Master of Business Administration (Strathclyde Business School)

The University of Strathclyde

Business School

Founded in 1947, Strathclyde Business School has been offering postgraduate programmes at international centres since 1988. The MBA programme is designed for busy executives who need to combine career and family commitments with the demands of MBA studies. Wherever you study, the MBA programme has the same content and structure and the faculty members travel to the international centres to run intensive seminars, with continuous support for the students provided by the Singapore centre. Students have the opportunity to take electives in summer school classes in Glasgow, subject to availability.

Strathclyde Business School is triple accredited by the three international accrediting bodies:

  1. AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) is the USA’s best known accreditation body.
  2. AMBA (Association of MBAs), which originates in the UK, is the only one of the 3 main bodies to accredit MBA courses rather than the host institutions.
  3. EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System) is the quality assurance scheme run by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) based in Brussels.


All teaching is supported by the strong research carried out by Strathclyde faculty. The Research Excellence Framework (REF) in 2014 rated Strathclyde Business School in the top 10 schools in the UK for the quality and breadth of its research and was also rated highly for research impact, a measure of how the research impacts on practice in business.

You will be taught by Strathclyde academics and supported by the centre staff in Singapore. Once you graduate, you will join a network of thousands of alumni around the world.

University Recognition and Awards


 External Recognition

  1. 1 of only 68 business schools in the world (out of 5000 +). We were the first Scottish business school to gain full international accreditation (AMBA, AACSB and EQUIS)
  2. University of Strathclyde named “UK Entrepreneurial University of the Year 2013/14″ by Times Higher Education (THE)
  3. University of Strathclyde has been awarded “UK University of the Year 2012/13″ by Times Higher Education (THE)
  4. Europe’s first university faculty to be awarded a licence to operate an MBA in the UAE
  5. Strathclyde Business School was ranked in the top 10 in the UK and number one in Scotland in the REF2014
  6. Department of Human Resource Management is a CIPD approved centre
  7. Department of Accounting and Finance has its programmes accredited by CIMA and ICAS
  8. Department of Marketing is accredited by Institute of Export, Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Market Research Society
  9. Our Hospitality & Tourism degrees are accredited by the Institute of Hospitality

Rankings – Postgraduate

  1. 11th in UK, 80th in world (Financial Times, global full time MBA, January 2017)
  2. Top 10 in UK, 34th in Europe (Financial Times, European business schools, December 2016)
  3. Top 10 in UK, 41st in world (Financial Times, Executive MBA, October 2016)
  4. Top 10 in UK, 76th in world (The Economist, full time MBA, October 2016)
  5. Top 10 in UK, 58th in world (Financial Times, Masters in Management, September 2016)
  6. Top 10 in UK, 33rd in world (Financial Times, Masters in Finance, June 2016)
  7. Top 5 in UK, 37th in world (The Economist Executive MBA bi-annual ranking, 2015)

What is the Strathclyde MBA?

The Strathclyde MBA has been available in Singapore since 1988.

The Strathclyde MBA is not just a business programme, it’s a stimulating, challenging, life-changing experience, which will make you question, re-think and re-evaluate how you do business.

The Strathclyde MBA is highly experiential and based on collaborative learning. Students share their varied work experiences, knowledge, understanding and skills.

The MBA will shape and guide you as a reflective, open- thinking, adaptive learner. This is facilitated through enhanced understanding of the interplay of theory and practice in management. In particular it:

  1. provides the skills required for progression to higher level policy-forming positions
  2. allows you to make successful career transitions
  3. facilitates the move from technical specialism to general management
  4. polishes the skills and enhances the abilities of people working for themselves or about to set up in business


What are the prime benefits?


  1. a broad understanding of business and management issues
  2. strategic orientation and the ability to successfully implement the strategies formulated
  3. development of management skills and techniques
  4. self-awareness as a manager and leader
  5. increased confidence in all areas of business

Career development

  1. enhanced promotion prospects
  2. new career opportunities
  3. access to the extensive Strathclyde alumni network


What are the benefits for employers and sponsors?

Improved corporate performance

  1. greater understanding of corporate goals
  2. more knowledgeable and successful management
  3. advanced communication through mutual understanding
  4. greater awareness of external influences and recognition of the need for a quality customer focus and market orientation
  5. increased potential for the effective utilisation of valuable corporate, human and other resources

Human resource development

  1. greater ability to attract and retain high potential managers
  2. flexible approach to management education
  3. structured development of individual managers
  4. integral part of succession planning and development of tomorrow’s leaders


How does the programme work?

The study route to your part-time MBA is flexible with most participants taking between two to two and a half years to complete. Each year is divided into two semesters starting in October and April. Students are provided with a range of text books, course workbooks, core learning materials, and online access to the Strathclyde University library along with physical and online access to the YMCA libraries.

In terms of teaching, for each subject students attend a two day intensive seminar delivered by academics from Strathclyde University and scheduled over weekends. These seminars are mainly based around the core learning elements of each subject but also contextualised to cover the business environment specific to the region. Additionally, throughout the programme, students attend a range of workshops and simulations to enhance and develop their managerial skills and competencies.

Supporting all of this, participants attend weekly (evening and/or weekend) counselling (tutorial) sessions delivered by locally appointed counsellors. The intensive seminars, workshops and counselling sessions ensure that all MBA students have the same learning experience and reach the same standards as participants attending the MBA programme in the UK. Students enrolled on the programme can attend the intensive seminars, workshop and counselling sessions in either Singapore or at any of the other international centres.


How is the course assessed?

The course is assessed by a combination of written coursework, in-class presentations and examinations. As far as possible, coursework will be related to your work environment and the examinations are scheduled twice a year prior to the end of each semester. The examinations and assignments are set, marked and validated by the University of Strathclyde academic staff, and are identical to and assessed on the same basis as students undertaking the programme in the UK. Thus, the MBA programme offered in Singapore is the same as the full-time mode in the UK in all aspects except delivery.


Your Strathclyde MBA degree

While offered in partnership with YMCA Education Centre, responsibility for academic quality control resides with Strathclyde.

Successful MBA students (via international centres) will be awarded the same University of Strathclyde MBA as UK students.


How long will it take?

The Strathclyde MBA – International, has been specifically designed for busy executives who need to combine career and family commitments with the demands of MBA studies. This flexibility enables participants to graduate within two years. However, your studies may be spread over a longer period to a maximum of six years.

Subject to availability, those students wishing to accelerate their studies may be able to join the full-time MBA programme at Strathclyde University at the elective stage during May, June and July each year. This enables you to complete your electives within a shorter period, as well as experience working with participants from all over the world.


The Partnership

Strathclyde has had a presence in Singapore for more than 20 years. YMCA School took over the university representation in 2009. We offer administrative support and facilities for teaching for both our local tutors and Strathclyde academics, and continue to work on building Strathclyde’s reputation in Singapore for quality education.


How does the partnership work?

YMCA Education Centre is responsible for promoting the Strathclyde MBA in Singapore, handling enquiries, providing information and receiving applications. To maintain high standards of consistency throughout the world, all admissions decisions are made by the University of Strathclyde. YMCA provides local administrative services as well as holding counselling sessions, seminars and examinations.

Strathclyde Business School provides teaching materials and sends Strathclyde faculty members to Singapore to run intensive seminars. All assessment is the responsibility of Strathclyde and successful participants will be awarded a University of Strathclyde Master of Business Administration.

To view the University website:

Click here to download the Strathclyde MBA student handbook.



The chart above illustrates the modules and credits required to attain the MBA certificate.

In event of failure to complete within the maximum stipulated period, recourse appeal is case-by-case basis handled by the University.


The programme semesters are delivered in blocks of approximately 6 months with examinations at the end of each semester. The semesters start in October and April each year.

The programme is delivered by means of open learning materials, textbooks, counselling sessions (tutorials) conducted by Local Counsellors and intensive seminars delivered by visiting Strathclyde University academic staff. In each subject, you will be expected to complete assignments, which are usually included in the final assessment and there are examinations in 6 subjects.


Click here to view the Strathclyde MBA April & October intake schedule.


Master of Business Administration (Strathclyde Business School)

Grant Available – Please contact us for more information


Amount (S$)


Application Fee


Non-refundable and non-transferable
Course Fee


Fee Protection Scheme Fee



Total (without GST)



Add GST 7%



Total (with GST)

40,461.00 -

Under the EduTrust Certification Scheme, private education providers must adopt a Fee Protection Scheme with the CPE-appointed service providers. YEC has adopted the Insurance Scheme facilitated by CPE-appointed service provider, Lonpac Insurance Bhd.

For more information on CPE Fee Protection Scheme:

For more information on YMCA Fee Protection Scheme Master Policy, please click here.


Refund for Withdrawal Due to Non-Delivery of Course:

YEC will notify the Student within three (3) working days upon knowledge of any of the following:

(i)        It does not commence the Course on the Course Commencement Date;

(ii)       It terminates the Course before the Course Commencement Date;

(iii)      It does not complete the Course by the Course Completion Date;

(iv)     It terminates the Course before the Course Completion Date;

(v)      It has not ensured that the Student meets the course entry or matriculation requirement as set by the organisation stated in Schedule A of the Student Contract within any stipulated timeline set by CPE;

(vi)      The Student’s Pass application is rejected by Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA).

The Student should be informed in writing of alternative study arrangements (if any), and also be entitled to a refund of the entire Course Fees and Miscellaneous Fees already paid should the Student decide to withdraw, within seven (7) working days of the above notice.


Refund for Withdrawal Due to Other Reasons:

If the Student withdraws from the Course for any reason other than those stated in Clause 2.1 of the Student Contract, YEC will, within seven (7) working days of receiving the Student’s written notice of withdrawal, refund to the Student an amount based on the table in Schedule D of the Student Contract.


Refund During Cooling-Off Period:

YEC will provide the Student with a cooling-off period of seven (7) working days after the date that the Contract has been signed by both parties.

The Student will be refunded the highest percentage (stated in Schedule D of the Student Contract) of the fees already paid if the Student submits a written notice of withdrawal to YEC within the cooling-off period, regardless of whether the Student has started the course or not.


Refund Table:

% of [the amount of fees paid under Schedules B and C of the Student Contract]

If Student’s written notice of withdrawal is received:


more than 1 day before the Course Commencement Date


before, but not more than 1 day before the Course Commencement Date


on and after, but not more than 28 days after the Course Commencement Date


more than 28 days after the Course Commencement Date, but not more than 42 days after the Course Commencement Date


more than 42 days after the Course Commencement Date

You will need to write to YEC to cancel the Agreement within the Cooling-off Period. All refunds will be made payable to the party who made the payments in the first instance and within 7 working days after receiving the refund request.



Due to the inherent flexibility of the SBS-MBA programme, it is possible to be a member of one centre to transfer permanently from one centre to another or to one of the UK programmes.

The circumstances under which a transfer will be considered include:

  1. a permanent job transfer from Singapore to another country;
  2. an application to convert from part-time studies to full-time studies in one of the UK programmes, subject to availability of places.

The student seeking transfer must make an application through the local centre administrator, who will in turn liaise with the Administrator at the University. All such requests will be responded to within 3 working days.

Transferring between centres or the UK programmes on a permanent basis requires a change of registration and passing the administration from one centre to another. The student file will also be handed over to the administrator of the centre where the student is moving to.

There will be no transfer fees charged.

Any instalment of course fees that is outstanding at the time of transfer will have to be paid to the Centre the student is transferring to. The amount payable will be in accordance to what is being set by the Centre the student is transferring to. In view of this, prior to making the transfer the student must agree to accept any additional fee due.



Student who wish to withdraw from the programme may write to YMCA Education Centre, which will be forwarded to the University. Student who withdraws from the programme within 6 weeks from the start date, which is either 1st April or 1st October upon any semesters, may be entitled to a refund if applicable according to the refund policy

It should be noted that the University will pursue the non-payment of any outstanding fees and will take any necessary steps to recover any unpaid debt.”



In exceptional circumstances, a student may request for deferment.

Student should first contact YEC for advice. If student still wish to proceed with deferment, student should submit a deferral request, in writing, to YMCA Education Centre explaining the circumstances fully. This will be forwarded to the University for approval.

Entry Requirements

The standard requirements* for entry to Strathclyde Business School (SBS) MBA programme are as follows:

1. Direct Entry

  1. A university degree or professional qualification
  2. A minimum of three years of full-time working experience
  3. At least 24 years old

2. Diploma Entry

  1. A diploma holder
  2. A minimum of eight to ten years of varied work experience
  3. At least 27 years old

Application Procedure

1. Following pre-admission consultation and verification of results, applicants are required to pay a non-refundable application fee of S$107.
2. Please visit the following website to submit your application online:

Once at the page, click on the ‘Apply’ tab (orange tab) at the right hand side of the page and click on the relevant intake (April / October).

Strathclyde Academic Support

Student Complaints

The University of Strathclyde endeavours to provide all students with an environment that is educationally supportive, fair and intellectually challenging and where services are provided in an efficient and friendly manner. However, we acknowledge that problems can occur from time to time. When they do or when students are not satisfied that we have acted in accordance with our policies and standards we would ask that they let us know as soon as possible using the procedures described below.

Policies, Definitions and Standards

Academic Matters

In partnership with each student, the University undertakes to identify and supervise an approved programme of study and to make a fair assessment of each student’s performance at each key stage of their programme. Details of specific study and assessment programmes and criteria for assessment are contained in Course Handbooks available from the appropriate Faculty Officer. Academic Departments frequently invite feedback from students through questionnaires and staff/student committees.

Administrative & Academic Support Services

Most departments that provide Administrative or Academic Support Services for students issue a written account of the services they provide. Services are resource limited but each Department aims to provide an efficient and friendly service. Some have published specific performance standards as part of the Administration’s Customer Care Programme. All encourage feedback from students as an input to assigning priorities for development.

Discrimination, Harassment Or Intimidation

The University is committed to equal opportunities for all students (and staff) no matter their age, gender, disability, race, culture, religious beliefs or sexual orientation. It wishes to maintain a working and learning environment which welcomes diversity and is free from discrimination, harassment and intimidation. It will act on complaints received and encourage education programmes both to develop awareness of the issues allied to an equal opportunities policy and also to identify any systemic barriers to achieving equal opportunities within the University community. An Equal Opportunities Officer has been appointed to work with staff and students to identify training needs, to develop support mechanisms and to monitor implementation of the University’s equal opportunities policy.

Further information may be obtained from the Equal Opportunities Officer.

My Place

An extensive range of useful information and resources are presented on the intranet pages known as My Place (

Myplace is the University of Strathclyde’s Virtual Learning Environment. It comprises of web pages that deliver online learning resources and activities designed to enhance and support learning.

The MBA class sites on Myplace will give specific details about the class including assessment details, a discussion forum, lecture notes, and further reading. All the classes that students are registered for will automatically appear on Myplace.

Facilitating your Learning

The Andersonian Library provides access to the best resources possible to support you throughout your studies. In addition, the Knowledge & Information Portal (KIP), available via MyPlace, gives you access to additional resources, directly related to your studies. The learning resources available to you from the Library and the KIP include access to a wide range of databases, e-books and e-journals all available 24/7 from anywhere in the world. Information, help and advice on current business, management, company, industry, market and country data is provided. 24/7 help is available via telephone and email.

MBA Induction Programme

YMCA Education Centre conducts a Student Induction Programme for every new student enrolled in the first week of the semester in April and October. In most cases, a senior academic/department head from the partner university will be present to conduct the session, which will cover both administrative and academic aspects of the programme. An important aspect of the session is the tour of the premises and facilities. The relevant information resources will also be presented to every student, including support services.

Click here to download “Dignity and Respect Policy” – University of Strathclyde

Career Support & Professional Development

SBS offers career development support to all students and alumni, on-campus or off, through our Career Management site is a comprehensive resource, containing a number of international job boards and links to dedicated MBA information sites. You can also create a profile and post a CV.
Seminars and workshops are delivered throughout the year, online and on-campus, as well as conference and networking events.


Irene Taylor, Career and Professional Development Manager; +44 (0) 141 553 6057

MBA Student Blog

The posts are shared on facebook, twitter, LinkedIn with most visitors coming to us from social networking sites, the SBS website or from Google. We invite students who may be willing to write student blog posts to help SBS populate the MBA blog with a series of posts under the category “student blog”.

As examples you can see blog posts from the SBS-MBA full-time students here plus we’ve recently started publishing posts from our new intake Part-time and Flexible MBA too. Pictures /videos are always welcome and are great for sharing, as are posts about any particular events/modules/speakers. We look forward to your contributions.

Log on to: on 5 April 2017 at 5.00pm for our virtual fair. We will be online till 6.30pm to answer all your queries.

Kindly fill up the form below and we will contact you shortly.

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