Part Time MBA
At the University of Glasgow Business School, our business is about knowledge creation and communication. Our MBA is focused on creating leaders who can think critically, and who have the ability to lead companies and organisations and their people at the highest level.
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For entry onto the MBA programme, you will need a good first/bachelors degree or professional equivalent. You must also have a minimum of three years managerial/supervisory work experience. As the course is conducted in English, non-native English speakers need a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 with no sub-test less than 6.0. If English is not your native language, the University of Glasgow can assist
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The Glasgow MBA is structured in a way that enhances the scope for personal and academic development, incorporating orientation and induction sessions ahead of the core modules, offering a rich choice of options, and finishing with the in-depth and applied analysis of a dissertation. Personal development sessions are provided throughout the programme to help students reflect upon their progress and enhance their potential. The part time MBA is a two-year programme, with classes meeting on Fridays and Saturdays from 9am to 5pm. Participants find this structure allows for greater focus on subjects in class. The full time and the predominantly local part time programmes combine for classes at several points in their respective schedules, and also for regular social events such as barbeques, guest speaker events, Scottish country dancing, and celebrations for the Chinese New Year, enhancing the community feeling. The close proximity of participants to lecturing and administrative staff within School buildings also fosters a friendly and approachable atmosphere.
The Glasgow MBA is structured in a way that enhances the scope for personal and academic development, incorporating orientation and induction sessions ahead of the core modules, offering a rich choice of options, and finishing with the in-depth and applied analysis of a dissertation. Personal development sessions are provided throughout the programme to help students reflect upon their progress and enhance their potential.
Our MBA has been renewed to ensure it retains its position at the forefront of business and management education. Your learning will be facilitated through experience based approaches, focusing on practical problem-solving and exposing you to real world situations that help to challenge your assumptions, and make you a stronger, more creative manager. The Glasgow MBA programme integrates the core disciplines of modern business - strategy, economics, accountancy and finance, marketing and managing people - not just with each other, but also with other critical themes and disciplines, with insights drawn from across the university and beyond. Engagement with a range of key issues, such as the impact of technological, social and political forces on organisations, the threat of climate change, new approaches to business ethics and corporate responsibility, and the role of the media, are therefore at the heart of the programme.
The programme is made up of 6 elements:
· Element 1: Induction
· Element 2: Critical Enquiry
· Element 3: Strategy and Organisational Performance
· Element 4: Strategic Foresight
· Element 5: Specialist electives
· Element 6: Personal development, reflective practice and leadership
Induction is designed to address your individual needs as you set out on the MBA programme; to provide an introduction to the course, its learning objectives and methods of delivery, and the other supporting services, such as the library, that together form a key part of the MBA experience. From the outset, it will also stress the importance of personal development and leadership as an integral theme uniting different elements of the degree.
This course is designed to introduce you to the intellectual perspectives and methods of research and enquiry that underpin the Glasgow MBA programme as a whole. It explores the many different disciplinary and methodological traditions that should inform excellent managers' critical, effective analyses of the business world. A key focus is on how rigorous, discerning and informed thinking and analysis assist the decision making process to deliver better business outcomes. The course introduces many of the key themes and approaches used in the subsequent core courses of the MBA programme.
Strategy and Organisational Performance
This course is designed to introduce you to the processes and practices of strategy and organisational performance. The course will offer an integrated overview of strategy, managing people and resources, marketing, accounting & finance and economics, developing the skills expected of senior mangers working in a variety of contemporary organisations. You will then be introduced to a range of tools, techniques and practices, which are commonly used in both public and private sector organisations.
This course is designed to develop your thinking on the future direction of business and management practice. It introduces a range of intellectual and disciplinary perspectives from across the social sciences and other allied disciplines such as engineering, environmental science and medicine, identifying the key challenges that organisations face as they seek to develop sustainably in a fast changing world. In so doing, it addresses five key themes, which integrate the wide range of issues covered in the MBA Programme, namely:
· Is globalisation playing out as had been expected?
· What degree of control do managers really have over their organisations and their people?
· To what extent are innovation and diversity really present in contemporary organisations?
· How is technology and innovation changing the shape and scope of organisations?
· How should managers react to a more uncertain world?
Following the core courses, you have the choice of five specialist electives from a range of around 30 options. The wide range of electives offered - from International Entrepreneurship, to Change Management, Risk Management and specialist marketing courses, allows you to tailor your MBA experience to your future career development plans. There is also the option to study at one of two international business Summer Schools in which Glasgow is a partner, which are held in Europe and Asia each year.
Personal development, reflective practice and leadership
This element runs in parallel with the rest of the programme, beginning immediately after Induction. It is made up of four components: personal development planning, which will focus on developing key skills including effective dissemination of learning; a clearly defined opportunity for reflective practice based on either a consultancy project to be undertaken in a local partner organisation or another business school on an exchange basis; research techniques training encompassing a range of quantitative and qualitative methods; and the primary research project of the dissertation.
In addition to personal development sessions, this element includes a defined period of reflective practice, where you will undertake a group project to implement and test the skills and techniques you have accumulated through the programme. A choice will be offered between two options: you will either spend time in a partner organisation analysing a real business problem for the benefit of that organisation, or you will travel to one of our partner Schools abroad to learn about business administration in an international context (this option is at extra cost).
The dissertation is a substantial business related, investigative, and analytical piece of original research. You will work on your dissertation from May to the end of September if you are a full time participant, or during the second year if you are a part time participant. The topic of the dissertation is agreed between you and your dissertation supervisor, and is expected to be relevant to your current organisation or your intended career plans. It may be organisation centred, but should encompass the application of relevant management theory, and an investigation of that theory in the context of its application.
The dissertation provides an opportunity to demonstrate synthesis across the range of learning undertaken in the MBA programme, and is therefore central to integration of the different disciplinary, practical and theoretical approaches you will encounter in the preceding courses.
Part Time MBA