The Business School is an integral part of one of the world's oldest universities. Granted its royal charter in 1582, it has remained at the forefront of learning throughout its long history.

Business School exterior from George Square
The Business School is located in the University’s central campus.

In 1916, the University was encouraged by the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce to consider instituting a degree suitable for study by its members. And so, in October 1919, we had the first students start on our Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) degree. In the same year, the Chair of Accounting and Business Method was also founded, the first in Scotland.

Originally part of the Faculty of Arts, these initiatives led to the creation of the Department of Business Studies and the Department of Accounting and Business Method.

The BCom degree survived until the start of the 21st century before giving way to the Master of Arts (MA) in Business Studies.

After receiving my acceptance and reading the list of past alumni which included giant names such as Charles Darwin, James Clerk Maxwell and Robert Louis Stevenson, I felt humbled and honoured that I would be studying at the same institution that has helped educate so many that I often read about in history books.
Justin Lotak (MBA student)

Our Full-time Edinburgh MBA was first offered in 1980, followed by the Part-time MBA in 1984. Since then, over 3,500 students from a wide variety of backgrounds, nationalities and business specialisms have completed these programmes. The precursor to the MBA, the Postgraduate DipBA, dates from 1961. We launched our first MSc in 1996. Since then, our portfolio of MSc programmes has grown significantly and now lies at the forefront of business development in areas such as Finance, International Business, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, and Management.