Be part of a global cohort

Our MBA combines key management disciplines with electives in entrepreneurship.

Hear about our MBA from our executive dean, Professor Heather McGregor...

Based at our Edinburgh campus you will have the opportunity to join your fellow students in Dubai and spend four weeks overseas at our other campus.

You can choose to study our MBA full-time (over one year) or part-time (over two years) 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 globally experienced international faculty. Self-development masterclasses sit alongside our academic courses to support your personal transformation.

If you study our new elective, Entrepreneurial 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 one of Scotland's most international universities, 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.

How is the full-time programme delivered?

Each study year is split into four academic terms; here is an example of how your full-time one-year programme might look.

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


How is the part-time programme delivered?

Part time, the programme will be spread over two years with eight terms. For all seven core courses there are:

• four-day intensive seminars (Thursday to Sunday) led by an Edinburgh Business School faculty member that includes simulations, case studies and involves class discussions and
• a two-day revision session (Saturday and Sunday) to prepare you for your exam.

These seminars allow a dynamic combination of students with diverse experiences, backgrounds and cultures to share and exchange knowledge in a rich learning environment. The programme is supported by a full-time, dedicated team. 

As a part-time student, you are able to choose from a wide-range of elective subjects (detailed below).

This is the MBA Programme I wish I had done

Professor Heather McGregor

On-Campus MBA, Edinburgh

Designed for tomorrow's leaders

You'll gain access to top business leaders, the chance to visit businesses in the UK and Dubai and your own business mentor. You will also attend employability masterclasses by Professor McGregor and receive ongoing careers advice, as well as develop 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

Full-time students who choose to study in Edinburgh can elect to spend four weeks on-campus in Dubai, in term two.

Your business mentor

We'll provide a top business mentor

Your one-to-one business mentor will 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*.
*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.

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.

Supporting your career

Benefit from career guidance

We are dedicated to supporting you throughout your studies and your career. 
Email or call +44 (0)131 451 3090 for more information on this. 


Include return flights between Edinburgh and Dubai*

Successful applicants will pay a 10% deposit, followed by two 50% instalments.
*For full-time students, fees include return flights between Dubai and Edinburgh and four weeks accommodation when you're on exchange.

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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.

When can you start?

The programme starts full-time and part-time in September. We recommend you submit your application at least two months before the respective start dates.

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