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MBA (Leadership Practice)

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Qualification type

MBA - Master of Business Administration

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Course type


Course Summary

Enhance your leadership and managerial skills and gain the practical experience on placement through 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? 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.

Course details

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 incorporates a placement to help you develop practical experience and insight as well as build valuable links between theory and practice and enhance your overall employability.

Through this placement, you’ll formulate a project plan with the aim of introducing a new approach or strategy into a public, private or voluntary sector organisation.

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 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.

Work placement

You’ll have the opportunity to apply for a six-week placement where you will put into practice the skills and knowledge you have developed throughout your programme.


The Executive MBA (Leadership 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.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


2 years

Start date



This module will focus on the importance of reflection and will examine the role of reflection in relation to experiential learning, self-awareness, self-efficacy and the “thinking performer”. It focuses on the student’s professional development and the role that reflection plays in informing continuous professional development (CPD) priorities for managers/leaders. Students will be introduced to the importance of professional development planning and the need to regularly capture tacit knowledge and incidental learning as a means of improving performance.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

The entry requirements for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at 2:2 or above. Comparable alternative qualifications or professional qualifications, and experience may also be considered at the discretion of the Programme Leader. We may also consider lesser qualifications if you have sufficient professional work experience within the industry.

University information

With three campuses located across the city, Edinburgh Napier University offers you the opportunity to join a diverse and friendly student community. The University boasts a wide range of postgraduate degrees in subject areas such as Biosciences, Building & Surveying, Music, Teaching, and Tourism, Hospitality and Events, which you can choose to study either full-time or part-time. For full flexibility, there is also a selection of online and...more

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