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.
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.
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 2019/20.
Introduction to the Programme
- High Performance Teams: A two-day event in the Scottish Highlands exploring team dynamics
- Introduction to Strategic Leadership
- MBA Orientation and Study Skills
Context and Core Business Disciplines
- Operations Improvement
- Professional Development Programme
- Research Methods for the Capstone Project
- Strategic Human Resource Management
- Strategic Leadership (cont.)
Completion of a 10 to 14-week study period with one of our University Exchange Partners:
- Aalto University Executive Education (Finland)
- EADA (Spain)
- ESSEC Business School (France)
- IPADE Business School (México)
- Macquarie Graduate School of Management (Australia)
- McCombs School of Business (USA)
- Schulich School of Business (Canada)
- Peking University Guanghua School of Management (China)
Completion of a Major Capstone Project
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.
*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.