Our 12-month MBA programme focuses on a range of core business, management and leadership disciplines, integrating courses to build your capability for incisive analysis, innovation and strategic leadership. It also allows participants a choice of specialisation in finance, strategy or entrepreneurship.

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Foundation

Between September and February, students study nine foundation courses in major disciplines including strategic leadership, finance and economics, strategic marketing and operations improvement. Concurrently, students take part in our integrated Personal Development programme. This is the foundation upon which the whole MBA is built.

Electives

Here your studies can be tailored towards your specific career interests through the selection of option courses from a wide range. Through this choice of two specific electives plus a focused Capstone Project, students will have their specialisation recognised with a Business School Certificate in Finance, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, or Strategy. Specialisations must be agreed in advance with the programme team.

MBA Capstone Project

The Capstone Project is an opportunity for in-depth research on significant, real-world problems through a business plan, a consultancy, or a specialist research topic.

The following courses represent option course selection for the 2017/18 programme. Not all option courses will run in a particular year and are subject to change and/or demand.

Year outline

Induction
September

Introduction to the programme

Activities:

  • MBA Orientation and Study Skills
  • Introduction to Strategic Leadership
  • High Performance Teams: A two-day event in the Scottish Highlands exploring team dynamics
Semester 1
September-December

Context and Core Business Disciplines

Core courses:

  • Strategic Leadership (incorporating Global Challenges for Business)
  • Understanding Economies
  • Strategic Marketing (including the Innovation Challenge)
  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Organising for Effectiveness
  • Professional Development Programme
  • Quantitative Methods and Tools
Semester 2a
January-March

Integration and Specialisation

Core courses:

  • Strategic Leadership (cont.)
  • Creative Strategy
  • Entrepreneurial Leadership
  • Critical Enquiry for Business
  • Professional Development Programme
  • Operations Improvement

Option courses:

  • Managing Stakeholder Communications
  • New Venture Creation
  • Financial Analysis
  • Economics of Strategy
  • Strategic Human Resources
  • Psychology of Investing and Financial Decisions
Semester 2b
April-June

Specialisation

Option courses:

  • International Business in Context (overseas)
  • Global Strategy
  • Digital Strategy
  • Negotiations
  • Project Management
  • Innovation Management and Design Thinking
  • Financial Aspects of M&A
  • Service Management
  • Consultancy Project
Capstone Project
June-August

Completion of a major Capstone Project (submission end of August) with a choice of format

Format options:

  • Consultancy Project
  • Research Dissertation
  • Business Plan

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.

Core & elective courses

Full programme details, including all available core and elective courses, can be found on the University Degree Programme Tables website