Based in the centre of Glasgow, Strathclyde Business School has eight international centres – in Europe, the Gulf and Asia. We are widely acknowledged as an innovator in business and management education, and our enterprising spirit took us into these new countries with the establishment of our international centres – our MBA is offered at all centres via part-time study.
At Strathclyde Business School we offer a range of Master’s programmes – some general, some specific and we also run a range of bespoke corporate programmes specifically tailored to the needs of companies. We work with companies throughout the business school – in our undergraduate and postgraduate courses, and our corporate programmes which are handled by our Centre for Corporate Connections – through the Centre, we have worked to provide bespoke programmes for Babcock, Weir and Iberdrola, for example.
Professor David Hillier, Executive Dean of Strathclyde Business School said, ‘As a world-class business school in an international technological university, we continue to innovate to ensure our programmes are completely relevant and impactful to today’s business world. Strathclyde Business School now offers over 20 postgraduate Master’s programmes, something we are able to do due to the range of departments within the business school. Innovation and entrepreneurship within business are hot topics in industry and our programmes, such as the MSc in FinTech and MSc in Data Analytics, reflect these themes.’
One of our most recent programmes is MSc Financial Technology (FinTech), with the first batch of students due to graduate later this year. Fintech, an up-and-coming sector, is concerned with the use of technology to make financial transactions more efficient. Jointly offered by the departments of Accounting and Finance and Management Science, students will gain a comprehensive skill set using a learning approach that combines theory, intensive practice and industrial engagement.
Strathclyde Business School has also linked up with Politecnico di Milano in Italy for the International Master Project Management (iPMP). The programme looks at the strategic and holistic demands of modern projects in contemporary organisations. It investigates the most recent approaches in project management with a cross sectorial and intercultural perspective. The course is taught in English and during the 18-month duration, students spend time at both MIP, Milan, and Strathclyde Business School for five months each, and the final eight months can be spent in Italy, the UK or another international destination.
Another new programme is MSc Data Analytics. The Strathclyde programme is unique in that it brings together essential skills from three departments – Management Science, Mathematics & Statistics, and Computer & Information Sciences (CIS). The course focuses on the uses of data analytics techniques within business contexts, and presents significant opportunities for businesses to recruit data analytics experts with a high-level expertise and knowledge. Summer dissertations take the form of client-based projects and the Data Analytics in Practice module hosts several presentations from external organisations.
An Economics Master’s programme has had a revamp this year – the Fraser of Allander Institute, recognised as a leading independent economic research institute in Scotland, has stamped its mark on the MSc in Applied Economics. This course has been designed – in partnership with the business, consulting and policy communities – for the aspiring professional economist. Fraser staff will teach several of the classes, host a number of summer internships each year and, with the Institute never out of the media, the MSc offers students a unique opportunity to engage with staff working at the cutting edge of applied economics research, industry engagement and policy making.
Our Finance programmes are always extremely popular, and we have a range of Finance Master’s programmes to cater for the increasing demand we see for specialism within a general field. So as well as our MSc in Finance, which is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), we offer International Accounting and Finance, International Banking and Finance, Investment and Finance, Quantitative Finance, and our most recent programme – Finance and Management – which has got off to a great start. All of these programmes provide ‘job-ready’ graduates for the wide range of finance careers available.
Our Marketing Works programme demonstrates another way we work with industry. Each year, our postgraduate students in Marketing, International Marketing and Tourism Marketing Management embark on a consulting project with a company or third-sector organisation. Students have worked with companies such as Sgurr Energy, Smith McLaurin, Microsoft, Thales, Strathclyde Police, Herald and Times Group, Mitchell Library, Barr Construction, Distance Lab and DM Concerts. These projects start in January and students submit their reports in May. Students and business clients both benefit – clients end up with a worthwhile piece of marketing research while our students acquire invaluable and challenging learning experiences and develop their soft skills as well as applying the concepts and techniques taught on the programme.
Professor Hillier commented, ‘We work with industry in a variety of ways – students may be involved in guest speaker events, business workshops, internships, small consultancy projects or in-depth projects that companies sponsor. Our increasing focus on technology, innovation and enterprise as cross-cutting themes in teaching, research, and industry engagement will ensure that Strathclyde Business School continues to be a pioneer in business education, combining academic excellence with industry relevance.’