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Master of Business Administration (MBA)


Course Description

Programme description

The full-time MBA is an intensive programme designed for students with a minimum of three years' managerial experience who wish to progress to more senior and leadership roles in business.

The programme immerses students in a world of academic thought, current business practice and applied projects.

Studied over 12 or 16 months, this is a taught programme delivered by world class faculty complemented by guest business practitioners.

Successful businesses in the future will be those that can confidently and capably steer a path through a world characterised by intense competition, rapid technological development, economic turbulence and increasing resource insecurity.

Businesses need leaders who can think and act strategically in this volatile environment, managing the risk and challenges involved, but also spotting and seizing opportunities for efficiency, innovation and new business models. Businesses also need leaders who will act responsibly in delivering value to all stakeholders.

The Edinburgh MBA will prepare participants to progress with confidence into leadership roles in this new world. We will:

deepen participants’ understanding of how businesses and markets work, how value is created through innovation and marketing, how strategies are crafted, how businesses are financed, how performance is measured, how value is delivered efficiently and effectively, and how organisations should be governed, managed and led through change
instil a passion for business improvement, innovation and entrepreneurial action to help participants lead in the growth or creation of new business opportunities
develop participants’ ability to think strategically and beyond disciplinary silos
Successful leadership also requires accomplished interpersonal skills to bring about change in organisations. Through skills training and professional development, we will work with participants to understand their leadership strengths and weaknesses and provide support for improvement.

Programme structure

The MBA is delivered full-time over a period of either 12 or 16 months, starting in September each year. The programme combines rigorous academic study with practical application. This is achieved both in the classroom through case studies, but also via consultancy-style projects with external organisations to broaden participants’ insights into alternative business models and approaches.

Compulsory courses for both programmes include:

-Strategic Leadership
-Strategic Marketing
-Organising for Effectiveness
-Operations Improvement
-Understanding Economies
-Finance
-Accounting
-Leadership and Responsibility
-Entrepreneurial Leadership and Creative Strategy

A range of specialist options are also available. In parallel with academic study, we deliver a Professional Development programme to help enhance interpersonal and leadership skills. Both programmes culminate in a major Capstone Project.

Both programmes take a global perspective, although the opportunities for international travel on each programme differ in scope and extent.

On our 12-month MBA, there is an opportunity to study International Business in Context (a one-week intensive module located in an emerging market) and to undertake your Capstone Project focused on a country outside of the UK.

On our 16-month MBA, the international opportunities are greater. You will spend 2-3 months on exchange with one of our international partner Universities (USA, Canada, China, Italy, France, Finland, Australia, Mexico or Spain) and a further 2 months on an international internship.

12-month MBA programme

The 12-month programme is delivered in four parts:

September–December: students focus on core business disciplines
January–March: students develop integrative and strategic thinking, and choose a number of specialist elective subjects
April–June: students' specialisation continues
June–August: students undertake a Capstone Project as the final part of the 12-month MBA

16-month MBA programme (International Business)

The 16-month programme is delivered in four parts:

September–April: students study the same core disciplines, integrating courses and a number of specialisations
April–June: students study abroad at one of 11 partner institutions worldwide, experiencing new cultures and new ways of business
June–August: students undertake an internship, which provides a further opportunity to gain valuable international work experience to support career plans
September–December: students undertake a Capstone Project as the final part of the 16-month MBA

Learning outcomes

Students will develop an integrated understanding of the essential aspects of business and leadership skills as well as the development of specialist knowledge through the choice of option courses and MBA Capstone project research.

A specialisation route is available for students looking for a more focused pathway through their programme. Specialisations include finance, carbon management, strategy, entrepreneurship and family business.

The personal development programme ensures that, alongside the in-depth business learning, students will also develop the personal skills and characteristics required by senior managers in the modern business setting.

For those following the 16 month programme, the study abroad period and the internship outside the student’s home country will add an international dimension to their studies, valuable to all who work internationally.

Career opportunities

The employment market is highly competitive, but the Edinburgh MBA is distinctive and will provide participants with a competitive edge. MBA participants will engage in a leadership and professional development programme that includes personal diagnostics, career planning and skills enhancement designed explicitly to support participants in their pursuit of promotion or new careers.

Visit the Master of Business Administration (MBA) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Entry Requirements

At least three years' work experience in a managerial role. Experience can be from any industry, including the public sector, charitable organisations or the arts. UK 2:1 honours degree from a good university in any subject, or an equivalent overseas qualification. If you do not meet the minimum academic requirement, you may still be considered if: you have professional qualifications with substantial work experience or you do not hold a degree or professional qualifications, but you have a very strong employment record demonstrating a high degree of responsibility

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