Undertaking an MBA represents a major financial investment, but it also has the potential to significantly transform your business career. Seen in this light—and when compared to the costs of many professional training courses—an MBA represents excellent value for money.

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 2020

Executive MBA Business Administration - 2 Year (Part-time) 27 Months
Home/EU & Overseas £31,350*

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


The programme fee includes text books for foundation courses and a generous print allowance. The fee does not include text books for options courses.

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If the deposit has not been received by the deadline, the application will be withdrawn without further notice.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

Programme Related Costs

When budgeting for your Executive MBA you will need to consider not only the fees applicable to the programme but also the following potential additional costs:

Textbooks and any other relevant materials

  • The School provides one free textbook for each of the compulsory core courses.
  • Students are expected to purchase the recommended course text for each of the additional elective courses they take.
  • Textbooks average around £50 each, but there is some variation.
  • 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.

International Business in Context Course

  • Students of the Executive MBA programme can choose this option course which involves travel to another country for one week.
  • The School covers the cost of the accommodation, subsistence and internal travel within the country for the week.
  • Students will be required to cover the cost of the flights to and from the country.

Career Treks and Country Treks

  • Students of the Executive MBA programme can choose to participate in career treks and country treks which are extra-curricular.
  • These are part-funded by the School and external sponsors.
  • Students are expected to make a contribution to the costs; currently £100 per person per trip.

Leadership Exchange

  • Students participate in a Leadership Exchange which may involve travel outside of Edinburgh to shadow a company director for two days.
  • Any related travel, accommodation and subsistence costs for those two days will need to be covered by the student.

Living Costs