When budgeting for the Executive MBA you will need to consider not only tuition fees but other costs such as the deposit, textbooks and other programme costs.

You will need to make provision for a number of costs when undertaking your MBA. Costs will include a deposit, the programme tuition fee, accommodation and living costs. You need to make sure that all financial arrangements are in place before the start of the programme.

Fees for entry in 2024

Executive MBA Business Administration - 2 Year (Part-time) 28 Months
Home and Overseas/EU £39,500*

*One half of the fee is payable at the beginning of each year of the programme.

Deposit payment

Applicants receiving an offer of admission, either conditional or unconditional, will be asked to pay a deposit of £1,500 within 28 days of the offer to secure their place on the programme.

If the deposit has not been received by the deadline, the application will be withdrawn without further notice. It is therefore essential that applicants have funding for their deposit in place before applying. The deposit will be offset against the tuition fee payable at the time of matriculation.

Once the deposit has been received, a receipt will be issued by the Business School confirming the amount paid. Please note that transactions have to be confirmed by the University accounting system and this can take a few weeks to process, depending on the method of payment. Please keep the receipt safely, and bring it along with you at the time of matriculation.

View the deposit payment guide View the deposit policy guidelines

Other costs

When budgeting you will need to consider potential additional costs, including textbooks, Capstone Project expenses, and optional extra-curricular treks.

Textbooks and any other relevant materials

  • The programme fee does not include textbooks.
  • Students are expected to purchase the recommended textbook for each course.
  • While textbook costs vary depending on which books are requested by each faculty member, the recent average for all core course textbooks combined is £300, with each additional book for electives averaging around £50 each.
  • Second-hand books may be available.
  • Books are also available in the library.
  • All MBA students will receive a small printing/photocopying credit from the School upon starting. Any other print/photocopying costs will need to be covered by the students.

Capstone project

  • Students will be required to cover the costs of their own project expenses unless they are able to secure sponsorship from a company.
  • Expenses may include travel, subsistence and consumables.
  • For a Capstone Project based in the UK, costs are typically around £500.


  • From time to time, Executive MBA students may have the option to participate in extra-curricular themed treks where a Professional Development topic will be explored.
  • Students are required to cover costs of return travel and subsistence

Shadowing assignment

  • Students participate in a Shadowing Assignment which may involve travel outside of Edinburgh to shadow a company director for a few days.
  • Any related travel, accommodation, and subsistence costs for those days will be the responsibility of the student.

Financial support

Applicants to the Executive MBA can apply to a range of scholarships, as well as funding options from other sources.

Scholarships and funding