The course

Delivery type
Typically weekdays and weekends (full-time) / Weekends (part-time)
1 year (full-time) / 2 years (part-time)
Intake date
September, January* (* part-time only)

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



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

As an MBA student, you will gain full on-campus and online support and join our growing international student body at our University’s Dubai campus.

Why study Edinburgh Business School's MBA at Heriot-Watt University's Dubai Campus?

Not only will you be taught by highly qualified, experienced and much respected British and local faculty, you will share a classroom with like-minded individuals, and join our growing network of global business professionals. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to take part in an international exchange, where you will attend classes at our campus in Scotland’s beautiful capital city, Edinburgh.

The MBA programme is intellectually rigorous and quality assured, and as a graduate school of Heriot-Watt, we operate within the University's extensive arrangements for quality assurance.

About Edinburgh Business School

Professional growth

Edinburgh Business School, a graduate school of Heriot-Watt University, has been helping working professionals become business leaders for over 25 years. Our popular MBA, Masters, DBA and PhD programmes have accelerated the careers of over 21,000 of our graduates.

It was reported by 75 alumni that, during their studies or within six months after graduating, 65% had an increase in their salary; 25% started their own business; and, 52% had won a promotion at work (Carrington Crisp, May 2017).

We are global, we are local

With an international faculty of highly respected and experienced professionals, thousands of like-minded students and successful EBS alumni, a local presence in five continents of the world, and three campuses in Edinburgh, Dubai and Malaysia; we truly are a global family of business working professionals.

Study options

We let our students choose when, where and how they complete their degree: online, on-campus, or with a trusted learning or collaborative partner. 
Completing a postgraduate programme online allows for flexibility and customisation in terms of fitting studies around career goals, changing circumstances, and personal and professional commitments.

If a classroom setting is preferred however, the MBA programme is delivered at each of our University’s campuses in Edinburgh, Dubai and Malaysia. We also work with a number of trusted learning and collaborative partners who are equally dedicated to delivering our MBA and selected MSc programmes in various locations across the globe; a full list of our learning and collaborative partners can be found here.


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.

Detailed course information

Course content

Throughout your MBA studies, you will gain unlimited access to all study materials needed, including comprehensive course texts and 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:

Full-time MBA programme

The full-time MBA programme starts in September of each year and is split into four academic terms; here is an example of how your year may look:

Example full-time MBA yearTermsCourses1: Sep – DecMarketingAccounting2: Jan – Mar(Edinburgh cohort goes to Dubai)Organisational BehaviourEconomicsAn elective including Entrepreneurship and Creativity3: Mar – JunFinanceProject Management4: Jun – Aug(Dubai cohort goes to Edinburgh)Strategic PlanningAn elective including Entrepreneurial Venturing

The programme is relevant to you whether you’re starting a new business or looking to develop your entrepreneurial spirit within your organisation. You’ll hear from international industry leaders, have a schedule of company visits, and grow your international professional network. As part of the programme, you will also have the opportunity to take part in a study exchange and spend some time on-campus in Edinburgh.

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.

A large part of your time will require independent study (approx. 200 hours per course). You will also 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.

Entry requirements

For MSc entry, a good relevant Honours degree (first or second class) or equivalent overseas qualifications will be considered. Given the clear practical element of the programmes, we will also consider non-graduate candidates holding less than a good Honours degree, or its equivalent, but with compensating qualifications or experience may be admitted to the Postgraduate Diploma programme. Transfer to the MSc will be possible later on if exams and course work are at MSc level.

To find out about the entry requirements for this programme, kindly call +971 4 4358700 or please send an email to

English language requirements


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

* All tuition fees inclusive of VAT

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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.


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



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Early commitment offer (MBA)

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 the 30 June 2019 you will receive a 5% reduction on the balance of the MBA fee.