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Full-time MBA with International Exchange

This pathway focuses on the same core courses as the standard MBA, but it is distinguished by the opportunity for participants to spend 2-3 months abroad. The international component includes an exchange with one of our 11 University partners.


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.

International Exchange

During semester 2B students registered for the MBA (with International exchange) programme will study at one of our international exchange universities. We have listed the current exchange universities in the table below. Please note that the number of exchange opportunities at each university will vary each year, and places at USA universities are particularly limited. We cannot therefore always guarantee your first choice.

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


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


Core courses:

  • Strategic Leadership (cont.)
  • Creative Strategy
  • Entrepreneurial Leadership
  • Research Methods for the Capstone Project
  • Professional Development Programme
  • Operations Improvement

Option courses:

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

International Exchange — Completion of a 10-14 week study period with one of our 11 University Exchange Partners


  • EADA (Spain)
  • ENPC (France)
  • ESSEC Business School (France)
  • Fuqua School of Business, Duke University (USA)
  • IPADE Business School (México)
  • Kellogg (USA)
  • Macquarie Graduate School of Management (Australia)
  • McCombs School of Business (USA)
  • Schulich School of Business (Canada)
  • SIMBA (China)
  • Peking University Guanghua School of Management (China)
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