Business and Management


98% of our postgraduate leavers are in employment or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2015/16).


This course gives you an insight into modern management practice and an opportunity to develop the functional, creative, strategic and leadership skills you’ll need to manage a responsible business. There’s an emphasis on entrepreneurship, innovation and strategic management that helps inform you on the contemporary debates and tensions around managing limited resources effectively and with maximum impact.

In addition to industry visits, you’ll have the opportunity to undertake consultancy projects, developed in consultation with businesses across public, private and non-profit sector.


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Stirling’s Masters in Business and Management course is accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) ,the international impartial authority on postgraduate business education. Established in 1967, it aims to raise the profile of business education and the MBA qualification in UK and Europe.


Key information

EU Applicants
EU students enrolling for a postgraduate taught degree in the 2017/18 and 2018/19 academic year will be admitted as Scottish/EU fee status students and will be eligible for the same tuition support as Scottish domiciled students.

  • Qualification: MSc
  • Study methods: Full-time, Campus based
  • Duration: 12 months full time
  • Start date:


  • Course Director: Dr Tom Forbes
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Course Director

Dr Tom Forbes

Centre for Advanced Management Education
Stirling Management School
University of Stirling

  1. Focus on practical skills and knowledge to build confidence to work in any organisation in the future
  2. AMBA accreditation — our course is accredited by the Association of MBAs — the international impartial authority on postgraduate business education
  3. 5-star ranking — in the QS World University Rankings 2014
  4. Expert academic staff — who are known worldwide, respected in their fields and have extensive business and consultancy experience
  5. Stirling’s global research rating — we’re among the top 25 in the UK according to REF 2014
  6. Build your global network — study alongside international students across a range of business disciplines

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 course provides you with key skills and experience through:

  • Examining 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, such as techniques for operations management, strategic and marketing analysis and financial analysis
  • Developing personal skills and capabilities relevant to management, such as critical thinking, report writing, presentation, negotiation, networking, 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

Giving you a flavour of the dynamic and vibrant experience of studying at the Stirling Management School.

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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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Entry requirements

Academic requirements

You’ll need minimum of a second class Honours degree or equivalent. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant and appropriate work/life experience are encouraged to apply.

English language requirements

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

  • 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

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. 

For more information on English courses and how to register click here

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.

Fees and costs


2018/19 Overseas £15,250
2018/19 Home/EU £7,900

Fees for all new applicants to postgraduate taught courses are held at the level set upon entry.

Please note there is an additional charge should you choose to attend a graduation ceremony. View more information

Cost of Living

Find out about the cost of living for students at Stirling

Payment options

Find information on paying fees by instalments

Scholarships & funding

SAAS Postgraduate Loans

The Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) is now offering a generous loan scheme to assist eligible Scottish and EU-domiciled students pursuing a Masters at the University of Stirling during 2018/19. Find out more about SAAS Postgraduate Loans

Stirling Management School Postgraduate Scholarships

There’s a range of scholarships available to you to help you fund your studies. Visit the School web page for more information.

Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan

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

information on possible sources of funding

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Structure and teaching

Structure and content

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. The course focuses on the major functions of organisations – accounting, marketing, operations, people and talent management. Finance and economics are integrated through our strategic orientation, which is complemented by our emphasis on personal and professional development to develop group and team management, organisational analysis and communications and influencing skills.

Begin your new course in the best possible way, with our unique Flying Start Leadership programme.

The programme is exclusively for new students about to start one of our postgraduate courses. You’ll take part in activities, workshops and information sessions to help you prepare for the year ahead, and make the most of your time at Stirling Management School.

Attend the Flying Start Leadership programme and you will:

  • Discover more about the exciting period of learning ahead
  • Understand what is expected of you in your course
  • Get to know the teaching and support staff
  • Learn more about a diverse range of approaches to learning
  • Work as part of a successful team
  • Develop your personal goals for the year ahead 

Activities range from practical skills – like effective public speaking – to developing ways to work under pressure in difficult situations and manage conflict. It’s also a chance to discover all that the University and the vibrant city of Stirling has to offer, and to make new friends. 

Find out more about Flying Start.

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.

Delivery and assessment

The course consists of two semesters of taught courses and a three-month dissertation period.

Delivery includes lectures, seminars, guest speakers, article discussion groups, and presentations.

Assessment is by a mixture of examination and coursework, including written assignments and presentations.

When you successfully complete the taught element of the course you’ll be awarded a Diploma. You can then continue for the award of the MSc by completing either a 12,500-word dissertation or undertake a consultancy project with a Scottish business.


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
  • Managing in Emerging Economies
  • Business Improvement
  • Organisational (mis)Behaviour
  • New Venture Creation
  • Business Consulting
  • Managing Change

Please note that we may not offer all electives if there is not enough student demand

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Recommended reading

Please view the School web pages for the MBM reading list by clicking on the button below

MBM Reading List

Modes of study

Full Time:

MSc - one year; Diploma - nine months

Study method

Full Time

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.

Top 25 in the UK for Business and Management Research: Top 15 for Real World Impact of Research

The reputation of our research at Stirling Management School was recognised in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), an examination conducted by the UK government, which confirmed our place in the UK's top 25 institutions for Business and Management, out of over 100 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 rigor 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 students from around the world. Find out what studying here could be like for you .


You will 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 global reputation: research rating

The University of Stirling Management School was ranked among the Top 25 in the UK for business and management in the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).

Our students

Our 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 & 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.

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 careers in a variety of sectors around the world. 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.  

  • Stirling is ranked 7th in the UK for graduate employability with 96% of our graduates in employment, or further study, within six months of graduating. (Telegraph/HESA, 2015)
  • The University has achieved a 5-star excellence award for Employability. (QS Stars, 2014)

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98% of our postgraduate leavers are in employment or further study withing six months of graduating - Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2015/16

Industry connections

Senior executives from the private, public and third sectors, as well as entrepreneurs, engage throughout the year with our postgraduate students. This provides you with a practical perspective on contemporary business topics. In addition, we have a series of guest lectures and workshops which provide many networking opportunities.

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