Study to suit the way you live.

Self-paced learning offers you the freedom to study when you like, where you like.

Whether it’s in the comfort of your own home, on the move, or over a coffee in your local cafe, independent study lets you shape the programme to suit an unpredictable lifestyle. 

You can start your studies when you like and finish when you like; you can even take a break and resume when you’re ready.

Every programme we offer, MBA, MSc and DBA, can be studied from anywhere in the world. That means you can study on your own, at your own pace, with or without attending classes.
There is no mandatory group or project work and, because all the materials are self-sufficient, no need to conduct research in a university library. All courses are tested with examinations, that can be taken at more than 400 centres around the world – in every major city where our students live or work.

No other leading business school offers this level of flexibility; an approach that has enabled thousands of students to graduate entirely through independent study.

All our programmes are modular and can be tackled course by course whenever you are ready for them. You will have the full support of the School throughout your journey with us.

Our self-paced distance learners

Studying our programmes.

Active students

Studying our programmes.

Our students are mature, ambitious professionals.

Average age of a distance learner

Our students are mature, ambitious professionals.

Average number of years students take to study our programmes.

How long will it take?

Average number of years students take to study our programmes.

Designed around you

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


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.



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.



Sit your exams locally

We offer local examinations to all our students. Each course is assessed by a one three-hour examination. You can sit your exams in March, June, August and December.


Course taster

Get a feel for the course before you make that all-important purchase.

This pdf is a short version of the full course text. It gives you the contents page and the first module...

Download the 'Accounting' course pdf

Try our student portal site

This is where you organise your studies; where you book exams, order courses and generally keep on top of things.

The username and password are: demo

Go to the student portal

Join the conversation

Vist our open Facebook group

Our students have lots to say about studying, the Edinburgh Business School experience and life in general.
Drop-in to see what they’re saying...

Join our Facebook group

News and events

Read our blog, news and find local events

Check our News and Events pages for events and activities in your area; from faculty visits to Alumni events and get-to-gethers.

News and events


Choose the one that suits you best

Study for your MBA in English, Spanish, Chinese or Arabic.


We provide access to management education to people all around the world, regardless of where they are, the hours that they work or their family circumstances

Professor Heather McGregor

'Visualise this'

We have a whole library of informative visual materials. Here’s just one of them, all are available via your student portal.

How do you want to study?

There are many ways to learn with Edinburgh Business School.

Study in your home. Attend classes full- or part-time in Edinburgh, Malaysia or Dubai. Or join your fellow students at a partner institution in your home country.  

You can stick to one route or combine them. It’s up to you.
Study options

Where do you want to study?

We think your current location is USA. Is this where you want to base your study?


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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