2024 entry
Edinburgh: Extraordinary futures await.

Subject area: Business

Why choose Business at the University of Edinburgh?

  • We actively engage with industry, policy makers and wider society, on our courses and through guest speakers and local, regional, national and international treks.

  • Our exchange programme offers you the chance to study abroad in Year 3 at one of our partner universities in:

    • Asia
    • Australia and New Zealand
    • Canada
    • the USA
    • Europe
  • Across a range of courses, including bespoke student consultancy projects, you will have exciting opportunities to work closely with for profit, public and third sector organisations, developing professional experience before you graduate.

Study abroad

Many of my classes were entrepreneurial, giving me an insight into how to run a start-up. They taught me everything from R&D to fundraising and everything in between, and I found talking to the professors always very inspiring.

Collin Powers Business with Enterprise and Innovation MA (Hons) Graduate
Collin Powers Business with Enterprise and Innovation MA (Hons) Graduate

Introducing Business

Contemporary global business, be it for profit or not for profit, is full of complexity, tensions and socio-political, economic and cultural challenges.

Our Business related degree programmes will prepare you intellectually and practically to embrace these complexities, negotiate tensions and address the wider socio-political and cultural challenges facing contemporary businesses, governments and not for profit organisations.

Alongside this, you will develop the necessary personal and professional competences required to work across a range of roles central to contemporary business including:

  • accountancy and finance
  • strategy
  • marketing
  • human resource management
  • data analytics

The main focus of our business programmes is on the management of organisations and their responsibilities to employees, customers, wider stakeholders (shareholders, media, government) and society at large. You will examine the theories and methods behind contemporary management practice, exploring the relationships between people, organisations and their environment from a local, national, regional and global perspective.

You will study:

  • organisational policies
  • strategic planning
  • HR management
  • finance
  • marketing
  • business analysis and decision analytics
  • technology

You have the opportunity to take a broad approach or to focus on more specialist areas. Subject pathways allow you to combine business management with a wide range of specialisms, including:

  • accounting
  • finance
  • marketing
  • HR management
  • decision analytics
  • enterprise and innovation
  • strategic economics

You can study international business with or without a language.

The structure of our programmes means that during the early years of study there is often the flexibility to change from one subject pathway to another.


Alongside being part of a world renowned university, the University of Edinburgh Business School also holds accreditation from three of the most influential business accreditation bodies:

  • Association of MBAs (AMBA)
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
  • EFMD Quality Improvement System (EQUIS)