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University of Edinburgh Business School

University of Edinburgh
2020/21 edition

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About University of Edinburgh Business School

About the School

The University of Edinburgh Business School has a long and established tradition of research excellence, dating back to 1919, when we introduced the first Bachelors of Commerce.

We’re committed to developing tomorrow’s business leaders, like any Business School. But what really drives us is helping you play to your strengths, add to them, and develop strong relationships that will open up the world to you. These relationships are built amongst your peer group, who will come from diverse backgrounds, cultures and professions and who will provide the beginnings of your international network. In Edinburgh you’ll experience this global melting pot in a compact, friendly, safe city known for its striking architecture, intellectual legacy and festival culture.

Part of the University of Edinburgh, ranked 20th in the world (QS 2021), with a rich heritage of delivering education for more than 400 years, the Business School has an international student body typically representing more than 60 countries.

The School's teaching and research covers six main subject areas - accounting and finance, entrepreneurship and innovation, management science and business economics, marketing, organisational studies and strategy, and international business.

Today in addition to 21 undergraduate programmes encompassing a range of business topics, two full time MBA programmes as well as an Executive MBA programme, and we offer 13 Masters degrees coverage cutting-edge themes including for example: Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Business Analytics, Finance (with specialisms in Energy, Investment and Corporate Finance), Marketing and Business Analysis, and International HR Management.

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.

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. The School is also tripled accredited (AMBA, AACSB, and EQUIS) thereby giving you a reassurance of quality.

Why Edinburgh

As one of Europe's leading financial centres, Edinburgh uniquely combines a dynamic business community with its status as a World Heritage Site. Located in the heart of Edinburgh, the Business School is perfectly placed to engage with the local, national and international business community.

As a city of culture and a city for business, Edinburgh has a real sense of dynamism. Several major global financial institutions have their headquarters in Edinburgh. A compelling blend of history and cutting edge modernity, it is the second largest financial centre in the UK with a thriving, diverse economy and a highly educated and motivated workforce.

Edinburgh is often voted one of the best places to live and Scotland was voted the most beautiful country in the world by the Rough Guide in 2017.

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 both of which last only 12 months. The first allows you to specialise in certain areas such as Finance, Entrepreneurship, or Strategy. The other option is our full time MBA with an international exchange which allows you to increase your international experience by studying first in Edinburgh and then in one of our international partner institutions.

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

Masters degrees

On our Masters you will be studying:

  • In small classes that facilitate participation and ensure greater individual attention.
  • Under the guidance of top academics to whom you’ll have genuine access.
  • With the assistance of a Student Development Team, working on key skills that employers seek.
  • Within a famous university founded in 1583 and ranked 20th in the world (QS 2020).

Here is a list of Masters degree on offer for entry in September 2019 with links for further information:

The School also offers an MSc by research, MPhil and PhD

Contact details

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Admissions or Student Recruitment team
+44 (0)131 650 9663
The University of Edinburgh Business School
29 Buccleuch Place
EH8 9J