Beyond the MBA Classroom

The Leeds MBA

A learning experience that extends beyond the classroom.

Male students networking

Regular speaker events

Meet business leaders and discuss the latest professional thinking

David Noon, Deloitte LLP, speaking in front of a large screen during an FT Masterclass lecture at Leeds University Business School

We encourage you to connect with your MBA colleagues from the start, to share experiences, and build friendships.

You will find plenty of opportunities to get together during the year including sightseeing trips, dinners, the annual MBA ball and sports events.

This time spent away in an informal setting will not only help build relationships and improve group working back in the classroom but also the life-long friendships you develop here at Leeds.

Student clubs

Our student clubs are created, shaped and led by our current students and their specific industry interests. Previous clubs have included Marketing, International Business, Finance, Consultancy, Sustainability and IT. It is an opportunity to grow professionally and personally, as well get to know your classmates and other students across the University.

Tajudeen Olabanji Ahmed, MBA 2007

"The Union provides ample opportunity for students to hone their work, leadership, entrepreneurial and social skills through activities such as elections, committee membership, excursions and volunteering."

Tajudeen Olabanji Ahmed, MBA 2007

Business Speaker Events

The Business School hosts a number of prestigious lectures including the Corporate Wisdom Lecture Series. Delivered by eminent business figures, they are intended to inspire, educate and challenge.

These events are also an excellent forum for you to debate current issues and improve your networking skills with senior managers from industry, local businesses and Leeds alumni.

Image of Sam Crossley, MBA student

"I found the Masterclasses really complemented the programme. They were highly informative, as well as providing excellent opportunities for networking. The speakers were a good mix of academics and professionals, providing both expertise and industry insight through demonstrating the MBA subjects in practice."

Sam Crossley, MBA 2012

You can watch previous speaker events on our YouTube channel including recent talks from Sofi W Elfving, Research Manager at Ericsson AB and Dr Simon Hayward, CEO at Cirrus.

One Planet Sustainability Challenge 2015
An image of full-time MBA students Masami Asai, Vini Sharma, and Soekendro Harjono

The One Planet Sustainability Challenge is an annual competition that invites international teams of MBA and MSc students to test their teamwork and entrepreneurial skills in a real-world business scenario.

Hosted by the University of Exeter in partnership with the WWF, the 2015 challenge brief was to develop a winning solution to a problem surrounding sustainability and corporate responsibility. The challenge was undertaken on behalf of Blue Ventures, a non-profit organisation dedicated to protecting marine biodiversity and supporting coastal communities.

Leeds MBA students Masami Asai, Vini Sharma, and Soekendro Harjono came together as Team SOCRESE (SOCially REsponsible enterpriSE), to develop a sustainable business model to support virtual communities in Madagascar in finding new socio-economic approaches to marine conservation.

They benefited from a series of presentations and masterclasses to ensure they had the entrepreneurial tools to succeed. After an intensive group work session, they pitched their business proposal to leading academics and industry practitioners.

"Each member of the team worked hard for the creation of a scalable and sustainable business model that would increase the engagement of local communities, empower women and bring long-term profit, even with lean resources. We learned a lot from the other participants; it was a challenging and rich learning experience to prepare a business plan under such strict time constraints.

We highly recommend future MBA and MSc students to participate in the challenge to exercise their entrepreneurial skills and expand their professional network."

Masami, Vini and Soekendro, Team SOCRESE, July 2015