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Glasgow Caledonian University

Caledonian Business School
Glasgow Caledonian University

About the MBA programme

The full-time MBA is an intensive one year Masters programme. It emphasises general management with a high degree of integration between the strategic dimension and functional issues.

The syllabus addresses international management issues and such perspectives are enhanced by the international diversity of the participants. The International Study Visit (travel/accommodation costs covered in the programme fee) is a distinctive feature underpinning the international theme of the MBA. This gives participants the opportunity to interact with a range of organisations in continental Europe and is delivered in conjunction with partner Business schools. In the past student groups have visited international agencies such as the WTO and ILO, Utrecht in the Netherlands and the European Parliament in Brussels. Recent visits also include to internationally orientated companies in Prague and Vienna where the group had an opportunity to speak to and question managers about the distinctive operating environment in Central and Eastern Europe.

The MBA comprises three inter-related strands of themed modules:

This is the core of the MBA’s taught component. Functional specialisms such as Marketing and Finance are explored and integrated into a consideration of the broader Business environment and an important treatment of Strategic Management issues. The prime objective is the development of a wide understanding of Management theory such that it can be confidently applied to the evaluation and implementation of solutions relevant to complex organisational issues.

• The Manager’s Environment: Provides insights into the overall business context within which organisations operate; this includes consideration of appropriate Economic concepts.
• Management Finance: Develops a critical understanding of Accountancy and related financial issues relevant to identifying, measuring and communicating relevant economic information and as an aid to decision making.
• Management Foundations: From an exploration of the managerial process itself this module moves to the investigation of the key functional management areas of Operations, Marketing, Human Resource Management and relevant aspects of International Law.
• Management Integration: Introduces a cultural dimension and pursues the integration of the introductory Management modules via an extended case study.
• Strategy 1 and Strategy 2: These modules introduce a range of techniques for exploring the strategic position of an organisation.
• Options: Participants select two modules from a varying list covering key disciplinary areas such as Finance, Marketing, Human Resource Development, Project Management, etc.

This strand takes participants through a development process which enables the critical application of research techniques from the ability to find information and manage facts through to the completion of a complex dissertation.

• Management Statistics: This module assumes no prior knowledge of statistical techniques. It develops a fundamental understanding relevant to the processing of quantitative management information in the organisation.
• Management Consultancy Project: Develops a critical understanding of a self-selected body of Management literature and encourages its application to a practical management issue. The participant is required to adopt the role of a consultant and to develop proposals that are capable of implementation.
• Research Methods for Managers: An advanced course in research methods that covers both philosophical issues and the development of practical skills for researching Business and Management topics.
• Dissertation: The Consultancy Project and the Research Methods components are designed to prepare participants for the demands of preparing a dissertation on a specialist Business or Management subject of choice. Such specialisation may be further underpinned by option choice.

Reflection upon the managerial process and the development of management skills via individual and group activities is directed towards an increased capacity for independent learning relevant to future career aspirations.

• Learning to Manage: Aims at a deeper understanding of the skills and concepts required to manage oneself and others within the workplace. Personal awareness and effectiveness are dominant themes.
• Developing Management Skills: The emphasis is on contemporary management practices concerned with interpersonal, inter-group and organisational skills. Understanding of theory is encouraged by opportunities.

About the Department

Caledonian Business School is the largest of its kind in Scotland and is part of a modern university, on a hi-tech campus, providing cutting-edge programmes – all ensuring that the learning environment is of direct benefit to career development.

Graduate Academy of Business
Our Graduate Academy of Business has recently been established to further enhance the Schools reputation for providing high quality postgraduate, post-experience and professional programmes to both organisations and graduates across Scotland.

We continue to build upon established strengths of a wide choice of programmes, a strong vocational orientation, an emphasis on applied research, national and international consultancy work and close links to employers and to the key public, private and voluntary sector institutions that develop and implement the range of strategies that underpin social and economic development in Scotland.

CBS provides a strong and diverse portfolio of programmes, enabling students to choose from broad-based business degrees, professional and functional based degrees such as accounting, marketing and human resource management, and programmes that specialise in key economic sectors such as financial services, tourism, media, leisure, public and the voluntary sector.

All of our programmes have a clear and strong vocational basis. They are designed to meet the needs of employers, the personal, professional and management development needs of graduates and where appropriate, the educational requirements of professional bodies.

Applied research is central to the mission of the Caledonian Business School, it is critical in ensuring the quality and relevance of our portfolio provision. Our research activities across the public, private and voluntary sectors resulted in CBS receiving the highest Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) rating of any post-1992 University in Scotland and the 3rd highest in the UK.

Industry Links
As a business school, we pride ourselves in our strong links with industry across Scotland, the UK and beyond. These links support both our provision of services and the development of our activities as we aim to play an important part in creating a more innovative and globally competitive industrial base in Scotland.

Overall, the combination of size, contemporary themed groups, specialist Research Centres, and strong employer and professional body links, gives Caledonian Business School a strong and distinctive role within Higher Education provision in Scotland.

About the University

Glasgow Caledonian University is situated on a self-contained campus, right in the heart of Glasgow. We are one of the largest universities in Scotland with over 15,000 students. We also offer a wide range of innovative and vocational undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and research opportunities in the areas of business, health and science & technology.

Quality Teaching
Glasgow Caledonian University has a well-established reputation for providing high quality teaching, learning and research which dates back throughout its founding institutions to 1875. All of our programmes are designed to offer students an effective combination of academic study and practical experience. In addition, students also have the opportunity to develop a range of transferable skills, such as computing, foreign languages and communication skills.

Careers Focus
Glasgow Caledonian University is acknowledged as one of the leading vocational education providers in the country - we really are an institution “Where careers come first”. We offer a wide range of programmes, all of which have a strong focus on ensuring that our graduates have the opportunity to enter a successful career in their chosen discipline.

Student Friendly
Glasgow Caledonian University is rightly regarded as an extremely welcoming and friendly place in which to study. You’ll be on first name terms with your lecturers and will benefit from our small class sizes and working on group projects with your fellow students.

Excellent Facilities
The learning environment at the university is second to none. Over recent years we’ve invested in your future by spending over £90 million on campus developments. In 2006 our multi-million pound Saltire Centre opens, bringing a student services mall and almost 1000 extra study spaces to the campus. All of our new facilities have been purpose built to meet the needs of our students. A feature of all of our facilities is the strong emphasis on new technology with all students having easy access to modern computers and software packages.

Join Our International Community
If you choose to study at Glasgow Caledonian University, you will benefit from the University’s worldwide profile, and have the opportunity to meet, and get to know, some of the many international students who are studying with us. Our international students come from over 90 different countries throughout the world and bring with them a diversity and enthusiasm which undoubtedly enriches the Caledonian experience for everyone

Address Information:

Address The International Office, Glasgow Caledonian University
Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow, G4 0BA
Tel. No. + 44 (0) 141 331 3098
Fax No. + 44 (0) 141 331 3956
E-mail address
Course director John Penlington
Courses MBA Master of Business Administration
Type of courses Full-time
Length of courses 12 months
Date of commencement September each year
Class Size 30-40
Student accommodation Student accommodation is situated adjacent to the city-centre campus and is available to MBA students
Cost/fees UK/EU Fees (2005/06) £8400;
Overseas Fees (2006/07) £10,500
Financial assistance A scholarship of £1000 is available to all non-EU students. Students wishing to pay their fees in full are eligible for a 3% discount.
Top recruiters of graduates Upon graduating, MBA students have gone on to work for a variety of public, private and voluntary sector organisations either within the UK or in their home countries. Some graduates have used the skills learned on the MBA to start-up and successfully run their own business.
Exchange Partner Schools/Programmes As part of the programme’s International Study Visit, students will get the opportunity to visit Business Schools in France and Italy in order to explore contrasting academic perspectives on regionally distinctive business issues.
Admission requirements • Equivalent to a UK Undergraduate Degree
• Minimum of 2 years relevant work experience
• IELTS 6.0+ or TOEFL 550 (computer based 213) with written English 4.5+
Countries of origin of students Students on the MBA come from over 20 countries spanning Europe, Asia, Africa and beyond
Ratio of men/women Session 2005/06 – 23 (men): 16 (women)
Age range 21-40
Average Work Experience Minimum 2 years relevant work experience for entry. Average work experience is approximately 5 years.
Contact for application The International Office
T: +44 (0)141 331 8675
F: +44 (0)141 331 8676

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