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University of Edinburgh Business School

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The University of Edinburgh Business School has a long and established tradition of research excellence, dating back to 1918, when we introduced the first Bachelors of Commerce.  Since then, we’ve remained committed to developing effective and responsible leaders, through the creation of incisive knowledge in dialogue with the world around us. Part of the University of Edinburgh, globally ranked 17th in the world, we’re a vibrant, dynamic Business School.

Today in addition to 21 undergraduate programmes encompassing a range of business topics, we offer 11 Masters programmes coverage cutting-edge themes including Carbon Finance, Banking and Risk, International Business and Emerging Markets.  We’re also one of the top 1% of business schools world-wide to be triple accredited by the three largest and most influential accreditation bodes -  AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA. 

The world of business never stands still, so it’s important we as business educators keep pace with the developing agenda to deliver the skills our students need to stand apart, and create the leaders needed to address emerging challenges. Strong links with major businesses including Procter & Gamble, KPMG, Shell and Tesco allow us to engage directly with emerging global trends, and understand the skills and employers prioritise and need.

Our new Executive MBA has already welcomed an impressive group of 30 senior executives, including international talent from BP, Rolls Royce, RBS, Lloyds Banking Group, Standard Life and Ferrovial, among others.  And we’ve just launched a new MSc programmes in International Human Resource Management in response to the latest emerging challenges facing global industry.

Meanwhile we work closely with professional bodies including the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD) and the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) institute to ensure our human resource management and finance programmes provide graduates with the accredited qualifications they need to secure professional roles.

Our E-Club, a programme of events, workshops and pitching competitions delivered in partnership with Santander has also established itself as a valuable network where more than 800 students, alumni and entrepreneurs come together to share ideas and support each other in realising their enterprise ambitions.

Our students like many of our teaching faculty, come from a variety of backgrounds and countries, which gives the Business School a really international feel. Walking the halls you’ll find students from Shanghai, Delhi, Paris and New York as well, as the best home-grown UK talent, exchanging ideas and enjoying exposure to each other’s culture.

Our impressive location at the heart of the University’s campus means you’ll be located right at the centre of the vibrant city of Edinburgh.

Study options

Undergraduate Programmes
The University of Edinburgh Business School takes a radically different approach to undergraduate business programmes. Flexible and professional, these undergraduate programmes create a unique and enriching experience based upon integrating practical skills and theoretical learning. These degrees have also been designed to give students fundamental attributes with a choice that allows them to be as specialised or generalist as they wish. The school draws on a variety of disciplines, such as psychology, law, economics, sociology, and mathematics. The courses cover topics in businesses and also in other types of organisation, for example charities and voluntary organisations. All students are given an opportunity to study abroad in the third year of their programme.

MSc Programmes
The Msc programmes offered at this School are hugely respected by employers, highly sought after by graduates. These programmes also provide an ideal balance between rigorous academic theory and the latest industry practice. The portfolio covers a broad range of general and specialised management disciplines. Ideal for both the first-time management student and those looking for a highly focused, in-depth programme, an MSc from Edinburgh is a qualification of real substance. The courses on offer are:

• Accounting and Finance
• Banking and Risk
• Carbon Finance
• Finance and Investment
• Financial Management
• Human Resource Management
• International Human Resources
• International Business and Emerging Markets
• Management
• Marketing
• Marketing and Business Analysis

Executive Education Programmes
The future of any business is directly proportional to the growth of its people. And that is why executive education programmes are so important. These courses will not only make people develop a strong, successful career but will also make a real difference to the performance of the organisations they work for. This Business School provides a supportive environment and excellent facilities for delivering executive education programmes.

Access the latest business knowledge through our programme of open courses. From one- and two-day Masterclasses to week-long MBA options, our courses are designed to challenge, to inspire and to transform your thinking.

The Edinburgh MBA
If you are looking to significantly enhance your career prospects - either within your current organisation or somewhere new - the Full-time MBA offers a dynamic, intensive opportunity for progression. There are two variants to this MBA – a 12 month programme covering all the main management disciplines and a 16 month programme offering an additional study abroad and internship component. As well as key skills like advanced communication, decision making and strategic thinking, you will gain an understanding of:

• The nature and complexity of the global challenges facing businesses
• Strategic leadership as an approach to achieving success in a rapidly changing environment
• Key learnings across finance, accounting, strategic marketing, organisation and operations
• How markets and international economies work
• The responsibilities of businesses as stewards of financial, social and natural capital

In 2014 Edinburgh launched a new Executive MBA designed for working executives to build capability for incisive analysis, innovation and strategic leadership, to support progression into senior leadership roles. The programme is delivered in a unique blended format, with classes once a month delivered in Edinburgh and supported by online learning.


Undergraduate Programmes
All applicants for full-time study on any of the undergraduate degree programmes must apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

Entry Requirements
All applicants, regardless of the programme applied for, must have a strong academic record and must have achieved the academic qualifications required to meet any specific requirements for the degree programme.

MBA & MSc Progammes
Applications for postgraduate study are made online, by pressing the “Apply” button on the course page. To study at postgraduate level, students need to hold a degree in an appropriate subject, or have a qualification or experience accepted as equivalent. Refer to the course pages for specific requirements.