Executive MBA 2019

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Customise your Executive MBA

Your MBA programme can be tailored to suit your own interests.

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Key facts

Start date:
October 2019
24 months part time
Entry requirements:
A bachelor degree with a 2.1 (hons) plus management work experience
Language requirements:
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component
UK/EU fees:
£24,000 (total)
Additional cost information
UK/EU only:
This course is available to UK/EU residents only
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The Leeds Executive MBA will inspire and challenge you to achieve your full potential. The skills and knowledge you gain, coupled with the experience of working alongside a diverse range of personalities and professional backgrounds, shapes your own management perspective and learning, benefitting both you and your business.

A set of core modules will give you a foundation in aspects of business such as human resource management, corporate finance and international business. You’ll also choose from optional modules to suit your own interests and career plans such as ethics, innovation or consulting. Once you’ve gained these new skills you’ll test them in a safe environment through live challenges setting up new ventures, taking on consultancy work and even experiencing the boardroom.

Taught part-time by experienced practitioners and leading academic researchers in intensive teaching blocks, the EMBA will stretch your abilities and challenge how you think and act in business.

Academic Excellence

You’ll benefit from the expertise and support of the Business School’s research centres, which are applied to 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.

Given Leeds’ position as a UK Financial Centre of Excellence (UKTI 2016), it’s not surprising that academics working through our International Banking Institute, and the Credit Management Research Centre, are among the most respected in the UK.

Specialists from our Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change work with employers and staff to develop effective working practices, while the Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Studies is the focal point for enterprise education and research on campus.

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 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.

Benefits for Business

Studying for the Leeds Executive MBA brings many benefits for you and your organisation, both during the course and for many years afterwards. You can apply your learning from day one and use your customised study to address a management issue in your organisation. Read more about Business Benefits.


This course is accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA), the international impartial authority on postgraduate business education, representing the global standard for all MBA, DBA and MBM programmes. Membership allows graduates to network with each other and access job vacancies, careers support, CPD events and more. Find out more about AMBA accreditation.

Course content

The course begins with an online pre-induction programme and the on-site induction takes place in October. This is an opportunity to meet the MBA team, academic staff and brush up on study skills. During the induction you are introduced to the Leading Change module, which runs alongside your core and option modules throughout the programme.

The core programme covers the broad fundamentals of business management. We begin with the big picture – what is the purpose of the organisation and how it can compete. We then move on to marketing – how to attract and retain customers to ensure long-term viability. We then consider finance, people, international markets, operations and information as we delve deeper in to the world of business and management.

To complement and enhance your studies you will undertake three live challenges that allow you to test your new skills and knowledge in a safe environment. You’ll develop a business plan for a new business, take on consultancy work for an external organisation and simulate a board room situation.

The course culminates with either your MBA Project, where you’ll undertake independent research and focus on a topic of interest to you, or your choice of two optional modules. You may also have the opportunity to take part in an optional international study tour.

In addition to the core teaching time you will have the opportunity to meet in small facilitated groups with your MBA colleagues as part of action learning sets. You will be asked to address a challenging issue that you are facing at work, helping you to pool knowledge and skills, and to apply learning from the programme to the workplace.

Course structure

The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Year 1

There are five compulsory modules in Year One.

  • Compulsory modules

  • Accounting and Finance 15 credits
  • Operations and Information Management 15 credits
  • Management in Action 30 credits
  • Marketing 15 credits
  • Strategic Management 15 credits
Year 2

In Year Two you’ll take four compulsory modules, as well as studying 30 credits of optional modules.

  • Compulsory modules

  • People and Behaviour in Organizations 15 credits
  • Economics of Strategy 15 credits
  • International Business Management 15 credits
  • Strategic HRM & Talent Management 15 credits
  • Optional modules

  • Business Project 30 credits
  • Business Ethics 15 credits
  • Management of Projects 15 credits
  • Creating Value Through Innovation 15 credits
  • Management Consulting 15 credits
  • Management Decision Making 15 credits
  • Systems Thinking and Consulting Practice 15 credits

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

Learning and teaching

The Leeds Executive MBA is flexible enough so you can fit it in around your work, whilst giving you time away from the office to fully focus on your MBA.

It’s delivered in intensive three day blocks, Thursday to Saturday. A few modules may be delivered over four days, Thursday to Sunday.


The majority of assessment is by work-based assignments, allowing you to develop a more strategic understanding of your organisation by focusing your work on a specific management problem or issue.

Applying, fees and funding

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2.1 (hons) or an acceptable professional qualification.

A minimum of three years' postgraduate work experience is required before you apply. This should include appropriate management experience and show some career progression.

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 and must include evidence of significant progression and management responsibility.

International qualifications

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.

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.

How to apply

Application deadlines:

We recommend you apply before 31 August 2019; however, we can accept applications from UK/EU students until Friday 13 September 2019.

We encourage you to apply as early as possible.


This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Documents and information you’ll need

  • Two references – one academic and one professional
  • Copies of your degree certificates and transcripts
  • A full CV
  • Evidence of your English language qualifications, if English is not your first language
  • A copy of your passport showing the passport number and expiry date.

Selection principles

We will take all of our entry criteria into consideration when evaluating your application, as well as your post-MBA career goals and whether the Leeds MBA is likely to help you fulfil them.

Next steps

Wherever possible we conduct face-to-face interviews with applicants. The Programme Director speaks to all potential candidates before an offer is made.

If you receive an offer of a place, we usually allow four to six weeks for you to accept and confirm your place. You’ll need to send us original or certified copies of your supporting documents before you can register for the programme.

Admissions policy

Leeds University Business School Taught Postgraduate Admissions Policy


UK/EU: £24,000 (total)

For self-funded students commencing the Executive MBA programme in September 2019, a payment by instalments scheme is also available. Under the terms of the scheme 20% (of the self-funding element of the tuition fee) will be payable at or before registration with 8 further instalments of 10% being collected November to June, by Direct Debit. The scheme applies for the two year duration of the programme. Standard University of Leeds payment terms apply to all other programmes. Please contact the Executive MBA Admissions Team for further information.

Read more about paying fees and charges.


Visit our Brexit page for the latest information on the effect of the UK's exit from the EU on current students and applicants to the University.

Additional cost information

International study tours are optional, therefore they are not covered by the basic programme fees so 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 offer a number of part-scholarships to candidates who can demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and/or career progression. All candidates who are offered a place on the Executive MBA programme will automatically be considered.

Read more about scholarships and funding for the Executive MBA.

Career opportunities

If you are looking to develop yourself and your career then the Executive MBA is the ideal choice in helping you achieve these goals. It will provide the opportunity for you to:

  • progress into a more senior position within your current organisation, or change direction;
  • learn how to constructively and critically analyse your organisation and yourself;
  • start your own business or grow your existing one;
  • develop a broader perspective to generate new ideas and improvements with real impact;
  • acquire new skills and knowledge, enhancing your practical experience to become a more effective manager.


Careers support

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.

Professional development starts during induction, where we introduce you to concepts of leadership, change management and critical thinking. You’ll share your hopes and plans with your new MBA colleagues and consider how you might develop as an individual and in your career.

Throughout the programme you'll 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.

Read more about Professional Development on the Executive MBA.

Study tours

MBA students have the opportunity to take part in a one or two-week international study tour.

Typically we try and offer a variety of trips in any year to a European and/or American University. 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 are optional, so they are not covered by the basic programme fees.

Read more about MBA study tours.

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The EMBA has reignited my passion for business, and given me the proverbial shove to go out and do what I want to do.

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The course was an opportunity to challenge myself and expand my frame of reference to bring a new dimension to my commercial knowledge.

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I would certainly recommend the Leeds Executive MBA...you get a wide range of knowledge and insight, and get to know a diverse group of new people with the opportunity to share ideas.

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