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The Edinburgh Executive MBA

University of Edinburgh Business School
Program summary
27 months
27,100 GBP
Start date: September 2020 - Edinburgh

The Edinburgh Executive MBA

University of Edinburgh Business School - Triple Accredited EMBA ProgramThe Edinburgh EMBA for the Next Generation of Strategic Leaders

The flagship EMBA program at the University of Edinburgh Business School embodies a new approach to entrepreneurial and responsible leadership in business. The EMBA offers a flexible curriculum and schedule to suit both the needs of each candidate and their employer and supports career  progression into senior leadership roles via skill development in incisive analysis, innovation and strategic leadership.

The future of business will be characterized by intense competition, rapid technological development, economic turbulence and increasing resource insecurity. In order to succeed under these demanding circumstances, business leaders must acquire an acute capacity to think strategically, identify and exploit opportunity, explore new business models and most of all, do so ethically and responsibly.

The EMBA at University of Edinburgh Business School provides executives with the platform to refine their skills, learn from experts and build connections towards securing their futures as successful leaders. In a highly customizable and personalized program, the Edinburgh EMBA works with candidates to support their strengths and reform their weaknesses.

A Flexible, Convenient Approach to Study : Made for Executives

The Edinburgh EMBA has been designed to fulfill the needs of working executives and in doing so, reflects the specific scheduling and career requirements of real professionals. With the ultimate goal of helping executives achieve their long-term career goals, the EMBA offers a highly customizable and practical curriculum.

With a blended learning approach, candidates of the Edinburgh EMBA will meet approximately once monthly for a combination of face-to-face classroom sessions, online learning support and guest workshops, seminars and special events. Courses are either held over a two-day period (Friday-Saturday; 8:30am-6:00pm) or in week-long residency blocks. Between course periods and throughout the program, candidates will receive personal support in the form of leadership coaching, 

Benefits to An Employer and to Your Career

The Edinburgh Executive MBA is marked by its focus on new perspectices on business and leadership, faculty expertise, practical orientation and opportunity to program customization. 

  • Enhanced knowledge and expertise which can be immediately transferred into your organization.
  • Refined analytical, managerial and leadership skills, which lead to improved effectiveness at work.
  • The opportunity to collaborate with first-rate classmates and expand your international network of contacts.
  • The option to complete a range of project assignments, including projects based on your organization.
  • Integrated consultancy projects (with non-competing organizations), allowing candidates to explore other industries and methods of thought

What Makes the Edinburgh EMBA Unique?

The Edinburgh EMBA works to deepen candidates' understanding of business and market operations, value-creation, strategy design and implementation, business financing, performance measurement, organizational governance and management through change. In this ambitious operation, the Edinburgh EMBA has been molded to produce graduates who are able to think strategically and beyond disciplinary silos.

  • Strategic Leadership: A committed approach to leadership, with an emphasis on proactive, entrepreneurial and responsible thinking.
  • Innovation: A mission to use innovation to challenge assumptions about business models and explore new business ideas. This includes an early assignment engaging with pioneering start-ups and spin-outs.
  • Expertise: Access to world-renowned faculty, particularly from Centres of Excellence in Strategic Leadership, Finance, Innovation Marketing, Operations.
  • Application: Ample opportunity to apply theory in practical and real-life exercises, either through project work based on your employing organisations or through consultancy projects with a company outside of a familiar sector. The latter allows candidates to broaden their perspective and to stimulate innovation in their own organisation.
  • Influence: Strengthen candidates' influencing capability through training in higher-order skills: public speaking, negotiation, facilitation, consulting, crisis-communication and media management. Engagement in Boardroom debates on current and critical issues with Company Directors enhances candidates' powers of argument and persuasion.
  • Network: Make connections and build relationships with colleagues from a wide range of industry sectors. Plus, gain contacts from the wider, international networks with the MBA and University community.
  • Specialism: Each candidate has the possibility to customize their program according to their specific needs, from a range which includes strategy, finance, sustainability, innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • Business Insight: Candidates gain access to an impressive network of practitioner experts. In 2012/13, the Business School and the Entrepreneur Club (eClub) hosted talks by over 150 senior business practitioners.

Application and Admission Requirements


In order to qualify for the Edinburgh Full-Time MBA, candidates must have achieved the following:

  • 5+ years of substantive work experience (experience can be from any industry, in both the private and public sectors)
  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited university (2:1 honours) or international equivalent
    • Candidates who do not meet the formal degree requirement, but hold alternative qualifications or significant work experience, may also be considered. 
  • GMAT score of 600 (preferred)
  • High proficiency in English

Application Processes

The following must be included in all applications:

  • A personal statement of 500 words
  • A statement of career motivation of 500 words
  • An English language CV
  • 2 references (at least one must come from a senior professional colleague)
  • Formal documentation of all degrees and transcripts
  • Official GMAT scores, if applicable
  • Proof of English ability (for non-native speakers)
    • IELTS (7.0), PTE (67), CPE (B), CAE (A) or TOEFL (100)

Degree and diploma etc.

Graduates will be awarded an Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) from the University of Edinburgh Business School, University of Edinburgh. the university of Edinburgh Business School is a triple accredited business school, holding accreditations from the AMBA, AACSB and EQUIS.

University of Edinburgh Business School EMBA: Triple Accredited

Program Structure

Over the course of 27 months, the semi-modular Edinburgh Executive MBA provides an immersive programs in contemporary business practice. During the first year, candidates will complete a series of core courses and work through elective courses, build leadership skills and participate in an international study trip during the second year. The EMBA will come to an end with the Capstone Consultancy Project.

Many courses are held once monthly, in weekend blocks. Others are held in week-long blocks.

Induction - September

  • EMBA Induction (Dr. Malcolm Kirkup
  • Ceilidh MBA Social
  • Strategic Leadership 1 (Prof. Susan Murphy): Think and act strategically to manage risk and spot opportunities in volatile environments.
  • Evening Online Forum

Year 1- October-December

  • Strategic Marketing (Dr. Malcom Kirkup): Consumers are savvier than ever. Will your marketing plan engage them?
  • Understanding Economies (Prof. Jonathan Crook): With a focus on macroeconomics, develop an informed understanding of contemporary economic issues.

Year 1 - January-March

  • Leadership and Responsibility (Dr. Jim Hine): The role of morals and ethics in decision-making, and the corresponding corporate impact.
  • Organizing for Effectiveness (Prof. Nick Oliver): Develop your intellectual tool kit for understanding and managing with complex organizational settings.

Year 1 - April (Full week)

  • Strategic Leadership 2 (Prof. Susan Murphy)
  • Leadership and Professional Develop (Amanda Singleton): Skills-based programme designed to enhance leadership and professional competence.
  • Introduction to Quantitative Methods and Tools (Dr. Maurizio Tomasella): Develop an understanding of basic probability, statistics, and spreadsheet modeling to support management decision-making.

Year 1 - May-July

  • Accounting (Prof. Falconer Mitchell): Decipher the language of business to better inform decisions, judge opportunities and reward people.
  • Operations Improvement (Dr. Ian Graham): Learn about Lean Operations, Service Design and Operational Riks to support strategic objectives.

Year 2 - September-November

  • Finance (Dr. Gbenga Ibikunle): Critical foundations for effective business decisions. A focus on the foundations of financial analysis and decision-making.
  • Creative Strategy (Prof. Chris Carter): In complex, ambiguous and fast-changing environments, how do managers ddevelop creative competitive strategies?

Year 2 - December-February

  • Entrepreneurial Leadership (Prof. Richard Harrison): Learn the benefit of entrepreneurship in large organizations and how it can be integrated into more familiar approaches of corporate management.
  • Leading Strategic Change (Prof. John Amis): Exposes the messy, non-linear ways organizational change happens and helps define the leader's role in contouring the process.

Year 2 - March (Full week)

  • Strategic Leadership 3 (Prof. Susan Murphy)
  • Leadership and Professional Development (Amanda Singleton)

Elective Choices - February-March

  • Business Finance
  • Modeling Business for Strategic Impact
  • New venture Creation and the Entrepreneurial Process
  • Strategic Human Resources
  • Financial Analysis
  • Economics of Strategy
  • Managing Stakeholder Communications
  • Psychology of Investing and Financial Decision

Elective Choices - April-May

  • Innovation Management and Design Thinking
  • Financial Aspects of mergers and Acquisitions
  • Business to Business Marketing
  • Negotiations
  • International Business in Context (Overseas)
  • Integrated Reporting and Responsible Investment
  • Global Strategy
  • Project Management
*Electives are delivered in weel-long blocks. 

Electives - July (Full week)

  • Critical Enquiry for business - Preparation for Capstone and Consulting Project (Dr. Malcolm Krikup).
  • Leadership and Professional Development (Amanda Singleton)

Capstone & Consultancy Project - July-December

During this period of the program, candidates will conduct a final Capstone Project, which will entail in-depth research into a substantial business problem, the creation of a business plan, a consultancy project or specialist research.

Ongoing Events and Services

  • Personal Coaching and Careers Support
  • Online Tutorials and Self-Study Resources
  • Optional Master Classes
  • Boardroom Debates
  • Practitioner Speakers

Expenses / Tuition Fees

Total fees for the Edinburgh EMBA are.


Scholarships and Funding Opportunities

The Edinburgh Executive MBA is only as great as its students. For this reason, University of Edinburgh Business offers a number of merit-based scholarships to qualified candidates, regardless of their netionality.

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