The Maurice Keyworth building taken from across the road

When you are applying to university you might have a few questions. Here are some useful answers to some of the frequently asked questions about the Leeds MBA.

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, 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 need a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK the University requires you 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.

More information is available on fee status, deposits and when to pay.

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?

If English is not your first language, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course before you begin your studies.

This can help if you:

• don't meet the English language requirements for your course


• want to improve your understanding of academic language and practices in your area of study.

Our six and ten week pre-sessional courses are designed with a progression route to a degree programme in management. You can visit the pre-sessional programmes page for more information. If you need to study for longer to meet the requirements of your degree programme, the University of Leeds also offers pre-sessional courses for longer periods, with starting points throughout the year. 

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.

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.