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Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Course Description

This internationally respected degree has been redesigned to reflect the evolving nature of business and the global challenges facing business leaders. It focuses on developing strategic analytical skills, business intuition, and enquiring and adaptive thinking.

The selection of option modules offers one of four specialist areas: finance, leadership, enterprise or health service management.

About the programme

This programme produces high calibre graduates who can effectively respond to unpredictable challenges in globally competitive business environments. It provides essential core business knowledge and understanding with a strong emphasis on developing the applied managerial skills vital for effective business leaders. Your communication, negotiation and facilitating skills will be nurtured and enhanced. Modes of study are engineered to accommodate busy working lives. This new MBA creates a unified model of learning for all students regardless of how you study.

Learning and exchange takes place through a dynamic, virtual learning hub: the UWS Online MBA World, where students can engage and collaborate on their modules on an international basis.

The course was rated 100% student satisfaction in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2015.

Your learning

Core modules:
• Integration of Business Functions (10 credits)
• Analytical Thinking and Decision Making (20 credits)
• Managing Organisational Health (20 credits)
• Influencing Organisational Strategy (20 credits)
• Creativity and Business Wealth (20 credits)
• Strategic Business Project (60 credits)

Option modules:

Finance stream:
• Advanced Financial Decision Making (10 credits)
• Global Financial Systems (10 credits)

Leadership stream:
• Leading Change (10 credits)
• Influencing Organisational Culture and Change (10 credits)

Enterprise stream:
• New Venture Creation (10 credits)
• Business Creativity (10 credits) Health Service Management stream:
• Responding to Public Health Challenges (20 credits)

The Strategic Business Project enables students to develop and apply their module knowledge and research skills to a business topic of their choice.

Our Careers Adviser says

The UWS MBA prepares you for leadership. It provides a rigorous grounding in the knowledge and skills necessary to operate effectively as a strategic general manager. MBA graduates may also undertake research e.g. as a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in a particular branch of business/ management, or a taught Doctor of Business Administration (DBA).


We have invested in new facilities at our Lanarkshire Campus. There are new teaching rooms and a postgraduate student learning space which ensures our environment supports your learning. The use of technology (such as virtual learning environments, mobile applications, smart boards, etc.) at all campuses will add to your experience. Library and study spaces have also been upgraded and are regularly reviewed.

NB International students may be interested to note UWS work in partnership with Olympia College to deliver the MBA programme in Malaysia.

Visit the Master of Business Administration (MBA) page on the University of the West of Scotland website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Jason Fernandes

People recognise the MBA as a credible programme that gives you a very good understanding of business. I mentioned to a contact that I had completed the MBA and he immediately asked me to send him my CV. Through that connection I was able to network and secured my current job.

Jason Fernandes,
MBA graduate, and Investment Analyst at JB Equity


Entry Requirements

Candidates will normally be expected to satisfy at least one of the following admission requirements: a degree awarded by an appropriate institution postgraduate award (passed at an appropriate level); an appropriate professional qualification such as those from ACCA or CIMA; have passed a pre-Masters, or other foundation course; or be a mature student with relevant work or professional experience. Applicants may be considered with other academic, vocational or professional qualifications deemed equivalent. International students: in addition to the above, overall IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) and no less than 5.5 in any individual component.

Course Fees

Scottish/EU Students: £3,400, Rest of UK Students: £3,400, International Students £11,000

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