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