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Postgraduate course

Masters of Business Administration with Professional Experience MBA

Are you in a management position and want to take your career to the next level or aspire to leadership roles in the future?

The York Business School Master of Business Administration (MBA) has been designed to help you gain the skills, knowledge and experience you need to give yourself that competitive edge. This is a practitioner-focused MBA laying the foundations for a critically aware and holistic understanding of business management.

York campus

  • Duration – 2 years full-time
  • Start date – September 2022
  • School – York Business School

Minimum Entry Requirements

    2:2 Undergraduate degree from a UK ENIC listed institution

    Experience current or recent work experience

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2021-22 £10,350 full time

    International 2021-22 £14,400 full time

Course overview

Through the development of an integrated and critically aware understanding of management in the context of contemporary business issues, the programme involves you in a demanding process of personal and professional development.

A distinctive element of the MBA programme is the opportunity to gain professional accreditation from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) alongside the academic award.

This programme:

  • Supports the development of international marketing skills.
  • Uses assessment methods which mirror organisation-based activities.
  • Provides a supportive platform for critical reflection, through the application of academic theories to real work situations.
  • Involves participation in active and supportive forums drawing on practical expertise.
  • Will give you excellent personal and academic support. You will be allocated an academic tutor to support you throughout the programme.

Course Structure

Level 1


Credits: 20

Compulsory module

This module aims to cover a range of contemporary business issues and concerns. It also reviews the relationship between business and society. You will come to appreciate how the concept of sustainability promotes a holistic process of change and how businesses can act more responsibly towards the community, society and the global environment. You will learn how to apply the concepts taught to business management activities to enhance competitive advantage. Emphasis is also given to the ongoing debates amongst practitioners and academics, noting that 'sustainable business' is evolving, not static.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

Innovation and change are significant issues for organisations. In the private sector, innovation is a key factor in competitive success. In the public and not-for-profit sectors, innovation can reconfigure services and processes to meet client needs more effectively. In organisations of all kinds, managers and professionals need to be able to lead and manage change. You will critically evaluate theories concerning the processes of innovation and change within organisations.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

This module explores the application of management processes for developing and defining a new business concept. This includes market analysis, competitor performance analysis and the role of due diligence. You will critically examine the process for making strategic choices and explore and analyse different approaches and techniques used in strategic business and service planning. You will also develop an understanding of the purpose and procedures involved in the planning process and learn to plan and execute a business plan.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

This module introduces you to key international business theories and concepts. It considers the strategic role played by transnational firms (TNCs) as the primary movers and shapers of the global economic system. You will gain an appreciation of the principal institutional and organisational macrostructures of the global economy, the role of the state, international organisations and regional trading blocs in shaping international business. You will also consider the impact of the diverse national business systems on firm strategy.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will develop an understanding of the theory and practice relating to the key aspects of financial and management accounting. You will explore the principles of financial accounting and the interpretation of accounts. This will involve an introduction to management accounting including the principles of cost accounting and short/long term decision making.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module, you will build your cognitive skills and computational thinking. You will also consider the relevance of these skills to business concepts, critical evaluation and professional considerations. You will develop a deep understanding of the impact and meaning of data. It is also an opportunity to examine data analytics technique in term of problem solving, predicting and decision-making in a business context.

Year 1 and 2:

Semester 1, 2 and 3


Credits: 60

Compulsory for award

The Business Consultancy Project is designed to enable you to work independently to produce a consultancy project with the support of an appropriate academic supervisor during their placement year. The module will provide you with a vocational opportunity aimed at enhancing your future employability. It is designed to develop skills, knowledge and understanding in a range of career-related personal, professional and key skill areas. The module specifically engages with issues such as career decision making, the recruitment cycle, applying for jobs and finally sourcing and embarking on a placement or a group or individual project.

Teaching and assessment

All modules are delivered using a range of teaching, learning and assessment strategies including lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and global café style learning activities. Each module has a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) where you and other students will get involved with online debate and collaborative approaches to learning.

A range of assessment tools are used including presentations, critical essays, portfolios, reflective journals and case study work. Each module tutor will provide opportunities for formative assessment feedback to inform your work prior to submission. You will receive detailed feedback on assessment to help you develop and continuously improve your performance. Advice will be provided in relation to development, further areas for research and guidance on how to enhance your subject knowledge.

Some participants may not have been engaged in formal education for some time, and may never have studied business at Postgraduate level. Support with study skills, conventions of academic analysis and writing will be available.

At York Business School we have a unique range of support mechanisms in place to help to foster and support learning, these include:

  • A dedicated academic writing tutor that you can meet with one-to-one to develop your critical and academic writing skills
  • A director of student engagement who monitors learning and development and offers pastoral care and support.

Entry Requirements


Minimum Entry Requirements

    2:2 Undergraduate degree from a UK ENIC listed institution

    Experience current or recent work experience

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.



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.

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 or equivalent (with no skill below 5.5).


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.

Fees and Funding

UK and EU fees for 2022 - 2023

The tuition fee for 2022 entry to this postgraduate course is £10,350 for full time UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Year 1: £9,000

Year 2: £1,350

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

International fees for 2022 - 2023

The tuition fee for 2022 entry to this postgraduate course is £14,400 for international students.

Year 1: £10,800

Year 2: £3,600

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 £10,350 full time

    International 2021-22 £14,400 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.

Career outcomes

Our staff and students are ambitious. We work together to develop learners as creative-thinking global citizens equipped to secure highly skilled employment. We're proud to be in the top 25 universities in the country for employment. (DLHE 2017)

At York Business School the number of graduates in employment or further study six months after graduating in 2017 was 94.8% and this has increased every year for the past two years. Graduates in professional or managerial jobs or further study was 67.5% and this has also increased.

Innovative, specialist modules such as Data Analytics and the Blockchain will give you the industry-ready, transferable skills needed for a competitive edge in the marketplace.

The programme will 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 MSc, 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. This lets you work with our specialist team and apply for funding opportunities to start your own company. The Grad2Freelancer programme is also available for those who wish to work on a freelance or consultancy basis.

The course could also lead you to undertake further Postgraduate study through an MPhil or PhD.

Apply for this course

Applications are now open to join this course, running from our York campus, for September 2022 entry.

Apply Now: Full Time (September, York Campus)

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