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 75 global MBA programme (The Economist Which MBA? 2018) integrates business and management theory with practice, but also emphasises your personal and professional development. You’ll study the foundations of business management, such as marketing, accounting, finance, operations and human resource management.
Importantly, you’ll also enhance 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 gain an international perspective 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.
You’ll benefit from the expertise and support of the Business School’s research centres, focused on addressing the major business challenges facing society. This active research feeds our learning environment, engaging you with the latest critical business thinking. These centres specialise in a range of disciplines, including the highly respected Centre for International Business at the University of Leeds led by Professor Peter Buckley OBE and our Global and Strategic Marketing Research Centre led by one of the UK’s foremost professors of marketing, Professor Costas Katsikeas.
An integral part of the Leeds MBA is the opportunity to put the knowledge and skills you learn into practice with opportunities to work with a range of organisations. As well as considering a range of business case studies and hearing from guest speakers, you’ll apply your skills through the completion of two live challenges. The New Venture Challenge allows you to generate ideas for new commercial opportunities and turn them into viable business plans, often for a high profile global organisation. The Consulting Challenge gives you the chance to provide consultancy support to an external business, usually a social enterprise or voluntary sector organisation.
The Leeds MBA will connect you to a network of corporate partners, practitioners and alumni, and you’ll come across plenty of opportunities to build your own professional network. Your project work will bring you into contact with some of our many partners. We have relationships with Marks & Spencer, IBM, Yorkshire Bank, Asda-Walmart, Lloyds Banking Group, KPMG and the NHS, as well as small and medium-sized enterprises, charities and social enterprises.
You’ll be able to meet prominent external speakers and connect with local business professionals through networking events such as our Corporate Wisdom lecture series. Studying alongside MBA colleagues from a range of professional backgrounds will also broaden your perspective and provide you with a close support network that will extend beyond graduation.
You’ll also have the opportunity to take part in one of our international study tours, enabling you to extend your global awareness and experience first-hand the challenges and opportunities facing organisations around the world.
The Leeds MBA begins in September with an induction that will ensure you gain the most from your MBA experience. You are introduced to the learning culture and the study skills you’ll need to succeed.
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, etc. Alongside these subjects we explore how to manage and lead people in organisations, through modules in decision making, behaviour, strategy, entrepreneurship and leading in practice.
You’ll also build your appreciation of the wider business environment through modules such as international management and the economics of strategy. During the programme you’ll apply your new skills and knowledge as you complete live challenges during the Strategic and Entrepreneurial Management module and the Leading in Practice module.
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 organisation 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.
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Strategic and Entrepreneurial Management
Economics of Strategy
Global Marketing Management
People and Behaviour in Organizations
Global Operations and Information Management
Leading in Practice
Strategic HRM and Talent Management
Accounting and Finance
Learning and teaching
We use a range of teaching methods including lectures, seminars, tutorials, online learning, computer simulations and more. 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.
We will also consider acceptable professional qualifications.
A minimum of 3 years’ postgraduate work experience is required before you apply, which should include 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 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 have at least five years' experience, which must include evidence of significant progression and management responsibility.
International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.
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.
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
We award a range of scholarships to talented 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 (part-fee) - all candidates who are offered a place will be considered.
Leeds Alumni Bursary and Leeds University Business School Alumni Excellence Scholarship.
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.
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.
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 or optional and are not covered by the basic programme fees.