University of Edinburgh Business School

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University of Edinburgh Business School
Type Public
Established 1918
2008 – as UEBS
Head of School Ian Clarke
Academic staff
ca 100
Undergraduates 880
Postgraduates 520
Location Edinburgh, Scotland
Campus Urban
Affiliations AMBA, EQUIS, AACSB

Coordinates: 55°56′44.86″N 3°11′15.78″W / 55.9457944°N 3.1877167°W / 55.9457944; -3.1877167

The University of Edinburgh Business School (known as the University of Edinburgh Management School until 2008;[1] abbreviated as UEBS) is the business school of the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. The university has offered business education since 1918, and the MBA degree since 1980. The business school is closely tied to the University of Edinburgh, which received its royal charter in 1582.[2]


In 1916, the University was encouraged by the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce to consider instituting a degree suitable for study by its members. And so, in 1918, the Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) was launched. A year later, the Chair of Accounting and Business Method was founded, the first such Chair in Scotland. Originally part of the Faculty of Arts, these initiatives led to the creation of the Department of Business Studies and the Department of Accounting and Business Method. The BCom degree survived until the start of the 21st century before giving way to the Master of Arts (Scotland) (MA) in Business Studies.

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) was first offered in 1980, followed by the Part-time MBA in 1984. Since then, over 3,500 students from a wide variety of backgrounds, nationalities and business specialisms have completed these programmes. The first Master of Science (MSc) was launched in 1996.[3] In August 2010 the School relocated to a nearby building located at the heart of the University campus. This state-of-the-art building houses all school staff, features eight lecture theatres, multiple syndicate rooms, an executive education suite and a cafe. It represents an investment of £17 million by the University. Beyond the School and the University, Edinburgh itself has a wide array of venues, both historic and contemporary.[4]


UEBS Main Entrance

At the UEBS, eight research centres and institutes were established.[5] UEBS offers a wide range of business-oriented degrees at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. A strong focus is put on the following fields of research:[6]

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Management Science and Business Economics
  • Marketing
  • Strategy and International Business
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Organisation Studies

Besides financial management, the UEBS has a strong focus on innovation and entrepreneurship and hosts several business plan competitions. Courses and lectures are held in cooperation with the Edinburgh-Stanford Link, at which leading entrepreneurs and venture capitalists come to provide advice and insights into their areas of activity. Since 2005, the E-Club promotes entrepreneurial activity and supports new venture creation.[7]

Faculty Connections[edit]

UEBS's faculty has ties with other leading business schools including:


UEBS's alumni network numbers around 10,000 members in over 120 countries.[8] The students are advised and trained by the Edinburgh Careers Service team in career, personal development and soft-skills issues.

Accreditation and Ranking Data[edit]

UEBS is accredited by EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB. This gives the Business School triple crown accreditation and thereby it joins an elite group of the top 1% of global Business Schools.[9] Some selected rankings are shown below:


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