This 16 month MBA programme includes the same core courses as the 12 month programme, but it is distinguished by the opportunity for participants to spend 4 months abroad. The international component includes an exchange with one of our 11 University partners and an international internship.

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.

For semester 2B we have listed the current exchange universities below. Please note that the number of exchange opportunities at each university will vary each year and places at USA universities are particularly limited and thus we cannot always guarantee your first choice.

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 & Family Business, Carbon Management or Strategy. 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


Core courses:

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

Option courses:

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

International Exchange — Completion of a 10-14 week study period with one of our 12 University Exchange Partners.


  • Aalto Business School (Finland)
  • EADA (Spain)
  • ENPC (France)
  • ESSEC Business School (France)
  • Fuqua School of Business, Duke University (USA)
  • IPADE Business School (México)
  • Kellogg (USA)
  • Macquarie Graduate School of Management (Australia)
  • McCombs School of Business (USA)
  • MIP Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
  • Schulich School of Business (Canada)
  • SIMBA (China)
International Internship


Completion of an 8-10 week internship working with a company based outside of your home country.

Capstone Project

Completion of a major Capstone Project (submission mid-December), with a choice of format.

Format options:

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

Core & elective courses

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