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Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Study for our Master of Business Administration (MBA) to redefine your future as a successful business leader.

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Key facts

  • Award MBA
  • Start date September
  • Duration Masters full-time: 12 months, Masters part-time: 24 months
  • Mode of study Part-time, Full-time, Campus based
  • Accreditations Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

Register now for our webinar on Wednesday 24 April 2019 with Dr Carol Marshall, MBA Lecturer, to find out more about the course and get answers to any questions you might have about studying at Stirling.

The University of Stirling MBA is designed to transform capable managers into successful business leaders. Our MBA qualification is unique in the way it focuses on the practices, processes and outcomes of managing in a range of contexts, from a large multinationals to small enterprises. There’s an emphasis on responsible leadership, sustainable strategy, creativity and change that helps inform contemporary debates about how to effectively manage limited resources with maximum impact.

This sought-after qualification will give you a thorough understanding of the functional areas of business and management including:

  • accounting and finance
  • marketing
  • economics
  • operations management
  • human resource management

By completing this course, you'll gain the confidence and resilience to respond to continually developing circumstances, the skills to build and lead a team, and the theoretical and practical knowledge to successfully manage the challenges of the modern business environment.

You’ll have the chance to go on regular site visits with senior executives and industry experts, as well as the opportunity to undertake a consultancy project with a business or organisation across the public, private and non-profit sectors. This allows you to integrate the knowledge and skills from your MBA to solve a real business challenge.

Learn from the experts

You’ll be taught by internationally recognised subject experts. They all have extensive business and consultancy experience. Throughout the course you’ll also be able to engage with senior executives from the private, public and third sectors, as well as entrepreneurs. This provides you with a practical perspective on contemporary business topics. We have a series of guest lectures and workshops which provide many networking opportunities with potential employers.


The University of Stirling Management School

At the University of Stirling Management School, the principle of responsible business, policy and practice is central to everything we do. This vision helps us to equip our students effectively with the skills to act as global citizens, capable of addressing the needs of society.

As a member of the Chartered Association for Business Schools, we have strong links with industry and were recently awarded the Small Business Charter for engagement with local and regional enterprise.

  • Top reasons to study with us
  • Course objectives

    Understanding the practices and processes of business in terms of inclusion, environmental, cultural, social and economic sustainability is central to the course. These concerns and perspectives are explored in the context of a wide range of industries and economies. Throughout the world, such issues are increasingly being taken more seriously, as a response to the current financial crisis. This course is the first MBA in Scotland specifically designed to cater to this important agenda.

    Developing Business Leaders of the Future

    Postgraduate education at the University of Stirling Management School goes beyond text books and lecture rooms, we also focus on your personal and professional development.

    We believe that everyone has the capacity to be outstanding and we help you to become aware of your untapped capabilities. Our MBA is unusual in its holistic approach – it is not only focused on sustainable strategy, but also on sustainable selves. As a result you’ll develop an understanding of both functional and operational demands as well as your personal role as an inspiring leader.

    At the University of Stirling Management School we understand the importance of your MBA to help you with your career choices. We understand the skills and personal qualities that recruiters look for in an individual so we’ve carefully embedded opportunities to identify, practice and develop those skills during your time with us. This is reflected in the personal and professional development modules.

    Our unique Flying Start Leadership programme equips you with the awareness, knowledge and techniques essential for building a successful career. These range from practical skills, like effective public speaking, to developing ways to work under pressure in difficult situations such as conflict management. Find out more about Flying Start.

  • Flexible learning

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

  • Research

    The University of Stirling Management School is rated among the top 25 in the UK for research impact, according to REF 2014. 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. 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.

  • Academic requirements

    A minimum of a second class honours degree, or an equivalent professional qualification. You must also have a minimum of three years’ postgraduate managerial work experience. If you don’t have formal qualifications but can demonstrate significant managerial experience – normally a minimum of five years – then we would encourage you to apply.

    Additional Requirements

    As part of your application you will also need to provide/have:

    • A copy of your current CV, detailing your professional experience and achievements to date.
    • An interview to discuss your achievements, motivations for study and ambitions either in person (if you are based in the UK) or by Skype.
  • 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 a minimum of 51 in each component
    • IBT TOEFL: 90 with no sub test lower than 17

    More information on our English language requirements

  • Pre-sessional English language courses

    If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

    Find out more about our pre-sessional English language courses.

Personal and professional development is a key feature for the duration of our course. There’s a focus on self-awareness and personal capability. We’ll help you identify, develop and practice key skills that contribute to a successful managerial career. It includes handling conflict in groups, managing group dynamics, assertiveness, facilitation, critical reasoning and argument building.

Our range of our classes ensures that you’ll gain an insight into each important management function, such as accounting and finance, marketing, human resource management, operations management. This gives you 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 see the big picture along with the detail, and work comfortably with both at the same time.


The module details given below are subject to change as the University regularly revises and refreshes the curriculum of our taught programmes. The modules outlined below represent those offered in 2018/19 on this course of study.

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Course Details

  • Teaching

    Teaching is carried out through lectures, group work, case studies, role-play simulations, workshops, guest speakers, master classes and presentations. Our master classes are delivered by world-renowned academics and industry leaders, and practitioners who are responsible for shaping management thinking today. We also have excellent links with local, national and international organisations. Senior executives from across the private, public and third sectors regularly engage with our MBA students, providing a practical perspective on contemporary business topics through a series of guest lectures and workshops.

    If you successfully complete the taught element of this course, you'll receive the Diploma award and then you can continue on the course for the MBA award. To receive an MBA award you'll complete a 10,000-word dissertation based on an original research question agreed by yourself and your supervisor, or a consultancy project on behalf of an external client organisation.

  • Fieldwork

    You’ll go on field trips and industry visits where you can gain an insight into the workings of specially selected successful Scottish companies. Visits will include an overview on the company's history and culture, as well as understanding their approach to strategy development.

  • Assessment

    You’ll be assessed by a mixture of coursework (individual and group-based), including written assignments, class tests and presentations.

  • Classroom hours

    The timetable below is a typical example, but your own timetable may be different.

    A detailed timetable of activities, covering lectures, student-led group work and personal and professional development workshops will be provided at the outset of the course. The example timetable below may be subject to change.

    Personal and Professional Development (PPD)

    Continual aspects of the PPD are taught throughout the course. This includes both stand-alone sessions as well as those that are included in the rest of the teaching framework. The overall assessment accumulated from these aspects within the PPD totals 20 credits.

    Part 1 – BUAP001, Part 2 – BUAP014

    Semester 1
    Week Content
    1-2 Welcome to SMS and Flying Start Leadership Programme
    3-4 Strategy and the International Environment - Professor George Burt
      (students take all four modules during weeks 5-6 and 8-13)



    Accounting and Finance - Mr Chris Coles Managing the Human Resource - Staff Marketing  Management - Prof Paul Freathy Economics for Sustainable Business - Staff
    7 Mid Semester Reading Week
    Semester Total 60 credits including PPD (Part 1)
    Semester 2
    Week Content


    Personal and Professional Development (PPD) Activities


    Introduction to Research Methods


    Operations Management, Dr Gerry Edgar
    (students select four from the following ten options during weeks 7-14)

    Managing Change, Prof Bernard Burnes

    Leadership and Responsible Business, Prof Bernard Burnes

    Innovation Management, Dr Kepa Mendibil

    Business Improvement, Dr Gerry Edgar

    Managing in Emerging Economies, Dr Swapnesh Masrani

    New Venture Creation, Dr Suzanne Mawson

    Organisational (mis)Behaviour, Staff

    Mastering STEPs of Strategy, Professor David Mackay

    Project Management, Prof John Bowers

    Corporate Finance, Staff

    Business Analytics, Dr Gerry Edgar

    Business Consulting, Staff

    7-8 Mid Semester Reading Week
    7-8 Elective 1
    9-10 Elective 2
    11-12 Elective 3
    13-14 Elective 4
    15 Research Methods contd, Dr Swapnesh Masrani
    16-17 Strategy for Sustainable Success, Prof George Burt
    A series of additional Personal and Professional Development Activities will run throughout the semester
    Semester Total 80 credits including PPD 
    Summer Semester
    Dissertation or Consultancy Project
  • Course director
  • Key staff

    Professor George Burt, 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. He has worked for 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 and Galloway Council, and City of Glasgow Council.

    Professor Burt is also 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.

    ‌A number of our lecturers have published cutting-edge research and new knowledge is integral to our teaching. Our MBA expert teachers include:

  • Fees and costs

    Fees shown are per year (fees are different for each course)

      2018/19 2019/20

    Home/EU Students

    Fees shown are for full-time, one-year Masters course*

    If you’re domiciled in Scotland, you may be eligible to apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for a loan of up to £10,000 to cover your tuition fees and associated living costs. Students domiciled in the EU can also apply for tuition fee support, although may not be eligible to receive funding to support living costs.

    If you're domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, you should be eligible to apply for a loan from your regional body.

    English students apply for a loan of up to £10,609 per year as part of the UK Postgraduate Loan Scheme, Welsh students can apply for a non-means tested loan of up to £13,000 from the Welsh Government and Northern Irish students are eligible to apply for support of up to £5,500.

    *Fees for students who apply for a Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate will be paid on a pro-rata basis.

    If the course is taken over two years then the fee will be split evenly over the two years. Fees are not pro-rated for students who enrol on a Masters course and decide to exit with a Postgraduate Diploma - the full fee is charged.

    £14,800 £16,000

    Overseas (Non-EU) Students

    Fees shown are for full-time, one-year Masters course. Fees for students who apply for a Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate will be paid on a pro-rata basis.

    If the course is taken over two years then the fee will be split evenly over the two years. Fees are not pro-rated for students who enrol on a Masters course and decide to exit with a Postgraduate Diploma - the full fee is charged.

    £18,500 £20,000

    Please note: You will be liable to pay tuition fees for every year you’re in attendance, and your fees will be held level upon entry. If you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for an additional fee.

  • Scholarships and funding
    Stirling Management School Postgraduate Scholarships

    We’re committed to investing in academically talented students, helping them to further their education with one of our University degree courses. We offer a number of Scholarships that are specific to the MBA and are on offer for the 2019-20 year. For further details and to discuss your funding requirements, please get in touch with our Course Director, Professor George Burt:

    MBA Leadership Scholarship

    The MBA Leadership Scholarship will be awarded to a candidate who can demonstrate strong leadership experience, or potential to succeed in a future leadership role and has at least 5 years work experience.

    MBA Business Excellence Scholarship

    The MBA Business Excellence Scholarship will be awarded to a candidate who can demonstrate achievement and impact in a business environment.

    MBA Social Enterprise Scholarship

    The MBA Social Enterprise Scholarship will be awarded to a candidate with 5 or more years work experience who can demonstrate achievement and success in the fields of social enterprise, third sector or charitable organisations. 

    Other sources of funding

    If you have the talent, ability and drive to study with us, we want to make sure you make the most of the opportunity – regardless of your financial circumstances.

    Learn more about available funding opportunities or use our scholarship finder to explore our range of scholarships.

  • Additional costs

    There are some instances where additional fees may apply. Depending on your chosen course, you may need to pay additional costs, for example for field trips. Learn more about additional fees.

  • Cost of living

    If you’re domiciled in the UK, you can typically apply to your relevant funding body for help with living costs. This usually takes the form of student loans, grants or bursaries, and the amount awarded depends upon your personal circumstances and household income.

    EU and overseas students won’t normally be able to claim living support through SAAS or other UK public funding bodies. You should contact the relevant authority in your country to find out if you’re eligible to receive support. .

    Find out about the cost of living for students at Stirling

  • Payment options

    We aim to be as flexible as possible, and offer a wide range of payment methods - including the option to pay fees by instalments. Learn more about how to pay

Our highly sought-after MBA qualification offers you a route to securing a more senior management position and a higher salary. The skills you'll gain are also transferable to many different career opportunities, and our graduates have gone on to work in senior management in the public, private and voluntary sectors.

We believe that everyone has the capacity to be outstanding, and it’s the role of our Stirling MBA to facilitate your continued development. The Stirling MBA focuses on the development of the whole person. It enables you to become aware of your untapped capabilities. Our MBA is unusual in its holistic approach – it's not only focused on sustainable strategy, but also on sustainable selves. Consequently, you’ll develop an understanding of both functional and operational demands as well as your personal role as an inspiring leader.

An important part of our MBA focuses on building your employable skills:

  • Our unique Flying Start Leadership programme equips you with the awareness, knowledge and techniques essential for building a successful career
  • 96% of our postgraduate leavers are in employment or further study within six months of graduating (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2016/17)

The Stirling Management School alumni family has grown to include over 16,000 people in 70 countries, and our MBA alumni are currently working in countries across the globe, including the UK, Germany, India, USA, Japan, China, Canada, Uganda, Chile, Australia and the United Arab Emirates.

We’re proud to play our part in shaping the future of everyone who studies at Stirling, and we make sure there are plenty of opportunities for graduates to stay connected with us, and one another. Explore the links below to get in touch with old friends, discover the perks of being a Stirling graduate, or make a contribution that will benefit the students following in your footsteps.

Upcoming Events
Be a part of our next reunion and check out other special events for management alumni. Take a look at all upcoming events.

Get Involved
Stay involved with the School after you graduate. Join our network of alumni chapters around the world

Join our graduates who are already connected on our Facebook page. 

Make professional connections and network with fellow MBA and MBM alumni on LinkedIn

Follow @StirManSchool on Twitter for the latest news, pictures and updates from your alumni team. 

Keep in touch
Email Jennifer Forman at with all your news and queries, and make sure you update your contact details so you can enjoy all the benefits that go with being a management graduate.

  • Employability skills

    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.

    You’ll learn great transferable skills throughout the MBA. During the year you’ll learn to improve your presentation skills, and your ability to research and analyse complex data. We understand the skills and personal qualities that recruiters look for in their future managers.

    Stirling Management School has a dedicated Employability Manager and from the very beginning of the course your career is our focus.


    Everything you do while studying here is designed to help you build the personal skills that will make you stand out to future employers. You’ll start your MSc course on our Flying Start leadership programme which will challenge your perspective of culture and develop your self-awareness, as well as team-working, problem-solving and presentation skills.

    Consultancy projects

    If you’re seeking to enhance your employability and add value to a business client you’ll have the opportunity to undertake a 3-month consultancy project over the summer, as an alternative to the traditional dissertation.

    Consultancy projects allow you to work with an organisation to investigate a ‘real-world’ issue, enhance your transferable business skills and make professional connections that may lead to a job offer in the future. Current clients range from start-up businesses to international organisations in public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

    Watch our video to find out more about how taking part in a project with a local business can help increase your employability skills.

  • Companies we work with

    Employers of our graduates span the private, public and voluntary sectors. These include:

    • Citibank International
    • HSBC
    • KPMG
    • ExxonMobil
    • The Bank of China
    • L’Oreal
    • Barclays Bank
    • Adidas
    • Royal Bank of Canada
    • Vodaphone
    • Various governmental agencies
    HigherEd Global Talent Portal

    As a Management School student, you have access to the HigherEd Global Talent Portal where you’ll find internship, trainee positions, apprenticeships and graduate positions from companies around the world. It helps international students looking for placements back at home and local students that want to explore an international experience.

    The global talent portal is in addition to all other existing initiatives and resources available for you through the Careers and Employability Service, and the Target Connect vacancy and events system.

The University of Stirling has made my dream of studying a degree come true. It's a warm and welcoming environment for anyone who is studying for the first time.
Isha Sudan
India Master of Business Administration (MBA)
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The MBA programme at Stirling Management School gave me the opportunity to gather state of the art business knowledge in various fields which I could apply in a really international environment.
As a student looking for international experience, picking Stirling was the best decision I could have made.
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