Browser does not support script.

Postgraduate Course

Executive MBA

This is a modern professional qualification that prioritises social justice, helping you make an impact through effective leadership.

Typing notes from a book onto a laptop

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.

London campus, York campus

  • Duration – 18 months full time, 3 years part time
  • Start date – February 2025, October 2024, October 2025
  • School – York Business School

Minimum entry requirements

    2:2 honours degree in a related subject

    Experience Current or recent work experience

Tuition fees

    UK 2024-25 £10,000 full time

    International 2024-25 N/A full time

Course overview

Study with fellow professionals, build your network and gain insights into international standards of best business practise. You will explore issues that have significant impact within organisations. By working with others, you can compare previous experiences and gain unique insights from your peers. The skills, knowledge and methods developed on this course can be immediately applied to your professional career. You will carry out projects and assignments, as well as participating in competitions and business simulations.

You will develop your understanding of issues relating to business and management. This will enhance your ability to maximise the potential of individuals within organisations. This course brings together contemporary academic theory and research with a practical understanding of activities within organisations.

On this course you will:

  • Develop a collaborative community where your analytical, innovative and entrepreneurial skills will be challenged
  • Instil a culture of Innovation and Change within your organisation
  • Evolve into a leader who sets vision, direction and purpose and finds smarter, more effective solutions
  • Deepen your understanding of global, macro-level market trends and environmental influences when identifying opportunities and risks
  • Have an inclusive approaches to leadership which develop sustainable, ethical, innovative and supportive cultures
  • 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.

If you choose to study full time the course will take 18 months to complete. You will study:

  • 5 compulsory modules

If you choose to study part time the course will typically take 3 years to complete and the modules will be spread across both years.


Credits: 30

Compulsory module

On this module you will study the impact of disruptive technologies that challenge traditional business methods. Explore new ways of working across infrastructure, processes, people, culture and sustainability. We will encourage you to ask questions, developing your interpersonal skills and applying core leadership techniques to persuade others and drive change.

Credits: 30

Compulsory module

On this module you will examine why ‘strategy’ is critical, explore strategic development, strategic management and how to develop sound strategy in a complex environment. Explore interfaces between strategy and the internal and external environments in which an organisation operates.

You will also learn about why innovation is so important to strategic management. This will help you to consider the highly complex and turbulent environments in which most private and public sector organisations currently exist.

Credits: 30

Compulsory module

On this module you will develop a critical understanding of how resources are managed, deployed and allocated to achieve sustainable competitive advantages for organisations. You will focus on financial and human resources. By studying concepts underpinning resource development and deployment, you will develop the financial accounting skills required by executives. These concepts include:

  • Human capital development
  • Change management
  • Motivational theories
  • Learning organisations
  • Financial methods and budgeting
  • Short and long term decision making

Credits: 30

Compulsory module

Here you will gain a critical understanding of the concept and practice of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial behaviour in modern society, organisations, communities and individuals. We will introduce you to the fundamentals of entrepreneurship, along with small business theory and practice.

You will learn how to manage the entrepreneurial task environment and risk management. You will gain an understanding of the types and characteristics of small firms. We will show you how entrepreneurs approach opportunities and the challenges inherent in starting up and running a new enterprise.

Credits: 60

Compulsory module

The Capstone Project is a multifaceted module that you can complete by either submitting a dissertation or a business consultancy project. 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.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and learning

You will be taught by experts from York Business School to gain a unique blend of detailed, critical academic research and innovative industry expertise. Collaboration is key on this course. Resources for learning explicitly include the knowledge, experience and skills of all students and staff.

Support with study skills, conventions of academic analysis and writing will be available throughout the course. An academic writing tutor will also be available to support you through 1 to 1 mentoring.

Teaching is delivered using the following methods:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • A guest speaker programme
  • Tutorials and workshops
  • Online collaborative exercises

Our teaching draws on both our research and professional experience. This means your learning is informed by the most current thinking in the subject area. You can find out more about our research and backgrounds by visiting our staff pages.


We use a wide variety of assessment types, which help you to develop skills relevant to the workplace. They include:

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

You will receive detailed feedback on assessment to help you develop and continuously improve your performance from your module tutors. Advice will be provided in relation to development, further areas for research and guidance on how to enhance your subject knowledge.

There are opportunities for study support including academic writing and research skills to enhance employability and career development in the field of business management.

Entry requirements


Minimum entry requirements

    2:2 honours degree in a related subject

    Experience Current or recent work experience

  • A 2:2 degree in a related subject 
  • Current or recent work experience (within the last 3 years) appropriate to enable you to contribute to the course

If your degree is in an unrelated subject, but you can provide evidence of relevant professional experience, your application may still be considered.

International students

This course is not available to international students.

Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

If you do not have traditional qualifications, you might be able to provide evidence of professional experience in the subject as an alternative way to meet the entry requirements. This is called Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL). Appropriate references and records of employment would need to be presented to support your case for admission. 

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. You can read them on our Admissions page.

Fees and funding

2024 - 2025 entry

The tuition fee for 2024 entry to this postgraduate course is:

  • £10,000 for full time study
  • £11,500 for full time study with professional placement year.

These costs apply to all UK, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

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

Funding opportunities

Tuition fees

    UK 2024-25 £10,000 full time

    International 2024-25 N/A full time

Alumni Scholarships

If you are 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

While 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.


You will need to consider the cost of accommodation in London. There are many student accommodation options throughout the city. More guidance on finding accommodation in London is available on our dedicated Study in London page.

Career outcomes

Where could Executive MBA take you?

This is a highly sought after degree by many of the business world's most notable organisations. In fact, for many companies, it is a requirement if you wish to be employed in a senior managerial or leadership position. You will have an advantage in becoming a:

  • Business consultant
  • CEO
  • Director of Higher Education
  • Entrepreneur

An MBA can help you advance in 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.

By studying this course, you will be enabled 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.

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

Stand out from the crowd with postgraduate study.

Far fewer people have postgraduate degrees than undergraduate qualifications. This gives you something extra to set yourself apart in a competitive graduate job market. Those with a postgraduate qualification will earn an average of £6,500 a year more than those with only an undergraduate degree (Department for Education Graduate Labour Market Report).

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 does not end when you graduate. You can access our expert career advice for the rest of your life. We will help you gain the experience and confidence you need to succeed.

Apply for this course

For postgraduate degrees you must apply directly to York St John University using the links below. This will take you to the application form you need to fill out for this specific course. 

To complete the online application form you will need to create login details. 

Fees and key information

Apply now

Course highlights

More to explore

students looking at map on a desk

Discover postgraduate study

Campus buildings and gardens on Lord Mayors Walk

Why choose York St John?

Get in touch