The course

Delivery type
Weekends (full-time) / (part-time)
Duration
1 year (full-time) / 2 years (part-time)
Intake date
September, January
Location
Dubai

Study for your MBA in Dubai, the business hub of the Middle East, and graduate from a respected and world-renowned British university.

Contact

  • Contact

    Heriot-Watt University Dubai Campus

  • Telephone

    +971 4435 8770/8768

  • Email

    DubaiMBA@hw.ac.uk

Overview

Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University has been offering its MBA programme in Dubai for over 10 years. Fully licensed by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), the MBA programme can be completed through a full-time or part-time pathway at Heriot-Watt University’s campus in Dubai’s International Academic City.

Both pathways begin in September and January. The full-time programme runs over one year with approximately two courses each term. The part-time programme runs over two years with approximately one course each term. Each year is split into four academic terms.

Why study with us?

We’re a globally recognised institution with an international perspective – and that’s reflected throughout the School. You’ll also share a classroom with like-minded individuals and join our growing network of global business professionals. Not to mention the opportunity to spend a week on our Edinburgh campus. (Flights and accommodation are included in the tuition fees).

The programme consists of seven core courses and two electives. For your electives, you can choose from our extensive range of self-study courses. We’ll provide all the study materials you need, plus you’ll have access to our student portal.

Tutored interaction for each course will take place over weekends (Fridays and Saturdays), and a large amount of your time will be spent studying independently, with approximately 200 hours per course.

Accreditation

The Dubai Campus is accredited by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) and fully licensed to teach its degrees in Dubai. All graduates receive a British degree that is accredited by Royal Charter in the UK.

Course content

Throughout your MBA studies, you will have unlimited access to all study materials needed, including interactive course websites. To complete the programme, you must pass seven core courses and two electives. 

The MBA’s core courses, whether completed part-time or full-time, are:

MBA elective courses:

Full-time MBA programme

The full-time MBA programme starts in September and January of each year. The programme runs over one year, and each year is split into four academic terms. Each term you will do two courses and attend four 2-day seminars (Friday and Saturday).

You will typically attend: 

  • four 2-day seminars (Friday and Saturday) led by an Edinburgh Business School faculty member from the UK or Dubai. The seminars include simulations, case studies and class discussions 
  • two 2-day revision sessions (Friday and Saturday) to prepare you for your exam. These seminars allow a dynamic combination of students with diverse experiences, backgrounds and cultures to share and exchange knowledge in a rich learning environment.

You will also have the opportunity to attend an optional elective at our Edinburgh campus for one week. The flights and accommodation are covered by the MBA tuition fee.

Part-time MBA programme

You can start your part-time MBA journey in January or September. The programme runs over two years, and each year is split into four academic terms. Each term you will do one course.

You will typically attend:

  • two 2-day seminars (Friday and Saturday) led by an Edinburgh Business School faculty member from the UK or Dubai that includes simulations, case studies and involves class discussions 
  • a two-day revision session (Friday and Saturday) to prepare you for your exam; these seminars allow a dynamic combination of students all with diverse experiences, backgrounds and cultures to share and exchange knowledge in a rich learning environment.

You will also have the opportunity to attend an optional elective at our Edinburgh campus for one week. The flights and accommodation are covered by the MBA tuition fee.

MBA with Specialism

We offer five specialist MBAs: Finance, Marketing, Human Resource Management, Strategic Planning, and Oil and Gas Management.

MBA with Specialism encompasses the same seven core courses of the standard MBA, but instead of the two elective courses, you take four specialist courses in your specialist subject. Students have the option to study the seven core courses on our campuses, and complete the specialism by studying the four specialist electives by distance learning.

For further information on our Dubai campus MBA programmes please contact our MBA Programme Advisors at DubaiMBA@hw.ac.uk or +971 (0) 435 8770. 

Entry requirements

Admission to the MBA programme is by application and acceptance. 

You're expected to have:

  • A recognised first- or second-class honours degree, or a qualification deemed to be equivalent by Heriot-Watt University
  • A minimum of two years' post-qualifying full-time professional work experience.

English language requirements

Where English was not the medium of instruction at Undergraduate studies, applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.5 (with all elements passed at 6.0 or above). Documentary evidence from the University where the candidate had studied their bachelor degree will be required to state that the medium of learning and teaching throughout their years of study was English.

Fees and funding

  • Full-time: AED 100,000*
  • Part-time: AED 100,000*

* All tuition fees inclusive of VAT

For further information on our Dubai campus MBA programme, please contact our MBA programme advisors at DubaiMBA@hw.ac.uk or +971 (0) 435 8770.

Scholarships and bursaries

Edinburgh Business School - Shaping 'Women Entrepreneurs' Scholarship

The 30% Club GCC and Edinburgh Business School are delighted to announce that a full tuition scholarship to attend the full or part-time MBA programme at the Heriot-Watt University Dubai campus will be offered to an entrepreneurial woman.

Conditions

You must have received and accepted an unconditional offer of a place on the full or part-time MBA programme and paid the deposit, before a scholarship application can be submitted.

Amount of award

Up to AED 100,000

No of awards: 1

Applications

Contact: DubaiMBA@hw.ac.uk

Opening date

Opening date for applications is

Closing date

Closing date for applications is

The Heriot-Watt Dubai Ramadan Community Award

If you accept your offer of a place on the full-time or part-time MBA programme at the Dubai Campus and pay your deposit on or before 1 June 2020 you will receive a discount of AED 8,000 reduction on the balance of the MBA fee.

Exemptions

If you have gained a qualification (whether at degree level or through a professional body) in a relevant subject prior to the start of your Edinburgh Business School programme, we may be able to reward this hard work with an exemption from core and elective courses.

Contact our MBA programme advisors at DubaiMBA@hw.ac.uk or +971 (0) 435 8770 to check your eligibility.