Professional Development represents one of our three pillars, and encompasses both the training in skills that make strategic leaders more effective, as well as personalised coaching to help you develop your career strategy.

Professional Development is a for-credit course, an unusual distinction in MBA programmes, and a sign of how seriously we take your skills development. This online skills development-based course is designed to help you enhance your leadership capability and professional competence. The focus is on developing strong employability skills and your ability to successfully pitch for promotion or apply to new senior executive roles in a range of organisations.

Professional Development provides you with an opportunity to reflect upon your own personal strengths and development needs. You will gain increased self-awareness through developing a better understanding of yourself as an individual, team player, leader, manager, and learner. We use a range of online diagnostic tools to help facilitate this process.

Pre-recorded lectures and online tutorials will enable you to put your learning directly into practice back in your workplace.

The course includes opportunities to further develop your skills in:

  • Communicating with impact
  • Developing your emotional intelligence
  • Influencing with confidence
  • Managing conflict
  • Teamwork and Belbin theory
  • Leading high-performance teams
  • Skills and awareness in productive conversations and giving feedback
  • Understanding your strengths


The University of Edinburgh Business School has embraced a coaching culture that underpins all of our professional development activities. Our coaching programme is designed to offer you a tailored, personalised experience responsive to your individual needs.

As online MBA students, you will have the opportunity to engage in two personal development-coaching sessions focused on taking ownership for your goals and achieving your personal potential.