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In a constantly changing world, we’ll help you develop the knowledge, skills and confidence you need to make a real impact in your chosen career. 

Develop your professional skills

Professional Development

We’ll prepare you for a successful future through opportunities to develop professional, industry-relevant skills during your Masters course

You'll focus on skills such as leadership, critical analysis and problem-solving, as well as develop and practice professional skills, such as teamwork, communication skills and intercultural understanding. You'll take part in group projects with students from a range of cultural backgrounds, simulating the international situations you are likely to experience in your career. 

Industry-specific support and expertise will help you develop as a professional. You’ll have opportunities to engage with careers coaching, CV writing, interview preparation and effective self-presentation, developing the employability skills you need for your career. 

Practical experience

Many of our Masters courses give you the opportunity to work on live case studies, simulations, consultancy projects and company assignments, giving you practical experience for your CV and allowing you to put your learning into practice to help solve real-world business challenges. 

Co-curricular opportunities

Alongside your studies, there are opportunities to get involved in a range of activities that will support your development and help you to make an impact at Leeds: 

  • Become a Course Representative 

  • Represent the Business School as a Masters student ambassador 

  • Take part in Departmental extracurricular opportunities, competitions and team challenges 

  • Join student clubs and societies- including many relevant to Business 

  • Gain experience by taking on university volunteering opportunities 

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Connecting you with employers

The University of Leeds is targeted by top employers looking to recruit talented graduates. Many major companies regularly visit campus to meet students, either to talk about specific careers or as part of business speaker events. Many more advertise on the Careers Service jobs and placement website. 

Employers look for graduates who understand the latest business developments and ideas. We regularly invite industry speakers and alumni to the Business School to deliver talks, panels, and networking sessions, providing an ideal platform to hear and discuss current topics and grow your professional networks.

Kickstart your career

Careers Service 

The University’s Careers Service is a free service to all University of Leeds students and graduates. The service supports you to recognise the skills you’ll gain from your Masters degree and will help you to market these effectively to employers. The Service can support you with career guidance, CV writing and interview skills, and even graduate assessment centre preparation. The service also runs regular events to help with your career planning. This includes graduate recruitment fairs, drop-in sessions with employers, workshops, presentations and industry talks. You’ll also have access to online resources, including our job search database, advertising the latest graduate vacancies from employers worldwide, including placements and internships.  

Support for entrepreneurs 

If you’re interested in developing your own business, we offer a number of support schemes to nurture your enterprising skills and ideas. From funding your idea and mentoring to an incubation space where you can develop your company. Our Spark initiative for students and graduates is dedicated to helping you start a business in the UK. 

International careers support 

Many of our students are inspired by our international focus and plan careers outside the UK. At Leeds, you will have access to a wide range of resources relevant to international careers as well as connections with our global alumni network. 

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A city of opportunity 

The city of Leeds itself is a rich backdrop to your Business Masters course providing opportunities to grow your professional networks and gain experience. Leeds is an attractive destination for businesses and is currently home to over 32,000 VAT-registered businesses and over 6,000 SMEs, It’s a world-class location for data management and digital innovation, a hub for SMEs and start-ups, and the UK’s largest centre for Banking outside of London. 

Leeds is also home to many festivals and creative events – Leeds International Festival is an annual event that brings together thinkers, artists and experts from various fields, while Leeds Digital Festival is a vibrant hub for digital culture in all its forms. 


Grecia González Gómez MSc Global Supply Chain Management

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The substantial know-how, business world contact, and inspirational academic experience of the Business School is reflected in the capabilities and tools I use every day since, to forge my career.
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Neha Raina MSc Business Analytics and Decision Sciences

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The best part about the degree is how well it has been structured in terms of available courses. The mix of technicality along with practical application provides me with the right tools to achieve my career goals... Starting as a Business Analyst, my next milestone would be to become a Data Scientist. So, pursuing an MSc in Business Analytics & Decision Sciences has laid the foundation for me to fulfil my professional goals.
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Adam Scott MSc Organizational Psychology

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I think the most important (and best) parts of the course were the opportunities to utilise the skills developed in real-world situations. It is notoriously difficult to gain relevant experience, so to actually be able to say I have had consultancy experience in a range of settings has definitely put me ahead of others in the job-hunt. I was surprised by how well connected the University is and how closely the University keep in contact with alumni.
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Mengyuan Hua MSc Accounting and Finance

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I want to be a financial professional in a top 500 company or a securities company. Communication and presentation skills are so important in these industries, and the ability to use professional software is emphasised for these kind of jobs. My course has provided me with chances to gain and practise these skills. Another good habit I formed here is to keep updated on what’s going on in the world around me. I read the news every day, which I hated before, but now I find it very beneficial.
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Ambreen Ali MSc Information Systems and Information Management

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I made sure I took part in challenges in the Business School, such as the Leeds Leaders’ Challenge where I worked in a group to consult on a project for ITV. I enjoyed collaborating and working on a presentation for ITV, meeting different Masters students, and developing my team-working skills.
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Christine Ma MSc Consumer Analytics and Marketing Strategy

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The best part of my studies is working with real businesses. For my current project my group is analysing real data from an American consumer credit reporting agency and selecting relevant marketing strategies and consumer behaviours to drive insights for the company in order to increase the sales. It is challenging but exciting.
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