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A-Z Business Schools

Strathclyde University Business School

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Age: 64

History: Although the school was set up in 1947, its commerce courses go back to the 1840s when it was called Anderson's University. The MBA was launched in 1966, and was the first full-time, 12-month course of its kind in the UK.

Address: In the heart of Glasgow, on the campus of Strathclyde University.

Ambience: Surroundings are light and airy, with lots of glass and light terracotta sandstone. Facilities are good, including a business information service and two cafés.

Vital statistics: It's firmly rooted in John Anderson's philosophy to provide "useful learning" to local people, but also educates people around the globe via nine offshore centres. The MBA is delivered along flexible, credit-based lines and the same degree can be earned full-time, part-time or by flexible learning.

Added value: A triple-accredited business school, with access to specialist centres, such as the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, Strathclyde International Business Unit, Fraser of Allander Institute, The Scottish Centre for Employment Research and European Policies Research Centre.

Easy to get into? Requires a minimum of three years' post-graduate work experience. A formal interview is also compulsory, and you are likely to be asked to take GMAT.

Glittering alumni: Jim McColl, chief Executive, Clyde Blowers, Sir Tom Hunter, entrepreneur and chairman, West Coast Capital Ltd; Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kapranos; Arthur de Haast, global CEO, JonesLangSalle Hotels; Lena Wilson, COO, Scottish Enterprise and CEO, Scottish Development International.

International connections: You can do a Strathclyde MBA by part-time study at one of the business school's overseas centres in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, the Gulf, Switzerland and Greece. Around 1,500 students choose to do so. Over 80 per cent of the full-time MBA students come from abroad.

Gurus: Professors Sara Carter OBE and Colin Mason, entrepreneurship; Colin Eden, strategy and strategic management; and Susan Hart, innovation and competitive success.

Student profile: The average age on the full-time MBA is 28, and the male-to-female ratio is 70:30. On the part-time programme it's 33 with a male-to-female ratio of 75:25, and for the flexible learning option it's 30 with a 70:30 ratio.

Cost: £22,000 for the full-time MBA. Check the website for up-to-date fees for all programmes.

Who's the boss? Susan Hart is the dean, and a professor of marketing.

Prospectus: +44 (0)141 553 6118; www.strathclydemba.com