MBA (Business Leadership and Practice) MBA

Enhance your leadership and managerial skills and develop valuable experience on this course.


Are you a recently qualified ambitious graduate who has acquired experience in areas such as the voluntary sector or family businesses or held leadership positions in associations such as student unions, sports clubs or societies? Or even, you just completed one to two years of your career in a business-related job or a work placement? If so, then this innovative MBA programme is for you. It recognises the rise of young entrepreneurs and demand from graduates to acquire higher-order managerial skills to develop their careers quickly.

The 24-month Edinburgh Napier MBA programme is tailored to the dynamic, contemporary, global business environment, focused on developing skills in leadership and the application of conceptual management theories to current practice.

You will acquire creative problem solving, critical reasoning and strategic thinking skills, gaining the confidence to present your ideas and strategies to the business world. Your learning experience is enhanced by Masterclasses and Employability skills workshops.

Our MBA in Business Leadership and Practice has a 95% overall student satisfaction score (PTES, 2023).

Typical entry point to this course is in September. Please enquire for more information.

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Mode of Study:



2 years

Course details

Designed for early career professionals, an MBA is different from other masters degrees in that it draws very much on your life and personal experiences. You’ll have group work, real-life examples, and case studies to work through in addition to learning business strategy in a simulated environment.

Our MBA programme is designed to develop your skills as a manager and leader on an international stage. We do this by supporting your study in analysing environments, formulating strategy, taking decisions and leading change programmes.

The course helps you develop practical experience and insight as well as build valuable links between theory and practice and enhances your overall employability.

The programme covers the full range of MBA skills as well as additional action learning and critical reflection skills – essential for the modern manager.

You'll acquire creative problem solving, critical reasoning and strategic thinking skills, and apply these to your learning about global economic and finance principles, strategic business issues, organisational management and the realities of the competitive marketplace.

You'll develop your written and verbal communication techniques, giving you the confidence to present your ideas and strategies to the business world.

On graduation you’ll join our MBA Alumni community, giving you access to future masterclasses and networking.

What you'll study

You will study one skills module and a foundation module on business to level up your knowledge in academic skills and business at the start of the programme, and six core modules including Leadership of People and Organisational Change, Business Operations for Leaders, Business Economics in Practice, Financial Analysis for Business Leaders, Marketing Strategy for Business Leaders and Strategic Management. You will also undertake individual research and complete a Business Practice Project. You will complete 200 credits to qualify for the award.
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    How you’ll be taught

    You’ll learn through a combination of lectures, tutorials, workshops, presentations and discussions, and other interactive learning experiences.

    Classroom-based learning is enhanced by masterclasses with guest speakers from various business sectors, keeping you in touch with contemporary business solutions.

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    Reports, Case Studies, Reflection Logs, Presentations – they are all present in the assessment of the modules.


Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information is available in our disclaimer.

Entry requirements

What are the entry requirements for MBA Business Leadership and Practice?

The entry requirement for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at 2:2 or above. We look for applicants to have a background in any discipline in order to be eligible for the programme. 

Applications need to be supported with a personal statement detailing the reasons for choosing the particular specialism.

We may also consider lesser qualifications if you have sufficient professional work experience within the industry.

Can I get admission into MBA Business Leadership and Practice based on my working experience in this sector?

This course has academic entry requirements which are assessed alongside relevant work experience. Full details of any relevant work experience, including references should be submitted with your application and may be considered for entry where the minimum academic entry requirements are below those required.

Usually, unrelated work experience is not considered sufficient for entry without meeting the minimum academic entry requirements. Please contact us with your specific circumstances by submitting an enquiry form above and we will be happy to discuss your options.

Can I make an appointment with an advisor to discuss further about the admission process?

If you want to get more information on the admission process, please get in touch with the Postgraduate admissions team by submitting an enquiry form above.

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English, or your undergraduate degree was taught and examined in English (within two years of starting your postgraduate course). Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MSc Nursing (Pre-registration) (Adult, Mental Health, Child, Learning Disabilities)
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery
  • All Graduate Apprenticeship courses.

See who can apply for more information on Graduate Apprenticeship courses.

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2023/24 2024/25
Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland £8,305 tba
Overseas and EU £10,260 tba
You study this course over two academic years, fees listed are per annum.
Please note tuition fees are subject to an annual review and may increase from one year to the next. For more information on this and other Tuition Fee matters please see Frequently Asked Questions about Fees Click this link for Information of Bursaries and Scholarships
Please note that the tuition fees liable to be paid by EU nationals commencing their studies from 1 August 2021 will be the Overseas fee rate. The University offers a range of attractive Tuition Fee bursaries to students resident in specific countries. More information on these can be found here.

Please note:

The discount for Edinburgh Napier alumni can only be applied to year one of a full-time Postgraduate degree, any additional years are exempt from the discount.

For part time Postgraduate degrees the discount will apply to years one, two and three only and any additional years will be exempt from the discount.

Please read our full T&C here


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The MBA (Business Leadership and Practice) will provide you with the opportunity to realise your full career potential. You’ll be in demand as employers worldwide seek graduates with a recognised portfolio who are able to deliver solutions in complex organisational settings.

In recent years, students have come to our MBA with first degrees from many different disciplines, and have gone on to build careers in a range of industries in the public, private and voluntary/not-for-profit sectors.

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