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Postgraduate course

Executive MBA

A modern professional qualification that prioritises social justice to help you make an impact through effective leadership.

Business students with lecturer

Aimed at directors and senior managers in the private, public or third sectors, the Executive MBA has been designed to support your career progression. This course will prepare you to successfully carry out senior strategic roles or to build your own business.

York campus

  • Duration – 1 year full time | 3 years part time
  • Start date – October 2021
  • School – York Business School

Minimum Entry Requirements

    2:2 Undergraduate degree from a UK ENIC listed institution

    Experience current or recent work experience in a related discipline

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2021-22 £9,000 full time

    International 2021-22 N/A full time

Course overview

You will study with a cohort of experienced professionals, building your network and giving you insights into best practice internationally. As a consequence, you will explore issues that have significant impact within organisations by working with others - building on personal experiences and comparing and contrasting them with those of your cohort members. In addition you will be able to apply the knowledge and skills you develop during the course immediately in the workplace. You will carry out projects and assignments and participate in competitions and business simulations, designed to help you apply the theories, tools and techniques you learn.

You will develop a critical understanding of the issues relating to business and management, which will enhance your ability to maximise individual and organisational potential. The Executive MBA brings together contemporary academic theory and research with a practical understanding of activities within organisations. This will be developed by enabling you to share knowledge, relate this to theories developed from relevant research, and learning by practical application.

Embarking on this highly innovative course will enable you to:

  • Foster an intensively collaborative community where your analytical, innovative and entrepreneurial skills will be challenged and stretched. Work-based projects will allow you to apply your learning to achieve real life solutions in your organisations.
  • Instil a culture of Innovation and Change within your organisation.
  • Develop as a leader who sets vision, direction, purpose and strategic intent and challenges assumptions in the quest for deeper understanding and smarter, more effective solutions.
  • Deepen understanding of global, macro-level market trends and environmental influences when identifying opportunities and risks.
  • Develop inclusive approaches to leadership which develop sustainable, ethical, innovative and supportive cultures to achieve results.
  • Become a role model for others by influencing positively at all levels and across diverse groups of internal and external stakeholders.

Course structure

How you will study

You can study this postgraduate course full time, or part time. This allows you to fit your studies around other commitments. 

The academic year is split into 4 terms.

If you choose to study full time the course will take 1 year to complete. You will:

  • Take 1 compulsory module in term 1 
  • Take 1 compulsory module in term 2
  • Take 1 compulsory module in term 3
  • Take 1 compulsory module in term 4
  • Also take the Executive Capstone Project module in terms 3 and 4

If you choose to study part time the course will typically take 3 years to complete. You will:

  • Take 2 of your compulsory modules in your first year 
  • Take 2 of your compulsory modules in your second year
  • Also take the Executive Capstone Project module in your second year



Credits: 30

Compulsory module

This module develops a critical understanding of leadership, innovation and change in different contexts. The impact of disruptive technologies that challenge traditional business methods and practices will be explored, alongside new ways of working across infrastructure, processes, people, culture and sustainability.

Using your own experience of leadership, innovation and change, you will be encouraged to ask questions and think critically, developing your interpersonal skills and applying core leadership techniques to persuade others and drive change.

Credits: 30

Compulsory module

This module examines why ‘strategy’ is critical, exploring strategic development, strategic management and how to develop sound strategy in a complex environment. The interfaces between strategy and the internal and external environments in which an organisation operates in will be explored.

You will also learn about why innovation is so important to strategic management, considering the highly complex and turbulent environments in which most private and public sector organisations currently exist and focusing on real world issues, products and systems.

Credits: 30

Compulsory module

This module focuses on developing a critical understanding of how resources are managed, deployed and allocated to achieve sustainable competitive advantage for organisations. We focus on two main resources: financial and human.

By studying the theoretical concepts underpinning resource development and deployment - such as human capital development, change management, motivational theories, learning organisations, financial methods, short and long term decision making and budgeting - students will develop the financial accounting skills that executives need to communicate company results and make accounting choices. This includes interpreting management information, such as management accounts and ration analysis and exploring differences in reporting practices.

Participants will also consider strategic workforce planning, including talent management and workforce design, to enable the development of frameworks for leading a team effectively to reach shared goals.

Credits: 30

Compulsory module

This module provides a critical understanding of the concept and practice of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial behaviour in modern society, organisations, communities and individuals. It develops insight into contemporary thinking about ‘entrepreneurs’ and ‘entrepreneurship’ in different cultural and organisational contexts. The module introduces the fundamentals of entrepreneurship along with small business theory and practice.

You will learn how to manage the entrepreneurial task environment, particularly in terms of managing networks and relationships, and risk management. You will gain an understanding of the types and characteristics of small firms, how entrepreneurs approach opportunities, the outcomes of this activity and the challenges inherent in starting up and running a new enterprise.

Credits: 60

Compulsory module

The Capstone Project is a multifaceted module that will allow you to undertake 2 different routes through to completion of the course. The aim of this module is to encourage you to select a route where you can demonstrate the understanding and knowledge gained from the course and how this can be applied in a practical or theoretical way in a particular setting or context. The 2 possible routes are:

1.       Dissertation

2.       Business Consultancy Project

Teaching and assessment

You will be taught by experts from York Business School to gain a unique blend of detailed, critical academic research and innovative industry expertise.

You are encouraged to play an active role in your own learning. Module tutors will take the role of facilitators, encouraging you to think outside your own sphere of reference. You will be encouraged to share your experience and reflections through in-class dialogue. A proactive approach to learning will be promoted.

The programme employs a range of teaching and learning practices including:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Guest speaker programme
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops
  • Global café style learning activities.

We use a range of assessment methods on the course and have designed them so you can align the assessments with your individual interests and practice. Assessment methods include: 

  • Presentations
  • Critical essays
  • Portfolios
  • Reflective journals
  • Case study work

You will receive support and feedback on assessments prior to submission. You will also receive feedback on each submitted assessment. This will allow you to continually improve your academic work.

Entry requirements


Minimum Entry Requirements

    2:2 Undergraduate degree from a UK ENIC listed institution

    Experience current or recent work experience in a related discipline

Entry onto this Master’s Degree requires a minimum of a 2:2 Undergraduate honours degree in a related discipline from a UK ENIC listed institution.

If your honours degree is not in a related discipline but you can demonstrate extensive professional experience in the subject, your application will be considered.


Entry onto this Master’s Degree will require you to demonstrate current or recent work experience. This will enable you to fully engage with the course.

APEL policy

If you can't meet these minimum requirements 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.

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

Fees and Funding

UK and EU fees for 2021 - 22

The tuition fee for 2021 entry to this postgraduate course is £9,000 for full-time UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

For UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students studying part time, the tuition fee for 2021 entry to this postgraduate course is £4,500 per year.

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

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2021-22 £9,000 full time

    International 2021-22 N/A 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

Course-related costs

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.

Accommodation and living costs

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

Career outcomes

Completing an Executive 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 in your career, especially at a managerial level. 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 course 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 course free of charge where 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.

Whatever your ambitions, we can help you get there.
Our careers service, LaunchPad provides career support tailored to your ambitions. Through this service you can access:

  • Employer events
  • LinkedIn, CV and cover letter sessions
  • Workshops on application writing and interview skills
  • Work experience and volunteering opportunities
  • Personalised career advice.

This support doesn't end when you graduate. You can access our expert career advice for the rest of your life. We will help you gain experience and confidence to succeed. It's your career, your way.

Apply for this course

You can apply directly to the course via our Apply Now links. Please select the variant of the course that you intend to undertake (full time or part time) as the link will take you to a customised form for the specific course.

You will need to create a login and password and complete the online form. 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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