GCU - Glasgow School for Business and Society


Glasgow Caledonian University is a distinctive, inclusive and forward-looking university that is committed to its social mission to promote the common good. We have become an international centre of excellence in higher education, promoting employability and global citizenship in our graduates. We win awards for our support and commitment to the student experience, whilst delivering innovation through our world-class research in key areas of strength. We have a tradition of widening access to higher education for talented individuals regardless of their backgrounds, and we leverage our intellectual and social capital for the benefit of the communities we serve in Scotland and internationally.

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is a vibrant, innovative and multi-award winning University for the Common Good.

We aim to contribute to society in a manner that embraces yet goes beyond the traditional role of a university. GCU’s For the Common Good commitment is brought to life and delivered by students and staff across academic schools and departments.

Welcome to the Glasgow School for Business and Society

We thrive on ideas, support innovation and value the importance of social responsibility. Students come to us for our knowledge and experience to enhance their career and personal ambitions. Our external partners come to us to find the latest research-led thinking and to access the talent of our students.

Corporate responsibility and sustainability are fundamental concerns for every organisation. The Glasgow School for Business and Society seeks to address the complex challenges of the global economy while delivering social benefit to local and global communities.

Global citizenship, responsible leadership, entrepreneurship and social justice are core to our teaching, research and public engagement activities.

Our distinctive, research-led portfolio offers excellent and accessible higher education opportunities in Glasgow, London and New York. Our programmes are endorsed by professional and academic accreditations confirming that your qualification is among the best in the world.

Corporate responsibility and sustainability are now fundamental concerns for every organisation. As a University for the Common Good, we are playing a key role in the global transformation of business management education. We seek to address the complex challenges of the global economy in the 21st century while delivering social benefit to local and global communities.

We are particularly pleased that our success at embedding ethics, responsibility and sustainability across all aspects of life at Glasgow School for Business and Society has been acknowledged through our membership in ASHOKA U, United Nations Global Compact and PRME, as well as local initiatives such as WRAP and Business in the Community.

We have also become the first university in Scotland to join the prestigious EPAS global network. I welcome this recognition of our high-quality learning and teaching experience that equips our graduates with the skills and knowledge to succeed in the global market. The EPAS accreditation is indicative of a wider institutional commitment to use the very highest international benchmarks to evidence the quality of our provision. This provides robust reassurance to our staff, students, academic and business partners that we are a globally-networked university that is embedded within our local community.

We challenge our staff and students to be critical and independent learners, to become responsible leaders and to make positive contributions to business and society. We’d invite you to join us in our commitment to the Common Good.

Professional Affiliations

The Glasgow School for Business and Society has a strong track record of working partnerships with professional bodies which ensure our courses are relevant to the changing needs of the labour market.

Our professional affiliations not only keep our students up-to-date with the latest advances in business, but they help our graduates stand-out when looking for employment and in some cases confer a special status on graduation.

Examples of professional bodies with which GSBS is associated include:

  • ABS (Association of Business Schools)
  • Business in the Community
  • EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development)
  • ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council)
  • UN PRME Initiative (Principles of Responsible Management Education)
  • Gold Approved Learning Centre for ACCA
  • Approved Teaching Centre for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
  • Centre of Excellence with the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI)

We offer programmes and modules accredited by:

  • ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants)
  • Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC)
  • Chartered Banker
  • Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI)
  • Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT)
  • Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)
  • Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
  • Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS)
  • Chartered Insurance Institute (CII)
  • Chartered Management Institute (CMI)
  • CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants)
  • EPAS (European Foundation for Management Development Programme Accreditation Scheme)
  • ICAEW (The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales)
  • ICAS (Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland)
  • Institution Of Occupational Health (IOSH)
  • Institute of Operations Management (IOM)
  • Institute of Risk Management (IRM)
  • IOR (Institute of Operational Risk)
  • Law Society of Scotland
  • National Council for the Training of Journalists (NTCJ)
  • British Psychological Society
  • SHRM (The American Society for HRM)
  • The Institute of Hospitality (IHA)
  • The Institute of Travel and Tourism (ITT)
  • Tourism Society (TS)
  • Tourism Management Institute (TMI)

Our Departments

Law, Economics, Accountancy & Risk

Our Department brings together academics with interests and expertise in law, risk, economics, accountancy and finance. We pride ourselves on our close links with business organisations including not-for-profit organisations and professional bodies that accredited a number of our programmes.

Department of Business Management

Our Department is focused on the contemporary and innovative use of management approaches and techniques, resources and processes to enhance and develop organisations in the private and public sectors in a highly competitive global marketplace

Department of Social Sciences, Media and Journalism

Bringing together over fifty staff, the Department has both a strong research culture and a commitment to teaching excellence. Rated as internationally excellent and world-leading in several areas in the last Research Assessment Exercise.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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This school also offers:


MA in Multimedia Journalism

Campus Full time 1 year September 2019 United Kingdom Glasgow

The MA Multimedia Journalism is Scotland's leading journalism Masters. It's NCTJ & BJTC accredited; offers placements with BBC, STV, Record, and Herald; achieves 75%+ employment; & wins more Scottish Student Journalism Awards than any other Masters. [+]

Accredited by: BJTC NCTJ

Join a global effort to inform and connect people around the world through Scotland's leading journalism master's programme - GCU's MA Multimedia Journalism. GCU offers the only postgraduate journalism degree in Scotland that is accredited by both of the UK's primary professional training bodies: the National Council for the Training of Journalists and the Broadcast Journalism Training Council.

The MA Multimedia Journalism boasts a more than 75% employment rate, placements in media organisations including the BBC, STV and the Herald & Times Group, and more Scottish Student Journalism Awards than any other master's programme. Prepare to make a real impact in a rapidly changing media landscape.... [-]

MA in Television Fiction Writing

Campus Full time 1 year September 2019 United Kingdom Glasgow

With a wealth of commissions and creative opportunities, TV is where most screenwriters work. Taught by professional writers, you'll work on the scripts from series currently on British TV gaining the knowledge, skills & contacts to succeed in the industry. [+]

Get the training, connections and experiences you need to make your mark on television. Recognised with the Creative Skillset Tick of approval, GCU's MA Television Fiction Writing is the only full-time master's programme focusing solely on scripting for the UK.

Created in close collaboration with industry to maximise your employment opportunities, our programme offers you the full range of industry experiences - and supports you in developing your own original drama or comedy.

Instruction from both academic experts and top TV scriptwriters in British television Chance to contribute to programmes currently airing on British TV Individual mentoring from experienced television executives Direct access to producers and commissioners Year of mentoring from a London agent Support from a professional script doctor Opportunity to graduate with several projects ready to take to market ... [-]


MSc / MSc (Fast-track) in Accounting, Finance and Regulation

Campus Full time 1 year September 2019 United Kingdom Glasgow

The MSc Accounting, Finance and Regulation combines current business needs with the latest academic thinking, theories and practice, ensuring that you have the cutting edge skills required for a successful career in the accountancy and finance sector. [+]

Today’s global, technology-driven and increasingly competitive financial market is almost unrecognisable from that of five years ago. Finance executives and specialists are required to apply the same in-depth knowledge and adept skill to an ever growing, far reaching number of products, regulations and technologies.

While new technologies continue to emerge and rules and regulations change, now more than ever, a digitally-focused, more confident skillset is needed. The MSc Accounting, Finance and Regulation from Glasgow Caledonian University provides you with the confidence and insight to take your existing skills further in your organisation or through further academic study.

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MSc in Human Resource Management

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years January 2019 United Kingdom Glasgow + 1 more

Develop the knowledge & skills for a professional career in global & multicultural organisations. Accredited by the CIPD, recognised by the SHRM & with mutual recognition from the AHRI, our Masters provides you a truly international qualification. [+]

Organisations thrive on the strength of their people. As a human resource, people manager, you play an essential role. GCU's MSc Human Resources Management prepares you for the ethical, cultural, legal, operational and strategic aspects of human resource management - while giving you a global outlook and an understanding of responsible leadership. This way you'll be ready for success - and support the common good to make a positive impact.

The programme is one of only several in the UK to be accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and aligned to the US Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) standards. It's available on a part-time and full-time basis, offering flexibility for career-focused professionals and recent graduates alike.... [-]

MSc in International Banking, Finance and Risk Management

Campus Full time 1 year September 2019 United Kingdom Glasgow

Gain the practical knowledge & essential skills to succeed in the challenging financial services sector. Accredited by Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) and Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI). [+]

To keep up with the continued changes in the financial services sector, bank regulation and bank operational risk management, there is an increasing demand for employees to remain at the forefront of these changes.

We collaborate with leading financial services organisations to keep our modules cutting-edge and ensure that by making the decision to study the programme you have the confidence to apply this newly learned information in the industry.

Broaden and enhance your knowledge, understanding and skills in the area of domestic and international bank operations and risk management by learning from our diverse teaching team. They have a broad range of experience, ranging from academic to industry expertise in both the public and private sectors. We work with key industry partners when developing our programmes to ensure you are focusing on the most relevant areas within the field. The Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment, the Financial Conduct Authority, the Bank of England and Bank for International Settlements all emphasize the need for efficient risk measurement and management procedures within banks. We have also worked closely with some major financial institutions to both validate the programme and place students in professional jobs, including Morgan Stanley and Royal Bank of Scotland.... [-]

MSc in International Business Management

Campus Full time 1 year September 2019 United Kingdom Glasgow

MSc International Business Management provides a comprehensive understanding of the challenges faced by managers, as well as insight into the strategy, policy and practice key to managing these challenges. [+]

Modern, culturally diverse and dynamic business environments are growing globally and as a result we are witnessing a surge in demand for graduates with a world view of what a successful business can look like.

International business has experienced huge growth as a direct result of globalisation. Join Glasgow Caledonian University's Glasgow School for Business and Society and find a modern, international setting where ethical business practices are nurtured and international business theory is put to the test.

Key factors driving this growth include new and emerging markets, technological advancements, labour mobility, sophisticated logistics and supply chains, and the growth of business support networks for entrepreneurs. Opportunities for graduates at masters level have never been greater and through the international business management programme you will experience activities that many different industry sectors demand from their management professionals.... [-]

MSc in International Fashion Marketing

Campus Full time 1 year September 2019 United Kingdom Glasgow

Accredited by EPAS & CIM, our Masters practical & creative focus can drive your career to the next level. Study core concepts in fashion marketing alongside current international issues, fashion communications, global marketing & brand management. [+]

The global fashion industry is valued at over two trillion dollars and represents one of the largest economies in the world.* With the growth of digital advancements and consumer power, the international fashion world is in the market for transparent, ethical and customer-driven strategies.

Answering the call for specialist graduates with disciplines in both fashion and marketing, the MSc International Fashion Marketing has been redeveloped alongside industry to bring you the practical, technical expertise that you need to compete and thrive in this dynamic industry.

Fashion marketing is continually evolving alongside technology and an increasingly accessible marketplace.

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MSc in International Operations and Supply Chain Management

Campus Full time 1 year September 2019 United Kingdom Glasgow

Prepare to excel with a specialised Masters. Develop skills in sustainable business operations, performance management & managing global supply chains. The only MSc with double-accreditation (CILT, CIPS ) & Yellow Belt status on graduation. [+]

Every organisation, from small Social Enterprises to Global Multinationals with thousands of employees must manage its supply chain and business operations. Glasgow Caledonian University's Glasgow School for Business and Society has developed this Masters to meet this demand. The programme is informed by research, sector professionals, the requirements of Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) and is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and transport (CILT).

This programme focuses on producing employable, responsible graduates, who are able to contribute effectively from the start of their employment. A unique aspect of the programme is that students can achieve Lean Yellow Belt certification as part of the course.... [-]

MSc in International Tourism and Events Management

Campus Full time 1 year September 2019 United Kingdom Glasgow

Tourism and events are among the fastest growing sectors in the global economy destinations adopting event-led tourism strategies as a means to enhance location awareness to bring positive social and economic impact. This is an exciting time for events and tourism specialists to combine their skills and be part of this movement. [+]

Informed by industry demand and the vast array of job opportunities available, Glasgow Caledonian University'sd MSc International Tourism and Events Management programme delivers the practical and technical experience that you need to maximise the opportunities this growing sector has to offer.

You'll enjoy a truly international experience with the chance to network, volunteer and work in industry with guest lectures from those currently leading in the sector.

What you will study

Developing an understanding or real world issues from a UK and global perspective, identifying responsible decision making and ethically driven behaviours Gaining practical skills through and industry placement and field trips Enhancing digital skills on key communication areas such as marketing, project management and visual presentations ... [-]

MSc in Marketing

Campus Full time 1 year September 2019 United Kingdom Glasgow

Transparent, global and technology-driven marketing is on every organisation’s checklist for success and top marketing practitioners need new skills in order to continue to deliver in increasingly competitive environments. [+]

Transparent, global and technology-driven marketing is on every organisation’s checklist for success and top marketing practitioners need new skills in order to continue to deliver in increasingly competitive environments.

We believe in the importance of becoming responsible decision-makers in business. At Glasgow Caledonian University you’ll further develop your knowledge and experience of the concepts of sustainability, ethical leadership and social responsibility that can bring about positive change in the global world of marketing.

Join GCU’s award-winning Glasgow School for Business and Society and immerse yourself in the latest digital and international marketing trends and become the positive influence that employers have come to expect from graduates of GCU. You will benefit from learning alongside students from different parts of the world with diverse backgrounds and experiences. This opportunity gives you insights into the culture and contexts of marketing in different countries.... [-]

MSc in Risk Management

Campus Full time 1 year September 2019 United Kingdom Glasgow

Industry-recognised & double-accredited (CII & IRM), we focus on corporate & business risk management, ensuring you have the broad skills & expertise to excel as a risk specialist. Study full-time, part-time or by distance learning. [+]

As organisations face a growing number of global and strategic challenges, and the need for responsible leadership, good governance and ethical behaviour continues to rise, highly qualified risk management professionals find themselves in great demand.

Glasgow Caledonian University's MSc Risk Management explores strategic and operational risk in the context of wider organisational resilience. This research-led postgraduate programme is available to study in either full time mode; as part of our thriving international community based on campus or distance learning mode; benefiting from our full support at a time and place that suits you.

Join a leading UK provider with over 30 years risk management teaching experience and benefit from our longstanding links and excellent reputation with industry bodies and professionals while developing the advanced skillset employers need.... [-]

MSc in Social Business and Microfinance

Campus Full time 1 year September 2019 United Kingdom Glasgow

With a master in microfinance and social business, you can be a part of the real social change. Already a proven model for helping people out of poverty in developing economies, microfinance is now expanding to the US and UK. [+]

GCU's MSc Social Business and Microfinance is the first of its kind in the world.

Social business is a cause driven business, which aims to impact on people or the planet, rather than for the accumulation of profits to shareholders or investors. While the benefits of a socially enterprising world are well documented, every social business journey is unique, and the impact of microfinance is still emerging.

Evolving this practice further, the MSc Social Business and Microfinance from Glasgow Caledonian University shares its home with the Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health - GCU's world-leading research centre - and is delivered by the award-winning Glasgow School for Business and Society*.... [-]


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