business challenges in their parts of the world. The course offers a critical coverage of functional areas of business and management (accounting and finance, marketing, economics, operations management and human resource management) that are essential for effective management. This forms the basis upon which advanced modules are introduced that provide a strategic understanding of key concerns that are pertinent in business today.
The Stirling MBA is designed to transform capable managers into successful, significant business leaders. Its focus on combining clear strategic thinking with the ability to recognise and respond to the important details, which will equip you for success in today’s dynamic global market where sustainable, responsible growth has to be achieved against a background of constant change. Constant change requires individuals to cope with ambiguity and complexity in everyday organisational situations requiring novel and often counter intuitive responses. ‌
Delivered by academics of the highest calibre, many of them internationally respected authorities in their field. The Stirling MBA will give you the confidence and resilience to respond to continually developing circumstances, the skills to build and lead a team, and the theoretical and practical knowledge to successfully manage through the pressures and challenges of the modern business environment.
The major functions of organisations – accounting and finance, marketing, economics, operations management and human resource management are integrated through our strategic orientation, which aims to develop group and team management, organisational analysis and communications and influencing skills.

Key information

- Degree type: MBA
- Study methods: Full-time
- Duration: 12 months
- Start date: September
- Course Director: Professor George Burt

Course objectives

Understanding business in terms of inclusion, environmental, cultural, social and economic sustainability is central to the Stirling MBA. These concerns and perspectives are explored in particular in the context of emerging economies with the explicit intent of providing a different business education. Throughout the world, such issues are taken increasingly seriously as a response to the current financial crisis and the Stirling MBA is the first MBA course in Scotland that is specifically designed to cater to this important agenda.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
- IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C
- Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component
- IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17

For more information go to English language requirements https://www.stir.ac.uk/study-in-the-uk/entry-requirements/english/

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View the range of pre-sessional courses http://www.intohigher.com/uk/en-gb/our-centres/into-university-of-stirling/studying/our-courses/course-list/pre-sessional-english.aspx .

Career opportunities

Where are our graduates now?
Stirling MBA alumni are currently working in countries across the globe, including the UK, Germany, India, USA, Japan, China, Canada, Uganda, Chile, Australia and the United Arab Emirates to name but a few.
Employers of our graduates span the private, public and voluntary sectors. These include: Citibank International, HSBC, KPMG, ExxonMobil, the Bank of China, L’Oreal, Barclays Bank, Adidas, Royal Bank of Canada, Vodaphone as well as various governmental agencies.
Positions secured in the last two years by MBA graduates include:
- Research Analyst (India)
- Relationship Manager (Japan)
- Salesforce Developer (UK)
- Strategic Planning Manager (South Korea)
- Commercial Account Manager (Canada)

MBA students, who had graduated from Stirling between five to ten years ago, now hold the following positions:
- Marketing Manager (Germany)
- Business Analyst (India)
- Investment Operations Specialist (UK)
- Section Manager (Japan)
- Vice President (Business Development) (Canada)

In terms of longer term career progression, students from the Stirling MBA are now in positions such as:
- Director (Hong Kong)
- Senior Vice President (Malaysia)
- Strategic Consultant (Germany)
- Managing Director (UK)
- Chief Financial Officer (East Europe)
- Chief Administrative Officer (Tanzania)

Employability

Our students learn great transferable skills through doing, for example, masterclasses and simulated games. Throughout the year students will learn and will have the opportunity to improve their presentational skills, their ability to research and analyse complex data.

Industry connections

Stirling Management School has excellent links with local, national and international organisations. Senior executives from across the private, public and third sectors regularly engage with our MBA students, providing a practical perspective on contemporary business topics through a series of guest lectures and workshops.
Students have recently learned from representatives from IBM, The Social Enterprise Academy, Morgan Stanley, The Co-operative Group, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, The Chartered Management Institute, Skyscanner, International Co-operative Alliance and Dell.
Stirling MBA students have also benefitted from recent site visits to external organisations such as Bloomberg, The Scottish Parliament, Scott & Fyfe Ltd, Baxters Food Group, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, The Bank of England, and New Lanark Visitor Centre.

Visit the MBA Master of Business Administration page on the University of Stirling website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Vivek Manchanda

How did your time at Stirling prepare you for life after graduation?
The programme was really well designed which really helped you to understand and focus on your career plans. During the MBA we had to prepare many presentations in groups or individually, which helped increase my confidence to speak in front of people. We had many guest lectures from professional people which helped me develop an understanding of UK business culture and working conditions.

Briefly describe your career history to date:
Prior to starting my MBA, I worked as a salesforce developing in India for two years with a company called ASTADIA. After I graduated, I joined Excelian Ltd as a Salesforce Developer, and now I am working as a Salesforce Consultant.

How did you get into your current job?
I got contacted by job agents, and as I was looking for the same job which I used to do in India, it was quite easy to enter the market.

Describe a typical working day:
My current job involves developing company internal CRM (Customer Relationship Management) systems using salesforce (online CRM platform 'Cloud based'), as well as developing company websites and different kinds of client and employees portals.

List three things you love about your job:
New challenges; learning more about business; and the co-operative atmosphere.

List three things that you dislike about your job:
Timing...as an IT firm employee, there are no proper working hours - sometimes you have to work for eight hours and sometimes even eleven hours in a day.

What advice would you give to current students and recent graduates?
I would advise all the students that they should start doing market study about the new technologies and job market in their last semester/year. If they have any past experience, they should continue in the same field as this will give them plus points to enter the market. I have seen many students who try to change their fields after doing an MBA or other masters course which makes it really hard for them to get a good job due to no experience.

(Student Profile)

Jorg Milles

1. What influenced you to choose Stirling Management School to study your course?
Stirling University is situated in the centre of Scotland and has a beautiful campus. At the same time Edinburgh and Glasgow are easy to reach.

2. What are the benefits you found as a result of studying at Stirling?
The international environment in the MBA and in my student accommodation enabled me to realise that things are seen in different ways depending on the background of people.

3. What specific feature(s) did you like most about the course?
Change Management module with Prof. B Burnes.

4. What advice would you give to prospective students considering coming to Stirling?
Start thinking about your dissertation topic a.s.a.p

5. What impact do you think your studies will have on your future career?
With a degree from Stirling University it should be easier to target a career abroad (in the UK).

(Student Profile)

Vikash Kumar

After I graduated, I started working for Lycatel as the Area Manager for Scotland and Northern Ireland. I then decided to set up my own company, UK Telecom Distribution LTD and have recently launched a calling card for the UK and Ireland.

(Student Profile)

Sandeep Joshi

Describe your career history to date?
In addition to the enormous libraries and online portals which I had access to during my MBA, the learning came to me through a different medium…the people. I fought my way through the various academic challenges that came my way and in no time, the enriching experience came to an end. I was high on ambitions and whilst a student, I continued my research on the best ways of grabbing employment opportunities in the UK. But unfortunately, my graduation was around the same time when recession was at its ugliest best. I found myself in crossfire where a single job advertised attracts thousands of applications. My ‘big break’ came in the form of a 3 month internship with a growing Financial Training and Consultancy Company. I knew that this wasn’t the time to celebrate. This was the time to prove myself to be an irreplaceable unit of the workforce. No company would get rid of someone who they understand handles responsibilities / departments which would struggle without his/her contribution. I played to my strengths and ensured that neither my growth in the company stops nor my learning. This has paid off as my company considered me an asset too valuable to lose and have provided me a three-year sponsorship which they commit to extend for another three when the time comes. It is certainly a matter of pride for me that bespoke tools I developed are being used extensively by companies like the National Health Service in the UK and the British Council worldwide. And when I trace my footsteps back to my first day in the country, I would say it was well worth it for me.

Although no form of training can really prepare you enough for the ‘real world’; the Stirling MBA certainly opened me up to a world of opportunities. My time at Stirling enabled me to focus on building up my skill-set and create that extra edge that I would never develop if I had remained in the protected environment of my own country.

My advice for aspirants would not just be to work hard, but to work smart. Analyse your market, get the know-how and strategize your way to your dream job. But to begin with, grab the bull by its horns and grab every learning opportunity that comes your way.

(Student Profile)

Onyesobusie (Eso) Gwam

In what way did your time at Stirling shape your career to date?
The MBA programme at Stirling helped me develop a deeper understanding of 21st-century business management. Apart from the well structured management modules which have exposed me to contemporary business issues, I also picked up public speaking skills as a result of taking part in several seminar presentations. The Stirling MBA developed my research skills a great deal, my previous job was in management consulting and this required quite a lot of research. My MBA improved my financial literacy too in terms of interpreting financial statements. During an interview I was asked to name all the items that would typically be found on a trading profit and loss account and I was able to name them without really thinking about it, that was the MBA kicking in!

What advice would you give to current students in terms of preparing for life after graduation?
Don't think an MBA is an automatic ticket to a 6 or 7 figure salary, sometimes you have to compromise on the huge salary in order to develop the skills and experiences that will land you the big thing. When I was initially searching for work in the UK and here in Nigeria, I got frustrated quickly because I wasn't getting the kind of offers that I felt an MBA 'deserves' but now I know that flexibility is important when trying to settle down after taking a break from work. Flexibility and an open mind are very important.

(Student Profile)

Anuj Aggarwal

Thanks to the diverse bunch of students, the international exposure was second to none. The interactive and practical approach to education was very different and far more effective, than what i was used to in India. Stirling is among the top places to experience the best of British country side and a modern metropolitan living, this combination makes it a winner in my book.

(Student Profile)

Vivek Manchanda

How did your time at Stirling prepare you for life after graduation?
The programme was really well designed which really helped you to understand and focus on your career plans. During the MBA we had to prepare many presentations in groups or individually, which helped increase my confidence to speak in front of people. We had many guest lectures from professional people which helped me develop an understanding of UK business culture and working conditions.

Briefly describe your career history to date:
Prior to starting my MBA, I worked as a salesforce developing in India for two years with a company called ASTADIA. After I graduated, I joined Excelian Ltd as a Salesforce Developer, and now I am working as a Salesforce Consultant.

How did you get into your current job?
I got contacted by job agents, and as I was looking for the same job which I used to do in India, it was quite easy to enter the market.

Describe a typical working day:
My current job involves developing company internal CRM (Customer Relationship Management) systems using salesforce (online CRM platform 'Cloud based'), as well as developing company websites and different kinds of client and employees portals.

List three things you love about your job:
New challenges; learning more about business; and the co-operative atmosphere.

List three things that you dislike about your job:
Timing...as an IT firm employee, there are no proper working hours - sometimes you have to work for eight hours and sometimes even eleven hours in a day.

What advice would you give to current students and recent graduates?
I would advise all the students that they should start doing market study about the new technologies and job market in their last semester/year. If they have any past experience, they should continue in the same field as this will give them plus points to enter the market. I have seen many students who try to change their fields after doing an MBA or other masters course which makes it really hard for them to get a good job due to no experience.

(Student Profile)

Eric Tan

Describe your career history to date:
I’m a Senior Executive with 23 years of International MNC management experience in APAC including Japan. I’ve managed and developed senior staff in APAC countries with different cultures. I have proven business acumen through successful negotiation and completion of many multi-million pound projects in various countries (China, Thailand Singapore, private and public sectors). I have a strong track record in meeting P&L/Op Inc. responsibilities. In-charge and participated in a number of M&A negotiations and implementations. I’ve built up sales channel from the ground in China and gained major market shares in difficult economic environment. I’m well respected and regarded in various industries and by peers, superiors and business associates globally.

How has your Stirling degree helped you in job-seeking and career progression?
My Stirling MBA allowed me to accelerate my progress to senior management position and to be recognised by my peers in a cross cultural environment.

What kind of contacts did you make at Stirling and how did these help you?
I didn’t make significant contacts although I made some new friends when I revisited the campus on a few occasions after I graduated.

How did your experience at Stirling differ from that of friends and colleagues who studied elsewhere?
I am able to stand out compared to those who did their MBA in Singapore or part-time. Scottish business is also well recognised in the Far East.

What made you choose Stirling?
I chose the University because of its beautiful campus and that it is part of the Scottish Business School.

How did you enhance your CV to break into your chosen sector?
The MBA added and enhanced my knowledge gained through my work experience. Is your career what you expected or has anything changed? My career progressed as I planned it and it increased my geographical coverage beyond my expectations.

What other activities would you recommend to build up your skill set?
I’d recommend you join industries networking organisations be prepared to look beyond your home country for opportunities.

What advice can you give to current students?
Do networking with students from other countries to gain cultural insight. Exercise good independent decision making and get a good result. Do your best in whatever you choose and believe in it, but remember to have plan B.

(Student Profile)

Dr Tikhala Chibwana

Stirling University is literally set in a wonderful park but the MBA programme was no stroll in the park. It was demanding as it was exciting. The academic teaching and supervision stretched me to the limit while equipping me for future challenges. It was a turning point in my career. I got a world class qualification from a world class university in a world class setting. With colleagues from over thirty countries, the term global village just took a new meaning for me. The Stirling experience is like no other and I would not hesitate to recommend it for anyone thinking of post graduate studies.

(Student Profile)

Geoff Reeser

As a student looking for international experience, picking Stirling was the best decision I could have made. It provided a rare blend of an engaging curriculum, personable and approachable staff, and a diverse, spirited student body – all of this, at Europe’s doorstep, the beauty and charm of Central Scotland. In a globalised world it is our ability to transcend international and cultural boundaries that sets us apart. My programme contained a fascinating mixture of students from Europe, North America, Asia and Africa. This exposure to other cultures was both a pleasant surprise, and by far the most rewarding experience I had in Scotland. Stirling has truly unlocked the power of diversity. Returning home to Canada in a truly difficult job market, this international experience and exposure to diversity was a tremendous differentiator. I was able to quickly find employment in my field of choice as a Commercial Account Manager with the Royal Bank of Canada. I owe this success largely to my experience at Stirling.


Scholarships

Entry Requirements

A minimum of a second class Honours degree or equivalent. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. While at least three years’ work experience is normally required, candidates with less but who have an outstanding academic record may be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

Course Fees

2015/16: Home/EU £12,950; Overseas £15,400


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