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Open Doors with a Masters or MBA from The University of Edinburgh Business School

The University of Edinburgh Business School has a long and established tradition of teaching and preparing students for the business world, dating back to 1918, when we introduced the first Bachelors of Commerce.

We continue to be 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.

You’ll be studying:

• In small classes that facilitate participation and ensure greater individual attention.
• On a course with uniquely blended elements to help you find your niche talent.
• Under the guidance of top academics to whom you’ll have genuine access.
• In an environment that’s connected to corporate and entrepreneurial networks.
• Within a famous university founded in 1583 and ranked 19th in the world.

We offer Full Time and Executive MBA degrees as well as 13 Masters degrees coverage cutting-edge themes.

These include:

Accounting and Finance 

Accounting and Society

Banking and Risk 

Business Analytics 

Carbon Finance 

Entrepreneurship and Innovation 


Human Resource Management

International Human Resources

International Business and Emerging Markets


Marketing and Business Analysis  

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.

Our student body is also very international and we welcome on average students from 60 different nationalities to our Masters programmes every year here at the Business School. This is a great opportunity for you to learn how to work in a multi-cultural and international environment thus preparing you for a global career

Edinburgh is often voted one of the best places to live and indeed was voted one of the most beautiful cities in the world by the Lonely Planet in recent years.

Tim Puddy – MSc in Human Resource Management

The Business School provided a route to CIPD accreditation which is key in HRM careers

“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."

Lienda Kavindele – MSc in International Business and Emerging Markets

You won’t find a more supportive environment

“I wanted to be in the UK because of the highly revered education system, but Edinburgh stood out to me because it was known to be a student-friendly city that was more affordable than London and an easier pace for foreign students that hadn’t previously lived in the UK.

The University of Edinburgh was the only university I found that did not offer a generic International Business programme. The emerging market component of my degree was a crucial factor in making my decision as I have future aspirations of being an entrepreneur within the emerging markets. The course was focused on innovation, entrepreneurship and understanding how to navigate and do business in emerging markets. It helped me to understand how to contextualise innovation from an emerging market perspective and also taught me just how innovative emerging/developing countries can be.

Following my MSc, I’ve been working for an innovation hub within an investment firm that is emerging markets focused.

Despite the grey weather, Edinburgh was a fantastic city to live in. It was compact enough that I could get to where I needed to be easily without having to take the bus all the time. I felt safe in the city and loved that I could walk everywhere.
I’m still in touch with many of the students that I studied with and having that network has been incredibly important for me."

Further Information:

Email: student.recruitment@business-school.ed.ac.uk
Web: www.business-school.ed.ac.uk
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Tel: +44(0) 131 650 9663