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Executive MBA

This flagship programme, next running in September 2018, is designed for working executives to build capability for incisive analysis, innovation and strategic leadership, to support progression into senior leadership roles.

Why Choose the Edinburgh MBA?

Previous MBA Director & current MBA lecturer Julian Rawel explains why so many candidates choose the Edinburgh MBA »

EMBA overview


Delivered by an internationally renowned faculty, the Executive MBA combines advanced academic theory and practical application. Beginning initially with a solid grounding in core management disciplines and concepts, the programme progresses to more integrated and strategic thinking and also specialisation through a range of option courses.

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EMBA structure


Over a two year period, the Executive MBA combines short intensive bursts of classroom interaction with online support. Most courses involve visiting Edinburgh once a month for two days over a three month period. The Strategic Leadership course and 3 option courses are delivered in intensive one-week blocks, concluding with an advanced final project.

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What makes this a unique programme?


Strategic leadership

A new approach to leadership, emphasising a proactive, entrepreneurial and responsible way of thinking and acting.



A focus on innovation to help challenge your assumptions about business models and explore new business ideas. This includes an early assignment engaging with pioneering start-ups.



Access to world-class faculty, particularly from centres of excellence in Strategic Leadership, Finance, Innovation, Marketing and Operations.

Business collaboration

At the heart of our approach to teaching and learning is a robust engagement with business and professional bodies. These relationships ensure our programme keeps pace with change, delivers learning from authentic business challenges and helps build powerful networks. Throughout the course of the programme you will have the chance to engage in research and interviews with companies, their customers and prospects.

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Professional development

This programme includes a particular focus on the individual participant's leadership and professional development. We provide a dedicated leadership coach to discuss and advise on work and life choices. These sessions can be offered both face-to-face and telephone meetings.

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