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  • Overview

    An MBA challenges how you think and act in business. Employers want more from managers than knowledge and strategic thinking – they also seek leadership skills, commitment and creativity.

    The Leeds Online MBA will prepare you to meet these needs. With regular opportunities to interact with your Online MBA tutors and fellow students worldwide, you will develop thorough understanding of the fundamental business functions and a critical perspective on business challenges, helping you become a global leader.

    Delivered entirely online, this programme provides you with a rare opportunity to study your Masters of Business Administration at one of the UK’s leading business schools without putting your career on hold, wherever you are in the world.

    The University of Leeds has been recognised for providing an industry leading online learning experience, and through our Virtual Learning Environment you will have access to all the resources and support you need to succeed in your studies.

    The Leeds Online MBA combines the latest business and management theory with practice. You will develop a critical insight into established and contemporary business subjects including global marketing, decision making, accounting and finance and talent management.

    Academic excellence

    The Leeds Online MBA is research-based and practice-focused. You will benefit from a curriculum that is informed by our world class research bringing you the latest management thinking, which you will put into practice through the live, online workshops and discussion forums that accompany each module.

    Leeds University Business School is one of the most highly regarded in Europe, recognised for our excellence in teaching and producing world class, impactful research. As an Online MBA student, you will benefit from our strong global reputation and close links with business across the globe. Read more about our reputation and rankings.

    Leeds is recognised as a leading entrepreneurial University in the UK. We have won the title Entrepreneurial University of the Year (Times Higher Education Awards 2015), received The Duke of York Award for University Entrepreneurship (Lloyds Bank National Business Awards 2015) and the Guardian Award for Entrepreneurship (Guardian University Awards 2016).

    As an Online MBA student, you will be encouraged to develop your entrepreneurial and creative thinking. A key element of the MBA programme is the New Venture Challenge, during which you will have the opportunity to apply your entrepreneurial skills to generate ideas for new commercial opportunities and turn them into viable business plans.


    Leeds University Business School has triple accreditation from the three leading bodies AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS, placing us in the top 1% of business schools globally.

  • Course content

    Your MBA will begin with a two-week online induction designed to prepare you for online learning at Leeds, and to introduce the study skills you will need to successfully complete your Online MBA.

    The programme includes 10 modules and you will typically spend eight weeks studying each module. The modules cover a variety of subject areas to provide you with fundamental business skills and knowledge, as well as an opportunity to gain insights into contemporary topics within the dynamic global business environment. Subjects include information management, international business and strategic management. You will also explore how to manage and lead people in organisations.

    The programme culminates in your MBA Project, giving you the opportunity to apply your newly acquired skills and knowledge to the resolution of a live business problem, or to investigate an academic research topic in-depth.

    You can take the programme at your own pace and adapt your studies to fit around your work and life commitments. To give you flexibility, it is possible to pause your studies and take them up again at a later point. This means you can choose to complete the Online MBA in a minimum of two years or up to a maximum of four years.

    Course structure

    You will study 10 compulsory modules and complete the programme with your MBA Project. Your modules of study will include four Foundation modules, five Development modules and a final Research Methods module completed before commencing your project.

    If you choose to take the programme over two years, the typical programme of study is outlined below.

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    In your first year you will typically study four Foundation modules, shown below as Compulsory. You will also typically take two out of five Development modules, shown below as Optional.

    Compulsory modules

    You will study four Foundation modules in your first year of study:

    • Strategic Management 15 credits
    • Global Marketing 15 credits
    • People & Behaviour in Organisations 15 credits
    • Management Decision Making 15 credits

    Optional modules

    You will study all of the following five Development modules across the programme. You will take two of these modules in your first year of study:

    • International Business 15 credits
    • Global Operations & Information Management 15 credits
    • Strategic Human Resource & Talent Management 15 credits
    • Accounting & Finance 15 credits
    • New Venture Challenge 15 credits

    Year 2

    In your second year you will typically study the research module and your MBA Project, shown below as Compulsory. You will also typically take the three remaining Development modules, shown below as Optional.

    Compulsory modules

    • Research Methods
    • MBA Business Project

    Optional modules

    You will study all of the following five Development modules across the programme. You will take three of these modules in your second year of study:

    • International Business 15 credits
    • Global Operations & Information Management 15 credits
    • Strategic Human Resource & Talent Management 15 credits
    • Accounting & Finance 15 credits
    • New Venture Challenge 15 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read Online MBA in the course catalogue

    Learning and teaching

    The Leeds Online MBA will be delivered 100% online via our Virtual Learning Environment, Blackboard Learn.

    You will benefit from a high quality online learning experience, developed by the University of Leeds’ award-winning digital learning team (ALT Learning Technologist Team of the Year 2015).

    Social learning will be at the heart of the experience, with interactive and collaborative activities embedded into every module of study, bringing your online learning experience to life. The programme will feature a range of multimedia and interactive content, discussion activities, and a diverse mix of individual and collaborative learning.

    With each module, you will be guided through a structured series of learning activities every week, including:

    • Multimedia content: you will engage with a variety of videos including case studies, talking heads, panel discussions and interviews, as well as animated films.
    • Interactive content: regular multiple choice and short question tests will check your understanding, along with polls and surveys to share views with your fellow MBA students, and interactive exercises and scenarios.
    • Online tutorials: you will take part in weekly live online tutorials with your Online MBA tutors and classmates.
    • Individual learning: direct access to key readings selected by our academics and guidance on further resources, as well as individual research and reflection tasks.
    • Collaborative learning: numerous peer and group projects will allow you to connect with your MBA classmates and share views through discussion forums, chat facilities and online tutorials.

    All course materials and communications will be delivered online, so it is vital that you have regular and reliable access to the internet. We recommend a high speed broadband internet connection with a minimum speed of 1.5 Mbps.

    You will need regular access to a personal computer, or laptop, with a webcam. You will also need the ability to view PDF documents and to open and edit standard Microsoft Office documents. As a University of Leeds student you will be given free access to Microsoft Office Online.

    All live sessions will be available at a suitable time to ensure flexibility and meet the needs of students in a range of time zones, meaning you can join a session at a time to suit you.


    Assessment methods will emphasise not just knowledge, but essential skill development too. They will typically include essays, examinations, written reports, multiple-choice and short-answer tests, reflective blogs, participation in online discussions, and a mix of group and individual presentations made online.

  • Applying, fees and funding

    Entry requirements

    Applicants should usually have a good first degree with a 2:1 (hons) or equivalent.

    Applicants without a first degree will be considered based on their career to date, management or business experience, and potential for benefiting from the programme.

    Work experience
    Applicants must have at least three years’ work experience before applying, including in a supervisory, managerial or business capacity with demonstrable career progression.

    International qualifications

    We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For information please contact our Enrolment Advisors:

    English language requirements

    IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

    How to apply

    The deadline for applications to join each intake are outlined below:

    • January 2018 start: application deadline is 1 December 2017
    • March 2018 start: application deadline is 2 February 2018
    • May 2018 start: application deadline is 6 April 2018

    All suitably qualified candidates will be interviewed by telephone or online as part of the selection process.

    Applications for this degree programme are handled by our Enrolment Advisors. Please contact them to find out more about the programme and to start the online application process, email


    The following fees apply to those starting their course between September 2017 and May 2018.

    UK/EU and International: £26,500

    The fee is composed of:

    • Programme fee: £200
    • 10 taught modules (15 credits each): £2,192 per module
    • Project module fee (Dissertation 30 credits): £4,380

    Fees are payable on a module-by-module basis*, broken down as below:

    • Programme fee (£200) plus first module fee (£2,192): £2,392
    • 9 taught module fees: £2,192 per module
    • Project module fee: £4,380

    *if you are receiving a student loan, professional career development loan or your fees are being paid directly to the University by your employer or sponsor you will not be able to pay on a module-by-module basis. Please check with our Enrolment Advisors.

    Additional cost information

    Students must have access to a personal computer with a good, reliable broadband connection.

    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

    The University of Leeds Alumni Bursary offers 10% tuition fee reduction for self or partially funded students. Graduates of the University of Leeds (or an affiliated institution) are entitled to a 10% bursary towards tuition fees. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.

    UK and EU students may be able to apply for a UK government-backed loan of up to £10,280. Applications should be made through the Student Loans Company. Find out more.

  • Career opportunities

    Whether you want to progress in your current role, move into senior management or change direction, the Leeds Online MBA is a decisive step in your career.

    Professional development is intrinsic to your learning thanks to a range of activities designed to enhance your leadership, management and entrepreneurial skills.

    Throughout your programme of study you’ll have access to professional development support and activities available via the University’s Virtual Learning Environment, which will include self-directed resources and tools and a reflective professional development portfolio. You will also have the support of a Professional Development Advisor and access to online careers support via the University of Leeds Careers Centre.

    As an online MBA graduate, you will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to progress your career, either to a more senior management or leadership position, or to pursue further entrepreneurial activities. You will also join the Business School’s global alumni network of 25,000 graduates in 140 countries worldwide, providing a rare opportunity to make connections for your career.

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