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Course content

If you have aspirations of a career in business management, this programme will give you the opportunity to gain a practitioner-focused MBA that lays the foundations for a critically aware and holistic understanding and experience of business management whilst undertaking two finance specific modules.

The programme provides all the benefits associated with an MBA award whilst allowing you to study a programme that exposes you to the more detailed financial aspects associated with a career in management and executive development.

While studying here you will be exposed to contemporary thinking in business management and business research. This will be through a series of experiences supported by academic staff who are research active in the field of business management, complemented by a guest speaker programme of business experts and researchers. You will have the opportunity to engage in a live business project.

You will follow discipline specific modules ensuring that you cover subjects in the required depth with sustained investigation. Through the development of an integrated and critically aware understanding of management in the context of contemporary business issues, the programme involves you in a demanding process of personal and professional development, through engagement with live business project work.

A distinctive element of the MBA: Finance programme and its suite is the opportunity to gain professional accreditation from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) alongside the academic award. The CMI accreditation may be subject to an additional fee to the awarding body, CMI.

Course structure

The overall aim of the programme is to develop individuals as potential managers and leaders with a sound understanding of the skills necessary to undertake a role in any organisation. The programme aims to reflect the aspirations in the development of responsible and ethical managers, supporting development in the skills of leadership in order to operate effectively and competently in an international context.

The specialist element of the programme aims to support you in exploring the strategic aspects in relation to finance in order to prepare you for a career that equips you to consider the business issues for managers and leaders working in the field of business finance.

If you wish to study the MBA: Finance part-time there is the opportunity to do this. The part-time route is suitable if you wish to study the MBA programme alongside your work commitments. This route can be completed over two years.

You will be invited to attend a university induction programme and a Masters level programme specific induction.

Full-time route

Modules include:

  • Research in Contemporary Business Issues
  • Business & Sustainability
  • Managing Business Finance*
  • People Management
  • Planning & Organising the Business Project*
  • Advanced Accounting Techniques
  • Financial Control in Diverse Organisations
  • Leading & Managing the Business Project*
  • Research Investigation*

*Modules to be passed for the CMI Award (as well as the MBA: Finance)

Part-time route

Year 1 modules include:

  • Business and Sustainability
  • Planning and Organising the Business Project*
  • Leading and Managing the Business Project*
  • Research Contemporary Business Issues

Year 2 modules include:

  • Managing Business Finance*
  • Advanced Accounting Techniques
  • People Management
  • Financial Control in Diverse Organisations
  • Research Investigation*

*Modules to be passed for CMI Award (as well as the MBA: Finance)

Programme specification

Further information on this course is available in the programme specification. Please note that the programme specification relates to course content that is currently being studied by students at the University. For new programmes, the programme specification will be made available online prior to the start of the course.

Learning support

York St John University works hard to create an inclusive environment for all our students. We offer a range of learning support services to assist students throughout their studies.


Visit the Finance (MBA) page on the York St John University website for more details!

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