Full-time MBA FAQ

Frequently asked questions

Female MBA student
Can I defer my application?

Yes, but only for one year.

Will I be interviewed for the programme?

Yes, if your application is successful then we will invite you to an interview. These will either by telephone or by Skype or in person and may take place at the Business School or overseas.

You don't offer any options on the programme, why?

At Leeds we focus on the fundamentals. We have developed this approach as a result of speaking with practicing leaders, working with companies, and drawing on our own teaching experience. We believe that a detailed and critical understanding of the core fundamentals of business is more valuable to your career than a superficial understanding of a variety of more specialised functions. Hence we allocate more hours to covering fundamentals like strategy, finance and marketing and working on your leadership skills.

Do I have to pay any fees before the programme begins?

It is not a requirement of the University that payment is made in advance. You can choose to pay part or all of the fees before arriving in Leeds if you wish, payment details will be sent with your offer letter.

If you require a visa to study in the UK you will be required to pay a tuition fee deposit before being issued with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS). The tuition fee deposit will be deducted from your programme tuition fee and shown on your CAS.

Find more information on our fee deposit. 

Do you require an application fee?

No. We do not require this.

Can I contact current students and alumni to discuss the MBA programme with them?

Yes but current students may only be contacted after an offer has been made. Please email mba@lubs.leeds.ac.uk with your request.

Can I apply for the programme before I have my English language test result?

Yes. We welcome applications prior to taking one of these tests. If you meet all other requirements you will be given a conditional offer. However you must meet the English language requirements before we can admit you onto the programme.

If I only achieve 6 overall in the IELTS test, will I be able to take a language course instead of retaking the IELTS in order to reach 6.5?

Yes. If you have a score lower than the LUBS requirement, you could be given an offer based on successful completion of the Language Centre’s Academic English for Business and Management programme (AEBM). The length of the course that you will have to do will depend on the score you have already achieved on the IELTS test. Please download our entry requirements for further information.

You will not need to take the IELTS test again, but you will have to successfully complete the AEBM. Successful completion means reaching a level of language equivalent to the Business School entry requirement and achieving a satisfactory score for the academic elements of the programme. Find out more about our language courses.

If you are Chinese, and would like to do your pre-sessional programme in China, the Language Centre runs a Pre-Masters programme in Shanghai for 10 weeks for conditional offer holders. For unconditional offer holders, a shorter option of 5 weeks is available.

Please note that there are early deadlines for applying for a pre-sessional programme.

Can I substitute an English language qualification for an English course in the UK?

No, you will need an English language qualification such as IELTS. In order to meet the UKBA’s visa requirements, you will need to take a Secure English Language Test before you can apply for a UK visa. To satisfy the UKBA, you will need to score at least B2 or higher, before you can begin your degree at the University. However, if you score lower than B2, you may be eligible to apply for a pre-sessional English language programme.

If you have met the UKBA requirements, but still have not met the University’s English language requirements, you could be given an offer based on successful completion of the AEBM.

Find more information on our language courses.

I have studied in English for many years. Do I still need to take IELTS/ English language test?

You may still need to take a language test. This depends on a range of factors, including how long you have studied in English, at what level and how recently. We need to consider your CV, application and accompanying documents and details before deciding whether you would need to take an IELTS test.

Are there any exceptions to the required minimum work experience?

No. The Leeds MBA is a post experience programme and applicants must possess a minimum of 3 years' post-graduation relevant work experience for the full-time Leeds MBA before they can apply.

Can I start the programme in January?

No. We only have one intake per programme per year, which is September for the full-time Leeds MBA.

However, if you are an international student and would like to begin your preparations for your MBA earlier than September, you could apply for the Language Centre’s Academic English for Business and Management programme (AEBM). This programme would help you develop your linguistic and academic skills, and enable you to adjust to life and study in Leeds. The AEBM runs from January to September.

Once I have submitted an application how soon will I hear my decision?

We will contact you shortly after receipt of your application to arrange an interview, provided we have all the required supporting documents. On completion of your interview a letter will be sent to you confirming our decision.

Can I apply online?

Yes. All applications should be submitted online.

Apply online.