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Postgraduate course

Conversion MBA (online)

An innovative and challenging online programme to develop your capability as a highly effective leader.

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The York St John University Conversion MBA has been developed to meet the needs of the business leaders and managers of the future, as well as current business professionals who are looking to increase their skills, knowledge and capabilities.


  • Duration – 1 year part-time
  • Start date – December 2021, September 2022
  • School – York Business School

Minimum Entry Requirements

    2:2 Undergraduate degree

    MA/MSc in a related business and/or management discipline

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2021-22 £4,167 full time

    International 2021-22 £5,000 full time

Course overview

Designed to meet the needs of busy professionals, this programme is supported by a range of tutorials and workshop sessions and will be facilitated by online learning and a range of either online or face-to-face workshops and tutorials. On this programme, you will be led through a single 60 credit module influenced by your professional development and practice.

The module will challenge you to reflect upon your experiences of applying previously taught theory to your practice-based learning and experiences.

This programme:

  • Develops a critical, reflective and integrated understanding of self in the context of business and develops your own professional practice as a responsible leader or manager.
  • Encourages you to apply key learned concepts to scenarios in order to improve personal and professional practice. 
  • Develops and enhances your skills of lifelong learning and professional development in order to work as a critically reflexive practitioner.

Course structure

Level 1


60 credits


This module teaches you to systematically evaluate your recent professional development. You will reflect upon the impact of your master's studies on your post-graduation work experience and plan for your future development as a strategic leader and manager using appropriate frameworks and techniques. This is an opportunity to reflect upon how your work experiences has informed and supported development and preparation for further development indicative of critically reflexive managers. 

Teaching and assessment

The programme is designed to meet the needs of professional participants with appropriate current or recent work experience who wish to add a level of theory-based understanding to the knowledge they have gained professionally. 

The programme delivery is based on principles of adult learning - recognising that participants are likely to bring a large amount of experience and knowledge to the group and can share this with each other.

By bringing together relevant academic theory (about leadership, innovation and change, organisations etc.) and practical experience, you can enhance your deep understanding of these elements and develop yourself as an individual and as a leader.

Career outcomes

Completing an MBA with York Business School will enable you to enhance your skills and knowledge about your industry, and can offer additional benefits that will span the duration of your career. 

An MBA can help you advance your career, especially at a managerial level. A study conducted by the Association of MBAs has shown that within one year of completing an MBA, 25% of survey respondents had climbed to senior management level within their careers. In the UK the mean salary of an MBA graduate was £86,225. In fact, for many top-ranking firms, having an MBA is a prerequisite for applying for senior-level positions.

As well as enhancing your CV, the MBA will give you the opportunity to develop your global management competencies, emotional intelligence and cultural awareness.

The programme will also enable you to improve your ability to work in diverse groups and teams and enhance your project management and decision-making capabilities, which is crucial when leading in business.

You might consider starting your own business. The leadership and negotiation skills you develop during your MBA, as well as your contacts and knowledge, will put you in a great position to take this leap. Our dedicated start-up programme Grad2Director is available alongside this programme free of charge. Through this  you can work with our specialist team and apply for funding opportunities to start your own company. Our Grad2Freelancer programme is also available for those who wish to work on a freelance or consultancy basis.

Entry requirements


Minimum Entry Requirements

    2:2 Undergraduate degree

    MA/MSc in a related business and/or management discipline

Entry onto this MBA requires a minimum of a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree plus a postgraduate degree in a related business and/or management discipline.

International Students

If you're an international student, you'll need to demonstrate experience, or qualifications equivalent to those above.

If your first language is not English you must show evidence of English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.


Entry onto this MBA will require you to evidence three years work experience, preferably with some experience in a leadership or managerial role.

APEL policy

If you can't meet these minimum requirments it may be possible to take into account evidence of Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) as an alternative method of meeting the programme’s entry requirements. In such a case, appropriate references and records of employment might be presented to support the applicant’s case for admission.

Fees and Funding

UK and EU fees for 2021 - 22

The tuition fee for 2021 entry to this postgraduate course is £4,167 for full-time UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Postgraduate loans are available to help you pay for your master’s course. Find out more about postgraduate funding opportunities.

International fees for 2021 - 22

The tuition fee for 2021 entry to this postgraduate course is £5,000 for international students.

Due to immigration laws, international students on a Student Visa must be studying full-time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.

More information about funding your studies is available on our International Fees and Funding page.

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2021-22 £4,167 full time

    International 2021-22 £5,000 full time

Alumni Scholarships

If you are an alumni of York St John University we have scholarships available to help you continue your studies.

Scholarships for Alumni

Additional costs and financial support


Whilst studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.


View our accommodation pages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.

Apply for this course

We're now taking applications for online part time study, for September 2021 entry.

Please contact two referees in advance of submitting your application as an automated request will go out as soon as you submit, and your application will not be reviewed until both references are in place.

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