Online MBA

    • Full or part time
      Part time & Online distance learning available
    • Course fees
    • Course Disciplines
      Business
    • Course Start
      January, July
    • Course Duration
      2 years and 9 months part-time
    • MBA Program Type
      MBA

    Course Description

    Programme description

    The part-time online MBA, studied over 2 years and 9 months, is designed for professionals with a minimum of three years' managerial experience who wish to progress to more senior and leadership roles in business.

    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.

    Confident leaders must think and act strategically, deftly, and responsibly, skills at the heart of our programme, skills which are in demand now more than ever.

    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
    • Global & Connected

    All of this is incorporated into an online programme that will allow you the opportunity to continue to work or juggle other responsibilities whilst developing your skills to progress your career.

    Programme structure

    The online MBA is delivered part-time with start dates in January and July each year. The programme takes 2 years 9 months to complete and combines 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
    • Data and Analytics for Leaders
    • Digital Transformation
    • Finance
    • Operations Improvement
    • Organising for Effectiveness
    • Professional Development Programme
    • Strategic HRM
    • Strategic Leadership – includes group consultancy project
    • Strategic Marketing
    • Understanding Economies

    The Professional Development programme which is included as part of the core courses, is designed specifically to help enhance interpersonal and leadership skills. Unlike some other MBA programmes, we have made this a credit-bearing element in recognition of the importance of this as part of our students’ development journey. In addition to the core courses, you will be required to select two option courses. Your studies will culminate in a major Capstone Project.

    Find out more about compulsory and option courses:

    Learning outcomes

    You 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.

    You will learn about core management and business disciplines as a preparation for progression into leadership roles. The focus is on the application and integration of new and previous knowledge as well as understanding the underlying theoretical frameworks.

    Participants will also learn considerably from their respective student colleagues and from the practical application of theory to real life business problems encountered during the MBA. Effective interpersonal skills are also important and a Professional Development Programme complements the taught courses.

    Specific educational aims are to:

    • enable all participants to recognise, understand and apply the language and theory of the field of business, management and leadership
    • foster an ability to critically analyse, synthesise and solve complex unstructured business problems
    • encourage strategic, holistic and cross-discipline thinking
    • encourage an aptitude for business improvement, innovation and entrepreneurial action
    • encourage a global mind-set, which demonstrates sensitivity to the implications of differences in culture and context
    • encourage the sharing of experiences to enhance the benefits of collaborative learning
    • instill a sense of ethical decision-making and a commitment to the long-run welfare of both organisations and the communities that they serve
    • encourage participants to value diversity and equality in management and leadership
    • develop higher-order interpersonal skills to contribute to effective leadership

    Career opportunities

    We anticipate graduate destinations to be aligned with executive and strategic roles across a wide range of industries and sectors.

    As part of the MBA programme you will engage with the professional development programme that is designed explicitly to support participants in their pursuit of promotion or new careers. We also offer career focused coaching which will further support you in your career journey.

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


    Visit the Online MBA page on the University of Edinburgh web site for more details!

    Entry Requirements

    Entry requirements for individual programmes vary, so please check the details for the specific programme you wish to apply for on our website. You will also need to meet the University’s language requirements.

    Course Fees

    Tuition fees vary between degree programmes. Find the specific fees for your chosen programme on our website.


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