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Full-time MBA

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.

Due to high demand for our Full-time MBA programme we are now operating a waitlist. All applications from now on will join a waitlist and will be processed if places become available.

Why Choose the Edinburgh MBA?

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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.


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.

To give you an idea of what the programme structure and courses might consist of, the below information details the structure and courses for this programme in 2018/19.

We cannot guarantee that all courses will run each year, and will notify applicants of any changes to the programme structure and courses by 15 June in the year of entry to the course.

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.

Year outline


Introduction to the programme


  • 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

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

Integration and Specialisation

Core courses:

  • Strategic Leadership (cont.)
  • Research Methods for the Capstone Project
  • Professional Development Programme
  • Operations Improvement
  • Strategic Human Resource Management

Option courses:

  • Managing Stakeholder Communications
  • New Venture Creation and the Entrepreneurial Process
  • Financial Analysis
  • Economics of Strategy
  • Psychology of Investing and Financial Decisions
Semester 2b


Option courses:

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

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