Study in Dubai, the business hub of the Middle East 

Our part-time programme is licensed by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA).

Our part-time MBA gives you the flexibility you need to balance your professional and personal life with your study commitments. You will be taught by highly qualified, experienced and much respected British and local faculty, share a classroom with like-minded individuals, and join our growing network of global business professionals.  

Our MBA on-campus students in Dubai

Studying in one of the Gulf's most successful and rapidly expanding economic environments

Students studying on-campus


Students studying on-campus

Our students at our Dubai campus are mature, ambitious professionals.

Average age of an on-campus student

Our students at our Dubai campus are mature, ambitious professionals.

Meet our on-campus MBA Programme Director

Shirin Jarrar explains what to expect in Dubai.

How is the programme delivered?

Each student will receive all the study materials they need, including comprehensive course texts and access to interactive course websites. You will benefit from tutored interaction for each core course and a large amount of your time will be spent studying independently (approximately 200 hours per course).

For all seven core courses there are:

• two 2-day seminars (Friday and Saturday) led by an Edinburgh Business School faculty member from the UK or Dubai that includes simulations, case studies and involves class discussions and
• a two-day revision session (Friday and Saturday) to prepare you for your exam.

These seminars allow a dynamic combination of students all 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. 

"My studies have given me the knowledge and confidence to move to this managerial position and motivated me to start my own business"

Lara Malaeb, MBA Graduate

Admission criteria

Admission to the MBA programme is by application and acceptance. 

You're expected to have:

  • A recognised first- or second-class honours degree, or a qualification deemed to be equivalent by Heriot-Watt University
  • 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 in September and January. We recommend you submit your application at least two months before the respective start dates. 

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All our programmes come with full support

From faculty message boards, past papers and online self tests to peer-to-peer networks and dedicated advisors.



How much will it cost?

You can study course-by-course and pay as you learn, or sign up for two or three courses at once. Our fees are flexible.



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Do you already have academic qualifications?

You may be entitled to exemptions from core and elective courses on our masters programmes.


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