Study in Dubai, the business hub of
the Middle East

Heriot-Watt University opened its first overseas campus here in 2005. The quality of teaching available matches that found at our Edinburgh campus, with locally-based and visiting lecturers. The full-time MBA programme can be studied on campus for a year, and the part-time MBA programme for two years.  

The Dubai Campus is accredited by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) and fully licensed to teach its degrees in Dubai.

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.

Study Options

Full-time MBA

Studying the MBA full-time offers intellectual rigour and applied business experience. The MBA on-campus programme, in Dubai, starts in September and January; it has been designed so you can immerse yourself in your studies and share your experiences with a class of like-minded individuals. Students have full access to the faculty.

The teaching sessions for each course, of your nine MBA courses, typically consists of a 4-day intensive seminar and a 2-day revision session, spread over a year. This on-campus programme is delivered in English.


Part-time MBA

This part-time MBA is ideal If you would like to study for a prestigious MBA while continuing your full-time career. Over a period of two years, you'll attend intensive seminars in Dubai, held on Fridays and Saturdays. You will have the opportunity to enhance your learning through shared ideas and experiences with fellow students.

This on-campus programme is delivered in English.

Admission criteria

What do you need?

Admission to the MBA programme, part and full time, is by application and acceptance
You are normally expected to have:

A recognised first- or second-class honours degree, or a qualification deemed to be equivalent, or passes in three of the MBA courses (one of which must be core ) and​ a minimum of two years' post-qualifying full-time work experience of a relevant nature.

Is English your first language?

If English is not your first language you must provide evidence competence in the English language with: Academic IELTS: 6.5 (with no score lower than 6.0 in each section). Other tests
considered to be equivalent will be considered, with the exception of

When can you start?

The full- and part-time MBA programmes start in September and January of each year. We recommend you submit your application at least two months before the start date. This will allow time for processing, visa applications and pre-attendance study.

While we try our best to accommodate all prospective students, we cannot guarantee that any applications received less than two months before the start date will be processed in time, particularly if a visa is required.

Designed around you

Our programmes fit the way you work, the way you live.


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.



Do you already have academic qualifications?

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



All our programmes come with full support

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


Study timetable

See your schedule

Your on-campus study timetable for your MBA in Dubai.

Study timetable pdf

Ready to apply?

Application form

Download and complete your student application form and submit it to Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University campus in Dubai.


Application form (pdf)

Want to find out more?

Our whole ethos is centred around the student. So if you’d like to find out what the School can do for you, fill out the form and we’ll get back to you. Quickly.

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