Master of Business Administration (MBA)

If you're looking for a step up the career ladder, want to move in a new direction or have plans to start your own business, the Stirling MBA is the course for you.

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Key facts

  • Award MBA
  • Start date September 2021, January 2022, September 2022, January 2023
  • Duration Masters full-time: 12 months, Masters part-time: 24 months
  • Mode of study Part-time, Full-time, Campus based


Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

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The University of Stirling MBA (accredited by the Chartered Management Institute) is designed to transform capable managers into successful business and organisational 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 large multinationals to small and medium sized enterprises. There is an emphasis on responsible leadership, sustainable strategy, creativity and change management that helps inform contemporary debates about how to effectively manage limited resources with maximum impact. These are supported by the professional and personal development modules that are deisgned to help each individual focus on developing current skills as well as identifying and developing new skills.

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 knowledge and its link to practice to successfully manage the challenges of the modern business environments.

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, subject to Scottish Government regulations as well as business circumstances.

Our MBA is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) – ensuring that you graduate with two qualifications, an MBA and a CMI Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership.

Learn from the experts

You’ll be taught by internationally recognised subject experts, many of whom 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, subject to Scottish Government regulations as well as business circumstances.

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, these issues are increasingly being taken more seriously, and this course is the first MBA in Scotland specifically designed to cater to these important agendas.

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 for you to identify, practice and develop those skills in the personal and professional development modules you will undertake with us.

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.

Professional accreditation

Our MBA is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) – ensuring that you graduate with two qualifications, an MBA and a CMI Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership.

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 overview

The University of Stirling Management School is rated among the top 25 in the UK for Business and Management research, according to REF 2014. In Scotland, the School was ranked in the top five.

We were ranked 14th in the UK in terms of research impact with over 60% of our research classified as world-leading and internationally excellent in terms of their originality, significance and rigour. Our research was judged to have outstanding reach and wide-ranging impact on the policies of public, private and governmental organisations.

What our students said

Salman Jabbar
Salman Jabbar
United Kingdom
MBA Master Business Administration
I am employed in the National Health Service. I strongly believe that the MBA has enhanced my skills and given me the knowledge and tools necessary to understand the health system from a business perspective. There are multiple opportunities to broaden my career progression into areas such as medical leadership and management helping me work towards making a positive impact in the health service.
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Isha Sudan
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
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.
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Daniela Sefzig
Daniela Sefzig
The benefits of studying the MBA at the University of Stirling are that you learn a lot more using in future careers such as how to adapt to new situations and how to conduct a sustainable change to common behaviours. Working together with students on the course from different countries let me learn how to face cultural differences and learn how to cope with them and work as a group.
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