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Edinburgh Business School 2020-2021 Admissions: Entry Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

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Edinburgh Business School offers admissions to management studies at Master’s and Doctorate levels that are delivered by On-campus and Online means. Renowned as one of the best UK universities for international students, the institute offers an unparalleled MBA program which ranks in the Financial Times Top 100 MBA Programs in the World.

Founded in 1821, Heriot-Watt has been accredited by Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and is the eighth oldest higher education institute in the UK. Edinburgh Business School admissions for its array of programs are available in various intakes round the year with January and October being major terms of intake.

The institute observes an acceptance rate of nearly 44% which makes it a moderately selective institute. Thus, any applicant with a decent profile looking to study in the UK can consider approaching the school. With 86% of its graduates finding jobs or continuing the reduction within 6 months completing their degrees is a testament to the fact that the institute is indeed worth the pursuit.

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Application PortalOfficial Website
Types of degreesOn-campus and online
Qualifications offeredMaster’s, Diplomas, Doctorates, Certificates
Application SeasonRolling (January and October intakes)
Acceptance Rate44%
Percentage of international students22%
English language proficiency scoresTOEFL or equivalent
Financial-AidScholarships, loans, fundings
Work ExperienceRequired for most courses
Student’s Helpline+44 (0)131 650 9663


The institute offers admissions to its plethora of courses for international students in the various intakes round the year. Note that there are no specific deadlines but program-specific deadlines may apply. 

Prospective aspirants of the school should send in their entries at the earliest possible opportunity.

Edinburgh Business School International Admissions

edinburgh business school international students

Every year the institute sees hundreds of international students joining from a variety of diversities. While the overall application procedure is more or less the same, international students have an extra set of requirements to fulfil to secure a seat here.

  • The student can start by filling the application form available on the college’s website and submit it before the year commences since the admissions are open throughout.
  • While filling the application, he/she will be required to submit a few documents, failing to do which their application will get delayed or rejected.

Application Portal: Apply online at the official website.

Application Fee: Varies for different programs

The required documents are

  • A degree with first or second class honours of any other University or institution of higher education recognised by the University
  • Proof of a minimum of 2-years of work experience
  • GMAT scores or equivalents
  • Letter of References

An admissions interview might be required as well.

Once the student’s application has been received by the university, he/she will get a response for the same in two weeks in the following form –

  • an unconditional offer
  • a conditional offer (further supporting documentation will be required, such as a copy of the applicant’s degree certificate if they had not completed their degree when they first submitted their application)
  • regretfully, a decision to reject their application

Visa Application Process

If you are an international student hoping to enroll at the institute, you will have to procure a valid visa in order to enter the country. Documents required to apply for a general student visa (Tier 4) to study in the UK are as mentioned below –

  • Valid passport
  • 2 Passport-sized photographs
  • TB Test Certificate
  • Consent letter for applicants under 18
  • Confirmation of Acceptance of Study (CAS) letter
  • ATAS Certificate for certain postgraduate courses
  • English Language Documents
  • Documented proof of financial support for one year or more

English Proficiency Requirements

This is one of the additional requirements that international students have to meet to apply. Official score reports of either IELTS are required as proof of English proficiency for an applicant who does not come from a country with English as its first language.

Tests AcceptedScores required
TOEFLOverall 90 with 20 in each section
IELTSMinimum 6.5
PTE Academic58 to 64
Trinity ISEPass in all components

Edinburgh Business School Graduate Admissions

To get admitted to the institute, a good degree from a highly ranked Indian University is required.

  • Minimum achieved score in the Bachelor’s study should be 60% or more.
  • Graduate Entry to Medicine (MBChB)
  • An undergraduate degree in a related discipline shall be considered for a six-year programme.

Admission requirements for the Graduate Program are course dependent; each course might have its own set of requirements which may vary from one another. So, it is rather convenient we look deeply into the most popular courses one by one.

CourseApplication PortalAcademic RequirementsMinimum English Language Proficiency
Executive MBAOfficial WebsiteA degree with first or second class honours of any University; A minimum of 2-years of work experience; GMAT scores or equivalents; Letter of ReferencesIELTS – 6.5
MSc MarketingOfficial WebsiteA degree with first or second class honours of any UniversityIELTS – 6.5
MSc Financial ManagementOfficial WebsiteA degree with first or second class honours of any UniversityIELTS – 6.5
PGD in Business AdministrationOfficial WebsiteA degree with first or second class honours of any UniversityIELTS – 6.5
Doctor of Business AdministrationOfficial WebsiteA master’s degree from a recognized institute; 2 LORs; 5-years of work experienceIELTS – 6.5

In order to determine whether the student’s degree is equivalent to a first or upper second-class honours degree in the UK the ranking of the University from which the degree is obtained is considered. Preference is generally given to those students who have grades above the minimum requirements due to strong competition.

While Edinburgh Business School might not be too selective a college to get into, interested international students should apply weeks ahead of others to lock their seat for on-time evaluation of the application. Once an offer letter is received, the students must apply for a visa right on time as per the university’s guidelines.

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