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Master of Business Administration, part-time Glasgow (MBA)

Course Description

Why this course?

We know the commitments of being a working manager means you need a programme that fits around your career.

Our part-time MBA (evening study) offers you the opportunity to gain a valued and well-established management qualification in a way that's best suited to your professional and personal circumstances.

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

Benefits of the part-time course

To your classes and groups, you'll bring issues you deal with on a day-to-day basis along with in-depth knowledge of current practice in your industry.

This dynamic brings great value to both you and your employers as new possibilities and ways of working are opened up at both an organisational and personal level.

As the vast majority of our participants live and work in the central belt of Scotland, studying part-time at Strathclyde gives you the opportunity to get to know people from across the broad spectrum of Scottish industry. Currently the part-time route includes representatives from sectors such as:
- financial services
- oil
- pharmaceutical
- IT
- retail
- public and not-for-profit organisations.

This provides you with the unique opportunity to establish a powerful network amongst Scotland's up and coming managers.

A major advantage of the Strathclyde MBA is its flexibility and responsiveness to your needs. If you change your job or move away from the area, we’ll be happy to discuss which study options might best fit with your circumstances.

How does the part-time programme work?

When you join the part-time programme you’ll join a group of like-minded individuals with whom you’ll progress through the programme.

You’ll attend two sessions in the evening each week from October to June. Course participants often get together at other times to work on course material.

There are also four compulsory weekend schools spread over the period of study. These focus on the skills and knowledge we consider crucial for successful managers.

We also offer a range of other study options including intensive seminars to aid your study of specific subjects and a selection of elective classes which run over the weekend.

Typically, part-timers complete their degree in around three years although some choose to accelerate the programme to complete in a little over two years.


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 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'll 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 if your 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.

Learning & teaching

The Strathclyde MBA is not just a business programme. It’s a stimulating, challenging and potentially life-changing experience, which will make you question, re-think and re-evaluate how you do business.

The Strathclyde MBA is highly experiential and based on collaborative learning. You share your varied work experiences, knowledge, understanding and skills.

The MBA will shape and guide you as a reflective, open thinking, adaptive learner.


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 help you to use your own particular 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, part-time Glasgow (MBA) page on the University of Strathclyde website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Wes Beard

You’re on the MBA programme for two or three years of your life – it’s hard graft but at the end of it you get a really prestigious qualification. It’s all worth it in the long term.

(Student Profile)

Maz Alkirwi

I decided to do my MBA at Strathclyde as the business school was number one in Scotland and one of the top schools in the UK. I was also able to do it part-time in two years as opposed to taking a full year off work.


Entry Requirements

See course description

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