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:
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.
Giving you a flavour of the dynamic and vibrant experience of studying at the Stirling Management School.
Enhance your employability whilst gaining work experience with our Making the Most of Masters initiative.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
For more information go to English language requirements
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.
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:
In Semester 2 you will take:
Plus two electives from the following:
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.
Full-time: MSc: one year; Diploma: nine months
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 and Academic Feedback
*GW - Academic Guided Group Work
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.
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:
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:
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.
Please choose a start date and study method from the drop-down list below, and click the Apply Now button below to begin the online application process. (Please make sure you have consulted the Postgraduate Study pages on the University website and the Online Application Guidance Notes before continuing).
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.
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
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 informationScholarship finder