Founded in 1796, Glasgow’s Strathclyde University has a long and illustrious history. Its business school is not quite so ancient, but still has an admirable pedigree, having opened its doors in 1948. Strathclyde has been ahead of the curve, too, offering an MBA since the mid-1950s; it was also the first UK institution to offer a one-year MBA and an online MBA.
In November 2016 the business school unveiled a swanky new look following a £23m refurbishment. Strathclyde now a state-of-the-art environment, boasting two lecture theaters with a 100-plus capacity, tutorial rooms for up to 40, hot-desking, and all the other bells and whistles you would expect from a triple-accredited school.
The business school is embedded in the wider university, and has links to the faculties of Engineering, Science, and Humanities and Social Science. It is also home to the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, supported by Scotland’s first billionaire, Sir Tom Hunter, who graduated from the university.
Entrepreneurship is something of a theme at Strathclyde, and students from all the university’s faculties can access the Strathclyde Entrepreneurial Network. MBA students often help researchers and academics with ideas, and new businesses can be pitched at investors at regular Strathclyde 100 events.
The school also has close contacts with the wider Glasgow infrastructure, including the fast-growing innovation district. It will also work closely with the soon-to-be-built National Manufacturing Institute, which will build on the city’s proud industrial heritage.
Strathclyde is also home to a new Technology Innovation Centre and the Centre for Corporate Connections, which aim to improve collaboration between academia and businesses, and will host up to 1,200 researchers and professionals from industry working side-by-side. The school is also one of five in the UK to be awarded the Small Business Charter Gold Award for its work supporting startups and SMEs.
Strathclyde has global links, too, teaching its MBA in locations around the world — in Switzerland, Greece, Singapore, Malaysia, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Bahrain, and Oman. The Strathclyde MBA has around 1,500 participants at any one time. The school also partners with universities in Australia, Canada, Europe, Asia, and the United States.
The MBA course itself consists of 10 months of classes that are delivered in four modules. Participants have a choice of around 20 electives. The final two months of the program consist of a two-month capstone consulting project.
Trystan Powell, MBA 2017
I was thinking about doing an MBA in the U.S., but we had recently moved to Scotland, so I wanted to minimize disruption to my family and looked closer to home. Strathclyde ticked the boxes for me, because it had a good reputation and is strong on research.
My MBA cohort had 39 people, but was very diverse; they came from 15 countries. Some were in their 40s and 50s, which added some different perspectives. The small size means you have access to tutors and your classmates, and there was an informal, relaxed environment, with lots of teamwork and collaboration. You really had an opportunity to have a voice, and during teamwork you really feel that you are learning about the other people and having an impact.
I was considering working in a social enterprise, but instead I’ve set up a consultancy working with small and microbusinesses in Scotland that benefit the community.