The University of Edinburgh Business School

University of Edinburgh

A world class School

The University of Edinburgh Business School mission is to develop effective and responsible leaders by creating insightful knowledge and inspiring minds in dialogue with the world around us.

The University of Edinburgh Business School, is part of the University of Edinburgh, one of the world’s top 20 universities. The University benefits from a rich heritage having delivered education for more than 400 years.

Why Edinburgh?

  • University of Edinburgh is ranked 19th in the world by QS (2016).
  • Employability is high, for example, the MBA seeing 88% of graduates finding a job within 3 months of graduating.
  • The School delivers a variety of different Masters programmes catering to the requirements of employer demands and the career aspirations of our students. They range from Masters in: Finance (with specialisms available in Corporate, Investment and Energy), HR and International HR Management, Management, Business Analytics, to Marketing.
  • In 2015/16 there were students from over 60 nationalities studying for a postgraduate. A great opportunity to learn from others.
  • The School is triple accredited: AACSB, EQUIS, and AMBA. Giving you reassurance of quality.
  • A 90-strong teaching faculty representing a substantial body of experience; many are active in industry-based research and consultancy. This experience feeds into the quality of the teaching, particularly in immersing students in business issues.
  • Edinburgh is one of Europe's leading financial centres and combines a dynamic business community with its status as a World Heritage Site. Located in the heart of Edinburgh, the  School is perfectly placed to engage with the local, national, and international business community. In addition, it is a fun place to live being host to one of the biggest festivals in the world and also having been voted one of the most beautiful places in the world (4th by Lonely Planet in 2014).


More information is available on our website

A commitment to your professional development

Each of our Masters and MBA students undertakes a personal, professional development journey that challenges, engages and prepares for real-world success. We encourage you to take ownership of your professional development so your experience is tailored and unique. At your side will be the backing of a supportive faculty delivering robust, relevant learning geared to maximising your potential.We also have a Student Development team dedicated to help our Masters students maximise their potential in the global market and similarly an MBA team to help our MBA students.

Strong corporate links and alumni network

The School fosters strong corporate links with visiting speakers drawn from the local and international business community. Some of our programmes also give students the opportunity to work closely with corporates and other organisations in terms of student led projects and dissertations. Some of these senior industry practitioners are the Schools own MBA alumni who provide an invaluable resource in terms of advice and contacts to students. Our alumni network now numbers over 3500 and stretches across 80 countries, including representation in virtually all major companies and industry sectors. We look after our alumni, and after graduation our students are able to take advantage of extensive alumni facilities and also the offer of lifelong learning through MBA+ and Executive education offers.

  • Course and Career Counselling services
  • Special enrolment and orientation
  • International student clubs and associations
  • On campus medical facilities
  • Social Activities
  • Special English language
  • Sporting facilities
  • Sporting facilities - variety of clubs
  • Sporting facilities - Gym
  • Sporting facilities - Swimming pool
  • Sporting facilities - Team sports

The University offers accommodation in a number of places within Edinburgh for our Postgraduate students.

Private accommodation

Many MBA and MSc students prefer to live in private rather than University accommodation, particularly if they are accompanied by partners and families. If you are interested in renting privately, there are a wide range of flats and apartments in close proximity to the School. To help in your search for privately-available accommodation, the links below may be helpful. Equally, the School is sometimes notified of properties that are available for rent, for example, when current students leave Edinburgh, or if an alumnus has a property to rent.

For further information on accommodation options click here.

We offer a number of generous scholarships across the University and Business School. For more details look under the relevant programme pages on our website. There are sometimes different scholarships available depending on the programme. Below are a couple of examples:

MSc Accounting and Finance Scholarships

MBA Scholarships

Please look at the individual course pages on our website and from there you will find out more about scholarships available by programme.

  • Year institution founded: 1493
  • Total enrolled: 1579
  • Number of academic staff: 107
  • Number of Professors: 30
  • Percentage of staff with a PhD or Masters: 88
  • Year MBA first offered: 1918

Within the School there is a library for postgraduate students and Study Centre (24 hour access for students via swipe card). In addition postgraduate students have access to the main university library.

09.00-22.00 (main university library), 24 hour access to the School and its electronic resources.

International Links

  • Number of different nationalities represented across academic staff: 30
  • Number of nationalities represented in Undergradguate students: 48
  • Total number of nationalities across MSc programmes: 61
  • Total number of nationalities across MBA programmes: 20

Our international links are extensive and include links with partner schools such as: ENPC in France; EADA in Spain; Copenhagen Business school; Kellogg in USA, Schulich School of Business in Toronto, Macquarie Graduate School of Management in Australia, and Peking University Guanghua School of Management in China.

Links also through our international advisory board, 3500 strong alumni network represented in over 80 countries, our international teaching faculty and research centres. The Schools international links are strengthened by the universitys extensive global links.

Some of our postgraduates will also have access to going on student treks. Some of these happen internationally. For example in 2015/16 there were treks and student trips that went to Iceland, Ireland, Columbia, Germany, Finland and India.

Other Information

Fully accredited by AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB.

Central location, purpose built premises, wireless enabled Extensive electronic resources through the MIRACLE (Management Information Research Access Centre and Learning Environment) which acts as the electronic hub for the school, including business information databases and on-line journals 5 strong team dedicated to MBAs in areas of career management, skills development, alumni and corporate relations.

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Student Reviews

Scot Carlson, full time MBA

I joined the MBA following marketing and research roles including client management at Disney and brand management at Virgin Atlantic. I had graduated in the US and wanted to add to my skills by studying overseas. With offers from several UK institutions. Edinburgh was my number-one choice. The programme's structure, option courses and international component were tailor-made for me.

I was looking for a new perspective, and my MBA certainly provided it. Thanks to a fantastic teambuilding week in the Highlands, our class gelled quickly and I completed projects, studied and debated alongside classmates from across the world.

Throughout my MBA I engaged directly with diverse businesses. As well as learning from visiting speakers, the exchange programme took me to the ESSEC School in Paris. There I explored luxury brand management, marketing and distribution on a course partnered with the luxury conglomerate, LVMH. Back in Edinburgh, a connection made via a guest speaker led to a management internship with an educational start-up in Newcastle where I helped set up an online multi-channel strategy. As my course concluded, this experience caught Skyscanner's attention and I secured the role of Country Activation Manager for North America.

Today, as an Associate Director in Strategic Services at AKQA in London, I am at the heart of our innovative digital products, solutions and services. My MBA learning is applied throughout a role that combines creative thinking with disciplines lile organisational design, business modelling and financial impact analysis.

My MBA has helped me bring rigour and business thinking to the creative process, I've made lifelong friends and am proud to have studied in the shadow of David Hume and Charles Darwin. My advice to incoming students is to relish each new experience. It's a great School in a beautiful, innovative city, so make the most of it socially, culturally and academically.

Amelia Whitelaw, full time MBA

I came to Edinburgh from a senior post at the Australian National University. I wanted to build on my skills and knowledge and felt studying overseas would give me both new experiences and insights.

From the start, our classes were taught by senior faculty whose diverse teaching styles made each day unique. Often topics in one class complemented those of another, so across Semester 1's grounding and on into the electives and projects I enjoyed a truly joined-up experience.

My career has always thrived on diversity and on working with international colleagues so I was delighted to be studying alongside classmates from all over the world. Each brought different ideas, experiences and backgrounds, so classroom and project work was enlightening and helped build strong people skills.

Post-MBA I worked in London Business School as Director of Global Experiences. Here my MBA informs key areas of my job including positioning the School in regional markets, ensuring collaborative approach with stakeholders and being confident with resource allocation.

To new students I would say think about what you want from your MBA. Use these ambitions to plan how you will approach your degree and you'll be in the best place possible to take the opportunities the School, University and city present.

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