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Postgraduate course - London

Executive MBA

Our Executive MBA builds essential leadership, problem solving and management skills.

Business students with lecturer

At York St John University we have a proud tradition of weaving themes of social justice into our programmes, and put our graduates in a position to make a positive impact on the world around them.

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  • Duration – 1 year, full time
  • Start date – January 2021, September 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 2020-21 £12,000 full time

    International 2020-21 £15,300 full time

Course overview

Aimed at Directors and Senior Managers in the private, public or third sectors, The Executive MBA will support your career progression, preparing you for senior strategic roles or to build your own business.

You will study with a cohort of experienced professionals, building your network and giving you insights into best practice internationally.  You will explore issues that have significant impact within organisations. Learning is collaborative, and working with others, building on your own personal experiences and comparing and contrasting them with those of your cohort members are essential to developing your understanding. You will find yourself able to apply the knowledge and skills you develop during the programme immediately in the workplace. You will carry out projects and assignments, participating in competitions and business simulations to apply the theories, tools and techniques you learn to real-world scenarios.

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 combines contemporary academic theory and research with a practical understanding of activities within organisations.

The Executive MBA meets the requirements of the Level 7 Senior Leader Masters degree apprenticeship. on completion you will receive:

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • CMI Level 7 Diploma
  • Professional Chartered Manager status
  • Senior Leaders Masters degree apprenticeship

This course is a Degree Apprenticeship, ideally studied alongside your current employment. Subject to eligibility, your organisation may be able to use their apprenticeship levy to cover the costs of you attending this course. In order to apply for this course as an apprentice, please contact as you and your employer will need to complete an alternative application process. 

If you wish to apply for this course without studying as an apprentice, please complete our standard application form, which will be available here when applications open for April 2019 entry.

Course structure

How you will study

A relatively new (and growing) development for Higher Education in the UK, Degree Apprenticeships are designed to fill high-level skills gaps by tailoring learning to specific business needs. A Degree Apprenticeship combines full-time paid work and part-time university study, allowing you to gain a full Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree while participating in practical, on-the-job training.

Candidates study using whichever flexible method suits their employer’s needs – whether that is distance learning, blended learning or block mode learning (where the apprentice takes a period of full-time study away from their job).

The qualification is similar to the Higher Apprenticeship, and Degree Apprentices hold full-time employment status rather than student status. However, a Bachelor’s level qualification is optional for Higher Apprentices, university study is a mandatory part of Degree-level apprenticeships.


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

Our long-standing and extensive experience of customising programmes means we can offer the option of closed cohorts for clients wishing to develop the management and leadership skills of entire groups of employees (15 people minimum).

Unlike a traditional MBA programme, a Degree Apprenticeship MBA is focused on work-based learning. MBA apprentices study part-time alongside their leadership roles.

Our tutor-supported virtual learning environment provides a platform to work and study flexibly from anywhere in the world at times that suit your organisational needs. This also means that travel costs and expenses are minimised.

Our online delivery is diverse and collaborative, using rich media formats that engage apprentices on their journey. This includes virtual lectures, online forums with peers and tutors, interactive quizzes and e-texts and academic journals which you can access 24/7. This virtual collaborative learning lets you share ideas from different industries and backgrounds, challenge each other and share best practice.

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

Applicants must have:

  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent, achieved at Class 2.2 or above, from a UK ENIC listed institution.
  • Current or recent work experience (within the last two years) appropriate to enable you to contribute to the programme.

In exceptional cases, York St John University reserve the right to interview applicants directly to help clarify their eligibility, as appropriate. When this is the case, interviews would normally be conducted virtually.

Students whose first language is not English will be required to achieve IELTS 6 or above with no less than Band 6 in any area, or equivalent.

Fees and Funding

UK & EU 2020 - 21

The tuition fee for 2020 entry to this postgraduate course is £12,000 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 (non-EU) 2020 - 21

The tuition fee for 2020 entry to this postgraduate course is £15,300 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 2020-21 £12,000 full time

    International 2020-21 £15,300 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.

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