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    Programme description. The Executive MBA is a taught programme delivered by experienced internal and visiting faculty, and complemented by guest practitioner speakers from industry and the professions. Read more

    Programme description

    The Executive MBA is a taught programme delivered by experienced internal and visiting faculty, and complemented by guest practitioner speakers from industry and the professions. Over a two-year period, the Executive MBA combines short intensive bursts of classroom interaction with online support.

    Successful businesses in the future will be those that can confidently and capably steer a path through a world characterised by intense competition, rapid technological development, economic turbulence and increasing resource insecurity.

    Businesses need leaders who can think and act strategically in this volatile environment, managing the risk and challenges involved, but also spotting and seizing opportunities for efficiency, innovation and new business models. Businesses also need leaders who will act responsibly in delivering value to all stakeholders.

    What will I learn?

    The Edinburgh MBA will prepare you to progress with confidence into leadership roles in this new world.

    On the programme we will deepen your understanding of:

    • how businesses and markets work
    • how value is created through innovation and marketing
    • how strategies are crafted
    • how businesses are financed
    • how performance is measured
    • how value is delivered efficiently and effectively
    • how organisations should be governed, managed and led through change

    We will develop your ability to think strategically and beyond disciplinary silos. Successful leadership also requires accomplished interpersonal skills to bring about change in organisations. Through coaching and skills training, we will work with participants to understand their leadership strengths and weaknesses and provide support for improvement.

    Programme structure

    The programme is delivered in a modular format. The main taught part of the programme is delivered over 21 months, followed by completion of a Capstone Project. Participants will complete the full programme within 27 months.

    The design of the modules reflects consideration given to the balance between participant and employer investment and maintaining work-life balance. For most participants, attending modules will mean taking one day a month from their normal working week and one day from their weekend with modules commencing Friday lunchtime and ending early Saturday evening.

    Most of the core courses will run over three months, with one day per course on each of three weekends (with the exception of Strategic Leadership which will be taught in a series of three blocks across both years).

    Option courses will be delivered in the middle of Year 2 and will be taught in intensive one-week blocks. Between modules, participants will work on assignments and undertake further reading and study, supported by online resources and discussion forums.

    The Executive MBA is primarily delivered in a classroom format, but learning is supported by extensive electronic resources and the opportunity to discuss ideas and concepts with colleagues and tutors through regular discussion forums.

    This Executive MBA is not a distance-learning programme: on-campus attendance at courses is required at regular intervals as outlined in the programme structure. You should verify your eligibility to study in the UK before applying.

    The programme combines rigorous academic study with practical application. This is achieved both in the classroom through case studies but also via assessments that directly relate to the participants’ own organisations. There will also be opportunities to undertake consultancy-style project work with external organisations, to broaden your insights into alternative business models and approaches.

    For full details of courses offered on the Executive MBA programme:

    Career opportunities

    The employment market is highly competitive but the Edinburgh MBA is distinctive and will provide you with a competitive edge.

    The MBA will also enable you to engage in a Leadership and Professional Development programme that includes personal diagnostics, career planning and skills enhancement designed explicitly to support you in your pursuit of promotion or a new career.



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    Programme description. The full-time MBA is an intensive programme designed for students with a minimum of three years' managerial experience who wish to progress to more senior and leadership roles in business. Read more

    Programme description

    The full-time MBA is an intensive programme designed for students with a minimum of three years' managerial experience who wish to progress to more senior and leadership roles in business.

    The programme immerses students in a world of academic thought, current business practice and applied projects.

    Studied over 12 months, this is a taught programme delivered by world class faculty complemented by guest business practitioners.

    Successful businesses in the future will be those that can confidently and capably steer a path through a world characterised by intense competition, rapid technological development, economic turbulence and increasing resource insecurity.

    Businesses need leaders who can think and act strategically in this volatile environment, managing the risk and challenges involved, but also spotting and seizing opportunities for efficiency, innovation and new business models. Businesses also need leaders who will act responsibly in delivering value to all stakeholders.

    Our programme enhances your career potential by giving you a clear focus on the role of the highly sought strategic leader and helps you to progress with confidence. In order to achieve this our MBA is built on three pillars:

    • Strategic Leadership
    • Professional Development
    • Personalised Approach

    Programme structure

    The MBA is delivered full-time starting in September each year. The programme combines intensive academic study with practical application. This is achieved both in the classroom through case studies, but also via consultancy-style projects with external organisations to broaden participants’ insights into alternative business models and approaches.

    Compulsory courses include:

    • Accounting
    • Finance
    • Operations Improvement
    • Organising for Effectiveness
    • Professional Development Programme
    • Quantitative Methods and Tools
    • Research Methods for the Capstone Project
    • Strategic Leadership (incorporating Global Challenges for Business)
    • Strategic Marketing
    • Understanding Economies

    A range of specialist options are also available. In parallel with academic study, we deliver a Professional Development programme to help enhance interpersonal and leadership skills. Your studies will culminate in a major Capstone Project.

    For those who want an international experience, there is an opportunity to study on our MBA (with international exchange) which will give you the chance to spend 2-3 months on an exchange at one of our international partner Universities (Australia, Canada, China, Finland, France, Mexico, Spain and USA).

    12-month MBA

    The programme is delivered in four parts:

    • September–December: students focus on core business disciplines
    • January–March: students develop integrative and strategic thinking, and choose a number of specialist elective subjects
    • April–June: students' specialisation continues
    • June–August: students undertake a Capstone Project as the final part of the 12-month MBA
    • Details of programme structure and elective courses

    12-month MBA (with International Exchange)

    The MBA (with International Exchange) programme is delivered in four parts:

    • September–March: students study the same core disciplines, integrating courses and a number of specialisations as the main MBA programme
    • April–June: students study abroad at one of 9 partner institutions worldwide, experiencing new cultures and new ways of business
    • June–August: students undertake a Capstone Project as the final part of the 12-month MBA.
    • Details of programme structure and elective courses

    Learning outcomes

    Students will develop an integrated understanding of the essential aspects of business and leadership skills as well as the development of specialist knowledge through the choice of option courses and MBA Capstone project research.

    There is an 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 specialisations recognised with a Business School Certificate in Finance, Entrepreneurship, Strategy or Sustainability. Specialisations must be agreed in advance with the programme team.

    The personal development programme ensures that, alongside the in-depth business learning, students will also develop the personal skills and characteristics required by senior managers in the modern business setting.

    For those following the MBA (with international exchange), the study abroad period will add an international dimension to their studies, valuable to all who work internationally.

    Career opportunities

    The employment market is highly competitive, but the Edinburgh MBA is distinctive and will provide participants with a competitive edge. MBA participants will engage in a leadership and professional development programme that includes personal diagnostics, career planning and skills enhancement designed explicitly to support participants in their pursuit of promotion or new careers.



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