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The University of Glasgow Adam Smith Business School

Contact our general manager with any questions. Profile updated: October 2, 2019.

School Data

Annual Tuition: £1,6000

Annual Tuition Non-Resident: £24,000

Acceptance Rate: 60%

Full-Time Enrollment: 29

International: 86%

Female: 60%

Male: 40%

Application Deadlines: International applications (non-EU): July 21st, 2019; UK and EU applications: August 25th, 2019

The Adam Smith Business School at The University of Glasgow has deep roots in economics. Named after the “Father of Modern Economics,” Adam Smith, the school very much still has Smith’s influence of emphasizing research, morality and holistic thinking. The school’s broad focus is to graduate students that shape culture and deliver impact while promoting the tradition of Scottish enlightenment and enterprise.

Regardless of degree, the school focuses its research-based instruction in the three areas of accounting and finance, economics and management. Impressively, the school offers 35 master’s degrees, including the accredited MBA.

Students begin with the core courses which focus on decision making under uncertainty, business strategic management and strategic foresight. Then students may focus their elective courses on finance, strategy or marketing. One unique aspect to the Adam Smith program is students are mentored throughout the degree in an effort to enhance the learning and growth experience of the students in both life and business. Students are also expected to emphasize reflective practice and leadership.

The program culminates with Consultancy Week. During this week, students get to apply what they’ve learned throughout the program with real-world business challenges with actual businesses. Some recent participating businesses have been Grant Thornton, Amazon, BAE Systems, and others.

The Adam Smith Business School offers MBA students who wish to stay in the UK to develop a business the opportunity of one of ten available Tier 1 Visas. The Visa can be extended from one year if things go well.

Subjects/academic units

  • Accounting & Finance
  • Economics
  • Management


  • Academic staff: 128
  • Academic staff with PhDs: 92
  • Professorial staff: 49
  • Female academic staff: 44
  • International academic staff: 31
  • Total nationalities represented: 27
  • Professional and Administrative staff: 53


Undergraduate students

  • Number of students: 2,582
  • Home/EU: 2,041
  • International: 541*

Postgraduate taught students

  • Applied: 11,843
  • Enrolled postgraduate resident students: 1,624
  • International students: 1,463*
  • Total nationalities represented: 58


  • Number of students: 157
  • International students: 101*
  • Total nationalities represented: 49


Living alumni of the School: 14,553


  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International)
  • Association of MBAs (AMBA)
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales
  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
  • Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy
  • European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS)

Contact Information

External Relations
71 Southpark Avenue
Glasgow, G12 8QQ
Admissions Office:
+44 (0)141 330 3993
School Social Media:

From the Adam Smith Business School:

The University of Glasgow has been educating and inspiring students for over 560 years. Adam Smith Business School, named in honour of the influential 18th-century Scottish economist, offers a broad choice of subjects, excellent teaching standards, superb facilities, an international reputation, high graduate employment rates and a top-quality student lifestyle in a great city location.

Adam Smith is recognised worldwide as one of the most influential figures to emerge from the Scottish Enlightenment and the field of Economics. Naming the Business School in his honour commemorates his close ties to the University and enhances the University’s international reputation.

Smith described his time at Glasgow as: ‘by far the most useful and therefore as by far the happiest and most honourable period of my life.’

The University of Glasgow Adam Smith Business School combines world class research and teaching from the following subjects:

  • Accounting & Finance
  • Economics
  • Management

With more than 1500 postgraduate students studying in 36 master and 6 PhD programmes, we are the largest Business School in Scotland and the second largest in the UK. Our range of accredited degree programmes will help to prepare you for a promising future career, and the ability to contribute to organsations at the highest level.

‌The University of Glasgow Adam Smith Business School celebrates the legacy of Adam Smith by developing enlightened and enterprising graduates and internationally recognised research with real socio-economic impact.

We help to transform organisations and careers. Our business is creating leaders, researchers, and professionals who can think critically, and who have the ability to affect organisations at the highest global level. Adam Smith Business School offers relevant, research-led business education in a friendly, supportive, internationally focused environment which promotes an appetite for critical enquiry and learning. This research-led approach is one of the reasons why a degree from the University of Glasgow is so highly prized.

The University of Glasgow Adam Smith Business School is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS), and the Adam Smith Business...

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