Leeds University Business School

University of Leeds

Leeds University Business School is one of the most influential business schools in Europe, receiving global recognition for the quality of our teaching and research.

Our world-leading academics combine professional practice with teaching and research, bringing up-to-date professional knowledge to our Masters programmes. The kind of learning that translates directly from the classroom to your career.

Our accreditation and rankings:

  • ‘Triple accreditation’ from the three leading international accreditation bodies: AACSB; the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and EQUIS, the European Quality Improvement System.
  • Top 100 universities in the world (QS World University rankings 2013)
  • 56th in Europe (Financial Times European Business rankings 2013)
  • Ranked 61st for Masters in Management and 41st for Masters in Finance (Financial Times rankings 2014)
  • Top for International Business (Financial Times Masters in Management rankings 2014)
  • 6th in the UK for research quality (RAE 2008)
  • 1st in the North of England for Executive MBA (Economist Which MBA? 2013) 
  • Programmes professionally accredited by AMBA, British Psychological Society, Chartered Institute of Personnel Development, Engineering and Physiclal Sciences Reasearch Council, and the Institute of Export.

A global learning experience

At the University of Leeds you will become part of a truly global community. Each year around 5,000 postgraduate students from over 145 countries choose to study here, with over 1,000 of these at the Business School.

You will develop your understanding of global business theories, international perspectives and gain cross cultural experiences through group work and practical projects. When you finish your Masters, you will become a member of our world-wide alumni community, with access to networking events and academic lectures on current topics.

Masters Programmes at Leeds University Business School

Students from all over the world choose to study their Masters degree at Leeds University Business School for our highly rated programme content, which has a practical relevance to current business trends and a professional focus.

Alongside theories, facts and critical analysis, our programmes place strong emphasis on professional skills such as effective communication, teamwork, leadership and intercultural understanding. We prepare you with the transferable skills employers look for when recruiting. Many major companies regularly visit campus to meet our students, as part of speaker programmes or to talk about specific careers.

Our specialist masters programmes include:

  • MSc Accounting and Finance
  • MA Advertising and Design 
  • MA Advertising and Marketing 
  • MSc Banking and International Finance
  • MSc Business Analytics and Decision Sciences
  • MSc Business Psychology
  • MA Corporate Communications and Public Relations 
  • MSc Economics 
  • MSc Economics and Finance 
  • MSc Engineering, Technology and Business Management
  • MSc Enterprise
  • MSc Finance and Investment 
  • MSc Financial Mathematics 
  • MSc Financial Risk Management 
  • MSc Global Innovation Management
  • MSc Global Supply Chain Management
  • MA Human Resource Management 
  • MSc Information Systems and Information Management
  • MSc International Business 
  • MSc International Marketing Management 
  • MSc Management 
  • MSc Organizational Behaviour
  • MSc Organizational Psychology 
  • MSc Strategic Management in the Global Environment

The Leeds MBA combines academic rigour with practical leadership development challenges, meaning you’re ready for senior management-level positions as soon as you graduate. Our programme covers the broad fundamentals of business management and the key components of business – marketing, accounting, finance, operations and HR. We also explore how to manage and lead people in organisations. A key aspect of the Leeds MBA is the live challenges that will stretch your thinking and your abilities.

We encourage you to develop your knowledge and links with the corporate world through our business speaker events and international study tours. The MBA culminates in your Individual Project – this can be a consultancy project, an entrepreneurial project relating to a new business venture or a research dissertation. There is also the opportunity for an internship, if you meet the criteria, which will give you three months paid experience in the host organization.

Learn more about The Leeds MBA Full-time and Executive programmes

Research degrees

We also offer a range of research-based Masters, MPhil and PhD programmes across a broad range of research specialisms.

Find out more about our research programmes

  • Course and Career Counselling services
  • Special enrolment and orientation
  • International student clubs and associations
  • On-campus accommodation
  • On campus medical facilities
  • Social Activities
  • Special English language
  • Sporting facilities
  • Sporting facilities - variety of clubs
  • Sporting facilities - Gym
  • Sporting facilities - Swimming pool
  • Sporting facilities - Team sports

Leeds University offers a range of accommodation options to students.

You can choose to either live in University accommodation, or you can choose to live in independently or privately owned accommodation. First year undergraduate students and all international (non EU) masters and MBA students are guaranteed a place in University accommodation provided you have confirmation of your place and you submit your application in time.

University Accommodation

University accommodation is plentiful and varied, from converted Victorian homes to multi-storey blocks, with a full range in between. Some rooms are en-suite but with most options you'll share a bathroom with a couple of other people. You'll also have access to a kitchen, and most University accommodation provides internet access and a cable television connection. The bigger complexes provide a wide range of facilities from bars, to squash courts and shops. They're great places for meeting and socialising with other people.
To find out more about the options available please visit the University's Leeds University's accommodation web site.

Private Accommodation

If you don't want to live in University-owned accommodation there are many privately owned houses and flats in Leeds that are available to students to rent. We recommend that you visit Unipol.

Unipol provides price guidelines and other information that will help you assess the quality of available accommodation.

Rewarding excellence

Leeds University Business School typically awards up to £1m annually in scholarships for Masters level study.

We award a generous range of scholarships to UK, EU and international students. Scholarships are available for the most talented candidates for our Masters programmes. We consider all eligible applicants who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and excellent personal and professional skills.

Learn more about available scholarships.

Postgraduate study abroad
Msc International Business - Beyond Borders

A number of our MSc International Business students have studied abroad with one of our top-rated partner institutions as part of our Beyond Borders option. 

Our Beyond Borders option starts in September, depending on the selected country and institution, and you will return in time for graduation in December.

We have partnerships with institutions in Europe, Asia and America, as well as constantly developing new partnerships with some of the top institutes in the world. (Places are highly sought after and so cannot be guaranteed.)

Undergraduate study abroad

Every Leeds University Business School undergraduate has the opportunity to spend a year studying abroad.

Many of our students find this to be a "once in a lifetime" experience, providing them with the opportunity to embed themselves in a different culture, make friends with people from across the world and find out more about themselves and their capabilities. Most of all, it's a chance to experience new things, and have fun.

Visit Leeds study abroad to find out more about possible destinations.

  • Year institution founded: 1904
  • Number of Full-time students: 1983
  • Number of academic staff: 90
  • Number of Professors: 27
  • Year MBA first offered: 1983

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Ilenia Biavati, MSc International Business Graduate 2009

Testimonial from Ilenia Biavati, MSc International Business Graduate 2009, student at Leeds University Business School

Originally from Italy, Ilenia explains how she found the postgraduate careers service a useful resource when searching for jobs after graduating I currently work as Business Development Manager (Europe) for Straight plc, a Leeds based waste recycling company who are the UK's leading supplier of containers.

I started working here as part of a summer consultancy project which had been advertised by the Business School. The project involved undertaking research to identify the attractiveness of new European markets. Following the success of my project the company offered me an extended contract to progress the outcomes of my research which involved identifying suitable distributors, meeting with companies and appointing, managing and supporting distributors. My work here allowed the company to start expanding the business abroad through direct distribution.

Prior to studying my International Business MSc I studied Sociology for five years at the University of Bologna in Italy. I chose Leeds because I heard great things about its reputation and the high level of teaching/research, particularly in international business. I also received a scholarship from the Business School which covered all of my fees.

I learnt a lot from my course which has really helped me in my job. Working towards deadlines really helped me to focus on my workload and the high quality service I received from the University helped me to understand the importance of giving an excellent and reliable service to my customers.

The introduction I received to this company from the Business School was instrumental in my gaining a position with them, and the knowledge I gained from the course on understanding the challenges and opportunities around international growth and development has been hugely beneficial.

Sumeet Bhandari

Testimonial from Sumeet Bhandari, student at Leeds University Business School

Sumeet, from India, graduated in 2001 with a First Class Masters in Advertising and Marketing. Having decided to study for a Masters degree, Sumeet set about selecting a business school. “Leeds University Business School stood out among other business schools due to the content and structure of the programme and also the because of the location, quality of life and course fee offered by the University, A personal recommendation by a fellow student in India, together with “informative and truthful” email responses to his enquiries from the Business School, helped to clinch his decision.

Sumeet found that that the difference in teaching methods between the UK and India enabled him to develop new skills: “I was taught to rely on my own thinking to reach a decision,” he says. “I enjoyed this learning the most as it makes you a more confident person; defending my decisions to my fellow students was a new experience and that skill still helps me in my business life today.”

After graduating, Sumeet fulfilled an ambition to work in London, and secured a job in media sales, gaining valuable experience for his own business venture plans. He put his advertising and marketing skills to good use on returning to India to promote his own flourishing business ventures. Sumeet formed his own media promotion company, 3chromosomes, which expanded into a creative design company, i-incarnation. The company has a design studio in Mumbai which services a broad range of clients including pharmaceutical companies, non-profit organisations and the leisure sector.

Branching out into the leisure sector, in 2007 Sumeet established Silence, a 20-villa countryside resort with pool in Rajasthan. The resort is designed to promote adventure tourism in the area, but with the aim of minimising the impact of such activities on the environment. Currently a partner at 3chromosomes, i-incarnation & a director of Hagam Art & Resorts Pvt.Ltd, Sumeet now has plans to set up a UK office to help market his businesses. “A UK-based client is helping me set up a base. It certainly helps that I’ve had experience of living and working in the UK.”

Making the decision to study at Leeds University Business School proved to be an invaluable experience for Sumeet. He says: “Understanding the views, emotions and cultures of people of different nationalities has really helped me in my career. The global perspective, world-wide friendships and gaining confidence to face challenges while staying in a foreign country are some of the best lessons I’ve learned.”

Kathy Hartley MA Human Resource Management

Testimonial from Kathy HartleyMA Human Resource Management, student at Leeds University Business School

I chose to study the MA in Human Resource Management at Leeds University Business School as this was linked to my interests and prior work experience. It was a combination of the atmosphere, the fabulous building and the research and academic credentials of Leeds which sold it to me.

Leeds also provides the opportunity to achieve graduate membership of the CIPD, which is a great asset for those wishing to get into HR posts on completion of the Masters. I personally opted to take the CIPD pathway and so studied Industrial Relations and Occupational Psychology, both of which I thoroughly enjoyed. The MA in HRM has built upon my sociological roots, but in an industrial context. Sociology is something that I have been interested in since I was a teenager.

The course has also challenged some of my assumptions on work and organizations, as it has exposed me to knowledge and research from a wider range of contexts and perspectives. Having had the practical experience first at work, it has been great to see how theories relate. As a result of studying this course, I could now work in HRM /General Management in the public or private sector or consultancy.

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