Executive MBA 2018

An MBA is a life changing journey

It challenges the fundamentals of how you think and act in business.

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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 2018
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:
£23,000 (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, sustainability or global marketing. 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 by experienced practitioners and world-leading researchers in intensive teaching blocks, this programme will stretch your abilities and challenge how you think and act in business.

Academic excellence

You’ll benefit from the expertise and support of several major research centres. The School boasts the UK’s premier research centre in international business, the Centre for International Business at the University of Leeds (CIBUL) led by Professor Peter Buckley OBE and our Global and Strategic Marketing Research Centre is led by one of the UK’s foremost professors of marketing, Professor Costas Katsikeas.

Given Leeds’ position as a financial services hub, it’s not surprising that our academics working through our International Institute for Banking and Financial Services, and the Credit Management Research Centre, are among the most respected in the UK. As organisations and the nature of work change in an ultracompetitive marketplace, specialists from our Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change work with employers and staff to develop effective working practices.

The Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Studies at the University of Leeds is the focal point for enterprise research on campus and supports business start-ups through SPARK.

You’ll also come across plenty of opportunities to build your professional network, and your project work will bring you into contact with some of our many industrial partners. We have extensive relationships with Marks & Spencer, IBM, Yorkshire Bank, Asda-Walmart, Lloyds Banking Group, KPMG, Accenture and the NHS, as well as small and medium-sized enterprises, charities and social enterprises.


This programme 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.

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 – you could even focus on a topic of direct relevance to your own organisation - or your choice of two optional modules. You also have the opportunity to take part in an optional international study tour.

Course structure

These are 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 on typical modules, 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 studies. It’s delivered in intensive three day blocks Thursday to Saturday, every six weeks with a few modules delivered over four days, Thursday to Sunday. Most teaching takes place at our executive conference facility, Weetwood Hall.


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.

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.

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 help improve your English language level.

This pre-sessional course is designed with a progression route to your degree programme and you’ll learn academic English in the context of your subject area. To find out more, read Language for Business Management and Enterprise (6 weeks) and Language for Business: Business Management and Enterprise (10 weeks).

If you need to study for longer than 10 weeks, read more about our postgraduate pre-sessional English course.

How to apply

Application deadlines:

We recommend you apply before 31 August; however, we can accept applications from UK/EU students until 1 October.

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 fulfill them.

Next steps

Wherever possible we conduct face-to-face interviews with applicants. You’ll be interviewed by a member of MBA staff or the Admissions Director on campus, in country or by telephone.

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: £23,000 (total)

Read more about paying fees and charges.

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 worth up to 50% of the total fee to candidates who can demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and career progression. All candidates who are offered a place on the Executive MBA programme will automatically be considered.

More information on scholarships can be found on the MBA Fees and Funding page.

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:

  • Start your own business or grow your existing one
  • Progress into a more senior position within your current organisation, or change career
  • Learn how to constructively and critically analyse your organisation and yourself
  • Gain knowledge and learn new skills, which will enable you to make improvements with real impact.


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.

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.

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. 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.

The particularly inspiring and unique part of the course is the three ‘challenges’ that take place over the first 18 months. These give you the opportunity to put the theory into practice.

Sarah Lund, United Kingdom
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Sarah Lund

I could not do what I do in my current role if it wasn't for the learning and development I had at the Business School. Only a few months into my MBA, I was able to directly apply my coursework

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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.

Jo Wardle, United Kingdom
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