The course

Delivery type
Typically weekdays and weekends (full-time) / Weekends (part-time)
12 months (full-time) / 24 months (part-time)
Intake date
September, January
Study location



Edinburgh Business School's MBA remains one of the world's largest international MBA programmes. It attracts more students from more countries than any other programmes, drawn by the quality of the teaching and the flexibility of study.

Edinburgh Business School offers part-time students the opportunity to work at their own pace, in their own time, yet get full on-campus and online academic support. Edinburgh Business School also offers students the chance to interact with fellow students across the world and to join our network of more than 11,900 students worldwide and over 19,000 alumni (more than 450 in the Gulf region).

Full-time students can dedicate 12 months to completing the MBA programme as part of our growing international student population at our Dubai Campus.

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

  • Edinburgh Business School offers one of the most popular international MBA programmes in the world.
  • We have an extensive network of partner organisations across six continents. Our MBA programme will follow your career moves – not the other way around.
  • A very flexible MBA programme that fits around your lifestyle.
  • Our courses are geared to the needs of mature business professionals. We offer a variety of ways to learn and study – textual content, simulations, case studies, faculty interaction, class attendance, online tuition and revision, peer interaction and interactive, course-specific websites as well as a student services website.
  • Working closely with professional bodies, industry and the business world has enabled Edinburgh Business School to offer an MBA programme that is most relevant to your career and the needs of international business. The MBA programme is delivered by Edinburgh Business School’s distinguished faculty.

About the Edinburgh Business School

Edinburgh Business School, founded in 1997, is the graduate school of business of Heriot-Watt University. The flagship programme is its world-renowned MBA, which has been offered in Dubai since 2006.

More than 19,000 students from over 166 countries have graduated from our programmes, making the Edinburgh Business School MBA one of the most popular international MBA programmes in the world.

Designed for working professionals, our MBA can be studied from anywhere in the world and is often chosen by executives whose careers require them to travel and even relocate during their studies.

The MBA programme is supported in Dubai by a full-time, dedicated team to ensure a quality service for our MBA students. Students can choose to pursue their MBA study on a part-time basis and complete within a 24-month period, or on a full-time basis, completing within a 12-month period.

The MBA at the Dubai Campus is taught by an experienced faculty, with many academic staff flying in from our international campuses in Edinburgh and Malaysia to deliver seminars.

Students work towards their MBA on a course by course basis and are eligible for the MBA degree from Heriot-Watt University after completing the required nine courses (consisting of seven core courses and two electives from a choice of 37).

Students who choose to study at the Dubai campus will receive 48 hours of tutored interaction for each core course and a large amount of the student’s time will be spent studying independently (approximately 200 hours per course).

Students can schedule their studies to suit their lifestyle, by attending either two 2-day seminars (Friday and Saturday) plus a 2-day revision session (Friday and Saturday), or alternatively a 4-day intensive seminar (Wednesday to Saturday) plus a 2-day revision session (Friday and Saturday).

Students studying by distance learning who want focused classroom time with tutor and classmate interaction can also join the 4-day intensive core course seminars.

In September 2015, Edinburgh Business School launched an MBA with a specialism in Oil and Gas Management, the only on-campus programme focused on the oil and gas industry in the UAE and wider Gulf region. Designed for managers and aspiring managers in the oil and gas industry, this applied specialism will cover the key management issues facing the industry today. The new programme is also relevant to professionals who work in association with partners in the resources exploration sector, for instance, supply chain management and logistics companies whose customers are specifically the oilfield services companies operating in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

The four specialist on-campus elective courses are authored and delivered by the Edinburgh Business School faculty, who have extensive experience of developing course materials and case studies in consultation with industry experts and partners. Edinburgh Business School delivers this new on-campus blended learning programme from both its Dubai and Edinburgh campuses and also through partners in Nigeria and Trinidad.

Course content

Students on the MBA programme must complete nine courses, including seven core courses:

  • Economics
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Marketing
  • Accounting
  • Project Management
  • Finance
  • Strategic Planning

Two elective courses are chosen in addition from a range of 37 courses. Our MBA is a 100% exam-based programme, where each course is assessed by a three-hour examination (there are no projects or dissertations in this programme, and examinations can be sat in Dubai or at any one of more than 400 examination centres around the world).

To achieve an MBA with a specialism, students must complete the seven core courses and a further four specialist elective courses.

  • Marketing
  • Financial Management
  • Human Resources Management
  • Strategic Planning
  • Oil and Gas Management

Entry requirements

Admission to the part-time or full-time MBA is by application and acceptance. You are expected to have: a recognised first or second class Honours degree, or a qualification deemed to be equivalent, or passes in three of the MBA courses (one of which must be core) by self-study, plus a minimum of two years of post-qualifying full-time work experience of a relevant nature, a CV and two reference letters. Ideally, one academic and one work reference must be submitted with the application form..

English language requirements

Where English is not the first language, applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS (academic testing) 6.5/9 (with no element below 6). In compliance with UK visa regulations, all overseas students aiming to transfer to the Edinburgh Campus must submit proof of IELTS results with a minimum overall score of 6 with no component below 5.5.


  • AED 88000

Scholarships and bursaries

A maximum of 5 scholarships of up to AED17,000 is available each academic year for students accepted onto the full or part-time MBA programme at our Dubai campus.

These are awarded at the discretion of the Edinburgh Business School Scholarship committee on the basis of prior academic achievement, financial hardship, and the use to which the qualification will be put by the scholar.

Scholarship applications can only be made once a formal application to the full or part-time programme has been received and an unconditional offer has been issued by the Edinburgh Business School Admissions Office.

Scholarship applications are considered for the October and January intake of each year and applications should reach the Edinburgh Business School by no later than 1 August and 1 November for each respective intake.

Applicants wishing to take advantage of the scholarship scheme are encouraged to submit their application to the full or part-time programme well in advance of the scholarship application deadlines.

Scholarship application form requests and enquiries should be directed to the Edinburgh Business School’s office at Dubai Campus Tel: +971 (4) 435 8770, or via email to: