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The Edinburgh MBA enhances your career potential by delivering a unique and powerful set of insights, tools and skills to prepare you for strategic leadership in a rapidly changing world.

This 12 month MBA programme focuses on a range of core business disciplines and integrating courses to build your capability for incisive analysis, innovation and strategic leadership. It also allows participants a choice of specialisation in finance, strategy, entrepreneurship or sustainability.

In semester 1 and 2A, students study twelve foundation courses in major disciplines; this is the foundation upon which the whole MBA is built. These include a course in corporate strategy and a week long integrative project. In addition students select three specialist option courses. Here you tailor your studies towards your career interests, through the selection of your option courses. Learning about strategy also becomes a central feature of the programme at this stage.

Recently introduced is the option of a specialisation route consisting of taking two options and the MBA Capstone Project in a specific area of focus. Students will have their specialisation recognised with a Business School Certificate in Finance, Entrepreneurship & Family Business, Carbon Management or Strategy. Specialisations must be agreed in advance with the programme team.


Introduction to the programme.


  • MBA Orientation and Study Skills
  • High Performance Teams: A two-day event in the Scottish Highlands exploring team dynamics
Semester 1

Context and Core Business Disciplines.

Core courses:

  • Strategic Leadership (incorporating Global Challenges for Business)
  • Understanding Economies
  • Strategic Marketing (including the Innovation Challenge)
  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Leadership and Responsibility
  • Organising for Effectiveness
  • Operations Improvement
  • Leadership and Professional Development Programme
  • Quantitative Methods and Tools
Semester 2 a

Integration and Specialisation.

Core courses:

  • Strategic Leadership (cont.)
  • Creative Strategy
  • Entrepreneurial Leadership
  • Critical Enquiry for Business
  • Leadership and Professional Development Programme

Option courses:

  • Managing Stakeholder Communications
  • New Venture Creation
  • Financial Analysis
  • Economics of Strategy
  • Modelling Business for Strategic Impact
  • Strategic Human Resources
  • Psychology of Investing and Financial Decisions
Semester 2 b


Option courses:

  • International Business in Context (overseas)
  • Global Strategy
  • Business to Business Marketing
  • Negotiations
  • Project Management
  • Integrated Reporting and Responsible Investment
  • Innovation Management and Design Thinking
  • Financial Aspects of M&A
  • Management Consultancy Project
Capstone Project

Completion of a major Capstone Project (submission end-August), with a choice of format.

Format options:

  • Consultancy Project
  • Research Dissertation
  • Business Plan
  • Case Study
Additional Information

In addition to the main programme, a series of practitioner speakers and Master Classes will be organised on specialised topics in response to contemporary business developments and student interests.

UK requirements for international applications

Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.

University requirements

Program requirements

Before applying for the Full-time MBA programme, please consider our minimum entry requirements, which include academic qualifications, managerial work experience and English language requirements.Professional experience requirementAt least three years' work experience in a managerial role.Experience can be from any industry, including the public sector, charitable organisations or the arts.Minimum academic requirementUK 2:1 honours degree from a good university in any subject, or an equivalent overseas qualification.ExemptionsIf you do not meet the minimum academic requirement, you may still be considered if:you have professional qualifications with substantial work experience; oryou do not hold a degree or professional qualifications but you have a very strong employment record demonstrating a high degree of responsibility.GMATA GMAT score of 600 is preferred.The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) is an internationally-recognised assessment of analytical, numerical and verbal reasoning.Exemptions and conditionsIf we need you to take a GMAT test, we can issue a conditional offer subject to satisfactory performance in your test.The GMAT can be waived if you are able to demonstrate an excellent academic and professional record. We require a full application before we can assess suitability for a GMAT waiver.If you are unable to undertake a GMAT test for any reason, we may ask you to undertake an alternative SHL test. Details on how to complete this test will be supplied following a review of your application and reasons for requesting a GMAT waiver.It is essential that you prepare for your test in good time and, if possible, detail the test date in the 'relevant knowledge' space of your application form. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 7 CAE score: (read more) Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever. 80 (Grade A) TOEFL iBT® test: 100 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more. Work Experience At least 3 year(s) of work experience is required. At least three years' work experience in a managerial role.Experience can be from any industry, including the public sector, charitable organisations or the arts.
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