Programme Brief




An MBA for tomorrow's leaders, today!

The Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University MBA programme covers key management disciplines, including people skills, economics, marketing, accounting, finance, strategic planning and project management.

Students are drawn to the MBA programme by its academic rigour, its intellectual challenge, its flexibility and its proven ability to greatly enhance student career prospects.

The MBA encompasses seven core courses and two elective courses.


About Heriot-Watt University

Founded in 1821, Heriot-Watt has a rich heritage and is valued for its pioneering research informed by the global needs of business and industry.

Heriot-Watt University is ranked among the top 30 out of 130 UK Universities in the highly regarded 2021 UK University League table.  In addition, Heriot-Watt is ranked in the top 300 universities worldwide  by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

The university has five campuses across the world: Edinburgh, Scottish Borders, Orkney, Dubai and Malaysia, as well as 53 Approved Learning partners(ALPs) and educational collaborative partners in 150 countries.

In 2018, the UK Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide named Heriot-Watt University as the International University of the Year .





• Registration for the January 2021 semester commences on November 2nd, 2020
• The January 2021 semester starts on January 17th, 2021


Master's Online Tuition Schedule: January to May 2021


For further information

Download our January 2021 prospectus


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  • 2.5 Years
  • Champs Fleurs

A recognised first or second class honours degree, or equivalent professional qualification.

For those who don’t, entry can still be gained by passing three MBA courses one of which must be a core course.

Online Registration for the January – May 2021 semester is now available.
Click here to access.

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Programme Content

Students can choose from the following:

  • General
  • Specialisms in Finance or Strategic Planning

The General MBA consists of seven (7) compulsory and any two elective courses.

The MBA with Specialism in Finance consists of eight (8) compulsory and three (3) specialist electives

The MBA with Specialism in Strategic Planning consists of seven (7) compulsory and four (4) specialist electives



All examinations will be delivered as ‘Take-at-home’ in June 2021. This means you will not need to travel to or attend an examination centre in person in June and you will be able to complete your examination at home.

Further information about the June 2021 examinations will be published on your EBS Student Portal in due course.


Exam Registration Deadlines

SBCS’s Deadlines

31 January for the March Diet
20 February for the June Diet
17 July for the August Diet
20 August for the December Diet

E.B.S’s Deadlines (Online Only)

7 February for the March Diet
1 March for the June Diet
24 July for the August Diet
1 September for the December Diet



Exemptions from specific courses may be granted to holders of recognised academic or professional qualifications if they are of degree level and if they have been obtained by examination. University regulations do not permit exemptions to be granted for degrees obtained at the same level. Therefore, exemptions are not awarded to holders of another Master degree even if it was obtained from Heriot-Watt University.

Professional qualifications obtained by examination within two years of application may also lead to exemptions being awarded. For example, ACCA qualification holders may be eligible for exemptions in Accounting, Finance and up to two other courses. Exemptions will be awarded if holders of approved qualifications can provide evidence of comparability of course content. Guidelines on the award of exemptions are available online.

If you wish to apply for an exemption you should complete the relevant section of the Programme Entry Form or download and complete the Exemption Application Form and submit it with the required supporting documentation to Edinburgh Business School, who are the sole authority on this matter. Eligibility for exemption is based on academic achievement only, not on work experience.

Additional Information – Registration as a Heriot-Watt University MBA Student ensures that the student will automatically be registered as a matriculated part-time student at Heriot-Watt University, and as such will receive a matriculation card.

For further information on exemptions please see below link and student handbook: