The course

Course type
Entry date
April, September, January

Our Executive MBA is an intellectually rigorous programme taught by globally experienced faculty. Self-development masterclasses sit alongside weekend courses to build vital understanding of modern business, shaping your learning to match your ambitions.



Taught with your career in mind, Edinburgh Business School's Executive MBA is led by experts in finance, strategy, accounting, marketing and business here at our Edinburgh campus. As part of your studies, we organise guest lectures and workshops from leaders in various industries, taking place on campus. Get inspired, hear their stories, and take away invaluable advice from their first-hand experience as they showcase real-world examples of the challenges businesses face.

Professional skills workshops

Develop your business acumen with our professional skills workshops, taking place every term during your Executive MBA. We also conclude every term with a social event for you and your fellow students, to get a break from the classroom after your hard work for those exams.

An executive programme of study 

The Executive MBA is part of our executive postgraduate qualifications taught and led by academics at Edinburgh Business School. This programme of study is suitable for those with a number of years work experience who wish to explore advanced principals of business and management. 

This flexible on-campus MBA is designed to work around your working life and can be studied on a part-time basis in Edinburgh, Dubai or Malaysia. 

How the programme is delivered

This two-year, part-time MBA programme is studied over eight terms. You’ll study nine courses in total – seven core and two electives. Each core course is taught through four-day intensive seminars (Thursday to Sunday), offering class discussions, simulations and case studies. Our seminar structure gives you the opportunity to share your experiences, exchange knowledge and learn from your fellow students, creating a rich learning environment. The programme is supported on campus by a full-time, dedicated professional support team.

For your electives, you can choose two from our extensive range of self-study courses, or you could choose to study Research Methods for Business and Management, a double-credit taught course centred on developing a business proposal, and a 10,000–15,000 word individual project.

Course content

Mandatory courses 

  • Delivering Successful Projects
  • Economics for Business
  • Financial Decision Making
  • Leadership, Theory and Practice
  • People, Work and Organisations
  • Strategic Marketing
  • Strategic Planning

Elective course

  • Research Methods for Business and Management (double credits)


Delivering Successful Projects 

Watch the course video here: Delivering Successful Projects, Youtube

Delivering Successful Projects equips managers and business professionals with knowledge, understanding and skills to manage projects using integrative concepts, tools and techniques.

The course opens by setting the mind-set for project decision-making and covers the fundamental concepts of the project management discipline and how it assists organisations in materialising their strategic and change objectives.

Topics include:

  • Projects in the organisational context
  • Leadership and behavioural aspects of human resources
  • How the project manager and the project team work
  • Project success criteria 
  • Qualitative and quantitative planning and control processes 
  • Project conclusions, strategic intent, final evaluation and reporting.

The course concludes with a closer look at current topics trending the project management profession, such as the project management office function, ethics, sustainability and agile project management.

Explores the nature of a firm’s response to the challenges of internationalisation by examining the strategic basis, method and direction of international strategies. Examines both multi- and micro-nationals and utilises conventional strategic tools to study international strategies.

Read the full course syllabus

The following PDF is an extended outline of the course syllabus for Delivering Successful Projects, and gives you an overview of the course content: Delivering Successful Projects 

Economics for Business

Watch the course video here: Economics for Business, Youtube

Economics for Business examines how companies compete by developing and understanding the interactions and relationships between theoretical concepts; examining the individual components of strategic management models; and considering how companies may achieve and sustain competitive advantage.

The course starts by outlining fundamental economic concepts and examining the workings of the market system. Different market structures and their impact on organisations are reviewed and the role of government in the economy is examined.

Relevant aspects of the macro-economy are introduced with a focus on business impact and decision-making. This is followed by an exposition of international economic issues.

Topics include:

  • The Role of Economics in Business 
  • The Market Mechanism 
  • Demand 
  • Supply
  • Market Structure
  • Factor Markets 
  • The Role of Government
  • The Macroeconomic Environment
  • Macroeconomic Policy
  • International Trade and Globalisation
  • Research Activity.

The course ends with a research activity that will pull all the strands of the course together, and prepare students fully for the assessment.

Read the full course syllabus

The following PDF is an extended outline of the course syllabus for Economics for Business, and gives you an overview of the course content:  Economics for Business


Financial Decision Making 

Financial decision making aims to provide students with a set of accounting and financial tools that enables them to interpret and critique financial information from a variety of sources, and to make informed and effective financial decisions that directly impact company operations.

The course begins with a closer look at the current financial landscape. It then examines the application of financial and management accounting tools relevant to critical financial decisions, including key performance indicators, breakeven analysis, working capital management techniques and the budgeting process.

This is followed by a consideration of financial management and the decisions faced by organisations on investment (what projects), finance (what type of finance) and dividend (pay or retain) and how an organisation analyses takes action on each of those decisions.

Topics include:

  • The financial landscape  
  • Financial accounting 
  • Working capital management  
  • Management accounting  
  • Budgeting  
  • Financial tools 
  • Capital budgeting and investment appraisal 
  • Financing, payout policy and management.

The course concludes with an introduction to exchange rate and interest rate risk management.

Read the full course syllabus

The following PDF is an extended outline of the course syllabus for Financial Decision Making, and gives you an overview of the course content: Financial Decision Making


People, Work and Organisations

Our People, Work and Organisations course aims for students to develop a detailed appreciation of factors influencing how people behave at work and how these link to performance. 

The course focuses on understanding individual differences, how these differences affect group dynamics and how organisational factors affect individual behaviour. At its core, the course aims to equip students with the skills and knowledge to positively impact on individual, team and organisational performance in a variety of dynamic organisational contexts.

Topics include:

  • Understanding behaviour in organisations 
  • Individual differences
  • Motivation and engagement
  • Work group dynamics 
  • Power, politics and conflicts 
  • Designing effective organisations
  • Organisational culture
  • Organisational change.

The course concludes with a detailed case study that allows students to draw on their knowledge of organisational behaviour and recommend interventions to improve performance. Throughout the course, students are encouraged to think critically about their role as managers and to reflect on their practice in light of relevant theory.  

Read the full course syllabus

The following PDF is an extended outline of the course syllabus for People, Work and Organisations, and gives you an overview of the course content: People, Work and Organisations


Strategic Marketing

Our strategic marketing course is new and launched in 2019. It aims to provide students with the necessary tools and frameworks to enable them to make proactive marketing decisions. The philosophy underlying this course is that marketing-oriented companies put customers first, are geared for long-term success and that this orientation must be championed by top management and infused throughout the whole organisation.

Strategic marketing requires knowledge, skills and competencies in a range of techniques such as strategic analysis and planning, implementation – via a number of integrated and synergistic marketing functions and activities – and marketing control, aided by an array of marketing metrics and digital developments. 

Topics include:

  • Marketing management for a turbulent era 
  • Marketing fit with corporate and business strategies 
  • Marketing environmental insights 
  • Customer insights and customer connections 
  • Marketing insights for demand measurement  
  • Segmentation and target marketing  
  • Branding and positioning 
  • Marketing strategies for competitive and market scenarios 
  • The integrated marketing mix 
  • Organising, planning, delivering and measuring market performance.

This course aims to provide students with a strong grasp of both the strategic elements of establishing a long-term customer orientation and the operational techniques that are required of marketing managers to implement a strategic marketing orientation successfully.    

Read the full course syllabus

The following PDF is an extended outline of the course syllabus for Strategic Marketing, and gives you an overview of the course content: Strategic Marketing


Strategic Planning

Successful business planning needs objectives to be set and strategies to be created, implemented and measured. This course will help you think effectively and use the strategic process to develop a sound understanding of the business opportunities and challenges you face.

Topics covered

  • Introduction to strategy, planning and structure.
  • Modelling the strategic planning process.
  • Company objectives
  • The company and the economy
  • The company and the market
  • Internal analysis of the company
  • Making choices among strategies
  • Implementing and evaluating strategy.

The following PDF is an extended outline of the course syllabus for People, Work and Organisations, and gives you an overview of the course content: Strategic Planning


Optional course – Research Methods for Business & Management

A thorough understanding of the methods and processes of business research is the key component of this course. It looks at the concept of research, both original and applied, and examines how information can provide a greater understanding of your business and its successful management.

Topics covered

  • Research methods and your dissertation.
  • The project process.
  • The research process.
  • Using what's already known.
  • Semi-structured primary data techniques.
  • Fully structured primary data techniques.
  • Writing the dissertation.

The first part of the course will be taught on campus and will focus on the submission of a business proposal. The second part is a 10,000-15,000 word individual project addressing an issue within your company or industry.

Alternatively, you also have the option of choosing two online electives instead of studying Research Methods for Business and Management on-campus.


Optional course – Business Project

You can study Research Methods for Business and Management taught on campus as your first elective, and create a business project as the second part of this. This project acts as your second elective subject and will complete your MBA.

This is a 10,000-15,000 word individual project addressing an issue within your company or industry or at another organisation your are able to access.

Entry requirements

A good honours degree (first or second class), or its non-UK equivalent, in a relevant subject from a recognised British or overseas university.

A minimum of three years’ post-qualifying full-time professional work experience. Alternatively, applicants who don’t have formal qualifications, but who can demonstrate managerial experience of a minimum of five years are also encouraged to apply.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English, or your first degree was not taught in English, we’ll need to see evidence of your English language ability. The minimum English language requirement for entry to this programme is IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) with no component lower than 6.0. Evidence of English language proficiency in the form of Academic IELTS 6.5 or other HWU recognised qualification.


Additional fees information

Full fee for two-year, part-time Executive MBA - £22,000

Scholarships and bursaries

We aim to encourage well-qualified, ambitious students to study with us and we offer a wide variety of scholarships and bursaries to achieve this. Over £6 million worth of opportunities are available in fee and stipend scholarships, and more than 400 students benefit from this support.

View our full range of postgraduate scholarships.