Study on-campus in Dubai, the business hub of the Middle East

This MBA is equally relevant to you 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 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, you must come to an agreement with them on intellectual property rights and ownership.


Our on-campus MBA 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.

How is the programme delivered?

Study full-time or part-time in Dubai


Our full-time programme is spread over a one-year period; our part-time is spread over two years with four academic terms a year.

Whether you choose to study full-time or part-time, 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).
There are also revision seminars taking place over weekends for both pathways.  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 student on either the full-time or part-time course, you will have the option to attend a one week experience in Edinburgh to study a chosen elective (flights and accommodation are included within tuition fees). Please see the full list of electives detailed below.

Our programme director, Shirin Jarrar explains what to expect in Dubai.

"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?

Both full-time and part-time programmes have intakes in September and January. We recommend you submit your application at least two months before the respective start dates. 

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Include return flights between Dubai and Edinburgh*

Following your successful application you 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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