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.

MBA Capstone Project

The Capstone Project is an opportunity for in-depth research on significant, real-world problems through a business plan, a consultancy, or a specialist research topic.

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, Strategy or Sustainability. Specialisations must be agreed in advance with the programme team.

Year outline


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 2a

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 2b


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.

Core & elective courses

Full programme details, including all available core and elective courses, can be found on the University Degree Programme Tables website