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Business and Management (MBM) MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Management Studies / Science Business Studies

Course type


Course Summary

Why this course

The MSc Business & Management (MBM) draws together the best that Strathclyde Business School has to offer. By combining the School’s research expertise with its understanding of personal and professional development, the MBM provides a springboard for those looking to pursue careers in management, in business analysis, in consultancy, or even in starting a business.

It is accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) as a Pre-Experience Masters in Management. As a result, you can be sure the course will develop the business acumen you need to operate effectively across different industries and operating environments.

The mission of the MBM instils in you the personal qualities and critical thinking skills that will see you emerge as a self-directed learner, capable of dealing with the ambiguous and complex task of managing.

What you’ll study

The curriculum builds your understanding of organisations and the context in which they operate, and helps you explore where you might fit within them. Classes fall within four focal areas:

  • Understanding the business – through a sequence of classes you'll gain a managerial overview of the major functional areas of most organisations. You'll explore what they do and learn the language and techniques they employ.
  • Developing the business – building on your growing understanding of organisations, this group of classes explores how businesses are responding to their contexts and analyse how they might evolve in the future.
  • Professional development – in this area you will identify and develop a plan to enhance the key strengths and skills that will mark you out in your management career.
  • Building a careers focus – as you move towards the next stage of your career, the elective classes and the final project/dissertation provide a wide range of options that allow you to customise your learning towards your career direction or development needs.

A programme focussed on practice

The MBM provides a developmental process that builds your knowledge and confidence in understanding and undertaking hands-on analysis of management issues. Throughout the year you'll engage in:

  • learning about practice – from the outset, the course focuses on the application of knowledge through case studies, group-based analysis, and guest speakers
  • learning through practice – through working with real-life businesses you'll gain hands-on experience of the complexities involved in managing organisations
  • practice as learning – by examining how you get things done in practice, you'll build confidence in identifying what you need to do to take your skills to the next level

A programme focussed on careers

The MBM’s commitment to help you identify and enhance the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in your career begins on day one and extends beyond the end of the course. As a cohort member you'll:

  • develop a personalised plan for learning and development, that identifies your strengths and the activities that will enhance your career prospects
  • engage with resources that provide support and advice on career choices, and how best to exploit opportunities as you progress in your career
  • join our active alumni group that complements the extensive Faculty and University alumni programme
  • have the opportunity to convert your MBM qualification to the prestigious Strathclyde MBA (Master of Business Administration) degree once you've acquired sufficient work experience. To take advantage of this opportunity you must apply within five years of graduating.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date



As the final class in the degree program the Consulting in Practice class is aimed at developing effective and reflective practitioners/managers. This class provides students with the opportunity to deploy many aspects of their learning by engaging with a live issue provided by a client company. It commences with a review of key theories and tools that students have studied as part of their degree with consideration given on how to use these in this exercise. This is followed by analysis of material provided by the client which describes the issue to be addressed and the outcome expected by the client. This then leads into a group activity which applies particular techniques for addressing aspects of the client’s issue. More detailed client input is provided at certain points in the process often through direct interface with the client. This allows students to gain a more in-depth understanding of the issue and to try out various solutions. Further analysis is carried out by the groups and the class concludes with students presenting their thinking to their client. The client presentations are then followed by a reflective session where the tutor, client and students are encouraged to explore the process of the class and develop the learning gained.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Minimum second-class Honours degree, or overseas equivalent (see our country pages for further information) in a non-business or management-related subject. The MSc Business and Management is primarily designed for those with non-business related degrees and is not suitable for those with general business degrees such as BA/BSc Business Studies or Bachelors in Commerce.