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The University of Glasgow Adam Smith Business School

Contact our general manager with any questions. Profile updated: December 17, 2019.

Contact Information

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

School Data

Annual Tuition: £1,6000

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)