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    Edinburgh Business School

    Master of Business Administration (MBA)

    The Edinburgh Business School MBA programme is specifically designed to provide an intellectually demanding and rigorous programme that enables you to study when you wish, where you wish and to take examinations anywhere in the world.

    The MBA program is modular and each subject matter is covered by a single course which provides everything you need to master it to MBA level. Each course will take an average of 200 study hours to complete.

    To earn your MBA it is necessary to pass examinations in 7 core courses and two electives chosen from a range of 20 elective courses.

    Core courses include:

    • Accounting
    • Economics
    • Finance
    • Marketing
    • Organizational Behaviour
    • Project Management
    • Strategic Planning

    Each course is self contained and can be studied independently of the other courses of the MBA enabling the student to choose the order in which to study each course; this enables the student to focus in a specific subject field of interest to apply the skills learned to the benefit of his/her organization.

    The duration of the MBA program depends on the methodology the student chooses. One year for full time students on campus; two years for a part time executive program and, an average of 3.5 years for distance students (online).

    MBA Specialisms

    The MBA Specialisms are ideal to extend the MBA program to meet specific career requirements. These provide the students with a deeper understanding of the application of a specific discipline. Areas of specialisms available:

    • MBA with a Specialism in Strategic Planning
      You must complete all 7 core courses and four courses from the Specialist Elective group:
      • Competitive Strategy
      • Making Strategies Work
      • Mergers and Acquisitions
      • Strategic Risk Management
    • MBA with a Specialism in Public Administration
      You must complete all 7 core courses and four courses from the Specialist Elective group:
      • Corporate Governance
      • Government, Industry and Privatisation
      • Influence
      • Making Strategies Work
      • Negotiation
      • Strategic Risk Management
    • MBA with a Specialism in Finance
      You must complete all 7 core courses and four courses from the Specialist Elective group:
      • Decision making Techniques
      • Derivatives
      • Financial Risk Management
      • Mergers and Acquisitions
      • Practical History of Financial Markets
      • Quantitative Methods
    • MBA with a Specialism in Marketing
      You must complete all 7 core courses and four courses from the Specialist Elective group:
      • Consumer Behaviour
      • International Marketing
      • Marketing Channels
      • Marketing Research
      • Negotiation
      • Sales Force Management
    • MBA with a Specialism in Human Resource Management
      You must complete all 7 core courses and four courses from the Specialist Elective group:
      • Consumer Behaviour
      • Human Resource Management
      • Influence
      • Negotiation


    Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA)

    The Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) in strategic focus is designed for executives who want to apply detailed understanding of business strategy and research tools to their organizations.

    Whereas a PhD will develop professional researches, this DBA will enable you to use research methods to define, implement, and evaluate the strategies necessary for your business.

    The study element requires to complete 3 core courses and 3 research based courses, plus 5 elective courses. For the research element the student works under the direction of an appointed Edinburgh Business School supervisor.
     

    To be eligible for admission to the DBA, the student must hold at least one of the following:

    • A Heriot Watt University MBA
    • An approved MBA or equivalent standard to that currently offered by the Edinburgh Business School.
    • A Masters degree such as MSc, MA, MPhil in a relevant field of study.
    • A PhD in relevant area.

    In addition, a minimum of 5 years relevant business experience is required. The program can be completed in 6 years part time or self study and on campus in 3 years by full time study.

     


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