An MBA challenges how you think and act in business. Employers want more from their managers than knowledge and strategic thinking - they also seek leadership skills, commitment and creativity. The Leeds MBA equips you to meet these challenges.
This top global MBA programme (Economist Which MBA? Rankings 2017) integrates business and management theory with practice, but also emphasises your personal and professional development. You'll study the foundations of business such as marketing, accounting, finance, operations and human resource management.
Importantly, you'll also gain key qualities expected of leaders including commercial awareness, interpersonal skills, a genuine understanding of the fundamental business functions and a critical and questioning outlook.
You'll apply what you've learned to examine significant business issues in a set of live challenges working with a range of external organisations. You'll gain an international outlook and build valuable connections, helping you become a global leader.
Our full-time MBA is a one-year intensive programme based on campus in Leeds. Drawing on the strengths of this vibrant city, you work closely with resident academics and MBA colleagues from across the globe to develop your skills through study, coaching and practical application of the latest academic theory.
Academic excellence, professional focus
You'll benefit from the expertise and support of several major research centres. The Business School boasts the UK's premier research centre in international business, the Centre for International Business at the University of Leeds (CIBUL) led by Professor Peter Buckley OBE and our Global and Strategic Marketing Research Centre (GLOSMARC) is led by one of the UK's foremost professors of marketing, Professor Constantine Katsikeas.
Given Leeds' position as a financial services hub, it's not surprising that our academics working through our Institute for Banking and Investment, and the Credit Management Research Centre, are among the most respected in the UK. As organisations and the nature of work change in an ultracompetitive marketplace, specialists from our Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change work with employers and staff to develop effective working practices.
If you're thinking of starting your own business, you'll also benefit from the support of Spark - our specialist team will be there to support and encourage you in turning your business idea into a reality.
You'll also come across plenty of opportunities to build your professional network, and your project work will bring you into contact with some of our many industry partners. We have extensive relationships with Marks & Spencer, IBM, Yorkshire Bank, Asda-Walmart, Lloyds Banking Group, KPMG, Accenture and the NHS, as well as small and medium-sized enterprises, charities and social enterprises.
The Leeds MBA is accredited by the Association of MBAs.
Through a variety of taught modules, you'll gain an understanding of the key components of business management - marketing, accounting, finance, operations and human resource management. Alongside these subjects we explore how to manage and lead people in organisations. You'll also have the option to take part in one of our international study tours.
You'll build and apply your skills as you complete live challenges in two of your modules. One of these exciting projects allows you to generate ideas for new commercial opportunities and turn them into viable business plans, either for an existing organisation or in a start-up. The other gives you the chance to provide consultancy support to an external business, social enterprise or voluntary sector organisation.
The course culminates in your MBA Project, giving you the opportunity to turn your knowledge into practice that relates to your own ambitions. Your project can be desk-based if you want to research a topic in-depth, or you can work on a live management issue with an external organization to develop links with employers and industry. If you're planning to start your own company, you could even put together a comprehensive business plan.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
- Management Decision Making 15 credits
- International Business Management 15 credits
- Strategic and Entrepreneurial Management 15 credits
- Economics of Strategy 15 credits
- Global Marketing Management 15 credits
- People and Behaviour in Organizations 15 credits
- Global Operations and Information Management 15 credits
- Leading in Practice 15 credits
- Strategic HRM and Talent Management 15 credits
- Accounting and Finance 15 credits
- Project/Dissertation 30 credits
For more information on typical modules, read Full Time MBA in the course catalogue
Learning and teaching
We use a range of teaching methods including lectures, seminars, tutorials, online learning, computer simulations and more. You will put your learning into practice through live challenges, testing your abilities in a safe environment with immediate feedback.
The course is designed to develop your critical thinking and leadership abilities, with one-to-one and group coaching, mentoring and skills development sessions.
Your interactions with other students are also a key element of your learning experience, and you could meet prominent external speakers and professionals through events such as our prestigious Corporate Wisdom Lecture Series.
Independent study is also vital, allowing you to sharpen your research and critical skills.
Assessment methods emphasise not just knowledge, but essential skills development too. They include formal exams, group projects, essays and written assignments, group and individual presentations.
Applying, fees and funding
A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons).
We will also consider acceptable professional qualifications.
We expect applicants to have at least 3 years of postgraduate work experience before applying, including appropriate management experience. You'll also be expected to show some evidence of career progression.
You should be able to demonstrate leadership, maturity and motivation, be able to contribute to the MBA programme and achieve your career goals.
If you don't have the required amount of work experience, you might like to consider our MSc Management.
If you don't have a formal or professional qualification we may ask for a satisfactory Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score to support your application (GMAT scores should be valid for the year of entry).
If you don't have a formal academic or professional qualification, we will consider your application based on your management experience. In this case you should hold at least five years' experience, which must include evidence of significant progression and management responsibility.
We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
Improve your English
If English is not your first language, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course before you begin your studies. This can help if you:
- don't meet the English language requirements for your course
- want to improve your understanding of academic language and practices in your area of study.
Our pre-sessional courses are designed with a progression route to the degree programme and are tailored to the subject area. For information and entry requirements, read Language for Business Management and Enterprise (6 weeks) and Language for Business: Business Management and Enterprise (10 weeks).
How to apply
International: 30 June 2018
UK/EU: 31 August 2018
This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.
Documents and information you need
- A copy of your degree certificate and transcripts, as well as any other relevant qualifications
- Two references (one academic, one professional)
- A personal statement
- An up-to-date CV
- Your GMAT score report (if applicable)
- Evidence of your English language qualifications, if English is not your first language. You can apply for the MBA before you take an approved English language test.
Find out more about how to apply for the Leeds MBA.
Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.
Leeds University Business School Taught Postgraduate Admissions Policy
UK/EU: £28,000 (total)
International: £28,000 (total)
Read more about paying fees and charges.
For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.
Additional cost information
International study tours are optional. Therefore they are not covered by the basic programme fees and you will have to pay extra for them. Prices will vary depending on the location and duration of the tour.
There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs
Scholarships and financial support
If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and scholarships from the University and from the government.
We award a range of scholarships to UK, EU and international candidates. There are several awards available for the full-time MBA that you may be eligible for, including:
- MBA Excellence Scholarship (up to 50% of the total fee) - all candidates who are offered a place will be considered
- Leeds Alumni Bursary and Leeds University Business School Alumni Excellence Scholarship
Read more about scholarships and funding for the Leeds MBA.
Whether you want to progress in your current role, move into senior management or change direction, the Leeds MBA is a decisive step in your career.
You are an individual with your own career aspirations and goals - so we take a person-centred approach. Our professional development programme is tailored to help you compete effectively in the global marketplace. We will support you in developing your career plans by providing high-quality careers information, advice and coaching that realistically meets your needs and the market's requirements.
You'll also interact with experts, gain knowledge in global developments and enhance your leadership and transferable skills. Some professional development activities are embedded in the core programme, others are delivered virtually, run as a workshop, seminar or through one-to-one coaching. Ultimately we want to equip you with the skills you need to manage your career for life.
Read more about Career Development in The Leeds MBA.
MBA students have the opportunity to take part in a one or two-week international study tour.
Typically we try to offer a variety of trips. You'll have the chance to visit local companies and partner business schools, enjoy business seminars and networking opportunities with local students, businesses and leaders and still have time to explore the culture, history and sights of the region.
Please note these trips are optional and are not covered bythe basic programme fees.
Read more about MBA study tours.
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