Edinburgh Business School

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Coordinates: 55°54′32″N 3°19′16″W / 55.909°N 3.321°W / 55.909; -3.321

Established 1997 (HWU est. 1821)
Type Public
Director Professor Keith Lumsden MA, PhD, FRSE
Location Edinburgh, Lothians, Scotland

Edinburgh Business School (EBS) is the Graduate School of Business of Heriot-Watt University (est. 1821), Edinburgh, Scotland. Heriot-Watt University is the eighth oldest higher educational institution in the UK, and awards degrees by Royal Charter.[1] There are currently over 10,300 active students studying Edinburgh Business School programmes and more than 14,300 graduates across 150 countries worldwide.


The School offers a range of postgraduate programmes including a Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme, the largest international programme of its kind in the world according to Financial Times' 2012 Online MBA listing.[2] The MBA is offered on-campus , with approved learning partners , or by distance learning, and all subjects are assessed by written examinations.[3]

All 7 core courses are available in English, Russian, Arabic, Chinese and Spanish, with 3 of the elective courses available in Spanish, Chinese and Arabic. In addition, 2 elective courses are available in Russian, with one further elective course to be available in Russian by the end of 2012.

Examinations are run in over 360 centres around the world, each June and December.[4]

A Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) programme was introduced in 2003 and currently has 60 students pursuing their DBA research with guidance from a mentor or supervisor. Various Master of Science (MSc) degrees in a number of specialisms are also available at the School.[5]

Over 40% of Fortune 500 companies have students on the MBA programme.[4]

ACCA partnership[edit]

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and Edinburgh Business School at Heriot-Watt University has a joint agreement to enable ACCA Part 3 students, affiliates and members to gain a fast track entry through free-of-charge credit transfer and exemption when they matriculate for the MSc in Financial Management by distance learning or face-to-face study at a global network of centres.

Panmure House[edit]

Edinburgh Business School acquired Panmure House, the home of Adam Smith and an important historic building in Scotland in September 2008.

It is the intention of Edinburgh Business School to preserve and re-instate the building to reflect the lifestyle of Adam Smith and to use Panmure House to promote the study of business and economics and provide facilities for educational seminars and meetings.

In July 2011, permission for the restoration of Panmure House was granted [6] to Edinburgh Business School following a period of negotiation with Edinburgh City Council and Historic Scotland, which culminated in a public inquiry in March 2011.

African Scholarships[edit]

Edinburgh Business School launched a major scholarship initiative in Southern Africa in 2009. The scheme, managed in partnership with the Canon Collins Educational & Legal Assistance Trust is for individuals in Southern African countries and is open to disadvantaged individuals resident in Africa who would find funding their MBA studies impossible.

On September 13, 2010, Edinburgh Business School announced a scholarship programme [7] for Africa which would allow 250 people to study its flagship MBA programme. The scholarship programme has been endorsed by Graça Machel, wife of South African president Nelson Mandela, and will enable disadvantaged applicants across Africa to gain skills and expertise in management and business, helping them to effect change in their organisations and communities.



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