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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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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.
If you are interested in studying a module from this course, the Postgraduate Certificate or the Postgraduate Diploma then please email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your course of study.
Fees for all new applicants to postgraduate taught courses are held at the level set upon entry.
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There’s a range of scholarships available to you to help you fund your studies. Visit the School web page for more information.
This course is currently approved for PTFL (Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan) funding from SAAS. More information
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:
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.
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:
In Semester 2 you will take:
Plus two electives from the following:
Please note that we may not offer all electives if there is not enough student demand
Please view the School web pages for the MBM reading list by clicking on the button below
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.
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.
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).
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:
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.
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.