Masters of Business Administration (MBA) with a specialism in Leadership Studies (MBA)

Strathclyde Business School, University of Strathclyde

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The award

How long you will study
12 months

Domestic course fees
GBP 12000 per year

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
GBP 19500 per year

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About Masters of Business Administration (MBA) with a specialism in Leadership Studies at Strathclyde Business School, University of Strathclyde

Why this course?

The MBA with a specialism in Leadership Studies has been developed by Strathclyde Business School (SBS) and the Leadership Trust Foundation (LTF).

Our aim is to develop directors and high-potential managers into outstanding leaders in their own specialist business fields. The programme is valuable for those in the private, public and voluntary sectors.

Good leadership skills are essential for directors and senior managers to run their businesses effectively. With the challenges of the 21st century, these skills are now even more in demand.

Specialist features

The course structure combines an understanding of business functions, strategy and strategic thinking with an understanding of the leadership process and the practical development of leadership skills.

You'll enhance your self-awareness, self-control and self-confidence through personal experience of practical leadership and teamwork situations.

We provide you with an innovative range of learning approaches to suit your own circumstances and you'll gain a unique mix of practical leadership skills from one of Europe's foremost leadership development organisations.

We offer the academic depth and rigour expected of a top university business school.

Benefits of the MBA with a specialism in Leadership Studies

For you

You'll gain a better understanding of yourself and how others perceive you in your leadership role.

Exposed to key business management and leadership theories and practices, you'll have an unparalleled opportunity to develop your strategic and behavioural leadership skills.

You'll gain a greater understanding of business management and will be able to lead your people more effectively, and will have the opportunity for networking through an outstanding international alumni network.

We have thousands of members worldwide, many of whom have reached the highest positions in their fields.

For your organisation

By supporting your directors or managers on the MBA in Leadership programme, you'll be helping determine the long-term success of your organisation.

A survey conducted by an independent consultancy on behalf of The Leadership Trust Foundation found that strong leadership qualities are the most important factor for achieving optimum performance at board and senior management levels.

Flexible study routes

The MBA with a specialism in Leadership Studies can be taken as part of the Flexible Learning route. It's designed to fit with your demanding work responsibilities.

Usually, you'll take the course part-time on a modular basis over three years but it can also be taken from between two years and six years.

Based on the core curriculum of the Strathclyde MBA, the programme uses a combination of formal courses, self-study through supported distance learning, practical training and project work.

Teaching staff

MBA Academic Director (UK)

Leadership Development Consultant

  • Mr Mike King, The Leadership Trust Foundation

Programme Administrator (Flexible Learning)

  • Ms Karen McMillan, MBA Office, Strathclyde Business School

Programme Administrator (Experiential Courses)

  • Mrs Sandra Jordan, The Leadership Trust Foundation


Less than 1% of business schools in the world hold "triple accreditation", and Strathclyde is one of them. The three international accrediting bodies are:

  • The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
  • The European Quality Improvement System
  • The Association of MBAs

To gain accreditation by one of these bodies is an achievement in itself. To gain accreditation by all three bodies is a truly outstanding accomplishment and one we're proud of.

Association of Masters of Business Administration (AMBA)

You're eligible to join AMBA after enrolment on an MBA course.

Course content

The Strathclyde MBA is based on collaborative learning. You'll share work experience, knowledge, understanding and skills.

Our purpose is to help to develop you're skills in diverse areas of management.

The MBA will shape and guide you as reflective, open-thinking, adaptive learners.


The Reflective Practitioner

This module is designed to help you respond to the increasing emphasis in the business world about corporate social responsibility, stakeholder expectations and the professional practice of management. It provides you with the foundations to become an adaptive manager open to life-long learning. There are three classes within this module:

  • Learning Manager
  • Comparitive Corporate Governance
  • Entrepreneurial Management & Leadership

Fees & funding

How much will my course cost?

All fees quoted are per academic year unless otherwise stated.

MBA Leadership

2017/18 - £12,500 (fees are payable over two years - total fee £25,000)

The fee includes:

  • intensive seminars at SBS
  • LTF courses
  • all books and programme materials
  • charges for accommodation and meals while attending course at The Leadership Trust Foundation

Please allow an additional £1,500-£2,000 for all travel costs to and from The Leadership Trust Foundation and Strathclyde Business School, and accommodation and meal charges when attending courses at Strathclyde Business School. 

How can I fund my course?

Deciding to study the MBA is a considerable financial investment. We ask you to research how you're going to finance this as early as possible.

The majority of students on the full-time programme are self-funded. UK students can apply to loan schemes to fund their studies and non-UK usually raise their own finances through bank loans or scholarships.

The University's Finance Office administers instalment plans for tuition fee payments by self-funded students. Details can be found at

Career Development Loans

The Career Development Loan Scheme is run in partnership with the UK Government's Department of Education and Employment. It's available at the following banks:

  • Barclays
  • Co-operative
  • The Royal Bank of Scotland. 
For further information on eligibility visit the web-pages at


There are 10 scholarships of £1,000 available that have been funded by our partner organisation, The Leadership Trust Foundation.

Apply for a Leadership Trust Foundation scholarship here.

Additional support is also available for students employed by UK-based charities. Please contact the Leadership Trust Foundation directly for further information.

University scholarships

Go to our scholarship search to find out more about university scholarships.

Please note

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.


We recognise that career development is one of the main reasons why people invest in an MBA. The MBA job market offers plenty of global opportunity but can be complex and challenging.

That's why we also offer a dedicated careers service for MBA students. You'll get career planning and skills development as well as unlimited access to personal advice and coaching. Our careers service is delivered in-house and by a team of top consultants.

We work with you to complement your own proactive job search efforts too. We help you use your own career background and strengths to progress to your next career move.

You'll gain the understanding and tools to develop your personal, strategic career plan, as well as the self-marketing and communication skills to make effective applications and impress at interview.

You'll have the knowledge of the global job market and a range of contacts to make it work for you.

Career & Professional Development Programme

Our professional development programme is delivered in four modules throughout the year. Each is a week long and they're held in October, November, January and February. The programme includes:


  • Introduction to strategic career planning and how to get the job you want
  • Creating a personal profile (to be published on our profile site)
  • Presentation skills workshop
  • Networking skills, including social media
  • The Glasgow Challenge


  • Personal skills audit
  • Setting career development goals
  • Self-branding/self-presentation (CVs, cover letters and applications)
  • Supporting resources


  • Company visits and industry presentations, including alumni
  • The Scottish MBA Careers Event


  • Practical interview and assessment centre sessions

Throughout the year, there will be additional workshops, master classes and company presentations.

Dedicated careers resources

You'll have access to a library of MBA-specific information and resources through our Careers Portal. This offers:

  • company and market information, both UK and global
  • vacancies all over the world
  • links to top MBA sites

Where are they now?*

MBA graduates' job titles include:

  • Audit Manager
  • Business Consultant
  • Business Development Manager
  • Change Project Manager
  • Chief Executive
  • Director
  • Head of Operations
  • Managing Consultant
  • Operation Manager
  • Quality Manager
  • Senior Accounting Manager
  • Quality Manager
  • Regional Finance Manager

Employers include:

  • Cisco
  • Deloitte
  • EDF Enegery
  • Glasgow City Council
  • HSBC
  • KPMG
  • NHS
  • Scottish Power Renewable
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • Vets Now

*Based on the results of the national Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey (2014/15 and 2013/14).

Further information

Go to our dedicated Careers section to get information on:

  • Career planning
  • Preparing your CV
  • The job market
  • Interview advice
  • Entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Employers
  • Alumni
  • Projects and client consultancy
  • Overseas support

Study options for this course

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Our selection process is designed to identify talented professionals from a wide range of academic, business and cultural backgrounds.

While there are formal requirements for entry listed below, we take into consideration:

In order to assess these skills we ask you to complete a number of essays outlining your experience and aspirations alongside references supporting your work experience and academic record.

We may ask you to undertake a formal interview to discuss your achievements and aspirations. We would encourage you to visit the school or centre you're applying to and to ask as many questions as you need to clarify your decision.

Qualifications & experience

For entry to the MBA with a specialism in leadership studies programme you must:

Admissions testing

Although the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) is not a standard requirement of our admissions process, strong verbal reasoning and numerical abilities are critical for the MBA and we may ask you to undertake such a test.

Competence in English

The MBA programme is highly interactive and requires a high level of competence in English speaking, writing, reading and understanding.

A minimum score of 6.5 in IELTS is required for applicants whose first language is not English. We may consider applicants who fall slightly below these standards if they're willing to undertake pre-sessional study.

Computer competence

In order to undertake the Diploma/MBA you need to be competent in word processing, the use of spreadsheets and in report writing.

The application process

Completed application forms are considered by the Admissions Committee as they're received.

You're encouraged to submit your application form and all the supporting documentation as soon as possible. Once all the details are with us you should receive a decision within three or four weeks of application.


If you've undertaken courses at The Leadership Trust Foundation that are common to the MBA with a specialism in Leadership Studies programme within the past three years, you may be granted exemptions provided you fulfil the course requirements for written assignments.

If you have completed a Strathclyde Diploma in Business, DMS, CNAA Diploma in Management Studies or a CIMO or Open University qualification, you may also be eligible for exemptions.

If you've completed the Strathclyde MSc in Business and Management (MBM), you may upgrade to the MBA with a specialism in Leadership Studies.

Applications for exemptions, which carry fee reductions, will be considered on an individual basis and the final decision will rest with the Exemptions Committee.

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