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York Business School

Why choose York Business School

York thrives on local industry, culture and heritage, and so will you when you study with us.

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York Business School will help you to develop your professional career, building skills and knowledge that can be applied long after graduation.

York Business School is ranked the 21st best performing Business School of 132 in the country and 2nd in the Yorkshire and Humber region. (National Student Survey, 2022)

Learn. Develop. Experience.

Your studies with York Business School will enable you to work with local businesses and take your learning beyond the classroom.

We work with a variety of companies and groups, offering trips, visits, guest speakers and so much more on your course. Some businesses we work with across the Business School are:

  • Nestlé
  • The Grand Hotel
  • Local police forces
  • Forum of the Future
  • People's History and National Football Museums
  • York City Football and Rugby League's LNER Community Stadium

Explore York Business School

Opportunity and employability

Our courses and LaunchPad Service offer a series of events, not just limited to your curriculum of study, enhancing your employability alongside academic study. These include:

  • Guest speakers
  • Short courses
  • Site visits
  • Employability boot camps
  • Conferences
  • Copywriting
  • Sage accounting
  • Public speaking

Participate. Gain extra qualifications. Prepare for success.

Previous CEO guests include:

  • Royal Mail
  • Welcome to Yorkshire
  • Pandora

"My lecturer arranged for a client to meet each group in the course individually. This allowed us to build a relationship with the client and apply our project to the real world. They also arranged for a financial adviser to watch our presentations and deliver honest feedback. This is a fantastic experience when pursuing a career in the public sector."

Jake, Economics and Finance

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Careers, placements and student opportunities

Whether you're thinking about employment during study or after, the University hosts employability events with opportunities to speak to industry experts. 

  • A Global Opportunities Fair can provide you with insight into opportunities to study or volunteer abroad, and help you make international connections.
  • Skills workshops and Employer Panel events allow you to engage with industry experts that promote a variety of exciting opportunities.
  • The University's Handshake online platform is available to all students and alumni, for your whole career. Through this you will be able to research partner companies, discover placement opportunities, and set up career adviser meetings.

Recent placement opportunities with businesses include:

  • Enterprise Rent-a-Car
  • Bonmarche
  • IBM

"My placement year massively helped me prepare for the working world and understand what to expect when starting my career properly. I learnt basically everything there is to know about accounting: how to balance my time, how to prioritise things such as exam preparation, a lot about the world of business. We did a lot of case study sessions which really helped me understand things in perspective."

Ella, Accounting and Finance

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Our strong connections across a diverse range of industries mean there are plenty of opportunities to gain experience working on existing projects within organisations. These projects will be part of your assessments and give you practical industry experience.

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Responsibility and community

Through your time with us, you will learn how to innovate in ethical and sustainable business practices. We want to change the world for the better and when you study with us you will be integral to that.

York Business School has forged deep and meaningful links with local institutions, building professional relationships built on trust, integrity, and a determination to support York in developing as a leading city for ethical and sustainable business.

York Business School purposefully interacts with managers of business corporations to enhance our students' learning, sharing their challenges in meeting social and environmental responsibilities. Our aim is to facilitate students and businesses to collaborate in building solutions that meet these challenges. To do this, York Business School has built a wealth of partnerships both with external business organisations, both in the city of York and globally.

Founded on the core beliefs of responsibility, sustainability and opportunity, York Business School has been a signatory of the United National Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME) since November 2014. We are committed to advancing the PRME in our teaching, partnerships and research, making considerable progress over the course of the last 8 years. The PRME internship has allowed our students to explore and understand how to become innovators in ethical and sustainable business practices. Over the paid 12 week internship the students undertake a communication and pilot research project under the supervision of the PRME research team through the production of 2 surveys.

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Case study: Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME)

"The internship is teaching me valuable skills for my dissertation next year and beyond. I am currently in the process of promoting a call out to students to participate in focus groups. We want to promote and gain feedback from students on how they would like to see sustainability challenges reflected in their courses. I am learning how to conduct effective interviews, how to transcribe information, and analyse data, while also contributing towards making York St John more sustainable.

My work continues outside of the University by promoting the good work we do with a global community of PRME students and local business partners. The PRME Student Internship focuses on building links both locally and globally with PRME students to share in a voice concerning critical global challenges and how Business Schools can collectively work to build future leaders to tackle major issues such as the climate crisis."

Megan, PRME Internship