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Master of Business Administration, Flexible Learning (MBA)

Course Description

Why this course?

We know not everyone can, or indeed wants to study full-time or by evening classes.

That's why our flexible learning route allows you to vary the pace and order of study to suit your personal circumstances. This route combines the best of full-time, part-time and open learning study.

You’ll carry out most of your studies off-campus, with compulsory attendance at only one or two weekend schools per year.

You’ll begin on an open learning basis with the option to supplement your studies through optional face-to-face classes in Glasgow.

This study method is ideal if you value face-to-face contact with tutors, visiting specialists and fellow students, but can’t attend fixed weekly classes.

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

How does flexible learning work?

On joining the programme, you’ll be given a recommended study timetable which allows you to complete the Strathclyde MBA within 3 years. It aims to provide you with an ideal balance of home study, attendance at weekend schools and intensive seminars in Glasgow.

Along with the timetable, we send you your first year of core learning materials and key text books, and provide full details of our on-line and tutor support programme.

If you wanted to fast-track and complete the Strathclyde MBA in less than 3 years, our support team can suggest an alternative study schedule. Alternatively, if you'd like to take a bit longer to complete your MBA, we can accommodate your studies up to a maximum of 6 years.

- Compulsory weekend schools
There are certain subjects, such as “the Learning Manager” which we feel can’t be taught at a distance. This is why we’ve incorporated two compulsory weekend schools over the duration of the entire programme. These weekend schools are included in the standard tuition fee.
You can obtain great value through working with other ambitious managers, often from a wide cross-section of industry and commerce.

- Optional intensive seminars
To make the most of your MBA experience we strongly recommend that you take advantage of the optional intensive face-to-face seminars in Glasgow. The cost of these are included in the tuition fees.
These sessions provide a valuable opportunity for in-depth study of a chosen subject area, to meet fellow students and benefit from shared experiences. In addition, intensive seminars are key to accelerating your progress through the programme.
Our suggested timetable will give you a firm idea of commitments well in advance. This allows you to plan your year ahead at work and home.

When can I join the programme?

In theory, you can start flexible learning study whenever you like. However, we do have an annual schedule of induction classes, weekend schools and intensive seminars. We recommend that you start close to an induction period. These normally take place around April and October each year.

We do our best to schedule induction classes, weekend schools and intensive seminars together throughout the year. This ensures that you have every opportunity to maximise your stay in Glasgow.

Weekend schools run for all study routes of the Strathclyde MBA. If you can’t make a specified date, then you have the opportunity to attend the next weekend school at a later date.

Intensive seminars are only scheduled for our flexible learning course members. If you’re unable to attend, we recommend that you complete the subject area using core learning materials rather than delay your progress.

How much time do I need to commit to studying?

If you attend all possible weekend schools and intensive seminars on offer in any one year, you should expect to be away from the office for a total of around 15 days.

You can also expect to spend around a minimum of 15 hours a week in addition to weekend school and optional seminar attendance.


Less than 1% of business schools in the world hold "triple accreditation", and Strathclyde is one of them. The 3 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 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 24 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.

Entry at Diploma level may be offered to applicants who do not hold sufficient recognised degree level qualifications, but who do:
- hold non-degree/professional qualifications plus at least five years' varied management experience.
- have no formal qualifications but extensive and varied management experience (10 or more years).
- are exceptional candidates over the age of 24 with a minimum of two years' managerial experience. This is available only to candidates applying to routes other than full-time.

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 those applicants whose first language is not English. We may consider applicants who fall slightly below these standards if they are 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.


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 offer a dedicated careers service for MBA students. This consists of 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. We'll also help you use your own career background and strengths to help with 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, Flexible Learning (MBA) page on the University of Strathclyde website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Mamta Singhal

My MBA has given me a winning attitude. In the workplace I find myself being able to connect with people at all level and functions, and have found the MBA to be a useful tool in networking higher up the ladder.


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