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Master of Business Administration with a specialism in Leadership Studies (MBA)

Course Description

Why this course?

The MBA with a specialism in Leadership Studies has been developed by Strathclyde Business School (SBS) and the Leadership Trust Foundation (LTF).

Our aim is to develop directors and high-potential managers into outstanding leaders in their own specialist business fields. The programme is valuable for those in the private, public and voluntary sectors.

Good leadership skills are essential for directors and senior managers to run their businesses effectively. With the challenges of the 21st century, these skills are now even more in demand.

See the website https://www.strath.ac.uk/courses/postgraduatetaught/mba-leadership/

Specialist features

The course structure combines an understanding of business functions, strategy and strategic thinking with an understanding of the leadership process and the practical development of leadership skills.

You’ll enhance your self-awareness, self-control and self-confidence through personal experience of practical leadership and teamwork situations.

We provide you with an innovative range of learning approaches to suit your own circumstances and you’ll gain a unique mix of practical leadership skills from one of Europe’s foremost leadership development organisations.

We offer the academic depth and rigour expected of a top university business school.

Benefits of the MBA with a specialism in Leadership Studies

- For you
You’ll gain a better understanding of yourself and how others perceive you in your leadership role.
Exposed to key business management and leadership theories and practices, you'll have an unparalleled opportunity to develop your strategic and behavioural leadership skills.
You’ll gain a greater understanding of business management and will be able to lead your people more effectively, and will have the opportunity for networking through an outstanding international alumni network.
We have thousands of members worldwide, many of whom have reached the highest positions in their fields.

- For your organisation
By supporting your directors or managers on the MBA in Leadership programme, you'll be helping determine the long-term success of your organisation.
A survey conducted by an independent consultancy on behalf of The Leadership Trust Foundation found that strong leadership qualities are the most important factor for achieving optimum performance at board and senior management levels.

Flexible study routes

The MBA with a specialism in Leadership Studies can be taken as part of the Flexible Learning route. It’s designed to fit with your demanding work responsibilities.

Usually, you'll take the course part-time on a modular basis over three years but it can also be taken from between two years and six years.

Based on the core curriculum of the Strathclyde MBA, the programme uses a combination of formal courses, self-study through supported distance learning, practical training and project work.


Less than 1% of business schools in the world hold "triple accreditation", and Strathclyde is one of them. The three international accrediting bodies are:
- The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
- The European Quality Improvement System
- The Association of MBAs

To gain accreditation by one of these bodies is an achievement in itself. To gain accreditation by all three bodies is a truly outstanding accomplishment and one we're proud of.

- Association of Masters of Business Administration (AMBA)
You’re eligible to join AMBA after enrolment on an MBA course.

Entry requirements

Our selection process is designed to identify talented professionals from a wide range of academic, business and cultural backgrounds.

While there are formal requirements for entry listed below, we take into consideration:
- your potential
- your interpersonal and team working qualities
- the range and nature of your managerial experience

In order to assess these skills we ask you to complete a number of essays outlining your experience and aspirations alongside references supporting your work experience and academic record.

We may ask you to undertake a formal interview to discuss your achievements and aspirations. We would encourage you to visit the school or centre you’re applying to and to ask as many questions as you need to clarify your decision.

Qualifications & experience

For entry to the MBA with a specialism in leadership studies programme you must:
- hold a degree from a UK university, or equivalent academic qualification from a comparable non-UK institution. If you studied for your undergraduate degree at a non-UK institution we will need a copy of your degree transcript. Professional qualifications will also be considered.
- be at least 28 years of age.
- have a minimum of three years' full-time postgraduate experience where the management of people and resources has played a significant role.

Admissions testing

Although the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) is not a standard requirement of our admissions process, strong verbal reasoning and numerical abilities are critical for the MBA and we may ask you to undertake such a test.

Competence in English

The MBA programme is highly interactive and requires a high level of competence in English speaking, writing, reading and understanding.
A minimum score of 6.5 in IELTS is required for applicants whose first language is not English. We may consider applicants who fall slightly below these standards if they're willing to undertake pre-sessional study.

Computer competence

In order to undertake the Diploma/MBA you need to be competent in word processing, the use of spreadsheets and in report writing.

Learning & teaching

A mix of teaching and learning methods are used. There is distance learning via texts, case studies, exercises and tutor support. There's also residential days at the Leadership Trust Foundation and intensive seminars at Strathclyde Business School.
The whole programme requires about 1,800 hours of course and workshop attendance, private study and project work over three years. You should allow five to ten hours a week for private study.


We recognise that career development is one of the main reasons why people invest in an MBA. The MBA job market offers plenty of global opportunity but can be complex and challenging.

That's why we also offer a dedicated careers service for MBA students. You'll get career planning and skills development as well as unlimited access to personal advice and coaching. Our careers service is delivered in-house and by a team of top consultants.

We work with you to complement your own proactive job search efforts too. We help you use your own career background and strengths to progress to your next career move.

You’ll gain the understanding and tools to develop your personal, strategic career plan, as well as the self-marketing and communication skills to make effective applications and impress at interview.

You’ll have the knowledge of the global job market and a range of contacts to make it work for you.

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.strath.ac.uk/mba/scholarships/

Visit the Master of Business Administration with a specialism in Leadership Studies (MBA) page on the University of Strathclyde website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Allan Miller

For anyone considering the flexible learning option, be prepared for long days and nights, exams, assignments and presentations but be assured that it is worth the effort and commitment.


Entry Requirements

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