Rewarding previous study

If you have gained a qualification in a relevant subject prior to the start of your Edinburgh Business School programme, we may be able to reward this hard work with an exemption from certain courses. 

These exemptions are only ever at our discretion and are considered on the basis of qualifications gained through formal examination - whether at degree level or through a professional body. No consideration is given to life or work experience.

Exemption from core courses may be granted on the basis of bachelor level and professional qualifications. Exemption from core and elective courses may be granted on the basis of postgraduate level qualifications (except fully completed degrees) and professional qualifications.

Exemptions will not be awarded on the basis of courses which have been used towards the award of another degree at Masters level, whether this was awarded by Heriot-Watt University or any other institution. For example, a student who has gained an MSc in Accounting will not be given an exemption in Accounting from Edinburgh Business School’s MBA or MSc degree programmes.

Exemption eligibility

The guide gives you a list of the professional and academic qualifications you'll need to gain an exemption or credit.

Find out if you're eligible to gain an exemption or credit

If you would like to enquire about your eligibility to exemption, please contact the exemption team on

exemptionenquiries@ebs.hw.ac.uk or +44 (0)131 451 3921.

Exemption eligibility guide

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