Heriot-Watt University MBA - HKU SPACE: Human Capital Leadership courses
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Business & Management Human Capital Leadership

Heriot-Watt University MBA

Distance Learning
Course Code
Application Code
Study mode
Start Date
24 Jan 2022 (Mon)
20 months to 40 months
Course Fee
£1,000 per module (Bank Draft payable to HKU SPACE)
How to Apply
Deadline on 10 Jan 2022 (Mon)
2910 7610
2861 0278
One-on-one online consultation is available.

The MBA consists of seven compulsory and two elective courses chosen from a range of options. For each course, students will be provided with comprehensive study materials available in English.

Each MBA course will require approximately 200 hours of study. To complete the MBA, you must pass written exams in seven compulsory courses and two elective courses. Each course is assessed by a 3 hour written exam; set and graded by Edinburgh Business School faculty.

⇒ We accept application throughout the year.

Heriot-Watt University MBA 
  • One of the world's leading universities for pioneering research informed by the needs of business and industry
  • High-quality learning materials
  • Highly flexible – study at your own pace
  • No traveling needed
  • Pay on a course-per-course basis
  • No mandatory group or project work, examination only
A top school and MBA programme

Over 40% of Fortune 500 companies currently have employees on this MBA, and the programme has a larger international presence than any other MBA in the world – as listed by the Financial Times newspaper for every year since 2009.(https://www.hw.ac.uk/study/why/our-rankings.htm)



What is the ranking of Heriot-Watt University?


Heriot-Watt University is a high ranking university. It’s ranked #35 in the Guardian UK University Guide 2021, and #29 under the subject area of Business, Management and Marketing in the Guardian UK University Guide 2021.


When did the Edinburgh Business School MBA Programme start in HK?




Do I need to attend the class in HK campus? where? or by distance learning?


You may study the MBA programme by distance learning. 


 What is the application deadline? How much is the application fee?


We accept application throughout the year. Prospective students should make their own study plan and take note of examination schedules and examination application deadlines.

Details on examinations

There is a non-refundable application fee of HK$150 as initial handling fee.


When can I apply for the MBA Programme?


Distance learners can commence the MBA Programme at any time and study on a course per course basis. 


How much is the total fee of this MBA?


Please note that in order to obtain the MBA awarded by Heriot-Watt University; in addition to completing 7 core courses, you have to complete 2 electives courses in distance learning mode by contacting EBS direct. The estimated total fees of this MBA are as follows:

  • Online mode only: £9,000 (£1,000 per module), plus examination fee (fees are subject to change without prior notice)


What is the installment schedule?


Applicants pay the course fee on a course per course basis, please contact us for details.


Can I apply for exemption? What are the criteria?


You can apply for exemptions from core courses in the MBA programme. Eligibility for exemption is based on academic achievement only, not on work experience. Exemptions may be awarded as follows:

  • if a student holds relevant academic or professional qualifications (gained within the last two yearswhich are of a degree level and have been obtained by examination;
  • an undergraduate degree from a recognised University in a subject which is a core MBA course;
  • credit transfer may be available for equivalent study from recognised institutions.

Guidance on exemptions

Please note that Edinburgh Business School is the sole authority for the granting of exemptions.


How can I apply for exemption?


You should download and complete the Exemption Application form and send it with supporting documentation to Edinburgh Business School with the appropriate fee per course (GBP160). Edinburgh Business School may request additional information about potential exemptions and may ask the student to sit an exemption examination if there is any doubt as to an individual’s eligibility. Any claims for exemptions should be undertaken prior to purchase of the respective course and HKU SPACE will need to take this into account when scheduling students’ programmesof study.


Will the GBP160 fee be refunded if my application for exemption was not successful?


Where Edinburgh Business School rejects an application for an exemption, the fee paid (GBP160) would be used to cover the examination fee (GBP160) in the relevant course. The fee paid would not be refunded.


What is the average passing rate?


For students registering from Hong Kong, the average course passing rate is close to 100%, but please note that different courses have different average passing rate.

Application Code 1935-MS109A -

  • Self-Study, Distance Learning
Non-Local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance

This is an exempted course under the Non-local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance. It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognize any qualification to which this course may lead.

 The SEVEN compulsory courses are:

Financial Decision Making

Economics for Business

Strategic Marketing

People, Work and Organisations

Delivering Successful Projects

Developing and Executing Strategy

Leadership Theory and Practice
 The elective courses are:

Competitive Strategy

Consumer Behaviour

Human Resource Management


International Marketing

Managing Personal Competencies

Marketing Communications

Marketing Insights

Mergers and Acquisitions


Research Methods for Business and Management

*Please note that in order to obtain the MBA awarded by Heriot-Watt University; in addition to completing 7 core courses, you have to complete 2 electives courses in distance learning mode by contacting EBS direct.

More information on HWU MBA can be obtained from hwmba@hkuspace.hku.hk or Edinburgh Business School website.

Examination Schedule

>*Edinburgh Business School timetables two examination sittings per day in the June and December examination sessions and one or two sittings a day in the March and August examination sessions. In accordance with Heriot-Watt University’s policy on examining across international time zones, the start time of each sitting may vary from country to country. The exact local start time of your examination will be advised in your examination details letter.

Please click here for the full version of the examination timetable.

Distance learners can commence at any time and study on a course per course basis.

All candidates are enrolled with Edinburgh Business School (EBS) at the point of entry:

To be eligible for registration as a Heriot-Watt student (matriculated), a candidate shall hold at least one of the following qualifications:

  • a degree with first or second class honours of Heriot-Watt University
  • a degree with first or second class honours of any other University or institution of higher education recognised by Heriot-Watt University
  • passes in three EBS courses, at least one of which must be core course
  • any other qualification deemed by the University Senate to be acceptable

Candidates who do not meet the criteria at the point of entry will matriculate when they have passed in three EBS courses, at least one of which must be core course.

Application Fee

HK$150 (non-refundable) as initial handling fee

Course Fee
  • £1,000 per module (Bank Draft payable to HKU SPACE)

Application Form Application Form

Enrolment Method

Applicants are required to complete and return the application form with application fee HK$150 to any of our enrolment centres. Applicants should bring along with the following documents:

  1. Original and photocopy of your HKID card; and
  2. Evidence of every qualification listed on the application form, including original certificates/transcripts and a set of COLOUR COPY of award certificates and full official transcripts (for bachelor degree level and above and/or professional qualifications).

* Original certificates and transcripts together with the copies are required to be presented to any HKU SPACE Learning Centre for verification.

Payment Method
  • Application fee  can be paid by cash / EPS / VISA / MASTER / Cheque in any of HKU SPACE enrolment centres.
  • Module fee is paid by Bank Draft payable to HKU SPACE. 
  • For the payment method of other administrative fees, such as Delivery fee for hardcopy of course text, Examination fee and Exemption fee, please contact the programme team at hwmba@hkuspace.hku.hk. 
About Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh Business School

A global university recognised as an established leader

Heriot-Watt University was established in 1821, with an international reputation for teaching and research in business, science and technology. The 2013 Sunday Times University League Table ranked it in the top 10 UK universities and for an unprecedented two years in succession, The Sunday Times ranked it as The Scottish University of the Year 2012 and 2013. Heriot-Watt University awards the MBA to students on the Edinburgh Business School programme.

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Edinburgh Business School is the Graduate School of Business of Heriot-Watt University. It is most famous for its globally successful and flexible MBA programme, which is designed to meet the needs of busy working professionals who seek an internationally recognisedqualification, and who also need the practical and applied skills required by today’s top managers as they operate in the changing business world. 

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