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How long you will study
Domestic course fees
GBP 31350 per year
How you will study
International course fees
GBP 31350 per year
This flagship programme, next running in September 2020, is designed for working executives to build capability for incisive analysis, innovation and strategic leadership, to support progression into senior leadership roles.
Executive MBA Programme Structure
An overview of the Executive MBA programme, our biennial on-campus course studied over 27 months and delivered by our experienced faculty and complemented by regular guest speakers.
In year one, students study circa eight core courses in major disciplines; this is the foundation upon which the whole MBA is built. In addition students select three specialist option courses. Here studies can be tailored towards career preferences. Leadership skills are developed through a leadership week as well as Professional Development (PD) skills taught through the first semester.
In Year 2 learning about strategy also becomes a central feature of the programme. Students again study core and option courses. They work on leadership skills and a highlight of this year's programme is a week-long international study trip. In addition students deliver a consultancy project and participate in a business simulation exercise.
MBA Capstone Project
The conclusion of the programme, the MBA Capstone project, brings the two years' learning together in a piece of work unique to each student.
Before applying for the Executive MBA programme, please consider our minimum entry requirements, which include academic qualifications, managerial work experience and English language requirements.
Professional Experience Requirement
Normally 5 years' substantive work experience in a managerial or supervisory position.
Experience can be from any industry, including the public sector, charitable organisations or the arts.
Minimum Academic Requirement
You will need a UK first-class or 2:1 honours degree in any subject, or an equivalent overseas qualification.
If you do not meet the minimum academic requirement, you may still be considered if:
If you do not meet the minimum academic requirement, we may require you to complete the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) which is an internationally-recognised assessment of analytical, numerical and verbal reasoning.
If we require you to take GMAT, we would require a score of 600 as a minimum to qualify for our MBA or Executive MBA. The GMAT is not a compulsory part of the application process, but if you have a score that you wish to report to us then this would be welcomed.
Applicants who are Non-EU/EEA/Swiss nationals should note that it is not possible to study a part-time programme on a Tier 4 (student) visa.
However, other types of immigration permission for the UK may allow part-time study. If you wish to apply for this programme and you think that your immigration permission would allow you to do so, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further advice.
Applicants should also note that the Executive MBA is not a distance-learning programme. On-campus attendance at courses is required at regular intervals as outlined in the programme structure. Therefore potential applicants should verify their eligibility to study in the UK before applying.
Erin Bembe, full time MBA
After I graduated in 2010 with a BA in Economics, I became a Financial Specialist at the Federal Highway Administration in Washington DC. I returned to study as I had progressed as far as I could in my current role and I also wanted to move from the public sector into the private sector. I chose the University of Edinburgh for its global reputation, its location, and because of the length of the MBA programme (1 year compared to 2 in the US).
The MBA is an intense full-time program providing an overview of business with the option to specialize in an area of interest. There is a strong focus on sustainability and corporate social responsibility as well as the development of leadership and other soft skills. Because the school is so well placed in Europe and has such a good reputation, it attracts students from all over the world, providing a diverse and stimulating learning environment. The opportunities to learn beyond the classroom – from international business treks to case competitions and undergraduate mentoring programs are vast.
The programme allowed me to develop both my technical skills and my soft skills which were instrumental in landing me my current job. I am now a Senior Financial Analyst for Johnson & Johnson and was introduced to my current company through the programme’s Capstone project.
Having an alumni community that I can tap into is important to me. The network I’ve built thus far has been a huge support in my post-MBA life. The programme is quite rigorous and the city can be a huge distraction, so it’s essential to find the right balance between studying and enjoying all that Edinburgh has to offer. Make sure to take advantage of all the opportunities the school provides for development outside of the classroom – the multiple clubs, volunteering opportunities, projects, guest lecturers, and career services.
Tim Puddy, Masters in International Human Resource Management
Prior to moving to Edinburgh I completed a BA in Management from the University of York. During the course of the degree I spent a placement year working at the Pharmaceutical Company GlaxoSmithKline. I worked within the Human Resource Development team concerning their future leader programmes.
I went back to study as I enjoy the stimulating and liberating environment available in academia, and wanted to pursue my interest in HRM. Edinburgh University is an elite university, but more specifically, the Business School provided a route to CIPD accreditation which is key in HRM careers. Being by definition an international programme, the IHRM cohort is also very international and therefore we get so many new perspectives on issues. We have been taught about crucial areas of HRM as well as having particular focuses on the issues an international context brings. These concepts were reinforced during a class trip to Helsinki.
The CIPD accreditation is hugely important, but to have a deep theoretical background in topical HR issues is even more so. The Reward Management module in particular has helped me get a job in this area as I will be working in reward management for Virgin Money. I will also be maintaining links with the health sector.
Edinburgh itself is beautiful, vibrant and quaint all at the same time. It is also walkable which is very important to me. I love a good view, and Edinburgh is spoilt with these! Of course its culture and arts scene aren’t too far behind. The city will, I am sure, hold a special place in everyone’s memories so keeping in touch is crucial personally as well as professionally. I encourage new students to make the most of what Scotland and the Business School have to offer.
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