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The Edinburgh International MBA (16 months)

University of Edinburgh Business School
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16 months
Start date: September 2019 - Edinburgh

The Edinburgh International MBA (16 months)

University of Edinburgh Business School - 16-Month Full-Time MBA A 16-month MBA with 4 months study abroad - University of Edinburgh Business School

Edinburgh Business School is a triple accredited business school, ranked 90 in The Economists' 2014 Full-Time MBA rankings. The 16-month MBA at University of Edinburgh Business School is offered in the UK's second largest financial center and comes with MBA internship opportunities, a 4-month study abroad period and world-class faculty and research centers. 

An MBA is about progress. With the 16-month MBA at University of Edinburgh Business School, MBA candidates will receive every opportunity in making the most of their potential. The University of Edinburgh Business School offers internationally renowned faculty, a prestigious program curriculum and a range of career services and networking events.

13,000 Business School Alumni - 122 Nationalities

With a top-noth MBA, comes a network of high-calibre alumni and business contacts. Graduates of the Edinburgh MBA gain exclusive access to the diverse network of 13,000 University of Edinburgh Business School alumni. In addition to a strong alumni network of talented graduates, University of Edinburgh Business School has strong connections with government and public and private organizations, for the benefit of its students and educational offering.

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1 in 5 Edinburgh MBA alumni are Chairmen, Directors or CEOs 

Working together with the corporate sector is at the center of University of Edinburgh Business School's operations. For MBA candidates, this translates into guest speaker seminars, unique industry insights and the opportunity to connect with executives at:

  • WPP
  • AG Barr
  • McKinsey & Company
  • Skyscanner
  • Kwik Fit
  • SEE
  • Edinburgh Airport
  • Llyods Banking Group
  • Tesco Bank
  • Kames Capital
  • Aggreko
  • Cairn Energy
  • Shell
  • Amazon
  • Proctor & Gamble

Consultancy Projects Throughout

As an aspect of the program, candidates will participate in consultancy projects with live companies throughout the 16 months. This process will help candidates to apply new theoretical knowledge in a practical business environment, gain experience in a relevant field and apply themselves in start-ups or spin-out ventures. 

In the elective consultancy module, consultancy experience can be taken one step further in a comprehensive and immersive project with a large corporate body. Previous sponsors have included Barclays, Amazon and GE Energy.

Entrepreneurs Club (E-Club)

The Entrepreneurs Club at University of Edinburgh Business School is a meeting place for MBA candidates, entrepreneurs, alumni, faculty, executives and guest speakers from start-ups and spin-out companies. As a host to the best minds in Edinburgh, the E-Club provides the backdrop for creativity, innovation and knowledge-sharing. As a result of this effort, University of Edinburgh Business School creates an average of one company every two weeks. 

Application and Admission Requirements


In order to qualify for the Edinburgh 16-month MBA, candidates must have achieved the following:

  • A minimum of 3 years' work experience in a managerial role
  • 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 a Master of Business Administration 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.

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Program Structure

The University of Edinburgh16-month MBA follows takes theoretical understanding and practical application into acocunt in a robust and hands-on curriculum. Candidates will complete, core courses, elective modules, a 4-month study abroad experience at any of the University of Edinburgh Business School partner institutions, an 8-10 week MBA internship and a final capstone project.

Induction - September

  • MBA Orientation and Study Skills
  • High Performance Teams - A 2-day event in the Scottish Highlands

Semester 1 - September-December

  • Strategic Leadership (Incorporating Global Challenges for Business)
  • Understanding Economies
  • Strategic Marketing (Including the Innovation Challenge)
  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Leadership and Responsibility
  • Organizing for Effectiveness
  • Operations Improvement
  • Leadership and Professional Development Program

Semester 2A - January-March

Core Courses:

  • Strategic Leadership
  • Creative Strategy
  • Entrepreneurial Leadership
  • Critical Enquiry for Business
  • Leadership and Professional Development Program

Elective Courses:

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

Semester 2B - International Exchange - March-June

During this semester, candidates will undertake 10-14 weeks of study at any of Edinburgh Business School's 12 partner universities abroad.

  • Aalto Business School (Finland)
  • EADA (Spain)
  • ENPC (France)
  • ESSEC Business School (France)
  • Fuqua School of Business, Duka University (USA)
  • IPADE Business School (Mexico)
  • Kellogg (USA)
  • Macquieries Graduate School of Management (Australia)
  • McCombs School of Business (USA)
  • MIP Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
  • Schulich School of Business (Canada)
  • SIMBA (China)

International Internship - June-August

For 8-10 weeks, candidates will participate in an MBA internship at a company based outside of their home country.

Capstone Project - August-December

Due at the end of December, the capstone project is an opportunity for candidates to apply new knowledge in a practical way. Format options include:

  • Consultancy Project
  • Research Dissertation
  • Business Plan
  • Case Study

Expenses / Tuition Fees

Total fees for the University of Edinburgh 16-month MBA are:


Scholarship Opportunities

Edinburgh Business School works to recruit talented professionals and individuals from all over the world. To ensure that applicants receive equal opportunity regardless of their financial state, Edinburgh Business School offers a number of scholarships ranging from £5,000-£10-000. All scholarships are awarded on the basis on merit.

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