Taught course

MBA Essentials

Heriot-Watt University · Edinburgh Business School

Entry requirements

Typically, you will hold a recognised first or second class honours degree, or equivalent professional qualification. Students whose native language is not English and who have not been educated at university level previously in the English language, must provide evidence of their English language proficiency.

Rewarding previous study

Edinburgh Business School recognises that some students entering our online MBA or MSc programmes will have completed prior academic study in subjects that align closely to certain EBS courses.

The qualification being presented for exemption consideration should have been gained within the last five years. Qualifications gained over five years ago may be considered if additional supporting evidence shows that you have kept abreast of the current developments and trends in the subject area.

Exemptions are considered only on the basis of qualifications which have been gained through formal assessment. No consideration will be given for life/work experience.

Exemption from mandatory and optional courses may be granted on the basis of master's/postgraduate level qualifications and professional qualifications only. Undergraduate level qualifications cannot be considered.

Exemptions will not be awarded on the basis of courses which have been used towards the award of another degree (of the same discipline) at Master's level, whether this was awarded by Heriot-Watt University or any other institution. For example, a student who has gained an MSc in Accounting will not be given an exemption in Accounting from Edinburgh Business School’s MBA or MSc degree programmes.

Exemption eligibility

If you would like to enquire about your eligibility, please complete an Exemption Application Form.

Months of entry


Course content

The online MBA Essentials programme is purposefully designed to help you develop the key business, management and leadership skills needed to excel in an ever-changing world and workplace. It’s ideal for career starters looking to stand out in the job market, mid-level managers looking to step up to more senior positions, and experienced professionals wanting to excel in their current roles.

Comprised of three key courses from Edinburgh Business School’s renowned and reputable MBA, this programme is designed to equip you with the core competencies to confidently lead people, teams and projects. The programme combines contemporary management theory and leading research with applied learning and practical exercises to ensure you get an academically rigorous and career-focused education.

Over the course of the programme, you’ll be prompted to think more critically about organisational structure, team and individual dynamics, management practices, project management, and leadership. You’ll benefit from sharing ideas and experiences with a global network of peers and course mentors as you work your way through a variety of engaging course materials. You’ll be empowered to make an impact with skills you can apply immediately in your current role, while also taking strides towards achieving a full MBA.

The flexible programme format allows you to study at your own pace, on your own schedule, making it a perfect fit for working professionals. Take advantage of accessible, flexible learning, designed for professionals like you, and continue to build the transformative skills you need to advance your career.

Fees and funding

UK students
3, 744

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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Build towards a full MBA

By successfully completing MBA Essentials, you'll earn 60 credits that can be applied towards pursuing a full MBA with Edinburgh Business School. This means that you would already be one-third of the way to earning your MBA, giving you a head start and saving you time and money.

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