Be part of a global cohort

Our MBA combines key management disciplines with entrepreneurship and creativity.

Hear about our Edinburgh & Dubai MBA from our Executive Dean, Professor Heather McGregor...

You can choose where you are based; our Edinburgh campus or our Dubai campus. Whichever base you choose, you will switch locations with your fellow students and spend one term overseas at the other campus.

You can choose to study our MBA full-time (over 12 months) or part-time (over 24 months) on either HWU campus, starting in September.

This MBA is equally relevant whether you’re starting a new business or looking to develop your entrepreneurial spirit within an organisation. You’ll hear from international industry leaders on how they’ve used innovation to drive their organisations. And, with a schedule of company visits you’ll have multiple opportunities to experience a range of business perspectives, and grow your international professional network.

Our MBA is an intellectually rigorous programme that uniquely blends key management disciplines with newly-developed courses in entrepreneurship; all taught by top British and international faculty. Self-development masterclasses sit alongside our academic courses to support your personal transformation.

If you study our new elective, Entreprenurual Venturing, you will create your own investor-ready business plan. You'll own all the intellectual property (IP) rights associated with your business plan*.

You’ll graduate with a prestigious British Master’s degree from Scotland's most international university, and receive our ongoing support post-graduation and beyond.

If you receive funding from an employer or financial sponsor however, you must must come to an agreement with them on intellectual property rights and ownership.

This is the MBA Programme I wish I had done

Professor Heather McGregor

How the MBA is structured

Each study year is split into four academic terms; here is an example of how your full-time one-year programme might look. Part time, the programme will be spread over two years with eight terms.

Full-time one-year MBA programme terms MBA courses
1: Sep–Dec  Marketing
2: Jan–Mar (Edinburgh cohort goes to Dubai) Organisational Behaviour
Choose an elective e.g:
Entrepreneurship and Creativity
3: Mar–Jun  Finance
Project Management
4: Jun–Aug (Dubai cohort goes to Edinburgh) Strategic Planning
Choose and elective e.g:
Entrepreneurial Venturing

Choose where and when to start

We recommend you submit your application at least two months before your start date.
This will allow time for processing and visa applications.
Home campus Study mode Intake
Edinburgh Full time over one year September
  Part time over two years September
Dubai Full time over one year September
  Part time over two years September & January

Edinburgh & Dubai MBA

Designed for tomorrow's leaders

You'll receive access to top business leaders, the chance to visit 20 businesses in the UK and Dubai, your own business mentor, employability masterclasses by Professor McGregor, ongoing careers advice and an expert-peer-vetted investor-ready business plan.

One MBA, two locations

Edinburgh and Dubai exchange programme; you'll be part of one global cohort

If you choose to study in Edinburgh you'll spend four weeks on-campus in Dubai, in term two.
If you choose to study in Dubai, you'll spend four weeks on-campus in Edinburgh, in term four.

Your business mentor

We'll provide a top business mentor

Your one-to-one business mentor will be offer expert help and guidance.

Graduate with all IP rights, and an investor-ready business plan

Your ideas belong to you

Edinburgh Business School does not own any IP rights on your Ideas. You will own all the intellectual property (IP) rights associated with your business plan*.

Industry visits

in Edinburgh and Dubai

We'll schedule visits to local and international companies from a variety of sectors so that you can experience the issues and challenges that businesses face first hand.

New entrepreneurial electives

Refine and apply your business ideas

Entrepreneurship and Creativity and Entrepreneurial Venturing
These courses will give you the skills to test your business' feasibility and create a business plan for your venture.

Employability masterclasses

Monthly live and interactive events

Professor Heather McGregor will lead a series of seminars giving advice on career progression, post-study career support and more.


Include return flights between Edinburgh and Dubai

Following your successful application you will pay a 10% deposit, followed by two 50% instalments. Fees include return flights between Dubai and Edinburgh and four weeks accommodation when you're on exchange.

Fees calculator

Guest speaker series

Talks from international industry leaders

Get inspired; hear from top business leaders who will impart invaluable advice from their vast knowledge and experience.

You are not alone

Post-graduation support

We'll support you after you've graduated, as will your mentor. And, you'll have access to our ever-growing global alumni network.

Admission criteria

Admission to the MBA programme is by application and acceptance. 

You'll need:

  • A recognised first- or second-class honours degree, or a qualification deemed to be equivalent 
  • A minimum of two years' post-qualifying full-time professional work experience
  • Academic IELTS: 6.5 (achieved within two years of your application date, and with no score lower than 6.0 in each section) or other HWU recognised qualification.

Ready to apply?

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Speak to an advisor

We’ll help you personalise your MBA programme

Edinburgh: +44 (0) 7870 663816
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Dubai: +971 (4) 435 8770

Apply for Edinburgh

Heriot-Watt University campus, Edinburgh, UK

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Apply for Dubai

Heriot-Watt University campus, Dubai International Academic City, UAE

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