Conversion MBA

This MBA Conversion is a stimulating programme that will result in an internationally recognised qualification and professional award designed to further develop your capability as a highly effective leader.

York St John University
Course fees
2019 - 2020 Home & EU students: £4,000, 2019 - 2020 International students: £5000
Part-time for 1 year
Start date
June 2019 | September 2019 | December 2019 | March 2020
York Business School

Course overview

The York St John University MBA aims to recruit a diverse range of students who share a passion for Business Management. Students looking to apply for this course will already hold an MA or MSc in cognate business and/or a management discipline. As a student on this programme you will be studying alongside others who wish to move into or further develop their careers in Business Management, from both EU/UK and other countries around the world. The programme will allow you to reflect on your already-acquired knowledge and experience of the world of work, putting theory into practice in a continuing professional development environment.

The MBA is often seen as the pinnacle postgraduate award for business professionals and York Business School provides students with the opportunity to gain an MBA award through the completion of this specially designed conversion programme.

York Business School has an excellent track record of supporting work based learners with a committed team of academic and support staff who understand the needs of this type of learner.

Course structure

Through this programme, you will be guided through a single 60 credit module based upon professional development and practice. Designed to meet the needs of busy professionals, the programme is supported by a range of tutorials and workshop sessions and will be facilitated by online learning and a range of either online or face to face workshops/tutorials

The module will challenge you to reflect upon your experiences of applying previously taught theory to your practice based learning and experiences.

This is a very stimulating programme that will result in an internationally recognised qualification and professional award designed to further develop your capability as a highly effective leader that will positively impact upon your current workplace or organisation.


Programme Aims

  • To develop a critical, reflective and integrated understanding of self in the context of business and your own professional practice as a responsible leader/ manager;
  • To utilise opportunities for practical application of key concepts and concerns through individual learning experiences in ‘real world’ practice in the context of working in complex environments, systematically and creatively to improve personal and professional practice.
  • To develop and enhance your skills of lifelong learning and professional development in order to work as a critically reflexive practitioner


Continuous Professional Development through Reflective Practice - This module is designed to equip students with the ability to systematically evaluate their recent professional development, reflecting upon the impact of their Masters studies on their post-graduation work experience and plan for their future development as strategic leaders and managers using appropriate frameworks and techniques. The aim of this module is to provide graduates with an opportunity to reflect upon how their work experiences have informed and supported development and preparation for further development indicative of critically reflexive managers.

(Compulsory for Award, 60 credits)

Programme specification

Further information on this course is available in the programme specification. Please note that the programme specification relates to course content that is currently being studied by students at the University. For new programmes, the programme specification will be made available online prior to the start of the course.

Disability Advice

York St John University works hard to create an inclusive environment for all our students. We offer a range of disability advice services to assist students throughout their studies.

Teaching, Learning & Assessment

The programme is designed to meet the needs of professional participants with appropriate current or recent work experience who wish to add a level of theory-based understanding to the knowledge they have gained through experience.

The programme delivery is based on principles of adult learning - recognising that participants are likely to bring a large amount of experience and knowledge to the group, and can share this with each other. The style of the programme is participative, and resources for learning explicitly include the knowledge, experience and skills of all participants and staff.

A key part of the philosophy of the programme is that by bringing together relevant academic theory (about leadership, innovation and change, organisations etc.) and practical experience, you can enhance your deep understanding of these elements, and develop yourself as an individual and as a leader.

Entry Requirements

You must meet the University’s general entry criteria for postgraduate study. In addition, you must have:

  • 3 years work experience preferably with some in a leadership or managerial role
  • MA or MSc in cognate business and/or management discipline

UK/EU Students

UK/EU students will be able to enter the programme directly in accordance with University entry requirements for MBA programmes (a first degree achieved at Class 2:2 or above from an approved university or institution) or possess an equivalent qualification.


International Students

In addition to the previous qualifications, non-UK/EU students whose first language is not English, will be required to achieve IELTS 6.0 or above, with no less than Band 6 in Writing Skills, or an equivalent qualification accepted by the University.


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.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

UK & EU 2019 / 20

The tuition fee for 2019 entry to this part-time postgraduate course is £4,000 for full-time UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Postgraduate Loan: A new Postgraduate Loan is now available to help you pay for your Master’s course. Find out more about the postgraduate loan.



Overseas 2019 / 20

The tuition fee for 2019 entry to this part-time postgraduate course is £5,000 for International (non EU) students.

How to Apply

You can apply directly to the course via our Apply Now links. Please select the variant of the course that you intend to undertake (e.g. 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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