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 2021–22

For the academic year starting in September 2021, we currently plan to deliver a mix of in-person and digital teaching. Our teaching model will depend on the Covid-19 restrictions in place at the time but we are planning on the basis that all students will be with us in Edinburgh.

More Information on Teaching in 2021–22

Year One: Essential Skills for Strategic Leadership

In year one, students study around eight core 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 and 2023/25, as some courses are awaiting approval.*


December 2022 (Full Working Week)

Year 1 Compulsory Courses

Year 2 Compulsory Courses

September–December 2023

Year 2 Compulsory Courses

September–December 2024

Capstone Project

November 2024–March 2025

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

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


  • 1:1 Executive Coaching and Career Support
  • Online Tutorials and Self-Study Resources
  • Optional Master Classes
  • Boardroom Debates
  • Practitioner Speakers

*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.

Executive MBA Degree Programme Table