The University of Stirling has developed an enviable reputation for delivering world-class business and management courses, and for undertaking internationally recognised research. Students are supported by expert academic staff who seek to maintain Stirling’s position as a leader in producing excellent business and management graduates. This is achieved by embedding our research within a 'real-world practice' perspective in our teaching. Such an approach is designed to enhance the skills and confidence of our business and management graduates. We place an emphasis on Responsible Business, Strategic Management and help inform our students on the contemporary debates and tensions about how to effectively manage limited resources with maximum impact. The major functions of organisations - marketing, operations, people and talent management, finance and economics are integrated through our strategic orientation, which develops group and team management, organisational analysis and communications and influencing skills.
MSc Business & Management gives graduates an insight into modern management practice and an opportunity to develop the functional, strategic and leadership skills required for managing a business.
The main elements of this are:
- An examination of the functional areas of management and their inter-relationship in organisations
- Exploring topical issues in management, comparing different management techniques to understand work issues
- Developing expertise in the use of key management tools, for example, techniques for operations management, strategic and marketing analysis and financial analysis
- Developing generic skills relevant to management, such as critical thinking report writing, presentation, problem-solving and group working skills
- An emphasis on personal and professional development (PPD) to enhance learning throughout the academic year
A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply.
INTO University of Stirling offers a Graduate Diploma for those students who do not meet the required criteria for this course. If you successfully complete the Graduate Diploma in Business, Finance and Sport and meet the required progression grades, you will be guaranteed entry onto year one of this Master's degree.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of your proficiency such as a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 (5.5 in all bands).
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.
Our range of pre-sessional courses.
Modes of study
Full-time: MSc: one year; Diploma: nine months
Course start date
Structure and content
The course consists of two elements: two academic semesters of taught courses and a three-month dissertation period. Successful completion of the taught element of the course leads to the award of the Postgraduate Diploma or allows you to continue studying for the award of the MSc in Business & Management.
At Stirling Management School we understand the importance of your postgraduate degree to help you with your career choices. We understand the skills and personal qualities that recruiters look for in an individual. With such an understanding we have carefully embedded opportunities to identify, practice and develop those skills during your time with us, which is reflected in the personal and professional development modules. We think that the development of these skills is complementary with a world-class management education.
From day one, our 'Flying Start Leadership' programme is designed to help you make clear to yourself your learning and development aims and objectives, which will evolve during the year. Our 'Flying Start Leadership' programme provides opportunities for personal and professional skill development that will be the foundation of your successful management career. Our aim is to enable each student to experience a range of activities that we have designed and integrated into our degree whether it is developing presentation and communication skills, developing inter-personal and cross-cultural skills, managing high-performing groups or undertaking strategic analysis and presenting recommendations and proposals to the CEO. We understand the need to negotiate sensitive situations and lead with confidence.
In addition, the range of our classes ensures that all of our students gain an insight into each important management function, such as, accounting and finance, marketing, human resource management, operations management so that students encounter the rare opportunity to understand all aspects of business and management. We also help you to understand how these functions are integrated through our strategy classes, enabling you to develop helicopter skills – the ability to see the wood and the trees – the big picture and the detail.
As one current postgraduate student recently commented: “At Stirling you educate us, whilst back home they teach us” – a clear understanding of the approach we take to our teaching, how it empowers the individual to develop the capability for independent thinking.
In Semester 1 you will take:
- Personal & Professional Development
- Accounting & Finance
- Operations Management
- Marketing Management
- Responsible Business in Society
In Semester 2 you will take:
- Entrepreneurship, Theory & Practice
- People Management
- Strategic Management
- Personal & Professional Development
Plus two electives from the following:
- Quantitative Management Techniques
- Project Management Fundamentals
- Project Management in Context
- Managing in Emerging Economies
- Business Improvement
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Delivery and assessment
Delivery of the course takes the form of lectures, practical case studies and workshops to allow the theory-practice relationship to be developed and explored, followed by a three-month dissertation period. An important element of the delivery are subject specific practitioners who are able to discuss real-world examples. Assessment is by a mixture of examination and coursework - individual and group, including written assignments and presentations. The two personal and professional development modules are designed and assessed to enable each student to monitor the development throughout the academic year. The MSc award requires you to complete a 15,000-word dissertation.
The timetable below is a typical example, but your own timetable may be different.
The MSc Business & Management is taught on a block-teaching basis to allow deep immersion in the academic subject.
*SP - Student Presentations
*GW - Group Work
Professor George Burt
The reputation of our academic staff was recognised in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), where 85 percent of our research activity was rated as being either 'World Leading' or of ‘International Signiﬁcance’. Such leading research is reflected in the content of our teaching.
Students on the course have the benefit of learning from academic staff who are known worldwide, are respected in their fields and have extensive business and consultancy experience.
Students on the course have the benefit of learning from academic staff who are known worldwide, respected in their fields and have extensive business and consultancy experience.
Professor George Burt, the Programme Director, brings practical experience and theoretical knowledge to his teaching having been involved in designing and facilitating many private and public sector strategy, scenario and futures projects, both in an educational and a consultant capacity. These international projects include organisations such as World Bank, Shell, ProRail NV Holland, PETRONAS, de Beers, PayPal, DoosanBabcock, Lloyds Registry Quality Assurance, Caledonian Paper plc, the Edrington Group, Stirling Council, Dumfries & Galloway Council, and City of Glasgow Council. George is currently Chair of Strategy track at the British Academy of Management, and co-authored the best-selling book, The Sixth Sense: Accelerating Organizational Learning with Scenarios.
Other staff involved with the course are:
Where are our graduates now?
Since the introduction of the course in 2008, our graduates have gone on to build their careers in a variety of sectors around the world in countries such as Japan, Norway, Indonesia, China, Kazakhstan, Italy, Netherlands and Taiwan. In doing so, they are contributing to the performance of a range of organisations including central government offices, public sector bodies such as the NHS and universities, IKEA Trading, Parabola Ltd (Consultancy), and BDO International.
Some of the roles that our alumni currently hold include:
- Account Manager, Sykes Global Services (UK)
- Graduate Management Trainee, NHS (UK)
- Head of Database Management Section, Ministry of Finance (Indonesia)
- Head of Career Guidance Centre, Ministry of Higher Education (Netherlands)
- Customer Services Manager, MACH (France)
- Head of HR, Salalah College of Technology (Oman)
- Auditor’s Assistant, BDO Kazakhstanaudit (Kazakhstan)
- Lecturer, Hansham University (China)
- PhD Student, University of Stirling (UK)
- Store Manager, Parabola Ltd (UK)
Stirling Management School’s values include responsible and sustainable business, and employability. These values are reflected in our significant emphasis on a key feature and design of the business and management degree, including Flying Start Leadership, personal and professional development (PPD) and the opportunities for summer consultancy projects.
PPD is designed to help all our students discover and develop their individual attributes and characteristics, a greater sense of self-awareness, and team-working skills throughout the academic year to help them open up a vast range of business and management career opportunities. We believe that this emphasis will help ensure our graduates become life-long learners, able to adapt to changing circumstances in the future.
Senior executives from across the private, public and third sectors, as well as entrepreneurs, regularly engage with our postgraduate students, providing a practical perspective on contemporary business topics through a series of guest lectures and workshops. For example, the HSBC Stirling Management School's Business challenge, the University's business club, Strip Steele business game and a wide range of industry guest speakers.
You should expect to pay fees for every year you are in attendance and be aware fees are subject to revision and may increase annually. Students on programmes of study of more than one year should take this into account when applying.
Stirling Management School Postgraduate Scholarships
Stirling Management School is committed to investing in academically talented students, enabling them to further their education with a reputable qualification from one of the many Postgraduate degree courses on offer at the University of Stirling. There are various categories of scholarships available to support the cost of your studies at Stirling Management School.
This course is currently approved for PTFL (Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan) funding from SAAS. More information
information on possible sources of funding