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This top 100 global MBA programme (Financial Times Global MBA Ranking 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.

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

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.

Practical Focus

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.

Professional Connections

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 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 is accredited by the Association of MBAs.

Course content

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.

The course culminates in your MBA Project, giving you the opportunity to turn your knowledge into practice that relates to your own ambitions.

Course structure

For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Full Time MBA in the course catalogue


Compulsory modules

  • Management Decision Making
  • International Business Management
  • Strategic and Entrepreneurial Management
  • Economics of Strategy
  • Global Marketing Management
  • People and Behaviour in Organisations
  • Global Operations and Information Management
  • Leading in Practice
  • Strategic HRM and Talent Management
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Project/Dissertation

Learning and teaching

We use a range of teaching methods including lectures, seminars, tutorials, online learning, computer simulations and more. 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

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

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 find out more, read Language for Business Management and Enterprise (6 weeks) and Language for Business: Business Management and Enterprise (10 weeks).

How to apply

Application deadlines

International: 30 June 2019

UK/EU: 31 August 2019


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)
  • An up-to-date CV
  • A copy of your passport showing passport number and expiry date
  • 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.


  • UK/EU: £29,000 (total)
  • International: £29,000 (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.

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.

Read more about scholarships and funding for the Leeds MBA.

Visit the Full Time MBA page on the University of Leeds website for more details!





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