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Our full-time MBA runs for one year, starting in September. Students will be based in Edinburgh, but will spend one term studying on campus in Dubai.

We offer our MBA on a part-time and full-time basis. Self-paced distance learning students also attend the two- and four-day seminars and revision sessions.

Our programmes, in Edinburgh


Our full-time MBA combines key management disciplines with entrepreneurship and creativity.

The MBA runs for one year, starting in September. Students will be based in Edinburgh, but will spend one term studying in Dubai. Our full-time MBA is equally relevant whether you’re starting a new business or looking to develop your entrepreneurial spirit within an organisation. You'll be supported by our leading British faculty, and be assigned your own business mentor who will guide you throughout your studies.


Our part-time MBA

This part-time MBA programme 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 Edinburgh, held between Thursdays and Sundays. You will have the opportunity to enhance your learning through shared ideas and experiences with fellow students.

Our students in Edinburgh

Students studying on-campus.


Students studying on-campus.

Our students are mature, ambitious professionals.

Average age of an on-campus student

Our students are mature, ambitious professionals.

Designed around you

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


How much will it cost?

Visit our fees calculator to work out the cost of your MBA programme.



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 advisors.


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?

The on- campus programme is taught in English so you must provide evidence of competence in the English language with: Academic IELTS: 6.5 (achieved within two years of your application, and with no score lower than 6.0 in each section). 

Other tests considered to be equivalent will be considered, with the exception of TOEFL/TOEIC.

When can you start?

The part-time MBA programme starts in October and January of each year. We recommend you submit your applications 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.

How to apply

Apply for your MBA in Edinburgh

Download and complete your student application form and submit it to Edinburgh Business School at the Heriot-Watt University campus.

Application form

Ready to apply?

Download and complete your Application Form and submit it to Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton Campus, Edinburgh EH14 4AS.


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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