Business and Management



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.


Key information

  • Degree type: MSc
  • Study methods: Full-time, Campus based
  • Duration: 12 months full-time
  • Start date: September
  • Course Director: Professor George Burt
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  1. AMBA Accredited
  2. Ranked 2nd in Scotland and 6th in the UK (Times Higher Education top 100 universities under 50 years old table)
  3. 5 Star ranking in the QS Stars (QS World University Rankings 2014)
  4. Stirling is ranked 7th in the UK for graduate employability (Telegraph/HESA, 2015)
  5. 96% of graduates in work or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2013/14
  6. 1st for Campus environment (International Student Barometer, 2012)
  7. University of Stirling has been ranked in the top 200 most international universities in the world and ranks in the top 25% of most outward -looking institutions (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015/16)

Course objectives

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

What makes us different?

Advance your career with work experience

On this course you will have the opportunity to enhance your career opportunities by participating in work-based multi-disciplinary projects designed to prepare you for the next step on the career ladder.

We work with companies across different sectors in presenting a range of opportunities for our students.

Day in the life of an MBM student

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Making the Most of Masters

Enhance your employability whilst gaining work experience with our Making the Most of Masters initiative.

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Business Engagement

The University of Stirling Management School equips students to flourish as effective managers in the workplace through enhanced self-awareness, critical thinking, leadership and team-working skills.

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Business Engagement


At the University of Stirling Management School, we are committed to ensuring that every single one of our students realise their potential.

The graduate job market has never been more competitive, and greater focus is now being placed on finding graduates who can demonstrate a wide array of skills, competences and experiences.

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World-class library and teaching facilities

Studying for a degree means learning in different ways; managing your own time; conducting research; mastering new computer skills. We have the facilities and advice on hand to help you do all this - and do it well.

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Life at Stirling

Of the many reasons students come to Stirling, such as academic reputation and research standards, one factor is always cited: the outstanding beauty of the University's Stirling campus. View our online films to get a picture of what it's like to live and study on our beautiful campus.

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Entry requirements

Academic requirements

A minimum of a second class Honours degree 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 this Master's degree.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

  • IELTS: 6.5 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C or above
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B or above
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 51 in each component
  • IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 17

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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. View our range of pre-sessional courses.

Flexible Learning

If you are interested in studying a module from this course, the Postgraduate Certificate or the Postgraduate Diploma then please email to discuss your course of study.


2016/17 Overseas £13,950
2016/17 Home/EU £6,100


2017/18 Overseas £14,600
2017/18 Home/EU £TBC

From 2016/7 onwards, the fees for all taught postgraduate courses are to be held at the level set upon entry.

Please note there is an additional charge for the conferral of your degree. This will be charged at the rate applicable when you complete your studies. View more information

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Scholarships & funding

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.

Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan

This course is currently approved for PTFL (Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan) funding from SAAS. More information

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Structure and teaching

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
  • Economics
  • Operations Management
  • Entrepreneurship, Theory & Practice
  • Responsible Business in Society

In Semester 2 you will take:

  • Marketing Management
  • People Management
  • Research Methods
  • Strategic Management
  • Personal & Professional Development

Plus two electives from the following:

  • Business Analytics
  • Innovation Management
  • Project Management Fundamentals
  • Project Management in Context
  • Managing in Emerging Economies
  • Business Improvement
  • Corporate Governance
  • Organisational (mis)Behaviour

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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 coursework - individual and group, including written assignments, class tests 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 12,500-word dissertation or consultancy project.

Recommended reading

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Modes of study

Full-time: MSc: one year; Diploma: nine months

Study method


Example timetable

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.

0900-1000 Lecture SP SP SP SP
1000-1100 Lecture SP  SP SP SP
1100-1200 Lecture  Lecture Lecture Lecture  Lecture 
1200-1300 Lunch  Lunch  Lunch  Lunch  Lunch 
1300-1400 GW GW GW GW GW
1400-1500 GW GW GW GW GW 
1500-1600 GW GW  GW GW  GW
1600-1700 GW GW  GW GW  GW

*SP - Student Presentations and Academic Feedback
*GW - Academic Guided Group Work

Why Stirling?


In REF2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.

The reputation of our research at Stirling Management School was recognised in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), where the School was placed in the UK’s top 25 institutions for Business and Management, out of 101 business schools.  In Scotland, the School was ranked in the top five.  64% of our research outputs were classified as world-leading and internationally excellent in terms of their originality, significance and rigour and we were ranked 14th in the UK in terms of research impact with over 60% of our research impact judged to have outstanding reach and wide-ranging impact on the policies of public, private and governmental organisations.

International Students

The University of Stirling welcomes applications from all countries.


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.

Our students

Our staff

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:

Careers and employability

Career opportunities

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)

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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 Leadershippersonal 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.

Industry connections

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.

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