Strathclyde Business School attends QS World Grad Tour in Milan


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Event Date: 14 March 2016

The University of Strathclyde Business School will be represented at the QS World Grad event in Milan.

It’s an ideal opportunity to visit the Strathclyde stand and chat with our experienced admissions officers who will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about the school, our wide portfoilio of Masters programmes and our internationally accredited Strathclyde MBA which can be studied on a full time or flexible learning basis.   We also offer a wide range of scholarships for 2016 entry.

For further information on venue and timing of this event please visit :

Enjoy the course while it lasts, because you will definitely miss the experience after graduation… by MBA alumni Chiamein Goh, Malaysia centre


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Name : Chiamein GOH
Qualifications : MBA, University of Strathclyde 2015
Job title : Strategic Alliance and Business Development Manager
Employer : MNC
Location : Europe (HQ in UK)

Goh Chiamein

Doing the Strathclyde MBA had indeed changed my perspective on my career choices and opened my eyes to see the difference I can make to an organisation. It also allowed me to switch jobs and to be on the management level in a completely different field. In addition, it opened doors for me to delve into social entrepreneurship, and this brings me great joy as social causes have always been close to my heart. I believe that opportunities do not just drop on your lap and this MBA programme is not an Ivy League school where companies come with job offers even before graduation. However, it is great value for money and the part-time studies provided the flexibility to keep my day job.

I did the MBA merely in the interest of learning a new subject, and did not expect that it would change my line of work. I started the course 5 years after gaining work experience. Working in a hospital environment where it was all about patient care has blinded me to the business side of running a hospital. The MBA has provided this other side of the equation for me, thus giving me a holistic view of what it means to have impact and profits and to ensure that the benefits are sustainable.

For me, one of the best parts of the programme was working with my MBA classmates, learning from one another, leveraging on each other’s strengths and absorbing different leadership styles to better manage a team. The engagement with numerous companies throughout our coursework also allowed me to see how  different businesses were managed and the how this contributed to the successes of these organisations.

My current role involves planning the strategy for new business units in the company as well as collaborate with new suppliers, clients and co-development partners on a daily basis. My knowledge gained from the course especially on strategy, entrepreneurship and innovation are particularly relevant for my current job scope. My job scope increases every few months as new opportunities arise, thus the broad range of business skills definitely help me to adapt quickly.

My advice, if you want to do well in the course, be prepared to put in the hard work and odd hours for at least 2 years, including working with your team mates through the wee hours of the morning and having to go to work the next day. Be prepared to sacrifice your social life and family time, because most of the after work hours would be devoted to coursework and studying (i.e. every evening and every weekend). However, at the end of it you will find that the benefit outweighs the cost. Enjoy the course while it lasts, because you will definitely miss the experience after graduation.

MBA Scholarships announced!


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Strathclyde Business School have announced a number of MBA specific scholarships which are available for application to all MBA offer holders.  You can find further information on eligibility and the application process here




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Category Manager, Glasgow City Council

mark robertson
Background:                     University of Paisley –  BSc. (Hons) Mathematical Science

Country of Origin:           Scotland

what I have gained in terms of fulfillment and development vastly outweighs the cost of the sacrifices made to accommodate the commitment to the MBA programme into my schedule.

Career: After a brief period in Finance roles, I began a career in Procurement with Iron Mountain in 2001 and completed my professional qualification in 2004, achieving Membership of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (MCIPS) status.

I moved from Iron Mountain in 2006, taking a Post as Senior Buyer with First Group, where I was responsible for all indirect spend in the Scottish Bus Operation and was heavily involved in the role out of SAP procurement in the region and led on the first e-procurement exercise delivered across Bus Operations in the UK.

In late 2008 I accepted a post with Glasgow City Council as Purchasing Executive and have since progressed into Category Management – where I remain in post to date.

The post at GCC is my first experience of Public Sector Procurement and I was, and remain, interested in the balance between regulations, legislation and transparency of process and the need for commercial astuteness in Public Procurement, a matter which is extremely topical presently.

Why an MBA & Why Strathclyde?  My view is that personal development must remain a focus throughout my career if I wish to continue to progress and reach further in my aspirations. I was attracted to my career in procurement as it is a broad spanning role. Such span and scope remains important to me which is why the MBA is a good fit. It covers all areas and aspects of business, to a good level of detail which I feel will serve me extremely well in the future.

Strathclyde was an easy and obvious choice to make as the part-time course fits well with my schedule, the location is perfect as I work in and around the City Centre. The biggest selling point however, were the ratings, reviews and accreditation of the Business School. The facilities are first rate and the experience so far has surpassed my expectations.

The course is as challenging as it was described to be and finding a balance between professional, personal and academic commitments has been a difficult but not impossible.

I am married with a young child and my role at the Council is extremely demanding. However, what I have gained in terms of fulfillment and development vastly outweighs the cost of the sacrifices made to accommodate the commitment to the MBA programme into my schedule.

What can you offer other students? Networking is proving to be a huge part of the experience and I have already learned a great deal from colleagues on the course in sharing our knowledge, experiences and perspectives. There have certainly been some robust discussions.

In this sense, I feel that my experience in various industries and sectors allows me to have a good perspective to offer and I have gathered specialist category knowledge in fleet, security, telecoms, construction and utilities across my career which can be applied in a number of situations. I hope my colleagues and alumni will find my input as helpful in their development as their knowledge has been in my own thus far.




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Marketing Manager, BPI PLC

Aaron McIvor

Background:                     MA Politics and Philosophy – University of Glasgow

Country of Origin:          Scotland

Language(s) spoken:     English

…I’m also a foodie (or at least a wannabe foodie) and would love to launch, develop and grow my own business that somehow involves food one day

Why the MBA? To gain knowledge and develop skills across an entire spectrum of business disciplines whilst developing my professional network. I’m also hoping to gain a deeper insight into alternative business perspectives from my MBA peers.

 Why Strathclyde? Having spent four years on the other side of the city at the University of Glasgow, it wasn’t easy to cross to the ‘dark’ side. Fortunately, I saw sense and realized that the SBS MBA was for me – not only is its reputation unmatched by any other university in Scotland but its content and approach to teaching suit me well.

Positive experiences and what opportunities has the MBA opened your eyes to –  So far the MBA has given me an excellent opportunity to work with a diverse group of people and gain insight into their businesses.

 What can you offer other students?  Prior to joining BPI, I spent time working in a few SMEs including a venture backed start-up. One of the best bits of working for smaller businesses, particularly in the start-up phase is the sheer variety in the day to day of the job. This meant stepping far outside my marketing box often and with it developing an interest and aptitude in many aspects of business – both operational and commercial. I believe this has instilled in me a more holistic appreciation of how the various elements of a business need to interact to create optimum progress and value. I hope to put this experience to good use during the various group projects throughout the MBA.

 Future aspirations:  Always a tough one and making a lasting mark on my current organization definitely features. But deep down I’m also a foodie (or at least a wannabe foodie) and would love to launch, develop and grow my own business that somehow involves food one day.

SBS rises in the FT Global MBA Ranking 2016


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University of Strathclyde Business School rises up Financial Times’ MBA ranking

The University of Strathclyde Business School’s full time MBA programme has been ranked in the Financial Times Global MBA Rankings 2016, rising up the top global 100 programmes to 63.

Despite ever increasing competition from schools globally, including the US, Asia, Australia, Canada and across Europe, Strathclyde’s MBA rose 17 places from 80 to 63. This position continues to see Strathclyde in the top 10 of UK programmes which made it into the ranking. Strathclyde’s MBA was also ranked 7th in the world for best value for money.

This is the latest in a range of ranking successes for the Strathclyde MBA programme and, combined with our excellent research ratings and triple accreditation, confirm Strathclyde’s position as a business school of global standing within a leading international technological university.

Executive Dean Professor David Hillier, said, “We are delighted to have such a good showing in the Financial Times ranking, particularly in a year when we celebrate 50 years of the full time MBA programme and 40 years of our part time MBA programme.

Our top 20 position in Europe, together with the fact we are ranked so high for value for money, is fantastic news. It confirms Strathclyde as a university that has real impact, not only in Scotland but throughout the world.”

Strathclyde’s MBA, introduced in 1966, was the first one-year full time MBA programme in the UK and continues to lead the pack in innovative and applied learning.

See the full rankings here



MBA and Postgraduate Virtual Recruitment Event 26th January 2016


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Event Date: 26 January 2016

Thinking of PG or MBA study this year?

On Tuesday 26th January we are hosting a Postgraduate and MBA interactive virtual fair. The fair will be online and provide information on all aspects of studying at the triple accredited Strathclyde Business School.

Between 2.00-3.30pm (GMT) on the 26th our experienced admissions team will be only too happy to help address any questions or queries you may have regarding the programmes on offer at SBS, careers, admissions information, scholarships, and what to expect when you start your studies at Strathclyde Business School.

For further information please visit


Top tips to make the most of your MBA experience by FT MBA Razan Kayyali


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Shortly before I started the MBA programme at Strathclyde, I came across an article on Business Insider[i] in which 6 MBA students share their top tips with current MBA students in order to make the most of business school.

Out of those 6 tips I stopped at two, “prioritize” because you simply have to accept you cannot do it all and “give yourself a break”.  I didn’t believe we would have the time to “take a break”, and I didn’t like the idea of “accepting” I will fall behind. Having finished the first semester at SBS, I found those two tips to be the most valid. In addition to a few more tips:

  1. I will say it again, prioritise.  It’s inevitable, you will be at some point out of breath trying to catch up on all that you have to do. And because we are all humans, you have to accept the fact that you just cannot do it all the way you would like to. First things first, organise yourself and start prioritising the tasks at hand.
  2. Seriously, you need to take a break. There’s always something to do, and there’s always not enough time to do it, by taking a break you shift your focus for a very short period of time, relax your mind a little bit, and then you go back energised and refreshed. You can go to the gym or have a coffee with a friend, your pick.
  3. Plan ahead as much as possible. You know what your assignments are and you know when they are due, so get organised and have plan.
  4. Learn some time management skills, they will prove to be very helpful. Proper time management will help you be organised and stay on track. Try to be “2/3” done with your assignment before half the time.
  5. Focus on your goal. Why are you on this MBA programme? That’s your goal, never lose sight of it, and work through your studying to achieve it.

As we prepare to start the second term, I will keep those tips in mind, maybe add a few more if needed. Until then, I hope other MBA students find these tips helpful.