The University of Edinburgh Business School, University of Edinburgh the United Kingdom

About 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 20th in the world by QS (2021).
  • 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 2019/20 there were students from over 80 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 100-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. 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.


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 16,000 and stretches across 120 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.

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What students think about The University of Edinburgh Business School, University of Edinburgh

    Erin Bembe, full time MBA

    After I graduated in 2010 with a BA in Economics, I became a Financial Specialist at the Federal Highway Administration in Washington DC. I returned to study as I had progressed as far as I could in my current role and I also wanted to move from the public sector into the private sector. I chose the University of Edinburgh for its global reputation, its location, and because of the length of the MBA programme (1 year compared to 2 in the US).

    The MBA is an intense full-time program providing an overview of business with the option to specialize in an area of interest. There is a strong focus on sustainability and corporate social responsibility as well as the development of leadership and other soft skills. Because the school is so well placed in Europe and has such a good reputation, it attracts students from all over the world, providing a diverse and stimulating learning environment. The opportunities to learn beyond the classroom – from international business treks to case competitions and undergraduate mentoring programs are vast.

    The programme allowed me to develop both my technical skills and my soft skills which were instrumental in landing me my current job. I am now a Senior Financial Analyst for Johnson & Johnson and was introduced to my current company through the programme’s Capstone project.

    Having an alumni community that I can tap into is important to me. The network I’ve built thus far has been a huge support in my post-MBA life. The programme is quite rigorous and the city can be a huge distraction, so it’s essential to find the right balance between studying and enjoying all that Edinburgh has to offer. Make sure to take advantage of all the opportunities the school provides for development outside of the classroom – the multiple clubs, volunteering opportunities, projects, guest lecturers, and career services.

    Tim Puddy, Masters in International Human Resource Management

    Prior to moving to Edinburgh I completed a BA in Management from the University of York. During the course of the degree I spent a placement year working at the Pharmaceutical Company GlaxoSmithKline. I worked within the Human Resource Development team concerning their future leader programmes.

    I went back to study as I enjoy the stimulating and liberating environment available in academia, and wanted to pursue my interest in HRM. Edinburgh University is an elite university, but more specifically, the Business School provided a route to CIPD accreditation which is key in HRM careers. Being by definition an international programme, the IHRM cohort is also very international and therefore we get so many new perspectives on issues. We have been taught about crucial areas of HRM as well as having particular focuses on the issues an international context brings. These concepts were reinforced during a class trip to Helsinki.

    The CIPD accreditation is hugely important, but to have a deep theoretical background in topical HR issues is even more so. The Reward Management module in particular has helped me get a job in this area as I will be working in reward management for Virgin Money. I will also be maintaining links with the health sector.

    Edinburgh itself is beautiful, vibrant and quaint all at the same time. It is also walkable which is very important to me. I love a good view, and Edinburgh is spoilt with these! Of course its culture and arts scene aren’t too far behind. The city will, I am sure, hold a special place in everyone’s memories so keeping in touch is crucial personally as well as professionally. I encourage new students to make the most of what Scotland and the Business School have to offer.

Location of The University of Edinburgh Business School, University of Edinburgh

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Courses at The University of Edinburgh Business School, University of Edinburgh

There are 48 courses listed from The University of Edinburgh Business School, University of Edinburgh. These are displayed below in alphabetical order:

Fees, Funding and Scholarships at The University of Edinburgh Business School, University of Edinburgh

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.

Services Offered for International Students

  • 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

Accommodation Information for Students

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.

Facts about The University of Edinburgh Business School, University of Edinburgh

  • Year institution founded: 1493
  • Total enrolled: 1811
  • Number of academic staff: 139
  • Number of Professors: 35
  • Percentage of staff with a PhD or Masters: 88
  • Year MBA first offered: 1918

The University of Edinburgh Business School, University of Edinburgh International Links

  • Number of different nationalities represented across academic staff: 41
  • Number of nationalities represented in Undergradguate students: 74
  • Total number of nationalities across MSc programmes: 71
  • Total number of nationalities across MBA programmes: 22

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.

We also have international links through our international advisory board, our 16,000 strong alumni network represented in over 120 countries, our international teaching faculty, and research centres. The Schools international links are strengthened by the University's extensive global links.

Some of our postgraduates will also have the opportunity to go on student treks, some of which take place internationally. For example in 2018/19 students attended treks and student trips to Ireland, Iceland, and Columbia.

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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