Founded in 1919, the Business School is an integral part of one of the world’s oldest universities. Granted its royal charter in 1582, it has remained at the forefront of learning throughout its long history. 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 October 1919, we had the first students start on our Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) degree. In the same year, the Chair of Accounting and Business Method was also established, the first 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. One of our first students was 23-year-old Margaret Stevenson Miller who walked through our classroom doors for a lecture in Accounting. A year later on the 8th July 1920, as our very first graduate, she left Edinburgh and secured a lecturer position at the University of Liverpool. Margaret’s work on business finance and women in finance was highly respected, featuring across academic journals and the Financial Times. The BCom degree survived until the start of the 21st century before giving way to the Master of Arts (MA) in Business Studies. Our Full-time Edinburgh MBA was first offered in 1980, followed by the Part-time MBA in 1984. Since then, over 3,500 students from a large variety of backgrounds, nationalities, and business specialisms have completed these programs. The precursor to the MBA, the Postgraduate DipBA, dates from 1961. We launched our first MSc in 1996. Since then, our portfolio of MSc programs has grown importantly and now lies at the forefront of business development in fields such as Finance, International Business, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and Management.
Mission, Vision, and Values
The Business School has a clear mission, concentrate, and vision for the future, including global rankings among all other business schools.
Improving effective and responsible leaders by creating insightful information and inspiring minds in dialogue with the world around us.
To be recognized as a progressive and connected community for thought leadership on the international business stage.
The Business School has identified 5 key values that will help us to achieve our vision and thus staff is being encouraged to adopt these wherever possible.
Edinburgh has perpetually been named one of the best places to live and work in the UK and is notable for its fine Georgian and Victorian architecture and spectacular natural scenery. As a student, you will benefit from the vibrant cultural scene, varied nightlife, and countless events and festivals that manage throughout the year. Situated on the shores of the Firth of Forth and set on seven hills, Edinburgh City contains a royal palace, a cliff-top castle, and an extinct volcano. The city has a modern dynamism juxtaposed with historical cobbled streets and is home to four universities, the infamous Edinburgh Festival Fringe, world-class galleries and concert halls, tranquil parks, and busy shopping streets.
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