An overview of the Executive MBA programme, our biennial on-campus course studied over 27 months and delivered by our experienced faculty and complemented by regular guest speakers.

Teaching and Learning 2022/23

For the 2022/23 academic session we are teaching as normal. If the Scottish Government guidance around Covid-19 changes then teaching methods may be altered accordingly.

Year One: Essential skills for strategic leadership

In year one, students study courses in major disciplines; this is the foundation upon which the whole MBA is built.

Year Two: Driving strategic change

In Year 2 learning about strategy also becomes a central feature of the programme. You will study core and option courses to enable you to customise your learning.

MBA Capstone Project

The conclusion of the programme, the MBA Capstone project, brings the two years' learning together in a piece of work unique to each student.

To give you an idea of what the programme structure and courses might consist of, the below information details the proposed structure and courses for this programme in 2022/23, as some courses are awaiting approval.*

December 2022

 

Induction (Welcome Week)

January 2023

 

Compulsory courses (full working week)

January–March 2023

 

April 2023

 

Compulsory courses (full working week)

May–July 2023

August 2023

 

Compulsory courses (full working week)

September–December 2023

 

Compulsory courses

September–December 2024

November 2024–March 2025

 

Capstone project

Completion of a major Capstone project (submissions end of March 2025) with a choice of formats:

  • Consultancy Project
  • Early Stage Feasibility Study
  • Research Dissertation
  • Business Plan

Students may take the 40-credit Capstone, or the 30-credit Capstone plus 1 additional elective.

Ongoing

 
  • 1:1 executive coaching and career support
  • Online tutorials and self-study resources
  • Optional master classes
  • Boardroom debates
  • Practitioner speakers

Sustainability in the Boardroom

While sustainability has traditionally been approached as a discrete issue for business, it is increasingly recognised as a strategic, interconnected issue which impacts all elements of business practice, decision-making and (in many cases) success. As such, sustainability has become a Board-level issue. The course provides an in-depth exploration of sustainability as it relates to boardroom issues, discussions, interactions, composition, and decisions. It considers what is meant by ‘sustainability’ in different contexts and why this matters. The course accepts and embraces the tensions that can exist when such issues reach the boardroom, accepting that simple solutions are rarely available.

Past dissertations

Find out what topics past students have researched by browsing a selection of dissertation summaries by our postgraduates:

Dissertation executive summaries

*We will notify applicants of any changes to the programme structure and courses by 1 October in the year of entry to the course. We cannot guarantee that all option courses will run each year and occasionally there will be last minute amendments after this date due to unforeseen circumstances such as staff illness.

The content of individual courses and the programme for any given degree are under constant academic review in light of current circumstances and may change from time to time, with some programmes and courses being modified, discontinued, or replaced.

Due to high demand we cannot guarantee students a place on the optional course of their preference. Equally, if there is not enough interest in a given year for an option course then it may not be viable for us to run that particular option course. Some combinations of option courses may not be possible due to scheduling constraints.