Whether you choose to do the MBA or MBA with Exchange, our programme structure is a rigorous tour through organisational fundamentals, along with personal and professional development. All in a compact, 12-month package that gets you back into the workforce quickly and better prepared for the path ahead.

Teaching and Learning 2022/23

Based on current government guidelines, for the academic year 2022/23 we are planning for all students to be on campus.

Teaching Model

Our full-time MBA programme follows a Hybrid Teaching Model that provides a blend of face-to-face teaching and online learning. We have developed this model based on past student feedback. The feedback indicated improved student wellbeing, experience, and a feeling of empowerment. Students were able to take a more proactive and accountable approach to balance their own workload.

In practice, for compulsory courses, this means that you will be in the classroom daily for interactive 2-hour tutorial sessions in groups of up to 30 students. Additional content will be delivered through online live sessions, pre-recorded videos, readings, case studies, and so on, enabling you to plan and manage your learning in your own time.

When moving on to option courses, these electives will see you selecting and tailoring your studies according to your career ambitions. These courses will generally be taught in intensive week-long blocks and will see you in the classroom every day for long periods of time; around 8 hours per day.

As these option courses consist of smaller groups, a more personalised teaching approach will be implemented throughout each course. If studying the MBA with international exchange, then this model may vary depending on the delivery model of the partner institution.

Events such as welcome week activities, team building sessions, and community building sessions will also be factored into the programme's in-person teaching structure, which will allow you as a student to discuss opportunities with staff and network among your peers.


Compulsory courses

Between September and July, students study 11 foundation courses in major disciplines including strategic leadership, professional development, finance and economics, strategic marketing, and operations improvement.

Option courses or international exchange

Depending on which MBA variant you choose, you will either undertake electives in Edinburgh, chosen from our diverse catalogue of courses, or embark on coursework offered by one of our exchange partners in an international setting.

In both cases, you can tailor your studies towards specific career interests, develop international management skills, and improve your cultural versatility.

International exchange

Please note: We will always put your health and safety first. As a result, we are in regular contact with our exchange partners to determine if an exchange with them is possible during the pandemic.

In the event that you are unable to travel to a partner institution for your studies, you will still be able to complete your MBA by selecting electives from our catalogue here in Edinburgh.

We will update you as early as possible about any expected disruption to your exchange opportunities.

MBA Capstone

Towards the end of the MBA programme students write a 7,500 word problem-solving assignment. This is a real-life assignment based on an organisation for which students have previously worked or might wish to in the future. The assignment identifies the problem and offers a critique of why the organisation faces the problem, plus a theory driven solution.

Full-time MBA

A typical year of study might look as follows* — the below information details the structure and courses for this programme in 2022/23.

Induction

September

Introduction to the programme

Activities

Semester 1

September-December

Summer Term

June-August

Capstone

Additional information

In addition to the main programme, a series of practitioner speakers and Masterclasses will be organised on specialised topics in response to contemporary business developments and student interests.

*We will notify applicants of any changes to the programme structure and courses by 15 June 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.

Core and elective courses

Full programme details, including all available core and elective courses can be found on the University degree programme tables website.

MBA degree programme table

Full-time MBA with Exchange

A typical year of study might look as follows* — the below information details the structure and courses for this programme in 2022/23.

Induction

September

Introduction to the programme

Activities:

Semester 1

September-December

Context and core business disciplines

Compulsory courses (subject to exchange timetable)

Semester 2a

January-May

Semester 2b

May-June

International exchange**

Completion of a 10 to 14-week study period with one of our University exchange partners:

  • Aalto University Executive Education (Finland)
  • EADA (Spain)
  • ESSEC Business School (France)
  • IPADE Business School (México)
  • Kellogg School of Management, (USA)
  • Macquarie Graduate School of Management (Australia)
  • McCombs School of Business (USA)
  • Schulich School of Business (Canada)
  • Peking University Guanghua School of Management (China)

Details of the international exchange

Options courses (choose 1: subject to exchange timetable)**

Summer Term

June-August

Capstone (subject to exchange timetable)

Additional information

 

In addition to the main programme, a series of practitioner speakers and Masterclasses will be organised on specialised topics in response to contemporary business developments and student interests.

*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.

 

**Because exchange programme dates vary from partner to partner, your exchange may conflict with option course dates in Edinburgh, in which case you may have to complete all elective credits at the partner institution. Please note that the number of exchange opportunities at each university will vary each year, and places at USA universities are particularly limited. We cannot, therefore, always guarantee your first choice.

Core and elective courses

Full programme details, including all available core and elective courses can be found on the University degree programme tables website.

MBA with International Exchange degree programme table