Master of Business Administration

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    Key information

    Mode of delivery
    Online
    Delivery type
    Part-time
    Start date
    September
    Duration
    Varies
    Degree Qualification
    MBA

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    Overview

    Students choose Edinburgh Business School at Heriot-Watt University’s online MBA for its academic rigour, its intellectual challenge and its proven ability to greatly enhance student career prospects.

    They’re also drawn by its sheer flexibility; no other MBA gives you as much freedom. You can study the subjects you want, in the order you wish. You can begin and end whenever you choose.

    Our MBA covers key management disciplines, including economics, financial decision making, leadership, marketing, people skills, project management and strategy.

    Degree duration

    It takes approximately 200 study hours per course. On average, it takes four years to complete a full MBA, but it can be completed faster or over a longer period. You can choose your own pace by picking up or setting aside your studies whenever it suits you best. Your schedule always takes priority.

    Online learning delivery

    Our progressive course materials are made available online through our virtual learning environment (VLE). The VLE links you with our expert academics and course materials through videos, webinars, articles, journals, assessments and discussion boards.

    With us, it’s completely up to you when and where you sit your exams and you need only pay for one at a time. You can choose when to sit your exams and if you need to rearrange, that’s no problem either.

    To find out more about the online MBA degree structure, resources and support please visit our Online learning delivery and support pages.

    Student support

    Even the most gifted and most confident of students need a little help from time to time. Whether you study online at home or with a learning partner you’re never far from the support of our faculty and your fellow learners. Additional support is available through optional online tuition and revision sessions and other online resources such as tests, practice essays, collaborative discussion forums where you can engage with your fellow students around the world and tools to help you track your progress through the course materials. Online support is also available through our very popular Facebook community.

    How our online MBA works

    Meet Olalekan, online MBA graduate from Lagos, Nigeria.

    Course content

    Year 1

    The MBA covers various areas of management, which will give you the skills and knowledge you need to progress in your career.

    The degree comprises of seven mandatory courses, and two optional. Courses are assessed by a written examination and/or written coursework.

    Degree structure

    Any semester
    Core
    • Delivering Successful Projects
    • Developing and Executing Strategy
    • Economics for Business
    • Financial Decision Making
    • Leadership, Theory and Practice
    • People, Work and Organisations
    • Strategic Marketing
    Optional
    • Advanced Financial Decision Making
    • Corporate Governance
    • Credit Risk Management
    • Derivatives
    • Entrepreneurial Venturing
    • Entrepreneurship and Creativity
    • Financial Risk Management
    • Making Strategies Work
    • Mergers and Acquisitions
    • Business Negotiation
    • Quantitative Methods
    • Research Methods for Business 
    • Strategic Risk Management

    Detailed degree guide

    Understanding, Knowledge and Cognitive Skills

    Participants will achieve the following learning outcomes at programme level:

    • Develop a detailed and critical awareness of relevant concepts, theories and principles in subjects fundamental to management
    • Demonstrate leadership in professional situations with the ability to conceptualise, analyse and resolve complex problems and issues in business and management
    • Gain professional level insights into dynamic international business environments and propose appropriate courses of action for organisations to deal with and take advantage of rapid external change
    • Through synthesis of ideas across diverse management disciplines, critically evaluate complex situations and propose innovative and sustainable solutions to the strategic and operational challenges that organisations face

    Scholarship, Enquiry and Research (Research Informed Learning)

    The learning model and curriculum actively encourages students to develop and apply their learning to their own professional experience and to wider developments in business and management

    Approaches to Teaching and Learning

    The Edinburgh Business School MBA is an applied programme aimed at working professionals, providing them the opportunity to reflect on their own practice using contemporary theory in the management field. The programme is designed at the intersection of theory and practice and courses are oriented towards exploration of real-life examples and case studies.

    The MBA is entirely modular and delivery is flexible, operating a learning rather than a teaching model and each course is designed for self-study. All courses are designed around a comprehensive online offering that contains all necessary learning materials and guidance for students to successfully complete their studies. A key part of this is the opportunity for students to engage with each other as part of a global multicultural learning community.

    In addition to the online offering, different study modes offer a variety of value-added services to students. These include access to live cohort-based tuition on-campus or with an Approved Learning Partner and access to synchronous online tuition for all students across all modes.

    The Executive MBA study route offered in Edinburgh from September 2021 is designed for mid-career professionals and runs part-time over 24 months. The programme involves a mix of online study, intensive course-based workshops and personal development planning, culminating in a capstone business project linked to the student’s own organisation.

    The MBA is available in languages other than English via selected collaborative partnerships. Non-English provision is detailed under programme code H149-MLN.

    Assessment Policies

    With the exception of the two entrepreneurship courses and the project, all courses are examined by written examination. Assessment includes objective questions (where appropriate), case studies and essays. All courses are examined three times per year aligned to Heriot-Watt University's two semesters and the summer period.

    The pass mark for all courses is 50%. A candidate must pass all required course units to be eligible for an award. Failing candidates are allowed a single resit in each course.

    Awards with Distinction will be made to candidates completing an award with average marks of 70% and over with no examination failures. Awards with Merit will be made to candidates completing an award with average marks between 60% and 69% with no examination failures.

    Assessment for H11PJ, H11EN, H11EV, H11BP is by 100% coursework. One re-assessment opportunity is permitted (coursework re-submission).

    The MBA core courses and selected electives are available for examination in Chinese and Russian via collaborative partners, detailed under programme code H149-MLN.

    Fees and funding

    Tuition fees for entry

    Scholarships and bursaries

    Each year Edinburgh Business School at Heriot-Watt University makes available a number of scholarships and discounts to help students to achieve one of our awards.

    Entry requirements

    Typically you will hold a recognised first or second class honours degree, or equivalent professional qualification. Students whose native language is not English and who have not been educated previously in the English language must provide evidence of their English language proficiency. Alternatively, formal entry can still be gained by passing three MBA courses one of which must be a core course.

    Rewarding previous study

    If you have gained a qualification in a relevant subject prior to the start of your online Edinburgh Business School programme, we may be able to reward this hard work with an exemption from certain courses.

    These exemptions are only ever at our discretion and are considered on the basis of qualifications gained through formal examination - whether at degree level or through a professional body. The qualification being presented for consideration should have been gained within the last five years. Qualifications gained over five years ago may be considered if additional supporting evidence shows that you have keep abreast of current developments in the subject area through CPD.

    Exemption from core courses may be granted on the basis of bachelor level and professional qualifications. Exemption from core and elective courses may be granted on the basis of postgraduate level qualifications (except fully completed degrees) and professional qualifications.

    Exemptions will not be awarded on the basis of courses which have been used towards the award of another degree at Masters level, whether this was awarded by Heriot-Watt University or any other institution. For example, a student who has gained an MSc in Accounting will not be given an exemption in Accounting from Edinburgh Business School’s MBA or MSc degree programmes.

    Exemption eligibility

    If you would like to enquire about your eligibility, please complete an Exemption Application Form.

    Why Edinburgh Business School?

    Flexibility and affordability

    Study at a time and pace that suits you, and even while you work. HW Online offers pay-as-you-study courses and fees inclusive of exams and study materials, meaning you can focus on success, not extra costs.

    Online tutoring and revision

    We offer live tutoring and revision sessions with highly experienced tutors from our global network of teaching partners. You can choose the session which best suits your needs, such as time of day, duration and structure.

    Your career

    Employers around the world actively seek out our graduates because they are work-ready. All our degrees are career-focused and relevant to the needs of industry. Around 95% of our students are in employment or further study within six months of graduating.

    Online events

    We host online events throughout the year, giving you the opportunity to speak to our academic teaching staff, meet students, find out what it is like to study using our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and discover how to enrol.

    Lifelong connections

    Upon completing your studies you will automatically join the UK’s oldest alumni association The Watt Club, with 147k members worldwide.

    Study options Malaysia - MBA Master of Business Administration

    Our MBA Master of Business Administration is also available to study at our Malaysia campus.

    Study options Dubai - MBA Master of Business Administration

    Our MBA Master of Business Administration is also available to study at our Dubai campus.

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