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Heriot-Watt Online

MBA and MBA with Specialism (Online)

The stackable MBA designed by experts, shaped by you.

Set yourself up for career success with an MBA or MBA with Specialism - tailored for the modern professional.

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Key programme information

Meet the MBA programme that’s designed to be as unique as you are. Our programme offers unparalleled flexibility, allowing you to study at your own pace and to stack courses together to seamlessly build credit towards your qualification. Whether you’re aiming for a PG Certificate, PG Diploma, MBA, or MBA with a specialism - this flexible, stackable programme is designed to allow you to accumulate credit as you learn, offering you a personalised pathway to meet your educational and career goals.

Study mode:

100% online. Learn from anywhere, at any time.



Fully flexible. Design your studies around your schedule.


Start date:

Enrol at any time. Start when it suits you best.



£1,248 per course. Pay as you learn. Emerging Economies Scholarship available.

Margaret Sakufiwa
"The one thing I love about the MBA programme is that it is so flexible, and it is designed to accommodate your busy life. It helps you learn at your own pace and I found that you could balance your time... you can design it in a way that helps you navigate it better."

Margaret Sakufiwa, Zambia

Online learning designed for you

Edinburgh Business School at Heriot-Watt University is a global leader in online learning, having provided high-quality distance education for more than 30 years. Our MBA programme builds on this deep expertise to deliver a truly customisable, contemporary, and relevant learning experience for today's professionals.

Career focused

This programme is purposefully designed to help you develop practical, career-ready MBA competencies and specialist industry skills sought by today's employers. Apply your learnings in real-time in your own working environment.


Fully flexible

You choose when you start each course, and you control the pace of study. Build towards your qualification step-by-step by stacking a wide range of core, interdisciplinary and specialist courses together in a way that fits your lifestyle and goals.


Truly global

Available to study from anywhere in the world, from any device. This 100% online programme is truly borderless, allowing you to build an international and diverse professional network.


Readily accessible

Our inclusive, performance-based admissions process and stackable pathways allow you to access this transformative, high-quality MBA education, without unnecessary barriers.

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Your personalised MBA

No other MBA offers you as much freedom.

At Heriot-Watt Online, we encourage you to craft your own learning journey; one that is as unique as you are. We give you the flexibility and freedom to personalise your programme by stacking courses together that align with your needs, career goals and interests.

In addition to building key MBA skills through courses in leadership, financial decision making, marketing, project management and strategy, you’ll be able to customise your learning and develop your specialist expertise by choosing from a wide and unique selection of optional courses in growing career areas like global operations, sustainable logistics, entrepreneurship, negotiation, big data and business analytics. If you choose to, you can specialise further and pursue an MBA with specialism in Finance, Strategy, Supply Chain Management and Logistics, or Business Analytics. Simply stack your choice of courses together to achieve an industry-aligned specialism.

This is not just a degree – it’s a tool for career advancement, designed for today’s business leaders.

Dr Bryan Rogers
"This programme has been thoughtfully crafted to meet the evolving needs of working professionals. With our distinctly flexible model, we ensure that every student can tailor their MBA journey to fit their unique career aspirations and life commitments, and in doing so, make a real impact."

Dr Bryan Rodgers ,
Global MBA Programme Director

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How you’ll learn

This programme is offered fully online to accommodate your preferred study schedule and location. With no set times to study and no deadlines, you can study independently, when it works best for you. Access your course materials on demand, from mobile or desktop.

Online campus: Our Virtual Learning Environment acts as your digital campus, and it houses a variety of engaging course materials for you to work through in your own time. Throughout your programme, you will benefit from the opportunity to connect and collaborate with a global network of peers on course forums.

Live tuition: You can choose to supplement your independent learning by enrolling in live online sessions led by experienced tutors. These sessions help you further contextualise your learning, prepare for your final assessment, and ensure your success on the programme.

Duration: On average it takes around 200 hours to complete each course. You can complete your programme in 18 months, or as long as it takes you! Choose your own pace by scheduling your studies when it best suits you.

Assessment: For each course, you will complete a Final Online Assessment that can be completed within a 24-hour timeframe, in the comfort of your own space. You will have three assessment opportunities per year, and you can register to sit your assessment when you’re ready.

How will the MBA benefit you?


Take the next step in your career

Pursue in-demand roles across a range of industries, or apply what you’ve learnt to start or advance your own business.


Increase your professional value

Build a comprehensive set of transferable MBA skills while you work, stand out to current and future employers and meet your career aspirations.


Build your global business network

Tap into an influential MBA network of over 25,000 current and past students, and benefit from valuable insights and connections enjoyed by our MBA students.


Earn the same qualification as on-campus

Study from anywhere in the world, with the option to your attend graduation in-person at any one of our global campuses.

"Our graduates recently came number one in Scotland and fourth in the UK for employability, with over 95% of our graduates in full time employment or further study within 15 months of graduating."

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